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Blackcaps coach optimistic despite crushing loss to India

Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Thursday, 24 January 2019, 10:03a.m.
India had no trouble beating the Blackcaps in Napier yesterday. Photo / Photosport

It didn't take long for India to deliver the Black Caps a hefty dose of reality.

Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal ripped through the New Zealand batting lineup, and then Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli cruised with the bat, as India claimed an eight-wicket win with 14 overs to spare in the first of five one-day internationals.

After opting to bat first, the Black Caps were routed for 157 in perfect batting conditions at McLean Park in Napier, lasting just 38 overs, before India's top order showed them how it's done

Blackcaps coach Gary Stead told Mike Hosking although the result wasn't what they had hoped for, he wasn't going to get ahead of himself, and believes they have every chance of turning it around.

"India are a great side, and we are clearly disappointed but I don't want to make it a bigger deal than it is. We did play poorly last night and hopefully we can move on quickly.

"We didn't adapt as quickly as we should of, but as I said India are a world class team and it will be a fantastic series."

Too much sun led to a 37-minute delay during the match, as the glare from the sunset over the stadium caused difficulties for the players to see.

It was understood to be the first instance of such a delay occurring during the middle of an international innings in New Zealand.

Stead told Mike Hosking that although it wasn't an ideal situation, it didn't have any bearing on the result of the match.

"It was discussed before the game it was a possibility it could happen, so it wasn't a big surprise to us. At the end of the day there really isn't that much you can do about it."


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