New Zealand v Australia, 2nd ODI, Auckland March 6, 2010

D/L method made it tough for us - Vettori

Cricinfo staff

After his thrilling 70 off 49 balls nearly upstaged Australia in Auckland, Daniel Vettori has said the revised D/L target made the chase more difficult for New Zealand

New Zealand's target was reduced by eight runs according to the D/L method after a couple of rain delays, but they lost five overs including two from the Powerplays. Vettori felt his side was short-changed by the calculations.

"There are a lot of things I don't understand about cricket, and that is one of them. To lose two Powerplay overs and only have eight runs taken off," Vettori said. "I don't know how that works. It makes things incredibly tough. It would have been better had the game gone the full 50 overs, it would have been a lot better for us."

New Zealand ultimately went down by 12 runs, with Vettori being the last man dismissed. He blamed the defeat on the regular loss of top-order wickets, which left too much work for the tail-enders. "It had been exciting to get out of a tough situation and to get close to Australia's total but the loss of the wickets knocked back any ultimate chance the side had.

"We kept having to push back the Powerplay and we never could really made the most of what was a good wicket and when you have wickets in hand you can do that."

He had earlier sent down a typically tidy spell, picking the wickets of Ricky Ponting and Brad Haddin, and his all-round efforts fetched him the Man-of-the-Match award. Vettori had sat out the first ODI with a neck problem, and he revealed that he was initially slated to bat at No. 11 due to the injury.

"At the start of the day I was going to bat 11 because I couldn't really do it but I think it freed up as I bowled so that made it easier. I think once you get yourself in the game you feel like you want to be part of it."

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