India captain Virat Kohli was unhappy with the way his team played on Saturday in the first ODI of the three-match series against Australia but added that he is not too stressed about the result.
The Indian bowlers managed to do a decent job and despite fifties from Peter Handscomb (73), Usman Khawaja (59) and Shaun Marsh (54), the home side only managed to put on 288/5 from their 50 overs.
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On a flat deck, chasing 289 was not too steep a task but Jhye Richardson and Jason Behrendorff rocked the visitors early and they couldn't recover from it despite Rohit Sharma's 134 off 129 balls and Mahendra Singh Dhoni's slow and steady 51.
Speaking about the 34-run loss, Kohli said that 289 was chaseable but losing early wickets derailed them.
"We are not very pleased with the way we played. I thought we were fine with the ball, score of 300+ was par on that wicket. We thought 280 was chaseable on that wicket but losing three wickets in such a short span of time is never good," Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony.
Rohit and Dhoni struck a 137-run stand for the fourth wicket from 28.3 overs but once Dhoni was wrongly adjudged LBW after a 96-ball 51, Indian batsmen struggled to play along Rohit and eventually ended with only 254/9 from their 50 overs.
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However, Kohli felt that Rohit was outstanding and if he and Dhoni was there for a bit more, the result could have been different.
"Rohit was outstanding and MS supported him well but we could have done better with the tempo of the game. They took the game deep, deep enough for us to feel we have a chance. MS got out at the wrong time as he was looking to up the scoring rate at that point. If we would have had one more partnership, we would have been close to the target," Kohli said.
"We lost early wickets and Australia were professional enough to not get us back in. Rayudu got a good ball, Shikhar was out on the first ball so you can't really look too much into it and I hit it sweetly but straight to the fielder. These things happen in ODI cricket but you don't stop playing shots," he added.
He walked off by saying that the team will take the loss in their stride and look to get their combination right before the World Cup and a loss like this will help them identify and correct the mistake in the next match.
"I think we have to take it as a day on which Australia played better than us. We are not stressed about the results, we need to figure out the things we need to improve as a side.
"Looking forward to the World Cup, I think every side has to have the best combination. The defeats like these make you aware of the things you need to improve on. We just want to play good cricket and correct our mistake in the next match," Kohli said before walking off to a loud cheer from the SCG crowd.
The next match will be played on January 15 at the Adelaide Oval in Adelaide.