With Team India bouncing back in the second T20I against the kiwis, the final encounter between the two cricketing nations becomes an enticing affair for one and all, with the match scheduled to be at February 10.
New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson felt that there would have been a chance for the hosts had they dismissed one of the Indian openers out early, in spite of falling 20 runs short in the first innings on the scoreboard, according to Williamson.
New Zealand were teetering at 54-4, with Krunal Pandya being the fulcrum of all the damage, but that’s when a fifty from de Grandhome, alongside a 42 by Ross Taylor propelled the Kiwis total to 158.
“I suppose the performance in Wellington was going to be difficult to replicate. We missed a trick or two with the bat. It was slightly more tricky to bat, but 20 more runs at the death would have been better,” Williamson said.
“It wasn't a 180-200 wicket for sure, but the opening partnership from India just took it away. It's important that as a side we are aware of the good bits we have done and put that into practice every time we come out to bat.”
“Today it wasn't our day to be honest. Today wasn't as close as we would have liked, but having a full house like Eden Park, there isn't any better atmosphere in the world,” he further added.
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