Australia’s highest opening partnership in a one-day international at the SCG has been undone by the controversial wicket of David Warner.
The home side won the toss and chose to bat in the series opener against India on Friday in Sydney.
Making the most of the opportunity, Warner and Aaron Finch dominated and overtook Geoff Marsh and David Boon’s 152-run partnership that had stood as the record for 34 years.
Warner and Finch passed Marsh and Boon’s mark, set against India in January 1986, in the 28th over but it was all over moments later.
Warner was caught behind on 69 by KL Rahul off the bowling of Mohammed Shami but the umpire was unmoved, forcing Indian captain Virat Kohli to use a review.
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It appeared Warner had edged the ball but a vague Hotspot and Snicko replays sparked debate over the likely outcome.
The third umpire Paul Reiffel eventually ruled both had shown enough to determine Warner was out, ending his partnership with Finch on 156 runs.
“It looked out and Warner gave the impression it was,” former Test spinner Kerry O’Keeffe said on Fox Sports.
“I don’t know. I think he’s hit it.”
Replays showed Warner laugh and crack a joke, indicating there was a gap between bat and ball, at his Indian rivals.
“Warner thinks he may have missed it,” O’Keeffe said.
“He’s stunned, eventually, or is that a bit of gamesmanship?”
Warner had earlier marked his half-century with a nod to the sky, paying tribute to Phillip Hughes on the sixth anniversary of his death.
He had held his friend Hughes’s hand when the batsman was taken from the middle of the SCG on a stretcher on November 25, 2014.
On Friday Warner was in the middle with Finch when the clock ticked 4.08pm, applause filling the venue in memory of Hughes’s Test cap No.408.
Australia and India had earlier stood for a poignant minute’s silence to honour Dean Jones after the Victorian’s shock death this year.
A highlights package was played on the SCG’s big screen, and once the match was underway Warner and Finch evoked memories of Jones’s unforgettable stoush with Curtly Ambrose in 1993.
The batsmen appeared to ask India’s Navdeep Saini to remove a sweatband at the start of the ninth over – the same query asked of Ambrose by Jones, sparking a fiery spell of bowling.