Neesham defends New Zealand's efforts with ball


Jimmy Neesham does not think New Zealand could not have done much more against India on the first day of the third Test, which proved another difficult one for the tourists.

The Black Caps are attempting to avoid a 3-0 series whitewash in Indore, hosting Test cricket for the first time, but saw Virat Kohli record a 13th Test century as he and Ajinkya Rahane put on an as yet unbroken fourth-wicket stand of 167.

India closed on 267-3, but all-rounder Neesham defended the Black Caps' efforts with the ball on Saturday, saying: "Keeping the run rate below three was a good achievement. Couple of quick wickets tomorrow and we are still in the game

"I don't know if we could have done it a whole lot different with the ball. We stuck at it well. It was tough work for the seamers.

"There was not a lot of bounce or lateral movement. If you can't get the ball reverse swinging, it's difficult with their quality batsmen

"We started a touch loose, but over the day we kept a lid on the run rate, but Ajinkya and Virat batted well for most of the second half of day. India's honours in the end."