Kane Williamson scored 25 runs in the match © Getty Images
Kane Williamson scored 25 runs in the match © Getty Images

New Zealand middle-order batsman Kane Williamson lauded the team’s performance in the second T20 match (of South Africa vs New Zealand 2015 series). They won this match (which was played at SuperSport park) by 32 runs. It needs to be mentioned here that New Zealand had lost their first match in the T20 series by six wickets. However the team bounced back in the second T20 with a brilliant performance in all the three departments of the game. Williamson was all-praise for the team and said that the side played “smart cricket.” “Overall it is a much improved effort from us. We touched on the areas we wanted to. Little extra runs towards the end gave us those 20 extra runs,” he summarised. READ: The advantage Joe Root and Kane Williamson have over Virat Kohli and Steven Smith

In a conversation with cricbuzz he said, ” The wicket slowed down and was difficult to bat second. But we were quite smart with how we went about our work and that was the most pleasing part. When you play South Africa, they always come hard – a quality side and they always put pressure. It needed such an effort going into the ODI series. We are a young side and it was great for us to step up from the last game. It is important to do that again in the ODIs.” READ: Kane Williamson, Martin Guptill take New Zealand off to flying start in 1st T20I vs South Africa

Batting first the kiwis posted a total of 177/7 with the help of Martin Guptill’s brilliant knock of 60 which came on just 35 balls. He was named man of the match as well as man of the series. In the second part of the match Black Caps  restricted the Proteas to 145 for eight wickets in their allotted 20 overs. According to Williamson the win has increased the confidence of the players. “I like to give myself a little bit of time and see what the wicket is doing. You have to be on top of your game when playing against South Africa. Me and Kane [Williamson] were able to build a partnership and lay the platform. We are looking forward to the ODI series,” Guptill said in the presentation ceremony.

Faf du Plessis was injured in this match and hence AB de Villiers was the skipper.”I thought they batted pretty well. 177 was an above par total. It was always going to be a tough ask, but I had the faith in the boys. We kept losing wickets at crucial times, including mine. I think they were 20 runs above par. We were definitely below par with the ball. I never go out to blame the toss, but we would have batted first on this wicket. The wicket was a little bit up and down, we would have liked to put pressure on New Zealand when they were batting. We are fairly happy with our preparation for the World T20. Most of the guys got an opportunity to perform in the series” said the dejected captain but gave due credit to the kiwis for the way they batted, fielded and bowled. ALSO READ: Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers guide South Africa to 6-wicket win vs New Zealand in 1st T20I at Durban