Team India continued their winning run in bilateral cricket as they kicked off their tour of New Zealand with a thumping 65-run win against the Black Caps in Mount Maunganui on Sunday, November 20.
Asked to bat first, India rode on Suryakumar Yadav’s blitzkrieg century knock of 111 runs off 51 balls to post a challenging total of 191 runs on the board for the loss of six wickets in the first innings.
In reply, 191 proved too much for New Zealand, who never looked into the run-chase as they kept losing wickets at regular intervals with only Williamson trying to pull things up from one side.
The New Zealand captain, who has been out of form in the shortest format for quite some time now played a knock of 61 off 52 came, which came under the scanner as he struggled to get going, which put pressure on the rest of the batters.
When Williamson got out, fans took to Twitter to post their views on his slow innings. While some accused him of New Zealand’s defeat, others called him a ‘stat padder’. Here’s a compilation of some of the reactions:
Netizens’ Reaction on Kane Williamson Slow-paced Batting Performance:
With this win, the visitors have taken an unbeaten 1-0 lead in the 3-match series. The first T20I match of the series in Wellington was called off without a ball being bowled. The third and final T20I of the series will be played on Tuesday, November 22.