How India skipper - and protagonist - Virat Kohli is inspiring an Australian comeback

Sunday, 01 Oct, 2017

The visitors scored 334-5 in the first innings after the openers dominated the proceedings, sharing a partnership of 231 runs where Finch scored 94 and Warner 124. Warner and Finch were spectacular. Ajinkya Rahane (53, 66b, 6x4, 1x6) and Rohit Sharma (65, 55b, 1x4, 5x6) put the team on course with their 106-run opening stand. Rahane, Sharma and skipper Virat Kohli (21, 21b, 3x4) fell within a space of 31 runs thereafter, setting India back briefly.

Kedar started it all by enticing Warner to go for a lofted shot which went straight to Axar Patel at long on and then next two wickets of skipper Steve Smith (3) and Finch were bagged by Yadav. The team was looking in good momentum but losing out wickets in the end broke during the crucial overs, the team failed to claim the victory. One could argue that the middle order were far too slow with their run scoring, and the numbers do suggest it, but the Australian bowlers maintained a consistent line and did not give the batsman many freebies. Chahal, who has been India's go-to man to break partnerships, was hammered by Finch and Warner. Thought we were having one of our little collapses, but Peter Handscomb batted well to get us up to 330.

Virat Kohli defended the bowling performance that allowed Australia to post 334 for five but said the batsmen could have done better on a batsman-friendly pitch. "Umesh even picked up four wickets and it would have been a bit more than what he would have expected himself".

Virat Kohli has drawn the ire of his own fans over an incident that sunk India in the fourth ODI against Australia.

India will take on Australia in the fifth and final ODI in Nagpur on Sunday.

The pace trio of Pat Cummins, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Kane Richardson bowled with pace and precision in the death overs to take the game away from the Indians.

However, he clarified that to the Indians, it is David Warner who is more of a threat.

The India vs Australia 5th ODI match will be played at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground, Nagpur. While the likes of Kohli and former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni have been consistently doing what they do best, Hardik Pandya's growth as an all-rounder has added a new dimension to the team.