New Zealand v Pakistan, World T20 2012, Group D, Pallekele September 23, 2012

Taylor's gift, Hafeez's thrift

Plays of the day from the New Zealand v Pakistan Group D match in Pallekele
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The belated return gift
On his birthday last year, Ross Taylor had been let off twice by Kamran Akmal early and had capitalised to make a matchwinning counter-attacking century in Pallekele in a World Cup game against Pakistan. Taylor returned the favour today, putting down a sitter at slip when Mohammad Hafeez was still on 0. Hafeez went on to make 43.

The image-break
Nasir Jamshed, a solid left-hander, is often compared to Graeme Smith for his burly physique and a clear preference for the on-side. Soon after coming in at No. 3, Jamshed played two exquisite lofted shots over extra cover off Nathan McCullum that were timed so well, both sailed over the rope for six.

The underused resource
New Zealand played an extra fast bowler, Adam Milne, in place of an injured Martin Guptill. Milne was the sixth bowler to be brought on and got just one over. Probably Taylor felt he could unnerve Pakistan by putting an extra fast bowler in the team.

The crowd goes 'boom boom'
Shahid Afridi has fans everywhere. He jogged out to bat in the 19th over to cries of 'boom boom' from the sizeable crowd on the grass banks and in the grandstand. The fans went berserk when Afridi cut his first delivery to the backward point boundary. Later, he bowled Rob Nicol in his first over, and stood in his trademark celebration style, feet wide apart, one hand high in the air, making the crowd go wild again.

The spell
Hafeez, with figures of 4-0-15-0. Nine of those runs came off his final three deliveries.

The demotion
When New Zealand's second wicket fell, Daniel Vettori walked in. When their third wicket fell, Jacob Oram walked in. Where is Ross Taylor, was the question in everyone's mind? Surely, he wasn't punishing himself for that Hafeez drop? He finally came in at No. 6.

Abhishek Purohit is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Faridoon on September 24, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    It seems Hafeez comes on to bowl after a wicket has fallen. Maybe this is why his economy figures are so good. I hope I am wrong; I hope he realizes that he is good enough to get wickets and stop runs even in when a batting partnership is developing.

  • arsiq on September 23, 2012, 19:47 GMT

    Loved the demotion part. I was thinking all the way that why Ross Taylor is not coming out to bat. Actually it was very surprising for many of us.

  • on September 23, 2012, 19:16 GMT

    yeah very good win for Pakistan but Abdul Razak should play next match on for Sohail Tanveer He is average player why they preferred him over Abdul Razak?

  • on September 23, 2012, 19:13 GMT

    GREAT SENSIBLE BATTING BY HAFEEZ, JAMSHED....KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK....PLEASE DROP IMRAN NAZIR AND BRING ABDUL RAZZAK......OPEN THE INNING WITH KAMRAN AKMAL ALONG WITH HAFFEZ, 3. JAMSHED, 4. UMAR, 5. SHAOIB, 6.AFRIDI, 7. RAZZAK, AND BOWLER TO FOLLOW

  • on September 23, 2012, 18:37 GMT

    hafeez should focus on his shots :/ he need more time to adjust

  • on September 23, 2012, 17:51 GMT

    Having thrashed India easily in the warm ups, and winning a series against Aussies, my money would be on Pakistan. 2nd favorites would obviously be the 'Chockers'.

  • justshmad on September 23, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    LOLzzzz on "The belated return gift". @PakCric786, Hahaha, yeah, he is owes us one more:-)

  • khurramsch on September 23, 2012, 15:18 GMT

    Good win for pak but little bit scare. In middle overs they couldn't push on to score a bit more. Then some strange bowling changes by hafeez.should attack &try to kill game instead of waiting.sohail/yasirwere too expensive,gul was in last overs but started well. Need bowlers to take more resposibilities. Nazir again feel cheaply but his inings showed some confidence which is good.yasir/sohail 1 should giv wayfor razak he can do what these 2 done with bowl.coupl of overs for 10.

  • on September 23, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    Interesting observations, good luck Pakistan

  • Zain_Ali on September 23, 2012, 15:06 GMT

    vetori and oram were prmoted because they wanted right left combination

  • Faridoon on September 24, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    It seems Hafeez comes on to bowl after a wicket has fallen. Maybe this is why his economy figures are so good. I hope I am wrong; I hope he realizes that he is good enough to get wickets and stop runs even in when a batting partnership is developing.

  • arsiq on September 23, 2012, 19:47 GMT

    Loved the demotion part. I was thinking all the way that why Ross Taylor is not coming out to bat. Actually it was very surprising for many of us.

  • on September 23, 2012, 19:16 GMT

    yeah very good win for Pakistan but Abdul Razak should play next match on for Sohail Tanveer He is average player why they preferred him over Abdul Razak?

  • on September 23, 2012, 19:13 GMT

    GREAT SENSIBLE BATTING BY HAFEEZ, JAMSHED....KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK....PLEASE DROP IMRAN NAZIR AND BRING ABDUL RAZZAK......OPEN THE INNING WITH KAMRAN AKMAL ALONG WITH HAFFEZ, 3. JAMSHED, 4. UMAR, 5. SHAOIB, 6.AFRIDI, 7. RAZZAK, AND BOWLER TO FOLLOW

  • on September 23, 2012, 18:37 GMT

    hafeez should focus on his shots :/ he need more time to adjust

  • on September 23, 2012, 17:51 GMT

    Having thrashed India easily in the warm ups, and winning a series against Aussies, my money would be on Pakistan. 2nd favorites would obviously be the 'Chockers'.

  • justshmad on September 23, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    LOLzzzz on "The belated return gift". @PakCric786, Hahaha, yeah, he is owes us one more:-)

  • khurramsch on September 23, 2012, 15:18 GMT

    Good win for pak but little bit scare. In middle overs they couldn't push on to score a bit more. Then some strange bowling changes by hafeez.should attack &try to kill game instead of waiting.sohail/yasirwere too expensive,gul was in last overs but started well. Need bowlers to take more resposibilities. Nazir again feel cheaply but his inings showed some confidence which is good.yasir/sohail 1 should giv wayfor razak he can do what these 2 done with bowl.coupl of overs for 10.

  • on September 23, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    Interesting observations, good luck Pakistan

  • Zain_Ali on September 23, 2012, 15:06 GMT

    vetori and oram were prmoted because they wanted right left combination

  • PakCric786 on September 23, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    Ross Taylor u own us one more drop so next time we play please return the favor. What goes around comes around.. lol

  • on September 23, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    Well the competition is still alive and well, its anyones game really, the winner has to play well on the day, i dont see any clear favorites of the tournament.

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  • on September 23, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    Well the competition is still alive and well, its anyones game really, the winner has to play well on the day, i dont see any clear favorites of the tournament.

  • PakCric786 on September 23, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    Ross Taylor u own us one more drop so next time we play please return the favor. What goes around comes around.. lol

  • Zain_Ali on September 23, 2012, 15:06 GMT

    vetori and oram were prmoted because they wanted right left combination

  • on September 23, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    Interesting observations, good luck Pakistan

  • khurramsch on September 23, 2012, 15:18 GMT

    Good win for pak but little bit scare. In middle overs they couldn't push on to score a bit more. Then some strange bowling changes by hafeez.should attack &try to kill game instead of waiting.sohail/yasirwere too expensive,gul was in last overs but started well. Need bowlers to take more resposibilities. Nazir again feel cheaply but his inings showed some confidence which is good.yasir/sohail 1 should giv wayfor razak he can do what these 2 done with bowl.coupl of overs for 10.

  • justshmad on September 23, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    LOLzzzz on "The belated return gift". @PakCric786, Hahaha, yeah, he is owes us one more:-)

  • on September 23, 2012, 17:51 GMT

    Having thrashed India easily in the warm ups, and winning a series against Aussies, my money would be on Pakistan. 2nd favorites would obviously be the 'Chockers'.

  • on September 23, 2012, 18:37 GMT

    hafeez should focus on his shots :/ he need more time to adjust

  • on September 23, 2012, 19:13 GMT

    GREAT SENSIBLE BATTING BY HAFEEZ, JAMSHED....KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK....PLEASE DROP IMRAN NAZIR AND BRING ABDUL RAZZAK......OPEN THE INNING WITH KAMRAN AKMAL ALONG WITH HAFFEZ, 3. JAMSHED, 4. UMAR, 5. SHAOIB, 6.AFRIDI, 7. RAZZAK, AND BOWLER TO FOLLOW

  • on September 23, 2012, 19:16 GMT

    yeah very good win for Pakistan but Abdul Razak should play next match on for Sohail Tanveer He is average player why they preferred him over Abdul Razak?