Would have liked to have a better batting performance: Virat Kohli after Wankhede loss

first_imgIndia captain Virat Kohli blamed his team’s batting performance for the humiliating loss in the first ODI against New Zealand at the Wankhede stadium on Sunday.New Zealand pulled off the highest run-chase at the Wankhede stadium as they crushed India by 6 wickets to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.Chasing 281 for victory, Tom Latham scored an unbeaten 103 off 102 balls while Ross Taylor made 95 off 100 balls to help the Kiwis get over the line with an over to spare.Kohli praised Latham and Taylor’s batting effort before saying that he expected a better batting performance from his players.”We thought 275 was a good total. But Ross and Tom were fantastic. Didn’t give us any chances, apart from a run-out here or there. And when you get a 200 partnership, you deserve to win.”Putting dew into perspective, in the last 13-14 overs, we were 20-30 short. We would have liked a better batting performance, if a couple more guys had chipped in, batting a few more overs, we could have 40 runs extra,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation.Earlier in the day, captain Kohli led from the front and slammed his 31st one-day hundred to help India post 280/8 after electing to bat first.The Indian cricket captain, playing his 200th one-day international, slammed 121 off 125 balls and became the second batsman-ever after South African Ab de Villiers to score a hundred in his 200th ODI.He also went past Australian legend Ricky Ponting on the list of batsmen with most hundreds in the format. Sachin Tendulkar is the only batsman who is ahead of Kohli now with 49 tons.advertisementFor New Zealand, it was Trent Boult who was the pick of the bowlers as he finished with four wickets while Tim Southee took three.Even though he had a fantastic outing with the bat personally, Kohli chose to praise Latham for the way he played in this match.”They tackled our spinners really well. They picked their areas. Credit to them. Tom especially. Enjoyed watching him. Not many games in international cricket but he showed a lot of character,” he said.last_img

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