World Cup 2019
Ross Taylor thanks his lucky stars after narrow New Zealand win
|| CF Correspondent ||
Cricket is a game of inches and Ross Taylor knows better than most just how close New Zealand were to letting their second game slip away.
Kane Williamson, Taylor himself and Jimmy Neesham all endured nervy moments as the Black Caps edged to a two-wicket victory over Bangladesh in their second game of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup at The Oval.
However, all three survived run out scares, and Taylor admitted his team needed a little luck in an entertaining encounter.
He said: “Obviously we were very lucky with the first one with Kane and then I think I was in by one centimetre and I think Jim was in by half a centimetre.
“You know, we talk about innings and that, and it's part and parcel of cricket.
“I always do love batting with Kane, and he's great to be batting with, but we had a bit of luck.
“We were put under pressure, and we came out with the right result and I think that bodes well for the tournament.
“It’s not going to be the last time we’ll be put under pressure in this tournament, and it's nice we got out on the other end with the win, and I'm sure that will bode well when we are put under pressure when we're batting first or batting second.”
It was a landmark game for Taylor, who celebrated his 400th international appearance with a match-winning 82.
And he admitted that it felt more like a game being played away from home than on neutral territory given the huge Bangladeshi support in the crowd.
He said: “Bangladesh fought all the way to the end and I think the way the crowd got into it, I thought at times while we were out there, I thought I was in Dhaka or Chittagong.
“It was amazing to be a part of and I thought just fantastic for the tournament to have such a close game.
“We know what we're going to expect when we go to Dhaka, there are going to be great crowds and great support. But I thought it was fantastic. I thought the way they got behind both teams, that's what World Cups are all about.
“Quite often when you do play a neutral game, there can be a little lull on the crowd, and there were a lot of Kiwis out there that were giving us a lot of support.
“It all bodes well for a good World Cup, and just the game in general. It was played in the right spirit, and you know, it all bodes well for a good tournament.”
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