Colin Munro was satisfied with his knock of 33 in the 1st ODI © Getty Images
Colin Munro was satisfied with his knock of 33 in the 1st ODI © AFP

After a spirited performance in the first One-Day International (ODI) of the three-match series against South Africa, New Zealand will be keen to win the second game in order to keep the series alive. Colin Munro who scored a fighting 33 in New Zealand‘s 20-run defeat to South Africa in the ODI-series opener is positive about New Zealand’s scope for improvement in the second ODI. A win for New Zealand win will keep their hopes for as series victory alive. VIDEO: Tom Latham analyses possibilities for New Zealand ahead of 2nd ODI against South Africa

Munro is confident that New Zealand can still enforce a repeat of their history-making ODI series win in South Africa from 2013. “We didn’t play the perfect game the other night but we only just got beaten chasing 300 so everyone’s still pretty upbeat,” Munro was quoted as saying by “We just need to do things a little bit better in the next game and I’m sure we’ll come out on the right side,” he added.

Munro also expressed his pleasure at his score of 33, which he rates as his best ODI innings in his 10 opportunities for New Zealand, but he was disappointed with the way he lost his wicket at a crucial time. “It doesn’t show in the score, but the way I went about my innings was nice and calm and collected,” he said. “To play a rash shot like that at the end was very disappointing.”