WTC Final 2021: Guys Aren't Frightened By A Chase Of 5 Or 6 An Over - James Neesham Says New Zealand Won't Mind "Chasing Anything Between 170-200"

WTC Final 2021: Guys Aren’t Frightened By A Chase Of 5 Or 6 An Over – James Neesham Says New Zealand Won’t Mind “Chasing Anything Between 170-200”

James Neesham
James Neesham (Image Credit: Twitter)

New Zealand limited-overs specialist all-rounder James Neesham opines that Kane Williamson’s side will fancy their chances if they are set a target of around 170-200 runs by India to get in a session-and-a-half (that is about 50 overs) on the final day of the ongoing WTC Final in Southampton.

By stumps on Day 5, India lead by 32 runs and have 8 wickets in hand. James Neesham reckons the Kiwi bowlers may bowl India out on Day 6 (Reserve Day) before the second session, and that would give the Black Caps enough time to go after the win. He feels that the side have a few “stroke-makers” who won’t be unnerved about chasing 5 runs an over, as they normally do in ODI cricket.

Kane Williamson
Kane Williamson bats in the ICC WTC Final. (Photo: Twitter)

“It varies, obviously, throughout the day. You know, you have got 10 wickets in hand so the shorter amount of time you’d have to survive if things [go] wrong is kind of the barrier you think about when chasing a total.

“I think, if they can bowl India out for a lead of somewhere between 170-200 in the second session, there’s certainly some stroke-makers in the New Zealand lineup that can score at 4 or 5 [runs] an over in Test cricket without too much trouble,” James Neesham told Spark Sport. 

“So they’ll be looking at chasing anything around that 170-200 mark in a session-and-a-half which would be around 50 overs and with all the ODI skills that come into the game these days, guys aren’t frightened by a chase of 5 or 6 an over which they probably would have been in Test cricket in the past,” he added.

Tim Southee talks about it a lot: James Neesham

James Neesham, who is England playing in the Blast for Essex, reveals that compatriot pacer Tim Southee is enthusiastic about his six-hitting record. Southee smashed a couple of towering maximums in New Zealand’s first innings in his entertaining and crucial knock of 30 runs.

Tim Southee
Tim Southee. Image Credits: Twitter

He now has smashed 75 sixes in his Test career; there are only two New Zealanders – Chris Cairns (87) and Brendon McCullum(107) – who have hit more Test sixes than Southee.

“Yeah, he talks about it a lot. I think, maybe [Vettori’s] wicket record is out of his reach so he’ll scan around for something he can get. I think he’s 30-odd sixes behind Brendon McCullum for most in the game. He certainly talks about it and he added another couple to the tally today,” Jimmy Neesham stated.

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