Kane Williamson's dismissal the worst in a horror Black Caps batting effort against Australia – Stuff

Kane Williamson’s dismissal summed up the Black Caps’ woes as they were dismissed for 82 and lost the second Chappell-Hadlee series match against Australia by 113 runs.
The New Zealand captain was tied down more than he ever has been before in one-day international cricket then lost his wicket in ugly circumstances, having made just 17 off 58 balls.
Australian leg-spinner Adam Zampa readily admitted in a post-match interview that the successful delivery “didn’t come out as well” as he would have liked.
It was a full toss that should have been dispatched to the boundary with the pressure mounting as the Black Caps chased 196 to level the series at Cazalys Stadium in Cairns.
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Instead, Williamson missed it and was given out LBW. He reviewed the decision, but that only meant there were a number of replays to sear what happened into the brains of those watching before he trudged off the park.
At that stage, the Black Caps were 33-4 in the 19th over and that soon became 57-8, putting their previous record low total of 64 – made against Pakistan in 1986 – firmly within sight.
They avoided setting a new mark, as Matt Henry and Trent Boult had some fun at the end of an evening which started with them combining to take 7-71 from their 20 overs and put their side on top.
But the Black Caps still slumped to a heavy defeat – one made more painful by the fact that Australia were 117-8 before rallying to post 195-9 after being sent in.
As it turned out, they could have stopped there and then and still won by 35 runs.
Williamson began his post-match interview on Fox Sports by noting that “obviously, it wasn’t our best effort with the bat”.
“[There were] a number of soft dismissals.
“Australia were outstanding with the ball and gave us nothing, and we really had to try weather that and take the game deep.
“The surface was a challenge and [196] was going to take a lot of hard work, but having said that, we didn’t apply ourselves well enough.”
In the first over of the Black Caps’ innings, Martin Guptill was first dropped at square leg, then caught in the slips chasing a wide delivery from Mitchell Starc.
One of Devon Conway or Williamson should have been run out the very next ball, but they survived and from there, they went into their shells instead of trying to assert themselves against seamers Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Sean Abbott.
Starc and Hazlewood had just walked off the pitch after putting on 47 for the final wicket with the bat to make Australia the happier of the two sides at the break and their delight only grew as the New Zealand approach played into their hands.
There may not have been that many bad balls to put away, but as the Black Caps crept to 14-3 after 10 overs and took 29 balls to score off Abbott, who finished with the remarkable figures of 2-1 from five overs, it was clear they needed a change of plan.
“Everyone’s got their own minds and makes their own decisions,” Williamson said when asked about his team’s mindset with the bat.
“We’ll reflect on that. We need to be a lot better than that.
“Adapting to these conditions is key and it’s not your regular modern-day ODI cricket – it takes you back in time a bit.”
Australian captain Aaron Finch began the match by falling for a second-ball duck – his fifth this year – but was full of smiles at the conclusion of the match and on the broadcast he put his side’s win down to “a combination of a few things”.
“The wicket started to slow up and become a little bit lower, so when you set some straight fields it can be hard to really get it through without taking a risk.
“As that pressure built, and the run rate started to get up to five, five-and-a-half an over, we felt as though we had the discipline to just continue to bang away with a hard length.
“Adam Zampa [who took 5-35] got the rewards, but it was all set up before that.”
The Black Caps’ second defeat in three days extended their winless run across all formats in Australia to 14 matches ahead of Sunday’s third and final ODI.
64 v Pakistan; Sharjah, 1986
73 v Sri Lanka; Auckland, 2007
74 v Australia; Wellington, 1982
74 v Pakistan; Sharjah, 1990
79 v India; Visakhapatnam, 2016
82 v Australia; Cairns, 2022
95 v Australia; Christchurch, 1990
97 v Australia; Faridabad, 2003
103 v India; Chennai, 2010
105 v Australia; Auckland, 2010
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