Nagpur: New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori on Friday admitted that their World Cup match against defending champions Australia was over as a contest after the Kiwis lost their first six wickets within the opening 20 overs.
"Probably, yes," Vettori replied when asked whether losing too many wickets during the initial period was the reason behind New Zealand's loss in the group A match at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Jamatha near here.
"We made a decent start at 66 for two but then we lost quick wickets which really did the damage. I believe 260-270 would have been a competitive score on this kind of a track but that didn't happen. Nathan McCullum batted well and gave our total a little bit of respectability," the Kiwi skipper said at the post-match press conference.