After facing whitewash in the five-match T20I series, New Zealand has started the ODI series with a positive note. In Hamilton, India’s mammoth target of 348 runs also looked easy task to ace in front of Kiwis. However, both the sides had a poor day in bowling. Indian skipper Virat Kohli gives the reason from where India lost the game.
On Wednesday, India was playing without its major openers; Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan (due to injuries). Debutant openers Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal didn’t play big innings but gave a good start to the team.
The youngster Shreyas Iyer while batting at No. 4, scored his first century in ODIs. Also, the wicketkeeper-batsman KL Rahul played crucial innings as a finisher. He scored unbeaten 88* runs, striking 3 fours and six maximum.
Virat Kohli praised debutant Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal Innings:
Post the game, Kohli praised the innings of Shaw and Agarwal. Further, he also applauded the efforts of Rahul and Iyer.
“Both new openers gave us a good start, hope they continue to do the same. Shreyas’s hundred was outstanding and KL was brilliant with the bat too.”
Virat Kohli cites the reason for India’s defeat:
Kiwi skipper Tom Latham and the veteran Ross Taylor played crucial knock to led the team to four-wicket victory. Taylor, the Man of the Match, scored unbeaten 109 runs, leading the team to chase the mammoth target.
Latham brought the Kiwi’s back into the game when the team has lost as many as five T20Is.
Kohli said that Tom’s innings took the game away from them. He also believes that the Men in Blue need to work more on their fielding.
“An outstanding performance by New Zealand. We thought 348 was good enough, especially after the start we got with the ball. I think Tom’s innings took the game away from us. Ross and Tom were unstoppable in the middle overs. We were decent in the field, we dropped one chance. We need to improve though.”
“I got to say that the opposition played better than us and deserved to win today.”
Meanwhile, after having the lead of 1-0, New Zealand will play the second ODI match on 8th February. It will be a do or die match for India at Eden Park in Auckland.