Kane Williamson has been leading New Zealand from the front in this World Cup. The Blackcaps Skipper achieved a milestone in the first semi-final against India of the ongoing tournament at Old Trafford on Tuesday. After managing just 27/1 in the first 10 overs, the Kiwis had to shift gears, Williamson’s gutsy knock of 67 off 95 took his run tally in this World Cup to 548 and made him the record bearer for most runs in a single edition of the quadrennial event by a Kiwi batsman.
Williamson surpassed Martin Guptill, who scored 547 runs in the 2015 World Cup in Australia. Guptill, who is not having a great World Cup, fell prey to Jasprit Bumrah’s delivery and a thick edge off his bat was caught by Virat Kohli at second slip. New Zealand has been having trouble in having an opening stand this World Cup and it has been their captain who has anchored the innings on more than one occasion.
Skipper Williamson played a captain’s knock to take the pressure off New Zealand. He added 68 runs for the second wicket with opener Henry Nicholls. The duo built a partnership and was composed. After Nicholls' dismissal, Williamson posted a 65-run stand for the third wicket with veteran Ross Taylor, who was unbeaten on 67 off 85 balls before the day's play was called off due to rain.
New Zealand put up 211/5 on the board in 46.1 overs before the match was suspended for the day. The match will resume on reserve day - Wednesday. New Zealand will have 23 deliveries to play on Wednesday and India will get their full 50 overs for the chase.