• Finch’s faith in Stoinis pays off

    Captain Aaron Finch appreciated a sterling performance from seamer Marcus Stoinis, as Australia sealed a tight four-run win over India in Wednesday’s first T20I against India in Brisbane.

    India required 13 runs from the final over, but Stoinis only allowed eight, as the hosts took an early lead in the three-match series.

    ‘I thought the boys played really well especially through the middle overs with the bat. And the bowlers did a really good job. With Stoinis, I was very confident. He was the one I penciled in to do that job at the end. He had clear plans and executed his plans really well,’ enthused Finch.

    All-rounder Glenn Maxwell starred with the bat, striking a brisk 46 in the rain-affected encounter. He later held onto a key catch on the boundary, after dropping one earlier.

    ‘I was pretty excited after dropping one earlier and let it go for six. I was pretty excited to make amends. The previous one slipped through my hands. The ball was a cake of soap. It’s nice to have a bit of luck with the bat. It was great fun,’ added Maxwell.

    The second T20I will be played in Melbourne on Friday and the third in Sydney on Sunday.

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