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IND vs NZ: Mohammed Shami and Mohammed Siraj had been relentless when it comes to traces and lengths, says Tom Latham

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New Zealand skipper Tom Latham stated that Mohammed Shami and Mohammed Siraj had been relentless when it comes to their traces and lengths and did not give the guests any scoring alternatives. Shami was the participant of the match as India wrapped up the collection in Raipur on Sunday.

New Delhi,UPDATED: Jan 22, 2023 08:16 IST

Shami was adjudged the participant of the match for his efficiency on Sunday (Courtesy: AP)

By India Today Web Desk: New Zealand skipper Tom Latham stated Mohammed Shami and Mohammed Siraj had been relentless when it comes to the traces and lengths they bowled within the second ODI as India gained the match by eight wickets.

The Indian bowlers had a subject day as they ran by the New Zealand batting lineup with relative ease. The Kiwis had been 15 for 5 at one stage as Shami and Siraj did all of the injury early on.

A 51 from captain Rohit Sharma and a 40 not out from Shubman Gill sealed the collection for the hosts on Saturday. Shami was adjudged because the Player of the match for his efficiency in Raipur.

Speaking after the loss, as quoted by PTI, Latham stated that the Indian tempo duo had been relentless when it comes to their traces and lengths and gave the guests nothing to attain from.

“Anytime that Siraj and Shami are in the side – they’re obviously quality bowlers and as I said they were both relentless in terms of the lines and lengths they bowled and they gave us nothing to score from.”

“Fortunately for them, it was their day and unfortunately for us, we weren’t able to absorb enough pressure and put that back on them.” said Latham.

“When you get bowled out for just over a 100 obviously makes things pretty difficult. Unfortunately it was just one of those days where everything India did turned their way and that’s the game of cricket we play. Fingers crossed that we can turn things around in the next game.”

When asked about the mindset of the New Zealand batters after Rohit Sharma had put them into bat, Latham said that the aim was to build partnerships, which they ultimately failed to do. The skipper said that it is tough to make a comeback when the team is bundled out for just over hundred runs.

“I think just build partnerships. That’s something we pride ourselves on as a batting unit – building partnerships and obviously at the top, we weren’t able to do that. “Mitch (Santner) and Michael Bracewell managed to build a little partnership, and then Glenn (Phillips) and Santner did the same but as I said when you’re bowled out for a hundred, it’s tough to come back from there,” stated Latham.

One of the positives for New Zealand has been Michael Bracewell, who has tried to tackle the Indian bowlers in each matches. While Bracewell didn’t repeat his heroics in Hyderabad throughout the second ODI, Latham was impressed by what he noticed.

“Everyone has their plans and the approach they would like to go with and obviously Brace is an attacking player. He plays at his best when he takes the game on and for him he obviously thought that was the best option in terms of how to play.”

“The way he came out and the intent he showed was outstanding. So, for us, I’m sure he would have liked to go a little bit longer. But, as I said, everyone has got their own plans and the approaches they like to play with.”

“For us, it’s just about trying to adapt to conditions as quick as possible. We got another opportunity in a couple of days’ time. Hopefully, we can adapt as quick as possible,” stated Latham.

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Jan 22, 2023

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