Kane Williamson on sunstrike in Napier: It’s hard to move the sun

first_img India Today Web Desk NapierJanuary 23, 2019UPDATED: January 23, 2019 22:16 IST India vs New Zealand: The setting sun had caused a 40-minute delay during the first ODI in Napier (@PhotosportNZ)HIGHLIGHTSShikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli were batting when the setting sun stopped play in NapierVirat Kohli said he has never seen sunlight stopping play on a cricket field in his lifeIndia beat New Zealand by 8 wickets to take a 1-0 lead in the 5-match seriesIndia vs New Zealand, 1st ODI Brief Scores: India 156 for 2 (34.5 overs) – Dhawan (75*), Kohli (45), Bracewell (1/29) beat New Zealand 157-all out (38 overs) – Williamson (64), Kuldeep (4/39), Shami (3/19) by 8 wickets (DLS method) in Napier. Full ScorecardMore than 30 minutes of play was lost on Wednesday during the first of a five-match ODI series between India and New Zealand at the McLean Park in Napier. Not because of rain or bad light – the usual suspects in a cricket match but sunlight stopped play after dinner.The setting sun was shining in India batsman, Shikhar Dhawan’s line of sight and made it difficult for him to see the ball being released from the bowler’s hand. The bizarre incident that forced the on-field umpires to take the players off the field left the fans at the venue disappointed.Notably, the McLean Park was hosting its first international match in close to two years after successfully sorting issues with its outfield that had led to the abandonment of international games in the past. Usually, grounds have the playing surface facing North-South, but McLean Park has it facing East-West. Hence, this issue of shadows created by the setting sun.Hard to move the sun, hard to move the grandstand: WilliamsonReacting to the stoppage of play, Williamson, in his own relaxed tone, replied: “We haven’t had to deal with too many sunstrikes. We knew in some of the domestic T20 games it had been the case. It is fairly considerable and it did have to happen.”It’s hard to move the sun and hard to move the grandstand. We didn’t have either of those options so we had to sit down for a bit.”advertisementDhawan and captain Virat Kohli resumed India’s run chase of 156 after the stoppage in play brought down the target by 2 runs. Dhawan remained unbeaten on 75 while Kohli was dismissed for 45 but the duo had stitched a match-winning 91-run stand.Asked if he had experienced stoppage in play because of the sun, Kohli said: “Never in my life. I actually got out in a game in 2014 because the sun was in my eyes. This rule (play stopping because of the sun) wasn’t there then. I am glad there’s a rule now.”The stoppage in play due to the sun was a first even to both the on-field umpires who were officiating the first ODI.”This is the first time in my 14 years I have seen something like this happen on a cricket field. Good news is we have 30 minutes extra time. We are hoping to be back in 30 minutes and it will still be a 50-over game,” umpire Shaun Haig said.Williamson warns against knee jerk reaction to 1st ODI defeatMeanwhile, Williamson also said New Zealand shouldn’t panic or come up with knee-jerk reactions to the eight-wicket thrashing in Napier. The two teams will meet at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui for the second ODI on January 26.”It is not our best performance and I think you need to look at it in small bits. It is not about jumping … or any knee jerk reactions to our performance,” Williamson said.”It is about identifying some areas we need to get better at and when we get it together we can beat anybody but we are against a very strong team in India.”Also Read | #10YearChallenge What changed for India between Hamilton 2009 and Napier 2019Also Read | Virat Kohli rested for last two ODIs and T20I series vs New Zealand, Rohit Sharma to leadAlso Read | Trained really hard, says Mohammed Shami after breaking Irfan Pathan’s recordAlso Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow India vs New ZealandFollow Kane WilliamsonFollow India cricket team Kane Williamson on sunstrike in Napier: It’s hard to move the sun India vs New Zealand, 1st ODI: In one of the rarest instances in international cricket, play was stopped for more than 30 minutes in Napier on Wednesday due to the setting sun. Brief score – India 156 for 2 (34.5 overs) beat New Zealand 157-all out (38 overs) by DLS method.advertisementlast_img

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