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Kane Williamson was impressed overall in the series in the manner it turned out to be competitive IANS

It happened twice in a row when New Zealand, despite coming up with a fighting performance, messed things up in the decider. Meanwhile, skipper Kane Williamson said that the Kiwis were short of their performance when it came to the decider. He opined they were not good enough, also ruing that they are still an improving side in the limited-overs. He was impressed overall with his team’s competitiveness, but was disappointed on the Kiwis falling short of the series-winning performance. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs New Zealand 2017-18, 3rd T20I at Thiruvananthapuram

On where New Zealand were short of winning the series

“In both of them [deciders], we were very good, just not quite good enough. Both of them came down to the last couple of balls and when that is the case it’s such small margins. On a whole as a group we’re trying to constantly improve and we saw that in this series. As a group, we are trying to constantly improve and get better. We have seen that throughout the series but there’s still a long way to go to where we want to be. But we are showing very good signs,” said Williamson during the post-match press conference following the 3rd and final T20I loss at the Greenfield International Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram on Tuesday, as reported by PTI.

“Such a fine line, especially in white ball cricket. We saw that in the entire series and it was a really tough series where both teams played really good competitive cricket. For a lot of games to come out to the last 2-3 balls makes for good watching but just a shame to be on the wrong side.” Virat Kohli impressed by Hardik Pandya’s confidence

On Colin Munro’s performance in the tour

“There were some key contributions throughout. Colin Munro in the second game was outstanding. The bowlers, the spinners in particular, were very good. Collectively the guys went about their business really well. The batting unit has a really nice balance to it.”

On what went wrong in the 3rd T20I

“Naturally, when it gets shortened to eight overs, you can sort of plan prior to going out with eight overs and only having to bowl four bowlers. It kind of means that you are not too fluid in how you are going to operate. So, the guys coming out were essentially playing death in terms of their batting from ball one. So it was more to do with the surface and what we wanted to finish with today but it’s something different because you don’t experience it too much, you get 20 overs each and this is something different. You have to think on your feet.”

“But we certainly know in some conditions, how effective they can be and we saw Colin de Grandhomme throughout the IPL bowl exceptionally well for Kolkata Knight Riders. It is a balancing act on different surfaces. The batting unit has a really nice balance to it but it is just trying to adapt, read the game the best you can and seeing our bowlers adapt well.”

On the Greenfield International Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram

“It is great to come here. It is a brilliant stadium by any standards in the world, amazing stadium and yeah a lot of credit goes to the groundstaff. You couldn’t expect a perfect pitch with so much weather around with moisture and there was some in the surface and it made it challenging. It was still a good game of cricket even though it was only eight overs each to get any cricket at all was really good effort. Was a tricky surface. I knew it was going to be tough and we got very close just shame we couldn’t cross the line.”