Indian batsmen hurt us but we will fight back: New Zealand's BJ Watling

New Zealand's BJ Watling says Shikhar Dhawan (98) and Ajinkya Rahane (118) played well and have made prospects tough for his side.

updated: February 15, 2014 15:26 IST
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Wellington: New Zealand wicketkeeper-batsman BJ Watling admitted that a long, hard battle lies ahead of their batsmen in the second Test against India after the visitors took a formidable 246-run first innings lead, riding on Ajinkya Rahane's maiden Test ton here on Sunday.

"It was not really an ideal day for us. We got ourselves into situations where, if we had taken another wicket or two, we could have been chasing 100 or 150. Obviously, it was a disappointing result in the end but we have still got three days to grind it out here. The pitch is definitely looking a lot better to bat on," Watling said at the end of second day's play. (Day 2 report)

"Credit must go to their batsmen. (Shikhar) Dhawan obviously played really well at the top and got them off to a good start and (Ajinkya) Rahane's hundred was pretty good. He played very well. Then, (MS) Dhoni's counter-attack hurt us and that partnership was probably the difference between an okay day and a good day for them. If we had taken a wicket there, we could have been right in the hunt," Watling added, summing up the day for the two teams. (Also read: Rahane thanks Sachin, Rahul)

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