'This is shell-shock': Steve Smith and Aaron Finch in ugly on-field blow-up

A furious Aaron Finch blew up in Steve Smith's direction after a mix-up cost the Australian captain his wicket in the one-day decider against India.

Finch was run out for 19 as he and Smith ended up at the same end when the former skipper pushed a ball to backward point.

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Smith turned and dived to make his ground, leaving Finch stranded and run out by half the pitch to leave Australia at 2-46.

An angry Finch yelled straight in Smith's direction as he walked past him leaving the ground, with Smith appearing to reply "I called no".

Finch turned around again as he walked off the ground, and smashed his bat on his pad with the opener having looked in good touch early.

Smith had put his bat up to say 'no' in the mix-up but advanced a few steps down the wicket after hitting the ball just to the left of Ravindra Jadeja at point.

Smith turned back to his crease but Finch was well committed, and had no chance of returning to his ground at the bowler's end.

“This is shell-shock,” Aussie legend Matthew Hayden said in commentary. “Real half-committal, Finch thought he was going, he drew him into that (run).

“He would be so disappointed. It was yes, no, it was wait, it was confusion.”

Aaron Finch blew up at Steve Smith. Image: Fox Cricket

Co-commentator Michael Slater added: “Finch was furious, it was such a mix-up.”

Smith at least made his wicket count, going on to make 131 as the only real batsman to give the Aussies a chance in the decider in Bangalore.

"We haven't discussed it yet, maybe we will tonight over a beer," Finch said after the match.

"He played an exceptional knock, well, he rode the momentum when he had to, controlled the innings at various parts when we'd lose a wicket.

"He really controlled that middle part which was really important to give us a chance at the back end. It was a top knock, real quality."

Aussies fall short in series decider

Australia's lack of late over hitting left Smith’s masterclass in vain as India claimed a seven-wicket victory and the one-day series 2-1.

Smith helped Australia to 9-286 on Sunday night, before a Rohit Sharma century saw India chase down the target with 15 balls to spare.

After they failed to build upon an early base with the bat, India could cruise through their innings with little risks taken

Only Ashton Agar's 1-38 and Adam Zampa's 1-44 slowed the hosts' momentum, while Pat Cummins had one of the worst days of his ODI career with 0-64 from seven overs.

Mitchell Starc also went at 7.3 an over, while Josh Hazlewood was more impressive with 1-55 in his first ODI in 14 months.

Steve Smith made a brilliant century. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)

But after Agar dismissed KL Rahul for 19, Sharma and Virat Kohli put on a show.

Sharma notched up his eighth one-day century against Australia to finish on 119 from 128 balls, while Kohli also hit 89 before being bowled by Hazlewood.

Australia were most left to rue a poor end to their own batting innings, where no-one could go with Smith.

The former captain hit 36 from 21 balls in the final 10 overs, while his teammates contributed just 22 from 39 balls in the same period.

Ashton Turner scored only four but chewed up 10 balls, while Agar went at less than a run a ball for his 11no.

"We were probably a few short," captain Aaron Finch said.

"Just as we started to build a platform we lost a wicket and then rebuild again and lose one.

"That middle order in particular haven't played a hue amount of one-day cricket. They're still learning."