Kane Williamson’s Captain’s knock : Man of the tournament and Leading run scorer as a captain

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In a breath taking world cup Cricket 2019 final at Lord’s, Newzealand posted the target of 241 for 8, a relatively low score. To reach that target Newzealand captain contributed 30.Upon scoring that Kane Williamson made the history as being the leading run-scorer as a captain in a single world cup, 578 runs. As he lagged only by a single run, he achieved that easily, getting past the Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene’s 548 run record which he made during the 2007 world cup. Jayawardene made 548 runs in 11 innnings, while Kane Williamson equaled that in only 9 innings, gone past that in 10 innings and to get that mark Kane Williamson scored to centuries, highest being 148 against West Indies. With 2 centuries and half-centuries each, averaging 82.57 and his team reaching the final, Kane Williamson had a fairly good tournament as a player and captain of the team. Following are the captain’s runs that follow Kane Williamson’s record :

Mahela Jayawardene(Srilanka) 548 runs in 2007
Ricky Ponting(Aus) 539 runs in 2007
Aaron Finch(Eng) 507 runs in 2019
AB de Villiers (SA) 482 runs in 2015

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With world cup matches frequented with the scores exceeding 300 runs in the league stage, in the semifinals we have seen a completely different, teams couldn’t reach a 240 mark. A repetition here in the lords, Newzealand couldn’t even score 250 in the final.
In the last four matches, the team batting first won the match, among them the team chasing been bowled out thrice on this pitch. It was suggested that the team winning the toss should bat first, this suggestion was buzzing around everywhere and the Newzealand captain, Kane Williamson winning the toss promptly elected to bat. Due to a damp night, the cover was on and the toss was delayed. With a hint of grass on the pitch, the wicket is going to favor the seam bowlers, which the two finalists agreed upon. Though Lord’s wicket in the few previous matches favored the teams batting first, but overcast may change the whole scenario.
In a tied scheduled over and super over the match, England won by hitting more boundaries 26 to 17 but the Kiwi captain touched many feats in the world cup, being the highest run-scorer in a single edition of the world cup and being the player of the tournament, for carrying his team through to the final. The final that overshadowed by the controversy of four bye runs hitting Stokes outstretched bat.

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