ICC World Cup, 1999 / Commentary

ICC World Cup - 1st semi final

New Zealand v Pakistan

Pakistan won by 9 wickets (with 15 balls remaining)

0.4

Wasim Akram to Astle, no run, pitched up, a hint of outward movement, good bounce, zips past the outside edge

0.5

Wasim Akram to Astle, no run, nearly full pitch, swinging too fast, into the pads going down the leg side

0.6

Wasim Akram to Astle, 1 no ball, nudged from outside the off stump to the point, Akram giving NZ their handicap

0.6

Wasim Akram to Astle, no run, swinging in outside the off stump, good bounce, Astle with a hopeless cut shot, no idea about it at all

New Zealand 4/0   NJ Astle 0* (4b)

1.6

Shoaib Akhtar to Astle, no run, good firm defence into the covers, Astle survives 1 ball from Shoaib, it's a start I suppose

New Zealand 5/0   NJ Astle 0* (5b)

2.2

Wasim Akram to Astle, no run, defending off the off stump and down the pitch

2.3

Wasim Akram to Astle, no run, outside the off stump, pushed well into the covers

2.4

Wasim Akram to Astle, no run, slow ball, down to 73 mph, bat and pad defence

2.5

Wasim Akram to Astle, no run, zero footwork, heaving at a horrible cut shot, plays over the top of it

2.6

Wasim Akram to Astle, no run, stepping forward to have a slash, another non-shot, bottom edge dribbles short of the slips

New Zealand 6/0   NJ Astle 0* (10b)

3.5

Shoaib Akhtar to Astle, 1 run, clipped square, a single to the cover point

New Zealand 17/0   NJ Astle 1* (11b)

4.1

Wasim Akram to Astle, no run, outside the off stump, Astle gone fishing, but didn't catch anything

4.2

Wasim Akram to Astle, no run, manages to get some bat on it for once, defending outside the off stump towards the non striker

4.3

Wasim Akram to Astle, no run, playing and missing outside the off stump, yet another miss

4.4

Wasim Akram to Astle, no run, turned onto the on side, dabbed straight to the mid wicket

4.5

Wasim Akram to Astle, 1 run, flicked off the hip thru the 45, Shoaib runs in from fine leg to gather it

New Zealand 18/0   NJ Astle 2* (16b)

5.1

Shoaib Akhtar to Astle, 1 run, turning it straight down the on side, to the mid on, NZ still defying all logic and reason

5.3

Shoaib Akhtar to Astle, OUT, the leg stump is laying on the ground, dead to the world, thru the gate, Astle has been put out of his misery

NJ Astle b Shoaib Akhtar 3 (24m 18b 0x4 0x6) SR: 16.66

New Zealand 20/1   NJ Astle 3 (18b)
Tournament Results
Australia v Pakistan at Lord's - Jun 20, 1999
Australia won by 8 wickets (with 179 balls remaining)
Australia v South Africa at Birmingham - Jun 17, 1999
Match tied
New Zealand v Pakistan at Manchester - Jun 16, 1999
Pakistan won by 9 wickets (with 15 balls remaining)
Australia v South Africa at Leeds - Jun 13, 1999
Australia won by 5 wickets (with 2 balls remaining)
India v New Zealand at Nottingham - Jun 12, 1999
New Zealand won by 5 wickets (with 10 balls remaining)
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Photos

Jun 17, 1999

Saeed Anwar acknowledges applause for his century, New Zealand v Pakistan, 1st semi-final, World Cup, Old Trafford, June 16, 1999

Saeed Anwar acknowledges applause for his century

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Jun 16, 1999

Shoaib Akhtar grabs a wicket, 1st semi-final: New Zealand v Pakistan, World Cup, Manchester, June 16, 1999

Shoaib Akhtar grabs a wicket

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