Australia’s swashbuckling opener David Warner added another feather to his illustrious cap on Tuesday as he became the fastest Australian to score 5000 ODI runs during the first match versus India. Warner played a magnificent knock of 128 not out which guided Australia to a convincing 10-wicket victory over India in the first ODI at the Wankhede Stadium. Also Read - David Warner After SRH Lose to KKR: We Failed to Execute Our Plans
Talking about his match-winning hundred, the 33-year-old batsman credited Indian Premier League (IPL) which played a significant role in helping overseas players to get more familiar with the Indian wickets. “(The IPL) allows us to go out and compete on Indian wickets and you’ve got a lot of net bowlers and resources to get better in these conditions. The wickets are always great,” Warner said. Also Read - RR vs PBKS Dream11 Team Prediction VIVO IPL: Captain, Fantasy Playing Tips - Rajasthan Royals vs Punjab Kings, Today's Probable XIs For T20 Match 4 at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai 7.30 PM IST April 12 Monday
“It’s very rare you get to go out to the middle and practice. We’re ever so grateful for that. I think every single nation that comes here will say the same thing,” he added. Also Read - IPL 2021: Kolkata Knight Riders Start Season on High With 10-Run Win Over SunRisers Hyderabad
Warner and Aaron Finch dislodged the Indian attack as they shared an unbeaten 258-run stand in their pursuit of the 256-run target. The left-handed batsman said both of them complement each other well and know their roles. “We complement each other on the field and we’re great mates off the field as well. We know each other’s games and personalities well. We have honest conversations. If we’re playing shots that we wouldn’t, we reassure each other about that,” said Warner.
Australia gave India a harsh reality check, exposing the home team’s middle-order frailty and putting to sword it’s bowling.
Anticipating dew in the evening session, Finch opted to field. India ended up with a below-par 255 on a decent batting surface after a middle-order failure. Australia made short work of the target, racing to a resounding victory in 37.4 overs with Warner (128 not out off 112) and Finch (110 not out off 114) smashing unbeaten centuries.
“It’s just great to go out there and play the way that we do. When he’s (Finch) going I know what my role is and when I’m going he knows what he’s role is and we communicate that straight away and that’s the best thing about our partnership,” Warner said.
The duo broke their own record of best partnership versus India.
According to Warner, the Indian bowlers bowled a lot of over-pitched deliveries and they just tried to capitalise on the opposition’s errors. “When you come to Wankhede, it always swings and there’s a little bit of seam movement. Fortunately tonight they over-pitched quite a bit to Finchy (Finch), and he was able to get on the front foot and put them away.
“We tried to make the most of those over-pitched deliveries and we got off to a good start,” he said.
“The most pleasing thing for me was seeing Finchy transfer his weight into the ball very well. Tonight was probably the best that I’ve ever seen him bat. The way he played was fantastic. It was great to have that winning partnership and be clinical there and (win) none down,” Warner added.
So was he and Finch looking at the 2023 World Cup as opening partners and pat came the reply.
“We’ll speak to our wives first. We’ll both be 36 or 37. I’ve got three kids and I hope that’s the last one. We’ll take one step at a time. We’ll look to the next game in Rajkot. We actually spoke about this in the team meeting not looking too far ahead,” Warner signed off.