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Kane Williamson rues dropped chances after New Zealand’s loss to India

Kane Williamson rued dropped chances in India’s 53-run over New Zealand in the first T20 in New Delhi on Wednesday.

india vs new zealand 2017 Updated: Nov 02, 2017 19:15 IST
Sidharth Gulati
Sidharth Gulati
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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New Zealand lost the first T20 to India in New Delhi on Wednesday.(AFP)

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson said poor performances in the field – including several dropped catches – cost his side the first T20 against India at the Ferozeshah Kotla on Wednesday.

Shikhar Dhawan was the first to be dropped by Mitchell Santner at point off Trent Boult in the second over. He was on eight and then went on to score 80.

Rohit was the next to be dropped, in the seventh over off Colin de Grandhomme. Tim Southee was the fielder at long-off. The Indian vice-captain was on 16 (when dropped), and he too scored 80.

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Later, India skipper Virat Kohli got lucky at eight in the 18th over. It was Martin Guptill who couldn’t time his run from mid-wicket and failed to reach the ball which could have been a good catch.

“We were outplayed, fielding included -- something we pride ourselves on, something we need to be much better at in T20 cricket,” said Williamson.

“That can be the difference. We saw (on Wednesday) it proved to be vital as guys (Dhawan and Rohit) went on to score big. 202 on that surface was a very big total.”

New Zealand’s most experienced bowlers Tim Southee and Trent Boult were quite expensive as they conceded 94 runs in their eight overs.

When asked about their poor performance, Williamson defended the pace duo and said it was just a rare off day for them.

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“That’s a sort of nature of T20 cricket. It’s such an aggressive format that no matter who you are, you can go for a few runs. It’s fickle, in terms of the result and how guys approach it. Batters need to be aggressive. If they come off, bowlers sort of lose. The same was witnessed on Wednesday.

“But both (Southee and Boult) are very good operators and will look to make amends in the next game,” Williamson added.

When asked about Ross Taylor’s absence from the playing XI, Williamson said: “Everyone comes into the frame in terms of selecting a team. In T20, you are picking players for different roles and that’s how you try and shape your side.”

On the possibility of making changes for the second T20, the Kiwi skipper expressed: “We’ll have a look at the wicket in Rajkot and then decide the combination.”

First Published: Nov 02, 2017 09:55 IST