For Australia, their opening pair David Warner and skipper Aaron Finch have been quite successful by providing a terrific start. But, they’ve struggled at the fag end of innings by losing wickets in a flurry.
However, in between, Warner alongside Finch had achieved a milestone at iconic Lord’s on Tuesday (June 2015). Jointly, the duo had put up a fifth consecutive 50-plus score under their belt at the ICC World Cup 2019, and this time, they were facing hosts England.
Thus, they became a first opening pair to achieve such an incredible feat in the ODI cricket.
On Tuesday (June 25), in the match No. 32 of the ODI showpiece, Warner alongside Finch started off cautiously against the Three Lions before registering 123-run stand.
With duo scripting a history at the World Cup, they’ve already taken the onus on themselves by producing some rewarding results, particularly in the 50-over format.
Interestingly, famous Australian pair Ricky Ponting and Mark Waugh have dominated the cricket. Between 1996 and 1999, the duo racked up seven 50-plus stands in the two different World Cup editions.
Earlier, Graeme Fowler alongside Chris Tavare became the first to slam four consecutive 50-plus scores in 1983. In the space of three years, David Boon and Geoff Marsh did it for Australia.
In 1996, legendary Saeed Anwar and Aamer Sohail achieved the milestone of four consecutive 50-plus totals.
However, in 2003-07, Adam Gilchrist and Mathew Hayden played a prolific role for the Kangaroos to achieve the milestone.
Earlier, in the ongoing game, Eoin Morgan decided to field first. However, after struggling in the first half of the innings, English bowlers made a sincere effort by restricting Australia at 285 for seven in 50 overs.
Here’s the list of World Cups most consecutive 50-plus opening partnerships:
*5 David Warner- Aaron Finch (2019)
(4) Graeme Fowler – Chris Tavare (1983)
4 David Boon – Geoff Marsh (1987-92)
(4) Aamer Sohail – Saeed Anwar (1996)
4 Adam Gilchrist – Mathew Hayden (2003-07)