New Zealand v Pakistan, 3rd Twenty20, Christchurch December 30, 2010

Taylor denies New Zealand were complacent

ESPNcricinfo staff

Ross Taylor, the stand-in New Zealand captain, has denied that his side were complacent in the final game of the three-match Twenty20 series against Pakistan in which they were routed by 103 runs, the largest winning margin in contests between Test nations. New Zealand had already sealed the series after winning the first two games comfortably.

"We wanted to win the series 3-0 after what's happened over the last few months," Taylor said, "and it's disappointing to put out a performance like that in front of a pretty good crowd."

Chasing 184, New Zealand were bowled out for 80 in 15.5 overs, and at one stage were 3 for 4 with their top four batsmen - Jesse Ryder, Martin Guptill, Dean Brownlie and Taylor - all dismissed for ducks. "It's a very disappointing way to end the series … when your four top batsmen get out for nothing it's pretty tough chasing a total."

Taylor credited Pakistan's bowlers for defending a target that he was confident his team would have been able to chase down. "The pitch changed a little bit but the way Abdul Razzaq and [Shahid] Afridi bowled was just outstanding," he said. Afridi, the Pakistan captain, had career-best figures of 4 for 14 in 2.5 overs, and became the first player to reach the milestone of 50 Twenty20 wickets. He extended the New Zealand slide that began when Razzaq picked up three wickets with the new ball, while conceding just 13 runs in his four overs.

Afridi said the win would come as boost to the Pakistan team that has struggled for consistency in recent times amid the spot-fixing allegations that have rocked the team. "This is the talent of Pakistan but we should be consistent," Afridi said. "We're trying to make a team combination before the World Cup (in February). I know we lost the series but this was a big win for us to keep our morale high."

The teams next play two Tests, the first of which begins on January 7. Taylor was hopeful that his team would be able to bounce back from what was a disappointing end to the Twenty20 series, after the initial optimism following John Wright's appointment as national coach and their victory in the first two games.

"The Test's not far away, and it's a bit disappointing to lose the momentum we had," he said. "But the Test series is something where we did quite well in India, and hopefully we can improve on that back here in New Zealand."

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  • Dummy4 on January 1, 2011, 21:03 GMT

    Pakistan please carryon your last T20 spirit for upcoming Tests. It's not too late. You can do it.

  • Dummy4 on December 31, 2010, 20:53 GMT

    Hahaha Asif.m, awesome comeback. 1> Afridi 2> Gul 3> Ajmal 4> Vettori, wasn't it? I'm laughing here, maybe Sehwagologist would've found it more interesting if Ashok Dinda or Ishant Sharma were in the top 2 billion wicket takers' list. Or maybe he just enjoys pathetic kindergarten cricket level more such as IPL, Ranji trophy, Kurita trophy, etc x)

  • Aasif on December 31, 2010, 20:33 GMT

    @Sehwagologist , ADD TO YOUR SURPRISE, all 4 leading wicket taker in T20 belong to these 2 loser side, I wonder if you can name 1 fast bowler in the history of your nation. May be that has to do something with the MEAT Bolls ))))

  • khurram on December 31, 2010, 17:28 GMT

    many people saying NZ didnt play wel coz its a dead ruber. ok yes it was a dead ruber pak lost series. but losing with largest margin btwn 2 test teams, making lowest total of NZ, geting 4 top order ducks 1st time btwn 2 test playing nations. is i think too much for a dead ruber. & NZ played the same team which won 1st t20 very well. & played 1st 2 t20s very very well before falling this badly.for pakistan its just a welcome win after 6 t20s los & in good style.nothing more than 1 welcome win.

  • Ryan on December 31, 2010, 14:42 GMT

    Both teams have some of the best T20 players in the world. Funny how both teams are awful. I'm Kiwi and I say this.

  • Muhammad Salman on December 31, 2010, 13:30 GMT

    I would not consider this even a win. losing the series against the side which has recently been whitewashed by a team like Bangladesh is yet another shameful achievement of this current Pakistan team. There is surely a factor of complacency due to which NZ lost else they would have won the last T-20 as well.

  • Muhammad Irfan on December 31, 2010, 13:20 GMT

    Thank god it was New Zealand that lost by 103 runs otherwise the headlines would have read "Match/Spot Fixing" instead of "Complacency" as is the current case.

  • A on December 31, 2010, 12:34 GMT

    Congratulations, Afridi, for leading the wickets list in the T20 format.

  • Ausman on December 31, 2010, 11:29 GMT

    That's not even his career best figures, his career best figure was against Netherlands ,11 for 4.

  • Harshvardhan on December 31, 2010, 9:14 GMT

    Dont know why this disinterested rubbish series is going on who is interested in watching two losers

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