Kohli reacts after India clinch ODI series against Australia
After a setback in Mumbai ODI, India bounced back in style and won back-to-back ODIs against Australia and clinched the three-match ODI series. Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli came through with flying colours with the bat as India aced the 287-run chase in the third ODI at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.
India limited-overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma scored his 29th ODI century while captain Virat Kohli scored the 57th half-century of his ODI career. Both the stalwarts added a phenomenal 137-run partnership for the second wicket, helping India steady the ship. After scoring a century, Rohit got out for 119 runs while Kohli managed to score 89.
Shreyas Iyer chipped in with a quickfire 44 off 35 balls and Manish Pandey struck two fours to help India chase the total with 15 balls left and register a seven-wicket win. On the other hand, Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc had a terrible day at the office as they leaked boundaries more often than not and went wicketless throughout the match.
Ashton Agar, Adam Zampa and Josh Hazlewood bowled well and picked up a wicket apiece but they couldn’t help their side get across the finish line. Previously, Australia skipper Aaron Finch won the toss and opted to bat first. Steve Smith was the pick of the batsmen as he scored 131 runs off 132 balls. This was his 9th ODI hundred, while Marnus Labuschagne scored his maiden ODI fifty helping Australia score 286/9.
Indian captain Virat Kohli who was named the man of the series for his aggregate score of 183, at the post-match presentation, said: “We’re quite experienced, Rohit and I, and we were short of Shikhar’s experience. We got a good start. We expect openers of the quality of Rohit and KL to give us starts like that. When KL got out it was a tricky situation. The ball was gripping and turning a bit, and this is where experience comes in.
We spoke of stringing together a partnership and all Australia want are wickets and if we don’t give them wickets we can chase 7-8 runs an over later on. We have that belief in our skill. Rohit played beautifully today, anchored the innings before I took over. It’s how we have played in the last 4-5 years. It’s important to make sure one guy continues to bat till the end and takes us over the line. More important was the comprehensive win.”