THIS Sachin record is in Warner's sights

David Warner and Aaron Finch

London, June 25: There is one Sachin Tendulkar record which Australia's star opener David Warner may break at this World Cup.

The master blaster had finished as the top scorer at the 2003 World Cup with 673 runs. It is the most runs scored in a single edition by an individual batsman in the history of the cricket World Cup.

Warner, who became the first batsman to reach the milestone of 500 runs in this year's competition, has a chance to go on and break Sachin record in the upcoming matches.

Having propelled Australia to a competitive total against England with a 123-run opening stand on Tuesday, Warner and Aaron Finch have cemented their place at the top of the scorers' list at the ongoing World Cup.

Finch was dismissed on 100 while Warner made 53.

England's Joe Root is close on Warner's heels and needs to score 77 runs in order to catch up with the Australia star.

While Warner is at the top of the scorers' list with 500 runs, the ssecond placed Finch is breathing down his neck with 496.

Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, who is in superb form at this World Cup, is third with 476 while Root is fourth with 424.

Finch and David Warner (53; 61b, 4x6) shared a 123-run opening stand in just 22.4 overs before Moeen Ali (1/42) had Warner caught by Joe Root at backward point.

Usman Khawaja (23) and Finch then continued the good work with a 50-run partnership but Ben Stokes (1/29) castled the former with a delivery right into the blockhole which shaped back to crash into his stumps.

Finch, who scored 53 in the last game against Bangladesh, brought up his 15th ODI hundred off 115 balls. But all his good work was undone in the very next delivery as he was sucked into hooking a Jofra Archer (1/56) short ball straight down the throat of Chris Woakes at fine leg.

Finch was seemingly furious with his shot selection and his team slumped from there on as Glenn Maxwell (12) got out cheaply to Mark Wood and Marcus Stoinis (8) was run out.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Alex Carey's 38-run unbeaten cameo (27b, 4x5) helped the Aussies recover a fair bit in the end, but they could still not manage a 300-plus score which looked a certainty as long as Finch was at the crease.

For England, Chris Woakes (2/46) returned best figures but it was a collective effort with the ball for the hosts.

Steve Smith (38; 34b, 4x5) tried to up the ante but in the process holed out to Archer at long on off Woakes as England firmly wrested back control.

From 185/3 in the 36th over when Finch departed, the Aussies could manage another 100 runs for the loss of four wickets in 15-odd overs.

News24 Bureau

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