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

Match slipped the moment Kohli came in - Bailey

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"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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  • landl47 on October 18, 2013, 2:50 GMT

    What must be worrying for Australia is that the bowlers pretty much fell to pieces under the Indian assault. Mitch Johnson, who had looked really good for the last few months, went right back to being the old Mitch- leg-side wides, half-volleys wide of off stump, no movement, no control. All the progress that he had seemed to be making disappeared in a few overs. When the pressure's on, he folds up.

    Faulkner and Watson, the other bowlers in the mix for a test place, also looked ineffectual. Although Faulkner took the one wicket to fall with a straight ball that Dhawan misguidedly tried to run down to third man, he didn't show any pace or movement. Watson hasn't been a wicket taker for a while now, but he has been economical and that too vanished.

    This was a pitch as good as any I've seen to bat on, but bowling is meant to be Australia's strength and it just didn't look that way today. As SA just showed, playing short-format games on roads is no way to prepare for tests.

  • ScottStevo 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...

  • on October 18, 2013, 17:06 GMT

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

  • M@sK_Lanka on October 18, 2013, 15:24 GMT

    Kohli already has more match winning knocks compared Tendulkar!

  • ScottStevo 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!

  • vxttemp 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.

  • sreehk 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.

  • 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.

  • S.Jagernath 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.

  • just_sagar_123 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.

  • landl47 on October 18, 2013, 2:50 GMT

    What must be worrying for Australia is that the bowlers pretty much fell to pieces under the Indian assault. Mitch Johnson, who had looked really good for the last few months, went right back to being the old Mitch- leg-side wides, half-volleys wide of off stump, no movement, no control. All the progress that he had seemed to be making disappeared in a few overs. When the pressure's on, he folds up.

    Faulkner and Watson, the other bowlers in the mix for a test place, also looked ineffectual. Although Faulkner took the one wicket to fall with a straight ball that Dhawan misguidedly tried to run down to third man, he didn't show any pace or movement. Watson hasn't been a wicket taker for a while now, but he has been economical and that too vanished.

    This was a pitch as good as any I've seen to bat on, but bowling is meant to be Australia's strength and it just didn't look that way today. As SA just showed, playing short-format games on roads is no way to prepare for tests.

  • ScottStevo 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...

  • on October 18, 2013, 17:06 GMT

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

  • M@sK_Lanka on October 18, 2013, 15:24 GMT

    Kohli already has more match winning knocks compared Tendulkar!

  • ScottStevo 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!

  • vxttemp 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.

  • sreehk 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.

  • 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.

  • S.Jagernath 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.

  • just_sagar_123 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.

  • Bonehead_maz 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 !

  • kumarcoolbuddy on October 18, 2013, 3:21 GMT

    @KrishG, you are a real pessimistic.

  • on October 17, 2013, 21:57 GMT

    don't worry luke. get top 2 inside 20 overs. thats all u need.And then watch the rest of batting order crumble like they did in 2011-12 CB series in Australia. Just pick one more genuinely fast bowler, which u have plenty of. Be it pattinson, starc, harris, even tait or siddle, cummins any one of this pack.

  • on October 17, 2013, 19:22 GMT

    Even a school going kid can hit square cuts in Ishant Sharma's bowling becuase same length balls from him even kids can play that shot very well. I dont when these selectors axe Ishant sharma from the team, he doesnt give any effort in bowling always bowling same length and more boundary balls than any other bowler in the world. Pick another batsman in place of Ishant sharma becuase any how Ishant going to concede 70 or more runs in a match that will be more helpful. Even Vinay kumar with his pace is not going to any good for Indian team in the future. Guys wake up please bring some young dynamic fast bowlers who have speed like Aaron, Umesh and still lot of youngsters there in the scheme of things. I want Dhoni put more stress on super fast bowlers for Indias future.

  • NP_NY on October 17, 2013, 18:55 GMT

    Bailey was spot on when he asked Shastri during the post match talk "Do you reckon this pitch was a beauty?". It's the same pitch that both teams batted on, India came on top and it's all fair game. But beauty is in the eye of the beholder as they say and it was pretty dumb of Shastri to ask the losing captain "the pitch was a beauty, isn't it?" or something like that, especially when not a single bowler on either side had even the slightest chance. A beautiful pitch will give the bowlers a chance too. This pitch was bowlers' graveyard.

  • cnksnk on October 17, 2013, 17:57 GMT

    So who is India'S NO 6. IS it Yuvaraj or Rohit. I would imagine that Vijay will be given the 2 tests against WI to re establish himself. WITH pujara and SRT at 3 and 4 followed by Virat there is only one slot left. TOSS UP between Rohit and Yuvaraj, and I suspect they will go with Rohit as UV has not been a success in tests. Also Sunny and Ravi Sastri will put their weight behind Rohit. This innings has more or less guaranteed Rohit a place for the next 2 years.

  • on October 17, 2013, 17:43 GMT

    We in uk .. Cringed every time dhoni gave ishant sharma to bowl ... Think he needs a rest ... I'm sure the runs he gives away ... They are others bowlers who can do the same !!!!!!... But I doubt they would have played this many games for India .... Time for him to go .... Bring in anyone !!!???? Plzzzzz

  • Ashofalltrades on October 17, 2013, 17:33 GMT

    The last comment is very appropriate. Wonder if its time to have Zak come in. Just like he did with his 2007 comeback

  • ProdigyA on October 17, 2013, 17:01 GMT

    Was disappointed with the way Virat battted in the 1st ODI. Was too slow and evenpplayed a maiden in the 32 or 33rd over when the rr was too high. But he showed his true class in the 2nd ODI.

  • on October 17, 2013, 17:01 GMT

    Ishant Sharma has to go to primary school of bowling

  • BnH1985Fan on October 17, 2013, 16:10 GMT

    The players most relieved from this performance, in that order, are (1) Raina (as he did not have to bat at #4), and (2) the bowlers (they could've conceded another 50/60 and still ended up on the winning side, so strong were the first 3 batters for India). With this bowling attack India has zero chance of making headlines at WC15

  • sk123 on October 17, 2013, 15:10 GMT

    @KrishG - Now why would you put that comment in here? Seriously, do you have any personal issue with the guy who revolutionized the world cricket? There would be no money in cricket if it were not for the likes of him/Dravid and Ganguly. If cricket had died in India, it would have died every where in the world and the only reason it is thriving in India is because of the man you keeping putting down. Get a life my friend. Enjoy what Kohli can do, but without disrespecting what Sachin or others have done in past.

  • NelaturiShyam on October 17, 2013, 15:02 GMT

    George Bailey-Captain with smiling face. I like his demeanor. Cricket is a game and win or loss should not matter.Sportsman spirit should be displayed. Hats off to him in this respect.

  • on October 17, 2013, 14:54 GMT

    Bailey is a better captain than Clark..the latter shows only aggression for the sake of it without much logic supporting it..Bailey is also quite modest in defeat..giving credit to the opponent which they deserved..

  • annys on October 17, 2013, 14:41 GMT

    Virat's innings was fantastic, dhawan and rohit set a good platform too. we should get over the mentality of making just one player a god or a hero its team game, we need players who give everything for the team and don't just play for their records. India badly needs some change in the bowling lineup i would suggest bhajji,umesh,shami, in place of aswin,ishanth,vinay

  • Naresh28 on October 17, 2013, 13:48 GMT

    AFTER a long search OZ have found a captain that can easily replace the injured Michael Clarke. Bailey seems level headed and also thinks out a situation. Just by recognizing that the game slipped from them when Kohli entered shows this. He contributes with the bat as well. Seems to get the respect of his players. Indian Fan

  • BigINDFan on October 17, 2013, 13:36 GMT

    I agree with Bailey that Kohli played smart cricket in going after the bowlers but not losing shape as MSD said. Rohit's form is a relief since the Ind team is not willing to let him go, might as well get their return on the investment. Dhawan is a class act and he was the key yesterday. He started the attack which set up the foundation.

    Shastri and Gavaskar need to shut up. IPL is getting to these guys. Why not encourage Dhawan instead of asking him to be the PR guy for Rohit. Kohli does not need encouragement since he is super confident.

    Ind bowlers are pathetic. Specially Ishant should not be in the XI. Ashwin needs to improve his game if he does not want to go down the Harbhajan path. Bring in Mishra or other legspinners in the team. Rotate the fast bowlers to improve their competitive spirit and lift their game. Bhuvi needs a permanent spot but the others have to prove themselves.

  • CRIC_FAN94 on October 17, 2013, 13:34 GMT

    @KrishG Do you watch cricket? have you forgot 175 made by sachin against Aussies in 2009 which was eventually lost by Sir Ravindra Jadeja And for ur kind Info sachin's S/R- 86.23 and Virat's is 87.42

  • on October 17, 2013, 12:42 GMT

    Remarkable victory. Although on cant deny Rohit his due I think the MoM award should have gone to Kohli. Note Bailey's statement that Virat took the match awy from them.

  • AyeSayer on October 17, 2013, 12:14 GMT

    We keep talking about how bad the Indian bowlers are. How about the Australian bowlers. They got taken to the cleaners!.

  • KrishG on October 17, 2013, 11:50 GMT

    Sachin should have played this match. He too could have scored a century but India would have scored 250 and lost.

  • Go_F.Alonso on October 17, 2013, 11:26 GMT

    George Bailey is a wonderful batsman improving all the time. Seems to be an excellent person as well going by his incredibly honest and frank interviews. Great batter and human being. Good captain? The jury is still out on that one.

  • whocareswhowins on October 17, 2013, 11:13 GMT

    It's India's crappy bowling....let's not kid ourselves. The batting is quality, no problem there. It's the bowlers who need to be sorted out. Liked one of the other comments about Ishant Sharma : he needs a hair-cut and Ashwin is way over-rated. He's in there because of Dhoni and those CSK-cement connections..

  • Ms.Cricket on October 17, 2013, 11:08 GMT

    Cricket Australia should stop their ridiculous policy of not playing Siddle and Lyon in the ODIs. Australia is the only team in the world that cotton-balls its best bowlers even though the policy has failed miserably.

  • strokemaker11 on October 17, 2013, 10:46 GMT

    Good Game. But again Ravi Shastri is very biased. He keeps asking Virat and Dhawan to talk about Rohit's innings when Virat's innings was much better than Rohit's innings. He did the same when Virat smashed 180 against Pak in Asia cup where Rohit had just scored 52. Unlike Virat and Dhawan Rohit is just playing for his place. These mumbai commentators want to project Rohit as next big thing. Biased commentators they have been talking about Rohit and his talent for more than 3 years now.

  • cnksnk on October 17, 2013, 9:37 GMT

    good game to watch. All the indian batsmen were good and any of them could have walked away with the MOM. While Rohit has found form, his temperament is fairly ordinary. I am sure that in the next one day, he will have a lazy waft outside the off stump and will not cross 25. With this innings it looks like he has booked his seat in the Indian team. With the number of chances he has got, even Sir Geoferry's mother would have hit a hundred in one of matches. My 14 year son made an interesting comment yesterday. Jusf like footballers have agents who talk up the players, Rohit seems to have appointed Sunny and Ravi Sastri as his agents. Even when he plays a rediculous shot, which is often, they talk of his talent. Even yesterday when DhawN was beng interviewed Ravi insisted on asking leading questions on Rohit forcing Dhawan to say all nice things (although deserved yesterday). Talk of outsourcing key jobs....

  • chrisjamesmcd on October 17, 2013, 9:18 GMT

    That's not 'smart' cricket, its playing the game how it should be played. Any Australian bowler should be good enough to force the batsman's hand, make him make a mistake. And the secondary bowlers should be able to back them up with consistent pressure. Its a psychological game as much as anything else.

    If you are expecting a batsman to make a mistake and take a shot at some crappy bowling you must be in the mind frame of playing 20/20. There are still tactics to be deployed in the game of 50 overs. Don't ever forget that.

  • BSWadekar on October 17, 2013, 9:17 GMT

    India have quality batsmen but few quality bowlers Pakistan have quality bowlers but few quality batsmen It would have been great if these two were never separated And would have been world beaters in all formats of the game

  • DingDong420 on October 17, 2013, 9:07 GMT

    Great batting form the young guns....Tendulkar although you will be missed Virat is the next world star. Rohit for No4 in tests

  • on October 17, 2013, 8:58 GMT

    Australi have been struggling a lot with these drop catches of late..Be it in Ashes or here..Australian side of last decade used to drop very few catches..

  • on October 17, 2013, 8:52 GMT

    I think Australia lack the good bowlers now..............Mitchell Johnson need to fire...................

  • on October 17, 2013, 8:29 GMT

    Even I thought that it was Dhawan & Virat, who made a bigger difference to the morale of Aussies than Rohit who was eventually adjudicated the Man of the Match. Dhawan was absolutely fabulous after that dropped catch and took attack to the Aussies. When attacked, even the mightiest of the enemy look for cover. Kohli used the platform well and deflated the Aussie shoulders. The Aussies had almost given up by 35th over. Rohit held his end well and blossomed in/after the batting powerplay.

  • on October 17, 2013, 8:29 GMT

    Even I thought that it was Dhawan & Virat, who made a bigger difference to the morale of Aussies than Rohit who was eventually adjudicated the Man of the Match. Dhawan was absolutely fabulous after that dropped catch and took attack to the Aussies. When attacked, even the mightiest of the enemy look for cover. Kohli used the platform well and deflated the Aussie shoulders. The Aussies had almost given up by 35th over. Rohit held his end well and blossomed in/after the batting powerplay.

  • on October 17, 2013, 8:52 GMT

    I think Australia lack the good bowlers now..............Mitchell Johnson need to fire...................

  • on October 17, 2013, 8:58 GMT

    Australi have been struggling a lot with these drop catches of late..Be it in Ashes or here..Australian side of last decade used to drop very few catches..

  • DingDong420 on October 17, 2013, 9:07 GMT

    Great batting form the young guns....Tendulkar although you will be missed Virat is the next world star. Rohit for No4 in tests

  • BSWadekar on October 17, 2013, 9:17 GMT

    India have quality batsmen but few quality bowlers Pakistan have quality bowlers but few quality batsmen It would have been great if these two were never separated And would have been world beaters in all formats of the game

  • chrisjamesmcd on October 17, 2013, 9:18 GMT

    That's not 'smart' cricket, its playing the game how it should be played. Any Australian bowler should be good enough to force the batsman's hand, make him make a mistake. And the secondary bowlers should be able to back them up with consistent pressure. Its a psychological game as much as anything else.

    If you are expecting a batsman to make a mistake and take a shot at some crappy bowling you must be in the mind frame of playing 20/20. There are still tactics to be deployed in the game of 50 overs. Don't ever forget that.

  • cnksnk on October 17, 2013, 9:37 GMT

    good game to watch. All the indian batsmen were good and any of them could have walked away with the MOM. While Rohit has found form, his temperament is fairly ordinary. I am sure that in the next one day, he will have a lazy waft outside the off stump and will not cross 25. With this innings it looks like he has booked his seat in the Indian team. With the number of chances he has got, even Sir Geoferry's mother would have hit a hundred in one of matches. My 14 year son made an interesting comment yesterday. Jusf like footballers have agents who talk up the players, Rohit seems to have appointed Sunny and Ravi Sastri as his agents. Even when he plays a rediculous shot, which is often, they talk of his talent. Even yesterday when DhawN was beng interviewed Ravi insisted on asking leading questions on Rohit forcing Dhawan to say all nice things (although deserved yesterday). Talk of outsourcing key jobs....

  • strokemaker11 on October 17, 2013, 10:46 GMT

    Good Game. But again Ravi Shastri is very biased. He keeps asking Virat and Dhawan to talk about Rohit's innings when Virat's innings was much better than Rohit's innings. He did the same when Virat smashed 180 against Pak in Asia cup where Rohit had just scored 52. Unlike Virat and Dhawan Rohit is just playing for his place. These mumbai commentators want to project Rohit as next big thing. Biased commentators they have been talking about Rohit and his talent for more than 3 years now.

  • Ms.Cricket on October 17, 2013, 11:08 GMT

    Cricket Australia should stop their ridiculous policy of not playing Siddle and Lyon in the ODIs. Australia is the only team in the world that cotton-balls its best bowlers even though the policy has failed miserably.

  • whocareswhowins on October 17, 2013, 11:13 GMT

    It's India's crappy bowling....let's not kid ourselves. The batting is quality, no problem there. It's the bowlers who need to be sorted out. Liked one of the other comments about Ishant Sharma : he needs a hair-cut and Ashwin is way over-rated. He's in there because of Dhoni and those CSK-cement connections..