Virat Kohli’s post ton interview after loss to Australia interview: #IndvsAus

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Ranchi: India's Virat Kohli during the third ODI match between India and Australia at JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi on March 8, 2019. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

India skipper Virat Kohli’s (123 off 95) gritty century went in vain as India suffered a 32-run defeat against Australia in the third contest of the five-match rubber at the JSCA stadium here on Friday.

Despite this loss, India still maintain a 2-1 lead in the series.

Brief Scores: Australia 313/5 (Usman Khawaja 104, Aaron Finch 93; Kuldeep Yadav 3/64) beat India 281 all out (Virat Kohli 123, Vijay Shankar 32; Pat Cummins 3/37) by 32 runs.

Virat Kohli’s magnificent hundred went in vain as India lost to Australia by 32 runs in the third ODI here on Friday. India now lead the five-match series 2-1.

Chasing a stiff 314 for victory, Kohli brought up his second successive ton, a belligerent 123 off 95 balls (4×16, 6×1), but lacked support from other batsmen as Australia’s Adam Zampa wreaked havoc with figures of 3/70 in 10 overs.

Usman Khawaja’s hundred and Aaron Finch’s 93 saw Australia put up 313/5 on the board. In reply, India were bowled out for 281 in 48.2 overs.

Kohli scored his first 50 off 52 balls and the next 50 off just 33 balls. The 30-year-old, who racked up his 41st ODI hundred, looked good to guide the team over the line with his classy on-drives and cover drives, but Zampa put the brakes on him with a yorker after accounting for former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (26).

Ranchi: Australian players celebrate after winning the third ODI match against India at JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi on March 8, 2019. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

Zampa also got rid of Kedar Jadhav (26), trapping him in front as the batsman looked to sweep.

India were off to a poor start. Jhyde Richardson (3/37) got the back of Shikhar Dhawan (1), who was caught by Glenn Maxwell at point. Rohit Sharma (14) too did not last long, as Pat Cummins (3/37) trapped him plumb in front.

Ambati Rayudu (2) was castled by Cummins as the hosts were reduced to 27/3 in 6.2 overs. Local hero M.S. Dhoni came to the crease to a loud applause from the packed crowd. But just when he looked good, stitching together a 59-run stand for the fourth wicket with Kohli, Zampa sent him back.

Kohli then joined hands with Jadhav for a 88-run partnership for the fifth wicket and 45 with Vijay Shankar for the sixth, but none were good enough to take India across the line.

Earlier, Khawaja (104), Finch (93) and Glenn Maxwell (47) scored handsomely to help Australia post a formidible total.

Right from the start, the Australian batters played freely and hammered the Indian bowlers at will.

Virat Kohli – the run machine. (IANS Infographics)

Openers Finch and Khawaja put up 193 runs before skipper Finch was trapped by Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav in the 32nd over. The two played some beautifully crafted shots around the ground. Finch faced 99 balls and hammered 10 boundaries and three sixes.

Maxwell then joined Khawaja and the two played sensibly by rotating the strike and punishing the bad balls. In the process, Khawaja completed his century before being dismissed by pacer Mohammad Shami in the 39th over. His 113-ball knock was laced with 11 boundaries and one six.

After a couple of overs, set batsman Maxwell also departed. A piece of brilliant fielding by Ravindra Jadeja caught Maxwell short of his crease.

Middle-order batsmen Shaun Marsh (7) and Peter Handscomb (0) went back cheaply but Marcus Stoinis (31 not out) and Alex Carey (21 not out) stuck at the wicket and finished off the proceedings.

For India, Kuldeep Yadav took three wickets for 64 runs.

Brief Scores: Australia 313/5 (Usman Khawaja 104, Aaron Finch 93; Kuldeep Yadav 3/64) beat India 281 all out (Virat Kohli 123, Vijay Shankar 32; Pat Cummins 3/37) by 32 runs.

Interview:

After suffering a 32-run defeat against Australia in the third match of the series, India skipper Virat Kohli felt losing quick wickets hurt his side’s chances in the contest.

Kohli, who slammed his 41st One Day International (ODI) ton at the JSCA stadium here on Friday, also showed faith in his boys saying they will grab the opportunity with both hands in the remaining contests.

Chasing a challenging 314-run target, despite Kohli’s gritty ton, India were bowled out for 281 runs, thanks to some fine bowling by the visitors.

Speaking at the post-match presentation, Kohli said: “With three-down we had more chances, but at five-down, it was difficult. I got out, Vijay (Shankar) got out, and then there was no looking back.”

Ranchi: Australian players celebrate after winning the third ODI match against India at JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi on March 8, 2019. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

“No team wants to lose early wickets, and we take pride in our cricket. We have strung partnerships after losing two wickets, but losing three in a bunch didn’t happen,” Kohli added expressing: “The guys who have got out will try to make the most of the next opportunity.”

Meanwhile, the 30-year-old also spoke on his 41st ODI ton, terming it as one of his finest.

“In terms of hitting the balls well, it was one of my finest innings, and even when we were three-down, I thought I had to play my game, the style that has gotten me to this level,” said Kohli.

With India still leading the series, Kohli however, also hinted of some changes in his side for the next couple of remaining games in the rubber.

“We will have a few changes in the next couple of games, but the idea is to tell the boys to put in match-winning performances, and the boys will be looking to be in top form before the flight to England,” said Kohli.

Both the sides will clash in the fourth contest in Mohali on March 10.