Australia, on Sunday, beat India by 51 runs in the second ODI to seal the three-match series with a match remaining. Chasing an improbable total of 389, the Men in Blue finished their innings on 338 for 9.
Aaron Finch won the toss once again, decided to bat once again and Australia made the most of it once again. Steve Smith was the star with the bat, scoring a 62-ball hundred for the second match in a row to help his side pile up an imposing total of 389 f0r 4.
Aaron Finch (60) and David Warner (83) had laid the platform for the big total by sharing a 142-run stand for the first wicket. Marnus Labuschagne (70) and Glenn Maxwell (63 not out off 29 balls) also played crucial knocks.
In reply, India finished their innings on 338 for 9. Virat Kohli top-scored for the visitors, scoring 89 while KL Rahul scored 76. However, none of them managed to remain till the end to take India over the line in the must-win clash. For Australia, Pat Cummins picked up three wickets while Adam Zampa and Josh Hazlewood picked two apiece.
Here is what Aaron Finch said after the match:
Speaking at the end of the game, Australia captain Aaron Finch started by saying that the batting performance by his side was perfect. He further expressed his delight over wrapping up the series.
It was I guess (perfect performance with the bat). Anytime you get in the high 300s is good. Very pleased to wrap it up in two wins,” said Aaron Finch Finch.
Speaking further, he gave an update on Warner’s injury. The southpaw had to walk off the field with a groin injury at the very start of India’s chase. Aaron Finch said that he has no idea about the fitness of his opening partner but claimed that the southpaw is unlikely to be available for the third ODI.
“No idea (on Warner’s fitness). We’ve got to reshuffle it around, I don’t think he’ll be available,” said Finch.
The Australia skipper also spoke on how Hardik Pandya’s four overs gave Australia an idea on how to bowl on the batting friendly pitch. Speaking before Finch, India skipper Virat Kohli had said that Pandya ‘gave away a bit of a bowling plan on this pitch’.
“Henriques bowled to a simple plan and changed his pace a lot. As Virat said, we probably got a blueprint with Hardik’s bowling, he was really hard to hit with pace off deliveries,” Finch said.