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Semi-Final Win Extremely Satisfying-Williamson


Semi-final win extremely satisfying-Williamson


New Zealand defeated India in the semi-final of the world cup by 18 runs and New Zealand captain said that the win was satisfying. "Yeah, it's a different feeling, to be fair," he said . "The surfaces and the way we've had to try and skin it over the round robin and coming into the semi-finals, it's been quite different to the last World Cup we experienced. But the guys have showed a lot of heart throughout this whole campaign."


"It was really tough work," Williamson said of . "I suppose we had to assess the conditions quickly. Certainly looking at the surface, I suppose both teams thought it would be a lot more high scoring.


"The ball spun quite sharply and we thought if we got 240-250, we'd be right there in the game to put India under pressure. That is how it rather ended up. The guys were clinical at the back end to get us to a competitive total, perhaps without going too hard and finishing up with 210-220."


"A lot of it was on the conditions," he said. "With rain around, we wanted to see if it changed conditions [as compared to Tuesday]. Then with the ball, we wanted to move the ball off the seam, in the air and try and put some pressure on the Indian side. Obviously they're a world-class side, and the guys were able to do that."


"It was nice to get some early wickets of guys who've been playing some brilliant cricket," Williamson said. "We knew as it slowed up, it would be a tough squeeze. We needed to stay in the game for long periods. Being under so much pressure, to take the game to a stage where they could potentially win, it the way they were hitting it with Jadeja and Dhoni, the effort from our bowlers was outstanding."