Australian captain George Bailey
said he would like to find ways to
see off Virat Kohli, who has
hammered two hundreds and two
half-centuries in the series so far
to thwart the visitors.
India have become the first team
to chase down 350 plus scores
twice and Kohli has been at
forefront over the last two weeks,
notching up brutal, unbeaten tons.
Like Sachin Tendulkar had for
years, Kohli is turning out to be a
major thorn for the Aussies and
Bailey must be sick of seeing the
24-year-old from Delhi scuppering
his plans and destroying his attack.
“I’d like to find a way to get Kohli
out. That’s probably my first
thought. I don’t think we should
read too much into 360 and 350.
It’s quite clear that given the two
new balls and the four (fielders)
out, that maybe it is the new
300-290. We’re disappointed not to
win. But we’re not making too
much of the score,” he said.
India had also successfully chased
down 359 in Jaipur but that was a
stroll in the park after Rohit
Sharma and Kohli ensured India
got home with nine wickets and 6.3
overs to spare.
In stark contrast, Australia pushed
India to the last over on
Wednesday, after Mitchell Johnson
removed Suresh Raina and Yuvraj
Singh in the 43rd over before Kohli
and MS Dhoni calmly saw the world
champions home, with a 61-run
stand for the fifth wicket.
Bailey was happy that his bowlers
were at least able to give India
some nervous moments in Nagpur.
“I thought we fought our way back
into the game really well. I thought
Mitch and Jimmy (James Faulkner,
who had removed Shikhar Dhawan
for 100 in the 36th over) found a
way to get us back into the game.
We’ve just got to try and find a way
to sneak a couple of early wickets.
That’s probably been the
“To our bowlers’ credit I think we
tried to make Virat hit really good
shots. Particularly towards the end
we made him hit good balls for
four and six. I was really proud of
the way our bowlers finished,”
added the Tasmanian.
Captains and bowlers are struggling
to come to terms with the new
field restrictions and the two new
balls, with Dhoni raising questions
on which way the ODI format was
headed. The flat pitches and fast
outfields in India have not helped
the bowlers’ cause either but Bailey
reckoned his bowlers did work to a
plan at the VCA Stadium.