Australia has despatched an ominous warning to world cricket after David Warner and Aaron Finch’s obliteration of India delivered a 10-wicket win and their greatest ever ODI victory over the hosts.
- India was bowled out for 255 within the remaining over of its innings
- Australia (0-258) reached the goal with 74 balls remaining
- The victory was Australia’s greatest ever over India in ODI matches
Warner and Finch each scored unbeaten centuries in Tuesday night time’s flogging within the Mumbai sequence opener, because the vacationers chased down the goal of 256 with 12.2 overs to spare.
Fuelled by the frustration of their semi-final exit final yr, Australia started their subsequent one-day World Cup cycle with essentially the most full efficiency conceivable.
Warner’s 128 from 112 balls and Finch’s 110 off 107 marked simply the fifth time in historical past each Australian openers had scored centuries in the identical sport.
The pair’s unbeaten 258-run stand was additionally the largest ever for any ODI wicket towards India, and the best unbeaten stand by Australia towards any workforce.
And it got here with the following World Cup to be performed on the sub-continent, the place the Aussies have now gained their final 9 ODIs and have two extra to play on this three-game sequence.
“We actually spoke about this in the team meeting — not looking too far ahead,” Warner mentioned.
David Warner’s 128 was his fifth rating of a century or extra this summer time. (AP: Rafiq Maqbool)
“We have got an important bunch of men right here that, doubtlessly with our senior gamers, could make that World Cup.
“Wanting ahead, I might like to be there. However there is a lengthy street forward. You’ve got clearly [got to] win video games, carry out as a lot as we are able to, hold our personal type.”
Of Australia’s present touring squad, solely Warner and Finch shall be aged 35 or over on the subsequent World Cup.
“I feel we’ll converse to our wives first,” Warner mentioned.
“We’ll each be 36 or 37, I’ve received three children — I hope that is the final one — and in that three years you’ve got received type, wives, household.”
The consequence additionally stored Australia’s unbeaten summer time alive, after they cruised by means of six Twenty20s and 5 Assessments at dwelling.
However in a summer time of maulings, this was near the largest.
Finch began the sooner of the pair as he put any width away by means of the offside early, earlier than his opening companion launched a brutal assault on India’s bowlers.
Warner hit 17 fours and three sixes in his knock, citing his hundred in simply 88 balls.
The left-hander was highly effective throughout the bottom, drastically upping the scoring fee from a World Cup final yr the place he additionally hit three centuries.
It was his fifth triple-figure rating of the summer time, along with his report throughout all codecs now 1201 runs at 171.57 this season.
Finch introduced up his century off 107 balls, with 12 of his 13 boundaries coming by means of the offside whereas he additionally whacked Kuldeep Yadav for an enormous six again over his head.
And whereas the batting was brutal, the bowling was simply as spectacular.
Mitchell Starc received Rohit Sharma early and took three wickets, whereas Pat Cummins bowled fantastically for 2-44 with the important thing scalp of Shikhar Dhawan on 75.
Adam Zampa (1-53) additionally received Virat Kohli caught and bowled for 16, as India misplaced 4-30 after being in a dominant place at 1-132 after 27 overs.
“What we are doing is phenomenal,” Warner mentioned.
“We’re driving this wave of excellent type and medical performances with bat and ball.
“We feed off one another very properly … I feel in the intervening time we have got nice stability. It is good to see.”