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Williamson trumps Finch in captains battle

NZN 5/02/2017 Rob Forsaith

Kane Williamson is the cricketing world's softly-spoken superstar, but even New Zealand's captain struggled to hide his delight in dismissing opposite number Aaron Finch on Sunday.

Williamson, who completed the run-out that ended a thrilling ODI series opener in Auckland, came up with the key scalp of Australia's top-scorer in the Hamilton decider.

Finch's eyes lit up when Williamson came on to bowl.

The stand-in skipper smacked him for four boundaries before picking out Trent Boult at deep midwicket on the longer side of the field.

It proved a game-changing wicket in NZ's 24-run win.

The tourists had been well placed to square the series and retain the Chappell-Hadlee trophy, with Finch and Travis Head both at the crease and seeing the ball well.

"He probably got himself out rather than me doing anything special," Williamson laughed after claiming a 2-0 series victory.

"I know Finch pretty well and he tries to whack every offspinner in the world, so I didn't assume it would be any different.

"I've played with him for Yorkshire and he's whacked quite a few offies, so it was a bit of a gamble, trying to get him to hit to that long side."

Finch had only one regret about his dismissal on 56.

"I'd do it again, I just wouldn't hit off the toe next time," Finch said.

"My plan was to go really hard at Kane, to put them under pressure and make them go back to another bowling option.

"Nine times out of 10 it comes off and today it didn't. In my mind it was still the right plan ...that's the way I've always played part-time offspin."

Williamson joked it was "harsh" for Finch to call him a part-timer before adding "it's probably fair".

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