We were very clinical in what we had to do: Kane Williamson | Cricket News


SYDNEY: Captain Kane Williamson said on Saturday a “clinical” approach helped New Zealand claim their first win in white-ball cricket in 12 years over Trans-Tasman rivals Australia in their own backyard.
New Zealand beat defending champions Australia by 89 runs in their opener T20 World Cup Super 12 game here.
Williamson praised his batting line-up for a mammoth 200 for three after the opener Devon Conway‘s 58-ball unbeaten 92 after being asked to bat. They bowled Australia out for 111.
“It was one of those days, an outstanding day, the openers set the tone, a lot of contributions right through the batting and it was a very good score on this pitch,” said the Kiwi captain after the match.
“The bowlers then did well and were well supported in the field. Everyone knows their roles in this team, we knew the quality of their (Australia’s) bowling, took the game deep and we were very clinical in what we had to do.”
It was also Australia’s lowest total in a T20I at home, the previous lowest being 127 against Pakistan in 2010 in Melbourne.
Australia captain Aaron Finch said they were completely outplayed by New Zealand.
“They certainly did (on the New Zealand openers), they set the tone in the first 4 overs and we didn’t recover. We needed a big start, it didn’t happen and we were completely outplayed.
“He (Allen Finn) got a pilot, we needed early wickets which didn’t happen and when we chased we lost too many wickets, we weren’t good enough with the net run rate which got a bad hit do not have.” he said.
“We play Sri Lanka next, four games to go, need to win everything and have some luck on our side.”
Man of the Match Conway was full of praise for his opening partner Allen, who hit a 16-ball 42 to give New Zealand an explosive start.
“Special performance from the lads tonight. Credit must go to Finn, the way he started and got the momentum going for us, pretty good performance from all.
“It (Finn’s touch) was pretty special, I’ve seen him do it time and time again, young guy in international cricket, but he’s very explosive and fearless. The way Finn plays his game complements my game and I can only batting around him,” Conway said.
Conway said any win over Australia meant a lot to the Kiwis.
“It (win) means a lot to us, especially here at the SCG, to beat Australia on any occasion is huge, we will take this momentum into the next game.


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