Scotland v Australia, Only ODI, Edinburgh September 3, 2013

Finch, Marsh set up thumping Australia victory

The Report by Jonathan Coates

Australia 362 for 3 (Marsh 151, Finch 148) beat Scotland 162 (Machan 39, Johnson 4-36) by 200 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Aaron Finch and Shaun Marsh shared an opening stand of 246 - the second-highest Australia partnership for any wicket in ODIs - in a clinical dissection of Scotland, who were beaten by 200 runs.

The pair erased Geoff Marsh and David Boon's Australia record of 212 for an opening partnership, made against India and a record that had stood proudly since 1986. That wasn't the only record to fall. Australia's 362 for 3 surpassed the 345 they scored against the same team, made here four years ago, and the 334 for 6 they made against Scotland at the 2007 World Cup.

In the field, the hosts were athletic and efficient, but their bowling was blunt. They didn't concede any boundaries for six overs, after choosing to field first. The score was 12 for no loss at that stage but Scotland simply couldn't stem the flow of runs that followed.

Finch didn't quite reprise the brutality of his world-record Twenty20 score in Southampton, but played impressively, waiting for the right ball and picking his spot. He may have set Twenty20 records last week but he only had 107 runs from seven ODI innings before the trip to Edinburgh. On 24, he advanced to Majid Haq's second ball of the day and was beaten. To the bowler's dismay, the ball also deceived Northamptonshire wicketkeeper David Murphy.

At the other end, Marsh did not look comfortable for a long time and struggled to adjust to the lack of pace in the pitch; but the batsman grew in confidence after punching offspinner Haq for two fours in consecutive overs.

Few will remember those early difficulties when scrutinising the scoreboard in years to come. It took Marsh 87 balls to get to 50, but 61 deliveries later he had 150. He struck 16 fours, the same as Finch, and five sixes to Finch's seven in a display of breathtaking acceleration.

Gordon Drummond, who combined with Iain Wardlaw to make life difficult for the Australia batsman at the start, was the only bowler other than Haq to manage finish with respectable figures as Scotland tried in vain to build confidence for their final World Cricket League Championship matches in Belfast later this week.

Australia's strategy was simple: build the run rate from five an over to six and seven, keep wickets in hand and then go ballistic. When the Powerplay was called after after 33 overs, Wardlaw came back on with Finch 108 and Marsh 62 and the score at 181 for no loss.

It was civilised carnage from then on, at least until the 48th over when Wardlaw had Marsh and Shane Watson caught off successive deliveries by Gordon Goudie in the deep. In those 15 overs, Australia added 166 runs. The first wicket went to Haq, as Finch mishit a big shot, but the batsman's departure did nothing to slow the scoring.

The two young Scotland openers, Freddie Coleman and Hamish Gardiner, came out to bat under a warm sun and dropped anchor in a steep chase, and soon Mitchell Johnson and Clint McKay had a wicket apiece.

Matt Machan, who has impressed this season for Sussex, constructed an attractive 39 before holing out and Preston Mommsen, Scotland's captain in the absence of Kyle Coetzer, was run out attempting a single.

Faulkner deceived Berrington with a ball out of the back of his hand and Fawad Ahmed claimed his first ODI wicket as Scotland laboured to 162 all out in 44 overs. Johnson picked up the early wicket of Coleman and then came back to dismiss three tail-end batsmen in successive overs.

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  • Dummy4 on September 6, 2013, 0:13 GMT

    Yes every country has their day in the sun's our turn at the moment but there is light at the end of the tunnel ....India on their tracks are very tough ...Come to Australia India love seeing your great oneday batsmen hop around ..Kohli very average out here ...

  • sam on September 5, 2013, 11:47 GMT

    Handy tons from 2 young Aus batsmen. Got few more OD games against supposedly 'better' opposition and Ashes rivals for these and a few other Aus young batters to add to their 100s tally vs the Eng bowling .And with a lot of batting places at grabs in Aus' batting ordes for home Ashes there's a good chance we see a rash of triple figs. from these young bats in upcoming ODs v Eng.Oh,and off course the 1 brilliant game in series from Watson off course .And against this Eng bowling it can be anything from 170 or 230 on Watson's good day .

  • Prasanna on September 5, 2013, 9:02 GMT

    I think you needs to be reminded that Tests are a different ball-game altogether compared to the ODIs. Without good performances over 5 days, good teams can't win tests. Not the case with ODIs where even minnows can upset big ones. And to get back to india's so-called famous WC victory, india lost to SA, only managed to draw level with Eng. The only good team that you beat was Aus. After that, it was more of a subcontinent challenge. So just 3 games and india has won !! Probably is this reason why your board seems to have put pressure on ICC to have a similar format for WC 2015 ? Because the last time I checked, with the tougher Super 6 formats, your team except on one occasion got flogged and were hardly competitive.

  • Dummy4 on September 5, 2013, 5:41 GMT

    We all know that this is a Minnow so if you can't score runs against minnows, you'll never get a game. A century against a minnow means nothing compared to a century against the no.1 team in the world.

  • wayne on September 5, 2013, 4:01 GMT

    I still think the respective boards & ICC have missed a trick here - an ODI tri-series between England, Ireland, and Australia following an Ashes series is a delicious prospect, and one certain to attract genuine interest and a following if it were to happen on a regular basis - and more meaningful ODI series are what's good for the format, right? To the topic at hand, I'm going to say well done to both Marsh & Finch for fine knocks, but keep a bit of a lid on it, lads: Scotland aren't the highest quality opponent, and success of this kind should be tempered with the reality that England are going to be a much tougher proposition - obviously! I feel for Scotland, because having opportunities like this are a great experience and reality check, but unless they happen more often (in the form of more frequent games against the top tier, in addition to regular associate-level cricket), anything learnt is lost.

  • Graham on September 5, 2013, 2:39 GMT

    Steven Back; Id suggest you take a look at Mitchell Johnson record. Both one-day and test cricket superior to Stuart Broad. Has been man of the series in a test series victory in South Africa. I'm sure even Jimmy Anderson would love to do something like that.

  • gurinder on September 4, 2013, 19:21 GMT

    @steve-- yes mate it was a present surprise seeing johnson bowling so tight. then i realised its only scotland. by the way where is kerrigan these days?? learning to bowl again from scratch? isnt he best domestic bowler in england? tough days for english cricket in near future. when jade dernbach is ur best t20 bowler (as shown in recent series )then u know u are up against it .

  • gurinder on September 4, 2013, 19:09 GMT

    @praspunter -- india won wc undefeated in not 1 or 2 or 4 matches. they won everybody they faced and all odis didnt happened on same day.australia must be very unlucky to lose 7 tests out of 9 in last 2 tours and total number of days of losing comes out to be 7*5= 35. wishing them all the luck to atleast win one day.

  • James on September 4, 2013, 17:14 GMT

    A win is a win, even if it is Scotland. You can say "it's only Scotland," but what else can you do? You try and win every match you play regardless of the opposition. I guess it stems from the fact that people want to kick Australia whilst it's down. If they win the ODI series it will be "England rested their players."

    In the end the results are what count, but even luck hasn't been on Australia's side either having not won a test match in 9 tests, but playing the top sides on their home turfs with a young rebuilding team, what more do you expect? For the last 8 months or so and with another 8 to go, Australia has almost exclusively played, and will continue to play the top 3 sides in the world home and away, terribly hard to win that with an inexperienced team.

    I just hope the team comes out of this 15 month period, stronger and better and there is no better way to announce their return by winning the worldcup in 2015. If things aren't looking up then, they probably never will.

  • Dummy4 on September 4, 2013, 14:21 GMT

    A momentous occasion has just happened, everyone! Mitchell Johnson went for less than four an over! Hold the front page!

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