We were under pressure from the word go: Williamson

We were under pressure from the word go: Williamson

IND 202/3 (20.0 Ovs)
NZ 149/8 (20.0 Ovs) CRR: 7.45
India won by 53 runs
Shikhar Dhawan
“The conditions are tough to prepare for exactly but given the experience within our side, we’re certainly not using that as an excuse,” said a disappointed Williamson on Wednesday (November 1). “Most of the time when you come here and play in the evening, there’s dew as there is on a number of other grounds that guys have played at. Not going to sugarcoat it but we were below par and came up against what is a very good Indian side that played very well in all the areas.

“Like I mentioned, we were outplayed in all the areas, fielding included, which is something we pride ourselves on and something we need to be much better at in Twenty20 cricket. That made the difference as we saw today that proved to be vital in a lot of ways. Guys went on to score big scores for their side in the Indian team and 200 on that surface was a very big total,” he conceded.

“We were under pressure pretty much from the word go. Losing early wickets puts you on the backfoot and on the surface, there it was stopping and turning. Trying to accelerate the run rate when you are under pressure is not an easy task. That was the nature of the batting innings. We were never able to get momentum in our batting against them to try and get close to the total. Every time we attempted to increase the run rate, we lost wickets. A lot of it is our fault and then India bowled very well as well so the combination of that certainly didn’t allow us to get close to the total.”

Shikhar Dhawan, Man of the Match: I was very happy with the way I batted today. I havent really performed well in this format. Rohit started off slightly slow, so I had to take up the aggressor’s role. I can play anywhere on the ground. I tried to play behind the ball and it worked for me.
Virat Kohli: Very clinical performance from the whole team. The wicket I felt was a bit damp. But the two guys at the top of the order set up the platform for us. The catch from Hardik was one of the best I have ever seen. Dhawan wanted to do well in this format as his record is good in ODIs. And he delivered. You need to back your top 5 batsmen. Hardik as number 6. As a captain, you always need an extra bowling option. Now when he is retired I am the captain of the side. To keep coming back after the surgeries has been really tough for him. He deserved this kind of a farewell. He has a beautiful family and it is time for him to take care of them.
Kane Williamson: It was a disappointing performance tonight. We were very poor on the field. India played superbly. There are no excuses. We needed to play better. India were outstanding and never gave us a sniff. The spinners bowled really well but the bowlers around them went for a lot of runs. I want to congratulate Ashish on a fantastic career. I have played against him and with him, always a gentleman on and off the field.

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