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Smith blames poor fielding for defeat in fifth ODI against India

Smith blames poor fielding for defeat in fifth ODI against India
Steven Smith (left) himself dropped a tough chance of Rohit Sharma at first slip.
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Australian captain Steven Smith has blamed poor fielding effort and their inability to finish the innings with the bat as the reasons for the defeat against India in the fifth One-Day International in Sydney.

After reaching 323 for six in 48 overs, Australia managed to score only seven runs in the final two overs as Jasprit Bumrah and Ishant Sharma bowled tight lines to restrict Mitchell Marsh.

The Australian fielding was also below par in the game as Smith and Shaun Marsh dropped a catch each of Rohit Sharma while Nathan Lyon spilled a sitter of MS Dhoni at deep mid wicket.

Sharma went on to score a valiant 99 while Dhoni added 94 runs with Manish Pandey for the fourth wicket to set the victory for India.

"We got eight of the last two overs? Seven? We should have got little bit better than that. You wanted to score few more off the last two overs," Smith said after the game.

"Having said that it is our fielding that costed us quite a lot tonight.

"We dropped quite a couple of regulation chances and when you drop players like that it will come and bite you."

However, Smith was lavish in his praise for Mitchell, who went on to score his maiden ODI century during his unbeaten 84-ball knock of 102.

"Anytime you get a hundred, you get confidence.

"The most pleasing thing for me today was the way he [Mitchell Marsh] started.

"He was nice and positive from ball one. He hit the ball down the ground, hit to sweepers and he got himself in.

"He got incredible power and we saw it tonight. Hopefully it is the start of something special for Mitchell."

There was also an instance in the game when Virat Kohli slashed a boundary to third man but was signalled a dead ball by the umpire as it had made contact with the spider cam on its way to the fence.

Smith stated that the usage of spider cam should be restricted and kept away from the line of the ball as such moments can cause dearly in the game.

"It was probably our best fielder tonight, I reckon, Spider cam. It saved four.

"They get all the access they need. It gets a lot of vision.

"We need to ensure it is away when the ball is coming.

"We don't want to see something like that as a deal ball can change the course of the game."

After a 4-1 series victory over India in the ODI series, Australia will look to extend their dominance in the three-match T20I series which begins on 26th January in Adelaide.

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