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ICC Champions Trophy 2017: Kane Williamson’s superb ton gives New Zealand edge

Kane Williamson hit his ninth One-Day International century and first against Australia in New Zealand’s ICC Champions Trophy 2017 clash at Edgbaston on Friday.

icc champions trophy 2017 Updated: Jun 03, 2017 00:02 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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New Zealand's Kane Williamson celebrates after reaching his century against Australia in their ICC Champions Trophy 2017 match at Edgbaston on Friday.(Reuters)

Skipper Kane Williamson led from the front on Friday as he slammed his ninth One-Day International (ODI) century to set the platform for New Zealand to put up a big score against Australia on the second day of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 in Birmingham.

Opting to bat, New Zealand had started well but opener Martin Guptill was dismissed for 26 in the sixth over.

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In came Williamson. The right-hand bat took immediate responsibility and kept a strong scoring rate for New Zealand, first, with opener Luke Ronchi (65) and then Ross Taylor (46), both giving their captain good support at the crease.

It was a brilliant knock from the New Zealand No.3 who took just 96 balls to reach the three-figure mark at Edgbaston on Friday.

Though the 26-year-old started a bit slowly, he upped the ante after crossing the 50-run mark with his knock studded with eight boundaries and three big sixes.

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This was Williamson’s maiden century against Australia with his previous best being 81 which came in December 2016 at Canberra.

However, the captain could not take the Blackcaps to the end as he was run out on the next delivery he faced for exactly 100.

This was the third century of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 after Tamim Iqbal and Joe Root also scored hundreds in the opening game of the tournament between England and Bangladesh which the hosts went on to win by eight wickets at The Oval in London.

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This was also Williamson’s first century since October 2016 when he hit 118 against India at the Ferozeshah Kotla in New Delhi.

First Published: Jun 02, 2017 22:37 IST