Tim Southee’s take on first day’s play
The second test match between New Zealand vs Sri Lanka began at the Seddon Park in Hamilton. The Blackcaps won the toss in seemingly helpful bowling conditions but it was not a easy day with the ball for the Kiwis as Sri Lankans were resolute in their batting display. At one stage they were 4-259 but a few jolts towards the end of the day meant that they were stranded at 7-264.
Tim Southee expressed his views about the days’s play and he was convinced that the change in weather had a role to play in the last 3 quick wickets (quotes via ESPNcricinfo)
“When the temperature dropped towards the end of the day, it wasn’t as humid, and then it started swinging more,” Southee said. “I guess it had something to do with the overhead conditions and we made the most of that little period where it clouded over before the rain. Trent’s spell tonight was good.”
Southee added that it was pretty decent outing for the Kiwis on the first day and had the visitors finished the day losing less wickets, they would have ended the day on a higher note.
“I guess we started okay, but probably didn’t use what was in wicket as much as we could have,” he said. “I don’t think we executed to our liking in the first couple of hours. Went past the bat a little bit but didn’t create enough pressure in first session. We clawed our way back in the last half an hour. It’s a lot better than two for whatever at lunch time, when they would have been sitting pretty.”