Continuing his blazing form, David Warner struck a scintillating hundred to guide Australia to a comfortable three-wicket victory over England in the opening match of the tri-nation One-day series, on Friday.
Batting first, England never really got the momentum after a top-order collapse despite skipper Eoin Morgan’s brilliant counter-attacking 121 which took the team total to 234 in 47.5 overs. None of the other England players even crossed 30-run mark.
In reply, Warner’s 115-ball 127 laid the foundation as Australia scored the required runs in 39.5 overs which ensured a precious bonus point for them, having achieved the target within 40 overs.
In the process, they lost a few wickets but they always had a firm grip on the proceedings.
Warner, who scored his third hundred in ODIs and the first in almost three years, started from where he left the Test series against India. He had scored three centuries in series, won 2-0 by his side.
Warner struck 18 boundaries and his most productive shot turned out to be the cover drive as he dispatched the England’s quartet of Stuart Broad, Steven Finn, Chris Woakes and Chris Jordan in that region.
It was a fairly chanceless innings with exception of a sharp chance when wicketkeeper Jos Buttler failed to collect an edge off Jordan’s bowling when he was on 70.
He swept off-spinner Moeen Ali for a boundary to complete a well-deserved hundred off only 97 balls with 14 boundaries.
On reaching the milestone, Warner set his sights on a bonus point as he started to attack hitting four more boundaries.
Warner hit Woakes for two boundaries before a back of the hand slower saw him miscue an inside out shot which ballooned up only for Ian Bell to catch at point.
Australia also lost Brad Haddin before James Faulkner scored the winning runs.
Earlier, it was skipper Morgan who came to England’s resuce after a top-order collapse and single-handedly took his side to a respectable 234 as the visiting side slumped to 33 for four in the ninth over.