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Roy powers England to first victory of the series

ANI  |  Melbourne [Australia] 

Opener produced a superb performance with the bat as thrashed by five wickets, here at the Ground (MCG) on Sunday to win the opening match of the Gillette ODI series. This is also England's first win of the tour after a dismal Ashes performance.

Roy who scored 180 off just 151 balls, overhauled Alex Hales' 171 as the record highest individual ODI score for His thumping knock included 16 fours and five sixes.

Moreover, his 180 is also the highest score by a visiting batsman in

A 221 run stand between Roy and (91*) also powered to become the first team to chase down a 300+ score at the MCG.

and picked up two wickets each.

Earlier, Australian opener had scored his ninth one-day international century to leave England chasing a target of 305. The 31-year-old also became the equal-fourth fastest Australian to score 3,000 ODI runs.

Finch (107) along with (50) and (60) powered the hosts to 304-8.

picked up three wickets for England, while scalped two.

The second ODI will be played on January 19 at The Gabba in

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First Published: Sun, January 14 2018. 17:35 IST