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19th over: Australia 106-0 (Finch 52, Warner 49) A couple more runs out to deep midwicket, and Finch has his fifty. In this World Cup he has 66, 6, 36, 82, 153, 53, and now 52 not out. And that 36 he was smashing it but got run out.
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18th over: Australia 100-0 (Finch 48, Warner 47) Double spin change, with Adil Rashid’s leg-breaks from the Pavilion End. And Warner goes after him immediately. This must be a plan. First ball, tonked over mid-off for a couple. Third ball, pulled for four. Fifth ball, driving hard past a diving Moeen at mid-off. Ten from the over, all to Warner, and that’s the eighth century partnership in ODIs for this pair, and their third in this World Cup. Australia cruising.
Anyone getting nervous yet @GeoffLemonSport? This is nice tight stuff, and I’d rate our first change options as better than Aussie, but this feels like when we used to put teams in in the 90s because it was cloudy and they’d be 80-0 at lunch. Wickets are what’s needed, as always.