Bengaluru: Australia skipper Aaron Finch said they kept losing the momentum, which first prevented them from setting a challenging target and then made it difficult to take wickets in the decisive third ODI.
India claimed the series 2-1 with a comfortable seven-wicket win in the third ODI as the hosts chased the 287-run target with Rohit Sharma scoring a sublime century.
"The wicket started to turn, and maybe it started to slide a bit more later on. We felt if we were able to post 300 or 310, that would have brought our spinners into play. We probably lost just one wicket (too many). Just that momentum kept getting stalled every now and then," Finch said.
Finch said he had bring on part-time bowlers, including himself, since they were not getting wickets.
"You play world-class players up front, you will go for a few runs. We wanted to get some wickets up front. It wasn't to be."
The visiting skipper said it was an enriching experience, playing Indian in their den.
"To play against the best in the world in th
ese conditions is a great learning experience. Everyone played well. It was a great series to be a part of," Finch said.
Washington (62) and Shardul (67) led a splendid lower-order fightback after India were reduced to 186 for 6 in reply to Australia's 369. The duo stitched 123 runs for the seventh wicket and defied the Australians for 36 overs.
At the end of day three, Sundar and Thakur had produced one of the resilient partnerships to ensure the final and deciding match still hung in the balance.
The victory Down Under handed India 430 points, putting it ahead of New Zealand (420) and Australia (332).