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Lord's bicentenary: Finch hits 181 in MCC win

5 Jul 2014, 1604 hrs IST,  AFP  
Lord's bicentenary: Finch hits 181 in MCC win
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Aaron Finch hammered 181 of 145 balls as MCC beat ROW by seven wickets.
London: Australia's Aaron Finch seized his chance to shine among some of cricket's greatest players with a commanding innings of 181 not out as MCC beat the Rest of the World in the Lord's bicentenary match on Saturday.

Set 294 to win a one-day match marking the 200th anniversary of the 'home of cricket', MCC finished on 296 for three with 25 balls to spare against an equally star-studded Rest of the World team. Finch, already in England playing for Yorkshire, was involved in partnerships with three of the best batsmen cricket has known to cap a memorable Lord's debut for the 27-year-old Victoria right-hander.

He put on 107 for the first wicket with Indian hero Sachin Tendulkar, cricket's leading run-scorer in both Tests and one-day internationals. Finch then added 67 and 122 with two contrasting West Indies left-handers in Brian Lara (23) and Shivnarine Chanderpaul (37 not out) respectively.

However, one sadness for a capacity crowd was that Rest of the World captain Shane Warne was unable to bowl after his first ball batting saw the leg-spin legend suffer a broken right hand when he was struck by an accidental beamer from fast bowler Brett Lee, his former Australia team-mate. Earlier, Yuvraj Singh's blistering 132 off 134 balls took the Rest of the World to 293 for seven after they had collapsed to 68 for five following four wickets for Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal.

Tendulkar, who only retired in November, gave his adoring fans in a capacity Lord's crowd plenty to remember him by with the pick of his seven fours a straight drive down the ground off current Australia fast bowler Peter Siddle. However, the 'Little Master' fell to a familiar foe when, trying to cut Muttiah Muralitharan, he got a bottom edge and was bowled by the Sri Lanka off-spinner, Test cricket's most successful bowler.

Left-hander Lara also showed his enduring class with a cracking drive behind point off West Indies paceman Tino Best and a booming drive off Paul Collingwood, both shots typical of the Trinidad star at his best.

But with MCC in cruise control mode, Durham captain and former England all-rounder Collingwood proved an unlikely bowling hero with two wickets in two balls. Collingwood's medium-pacers saw Lara caught behind by wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist, leading the Rest of the World in Warne's absence, before he nipped one back to bowl Indian star Rahul Dravid off the inside edge for a golden duck. However, Chanderpaul survived the hat-trick ball.

Opening batsman Finch was quickly into his stride with pulled boundaries off Best and Siddle. He also hammered leg-spinner Shahid Afridi for six over deep square leg and lofted Yuvraj's left-arm spin high over the long-on boundary.

A single off Collingwood saw the 27-year-old Finch, yet to play Test cricket but who made a Twenty20 world-record 156 against England at Southampton last year, to a 96-ball century. He eventually ended the match with a six off left-arm spinner Yuvraj. In all, Finch faced 145 balls including 23 fours and six sixes.

Earlier, after Warne won the toss, the Rest of the World collapsed from 54 for one to 68 for five in the face of Ajmal's off-spin. Fresh from his 12-wicket haul in a County Championship match for Worcestershire last week, Ajmal had Adam Gilchrist (29) smartly stumped by Nottinghamshire and ex-England wicketkeeper Chris Read.

Ajmal then had Tamim Iqbal lbw, and Kevin Pietersen stumped before clean bowling fellow Pakistani Afridi for a duck. But with MCC skipper Tendulkar then taking Ajmal off, Yuvraj revived the innings against a bowling attack missing Pakistan seamer Umar Gul, who only managed two overs before suffering a knee injury.

Brief scores: Rest of the World XI 293 for 7 (Yuvraj Singh 132, Paul Collingwood 40; Saeed Ajmal 4 for 45) lost to Marylebone Cricket Club 296 for 3 (Aaron Finch 181*; Sachin Tendulkar 44; Paul Collingwood 2/25) by seven wickets.

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In pics: Finch leads MCC to big win

Rest of the World captain Shane Warne won the toss and opted to bat first against Sachin Tendulkar's Marylebone Cricket Club in Lord's bicentenary match.
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ROW XI started well with the openers Adam Gilchrist and Virender Sehwag combining for a 54-run stand in just 6.5 overs. Gilchrist scored 29 before getting stumped to Saeed Ajmal.
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Sehwag scored 22 off 24 balls before getting clean bowled by Brett Lee.
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Kevin Pietersen disappointed the Lord's crowd as he departed for just ten runs as Ajmal picked up his third wicket.
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ROW XI soon found themselves tottering at 68 for 5 with Shahid Afridi getting out for a duck. Ajmal was the wrecker-in-chief claiming four of the five wickets to fall.
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ROW XI innings was then resurrected by Yuvraj Singh and Paul Collingwood (40) as the duo combined for 131 runs for the sixth wicket. Yuvraj hammered 132 runs off 134 balls with the help of eight boundaries and six sixes.
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MCC skipper Sachin Tendulkar decided to roll his arm over and he sent the well set Yuvraj packing.
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Peter Siddle (33*) then ensured ROW XI finished with a competitive score of 293 for 7 in their 50 overs.
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In the last over of the ROW XI innings, skipper Shane Warne fractured his right hand after being hit by a beamer from Brett Lee. The Australian was not able to take any further part in the game after the incident.
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In chase of 294, MCC started well with openers Sachin Tendulkar and Aaron Finch getting together for a big 107-run stand.
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Tendulkar was very fluent in his knock of 44 off 45 balls before getting out to Muttiah Muraitharan.
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Brian Lara then supported Finch with an attractive knock of 23 runs before being Collingwood's first vicitm of the match.
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Finch though looked in tremendous touch and scored a belligerent 181 off just 145 balls studded with 23 boundaries and six sixes.
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Finch remained unbeaen till the end as he led MCC to a big seven wicket victory over ROW.
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