Australia score their highest ODI total at Sydney Cricket Ground

Written by Vishwas Gupta

Australia once again won the toss at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday and came out all guns blazing at the Indian bowlers. The Australian innings on Sunday was fairly similar to the one on Friday, but it was only more brutal on the Indian bowlers.

Openers David Warner and Aaron Finch once again gave their team a brisk start and piled on another century-run stand. It was their second consecutive one and the 5th against India.

The two stitched together a partnership of 142 runs, before Mohammed Shami got skipper Finch to get a leading edge off a yorker and get him caught at extra cover.

David Warner perished a few overs later, mis-judging a throw from Shreyas Iyer from the long on boundary and getting run-out for an 83.

Steve Smith followed his Friday’s 62-ball 100 with another identical ton and was eventually dismissed for 104 against India on Sunday. This was Smith’s 11th ton in ODI cricket.

Glenn Maxwell came in at the No. 5 position and was unbeaten on 63 off 29 with 4 fours and 4 sixes. It was his quick-fire fifty that gave Australia the impetus in the end to eventually end their innings at 389/4.

It was Australia’s highest-ever total at the Sydney Cricket Ground. This was confirmed by the official handle of the stadium that posted on Twitter saying, ‘The 4-389 posted is Australia’s highest-ever ODI total at the SCG… That’s across 134 matches at the ground, dating back to 1979!’

It was only the second time in ODI history that the top 5 batsmen in an innings had all got a score of fifty-plus. The only other time this had previously happened was also by Australia in a clash against India in Jaipur in 2013.


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