Bengluru: The advantage of having already won the ODI series gave India the chance to test their bench strength, and the chance to throw their more inexperienced players into a tough match situation.
Although, India’s winning streak came to an end, but the failed chase gave India an opportunity to assess what could’ve been done better, without having the additional worry of the series scoreline. For the second time in five days, Australia denied Virat Kohli his favourite passtime of seeing off a run chase. “When all of us had gotten out, when Hardik and Kedar were batting, we thought this was the ideal situation for them. To understand how the game can be taken till the end. They did really good job with that partnership,” Kohli said. “I think Australia’s bowling was quite good. They got breakthroughs at the right time and that really stopped our momentum especially when Kedar and Hardik were going well. If they had put on 40-50 more it would have been ideal for us. That’s exactly what we were seeking but things don’t go your way all the time,” Kohli felt.