Scott Styris Reveals Why Indian Bowlers Failed But New Zealand Bowlers Successful In Wellington Test
In the Wellington Test, the New Zealand bowlers outclassed the Indian batsmen while the Indian bowlers failed to perform consistently. Former New Zealand cricketer Scott Styris has pointed out the difference between New Zealand and Indian bowlers in that Test match.
It was the first game of the two-match Test series between the hosts New Zealand and the visitors India where the home side won by ten wickets. The hosts won the toss and decided to field first. New Zealand bowlers dominated from the beginning of the match and bundled out the visitors for just 165 runs in the first innings.
The hosts managed to earn the lead of 183 runs after scoring 348 runs in their first innings. Though the Indian pacers created the pressure, they failed to perform consistently, and the Kiwi tailenders took the game away by providing the big lead.
Indian batsmen once again failed to play better cricket in their second innings as the New Zealand bowlers bowled out the no.1-ranked Test side for just 191 runs. At the end of the game, the Black Caps chased down the nine runs target without losing any wicket.
Among the New Zealand pacers, the Player of the Match award winner Tim Southee took a total of nine wickets. Meanwhile, the Test debutant Kyle Jamieson scalped four wickets (all in the first innings), and the left-arm pacer Trent Boult bagged a total of five wickets.
On the other hand, the experienced tall Indian pacer Ishant Sharma claimed a five-wicket haul during New Zealand’s first innings. But the other pacers failed to take more than one wicket in that innings. Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin picked up three wickets in that same innings.
Indian bowlers were looking for seam movement off the pitch and there was none to be had: Scott Styris
Talking about the major differences between the two bowling units, Scott Styris pointed out that the Indian bowlers tried to get seam movement off the pitch but failed in their plan while the Kiwi bowlers were successful due to getting enough swing assistance.
Scott Styris said, “There is a difference in style of the Indian bowlers and the New Zealand bowlers. The New Zealand bowlers look to swing the ball more and as you saw they got swing in the second innings also.
“Indian bowlers were looking for seam movement off the pitch and there was none to be had. That is the reason the likes of Kane Williamson could hit through the line of the ball. He was not troubled a lot right up till the point when he was dismissed. Even when Ross Taylor was batting it didn’t look like there were too many demons in the pitch.
“Virat Kohli though said that he was very happy with the character his bowlers showed in coming back into the match.”
The second and final Test of this series will be played at Christchurch from 29th February.
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