New Zealand's ODI Team Is More Experienced Than The T20 Side: Ross Taylor

Updated - 05 Feb 2020, 08:03 PM

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Ross Taylor. (Credits - Twitter)

Ross Taylor hits his 21st ODI hundred while Henry Nicholls and Tom Latham smashed aggressive half-centuries as New Zealand chased down 348 against India to take a 1-0 lead in the first match of the three-game ODI series in Hamilton on Wednesday. Speaking after the game, Taylor stated that the Kiwis ODI team is better than the T20I side when it comes to handling the pressure.

The match was still in the balance when Nicholls was sensationally run out by Virat Kohli for 78, leaving the hosts at 171/3. But Taylor and skipper Tom Latham added 138 runs for the fourth wicket off 79 deliveries–to put the Kiwis on top.

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Latham fell for 69 but Taylor remained unbeaten on 109* to seal a four-wicket victory with 11 balls to spare.

It’s always nice to win after a clean sweep – Ross Taylor

Speaking of the same, Taylor said their ODI side can deal with pressure situations a lot better than the Twenty20 side. It was what exactly is the reason they could knock down a big target in the series-opener against India.

Taylor scored his 21st hundred as New Zealand grabbed a four-wicket win for a 1-0 lead in the ongoing three-match series.

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“It’s always nice to win after a clean sweep in the T20. Obviously new personnel came in and the loss was not a hang-up for them. I am sure it must have played on their minds little bit, you are human, and towards the end, we lost a couple of wickets,” Taylor said at the post-match press conference.

“But at the same time, the last game was our world cup final and a lot of the guys have played in pressure situations. They are a lot more experienced than the T20 side. So that showed, but it is only one game and lots to go in this series. It is nice to get that monkey off the back,” he said.

It was New Zealand’s first win since India landed in the country with the hosts suffering a humiliating whitewash in the five-match T20 series.

Now, both the teams will travel to Auckland for the second ODI game, which will be played on Saturday (February 8).

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