Black Cap Williamson finally runs out of luck

MARK GEENTY
Last updated 05:00 15/02/2014
Kane Williamson
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KEEP AWAY: Kane Williamson bats the ball away from his stumps during an eventful innings of 47 yesterday.

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A wag in the crowd piped up; "seven lives left, Kane."

If only they'd been evenly spread among his New Zealand team-mates on a day where it all fell India's way in the second cricket test.

Williamson topscored with 47 in his three innings for New Zealand yesterday, but even by the third one the in-form batsman never felt he was seeing it big on a tricky day one pitch.

On 15 he edged Zaheer Khan but got a reprieve when replays showed the veteran had overstepped. Then, with Williamson on 23 he was snared bat-pad by a diving Cheteshwar Pujara before third umpire Derek Walker was in the game again, adjudging Ishant Sharma had no-balled. It cost the tall Indian paceman his seventh wicket, not that he was complaining as the tourists took charge to skittle New Zealand for 192.

Williamson rued it wasn't a featherbed on which he could really make India pay after lightning bizarrely struck twice.

"It didn't make the wicket any flatter. Spending more time out there still meant it was as hard as for anyone else out there. You never felt in but it's nice when a bit of luck goes your way," Williamson said.

He was still the only New Zealand batsman to stay at the crease longer than an hour in his 170-minute vigil.

Captain Brendon McCullum was another praying for even a small dose of Williamson's good fortune.

It became eight consecutive coin tosses that McCullum's been on the wrong side of this summer, including the final T20 against West Indies and all seven against the master caller, India's MS Dhoni. This one was the most crucial as India seized a crucial advantage.

McCullum's team-mates were incredulous and Williamson agreed that sending someone else to stand alongside Dhoni at the toss might have been the trick.

"Honestly, that's not a bad idea. Jeez, that would have been a nice one to win I think. I suppose he's due to win one so that's a positive thing. It's been uncanny, not winning the toss the whole series is just ridiculous."

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