Williamson hails fielders for semi-final win
Kane Williamson and his men qualified in the final of the World Cup for the second time in a row after beating India at the Old Trafford.
The semi-final clash between India and New Zealand had everything in the bag and the men in black came out on top in the end courtesy of a thrilling run-out from Martin Guptill which dismissed MS Dhoni and also India’s hopes.
In the post-match press conference, New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson had words full of praise for his fielders after the win.
“It was a great semi-final over two days and I’m very pleased to be on the right side of it. We just wanted to put the ball in the good areas and put pressure on India. We just wanted some early wickets and it was a great start for the bowlers. We needed to stay in the game for long periods. The way Jadeja and Dhoni were hitting the ball, they were likely to win, but our fielders were then outstanding.”
When asked if New Zealand were satisfied after scoring only 239 runs, Williamson said –
“Both teams thought it would be high-scoring, we thought we could get 240 and put India under pressure. There were lots of contributions from everyone.”
Williamson also feels New Zealand were the deserving side to play in the semis despite being lucky in few occasions.
“Lot of it was on the conditions and the rain around. A lot of it is to look at what it is. Some of those games are tough and conditions vary throughout the match. We were underdogs coming into the semis… and all these sides have beaten each other. Anything can happen on any day. It was nice to see the guys fight for two days,” he concluded.