Wellington: India fought hard but fell short by 40 runs in a massive run-chase in the first Test against New Zealand last week. The fight which the visitors put up makes opener Shikhar Dhawan believe things will get better for the team in the second and final game which begins here today.

“It was very sad to lose the match, and especially so close: we lost by just 40 runs. But we took positives from that game. Yes, we were disappointed for a bit, but then we overcame those things. There is always a new day. So, we started working hard again and focussed on the positive things. We are confident of playing good cricket in this Test,” Dhawan said yesterday.

Shikhar Dhawan
Shikhar Dhawan. Pic/ AFP

Talking about his approach on a pitch that is predicted to support fast bowlers heavily, Dhawan said: “I will play according to how the pitch is. In the previous match, we bowled them out for 100-odd. We have got very good fast bowlers who can repeat that same thing to get them out again on a low score. It is possible. The most important thing is to keep our basics strong in both batting and bowling. We have been a good fielding side and we just need to keep the intensity up,” he said. Dhawan also emphasised that India are rebuilding, and as a result, they have struggled.

“We have been doing well as a team, but unfortunately we end up on the losing side. It is a new team, young players who have got only five-six matches under their belt. It takes a bit of time to settle down,” he explained.