Williamson humble after record stand


Kane Williamson was humble following a record-breaking stand alongside Martin Guptill in New Zealand's Twenty20 International win over Pakistan.

In the second game of the series in Hamilton, the Black Caps' opening pair produced a sensational 171-run stand - the highest union in a T20I - to beat Pakistan by 10 wickets and square the three-game series at 1-1.

Williamson produced a career-best 72 off 48 deliveries, while Guptill reached 87 from 10 balls more in a phenomenal showing to beat the tourists.

The emphatic showing from the New Zealand duo set up a series decider in Wellington on Friday, and Williamson was quick to hail the team ethic.

"It's nice to achieve that but it's not something we set out to do. We set out to lay a platform and play to the gameplan," Williamson said.

"If records come that's nice, but more importantly, we got across the line to set up a nice finish to the T20 series in Wellington.

"It was a really good performance from the team all round. An improved bowling effort on a pretty good batting track first, and then for Gup and myself to put a big partnership together was pleasing."

Williamson and Guptill's dominant showing left the remainder of the batting order in the stands, but he believes his team-mates will continue to work hard and prepare for their forthcoming fixtures.

"You can't have everything I suppose," he light-heartedly admitted. "If you do things well then guys don't get bats, but they'll be preparing and training for the next game just as normal and I'm sure they'll be ready to go."