Going into World Cup, Virat Kohli says Team India need to score extra runs in middle overs

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Updated: Jan 27, 2019, 08:40 AM(IST)

Virat Kohli. Photograph:( AFP )

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Focusing on the upcoming cricket World Cup, Indian skipper Virat Kohli said that scoring some quick runs in the middle overs is one area India need to work on ahead of the big tournament. 

India defeated New Zealand by 90 runs in the second One-Day International at Bay Oval on Saturday, taking a 2-0 lead in the five-match series. 

However, focusing on the upcoming cricket World Cup, Indian skipper Virat Kohli said that scoring some quick runs in the middle overs is one area India need to work on ahead of the big tournament. 

"Clinical performance again. We were really balanced with the bat. 325 was par. Not something you feel comfortable considering New Zealand's batting. But it was good to put up a balanced performance," Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony.

He added, "I made a conscious effort after the second drinks break to take some risks. Once I got out, the new batsman had to take time. These are the things we need to look into with the World Cup nearby."

"We would like to score those 15-20 runs extra but at the same time, good to see us chip our way to a balanced total," said Virat. 

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The entire top order of the team India clicked against the hosts to help India put a challenging total against the Kiwis. 

Opener Rohit Sharma (87) and Shikhar Dhawan (66) were the top contributors while skipper Virat Kohli (43) and Ambati Rayudu (47) were then involved in a 64-run partnership for the third wicket. 

In death overs, MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav's fireworks accelerated the run-rate. 

The third match is also at Bay Oval on Monday (January 28). 

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