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BCCI Staff in Mumbai 14 February 2014 - 02:37pm IST

Indian bowlers used conditions well: Williamson

Batsman admits the Indians bowled better lengths than their Kiwi counterparts

After being skittled out for 105 in the second innings of the Auckland Test, New Zealand were dismissed for 192 on Day-one of the Wellington Test. Kane Williamson, who top-scored with 47, credited the Indian bowlers for utilizing the bowler-friendly conditions to great effect.

However, the Kiwi batsman also rued the inability of New Zealand bowlers to do the same and let India end the day at 100 for the loss of merely two wickets.

"I think we missed our lengths a little bit. I think on a surface like that, with the total we had, there is a lot of pressure on our bowling attack to be disciplined enough to put the ball in the area for long enough,” Williamson said. “We missed a little bit but saying that, there still are some runs on the board and we have to come back tomorrow and bowl better."

Williamson also put down the difference in the two teams’ batting performance to the juice and bounce in the wicket in the first session. "They are a very different team with different players, so naturally there are differences in your game plan but I have no doubt that batting first on that track was tough. I guess I saw it first-hand how tough it was. You never felt in on it.

"It's one of those situations where you know that you probably have got a ball with your name on it. That's the nature of the surface. We ended up looking to be positive and runs were more important than time, we felt. As you have seen today, the game is quite a long way developed. And I think if we could pick up those runs which I think we did - I think the approach was good from us after losing those early wickets and being in trouble. It was tough but I guess you just have to accept it and move on and know that it is going to be tough."

The Kiwi batsman gave full marks for the Indian bowlers for sticking to their bowling strategy. "I mean they bowled very well as well," he said. "They sort of picked up where they left off in Auckland. Credit goes to their bowling attack but it would have been nice to scrape a few more but saying that, there's still plenty in the wicket, so if we bowl well, we can restrict them.

"I think looking at it, you probably expected it to be tough. We played on a green one before against West Indies, as green, but they didn't bowl as well as the Indian side, they bowled very short,” referring to their 441 against West Indies in their last Test at this venue.

“It was hard to compare but yes, it was tough, the nature of the surface, the quality of bowling. It sort of seamed around a bit and they got the ball to swing nicely. It was a good challenge for the batting unit and we will have to try and apply that same pressure with the ball tomorrow."

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