Williamson breaks Jayawardena’s record | 2019-07-15

Williamson breaks Jayawardena’s record

15 July, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Williamson breaks Jayawardena’s record

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson plays a shot during their 2019 Cricket World Cup final against England at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London on Sunday. — AFP Photo

New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson scripted history as he became the highest run scoring captain in a single edition of ICC Cricket World Cup on Sunday.

Williamson was one run shy of going past former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardena’s record and the Kiwi star did so easily during the team’s World Cup final against hosts England at the Lord’s Cricket Ground in London, reports hindustantimes.com.

Williamson was tied with Jayawardena before the championship clash but after getting off the mark against England, he now takes the top spot in this illustrious list.

Jayawardena scored 548 runs in 11 innings in the 2007 edition of the tournament while Williamson took just 9 innings to equal his record and in his 10th innings, he etched his name in history books.

Earlier, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson won the toss and elected to bat. Morning drizzle, which had forced covers on the pitch, delayed start of the match by 15 minutes. New Zealand fielded the same team who beat India in the first semi-final in Manchester. England are playing their fourth World Cup final, against last edition’s runners-up New Zealand. England also retained the same XI who had thumped Australia in the second semi-final with opener Jonny Bairstow overcoming a thigh niggle.