India v/s New Zealand, 1st ODI: Virat Kohli reveals reason for hosts’ defeat in Mumbai
India captain Virat Kohli admitted that they were at least 30 runs short but at the same time praised the application of the New Zealand batsmen especially Tom Latham. Kohli’s 31st hundred in his 200th ODI was overshadowed as New Zealand chased down a target of 281 in 49 overs with Latham scoring an unbeaten 103 and Ross Taylor contributing 95.
“We thought 275 (280) was a good total. But Ross and Tom were fantastic. They did not give us any chances, apart from a run-out here or there. And when you get a 200-run partnership, you deserve to win,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony.
The Indian captain reckoned that the pitch played really well in the second half and dew became an issue. “Putting dew into perspective, in the last 13-14 overs, we were 20-30 runs short. But in the first half of the day, the wicket was playing very differently. We would have liked a better batting performance, if a couple more guys had chipped in, batting a few more overs, we could have had 40 runs extra,” said Kohli.
Kohli also complimented the Kiwi batsmen for tackling Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal with well. “New Zealand tackled our …read more