We have to learn from mis­takes and move on, says skip­per Ro­hit

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In­dia cap­tain Ro­hit Sharma said his team will re­turn home with lots of pos­i­tives de­spite a “dis­ap­point­ing” 1-2 de­feat in the three-match T20 series. In­dia savoured a his­toric Test and ODI bi­lat­eral series win in Aus­tralia be­fore record­ing their big­gest ODI series win on New Zealand soil.

A first-ever T20 series win would have been ic­ing on the cake but the hosts held their nerve to pull off a thrilling four-run vic­tory on Sun­day.

“Dis­ap­point­ing to not cross the line but we fought well right till the end. 210-odd (213 tar­get) was al­ways go­ing to be tough, but we were in it till the end. They held their nerve and kept hit­ting their york­ers,” said Ro­hit at the post­match pre­sen­ta­tion. “Still lot of pos­i­tives, we started well with the ODIs, wanted to do well here but the boys through­out the tour were ex­cel­lent, put in a lot of hard work. They will be dis­ap­pointed tonight but we’ve to learn from the mis­takes and move ahead.”

In­dia next host Aus­tralia for two T20s and five ODIs, start­ing in Vizag on Fe­bru­ary 24.

New Zealand cap­tain Kane Wil­liamson said his team will take a lot of con­fi­dence from the T20 win against In­dia into the home series against Bangladesh.

“Bril­liant high-scor­ing game, a great ad­ver­tise­ment for T20 cricket. The first per­for­mance was our best, there were learn­ings in the sec­ond game. Both teams put in strong per­for­mances tonight, we did slightly bet­ter,” said Wil­liamson.

Opener and man of the match Colin Munro said it was any­body’s game with In­dia need­ing 16 off the fi­nal over. “It was touch and go there un­til the fi­nal minute. In­dia - you get one good bats­man, an­other one comes along. The boys did a re­ally good job of fin­ish­ing off the re­ally good In­dian bats­men,” said Munro.

On his 72 off 40 balls, he added: “I didn’t fo­cus on try­ing to do any­thing dif­fer­ent, tried to put pres­sure back on bowlers. Just came out nice and free, had a bit of luck, which you cer­tainly need.”

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