Match Tied (Royal Challengers Bangalore win one-over eliminator)
David Warner on Tuesday credited his off-field chemistry with Aaron Finch as he continued his excellent run of form picked up from the home summer.
The pair of Warner and Finch struck hundreds to power their side to a record ten-wicket win in the first ODI at Mumbai.
This was Warner’s 18th ODI hundred and his fourth from the start of the summer, including a triple hundred against Pakistan. Before the Australian summer, Warner’s technique was tormented by Stuart Broad, where he dismissed him seven times in his ten Ashes innings.
He then brushed aside his Ashes demons and returned to form against Sri Lanka with a hundred in the first T20I. His next hundred came against Pakistan in the first Test at Brisbane and then followed it up with an unbeaten 335 against the similar opposition at Adelaide.
"Yeah I was hitting them well in England in the nets too and couldn't get a run on the board," Warne said at the end of first ODI [as quoted by Cricinfo]. "I have a hunger and a desire to score runs all the time. I look back at that little phase there [in England] and it was just a small hiccup. I wasn't out of form, I was out of runs.
"I'm really making the most of it at the moment, my feet are moving well. I'm getting my head over my front leg, my weight is going through the ball. All those small things are coming into play. When you are in that kind of form and touch and everything is going well for you, you have to make sure you are practicing the same and doing all the hard work.
Warner credited his opening partner, Aaron Finch, as the pair hunted down 255 in 37.4 overs with all wickets intact. The NSW batsman complemented Finch’s weight transfer into the shot, something which Finch has admitted himself of not doing well enough at times.
"The most pleasing thing for me up the other end was seeing Finchy transfer his weight into the ball very well," Warner said. "He talks about not doing that as consistently, but tonight was probably the best that I've ever seen him bat. The way that he played was fantastic. It was great to have that winning partnership and be clinical there and [win] none down.
"We complement each other on the field but we're great mates off the field and I think we know each other's games so well and personalities that now we can have honest conversations out there.
“If we're playing shots that we wouldn't, we reassure each other about that, it's purely we complement each other, it's just great to go out there and play the way that we do. When he's going, I know what my role is and when I'm going he knows what he's role is and we communicate that straight away and I think that's the best thing about our partnership, it works very well."
Australia currently lead the three-match series 1-0. The second ODI will be played at Rajkot on Friday.