New Zealand need to adjust to surfaces quickly: Williamson

back icon
safari
03 Nov 2021 | 04:28 PM
authorcricket.com staff

New Zealand need to adjust to surfaces quickly: Williamson

New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson felt that his team were pushed to their limited by Scotland

New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson was pleased with Wednesday's 17-run victory over Scotland in the T20 World Cup, but felt that the bowlers need to improve after being tested on a batting surface at Dubai.

"We were patchy with the ball but we need to move on. Credit to Scotland for the way they played and hit the ball out of the park. We were tested and we need to learn from this," Williamson said at the presentation ceremony.

After losing Pakistan in their opening Super 12s match, the Black Caps bounced back with an eight-wicket win over India. Against Scotland, Martin Guptill put on a show with a 56-ball 93 which propelled New Zealand to 172/5 in 20 overs.

"We certainly knew coming into this tournament that there were match winners all around. It ebbed and flowed and we got a good first innings total."

Williamson praised the partnership between Guptill and Glenn Phillips (33 off 37) as they put up 105 runs for the fourth wicket.

"Guptill is a power player. He is hitting the ball beautifully. We really needed his innings. Also Glenn Phillips, and that partnership was necessary to get us to a good total."

"A quick turnaround now, recover as quickly as possible for the next challenge. There are always things to work on, and there are definitely a few things we want to touch on. We need to adjust quickly to surfaces. It was a hard fought match.

With Pakistan confirmed a semifinal spot, New Zealand will look to seal the remaining semis spot with a win over Namibia in the next match at Sharjah on Friday.

"We will go to Sharjah and take it from there. Every game is valuable and we know we try and prepare as well as possible for all of them. The next game is the only game that matters. For us it is all about playing the cricket we want to play and stay committed to that."

Asked about him tiring during batting towards the end, Guptill said, "We have a day off tomorrow, so I won't be doing much then. We didn't have a great start. It wasn't a rescue mission, but Glenn and I had to assess. I have played a lot of cricket with him, and we have put up a lot of partnerships for Auckland. A few missed balls and we were able to get them away and get some momentum.

"Not ideal with the running, but we got there in the end. Afghanistan are a great side and we can't take them lightly."

Scotland ended their innings at 156 for five and skipper Kyle Coetzer felt had they conceded 10 runs less to New Zealand, things could have been different.

"We will have to go back and look at those opportunities that we could take to get better. Martin Guptill played an outstanding knock. This is the best pitch we have played on thus far. If you restrict another 10 runs, the game could have been different."

Michael Leask was not out on 42 off 20 balls when the game ended.

"This is our best performance in the Super 12, but we have to go back and see. We were actually 2 runs ahead of NZ at the 10 over mark. Leask got us close," Coetzer said.

heart
shareGray Share
Tags
New Zealand vs ScotlandICC World Twenty20, 2021New ZealandScotlandKane Williamson

Related Articles

safari
NEWS
Wily Ashwin very hard to get away: Guptill
The opener smashed 70 off 42 balls but New Zealand still lost the game by five wickets
userPTI
18 Nov 2021
safari
OPINION
India register 50 wins in chases after Rahul-Rohit pair stitch 4th consecutive 50+ partnership
Here are a few noteworthy stats from the first T20I between India and New Zealand in Jaipur
userAnirudh Kasargod
17 Nov 2021
safari
NEWS
Performance against New Zealand will instill a bit of confidence: Kyle Coetzer
Scotland went down fighting, losing to the Blackcaps by 16 runs
usercricket.com staff
04 Nov 2021
safari
OPINION
Rahul-Rohit hoist India’s best partnership in WC after Guptill became the first to 150 sixes
Here are a few noteworthy stats from Match 32 & 33 of ICC T20 World Cup 2021 between New Zealand and Scotland and India and Afghanistan
userAnirudh Kasargod
03 Nov 2021
safari
REPORT
Martin Guptill stands tall as New Zealand edge Scotland out
The New Zealand opener scored 93 off 56 deliveries to help his side to 173 for 5
usercricket.com staff
03 Nov 2021
safari
ANALYSIS
After crushing India, New Zealand look to brush Scotland aside
After losing two in a row, the Scots will look to put up a better show against the Blackcaps
userPramod Ananth
02 Nov 2021
safari
REPORT
Namibia edge past Scotland following Ruben Trumpelmann's dream spell
The Namibia pacer picked up three wickets in the first over of the match, which did not allow Scotland to recover
usercricket.com staff
27 Oct 2021
safari
NEWS
Guptill looking to draw confidence from 2016 T20 World Cup
The right-handed opener was New Zealand’s highest run-getter in the previous edition
usercricket.com staff
25 Oct 2021
safari
REPORT
New Zealand wrap up chase in 21.2 overs after Boult's 4 for 27
The Blackcaps chased down 132 to go 1-0 up in the ODI series
userPTI
20 Mar 2021
safari
REPORT
Guptill leads New Zealand to T20I series win against Australia
Sodhi earlier had taken three wickets for the hosts
userAFP
07 Mar 2021
logo
Cricket like never before
Follow us on
FacebookTwitterLinkedin
@ 2020 cricket.com | All rights reserved