India vs New Zealand: We were not good enough with the bat, says Virat Kohli

first_imgVirat Kohli admitted that India “were not good enough” with the bat after the home team’s 40-run defeat against New Zealand in the second Twenty20 international at the Saurashtra Cricket Association stadium in Rajkot on Saturday. The victory helped the Black Caps level the three-match series 1-1.Batting first New Zealand rode on Colin Munro’s career-best 109 not out off only 58 balls to post a challenging 196/2. In reply, Indian innings never took off with both Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma falling in the second over, bowled by Trent Boult.Kohli and Shreyas Iyer fought back with a 54-run stand for the third wicket before Munro struck, dismissing Iyer for 23.FIFTY for King Kohli #INDvNZ BCCI (@BCCI) November 4, 2017Mahendra Singh Dhoni (49) struck three sixes but the mounting run rate prompted Kohli to try to accelerate and he perished in the process.Boult finished 4-34, while spinners Ish Sodhi and Mitchell Santner also bowled tidy overs picking a wicket each.”After 13-14 overs, it gripped a bit. But we have no excuses, 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 score over a strike rate of 200. Tried to do my best. MS was very good at the end. But we were left with a very difficult task. It happens to a lot of batsmen, sometimes you are in good form, but you don’t get enough balls. We back our batsmen though. We back Hardik, and it’s just a little glitch,” Kohli said at the post match presentation ceremony.advertisementKohli credited New Zealand for the victory but praised India bowlers for not letting the visitors breach the 200-run mark.”I thought New Zealand were really good with the bat early on. We didn’t take our chances, yes, but at one stage they were looking to get 235-240 and credit to Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar to pull things back,” he said.The series decider will be played in Thiruvananthapuram on Tuesday.last_img

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