Colombo, March 30 (IANS) After their five-wicket loss to Sri Lanka in the World Cup semifinal Tuesday, New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori said the island nation will be tough to beat in the April 2 final in Mumbai.
Vettori reckoned that the conditions at the Wankhede Stadium will suit Sri Lanka, who beat them convincingly in a group match there.
“They will be tough to beat in Mumbai. It is going to be a day-night affair and the pitch will suit them. We lost to them badly there. Their bowling attack is very effective,” said Vettori.
The Black Caps were nicely placed at 161 for 4 in 39 overs but lost quick wickets to fold up for 217 in 48. 5 overs. Vettori said the they failed to capitalise on the good start.
“We set up a great start but we lost too many wickets at the end. We scrapped hard today. The top order really set it up but we missed out by not capitalising on that. I think that’s where we lost the game.”
The left-arm spinner, however, praised his boys for taking New Zealand to their sixth World Cup semifinal.
“We have been an outstanding fielding side all through the tournament. We fought hard but it wasn’t enough today.”
Vettori, who will step down after the tournament, said he is comfortable with his decision.
“I thoroughly enjoyed the tournament. Captaincy is something that comes and goes.”