"We were optimistic with our chances".
Australia were looking good for a total close to 400 but the Indian bowlers pulled back in the final 15 overs in which the visitors could manage only 103 runs.
He showered praises on Kedhar and Pandya for the much-needed contribution, said, "When we had all gotten out and Hardik and Kedar were playing, this was the ideal situation for them to understand how the game can be taken until the end".
However, Peter Handscomb (43) saw them past 300 before being bowled by Umesh.
The hosts, who played pacers Mohammad Shami and Umesh Yadav in place of Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar will be forced to make changes in the bowling department which failed to look lethal in the last match.
Speaking on the loss against Aussies, Kohli said, "Australia's bowling in the end was quite good, they got breakthroughs at the right time and that stopped our momentum". Shikhar Dhawan has not been around for the Australia series which has played its part in Rahul getting a look in the squad. "The only respite for the fast bowlers was taking the pace off", he added. Jadhav, who had been struggling with the bat for the longest time, also came good with a 67. Earlier, Austalia rattled up 334 for five with a record opening partnership betwen indomitable David Warner (124) and Aaron Finch (94) eclipsing teh 31 year old record of 212 runs scored by openers G Marsh and David Boon way back in 1986.
Australia skipper Steve Smith comes up with a brilliant stop at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore yesterday.
Though they won the match, the Aussies repeated one key mistake from the last match. They really paced the innings nicely. The runs might have been a bit more than what he would have expected but we only lost by 20-odd runs. However, with Steven Smith and Co. putting up a much better show in improved conditions in Indore and Bengaluru, even notching up its first win of the series two nights ago, its batsmen's approach will be interesting to see on an expected slow track.