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'Kane Williamson is putting pressure on non-striker' - Wasim Jaffer after New Zealand's big loss to England

The Kiwi captain scored 40 runs off 40 balls while chasing a big 180-run target in their fourth T20 World Cup 2022 clash.

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England registered a big and crucial 20-run victory over New Zealand in the 33rd match of the T20 World Cup 2022 tournament on Tuesday (November 1). With this win, England got to the second position in the Super 12 Group 1 table with five points from the opening four matches. New Zealand remain at the top with the same number of points but with a much better net run rate.

England posted a challenging 180-run target while batting first at the Gabba with captain Jos Buttler scoring the highest 73 runs off 47 balls and Alex Hales scoring 52 runs.

New Zealand struggled at the start but put a fight back in the middle overs with Glenn Phillips and Kane Williamson forming a 91-run partnership for the third wicket. Glenn smashed 62 runs off just 36 balls and Williamson scored 40 runs off 40 balls to keep the Kiwis on track to a big chase. 

We are seeing Kane Williamson's poor strike-rate issue for a long time now: Wasim Jaffer

But England's pacers made a good comeback in the death overs and restricted New Zealand to 159/6 to win two crucial points. Williamson scored 40 runs but his strike rate was 100.0 which played a huge role in Kiwis' defeat. Williamson has scored 71 runs in three innings in this tournament at a poor strike rate of 93.42. Former India cricketer Wasim Jaffer has also pointed out Williamson's poor strike rate and stated that it's putting pressure on the non-striker.

"New Zealand batters need to come to their best form as this is now the business end of the tournament. We are seeing this (Williamson's poor strike rate) for a long time now. This was happening in the Indian Premier League when he was opening the innings and struggling to score in the powerplay overs.

Maybe he was suffering from an injury issue but when he plays this way, that puts a lot of pressure on the non-striker end. So he has to think about it little," Wasim Jaffer said in the BatBricks7 Run Ki RunNeeti England-New Zealand post-match live show on CricTracker.