India vs New Zealand 2019: Lots of Positives, and a Few Mistakes – Rohit Sharma
In the recently-concluded three-match India vs New Zealand 2019 Twenty20 International (T20I) series, interim Men in Blue skipper Rohit Sharma is thoroughly disappointed with the result of Hamilton’s last-ball thriller on Sunday (February 10). Meanwhile, hosts clinched the T20I series 2-1 owing to a four-run win over the Men in Blue.
“Pretty disappointing to not get to the finishing line,” Rohit said during the post-match presentation.
Although, Dinesh Karthik and Krunal Pandya’s late-order blitz kept India in the hunt, but that didn’t help the visitors cause, as they failed a four away to claim their maiden T20I series on Kiwis soil against the Black Caps.
Hosts’ bowlers restrict India at 208 for six in 20 overs. Mitchell Santner and Daryl Mitchell claimed two wickets each.
Moreover, the fightback from Karthik and Pandya had kept fans on the edge of their seats.
The duo knitted 28-ball 63-run partnership. Karthik remained unbeaten on 33 off just 16 balls with the help of four sixes, whereas, Krunal smashed two sixes and as many four to score 13-ball 26*.
Earlier, in a bid to chase down the target of 213, Rohit tried to consolidate the innings. He played an anchor sheet role before being dismissed in the 14th over. Rohit scored 32-ball 28 with the help of three fours.
The 31-year-old Rohit believes 210 was always going to an arduous task in the run chase. He added the Kiwis were best on their day to reap the rewards.
“210-odd was always going to be tough, and we were in the game right till the end, but New Zealand held their nerve well, and they deserved to win,” Rohit added.
Hamilton loss is a disappointment:
Earlier, India clinched the five-match Netmeds One-day International series 4-1. Rohit stressed the Hamilton loss eventually disappoints teammates. But there is enough to take away.
Pertinently, the poor fielding has further cost India too many runs. Rohit admitted the fact the series victory could have set the tone ahead of the much-awaited limited-overs series against Aaron Finch-led Australia.
“We started off well in the ODIs. The boys will be disappointed not getting to the finishing line in the T20s. Lots of positives, and a few mistakes, so there’s a lot of material to move ahead. It would have been nice to win the series and go home and play Australia. But unfortunately, we couldn’t do that,” Rohit signed off.
The two-match T20I series against the Kangaroos will kick off on February 24 in Visakhapatnam.
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