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Pakistan vs New Zealand | Needed to Adapt Better to the Playing Surface: Williamson

We have seen surfaces suit bowling and today we were outplayed by a fine Pakistan side. There was a little more bounce than we experienced the other day. Pakistan put the ball in right areas and made our job tough.

Cricketnext Staff |June 27, 2019, 12:37 AM IST
Pakistan vs New Zealand | Needed to Adapt Better to the Playing Surface: Williamson

A dejected Kane Williamson felt his team struggled to adapt to the Edgbaston pitch, which behaved differently than expected, and that led to the downfall of his team in the game against Pakistan on Wednesday.

New Zealand struggled in the beginning and were struggling at 46/4, and then 83/5 before all-rounders James Neesham and Colin de Grandhomme helped the side post a respectable 237/6.

“We have seen surfaces suit bowling and today we were outplayed by a fine Pakistan side. There was a little more bounce than we experienced the other day. Pakistan put the ball in right areas and made our job tough,” said Williamson in the post-match presentation.

“Thanks to Neesham and de Grandhomme, we could post a competitive total. We were in the game after those early wickets but the partnership between Babar (Azam) and Haris (Sohail) was fantastic. Santner bowled well but went wicketless, you sometimes have these days. It’s almost impossible to win all the matches in a format like this because there are simply too many games.

“There were glimpses of great cricket today. We have to adapt a bit better to the playing surface at a different venue and against a different opposition.” Willamson concluded.

New Zealand are on 11 points and face England and Australia in their last two group matches.

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Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4027 115
2 New Zealand 2829 109
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 4366 104
5 Australia 3270 99
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6745 125
2 India 7071 122
3 New Zealand 4837 112
4 Australia 5543 111
5 South Africa 5193 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7748 277
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4720 262
4 India 8620 261
5 Australia 5471 261
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