4 Feb 2011

Black Caps batsmen have to harden up mentally

8:28 am on 4 February 2011

The New Zealand cricketers are desperate to salvage some pride in tomorrow's 6th and final game of their one day international series against Pakistan at Eden Park having lost by 41 runs in Hamilton last night giving the tourists their first one day series win since 2008.

The Black Caps were on course to achieve their target of 269 with about 8 overs to go, but they lost their last five wickets for 35 runs and were all out for 227.

Stand-in captain Ross Taylor who top scored with 69 says the specialist batsmen need to harden up mentally.

Man of the match was Pakistan's 19 year old opening batsman Ahmed Shezhad whose 115 off 119 balls was his maiden one day century.

The Black Caps leave for the World Cup next Tuesday.