ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 – Kane Williamson – ‘India’s batters didn’t give us a sniff’ in the semi-final

After ending 70 runs short in a tough chase of 398, New Zealand’s captain Kane Williamson admitted India had effectively batted the visitors out of the game in Mumbai.
New Zealand came into the World Cup semi-final with happy memories from 2019. India, on their part, were also carrying high expectations following nine straight wins in the group stage, but they batted with such explosive freedom that it set up the highest total by any team in an ODI knockout game.

“They didn’t give us a sniff really,” Williamson said. “I suppose if you bat first and put 400 on the board, it’s a tick in the batting column and you go and try and do the job in the second half. And it was tough out there, the ball swung a lot initially, so we had to work pretty hard but credit to India, they thoroughly deserve to be where they are and they’ve played outstandingly well.

“At the halfway stage, with about 400 on the board was naturally going to be tough. But, credit to the guys, proud effort to stay in the fight, and in the halfway stage of an innings, [to] kinda give ourselves some hope there and a bit of a chance. It’s a tough game, disappointing to go out in the knockout stages but super proud of the efforts that’s gone into the seven weeks as a side.”

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