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T20 World Cup 2022: “You are not helping the team”



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Aakash Chopra has slammed Kane Williamson for playing a laborious shot that proved counterproductive in the 2022 T20 World Cup clash between New Zealand and England.

Jos Buttler & Co. have set the Black Caps a goal of 180 points after choosing to bat first in a Group 1 Super 12 game in Brisbane on Tuesday November 1. Williamson scored a run-a-ball 40 in the chase as the Kiwis were held 159/6 to lose the game by 20 runs.

While reviewing the game in a video shared on his YouTube channel, Chopra pointed out that the New Zealand skipper’s kick sent his team back into the chase. He precised :

“In the New Zealand chase, Devon Conway was caught brilliantly behind the wickets and Finn Allen was sent off. Kane Williamson – 40 carries off 40 balls, not good enough. We think the job will be done but it doesn’t happen. You need nine runs per over, there if you score run a ball you’re not helping the team.”

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Chopra added that the Kiwis would have lost by a bigger margin had it not been for Glenn Phillips’ crushing blow. The former India hitter observed:

“Kane Williamson only scored half a century in 2022 and the strike rate is extremely low. It was Glenn Phillips who kept the game alive, although Moeen Ali caught him extremely easily.”

Devon Conway 3 from 9 and Kane Williamson 40 from 40 – interesting to see which innings had the most negative impact on the chase. Imagine that the collapse had these two blows coming from players from the subcontinent! #T20WorldCup

Phillips smashed 62 carries on just 36 balls, a shot peppered with four fours and three sixes. He was the dominant partner in his 91-run third-wicket partnership with Williamson.

“New Zealand’s problems have once again come to the fore” – Aakash Chopra

Daryl Mitchell was taken aback as he tried to max out.
Daryl Mitchell was taken aback as he tried to max out.

Chopra pointed out that New Zealand’s lower middle-order concerns were evident in Tuesday’s game. He explained:

“New Zealand problems came back to the fore. There’s nothing special about the middle order, the cream is at the top. When Glenn Phillips came out you learned. Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham , Mitchell Santner – it’s a little soft underbelly, which has been exposed.”

While observing that the Black Caps are in first position to qualify for the semi-finals despite the loss, Chopra pointed out that a non-result against Ireland could knock them out of the tournament. The famous commentator said:

“At the moment they’re pretty much at the top. They had a net run rate of 4.5 after the first game, then it went to 3.5 and now it’s 2.25. It may go lower but they will never go below Australia. Only one problem can happen with them, that the New Zealand-Ireland match falls in the rain, and the England and Australia matches happen.”

New Zealand are currently top of the Group 1 points table with five points to their name, ahead of England and Australia based on net run rate. A win over Ireland in their final group stage game should guarantee them a place in the semi-finals unless England and Australia score massive wins over Sri Lanka and Afghanistan respectively.

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