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IND vs NZ: Cricket World Cup 2019 | To get Dhoni with a direct throw was excellent, says Kane Williamson

Indian captain Virat Kohli congratulates his New Zealand counterpart Kane Williamson after the first semifinal of the 2019 Cricket World Cup in Manchester on July 10, 2019.

Indian captain Virat Kohli congratulates his New Zealand counterpart Kane Williamson after the first semifinal of the 2019 Cricket World Cup in Manchester on July 10, 2019.   | Photo Credit: Reuters

Kane Williamson often does a shy half-smile, not for him the extremes of unbridled joy or soul-numbing anguish.

Kane Williamson often does a shy half-smile, not for him the extremes of unbridled joy or soul-numbing anguish. After marshalling New Zealand well and springing a shock-defeat upon India in the World Cup semifinals here at Old Trafford on Wednesday, the skipper was measured in his words, mixing guarded praise with dry wit. Excerpts:

A tough game

It was important to maintain our vitality and we know what a class side India is. We thought close to 240 was competitive on a pitch like this and it was an incredible game. We had a great starting point when we got those wickets and then the rebuilding phase gets tricky. We had some good deliveries there, sometimes they don’t take the edge, but today they took (it).

The Jadeja special

The innings that (Ravindra) Jadeja played was as if he was playing on a different pitch. It was a brilliant innings and India showed what a class side it is and we had a very good game of cricket spilling over two days.

Dhoni’s run out

We all know the game is a fine line. We have seen (M.S.) Dhoni finish games earlier and to get him run out with a direct throw was excellent.

A staggered contest

I think the guys slept pretty well. We were focussing on what we could achieve on this surface. It wasn’t a 300-wicket, it was a mid-200 wicket, 240 or 250 was ideal. And then it was a brilliant start with the ball.

The catching philosophy

Just watch the ball and catch it. Just watch it, (perhaps say) ‘someone please catch it’ (grins) and if it is mine then catch it.

The final

Anybody can beat anybody, so it is important to put your feet on the ground.

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