India v Australia, 2nd ODI, Jaipur October 16, 2013

Match slipped the moment Kohli came in - Bailey

ESPNcricinfo staff

"Smart cricket" from Virat Kohli was the primary reason behind Australia failing to defend 359 in Jaipur, Australia captain George Bailey has said. Kohli slammed the fastest ODI century by an India batsman, 100 off 52 balls, an innings which helped his team stroll to their highest successful one-day chase.

"He started attacking us from ball one but never took any risks which would have helped us come back into the game," Bailey said. "He set the tempo and it was smart cricket from him. Basically all three of them [Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma] batted amazingly, but it was Virat who took the game away from us. [The match slipped away from Australia] the moment Virat came to the crease."

India's batting had struggled against the pace and bounce of Australia's seamers in the first match of the series, but, Bailey said, this time they had emphatic answers to every question his bowlers posed, resulting in an "absolutely deflating" defeat for his side. However, since it's a long series, Australia have enough time to turn things around, he pointed out.

"The fuller deliveries were going over our head while the short ones were hit to the side [square] boundary. [But] we still have five matches to go. We will go to a new venue and it will be a new venue."

There was no need to panic, Bailey said, saying Australia's all-round performance was good in the first match, while the batting clicked once more in Jaipur - they had managed scores of over 300 in both matches, and bowled India out for 232 in the first match. "The manner in which we batted was great. We also bowled well in one of the matches. I would like to take these positives into the next match."

The third ODI will be played on Saturday in Mohali.

'It's absolutely deflating' - Bailey

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  • Scott on October 19, 2013, 16:09 GMT

    @landl47, looks like Mitch suddenly found his way again. Also, there's 2 wins from 3. The term, a long way off the mark is apt when assessing your predictions...

  • Dummy4 on October 18, 2013, 17:06 GMT

    it was an amazing touch by the 3 fantabulous batsmen. What a chase !! I just amazed ..

  • Muneerudeen on October 18, 2013, 15:24 GMT

    Kohli already has more match winning knocks compared Tendulkar!

  • Scott on October 18, 2013, 12:50 GMT

    @landl47, how can all the progress he made go missing in a few overs on that deck?! Seriously, if you watched his first few overs you'd have realised that the first was the only over where the ball moved, from then on in it was the best batting wicket you'd ever see. I'm not sure the bowlers will worry too much about that last match as everyone got pumped - and Johnson was far from being the worst bowler. It's a bit rich to be arguing that our bowlers have let us down after rumbling arguably the best ODI batting line up in their own backy yard for 220 odd...but it's the best way you can go about sticking in the knife to Aus wherever possible, which is your game. Notice you had to eat your words after game one when you were completely wrong with your half time predicition! Add to that your wisdom on Bailey's talents, your opinino that without Clarke we'd do will to even win one - your a modern day Nostrodamus!

  • venu on October 18, 2013, 9:54 GMT

    how easily people find Rohit's innings not so important :-) I think if you go to basics or history of chasing, in most of those lost courses probably you'll find the innings played Rohit being missed. To me all three are equally important. Remember Kaif's innings against ENG in Natwest, remember Ganguly innings against Pak in Dakha final, Gambhirs innings in 2011 WC final. The similarity is, they all anchored innings and one or two others guys played the hitting role.

  • sree on October 18, 2013, 9:15 GMT

    Baiely absolutely spot on! Kholi stole the thunder. Made Australia and Rohit sharma, despite his 141, look unimportant. What an amazing difference between Kholi and Rohit who entered cricket almost at same time. Kholi already has sort of touched greatness in his batting but needs to get a grip of it now. Rohit has a lot of learning to do. He is in the team because of other supporting elements. Ravi Shastri hardly spoke about Kholi during his innings as he knew it would diminish Rohit's contribution. Kholi just bossed over! It was such a great sport to watch him take command of the situation.

  • Dummy4 on October 18, 2013, 8:03 GMT

    I think coulter nile should include thier next Game.because he can brilliant with the ball and with the bat.he can bowl yorker and verygood slower.he can good job for aussi.

  • Shakti on October 18, 2013, 7:34 GMT

    Yet,this entire massacre could have been avoided if those 2 umpiring decisions were given correctly.Both Kohli & Dhawan would have been gone early on.The pitch was pathetic.Employ bowling machines if pitches like these are going to be prepared.

  • sagar on October 18, 2013, 5:32 GMT

    india needs to control runs by bowling according to the field. ishant is insane and uncontrolled. death over bowling need improvement. we r missng zaheer.

  • Murray on October 18, 2013, 4:24 GMT

    @ NelaturiShyam on (October 17, 2013, 15:02 GMT)

    I agree totally ! He always is smiling ! He clearly likes having what he considers a great job. We need more having that attitude in this game ?

    Amazing innings by Kohli though. Not much to lose, but executed with true aplomb !