Thoughts to take away from Blackcaps loss

Despite the loss, many positives can be taken from yesterdays performance out on the park against Sri Lanka.

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Luke Ronchi proved once again that he is the man to bat in the crucial No.7 spot for the Blackcaps.

Despite not staying in as long as he needed to, Corey Anderson appears to be getting more and more comfortable as an allrounder batsmen who is expected to bat the Blackcaps out of match-losing situations.

Grant Elliot looked steady but eventually fell to a trap set by the Sri Lankans.

Disappointingly, Elliot lost his wicket playing the encouraged high cut shot that that Sri Lankan bowlers were wanting.

Perhaps most pleasing for Blackcaps fans however was the long awaited good performance with the bat by Daniel Vettori last night in Wellington.

His style has never been pleasing on the eye, but the boundaries were found with some beautiful timing of the shots and brave but controlled walking across the wickets.

While it would be a stretch to say Vettori is back in form with both the ball or the bat, the performance given the situation of the Blackcaps run chase was encouraging.

Vettori didn’t need to play the aggressive role batting alongside Ronchi, but chose to take it to the Sri Lankan bowlers anyway, the sign of a batsmen with experience and confidence about his game despite what recent results would suggest.

Vettori does need to start taking wickets however, his form with the ball since returning to the Blackcaps has been sub par at best.

However, major concern needs to be had surrounding the form of Martin Guptill.

Guptill’s golden duck was his second of the series, and barring his performance at Eden Park, Guptill has looked like a batsmen who doesn’t have his bearings out in the middle.

Replays using hotspot clearly showed an inside edge, either from the ball or a brush against the pad, but Guptill didn’t review and looked to be perplexed about what had just happened.

Guptill does hold the record for the Blackcaps highest ever ODI score of 189 not out against England, but that isn’t now and it certainly doesn’t appear to be helping the cause with his current form.

Guptill now heads into the Pakistan series under some serious pressure to perform, and perform he must.

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