Keeping the run rate below three was a good achievement: Jimmy Neesham
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New Zealand once again failed to seize the initiative after taking the upper hand early on in the final and third Test against India at Indore. The visitors reduced the hosts to 100 for 3 but failed to take any other wicket on the first day as the Indian team scored 267 for 3 by the end of the day. The hosts are looking in a strong position now but Kiwi all-rounder Jimmy Neesham is confident that a couple of wickets on the next day will help his team claw their way back into the match. Neesham gave his views on the day’s play in the post-match press conference.
On his team’s performance on the first day:
Keeping the run rate below three was a good achievement. A couple of quick wickets tomorrow and we are still in the game.I don’t know if we could have done it a whole lot different with the ball. We stuck at it well. It was tough work for the seamers. There was not a lot of bounce or lateral movement. If you can’t get the ball reverse swinging, it’s difficult for their quality batsmen. We started a touch loose but over the day we kept a lid on the run rate but Ajinkya and Virat batted well for most of the second half of day. India’s honours in the end.
On weather conditions at Indore:
It was a bit cooler than the first two Tests, so better from a hydration point of view. There wasn’t a whole lot of lateral movement, so hard to get guys out. Hopefully, spinners can get more out of it as it starts to break up.
On his attempt to run out Kohli when the Indian captain was playing on 99:
I, at that point, was pretty confident he would run to get it as quickly. I took a couple of steps in but Virat made the ground quite comfortably. But it was fair enough the umpires checked upstairs. Bat could’ve bounced.
On Ajinkya Rahane’s batting:
We had a short ball plan for Ajinkya, more so than Virat. He’s looked a bit uncomfortable there, which piqued our interest. He managed to tough it out and get through and that’s the sign of a quality Test batsman.
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