Kane targets strong first innings effort


New Zealand captain Kane Williamson feels his side’s first batting innings will be the most important part of the third Test against India in Indore.

Williamson, who is set to lead the side after missing the second Test due to illness, says the unknown nature of the Holkar Stadium deck means they must get runs on the board early in case the deck deteriorates.

India have already won the series, so this will be a face-saving mission for the Kiwis. It is the first ever Test at the venue.

Williamson said: “It has shown in the first innings of each Test match that the first innings has been the most vital as batting has got harder as the game has gone on.

“We’ll still need to have another look at the surface here but were are still expecting first innings to be important again.

“It is one of those fine lines where there have been some good bits but the good bits haven’t happened for long enough.

“Those 240-250 scores need to be 300-350. In saying that we are still to see this wicket, it might be more or it might be less, we don’t know just yet.

“But certainly the last two games if we could have pushed up our first-innings total that little bit further, it would have helped us out a huge amount.”