Aaron Finch had warned his teammates about Steven Smith being the only players guaranteed spot in the ODI side © AFP
Aaron Finch had warned his teammates about Steven Smith being the only player guaranteed spot in the ODI side © AFP

Australia bounced back from their three-Test series defeat by taking the lead in One-Day International (ODI) series against Sri Lanka. Visitors won the first ODI by three wickets with Aaron Finch providing the initial impetus. He scored a match-winning 56 off 46 deliveries but he was far from pleased as the pitch did not favour the batsmen on Sunday. Despite fall of wickets, Sri Lanka posted 227 as target for hosts. However, Finch termed the track poor while interacting with the media post the match. Apart from Finch, captain Steven Smith also fought hard and struck 58 off 92 deliveries to keep the game in progress. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Sri Lanka vs Australia, 1st ODI at Colombo (RPS)

Speaking the media, Finch said, “I don’t think I’ve ever played on a wicket that has spun that much. It was a pretty poor wicket,” he said. “I have never seen a wicket that spun so much in an ODI. We did well to track down that total. They’ve got plenty of options and we played exceptionally well to get the team across the line. We made the call to take on the new ball. I think in the subcontinent that’s the way to play. It was nice to help the team get off to a flier.”

Finch assured the team will learn a lot from this match and said “To get to 227 was fantastic. You saw how much the ball was spinning. There are always a few facets that we can brush up a little. The boys are going to take a lot of confidence from that performance. Just to get the feeling that we can do well in these extreme conditions that will give us a lot of confidence going forward.” ALSO READ: SL vs AUS, 1st ODI: Starc’s 100-wicket milestone and other highlights

Finch also praised his fellow teammate Mitchell Starc on achieving the milestone of being the fastest to achieve 100 ODI wickets. Starc achieved the milestone in 52 matches, leaving behind Saqlain Mushtaq (53), Shane Bond (54) and Brett Lee (55). Finch gushed and said, “It’s a fantastic achievement for him. He has been No. 1 for a number of years now. When he gets it right, there’s no one better around. The skills that he has with swing, pace, left-arm angle, the yorkers, he’s a pretty complete package.” The two teams will now meet at the same venue on Wednesday for the second game of the series.