ICC World Cup, 1999 / Commentary

ICC World Cup - 1st semi final

New Zealand v Pakistan

Pakistan won by 9 wickets (with 15 balls remaining)

0.1

Wasim Akram to Horne, 1 wide, wild wild ball to start us off, slipped out of the hand and way wide of the off stump

0.1

Wasim Akram to Horne, 1 no ball, beautiful movement down the line into the pads, appeal quietened by the no ball

0.1

Wasim Akram to Horne, no run, and we finally have a ball bowled, left to the keeper

0.2

Wasim Akram to Horne, no run, defending outside the off stump into the off side

0.3

Wasim Akram to Horne, 1 run, onto the back foot, deflected away thru the gully, they jog a single

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   Wasim Akram 1-0-4-0

2.1

Wasim Akram to Horne, 1 run, tapping a low cut shot, bottom edge runs wide fo the slips to the 3rd man

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   Wasim Akram 2-0-5-0

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

4.6

Wasim Akram to Horne, no run, coming forward to defend, turning it onto the on side, to the short mid wicket

New Zealand 18/0   Wasim Akram 3-0-6-0

6.1

Wasim Akram to Horne, no run, onto the back foot, defending onto the off side

6.2

Wasim Akram to Horne, FOUR, a little short outside the off stump, commanding shot from Horne, onto the front foot and then cutting thru the cover point

6.3

Wasim Akram to Horne, 1 run, a little flick across the line, ball rolls toward sthe forward square leg area

6.4

Wasim Akram to McMillan, 1 run, tapping it thru point, Ijaz pounces and flings it at the bowler's end, a direct hit would have sent McMillan to the dust bin

6.5

Wasim Akram to Horne, 1 run, glancing down to the long leg

6.6

Wasim Akram to McMillan, no run, poorly timed jab outside the off stump, ball bounces down the pitch

New Zealand 28/1   Wasim Akram 4-0-13-0

8.1

Wasim Akram to Horne, 1 run, turned away behin dthe square leg, Horne looking a lot more solid than at the start of the innings, or the start of the tournament for that matter

8.2

Wasim Akram to McMillan, no run

8.3

Wasim Akram to McMillan, no run, pushing it away to the cover point

8.4

Wasim Akram to McMillan, no run, defending onto the on side this time

8.5

Wasim Akram to McMillan, no run, more defence, cramped a little, poked onto the on side again

8.6

Wasim Akram to McMillan, 1 leg bye, defensive short of the covers, NZ grabbing every stupid single on offer, Pakistan can't buy a direct hit

New Zealand 34/1   Wasim Akram 5-0-14-0

10.1

Wasim Akram to Horne, 1 run, slapping the bat at it, thick edge runs thru the gully to the 3rd man

10.2

Wasim Akram to McMillan, no run, playing and missing a hard defensive drive, ball beats the outside edge

10.3

Wasim Akram to McMillan, 1 wide, straight down the leg side by the left armer

10.3

Wasim Akram to McMillan, OUT, the usual crappy lack of footwork from McMillan, trying to slap the ball into the covers, jumping as well, outside edge, easy keeper's catch

CD McMillan c †Moin Khan b Wasim Akram 3 (22m 19b 0x4 0x6) SR: 15.78

10.4

Wasim Akram to Fleming, 1 no ball, lovely inswinging yorker to the left hander, pure class from Wasim, spoiled only by the no ball

10.4

Wasim Akram to Fleming, no run, defending onto the on side

10.5

Wasim Akram to Fleming, no run

10.6

Wasim Akram to Fleming, no run, awkwardly played, opening the face, deflecting to the point, tying the wrists in a knot

New Zealand 39/2   Wasim Akram 6-0-17-1

42.1

Wasim Akram to Cairns, no run, jams onto the ball outside the off stump

42.2

Wasim Akram to Cairns, 1 leg bye, travels close on the on side

42.3

Wasim Akram to Harris, 2 runs, left handers plays across the line this time, pushing thru the square leg

42.4

Wasim Akram to Harris, 1 wide, down the leg side and to the keeper

42.4

Wasim Akram to Harris, 2 runs, flapping the bat at it, EDGED! just wide of the Moin, Saqlain gathers in the deep with a good slide

42.5

Wasim Akram to Harris, 1 leg bye, forward defence, into the pads, appeal, and a run

42.6

Wasim Akram to Cairns, 1 run, leaning forward and poking it into the covers, 8 off the over without much fuss

New Zealand 194/5   Wasim Akram 7-0-23-1

44.1

Wasim Akram to Cairns, FOUR, smacking a cover drive, down the ground, as is Cairns's want

44.2

Wasim Akram to Cairns, no run

44.3

Wasim Akram to Cairns, 1 run, just wide of Ijaz at backward point, replay shows it should've bene called no ball

44.4

Wasim Akram to Harris, no run

44.5

Wasim Akram to Harris, 1 run

44.6

Wasim Akram to Cairns, 2 runs, the funny fellow with the white beard is on TV again, he's had more TV exposure in this World Cup than your average member of the NZ top order

New Zealand 207/5   Wasim Akram 8-0-31-1

46.1

Wasim Akram to Cairns, no run

46.2

Wasim Akram to Cairns, 1 leg bye, trying to hoist it over the square leg, well missed, takes it on the erm, soft and tenders, Parore the true sadist calls him for a single

46.3

Wasim Akram to Parore, no run

46.4

Wasim Akram to Parore, 1 wide

46.4

Wasim Akram to Parore, OUT, stepping back to make room, late cut just clips the off bail, Parore the goose doesn't realise and is still running the second, wondering why Pakistan are hugging in the middle of the pitch

AC Parore b Wasim Akram 0 (5m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

46.5

Wasim Akram to Nash, 1 wide, and another wide, to push the extras up to god know how many

46.5

Wasim Akram to Nash, 1 wide, and another one, Wasim determined to have Pakistan chasing a good target

46.5

Wasim Akram to Nash, no run

46.6

Wasim Akram to Nash, no run

New Zealand 213/7   Wasim Akram 9-0-34-2

48.1

Wasim Akram to Cairns, 2 runs, driving down the off side, to Inzamam in the deep, who must be getting a bit knackered himself with all this outfielding

48.2

Wasim Akram to Cairns, no run, jamming on top of the ball, thru to the keeper

48.3

Wasim Akram to Cairns, 1 run, slashing it down thru the gully, his bat is cactus, a big flew off the bottom edge

48.4

Wasim Akram to Nash, 1 run, working it down to the 3rd man, Nash finally off the mark, possibly thru the intervention of a higher power

48.5

Wasim Akram to Cairns, (no ball) 2 runs, cross bat shot, lifts it over the covers and into the deep, Wasim especially amaused to find that being a no ball

48.5

Wasim Akram to Cairns, 3 runs, flicked behind the square leg, they manage 3 before the fielder gets his act together

48.6

Wasim Akram to Nash, 1 wide, and extras now hit a disgraceful 47, beating the score of Twose

48.6

Wasim Akram to Nash, no run, outside the off stump and to the keeper

New Zealand 229/7   Wasim Akram 10-0-45-2
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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