Mon, 18 Jan 2021

Canberra [Australia], December 2 (ANI): After suffering a 13-run loss against India, Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell said that Alex Carey's (38) run out in the 38th over changed the momentum of the game as the home side failed to chase 303 in the final ODI of the three-match series.

Maxwell played a knock of 59 off 38 balls including four sixes and three fours, but could not put his side over the line as the tourists bundled them out for 289.

A miss-communication between Maxwell and Carey sent the latter back to the pavilion as the wicketkeeper-batsman fell short of his crease. India got the crucial wicket after the duo added 52 runs for the sixth wicket.

"As a finishing batter, I feel like I'm batting in a good form. Maybe last little in one-day cricket has, obviously, changed my role a little bit. Probably the changing point was the run out with Carey which is probably 100 per cent my fault. Unfortunately, when you leave your side six down, it makes a little tougher because you know one mistake and it can all turn-around pretty quickly. I think that was the probably key moment for the game. They bowled well and Bumrah is a class finisher," the all-rounder said in the post-match press conference.

Luck was on India's side to begin with as Kohli won the toss for the first time in the series and decided to bat. While the top-order failed to fire in unison, the middle-order rose to the challenge and both Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja played match-winning knocks of 92 and 66 respectively to guide India to 302/5.

Talking about spinner Adam Zampa, who returned with the figures of 1-45 in his 10 overs and scalped seven wickets in the series, the all-rounder said, "I think he has been exceptional in the last few years. He really solidified himself as one of the best leg-spinners in one-day cricket. He is accurate, he knows what he wants from his field. He knows what he wants from the game. Just feels like he is reading the game really well. He sticks to his strengths and puts a lot of pressure on the batsmen.""He has been amazing for us consistently for a long period of time. We saw how well he bowled in England. He seems to get better and better," he added.

India and Australia will now lock horns in the three-match T20I series, beginning Friday. (ANI)

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