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We were good but Australia were better than us, concedes Kohli

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Last updated on: September 29, 2017 09:29 IST
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'It wasn't a great batting performance from us. That can happen. People have off days'

 'The pitch looked worse than it played'

Speaking at the post-match presentation, India captain Virat Kohli said he was not happy with the team's batting performance

IMAGE: Speaking at the post-match presentation, India captain Virat Kohli said he was not happy with the team's batting performance. Photograph: BCCI

India captain Virat Kohli admitted that his batsmen should have done a better job in the run-chase in the fourth ODI against Australia, in Bengaluru, on Thursday.

India lost the match by 21 runs, their first defeat after nine successive wins.

Australia scored 334 for five and, in response, India fell short by 21 runs, scoring 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, at the post-match presentation.

Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane provided 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, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami and Axar Patel replacing Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Kuldeep Yadav.

Peter Handscomb's late cameo of 43 off 30 balls left captain Steve Smith impressed 

IMAGE: Peter Handscomb's late cameo off 43 off 30 balls left captain Steve Smith impressed. Photograph: BCCI

"Umesh and Shami bowled well. Spinners won't always have good days. Australia were really good today. 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.

Australia captain Steven Smith was relieved at finally getting a victory 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. 

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