Team was ineffective with ball, admits Virat Kohli after defeat against Aussies in 2nd ODI
Team was ineffective with ball, admits Virat Kohli after defeat against Aussies in 2nd ODI
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Team India suffered yet another humiliating defeat against Australia in the 2nd ODI at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).

The Aussies bettered their own record (374) of setting the highest target against India as all five top-order batsmen contributed in setting a target of 389/4, while the visitors were restricted to 338/9.

And, Virat Kohli, the Indian skipper, admits his side was ineffective with the ball.

"They have outplayed us. We were ineffective with the ball, and didn't hit the areas. They have a strong batting line-up, they know the conditions and the angles well," said Kohli after the match.

Kohli with 89 runs and KL Rahul with 76 were India's highest run scorers and both fell to sharp catches.

"The chase felt steep, and one or two wickets would have taken the required rate up so we had to keep hitting. They took the chances that they created in the field, which was the difference," said Kohli.

All-rounder Hardik Pandya bowled four overs and got the wicket of Smith. "Hardik felt okay to bowl. Initially just thought of trying for a couple of overs but he felt good and bowled a couple more. And he gave away a bit of a bowling plan with his off-cutters (smiles), but credit to them, they used the dimensions well. Even Rahul or Shreyas, if they carried on, it could've gotten us across the line with Hardik to come," said Kohli.

With the win, Australia has gained an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. The third and final ODI will be held on Friday, December 4 at Manuka Oval in Canberra.

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