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

0.1

Shoaib Akhtar to Guptill, no run, runs in and bowls one on a length, and gets it to dart back in a bit, Guptill defends, the umpire misses a no-ball

0.2

Shoaib Akhtar to Guptill, 1 run, pushed away with an open face to backward point, Guptill is away

New Zealand 1/0   MJ Guptill 1* (2b)

1.1

Abdur Rehman to Guptill, 1 run, flat and pushed through on off stump, he drives it back to the bowler, who lets it through after getting his hands to it, mid off tidies up

New Zealand 9/1   MJ Guptill 2* (3b)

2.1

Shoaib Akhtar to Guptill, no run, How did that miss off stump? how on earth? it was an early decision to leave, it pitched on a length outside off stump, and came back in a long way, but missed out on grazing the off stump by a whisker

2.2

Shoaib Akhtar to Guptill, 1 run, 137.4 kph fuller one on the pads, nudged away in front of midwicket

2.6

Shoaib Akhtar to Guptill, 1 no ball, bangs this in from back of a length, he defends it down the track, given as a no-ball, his foot landed comfortably behind the line, now then

2.6

Shoaib Akhtar to Guptill, FOUR, the free hit is put away in style, gets the front leg out of the way, and dispatches the full delivery that eludes a diving mid off

New Zealand 16/1   MJ Guptill 7* (7b 1x4)

3.3

Abdur Rehman to Guptill, no run, slower this time, and flighted a bit, goes on leg, and he comes forward to smother it

3.4

Abdur Rehman to Guptill, 2 runs, fuller on the pads, allows him to flick it in front of square leg

3.5

Abdur Rehman to Guptill, no run, tossed up around middle and leg, nudged away to midwicket

3.6

Abdur Rehman to Guptill, 1 run, worked away off the hips to deep square leg, they think about the second, but the man gets to the ball finally just in time

New Zealand 20/1   MJ Guptill 10* (11b 1x4)

4.1

Shoaib Akhtar to Guptill, 1 run, Shoaib has given nothing away expect those free hits, another one is on a tight length around off stump, and is pushed wide of mid off for a run

New Zealand 21/1   MJ Guptill 11* (12b 1x4)

5.1

Abdur Rehman to Guptill, no run, pushed through flat on middle and leg, pushed down the track

5.2

Abdur Rehman to Guptill, no run, slides in straight on with the angle, hits him on the pads and bobs up in the air towards extra cover

5.3

Abdur Rehman to Guptill, no run, draws him forward and he drives to extra cover

5.4

Abdur Rehman to Guptill, 1 run, gets outside the line, and works it with the angle wide of midwicket, Rehman is not getting much turn and that helps

New Zealand 22/1   MJ Guptill 12* (16b 1x4)

6.1

Shoaib Akhtar to Guptill, no run, comes back in a shade from a length outside off stump, and he plays it late towards extra cover

6.2

Shoaib Akhtar to Guptill, no run, Guptill just opens up and swings through the line of this length delivery, times it well too, but right to mid off

6.3

Shoaib Akhtar to Guptill, no run, just a bit short of length, and punched away off the back foot towards mid off

6.4

Shoaib Akhtar to Guptill, FOUR, 109.6 kph slower one almost gets Guptill, it was floated wide and went away from Guptill who went for a big drive over extra cover, the outside edge went flying to the right of a diving Younis Khan at slip

6.5

Shoaib Akhtar to Guptill, no run, reverts to short of a length now and Guptill forces it off the back foot towards mid off

6.6

Shoaib Akhtar to Guptill, 4 runs, dear me, it was the one that comes in from off stump and Guptill awkwarly pushed it back to Shoaib who fired in a throw that was meant for Kamran, but it went right over the keeper's head for four

New Zealand 30/1   MJ Guptill 20* (22b 2x4)

7.3

Abdur Rehman to Guptill, no run, pushed away to midwicket

7.4

Abdur Rehman to Guptill, no run, gets head on top of ball, and defended down the track

7.5

Abdur Rehman to Guptill, no run, goes in search of some room outside leg stump, it is coming in anyway,a nd he gets an inside edge as he blocks

7.6

Abdur Rehman to Guptill, 3 runs, more leg side stuff from Rehman, and this time he gets it very fine off the pads, and Younis gives it a long chase and pulls it back

New Zealand 34/1   MJ Guptill 23* (26b 2x4)

8.1

Shoaib Akhtar to Guptill, no run, continues to operate on a tight line around off stump, and he blocks it away to mid off

8.2

Shoaib Akhtar to Guptill, no run, looks to force this one away down the ground, it came in around off stump, and he mistimed it to mid on

8.3

Shoaib Akhtar to Guptill, no run, the ball is coming on nicely, makes a loud sound as it hits the bat, Guptill punches it away to mid on

8.4

Shoaib Akhtar to Guptill, no run, 144 kph fuller delivery that cramps him up on the stumps, he pushes it back to the bowler

8.5

Shoaib Akhtar to Guptill, 1 no ball, lets one wide outside off stump go, and Shoaib has overstepped again

8.5

Shoaib Akhtar to Guptill, FOUR, 120.3 kph slower and short delivery, Guptill had backed away outside leg and set himself up for the pull, got it of the toe-end of the bat, but it still eluded mid on all the way to the midwicket boundary, very fast outfield

8.6

Shoaib Akhtar to Guptill, 1 wide, shoaib is not impressed, he gives Guptll the bouncer, it was high and sliding down leg side, given as a wide, Shoaib can't believe it, he has hands on hips and smiles with a 'oh-come-on' look

8.6

Shoaib Akhtar to Guptill, 1 run, good work from Martin, tips this one in front of extra cover and goes through for the single

New Zealand 41/1   MJ Guptill 28* (33b 3x4)

9.1

Abdur Rehman to Guptill, no run, Rehman continues to fire them in, he comes forward to defend

9.2

Abdur Rehman to Guptill, 2 runs, not sure where Pakistan are going with this line, fired way down the pads and tickled away wide of fine leg

9.3

Abdur Rehman to Guptill, 1 run, drops it a bit short and that allows him to punch it down to long off

9.5

Abdur Rehman to Guptill, no run, another one going straight on leg stump, he blocks it off the front foot

9.6

Abdur Rehman to Guptill, no run, pushed through fuller but again the line is middle and leg, defended back to the bowler

New Zealand 45/1   MJ Guptill 31* (38b 3x4)

11.1

Abdul Razzaq to Guptill, FOUR, and Guptill takes him on right away, gets one short of a length, it sits up outside off and he punches through the line sending it racing past extra cover

11.2

Abdul Razzaq to Guptill, no run, takes this one on the pads, it was very full and he missed out on the flick

11.3

Abdul Razzaq to Guptill, no run, Razzaq is on the money now, angles it in on middle and it is pushed away to mid on

11.4

Abdul Razzaq to Guptill, FOUR, lovely lofted shot from Guptill, it was not a half volley, he waited for the length ball to come on, and lifted it straight over the bowler's head, the bat came down as straight as possible

11.5

Abdul Razzaq to Guptill, no run, defended back to the bowler this time

11.6

Abdul Razzaq to Guptill, 1 run, pinches a single now, works it wide of midwicket to keep strike

New Zealand 54/1   MJ Guptill 40* (44b 5x4)

12.1

Umar Gul to Guptill, no run, Gul getting the shape away from outside off stump, and it is wisely left alone

12.2

Umar Gul to Guptill, 1 run, opens the face to run this one down to third man

New Zealand 55/1   MJ Guptill 41* (46b 5x4)

14.1

Umar Gul to Guptill, no run, punched off the back foot down the track

14.2

Umar Gul to Guptill, no run, New Zealand are living on the edge, well there is none this time, Guptill goes poking at a back of a length ball outside off stump, and misses

14.3

Umar Gul to Guptill, no run, length ball on the stumps, pushed back towards mid on

14.4

Umar Gul to Guptill, FOUR, another outside edge, this one flies well past slip, and eluding third man, luck has totally deserted Pakistan, completely

14.5

Umar Gul to Guptill, no run, this is brilliant stuff from Gul, the bowlers deserve credit for sticking to their job while the keeper has long forgotten his, another push-and-miss outside off stump, he is getting them to straighten and troubling the batsman

14.6

Umar Gul to Guptill, no run, the Gul yorker arrives, and he just manages to dig it away towards mid on

New Zealand 68/2   MJ Guptill 45* (52b 6x4)

15.2

Shoaib Akhtar to Guptill, no run, good delivery, 137.3 kph, he pushes forward and blocks it away on the off side

15.3

Shoaib Akhtar to Guptill, no run, 136 kph from Shoaib, persistently bowling a tight line, another one is defended back to the bowler

15.4

Shoaib Akhtar to Guptill, no run, 143.4 kph trying for the yorker, it swings in and ends up as a high full toss on the pads, flicked away to short fine leg

15.5

Shoaib Akhtar to Guptill, no run, getting it to angle on to the stumps, guess no point in trying for the edges now, it is worked away to mid on

15.6

Shoaib Akhtar to Guptill, no run, bowls it wide outside off stump and he leaves it well alone

New Zealand 69/2   MJ Guptill 45* (57b 6x4)

17.3

Shoaib Akhtar to Guptill, no run, length ball from Shoaib, in the channel outside off, defended by Guptill

17.4

Shoaib Akhtar to Guptill, no run, short of length and well outside off, left alone by the batsman

17.5

Shoaib Akhtar to Guptill, 1 run, slanting into middle and leg, played from the crease towards point

New Zealand 72/2   MJ Guptill 46* (60b 6x4)

18.1

Umar Gul to Guptill, 1 run, full ball outside off, goes for the drive and that is edged towards third man for a single

New Zealand 73/2   MJ Guptill 47* (61b 6x4)

20.1

Shahid Afridi to Guptill, 1 run, starts with a fullish ball, pushed towards long-on

20.3

Shahid Afridi to Guptill, no run, 91.9 kmh, short of length, defended off the back foot

20.4

Shahid Afridi to Guptill, no run, this time it is Guptill who feels for the ball outside off, he is beaten

20.5

Shahid Afridi to Guptill, no run, much more solid from Guptill, keeps bat and pad together as he defends

20.6

Shahid Afridi to Guptill, no run, and another forward defensive back towards the bowler

New Zealand 83/2   MJ Guptill 48* (66b 6x4)

21.3

Abdul Razzaq to Guptill, 1 wide, Razzaq sprays this down the leg side for another free run

21.3

Abdul Razzaq to Guptill, no run, back of a length ball, blocked by the batsman to the off side

21.4

Abdul Razzaq to Guptill, 1 leg bye, on the pads, Guptill wanted to work that to the leg side, he can't get bat on it and the ball wobbles off the pad towards point

21.6

Abdul Razzaq to Guptill, 4 leg byes, sliding down the leg side, Guptill tries to glance that and get to his half-century, no bat, off the pads and past the keeper for four leg byes

New Zealand 91/2   MJ Guptill 48* (69b 6x4)

22.5

Shahid Afridi to Guptill, 1 run, on the pads, tapped towards square leg for a sprinted single

New Zealand 93/2   MJ Guptill 49* (70b 6x4)

23.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Guptill, 1 run, full ball on middle, driven down towards long-on, that's a half-century for Guptill, he raced to 40 or so before slowing down over the past half hour

New Zealand 94/2   MJ Guptill 50* (71b 6x4)

24.2

Shahid Afridi to Guptill, no run, defended by Guptill off the front foot

24.3

Shahid Afridi to Guptill, no run, on middle and leg, blocked back to the bowler

24.4

Shahid Afridi to Guptill, 1 run, tossed up a touch, played towards point with soft hands, New Zealand attempt a sharp single, the throw from Hafeez was wild, "half-a-kilometre wide," says Ramiz Raja on commentary

24.6

Shahid Afridi to Guptill, 1 run, slaps the final ball of the over towards point to pinch a single, good work from these two New Zealand batsman

New Zealand 99/2   MJ Guptill 52* (75b 6x4)

25.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Guptill, no run, a touch short from Hafeez, Guptill is down the track but not to the pitch, defended to the leg side

25.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Guptill, 1 run, whipped off the pads towards fine leg for a single that brings up New Zealand's 100

25.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Guptill, no run, that one drifts away a touch, Guptill was reaching for it outside off, he's beaten and Kamran whips off the stumps (collects cleanly too), but Guptill has his back foot in the crease

25.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Guptill, no run, good over from Hafeez, just two off it, the final ball is pushed to his left, he moves across to field

New Zealand 101/2   MJ Guptill 53* (79b 6x4)

26.3

Shahid Afridi to Guptill, 1 run, short from Afridi, Guptill gets on the back foot and carves that towards sweeper

26.5

Shahid Afridi to Guptill, 1 run, muscled down the ground to long-on to bring up the 50 stand

New Zealand 105/2   MJ Guptill 55* (81b 6x4)

27.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Guptill, 1 run, short of length ball around off, eased to the left of the bowler, who scrambled across but couldn't block it

New Zealand 108/2   MJ Guptill 56* (82b 6x4)

28.1

Shahid Afridi to Guptill, 1 run, short and wide, poor delivery from Afridi, doesn't get punished though, carved to sweeper cover

28.3

Shahid Afridi to Guptill, no run, much closer to off, defended off the front foot towards cover

28.4

Shahid Afridi to Guptill, no run, the Afridi googly, played off the back foot towards point

28.5

Shahid Afridi to Guptill, OUT, wicket No. 15 for Afridi, he adopts his regulation celebratory pose with both arms outstretched, it was a flighted and full ball, Guptill moved forward and wanted to whip it to the leg side, he misses the straight delivery and is bowled, an annoyed Guptill walks off

MJ Guptill b Shahid Afridi 57 (123m 86b 6x4 0x6) SR: 66.27

New Zealand 112/3   MJ Guptill 57 (86b 6x4)

Photos

Mar 8, 2011

If a font was to be named after Shahid Afridi, this is it, New Zealand v Pakistan, Group A, World Cup, Pallekele, March 8, 2011

If a font was to be named after Shahid Afridi, this is it

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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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