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Finch and Marsh’s partnership was worth 246 runs
It seemed as if the 3-0 thrashing Australia received at the hands of England during the Ashes series became too much to bear and, as a result, they took out all their frustrations on a hapless Scotland side, who didn’t know what had hit them.
Australia’s opening duo of Aaron Finch and Shaun Marsh destroyed the Scottish bowling attack as they both smashed centuries and ended up recording career-high scores.
Scotland captain Preston Mommsen won the toss and chose to bowl first due to the overcast conditions.
However, he would have been pondering over whether he made the right choice as Finch and Marsh made the pitch look like a batsman’s dream.
Finch and Marsh both brought up their half-centuries in good time as Australia looked to be heading for a massive total.
The pair continued to pile on the runs as Mommsen could only watch in absolute awe at the destruction he was witnessing.
None of the Scottish bowlers had any clue about how to dismiss either one of the openers as Finch registered his maiden ODI century, while Marsh brought up his third.
Things got even uglier for Scotland as Finch and Marsh really upped the scoring rate to take their partnership past the 200 mark.
However, Scotland were rewarded for their persistence as they picked up the wicket of Finch in the 39th over.
Finch scored 148 runs off 114 balls, which included 16 boundaries and an incredible seven sixes.
However, Scotland’s punishment was far from over as Marsh and Watson put together a 101-run partnership at a scorching run rate of 10.63, during which Marsh crossed the 150-run mark, before he was caught out off the bowling of Iain Wardlaw for 151 off 151 deliveries, which included 16 boundaries and five maximums.
Watson ended up hammering 37 runs off 24 balls, which included six boundaries, as Australia finished on a jaw-dropping 362 at the end of their 50 overs.
Wardlaw was the pick of Scotland’s bowlers with two wickets, while Majid Haq snapped up one.
Chasing a near-impossible 363 to win, Scotland got off to a horrid start as their top three batsmen were back in the pavilion with only 27 runs on the board.
Matt Machan put up a valiant effort as he scored 39 off 54 balls, which included two boundaries, before he was caught out off the bowling of James Faulkner.
Haq, Calum MacLeod and Gordon Goudie all managed to reach the 20-run mark before being dismissed.
Other than these four batsmen, Scotland’s batting line-up collapsed under the might of the Australian bowling attack.
Scotland were finally put out of their misery in the 44th over as they were all out for 162, giving Australia a convincing 200-run win.
Mitchell Johnson caused the most damage with four wickets, while Faulkner picked up two and Clint McKay, Fawad Ahmed and Adam Voges all chipped in with one wicket apiece.