Black Caps suf­fer heavy de­feat in In­dia

Fiji Sun - - Sport -

Visakha­p­at­nam: Words like ter­ri­ble and un­ac­cept­able are rarely ut­tered by Kane Wil­liamson post­match. But the mild-man­nered New Zealand cap­tain had am­ple rea­son to be an­noyed af­ter a meek end­ing to their In­dia cricket tour. The Black Caps head home sting­ing from a 190-run de­feat in the fifth and de­cid­ing one-day in­ter­na­tional in Visakha­p­at­nam af­ter be­ing bowled out for 79 in a 23.1 over hor­ror show. Their last eight wick­ets tum­bled for 16.

It was New Zealand’s fifth-low­est ODI to­tal, and stood alone as their short­est in­nings. Never had they been dis­missed so quickly, beat­ing the 25.2 overs in which they folded for 94 against Aus­tralia in Christchurch in 1990; their pre­vi­ous fifth-worst score.

“It is very hard to look past to­day’s per­for­mance. Whether you win or lose you ex­pect to put out a tough per­for­mance, a good per­for­mance and to­day we were ter­ri­ble,” Wil­liamson said.

“A lot of credit does go to In­dia but we do ex­pect a lot more from our bat­ting, a lot more fight. There were cer­tainly a lot of soft op­tions. To lose eight for 20, what­ever it is,

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