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

0.3

Shoaib Akhtar to BB McCullum, 1 no ball, this time it's a no-ball at 139.8 kph, comes on nicely off a length, and is blocked away on the off side

0.3

Shoaib Akhtar to BB McCullum, SIX, clatter! Baz is away, takes on the free hit, it was a length ball, coming in and he swung it with the angle, and the connection was so good that it carried all the way over the midwicket boundary

0.4

Shoaib Akhtar to BB McCullum, OUT, the aeroplane takes off early at Pallekele, Shoaib goes through Brendon with a peach that pitches way outside off, he goes out to push at it, but to his horror it comes back a long way, and hits off stump, kept a bit low, and there was a mile-long gap between bat and pad, Baz just went pushing at it from the crease almost

BB McCullum b Shoaib Akhtar 6 (3m 3b 0x4 1x6) SR: 200.00

0.5

Shoaib Akhtar to How, no run, 138.7 kph delivery that zips off the pitch from a length, How came out a long way too, and pushed inside the line

0.6

Shoaib Akhtar to How, no run, tries the same delivery on How that got Brendon, this one is a tad shorter, and allows him to come forward and defend even as the ball came in on off

New Zealand 8/1   Shoaib Akhtar 1-0-8-1

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

2.3

Shoaib Akhtar to How, no run, 137.3 kph, short of a length and thuds in to the defensive bat of Jamie

2.4

Shoaib Akhtar to How, no run, 141.5 kph delivery which is on target with the length, draws him well forward and he pushes it out to backward point

2.5

Shoaib Akhtar to How, 1 run, Shoaib goes for the sharp bounce into the body, he goes for the pull, and gets a top edge that falls well short of fine leg

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   Shoaib Akhtar 2-0-15-1

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

4.2

Shoaib Akhtar to How, no run, 139.1 kph back of a length ball, gets it to lift awkwardly outside off, he rides the bounce to guide it to point

4.3

Shoaib Akhtar to How, no run, the slower one at 113.4 kph, lovely delivery, he adjusted to push it away to mid on, was already well forward before he spotted it

4.4

Shoaib Akhtar to How, no run, 141.5 kph, a touch fuller outside off, allows him to come out and drive confidently, but short extra cover is in the way

4.5

Shoaib Akhtar to How, no run, 117.1 kph another slower one, it was angled in from a length, and he had walked across to turn it wide of midwicket, but with the change in pace, he got it right to that man at midwicket

4.6

Shoaib Akhtar to How, no run, short and some width too outside off, he cannot get it away, mistimes the cut in to the ground

New Zealand 21/1   Shoaib Akhtar 3-0-16-1

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   Shoaib Akhtar 4-0-24-1

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   Shoaib Akhtar 5-0-31-1

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   Shoaib Akhtar 6-0-39-1

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

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   Shoaib Akhtar 7-0-40-1

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

17.3

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

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   Shoaib Akhtar 8-0-42-1

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   Shoaib Akhtar 9-0-70-1

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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