Australia opener David Warner said that his record-breaking stand with Aaron Finch, during his team's 10-wicket victory over India in the first ODI in Mumbai, was the outcome of great understanding between the duo.
Despite the potency of India's bowling attack, Australia were untroubled in their chase of 256, as Warner and Finch registered Australia's highest-ever ODI partnership against India to secure victory with 74 balls to spare. The 258 runs they put together was also the highest undefeated stand for Australia.
Warner, who was named Player of the Match for his 128* off 112 balls, featuring 17 fours and three sixes, believed that the duo were able to achieve the remarkable feat on account of their excellent understanding of each other's games, forged over 59 games of opening together since 2014.
"We complement each other on the field and we're great mates off the field as well," Warner said. "We know each other's games and personalities well. We have honest conversations. If we're playing shots that we wouldn't, we reassure each other about that.
"It's just great to go out there and play the way that we do. When he's [Finch] going, I know what my role is, and when I'm going, he knows what his role is and we communicate that straight away and that's the best thing about our partnership."
This was an especially important game for Australia, being their first ODI since their semifinal exit in the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2019 in July. Warner said Australia were keen to set the tone after a long break from the format.
"For us, it was coming out here and making a mark, from where we left off in the World Cup...It's our first ODI this summer and it's all about trying to put clinical performances out there," the 33-year-old, who became the fastest Australian to 5000 ODI runs during the course of his knock, said. "We've got a great unit, a great bunch of guys together. We've got a great bowling unit, we've got pace, spin, and in our batting, we got great depth, power, we got guys who can work it around in the middle as well, who can accelerate. I think at the moment we've got great stability and it's good to see."
Australia will now look achieve the rare feat of securing back-to-back ODI series victories in India, when they take on the hosts in the second of three matches in Rajkot on Friday, 17 January.
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