My corner of the oval

… thoughts from a Kiwi cricket fan

India versus NZ, third ODI match from Mohali – my thoughts

on October 24, 2016

Have people forgotten that it took 13 years for our New Zealand Black Caps to get their first match win in India against India, and that was in the last match?

Did you really think India were just going to roll over easily and allow our team to get another win in India again so quickly?!!

As someone who stayed awake all night, willing our team on and cheering every success (and yes, there were quite a few successes actually:
  • Tom Latham showing again how well he has adapted to pitch conditions in India with another brilliant batting effort;
  • Martin Guptill and Ross Taylor showing what a bit of time in the middle can achieve by getting their batting timing back and contributing with the bat;
  • James Neesham stepping in to the vital lower order/bat with the tail role and scoring his maiden ODI half century;
  • our bowlers bowling tight overs and making it as difficult as they could for the Indians to score the required runs, in the face of magnificent batting genius from MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli!)

… it is incredibly pleasing to see how far our team has come so far on one of the most difficult tours in world cricket!

And don’t forget, it’s only 2-1 in a five match series; if our team take what they have learned so far, and build on it (again) in the next match, it could very well be 2-2 going into the last match, and that would REALLY be an historic occasion to be celebrated!
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