‘They've been outstanding throughout’ - Kane Williamson heaps praise on bowlers ahead of semi-final against Pakistan
New Zealand topped their group in the Super 12 stages.
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New Zealand and Pakistan are all set to play the first semi-final of the T20 World Cup 2022 on Wednesday (November 9) and it is expected to be a high-intensity clash. Pakistan managed to keep their belief going even after losing the first two games and it paid off in the end as South Africa crumbled under pressure to send the Men in Green into the knockouts.
On the other hand, the Kiwis had dominated their group games and suffered the only loss against England. The Blackcaps bowlers have been a major reason behind their team's successful run, bowling at a commendable economy rate.
Ahead of the upcoming fixture, the New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson spoke at length about the impact of the excellent bowling performances from his side so far.
We'll have to make adjustments according to the conditions: Kane Williamson
Kane Williamson mentioned that the experienced bowling lineup has stepped up together in a crucial tournament and highlighted how they can adapt to different roles. He further lavished praises on his bowlers for proving to be a great asset.
"I mean, they're experi enced players for us. They've played for us a long time, whether that's taking wickets or, in particular, adjusting to conditions which certainly we need them to come to tournaments, world events, that's a big part of playing," Williamson said in the pre-match press conference on Tuesday.
"So they've been outstanding throughout this tournament. And tomorrow we're at another venue against another opposition, and we'll have to make those adjustments again.”
He further assessed the conditions of the venue and explained how it is important to stick to the plans.
"I suppose it's kind of interesting, the first game we played here, the wicket was a very good one. And then the second time we played here it had changed. And sometimes you can take perhaps what you were expecting the wicket to be like in the first game and think it would behave in the same way, which it didn't.
"Whether that's a disadvantage or an advantage, it's sort of hard to know. Both teams have played here. So we need to focus on our cricket really and the plans we want to look to execute and make sure we do adjust to the conditions and try and play smart," he added.