Aaron Finch
Aaron Finch (AFP Photo)

India took a 2-0 lead against Australia in the ongoing five-match ODI series edging past their opponents in a last-over thriller. Australia captain Aaron Finch felt his opposite number Virat Kohli, who struck a match-winning century, was the difference between the two teams. (READ: I was waiting for this opportunity – Shankar)

Kohli recorded his 40th ODI century that was vital in India putting up a fighting total as the were bowled out for 250 in 48.2 overs. He scored 116 off 120 with the help of 10 fours. Allrounder Vijay Shankar logged the next best score for India with 46 off 41. (READ: Kohli, Bumrah star as India beat Australia)

“Virat was the difference in the game, if one of our main batters had done the job, we would have got across the line,” Finch said at the post-match presentation on Tuesday.

Chasing 251, Australia needed 11 runs in the final over with two wickets remaining. Marcus Stoinis had just completed his half-century and the match was very much in the balance.

Shankar then followed up his fighting knock with what turned out to be the match-winning over as he trapped Stoinis lbw with the first delivery and the cleaned up Adam Zampa (2) as the tourists folded for 242 with India winning by eight runs.

Finch said they wanted to take the contest close and as deep as possible and despite not being able to get over the line, the they will learn from the experience.

“It was close, was one of the games that we wanted to take as deep as we can. Stoinis played a really superb innings but we couldn’t get across the line. We’ll learn,” he said.

Australia had started the chase well with the opening pair of Finch and Usman Khawaja adding 83 runs in 14.2 overs before India clawed their way back.

Finch praised Indian bowlers saying Australia were never in ahead of India in the chase but refused to blame Stoinis for leaving it too late.

“I thought if Stoinis takes a risk early and gets out, we have no chance at all. It was important for him to take it deep and I am sure he will learn from this. In the future, we will get across the line,” he said.