Mumbai, March 19 (IANS) New Zealand stand-in skipper Ross Taylor said their 112-run loss to Sri Lanka will dent the team’s confidence but hoped to take positives from the game ahead of the knockout stage.
“The confidence would take a dent but we still played some good cricket over the last couple of days. We still got to think positively. We have got some days before the quarterfinals and once we get to know the opponents and we can focus,” Taylor said in the post match conference.
“We just got to train hard and not make the same mistakes. Against Australia, it was the pace bowling that put us on the backfoot and in this match it was spin. I don’t think we need to dwell too much on it and we have to pick ourselves,” he said.
Taylor praised Sri Lanka skipper Kumar Sangakkara, who struck his maiden World Cup century, and Mahela Jayawardene but complimented his bowlers for restricting them to 265 despite losing Hamish Bennett, who strained his calf and left the field midway.
“Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene led with the bat but losing Hamish Bennett we lost a little bit of fire power during the middle stages. The way the team came back and restricted them with a bowler down wasn’t really easy. But we kept losing crucial wickets while chasing.”
Taylor said it is not only the spin but also the pitch which troubled the batsmen.
“It is not only spinners but the way the pitch played — there was a lot more dew than expected. I thought they bowled really well, I didn’t think that there was lot of turn out there, but there was inconsistent bounce and the ball was skidding,” he said.
“I thought they bowled really well. We needed to keep wickets in hand.”
On the controversial catch of Mahela Jayawardene off Nathan McCullum, Taylor said :
“I didn’t see the catch, I only saw it live. From upstairs it seemed to be it carried but the third umpire had other things to judge. When you generally think you had the catch you obviously are going to show natural aggression and disappointment.
“At the end of the day, you have the technology and if technology is not right then not use it.”
Taylor said the team is drawing strength from the return of their key bowlers skipper Daniel Vettori and Kyle Mills, who are recovering from injuries.
“Dan is coming out well and so is Kyle. We got a couple of days to know who we are playing and they will get that rest,” he said.