Hesson delighted after three ‘tough games’

New Zealand

New Zealand coach Mike Hesson is really pleased that his side has come through three tough games to qualify for the semifinals of the World T20 with a game to spare.

The Black Caps are now one of the favourites in the betting odds to win the tournament after beating host nation India, Trans-Tasman rivals Australia and Pakistan to advance to the semi-finals and make light work of what was a tough group on paper.

Hesson told NewstalkZB: "I'm delighted with the way we have been operating the last week or so. Obviously in the so-called pool of death, to be playing as well as we have, I'm really pleased with it.

"Three tough games, and to have three wins in three games against three tough sides, is better than we could have dreamed for really. So a really good start.

"We have given ourselves a chance. We are in the semifinals which is what we came over here to do, so we have given ourselves an opportunity.

"But we realise with T20s if you don't front up on the day you can get rolled over. But if you play well you are in with a chance."

The Kiwis' final group is against Bangladesh in Kolkata on Saturday.