It was going to be a tough task for India, the Australian bowlers were up and about and despite the fight shown by Hanuma Vihari and Rishabh Pant, the Aussie quicks proved to be the difference between the two teams.
Captain Virat Kohli conceded that the Australians played more consistent cricket and deserved to win the match. Also, he said that his own side was good in patches, but it was not enough to force a result.
"As a team, I think we played well in patches and that's something that we can hold on and take forward in the next game. Australia played better cricket than us and they deserved to win. Maybe we would have liked 30-40 less to chase," Kohli said at the end of the match.
Praising his bowling attack, the captain said that his bowlers stuck to their task and never allowed the hosts to get away.
'We thought we did not need a spinner'
"It was really pleasing to see the way our bowlers bowled relentlessly and dominated with the ball in the second innings," Kohli added.
India copped a lot of criticism for their selection and primarily because of the fact that they did not play a spinner on a surface where Nathan Lyon was the man of the match for his 8-wicket haul.
However, Kohli said that when they looked at the pitch on the first morning, they did not believe they needed a spinner.
"When we looked at the pitch, we didn't think about the Jadeja option. We thought four quicks would be enough. Nathan Lyon bowled really well. We never thought about the spin option, to be honest," the captain said.
He also said that he is not really thinking about his century since it did not contribute to a win and thus, it became pointless. However, he is now looking forward to the 'special occasion' in Melbourne.