India vs New Zealand 2019: We Were Outplayed in Wellington – Rohit Sharma
Team India skipper Rohit Sharma on Wednesday (February 6) didn’t shy away from admitting the fact that hosts have outplayed the Men in Blue at Westpac Stadium Wellington. His comments came after the first Twenty20 International (T20I) of the three-match Netmeds series loss by 80 runs.
“It was a tough game. We were outplayed in all three departments. We didn’t start well and we knew that 200 wasn’t going to be an easy chase,” Rohit told in a post-match presentation.
The 31-year-old who earlier won the toss decided to field first, but the decision didn’t go in his way. Kiwis openers gave a resounding start to the team. The hosts finished off their innings on 219 for six in 20 overs.
However, India in response was bowled out on 139 in 19.2 overs. India had a poor start while losing out their skipper in the third over.
The right-handed top-order batsman Rohit maintained the idea of going with the eight batsmen. He added the side couldn’t do much in terms of a partnership which eventually made things hard for chasing the target.
Rohit defends eight batsmen strategy:
While setting the example of Kiwis, Rohit asserted the hosts put up a spectacular show by knitting those crucial partnerships, in between, for them. Besides, it has further allowed the hosts to continue their domination in the T20 format.
“We have chased such targets in the past and that is why we played with eight batsmen, but we didn’t have small partnerships and that made it tough. New Zealand though played well, they had partnerships,” Rohit added.
For Kiwis, Tim Southee, who remained on the sidelines for most of the recently-concluded five-match ODI series, starred with the ball to bag three wickets. Earlier, wicketkeeper-batsman Tim Seifert played some sensational strokes to smash 43-ball 84. He is followed by Colin Munro and skipper Kane Willaimson with 34 runs each.
In conclusion, Rohit is hopeful to make a strong comeback in the second T20. The penultimate game will commence on February 8 at Eden Park in Auckland. Rohit reiterated India had done well while aiming to chase down the total. But it was not their night to make most of the available opportunities.
“We need to go to Auckland, look at the conditions and take it from there. As a team, we have been good at chasing down targets which is why we play with eight batsmen. But we just couldn’t do it tonight,” Rohit signed off.
With the comprehensive win in Wellington, the Black Caps lead the three-match T20 series by 1-0.
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