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Ross counts positives

Bangalore: New Zealand had their fair share of chances on the fourth day of the second Test to level the series. Unfortunately, they could not grab those chances when it mattered most.

Captain Ross Taylor admitted that they lacked the killer instinct. “We failed to take our chances... But then, I wouldn’t put it down to just one little moment. We lost the match over time.

“We would have liked to score a few more runs in the first innings to put pressure on India. We’d also have liked to restrict them below 300.

“Today, the bowlers did bowl their hearts out. But you have to give credit to (Virat) Kohli and (Mahendra Singh) Dhoni… They batted very well. “Overall, the effort from the team was outstanding in this match. Although the loss hurts, I’m proud of the team.”

New Zealand have now lost two Test series in a row. But Taylor remains optimistic about the team’s future. “These are exciting times for New Zealand cricket. Though I will give a six out of 10 to our batting in this series, there are a whole lot of good batsmen who are coming up. We have a brilliant pace bowling attack… Spinner Jeetan Patel is also improving. I thought Patel bowled well but didn’t have the luck.”

Taylor took Patel off the attack after he had claimed three wickets. Asked the rationale behind his decision, Taylor said: “Mahendra Singh Dhoni had just come to bat and we knew that he likes to play spin. So, we didn’t want the spinner to bowl at him… Moreover, the ball was swinging so we decided to operate with our pacers. But we were unlucky as he played and missed a few. If we had dismissed him, it would have been a different story.”

Speaking about Virat Kohli’s performance, Taylor said: “I’ve always followed Kohli’s progress with interest. He was young when he joined Royal Challengers Bangalore and he asked a lot of questions… You could see that his intent on becoming a good player. He’s very confident and very patient. I hope that he scores a lot of runs against other teams, but not against us!”