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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 three­match 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 the ic­ing on the cake but the hosts held their nerve to pull off a thrilling four-run vic­tory yes­ter­day. “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 post-match pre­sen­ta­tion.

“Still... a 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 have to learn from our mis­takes.” In­dia next host Aus­tralia for two T20s and five ODIs, be­gin­ning in Vizag on Feb 24.

Ki­wis con­fi­dent

NZ cap­tain Kane Wil­liamson said his team will take a lot of con­fi­dence from the T20 tri­umph 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

‘It was a bril­liant, high-scor­ing game. Both teams put in a strong per­for­mance tonight. We did slightly bet­ter’ NZ skip­per Kane Wil­liamson

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