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Kohli on what went wrong for India in 1st T20

January 26, 2017 21:12 IST

'We were about 30-35 runs short on that wicket'

India captain Virat Kohli at the post-match press conference in Kanpur on Thursday

IMAGE: India captain Virat Kohli at the post-match press conference in Kanpur on Thursday. Photograph: BCCI

India captain Virat Kohli credited opposition bowlers for their impressive show in the first Twenty20 International, saying the hosts were 30-35 runs short of their target against England in the 1st T20 against England on Thursday.

The England bowlers cashed in on questionable shot selection of the Indian batsmen to restrict the hosts to 147 for seven, before skipper Eoin Morgan led from front with a 51 off 38 balls to set up an emphatic win for his team.

"England played better cricket than us today, and they are deserving winners. Credit to their bowlers, they bowled good, hard lengths with extra pace and bounce," Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony.

"We would have liked to execute that as well, but we were about 30-35 runs short on that wicket,” he added.

Defending the target, Yuzvendra Chahal (2/27) shone with the ball for India and Kohli was full of praise for the young leg-spinner.

England's Moeen Ali celebrates with teammates after snaring the wicket of India captain Virat Kohli

IMAGE: England's Moeen Ali celebrates with teammates after snaring the wicket of India captain Virat Kohli. Photograph: BCCI

"I have a lot of confidence in him (Chahal), he plays with me at RCB. He has wicket-taking ability as well. He is confident about his skills," he said.

England skipper Eoin Morgan also lauded his bowlers for their "outstanding" effort.

"Our bowlers were outstanding tonight, Moeen Ali in particular showed great resolve. We showed a lot of experience, and Tymal Mills and Chris Jordan put their hands up in very important roles. They made it very hard for the Indian batsmen on a small ground.

Sam Billings and Jason Roy did outstandingly well, Sam has taken his two chances when he's had the opportunity," Morgan said.

Off-spinner Moeen Ali was adjudeged man-of-the-match for his impressive 4-0-21-2 spell.

"As a bowling unit we were fantastic. We are pleased to be 1-0 up with two big games to go. I took a bit of confidence from the ODIs, but just tried to bowl a length," Ali concluded.

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