MUMBAI, Dec 6, (Asia Free Press): India beats New Zealand with a massive margin of 372 runs in their 2nd test match at the Wankhede Stadium after Indian bowlers thoroughly battered NZ batters in their first inning by scoring only 62.
The top-ranked test side folded in a little over three days on a spin-friendly track by a considerable margin; it is their biggest defeat by runs, eclipsing the 358-run thumping against South Africa in Johannesburg 2007, Reuters reported.
After a massive defeat, the stand-in skipper of NZ team Tom Latham hoped there were lessons to be learned for the young players in the team.
“One of those things in cricket where everything you do does not tend to work,” Latham, who led the side in the absence of the injured Kane Williamson, told reporters.
“The way we were able to come in the second innings and guys sort of change their gameplans a little bit and put a little bit more pressure on the bowlers (but) as we know in India, the longer you go, the harder it gets to bat.” The acting skipper told in a press conference.
“Left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel, batter Will Young and all-rounder Rachin Ravindra were part for the first time in this kind of cricket, but they played very well throughout the series, and this is good for our future,” said Latham.
In addition, Latham said, “It is great for the depth of New Zealand cricket to have more exposure in these conditions. The more you play in this part of the world, the more you sort of learning and can grow your game”.