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We panicked in the middle: NZ skipper

New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum admitted they did panic during the tense chase against Sri Lanka but always had the confidence that his side would scrap through in a low-scoring Champions Trophy thriller on Sunday. 

‘Sri Lanka are always a dangerous side and we panicked a bit in the middle. It is very important to scrap through, we have enough experience to deal with situations like this, although it did get tough towards the end,’ said McCullum at the post-match presentation ceremony. 

New Zealand pulled off a nail-biting one-wicket victory in Group ‘A’ match to register their first win over Sri Lanka in four years. Chasing 139 to win, New Zealand huffed and puffed their way to victory with 13.3 overs to spare at Sophia Gardens. McCullum said the ball had started stopping a bit during their run chase. 

‘They have excellent bowlers in the ranks and the ball stopped a bit in the second innings. It was not coming on to the bat nicely but I thought we played well for the majority of the game,’ he said. McCullum said he was incredibly nervous at one stage but, ‘I am happy with the result as our bowlers were the reason that we won today.’
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