One of the standout qualities which has defined Kane Williamson’s batting over the years has been his calmness at the crease and calculating the correct time to turn the game over in a jiffy.In Monday’s match, where captains of Sunrisers Hyderabad and Gujarat Titans notched up half-centuries, Williamson pipped Hardik Pandya on the basis of timing his acceleration well in a chase that looked tailor-made for the New Zealand skipper.

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He waited to feast on short balls, seen from his wagon wheel where he picked 19 and 12 runs in fine leg and square leg regions, respectively. He didn’t take any fours or sixes off Rashid Khan and Darshan Nalkande but took boundaries against Pandya, Mohammed Shami and Lockie Ferguson.

It wasn’t all rosy for Williamson from the start though. It could have been all over when he was at two in the opening over while chasing 163. Mohammed Shami had beaten him on the inside edge and struck his pads. Captain Pandya consulted wicketkeeper Matthew Wade, but eventually didn’t go for a review. But replays later showed Williamson would have been out.

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