Web Desk (November 8, 2017): Captain of New Zealand cricket squad, which lost both the ODI and T-20 series in India, Kane Williamson did not look like an unhappy leader when he said that he is pleased with his team’s performance across both series was the way the visitors gave India a fight by turning the last match of each series into a decider and further taking it to the last over.
In the third ODI in Kanpur, New Zealand nearly chased down 338, losing by only six runs, and in the deciding T20I in Thiruvananthapuram, they fell short by the same margin when chasing 68 in a rain-curtailed match.
In a video interview last night, Williamson said that, “I thought in both of them [deciders] we were very good, just not quite good enough,” Williamson. “That’s the challenge; both of them came down to the last couple of balls and when that is the case, there are such small margins that we look to make those improvements. But on a whole, as a unit we are constantly trying to improve and get better. And I think, we have seen that throughout the series but there’s still a way to go to where we want to be.
“We’ve showed some really good signs, like I said such a fine line, especially in white-ball cricket and we saw that throughout the series. It was a really tough-fought series, both teams played really good competitive cricket and for a lot of games to come down to the last three balls makes for good watching but a shame to be on the wrong side.”
The margins in the deciding T20I were also slimmer, with rain curtailing the match to eight overs a side on a new ground. The pitch at the Greenfield International Stadium turned out to be damp and assisted bowlers with turn and moisture.
“Naturally, when it gets shortened to eight overs, you can sort of plan prior to going out with eight overs and only having to bowl four bowlers,” Williamson said. “It kind of means that you’re not too fluid in how you’re going to operate. So, the guys coming out were essentially playing death in terms of their batting from ball one.
So it was more to do with the surface and what we wanted to finish with today but it’s something different because you don’t experience it too much, you get 20 overs each and this is something different. You have to think on your feet, Kane added.