Rahane rues T20 loss, but happy with overall show on tour

  • PTI, Harare
  • Updated: Jul 19, 2015 22:09 IST
Zimbabwe players thrilled their supporters with the 10-run win over India in the second and final T20 game of the series, at the Harare Sports Club on July 19, 2015. (AFP Photo)

Indian captain Ajinkya Rahane rued his side's failure with the bat in the second T20 International against Zimbabwe on Sunday, but said he was happy with the overall performance of the team on the tour.

"We did not bat well today, we accept that. We lost wickets continuously. That's why pressure was built. It's disappointing to lose the game today," Rahane said after India lost the second T20 cricket match by 10 runs to share the series 1-1 with Zimbabwe.

India had thrashed Zimbabwe 3-0 in the ODI series that preceded the two T20 matches. Rahane said the target of 146 was achievable for his batsmen but gave credit to the Zimbabweans for their good show.

"... Our bowlers did very well, especially in the last five overs. But we could not do well with the bat," he said.

"Let us give credit to Zimbabwe. They played good cricket and deserved to win today. I think they were fantastic with the ball and fielded well as well today."

Zimbabwe captain Sikandar Raza expressed happiness that his side pulled off a win.

"We knew we were 10-15 runs short while batting. Basic errors cost us, but our poor run had to come to the end and it came today," he said.

"I said to the players if we save one run every over, at the end we would have saved 20 runs. Try to contribute like that and at the end we would come out well.

"... and now we hope we can win more games for Zimbabwe and give the fans something to cheer about," said Raza who led the side on Sunday in the absence of Elton Chigumbura.

Asked how he felt in his first match as captain, Raza said, "It's a great honour and the team out there made me feel welcome and the fans made their support felt."

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