New Delhi: After a top-form New Zealand team beat a rather clueless India by 47 runs in the opening match of the ICC World T20 2016 at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur, Indian captain MS Dhoni said that it was the batting that let the hosts down.
“We are quite used to playing in these conditions. I feel 126 was a decent score, but it was the batting that let us down. I think my thumb will be fine for the next match (smiles, when asked about the blow he got while keeping wickets)," said Dhoni in the post-match conference.
“There were quite a few soft dismissals. The shot selection put a lot of pressure on the batsmen who were coming in. They bowled well, but at the same time I felt we lacked a bit of adaptability,” he added.
Defending a modest total of 126 runs, New Zealand bowlers displayed impeccable performance not allowing the Indian batsmen to settle down at the crease.
The loss is significant not just because of the group standings, but also because the hosts now square off next against Pakistan in Kolkata four days from now.
Dhoni also said, “It was a low-scoring wicket. We restricted them to a good total, but the batting let us down.”