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14 January, 2018 01:37:34 PM
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Finch ton, Stoinis assault gives Australia 304

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Finch ton, Stoinis assault gives Australia 304

Aaron Finch's dominating ton and an impressive half-century from Mitchell Marsh helped Australia post 304 for 8 in the first One-Day International against England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday (January 14). Finch (107) and Marsh (50) collaborated to score 118 for the fourth wicket to put the innings back on track after an initial wobble.

For most parts of the Ashes, fans yearned for a contest between the two teams. England's ODI outfit managed to produce that for good part of the first innings but Marcus Stoinis smashed a 40-ball 60 to push the hosts over 300. What will prop up Australia even further is the highest run chase at the venue has been 297.

Mark Wood dismissed David Warner early in the second over for just 2. Steve Smith, England's nemesis throughout summer, was dismissed early after a 18-ball 23. Adil Rashid got one to go straight from just outside off and take the inside edge off the bat. Jos Buttler juggled it but much to the delight he managed to hold on to it to leave Australia at 58 for 2.

Travis Head failed to get going and chopped one back from Liam Plunkett as the hosts slipped to 78 for 3. England had found the much-needed opening into the shaky Australian middle-order but ran into determined Finch and Marsh. Moeen Ali was pretty poor, as he had been in the preceding Test series, and that gave Marsh a chance to settle in. Both Finch and Marsh were more than happy to attack the offspinner and picked up some crucial runs in the middle overs.

Finch went past his half-century in the 18th over to lead Australia's recovery. He looked composed as he marched towards his ninth ODI ton. While he scored his fifty in 65 deliveries, the next 50 runs came in 47 deliveries. However, he failed to carry on and was dismissed by Moeen in the 36th over.

With the centurion gone, Australia's plans were going to revolve around Marsh. However, Rashid managed to get one past Marsh's inside edge and take out the leg stumps. At 205 for 5 in the 38th over, England were well in the game. But it took Stoinis just 37 deliveries to change the complexion of the game.

England would have hoped to keep Australia under 280 but the right-hander raced to his half-century off just 37 balls to take England past 285 in the 47th over. England's ploy to bowl short into the ribcage failed miserably as Stoinis kept clubbing all the short deliveries wide of square leg or midwicket.

He was eventually caught at mid-off in the 48th over of the bowling of Chris Woakes but not before he had left an unkind cut on England's aspirations and plans.Cricbuzz.

KK

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