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We would like to be out there fighting for the side: Williamson

Cricket 2023-11-29, 10:29pm

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Dhaka, 29 Nov  - New Zealand batter Kane Williamson, considered as one of the modern greats of the cricket history, stressed upon the requirements of coping with the wicket, which has been deteriorating as the game progresses as it was expected.

"All the sessions are as crucial as each other. We have work to do with the bat. Every run counts. Then we change our focus. The wicket is deteriorating quite quickly, so we have to keep moving with it," Williamson who hit 104 for his 29th century said today.

Courtesy to Williamson's master class amid a relentless Bangladesh spin attack, New Zealand reach 266-8 at stumps, trailing by 42 runs. Bangladesh were bowled out for 310 in its first innings.

Had Williamson not stepped up with such serenity, Bangladesh could have well wrapped up the Kiwis innings on a wicket, offering turn and bounce aplenty.

No other batters reach 50 but Williamson got support from Glenn Phillips (42) and Daryl Mitchell (41).

"It was a tough day. I thought the batters really tried to apply themselves.
Put together some good partnerships. We have couple of wickets left. It will be nice to get a few more, and then we will have our chance to bowl. The surface is showing signs of deteriorating quite a lot. It looks like a bit of a scrap in the next few days," he said.

 "The surface has changed somewhat. We were expecting that. We have to keep adjusting with bat and ball. There's a job to do in the morning, then we get the ball in our hand," he said.

Williamson said the pitch was extremely tougher to get the rhythm with the bat but he appreciated the way his colleagues applied them in this wicket.

"It is one of those surfaces where it is hard to get a rhythm. You will get some good balls as well. I thought the application was good. It would have been naturally nice to get a few more. Everybody would like to be out there fighting for the side. It has certainly posed a number of challenges out there. There was some good stuff. We know we have to keep adjusting with the bat as the game keeps developing," he remarked.

Terming Bangladesh spinners as huge threatening in this type of wicket, Williamson said: "They are very familiar with these conditions. They are very accurate. They all ask different questions. They were all outstanding today.
They asked a lot of questions. They taught a lot of lessons as well to play in this part of this world."

But he put faith on his colleagues to come up with valuable contribution as the game progresses.

"Couple of guys made some valuable contributions for us in the past. It would be nice to see that in the morning, if possible. We have to make some good decisions for a period of time, and then have a go with the ball. We have to make some adjustments from the first innings to this innings," he added.