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NZ looking forward to Taylor’s return

It was a disappointing loss to Pakistan the other night. We played poorly and it is now our responsibility to take any positives we can out of it. Now hopefully Ross Taylor can come back to play Sri Lanka and we will be as near as we can to our full strength, comments Daniel Vettori.

india Updated: Jun 15, 2009 00:04 IST
Daniel Vettori

It was a disappointing loss to Pakistan the other night. We played poorly and it is now our responsibility to take any positives we can out of it. The loss puts us in a tough situation in our attempt to make the semi-finals. We now play Sri Lanka in a game which we need to win at any cost.

I was not surprised by Pakistan playing so well. They are a difficult proposition on any given day. When a team has the likes of Shahid Afridi, Umar Gul and Younis Khan they are always tough to beat.

Personally it was a comeback game of sorts after missing the earlier games due to a shoulder injury. Being on the sidelines was frustrating, but I think it was well worth the wait. I am contented with the effort first up after my injury, but obviously the result could have been a lot better.

Now hopefully Ross Taylor can come back to play Sri Lanka and we will be as near as we can to our full strength.

One of the trends that we will need to buck is to win three consecutive games. That is a difficult ask at most times, but more so in this format unlike in ODIs or Test match cricket.

You would require a team to dominate long periods or have one good day to go through in a Twenty20 and it will be one of those asks for us. I am certain we are prepared for this.

South Africa and Sri Lanka look like they are the form teams in this competition. South Africa are a well-oiled machine and Sri Lanka are an unorthodox unit. No team would want to come up against any of them when they are red hot. Then you have India who will bounce back, I am sure. They will miss the destructive abilities of Virender Sehwag at the top of the order. I would pick Sri Lanka, India, South Africa and ourselves to go through to the semi-finals. At least, that's the buzz in our camp.

I hope we can live upto the tags of being worthy of this prediction.