5 Highest partnerships against India in ODI cricket
Team India, in spite of having a strong bowling unit for quite some time now, has faced the wrath of many duos.
Updated - Jan 15, 2020 11:18 am
Cricket, a sport where at many occasions, batsmen are credited for winning their teams, matches single-headedly, but in reality, it’s the collective effort from both the ends that helps the team get past a target or set one. There have been many instances in the 50-over format of the sport when the batsmen have hunted in pairs and have smacked the opposition bowlers to all parts of the ground.
Team India, in spite of having a strong bowling unit for quite some time now, has faced the wrath of many duos, who did not show any mercy against the bowlers and piled up mountains of runs.
Here, we will be having a look at 5 such occasions where the opposition batsmen we too good for the Indian bowlers to bowl to:
5. David Warner and Aaron Finch
(Australia, 231 runs for the 1st wicket, 28 Sep 2017, Bengaluru)
With Australia 3-0 down in a 5 match series, and the Aussies looking for a grace saving win desperately, the destructive duo of Aaron Finch and David Warner came to the rescue. Steve Smith won the toss and had chosen to bat first on the batsman-friendly wicket of Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. And, he would have rejoiced this decision for days to come.
Opening the innings, Finch and Warner started their fireworks right from the start. And what followed was an absolute destruction of the Indian bowlers. David Warner got to his century, even before the team’s score passed the 100 run mark.
The Indian bowlers were helpless. By the time the first wicket of David Warner (124 off 119 balls) fell, the damage was already done. The duo had put up 231 runs on the board, collectively hitting 7 sixes and 22 fours during their stay on the wicket. Finch, who missed out on a century was dismissed 94, in the very next over. The scoreboard at the end of the first inning read 334 runs for the loss of 5 wickets.
The Indians in the second inning, could not chase down the target. With Kedar Jadhav top-scoring with 67 runs, the Indian team fell short by 21 runs. This was the first and only victory for the Aussies in that series, but the partnership that made it all happen will stay as a fond memory in the mind of every Australian fan for many years.