New Zealand skipper Tim Southee admits feels that hectic schedule has affected their game after suffering a defeat against India on Friday.
India have taken a 2-0 lead in the three match T20 series against New Zealand. New T20I skipper Rohit Sharma was lucky enough to win both the tosses. Batting first, the Kiwis put up a target of 153/6 after the completion of 20 overs. Harshal Patel on debut picked up two wickets and leaked only 25 runs in his four over spell. The duo of Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul chased down the target easily with the help of their 117 run opening partnership. Tim Southee picked up all three wickets as the Men in Blue thrashed the Black Caps by 7 wickets with 2.4 overs to spare.
The Kiwis skipper Tim Southee feels that the busy scheduled has impacted the adaptability of the Kiwis while performing in the tricky Indian conditions. However, Southee has denied that dew isn’t the reason for their back-to-back losses.
Tim Southee said: “There was heavy dew throughout the whole night and it affected both sides. It’s tough, you can obviously train with a wet ball but we’re not able to adapt as we would have liked. For me, I was just trying to replicate what they did, which looked hard during our innings. It was tough for our spinners to get a good grip on the ball. But yeah, like I said they were just too good tonight.”
New Zealand will face Team India on Sunday at Eden Gardens in Kolkata to play the final game of the T20I series. The match is a dead rubber as it will not put any effect on the result of the series.
Southee added: “The goal is to get one last push before we get home after the next game. That’s another opportunity to represent your country. So, I don’t think you need any extra motivation to get yourself up. It’s a great place to play cricket coming here tonight in front of a full house. It’s just an amazing place to play it so I’m sure the guys will be able to pick it up and finish the tour on a high.”
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