Aaron Finch joined the list of those who have scored centuries in their first game in the World Cup.
The Victorian opening batsman thumped 135 versus England at Melbourne Cricket Ground on Saturday.
He was dropped on naught, trying to loft the ball over the square leg fielder and boy; did he make the opposition pay for that miss?
It was ruthless batting by the Australian T20 captain. He took it back to the English bowlers as he unleashed his powerful straight bat shots down the ground.
The English captain Eoin Morgan would have probably been relieved to have got David Warner out early as he was the one guy who could go bonkers against the new ball too.
But, his failure was covered up by Finch who dominated the bowling in the same manner as Warner would have done.
In spite of losing his partners, Finch was much secured about his game and was never reluctant to go for the boundaries.
Every now and then, he was showing intent that he was looking for runs. He was coming down the pitch, was making room, and was going for paddle sweeps. There was no block and hit theory which most of the opening batsmen look to imply in the middle overs.
Finch actually had got his century quite early and he had so much time left that he could have thought about a double century too and he was going well. He was not flirting with risk, but, a misunderstanding in running saw him getting dismissed. It was his call though as he played a short to extra cover and ran straightaway.
Nevertheless, it was one of the best knocks played by an opening batsman in the World Cup. It certainly was top notch batting.