NZ strug­gle for an­swers against In­dian bowlers: Boult

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NEW DELHI: New Zealand’s bats­men are strug­gling for an­swers against In­dia’s bowl­ing at­tack, Black Caps pace spear­head Trent Boult con­ceded yes­ter­day, be­fore the sec­ond one-day in­ter­na­tional in New Delhi. The Kane Wil­liamson-led side mus­tered just 190 runs in the open­ing match in Dharam­sala ear­lier this week, a to­tal which In­dia chased down in just 33.1 overs.

“We are look­ing to get more runs, as ba­sic as it sounds. If we could put more runs on (the) board we could of­fer more score­board pres­sure on a good In­dian side,” Boult told re­porters on the eve of Thurs­day’s game. “They are a qual­ity side and they are putting a lot of pres­sure on us at the mo­ment and at the mo­ment we don’t have the an­swers for their ques­tions,” said Boult, whose team-mates were white­washed by their hosts in the Test se­ries. Debu­tant medium-pacer Hardik Pandya led an in­spired bowl­ing at­tack on Sun­day, rat­tling New Zealand who slipped to 48 for five and 106 for eight be­fore Tom Latham and Tim Southee gave some re­spectabil­ity to the vis­i­tors’ to­tal.

“There are still four matches up for grabs. An op­por­tu­nity (is there) for us to right a few wrongs and put in a good per­for­mance,” said Boult, who ex­pects to play at Delhi’s Feroz Shah Kotla sta­dium af­ter be­ing rested for the first game.

In­dia’s coach Anil Kum­ble said Pandya’s in­clu­sion had given the start­ing eleven the “right bal­ance”. The 23-year-old, who has played 16 Twenty20 in­ter­na­tion­als for In­dia, im­pressed with match fig­ures of 3-31 in seven overs in the first ODI.

“I think he is some­one who gives us the right bal­ance, be­cause he can­not only bowl but he bowls at a pretty de­cent pace,” said Kum­ble. — AFP

NEW DELHI: New Zealand’s Ross Tay­lor kicks a ball dur­ing a prac­tice ses­sion ahead of sec­ond one-day in­ter­na­tional cricket match against In­dia in New Delhi, In­dia, yes­ter­day. — AP

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