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Wiliamson plans to play on their strength

  • Published at 09:29 pm July 8th, 2019
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New Zealand's Kane Williamson Reuters

New Zealand pace trio Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson and Matt Henry have picked up 15, 17 and 10 wickets with good economy rate and the kiwis’ camp are relying on their bowling strength against a strong Indian batting line-up

New Zealand captain Kane Willimason said they will rely on their strength and own game plan against India during the first semifinal of the 2019 World Cup at the Old Trafford today.

New Zealand were unbeaten on their first six games of the group stage and lost in their last three but still qualified for the semifinal as they secured fourth spot with better run rate over Pakistan.

New Zealand have won some close games in the tournament where their bowlers have shown good performances consistently.

New Zealand pace trio Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson and Matt Henry have picked up 15, 17 and 10 wickets with good economy rate and the kiwis’ camp are relying on their bowling strength against a strong Indian batting line-up.

“Our bowling attack performed really well on a real variety of surfaces where taking pace off has been really important, certainly on the round-robin stages on the surfaces we were on, so they have adapted superbly. And we will need to do that again coming into this next match and assess conditions as quickly as possible,” said Willimason during the pre match press conference at Old Trafford on Monday.  

“And the Indian bowling attack is an outstanding bowling attack, you know, with certainly a lot of world-class operators in there. As a side, they are very well-balanced with a lot of high-quality players,” he added.

Williamson said New Zealand will be determined to play their best possible cricket and their own brand of cricket as he believes they can defeat anybody on their given day. 

“Certainly from our perspective, it is about the cricket we want to play and if we are able to do that to the best of our abilities, then we know that we can beat anybody.”

“And I mentioned earlier that every side in this top four has beaten each other on a number of occasions. No side has gone through the competition unbeaten, so there are a lot of parts to it that make this top four really exciting.

“And although we have qualified fourth, we have equal opportunities as anybody else to -- well, there's only two games left in the tournament so going into the tournament, with every team having nine round-robin, we knew that on any day, whether that was the team ranked, you know, lower than the team ranked higher that anybody could beat anybody and we saw on a number of occasions that happened. It is not a focus for us. Our focus once again is committing to the cricket and the style of cricket we want to play that gives us the best chance,” concluded the New Zealand skipper.