Like co-hosts New Zealand, hosts Australia too begin their 2015 World Cup campaign on a bright note as they trashed their Ashes rivals England by a massive margin of 111 runs in their Group A clash at MCG, Melbourne. Aaron Finch led the way for the Aussies and was backed up by some good contributions from Glenn Maxwell, George Bailey and Mitchell Marsh.
Aaron Finch scored the first century of this World Cup earlier today and along with George Bailey’s stroke-filled 55, he took Australia to safety after the fall of three quick wickets. Finch started off cautiously and then started to cash in on the start as he went after the bowling as he reached his sixth ODI hundred before he ran himself out for 135. In the end overs, it was left to Glenn Maxwell to take the Aussies to a strong position and The Big Show eventually did it as he plundered 66 runs off 40 balls towards the end of the innings before Steven Finn’s hat-trick of the last three balls of the innings to restrict the Aussies for 342-9 in fifty overs. Brad Haddin also starred towards the end with a cameo of 14 ball 31. Finn sent back Brad Haddin, Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell Johnson to complete his Hat-Trick.
Chasing a huge total, England were never in the chase as they lost the wicket of Moeen Ali early to Mitchell Starc and he was followed by Gary Balance, Ian Bell, Joe Root and Eoin Morgan, reducing themselves to 73-5 in 18 overs. Soon Jos Buttler followed to the pavilion giving Mitchell Marsh his maiden five-wicket haul. It was when James Taylor and Chris Woakes joined together and revived English innings with a 92 run partnership. Mitchell Johnson cleaned up the tail and when James Taylor was left stranded on 98 when James Anderson was declared out when the ball was dead following Umpire Aleem Dar’s nod to dismiss James Taylor.
Brief scores: Australia 343-9 in 50 overs (Aaron Finch 135, George Bailey 55, Glenn Maxwell 66, Steven Finn 5-71) lost to England (James Taylor 98*, Chris Woakes 37, Mitchell Marsh 5-33) by 111 runs.
Man of the Match: Aaron Finch (Australia)