Kane Williamson Achieves A Rare Record Against Bangladesh At Cardiff
New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson has become the first ever player to hit 4 consecutive half-centuries in Champions Trophy history. Batting against Bangladesh today at Cardiff, Williamson struck 57 off 69 balls to hit his third fifty in the ongoing tournament after having already hit two 50+ scores against Australia and England.
These three knocks, combined with a 67 against England in the 2013 edition, has enabled him to achieve the rare distinction. This also happens to be the first time a captain has registered three consecutive fifties in Champions Trophy.
The right-handed batsman is in spectacular form at the moment and is carrying the batting responsibility of his side all on his own since coming to England.
He started off with a quick-fire knock of 88 off just 60 balls against Sri Lanka in the warm up game and carried the same form into the main tournament as well, recording a century in the opening game against Australia at Birmingham.
This classy knock was followed by a fighting 87 off 97 deliveries against England during the chase of 311 runs. His knock went in vain as the rest of the line-up failed to perform and the team was bundled out for just 223 in 44.3 overs. Thus, giving England a handsome win by 87 runs.
Today, he maintained his fabulous form and contributed another critical knock for his team against Bangladesh after choosing to bat first. Coming out to bat at No. 3 after the departure of both the openers, Williamson stabilised the innings along with senior pro-Ross Taylor and forged 83-run stand before getting himself run out in the 30th over of the innings.
Once again, his efforts will serve as a platform for others to pile on more runs. But, whether the middle order will be able to capitalise on it or not? That’s a different story altogether.
As of now, Williamson also stands as the highest run-getter of the tournament. Today’s knock has taken his overall tally to 224 runs in three matches at an average of 81.33. He will be now eager to see his team win the ongoing game as it will not only help him extend his record-breaking run but also take New Zealand to the semi-final stage.
— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) June 9, 2017
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