Australia captain Steve Smith urged his team to get to the bottom of their batting collapses after Thursday’s defeat.
“We didn’t feel like we had enough on the board at the break”. However, Australia bowled with discipline and restricted India to 252 all-out. However, if you talk about One-day global matches, Steven Smith has no match with Virat Kohli.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar displayed a stellar performance with the new ball, finishing his first spell with figures of 6-2-9-2. That split-second of hesitation in Rahane’s mind cost him his wicket as he was run out after a near- ideal throw from Hilton Cartwright into wicketkeeper Mathew wade’s gloves. The deliveries he got the batsmen out with were unplayable.
But his behaviour in the field has irked former England batsman and Sky Sports commentator David Lloyd, who says Kohli needs to “rein his neck in”.
Later on, during Australia’s botched chase of 253, Kohli gave Wade a proper send-off when the latter became Kuldeep Yadav’s first victim in a hat-trick.
” They are outstanding, they are two young guys bowling with a lot of heart, getting us those breakthroughs against a top quality side…”
The 41-year-old opined that one run should not be as big an issue as it was made, adding that Kohli steps us his game when the opposition sledges him.
The hot and humid conditions had left both teams flummoxed; even someone as fit as Kohli struggled to keep up the pace.
“We knew if we don’t take wickets, it will be hard with the outfield being a bit wet”, he said. “I always try to create that kind of motivation for myself”. As per reports, the Indian team demanded a blender be available in their dressing room as players avoid packaged juice which may contain extra sugar and carbohydrates.