Finch and Warner went on a record-breaking spree in Mumbai on Tuesday (AP)
- David Warner and Aaron Finch forged the highest ever opening partnership in India
- It was only the 2nd instance of Australian openers scoring hundreds in a chase
- Warner also became the fastest Australian batsman to 5000 ODI runs
India were handed quite a hammering in Mumbai on Tuesday as David Warner and Aaron Finch hit unbeaten hundreds to consign the hosts to a 10-wicket loss in the ODI series opener. Chasing India's 255, the duo conquered the total in just 37.4 overs tumbling many records and providing Virat Kohli and Co. with a much-needed wake-up call.
Here are all the records that tumbled in Mumbai on a boundary-laden night:
258 - the unbeaten partnership by Warner and Finch happens to be largest partnership against India in one-day cricket, for any wicket anywhere in the world. The previous highest was 242 between George Bailey and Steven Smith at Perth in 2016. Also, it was the 3rd-highest partnership for Australia in ODIs with Warner being part of all three of them. The Australians could be forgiven in thinking that the latest win was just in continuation of the comprehensive Test victories in their home summer.
1 - the unbeaten 1st-wicket stand of 258 between Warner and Finch also went past the record of the previous highest opening partnership in India beating the 235 forged by South Africans Gary Kirsten and Herschelle Gibbs in Kochi, in 2000.
1 - the Mumbai loss also happens to be India's 1st 10-wicket loss vs Australia in ODI history. India have now lost an ODI by 10 wickets for a total of 5 times but Tuesday's hammering was only their 2nd such heavy defeat at home. Australia, on the other hand, launched their 1st 10-wicket victory since beating Bangladesh by the same margin in the 2007 World Cup.
1 - as Warner and Finch combined to hit a hundred each, it marked the first ever instance when an opening pair has done so in a chase against India. For Australia, it was only the 2nd such instance of both openers scoring hundreds in a run-pursuit and 5th overall.
2 - this is also the 2nd highest target chased in ODI cricket without losing a wicket. South Africa hold the record for the highest target chased without losing a wicket when they gunned down 279 against Bangladesh in 2017. Interestingly, it's Asian teams who have been at the receiving end of these infamous records as England's 256/0 against Sri-lanka in 2016 is the 3rd highest on this list.
3 - during the course of his marauding 128* in Mumbai, Warner also became the 4th fastest batsman to complete 5000 ODI runs, doing so in his 115th innings. Only Hashim Amla (101), Viv Richards and Virat Kohli (both 114) have done it in fewer innings than Warner. Warner, thereby became the fastest Australian to the mark beating Dean Jones, who took 128 innings.