Kane: ‘We were extremely poor with the bat’


New Zealand captain Kane Williamson is normally a ‘glass half full’ kind of guy, even in defeat, but he could not contain his anger at his side’s loss in the fifth ODI against India.

The Black Caps were bowled out for just 79, losing eight wickets for 16 runs, and Williamson said there was no excuse for that, no matter how good Amit Mishra was.

The loss saw India win the series three-two, with Mishra’s five-fer giving him 15 wickets in the series, and Williamson was clearly disappointed.

He said, after his side fell 190 runs short of the 270-run target: “It’s extremely disappointing.

“After a tough Test series to bounce back and show the heart that was required, the fight that we needed to go two-all against a very good Indian side, was a superb effort.

“But it is hard to look past out last performance right now, the emotion of just finishing the game.

“They got above-par initially with the bat on a tough surface. There are certainly no excuses from our end, we were extremely poor with the bat today.

“We want to be showing steps of improvement everyday. That’s what’s so frustrating, because we failed as a batting unit.

“The spinners of the Indian side bowled very well but I don’t think it justified losing eight wickets for 20 or so runs. We were poor and India were very good.”

He did bounce back a bit to find a silver lining, and singled out all-rounder Mitchell Santner for praise. The spinner took 10 wickets in the series.

Williamson said: “He has been outstanding, a young cricketer who is new-ish to the side.

“Although conditions are favourable to spinners here there are a lot of spinners who come here and struggle.

“I guess it’s because of the pace of the wicket against extremely good players of spin.

“Mitch has performed day in and day out. His change of pace and his ability to spin the ball was a great asset to have.

“Not to mention his batting and his fielding as well. [We] look forward to seeing his progression in the future.”