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'It doesn't make much sense to me' - Finch slams 20-minute innings break
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'It doesn't make much sense to me' - Finch slams 20-minute innings break

Aaron Finch raised questions over the logic of holding a 20-minute break between innings in the event of a rain-truncated game after his side were deprived of a chance to go 1-0 up in the T20I series against Pakistan.

Australia were well placed at 41-0 in pursuit of the target of 119 in 15 overs but relentless rain meant they had to settle for a no-result despite requiring only 11 more deliveries to cruise to a comfortable win.

The match had been reduced to a 15-over contest following a lengthy interruption due to a downpour during Pakistan's innings.

The home side then had to wait 20 minutes before beginning their chase as part of the changeover between innings – a decision that has stirred a debate among fans.

"It's frustrating. But you can't do too much about the weather," the Australian skipper said.

"We played really well. To restrict them to 107 off 15 overs was a great effort and then to be on track to get them was nice."

Javagal Srinath, the match referee officiating the proceedings in Sydney, had the option of decreasing the interval according to the Clause 11.4.2 of the playing conditions but chose not to bring it into action.

"If you're cutting overs off the game and you still have a 20-minute break it doesn't make much sense to me," Finch complained.

"But it's part of the rules and you can't do much about it," he added.

The star batsman's sentiments were echoed by vice-captain Alex Carey who revealed his team had discussed the possibility of a shorter interval with the match officials.

"It would have been nice to get a result but unfortunately it wasn't to be and it is part of the game," he told reporters.

"We asked the question regarding what the changeover would have been so we were aware of that and we obviously cannot change it. The boys did a great job getting a good start, just a shame it was probably five minutes too late."

Finch had raced to 37 from just 16 deliveries including two sixes and three fours off a Mohammad Irfan over.

His opening partner David Warner had faced four balls for two singles as Australia were already a couple of runs ahead of the five-over target under the DLS method.