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

0.3

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

New Zealand 8/0   BB McCullum 6* (2b 1x6)   Shoaib Akhtar 0.3-0-8-0

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

New Zealand 195/5   NL McCullum 11* (6b 1x4 1x6)   Shahid Afridi 9.4-0-48-1

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   LRPL Taylor 75* (109b 4x4 1x6)   Shahid Afridi 10-0-55-1

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

New Zealand 210/5   NL McCullum 19* (9b 1x4 2x6)   Umar Gul 9.4-1-32-2

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

New Zealand 220/6   LRPL Taylor 86* (113b 5x4 2x6)   Shoaib Akhtar 8.2-0-52-1

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

New Zealand 226/6   LRPL Taylor 92* (114b 5x4 3x6)   Shoaib Akhtar 8.3-0-58-1

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   LRPL Taylor 102* (117b 6x4 4x6)   Shoaib Akhtar 9-0-70-1

47.6

Abdur Rehman to Oram, SIX, Oram finishes the over on a high, backs away down the leg side, Rehman gives it some air at this moment, of all times, and Oram lifts it over long off for maximum

New Zealand 253/6   JDP Oram 13* (6b 1x4 1x6)   Abdur Rehman 9-0-41-0

48.2

Abdul Razzaq to Taylor, SIX, carnage! this has got to be stinging for Pakistan, more so after the millions of chances Ross has had, down on a knee and swings him over deep midwicket from outside off stump

New Zealand 263/6   LRPL Taylor 113* (120b 7x4 5x6)   Abdul Razzaq 3.2-0-29-0

48.3

Abdul Razzaq to Taylor, SIX, they just keep coming, full toss on off stump, Ross hits it into orbit, somewhere over deep midwicket, keep disappearing from the moment he bends the knee and swings them

New Zealand 270/6   LRPL Taylor 119* (121b 7x4 6x6)   Abdul Razzaq 3.3-0-36-0

48.6

Abdul Razzaq to Taylor, SIX, 30 runs off the over, Pakistan have been blown away, at Razzaq's pace the full toss comes on nicely along around off stump, and Ross gets another of those monster swings right of the middle of the bat, where has this one disappeared? it is in Taylor's zone, over deep midwicket

New Zealand 283/6   LRPL Taylor 131* (124b 8x4 7x6)   Abdul Razzaq 4-0-49-0

49.1

Abdur Rehman to Oram, SIX, Oram from the other end, no respite for Pakistan, Afridi persists with Rehman, and Oram smashes it high over the long on boundary

New Zealand 289/6   JDP Oram 19* (7b 1x4 2x6)   Abdur Rehman 9.1-0-47-0

49.2

Abdur Rehman to Oram, SIX, and another one, I have lost count, New Zealand have too, they are just hitting them one after the other, Pakistan haven't even bothered to count, lifted high over long off who thought he had a chance initially, but it beat him by some 20 feet

New Zealand 295/6   JDP Oram 25* (8b 1x4 3x6)   Abdur Rehman 9.2-0-53-0

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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