Australian captain George Bailey seemed lost for words as he tried to explain his team’s “absolutely deflating” defeat against India in the second one-dayer. Asked when did he feel the match slipping out of Australia’s grip, Bailey said, “The moment Virat (Kohli) came to the crease.”
Chasing 360, India were 176/1 in the 27th over when Kohli joined Rohit Sharma at the pitch. However the India vice-captain blew the Aussies away with an unbeaten 52-ball 100. India chased down the target in a mere 43.3 overs with nine wickets to spare.
“He started attacking us from ball one but never took any risks which would have helped us come back into the game,” said Bailey.
“He set the tempo and it was smart cricket from him. Basically all three of them (Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma) batted amazingly but it was Virat who took the game away from us. It was pretty awesome.” Bailey agreed that India’s transition phase in ODI cricket is now complete as they have a formidable batting line-up for the 50-over format.
“I think so (about transition phase being complete). They have a formidable batting line-up. Their top seven is a wonderful top seven for ODIs. They batted beautifully today,” he said.
There was no doubt that the Aussie skipper didn’t bargain for this kind of a defeat and asked how the visitors would console themselves, Bailey tried to be jovial. “Probably have a couple of beers! On a serious note, we still have five matches to go. We will go to a new venue and it will be a new venue.”
One could gauge Bailey’s plight when asked if his bowler’s plan to use short ball flopped on the day. “I don’t think so. The fuller deliveries were going over our head while the short ones were hit to the side boundary,” he explained.
A few positives
About the positives that emerged from the defeat, Bailey said that his team’s batting in the two matches so far has been something to feel good about. “The manner in which we batted was great. We also bowled well in one of the matches. I