India vs Australia, 2nd ODI (D/N), Visakhapatnam, Oct 20 2010, Australia tour of India [Sep-Oct 2010]
Match Result: India won by 5 wickets (with 7 balls remaining)
Player of the Match: Virat Kohli [118(121)]
Ricky Ponting | Australia captain: “Cameron White’s innings was unbelievable, I thought 290 was enough but India chased well. John Hastings did a fantastic job, Starc has a bright future for Australia. We’ll try to rebuild. Disappointed with the result. We’ll try to do better in the first 15 overs in the second game.”
MS Dhoni | India captain: “Yuvraj and Kohli got us back in the game and Raina supported Kohli well in the end. We wanted to see how much dew was around, I thought the spinners would get more turn but it turned out to be much flatter. White took the attack apart, but with Suresh Raina at the crease with one Powerplay to go I knew we had a chance.
Yuvraj, it was very important for him to get runs. Kohli has been often criticised for giving away good starts and he batted perfectly today. We’ll look to win the third game as well. We have eight to ten games before the World Cup and we want to achieve more than just winning the games.”
Suresh Raina: “Not an easy game played, a lot of people wait with open swords and want you to make mistakes. As a complete batting unit we didn’t perform well but we bounced back well. We knew we needed two good deliveries when Tait and Bracken were batting. I won’t say the game was in our hands but we had a good chance if we bowled in the right areas and needed only two good deliveries.
It doesn’t always go your way (talking about his batting), the top order has been scoring loads of runs in the last 2-2.5 years so lower order doesn’t get a big chance to bat. Apart from him there’s nobody who loves to do that kind of a job when you go out and you just have to go for the big hits. The pace was very important on this wicket and the length too.
Powar is not a big turner of the ball and he pitched it in the right areas. Bhajji has the experience and they didn’t try too many different things and flighting or under-flighting the ball was needed and overall they did a good job.”
Virat Kohli | Man of the Match: “I was struggling with cramps in my 70s and 80s. I just wanted to drag the game as much as I could to put my team in a winning position. Vijay suggested that I just time the ball than hit it too hard. He helped calm me down. With Yuvraj batting at the other end, it’s always helpful because he can score quickly and take the pressure off you.
We just decided to build a partnership and bank on the Powerplay. The team has shown trust in me to bat at No.3 and I’ll just look to capitalise. Once the dew came in, the ball was coming on quite nicely and we tried to take advantage on that.”
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