India captain Virat Kohli praised New Zealand for their impressive effort but also admitted that his batsmen "were not good enough" on the day as they lost the second T20 International by 40 runs.
"Eventually, we were not good enough with the bat. When you are 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 (Dhoni) 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," Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony.
"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 (Jasprit) Bumrah and Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar Kumar) to pull things back," Kohli praised the opposition.
Hardik Pandya has gone off the boil since the back end of the Australian series but the skipper defended the talented all-rounder.
"We back our batsmen though. We back Hardik, and its just a little glitch. After 13-14 overs, it gripped a bit. But we have no excuses, we weren't good enough with the bat. There wasn't any kind of dew. The ball got scuffed up (to help it turn)."
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