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ODI series win in Santner's sights

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 22/10/2016

Mitchell Santner © Getty Images Mitchell Santner New Zealand's first ODI win in India for 13 years isn't enough for Black Caps allrounder Mitchell Santner - he's keen to wrap up the whole series.

After slumping to a six-wicket loss in the first ODI in Dharamsala, the New Zealanders levelled the five-match series with a tense six-run victory in Delhi early on Friday (NZT).

Santner says the win has given the team a timely boost ahead of the third ODI in Mohali on Sunday.

"It's been a few games here, and we haven't done as well as we would have liked," he said.

"It was a good performance but there's room to improve, probably in all aspects, so hopefully we can win the series."

The Black Caps are keen to shake off memories of the 3-0 Test whitewash leading into the one-day series, but while their fielding was outstanding in Delhi, and the bowling solid, Santner says the batting again was found wanting.

Skipper Kane Williamson's 118 off 128 balls was the Black Caps' first century of the tour, but a late collapse left them defending a sub-par 242-9.

"With the bat, I think we didn't finish as well as we could have," Santner said.

"On a slow wicket like that, it's quite tough to get started and we lost our way a little bit.

"We lost too many wickets, and it was tough to build a partnership with the slow nature of the surface."

On the plus side, however, Santner said the Black Caps had shown real grit in digging in for the win even though they hadn't been at their best.

"To get across the line when we weren't playing the perfect game is something pretty cool we can take into the next game.

"There's that confidence that if we can play a that little bit better, we can win again."

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