Kiwis to stay grounded

NEW DELHI. — New Zealand captain Kane Williamson is too familiar with the fickleness of cricket’s shortest format to take his team’s red-hot form for granted going into tomorrow’s World Twenty20 semi-final against England.

The Kiwis cruised into the last four as the only unbeaten team in the tournament to book a clash with England who seem to be peaking at the right time.

“I know that going into tomorrow, it’s a big, exciting match but our feet are firmly on the ground and we going to be running to perform our plans as best as we can,” the bearded 25-year-old told reporters at the Feroz Shah Kotla. Williamson has displayed the tactical flexibility required to win a major tournament by sacrificing pace and gambling with three spinners, a ploy that paid off in the tournament opener against hosts India.

The presence of three left-handers — Eoin Morgan, Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali — in the England line-up could tempt him to try the trick again.

“We need to look at the condition before we decide on our final side,” Williamson said.

“Naturally we’ll consider the track we’re playing on, the ground size and also the opposition.”

He does not think of such moves as surprises.

“In terms of my perspective and our coach, they are not surprises to us,” Williamson said. — Reuters.

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