“We should have put up a better performance although we know it is a challenge in India.” – Kane Williamson Getty Images

Hoping to be fully fit for the the series-ending third and final Test against India, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson on Friday said that although the conditions have been tough his team should have put up a better show. “I am feeling better now. I am certainly very hopeful of playing on Saturday. I can say I am getting better each day,” said Williamson whose viral infection-induced absence weakened the visitors batting significantly in the second game at Kolkata. Live cricket scorecard: India vs New Zealand, 3rd Test

“We should have put up a better performance although we know it is a challenge in India. At the same time we need to play our best cricket. If we can put up our best we can get a result in our favour in this part of the world,” said New Zealand’s top batsman, who made 75 and 25 in the series opener at Kanpur before missing the second game in Kolkata. Williamson, who is hopeful of able to choose from a full squad for the series finale, felt the team should have crossed the 300 mark in the first innings of both the lost games.

“In the last two games we could have pushed that first innings total to nearer 300, the 240- 250 score needed to be 300- 350,” he said. New Zealand made 262 and 236 at Kanpur and followed them with even smaller totals of 204 and 197 at the Eden Gardens. ALSO READ: VVS Laxman: India s ascent to the pinnacle an all-round team effort

“The 300 mark in the first or second innings seems to be pretty effective and batsmen who have got to 80, or about that score, seem to have made significant contributions,” he said while reflecting on the small totals scored so far by both the teams. “So far we have seen two pretty different kinds of cricket surfaces. It s not easy in this part of the world. They are working hard. The conditions are different,” he explained.

He conceded that Indian pace bowlers Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who misses the last game due to injury picked up in the Kolkata game, outshone his own pace attack by using the old ball effectively. “I certainly know both are very good bowlers. In the last game the seam bowlers made a bigger impact. We did not know coming here that reverse swing would be quite effective. They exploited reverse swing better than us. Also read – Wriddhiman Saha: India s MVP in Test cricket

“In this part of the world they exploit the conditions better than anyone. We certainly hope we can turn it around in this game,” he added.