ICC Champions Trophy 2017: New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson looking to put behind frustration of Australia washout

Kane Williamson scored a classy 100 against Australia in their ICC Champions Trophy opener but the match went on to be washed out. New Zealand now face England in their second match at Cardiff on Tuesday.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: June 6, 2017 12:14 am
icc champions trophy, england vs new zealand, kane williamson, williamson, cricket news, cricket, sports news, indian express Kane Williamson scored a classy century against Australia to power his team to a total of 291. (Source: Reuters)

New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson is looking to put the frustration of having a game washed out behind when he leads his team to face England in Cardiff on Tuesday. “The nature of this tournament is that every game is basically a knockout,” said Williamson. “We played some good cricket and we can’t control the weather, although it is a little bit frustrating.”

Williamson scored a classy century against Australia to power his team to a total of 291. New Zealand also put pressure on the Austalians during the chase dismissing openers David Warner and Aaron Finch early. Australia managed to make 53 runs for the loss of three wickets when the covers came on and players left the field. It was soon announced that play won’t be resumed meaning that Australia and New Zealand shared a point at the end of the proceedings.

England match against Bangladesh, on the other hand did not have interruptions of the sort. The hosts were put to chase a target of 306 that Bangladesh made thanks to a century from the in-form Tamim Iqbal. But England themselves were helped by Joe Root’s 133 and Alex Hales’ 95 that let them romp home a win by eight wickets with nearly three overs to spare.

A win would be crucial for New Zealand as they chase a place in the knockout stages of the tournament.

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