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Vettori blames it on poor batting, inconsistent bowling

cricket Updated: Mar 21, 2009 15:32 IST

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Beaten hollow in the first cricket Test by the rampaging Indians, a dejected New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori on Saturday said his "inexperienced" side will stand no chance even in the second match if the batting does not improve drastically.

"we were outplayed in all three facets of the game. If we look back to the start and the situation we put ourselves in at 60 for 6, we recovered moderately from there. In every aspect India just showed us how to do it in this Test match," Vettori said after India went 1-0 up in the three-match series after Saturday's win.

"Even our fielding, which is something we normally pride ourselves was disappointing. Dropped catches always hurt and our ground fielding was poor as well. So we need to quickly improve on a lot of aspects if we are going to have a chance at Napier," Vettori said.

Vettori said he desperately wanted his batsmen to last longer at the wicket.

"It is the longevity with ball and bat. Obviously, we have to bat longer. Eighty overs in both innings is just not acceptable. We need to bat at least 120 overs", he said.

"With the ball we just got to be consistent in putting the ball in the right areas. At times we built pressure for up to six to ten balls and then we let it slip and bowled the boundary balls. We need to put 30-35 balls in the right areas in a row to create pressure and give ourself the opportunity to win," Vettori said.

The left-arm spinner said his batsmen failed to captalise on the friendly conditions.

"It was a chance for one or two guys to step up and make a name for themselves. It was good batting conditions. It was a true test of your character and what you are as a batsman," he said.

"But we just had two 50-run partnerships in the whole innings. Compare it to the way India batted. There were at least five or six partnerships in the first innings. We never created the momentum and never gave ourselves the opportunity," the 30-year-old captain rued.

Asked if the move to send Kyle Mills towards the end of yesterday misfired, Vettori said: "We excepted Kyle to be able to do a job. It is unfortunate that he got out to the last ball of the day. But there is still an opportunity for us to bat better as Brendon (McCullum) showed in this innings and I showed in the first."

Talking about the lack of experience in the batting line-up, Vettori said fighting spirit can make up for it.