Hosts Australia kick started their World Cup campaign with a bang as they demolished England by 111 runs at Melbourne. Aaron Finch and Glenn Maxwell lead Australia’s batting charge with the former scoring a hundred on his World Cup debut and the latter thrashing the England bowlers at the end and taking the team’s total to 342.
In reply, Mitchell Marsh ran through the batting of poms and his 5-wicket haul proved more than enough for the hosts to secure a huge victory.
Here I bring you a special pictorial analysis by stats of this game:
Partnerships: Building blocks for a stiff innings
Aaron Finch: A well-complied innings by Finchy that set the tone for a big score
Glenn Maxwell: The Big Show provided the late burst with shots all around the park
James Taylor: The lone warrior in England’s unsuccessful pursuit of 343 runs
Mitchell Marsh: The Bison was excellent with the ball today and took his first 5-fer in World Cup and in ODIs too.
His final figures read: 9-0-33-5
Mitchell Starc: Once again he was brilliant with the new-ball and troubled the England top-order with his pace and bounce. He returned with the figures of 9-1-47-2.
Steven Finn: Finny was a bit expensive today but he took the first hat-trick of this World Cup. His final bowling figures read: 10-0-71-5.
Stats Credits: espncricinfo