Aaron Finch
Aaron Finch scored 14 runs before being out lbw (AFP Photo)

Australia captain Aaron Finch though hailed his team for taking the series-decider against India in Melbourne to the last over but admitted a couple of dropped catches and impatience while batting cost them heavily.

Chasing 231 on a tricky pitch, India overhauled the target with seven wickets and four deliveries to spare. Put in to bat, Australian innings never got the momentum and instead, India kept hitting them with regular strikes.

Legspinner Yuzvendra Chahal, playing in his first ODI of the three-match series, returned figures of 6/42 to limit the hosts to 230. Having seen how going for shots proved to be their opponent’s undoing, India batsmen opted for patience and respected the bowlers early on. Eventually, they made 234/3 despite the asking run-rate hovering in the vicinity of six runs for the better part of their chase.

That MS Dhoni, who top-scored with an unbeaten 87, was dropped twice once off the very first delivery faced by Glenn Maxwell and then by captain Finch himself on 74. Apart from that there was a half-chance when Kohli edged one over the first slip fielder.

“We took it down to the wire,” Finch said at the post-match presentation. “When you give some great players a couple of chances, it always hurts. The way the boys attacked the defence there, gave it everything. Dropped a few chances but that happens.”

Finch said that Australian batting was up to the mark in the first two matches but the they could have observed more caution in the third ODI. “Our batting in the first couple of games was very good. Today, maybe, we got impatient, looking at something much higher than what the wicket allowed. Maybe we should have set our targets lower on these sort of pitches,” he said.