India v New Zealand, 2nd Test, Bangalore, 4th day September 3, 2012

Taylor pleased with fighting spirit

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New Zealand came into this series after a miserable time in the Caribbean and were expected to be pummelled by an Indian side that has built up an enviable home record over the past decade. The feeble capitulation in Hyderabad seemed to confirm the fears about a one-sided series, though every New Zealand player routinely talked about scrapping hard and showing fight. It seemed idle talk a week ago but at the Chinnaswamy Stadium, New Zealand pushed India all the way before going down by five wickets.

Even after Ross Taylor's power-packed century on the first day, the expectation was that New Zealand's challenge would fade away. However, Tim Southee's career-best effort gained them a first-innings lead and right till the final session of the Test, New Zealand were in with a chance of a first Test win in India since 1988.

"If we're brutally honest, we would have liked to score a few more runs in that first innings to put pressure on India," Ross Taylor said, when asked where the match was lost. "We'd like to have restricted them to a few less. I wouldn't put it down to just one little moment. It was just, we lost the Test match over time."

With India five down, and nearly 100 away from victory, New Zealand had a real chance but Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni, two batsmen renowned for their ability in one-day chases, successful shepherded India's pursuit. "The bowlers tried their heart out," Taylor said. "They bowled a lot of overs in a short period of time. You have to give credit to Kohli and Dhoni, they batted very well."

The result means New Zealand have lost four successive Tests over the past six weeks, two of them after being ahead halfway through the game. "The last match was a heavy loss. In Jamaica they had to score a record chase to win, so I wouldn't say that wasn't a hard win. We had a good sniff - we just lost it in one session in Jamaica and Antigua. And here, India had to get, I think, their fourth or fifth highest run chase ever. We tried our best, it still hurts but hopefully we can improve from this."

Despite the 2-0 series defeat, New Zealand had several things to be happy about, with the performance of their young trio of quick bowlers in the unfamiliar conditions of the subcontinent top of the list. Trent Boult belied his boyish looks by bowling with pace and hostility without getting the reward for his efforts, Southee hasn't played more than four Tests at a stretch since his debut in 2008 but made his case for a permanent place in Bangalore, while Doug Bracewell showed his ability to bowl the outswinger and contribute with the bat in the lower order. All of them are in their early 20s, and could form a potent attack over the years.

"It's exciting for new Zealand cricket," Taylor said. "We've got a young bowler in Adam Milne who is turning up as well. We play half our games away - they won't be as bouncy. But on bouncier wickets back home, I'm sure they'll thrive."

With other fast bowlers like Neil Wagner and Mark Gillespie also queuing up for a Test place, the future of 37-year-old Chris Martin, who led the attack for several years, looks bleak. "Who's that at No.11, we want Chris Martin," read a poster at the Chinnaswamy Stadium after he was left out for the Bangalore Test, though Taylor stressed that it wasn't the end of the road for Martin.

"I think with young fast bowlers, they need someone to learn off. There's going to be times in the next few months that Chris will play and there'll be times when he might not play at all," he said. "We have a tour to Sri Lanka coming up but also a tour to South Africa and in New Zealand where we could go in with four quicks. So he's still got a part to play with New Zealand cricket."

Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • jb633 on September 4, 2012, 22:46 GMT

    New Zeland, England and until recently the West Indies are all struggling with an individual within their ranks. New Zeland need to find a way to retain the services of Jesse Ryder. It seems to me that the loss of Kevin Pietersen, Jesse Ryder and Chris Gayle to their respective international teams is symbolic of the changing nature of player power. With the introduction of various domestic T20 leagues, offering lucrative salaries the national boards are getting less and less influence over their players. Teams like New Zeland have always had a small talent pool to choose from but have relied upon getting the very best of the players available. If they are suddenly going to lose their talented players they simply stand no chance of competing. I fear if they do not address the schedules of players and manage their players better then they will become worse than Bangaldesh. 10 years ago Ryder, Gayle and KP would have had no other choices than to play for their national side.

  • mikriket on September 4, 2012, 6:32 GMT

    NZ's bowling looks great but the batting is sub standard. McCullum can only bat at 7 providing his keeping is still good enough. Flynn and Franklin have to go as they are not up to standard.

  • satish619chandar on September 4, 2012, 6:30 GMT

    @premnauth : Atleast they will be tigers in HOME!

  • on September 4, 2012, 5:18 GMT

    Indians will be put to harder test when they face australians and english. it will be too hot to handle for dhoni with batsmen like raina and master need to find his timing when these teams visit India otherwise we look still brittle though we have virat and pujara. Perhaps some one like bhadri/manoj tiwari/rohot sharma need to have a look at before we look to more younger under19 captain. Ideally they should have tried one of them against new zealanders.

    In bowling perhaps irfan and harbhajan should be considered a chance.

  • beejaytee on September 4, 2012, 4:50 GMT

    Yep, the Kiwis looked a different side this week. Had just one or two pieces of luck gone their way, we could well be looking at 1-1 right now. Bracewell's dismissal in the 1st innings, Patel's in the 2nd, Baz out to 2 calls that could easily have gone his way (though, in fairness, he looked out on replays), 7 NZers vs only 2 Indians given out LBW, Kruger's injury (cost them a stumping, and perhaps an unlikely catch down leg - we've seen Kruger pluck similar ones before), the list goes on. Still should have made a lot more runs on this road (take out Southee's heroics, and there's only 6 or 8 wickets to seamers, including 1 off a full toss!). But the fact the batsmen *almost* got enough, and the bowlers *almost* pulled it out of the bag with the meagre totals provided, is encouraging. Imagine what might have happened with a practice game, or with Ryder or Vettori in the side!

  • jango_moh on September 4, 2012, 4:17 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster... ur point is well taken about DRS... there were a few mistakes by the umpires, but it evens out... zaheer had mcullum out on 0 i believe.... and given the evidence from the recently concluded SA series, there were still a few bad decisions.... also, this hotspot thingy is becoming increasingly unreliable with it not showing obvious nicks that snicko and everybody else on earth picks up, and the supporters dnt even have a reason for it.... i would rather umpires make a few rare wrong decisions than spend a lot of money for the same amount of bad decisions!!! and btw BCCI is completely against DRS, just some part of it.... hotspot is not reliable, and ball tracking greatly relies on what the original decision was (apart from not considering pitch conditions)....

  • satish619chandar on September 4, 2012, 3:17 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster : I guess there will be very much bad blood in Ind vs Eng series. The talks of DRS will hold the maximum hits in that. No other go. ICC will not come up with an option which is accepted by all(Incl BCCI) and a cost effective solution. BCCI will not accept to continue with what is available(the existing flawed one). Same with the fans too. Lets get geared up for it :-)

  • on September 4, 2012, 2:10 GMT

    That's the problem with the team and us fans! We're always satisfied with the fight and don't strive for the win! Nothing less than a win should ever satisfy us! All this is ridiculous!

  • mikey76 on September 4, 2012, 1:45 GMT

    The match was won and lost in NZ second innings. All those players getting starts but nobody going on to a big score. India would have struggled to chase 320+ I think. India look shaky, New Zealand just look like they don't know how to win.

  • on September 4, 2012, 1:10 GMT

    Bowling is in fine hands already, and add Vettori, u have a potent mix, Just start thinking as winners. I am a amazed why and how players like Crowe, Turner, Hadlee , Fleming, Nash, Cairns, Parore and Astle can see theie nation slide down so badly

    Wright I guess is too polite and goody goody. They need an as coach Any Flower too

  • jb633 on September 4, 2012, 22:46 GMT

    New Zeland, England and until recently the West Indies are all struggling with an individual within their ranks. New Zeland need to find a way to retain the services of Jesse Ryder. It seems to me that the loss of Kevin Pietersen, Jesse Ryder and Chris Gayle to their respective international teams is symbolic of the changing nature of player power. With the introduction of various domestic T20 leagues, offering lucrative salaries the national boards are getting less and less influence over their players. Teams like New Zeland have always had a small talent pool to choose from but have relied upon getting the very best of the players available. If they are suddenly going to lose their talented players they simply stand no chance of competing. I fear if they do not address the schedules of players and manage their players better then they will become worse than Bangaldesh. 10 years ago Ryder, Gayle and KP would have had no other choices than to play for their national side.

  • mikriket on September 4, 2012, 6:32 GMT

    NZ's bowling looks great but the batting is sub standard. McCullum can only bat at 7 providing his keeping is still good enough. Flynn and Franklin have to go as they are not up to standard.

  • satish619chandar on September 4, 2012, 6:30 GMT

    @premnauth : Atleast they will be tigers in HOME!

  • on September 4, 2012, 5:18 GMT

    Indians will be put to harder test when they face australians and english. it will be too hot to handle for dhoni with batsmen like raina and master need to find his timing when these teams visit India otherwise we look still brittle though we have virat and pujara. Perhaps some one like bhadri/manoj tiwari/rohot sharma need to have a look at before we look to more younger under19 captain. Ideally they should have tried one of them against new zealanders.

    In bowling perhaps irfan and harbhajan should be considered a chance.

  • beejaytee on September 4, 2012, 4:50 GMT

    Yep, the Kiwis looked a different side this week. Had just one or two pieces of luck gone their way, we could well be looking at 1-1 right now. Bracewell's dismissal in the 1st innings, Patel's in the 2nd, Baz out to 2 calls that could easily have gone his way (though, in fairness, he looked out on replays), 7 NZers vs only 2 Indians given out LBW, Kruger's injury (cost them a stumping, and perhaps an unlikely catch down leg - we've seen Kruger pluck similar ones before), the list goes on. Still should have made a lot more runs on this road (take out Southee's heroics, and there's only 6 or 8 wickets to seamers, including 1 off a full toss!). But the fact the batsmen *almost* got enough, and the bowlers *almost* pulled it out of the bag with the meagre totals provided, is encouraging. Imagine what might have happened with a practice game, or with Ryder or Vettori in the side!

  • jango_moh on September 4, 2012, 4:17 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster... ur point is well taken about DRS... there were a few mistakes by the umpires, but it evens out... zaheer had mcullum out on 0 i believe.... and given the evidence from the recently concluded SA series, there were still a few bad decisions.... also, this hotspot thingy is becoming increasingly unreliable with it not showing obvious nicks that snicko and everybody else on earth picks up, and the supporters dnt even have a reason for it.... i would rather umpires make a few rare wrong decisions than spend a lot of money for the same amount of bad decisions!!! and btw BCCI is completely against DRS, just some part of it.... hotspot is not reliable, and ball tracking greatly relies on what the original decision was (apart from not considering pitch conditions)....

  • satish619chandar on September 4, 2012, 3:17 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster : I guess there will be very much bad blood in Ind vs Eng series. The talks of DRS will hold the maximum hits in that. No other go. ICC will not come up with an option which is accepted by all(Incl BCCI) and a cost effective solution. BCCI will not accept to continue with what is available(the existing flawed one). Same with the fans too. Lets get geared up for it :-)

  • on September 4, 2012, 2:10 GMT

    That's the problem with the team and us fans! We're always satisfied with the fight and don't strive for the win! Nothing less than a win should ever satisfy us! All this is ridiculous!

  • mikey76 on September 4, 2012, 1:45 GMT

    The match was won and lost in NZ second innings. All those players getting starts but nobody going on to a big score. India would have struggled to chase 320+ I think. India look shaky, New Zealand just look like they don't know how to win.

  • on September 4, 2012, 1:10 GMT

    Bowling is in fine hands already, and add Vettori, u have a potent mix, Just start thinking as winners. I am a amazed why and how players like Crowe, Turner, Hadlee , Fleming, Nash, Cairns, Parore and Astle can see theie nation slide down so badly

    Wright I guess is too polite and goody goody. They need an as coach Any Flower too

  • on September 4, 2012, 1:07 GMT

    New Zealand have no cricket brains at all it seems, and certainly no thinking on their feet. While it is all right to be thin on talent and world class players because of their small domestic player base, not utilising obvious talent to the full and poor strategy is just depressing.

    I think even a casual cricket follower will tell you that how critically important opening partnership is in test cricket. We can all go back and look at Greenidge/Haynes, Langer/Hayden, Strauss/Cook pairings to see how they created monstrous partnerships that squeezed the life outta the opposition. In short your best technique players ought to be at the top

    Now for NZ, Brendon is just laughable as a test opener. he will never make it. I think NZ should try Guptill and James Franklin ( yes him !) as stubborn openers, or Kane Williamson ( he's precious so ask him if he is ready). Brendon should keep wickets at all costs or be dropped.

    Vettori should bat at 4 with Ross at 3.

    Bowiling is in great hands

  • on September 4, 2012, 1:00 GMT

    Why no Wagner? Was he injured or...?

  • on September 4, 2012, 0:52 GMT

    I agree about the umpiring, not using the DRS is worth about 4 wickets to India over the course of a test match

  • reywob on September 4, 2012, 0:49 GMT

    We all need to remember one swallow doesn't make a summer,while NZ bowling is starting to look on the up side ,our batting is still some way off, flynn/franklin must be the biggest worry,Ryder could fix the franklin bit ,but he must bowl 10-15 overs a day and may not be up to it,maybe wattling in place of flynn and van wyck still keeping,or find another opener and let guptill bat at 5-liked the positive approch another 50 runs and DRS and the game may of been different

  • maddy20 on September 4, 2012, 0:29 GMT

    @gothetaniwha What on earth are you talking about. Williamson was hit on the backleg plumb in front. As for Patel, yeah he was gonna do an Amla and win the test for Kiwis. What about the let off McCulum got in the 3rd over of the second innings?

  • Cpt.Meanster on September 3, 2012, 23:48 GMT

    Well.. I can see some of the frustrations on this page with regards to the absence of DRS in this series. I am an Indian supporter and I AM in favour of DRS. Sadly, the BCCI won't use it in ANY series India is a part of. I think DRS will severely improve decision making. Nothing is perfect unless it's used a lot more. I think BCCI are not seeing the true DANGERS of not using DRS. Today there was a SHOCKER of a decision go against Jeetan Patel. Even the Indians knew he hadn't nicked it. Steve Davis got it wrong and off they went. WHAT IF... WHAT IF... it was an Indian batsman and India needed a few more runs to WIN the match ??? What if the Indian batsman was wrongly given out and India LOST the match ? I mean.. it will HURT. The BCCI should give in and accept DRS. I am worried about the England series because I don't wish for any bad blood between the 2 groups of teams and supporters. It will be high profile series and many English fans will be coming to India.

  • premnauth on September 3, 2012, 22:13 GMT

    Good to see NZ young fast bowlers coming to the fore and Ross Taylor got every reason to be proud of his team they did push India who will continue to struggle on lively pitch unless they get bold and start producing a few of their own or else they will be tigers at home and pussy cats abroad

  • gothetaniwha on September 3, 2012, 21:44 GMT

    NZ would have won this match if DRS was used . We got all the rubbish decisions go against us - Sehwag had three bats in the first innings Williamson and Patel go shockers . Still impressed with Boult and Southee finally livin up to potential , and seeing Tendukars stumps go flying three times - great stuff .

  • maddy20 on September 3, 2012, 21:28 GMT

    Very well written article. After they drew with SA at home, I wondered how on earth did they manage to hold off SA. Now that I have seen their impressive pace trio in action, its not hard to believe that anymore. Well played NZ. You sure did show a lot more fight than some other teams that have toured here before.

  • on September 3, 2012, 21:10 GMT

    The umpiring in this test, and in fact the series, was appalling. Until India agree to the review system no one can take any home win for them seriously.

  • Harmony111 on September 3, 2012, 20:32 GMT

    Well played Kiwis esp in the 2nd test. The result could have been a lot diff had some decisions and some crucial moments gone in your favour. Southee was awesome in the first innings and Boult and Bracewell were impressive too. Boult in particular is a very nice fast bowler who will do a lot better in slightly more fav conditions. Just 1-2 good players more and NZ would be a very good test side, trust me.

  • foursandsixes on September 3, 2012, 19:50 GMT

    Yeah Backfootfan, they showed a lot of fight in the first test too :)

  • on September 3, 2012, 19:14 GMT

    Thank you for the entertainment and thank you Tim Southee for waking us up. Close but not good enough at this point in time. Ross - great knock...very entertaining...it is tough to take a 7 wkt haul and still be on the losing side..congrats for a clean series amidst average umpiring..

  • BackfootNossyfan on September 3, 2012, 18:44 GMT

    I am so, so proud of the kiwi fight our boys showed, and even though India won, the energy, determination and fight can be used by the coaches as a way forward. That energy combined with a little bit more application could turn them into world beaters. Ups to New Zealand, India and all the coaching staff for a great game. I'm still fuming over the umpiring but I'm sure they didn't make all those poor decisions on purpose.

  • SnowSnake on September 3, 2012, 18:08 GMT

    NZ fast bowling was very impressive. I think rankings do not do any justice. If NZ improves its batting, it has a lot of potential.

  • on September 3, 2012, 18:08 GMT

    There were few Taylors who where legend in the history of cricket but not Rose

  • on September 3, 2012, 17:40 GMT

    More than Raina's form, I'm concerned with the batting technique of Gambhir.Having done so well in last couple of years, his age old habit of the "dabs to thirdman" seems to be back in business which will not allow him to excel in Test cricket. Time for him to go back to drawing board and correct the mistake.

  • KDLarsen on September 3, 2012, 17:39 GMT

    Following the capitulation at Hyderabad, the Black Caps can definantly take some pride in their performance in this test.

    And look on the bright side, on their tour of South Africa they'll be playing the Boxing Day test in Durban, that's a guaranteed win! ;)

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  • KDLarsen on September 3, 2012, 17:39 GMT

    Following the capitulation at Hyderabad, the Black Caps can definantly take some pride in their performance in this test.

    And look on the bright side, on their tour of South Africa they'll be playing the Boxing Day test in Durban, that's a guaranteed win! ;)

  • on September 3, 2012, 17:40 GMT

    More than Raina's form, I'm concerned with the batting technique of Gambhir.Having done so well in last couple of years, his age old habit of the "dabs to thirdman" seems to be back in business which will not allow him to excel in Test cricket. Time for him to go back to drawing board and correct the mistake.

  • on September 3, 2012, 18:08 GMT

    There were few Taylors who where legend in the history of cricket but not Rose

  • SnowSnake on September 3, 2012, 18:08 GMT

    NZ fast bowling was very impressive. I think rankings do not do any justice. If NZ improves its batting, it has a lot of potential.

  • BackfootNossyfan on September 3, 2012, 18:44 GMT

    I am so, so proud of the kiwi fight our boys showed, and even though India won, the energy, determination and fight can be used by the coaches as a way forward. That energy combined with a little bit more application could turn them into world beaters. Ups to New Zealand, India and all the coaching staff for a great game. I'm still fuming over the umpiring but I'm sure they didn't make all those poor decisions on purpose.

  • on September 3, 2012, 19:14 GMT

    Thank you for the entertainment and thank you Tim Southee for waking us up. Close but not good enough at this point in time. Ross - great knock...very entertaining...it is tough to take a 7 wkt haul and still be on the losing side..congrats for a clean series amidst average umpiring..

  • foursandsixes on September 3, 2012, 19:50 GMT

    Yeah Backfootfan, they showed a lot of fight in the first test too :)

  • Harmony111 on September 3, 2012, 20:32 GMT

    Well played Kiwis esp in the 2nd test. The result could have been a lot diff had some decisions and some crucial moments gone in your favour. Southee was awesome in the first innings and Boult and Bracewell were impressive too. Boult in particular is a very nice fast bowler who will do a lot better in slightly more fav conditions. Just 1-2 good players more and NZ would be a very good test side, trust me.

  • on September 3, 2012, 21:10 GMT

    The umpiring in this test, and in fact the series, was appalling. Until India agree to the review system no one can take any home win for them seriously.

  • maddy20 on September 3, 2012, 21:28 GMT

    Very well written article. After they drew with SA at home, I wondered how on earth did they manage to hold off SA. Now that I have seen their impressive pace trio in action, its not hard to believe that anymore. Well played NZ. You sure did show a lot more fight than some other teams that have toured here before.