04 September 2013
Finch, Marsh star in 200-run win
Openers hit tons in record 246-run stand as Australia completes big win over Scotland
Aaron Finch's 148 helped Australia post a daunting target of 362 runs.
Aaron Finch and Shaun Marsh both smashed big hundreds, as Australia completed a comfortable 200-run win against Scotland in the lone One-Day International in Edinburgh on Tuesday (September 3).
Finch made 148 -- his maiden ODI century -- and Marsh hit 151 as the duo shared an Australia record 246 for the opening wicket, setting the platform for a colossal 362 for 3 in 50 overs.
Finch’s hundred came off just 116 balls and had 16 fours and seven sixes. It followed his Twenty20 International world record 156 against England at Southampton on Thursday. Finch eventually fell when he hold out off Majid Haq, the offspinner, but he had put Australia on course for a huge score.
The total was the highest Scotland had ever conceded at this level.
Marsh, whose father Geoff helped set the previous Australian first-wicket record of 212 together with David Boon against India at Jaipur in 1986, was slightly more sedate. He faced 149 balls including 16 fours and five sixes.
While Finch and Marsh's individual scores were well down the record list of highest ODI innings, their partnership was the sixth highest by an opening duo in ODIs.
Iain Wardlaw took two wickets in two balls to dismiss Marsh and Shane Watson (37) but that was a rare highlight for Scotland.
Australia, who will start a five-match ODI series against England on Friday, then dominated Scotland with the ball as well as the bat.
Mitchell Johnson, the left-arm paceman, took 4 for 36 as Scotland was dismissed for 162 with Matt Machan (39) the only home batsman to pass 30 in an innings that ended with more than six overs remaining.