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Brendon McCullum admits they were expecting 340-350 target

Talal Dar - 31-01-2016 - View: 415

The New Zealand captain praised the bowlers who restricted the Pakistani side to 290

Brendon McCullum admits they were expecting 340-350 target

The captain of the New Zealand One-Day International (ODI) team Brendon McCullum has said that they were expecting 340-350 runs target from Pakistan when they were 215/3 in 31 overs but then they had a batting collapse and were bowled out for 290.

The captain had missed few games due to the injury and stand-in captain Kane Williamson had led the side in his absence. McCullum also praised the captaincy of Williamson and said that he would be a great leader in the future after McCullum's retirement.

McCullum said that they got a lot of confidence when their bowlers restricted the Pakistani side less than 300 and their batsmen Kane Williamson and Martin Guptill played very well to set up the victory. Both scored 84 and 82 respectively while chasing the target.

The skipper also said that Pakistan were unlucky as it started raining and when the game becomes short, the batting side takes the advantage. They were given a new target of 263 off 43 overs when the rain came and they were able to chase it in the last over.

McCullum also congratulated the Pakistani team for giving a great fight and taking them to the wire. If rain had not come Pakistan may have bowled them out but rain reduced New Zealand's target and even though the overs were reduced, the equation favoured the hosts.

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