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T20 World Cup 2021

‘One of the greatest innings in cricket history’ – Kane Williamson proves he can do it all with incredible T20 World Cup final knock

by Wisden Staff 2 minute read

Kane Williamson was the star for New Zealand in the T20 World Cup final, scoring a 48-ball 85 before being caught at long off by Steve Smith off Josh Hazlewood.

Williamson left the stage at 148-4, having led New Zealand’s surge towards a big total after a tame start. At the end of 10th over, New Zealand were 57-2. He took off during the second half of the New Zealand innings, making the joint-highest score in a T20 World Cup final, with a dropped catch by Josh Hazlewood marking the turning point. The chance down at the fine leg rope came with Williamson having scored 22 at a run a ball. The delivery trickled over the rope for four, and the Black Caps captain scored 63 off his next 27 balls before being dismissed.

His knock was praised by one and all.


One of the landmark features of his knock were the 22 runs he took off Australia fast bowler Mitchell Starc, rated as one of the best white-ball bowlers there has been.

Some talked about how Williamson switched gears in the second half of the innings.

The exceptional knock left many in awe of Williamson’s effort.

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