Virat Kohli: New Zealand played better, deserved to win

New Zealand recorded its highest-ever run chase, 348, riding on Ross Taylor’s 84-ball-109 not out and stand-in skipper Tom Latham’s attacking half-century.

Virat Kohli felt Tom Latham’s 48-ball 69 took the momentum away from India.   -  Getty Images

Ross Taylor got the hundred but India captain Virat Kohli said it was Tom Latham’s 48-ball 69 that turned the tables on his side in the high-scoring first ODI against New Zealand here on Wednesday.

New Zealand recorded its highest-ever run chase, 348, riding on Ross Taylor’s 84-ball-109 not out and stand-in skipper Latham’s attacking half-century.

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Deserving winner

“It was an outstanding performance by New Zealand. We thought 348 was good enough. Ross is the experienced batsman they have but Tom’s innings was the one that took away the momentum. Credit to Taylor and Tom,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony.

India was below-par on the field with Kuldeep Yadav dropping a skier and bowlers doing a less than a commendable job. “Look, we didn’t grab onto one chance, but we were decent. Something we need to keep (on) improving. We can’t focus too much (on negative things). Today, the opposition played better than us and they deserved to win,” Kohli said.

For India, Shreyas Iyer stood out with his maiden ODI hundred. The Indian captain was also satisfied with debutants Mayank Agarwal and Prithvi Shaw, who gave the team a 50-plus start.

“I think the debutants gave us a good start and hopefully they continue. (Shreyas) Iyer was outstanding getting his first ODI hundred under pressure, KL (Rahul) again. These are positives for us.”

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