The Indian team, taking part in the second ODI against Australia on Sunday at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), has created an unwanted record in ODIs which was not yet done in the history of its 978 matches. Against India, there have been three consecutive century partnerships for the first wicket in ODIs in all these years.
The opening pair of David Warner and Aaron Finch shared 142 runs for the first wicket in the second ODI being played at SCG. This is the pair’s second consecutive century partnership against India. In the first ODI match played on the same ground, both of them added 156 runs. This is the third consecutive time in ODIs when India have had a century partnership for the first wicket and it is also a record.
See scorecard – Australia vs India, second ODI
For the first time in the history of 978 ODI matches, there was a century partnership against India for the first wicket in three consecutive ODIs. Before these two ODIs, the pair of Martin Guptill and Henry Nicholls of New Zealand added 106 for the first wicket at Mount Maunganui. The match was played before the game was halted due to Kovid-19.
The Indian bowlers looked completely neutral in front of the Australian batsmen. Warner scored 83 off 77 balls. His innings included seven fours and three sixes. Finch scored 60 off 69 balls. He hit six fours and a six in his innings.
This partnership gave Australia a strong base in the second match of the series in Sydney. After this, Steve Smith made his second consecutive century in the series for Australia. Glenn Maxwell also hit a brilliant half-century.