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What a day of cricket to start the men’s summer.
India finished its 50 overs at 8-308 on Friday night and still lost by 66 runs, unable to get close to the 6-374 Australia posted off the back of tons from Aaron Finch and Steve Smith.
Here’s how we rated the players.
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DAVID WARNER – 7
69 off 76
Back on home soil, David Warner blunted India’s much vaunted new ball attack, laying the groundwork for the fireworks to come from Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell. It wasn’t as aggressive as we’ve seen him in the past but he still had a strike rate of 90.78.
AARON FINCH – 8.5
114 off 124
What a way to start the summer for the Australian captain. A 124-ball 114 that set the innings up perfectly for Australia and saw him go past Adam Gilchrist to become the country’s fourth greatest ever century-maker in the format.
STEVE SMITH – 10
105 off 66
In another world he is out lbw for 15 or caught in the 30s. In this one he scored the third fastest ODI ton in Australian men’s history.
MARCUS STOINIS – 6
0 off 1, 0-25 off 6.2
Sent out to bat with 10 overs, Marcus Stoinis’ job was to put the cherry on top. Unfortunately his innings was too short for even cameo status, caught behind for a golden duck. He more than made up for that with the ball, going for less than four an over in a match where both teams scored more than 300 runs. Cruelly, his series could be over after breaking down in his seventh over with the ball.
GLENN MAXWELL – 7
45 off 19
How good is Glenn Maxwell in full flow? The Victorian was only out there for 19 balls and he still managed to clobber eight boundaries, including back to back switch hits, the second of which cleared the ropes. Uncharacteristically dropped two chances in the field, which cost him a point.
MARNUS LABUSCHAGNE — 3
2 off 2
A more natural accumulator than slogger, the cards were always stacked against Marnus Labuschagne coming out to bat after 45 overs. It’s no one’s fault that he ended up batting so late in the innings, but it would be foolish to hold this knock against him. Take his rating with a serious pinch of salt.
ALEX CAREY – 6
17 off 13. One catch
He didn’t have long to bat but Alex Carey made his presence felt, hitting an unbeaten 17 off 13. Kept to his usual standards.
PAT CUMMINS – 5
0-52 off eight overs
The quick has had better nights but was far from the poorest fast bowler from either side in the match. Bowled with good pace but had little joy on a pitch that did not offer much at all to the bowlers and went for more than a run-a-ball. He lost a high catch under the lights off the bat of Shikhar Dhawan.
MITCHELL STARC – 2.5
1-65 off nine overs
Who could have seen that first over coming? Went for 20 runs in an 11-ball over that had absolutely everything. Actually recovered somewhat from there — had to really — leaking 45 off his final eight overs and only missed out on the wicket of Shikhar Dhawan through a dropped catch. Picked up a wicket in the final over when the game was all but over.
ADAM ZAMPA – 8
4-54 off 10 overs
Adam Zampa’s night started horribly, committing the cardinal sin of dropping Virat Kohli on one. It finished with him proving one of the team’s most vital contributors, taking a four-for that included the wickets of India’s two best batsmen for the night — Dhawan and Hardik Pandya.
JOSH HAZLEWOOD – 8
3-55 off 10 overs
Who knows where that game was going with out Josh Hazlewood, who ended a 53-run opening stand in the sixth over by knocking over Mayank Agarwal, removed a red-hot Kohli after he had been dropped on one and then bounced out Shreyas Iyer all before the 10th over.