After a shambolic 40-run loss in Rajkot, Virat Kohli has singled out India's poor batting as the reason for the loss while crediting Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah for pulling things back. Kohli has also praised MS Dhoni for his effort but also admitted that the target was too much at the end.
After opting to bat first, New Zealand started off really well and opener Collin Munro’s unbeaten 109 runs helped the visitors post 196/2 in their allotted 20 overs. Munro faced 58 balls in his innings and got a very good support from his fellow opener Martin Guptill from the other end who scored 45 as the duo put together an opening stand of 105 runs in 67 balls.
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"Eventually we weren't good enough with the bat. When you're chasing 200, all the batsmen need to chip in, or one batsman has to
After Trent Boult (4/34) had sent the Indian openers packing, Virat Kohli (65) and MS Dhoni (49) tried hard to lead the fightback but it proved to be insufficient at the end as the Indian Team managed to score only 156 runs with the loss of seven wickets.
"That happens, you want to go for big shots. It has happened with a lot of batsmen where you don't get to go on strike. Sometimes you are in good form, but you don't get enough balls. It happens to a lot of batsmen," he said.
"We back our batsmen though. We back Hardik (Pandya), and it's just a little glitch. After 13-14 overs, it gripped a bit. But we have no excuses, we weren't good enough with the bat. There wasn't any kind of dew. The ball got scuffed up."
The decider of the series will be played at Greenfield International Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram on November 7.
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