Sydney: India skipper Virat Kohli is unconvinced that he is out of a confident and ruthless Australia in the second ODI that will decide the series here on Sunday.
India were bowled out for 51 in their second one-day international on Sunday, leading Australia 2-0 in a three-match series. The visitors lost the opening match by 66 runs.
“We were completely out. We were not effective with the ball. We didn’t hit the areas we wanted consistently and they have a strong batting team. They know the conditions and angles very well.” Kohli said in a post-match presentation.

Kohli (89) and K.L. Rahul (76) is the top scorer.
“Look at the scoreboard, we’ve got 340 and it’s still 50 odd, so the chase always felt steep and we knew that one or two wickets would take the required rate of 13, 16 and so we had to keep hitting,” the Indian captain said.

“They took the opportunities they created on the field. That was the difference. Otherwise it would have been a much closer game.”
“… Dishonest to them, they bowled more consistently and used the dimensions well.”

Kohli said the two catches that led to his and Shreyas Iyer’s (38) run were “crucial moments” in the game.
“I and KL (Rahul) were talking. If we stick to 40-41 (overs), even 100 of the last 10 overs to come with Hardik, it was a game. It was a game plan but the two catches they caught were crucial moments,” he said.

The pleased Australian captain Aaron Finch took some lessons from the way his bowlers bowled Pandya.
“Moises bowled defensively, including his cutters, and as Virat put it, we got a little blueprint from Hardik by taking the ball off the pace,” he said.
Australia opted to bat, scoring 389 for 4, and Finch called it a “perfect performance with the bat”.
“There was no extra negotiation or game plan. It was nice to wrap it up in two games and win the series,” he said.
“The quick innings from me was getting better, but it was a little bit of a turnover and I think we laid the groundwork,” said the skipper, who scored 60 out of 69.
“Smithy was unbelievable as usual, and Warner pulled it out of the middle every time.”

Steve Smith, who won his second consecutive Player of the Match award for his 104-ball 104, said he was rewarded for hitting the ball with more finesse than he did in the IPL.
“I tried to hit the ball a little bit harder in the IPL. Now I start hitting the ball a little bit more, which is probably working better for me. I’m playing good cricketing shots … I’m happy to score and run again for some team and deliver us a good amount,” he said.
“I felt good from ball one. It went hard for me. It’s another great foundation that Finch (Aaron Finch) and Davey (David Warner) have established.
“Against India, you have to make big money. It’s just about taking the game. Fortunately, it’s come out in the last two games.”


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