Virat Kohli blames poor batting for loss to NZ

Virat Kohli blames poor batting for loss to NZ

Considering the huge all-round strength that the hosts boast of, it's going to be a Herculean task for the Kane Williamson-led New Zealand to prevent India from surging to a third T20I series victory in eight contests, dating back to 2012-13, three of which were drawn encounters.

"Felt good with the bat, but had been getting out at amusing times", Munro, who made an impact in the preceding ODI series that the Kiwis lost 2-1, said. "It happens to a lot of batsmen", he said. "Go out there, stay still and try and hit fours and sixes", he added.

The resounding victory, riding on the exhilarating batting exploits of their top-order and, in particular openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma, was the country's first-ever over the Black Caps in the shortest form of the game.

New Zealand opener Colin Munro, who nearly swung the decisive third and final ODI against India in Kanpur for his team, hammered a hundred in just 54 balls that included six fours and seven sixes in Rajkot on Saturday.

India captain Virat Kohli and Mahendra Singh Dhoni tried to stem the rot with a 56-run partnership.

After the Kiwis won the toss and elected to bat, Munro scorched a fine ton against the Indian bowlers, reaching 109 not out off just 58 deliveries.

Guptill hit Yuzvendra Chahal for two sixes and a four in the leg-spinner's first over to make his intent clear.

1 - Colin Munro is the first player in history to score two T20I centuries in the same calendar year. Virat soon got to his 18th fifty in T20i's but the scoreboard pressure got the better off him as he got on 65 runs off 42 balls.

The Hyderabad-born pacer ultimately did get his maiden worldwide wicket in the form of Williamson but ultimately finished with figures of 1-53 off his four overs.

Earlier, New Zealand rode on Munro's power packed batting to post a big total. "At one stage we were looking for 220-30 but credit to Bumrah and Bhuvi to have pulled things back", said Kohli after the loss. You can also check out CricketNext's LIVE blog for all the latest action from the match including live scores, ball-by-ball commentary and analysis.

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