Kane Williamson who is leading the Kiwi side in series against Pakistan was pleased to see the way team has performed in a critical encounter with the series on the line.
He added that street smart cricket is required to win T20 matches and this is exactly what the team did on Sunday. Analyzing the dimensions of the field and other dynamics really helps during the match and this played a key role in winning the match in such a formidable manner, according to ESPNcricinfo
“No T20 is the same, and here at Seddon Park you’re not just taking the opposition into account, you’re very much identifying the dimensions of the ground, the pitch and using that as part of your planning,” Williamson said. “That comes into your thinking as a bowling unit and a batting unit.
“With one boundary very small, naturally there’s going to be the odd boundary hit there. Then there’s the wind going to the long boundary which also helps hit to that side of the ground.”
Kane Williamson admitted Shahid Afridi is a world class legspinner and he needs to be tackled skillfully in order to score runs off him.
“Afridi is a world class legspinner,” Williamson said. “Today on that surface it was holding and turning a little bit, so for us it was making sure that there’s smart cricket at times amongst Guptill’s sixes and fours.
He reiterated the fact that Pakistan have a very good bowling attack and he conceded that they were better at manipulating the Pakistan bowlers in the second T20 as compared to the first one.
“All Pakistan’s bowlers are danger men – they are all very good bowlers. Depending on the surface, some more than others. It was important that Guptill and I communicated and played some smart cricket. I think we were a bit better at doing that today than we were in the last match.”