Untroubled by India’s remarkable performance in the thrilling tied third ODI, New Zealand keeper Luke Ronchi said that with a comfortable 2-0 lead, the hosts are well on their way to win the five-match ODI series.
New Zealand currently leads the five-match series at 2-0 in favour after India winning the first two ODIs in Napier (by 24 runs) and Hamilton (by 15 runs), while the third ODI at Auckland finished in a scintillating last-ball tie on Saturday. New Zealand just need one win our of the two remaining ODI to seal the series.
“We didn’t lose in Auckland. We obviously would have liked to won. I think a tie was pretty fair result since both sides played some good cricket. It was a serious game of cricket to watch and be a part of. I think it was a fair result in the end,” Rochi analaysed abouth the third ODI ahead of the fourth ODI tomorrow.
“We are still playing good cricket and still in a good mind frame, we have to keep going that way. We are very much on target to win the series,” he said.
Taliking about the positives so far from the series he said: “There are a lot of different things that you can pick on since one run was the difference of winning or losing for both teams. There were opportunities missed in the field with catching and stumping and all of that. With batting, you sort of think you could have picked up a run here or there maybe. There are so many different situations where you can think we could have made one run there. But we need to look forward.”
A crucial aspect of this series has been the fact that India have won the toss in all three ODIs so far and opted to field first, and losing on two occasions, when asked about if they also prefer chasing, Ronchi replied: “We have to win the toss first for that to be the case. But I am not sure. At the moment, batting first is working well for us. The game plan we have is working out well with guys batting through the middle overs, and then we have got our hitters towards the end. If we win the toss, things might change but at the moment that’s what we have got and that’s the way we have to play. We are comfortable with the way it is working and hoping that it continues.”
When asked about batting line-up he said: “We have got a good crew of batsmen who are in form and feeling comfortable with their roles. Obviously at the moment, our top order is doing a good job of batting till the 35th over and giving the rest of us the opportunity to go out and play naturally and try and hit a long way, obviously Corey Anderson is in some serious touch and that makes a difference as well. Everyone is comfortable in their roles, they know their roles well.”
Ronchi said just like the first three ODIs, tomorrow’s match could be a high-scoring one.
“Every game here has been high-scoring and the short grounds allow for very little margin of error. You have to be very precise with what you are bowling, whether it is a bouncer, a slower ball, a yorker etc. You have to execute it well because given the batsmen from both teams if you miss the ball is going a long way. I am expecting another high-scoring game with the way things are going at the moment,” Ronchi finished off.