New Zealand were simply emphatic in Nagpur as they made a mess out of hosts India. Their spinners stepped up to the task and bowled with absolute precision when it was needed. However, as they move on to face Australia at the picturesque HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala, things are only going to get far more challenging. The conditions in Dharamsala are poles apart to those in Nagpur. The pitch will assist the pacers a lot while the boundaries would be smaller. The small boundary size reduces the margin of error for the Kiwi bowlers.
“We have to wait and see what the conditions are like,” New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor said. “The boundaries are a lot smaller here. In Nagpur, the boundaries were so big that you weren’t able to attack the spinners as much as you would have liked because if you didn’t hit the ball 100% you were going to get out caught at the boundary. Rotating the strike played a big part there but here mishits can still go for six even if it does turn. We just have to wait and see.”
Taylor also said that the Blackcaps would be smart, as well as aggressive. “It is definitely easy to score up front,” Taylor said. “But you still have to play fearless and aggressive cricket but smart cricket as well. Guptill and Munro’s job is to get us off to a flying start. Some days it will come off and some days it won’t. But this team bats right down to eight or nine, we still have the confidence to go out there and play shots. As I said, if we can assess the conditions batting first, it becomes easier while chasing as well, we understand how hard to go.”