Warner, Man of the Match: (If anything changed after the one-year ban) I think I have always had the hunger to score runs and put the team off to a good start. Was a great effort from our bowlers in the afternoon. To put India down to just 254 on their home soil was incredible and to then close the game down like we did was brilliant. Finchy started really well, allowed me to take my time. For us, it was about rotating strike during the middle overs. Wanted to hit the odd boundary, hang in there and take the game deep. We knew that if we were there till the end, we could do it with ease. I do a lot of training, I love to field. As a kid too, I loved to field. I enjoy that part of the game, I love to work 100 percent on my fitness.
Finch, winning captain: I thought the way we fought back during the middle overs was impressive. Shikhar and KL were batting really well, looking to accelerate. So, I’m proud of the way the boys fought back. We could still brush up in the field a bit but that happens sometimes when the outfield is slightly damp. Overall, a good performance. Always tough to beat India in India. (On Warner’s red-hot ODI form) He’s been fantastic, especially in this format of the game. He’s been unstoppable for quite sometime now. Quite special. Once he gets in, he has so many options to score. Always great to bat with him. Of course, India are a quality team and we expect them to bounce back.
Kohli, losing captain: We were totally outplayed in all departments. It’s a strong Australian team, if you don’t play well, they could hurt you. We saw that with the bat in hand. We didn’t get enough runs. I thought we were too respectful at certain phases and it cost us. Can’t do that against a team like Australia. This is a chance for the team to bounce back but as I said, credit to Australia today. International cricket is always priceless. The experience you get in any format does well for you when you play other formats. The game time you get is important. If you perform in any format, it gives you confidence for the other formats. Today was one of those days when we weren’t allowed to get into the game at all. (On him at no.4) We’ve had this discussion many times in the past as well, due to the way KL has been batting. We’ve tried to fit him into the team. Having said that, it hasn’t gone our way when I have batted at no.4, so we have to see how it goes. At the same time, it’s about giving opportunities to the other guys. People need not panic for just this one game. I think I am allowed to experiment a bit.
Deepu’s stats corner:
Fourth consecutive ODI win for Australia against India in India – first side to do so since Australia themselves between 2003 & 2006.
Highest targets chased down without losing a wkt (ODI)
279 SA v Ban Kimberley 2017 (Amla, De Kock)
256 Aus v Ind Mumbai 2020 (Finch, Warner)
255 Eng v SL Edgbaston 2016 (Hales, Roy)
236 NZ v Zim Harare 2015 (Guptill, Latham)
230 SL v Eng Colombo RPS 2011 (Dilshan, Tharanga)
Third successive loss for India at the Wankhede
Lost to SA by 214 runs, 2015
Lost to NZ by 6 wkts, 2017
Lost to Aus by 10 wkts, 2020
Highest p’ships for AUS (ODIs)
284 T Head – D Warner v Pak (1st) Adelaide 2017
260 S Smith – D Warner v Afg (2nd) Perth 2015
258*A Finch – D Warner v Ind (1st) Mumbai WS 2020
10-wicket wins vs India (ODIs)
113 (target) NZ MCG 1981
200 WI Bridgetown 1997
165 SA Sharjah 2000
189 SA Kolkata 2005
256 Aus Mumbai Wankhede 2020 *