Confident Kane Williamson backs up the talk with emphatic New Zealand opener

  • Williamson’s New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by ten wickets in their tournament opener
  • Martin Guptill and Colin Munro both scored half-centuries while all bowlers used took a wicket in Cardiff

Kane Williamson gave the game away on Friday on the eve of New Zealand’s tournament opener, “Some people may be saying something about us, I’m not sure. But we’re talking about us.”

In those final five words, the Kiwi skipper revealed the quiet confidence coursing through his Black Caps side.

And having talked the talk, they then walked the walk on Saturday in Cardiff – giving Sri Lanka the full treatment in an emphatic ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup display.

Considering he didn’t bat, didn’t bowl, didn’t take a catch and didn’t affect a run out, it might seem a stretch to pick out the skipper as the key man in this impressive outing.

But no-one epitomises this Black Caps side quite like the man who calls the shots out in the middle.

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