New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson set up a magnificent batting exhibition in the third T20I of the five-match series against India. His herculean effort with the bat saw him smash six sixes and eight boundaries during his belligerent 48-ball 95.
Despite Williamson’s blitzkrieg batting, he could not get his team over the line as New Zealand failed in the battle of nerves in the match that went right down to the Super Over. Williamson was in stupendous form, sweetly timing the ball with his elegant strokes.
Williamson’s superlative masterclass continued into the six-ball shootout as well as he struck a fine six off Jasprit Bumrah and four where he tactically adjusted himself at the crease to nudge the ball into the gap. His batting dominance was not enough to prevent a series loss and he later expressed disappointment.
“Super overs haven’t been too successful for us, so we needed to be a little bit better to win it in regular time. A great game of cricket, India again showed their experience in crunch situations. It is a really important experience for us to take from and move on”- Kane said after his side’s heartbreaking defeat.