New Zealand cricketer Tim Seifert is known for hitting the ball in different areas of the ground, but the wicket-keeper batsman feels that having a lot of shots can sometimes lead to downfall as well. Seifert had missed a scoop last year at Eden Park against Chris Jordan. The English bowler expected the scoop shot to come and bowed a wide yorker away from Siefert’s reach. The Kiwi player said he learned from those mistakes, adding that the batsmen should actually play the “360 degree” shot if there had been a few point balls.
“360 can play [degrees] – sometimes a lot of shots go through your head, which can also be a downfall. So I think it was a great learning experience that I got off to a good start, but I didn’t really push through it, “ESPNcricinfo quoted Seifert.
“So it’s just a matter of standing still and reacting. You know when to take those shots, like tonight (Sunday) there were a few dot balls that were piling up, so I knew this was the right time and the right option , ”he added.
Seifert’s unbeaten 84-run knockout had helped New Zealand take an untouchable 2-0 lead in the three-game streak after Tim Southee’s four-wicket swipe.
The right-handed batsman said he was just one good ball away from shooting on all cylinders against Pakistan in the second T20I. He admitted that the Kiwis innings were in the middle for a while, but it took one good ball to unleash the beast in him.
“There was an awkward short period in which Kane [Williamson] came inside. But, you know in T20 cricket, if you’re just riding that wave, the tough short period can only be one or two overs. Then you get a good ball out of the middle – that gets your innings going, ”said Seifert.
In the chase of 164, New Zealand got off to a quick start when openers Martin Guptill and Seifert scored 35 runs in just 21 balls.
However, Pakistan came back strongly when Faheem Ashraf sent out Guptill (21) in the fourth of the innings.
Skipper Williamson then joined the middle of Seifert, but that did not let the momentum for the hosts fall.
Midway through, New Zealand sat comfortably at 91/1, with just 73 runs away from the win. Ultimately, Williamson and Seifert led Kiwis to a nine-wicket victory over Pakistan.
New Zealand and Pakistan are now closing horns in the dead rubber on Tuesday.
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