Kingston, Jamaica: After their winning performance at the ICC Champions Trophy recently, India were expected to put a stellar show in the Caribbean as well. But the start of the tri-series didn't go as expected as they were narrowly lost to host West Indies on Sunday. The pitch, which offered enough assistance to the West Indies pacers and spinners when India batted, looked flat in the second innings.
Virat Kohli, who skippered the side in the absence of MS Dhoni who pulled his hamstring while batting, said the score of 229, which looked competitive at the beginning, wasn't enough on a wicket whose nature changed drastically. "The way the wicket played in the second innings, I don't feel the score was enough. In the first innings there was a lot of turn because of the dampness. There wasn't any turn in the second innings," Kohli said after India's one-wicket loss to West Indies in Jamaica.
But despite looking the second best side on Sunday, Kohli commended the way his team fought. "It was a commendable effort by the bowlers and fielders. We tried to take as many wickets as possible and win it. We just wanted to put up a decent score on the board. It was just a matter of one wicket. We could have won it. West Indies played a great game." Kohli added.
Virat Kohli, who skippered the side in the absence of injured MS Dhoni, said the score of 229 wasn't enough on a wicket whose nature changed drastically.
When asked did the team miss Dhoni's presence, Kohli said: "Dhoni is really calm under pressure and there was a time where we missed him."