India captain Virat Kohli said his side were not good enough with the bat as they lost by 40 runs to New Zealand in the second T20I in Rajkot as he Kiwis levelled the three-match series.
The visitors posted 196/2 in their 20 overs on the back of opener Colin Munro’s unbeaten 109 off 58 balls but the hosts were restricted to 156/7.
Kohli top-scored for the home team with 65 but did not carry on while MS Dhoni struck 49 late in the game.
Speaking after the game, Kohli said: “Eventually, we were not good enough with the bat. When you are chasing 200, all the batsmen need to chip in, or one batsman has to keeping going at a 200 strike-rate.
“I tried to do my best. MS was very good at the end. But we were left with a very difficult task. It happens to a lot of batsmen, sometimes you are in good form, but you don’t get enough balls.
“I thought New Zealand were really good with the bat early on. We didn’t take our chances, yes, but at once stage they were looking to get 235-240 and credit to (Jasprit) Bumrah and Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar Kumar) to pull things back.”
The series deciding T20I between the sides will take place on Tuesday.