Kane Williamson hasn’t had a great outing with the bat in this edition of the T20 World Cup. In this edition of the showpiece T20 event, he has scored 178 runs in five innings which includes one half-century against Ireland. He has been striking at 116.34.
Opting to bat first at the Sydney Cricket Ground, The Kiwis never got going with the bat. They lost dangerous-looking Fin Allen in the first over of the match. Devon Conway and Kane Williamson added 34 runs for the second wicket but never got going.
The Blackcaps skipper struggled to find boundaries at regular intervals and eventually was dismissed by Shaheen Afridi. He scored 46 runs off 42 balls at a strike rate of 109.52, consisting of one four and as many six.
Fans were certainly not happy with Kane Williamson’s knock in the semi-final and slammed him for disrupting the balance of the side. Let’s look at some fan reactions to Williamson’s innings:
— Bad B♡ (@its_me_oo7) November 9, 2022
— nag sharma (@sharma_nag) November 9, 2022
Apart from captaincy Kane Williamson does not deserve a spot in newzealand T20 team . Plays extremely slow and even can't able to cover for dot balls in end like kohli #PakvsNz #williomson #KaneWilliamson #T20WorldCup #glennphillips #pant #ViratKohli𓃵 #RohitSharma𓃵 pic.twitter.com/sziKWwOxqq
— Ishaan tweets (@Aksh54029765) November 9, 2022
Really bad batting by #NewZealand
Powerplay,the mid over or the slog overs,their batting was disappointing throughout
— Debojyoti Dasgupta (@tisDev) November 9, 2022
Williamson is a key component of this Kiwi team and at the same time negative too.#KaneWilliamson
— Muhmmadzahidkhokhar (@KhokharZaidAdv) November 9, 2022
— Raj #T20WC2022 🕺 (@AndeDursu) November 9, 2022
— TukTuk Academy (@TukTuk_Academy) November 9, 2022
Biggest issue about Kane Williamson's innings was the slow start. Powerplay runs have been crucial at the SCG throughout the World Cup; Williamson was 13 off 13 with no boundaries after the first six
— Matt Roller (@mroller98) November 9, 2022
What a fantastic knock Kane Williamson 👏🏻 pic.twitter.com/eOa6IBE61B
— Vishal. (@SportyVishaI) November 9, 2022
No one will ever be able to convince me that that was a good innings by Kane Williamson that was dreadful.
— TheRunOutBlog (@TheRunOutBlog1) November 9, 2022
Well played PAKISTAN🔥🔥
MAN OF THE MATCH – KANE WILLIAMSON pic.twitter.com/WgNwstZ4SA
— 𝕾𝖜𝖆𝖕𝖓𝖎𝖑 (@Swapnil113goat) November 9, 2022
The pace at which he has scored runs has been a cause of concern for the team as well as been a subject of criticism for many. Williamson hasn’t been batting fluently and is far from his best. Even in the game versus England, he batted at a run-a-ball. Many fans and retired cricketers have blamed him for that loss versus them.
Pakistan get off to a brilliant start in run chase
The Kiwis ended up with a score of 152-4. Daryl Mitchell brought his 3rd T20I half-century at a strike rate of 151.43 which consisted of three fours and a maximum. This is Mitchell’s second half-century in the T20 World Cup. His previous fifty came against England in the semi-final in the previous edition of the world cup.
Pakistan has begun their chase. Devon Conway dropped the out-of-form, Babar Azam, on his first ball in the first over bowled by Trent Boult. Muhammad Rizwan has gotten off to a start as well as brought up the fifty-opening stand between the two openers. Both the openers have gotten start and are on track to chase down this target set by the Kiwis.