Kane Williamson T20 World Cup 2022: Former New Zealand cricketer-turned-commentator Danny Morrison has heaped praise on captain Kane Williamson, saying there is no doubt that the right-handed batsman always plays better at number three. Williamson looked to return to his form in the Group 1 Super 12 match against Ireland in the T20 World Cup at the Adelaide Oval on Friday as he smashed a swashbuckling 35-ball 61.
Williamson hit the ball well, hitting five fours and three sixes at a strike-rate of 174.29, laying the groundwork for New Zealand’s 35-run victory and helping New Zealand reach the semi-finals. He said, “I think Kane Williamson has done it calmly. He was batting well. When you have a captain like that, half the work is automatically done for you in Australian conditions.”
Senior pacer Tim Southee, who picked up a two-wicket haul against Ireland to continue his stellar run in the tournament, stressed on how New Zealand gets the variety in their bowling line-up through fast bowler Lockie Ferguson. Ferguson took three wickets for 22 runs in his four overs and dashed any hope of Ireland.
Significantly, New Zealand has become the first team to qualify for the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup 2022. New Zealand won 3 out of 5 group matches. While lost in one match and one match was canceled due to rain. New Zealand’s net run rate is also very good. His net run rate is +2.113. The team won their first match by 89 runs. He defeated Australia. This was followed by victories against Sri Lanka and Ireland. The match against Afghanistan was to be played on 26 October, but was canceled due to rain.