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

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.

Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
IND
9 7 1 1 15 +0.80
2
AUS
9 7 2 0 14 +0.86
3
ENG
9 6 3 0 12 +1.15
4
NZ
9 5 3 1 11 +0.17
5
PAK
9 5 3 1 11 -0.43
6
SL
9 3 4 2 8 -0.91
7
SA
9 3 5 1 7 -0.03
8
BAN
9 3 5 1 7 -0.41
9
WI
9 2 6 1 5 -0.22
10
AFG
9 0 9 0 0 -1.32

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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