2nd T20I: Virat Kohli blames poor batting for loss

2nd T20I: Virat Kohli blames poor batting for loss

2nd T20I: Virat Kohli blames poor batting for loss

On the back of Munro's extraordinary endeavour, New Zealand posted a formidable total to level the three match series 1-1 and hope for a win in the first Twenty20 to be played at a new venue in Thiruvananthapuram next Tuesday.

"I love batting at the top of the order, getting the team off to a flyer with Guppy (Martin Guptill)", the left-handed batsman said after receiving the man of the match award. He announced two changes with wicketkeeper-batsman Glenn Phillips replacing Tom Latham and fast bowler Adam Milne taking Tim Southee's spot.

"That happens, you want to go for big shots".

Talking about the Indian playing XI, the Men in Blue have decided to make just one change.

With runs coming at just over seven an over, the onus was on Kohli and MS Dhoni (49) but their efforts were not good enough to help the home side achieve the target.

Even though India did manage the wickets of Guptill and Kane Williamson (12), Munro looked a class apart and went on to complete his second century in the T20Is to take the total to 196 for two in the 20 overs.

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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.

The Indian bowlers did not exactly cover themselves in glory, with only debutant pacer Mohammed Siraj and leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal bagged a wicket each. "The ball got scuffed up", he added.

Later, captain Williamson became the victim of the debutant and his Sunrisers Hyderabad teammate Mohammed Siraj to give the fast bowler his first global wicket.

Munro, who hit 7 fours and 7 sixes, and Tom Bruce, who scored 18, signed off with a 56-run unbeaten stand for the third wicket.

"I thought New Zealand were really good with the bat early on", the hosts' captain Kohli said.

"We didn't take our chances, yes, but at one stage they were looking to get 235-240 and credit to (Jasprit) Bumrah and Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar Kumar) to pull things back". 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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