The captain of the New Zealand Cricket Team Brendon McCullum believes that their 281 runs total was good enough to win but the Australian team played well under pressure when they lost six wickets and managed to force the series into the deciding third match.
McCullum had started the innings in a very aggressive fashion as he scored 28 runs off just 12 balls and hit 3 sixes. The other opener Guptill and Kane Williamson played very responsible innings but then they were struggling to reach 250 as they were 205/7.
Even against Pakistan their tail-enders had stood up and once again Mitchell Santner and Adam Milne played brilliant cameo to help them reach 280 plus. But in game against Pakistan it was enough as they had got 70 runs victory after the bowlers restricted the opposition.
In this case their bowlers were doing the right job till Australians lost six wickets for 197, but then Australian lower order batsmen stood up. But still McCullum praised his player, especially Santner, who he called a gun cricketer for contributing with both bat and ball.
McCullum also thanked the crowd for coming out in big numbers and said that they are expecting an even bigger crowd for the last game of the series which would be played in Hamilton, where they had also beaten Pakistan to few days bacl. They are chasing sixth straight series win.