01 October 2012 - 08:58pm IST
by Anand Vasu in Pallekele
Ross Taylor was understandably gutted after New Zealand were knocked out of the ICC World Twenty20 2012 without winning a single game in the Super Eights. However, Taylor was gracious enough to give credit where it was due and accept that his team had not played as well as they should have.
“We gave it our best, but at times we didn’t execute as we would have liked,” said Taylor. “We lost key moments in the game against Sri Lanka and again here today.”
Taylor had a good game personally, hitting a 40-ball 62 in the Twenty20-over match and then excelling in the Super Over. “It means a lot more when you win. When you lose it’s not quite the same,” said Taylor. “I felt in good nick, I just haven’t gone on. Today it was nice to put in a performance that got us close, although not close enough. We just kept losing wickets at key times."
When New Zealand set out to defend a target in the Super Over, they knew that West Indies had only to get 17 to go past the line, having scored more boundaries in the game. But, as Taylor pointed out, it didn’t come down to that. “Gayle won the game in the first two balls. When the first ball is a no-ball and goes for a six you’re on the back foot straight away,” said Taylor. “From there on the pressure was all on Tim (Southee) and they got there with a ball to spare.”
Taylor also said that luck played no more a part in the Super Over than it did in any other part of the game. “No, luck doesn’t come into it, I think execution comes into it,” said Taylor. “There’s a bit of luck that goes into everything you do, but there’s a lot of training and thought that goes into all aspects of the game. It just wasn’t our day.”
If Taylor was gutted, Darren Sammy, the West Indies captain, was just happy that his team was still in the tournament. “It was a much better bowling display for us and good that we got the result that we wanted,” said Sammy. “Eighteen runs with Chris batting, it is always possible. We back Chris to clear the boundary. Six runs off a no-ball was just a perfect start. When games get so tight the true West Indies celebrations come out. We can really dance. We have no difficulty doing that.”
Sunil Narine, who only conceded 20 runs in four vital overs that yielded three wickets, spoke about how he enjoyed bowling in tight situations. “It is difficult in pressure situations but with the captain behind me anything is possible and I just have to concentrate on what I am capable of doing,” said Narine, who was named Man of the Match. “You come to enjoy it and try to make a mark on the game. I am just enjoying the moment.”