Former captain Kane Williamson was adjudged the player of the match for his brilliant performance in the second Test match between New Zealand and England at the Basin Reserve in Wellington. The Black Caps registered a narrow win over the visitors, beating them by 1 run to level the two-match series at 1-1.
The Kiwis became the fourth team to win the match in the longer format of the game after being asked to follow on. The hosts were bowled out for 209 runs in the first innings of the match. However, they made a stunning recovery in the second innings and scored a mammoth total of 483 with the help of Kane Williamson’s incredible century.
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The 32-year-old, who failed in the first three innings of the series, scored 132 runs off 282 deliveries, including 12 boundaries. The right-handed batter steered the match after a good opening partnership from Tom Latham and Devon Conway. Kane was dismissed by part-time bowler Harry Brook, and the Kiwis’ batting line-up lost their last five wickets for just 28 runs.
Always Try To Do The Best You Can For The Team – Kane Williamson
Kane Williamson said that it was a great game of cricket as both teams performed well in the match. He said that they fought hard to reverse some momentum with some valuable partnerships to get the big total on the board to give enough runs to the bowlers.
“It isn’t quite fair to be standing here after a game of cricket like that. The contributions we’ve seen from both teams … fantastic game of cricket to be a part of. For us as a team, we’ve been fighting away in the Test format for a while, it’s kinda nice to get across the line in this one.”
“You always try to do the best you can for the team and it’s never enough. We saw some really valuable partnerships to get us a total on the board and something to bowl at in the last innings. We had to fight really hard to reverse some of the momentum.”
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English Team Is Playing Incredible Cricket – Kane Williamson
Kane Williamson praised the England team’s performance and said that they were playing incredible cricket. He said that he was just trying to play according to the situations and that there was little support across the pitch, which created the conditions for a brilliant game of cricket.
“This English team is playing incredible cricket at the moment. We were up against it coming into this game. To fight away, to complete and ultimately just get across the line is a nice feeling. I was just trying to stick to the basics. We knew we were going to be challenged.”
“There is so much quality in this English attack and the pitch offered a little bit throughout. Amazing pitch that set the platform for a fantastic game of cricket. Jimmy smacked it hard (about the last four that Anderson hit), one of those things.”
Neil Wagner swung the match in favor of the Kiwis by picking up the important wickets of Ben Stokes and Joe Root. The England team was bowled out for 256 runs and fell one run short of their target in the chase.
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