Williamson hails NZ pace attack

Published July 11, 2019
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson greets India's captain Virat Kohli at the end of the match. — AFP
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson greets India's captain Virat Kohli at the end of the match. — AFP

MANCHESTER: Captain Kane William­son hailed his pace attack after a devastating opening 10 overs sent New Zealand into their second straight World Cup final with a surprise 18-run win over India at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

After New Zealand set them a modest target of 240 to win, India were reduced to 24-4 with Rohit Sharma, skipper Virat Kohli and K.L. Rahul dismissed for a single run each as the Black Caps’ opening attack delivered in style.

Matt Henry did the damage with three of the early wickets while left-armer Trent Boult also bowled superbly, keeping the pressure and picking up the vital wicket of India skipper Kohli. Boult later removing dangerman Ravindra Jadeja (77 off 59 balls), who had threatened to thwart the Kiwis.

“We spoke about the conditions during the interval, we wanted to put the ball in good areas and move the ball around and put some pressure on India, they are a world-class side,” said Williamson. “With the new ball, our bowlers tried to move the ball off the seam or in the air. We knew we need to put pressure on that world class batting line-up of India

“It was a great start from the bowlers, we knew it would get tougher for us as the innings went on. We showed plenty of heart and the fielders and bowlers were outstanding.”

Two of the key moments in the game were bits of brilliance in the field — Jimmy Neesham’s astonishing left-handed catch to dismiss Dinesh Karthik for the fourth wicket and a direct hit from Martin Guptill running out Mahendra Singh Dhoni to fatally wound India’s late run chase.

Henry, who finished with figures of 3-37, said the performance in the field and with the ball showed the team’s spirit.

“I thought we managed to scrap it out. We had the belief — we knew we had to bowl well,” he said. “Obviously, they are world-class batsmen — Hardik [Pandya], Dhoni and Jadeja — we knew to win the game we had to get them out.”

The Black Caps had lost their last three games in the group stage, which was topped by India, who themselves suffered only one defeat. But Williamson said he was not surprised to see his team come through to set up a final on Sunday against England or Australia.

“You come to this tournament where anybody can beat anybody. We saw a number of results that perhaps where sides ranked lower beat sides ranked higher, but I think everybody knew that anybody can beat anybody,” he said. “We came through in the fourth position, which is fine. And then we put out a much-improved performance in the semi-final and it is important for us to try and make small improvements moving into our next match,” Williamson added.

Published in Dawn, July 11th, 2019

Opinion

Farewell Roosevelt Hotel
21 Jan 2021

Farewell Roosevelt Hotel

It is worth noting that massive plans have been upended and assets are now on the verge of being seized.
A horned dilemma
21 Jan 2021

A horned dilemma

Trump would rather ‘reign in Hell, than serve in Heav’n’.
Violence & Afghan peace talks
Updated 20 Jan 2021

Violence & Afghan peace talks

Many of those killed in recent weeks have actively been campaigning against rampant violence and rising human rights violations

Editorial

Updated 21 Jan 2021

Agosta kickbacks trial

A POLITICALLY significant trial opened in Paris yesterday. Former French prime minister Edouard Balladur is in the...
Updated 21 Jan 2021

Indian media scandal

Common sense, factual reporting and ethics are all chucked out the window in the maddening race for ratings, influence and power.
21 Jan 2021

Rising food prices

FOOD inflation continues to challenge the resolve of the government to control the prices of essential kitchen items...
Updated 20 Jan 2021

Broadsheet judgement

There are plenty of skeletons in the Broadsheet cupboard and they must be brought out into the open.
20 Jan 2021

Unequal justice

IT seems no one wants to testify against former SSP Malir, Rao Anwar. At least five prosecution witnesses, all ...
20 Jan 2021

Schools reopening

THE disruptive impact of Covid-19 on education will be felt for years to come. For countries like Pakistan, where...