Kane Williamson credits batting effort for victory against Pakistan

Kane Williamson scored 115 runs in the first match against Pakistan.

Williamson scored 115 runs off 117 deliveries

Kane Williamson who was the Man of the Match against Pakistan in the first one-day International match at Wellington credited his team plan execution for the win against Pakistan.

“You’re always thinking about the role you need to play and the situation of the game, and it certainly didn’t require something silly,” Williamson said after New Zealand beat the Champions Trophy holders by 61 runs under the Duckworth-Lewis system.

In the first innings of the match, New Zealand had scored 315 runs for seven and had the visitors on 166 when the rain stopped the play in the 31st over.

The Kiwi's have now ended Pakistan's nine-match ODI streak with this win on Saturday. The openers had given Kane Williamson a great platform after scoring 83 runs for the first wicket partnership.

Kane Williamson was seen in a full flow as he scored 115 runs for the team with hammering 9 boundaries at every corner of the park.

“It was holding in the wicket a little bit, and you come to a point in your innings where you either address it sensibly and accept that’s what it is doing, or you do something silly,” Williamson said.

“Today I was a little bit more sensible and accepting of the fact that they did bowl well for a long time there, and I felt we were perhaps fortunate to get that above 300 scores. They did execute their plans well, the wind was tough to deal with, and maybe that’s where we gained an upper hand, but you do ebb and flow through an innings.”

Sarfraz Ahmed dropped the skipper of New Zealand on 26 runs after that Kane was featured with Henry Nicholls before he was caught by Hasan Ali off Rumman Raees in the 48th over.

“It’s a setback for us, especially after losing two wickets in the first over,” said Sarfraz who also shouldered part of the blame for his own fielding lapse. “The New Zealand batsmen batted well, especially Kane Williamson. If you drop catches, it becomes tough. Hopefully, we will sit together and come up with a better performance next time.”



By Kunal Kataria - 06 Jan, 2018

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