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

10.1

Umar Gul to How, no run, bowls one on a length outside off stump and it is pushed away to covers

10.2

Umar Gul to How, no run, wafts at this one from outside off stump, goes nowhere, and is beaten

10.3

Umar Gul to How, no run, this one zips away off the seam from outside off stump, draws him forward and leaves him poking at thin air, lovely start from Gul

10.4

Umar Gul to How, no run, 143.2 kph, Gul has cranked it up already, hits the bat from short of a length and rolls away on the off side

10.5

Umar Gul to How, no run, goes on the front foot, gets down on one knee, and gets bat to ball too, but hits the drive in the ground and it goes to extra cover

10.6

Umar Gul to How, no run, almost ended How's misery there, drew him forward and his hard push got an inside edge that just eluded the off stump

New Zealand 45/1   Umar Gul 1-1-0-0

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

12.3

Umar Gul to How, OUT, Gul ends How's misery finally after threatening to do so before, gets one spot on, full and hurrying on to the stumps with the angle, in the rut that How is in, no way he was going to hit that one, struck on the pads, and Gul's persistent appeal gets a positive decision from the umpire for Pakistan, How doesn't bother to review, was there an inside edge? there was a sound, it was also hitting middle of middle

JM How lbw b Umar Gul 4 (50m 29b 0x4 0x6) SR: 13.79

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   Umar Gul 2-1-1-1

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   Umar Gul 3-1-5-1

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   Umar Gul 4-1-6-1

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

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   Umar Gul 5-1-8-1

37.1

Umar Gul to Styris, 1 run, shuffles outside off stump before the ball is bowled, it is angled in around off stump, and he pushes it down the ground to long on

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

37.3

Umar Gul to Styris, 1 run, punched away to sweeper cover off the back foot, Gul with that stock back of a length

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

37.5

Umar Gul to Styris, 1 wide, short delivery getting big on Styris, who gets well outside the line and tries to pull it fine, but it goes over him and down the leg side

37.5

Umar Gul to Styris, no run, better from Gul, tight one on the stumps, it is played back to the bowler

37.6

Umar Gul to Styris, no run, stays in the crease and opens the bat face to push this short of a length ball to point, the position he got in before playing that shot, could have done much better

New Zealand 155/4   Umar Gul 6-1-13-1

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

39.2

Umar Gul to Styris, 1 run, Gul goes goes for the yorker, ends up as a high full toss that is sent racing down to Shoaib at long on who does well to prevent the second

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

39.6

Umar Gul to Styris, no run, good work from Kamran, stops a boundary with a dive to his right, Styris has edged an attempted drive and Kamran took it on the bounce, just reminding everyone that he is still there

New Zealand 163/4   Umar Gul 7-1-16-1

41.1

Umar Gul to Styris, no run, the Powerplay does this to batsmen, he stands a foot outside leg before the ball is bowled, and looks to carve this length ball over cover, and is beaten by the extra bounce

41.2

Umar Gul to Styris, 1 run, and again, he is standing way outside leg, Gul follows him with an incutter, and he manages to push it away to long on

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

41.4

Umar Gul to Styris, no run, that's the way to do it, takes a step or two outside leg stump, gets a full delivery, and absolutely smashes it, too bad extra cover was in the way

41.5

Umar Gul to Styris, no run, lovely stuff from Gul, Styris goes agricultural, walking away to leg and tries to pull at the same time, gets in to too much of a tangle, Gul followed him with an angled ball, no wonder Styris missed

41.6

Umar Gul to Styris, OUT, Gul has his man now, bowled it very full on the stumps, Scott went walking across the stumps towards the off side this time, all over the place really, missed on the flick across the line, and umpire Harper thought for a while before sending Styris on his way, they think about a review but decide against it, that would have taken out middle and leg

SB Styris lbw b Umar Gul 28 (52m 37b 1x4 0x6) SR: 75.67

New Zealand 175/5   Umar Gul 8-1-18-2

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

43.2

Umar Gul to NL McCullum, FOUR, what a shot! just a push, it matters where you push them, this one was in the gap at covers, and he used the pace of the ball to his advantage and the fielders had no chance once it beat them

43.3

Umar Gul to NL McCullum, no run, Gul comes up with the fast bowlers' response, digs in the bouncer, Nathan goes down underneath it

43.4

Umar Gul to NL McCullum, 1 leg bye, full on the leg stump, he gets in to an awkward position before getting it square off the pads

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   Umar Gul 9-1-24-2

45.1

Umar Gul to NL McCullum, 1 run, goes for the yorker, but it ends up down leg, the batsman was there too though, and somehow squeezed it in the direction of midwicket

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

45.4

Umar Gul to NL McCullum, SIX, whacked! Gul went for the bouncer in to the body, Nathan used the angle and went through with the pull shot, almost as if he was expecting it, and deposited it in to the crowd over deep midwicket, phew! that was well struck alright

45.5

Umar Gul to NL McCullum, OUT, Gul gets him now, it is the slower one, Nathan did not pick it, went for the heave and inside edged the ball on to the stumps, the off bail is removed, that's all Gull needs as he sets off in celebration

NL McCullum b Umar Gul 19 (16m 10b 1x4 2x6) SR: 190.00

45.6

Umar Gul to Oram, no run, 145.6 ripper from Gul, Oram had no clue about this one as it struck him high on the pads after straightening from back of a length, too high, thinks umpire Harper

New Zealand 210/6   Umar Gul 10-1-32-3

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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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