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India vs New Zealand | Virat Kohli Hails Team for 'Balanced Performance' in Napier

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: January 23, 2019, 6:13 PM IST

Virat Kohli hailed his team for putting in a 'balanced performance' as India register a comfortable eight-wicket victory over New Zealand in the first ODI at Napier on Wednesday.

"It was one of our more balanced performances," Kohli said in the post-match presentation.

"I thought it was going to be a 300 par pitch but to restrict them to 150-odd was a superb effort. This fast bowling group together believe they can knock any side over," he added.

The skipper also heaped praised on Mohammed Shami and Shikhar Dhawan, saying their performance is good news for India going ahead.

"This is the fittest I've seen Shami in his career and he has translated his Test form into one-day cricket. It was also a very important innings for Dhawan. We spoke about how he needed to finish games for to keep his confidence," said Kohli.

Shami meanwhile praised the team management and said his performance was a result of all the hard work he had put in rehab.

"The injury was a big blow but I had good rehab facilities. I trained really hard and when I came into the team, everyone backed me and so I was able to push my limits. We had multiple plans for every batsman.

"There is a slight change in conditions as compared to Australia, the weather is more cooler but the main thing is the dimensions of the ground. You have to keep that in mind while bowling," added Shami.

New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson, who was the lone performer for his team with a fighting knock of 64, said his team failed to adjust to the pitch.

"Sometimes you come here thinking it's a 350+ surface, I thought 250 was par today and we needed to graft a bit more. All the Indian bowlers contributed but we need to be better. I do think our energy in the field and with the ball was good, but India were very good. The bowlers bowled immaculate length, we will have to bounce back quickly," said Williamson.

First Published: January 23, 2019, 3:14 PM IST

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