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Thursday , January 23 , 2014
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We didn’t wilt under pressure: Brendon

Hamilton: New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum is pleased with the performance of his team, saying that his team delivered at ‘key times’ under pressure in the second ODI, here. The victory helped the hosts take a 2-0 lead in the series.

It was again an all-round performance from the Black Caps where they clicked in every department. After Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor built a solid platform in the middle-order, Corey Anderson launched an all-out assault at the death.

New Zealand then followed it up with a disciplined performance with the ball, getting wickets when it mattered the most.

“I thought under pressure, against a very good Indian batting line-up, we delivered at key times… We handled pressure really well. We didn’t wilt. It’s big from a confidence point of view. We have just got the challenge now to put it together again in a few days’ time,” McCullum said at the post-match press conference.

India made a valiant effort, chasing a revised target of 297 in 42 overs in a rain-truncated game, but failed to cross the finishing line, scoring 277 for nine in 41.3 overs. The Duckworth-Lewis par score in 41.3 overs was 293.

McCullum praised his batsmen for their superb show.

“I am really pleased with the way we constructed our innings again. It was mainly through the partnership of Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor.

“Martin Guptill played his hand as well and again they gave us the platform from where to launch in the death overs.

“And whilst the game was shortened, we were still in a nice position to do so. The batting blueprint was again executed tonight… It was encouraging obviously,” he said. (PTI)