India lost in the 2nd T20I as the Kiwis beat the home side by 40 runs in Rajkot after a Munro show with the bat, and also with the ball.
There was a moment in the match as Mohammed Siraj made his India debut in this match. Son of an auto driver, Siraj has beaten all the odds and emerged as an upcoming talent, which blossomed through IPL and domestic cricket. The young man got emotional while the National Anthem played and tears shed from his eyes, which was really a moment of emotion.
Virat Kohli: “I thought New Zealand were really good with the bat early on. We didn’t take our chances, yes, but at once stage they were looking to get 235-240 and credit to Bumrah and Bhuvi to pull things back. Eventually we weren’t good enough with the bat. When you’re chasing 200, all the batsmen need to chip in, or one batsman has to keeping going at a 200 strike-rate. Tried to do my best. MS was very good at the end. But we were left with a very difficult task. It happens to a lot of batsmen, sometimes you are in good form, but you don’t get enough balls.”
India captain also confirmed there was no dew factor to blame and admitted that his team was second best on the day and the opposition were deserved winners.
Kane Williamson: “Great partnership up top, and obviously Munners getting a hundred was fantastic. When a batsman gets that many runs, the team will always get a big total. Guptill and Bruce gave good support and the bowlers did really well to defend it. Whenever you watch a player similar to you perform, you want to emulate them and our two spinners did really well, they consistently came in to bowl tough overs and they bowled very very well”
Williamson added that the performance was contrasting from last match and Kiwis were at the better end this time. Also he ensured that they will try to repeat that in the decider on Tuesday.
Colin Munro: “Felt good tonight. Few chances went my way and that’s T20 cricket. Taken a while, I was here in the A trip. Felt good with the bat but kept getting out. I love batting at the top of the order, getting the team off to a flyer with Guppy (Guptill).”