Chasing 190 against Indian spinners a tough ask, says Aaron Finch
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Australia suffered a massive defeat by 37 runs in the first Twenty20 International (T20I) against India at Adelaide on Tuesday. Chasing 190 runs eventually proved out to be a huge mountain for the hosts, as they kept losing wickets at regular intervals.

After getting off to a flying start the Australian batting line-up collapsed in the middle and paid the price. Their skipper Aaron Finch took the responsibility for this tumble and felt it was always a tough target to be breached against quality spinners like Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja.

Finch was quoted in a report from IndianExpress saying, “The wicket didn’t change much and it might have spun slightly more. We probably didn’t expect that but at the end of the day when you are probably chasing 9-10 an over against world-class spinners like R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, it is always going to be tough. When you are ultra aggressive against them it favours them. There is always going to be risk and tonight wasn’t the night.”

Finch, on their batting order’s collapse, said, “The run rate was up around 10-an-over like it was for most of the first 12-13 overs. So I felt that it was best to try and attack Ashwin and the other batsmen obviously thought the same. I wouldn’t say it backfired. But I had allowed us to get too far behind the run-rate from the start. David Warner and Steve Smith were outstanding in their intent and they rotated strike too. I couldn’t hit boundaries for a period there, so I take full responsibility for them getting out, as well as Travis Head.”

Finch also praised Virat Kohli for his firing knock of 90 runs and said, “Virat doesn’t seem to hit too many fielders, so it doesn’t really matter where you put them.” He further said, “He is just in unbelievable form at the moment and the wickets are very good. The way he uses his hands, his feet, he is a pretty complete player. When you are looking to restrict his scoring, he can work it into the gaps and he runs hard, always putting pressure back on the bowler. That’s what makes him such a great player.” Australia is now under the pump as the onus of making a comeback in the three-match series is on the hosts.