Australia defeated India by nine wickets in Indore on Friday, March 3. Needing 76 for victory, the visitors got home in 18.5 overs, with Travis Head unbeaten on 49 and Marnus Labuschagne on 28.
Firmly on the back foot, India began the day on a bright note as Ravichandran Ashwin dismissed Usman Khawaja for a duck. The Indian bowlers kept things tight in the first 10 overs. However, following a change in ball, things seemed to get comparatively easier for the Australian batters.
Addressing a press conference following India’s defeat, Rohit downplayed the talk about the change in ball and its impact. He opined:
Rohit added that had the bowlers taken some wickets after the ball was changed, such questions wouldn’t be asked. He explained:
India were bundled out for 109 and 163 in Indore as Australia’s slow bowlers dominated proceedings on a spin-friendly surface.
Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon claimed 8/64 in India’s second innings to shut the hosts out of the contest. The veteran cricketer has an impressive record against India, both at home and away.
Praising Lyon, Rohit Sharma termed him among the best from the current crop of bowlers. He said:
Lyon, 35, has played 10 Tests in India, claiming 53 wickets at an average of 26.05, with five five-wicket hauls.
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