'It's a tough pill to swallow'- Kane Williamson after semifinal loss
Kane Williamson with Tim Southee [Source: AP]
Pakistan steamrolled New Zealand by seven wickets in the first semi-final of the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2022 in Sydney to secure a berth in the final of the showpiece event.
Skipper Babar Azam and keeper-batter Mohammad Rizwan finally made a revival with sensational fifties to guide Pakistan to a thumping win over a clueless New Zealand on Wednesday.
Opting to bat first, Daryl Mitchell smacked an unbeaten fifty to help New Zealand post a fighting 152 for four on a slow pitch of the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Earlier, skipper Kane Williamson also scored 46 off 42 to save the sinking ship of New Zealand's innings after the Black Caps suffered early jolts by Pakistan pacers.
Speaking in the post-match conference, Williamson admitted that they were pushed to the back foot from the word go, courtesy of Pakistan's stellar bowling performance.
He further weighed on the 'fickle nature of T20', stating they played outstanding cricket throughout the tournament but Pakistan were brilliant in the semifinals and certainly deserved to win against them.
Here's what Williamson said
"Very disappointing to not make Pakistan work a lot harder. They were outstanding. We were outplayed. It's a tough pill for us to swallow. Babar and Rizwan put us under pressure. If we're honest, we wanted to be more disciplined in our areas. At the end of the day, Pakistan certainly deserves to be the winners,
"There's been a lot of good cricket. Throughout the round-robin, we've played nicely. Today we weren't at our best. Having said that, we know the fickle nature of T20 cricket."
Pakistan lost their first two matches in the Super 12 and bounced back stronger to win their next three games on the trot. Thanks to Netherlands' thumping win over South Africa, the Men in Green could make it into the semis. Now, with the momentum in their favour, Babar Azam and co look determined to play out of their skins for the title on Sunday.
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