NZ vs Ind: Kane Williamson reacts after losing back-to-back games


New Zealand captain Kane Williamson is not happy with the overall performance at home as they were dominated by Virat Kohli and Co in all facets of the game in the first two T20Is at Eden Park, Auckland. They were nowhere close to posing a threat to the visitors who comfortably took 2-0 lead in the five-match T20I series.

NZ vs Ind: Kane Williamson reacts after losing back-to-back games
Kane Williamson

In the just-concluded game, India bowled really well and kept New Zealand batsmen in check. The visitors didn’t let the hosts take control of the game as they kept on mounting pressure on the Kiwis who were 15-20 runs short of a competitive total.

After the defeat, Kane Williamson credited Indian bowlers for the way they stuck to their line and lengths. “It was a tough day and the wicket was quite different from the first game. As a batting unit, we needed probably another 15-20 runs more for a competitive total. Credit to the Indian bowlers for the way they restricted us, credit to the Indian side that put us under pressure and outplayed us in all the departments.

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Even if we had 130 on the board on a small ground, we knew we had to take early wickets. I think with the spinners we were able to take the game to a point where something had to give. They showed the experience and took the game deeper, they were clinical,” Kane added in a statement.

Kane Williamson who scored just 14 runs in team’s total of 132 said that he needs to bat a little better in the upcoming games in order to stay alive in the competition.

“I need to bat a little better perhaps. That’s something we would like to do. I don’t think the surface changed too much. We needed to take a couple of wickets on the sluggish wicket. We were probably 15-20 runs than where we wanted to be. We need to be better in the next match. We need to keep moving forward as a group as we’re up against a tough side like India. That’s a great thing, we get to test ourselves against the best,” Kane concluded.

New Zealand are one defeat away from losing the shorter format to India. They will lock horns with India in the third fixture which will be played on January 26 (Wednesday) at Seddon Park, Hamilton.

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