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'Lack of set batsmen at the death cost Australia': Finch

'Lack of set batsmen at the death cost Australia': Finch

Bengaluru, Jan 20 (UNI) Australia captain Aaron Finch rued the absence of a set batsman

in the slog overs of the third one-day international against India, which his team lost by

seven wickets here, to concede the three-match series 2-1.

Australia stumbled from a strong platform, set up by a third-wicket partnership of 127

between Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne, to end up with 286/9 – a below-par

score at the Chinnaswamy surface.

In all, Australia lost five wickets in the last 10 overs. The regular strikes meant that the

last three overs yielded just 13 runs to cap the total at well under 300.

"I think probably guys not getting through to those last couple of overs [hurt us],"

Finch said.

"I think in the last two games, we have had the bowlers batting for the majority of the

last few overs. We saw in Rajkot, the damage that KL Rahul could do in the back end

because he was a settled batter. I think that's an area we just missed a couple of tricks.

Just not having an in batter being in and having faced 20 or 30 balls to get us deeper

and get us to the back end," he said.

"Part of the reason for that was the relentless accuracy of India’s fast bowlers at the

death. In both Rajkot and Bengaluru, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah and

Navdeep Saini uncorked a stream of yorkers, leaving the batsmen with zero room to

react," said Finch.

"It brought about the dismissal of Pat Cummins in identical fashion in both games,

clean bowled off the first ball he faced, against Mohammed Shami. “Credit to India,

their death bowling in the last few games was exceptional,” Finch said.

“Shami was nailing his yorkers, Saini in the last two games, and Bumrah. In both

games, they were exceptional. You can look at where we could have improved, but

also you've got to give some credit to India. They were unbelievable at the death,”

he said.

Australia tried to catch India off guard by bumping Mitchell Starc up to No.5, ahead

of Alex Carey, Ashton Turner and Ashton Agar, to counter India’s spinners. But the

move failed, as Starc perished three balls after the Smith-Labuschagne partnership

was broken, for a duck, allowing India to widen their opening, an ICC report said.

Explaining the move, Finch said, "We felt as though it was an aggressive move,

especially against the left-arm spin. He can smack a few, and if he went out there

and hit a couple of sixes, we were hoping it could potentially change their tactics

and they would have to bring one of their quicks back earlier. That just didn't

happen."

“Myself and Andrew McDonald, the head coach for the tour spoke about it before

the first game. We felt as though Mumbai probably wasn't the right surface, but felt

here was, especially against Jadeja, the left-arm spinner spinning it into him. He

just didn't hit it out of the middle. I still support the move 100 per cent, it just didn't

come off today. But it was definitely an aggressive move,” he added.

UNI XC-BM

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