India suffered a 51-run loss to Australia in the 2nd ODI in Sydney on Sunday. The result meant that the Virat Kohli-led side had lost the ODI series with Australia taking an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. India put on a decent batting performance scoring 338/9 in 50 overs, but the target of 390 in front of them proved to be too huge to chase down.
After the defeat, Kohli admitted that his team was outplayed by the Aaron Finch-led team and also expressed concerns about the team’s bowling performance.
“They have outplayed us. We were ineffective with the ball, and didn’t hit the areas. They have a strong batting line-up, they know the conditions and the angles well,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony.
“The chase felt steep, and one or two wickets would take the RRR up so we had to keep hitting. They took the chances that they created in the field, which was the difference,” he added.
“Hardik felt okay to bowl. Initially just thought of trying for a couple of overs but he felt good and bowled a couple more. And he gave away a bit of a bowling plan with his off-cutters (smiles), but credit to them, they used the dimensions well.
“Even Rahul or Shreyas, if they carried on, it could’ve gotten us across the line with Hardik to come.
Kohli also said that Australia were better on the field – taking some good catches to help them on the way to win. “Me and KL (Rahul) were talking if we stick around till 40-41 (overs), even 100 in last 10 overs with Hardik to come, it was game on, that was the game plan but the two catches that they hung on to were the defying moments,” he signed off.
India will play Australia in the 3rd ODI on Sunday.