Tuesday 3 September 2013 

Finch, Marsh Pulverise Scotland

Shaun Marsh hits out during his innings of 151 against Scotland
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Australia 362-3 (Marsh 151, Finch 146) beat
Scotland 162 (Johnson 4-36) by 200 runs
One-Day International Edinburgh
Scorecard

Aaron Finch and Shaun Marsh both scored centuries as Australia handed Scotland a 200-run defeat in their One-Day International in Edinburgh.

The pair opened the batting and put on 246 together, Finch making 148 and Marsh 151 out of Australia's total of 362 for three.

In reply, Scotland were dismissed for 162 in 43.5 overs as Mitchell Johnson took four for 36.

Finch batted in much the same way he had against England in the opening Twenty20 International, smashing his way to a 96-ball century before accelerating to finish on 148 in 116 deliveries.

He hit 16 fours and seven sixes while Marsh hit 151 in 149 with 16 fours and five sixes.

Shane Watson then added 37 in 24 balls, Michael Clarke was unbeaten on four and George Bailey was not out on 10 as Australia piled on the runs.

The score was their fourth highest in all ODI cricket and comfortably surpassed the 345 all out they managed against the Scots four years ago.

Marsh is the eighth Australia to reach 150 in an ODI and the partnership of 246 between him and Finch is a new record for Australia's first wicket, beating the previous record of 212 between Geoff Marsh and David Boon that had stood since 1986.

It fell just six runs short of Australia's highest ever ODI partnership of 252 not out between Watson and Ricky Ponting against England in the 2009 Champions Trophy.

Scotland were quickly in trouble when they came to reply as Hamish Gardiner (1), Freddie Coleman (0) and captain Preston Mommsen (8) quickly departed.

Matt Machan made 39 in 59 balls and Calum MacLeod 24 to help them partially recover from 27 for three but there was no way back from there.

Majid Haq (25) and Gordon Goudie (23) were the only other players to pass 20 and Johnson ripped through the lower order to hand Australia their eighth highest winning margin in terms of runs in ODI history.

It was as historic a day for the tourists as it was a chastening one for the hosts.

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