New Zealand captain Tim Southee said that Team India produced a spectacular recovery during the powerplay in the Kiwis’ innings during the 2nd T20I on Friday, November 19 in Ranchi. Since being called in to bat first, the Black Caps got off to a flying start, hitting as much as 64 runs in the initial 6 overs. Here is what Tim Southee Speaks About Indian Bowlers
Tim Southee Speaks About Indian Bowlers
The Indian bowlers, on the other hand, limited the visitors to 153 after giving just 89 runs in the remaining 14 overs. Following that, Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul’s 117-run opening-wicket partnership ensured India win by 7 wickets and establish an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the 3-match series.
“The Indian bowlers bounced back and put us under pressure. With the bat, India came out and played in an aggressive manner to slow the run-rate down,” said Southee.
According to Southee, Dew had an impact in both innings. “Usually, the dew comes in the second innings, but today, dew played a factor for both sides. But we weren’t able to adapt as well as we would have liked,” he stated.
The captain stated that in order to put the opponent in trouble, New Zealand required to make quick breakthroughs into the Indian batting. “You try and take the game as deep as you can. We needed to take early wickets and put them under pressure,” Southee said.
Hopefully, we can finish the tour on a high: Southee
Southee also lauded quick bowler Harshal Patel for taking the wickets of Daryl Mitchell and Glenn Phillips in his international debut. “Harshal has been around for quite a while and he knows his game and he’s coming on the back of an outstanding IPL. So, he’s full of confidence. It was great to see him come out and carry that form,” he stated.
Southee discussed New Zealand’s busy schedule but also pledged to make a great return in the future. “It’s been a hectic schedule on the back of the T20 World Cup. Hopefully, we can finish the tour on a high as it’s another chance to represent your country,” Southee added.
The series’ 3rd and final T20I is slated for Sunday, November 21 at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.