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Aaron Finch continues great form on comeback with confident fifty vs India

Aaron Finch continued his great form on comeback from a calf injury as he slammed 94 in Australia’s 21-run win over India in the fourth ODI at the M Chinnaswamy stadium.

india vs australia 2017 Updated: Sep 28, 2017 22:07 IST
Siddharth Vishwanathan
Siddharth Vishwanathan
Hindustan Times, Bangalore
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Aaron Finch in action during the 4th One Day International between India and Australia at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.(AP)

Aaron Finch continued his great form on his comeback by slamming a fifty after his wonderful century in Indore as Australia beat India by 21 runs in the fourth ODI at the M Chinnaswamy stadium on Thursday. (India vs Australia 4th ODI Highlights)

Finch, who had missed the first two ODIs in Chennai and Kolkata with a calf strain, made a great comeback in Indore by blasting 124, his eighth ODI century. On a flat wicket in Bangalore, the right-hander capitalised yet again and gave Australia a solid platform. (India vs Australia 4th ODI Scorecard)

The 30-year-old started off cautiously but got going when he slammed two boundaries off Mohammed Shami, who was playing his 50th ODI. With Finch starting confidently, David Warner displayed aggression as he attacked the Indian bowlers.

While Warner raced away to an aggressive fifty, Finch held one end up and scored at a steady rate. On 47, he survived a close stumping chance off Yuzvendra Chahal as MS Dhoni failed to collect the ball.

The right-hander reached his landmark off 65 balls as the partnership went past 100, the first time that Australia had registered a 100-run stand for the opening wicket in this series.

Finch opened up after going past his fifty as he lofted Axar Patel inside out over extra cover and glanced a boundary to fine leg. The right-hander continued his acceleration by blasting Chahal over long off for yet another six.

While David Warner fell for 124, Finch failed to get his century, falling for 94 as he ended up slogging a slow ball from Umesh Yadav to mid-on. However, the efforts of Warner and Finch have ensured Australia have a big total on board.

First Published: Sep 28, 2017 16:11 IST