Aaron Finch did take the wise call when he chose this time to bat first for Australia.
It’s the best start he’s after in a partnership with D’Arcy Short.
They both calmed down, stayed still and fired off with quick singles and fours in the early stages.
But the high-risk shots such as the sweep and the pull have ended their time in the middle respectively.
Yes, they want to get aggressive to beat the bowler.
However, they either swung and missed or hesitated deep too early which is a no-no.
Ben McDermott followed the same mistakes as Short & Finch which allowed Krunal Pandya to plummet him LBW, first ball.
Yes, he’s a creative cross-bat player such as the ramp shot as done regularly with the Hobart Hurricanes.
But to do that under pressure as an inexperienced International is a standard too high above him.
Glenn Maxwell couldn’t find the rope when he pulled with only reaching out the shot.
No footwork involved and backing away, that’s why Maxwell couldn’t continue from 13.
The only decent player who fired off and scored runs quickly is Alex Carey.
Carey did control some shots very well with his eyes still watching the ball & his perfect placement allowed his bat to click down low.
In the closing stages, Chris Lynn looked very hesitant desperate for a quick single.
But Marcus Stoinis wanted to finish off whenever he feels like without any rush.
Unfortunately, that miscommunication sent Lynn packing with the run-out.
Although, Stonis was fortunate to get some help from Nathan Coulter-Nile to finish off Australia’s run chase at 165.
Their fast bowlers produced so many loose balls that contained too much width & fuller length.
It didn’t provide India too much stress with some free-flowing shots over the rope.
So no aggression with any perfect line to attack the stumps.
Even the return of Mitchell Starc after two years of not playing T20 International Cricket couldn’t help.
Although, Australia’s able to wipe off with a couple of crucial wickets.
Marcus Stoinis did bowl an excellent in-line yorker which did successfully trap Dhawan with the LBW.
Don’t forget, Adam Zampa’s perfect ball where it may not have turned too much.
But Rohit Sharma swung and missed his pull shot which knicked the stumps.
KL Rahul batted too early hesitant for more runs having unable to continue on 14 where Glenn Maxwell secured a wicket off him.
And Andrew Tye’s slow ball where Rishabh Pant made a mistake with the pull shot knicking to Alex Carey’s gloves.
However, the bowlers’ hard ride with the ball continued to suffer at the expense of Virat Kohli.
It didn’t take that long for Kohli to secure his 50 before steering India home with the win.
Again, it’s too short, full or straight no matter what Kohli does as long as he doesn’t back away or reach out.
Yes, good call from Head Coach Justin Langer to bring on the suspended player of David Warner in the nets beforehand.
But the whole Australian squad barely learned a thing or two in failing to end the three-match series, 2-0.
Instead, it’s only drawn one apiece.
So there’s a lot to improve this and next week before Australia face their 1st test of 2018/19 at home.
That will be next Thursday v India at Adelaide Oval.
For now, the next time Australia play a T20 will be during March for a two-match meeting v India (away):
- Saturday, March 10
- Tuesday, March 19
Otherwise, the 2018/19 Men’s Big Bash League Domestic Season will commence from Tuesday, 19 December to Sunday, 17 February 2019.