Captain Kane Williamson’s 48-ball 85 helped New Zealand to 172 for four in the T20 World Cup final against Australia on Sunday. Seemed struggling. Martin Guptill scored 28 runs in 35 balls.
After this Williamson changed the map of the innings by scoring 85 runs in 48 balls with the help of 10 fours and three sixes. New Zealand scored 115 runs in the last ten overs to make the final match exciting.
Williamson, who often proved to be the troubleshooter of his team, batted beautifully, scoring 15 runs in the first 16 balls. At that time Adam Zampa was bowling economical and Guptill was not in form. Once the momentum took hold, Williamson played freely and scored 70 runs in the next 32 balls.
Williamson became the captain to score the highest score in the T20 World Cup final, overtaking Kumar Sangakkara of Sri Lanka. New Zealand made their highest score in a T20 World Cup final.
He eased the pressure by scoring 19 runs off Mitchell Starc in the 11th over. Josh Hazlewood also dropped his catch in the same over. Starc proved to be very expensive today, conceding 60 runs in four overs.
While Starc’s second over was poor, the third over was even worse in which New Zealand’s batsmen took 24 runs with four fours and a six. Hazlewood, on the other hand, took three for 16 in four overs while Zampa took one for 24 in his four overs.
New Zealand’s innings was named after Captain Williamson, who proved why he is considered one of the great batsmen of modern cricket. Playing with restraint in every format with technical prowess is his specialty and most importantly he is always in form when needed.