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Finch and Hodge punish wayward Bulls

Aaron Finch and Brad Hodge got the Victorian Bushrangers title defence off to a lightning start against the Queensland Bulls at the MCG on Sunday evening.

Having won the toss the Bushrangers batsman enjoyed trouble free batting as the home side reached a mammoth total of 188-4 against a Bulls line-up which was dispatched to all parts of the MCG.

Finch and Hodge enjoyed an opening stand of 98 before Finch was dismissed in the 11th over by Ben Cutting who halted a stunning display of power hitting by two of Australiaís best t20 players.

Finch lead the way with a trailblazing 58 which came from just 38 deliveries, his innings included 8 fours and 2 massive sixes which thrilled the crowd as they sailed high over the boundary ropes.

With Finch leading the way Hodge played a quieter supporting role but he still managed to score 39 before he was caught by Nathan Reardon at the start of Chris Simpsonís second over.

Despite the lose of Finch and Hodge in the space of 5 balls the Bushrangers didnít panic as Matthew Wade and David Hussey () continued the blitz by adding another 38 runs in the space of 3.3 overs before Wade (19) was dismissed by Michael Neser.

Bushrangers skipper Cameron White came to the creased and added another 24 runs in another impressive partnership with Hussey (42) as the pair steered the home side to an impressive total.

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