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Kane Williamson equals 44-year old record

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Kane Williamson equals 44-year old record

Skipper Kane Williamson fought hard to break the shackles put on by Indian bowlers in the first semi-final of ICC World Cup 2019 at Old Trafford on Tuesday thus equaled a near half a century old record.

New Zealand won a good toss and decided to bat first. The decision was stranglehold by Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar starting the innings with consecutive maidens.

And New Zealand failed to come out of the situation until 35th over of the innings. The black caps’ captain came out to bat in the fourth over as Bumrah sent Guptill ending his single run innings played facing 14 deliveries.

He spent quite sometime in the middle with Henry Nicholls who were also struggling at the other end. The pair contributed 68 for the second wicket.

In the 19th over of the innings, Ravindra Jadeja dismissed Nicholls for 28 by Jadeja. Unbeaten Kane Williamson shared another half-century partnership with Ross Taylor in the third wicket.

Williamson reached into his 39th ODI fifty and was sent back in the pavilion by Ravindra Jadeja scoring 67.

Thus he became only the second Kiwi skipper to score a 50-plus score against India in the World Cup since Glenn Turner hit an unbeaten 114 in the ICC Cricket World Cup in 1975.

Till the rain has forced to stop play in Manchester, New Zealand accumulated 211 for 5 in 46.1 overs. Ross Taylor and Tom Latham were unbeaten scoring 67 and 3 respectively.

Kane Williamson has been consistent for New Zealand in the World Cup 2019 and became their highest scorer.

In the second semi-final of the mega tournament, hosts England and Australia will lock horns in two days from now on.

 

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