Debutant Mohammed Siraj in tears during National Anthem ceremony in 2nd T20I

Debutant Mohammed Siraj in tears during National Anthem ceremony in 2nd T20I

After the defeat against New Zealand in the second Twenty20 worldwide (T20I), India pacer Jasprit Bumrah said the pitch here was hard for the bowlers. New Zealand beat India by 40 runs after Colin Munro launched his assault on the Indian bowlers and the New Zealand bowling attack kept it tight to ensure that the series doesn't slip out of their hands.

The Kiwis, who had lost the first match by 53 runs in New Delhi, have now levelled the three-match series at 1-1.

Bhuvneshwar didn't seem disappointed with the loss in the second T20I and said India's core strength lies in their bowlers.

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"You can not blame the bowler for the loss". The other team is there to play as well. We have played good cricket against Australia and even when we toured West Indies.

"As far as a fifth bowler is concerned, we have Hardik Pandya and others bowl part-time". Within two years, he has emerged as the specialist death bowler India had desperately been seeking for many years.

Being stingy as a bowler is one undebatable advantage but Bumrah has combined that with wickets. We can't really pin-point one batsman when the team is playing really well.

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On that day, it was primarily because of Bumrah that New Zealand did not race away to score over 200.

Siraj, who had a reasonably good good IPL season, was punished by New Zealand openers Martin Guptill and Colin Munro as he returned figures of one for 53 in his four overs in the second Twenty20 worldwide here on Saturday. "Bumrah has a different action which creates problems for the batsmen but he has improved a lot of things with his action".

"As a bowler when you get hit, you learn a lot and so I think after this experience he'll be a better bowler when he comes into the next match", Bumrah empathised with Siraj. "I think he'll be better in the next match".

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While Colin Munro remains target no.1 for Indian bowlers after the southpaw smashed his second T20I ton of the year, becoming the only batsman to do so, Kumar says they are equally respectful of the batting depth in the Kiwis' side. He's coming into the new team, so it takes time for a bowler to adjust. "Munro has troubled us but others as well".

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