ICC World Cup, 1999 / Commentary

ICC World Cup - 1st semi final

New Zealand v Pakistan

Pakistan won by 9 wickets (with 15 balls remaining)

the weather is excellent, and NZ have won the toss and have taken the only sensible option, to bat first both teams are unchanged from their last matches. so NZ are still with their fine top order, and Pakistan are with more bowlers than you can poke a stick at

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

End of over 1 (4 runs) New Zealand 4/0
NJ Astle    0* (4b)      Wasim Akram    1-0-4-0
MJ Horne    1* (4b)     

1.1

Shoaib Akhtar to Horne, no run, 87 mph to start with, bouncing into the hip, turned away direct to the square leg area

1.2

Shoaib Akhtar to Horne, no run, straight and outside the off stump, bat raised, ball left to the keeper

1.3

Shoaib Akhtar to Horne, no run, a little too wayward, batsman again not offering a shot outside the off stump

1.4

Shoaib Akhtar to Horne, no run, away movement off the seam, that beats him, Horne dabbing some nervous defence at it, 90 mph

1.5

Shoaib Akhtar to Horne, 1 run, leading or outside edge pops in the air, but lands safely just beyond the gully

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

End of over 2 (1 run) New Zealand 5/0
NJ Astle    0* (5b)      Shoaib Akhtar    1-0-1-0
MJ Horne    2* (9b)     

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

End of over 3 (1 run) New Zealand 6/0
NJ Astle    0* (10b)      Wasim Akram    2-0-5-0
MJ Horne    3* (10b)     

3.1

Shoaib Akhtar to Horne, FOUR, short and quit, aimed at the mid riff, Horne too slow with his defence, outside edge travels high and wide of the 2nd slip, Horne will tell his grand kids about the time he 4 off Shoaib

3.2

Shoaib Akhtar to Horne, no run, defending only, down the wicket

3.3

Shoaib Akhtar to Horne, no run, 94 mph, turned away direct to the square leg

3.4

Shoaib Akhtar to Horne, 5 no balls, a bouncer, and did it bounce, high over the shoulder, slightly down the leg side, Moin attempts to jump, but couldn't get to it

3.4

Shoaib Akhtar to Horne, 1 run, turned away onto the on side, a single wide of the mid wicket

3.5

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

3.6

Shoaib Akhtar to Horne, no run, jammed down the wicket, back to the bowler

End of over 4 (11 runs) New Zealand 17/0
MJ Horne    8* (16b 1x4)      Shoaib Akhtar    2-0-12-0
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

4.6

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

End of over 5 (1 run) New Zealand 18/0
MJ Horne    8* (17b 1x4)      Wasim Akram    3-0-6-0
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

5.2

Shoaib Akhtar to Horne, 1 run, looked a little slower, Horne misjudging the line, defending on the off stump, outside edge bounces short of Azhar at 2nd slip, they get a run from the effective misfield

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

Astle was jumping for some reason, perhaps expecting more bounce

5.4

Shoaib Akhtar to McMillan, no run, inswinging yorker lands perhaps a little short of the mark, well defended on the off side

5.5

Shoaib Akhtar to McMillan, no run, more good defence, knocked soundly into the covers

5.6

Shoaib Akhtar to McMillan, 1 no ball, outside the off stump, bat raised, left to the keeper

5.6

Shoaib Akhtar to McMillan, no run, plays the defence a little late, or perhaps that's how it always seems against Shoaib, defended short of the covers

End of over 6 (3 runs) New Zealand 21/1
CD McMillan    0* (4b)      Shoaib Akhtar    3-0-15-1
MJ Horne    9* (18b 1x4)     

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

End of over 7 (7 runs) New Zealand 28/1
CD McMillan    1* (6b)      Wasim Akram    4-0-13-0
MJ Horne    15* (22b 2x4)     

7.1

Shoaib Akhtar to Horne, 1 wide, down the leg side, first loss of control from Shoaib today

7.1

Shoaib Akhtar to Horne, 1 run, sliding it down to Saqlain at the 3rd man

7.2

Shoaib Akhtar to McMillan, 1 run, worked away to Razzaq at mid on, another silly single, if Razzaq hit, McMillan would've again been off

7.3

Shoaib Akhtar to Horne, no run, left to the keeper

7.4

Shoaib Akhtar to Horne, no run, glancing, may have come off the pad, Moin throws away a glove to collect down the leg side

7.5

Shoaib Akhtar to Horne, no run, slow ball aimed at the off stump, a mere 72 mph, Horne defends easily

7.6

Shoaib Akhtar to Horne, 1 run, a pull shot, ball coming from high off the bat, easy fielding for the long leg

End of over 8 (4 runs) New Zealand 32/1
MJ Horne    17* (27b 2x4)      Shoaib Akhtar    4-0-19-1
CD McMillan    2* (7b)     

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

End of over 9 (2 runs) New Zealand 34/1
CD McMillan    2* (12b)      Wasim Akram    5-0-14-0
MJ Horne    18* (28b 2x4)     

9.1

Abdul Razzaq to McMillan, no run, tapping from outside the off stump, dead bats it

9.2

Abdul Razzaq to McMillan, 1 run, quick single from a ball turned in front of the mid wicket

9.3

Abdul Razzaq to Horne, 1 run, leaning over the ball, defending well thru the gully

9.4

Abdul Razzaq to McMillan, no run, knocked down the wicket, on the on side, to the mid on fielder

9.5

Abdul Razzaq to McMillan, no run, jams down upon it, very nice inswinging yorker, actually made the way by McMillan coming down the wicket for whatever reason

9.6

Abdul Razzaq to McMillan, no run, movement away outside the off stump, to the keeper

End of over 10 (2 runs) New Zealand 36/1
CD McMillan    3* (17b)      Abdul Razzaq    1-0-2-0
MJ Horne    19* (29b 2x4)     

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

End of over 11 (3 runs) New Zealand 39/2
SP Fleming    0* (4b)      Wasim Akram    6-0-17-1
MJ Horne    20* (30b 2x4)     

11.1

Abdul Razzaq to Horne, no run, defensive outside the off stump, ball rolls short of the covers

11.2

Abdul Razzaq to Horne, FOUR, very slightly wayward from Abdur, onto the leg stump, excellent glance, too fine for the long leg

11.3

Abdul Razzaq to Horne, no run, coming forward, firmly defending to the point fielder

11.4

Abdul Razzaq to Horne, FOUR, coming forward, onto the front foot, not the prettiest of drives, but very effective to the long on boundary

11.5

Abdul Razzaq to Horne, no run, just wanted to defend it, tapping the bat close to the pad, balls ails past the outside edge

11.6

Abdul Razzaq to Horne, no run, slow ball, worked into the covers

in this form Horne looks very out of place at the top of the order, I'm sure the team management will have a word or two with him Saqlain on within the first 15

End of over 12 (8 runs) New Zealand 47/2
MJ Horne    28* (36b 4x4)      Abdul Razzaq    2-0-10-0
SP Fleming    0* (4b)     

12.1

Saqlain Mushtaq to Fleming, no run, wide of the crease, around the wicket, good turn, Fleming withdraws the defence after noticing the deviation

12.2

Saqlain Mushtaq to Fleming, no run, coming forward and defending into the off side

12.3

Saqlain Mushtaq to Fleming, 1 run, a single from the inside edge of the forward defence, to the square leg

12.4

Saqlain Mushtaq to Horne, no run, over the wicket to the right hander, turned straight to the short fine leg

12.5

Saqlain Mushtaq to Horne, FOUR, lovely sweep, Horne in terrific form, ball beats two fielders on the way to the long leg rope

12.6

Saqlain Mushtaq to Horne, 1 run, trickles away off a glance, they grab a single

End of over 13 (6 runs) New Zealand 53/2
MJ Horne    33* (39b 5x4)      Saqlain Mushtaq    1-0-6-0
SP Fleming    1* (7b)     

13.1

Abdul Razzaq to Horne, no run, defending outside the off stump, poked into the covers

13.2

Abdul Razzaq to Horne, no run, more defence again, leaning over the ball

13.3

Abdul Razzaq to Horne, no run, thick edge trickles away to the gully area

13.4

Abdul Razzaq to Horne, no run, Abdur flings it into the pads, big appeal, but obviously going down the leg side, Umpire Willey Wonka shakes his head

13.5

Abdul Razzaq to Horne, 1 run, coming forward, thick edge runs away down to the third man

13.6

Abdul Razzaq to Fleming, no run, defensive on the off side, Shoaib the mid off runs to his right to collect

End of over 14 (1 run) New Zealand 54/2
SP Fleming    1* (8b)      Abdul Razzaq    3-0-11-0
MJ Horne    34* (44b 5x4)     

14.1

Saqlain Mushtaq to Horne, no run, turned square, direct to the square leg

14.2

Saqlain Mushtaq to Horne, no run, oh joy, the microphones have been turned up and we can listen to the dulcet tones of Moin saying "Saqqy" every second word

14.3

Saqlain Mushtaq to Horne, 2 wides, misses the sweep down the leg side, they run a single as well

14.3

Saqlain Mushtaq to Fleming, 1 run, grinded around the corner,t o the short fine leg

14.4

Saqlain Mushtaq to Horne, 1 run, sweeping again, beats the short fien leg, down to the long leg

14.5

Saqlain Mushtaq to Fleming, no run, coming forward, defending onto the on side

14.6

Saqlain Mushtaq to Fleming, no run, a little slow footed, but safely negotiates the ball onto the on side

End of over 15 (4 runs) New Zealand 58/2
SP Fleming    2* (11b)      Saqlain Mushtaq    2-0-10-0
MJ Horne    35* (47b 5x4)     

15.1

Abdul Razzaq to Horne, OUT, brilliant yorker, even the batsman thinks so, thru the gate, batsman playing over the top of it, middle stump knocked way out of the ground, Horne looks up and gives a somewhat unneeded nod of approval to the bowler

MJ Horne b Abdul Razzaq 35 (67m 48b 5x4 0x6) SR: 72.91

Match State: Drinks

15.2

Abdul Razzaq to Twose, 1 run, nervously prodding the defence at it, inside edge runs away behind the square leg

15.3

Abdul Razzaq to Fleming, FOUR, coming forward and smacking it thru the mid wicket, good shot from the captain

15.4

Abdul Razzaq to Fleming, no run, outside the off stump, defending to the mid off

15.5

Abdul Razzaq to Fleming, no run, bat raised over the top of the ball, passes to the keeper

15.6

Abdul Razzaq to Fleming, no run, slight adjustment in the feet, shuffling across the stumps, driving to the mid on

End of over 16 (5 runs) New Zealand 63/3
SP Fleming    6* (15b 1x4)      Abdul Razzaq    4-0-16-1
RG Twose    1* (1b)     

16.1

Saqlain Mushtaq to Twose, no run, coming forward and deflecting it to the backward point

16.2

Saqlain Mushtaq to Twose, no run, Saqlain always around the wicekt to the left handers, defending onto the on side

16.3

Saqlain Mushtaq to Twose, no run, quicker ball, from wide of the crease, not well played, off the body and short of the silly point

16.4

Saqlain Mushtaq to Twose, 2 runs, a fine lofted sweep, over the forward square leg, ball has little momentum after landing, Abdur gathers just short of the rope

16.5

Saqlain Mushtaq to Twose, 1 run, draged away behind the square leg

16.6

Saqlain Mushtaq to Fleming, 1 run, playing across the line, thru the square leg again

End of over 17 (4 runs) New Zealand 67/3
SP Fleming    7* (16b 1x4)      Saqlain Mushtaq    3-0-14-0
RG Twose    4* (6b)     

17.1

Abdul Razzaq to Fleming, no run, bat raised, ball passes thru to the keeper

17.2

Abdul Razzaq to Fleming, 1 run, turned away, behind the square leg

17.3

Abdul Razzaq to Twose, no run, driving outside the off stump, only defensive though, into the covers

17.4

Abdul Razzaq to Twose, no run, driving outside the off stump, missing, just wanting to place it into the covers

17.5

Abdul Razzaq to Twose, 1 wide, wide fo the off stump, Abdur has been coming around the wicket the whole time

17.5

Abdul Razzaq to Twose, no run, outside the off stump again, thick edge drive to the point area

17.6

Abdul Razzaq to Twose, 1 run, mistimed slap outside the off stump, thru the cover point gap, Azhar gathers in the deep in his lime floppy

End of over 18 (3 runs) New Zealand 70/3
RG Twose    5* (10b)      Abdul Razzaq    5-0-19-1
SP Fleming    8* (18b 1x4)     

18.1

Saqlain Mushtaq to Twose, no run, driving outside the off stump, to the mid off

18.2

Saqlain Mushtaq to Twose, no run, coming forward, dead bats it to the silly point. Moin just won't shut up

18.3

Saqlain Mushtaq to Twose, 2 runs, driving thru the mid wicket, gathered easily in the deep, hardly any effort in the running

18.4

Saqlain Mushtaq to Twose, no run, driven into the silly point perhaps? Moin picks up

18.5

Saqlain Mushtaq to Twose, 1 run, stepping back and judging it off the pitch, poked thru the point area

18.6

Saqlain Mushtaq to Fleming, no run, leaning over the ball and defending it

End of over 19 (3 runs) New Zealand 73/3
SP Fleming    8* (19b 1x4)      Saqlain Mushtaq    4-0-17-0
RG Twose    8* (15b)     

19.1

Azhar Mahmood to Twose, 1 run, Azhar's first ball is flicked thru the square leg

19.2

Azhar Mahmood to Fleming, no run, defensive off the off stump, Azhar only coming over the wicket

19.3

Azhar Mahmood to Fleming, no run, driving into the covers, delicately played, but can't pick the gap

19.4

Azhar Mahmood to Fleming, no run, defending square, to the point fielder

19.5

Azhar Mahmood to Fleming, no run, defending it into the covers once again

19.6

Azhar Mahmood to Fleming, no run, tucked down the pitch, bowler fields and throws to the keeper, very low key past few overs

End of over 20 (1 run) New Zealand 74/3
SP Fleming    8* (24b 1x4)      Azhar Mahmood    1-0-1-0
RG Twose    9* (16b)     

20.1

Saqlain Mushtaq to Twose, no run, driving outside the off stump, into the covers

20.2

Saqlain Mushtaq to Twose, 1 run, driving square, just defensive in fact, picked up by the cover point

20.3

Saqlain Mushtaq to Fleming, no run, soft late cut, can't beat the shortish backward square leg

20.4

Saqlain Mushtaq to Fleming, FOUR, stretching forward a long way for the sweep shot, glided thru the mid wicket and to the boundary

20.5

Saqlain Mushtaq to Fleming, no run, dabbed away late

20.6

Saqlain Mushtaq to Fleming, no run, stretching forward, deflects off the pad onto the on side, they considered a run until the silly point jumped across the pitch

End of over 21 (5 runs) New Zealand 79/3
SP Fleming    12* (28b 2x4)      Saqlain Mushtaq    5-0-22-0
RG Twose    10* (18b)     

21.1

Azhar Mahmood to Twose, no run, dabbing outside the off stump, straight to the backward point

21.2

Azhar Mahmood to Twose, no run, to the backward point again, Ijaz is the fielder

21.3

Azhar Mahmood to Twose, FOUR, too wide of the off stump, thick edge from the off drive thru the backward point

21.4

Azhar Mahmood to Twose, 1 run, awfully played outside the off stump, bottom edge trickles onto the on side

21.5

Azhar Mahmood to Fleming, no run

21.6

Azhar Mahmood to Fleming, FOUR, drives thru the mid off, to the boundary, good over for the Kiwis, must be time for a wicket

End of over 22 (9 runs) New Zealand 88/3
SP Fleming    16* (30b 3x4)      Azhar Mahmood    2-0-10-0
RG Twose    15* (22b 1x4)     

22.1

Saqlain Mushtaq to Twose, no run, heaving a drive at it, poorly timed to the mid off

22.2

Saqlain Mushtaq to Twose, FOUR, driving thru the cover point, lovely shot from the one of the 3 representatives of the host country left in the world cup (the other two being umpires)

22.3

Saqlain Mushtaq to Twose, no run, bat haidden behind the body

22.4

Saqlain Mushtaq to Twose, 1 run, dabbed thru the point area

22.5

Saqlain Mushtaq to Fleming, 1 run, hacked onto the left hander's on side, Saqlain resorting to bowling over the wicket again

22.6

Saqlain Mushtaq to Twose, 1 run, flicked forward of the square, a few good overs piling up here: 5, 9, 7

End of over 23 (7 runs) New Zealand 95/3
RG Twose    21* (27b 2x4)      Saqlain Mushtaq    6-0-29-0
SP Fleming    17* (31b 3x4)     

23.1

Azhar Mahmood to Twose, 1 wide, pitching on the off stump, Twose missing the flick, Moin with some handy keeping

23.1

Azhar Mahmood to Twose, no run, dabbing down the wicket from outside the off stump

23.2

Azhar Mahmood to Twose, no run, flogged into the ground and to the mid wicket, clumsy looking pull shot

23.3

Azhar Mahmood to Twose, no run, wide of the crease, around the wicket, ball travels down the leg, flicking the pad and drawing the appeal

23.4

Azhar Mahmood to Twose, no run, dabbing off the off stump and direct to the cover fielder

23.5

Azhar Mahmood to Twose, no run, onto the back foot, shoving the defence cover's way again, 82 mph that one

23.6

Azhar Mahmood to Twose, no run, poked square, to the point again, Azhar brings a halt to the scoring, ironically with a pretty poor over

Shahid is the new bowler, to exercise his old and creaky body

End of over 24 (1 run) New Zealand 96/3
RG Twose    21* (33b 2x4)      Azhar Mahmood    3-0-11-0
SP Fleming    17* (31b 3x4)     

24.1

Shahid Afridi to Fleming, 1 leg bye, missing the glance down the leg side

24.2

Shahid Afridi to Twose, (no ball) 1 run, poked into the covers, that's worth a double

24.2

Shahid Afridi to Fleming, 2 runs, good running to the backward square leg, there's the Kiwi hundred

24.3

Shahid Afridi to Fleming, no run, skidding thru to the keeper, zero turn, ball beats the outside edge

24.4

Shahid Afridi to Fleming, no run, again past the outside edge with no turn

24.5

Shahid Afridi to Fleming, 1 run, coming forward and shoving it thru the covers

24.6

Shahid Afridi to Twose, no run, missing his close cut shot, Twose very annoyed, kicks the pitch, raising a puff of dust, not beyond the realms of possibility of him dislodging the stumps there

the apologies to Moin, who copped most of the dust storm

End of over 25 (6 runs) New Zealand 102/3
RG Twose    22* (35b 2x4)      Shahid Afridi    1-0-5-0
SP Fleming    20* (36b 3x4)     

25.1

Azhar Mahmood to Fleming, 1 leg bye, down the leg side again

25.2

Azhar Mahmood to Twose, 1 run, pushed down the wicket thru the mid on

25.3

Azhar Mahmood to Fleming, 1 wide, seaming away down the leg side, Azhar uselessly coming around the wicket

25.3

Azhar Mahmood to Fleming, 1 run, nudged thru the square leg, they power walka single, Ranatunga style

25.4

Azhar Mahmood to Twose, no run, pushing at a short one, zips past the outside edge, misjudging the bounce

25.5

Azhar Mahmood to Twose, no run, flicking off the toes, ball dribbles to the mid on

25.6

Azhar Mahmood to Twose, 1 run, forced away thru the mid wicket

End of over 26 (5 runs) New Zealand 107/3
RG Twose    24* (39b 2x4)      Azhar Mahmood    4-0-15-0
SP Fleming    21* (38b 3x4)     

26.1

Shahid Afridi to Twose, no run

26.2

Shahid Afridi to Twose, no run

26.3

Shahid Afridi to Twose, 1 run, a 50 partnership is brought up to distratc us from the slow but steady stage of the innings

26.4

Shahid Afridi to Fleming, 1 run, turned off the legs and thru the square leg

26.5

Shahid Afridi to Twose, (no ball) 1 run, driving down the on side, into the deep

26.5

Shahid Afridi to Fleming, 1 run, flicked forward of the square leg, nelson yet again equals absolutely nothing interesting happening

26.6

Shahid Afridi to Twose, 1 wide, wide of the off stump, Fleming having a hopeless attempt at it

26.6

Shahid Afridi to Twose, no run

End of over 27 (6 runs) New Zealand 113/3
RG Twose    26* (44b 2x4)      Shahid Afridi    2-0-11-0
SP Fleming    23* (40b 3x4)     

27.1

Azhar Mahmood to Fleming, 1 run, driving thru the on side, Twose is interested in the second, Fleming wants to bask in the glory of another run

27.2

Azhar Mahmood to Twose, no run, poked into the covers

27.3

Azhar Mahmood to Twose, no run, around the wicket, quick outside the off stump, Twose plays and misses, 85 mph for Azhar

those ears don't appear to have any effect in stopping him from bowling the occasional quick one

27.4

Azhar Mahmood to Twose, no run

27.5

Azhar Mahmood to Twose, no run, prodded onto the on side

27.6

Azhar Mahmood to Twose, no run, turned direct to the mid wicket

End of over 28 (1 run) New Zealand 114/3
RG Twose    26* (49b 2x4)      Azhar Mahmood    5-0-16-0
SP Fleming    24* (41b 3x4)     

28.1

Shahid Afridi to Fleming, no run, knocked square, gathered at the cover point

28.2

Shahid Afridi to Fleming, 1 run, turned down the leg side

28.3

Shahid Afridi to Twose, 1 run, pushed to the mid off, Afridi effectively bowling just medium pace

28.4

Shahid Afridi to Fleming, no run, defending onto the on side

28.5

Shahid Afridi to Fleming, 1 run, a bit of bounce there, cuts it behind square

28.6

Shahid Afridi to Twose, 1 run, one handed forward push thru the mid off

End of over 29 (4 runs) New Zealand 118/3
RG Twose    28* (51b 2x4)      Shahid Afridi    3-0-15-0
SP Fleming    26* (45b 3x4)     

29.1

Azhar Mahmood to Twose, no run, prodded down the wicket, Azhar fields from around teh wicket

29.2

Azhar Mahmood to Twose, no run, nudged square, to the point fielder

29.3

Azhar Mahmood to Twose, 2 leg byes, bowling wide of the crease, misdirected down the leg side, ball rebounds thru the square leg, Twose missing the flick across the line

29.4

Azhar Mahmood to Twose, no run, pushing across the line to the point

29.5

Azhar Mahmood to Twose, no run, diagonal bat slash, to the backward point, Ijaz dives well, but again picks himself up and rubs some niggling injury

29.6

Azhar Mahmood to Twose, 1 run, driving thru the covers, they pick up a single

a good score at the 30 over mark, they should (but won't) drag themselves up to the 250 run mark

End of over 30 (3 runs) New Zealand 121/3
RG Twose    29* (57b 2x4)      Azhar Mahmood    6-0-17-0
SP Fleming    26* (45b 3x4)     

30.1

Shahid Afridi to Twose, 1 run

30.2

Shahid Afridi to Fleming, 1 run, poking it down the off side

30.3

Shahid Afridi to Twose, 1 run, 3rd consecutive single thru the mid off

30.4

Shahid Afridi to Fleming, no run, into the pads, into the backward pad in fact, in front of the off stump, perhaps pitched outside the leg stump, Moin is in pain appealing, Hair doesn't move, is possibly asleep underneath the sunglasses

30.5

Shahid Afridi to Fleming, 4 byes, wicked bounce from no where, nearly cleans up Moin, would've fit perfectly in his mouth, but he evades

30.6

Shahid Afridi to Fleming, 2 runs, turned away behind the square leg

a healthy cheer is heard for the reintroduction of the banal nicknamed "Rawalpindi Express"

End of over 31 (9 runs) New Zealand 130/3
SP Fleming    29* (49b 3x4)      Shahid Afridi    4-0-20-0
RG Twose    31* (59b 2x4)     

31.1

Shoaib Akhtar to Twose, 2 runs, glided forward of the square leg

31.2

Shoaib Akhtar to Twose, 2 runs, pulled down to the long leg, bottom edge, good fielding by Razzaq, Shoaib stands in the middle of the pitch, he's obviously too important to go stand behind the bowler's stumps, more concerned with sulking

31.3

Shoaib Akhtar to Twose, no run, swing and missing, to the keeper

4th ball was delivered, Twose pulled away, got something in his eye something other than an eyeball anyway

31.4

Shoaib Akhtar to Twose, no run, take two, terrific ball, evades the outside edge, to the keeper

31.5

Shoaib Akhtar to Twose, 1 run

31.6

Shoaib Akhtar to Fleming, no run, shuffling across the stumps, defending off the off stump, that ends Shoaib's adventure around the wicket

End of over 32 (5 runs) New Zealand 135/3
SP Fleming    29* (50b 3x4)      Shoaib Akhtar    5-0-24-1
RG Twose    36* (64b 2x4)     

32.1

Shahid Afridi to Twose, no run, tapped down the wicket, off the middle stump

32.2

Shahid Afridi to Twose, 1 run, flicked across the stumps, to the mid wicket

32.3

Shahid Afridi to Fleming, 1 run, another easy dab down the wicket, to the long off

32.4

Shahid Afridi to Twose, 1 run, turning it off the pads and down the leg side

32.5

Shahid Afridi to Fleming, 2 wides, down the leg side, into Moin's gloves, out of Moin's gloves

32.5

Shahid Afridi to Twose, 1 run, prodded onto the off side, to the deep mid off

32.6

Shahid Afridi to Fleming, 1 run, tapped onto the on side, thru the mid wicket

End of over 33 (7 runs) New Zealand 142/3
SP Fleming    31* (52b 3x4)      Shahid Afridi    5-0-27-0
RG Twose    39* (68b 2x4)     

33.1

Shoaib Akhtar to Fleming, no run, worked square, fielded by the point, who has a ping at the bowler's end for reaons best known to him

33.2

Shoaib Akhtar to Fleming, FOUR, around the wicket, a bit short, too wide, good cut shot thru the cover point

33.3

Shoaib Akhtar to Fleming, FOUR, driven behind the point, Inzamam with the classic fielding at 3rd man, thru his legs, they've managed to hide him most of the day, now expect him to get some sort of "injury"

33.4

Shoaib Akhtar to Fleming, 2 runs, on drive, and yet another misfield, Saqlain was the guilty party there I think

33.5

Shoaib Akhtar to Fleming, OUT, Shoaib decides to take the fielders out of the equation, yorker sends the leg stump packing, simply brilliant bowling

SP Fleming b Shoaib Akhtar 41 (93m 57b 5x4 0x6) SR: 71.92

Match State: Drinks a false start, Shoaib forgot to let go of the ball, what a silly billy

33.6

Shoaib Akhtar to Cairns, no run, yorker length, good yorker, but a little misdirected, Cairns plays it back down the pitch

End of over 34 (10 runs) New Zealand 152/4
CL Cairns    0* (1b)      Shoaib Akhtar    6-0-34-2
RG Twose    39* (68b 2x4)     

34.1

Azhar Mahmood to Twose, 1 wide, wide of the off stump, Twose had a go at it

34.1

Azhar Mahmood to Twose, no run, strange shot, ends up chopping it down the wicket, no footwork with the dab outsid ethe off stump

34.2

Azhar Mahmood to Twose, FOUR, cut shot, top edge over the leaping Ijaz at backward point, ball sees its way to the boundary

34.3

Azhar Mahmood to Twose, no run, tunred onto the on side

34.4

Azhar Mahmood to Twose, 1 leg bye, playing late at it, ball dribbles on the offside, inside edge there, perhaps the umpire was giving his knee a scratch

34.5

Azhar Mahmood to Cairns, 1 leg bye, to the short leg area

34.6

Azhar Mahmood to Twose, 1 run, ball doesn't travel further than a metre, Cairns calls well for the run, Azhar manages to curve it off the inside fo the boot into the stumps, goaaaal!

End of over 35 (8 runs) New Zealand 160/4
RG Twose    44* (73b 3x4)      Azhar Mahmood    7-0-23-0
CL Cairns    0* (2b)     

35.1

Shoaib Akhtar to Twose, no run, around the wicket, Twose missing the back foot push across the line to point

35.2

Shoaib Akhtar to Twose, no run, very wide of the off stump, at least Twose thought so, lunging and missing the cut shot, then giving the umpire a bit of a stare

35.3

Shoaib Akhtar to Twose, 1 run, inside edge into the pads, Twose falling over in that shot, a run is recived thru silly point

35.4

Shoaib Akhtar to Cairns, no run

35.5

Shoaib Akhtar to Cairns, no run, attempted off cutter perhaps, misdirected wide of the off stump, driven into the covers

35.6

Shoaib Akhtar to Cairns, 1 run, dabs it close on the off side, ball runs away short of the slips, a quick single is in there

End of over 36 (2 runs) New Zealand 162/4
CL Cairns    1* (5b)      Shoaib Akhtar    7-0-36-2
RG Twose    45* (76b 3x4)     

36.1

Azhar Mahmood to Cairns, no run, turned off the pads, direct to the mid wicket

36.2

Azhar Mahmood to Cairns, 2 runs, misplays a loft over the extra cover, Inzamam is found hiding in the deep

36.3

Azhar Mahmood to Cairns, 1 run, pushing square, just behind the point

36.4

Azhar Mahmood to Twose, 1 leg bye, poorly timed flick across the line, may have clipped the pads, yes indeed it did

36.5

Azhar Mahmood to Cairns, no run, defending outside the off stump, into the covers, easily gatehred

36.6

Azhar Mahmood to Cairns, 1 run, defending down the on side, to the mid on fielder, another quick single

NZ still mostly on target for 250 the Razzler is back, Shoaib taken off - he always seems to bowl his 10 in 4-3-3 spells

End of over 37 (5 runs) New Zealand 167/4
CL Cairns    5* (10b)      Azhar Mahmood    8-0-27-0
RG Twose    45* (77b 3x4)     

37.1

Abdul Razzaq to Cairns, no run

37.2

Abdul Razzaq to Cairns, no run, playing and missing outside the off stump, that ball kept very low

lots of little hints about for how NZ might steal this match

37.3

Abdul Razzaq to Cairns, no run, poked on the off side, into the covers

37.4

Abdul Razzaq to Cairns, 1 run, driving down the on side for a quick one

37.5

Abdul Razzaq to Twose, 1 run, gliding it down to the big fella at 3rd man, but there's no beating the Rock fo Gibraltar this time

37.6

Abdul Razzaq to Cairns, 1 leg bye, an appeal is heard, but a run is taken

End of over 38 (3 runs) New Zealand 170/4
CL Cairns    6* (15b)      Abdul Razzaq    6-0-21-1
RG Twose    46* (78b 3x4)     

38.1

Azhar Mahmood to Cairns, no run, defended square, that guy in the green with no moustache is slighted in the crowd

38.2

Azhar Mahmood to Cairns, FOUR, hacks an on drive down the ground, typical Cairns shot, knows nothing about playing square of the wicket

38.3

Azhar Mahmood to Cairns, 1 run, poked thru the covers

38.4

Azhar Mahmood to Twose, no run

38.5

Azhar Mahmood to Twose, no run

38.6

Azhar Mahmood to Twose, no run, tapped onto the on side

End of over 39 (5 runs) New Zealand 175/4
RG Twose    46* (81b 3x4)      Azhar Mahmood    9-0-32-0
CL Cairns    11* (18b 1x4)     

39.1

Abdul Razzaq to Cairns, 1 leg bye

39.2

Abdul Razzaq to Twose, no run

39.3

Abdul Razzaq to Twose, OUT, Abdur coming around wicket, Twose gliding the flick away, great catch by ijaz leaping to his right at backward point, one handed to his right side, amazing catch from nowhere

RG Twose c Ijaz Ahmed b Abdul Razzaq 46 (101m 83b 3x4 0x6) SR: 55.42

harris bumped ahead of parore

39.4

Abdul Razzaq to Harris, 1 leg bye

39.5

Abdul Razzaq to Cairns, no run

39.6

Abdul Razzaq to Cairns, 1 run, driving down the on side, into the deep

Ijaz has obviously been doing a lot of work on his batting styke in the nets, TV comms were telling us that he is a left handed batsman Saqqy is backy

End of over 40 (3 runs) New Zealand 178/5
CL Cairns    12* (21b 1x4)      Abdul Razzaq    7-0-22-2
CZ Harris    0* (1b)     

40.1

Saqlain Mushtaq to Cairns, no run, jams upon a full length ball

40.2

Saqlain Mushtaq to Cairns, 1 run

40.3

Saqlain Mushtaq to Harris, no run, pushing the cramped defence to the point fielder

40.4

Saqlain Mushtaq to Harris, 1 run, sweeping pull shot down towards the long leg

40.5

Saqlain Mushtaq to Cairns, no run, trying to play across the line thru the mid wicket, missing and into the pads

40.6

Saqlain Mushtaq to Cairns, no run, playing across the line again, not the best of batting, perhaps he's looking for some runs from the inside edge

End of over 41 (2 runs) New Zealand 180/5
CL Cairns    13* (25b 1x4)      Saqlain Mushtaq    7-0-31-0
CZ Harris    1* (3b)     

41.1

Abdul Razzaq to Harris, no run, pushing across the ball, to the point

41.2

Abdul Razzaq to Harris, 2 runs, dabs it Wasti at mid off, the needless throws hits the stumps and gives away the overthrow

41.3

Abdul Razzaq to Harris, 1 run, pushing into the covers for a quickie

41.4

Abdul Razzaq to Cairns, 1 run, turning it behind square, Shahid runs in well, still very agile for a 33 year old

41.5

Abdul Razzaq to Harris, 1 run

41.6

Abdul Razzaq to Cairns, 1 run, playing across the line once again, Afridi is once again the fielder from deep square leg

Wasim coming on in time to complete his 10

End of over 42 (6 runs) New Zealand 186/5
CL Cairns    15* (27b 1x4)      Abdul Razzaq    8-0-28-2
CZ Harris    5* (7b)     

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

End of over 43 (8 runs) New Zealand 194/5
CL Cairns    16* (30b 1x4)      Wasim Akram    7-0-23-1
CZ Harris    9* (10b)     

43.1

Saqlain Mushtaq to Cairns, 1 run

43.2

Saqlain Mushtaq to Harris, no run

43.3

Saqlain Mushtaq to Harris, no run

43.4

Saqlain Mushtaq to Harris, 2 runs, throwing the bat at it, actually turns into quite a smooth cover drive, lofting it over the covers and into the deep

43.5

Saqlain Mushtaq to Harris, no run

43.6

Saqlain Mushtaq to Harris, 2 runs, sweeping and lofting over the backward square leg

End of over 44 (5 runs) New Zealand 199/5
CZ Harris    13* (15b)      Saqlain Mushtaq    8-0-36-0
CL Cairns    17* (31b 1x4)     

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

End of over 45 (8 runs) New Zealand 207/5
CL Cairns    24* (35b 2x4)      Wasim Akram    8-0-31-1
CZ Harris    14* (17b)     

45.1

Shoaib Akhtar to Harris, 2 runs, pushing the bat at it, controlled thick edge to one of the less athletic fielders at 3rd man

45.2

Shoaib Akhtar to Harris, no run, defends on the off side, towards the mid off

45.3

Shoaib Akhtar to Harris, no run

45.4

Shoaib Akhtar to Harris, OUT, around the wicket, slow ball, Harris with little nouss about what that was doing, was trying to sling it onto the on side, Shoaib hits the leg stump once again

CZ Harris b Shoaib Akhtar 16 (26m 21b 0x4 0x6) SR: 76.19

45.5

Shoaib Akhtar to Parore, no run, terrific inswinging yorker, very well defended by Parore

45.6

Shoaib Akhtar to Parore, no run, dabbing and missing, ball evades the outside edge, to the keeper

End of over 46 (2 runs) New Zealand 209/6
AC Parore    0* (2b)      Shoaib Akhtar    8-0-38-3
CL Cairns    24* (35b 2x4)     

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

End of over 47 (4 runs) New Zealand 213/7
DJ Nash    0* (2b)      Wasim Akram    9-0-34-2
CL Cairns    24* (37b 2x4)     

47.1

Shoaib Akhtar to Cairns, FOUR, ball is overpitched, Cairns with a fine cover drive, slapdashing it thru the covers

47.2

Shoaib Akhtar to Cairns, 1 run

47.3

Shoaib Akhtar to Nash, no run

47.4

Shoaib Akhtar to Nash, no run, squared up a little, defended to Wasim at extra cover

47.5

Shoaib Akhtar to Nash, no run, defended outside the off stump, played to the cover fielder, fine batting in the 48th over

47.6

Shoaib Akhtar to Nash, no run, excellent ball on the off stump, yorker, can't blame the batsman for having to defend that one

Shoaib kneels on the ground, looking his usual knackered self

End of over 48 (5 runs) New Zealand 218/7
DJ Nash    0* (6b)      Shoaib Akhtar    9-0-43-3
CL Cairns    29* (39b 3x4)     

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

last over beginning past the cut off, this may just be another thing in NZ's favour

End of over 49 (11 runs) New Zealand 229/7
DJ Nash    1* (8b)      Wasim Akram    10-0-45-2
CL Cairns    37* (44b 3x4)     

49.1

Shoaib Akhtar to Cairns, 2 runs, lofting over the covers, lands in between the deep fielders

49.2

Shoaib Akhtar to Cairns, 2 runs, excellent running from the jab just behind the point fielder

49.3

Shoaib Akhtar to Cairns, 1 run, off cutter aimed at the batsman moving down the leg side, leading edge loops over the slip area

49.4

Shoaib Akhtar to Nash, FOUR, using his feet and crashes an off drive, to the long off boundary, excellent shot

49.5

Shoaib Akhtar to Nash, 1 run, stepping back and pushing behind point, no time for a second no matter what Nash thinks

49.6

Shoaib Akhtar to Cairns, 2 runs, stepping across the stumps, flicks across the line to the forward square leg, poor outfielding and poor retrieving by the bowler means there no hassles for the batsmen

and that is a very good score for NZ, plenty of things in NZ's favour: erratic bounce from the pitch, a possible over reduction, Pakistan being notoriously poor chasers of late, a shallow Pakistan top order with the "all-rounders" starting at number 5. this is not the foregone conclusion that everyone was woofing it was. 2nd innings to commence at 1400 GMT Match State: Lunch Match State: Lunch

End of over 50 (12 runs) New Zealand 241/7
CL Cairns    44* (48b 3x4)      Shoaib Akhtar    10-0-55-3
DJ Nash    6* (10b 1x4)     
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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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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