We complement each other well: Warner in association with Finch
MUMBAI: Swashbuckling Australia opener David Warner & Aaron Finch dislodged the Indian attack by sharing an unbeaten 258-run stand in their pursuit of the 256-run target & the left-handed batsman said both of them complement each other well & know their roles.
"We complement each other on the field & we're great mates off the field as well. We know each other's games & personalities well. We have honest conversations. If we're playing shots that we wouldn't, we reassure each other about that," said Warner, who smashed an unbeaten 128.
Australia gave India a harsh reality check, exposing the home team's middle-order frailty & putting to sword its bowling.
Anticipating dew in the evening session, Aaron Finch opted to field. India ended up with a below-par 255 on a decent batting surface after a middle-order failure.
Australia made short work of the target, racing to a resounding victory in 37.4 overs with Warner (128 not out off 112) & Finch (110 not out off 114) smashing unbeaten centuries.
"It's just great to go out there & play the way that we do. When he's (Finch) going I know what my role is & when I'm going he knows what he's role is & we communicate that straight away & that's the best thing about our partnership," Warner said.
The duo broke their own best association record against India.
According to Warner, the Indian bowlers bowled a lot of over-pitched deliveries & they just tried to capitalise on the opposition's errors.
"When you come to Wankhede, it always swings & there's a little bit of seam movement. Fortunately tonight they over-pitched quite a bit to Finchy (Finch), & he was able to get on the front foot & put them away.
"We tried to make the most of those over-pitched deliveries & we got off to a good start," he said.
"The most pleasing thing for me was seeing Finchy transfer his weight into the ball very well. Tonight was probably the best that I've ever seen him bat. The way he played was fantastic. It was great to have that winning partnership & be clinical there & (win) none down," Warner added.
So was he & Finch looking at the 2023 World Cup as opening partners & pat came the reply.
"We'll speak to our wives first. We'll both be 36 or 37. I've got three kids & I hope that's the last one. We'll take one step at a time. We'll look to the next game in Rajkot. We actually spoke about this in the team meeting - not looking too far ahead," Warner said.
He said that generally wickets in India are excellent for hitting.
"(The IPL) allows us to go out & compete on Indian wickets & you've got a lot of net bowlers & resources to get better in these conditions. The wickets are always great & I'm just glad I'm a batsman & not a bowler," he signed off.