ICC Cricket World Cup, 2010/11 / Commentary

ICC Cricket World Cup - 24th match, Group A

New Zealand v Pakistan

New Zealand won by 110 runs

12.4

Umar Gul to Taylor, no run, gets well forward and opens up a bit to open the face and run it towards point

12.5

Umar Gul to Taylor, no run, whoa, Ross goes for a big swing outside off stump, and misses the ball completely

12.6

Umar Gul to Taylor, 1 leg bye, walks too far across and misses the flick to be struck on the pads, but that looked to be going down leg

New Zealand 56/2   LRPL Taylor 0* (3b)

13.1

Shoaib Akhtar to Taylor, no run, targets the stumps with a length delivery shaping in off the seam, it is turned with the angle on the leg side

13.2

Shoaib Akhtar to Taylor, FOUR, Ross gets a birthday gift, it's the Kamran moment, Shoaib got the edge with a perfect delivery that zipped away just a shade, the ball flew between younis and Kamran, who initially appeared to go for it, and then did the keeper's version of shouldering arms, stood stone still, as a bemused Younis looked on

13.3

Shoaib Akhtar to Taylor, FOUR, and Ross makes Pakistan pay with his favourite cut shot that bounces high over point and gives no chance to third man as well

13.4

Shoaib Akhtar to Taylor, no run, oh I don't believe this, two birthday gifts is too much, from the same man too, Shoaib has Ross pushing at a one that held its line,and the healthy edge goes ever so slowly to Kamran who is in good position to take it, gets gloves on it, and clangs it, Shoaib can't do anything about it, boy is he distraught

13.5

Shoaib Akhtar to Taylor, no run, pushed away to extra cover off the front foot

13.6

Shoaib Akhtar to Taylor, no run, defended back to the bowler

New Zealand 64/2   LRPL Taylor 8* (9b 2x4)

15.1

Shoaib Akhtar to Taylor, 1 run, gets forward to the pitch of this fuller one and pushes it past extra cover, there is protection on the boundary

New Zealand 69/2   LRPL Taylor 9* (10b 2x4)

16.1

Umar Gul to Taylor, no run, starts with a length ball outside off, shouldered arms

16.2

Umar Gul to Taylor, no run, Taylor survives again, he is struck high on the pads by a quick delivery from Gul, swerves in to beat the bat, and Kamran fans will be pleased to know Kamran collected that one cleanly

16.3

Umar Gul to Taylor, no run, Taylor is having a torrid time out there, he wafts at a ball outside off and is beaten once more

16.4

Umar Gul to Taylor, no run, gets bat on ball this time, poked towards point by Taylor

16.5

Umar Gul to Taylor, no run, this is an outstanding over from Gul, delivers the yorker, Taylor somehow squeezes it out

16.6

Umar Gul to Taylor, 1 run, length ball angling into Taylor, tucked towards mid-on for a single that keeps him on strike

New Zealand 70/2   LRPL Taylor 10* (16b 2x4)

17.1

Shoaib Akhtar to Taylor, no run, Taylor is testing every edge of his bat out there, no footwork as he looks to swipe a back of length ball that he under-edges, dribbles to the keeper

17.2

Shoaib Akhtar to Taylor, 1 run, a touch shorter, confidently played by Taylor this time, off the back foot, pushed towards cover

17.6

Shoaib Akhtar to Taylor, no run, Taylor continues to mistime the ball, looks to drive through cover but the ball rolls back towards the bowler

New Zealand 72/2   LRPL Taylor 11* (19b 2x4)

18.2

Umar Gul to Taylor, no run, length ball from Gul, defended towards the off side

18.3

Umar Gul to Taylor, no run, a grunt as he delivers that one, well outside off, left alone by the batsman

18.4

Umar Gul to Taylor, no run, length ball just outside off, nice and tight from Gul, Taylor gets half-forward and defends

18.5

Umar Gul to Taylor, no run, more birthday luck for Taylor, he belatedly moves towards an outside off ball and prods at it, somehow the ball is missing the outside edge

18.6

Umar Gul to Taylor, 1 run, more confident this time, a length ball, and he moves nicely into the drive in front of point

New Zealand 74/2   LRPL Taylor 12* (24b 2x4)

19.1

Abdul Razzaq to Taylor, no run, Razzaq returns, starts with a back of length ball that is carefully defended

19.2

Abdul Razzaq to Taylor, no run, on the legstump this time, Taylor shuffles across and defends that one, 20 dot balls in the 26 he has faced

19.3

Abdul Razzaq to Taylor, no run, once more Taylor frustrates Pakistan by fiddling outside off without any footwork, the ball zips past the outside edge

19.4

Abdul Razzaq to Taylor, no run, jagging in towards off, clipped towards the leg side by Taylor

19.5

Abdul Razzaq to Taylor, 1 wide, Ross Taylor gives the charge after a spell of being stuck in the crease, Razzaq responds bu bowling shorter and down the leg, that's a wide

19.5

Abdul Razzaq to Taylor, FOUR, that's better from Taylor, touch over-pitched from Razzaq, Taylor gets forward and whips that over wide mid-on for four

19.6

Abdul Razzaq to Taylor, 2 runs, slides that on to legstump, Taylor shimmies across and works the ball towards deep backward square leg

New Zealand 81/2   LRPL Taylor 18* (30b 3x4)

20.2

Shahid Afridi to Taylor, 1 run, gets nicely forward and drives along the ground towards long-off

New Zealand 83/2   LRPL Taylor 19* (31b 3x4)

21.1

Abdul Razzaq to Taylor, no run, short of length ball outside off, defended towards cover off the front foot

21.2

Abdul Razzaq to Taylor, 1 run, on middle and leg, pushed towards long-on for a single

21.5

Abdul Razzaq to Taylor, 1 run, Taylor looking more and more comfortable now, a length ball that he punches towards long-on for another ambled single

New Zealand 87/2   LRPL Taylor 21* (34b 3x4)

22.1

Shahid Afridi to Taylor, no run, a 96.8kmh full toss from Afridi, just below waist high, the speed meant Taylor couldn't capitalise on it, he defends

22.2

Shahid Afridi to Taylor, no run, back on target this time, forward defensive from Taylor

22.3

Shahid Afridi to Taylor, no run, more forward defensive, this time to the leg side

22.4

Shahid Afridi to Taylor, 1 run, punched towards long-on for a single

22.6

Shahid Afridi to Taylor, no run, fullish ball on middle and leg, pushed towards midwicket by Taylor, no run this time

New Zealand 93/2   LRPL Taylor 22* (39b 3x4)

23.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Taylor, no run, Taylor reaches across to defend that to cover

23.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Taylor, no run, comes out of his crease and punches the ball to the bowler

23.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Taylor, no run, short of length ball outside off, chopped towards cover by Taylor

23.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Taylor, no run, Hafeez keeps Taylor tied down, a length ball is pushed back to the bowler

23.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Taylor, 1 run, tapped towards cover for a quick single, Taylor keeps strike

New Zealand 95/2   LRPL Taylor 23* (44b 3x4)

24.1

Shahid Afridi to Taylor, 1 run, Taylor continues to grow in confidence after a horrendous beginning, a hard drive through extra cover for a single

24.5

Shahid Afridi to Taylor, 1 run

New Zealand 98/2   LRPL Taylor 25* (46b 3x4)

25.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Taylor, no run, punched back to the bowler

25.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Taylor, 1 run, slightly short, allows the batsman to rock back and ease the ball towards long-on

New Zealand 101/2   LRPL Taylor 26* (48b 3x4)

26.1

Shahid Afridi to Taylor, no run, legspinner pitching well outside off, blocked to the off side

26.2

Shahid Afridi to Taylor, 1 run, looks to drive this one towards mid-off, inside-edged towards the on side instead

26.4

Shahid Afridi to Taylor, 1 run, on middle stump, eased towards mid-on

26.6

Shahid Afridi to Taylor, 1 run, final ball is on the pads, easily worked behind square for a single

New Zealand 106/2   LRPL Taylor 29* (52b 3x4)

27.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Taylor, no run, length ball outside off, defended towards cover

27.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Taylor, 1 run, on middle and leg, tucked behind square leg for a single

27.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Taylor, no run, length ball on off, Taylor wants to punch that to the leg side, but instead pushes it back to the bowler

27.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Taylor, no run, once more Taylor blocks towards the bowler

27.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Taylor, 2 runs, outstanding bit of work from Umar Akmal, a direct hit from deep square leg when he was on the move, with just one stump to aim at as well, no reward for it though as Taylor has made his ground, it was a legstump ball that Taylor pushed towards deep square

New Zealand 110/2   LRPL Taylor 32* (57b 3x4)

28.2

Shahid Afridi to Taylor, 1 run, wide again, stabbed towards deep point for a single

New Zealand 112/2   LRPL Taylor 33* (58b 3x4)

29.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Taylor, 1 run, outside off, carved towards point for a single

29.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Taylor, 1 run, pushed wide of mid-off for a single

New Zealand 119/4   LRPL Taylor 35* (60b 3x4)

30.1

Shahid Afridi to Taylor, no run, on the pads, defended to the leg side

30.2

Shahid Afridi to Taylor, FOUR, a flighted delivery from Afridi, short and wide, Taylor goes hard at it, wants to hammer that past point, edges it over backward point for a streaky boundary

30.3

Shahid Afridi to Taylor, 1 run, punched down the ground, Afridi moves to his left and tries to stop the ball by stamping on it, he can't

30.5

Shahid Afridi to Taylor, 1 run, worked to long-on for a single by Taylor

New Zealand 126/4   LRPL Taylor 41* (64b 4x4)

31.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Taylor, 1 run, length ball on legstump, driven to long-on for a single

31.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Taylor, 1 run, played with soft hands towards cover, sprint through for a run

31.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Taylor, 1 run, short of length ball on middle, worked to long-on for one more

New Zealand 131/4   LRPL Taylor 44* (67b 4x4)

32.1

Shahid Afridi to Taylor, no run, length ball outside off, defended off the front foot towards cover

32.2

Shahid Afridi to Taylor, 1 run, quicker one from Afridi, 99.2kmh, on middle stump, turned towards square leg

32.5

Shahid Afridi to Taylor, no run, length ball outside off, more defence

32.6

Shahid Afridi to Taylor, 2 runs, way outside off, fuller one from Afridi, cracked towards backward point, 'Catch,' shouts Afridi, but the fielder can't latch on, and the ball rolls towards deep backward point

New Zealand 135/4   LRPL Taylor 47* (71b 4x4)

33.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Taylor, no run, worked away in front of square leg

33.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Taylor, no run, slower through the air, and not much turn, played back to the bowler

33.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Taylor, no run, walks across and uses the angle on this one ti nudge it to midwicket

33.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Taylor, 1 run, Hafeez tries hard to stop this back foot punch from going towards long on, but it eludes his dive in the end

New Zealand 137/4   LRPL Taylor 48* (75b 4x4)

34.1

Abdur Rehman to Taylor, no run, floats it in slower and it is pushed down the track

34.2

Abdur Rehman to Taylor, 1 run, ending on leg stump with that angle from round the stumps, nudged towards midwicket, Rehman does the fielding

34.4

Abdur Rehman to Taylor, 1 run, fired in, but a touch short, and he goes back to work it past midwicket, fifty up for Taylor, somehow he has survived and fought back

New Zealand 140/4   LRPL Taylor 50* (78b 4x4)

35.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Taylor, 1 wide, fired down the leg side, Kamran collects and threatens to break the stumps, but does not

35.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Taylor, 1 leg bye, nudged behind the wickets fine on the leg side

35.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Taylor, 1 run, another one on the pads, worked away to deep square leg

New Zealand 146/4   LRPL Taylor 51* (80b 4x4)

36.2

Abdur Rehman to Taylor, 1 run, whipped away off the back foot to deep midwicket, calmly done, no issues

36.4

Abdur Rehman to Taylor, no run

36.5

Abdur Rehman to Taylor, no run, flatter and quicker outside off stump, steered away to short third man

36.6

Abdur Rehman to Taylor, no run, slows it down in the air, flighted a bit fuller too, and it is blocked off the front foot

New Zealand 150/4   LRPL Taylor 52* (84b 4x4)

37.2

Umar Gul to Taylor, 1 run, gets some width outside off stump, it bounces extra and he rides it to guide it away wide of third man

37.4

Umar Gul to Taylor, 1 run, playing with lot more fluency now, comes half-forward and wrists this fuller one to long on just past the non-striker

New Zealand 154/4   LRPL Taylor 54* (86b 4x4)

38.1

Abdur Rehman to Taylor, 1 run, uses the angle from Rehman to push for a run to long on

38.3

Abdur Rehman to Taylor, 2 runs, Taylor is having a super birthday, gets away again, goes for the slog sweep now, but from way outside off stump, the ball bounced a bit more, but the top edge swirled high in the air and fell in the vacant area to the right of fine leg

38.4

Abdur Rehman to Taylor, no run, fires this one in on the stumps, it is blocked by Ross

38.5

Abdur Rehman to Taylor, 1 run, pushes this on towards covers for a single now

New Zealand 160/4   LRPL Taylor 58* (90b 4x4)

39.1

Umar Gul to Taylor, 1 run, rides the bounce on the back of a length ball outside off and punches it to sweeper cover

39.3

Umar Gul to Taylor, no run, 144.1 kph, and zipping away off the seam from short of a length, he goes fishing at it from the crease and is beaten

39.4

Umar Gul to Taylor, no run, bowls it fuller and Taylor gets the square drive off the middle of the bat, but there is a point, and he gets in the way

39.5

Umar Gul to Taylor, 1 run, still wider outside off stump, this time Taylor mistimes the cut to third man

New Zealand 163/4   LRPL Taylor 60* (94b 4x4)

40.1

Shahid Afridi to Taylor, no run, faster one on the stumps, goes straight on and is pushed back to the bowler

40.2

Shahid Afridi to Taylor, 2 runs, much slower through the air, it was shipped through square leg, they take two, Afridi is not happy with the effort at deep square leg

40.3

Shahid Afridi to Taylor, 1 run, tossed up slowly through the air outside off, he comes out and drives it to sweeper cover

New Zealand 166/4   LRPL Taylor 63* (97b 4x4)

41.3

Umar Gul to Taylor, 1 run, Gul goes full outside off, gets it to come in with the angle, and he gets an inside edge on to leg as he tries to drive wide of mid off

New Zealand 175/4   LRPL Taylor 64* (98b 4x4)

42.1

Shahid Afridi to Taylor, 1 run, turned away behind square off the pads

42.3

Shahid Afridi to Taylor, no run, slows down the pace and flights it too, what control, he cuts it away to backward point

42.4

Shahid Afridi to Taylor, 1 run, pushes down to long on for a single now, those are always available

42.6

Shahid Afridi to Taylor, 1 run, angles in on the leg stump, he gets front foot across and works it away to deep square leg

New Zealand 180/5   LRPL Taylor 67* (102b 4x4)

43.1

Umar Gul to Taylor, 1 leg bye, angled in short of a length on leg stump, he takes it high on the pads as he misses the waft across the line

43.5

Umar Gul to Taylor, 1 wide, Gul loses his line this time, goes for the yorker but it tails away down the leg side

43.5

Umar Gul to Taylor, no run, 143.3 kph full ball on the leg stump, he brings down bat in front of pad and turns it towards midwicket

43.6

Umar Gul to Taylor, 1 run, does not seem out of touch when he plays this shot, rides the bounce on a shortish one outside off to cut it away to third man

New Zealand 188/5   LRPL Taylor 68* (105b 4x4)

44.1

Shahid Afridi to Taylor, no run, takes off from a length around off stump, not really, but still surprises him exra bounce, he pushes it down the track

44.2

Shahid Afridi to Taylor, no run, goes for the slog sweep now, and misses this one on leg stump

44.3

Shahid Afridi to Taylor, 1 run, pushes this one in the air on the leg side, Afridi goes haring after the ball, and stops it with the dive

44.6

Shahid Afridi to Taylor, SIX, Taylor seems to be regaining his touch, down on that knee, and the ball will be picked up from the areas beyond the deep square leg boundary, bat made contact at just the right moment, and the ball disappeared into the crowd

New Zealand 202/5   LRPL Taylor 75* (109b 4x4 1x6)

45.2

Umar Gul to Taylor, no run, 136 kph inswinging full delivery, looked to drive it past mid off but he is deep in the circle, and cuts it off

45.3

Umar Gul to Taylor, 1 run, 105.5 kph slower ball, what a climbdown from the furious pace he has worked up, dealt with nicely, waits for it to come on and plonks it in front of point

New Zealand 204/5   LRPL Taylor 76* (111b 4x4 1x6)

46.1

Shoaib Akhtar to Taylor, FOUR, poor delivery to begin with, swinging wide full toss way outside off stump, he capitalises, and slashes it over point and into the boundary

46.2

Shoaib Akhtar to Taylor, SIX, Taylor has made Pakistan pay dearly, another full toss, this time on the pads, and Ross swings it powerfully, flat and quick, over deep square leg

46.3

Shoaib Akhtar to Taylor, SIX, 141.1 kph high full toss, it's going horribly wrong for Shoaib, Taylor swivelled and hammered it miles over the deep midwicket boundary

46.4

Shoaib Akhtar to Taylor, 1 wide, 109 kph slower one but miles outside the off stump, more woes for Shoaib, will this over ever end for him?

46.4

Shoaib Akhtar to Taylor, no run, this was in the slot for Taylor, bouncing from a length, and he went for the big hit over deep midwicket again, but missed this time

46.5

Shoaib Akhtar to Taylor, FOUR, and another one, this time he waited in the crease for this length ball to come on comfortably wide outside off stump, and carved it over cover, no chance for sweeper cover

46.6

Shoaib Akhtar to Taylor, 1 wide, nightmare this is for Shoaib, this one is fired wide down the leg side

46.6

Shoaib Akhtar to Taylor, SIX, Rosco is back in style, brings up his century on his birthday, with a savage pull over deep midwicket for six, he was waiting for that shortish one on the stumps, and when it arrived, he was ready and raises his bat in celebration, the dressing room stands up and applauds

New Zealand 238/6   LRPL Taylor 102* (117b 6x4 4x6)

47.5

Abdur Rehman to Taylor, 1 run, close to off stump, and steers it to short third man

New Zealand 247/6   LRPL Taylor 103* (118b 6x4 4x6)

48.1

Abdul Razzaq to Taylor, FOUR, Ross welcomes him with a fearful slap through extra cover, made some room outside leg stump, and smashed the half volley through the off side

48.2

Abdul Razzaq to Taylor, SIX, carnage! this has got to be stinging for Pakistan, more so after the millions of chances Ross has had, down on a knee and swings him over deep midwicket from outside off stump

48.3

Abdul Razzaq to Taylor, 1 wide, walks outside off stump looking for the big swing again, Razzaq floats it wide of off stump

48.3

Abdul Razzaq to Taylor, SIX, they just keep coming, full toss on off stump, Ross hits it into orbit, somewhere over deep midwicket, keep disappearing from the moment he bends the knee and swings them

48.4

Abdul Razzaq to Taylor, 1 wide, and another wide outside off from Razzaq, Pakistan have totally lost it

48.4

Abdul Razzaq to Taylor, 2 runs, goes across off stump, but misses out this time, heaving this full one down to long off, Oram lumbers back for the second

48.5

Abdul Razzaq to Taylor, FOUR, now he hits it straight down the ground, walking across the off stump, gets a full delivery in the slot, and bashes it along the ground, Afridi at long on had given up the chase long ago

48.6

Abdul Razzaq to Taylor, SIX, 30 runs off the over, Pakistan have been blown away, at Razzaq's pace the full toss comes on nicely along around off stump, and Ross gets another of those monster swings right of the middle of the bat, where has this one disappeared? it is in Taylor's zone, over deep midwicket

New Zealand 283/6   LRPL Taylor 131* (124b 8x4 7x6)

Photos

Mar 8, 2011

Shahid Afridi gestures after Kamran Akmal dropped Scott Styris, New Zealand v Pakistan, Group A, World Cup, Pallekele, March 8, 2011

Shahid Afridi gestures after Kamran Akmal dropped Scott Styris

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Mar 8, 2011

Shoaib Akhtar erupts after Kamran Akmal dropped Ross Taylor behind the stumps, New Zealand v Pakistan, Group A, World Cup, Pallekele, March 8, 2011

Shoaib Akhtar erupts after Kamran Akmal dropped Ross Taylor behind the stumps

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