Kane Williamson blames New Zealand bowlers for 62-run loss in 3rd ODI against South Africa at Durban

Kane Williamson believes that the batting never gained momentum during run chase.

Kane Williamson scored 39 coming in at No.3 for New Zealand © Getty Images
Kane Williamson scored 39 coming in at No.3 for New Zealand © Getty Images

Durban: Kane Williamson said his team’s bowling effort had been ‘steady’, following a 62-run loss at the hands of South Africa in the third One-Day International (ODI) at Durban .”The batting never gained momentum and we never got ahead of the game at any stage.” New Zealand were missing several of their leading players during the tour, which also encompassed one-day and Twenty20 series in Zimbabwe. “Overall this tour has been of great benefit,” said Williamson. A bunch of individuals got a lot out of it”. Left-arm opening bowler Ben Wheeler took three for 71 but medium-pacer Grant Elliott was the pick of the New Zealand bowlers, taking two for 41 in an unbroken ten-over spell.  READ: All-round South Africa thrash New Zealand by 62 runs, claim series 2-1

Starting from the T20s, every time South Africa and New Zealand played each other in the current series, it was turned out to be an one-sided game. The trend continued on Wednesday as well as the hosts handed out the Kiwis 62-run defeat in the third and final One-Day International (ODI) at Durban. It was a thoroughly professional day at the office for South Africa, who, this victory the Proteas also claimed the series 2-1. Chasing 284 to win New Zealand could only manage 221 in 49.2 overs. After their 2-3 defeat against England, this New Zealand’s second series defeat after a historic World Cup campaign. South Africa, on the other hand are back on track after the disappointments of Bangladesh.

New Zealand had a poor start of the chase as Martin Guptill got out quite cheaply. However thanks to couple of drop catches by South African fielders, Kane Williamson and Tom Latham managed to survive for almost 19 overs and put up 84-run partnership. READ: AB de Villiers becomes fastest cricketer to reach 8,000 ODI runs

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