During the early period of the opening game of the three-match home ODI series against the visitors India, Australian white-ball captain Aaron Finch becomes the second-fastest Australian batsman to complete 5000 ODI runs.
The three-match ODI series started on Friday (27th November), while Sydney Cricket Ground (Sydney) is hosting this series opener. Aussie captain Aaron Finch chose to bat first after winning the toss in this day/night match.
Before this match, Finch already managed to score 4983 ODI runs in 125 ODI innings (129 ODI matches) with an average of 40.84, including 16 centuries and 27 fifties (highest score 153*). So, the right-handed batsman was 17 runs away to complete his 5000 ODI runs.
During the sixth over of the match, Finch completed his 5000 ODI runs after picking up a single that helped him to reach the 17 runs mark in the game. The 34-year-old Finch completed his 5000 ODI runs in 126 ODI innings (130 ODI matches).
After completing his 5000 ODI runs in 126 ODI innings, Finch became the second-fastest Australian batsman to complete 5000 ODI runs by putting behind Dean Jones (completed 5000 ODI runs in 128 ODI innings). His opening partner David Warner is holding the record of fastest Australian to complete 5000 ODI runs as the left-handed batsman reached this milestone in only 115 ODI innings.
Top 5 fastest Australian batsmen to complete 5000 ODI runs
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Fastest to complete 5000 ODI runs: Aaron Finch equalled the record of Sourav Ganguly
In overall, Aaron Finch equalled the record of former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly, who also completed 5000 ODI runs in 126 ODI innings. In the record book of fastest to 5000 ODI runs, both Finch and Ganguly are jointly standing in the 13th position.
Also, Finch became the 16th Australian cricketer and 10th Australian right-handed batsman to complete 5000 ODI runs.
Aaron Finch becomes the 5th Australian opener to complete 5000 ODI runs
On the other hand, ahead of this match, Aaron Finch was 37 runs away to complete his 5000 ODI runs as an opener. He stretched the ongoing Sydney ODI innings to 37 runs and completed 5000 ODI runs as an Aussie opener in 124 ODI innings. Finch became the fifth Australian opening batsman to complete 5000 ODI runs.
Australian openers with 5000 ODI runs
(updated till 27th November 2020)