Usama Mir opens up about dismissing Kane Williamson

It was a perfect leg-spinner’s dismissal

By Web Desk
January 09, 2023
Usama Mir bowled a ripper for his maiden ODI wicket — AFP

Pakistan leg-spinner Usama Mir has opened up about dismissing New Zealand captain Kane Williamson during the first ODI on Monday in Karachi.

In a perfect leg-spinner’s dismissal, Mir got one to spin away from Williamson’s bat, after landing the ball on middle and leg, and clip the bails.

“It is a dream come true for me. I want to thank Allah Almighty. To get Kane Williamson as my first wicket is a dream come true. I have no words to express," Mir said during the innings break.

The 27-year-old was also confident that Pakistan will chase down the 256-run target and take 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

“I think we should chase this down easily with the batting we have got,” he added.

Earlier, pacer Naseem Shah grabbed his second five-wicket haul Monday to help Pakistan restrict New Zealand to 255-9.

The 19-year-old dismissed opener Devon Conway in the first over of the match for nought to kickstart Pakistan, who won the toss and sent New Zealand in to bat.

Naseem, who finished with 5-57, returned for a second spell to account for Glenn Phillips (37), Michael Bracewell (43) and Henry Shipley (nought) to derail the visitors´ batting.

Naseem, whose first five-wicket haul was against the Netherlands in August, rounded off his night by dismissing Mitchell Santner for 21 in the final over.

Tom Latham (42) and Daryl Mitchell (36) restored the innings during a fourth-wicket stand of 56, while Phillips and Bracewell added 66 off 59 balls for the sixth — before Naseem dismissed both in successive overs.

Skipper Kane Williamson scored 26 before he was beautifully bowled neck and crop by debutant leg-spinner Usama Mir, who finished with 2-42.

Phillips hit a six and a boundary in his 53-ball knock, while Bracewell cracked four boundaries and a six off 42 deliveries.

Opener Finn Allen smashed six boundaries in his 27-ball 29.