3rd T20I: Didn’t have enough runs on board – Aaron Finch
Aaron Finch (Getty Images)

Captain Aaron Finch believes Australia did not have enough runs on the board to defend against India in the third T20I at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday. Winning the toss and opting to bat first, Australia were off to a flier with the skipper himself and his opening partner Darcy Short putting 68 runs for the opening wicket. With a scoring rate of over eight runs an over, the stage was set for a total of 180-plus, but regular strikes from India’s spinners, Krunal Pandya in particular, stole India’s momentum and Australia finished with 164/4 from their 20 overs.

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India knocked off the target to win the match by six wickets. To make matters worse, India were off to a brisk start, bringing up their half-century in just 4.4 overs, and even though they stuttered a bit in the middle, captain Virat Kohli struck a fine half-century, and along with Dinesh Karthik, remained unbeaten on 61 to see India over the line and ensure a 1-1 finish.

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“They batted extremely well in the powerplay. Always tough to bring it back from 1/67. If we had few more runs, would’ve had a chance,” Finch said. “The way that we fought was brilliant. Rohit and Dhawan are totally different styles of batsmen which is tough for bowlers. That’s why they’ve been a great opening combination.”

Australia and India have a 10-day gap before the two teams meet for the first Test in Adelaide on December 6. Finch said that although he was happy with the progress his young side, there are areas Australia need to work on ahead of the high-profile four-Test series.

“Guys had a plan, just didn’t execute in the middle overs with the bat. Still fair bit of work to do but we’re going in the right direction which is nice. Feeling good for the Tests. Obviously a totally different format. Will get down to Brisbane and prepare for 5-6 days,” said the Australian skipper.