Rohit: We learnt from our mistakes in series opener

Rohit Sharma led from the front with a 29-ball 50 as India drew level by beating New Zealand by seven wickets in the second T20I.

Rohit Sharma played a crucial knock in India's chase of 159.   -  AP Photo

India on Friday bounced back with a clinical performance in the second T20 International against New Zealand and stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma said it was a result of learning from their mistakes.

India suffered its biggest ever defeat in T20s in terms of runs at Wellington on Wednesday but the visitors went to the second game with the same team.

The captain led from the front, scoring 50 off 29 balls to ensure a seven-wicket win for India, its first in a T20 on New Zealand soil.

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“Very pleased to see how we bowled, and we were quite clinical with the bat as well. We have quality in our side, but we executed our plans better today, after learning from our mistakes,” said Rohit at the post-match presentation.

“It’s important to understand the mistakes that we made - it’s been a long tour for everyone. So we didn’t want to put a lot of pressure on the boys, just go in there with a clear mind.”

The series decider will be played at Hamilton on Sunday.

New Zealand a quality side

“It’s going to be a cracker of a game in the third T20I, but nothing to take away from New Zealand, they’re still a quality side,” Rohit said.

New Zealand posted 158 for the loss of eight wickets and skipper Kane Williamson felt his team could have done better with the bat.

“It was slightly more tricky to bat (here), but 20 more runs at the death would have been better. It wasn’t a 180-200 wicket for sure, but the opening partnership from India just took it away,” said Williamson.

“It’s important that as a side we are aware of the good bits we have done and put that into practice every time we come out to bat. Today it wasn’t our day to be honest,” he added.

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