2021 T20 World Cup: We expected Pakistani bowlers to be outstanding, says New Zealand captain Kane Williamson | Cricket News

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New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson praised the Pakistani bowlers’ “outstanding” performance against them, saying their clinical performance upon the death was “of the highest class”. Pakistan limited New Zealand to a modest 134 for eight, then beat at home in 18.4 overs to win the Group 2 Super 12 contest by five wickets for their second straight victory in the ICC T20 World Cup . Pacer Haris Rauf took four for 22, while spinners Imad Wasim and Shadab Khan also helped smother the beaters in the middle.

“Unfortunately it didn’t quite go our way and I guess if we look at the opposition and how clinical they were to death and not allowing us to time the ball they were class. the highest and for us, it tries to take time … from those learnings and move forward, “said Williamson.

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“There is a lot to learn from these experiences but at the end of the day Pakistan were exceptional and they ended the game on a high on a very hard surface,” Kane added.

“Their bowlers were exceptional today as they were the other night in their first game (against India) which we expected. They continued to deliver and they were exceptional in their performance. for Pakistan, ”he said.

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Pakistani bowlers were also impressive against India on Sunday when race leader Shaheen Afridi rocked the top row of big rivals by knocking out Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul in advance. Williamson, who scored 25 points before being exhausted, said Sharjah’s track was tough for hitters, but Pakistan’s number seven hitter Asif Ali timed the ball with ease.

“It was a difficult surface to time the ball and someone like Shoaib Malik came through and finished with a few hits. And Asif Ali who came in and hit the ball beautifully, much smoother than anyone on a difficult surface.” , he explained.

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New Zealand may have lost, but Williamson didn’t complain about the performance of the players, who he says fought hard.

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“The guys came out and competed really well and made a lot of good decisions along the way and when you play those low scoring games on difficult surfaces like we did tonight the game has very small margins, and unfortunately when it counted a few hiccups mean a lot, ”concluded Kane.

New Zealand will face India on October 31 and will be without Lockie Ferguson, who has withdrawn from the tournament due to a calf injury.

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