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New Zealand v Pakistan, Group A, World Cup 2011, Pallekele

Happy birthday Rose Taylor

ESPNcricinfo presents the plays of the day from Pakistan's encounter with New Zealand

Osman Samiuddin and Brydon Coverdale in Pallekele

March 8, 2011

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Ross Taylor is pumped after hard-hitting his way to a century, New Zealand v Pakistan, Group A, World Cup, Pallekele, March 8, 2011
Ross Taylor had plenty to shout about after receiving the kindest of birthday presents from Kamran Akmal © AFP
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Birthday gift of the day
Ross Taylor turned 27 today. Then he came across Kamran Akmal, who gifted him two lives in three balls, on 0 and 4. Then he got a career-best hundred. Happy birthday Ross.

Sign of the day
At least one fan in the crowd was prepared for Taylor's big day, with a computer print-out that was held up as a sign. There was only one problem. It read: "Happy birthday Rose Taylor". Ah well, a Ross by any other name would smell as sweet.

Opening of the day
Pakistan: land of strapping, wicket-taking fast bowlers who blow through you with the new ball and clean up with the old? Perhaps not. Shahid Afridi chose to open with Abdur Rehman for the second over of the innings, the first time a spinner had bowled one of the first two overs for Pakistan in an ODI since April 1998, when Mohammad Hussain - another left-arm spinner - did so. And until his last two overs went for 34, he hadn't done such a bad job of it.

Communication failure of the day
The Powerplays often create headaches for captains, but it was even more so for Shahid Afridi during New Zealand's innings. After 10 overs, he seemed to believe the bowling Powerplay had started, but one ball into the over was in an animated discussion with the umpire Nigel Llong, who had not given the signal. At the start of the next over, Afridi made it clear to the other official, Daryl Harper that he wanted the Powerplay to begin. Remarkably, the same thing appeared to happen with the batting Powerplay. Afridi had only three fielders outside the circle for the first two balls of the 41st over, apparently under the impression New Zealand had taken the Powerplay. Again, Llong clarified matters, and at the start of the next over, Afridi watched closely as Harper signalled that finally the batting Powerplay was under way.

Atmosphere of the day
It's to be expected that not all the neutral matches in this World Cup will be well attended, but the crowd at Pallekele was wonderful. Not for nearly a decade has Kandy hosted a one-day international, and the city's only international cricket in more than three years was the horribly rain-affected Test against West Indies last year. The locals have clearly been craving the game. A big crowd turned out and cheered vociferously for both teams, roaring their support of Taylor late in the New Zealand innings. No doubt the solid numbers were helped by the price of tickets - the cheapest were only 30 rupees, which equates to approximately 27 US cents.

Osman Samiuddin is Pakistan editor of ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by Srivathsan on (March 9, 2011, 6:50 GMT)

whenever pakistan plays in any game 10 players play for pakistan and for the other team.. 11 players plus kamran akmal :)

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 9, 2011, 5:04 GMT)

It was difficult for Kiwis to pass 200 if no catches were dropped.. but thanks to Kamran Akmal's hands... wow.. He needs a psychiatrist his confidence is too down.. Please dont blame his skills folks. He is an amazing batsman. He won us the final of worldT 20 and many more matches due to his attacking batting.. Give gloves to his brother and play Kamran as a batsman. Everything will be fine. Pakistan will bounce back really hard. They need one good victory with batsmen scoring 300 plus against Zimbabwe and they will be back in the tournament.Today was a BAD DAY

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 9, 2011, 4:54 GMT)

josh Super Kings love that comment lol

Posted by Abdullah on (March 8, 2011, 22:46 GMT)

@Kishan Patel: It's Lankan rupees. 1 US dollar is 110 Lankan rupees.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 8, 2011, 22:36 GMT)

Well this throws the cat amongst the pigeons doesnt it? I was hedging my bets that the final would be between Australia, South Africa or India, with Pakistan thrown in for good measure. Then after SA lost to England I was thinking it could be a Australia/Pakistan final. Now Im not so sure...although I guess a safe bet would be Australia vs South Africa?

Posted by Varun on (March 8, 2011, 22:07 GMT)

The one time I pick Afridi in my fantasy team, and he doesn't pick up his usual 4-5 wickets... Its a good thing I had Rossie in my team...Any suggestions for team changes for today's game (India - Netherlands)?

Posted by Patrick on (March 8, 2011, 21:50 GMT)

@Kishan patel, the match happened in kandy sri lanka. They are talking about sri lankan rupee, not indain rupee. 1 american dollar is 111 sri lankan rupee.

Posted by ish on (March 8, 2011, 21:07 GMT)

As a pakistani supporter i was gutted that pakistan lost but must admit that Rosie Taylors innings was fantastic!!! If you compare the two sides, they beat Pakistan in all aspects of the game today, fielding, batting and bowling. Well done New Zealand. Pakistan need to trust their batting and not buffer them with more failed batsman. The more they try to protect the fragile batting line up the more they are setting themselves up for failure. They need to pick their best 11 . They need to get rid of Aktar, Abdul Razzaq, Hafeez, Abdur Rehman. They need to replace them with Wahab, Juniad, Ajmal and Asad/Fawad Alam. If they presist i can only see them fail at the QF stage rather than SF.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 8, 2011, 20:13 GMT)

Well Done.....After Kamrani Mistakes .......

Posted by abdullah on (March 8, 2011, 18:57 GMT)

Points to be noted:

- Kamran Akmal needs to go. Enough of him.

- Shoaib needs to work on his fitness, big time and if he can't, he too needs to go.

- Shahid needs to go to captaincy school. He didn't manage his bowlers well, he didn't field well, he didn't attack the right way. Even in the Canada match where we had a small score to defend against a minnow team, not once did he had a really attacking field.

- Junaid Khan should have been tried out against Canada at the very least if not Kenya.

BUT Kamran Akmal MUST go! This was pathetic!

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