New Zealand coach Mike Hesson was left ruing his side’s failure to take their chances after the Black Caps’ exit from the Champions Trophy was confirmed on Monday.
The Kiwis were already on the brink of bowing out after a 10-run defeat by England in a rain-reduced 24 overs per side clash in Cardiff on Sunday.
And their fate was sealed when Sri Lanka beat defending champions Australia by 20 runs in Monday’s final pool match at The Oval.
“I don’t know if it was lacking killer instinct,” Hesson told reporters in a telephone conference call in Cardiff on Monday.
“It’s a disappointing way to end. It was a big opportunity for us yesterday (Sunday) and we couldn’t quite grab it.”
“When Australia ended up bowling first, it was always going to be difficult because Australia chasing, obviously they were pretty committed to trying to chase it in 29 overs,” said Hesson.
“I guess you either get there or you blow up.
“Once they ended up batting second, it decreased our chances a lot.”
However, Hesson said McKay and Doherty had given his side a glimmer of hope. “We realised there was a little sniff there. Those two were batting quite nicely but I guess you can’t rely on others to do you favours.”AFP
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