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Virat Kohli blames poor batting for loss to NZ

05 November 2017

After Colin Munro's unbeaten century helped New Zealand post 196 for two, the bowlers led by a four-wicket haul from Trent Boult helped the Black Caps restrict India to 156 for seven to win the second Twenty20 worldwide by 40 runs and levelling the series 1-1. Adam Milne and Glenn Phillips have replaced Tim Southee and Tom Latham respectively. India drafted in the debutant Mohammad Siraj in the place of Ashish Nehra who retired from global cricket after the previous game. We'll look to get some runs on the board.

As he took the field for the first time in India colours, Siraj could not control his emotions and was in tears when the Indian national anthem was being sung. It is an opportunity for us to restrict them in the first innings; it gives us what we wanted to do out here.

"For me it's just a mind shift thing, not expecting too much of myself at this level or in Twenty20". He's an exciting young talent.

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New Zealand captain Kane Willamson was dismissed a short while later when a mistimed shot off a half-volley by Siraj found its way to Rohit Sharma at deep mid wicket. Ashish Nehra bowed out of worldwide cricket on his home turf with an economical spell of four overs for 29 runs.

Conditions: The pitch looks like a belter as is expected of a typical Rajkot strip.

There has been only one T20I played at this venue previously, which was between India and Australia in 2013. The weather hovers at a warm 31 degrees. "It was when I just stood there, watched the ball and tried to hit through the line as hard as I could that it came off". "Go out there, stay still and try and hit fours and sixes", he added. Dhawan and Sharma put on a record 158-run partnership that went into the 16th over to ensure that India ended up with a plus-200 total despite a brief wobble towards the end.

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Munro also got the wicket of Shreyas Iyer, who scored 23, with his right-arm medium pace to make India slip further after Boult rattled the Indian top-order.

India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (c), MS Dhoni (w), Shreyas Iyer, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj.

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Virat Kohli blames poor batting for loss to NZ