New Zealand are what you call a limited overs’ side. The fewer the overs, the more they party. Put them against anything more than twenty overs, it's a long-term commitment.
The Kiwis do not have attention spans – while Mendis continued to intimidate, one bloke from the Kiwi support staff tried to educate a dumb mate on Mendis’ craft. You could tell it was taxing. That poor player’s head was about to explode. At least mine was, just watching him on the brink.
Meanwhile Elliot was working to save humanity, he played a Mendis maiden. Brendon McCullum was playing to impress big brother Nathan.
Nathan hatched a first ball duck, clearly the family reunion not working.
There is one solution for Kiwi cricket, import. Not from India, but the ICL.
Look at Shane Bond, even at half mast, he works. Bring back Parore, McMillan, Cairns. At least they played filthy. Cairns will deliver Dinesh Mongia, that should fix things.
Hell, Vettori failed, that’s 140 runs short straight away. What could have been had he scored – the Kiwis winning by 40 runs even while batting second.
But he’s not Denial Vettori for nothing. The best number eight in middle earth.