Pitch became harder for batting as game progressed: Martin Guptill

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26 Jan 2020 | 01:05 PM

Pitch became harder for batting as game progressed: Martin Guptill

The New Zealand opener scored a 20-ball 33 before the Indian bowlers restricted the hosts to just 132 in 20 overs



Senior New Zealand opener Martin Guptill blamed the sluggish Eden Park track for their flop show with the bat in an absolute surrender to the Indian side in the second T20 International on Sunday.

Guptill scored a quickfire 33 off 20 balls but the Indian bowlers kept a tight leash on the Black Caps restricting them for 132 and then reaching the target in only 17.3 overs.

"We certainly felt that the pitch was getting slower and slower when we were batting. It got harder and harder to bat as the game progressed. We needed one of the top three-four to bat majority of the innings. We weren't able to get partnerships to add up the total," Guptill told reporters after his team lost their second successive T20 International.

The surface was slower compared to the first game where New Zealand scored 203.

"It was a slightly different wicket. Earlier on, it was coming nicely. Colin (Munro) and I were off to a reasonable start. We lost momentum thereafter the sixth over, and we had to sort of rebuild from there," he said.

The target was not a tough one to chase down admitted Guptill.

"We probably knew we were light on runs. But we had to try and defend that, and get early wickets upfront. Thought the bowlers did well in the front six overs, we needed more wickets after Virat got out. Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul batted very well and we were not able to break that partnership," he added.

Guptill and Colin Munro put up 48 for the opening stand after 80 in the first game.

"Our role in the team is to be aggressive and we go out there to do that. One of us would have been good to bat 15 overs to set the innings up and have guys bat around us. It was not supposed to be today and we have time to try to do that in the next game and do a better performance," he added.

When asked what total would have been optimal on such a slow wicket, he replied, "I thought maybe 170 would have been alright. But obviously we were way off. India bowled very well tonight and bowled as straight as possible. There were a lot of dot balls tonight and that impacted our innings."

Guptill was all praise for Jasprit Bumrah's versatility at the death.

"Lot of swing and misses. We were trying but we were facing one of the best death bowlers in the world (Bumrah). It is tough to get him away at the end."

The opener felt that India once again out-batted them on a difficult track.

"They played very well, as hard as they did the other night. They built partnerships to put pressure on us. We were not able to do that and got out-batted tonight. India have got some great players and match-winners. It is hard for the boys to go out there and try their best. Sometimes you come up short," Guptill further added.

Defending a target is an onerous job at Eden Park due to its small size and peculiar dimension.

"It's just one of those grounds where it is very hard to defend. We have seen it in a number of games. We got 240 versus Australia and we lost. It is just hard to defend runs on here and we bat first a lot here. We put up totals a lot of the days and other days we might have done it, but on this particular day we were not able to pull through," Guptill signed off.

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