We can beat NZ by putting them under pressure: Van Der Merwe

Hyderabad, (UNI) Netherlands allrounder Roelof Van Der Merwe on Sunday said New Zealand are a skillful team, but his team has the potential to win the game if they play their natural game.

“.. We have got our plans to get them (NZ) out and as we said earlier put pressure on them. They are very organized skilful team so we know what we’re up against a quality team, but if we play the way we play and execute how we want to – we can put them under pressure and win the game,” he told reporters on the eve of the sixth ICC Men’s World Cup match against New Zealand here.

Talking about the close match against Pakistan, Van Der Merwe said, “Yeah, look, obviously it’s disappointing to lose the game to Pakistan. You know, Bas de Leede and Vicky (Vikram Singh) played very well. We have reviewed the game and we understand where we need to improve and all those things have been talked about and we know we need to do it for longer and yeah, all those things have been being discussed.”

Asked about the learnings from the last match against Pakistan, Van Der Merwe said Netherlands needed to play longer and put New Zealand under pressure for a long period.

“We had Pakistan under a bit of pressure there. Everybody knows that. Obviously, the learnings from that is we’ve got to do it for longer and that’s been discussed and if you compare it to T20 cricket, it’s 30 overs longer. So, it speaks for itself we need to do it for longer and yeah put them under pressure for longer,” he said.

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