New Zealand v India, 4th ODI, Hamilton January 28, 2014

Incredibly satisfying to lead 3-0 - McCullum

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'Big win for us' - McCullum

Brendon McCullum has termed it "incredibly satisfying" to have defeated world champions India 3-0 in Hamilton with a game to go. The decisive win came on a Seddon Park pitch offering turn and bounce to the India spinners and McCullum said that was why it was an even more creditable achievement.

"First and foremost, to beat a very, very good team in India, and today as well in these conditions, I thought it was more favourable to them than what it was for us," McCullum said. "To win as emphatically as we did and continue the blueprint that we have shown with the bat built around Roscoe and Kane's performances in the last four games and to execute that again tonight and get the rewards for it is incredibly satisfying. The boys are very, very happy at the moment."

New Zealand have now beaten South Africa and England away and India at home in one-day series in the last 12 months. McCullum said sealing this one even before the fifth match in Wellington against what was the top one-day side when it came to New Zealand was quite something. "This is a big one for us. We are obviously proud with what we achieved in South Africa and England [in] those one-day series. Just focussing on the one-day game. But this one, the No. 1 ODI team in the world when they arrived here and how dominant their batting line-up is as well. To have tipped them up and be sitting after the fourth game at 3-0 is a pretty good achievement for us.

"We closed out the series which we have been talking about all the way through the summer, so really pleased with the effort tonight and how emphatically we did it as well in really tough conditions. And we still managed to see guys hold their heads and play an innings of true class. Really satisfying win."

After the match, a small group of fans stood outside the ground holding a banner that said "No Thanks" to the BCCI, Cricket Australia and the ECB. As laudable as the result on the field was for New Zealand, it also held a different significance, coming as it did just as the ICC met to consider the proposal to shift monetary and decision-making control to the three big cricket boards. Although McCullum would not comment on that aspect, he did say he was pleased that New Zealand had shown the world they could overcome top opposition.

"That's something we can't comment too much about, way above our head but what we can do is go about playing good cricket and trying to impose ourselves on the world game and show that we are capable of playing against the very best teams in the world and having success. I wouldn't say it was a motivating factor for us but we are just delighted to be able to play against a team of that class, come out on top and show the rest of the world that we are a very good team in our own conditions."

McCullum added it was important New Zealand pushed for making it 4-0 in Wellington, but felt tonight was the time for his men to soak in what they had accomplished. "That's what we want to strive for," he said. "But we won't let this opportunity to really enjoy what we have achieved pass us by either. I think it's a hell of an achievement, what we have done tonight. We will worry about the next couple of days tomorrow morning when we wake up. But we are obviously delighted at the moment."

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 30, 2014, 11:52 GMT

    @Sixfourout Statistically speaking, you're right. But have a look at southee the bowler of 2009 and look at southee the bowler of 2014. You'll see a difference. He has the potential to be the best and he's working hard. The problem with NZ is the poor quality of team. From 2009 to 2013 the batsman haven't given the bowlers a total to defend. Same is the case with southee. His performances in past few years have been good.

    Mccullum is a good batsman but not in the league with Gilchrist or Dhoni. From 2002-2008 he batted at around no 8-9 in odi's. He is not someone you can look forward to grind or be the anchor. He wants the platform set so that he can launch attack on his own. He could simply have been sehwag had he been born in India. He played for a weak middle order and his team simply couldn't afford him failing. He bats well when he's in second fiddle example Macca's hundred in 2007, oram in 2006, taylor in this game etc.

  • POSTED BY SixFourOut on | January 30, 2014, 1:39 GMT

    @Shane Bond

    Yeah, I'm Australian, but I enjoy watching Kiwi cricket because of the underdog status and the past all rounders like Harris, Oram, Cairns and those tail order hitter.

    I think my point is more that McCullum has 4 hundred from 198 matches, which tells the story that he doens't win games and plays too much of a supporting role.

    Southee's record is poor: Out of 77 bowling innings he has taken 0 wickets or 1 wicket 44 times. That's terrible. He is more likely to be ineffectual than effectual.

    His average is very average and it's only under 35 because his first 5 games were a dream debut. The problem is, in six years he hasn't gotten any better.

    There's a problem in NZ and I've seen it for years and that is heavy praise for average returns, there's no better example than the cognitively dissonant buzz around Hamish (one innings) Rutherford.

    You need to expect batsmen to average 40+ and bowlers to average 30 or less. You can have some leeway for allrounders.

  • POSTED BY sharadgargconnect on | January 29, 2014, 18:36 GMT

    I think NZ is a underrated team. But - they perform poorly abroad. They loose many games to countries such as India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. If NZ can win more games against Sri Lanka, Pakistan and India they will be a force to reckon in cricket. I hope they take a lesson out of this series. If they bat well enough they can easily win world cup 2015. Brendan Mccullum should open because he is dangerous in opening. I don't know why he has stopped opening. Ryder needs to come later at no6 or no7. Ronchi and Anderson should be promoted at No 4 and 5 respectively. These two should play maximum overs rather than minimum overs. Bowling wise there is no need to play nathan mccullum. NZ should play 8 batsman.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 29, 2014, 16:21 GMT

    @Sixfourout Southee has done the best work in past few years after Steyn, Philander and Harris. He is a "swing" bowler and bowls well at death. Okay, don't believe me? Ask Allan Donald. The pitches used so far have been roads. And he's 25 year old.

    Mccullum won us many a games in past few years (6-7) but he is inconsistent. But he provides "Fear" with Anderson and Ronchi.

    I reckon you're either an aussie or Indian, right?

  • POSTED BY on | January 29, 2014, 9:12 GMT

    Its good to see NZ play such positive cricket . If you get the no.345 going you can expext agood game.As for India they have to seriously consider their pace bowlers line up.Their weakness has been exposed by the England and S.A. teams.Time is too short to get things right for India. May be its a learning curve for the pace, but what of the middle order batsmen ?Yet to see Shikar play his normal,so also Rohit,Rahane and Rayudu.It was wrong to open the batting with Kohli,bring in Pujara.

  • POSTED BY johnhamilton on | January 29, 2014, 8:00 GMT

    @64out

    Agree with most of your points except bmac and ryder

    Bmacs form has been patchy at best in recent times, but he has a history of winning odi games, more than anyone else in the team, i'm not sure it is sensible to write him off as NOT being a match winner.

    Ryders form is not just a matter of slowing down, he has always got by on exceptional hand eye coordination. He will come off sometimes, but will probably lack consistency throughout his career because of his lack of foot work outside off stump, this is shown when you analyse his test career. Hopefully he will work on it but I am not sure it will ever improve, maybe we might have to settle for a modest version of sehwag

  • POSTED BY SixFourOut on | January 29, 2014, 6:39 GMT

    The reality is Williamson didn't convert any fifties into hundreds. If that was an Australian there'd be faint praise, but talk of not doing the job. He got lucky a lot and dropped a few times along the way. He has potential, but with his style, he can't be getting frustrated and swing out.

    Southee is an average bowler not the great new hope. A typical 10 over spell from him involves 12 really good deliveries, a few average ones and 12 really awful ones - He doesn't build pressure, he needs more consistency to match the hype the kiwis seem to bestow upon him.

    McCullum is dangerous... When the games is won, the opposition are tired or there are serious runs on the board, but he needs to score runs when times are tough. He is NOT a match winner.

    Ryder is good, just needs to slow down a bit. Now that Guptill is firing, there'll be less pressure on him to go at a SR of 150.

    I think Neesham has bowling potential and at his good pace, stick with him.

  • POSTED BY manumohan16 on | January 29, 2014, 6:21 GMT

    @Lion83... I think u were mentioning the tour of zimbawe.. Yes.. They can give zimbawe a run for their money

  • POSTED BY Alexk400 on | January 29, 2014, 1:22 GMT

    congratz nz. you deserve to win the series but i expected better from nz fast bowlers. May be i think pitches were flat and also boundaries were very short which makes batsman to go for Sixer as risk vs reward is better with short boundary. I still think nz bowlers need better plan for indian batsman and find their weakness in that which ball and which area they can not score easily. Some are nudgers , you do not bowl to them at body. Stroke makers bowl to them offstump line. Also if a player do not hook well , you have to bowl ball at chest height. Key thing is you do not change things for wickets or just for change , you change things so keep batsman guessing.

  • POSTED BY on | January 29, 2014, 1:15 GMT

    Indians outplayed. Those the first three matches were close, NZ held the upper hand. They played very aggressively, never afraid to go for the big shots. Whereas Indians apart from pathetic bowling could not built a platform or meaningful partnership at the top. They kept losing wickets at crucial moment throughout the series. Forget about their bowling, they were leaking consistently over 300 the last few matches. The batting was also a let down.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 30, 2014, 11:52 GMT

    @Sixfourout Statistically speaking, you're right. But have a look at southee the bowler of 2009 and look at southee the bowler of 2014. You'll see a difference. He has the potential to be the best and he's working hard. The problem with NZ is the poor quality of team. From 2009 to 2013 the batsman haven't given the bowlers a total to defend. Same is the case with southee. His performances in past few years have been good.

    Mccullum is a good batsman but not in the league with Gilchrist or Dhoni. From 2002-2008 he batted at around no 8-9 in odi's. He is not someone you can look forward to grind or be the anchor. He wants the platform set so that he can launch attack on his own. He could simply have been sehwag had he been born in India. He played for a weak middle order and his team simply couldn't afford him failing. He bats well when he's in second fiddle example Macca's hundred in 2007, oram in 2006, taylor in this game etc.

  • POSTED BY SixFourOut on | January 30, 2014, 1:39 GMT

    @Shane Bond

    Yeah, I'm Australian, but I enjoy watching Kiwi cricket because of the underdog status and the past all rounders like Harris, Oram, Cairns and those tail order hitter.

    I think my point is more that McCullum has 4 hundred from 198 matches, which tells the story that he doens't win games and plays too much of a supporting role.

    Southee's record is poor: Out of 77 bowling innings he has taken 0 wickets or 1 wicket 44 times. That's terrible. He is more likely to be ineffectual than effectual.

    His average is very average and it's only under 35 because his first 5 games were a dream debut. The problem is, in six years he hasn't gotten any better.

    There's a problem in NZ and I've seen it for years and that is heavy praise for average returns, there's no better example than the cognitively dissonant buzz around Hamish (one innings) Rutherford.

    You need to expect batsmen to average 40+ and bowlers to average 30 or less. You can have some leeway for allrounders.

  • POSTED BY sharadgargconnect on | January 29, 2014, 18:36 GMT

    I think NZ is a underrated team. But - they perform poorly abroad. They loose many games to countries such as India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. If NZ can win more games against Sri Lanka, Pakistan and India they will be a force to reckon in cricket. I hope they take a lesson out of this series. If they bat well enough they can easily win world cup 2015. Brendan Mccullum should open because he is dangerous in opening. I don't know why he has stopped opening. Ryder needs to come later at no6 or no7. Ronchi and Anderson should be promoted at No 4 and 5 respectively. These two should play maximum overs rather than minimum overs. Bowling wise there is no need to play nathan mccullum. NZ should play 8 batsman.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 29, 2014, 16:21 GMT

    @Sixfourout Southee has done the best work in past few years after Steyn, Philander and Harris. He is a "swing" bowler and bowls well at death. Okay, don't believe me? Ask Allan Donald. The pitches used so far have been roads. And he's 25 year old.

    Mccullum won us many a games in past few years (6-7) but he is inconsistent. But he provides "Fear" with Anderson and Ronchi.

    I reckon you're either an aussie or Indian, right?

  • POSTED BY on | January 29, 2014, 9:12 GMT

    Its good to see NZ play such positive cricket . If you get the no.345 going you can expext agood game.As for India they have to seriously consider their pace bowlers line up.Their weakness has been exposed by the England and S.A. teams.Time is too short to get things right for India. May be its a learning curve for the pace, but what of the middle order batsmen ?Yet to see Shikar play his normal,so also Rohit,Rahane and Rayudu.It was wrong to open the batting with Kohli,bring in Pujara.

  • POSTED BY johnhamilton on | January 29, 2014, 8:00 GMT

    @64out

    Agree with most of your points except bmac and ryder

    Bmacs form has been patchy at best in recent times, but he has a history of winning odi games, more than anyone else in the team, i'm not sure it is sensible to write him off as NOT being a match winner.

    Ryders form is not just a matter of slowing down, he has always got by on exceptional hand eye coordination. He will come off sometimes, but will probably lack consistency throughout his career because of his lack of foot work outside off stump, this is shown when you analyse his test career. Hopefully he will work on it but I am not sure it will ever improve, maybe we might have to settle for a modest version of sehwag

  • POSTED BY SixFourOut on | January 29, 2014, 6:39 GMT

    The reality is Williamson didn't convert any fifties into hundreds. If that was an Australian there'd be faint praise, but talk of not doing the job. He got lucky a lot and dropped a few times along the way. He has potential, but with his style, he can't be getting frustrated and swing out.

    Southee is an average bowler not the great new hope. A typical 10 over spell from him involves 12 really good deliveries, a few average ones and 12 really awful ones - He doesn't build pressure, he needs more consistency to match the hype the kiwis seem to bestow upon him.

    McCullum is dangerous... When the games is won, the opposition are tired or there are serious runs on the board, but he needs to score runs when times are tough. He is NOT a match winner.

    Ryder is good, just needs to slow down a bit. Now that Guptill is firing, there'll be less pressure on him to go at a SR of 150.

    I think Neesham has bowling potential and at his good pace, stick with him.

  • POSTED BY manumohan16 on | January 29, 2014, 6:21 GMT

    @Lion83... I think u were mentioning the tour of zimbawe.. Yes.. They can give zimbawe a run for their money

  • POSTED BY Alexk400 on | January 29, 2014, 1:22 GMT

    congratz nz. you deserve to win the series but i expected better from nz fast bowlers. May be i think pitches were flat and also boundaries were very short which makes batsman to go for Sixer as risk vs reward is better with short boundary. I still think nz bowlers need better plan for indian batsman and find their weakness in that which ball and which area they can not score easily. Some are nudgers , you do not bowl to them at body. Stroke makers bowl to them offstump line. Also if a player do not hook well , you have to bowl ball at chest height. Key thing is you do not change things for wickets or just for change , you change things so keep batsman guessing.

  • POSTED BY on | January 29, 2014, 1:15 GMT

    Indians outplayed. Those the first three matches were close, NZ held the upper hand. They played very aggressively, never afraid to go for the big shots. Whereas Indians apart from pathetic bowling could not built a platform or meaningful partnership at the top. They kept losing wickets at crucial moment throughout the series. Forget about their bowling, they were leaking consistently over 300 the last few matches. The batting was also a let down.

  • POSTED BY cardassian on | January 28, 2014, 23:22 GMT

    ... on the way to being a force in cricket once again. Imagine in a couple of years seeing a test bowling lineup of Milne, Southee, Boult, Anderson, Sodhi. All producing to their potential. Could be a devastating attack. Anyway exciting times for a NZ fan.

  • POSTED BY cardassian on | January 28, 2014, 23:19 GMT

    As a NZ supporter I am so pleased with the progress the side is currently making. The senior heads are playing well and the youngsters are playing with fire and passion. Things are looking positive for the future of NZ cricket for the first time in a decade. Taylor has settled into his role as the senior batsman and is producing results. What is especially pleasing about Taylor's progress is the shots is isn't playing (the slog for 6 or out that used to be a favorite). Williamson looks like he is following Taylor's lead and learning from him how to construct an innings. I don't think we've had a 3/4 combination this good since the days of Jones/Crowe. Our bowling attack is getting better all the time and there is genuine pressure for positions in the team/squad. The only area of any concern is the opening spots in test matches, a back up opener for ODIs and a wicket taking spinner for tests (or two). If we can get some consistency of performance in these areas we will be well cont....

  • POSTED BY jerryman on | January 28, 2014, 21:31 GMT

    NZ were the better team overall . They deserved to win. Hoping the last ODI is also won by NZ . This is the only way there will be a wake up call to India for drastic changes. They were lucky to have a game tied.. or else could have been a claen sweep. At the start of the series , the Indian fans were predicting a clean sweep of 5-0 or 4-1 in favor of India. Maybe the fans are also to blame for making their players believe in their confidence and they become complacent instead . Good luck with the rebuilding .. its nice to teams like Australia & NZ coming back to form. This makes cricket more interesting and it seems again pace bowlers seem to be doing better than the spinners..

  • POSTED BY Lion83 on | January 28, 2014, 16:06 GMT

    As a Sri Lankan fan I congratulate this win by NZ and they going to be a force in the world cup 2015. Sri Lanka will tour NZ in January 2015 just before WC will be a close series and will give NZ a good run for their money.

  • POSTED BY on | January 28, 2014, 15:35 GMT

    special satisfaction for us( fans) and also a massive gift for us. thank u Roscoe for ur brilliant innings n Kane wiiliamson u r a liitle master. stay in form boyz..

  • POSTED BY PrasPunter on | January 28, 2014, 15:33 GMT

    @dreamliner , agree with every word of yours !! What goes around comes around !!

  • POSTED BY mensan on | January 28, 2014, 14:19 GMT

    Great cricket by NZ. They have proved that no team can remain #1 without good bowling.

  • POSTED BY on | January 28, 2014, 13:41 GMT

    India really needs to put its socks up. No 1 meant nothing as long as India remained overseas whipping boys. Ganguly and Dravid led India to some great overseas wins, while Dhoni seems to be sitting on home laurels.

    Still, NZ deserve platitudes. They batted really well, way above the normal standard and while they bowled on unresponsive pitches, the Kiwis were way better than India.

    The win margins may have been small but NZ were unquestionably the better team.

  • POSTED BY dreamliner on | January 28, 2014, 13:30 GMT

    I can't help thinking the timing of this proposal has backfired on India in their series. If I was the black cats I would have been insulted by the proposals put forth by the board of the team in my country and would therefore play with a lot more fire in my belly as if the future of my sport was at stake. Great motivation for NZ to stick it to BCCI, and stick it they did.

    Well played BCCI because the NZ series defeat would actually be a success for your revenue- model due to the audience figures. Hell the whole world probably tuned in to watch India get more stick on their travels. But don't worry India cant get relegated in your model so you can keep earning your money while Indian fans continue to bear the consequences of your selfish and material conquests.

    Karma is coming home.

  • POSTED BY on | January 28, 2014, 13:30 GMT

    India are champs of their own backyard. Batsmen are the best on slow and dead pitches and this is what happens when they are up against a quality attack on decent tracks. Many congratulations to blackcaps.

  • POSTED BY class9ryan on | January 28, 2014, 13:06 GMT

    Everyone seems to have forgotten the achievement New Zealand have made by criticizing Dhoni's game-plan. But here is a side who's played much better cricket than India on pitches which are not as foreign as they were in South Africa. I hope the Kiwis are much more consistent as their rugby teams. I believe atleast 4 of this XI should make up to the All Time New Zealand List of ODI players.

  • POSTED BY on | January 28, 2014, 12:57 GMT

    New Zealand are so under-rated. Over the last year or so, they have beaten South Africa and England away from home, and now they have beaten India at home. Not bad for a country whose total population is only around 5 million. Was also happy to see so many fans at the ground today - unlike what we saw in South Africa!

  • POSTED BY on | January 28, 2014, 12:38 GMT

    Twelve months out from WC2015, this is a pleasing result for the team and reward for fans who have long-craved for consistently good performances. Here's hoping the nucleus of this squad are there in 12 months time to reap the reward of seemingly endless rebuilding cycles in recent years. May be it's nostalgia but every Black Cap fan who was high-school age and above (me included) back in 1992 is daring to dream of this team going one or two steps better in 2015.

  • POSTED BY unbeleaveable on | January 28, 2014, 12:37 GMT

    It would be good to give Latham a game in the last one, resting one of the big batters for the test, exciting young talent on the rise. Also giving Southee a rest and giving Neesham another chance. Great job Black Caps you are doing us pride - thanks.

  • POSTED BY sharma987 on | January 28, 2014, 12:29 GMT

    what were dhoni's tactics to bowl only 1 over of binny and 3 from non bowler like rayudu

  • POSTED BY JustIPL on | January 28, 2014, 12:23 GMT

    Brendon is becoming very much optimistic after winning against the current indian outfit which simply does not deserve to be called number one team. The world champions should be champions in all the three departments game as well as the temperament. Many of the current lot of indian players have got hype due to IPL and excessive television coverage otherwise they ordinary performers. Furthermore, their board is playing in the hands of businessmen, pressurizing their team to remain number one at all costs like parents of children want their children secure the top spot all the time and as a result they commit suicide. Certainly a lot of pressure on these chaps who have surprisingly long learning curve and have already been dropped numerous times in their short career with indian team. BCCI is very rightly trying to protect their slide by restructuring every aspect of world cricket otherwise outside dust bowls they are real minnows in the absence of fabulous four plus kumble. NZ 4-0 plz

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  • POSTED BY JustIPL on | January 28, 2014, 12:23 GMT

    Brendon is becoming very much optimistic after winning against the current indian outfit which simply does not deserve to be called number one team. The world champions should be champions in all the three departments game as well as the temperament. Many of the current lot of indian players have got hype due to IPL and excessive television coverage otherwise they ordinary performers. Furthermore, their board is playing in the hands of businessmen, pressurizing their team to remain number one at all costs like parents of children want their children secure the top spot all the time and as a result they commit suicide. Certainly a lot of pressure on these chaps who have surprisingly long learning curve and have already been dropped numerous times in their short career with indian team. BCCI is very rightly trying to protect their slide by restructuring every aspect of world cricket otherwise outside dust bowls they are real minnows in the absence of fabulous four plus kumble. NZ 4-0 plz

  • POSTED BY sharma987 on | January 28, 2014, 12:29 GMT

    what were dhoni's tactics to bowl only 1 over of binny and 3 from non bowler like rayudu

  • POSTED BY unbeleaveable on | January 28, 2014, 12:37 GMT

    It would be good to give Latham a game in the last one, resting one of the big batters for the test, exciting young talent on the rise. Also giving Southee a rest and giving Neesham another chance. Great job Black Caps you are doing us pride - thanks.

  • POSTED BY on | January 28, 2014, 12:38 GMT

    Twelve months out from WC2015, this is a pleasing result for the team and reward for fans who have long-craved for consistently good performances. Here's hoping the nucleus of this squad are there in 12 months time to reap the reward of seemingly endless rebuilding cycles in recent years. May be it's nostalgia but every Black Cap fan who was high-school age and above (me included) back in 1992 is daring to dream of this team going one or two steps better in 2015.

  • POSTED BY on | January 28, 2014, 12:57 GMT

    New Zealand are so under-rated. Over the last year or so, they have beaten South Africa and England away from home, and now they have beaten India at home. Not bad for a country whose total population is only around 5 million. Was also happy to see so many fans at the ground today - unlike what we saw in South Africa!

  • POSTED BY class9ryan on | January 28, 2014, 13:06 GMT

    Everyone seems to have forgotten the achievement New Zealand have made by criticizing Dhoni's game-plan. But here is a side who's played much better cricket than India on pitches which are not as foreign as they were in South Africa. I hope the Kiwis are much more consistent as their rugby teams. I believe atleast 4 of this XI should make up to the All Time New Zealand List of ODI players.

  • POSTED BY on | January 28, 2014, 13:30 GMT

    India are champs of their own backyard. Batsmen are the best on slow and dead pitches and this is what happens when they are up against a quality attack on decent tracks. Many congratulations to blackcaps.

  • POSTED BY dreamliner on | January 28, 2014, 13:30 GMT

    I can't help thinking the timing of this proposal has backfired on India in their series. If I was the black cats I would have been insulted by the proposals put forth by the board of the team in my country and would therefore play with a lot more fire in my belly as if the future of my sport was at stake. Great motivation for NZ to stick it to BCCI, and stick it they did.

    Well played BCCI because the NZ series defeat would actually be a success for your revenue- model due to the audience figures. Hell the whole world probably tuned in to watch India get more stick on their travels. But don't worry India cant get relegated in your model so you can keep earning your money while Indian fans continue to bear the consequences of your selfish and material conquests.

    Karma is coming home.

  • POSTED BY on | January 28, 2014, 13:41 GMT

    India really needs to put its socks up. No 1 meant nothing as long as India remained overseas whipping boys. Ganguly and Dravid led India to some great overseas wins, while Dhoni seems to be sitting on home laurels.

    Still, NZ deserve platitudes. They batted really well, way above the normal standard and while they bowled on unresponsive pitches, the Kiwis were way better than India.

    The win margins may have been small but NZ were unquestionably the better team.

  • POSTED BY mensan on | January 28, 2014, 14:19 GMT

    Great cricket by NZ. They have proved that no team can remain #1 without good bowling.