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

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)   Shoaib Akhtar 2-0-15-1

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

New Zealand 26/1   MJ Guptill 16* (20b 2x4)   Shoaib Akhtar 3.4-0-20-1

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

New Zealand 39/1   MJ Guptill 27* (32b 3x4)   Shoaib Akhtar 4.5-0-29-1

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

New Zealand 49/1   MJ Guptill 35* (39b 4x4)   Abdul Razzaq 0.1-0-4-0

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

New Zealand 53/1   MJ Guptill 39* (42b 5x4)   Abdul Razzaq 0.4-0-8-0

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

New Zealand 60/2   LRPL Taylor 4* (5b 1x4)   Shoaib Akhtar 5.2-0-35-1

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

New Zealand 64/2   LRPL Taylor 8* (6b 2x4)   Shoaib Akhtar 5.3-0-39-1

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

New Zealand 68/2   MJ Guptill 45* (50b 6x4)   Umar Gul 2.4-1-5-1

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

New Zealand 79/2   LRPL Taylor 16* (29b 3x4)   Abdul Razzaq 1.5-0-14-0

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

New Zealand 123/4   LRPL Taylor 39* (62b 4x4)   Shahid Afridi 5.2-0-20-1

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

New Zealand 170/4   SB Styris 24* (30b 1x4)   Shahid Afridi 7.4-0-34-1

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

New Zealand 185/5   NL McCullum 5* (3b 1x4)   Umar Gul 8.2-1-22-2

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

New Zealand 214/6   LRPL Taylor 80* (112b 5x4 1x6)   Shoaib Akhtar 8.1-0-46-1

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

New Zealand 231/6   LRPL Taylor 96* (116b 6x4 3x6)   Shoaib Akhtar 8.5-0-63-1

47.3

Abdur Rehman to Oram, FOUR, Pakistan have fallen apart in these death overs, it was a full toss, Oram came down the track to gain momentum and lifted it wide of deep midwicket who did not help by letting the ball through

New Zealand 244/6   JDP Oram 6* (4b 1x4)   Abdur Rehman 8.3-0-32-0

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

New Zealand 257/6   LRPL Taylor 107* (119b 7x4 4x6)   Abdul Razzaq 3.1-0-23-0

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

New Zealand 277/6   LRPL Taylor 125* (123b 8x4 6x6)   Abdul Razzaq 3.5-0-43-0

49.4

Abdur Rehman to Mills, FOUR, four more down the ground, this time from Mills, and behind the keeper, he charges down and has a big heave, and gets the outside edge that gives the keeper no chance

New Zealand 299/7   KD Mills 4* (1b 1x4)   Abdur Rehman 9.4-0-57-1

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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