New Zealand skipper and the batting superstar, Kane Williamson made a sensational comeback in the ongoing ODI World Cup 2023, against Pakistan. Notably, he was out of action from the field due to a thumb fracture which he sustained during the match against Bangladesh in the earlier phase of the tournament.
Kane Williamson came back strongly against Pakistan and played an amazing knock of 95 runs, with 10 fours and 2 sixes before getting caught by Fakhar Zaman off Iftikhar Ahmed in the 35th over of the first innings. The amazing knock played by the Kiwi captain attracted a lot of praising reactions from the cricket fans over X (formerly Twitter).
Apart from Kane Williamson, the young in-form Kiwi batting sensation Rachin Ravindra smashed a century in the ongoing game against Pakistan. Completing his third century in the ongoing ODI World Cup 2023, Ravindra scored 108 runs, hitting 15 fours and a six.
New Zealand batters outmuscle Pakistan’s bowling attack
On the back of these knocks followed by the quick cameo of Glenn Phillips, scoring 41 runs off just 25 balls, New Zealand managed to post a massive total of 401 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in the allotted 50 overs. Among all four pacers of Pakistan, it was only Mohammad Wasim who scalped 3 wickets and conceded runs with an economy rate of 6.00.
Pakistan’s pace trio of Shaheen Afridi, Hasan Ali, and Haris Rauf went very expensive as they conceded 267 runs in their combined quota of 30 overs, claiming one wicket each.
This match is all-important for Babar Azam’s men for their survival in the ongoing edition of the ODI World Cup as they are on the verge of getting knocked out from the tournament. If they lose today, then their elimination from the tournament will be confirmed officially.
Here’s how fans reacted to the 95-run knock played by Kane Williamson:
Take a bow Kane Mama. What an innings. Coming back from an injury and scoring a straight away is not an easy task. Sad for him 😭😭 pic.twitter.com/tcnMZRztSW— Mr.Yadav🏹 (@Mr_Yadav360) November 4, 2023
White Rohit Sharma 💔 didn’t care about his personal milestone— Useer45 (@140of113) November 4, 2023
New Zealand batters showed the perfect example that if you don't care about milestones and play with intent you can put up a Big target 400...— Venkatesh M (@mr_venkii) November 4, 2023
Hope our batters follow the same.#KaneWilliamson #rachinravindra #NZvsPAK #chinnaswamy #WorldCup2023 #RohitSharma𓃵 #century #icc
🇳🇿: 401-6 (50)— Wisden India (@WisdenIndia) November 4, 2023
Rachin Ravindra and Kane Williamson powered New Zealand to a big total on the board against Pakistan 🔥#KaneWilliamson #NZ #NZvsPAK #Cricket #WorldCup#RachinRavindra pic.twitter.com/Zxz9RCNRlw