Proud of our team’s efforts but Australia didn’t give us an inch: Williamson

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14 Nov 2021 | 06:40 PM
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Proud of our team’s efforts but Australia didn’t give us an inch: Williamson

Kane Williamson credited the New Zealand team for their efforts but stated the Australia were too strong

Australia-New Zealand was a contest that none really expected at the start of the T20 World Cup here in the Middle East. While Australia surpassed the challenge from West Indies, South Africa and Sri Lanka, New Zealand got past tournament favourites India to qualify for the semi-final stage. 

In the semi-final stage, both Australia and New Zealand upset the favourites, Pakistan, and England respectively to set up a date in the final here in Dubai. Losing the toss, the pressure was on New Zealand to set up a total for Australia to chase. 

Under pressure, on the back of a scintillating innings from skipper Kane Williamson, 48-ball 85, the BlackCaps set Australia a target of 173. Williamson credited the team’s fighting spirits and stated that Australia did not give them an inch in the run-chase. 

“We were trying to get a platform and the surface was holding a fraction. But typical to here in Dubai. It was nice to build some partnerships and get what we thought was a competitive total. Only to be chased superbly by Australia,” Williamson stated in the post-match presentation.

Williamson also insisted that his team’s efforts throughout the tournament was good and added that they tried their best, but it wasn’t enough. 

“They're a fantastic side. We certainly made every effort. Guys came out and committed to their plans. They didn't give an inch really. Really proud of our team's efforts throughout. Came here in the final and gave it our best shot but it wasn't enough.”

However, the Kiwi skipper opined that winning and losing is part of the game and they have to accept that and move on towards the next ICC event. 

“Conditions varied a lot from venue to venue but we adjusted well. Nice to get to the big dance. Credit to Australia. Today they really turned it on. High hopes coming into this game. Never nice. Winning and losing are two possible outcomes.”

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