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Brendon McCullum delighted with New Zealand’s performance

Brendon McCullum lavished praise on his teammates after New Zealand’s second consecutive win in the One Day International (ODI) series against India.

“Yeah, it was a good performance. It was outstanding to get the total we did, and that too in a reduced game. We needed all those runs against India’s packed batting,” said McCullum.

New Zealand, put in by India, scored 271 for seven in 42 overs in a restricted game that was held up twice due to rain for nearly two hours. Kane Williamson was the top scorer with 77, and ex-skipper Ross Taylor’s 57, his second consecutive half-century in the series.

Set a rain-revised daunting target of 297 in 42 overs, India riding on some stellar show by Virat Kohli (78) and Dhoni (56) came tantalisingly close and reached 277 for nine in 41.3 overs as rain interrupted again for the third time. Later, the victory margin was revised to 15 runs in favour of New Zealand.

Fast bowler Tim Southee got four for 72 while Corey Anderson got three for 67. Anderson also did well with the bat blasting 44 off 17 balls.

McCullum praised Williamson and Taylor for their aggressive batting.

“Prior to the weather I thought the batting was outstanding with Ross and Kane. Then Corey came back in today and showed just how much he has learned at this level to give us that momentum going into the second innings,” said McCullum.

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