The Aussies made a tremendous start to the 3-match ODI series against India. They canned a massive total of 374/6 at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Skipper Aaron Finch set a big total with 114 runs off 124. He shared a 156-run opening partnership with David Warner, 69 of 76. Steve Smith walked in to bat at No.3 and smashed a 66-ball 105 with the help of 15 boundaries. Following that, Glenn Maxwell hit three sixes and five fours on his way to a 19-ball 45. This helped the Australian side to score 166 runs in the last 15 overs.
Let’s look at some of the major stats and numbers from the first ODI at the SCG:
Australia posts its highest total against India
Australia placed a total of 374, which is their highest total against India. The "Men in Yellow" surpassed a total of 359, which was stationed by them on four different occasions.
Australia’s top order scored 60+ runs
Australia’s top order scored 60+ runs for the second time during a Men’s ODI game. The other such instance came during the match against England in 2018. However, this is also the 3rd time that a team’s top three scored 60+ runs during an ODI against India. The other two instances were during the 2009 Rajkot ODI against Sri-Lanka and South Africa during the 2010 Ahmedabad ODI.
Steve Smith records the 3rd fastest century
Steve Smith’s 62-ball century is now the 3rd fastest in Men’s ODI cricket for Australia. Glenn Maxwell scored a 51-ball hundred during the 2015 CWC against Sri Lanka. James Faulkner hit a century in just 57 balls against India during the Bangalore ODI in 2013.
Smith’s Century is also the 3rd fastest hundred in Men’s ODI cricket on Australian soil. Glenn Maxwell and AB de Villiers scored their centuries in 51 and 52 balls respectively during the 2015 CWC. Both the batsman hit their centuries at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Yuzvendra Chahal conceded 89 runs in 10 overs
Yuzvendra Chahal broke his own for most runs in a white-ball format by an Indian spinner. He conceded 89 runs in his ten overs. In the 2019 CWC game against England, he granted 88 runs.
His 89 runs are the 2nd greatest number of runs conceded by any spinner in an ODI played in Australia. Muttiah Muralitharan gave away 99 runs in a match against Australia in 2006.
Aaron Finch registered his 17th century
The skipper is the 4th quickest to get 17 hundred in terms of innings. Hashim Amla got there in only 98 innings whereas Virat Kohli and David Warner needed 112 and 113 innings respectively. Finch is also the 2nd fastest Australian player to 5000 One Day International runs. He is standing only behind Warner who got there in 115 games.
Highest opening partnership between Finch and Warner
The opening partnership of 156 between Aaron Finch and David Warner is now the highest opening stand for Australia in the ODI format. Their previous highest was 152, which was also against India in 1986.
Regarding all, the 156-run stand is the 2nd highest for the first wicket in ODIs at SCG. The 237-run partnership by Marvan Atapattu and Sanath Jayasuriya against the hosts in 2003 stands first on the list.
Finch, Warner, and Smith scored 288 runs
Australia’s top three batsmen collectively scored 288 runs which is the 2nd most by Australia’s top three in a home ODI match. The Aussie top three aggregated 311 runs against Pakistan back in 2017.