• Finch rues inability to lead by example

    Captain Aaron Finch lamented another failure with the bat as Australia slipped to a six-wicket defeat at the hands of India in Tuesday’s second ODI at the Adelaide Oval.

    Finch perished for just six in Adelaide and for the same score in the series opener last week. He was recently dropped from the Test XI amid a lean stretch of form, and was far from convincing in the three T20Is against the Indians previously.

    ‘Opening the batting and not getting enough runs, it’s one of those things I reckon. It is always tough when you are not getting runs personally. Obviously, it’s bit easy when you are scoring runs and leading by example. You have to be consistent with your game,’ said Finch.

    While the right-handed Finch failed, the left-handed Shaun Marsh amassed a superb 131 in a final total of 298 for nine. It was not enough, though, as a superb century from Indian captain Virat Kohli and former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s complementary half-ton relegated the home side to defeat.

    ‘I thought we hung in there really well. They batted really well and you have to keep taking wickets, and at the end it was always tough. When Dhoni was there, we knew we had to get both of them out – Kohli and Dhoni,’ added Finch.

    ‘Credit to India, they played well. We played very well as well. Shaun hung in there and then all clicked, and to get that score in gruelling conditions and the heat was really pleasing.’

    The three-match series is squared one-all. The third and final ODI will be played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Friday.

    ‘It is always great playing cricket at the home of cricket, the MCG. It’s going to be a great series, as if it isn’t already, and we are hoping to make it two-one at the MCG,’ concluded Finch.

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