Tuesday 1 April 2014 

Video - We Didn't Adapt Quick Enough - McCullum

Watch as New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum admits that his side did not adapt quickly enough during their 59-run defeat to Sri Lanka that knocked them out of the ICC World Twenty20.

After bowling Sri Lanka out for 119, McCullum said he was pleased at the halfway stage, before things went dramatically wrong for the Black Caps.

They were dismissed for just 60, with the seven wickets that fell to bowlers going to spinners Rangana Herath and Sachithra Senanayake (the other two were run outs and Corey Anderson did not bat due to injury).

McCullum says that the pitch in Chittagong was different to what they had expected but they were failed to change their plans accordingly.

"The wicket was completely different (to previous games) to be honest," he said.

"We anticipated it would skid on as it has done right throughout every game that's been played here - and every team that has won a toss has wanted to chase at night as well.

So we expected that to happen... and it was really dry, it was almost under-prepared a little bit, the way it played towards the end, and we didn't adapt our games quick enough, there were some soft dismissals, some poor options, myself included, and we couldn't find the balance between trying to be aggressive enough to give us a start, chasing a small total, and also conserving wickets and try and stem the flow of their momentum.

"And in the end, the team that won and qualified for the semi-finals is a far better team than us."

Trent Boult and Jimmy Neesham both took three wickets for New Zealand as they dismissed Sri Lanka but they were unable to build on their good start.

"One-twenty (120 runs) at half-time - we were really happy, I thought we bowled outstandingly well," McCullum added.

"And it's the most desperate, I think, we've been in the field - I still think we could have been better with the catches and things - but it's the best attitude that I've seen in the field this tournament.

"I said at the start of the tournament that you had to start well - we coughed up a game against South Africa that we should have won - and now tonight at half-time we should have won that game as well.

"We let that opportunity slip, so, hence, we'll be on the plane home tomorrow."

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