To put up a decent performance myself to get my team through to a defendable total is pretty pleasing. Everyone's ability to fight to the end. We thought we could have got more at 260 and at the halfway point,
bowlers had a job to do which they executed it very well. Virat is a class player, and to get him out early is always a pleasing feeling. No, I didn't think (that 72 will be the highest score in the match) but will take it any day.
Certainly an improved effort, exactly what we wanted and to have been able to build partnerships throughout on a tough surface was pleasing. Though you always want more, 260 was not a bad effort and we had the extra spinner and we knew that if we pitch it in the right areas, it would be tough for them. I think coming here with a game down, it was one of those confusing things whether the dew may have come in or may not have.
It did not quite come in tonight and we were fortunate in that regard. We just had to execute our skills well and it worked. I think so far in this ODI series we have played on a variety of surfaces and that matters in the selection. Has been long tour this and with a variety of guys coming in doing well, it is pleasing that they have executed their skills. When we get to Vizag, we need to have a look at the surface. A decider against India - a good side - is an exciting prospect.
I think we gave too many extras and too many runs early on. We could have done it still, with wickets in hand. Quite similar to the Delhi game where we kept losing wickets. It was good to see the lower order score runs, but wickets in hand would have been a good factor. I felt the wicket was best to bat in the afternoon and it kept getting slower. Older ball was not coming on. But with partnerships, this total could have been chased because the runs weren't too many. Youngsters will learn: a few of them will big shots but they will play 10-15 games and learn their own way and figure things out for themselves.
Cricket has evolved; newer generation like to play the big shots. You cannot tell them not to, because then they will get into a shell and it is difficult to get out of that. They will learn that if you go over the in-field, you have chances of getting out. We will lose a few but they will learn; we must not put a lot of pressure on them. With dew, you tend to bowl first because our spinners are not effective and we struggle to defend totals. But so far, dew hasn't been a factor this series. We should have won in Delhi but it's not about that. We have to be at our best in the decider, against New Zealand who are an experienced side. It keeps happening at the international stage
New Zealand Tour of India 2016
4th ODI, India vs New Zealand
JSCA International Stadium, Ranchi, 26th October 2016
Toss - New Zealand won the toss chose to bat first
Umpires: Anil Kumar Chaudhary, Bruce Oxenford
Third Umpire: Nandan
Match Referee Sir Richie Richardson
New Zealand won by 19 Runs and also leveled the five Match Series 2-2
Player of the Match - Martin Guptill
48.4 Boult to U Yadav, out Caught by Ross Taylor!! New Zealand win and level the series 2-2. An encouraging last wicket stand for India but this had to yield; New Zealand were that good tonight. Yadav is starved for room on this back of a length delivery again,
42.3 Boult to Axar, out Bowled!! Kiwis are intent on building up to a stylish win here.. and they are one wicket away! A spearing yorker this from Boult. Beats Axar's flick by a long way, hits the front pad even as the batsman made some room by backing away, and ricochets onto the stumps. R-A-T-T-L-E. Axar b Boult 38(40)