Best Innings of Aaron Finch in IPL
Australia has been one of the most dominant forces in world cricket over the years and Aaron Finch has been one of the most successful batsmen that Australia has produced. A powerful hitter of the ball, Finch also has great technique and the ability to stay out in the middle for long periods of time, which is why he has scored some memorable innings in international cricket and formed some memorable partnerships with opening partner David Warner.
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Finch has brought that level of performance to the IPL as well, performing extremely well in the tournament. Having been a part of Rajasthan Royals, Delhi Daredevils, Pune Warriors India, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Mumbai Indians, Gujarat Lions, and Kings XI Punjab over the years, he is all set to feature for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the upcoming edition of the IPL. However, this list of the top 5 innings of Aaron Finch in his IPL career shows his prowess in T20 cricket and also shows RCH exactly what they’re getting in 2020.
5. 67* (54) vs Mumbai Indians (2016)
The first entry on this list of the top 5 innings of Aaron Finch comes from his time with the Gujarat Lions, when his side took on Mumbai Indians in 2016. Mumbai batted first but never really got going thanks to an exceptional bowling display from Gujarat that saw MI restricted to 143/8 in their 20 overs. Coming in to bat in his customary opening spot, Finch was the only batsman to cross 35 in the entire match, scoring an unbeaten 67 off 54 balls with 7 fours and 1 six. The Australian stuck around to take his side across the finishing line off the last ball with 3 wickets in hand, winning the man of the match award for his efforts.
4. 69 (39) vs Delhi Daredevils (2017)
Sticking with the Gujarat Lions for this next innings from Aaron Finch, we move forward to 2017 when his side took on the Delhi Daredevils. Gujarat batted first and posted a challenging total of 195/5 in their 20 overs, with Finch playing a starring role in them getting there. Coming in to bat at the unfamiliar number five spot, Finch top-scored with 69 off just 39 balls, hitting 6 fours and 4 sixes and giving his side a real impetus. Unfortunately for Finch and Gujarat, his innings seemed to inspire Shreyas Iyer, who replied with a 57-ball 96 that took Delhi to the win with 2 wickets to spare and 2 balls to go.
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3. 72 (34) vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (2017)
Staying in 2017 for the next entry on this list of the top 5 innings of Aaron Finch in IPL matches, we have a blistering knock against his current IPL outfit, Royal Challengers Bangalore. A spectacular effort from Finch’s compatriot AJ Tye, who took 3/12 in 4 overs, helped Gujarat skittle RCB out for 134 in their 20 overs. In reply, Finch came in at number 4 and smashed the ball to all parts from the word go, ending up with 72 off just 34 balls with 5 fours and 6 sixes. His effort saw Gujarat overhaul RCB’s total with consummate ease, romping home with over 6 overs to go, and 7 wickets in the shed.
2. 74 (47) vs Kings XI Punjab (2016)
Back to 2016 for the next entry on this list of the top 5 innings of Aaron Finch in IPL matches, and we have his knock for Gujarat Lions against one of the teams he has turned out for – Kings XI Punjab. Batting first, Kings XI managed to reach 161/6 in their 20 overs, with Dwayne Bravo’s 4/22 keeping tabs on the rate of scoring. Finch was sent in at his customary opening spot this time around, and despite losing partner Brendon McCullum very early on, the Australian was undeterred in his efforts to chase the target down. Finch ended up scoring 74 off 47 balls with the help of 12 fours before he was stumped off Pardeep Sahu, but not before he had taken his side close to the win. Gujarat’s 5-wicket win was sealed in the 18th over, with Finch taking home the man of the match award.
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1. 88* (53) vs Delhi Daredevils (2014)
The top spot on this list of the top 5 innings of Aaron Finch in his IPL career was scored against one of his former sides, Delhi Daredevils while playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad. Batting first, SRH posted an imposing 184/1 in their 20 overs, with Finch top-scoring with an unbeaten 88 off 53 balls that was studded with 8 fours and 4 sixes. His compatriot David Warner chipped in with a useful half-century to take the score higher. Delhi’s run chase got off to a good start but was halted in the middle overs by some accurate and economical bowling by SRH. Delhi ended up just 4 runs short, scoring 180/4 in their 20 overs. Finch was rewarded with yet another man of the match award for his excellent knock.