ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 2nd Match: Finch and Marsh pummel England

Finch celebrates after scoring his sixth ODI century

Finch celebrates after scoring his sixth ODI century

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Australia opener Aaron Finch smashed a scintillating century and all-rounder Mitchell Marsh claimed his maiden five-wicket haul as the Baggy Greens pummelled England by 111 runs at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).

Finch and Marsh were well supported by Glenn Maxwell and captain George Bailey, who made 66 and 55 respectively.

However, England pace bowler Steven Finn and batsman James Taylor deserve some credit as the former took a hat-trick and the latter scored a career-best 98.

Bailey would have been pleased with his decision to bat first after David Warner and Finch amassed a 57-run partnership before Warner was clean bowled by Stuart Broad for 22.

Broad struck again the very next ball when Shane Watson was caught behind for a golden duck.

Steve Smith only made five runs before he was cleaned up by Chris Woakes.

Finch and Bailey stabilised the innings with a 146-run partnership, during which Finch brought up his sixth ODI century and Bailey his half-century, before Finch was run out by England captain Eoin Morgan for 135 off 128 balls, which included 12 boundaries and three sixes.

Bailey ended up making 55 off 69 deliveries, which included three boundaries, before he was clean bowled by Finn.

Bailey finally regained his touch with the bat

Bailey finally regained his touch with the bat

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Maxwell and Marsh kept the runs flowing with a 53-run partnership before Marsh was caught by Joe Root at long-off off the bowling of Finn for 23.

Australia’s dominance with the bat continued as Maxwell and Brad Haddin put together a 61-run partnership, during which Maxwell registered his half-century, before Haddin was caught by Broad at third man off the bowling of Finn for 31.

Finn struck again the very next ball when Maxwell was brilliantly caught by Root at long-off for 66 off 40 balls, which included 11 boundaries.

Maxwell smashed 11 boundaries during his knock of 66

Maxwell smashed 11 boundaries during his knock of 66

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Finn became only the seventh bowler to take a hat-trick in the World Cup when Mitchell Johnson was caught by James Anderson at mid-off for a golden duck.

Finn is only the seventh bowler to take a hat-trick in the World Cup

Finn is only the seventh bowler to take a hat-trick in the World Cup

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Despite Finn’s hat-trick, Australia still finished on 342/9 off their 50 overs.

Finn was the pick of the bowlers with a five-wicket haul, while Broad snapped up two and Woakes chipped in with one.

Chasing 343 to win, England got off to a poor start as opening batsman Moeen Ali was caught by Bailey at mid-on off the bowling of Mitchell Starc for 10 runs.

Gary Ballance also made 10 runs before he was caught by Finch at short midwicket off the bowling of Marsh.

Ian Bell managed to make 36 runs before he was caught by Starc at deep midwicket off the bowling of Marsh.

Marsh struck again the very next ball when Root was caught behind for five runs.

Morgan failed to trouble the scorers as he was caught behind off the bowling of Marsh.

Marsh completed his maiden five-wicket haul when Jos Buttler was dismissed courtesy of a stunning catch by Smith at short cover.

Marsh finished with a career-best 5-33 off nine overs

Marsh finished with a career-best 5-33 off nine overs

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Taylor and Woakes stemmed the bleeding with a 92-run partnership, during which Taylor surpassed the half-century mark, before Woakes was caught by Smith at mid-off off the bowling of Johnson for 37.

Broad did not make any runs as he was cleaned up by Starc for a golden duck.

Finn mustered one run before he was caught and bowled by Johnson.

The match ended in dramatic fashion as Taylor was given out lbw initially. However, after the reviews showed that the ball was missing leg stump, the third umpire checked to see whether Anderson had been run out. With the replays showing Anderson just short of his crease when the throw from Maxwell hit the stumps, the third umpire gave Anderson out, leaving Taylor stranded on a career-best 98, which came off 90 balls and included 11 boundaries and two sixes.

Taylor was left stranded on a career-best 98

Taylor was left stranded on a career-best 98

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Marsh was the most successful bowler with five wickets, while Johnson and Starc claimed two wickets each.

Morgan was gutted to have lost the match, and said: “I think it was probably above par, the wicket is really good and we probably let ourselves down in the field.¬†Death bowling let us down. 310 was par, but we needed all our guns firing. It’s one of our strengths, we’ve been top in the first 10 overs and with Jimmy and Broady back, bowling was a good decision. That’s the most frustrating thing, we started slow and cold in the field with dropped catches and run outs. Finny taking his second five-for on this tour so far and James Taylor very unlucky not to get a hundred. They’re probably our two toughest games in the group stage, and if we keep testing ourselves like this we’ll go on to the quarter-finals. I think the senior players need to stand up, that’s all.”

Bailey was pleased that his side won their first World Cup match, and said: “It was a very very special moment, especially when the national anthems started. When you see the top stands filling up you know it’s going to be a good crowd [it was 84,336 people]. The track slowed up later so it was nice to have a crack on the pitch first up. Home ground for Finch and he rose to the occasion, that’s what we want from the top order. I dont think he [Marsh] bowled that many overs in a row, I wanted him to take five wickets and I had to worry about the medical staff yelling at me. Good partnership, we lost a couple of wickets and it was nice to set up the innings [through] Mitch and Hadds and Maxi.”

Finch was named Man of the Match.

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