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Birmingham: India captain Virat Kohli Sunday conceded that his side were not clinical with the bat on a flat pitch and failed to accelerate in their run chase as they lost to hosts England by 31 runs in a World Cup match here.

"...we weren't clinical with the bat I suppose, because the wicket was flat. We should have accelerated and gotten closer, but they (England) bowled superbly," Kohli said after India's first defeat in the tournament which brought England back into the reckoning for a semifinal spot.

"If we were clinical with the bat, if the dismissals didn't happen at that time, the result could have been different. We had a decent chance, when they (Pant and Pandya) were in there to strike a few and get closer to the target and trigger panic in their (England) dressing room. We kept losing wickets and that doesn't help in a big chase," he added.

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