Smith ‘sees the ball and hits it’
Australia captain Aaron Finch heaped praise on his teammates for their performance despite not being able to train much as a unit.
“We’ve barely been together as a team. Each guy has different strengths and weaknesses. You embrace that. Davey (David Warner), he’s moving beautifully. His rhythm looked outstanding. Smudge (Steve Smith) was different class altogether,” he said. “Maxi (Glenn Maxwell), the rare ability he’s got to just click his fingers and put pressure on the opposition,” he added.
Smith, who was adjudged Man of the Match, said the superb efforts from Finch (114) and Warner (69) gave him the licence to thrill as he smashed a 66-ball 105 to take Australia to 374/6.
“Have been searching for something for a couple of months now. About three days ago something just clicked. My rhythm came back, everything came back,” he said. “Finchy and Davey played very well early on. We could come in and be aggressive. Wasn’t thinking too much out there, just seeing the ball and hitting it. Was seeing the ball well. It was a good surface.”
All-rounder Marcus Stoinis could be in doubt for Sunday’s second ODI after he sustained an injury during the series opener. Stoinis grimaced in pain after delivering the second ball of his seventh over of India’s run chase.
According to cricket.com.au, the 31-year-old suffered a “left-side pain”.