The confidence is back: Vettori

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Chennai, Feb 20 (PTI) The thumping 10-wicket win overKenya in their World Cup opener today has reignited NewZealand''s confidence and skipper Daniel Vettori said theintensity will only rise as the Kiwis proceed further in themega event.

New Zealand skittled out Kenya for 69 runs beforeoverhauling the target in just eight overs to record thesecond fastest World Cup win here.

Vettori said the journey gets tough from here on but theKiwis, who came here after demoralising series defeats toBangladesh and India, are up for the challenge.

"We don''t expect all other matches to be this easier. Weare happy with how we have performed. I think bowling straightis going to be the key in this part of world. It is alwaysgoing to be difference in the wicket," Vetorri said.

"We are ready for huge games too and it is important forus. Once the confidence levels improve, we are in good stead.

We will keep the same intensity for every game," he added.

Vettori credited his bowlers, especially Man of MatchHamish Bennett who grabbed four wickets, for the team''smassive win.

"Obviously our confidence levels have improved after westarted off so well today. We wanted to bat first. The wicketwas tricky as the bounce was going up and down. However, itwas good performance from our bowlers. They did exactly what Ihad asked them to do," Vettori said.

The vanquished Kenyans, meanwhile, are not too worriedabout their meek surrender and captain Jimmy Kamande said, "itis not the only thing (loss) and hopefully we get better inour performance as the tournament progress.

Kamande also complimented the Kiwi bowlers.

"We play the bigger teams perhaps once in two years. Weplayed across the line and five of our guys were out legbefore. On these conditions, we need to be looking to playstraight. The rival fast bowlers kept up a tight bowling allthrough today. We failed to put up a total to defend.

Hopefully, we will perform better next time," Kamande said.

Asked whether the uneven bounce was difficult to play on,Kamande said, "It was the bowling techniques of the rival newball bowlers. They managed to make the ball bounce. There weregood lengths and we missed them, mostly playing across to getout. That is the reason for our poor performance."

"We will see what we need to do in our remaining matches.

Hopefully, we will come up with a different approach accordingto the opposition''s strengths. Today, the momentum was notthere," he explained.

On the lack of application in Kenya''s batting, Kamandesaid, "that is the work of the coaches to try and make usbetter on those lines. We looked at our mistakes and we willlearn as we play more matches. We play the best teams once intwo years or so. We have Pakistan in our next game. So long aswe improve, we will be performing well."

An elated Bennett, who will turn 24 on Tuesday, said heis glad to make an impression.

"I just said to myself that I will go straight and try tobowl hard and full to skid off the wicket and wrap the pads ofbatsmen.

"Coming in as a replacement for the injured Kyle Mills inthe XI, it was a good result for me. Hopefully, I can keeppushing for my selection," he said.

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