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NZ must learn quickly: Williamson

NZ captain Kane Williamson expects his team to learn quickly from their first Test defeat to India.
NZ must learn quickly: Williamson
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New Zealand cricket captain Kane Williamson expects his team to learn quickly from their 197-run defeat to India in the first Test in Kanpur.

India are in prime position to push for a series victory when the second Test begins in Kolkata on Friday, but Williamson has seen some encouraging signs for New Zealand.

"For a number of players it's their first time batting in these sorts of conditions and there'll be a lot of lessons learnt," he said.

"Looking to apply the skills that worked for a period of time, being able to do that for a lot longer - which is what the Indian players do - is very important."

He said the main goal for the Black Caps was to improve their consistency across five days, something they struggled with in the first Test.

"On the scorecard it looks like a biggish defeat, but there were a couple of moments where the game turned slightly more in their favour," Williamson said.

"The back end of our first innings with the bat, and certainly when we bowled in the second innings there was probably a three-hour period where we didn't bowl very well and they got away from us."

Ravi Ashwin finished with a 10-wicket match haul, collecting 6-32 in the second innings as the hosts were made to work unexpectedly hard on the final morning.

Although the Kiwis' fifth-wicket pair of Luke Ronchi (80) and Mitchell Santner (71) took their stand to 102, the tourists lost their last five wickets for only 42 runs.

Resuming on 4-93 in an improbable pursuit of 434 on a worn but slow pitch, Ronchi and Santner batted with increasing comfort against India's two finger spinners Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja.

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