India captain Virat Kohli put the onus on the batsmen for the 21-run defeat at Bengaluru, even though the bowlers leaked 334 runs.
Australia made 334 for five while India managed 313 for 8. "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 in the post-match presentation, according to a PTI report.
Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane again added 100 plus for the opening wicket. "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," Kohli added.
India brought in Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami and Axar Patel for Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Kuldeep Yadav. On it, Kohli said, "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.”
--By A Cricket Correspondent