Champions Trophy 2013: Brendon McCullum hails ‘tremendous’ bowlers

Champions Trophy 2013: Brendon McCullum hails the efforts of his bowlers after New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by one wicket

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
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New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum (right) Photo: The Sport Review

Brendon McCullum hailed the “tremendous effort” of his bowlers after New Zealand secured a one-wicket victory against Sri Lanka in the Champions Trophy.

The Kiwis dismissed Sri Lanka for 138 in 37.5 overs after Mitchell McClenaghan took four wickets to help the Black Caps take the advantage in Cardiff.

In response, Nathan McCullum top scored with 32 runs as he helped New Zealand secure a victory in the opening Champions Trophy match.

“I’m incredibly happy to get the points, our record against hasn’t been great against Sri Lanka but our bowlers and fielders were outstanding,” said the New Zealand captain.

“Obviously we panicked with the bat but the wicket was stopping a bit and with their bowlers it was always going to be tough, but in the end all’s well that ends well.

“We made a pretty early assessment it was not going to be a 270-plus wicket, more 170, so I thought 138 was a tremendous effort from the bowlers and the reason we won today.”

Nathan McCullum also praised the role of his captain in the one-wicket victory over Sri Lanka.

“Brendon has been around a lot longer than me, he’s the senior partner. He was just guiding us through, letting me play quite freely,” he added.

“It’s a massive boost to win the first game, as opposed to what it could have been had we gone down today. Hopefully it will put us in good stead for the next couple of games.

“Things become difficult as pressure comes on, 140 seemed like 300 at one stage.”

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