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India didn't deserve to win against Windies: Kohli

News Agencies | Updated on: 10 July 2017, 13:02 IST

After his side slumped to a nine-wicket defeat to the West Indies in the lone T20 international at Sabina Park last evening , Indian skipper Virat Kohli frankly said his side did not deserve to win the match as they had dropped number of crucial catches and were sloppy with both bat and ball.

Put in to bat first, India scored 190-6 in their stipulated 20 overs. Kohli (39), who opened the batting in Kingston, and his partner Shikhar Dhawan (23) provided India to a good start as the duo smashed number of good boundaries before falling in quick succession.

Subsequently, first drop Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik then steadied the side's innings as the pair stitched a crucial 86-run stand for the third wicket to put India on the verge of a 200-plus total.

However, Karthik was dismissed for 48 and then Pant (38), Mahendra Singh Dhoni (two) and Kedar Jadhav (four) followed soon, thus putting India's innings in disarray.

Reflecting on the same, Kohli said, "Even in the first innings, we could have added 25-30 extra. We were on course for 230. And in the field as well, we dropped a few chances and if you don't grab them you don't deserve to win."

"If you give a good start up the order, one batsman has to bat through. I think Dinesh was good, but we needed someone to get 80-90 which a team needs in T20 cricket. Then we didn't start well with the ball and didn't field well either. All these games are good feeders of how guys react to situations," he added.

Insisting that the Caribbean side has a good T20 team, the Indian skipper said that his country's current team in the shortest format of the game are still in a transition mode and that it would take few more years for them to develop.

"West Indies have a good T20 team, they have carried on with the same team for a couple of years. And in experimental stage, we'd have up and downs. But we need to keep going. One game in the ODIs we lost, we won three convincingly. T20s is anyone's game, and one game doesn't make a series according to me," Kohli said.

Chasing a target of 191 runs to win, opener Evin Lewis led from the front as he smashed a blistering 62-ball 125 run knock, including six boundaries and 12 sixes, to guide West Indies to a thrilling win with nine balls to spare.

As far as West Indies' bowling is concerned, Kesrick Williams and Jerome Taylor bagged two wickets each while Marlon Samuels chipped in with a wicket.

Earlier, India won the five-match ODI series 3-1 against the Jason Holder-led side.


First published: 10 July 2017, 13:02 IST