New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor has admitted that it was easier to bat in the rainy conditions during the first Twenty20 International against the West Indies in Dominica.
Persistent rain kept on cutting the game down and in the end, New Zealand walked away with a 12-run win via the Duckworth-Lewis method.
“It’s probably easier from the batting perspective when the ball is skidding on a bit,” Taylor said. “West Indies had to bowl with a ball being like soap and [got] it changed two-three times. I don’t think I’ve ever played in a game like that. There was a big crowd and hopefully they got their money’s worth.”
Taylor also conceded that New Zealand were getting worried by the 88-run partnership between Darren Bravo and Andre Fletcher.
However, the 30-year-old lauded pace bowlers Trent Boult and Tim Southee for getting the Blackcaps back into the game.
“We had plans and the plans came off. I think the way Timmy and Boulty executed those were outstanding,” Taylor said. “We started off very well but through the middle, they started getting partnerships and we were starting to get on the back foot. It looked like we could be chasing 150-155 off 18 overs on that wicket . It could have been very tough, specially with the rain around and Duckworth-Lewis. We’ll take a lot of positives from that and hopefully, we can do the same tomorrow regardless of whether we are batting or bowling first.”
Meanwhile, Fletcher was disappointed that his partnership with Bravo did not surpass the triple figure mark.
“At first we decided not to panic,” Fletcher said. “After the rain, we decided in the first three to see if we can get up to 50 runs and, after that, take it up to eight runs an over and see if we can get some big overs. It worked out and we just hope that tomorrow, we are not in a position when too many wickets fall early but if I do get a bat then I can continue the great form.”