Not pleased with the way we played: Virat Kohli
Kohli felt that Dhoni's dismissal for 51 was a major turning point in India's loss. © AFP

After India‘s first ODI of 2019 ended in a 34-run defeat to Australia at the SCG on Saturday, Virat Kohli felt that the second-ranked team in the format left a lot to desired. India found themselves in a big hole 4/3 in the fourth over of their chase, which included the wickets of Shikhar Dhawan first ball and Kohli for 3, and despite a fine 133 from Rohit Sharma they ended up well short of Australia’s 288.

After the loss, Kohli reckoned that India had done well in the field but rued a lack of partnerships. From 4/3 in 3.5 overs, Rohit was paired with MS Dhoni in a fourth-wicket stand worth 137, in which the latter made 51 from 96 balls. Kohli felt that Dhoni’s dismissal in the 33rd over was the turning point. (ALSO READ: Jhye Richardson’s 4/26 helps Australia beat India by 34 runs)

“We are not very pleased with the way we played,” he said. “I thought we were fine with the ball, score of 300+ was par on that wicket. We thought 280 was chase-able on that wicket but losing three wickets in such a short span of time is never good. Rohit was outstanding and MS supported him well but we could have done better with the tempo of the game. They took the game deep, deep enough for us to feel we have a chance.

“MS got out at the wrong time as he was looking to up the scoring rate at that point. If we would have had one more partnership, we would have been close to the target. We lost early wickets and Australia were professional enough to not get us back in.” (FULL SCORECARD: INDIA vs AUSTRALIA, 1st ODI)

India’s chase was rocked when Jason Behrendorff swung one into Dhawan who fell across the line and was lbw for a golden duck. Kohli (3) clipped a ball off the stumps straight into short midwicket’s lap, and two balls later Ambati Rayudu missed one and was given lbw. Two wickets in the over to Jhye Richardson set India back massively.

“Rayudu got a good ball, Shikhar was out on the first ball so you can’t really look too much into it and I hit it sweetly but straight to the fielder. These things happen in ODI cricket but you don’t stop playing shots,” said Kohli. “I think we have to take it as a day on which Australia played better than us. We are not stressed about the results, we need to figure out the things we need to improve as a side. Looking forward to the World Cup, I think every side has to have the best combination. The defeats like these make you aware of the things you need to improve on. We just want to play good cricket and correct our mistake in the next match.”

The second ODI is in Adelaide on January 15.