New Zealand v India, 2nd Test, Wellington, 1st day

'We missed our lengths a little bit' - Williamson

Abhishek Purohit in Wellington

February 14, 2014

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'Pleased we scored scrappy total' - Williamson

After New Zealand had plummeted to another low score following their demolition for 105 in the second innings of the first Test, Kane Williamson said conditions had been difficult for batting, and India's bowlers had used them well. Shikhar Dhawan built on the bowlers' performance with an aggressive half-century, and Williamson admitted New Zealand could have bowled better to the Indian top order.

"I think we missed our lengths a little bit," Williamson said after India had racked up 100 for 2 by stumps. "I think on a surface like that, with the total we had, there is a lot of pressure on our bowling attack to be disciplined enough to put the ball in the area for long enough. We missed a little bit but saying that, there still are some runs on the board and we have to come back tomorrow and bowl better."

When asked if the two sides had also batted differently against the new ball, Williamson said it had been very hard for the batsmen in the first session with the ball moving and bouncing like it did. "They are a very different team with different players, so naturally there are differences in your game plan but I have no doubt that batting first on that track was tough," he said. "I guess I saw it first-hand how tough it was. You never felt in on it.

"It's one of those situations where you know that you probably have got a ball with your name on it. That's the nature of the surface. We ended up looking to be positive and runs were more important than time, we felt. As you have seen today, the game is quite a long way developed. And I think if we could pick up those runs which I think we did - I think the approach was good from us after losing those early wickets and being in trouble. It was tough but I guess you just have to accept it and move on and know that it is going to be tough."


Kane Williamson flicks the ball fine, New Zealand v India, 2nd Test, Wellington, February 14, 2014
Kane Williamson top-scored for New Zealand with 47 © Getty Images
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New Zealand had also been asked to bat by West Indies in the previous Test at Basin Reserve, but had scored 441 amid indisciplined bowling by the visitors. Williamson said the Indian bowlers had done better.

"I mean they bowled very well as well," he said. "They sort of picked up where they left off in Auckland. Credit goes to their bowling attack but it would have been nice to scrape a few more but saying that, there's still plenty in the wicket, so if we bowl well, we can restrict them.

"I think looking at it, you probably expected it to be tough. We played on a green one before against West Indies, as green, but they didn't bowl as well as the Indian side, they bowled very short. It was hard to compare but yes, it was tough, the nature of the surface, the quality of bowling. It sort of seamed around a bit and they got the ball to swing nicely. It was a good challenge for the batting unit and we will have to try and apply that same pressure with the ball tomorrow."

India seemed set to end the day only one down as Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara put on 87 for the second wicket but Trent Boult gave New Zealand some late cheer when he trapped the latter in front towards the end. Williamson said this showed there was still enough assistance for the bowlers. "Naturally, there is probably less and less as the game develops but there is still plenty there and we showed that the ball is still swinging even after how many overs. There is still that threat there if the boys can put it in the right areas for long enough."

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Posted by Caveman. on (February 14, 2014, 20:35 GMT)

@ Ross Calverley: Hesson wanted a green top mate. He has been shouting from the rooftops since Indians were playing in SA about wanting green tops. He got what he wanted.

Posted by Kalki007 on (February 14, 2014, 19:40 GMT)

How funny it seems, when India get bowled out for a low score on a green top, Indian batsmen are flat track bullies and can't handle pace on green tops. But when Eng/SA/Aus/NZ etc get out cheaply on a green top, it is a difficult pitch to bat. LOL

Posted by Nampally on (February 14, 2014, 19:26 GMT)

@Lin Comp: You are right ON!. I mentioned in my earlier comments before the game that the 4 NZ LH Pacers are expecting results thru' Indian batsmen falling for the balls wide of the Off stump. They only focus on angling the ball across the batsmen so that it passes the bat a foot outside the off stump. If Indian batsmen are disciplined & patient, they can tire the bowlers out first & then attack the tired pace bowlers. This is a Test match - Not an ODI. So S/R is not a factor in deciding the winner! On the other hand the Indian bowlers attacked the wkts. & took their chances. If Williamson's first catch was not a No ball, the NZ would have been out for <100. Even as it is with just 2 young pacer + a 35 year old ZAK, India did their job. Had Dhoni used the specialist in swing bowling, Kumar, as the 4th seamer, NZ would have collapsed for 70. As it is NZ did greatly to reach 192 from 86 for 6- thanks to Dhoni playing with just 3 bowlers- who were too tired to poliosh off the NZ Tail!

Posted by myStraightTalk on (February 14, 2014, 17:23 GMT)

McCullum no need to worry as far Dhoni is the captain. India failed to get NZ for around 100 after winning the toss with just 2 good good fast bowler! India gave away extras and failed to restrict them. NZ have to thank Dhoni for giving away runs which will help them to win again. Dhoni introduced Jadeja after Tea and gave NZ runs there by also does not trust the fast bowler. This is an another excellent example of Dhoni's poor captainship.. McCullum just do your normal thing you will win this match also.

Posted by linguboy on (February 14, 2014, 14:26 GMT)

@Ahmad Uetian: World will always take note of any weakness my friend. Didn't the same thing was said of Dhawan before. He learned from it and started scoring runs. Same can be said about Pujara too. He will be the first to correct his mistake,if any, and will score runs sooner. But can you say the same about your Pakistani batsmen my friend.

Posted by   on (February 14, 2014, 13:35 GMT)

World must see that Pujara has got a serious weakness of getting lbw similar to Dravid against serious pace.

Just target his stumps with straight & deepish mid on, 2 short mid wickets & leg side dominant field Just like what Aus did to destroy Dravid in latter part of his career.

Posted by din7 on (February 14, 2014, 11:57 GMT)

no need for NZ bashin, they have achieved whatever they wanted from this tour...odi4-0 aginst no1 side, test 1-1(likely) agsint no2 side(rankin says so) superb achivement for a no8 side...i knwed nz were goin to lose this after taylor was out...their test battin isnt that strong but had taylor been there with his current form things might have been quite different...anyways no one can do anythin abt it..all they can do is fight though it looks likely nz are goin to lose....well done NZ they rightfully showed indian team there true place!

Posted by   on (February 14, 2014, 11:36 GMT)

@Ravi Krishnamurthy, sorry if i was misunderstood, India definitely deserves the credit for their splendid performance, there is no ifs and buts about it, however the way NZ bowlers have been bowling in their own pitches shows they still do not know what type of bowling is maximally uncomfortable to Indian batsmen. On the off stump or just out side the off stump is the only type of deliveries that are annoying to Indian batsmen, but what NZ is doing is bowling in all other areas but not on and just around the off stump. Either they are wide of the off stump or towards the leg side or inferior short pitch deliveries. You try your best but still you may lose but NZ is actually making it easy for India to win by bowling such ordinary deliveries.

Posted by   on (February 14, 2014, 10:57 GMT)

If the Wellington curator had his heart set on a absolute road, he would have done it... Hesson doesn't have any say in how pitches are prepared. Maybe some other countries ought to try it... but they want world domination, right?

Posted by   on (February 14, 2014, 10:31 GMT)

@Lin Comp; mate this match was not gifted by NZ. India fought and fighting for a victory..Having lost ODI series and the first test, India still not lost the heart for a win..its a pity if you feel India is't fighting for it..

Posted by Sultan2007 on (February 14, 2014, 9:38 GMT)

Wile I'd love India to do well, this match is still young and the conditions still challenging with the ball not quite 30 overs old. India will have to bat out of their skins for the first half of the day tomorrow for them to be able to breathe a lit bit freely. These conditions are native to the Kiwi bowlers and I certain they will come with a better bowling plan tomorrow. Kohli will be critical because Rohit and Dhoni are both vulnerable against the moving ball. And I expect Rahane will also have a critical role to play

Posted by dogandbone on (February 14, 2014, 8:57 GMT)

Cant complain as didn't I hear Hesson bleating weeks ago he wanted greentops.

Stuns me that being one up in a two match series, the coach wasn't yelling for a feather bed so a draw was the likely outcome and then walk away with a series win.

Yep we will need to bowl very well tomorrow and then bat even better.

Posted by   on (February 14, 2014, 8:53 GMT)

Are you joking Williamson, you guys did not miss the length little bit, actually your bowlers hardly bowled any good length and good line deliveries. Most of the deliveries by NZ bowlers were wide of the off stump, or to the leg side or comfortable short pitch deliveries which batsman can easily leave. This is one of the most ordinary bowling I have seen recently from a standard test playing country. India can easily win this test. I am yearning for a NZ win but I know this test is already gifted by NZ to India. In first innings NZ needed at least 350 runs, 192 runs is a joke and NZ have to be now content with 1 - 1.

Posted by jimbond on (February 14, 2014, 8:19 GMT)

I suppose this is one of those (few) pitches where Ishant Sharma cannot go wrong. NZ can expect a century from him this innings.

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