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Bengaluru showdown excites Kohli

18th January 2020, 13:39 by Jack Ogalbe

India captain Virat Kohli says his team are ready for Sunday's deciding one-day international against Australia.

The country came to a standstill after the 10-wicket opening defeat in Mumbai but things were restored to somewhere near normality with the 36-run victory in Rajkot.

That result sets up a mouthwatering decider in Bengaluru on Sunday but the hosts have injury worries.

Opener Shikhar Dhawan scored 96 runs on Friday but did not return to field after taking a Pat Cummins bouncer in the ribs, while vice-captain Rohit Sharma injured his arm while trying to prevent a boundary.

In a country where cricket dominates the agenda, Kohli says it is expected that his fans went into meltdown but has assured them that everything is under control as his team prepares for the match at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium.

"We live in the days of social media and a panic button being pressed too early," Kohli said.

"We know exactly what we're doing in the change room. On the outside there's a lot of panic that we don't really focus on."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Jack Ogalbe has been working for the team since his student days, having enjoyed a successful placement. He is an avid West Ham fan but also enjoys writing on rugby union, golf, tennis and cycling.

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