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Virat Kohli gets bowled at Bengaluru© AFP

Chasing 335 against is never an easy task, but the current Virat Kohli-led Indian side is a master of such pursuits. In a rare failure, Indian batsmen could not handle some outstanding death bowling by Australian in the fourth ODI at Bengaluru and lost the match by 21 runs. Despite a rocking start by Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane, Indian batsmen failed to capitalise on the start and suffered setbacks after setbacks.

Speaking to the press after the match, Kohli admitted that the opposition bowled well, but did not refrain from critiquing his own batsmen: “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.”

Talking about the match, he added: “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.

Steven Smith, on the other hand, breathed a sigh of relief after winning an ODI after a long gap: “Nice to get a win in. Warner and Finch were spectacular. They really paced their innings nicely and set us up to get 330 plus. We lost a few wickets again but Handscomb was very good at the end. Nice little cameo to get us to 334.”