Admitting that India were a far better side than the Kiwis,New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori has said his teams credibility was at stake in the fifth and final one-dayer.
This one is a momentum game for us. We dont want to go down 4-0. We want to win a game and we want to give our one-day team the credibility it deserves because we have played well for a while now. But in this series we havent shown that, Vettori said.
We have always backed ourselves,and rightly so,because we have played some good cricket. We have come up against a team that is a lot better than us in most disciplines. We have got to show our public and our fans that we are a better side than the one that turned out in the last three games, he added.
Vettori said the hosts poor performance had been accentuated by a combination of factors,including poor bowling and some majestic batting display by the Indians. Their top order has played exceptionally well. At times we have bowled all right,at times we have bowled poorly,it has increased our problems against such good players. We have been telling the bowlers to hit certain areas where the batsmen find it tough and put pressure but we have not been consistent, Vettori said.
A batsman like Sehwag,small boundaries,very good wickets…all this goes into making a tough competition. But we dont expect easy rides in international cricket. We need guys to continually step up. If you succeed against these guys (Indians),it is going to be a good feeling, he said.
The 30-year-old left-arm spinner,however,hoped that he and medium-pacer Kyle Mills could combine together to make the difference.
It is important for Kyle (Mills) because he takes the first over and it is something he has done for a couple of years now and done really well. That is why he is up there with the best bowlers of the world. I and Mills are two senior bowlers. Our role is important. We have to lead with what we do. At times we have done it,and at times we have slipped a little bit. Hopefully,we will get it right tomorrow, he said.