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Kane Williamson said that although the conditions were tough to be played, he is not considering them as an excuse for his side’s poor performance PTI

Visitors New Zealand could not come up with a stellar show as they were beaten convincingly by hosts India by 53 runs in the first of the three-match T20I series at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi on Wednesday. Following the match, with was mostly shadowed by Ashish Nehra’s retirement match, New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson hailed the Indians, who outplayed them to draw first blood in the series. Williamson said that although the conditions were tough to be played, he is not considering them as an excuse for his side’s poor performance, who were especially poor while fielding, as they dropped catches. He also went on to praise the Indian pace duo of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah, calling them the most consistent bowlers in world cricket for now. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs New Zealand 2017-18, 1st T20I at Delhi

On the reason for defeat

“The conditions are tough to prepare but given the experience within our side, we’re certainly not using that as an excuse. Most of the time when you come here and play in the evening, there’s dew as there is on a number of other grounds that guys have played at. Not going to sugarcoat it but we were below par and came up against what is a very good Indian side that played very well in all the areas,” said Williamson during the post-match press conference, as reported by PTI.

“Like I mentioned, we were outplayed in all the areas, fielding included, which is something we pride ourselves on and something we need to be much better at in Twenty20 cricket. That made the difference as we saw today that proved to be vital in a lot of ways. Guys went on to score big scores for their side in the Indian team and 200 on that surface was a very big total.

On the Indian pace duo of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah

“I guess the other side of that coin is when the bowling side is on top and they’re able to hit the wicket and use the surface like we saw Bumrah and the others in their bowling attack, which was very difficult. We’ve seen Bhuvi and Bumrah throughout not just the one-dayers, but for a long time in the IPL. I’ve been fortunate to play with Bhuvi and against Bumrah and they re the most consistent bowlers in world cricket.”

On New Zealand being under pressure from the start

“We were under pressure pretty much from the word go. Losing early wickets puts you on the backfoot and on the surface, it was stopping and turning. Trying to accelerate the run rate when you are under pressure is not an easy task. That was the nature of the batting innings. We were never able to get momentum in our batting against them to try and get close to the total. Every time we attempted to increase the run rate, we lost wickets. A lot of it is our fault and then India bowled very well as well so the combination of that certainly did not allow us to get close to the total.”