Tim Southee, New Zealand Bowler
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Tim Southee-led New Zealand National Cricket Team lost the first T20 International match of the three-match T20 Internationals series against Rohit Sharma-led India National Cricket Team by 5 wickets on Wednesday, November 17 at Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur.

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson opted out of the T20I series to take some rest and focus on the two-match Test series and Southee was given the responsibility to lead the team. Losing the toss and batting first New Zealand were able to post 164 runs on the board with Martin Guptill being the top run-getter for the team with 70 runs under his belt.

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Chasing the target Indian skipper Rohit Sharma started off aggressive and added two half-century partnerships, one with KL Rahul and the other with Suryakumar Yadav who too smashed sensational 62 runs.

In the end, India lost quick wickets and looked in slight trouble but Rishabh Pant smashed a boundary to finish off the match.

It Was A Game Of Fine Margins – Tim Southee

IND vs NZ 2021: We Played Our Best Cricket And Took It Deep – Tim Southee After 5-Wicket Defeat Against India
Tim Southee and Kane Williamson. (Credits: Twitter)

During the post-match presentation, New Zealand skipper Tim Southee said that they played their best cricket and took the game till the very last over. He said:

You always want to come out on the right side of the result. We played our best cricket and took it deep.”

Southee also lauded middle-order batsman Mark Chapman who scored 63 runs and said that they were able to post a good score on the board batting first. He also praised Mitchell Santner for his outstanding performance. He asserted:

Mark Chapman hasn’t played a lot of cricket of late, and to play the way he played was very pleasing to the side. It was a game of fine margins. It was a good score, we wanted to start well with the ball but we did well to claw back in the middle and obviously Mitch Santner was outstanding with the ball and to take it deep and take it to the last over a guess that was a positive as well.”

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IND vs NZ 2021: We Played Our Best Cricket And Took It Deep – Tim Southee After 5-Wicket Defeat Against India
Tim Southee. (Credits: Twitter)

Tim Southee further added that it’s always tough for the players to play on different grounds. Speaking about handing over the ball to Daryl Mitchell in the 20th over Southee said that he has been doing a lot of training and wanted to bowl but the team didn’t leave enough runs for him to defend.

Southee signed off by showering praise on opening batsman Martin Guptill who played an amazing 70 runs knock. He elaborated:

It’s always tough with different grounds and stuff like that but we set high expectations ourselves, a little bit off in the field and it’s an area we pride ourselves on and that we have been very good at in the last few months. It’s always tough, Daryl has got a lot of training and always want to bowl but probably didn’t leave him enough runs in the end. Guptill played nicely, Santner showed his class as well.”

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