India vs Australia 1st ODI ; Aaron Finch slams century: Australia skipper Aaron Finch on Friday slammed a superb century against India in the first ODI at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Finch, who came out to open, took 117 balls to cross the 100-run mark. It’s his 17th ODI ton.
The 34-year-old opener departed after scoring 114 runs off 124 balls and was removed by Jasprit Bumrah in 40th over.
Interestingly, Finch has now scored four ODI centuries against India, which is the second-most by any Australian player in the men’s format. Ricky Ponting (6) is the only Australian with more hundreds against India.
Meanwhile, during his stay, Finch also became the second-fastest Australian player to smash 5000 runs in ODIs.
He reached 5000 runs in the 50 over format in 126th innings, and with this feat, he has surpassed former Australian cricketer late Dean Jones who had reached the mark in his 128th innings. David Warner (115th innings) is the fastest Australian batsman to register 5000 ODI while South African cricketer Hashim Amla (101st innings) is the fastest batsman ever to reach 5000 run mark in ODIs.
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Meanwhile, Australia got off to a great start after winning the toss and opting to bat first. The team from down under reached the 100-run mark inside 20 overs and Finch and Warner built a 156-runs stand for the opening wicket before the latter was removed by Mohammed Shami in the 28th over.
Also, Steve Smith, who came out to bat at no. 3, smashed a sublime ton to help Australia reach 374/ 6 in the allotted overs.
Earlier in the day, Team India and Australian players formed a ‘Barefoot Circle’ to respectfully acknowledge the traditional owners of the land, connect to each other as opponents and pay respect to the country.
Barefoot Circle is a statement taken up by Australian cricket more broadly to connect with Aboriginal culture and the land on which matches are played, and has already been adopted by the national women’s team, Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) clubs, and more recently the state teams in the Sheffield Shield earlier this month. This is done barefoot as a way to connect to the country, but also a moment to reflect that we are all common ground.
The circle is often part of pre-series activities and has started in Reconciliation Round as a stance of anti-racism, commitment to reconciliation, and strength together.