New Zealand captain Kane Williamson says his players showed big heart with their performance in the T20 World Cup but since it didn’t lead to a title, they are feeling it a bit.
After struggling in the first half of his innings, Williamson led New Zealand with a brilliant knock of 85 runs.
He played a competitive innings of 172 for four but Australian batsman Mitchell Marsh smashed his hopes with an unbeaten 77.
“There was a lot of heart shown, always nice in the big dance. But credit then goes to Australia. There’s some high expectations coming in, some good cricket has been played, so we’re feeling a little bit of it,” Williamson said of the match. Said later in the presentation ceremony.
“There are only two possible outcomes, a shame we couldn’t work out.”
New Zealand could only manage 57 runs in the first 10 overs and this put them a bit behind, although Williamson’s incredible effort helped them still post a fighting total.
Williamson said the behavior of the pitch played a part in his slow run-rate.
“We were trying to get a podium, the surface was holding a fraction. It was nice forming some partnerships and what we thought was a competitive total, only to be chased down brilliantly. They’re a fantastic side, Had a great campaign and came out and got it running.”
The Black Caps captain said that it cannot be said how good the total would have been or if he had thought, he would have had enough runs on the board.
“You never really know. At the halfway point we tried our best to score well. We weren’t far away. They didn’t give us an inch to credit for the way Australia chased. Didn’t have to be today, but we did.” Proud of the way it has worked,” he said.
“Friends are committed to what they try to do in places that are so different.”