Australia captain Aaron Finch shared the reason for Australia’s defeat on Sunday. He said that their series against India was a good learning process as well. Australia lost the final ODI by seven wickets and also faced a 2-1 defeat in the three-match ODI series. The visitors could only manage to score 286/9 while batting first despite Steve Smith smashed a scintillating 131.
“The wicket started to spin quite a bit,” said Aaron Finch in the post-match presentation ceremony. “The quicks started sliding on a little bit at the end. If we had 310ish, then our spinners could put some pressure in the middle. Again, we just keep losing one wicket too many at every stage of the game. Our momentum gets stalled, but it’s a great learning curve to play against the best in the world in their conditions.”
Australia were never in a position to win as well as to defend the total as India successfully managed to build partnerships where more than 65 runs each from the top order batsmen. Indian captain Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma stitched a 137-run partnership for the second wicket.
Australia were particularly lost because of their premier pacers, Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins. They both had a bad day in the office. The pair ended up conceding 130 runs in the 16 overs that they bowled in the decider. And, the captain, Aaron Finch had to experiment with part-timers like Labuschagne and himself as well.
Rohit Sharma smashed a century as well. Along with Kohli, he made the foundation of India’s win.
“(Ashton) Agar bowled great lines and length, and he’s always on the stumps, so the batsman has to take risks of the good balls. You are bowling at world-class players, but I thought we’d pitch a few overs of part-time spin, but that wasn’t to be,” he said.