Sydney, Nov 29 : Indian captain Virat Kohli admitted that the team was ineffective with the ball on Sunday and outplayed by Australia in the second ODI at the Sydney Cricket Ground which they lost by 51 runs.
A second consecutive 62-ball century from Steve Smith helped Australia reach 389/4 and India were restricted to 338/9.
“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,” said Kohli after the match.
Kohli with 89 runs and KL Rahul with 76 were India’s highest run scorers and both fell to sharp catches.
“The chase felt steep, and one or two wickets would have taken the required rate up so we had to keep hitting.They took the chances that they created in the field, which was the difference,” said Kohli.
All-rounder Hardik Pandya bowled four overs and got the wicket of Smith.“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,” said Kohli.