New Zealand suffered a heavy defeat in the second Test at the Dubai International Stadium at the hands of Pakistan by an innings an 16 runs, in what was a forgetful first inning for the Kiwis with the bat. Yasir Shah’s wizardry with the ball was instrumental enough in restricting the New Zealand score to just 90 in their first innings, which made them play the follow on later.
Williamson was disappointed with his batsmen for not showing the character to stay on the wicket, just as the Pakistani batsmen did in the first two days of the Test.
"Obviously, 90 wasn't ideal. Yasir Shah played extremely well the whole game and Pakistan played extremely well the whole game," he told a news conference. "But from our perspective, we wanted to be a lot better in that first innings.
"If we go back to the way Pakistan started, they were able to bat for two days on that surface which put them in a very good position to be able to bowl and exploit those conditions with their spinners," he said.
"They played very, very well, but we also showed in the second innings - perhaps on a wicket that had worn a little bit more - that there were opportunities to score runs, to bat and create an innings.
"I think it's really important we build on that going into the next game."
Reflecting on the positives, Kane Williamson was satisfied with the way his team batted in the second innings, and also told them to take inspiration from the first Test in Abu Dhabi where they snatched victory from the jaws of defeat.
"It was a great game in Abu Dhabi, one of our great Test wins which were extremely exciting to be a part of," he said.
"Then to come here wasn't our best performance by any means, but we know how difficult Pakistan are to play in their conditions.
"It's important that we are better and we learn from this experience here in Dubai. Pakistan will be full of confidence after their performance, but hopefully we can build on some of the confidence that we took in the second half of this game," Williamson added.
"There's also the effort with the ball of the seamers and the spinners in the first innings, as well as the performance back in Abu Dhabi. We know it will be a tough game."
The third and final Test, which turns out to be a decider will be played in the Abu Dhabi again, on December 3.
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