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Sunday, November 14, 2021

Kane Williamson dazzles ! - will NZ win the title !!!

It is around  10 pm IST – and most Indians are glued on to the action at Dubai – the finals of ICC T20WC .. .. in 1985, in Victoria Cup – when the finals was between India and Pakistan (India won with Krish Srikkanth blitz providing the perfect platform) – a banner in bad taste screamed ‘Truck drivers Vs Tram conductors’ – unlike such slur, we Cricket fans are enjoying the battle between Kiwis and Kangaroos – perhaps many of us supporting New Zealand to win.

The toss was lost and Kiwis were put in – slowest start in powerplay and - – tweeted : Does Kane Williamson have a cheat mode activated? – and twitterattis compared that one hand hoist to Rishab Pant’s ! ‘Big boys play at night’  screamed another banner sometime in a match -    Kane Williamson could stake claims for that as he is a big match player.  He was scratchy, was dropped at 21 by Josh Hazelwood off Starc but stepped up in the all-important final and slammed 85 runs taking New Zealand to a daunting 172/4.  

Though Aaron Finch is the Captain, in someways it is a match between two affable guys - David Warner and Kane Williamson, two senior players on opposing sides of the trans-Tasman rivalry but close pals playing for the same team in IPL - SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH).    Warner on Sunday responded to an SRH fan pointing out that their two "captains" will be in opposing camps by saying that there will be no losers among the two of them at the end of the game in Dubai. David Warner had been the longtime captain of SRH, leading them to their only IPL title in 2016, but was removed as captain with Williamson replacing.  

Even before the toss, a freakish incident handicapped NZ.  In July 2021 - Devon Conway is basking in glory at Lords after joining a long list of 111 players – and there are 15 of them who have made it for India.  ‘Century on debut’ – Conway has garnered more glory. Devon Conway  started playing in South African domestic cricket. In August 2015, he was included in Gauteng's for Africa T20 Cup. He played in all three matches for Gauteng, scoring 53 runs.  Conway arrived in Wellington in August 2017. He joined Victoria University Cricket Club in a dual capacity as player and coach.  Conway, the 29-year-old South African-born player, was  preferred to Tom Blundell or Will Young and opened  the batting alongside Tom Latham at Lords  and straightaway made an outstanding start to his international career. After three ODIs, he was averaging 75  but started with a double ton in his debut test.

Cricketers usually punch the air in celebration after winning matches, Devon Conway did the opposite by punching his bat in anger and the fit of rage has now kept him out of the T20 World Cup 2021 final as also the matches against India.  New Zealand coach Gary Stead picked up Tim Serfeit as his replacement. It looked a casual punch, but x-ray confirmed Conway had broken a fifth metacarpal in his right hand after hitting his bat out of frustration following his dismissal in his team's semifinal win against England on Wednesday. "He's absolutely gutted to be ruled out like this at this time," New Zealand head coach Gary Stead said in a statement.  Conway scored a crucial 46 runs as New Zealand successfully chased down England's tally of 167 in the semifinal.

Today as we watched, NZ showed no signs of urgency and was too complacent as Daryl Mitchell fell at 3.5 score at 28/1 – and after 11 overs they were only 76 with 9 wickts at hand.  It appeared too slow but Kane Williamson’s splendid innings changed the complexion but the way Warner and Marsh are playing – whether the score is good enough is being doubted.   

An hour or so will reveal who is going to life the T20 World cup 2021

With regards – S. Sampathkumar
14.11.2021 @ 10 pm.


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