Loss hurts but proud of my team, says Taylor

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Published: Monday, September 3, 2012, 18:32 [IST]
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Loss hurts but proud of my team: Taylor

Bangalore, Sep 3: Stating that the loss in the second Test "hurts", New Zealand captain Ross Taylor said he was still proud of his team for the way they played at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.

New Zealand bowlers bowled their heart out when India chased 261. But they ran into Virat Kohli and India captain MS Dhoni, who guided the team home in a tricky chase on the fourth day, Monday.

Speaking after the five-wicket loss, with that the series 0-2, Taylor said: "There was a lot of moments during the game. If we're brutally honest, we would have liked to score a few more runs in that first innings to put pressure on India. We'd like to have restricted them to a few less. I wouldn't put it down to just one little moment. It was just we lost the Test match over time."

He added: "It didn't spin as much as Hyderabad. We were disappointed with the way we played in Hyderabad. We wanted to show some fight and courage. I thought the effort from the team was outstanding in this match, but obviously still disappointed in the loss. It still hurts, but still proud of the team."

"India had to get I think their fourth or 5th highest run chase ever. We tried our best, it still hurts but hopefully we can improve from this."

Taylor had scored a century in the first innings but that knock went in vain. Kohli too had hit a hundred in the first innings and added a half century in the second essay.

On whether New Zealand bowler lacked intensity after India were five down, Taylor gave credit to Kohli and Dhoni.
"I'm not sure. The bowlers tried their heart out. They bowled a lot of overs in a short period of time. You have to give credit to (Virat) Kohli and (MS) Dhoni, they batted very well."


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