Indian Premier League 2017 April 12, 2017

Kane Williamson - ace dart thrower

ESPNcricinfo staff
Playing a game of darts with his Sunrisers Hyderabad team-mates, the New Zealand captain picked up the highest score possible

The sequel to the Eden-Park Chappell-Hadlee showdown followed pretty much the same script © Getty Images

January 30, 2017. Kane Williamson hits the target. The crowd goes wild. And New Zealand beat Australia.

April 11, 2017. He hits the target not once, not twice, but thrice in succession. The crowd goes bonkers. He takes a lap of honour. And New Zealand beat Australia again. In darts.

The stakes were not as high as they had been at that Chappell-Hadlee Trophy match two months ago but the outcome was still reasonably spectacular as Williamson pulled in a 180, the highest possible score in a dart game by hitting the incredibly narrow triple 20 zone on all his tries.

It was his opponent David Warner who began the cheering. "One-eighty," he screamed, leaping up in the air with both arms aloft. "There we have it, Sunrisers fans, our first 180 comes off probably 10,656 attempts. Two years of hard work has finally played off. It's like a hole in one in golf"

After recording the moment for posterity, Williamson sat down for his post-match interview. "That's what the IPL is all about eh," he said. "Big moment. Something I'll never forget. This and.. and, last year's IPL victory will be right up there."

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