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Found his hands: Twitter reacts as Smith & Finch tear apart Indian bowling

The three Australian batsmen who had to bear the brunt of poor form in the Indian Premier League (IPL) redeemed themselves and once again proved that they are worth the hype and they know how to live up to their potential.

While skipper Aaron Finch and former skipper Steve Smith hit brilliant hundreds and shaped the two phases of the Aussie inning in Sydney, Maxwell provided the much-needed injection to boost the inning and get it past the 350-mark to a huge score of 373.

Twitterati, while appreciating the Aussie batsmen, didn’t forget to mention how badly they performed in the IPL.

Smith, who had said earlier that he found his hands, was also helped by dropped catches. The local boy was given two chances and he cashed in brilliantly on them by scoring 105 off 66 balls with the help of 11 fours and six sixes. Finch though, had started cautiously with his opening partner David Warner, scoring a fabulous hundred (115 of 124 balls) and thereby laid down a solid foundation for the hitters to be let loose. And Glenn Maxwell did just that. 

The Big Show indeed showed how important a place he holds in the team. It was his 19-ball 45 that lifted Australia after the fall of two quick wickets in the form of Finch and Stoinis. 

While most of the tweets were cricket related, one that got the love of even the entertainment industry was a reference to Big Boss contestants Siddharth Shukla and Shehnaaz Gill. 

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