India vs Australia: Host skipper Virat Kohli admits to batting failure, calls it an off day for team

Virat Kohli admitted that Indian batsmen should have done a better job in the fourth ODI against Australia but at the same time termed the defeat as a result of a rare off-day.

PTI, September 28, 2017

Bengaluru: India captain Virat Kohli admitted that his batsmen should have done a better job in the fourth ODI against Australia but at the same time termed the defeat as a result of a rare off-day.

Virat Kohli reacts during the fourth one day international against Australia at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. AFP

Virat Kohli reacts during the fourth ODI against Australia at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. AFP

India lost the fourth ODI by 21 runs, their first defeat after nine consecutive wins.

Australia made 334 for five and in response, India fell short with 313 for eight in 50 overs.

"Honestly at the 30-over mark, they were going strong. I thought if we restricted them under 350, it would be a great effort, and we did do that," said Kohli in the post-match presentation.

Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane did provide India a great start with a 106-run stand.

"We were optimistic with our chances. We got a good opening partnership but we needed one big partnership after that as well. From that point of view, it wasn't a great batting performance from us. That can happen. People have off days," he said.

India made three changes in the playing eleven with Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami and Axar Patel replacing Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Kuldeep Yadav.

"Umesh and Shami bowled well. Spinners won't always have good days. Australia were really good today (Thursday). With the bat, their intent was really good. They pulled things back nicely in the field. We didn't play so badly, but they were better on the day.

"The only respite for the fast bowlers was taking the pace off the deliveries. The pitch looked worse than it played. It played very well and surprised all of us," Kohli added.

Australian captain Steven Smith was relieved at finally getting a win on the tour.

"Nice to get a win in. Warner and Finch were spectacular. They really paced their innings nicely and set us up to get 330 plus. We lost a few wickets again but Handscomb was very good at the end. Nice little cameo to get us to 334. I think 300 wouldn't have been enough," said Smith.

Updated Date: Sep 28, 2017





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3634 125
2 South Africa 3589 112
3 Australia 3499 106
4 New Zealand 2354 102
5 England 3772 97
6 Sri Lanka 3182 91
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6470 127
2 India 5819 121
3 South Africa 3842 113
4 New Zealand 4602 112
5 Pakistan 3617 103
6 Australia 3699 100
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 3972 132
2 India 4601 124
3 Australia 2570 122
4 England 2448 117
5 New Zealand 2542 116
6 South Africa 2058 114