NZ skip­per looks at bright side of ‘frus­trat­ing’ loss

DNA (Daily News & Analysis) Mumbai Edition - - FRONT PAGE -

A nar­row loss in the se­ries de­cider against In­dia will be hard to swal­low but New Zealand cap­tain Kane Wil­liamson chose to look at the pos­i­tives out of the closely-fought three­match se­ries against In­dia.

“There were lessons through­out the se­ries, there al­ways are when you play the best in the world. To per­form the way we did in first game (in Mum­bai) was our best per­for­mance of the tour so far. The one could have been the best but it was not to be on the day,” said Wil­liamson af­ter the six-run loss in the high-scor­ing se­ries de­cider here on Sun­day night.

“How­ever, there were a lot of good signs. Our mid­dle­order with the bat was some­thing of a high­light through­out this se­ries. Par­tic­u­larly Tom Latham, from open­ing the bat­ting to com­ing into the mid­dle-or­der, tak­ing that role, adopt­ing it like he has and bat­ting so beau­ti­fully, it was a great sign for us,” he said.

Wil­liamson said his side’s bowlers also did well as they were able to trou­ble the In­dian bats­men.

“I thought the bowlers stuck at it re­ally well. They were able to re­strict a lot of the time and put a lit­tle bit of pres­sure de­spite the very good bat­ting unit that In­dia have,” he said.

Last year too, New Zealand fal­tered when it mat­tered the most, los­ing the five-match se­ries in In­dia 2-3 af­ter be­ing blown away in the de­cider.

But on Sun­day, the Black Caps were al­most there be­fore nerves got the bet­ter of them in the fi­nal five overs, end­ing with 331/7 in re­sponse to In­dia’s 337/6.

Wil­liamson ad­mit­ted that it was a case of missed op­por­tu­nity. “Nat­u­rally, you look back at a game, to lose by six runs, hav­ing come so close in a big run chase, is frus­trat­ing, dis­ap­point­ing. But if you sit back and look at the work that was put in that bat­ting in­nings to get so close, it is a re­ally promis­ing thing for this bat­ting unit.

“Yes, it is hard to swal­low, another de­cider here in In­dia. I think we put in some good per­for­mances, but you have got to be at your best when you play this In­dian team, es­pe­cially at home,” he said.

Wil­liamson said the de­ci­sion to bowl first on a bat­ting beauty was the right call.

“The way the ball swung early, you are never far away from tak­ing some early wick­ets, but In­dia are a very good bat­ting unit and they played very well,” he said.

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