Lost the Game in the First 10 Overs: Australia Captain Aaron Finch
Having won the toss and batted first, the last thing Australia would have wanted was a top-order collapse against hosts England in the 2019 World Cup semi-final encounter at the Edgbaston Cricket Stadium. But that is exactly what happened and skipper Aaron Finch made no bones about the fact that the match was lost there.
"Definitely in the first 10 overs of the game. We know they were going to come really aggressive at us with the bat, so we had to be aggressive with the ball, we had to take or create ten chances and take them as well.
"But the damage was really done with the ball. That sets you back. That forced us to rebuild for such a long time and start to drag some momentum back and then, like I said, you lose a couple of quick wickets again, new batters starting, it is always tough against really good leg-spin and good quicks as well.
But Finch praised the duo of Steve Smith and Alex Carey for putting up a 100-run partnership after the initial setback. He felt that the duo gave the bowlers something to play with.
I think the way that they managed to soak up pressure and then slowly start to transfer a bit more pressure back on to England before we lost our way again. It was a bit of a frantic start, three-fer in the powerplay and a good partnership and a couple of quick wickets again which always sets you back a little bit.
"Yes, I think a lot of teams have been in a similar boat. I think most of the time opening the batting has been the easiest place, so not to be today for myself and Dave (Warner) and Pete (Handscomb) at number four. It was tough conditions at the start. England bowled very well. We just needed to find a way through that period to really set a platform for the middle overs," he pointed.
Again, probably a few starts here and there instead of what he has done in the past where went on and got the really match-winning contribution.