Williamson ‘pleased’ with historic ODI series victory over Pakistan

KARACHI: New Zealand captain Kane Williamson was pleased by his side’s historic ODI series triumph over Pakistan after Glenn Phillips’ scintillating knock powered them sailing through in the third and final ODI here on Friday.

Williamson talked to the media at the post-match press conference, commented on his team’s first ODI series victory in Pakistan and was pleased with the outcome.

“There are a number of unknowns when you arrive and you haven’t played in Pakistan before and so we tried to access that and tried to get some game plans together which varied throughout the series which I think, is just the characteristic of the international game when you play in different countries and it was very pleasing for us as a team to be able to do that,” said Williamson.

“Not just the conditions in general but I think from game to game they did change when we saw around you know a lot of different pep threats with the ball at different stages and tryna work out ways to score.

“There are a lot of positives but also a number of things to touch on and keep working on it as a side to keep moving forward.”

The New Zealand skipper also termed the conditions on offer in the ODIs very competitive with a nice balance between bat and ball.

“I think there have been very competitive pitches, been a nice balance between bat and ball. We’ve seen some that spun a lot and some that haven’t. But, you know as a side you just try to adjust to being effective with the bat and the ball,” Williamson stated.

“It was almost reflective of tournament cricket really when you play at multiple venues although we’ve only been here in Karachi we’ve seen a variety of conditions and I think the time of year has probably to do with that.

“So to come here and play well as a unit throughout the series and getting a series win is a very good effort by the team and another great opportunity to take a lot of learnings from it as well,” he maintained.

It is apropos to mention that Phillips’ brisk 66-run match-winning knock in the third and final ODI powered New Zealand to their first series triumph over Pakistan in their backyard.

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