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Captain Kane Williamson downplays New Zealand’s latest World Cup flop

Cricket – T20 World Cup – Semi-Final – New Zealand v Pakistan – Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, Australia – November 9, 2022 New Zealand’s Kane Williamson looks dejected after the match. — Reuters

SYDNEY: Kane Williamson tried to downplay concerns that New Zealand appear unable to win a limited world title after they again failed to reach the final. distance in the T20 World Cup on Wednesday.

The Black Caps have long been a force in white ball cricket but have yet to make it into any trophies despite coming agonizingly close in recent years.

They fell at the last hurdle to Australia at the T20 World Cup in 2021, which followed World Cup final defeats of over 50 in 2015 and 2019.

Despite being the favorites to make Sunday’s decider in Melbourne, they clashed seven wickets against Pakistan in the tournament’s first semi-final in Sydney.

“We want to achieve something in every tournament,” said Williamson, whose team will return home as Pakistan prepare for a final against India or England in Melbourne on Sunday.

“For me it all comes down to cricket and that’s where our focus is, the environment, how well we’re tracking and there’s been a lot of good things.”

Williamson denied that time was running out for his team and this group of players to win a world white ball trophy.

“I mean guys get older and that’s just the nature of the sport,” he said.

“We have a little bit of time. We have another (World Cup) next year,” he said, referring to the World Cup over 50 in India, which will be played in 12 months.

New Zealand scored 200-3 at the Sydney Cricket Ground when they crushed Australia by 89 runs to open their T20 World Cup campaign on October 22.

But they never seemed to match that against Pakistan, whose disciplined fielding and bowling restricted them to 152-4.

New Zealand’s attack then failed to chain Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam, who shared a partnership of 105 runs in 12.4 overs to put their side on the road to victory.

Williamson, who scored 46, admitted it was disappointing but said there were positives.

“I think we’ve played in several finals and we’ve had good performances, enough to win. And we found a team that played a little better or was even. And we accepted it,” he said.

“The frustrating part today is that we weren’t at the top of our game. We fought hard and showed some good characteristics that are important for our team. But it wasn’t like that.”

“Having said that, we know the fickle nature of T20 cricket.”

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