ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Australia missed out on key moments against India, says all-rounder Glenn Maxwell after defeat

Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell said missing out on "key moments" against India led to their first defeat in the ongoing World Cup.

Press Trust of India, Jun 10, 2019 15:33:24 IST

London: Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell said missing out on "key moments" against India led to their first defeat in the ongoing World Cup.

Shikhar Dhawan slammed 117 off 109 balls as India defeated Australia by 36 runs. Reuters

Shikhar Dhawan slammed 117 off 109 balls as India defeated Australia by 36 runs. Reuters

India posted a massive 352 for 5, riding on a professional performance by the top-order led by Shikhar Dhawan (117).

In reply, Australia were dismissed for 316 to suffer a 36-run loss.

Reflecting on the loss, Maxwell said: "Yeah we probably just missed a few key moments during the game. Couple of dropped catches, missed run-out from myself. I could have run out Shikhar Dhawan with a little back-flick there.

"Just a few little moments like that in a World Cup game can be heightened by the end of the game," he said.

One of the missed opportunities for Australia was when wicketkeeper Alex Carey dropped a regulation catch of Hardik Pandya early on as he went to score a whirlwind 48 of 27 balls.

Maxwell also lavished praise on the lethal Indian pace duo of Jasprit Bumrah (3/61) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (3/50).

"Two of the best death bowlers going around, two of the best opening bowlers going around. To give ourselves the chance of almost chasing that down. We just missed a few, little key moments."

Australia were in contention of becoming the first team to successfully chase 353 runs in the World Cup. While David Warner (56), Steve Smith (69) and Carey (55 not out) scored half centuries, other batsmen including Maxwell were unable to star with the bat.

Maxwell felt the complexion of the game could have changed had one of the players in the top order scored a ton.

"But they (India) batted extremely well to get themselves to 350. It's always going to be a hard ask, chasing 350 and defying history at the ground," he said.

"We gave a really good crack and probably if we could get someone to make a hundred, I supposes in that top-4. It could potentially be a different game."

However, Maxwell is optimistic that Australia can turn things around if they work on winning vital battles.

"We lost wickets at the wrong time, the run-out at the top to lose your captain. Just a few, little moments like that if you can turn those around I'm sure our fortunes will turn around as well," Maxwell said.

Updated Date: Jun 10, 2019 15:33:24 IST


World Cup 2019 Points Table

Team p w l nr pts
Australia 5 4 1 0 8
New Zealand 4 3 0 1 7
India 4 3 0 1 7
England 4 3 1 0 6
Bangladesh 5 2 2 1 5
Sri Lanka 5 1 2 2 4
West Indies 5 1 3 1 3
South Africa 5 1 3 1 3
Pakistan 5 1 3 1 3
Afghanistan 4 0 4 0 0





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4647 111
5 Australia 4805 109
6 Pakistan 4107 93
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254