The Aussies make light work of the Scots, winning by 200 runs, and breaking all sorts of records along the way.
How it went down
The Scots won the toss and sent Australia in to bat. And although openers Aaron Finch and Shaun Marsh would have been licking their lips at the prospect of facing the inexperienced bowling attack, they took their time to get going, scoring just 12 runs off the first six overs. After that though Finch picked up the scoring rate, scoring his maiden ODI century, eventually falling for 148 off 116 balls on his way to setting an Australian record for an opening partnership in one-day internationals with Marsh. The West Australian made 151 from 149 balls as the Aussies set a mammoth total of 362.
The Scottish batsmen did their best to try and stall the inevitable, but wickets fell at regular intervals, with Mitchell Johnson running through the tail to finish with figures of 4-36.
Bluffer’s guide: “Forget the fact that the runs only came against Scotland, Aaron Finch is going to make it as a one-day player.”
QUICK SINGLE: One-day at a time for Marsh
Two moments that mattered
1. SCOTLAND SEND AUSTRALIA IN TO BAT. This match could have gone one of two ways, Scotland batting first, which would have meant a relatively quick result, or a bit more batting practice for the Aussies with the Scots batting last. Fortunately for Finch and Marsh, Preston Mommsen won the toss and sent the Aussies in, opening up the chance for all sorts or records to be set.
2. MURPHY MISSES A STUMPING CHANCE. Finch had made just 24 runs when he advanced down the pitch and was deceived by a delivery from Majid Haq, unfortunately for the Scot it also deceived wicketkeeper David Murphy and Finch was able to recover to score his highest score in one-day internationals, adding a further 124 runs.
Hero of the day
It may have been Marsh that went on to crack the 150, but it was Finch’s innings that really took full toll on the Scottish bowling. Aside from the one stumping chance he offered early on, he displayed much more controlled aggression than in his record T20 knock last week. He was patient enough to wait for the bad balls and when they came he made sure they were dispatched to the boundary, finishing with 16 fours and seven sixes.
It was only a matter of time…
Before Geoff Marsh and David Boon’s record for the best opening stand by an Australian pair was broken. The record has been holding steady since 1986, and came in a game that the Aussies lost to India, but with more one-dayers being played against cricketing minnows these days it had to fall. Swampy and Boonie’s scoring rate doesn’t exactly stack up with the modern game either, with Marsh making 104 off 139 balls, while Boon compiled 111 off 118 balls. We are sure Swampy doesn’t mind ceding the record to his son, although he’ll probably rub it in around the dinner table at Christmas.
It’s a numbers game
4 – Runs Finch and Marsh would have needed to equal Australia’s match total in the match with Australia’s previous best record opening partnership.
6 – Runs Finch and Marsh would have needed to equal the record partnership for any Australian wicket in one-day internationals.
16.62 – Runs Finch added to his batting average during the course of the match. The Victorian opener came into the game with an ugly looking average of 15, but when he finally holed at the end, his average now sits at a more respectable 31.62.
What caught our eye
It’s said that the Scots and the Poms don’t get along, but they found a common enemy in Mitchell Johnson. Johnson, who is regularly a target for English crowds, also copped some booing from the Scots when he fielded a ball off his own bowling and attempted to throw down Matt Machan’s stumps. The Scottish batsman wasn’t looking and the ball hit him in the ankles, and the crowd weren’t happy with what they saw.
Did he really say that?
“Any time you get the opportunity to play for your country, it doesn't matter whether you're playing England, India or Scotland, you've got to stamp your authority.” James Faulkner in the lead-up to the match against Scotland. Faulkner didn’t get an opportunity to bat but was the most expensive of the Australian bowlers finishing with 2-32 off six overs.
Soundtrack of the day
“The Spicy McHaggis jig” – The Dropkick Murphys
Finch and Marsh may be dancing all week after facing the Scots.
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First Posted 04 September, 2013 9:52AM AEDT