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

20.1

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

20.2

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

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   Shahid Afridi 1-0-2-0

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

22.5

Shahid Afridi to Guptill, 1 run, on the pads, tapped towards square leg for a sprinted 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   Shahid Afridi 2-0-4-0

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

24.2

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

24.5

Shahid Afridi to Taylor, 1 run

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   Shahid Afridi 3-0-8-0

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

26.3

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

26.4

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

26.5

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

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   Shahid Afridi 4-0-13-0

28.1

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

28.2

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

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

28.6

Shahid Afridi to Franklin, 1 run, short ball on legstump, punched uppishly towards long-on for a single

New Zealand 113/3   Shahid Afridi 5-0-16-1

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

30.4

Shahid Afridi to Styris, 1 run, another drop from Kamran, outside off, Styris looks to stab it from the crease, edged and Kamran's horror day continues, Afridi is not amused

30.5

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

30.6

Shahid Afridi to Styris, no run, took the inner half of the bat and went back to the bowler

New Zealand 126/4   Shahid Afridi 6-0-23-1

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

32.3

Shahid Afridi to Styris, no run, length ball well outside off, big stride in as he defends

32.4

Shahid Afridi to Styris, 1 run, overpitched and just outside off, powered down the ground by Styris, long-on fields after the ball just misses the stumps at the non-striker's end

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   Shahid Afridi 7-0-27-1

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

40.4

Shahid Afridi to Styris, FOUR, Styris gets four, it was very full on the stumps, and he got the drive at the right moment, sending it racing past sweeper cover

40.5

Shahid Afridi to Styris, no run, cut away to short third man

40.6

Shahid Afridi to Styris, 3 runs, too close to off stump for the cut, so Scott goes for the late cut, and gets it past short third man who has to put in the dive close to the ropes to reel it back in

New Zealand 173/4   Shahid Afridi 8-0-37-1

42.1

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

42.2

Shahid Afridi to NL McCullum, 1 leg bye, raps him on the pads with the one that slides straight on, clearly going down leg

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

42.5

Shahid Afridi to NL McCullum, 1 run, whipped away off the pads behind square leg

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   Shahid Afridi 9-0-41-1

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

44.4

Shahid Afridi to NL McCullum, SIX, Nathan gets going now, gets front leg out of the way, it was tossed up a bit, and he went through with the full swing to comfortably beat long on

44.5

Shahid Afridi to NL McCullum, 1 run, gets this one wide of midwicket now

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   Shahid Afridi 10-0-55-1

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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