Black Caps use the sweep to good effect against India
New Zealand’s experienced batsman Ross Taylor reveals that he adviced batsman Tom Latham to employ the sweep and the reverse-sweep to unsettle the Indian spinners.
Kewis chased down the 281 target set by India with six wickets and one over to spare. Tom Latham scored an unbeaten 103 while Taylor himself scored 95.
The pair added 200 runs between them to dominate the India spinners. Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal bowled 20 overs and gave away 125 runs and captured only one wicket between them.
"With the sweep shot we were able to put pressure on the spinners and forced them to adjust their lengths. I thought he (Latham) did that outstandingly well. I told him to reverse sweep and he did it, and he kept doing it," Taylor said at the post-match press conference.
"Being able to rotate the strike in the right-left combination with Tom, I think you have got to give credit to Gup (Guptill) and Munners (Munro). They set the platform for us and we were able to rotate the strike and take it deep and then we knew we were in a good position in the game," Taylor added.
"Through those middle stages in the past, you take up a far too many dot balls so made a conscious effort of being a bit more busier at the crease, work on a few shots and open up the off side. Tom and I got some runs in the warm-up game and it was nice to bring that form into Wankhede," Taylor said.