Losing crucial wickets at crucial stages cost us the match, says Virat Kohli

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Losing crucial wickets at crucial stages cost us the match, says Virat Kohli

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SportsCafe Desk

07/03/2017

Indian skipper Virat Kohli suggested that the loss of crucial wickets at crucial stages during the game cost India the fourth ODI against West Indies, which the Men in Blue lost by a margin of 11 runs. Kohli added that the poor shot selection from the Indian batsmen did not help their cause either.

Indian batting lineup faltered for the first time in the series after the Men in Blue failed to chase down the modest target of 190 and bowed out at a paltry 178. MS Dhoni tried to finish the game for the team but the 35-year old took a lot of time before deciding to fire which eventually proved overwhelming for a player of his stature too.

The Windies bowlers kept the Indian batsmen in check to start with and scalped wickets at regular intervals to pile up the pressure on the Indian batting while defending 190. The home team yet again failed to cross the 200-run mark in the series but clinical performances from skipper Jason Holder, Alzarri Joseph, Kersick Williams, Devendra Bishoo and Ashley Nurse ensured that the Windies side ends up on the winning end and kept their hopes in the series alive.

India skipper Virat Kohli suggested that losing wickets at regular intervals was a big blow while chasing the modest total on a "two-paced" Antigua pitch.

“Losing crucial wickets at crucial stages. You’ve got to keep up the momentum through the game,” Kohli told the media in a post-match presentation.

The Delhi batsman also questioned the choice of shots that the Indian batsmen played which eventually led to their downfall.

"Our shot selection wasn’t up to the mark.” he said 

Earlier in the game, the Indian bowlers continued their domination in the Caribbean as they restricted the home team to a modest 189 courtesy some exceptional bowling performances by Umesh Yadav(3/36), Hardik Pandya(3/40), and Kuldeep Yadav(2/31).

Kohli credited the bowlers for their scintillating performance in the game.

"We bowled really well to restrict them to 189,” said Kohli. “Credit to the West Indies bowlers. They created those dot balls that induced those mistakes.”

“The bowlers were on the mark, and the fielders as well. With the bat we faltered and that can happen in this game. We just have to put this behind us and come back fresh for the next game,” said the Indian captain. 

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