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

The New Zealand openers walk out to the middle. Pakistan players are hovering about the pitch. We are all set for this one, on a pitch that has a decent sprinkling of grass. Shoaib with the new ball. Guptill will take strike to two slips, third man and fine leg

Gopal: "Rawalpindi Exp should earn me good points today..!!"

2.22 pm The players walk out for the anthems. New Zealand's is on first. Time for the Qaumi Tarana.

Ammad: "Pakistan have made a mistake dropping Ajmal. Bowling in tandem with Afridi in the middle overs, they squeeze the life out of the batting side. Rehman does not have the agressive nature of Ajmal to pull back things. Feel sorry for him just because he missed out in the NZ series earlier this year."

manas: "Expect great batting from New Zealand's new batting all rounder, Nathan McCullum in the tail order!"

Greg: "Why do New Zealand continue to pick How ahead of Williamson? I am sure Kane is a better option and you can't continue to leave him out of the team."

Kevin: "Seeing Rajesh's DRS numbers, it would be fun picking an Umpire to your Fantasy team and rewarded with points for his 'Decision Upheld'." You saw Fantasy even in that!

shahzad: "Fairly Balanced side for Pakistan. I hope the openers fires up for them today. They have been fairly quiet."

Rishan: "How could you do this to me Jesse?! I just picked you last night for my fantasy team and you become unfit!!"

Our stats man, Madhu, says that Pakistan's unpredictability sets up an even contest. Do you think so? Who will win today?

Ali Abbas: "This is a good toss to lose for Pakistan. All three matches they have won defending scores time to test their run chasing ability."

2 pm Toss Daniel Vettori wins the toss and New Zealand will have a bat. Dan: "Looks like a dry wicket. The grass means the bounce should be consistent, and it should be a decent batting wicket. Unfortunately, Jesse Ryder is out, and Jacob Oram is in."

Afridi: "Shoaib and Rehman are back for Wahab and Ajmal." I hope your Fantasy XIs are being updated quickly.

The Decision Review System has been much used, much appreciated, much maligned, and tinkered with a bit. S Rajesh has some interesting numbers on its usage in the World Cup

Just a few minutes to go for the toss. What will be the playing XIs today? Let us know.

Danny Morrison says there is some grass on the wicket, it is new grass. The new ball will move around a little bit, there is something there for the fast bowlers. He says given the pleasant conditions, it will be difficult not to bat first, but it is going to be a tough decision to take.

These two sides have seen a lot of each other recently, and Pakistan were winners in the Test as well as ODI series in New Zealand. George Binoy, in his preview, thinks that if Pakistan play like Pakistan can, they should win this one too. He thinks Shahid Afridi will be key, and Osman Samiuddin takes a look at just how important Afridi the bowler has been for Pakistan over the years.

Hello and welcome to our coverage of the Group A match between New Zealand and Pakistan in Pallekele. This will be the first international game at this ground, after the Test match between Sri Lanka and West Indies which will be remembered only for the amount of rain Pallekele received during that period.

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

How is in at No 3

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

End of over 1 (8 runs) New Zealand 8/1 (RR: 8.00)
JM How    0* (2b)      Shoaib Akhtar    1-0-8-1
MJ Guptill    1* (2b)     

Abdur Rehman to open from the other end, hmm, this will be interesting

1.1

Abdur Rehman to Guptill, 1 run, flat and pushed through on off stump, he drives it back to the bowler, who lets it through after getting his hands to it, mid off tidies up

1.2

Abdur Rehman to How, no run, full and around off stump, he gets to the pitch and pushes it down the track

1.3

Abdur Rehman to How, no run, gives it a bit more air around off stump, he gets head on top of ball and defends

1.4

Abdur Rehman to How, no run, the quicker one that goes straight on, he manages to get bat on ball, and gets an inside edge on the leg side

1.5

Abdur Rehman to How, no run, slower now, he goes back and plays it out to short extra cover

1.6

Abdur Rehman to How, no run, still shorter, comes slowly off the surface, but it is flat and he plays it down the pitch off the back foot, tight over

End of over 2 (1 run) New Zealand 9/1 (RR: 4.50)
JM How    0* (7b)      Abdur Rehman    1-0-1-0
MJ Guptill    2* (3b)      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

End of over 3 (7 runs) New Zealand 16/1 (RR: 5.33)
MJ Guptill    7* (7b 1x4)      Shoaib Akhtar    2-0-15-1
JM How    1* (10b)      Abdur Rehman    1-0-1-0

3.1

Abdur Rehman to How, no run, slides straight on with the angle, hits him on the pads, going down the leg side easily

3.2

Abdur Rehman to How, 1 run, he is just firing them in, no turn, this one is around off stump, and blocked off the front foot

3.3

Abdur Rehman to Guptill, no run, slower this time, and flighted a bit, goes on leg, and he comes forward to smother it

3.4

Abdur Rehman to Guptill, 2 runs, fuller on the pads, allows him to flick it in front of square leg

3.5

Abdur Rehman to Guptill, no run, tossed up around middle and leg, nudged away to midwicket

3.6

Abdur Rehman to Guptill, 1 run, worked away off the hips to deep square leg, they think about the second, but the man gets to the ball finally just in time

End of over 4 (4 runs) New Zealand 20/1 (RR: 5.00)
MJ Guptill    10* (11b 1x4)      Abdur Rehman    2-0-5-0
JM How    2* (12b)      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

End of over 5 (1 run) New Zealand 21/1 (RR: 4.20)
JM How    2* (17b)      Shoaib Akhtar    3-0-16-1
MJ Guptill    11* (12b 1x4)      Abdur Rehman    2-0-5-0

5.1

Abdur Rehman to Guptill, no run, pushed through flat on middle and leg, pushed down the track

5.2

Abdur Rehman to Guptill, no run, slides in straight on with the angle, hits him on the pads and bobs up in the air towards extra cover

5.3

Abdur Rehman to Guptill, no run, draws him forward and he drives to extra cover

5.4

Abdur Rehman to Guptill, 1 run, gets outside the line, and works it with the angle wide of midwicket, Rehman is not getting much turn and that helps

5.5

Abdur Rehman to How, no run, another one fired in on leg stump, defended wide of the bowler on the on side

5.6

Abdur Rehman to How, no run, very tight line, bang on middle stump, he brings bat and pad together and defends

End of over 6 (1 run) New Zealand 22/1 (RR: 3.66)
JM How    2* (19b)      Abdur Rehman    3-0-6-0
MJ Guptill    12* (16b 1x4)      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

End of over 7 (8 runs) New Zealand 30/1 (RR: 4.28)
MJ Guptill    20* (22b 2x4)      Shoaib Akhtar    4-0-24-1
JM How    2* (19b)      Abdur Rehman    3-0-6-0

7.1

Abdur Rehman to How, no run, the arm ball almost gets him, he came down the track, but got an inside edge that just went wide of Kamran on the leg side

7.2

Abdur Rehman to How, 1 run, worked away off the pads behind square leg

7.3

Abdur Rehman to Guptill, no run, pushed away to midwicket

7.4

Abdur Rehman to Guptill, no run, gets head on top of ball, and defended down the track

7.5

Abdur Rehman to Guptill, no run, goes in search of some room outside leg stump, it is coming in anyway,a nd he gets an inside edge as he blocks

7.6

Abdur Rehman to Guptill, 3 runs, more leg side stuff from Rehman, and this time he gets it very fine off the pads, and Younis gives it a long chase and pulls it back

End of over 8 (4 runs) New Zealand 34/1 (RR: 4.25)
MJ Guptill    23* (26b 2x4)      Abdur Rehman    4-0-10-0
JM How    3* (21b)      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

End of over 9 (7 runs) New Zealand 41/1 (RR: 4.55)
MJ Guptill    28* (33b 3x4)      Shoaib Akhtar    5-0-31-1
JM How    3* (21b)      Abdur Rehman    4-0-10-0

9.1

Abdur Rehman to Guptill, no run, Rehman continues to fire them in, he comes forward to defend

9.2

Abdur Rehman to Guptill, 2 runs, not sure where Pakistan are going with this line, fired way down the pads and tickled away wide of fine leg

9.3

Abdur Rehman to Guptill, 1 run, drops it a bit short and that allows him to punch it down to long off

9.4

Abdur Rehman to How, 1 run, pushes this one in front of mid on and sets off for what is in the end a comfortable run

9.5

Abdur Rehman to Guptill, no run, another one going straight on leg stump, he blocks it off the front foot

9.6

Abdur Rehman to Guptill, no run, pushed through fuller but again the line is middle and leg, defended back to the bowler

End of over 10 (4 runs) New Zealand 45/1 (RR: 4.50)
MJ Guptill    31* (38b 3x4)      Abdur Rehman    5-0-14-0
JM How    4* (22b)      Shoaib Akhtar    5-0-31-1

Hassan: "Its time to bring Gul or Razzaq for bowling change." And Gul it will be.

10.1

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

Some confuson about the Powerplay. Afridi thinks it has been taken, apparently the umpire does not think so

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

End of over 11 (maiden) New Zealand 45/1 (RR: 4.09)
JM How    4* (28b)      Umar Gul    1-1-0-0
MJ Guptill    31* (38b 3x4)      Abdur Rehman    5-0-14-0

Cam: "How do you put a person to sleep? How." Now it is the bowling Powerplay. Razzaq comes on

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

11.2

Abdul Razzaq to Guptill, no run, takes this one on the pads, it was very full and he missed out on the flick

11.3

Abdul Razzaq to Guptill, no run, Razzaq is on the money now, angles it in on middle and it is pushed away to mid on

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

11.5

Abdul Razzaq to Guptill, no run, defended back to the bowler this time

11.6

Abdul Razzaq to Guptill, 1 run, pinches a single now, works it wide of midwicket to keep strike

End of over 12 (9 runs) New Zealand 54/1 (RR: 4.50)
MJ Guptill    40* (44b 5x4)      Abdul Razzaq    1-0-9-0
JM How    4* (28b)      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

Ross is the new man in

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

End of over 13 (2 runs) New Zealand 56/2 (RR: 4.30)
LRPL Taylor    0* (3b)      Umar Gul    2-1-1-1
MJ Guptill    41* (46b 5x4)      Abdul Razzaq    1-0-9-0

Ridhwaan: "Getting How out was a mistake by Pakistan!! He was eating up deliveries and doing Pak a favour!" Shoaib is back

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

End of over 14 (8 runs) New Zealand 64/2 (RR: 4.57)
LRPL Taylor    8* (9b 2x4)      Shoaib Akhtar    6-0-39-1
MJ Guptill    41* (46b 5x4)      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

vinny: "Even tho I am 40+ and tubby, I could not be worse a keeper than Kamran, I think. I can drop catches just as good as him."

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

End of over 15 (4 runs) New Zealand 68/2 (RR: 4.53)
MJ Guptill    45* (52b 6x4)      Umar Gul    3-1-5-1
LRPL Taylor    8* (9b 2x4)      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

Sunil: "If Pakistan do win they World Cup, at least they now know who not to hand the trophy to, while celebrating :)"

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

Tom: "Usually after a Kamran moment or two he produces something world class, much like many of his team mates, keep watching!"

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

If there are any more Kamran moments till the next drinks break, they will be brought to you by Sid Ravi who will take over now. I am off to over-by-over.

End of over 16 (1 run) New Zealand 69/2 (RR: 4.31)
MJ Guptill    45* (57b 6x4)      Shoaib Akhtar    7-0-40-1
LRPL Taylor    9* (10b 2x4)      Umar Gul    3-1-5-1

Thanks Abhishek. Umar Gul to continue, the second Powerplay is over.

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

Saad: "In the discussion of Kamran moments we all forgot to talk about Afridi's captaincy. Credit must go to Afridi to bring back Akhtar for a breakthrough which he delivered (almost)."

End of over 17 (1 run) New Zealand 70/2 (RR: 4.11)
LRPL Taylor    10* (16b 2x4)      Umar Gul    4-1-6-1
MJ Guptill    45* (57b 6x4)      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

End of over 18 (2 runs) New Zealand 72/2 (RR: 4.00)
LRPL Taylor    11* (19b 2x4)      Shoaib Akhtar    8-0-42-1
MJ Guptill    46* (60b 6x4)      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

Shridhar Jaju: "Kamran Akmal's favourite pickup line - Can I DROP you somewhere?"

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

Wilko NZ: "Surely that will be How's last chance at this level. And what a final contribution - a paltry 4 runs from a 47 run partnership. "

End of over 19 (2 runs) New Zealand 74/2 (RR: 3.89)
LRPL Taylor    12* (24b 2x4)      Umar Gul    5-1-8-1
MJ Guptill    47* (61b 6x4)      Shoaib Akhtar    8-0-42-1

19.1

Abdul Razzaq to Taylor, no run, Razzaq returns, starts with a back of length ball that is carefully defended

19.2

Abdul Razzaq to Taylor, no run, on the legstump this time, Taylor shuffles across and defends that one, 20 dot balls in the 26 he has faced

19.3

Abdul Razzaq to Taylor, no run, once more Taylor frustrates Pakistan by fiddling outside off without any footwork, the ball zips past the outside edge

19.4

Abdul Razzaq to Taylor, no run, jagging in towards off, clipped towards the leg side by Taylor

Shahid Afridi is warming up

19.5

Abdul Razzaq to Taylor, 1 wide, Ross Taylor gives the charge after a spell of being stuck in the crease, Razzaq responds bu bowling shorter and down the leg, that's a wide

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

19.6

Abdul Razzaq to Taylor, 2 runs, slides that on to legstump, Taylor shimmies across and works the ball towards deep backward square leg

Sanny: "I wonder if Kamran Akmal has a favourite put-down?"

Allan: "Wrighty will be fuming away in his seat at the number of dot balls. The batsmen haven't been listening!"

End of over 20 (7 runs) New Zealand 81/2 (RR: 4.05)
LRPL Taylor    18* (30b 3x4)      Abdul Razzaq    2-0-16-0
MJ Guptill    47* (61b 6x4)      Umar Gul    5-1-8-1

Afridi, the tournament's leading wicket-taker, is on

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

End of over 21 (2 runs) New Zealand 83/2 (RR: 3.95)
MJ Guptill    48* (66b 6x4)      Shahid Afridi    1-0-2-0
LRPL Taylor    19* (31b 3x4)      Abdul Razzaq    2-0-16-0

21.1

Abdul Razzaq to Taylor, no run, short of length ball outside off, defended towards cover off the front foot

21.2

Abdul Razzaq to Taylor, 1 run, on middle and leg, pushed towards long-on for a single

21.3

Abdul Razzaq to Guptill, 1 wide, Razzaq sprays this down the leg side for another free run

21.3

Abdul Razzaq to Guptill, no run, back of a length ball, blocked by the batsman to the off side

21.4

Abdul Razzaq to Guptill, 1 leg bye, on the pads, Guptill wanted to work that to the leg side, he can't get bat on it and the ball wobbles off the pad towards point

21.5

Abdul Razzaq to Taylor, 1 run, Taylor looking more and more comfortable now, a length ball that he punches towards long-on for another ambled single

Farhan: "Kamran's favorite song: "Drop it like it's hot"." Okay, that's enough Kamran jokes.

21.6

Abdul Razzaq to Guptill, 4 leg byes, sliding down the leg side, Guptill tries to glance that and get to his half-century, no bat, off the pads and past the keeper for four leg byes

End of over 22 (8 runs) New Zealand 91/2 (RR: 4.13)
MJ Guptill    48* (69b 6x4)      Abdul Razzaq    3-0-19-0
LRPL Taylor    21* (34b 3x4)      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

Umar Gul is off the field

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

End of over 23 (2 runs) New Zealand 93/2 (RR: 4.04)
LRPL Taylor    22* (39b 3x4)      Shahid Afridi    2-0-4-0
MJ Guptill    49* (70b 6x4)      Abdul Razzaq    3-0-19-0

Mohammad Hafeez takes over from Razzaq

23.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Guptill, 1 run, full ball on middle, driven down towards long-on, that's a half-century for Guptill, he raced to 40 or so before slowing down over the past half hour

23.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Taylor, no run, Taylor reaches across to defend that to cover

23.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Taylor, no run, comes out of his crease and punches the ball to the bowler

23.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Taylor, no run, short of length ball outside off, chopped towards cover by Taylor

23.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Taylor, no run, Hafeez keeps Taylor tied down, a length ball is pushed back to the bowler

23.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Taylor, 1 run, tapped towards cover for a quick single, Taylor keeps strike

Aqil Shiffar: "This is the first time afridi is not bowling under lights. hmm.. lets see if he will do as well as he did then."

End of over 24 (2 runs) New Zealand 95/2 (RR: 3.95)
LRPL Taylor    23* (44b 3x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    1-0-2-0
MJ Guptill    50* (71b 6x4)      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

End of over 25 (4 runs) New Zealand 99/2 (RR: 3.96)
MJ Guptill    52* (75b 6x4)      Shahid Afridi    3-0-8-0
LRPL Taylor    25* (46b 3x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    1-0-2-0

25.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Guptill, no run, a touch short from Hafeez, Guptill is down the track but not to the pitch, defended to the leg side

25.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Guptill, 1 run, whipped off the pads towards fine leg for a single that brings up New Zealand's 100

Umar Gul makes his way out of the dressing room

25.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Taylor, no run, punched back to the bowler

25.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Taylor, 1 run, slightly short, allows the batsman to rock back and ease the ball towards long-on

25.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Guptill, no run, that one drifts away a touch, Guptill was reaching for it outside off, he's beaten and Kamran whips off the stumps (collects cleanly too), but Guptill has his back foot in the crease

25.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Guptill, no run, good over from Hafeez, just two off it, the final ball is pushed to his left, he moves across to field

End of over 26 (2 runs) New Zealand 101/2 (RR: 3.88)
MJ Guptill    53* (79b 6x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    2-0-4-0
LRPL Taylor    26* (48b 3x4)      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

End of over 27 (5 runs) New Zealand 106/2 (RR: 3.92)
LRPL Taylor    29* (52b 3x4)      Shahid Afridi    4-0-13-0
MJ Guptill    55* (81b 6x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    2-0-4-0

27.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Taylor, no run, length ball outside off, defended towards cover

27.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Taylor, 1 run, on middle and leg, tucked behind square leg for a single

27.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Guptill, 1 run, short of length ball around off, eased to the left of the bowler, who scrambled across but couldn't block it

27.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Taylor, no run, length ball on off, Taylor wants to punch that to the leg side, but instead pushes it back to the bowler

27.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Taylor, no run, once more Taylor blocks towards the bowler

27.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Taylor, 2 runs, outstanding bit of work from Umar Akmal, a direct hit from deep square leg when he was on the move, with just one stump to aim at as well, no reward for it though as Taylor has made his ground, it was a legstump ball that Taylor pushed towards deep square

End of over 28 (4 runs) New Zealand 110/2 (RR: 3.92)
LRPL Taylor    32* (57b 3x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    3-0-8-0
MJ Guptill    56* (82b 6x4)      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

James Franklin is the new batsman

28.6

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

End of over 29 (3 runs) New Zealand 113/3 (RR: 3.89)
JEC Franklin    1* (1b)      Shahid Afridi    5-0-16-1
LRPL Taylor    33* (58b 3x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    3-0-8-0

29.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Franklin, OUT, review time, Hafeez raps Franklin on the pads and on-field umpire Harper says that's out after a long long time, a tossed up delivery from round the wicket that pitched outside off, and turned in towards Franklin, who plays outside the line of that one, is struck on the pads around off and that was going on to hit middle, Taylor asks Franklin to review that, no use, Franklin's on his way

JEC Franklin lbw b Mohammad Hafeez 1 (5m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

29.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Styris, 1 run, Scott Styris has made his first run of the tournament, a punch towards long-on for a single

29.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Taylor, 1 run, outside off, carved towards point for a single

29.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Styris, no run

29.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Styris, 3 runs, whips this towards midwicket, Younis dives to his right to field that one, he shies at the non-striker's end and there's no one backing up so that's a couple of overthrows

29.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Taylor, 1 run, pushed wide of mid-off for a single

End of over 30 (6 runs) New Zealand 119/4 (RR: 3.96)
LRPL Taylor    35* (60b 3x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    4-0-14-1
SB Styris    4* (3b)      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

End of over 31 (7 runs) New Zealand 126/4 (RR: 4.06)
SB Styris    5* (5b)      Shahid Afridi    6-0-23-1
LRPL Taylor    41* (64b 4x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    4-0-14-1

31.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Taylor, 1 run, length ball on legstump, driven to long-on for a single

31.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Styris, no run, just outside off, pushed to the left of the bowler, Kamran screams animatedly as Hafeez hustles across to stop ot

31.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Styris, 1 run, easy single to midwicket for Styris

31.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Taylor, 1 run, played with soft hands towards cover, sprint through for a run

31.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Styris, 1 run, pushes this one through, punched off the back foot towards the leg side

31.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Taylor, 1 run, short of length ball on middle, worked to long-on for one more

End of over 32 (5 runs) New Zealand 131/4 (RR: 4.09)
LRPL Taylor    44* (67b 4x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    5-0-19-1
SB Styris    7* (8b)      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

Time for drinks, and I'm off to do the over-by-over discussion. Abhishek will describe the rest of the New Zealand innings

End of over 33 (4 runs) New Zealand 135/4 (RR: 4.09)
LRPL Taylor    47* (71b 4x4)      Shahid Afridi    7-0-27-1
SB Styris    8* (10b)      Mohammad Hafeez    5-0-19-1

Thanks Sid Ravi. So Pakistan have come back strongly with those two wickets.

33.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Styris, 1 run, ends up on leg stump with some turn, easily picked away backward of square leg

Lance: "Can NZ Cricket check to see if Kevin O'Brien has Kiwi grandparents? Maybe the Black Caps could swap him for Jamie How or James Franklin? Surely he is a cousin of recent Black Cap Iain O'Brien."

33.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Taylor, no run, worked away in front of square leg

33.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Taylor, no run, slower through the air, and not much turn, played back to the bowler

33.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Taylor, no run, walks across and uses the angle on this one ti nudge it to midwicket

33.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Taylor, 1 run, Hafeez tries hard to stop this back foot punch from going towards long on, but it eludes his dive in the end

33.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Styris, no run, pushed through flat, and played down the track

End of over 34 (2 runs) New Zealand 137/4 (RR: 4.02)
SB Styris    9* (12b)      Mohammad Hafeez    6-0-21-1
LRPL Taylor    48* (75b 4x4)      Shahid Afridi    7-0-27-1

Rehman is back

34.1

Abdur Rehman to Taylor, no run, floats it in slower and it is pushed down the track

34.2

Abdur Rehman to Taylor, 1 run, ending on leg stump with that angle from round the stumps, nudged towards midwicket, Rehman does the fielding

34.3

Abdur Rehman to Styris, 1 run, eases this one on middle and leg down to long on

34.4

Abdur Rehman to Taylor, 1 run, fired in, but a touch short, and he goes back to work it past midwicket, fifty up for Taylor, somehow he has survived and fought back

34.5

Abdur Rehman to Styris, no run, fuller and flatter, it is defended down the track

34.6

Abdur Rehman to Styris, 1 run, gives it some air around off stump, and Styris uses it to drive to sweeper cover

End of over 35 (4 runs) New Zealand 141/4 (RR: 4.02)
SB Styris    11* (15b)      Abdur Rehman    6-0-18-0
LRPL Taylor    50* (78b 4x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    6-0-21-1

35.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Styris, 1 run, pushed through on leg stump, flicked away through square leg

35.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Taylor, 1 wide, fired down the leg side, Kamran collects and threatens to break the stumps, but does not

35.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Taylor, 1 leg bye, nudged behind the wickets fine on the leg side

35.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Styris, 1 run, lots of singles all around, another one picked away wide of midwicket, do offspinners have to end on leg stump?

35.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Taylor, 1 run, another one on the pads, worked away to deep square leg

35.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Styris, no run, fuller on the legs, flicked away to midwicket

35.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Styris, 1 run, eased down to long on for yet another comfortable single

End of over 36 (6 runs) New Zealand 147/4 (RR: 4.08)
SB Styris    14* (19b)      Mohammad Hafeez    7-0-26-1
LRPL Taylor    51* (80b 4x4)      Abdur Rehman    6-0-18-0

36.1

Abdur Rehman to Styris, 1 run, shortish on middle stump, worked away in front of square leg

36.2

Abdur Rehman to Taylor, 1 run, whipped away off the back foot to deep midwicket, calmly done, no issues

36.3

Abdur Rehman to Styris, 1 run, takes a step down the track and eases in to a drive to sweeper cover

tries to get that ever-available single down the ground, this time the bowler is in the way

36.4

Abdur Rehman to Taylor, no run

36.5

Abdur Rehman to Taylor, no run, flatter and quicker outside off stump, steered away to short third man

36.6

Abdur Rehman to Taylor, no run, slows it down in the air, flighted a bit fuller too, and it is blocked off the front foot

End of over 37 (3 runs) New Zealand 150/4 (RR: 4.05)
LRPL Taylor    52* (84b 4x4)      Abdur Rehman    7-0-21-0
SB Styris    16* (21b)      Mohammad Hafeez    7-0-26-1

Hanif: "Taylor's drops will come back to haunt Pakistan. He can be brutal in PP3." Umar Gul is back

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

Zohaib: "singles flowing like honey for NZ."

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

End of over 38 (5 runs) New Zealand 155/4 (RR: 4.07)
SB Styris    18* (25b)      Umar Gul    6-1-13-1
LRPL Taylor    54* (86b 4x4)      Abdur Rehman    7-0-21-0

38.1

Abdur Rehman to Taylor, 1 run, uses the angle from Rehman to push for a run to long on

38.2

Abdur Rehman to Styris, 1 run, a bit slower through the air, it pops in the air on the leg side as he pushes at it

38.3

Abdur Rehman to Taylor, 2 runs, Taylor is having a super birthday, gets away again, goes for the slog sweep now, but from way outside off stump, the ball bounced a bit more, but the top edge swirled high in the air and fell in the vacant area to the right of fine leg

38.4

Abdur Rehman to Taylor, no run, fires this one in on the stumps, it is blocked by Ross

38.5

Abdur Rehman to Taylor, 1 run, pushes this on towards covers for a single now

38.6

Abdur Rehman to Styris, no run, bowls it slower, it is still flat, and goes straight on outside off stump, Styris waited to play the cut shot, but was still beaten

End of over 39 (5 runs) New Zealand 160/4 (RR: 4.10)
SB Styris    19* (27b)      Abdur Rehman    8-0-26-0
LRPL Taylor    58* (90b 4x4)      Umar Gul    6-1-13-1

Paranoid Android gets in to details: "@Zohaib - Honey actually does not flow that well. Is that the simile that you wanted to highlight?"

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

End of over 40 (3 runs) New Zealand 163/4 (RR: 4.07)
SB Styris    20* (29b)      Umar Gul    7-1-16-1
LRPL Taylor    60* (94b 4x4)      Abdur Rehman    8-0-26-0

Vageesan: "Take the batting powerplay. No point in having Oram if he can't used in batting powerplay." Shahid is back

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

Umpire Llong has a word with Scott, apparently he is getting in the way of the bowlers while running.

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

End of over 41 (10 runs) New Zealand 173/4 (RR: 4.21)
SB Styris    27* (32b 1x4)      Shahid Afridi    8-0-37-1
LRPL Taylor    63* (97b 4x4)      Umar Gul    7-1-16-1

Matthew: "As a frustrated NZ supporter, should I be pleased or worried at the relative ease Taylor and Styris are accumulating runs without taking risks? I can't help but feel that Pakistan will do the same in reply!" The batting Powerplay has been taken now

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

End of over 42 (2 runs) New Zealand 175/5 (RR: 4.16)
     Umar Gul    8-1-18-2
LRPL Taylor    64* (98b 4x4)      Shahid Afridi    8-0-37-1

Nathan is the new man in. Can he swing a few away? No Oram?

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

End of over 43 (5 runs) New Zealand 180/5 (RR: 4.18)
LRPL Taylor    67* (102b 4x4)      Shahid Afridi    9-0-41-1
NL McCullum    1* (2b)      Umar Gul    8-1-18-2

anand: "Can some kiwi supporter tell me why Oram is batting so low?? Surely, he is better than Nathan McC!!"

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

End of over 44 (8 runs) New Zealand 188/5 (RR: 4.27)
LRPL Taylor    68* (105b 4x4)      Umar Gul    9-1-24-2
NL McCullum    5* (5b 1x4)      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

End of over 45 (14 runs) New Zealand 202/5 (RR: 4.48)
LRPL Taylor    75* (109b 4x4 1x6)      Shahid Afridi    10-0-55-1
NL McCullum    12* (7b 1x4 1x6)      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

Oram walks out finally

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

End of over 46 (8 runs) New Zealand 210/6 (RR: 4.56)
JDP Oram    0* (1b)      Umar Gul    10-1-32-3
LRPL Taylor    76* (111b 4x4 1x6)      Shahid Afridi    10-0-55-1

Shoaib is back

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

End of over 47 (28 runs) New Zealand 238/6 (RR: 5.06)
LRPL Taylor    102* (117b 6x4 4x6)      Shoaib Akhtar    9-0-70-1
JDP Oram    0* (1b)      Umar Gul    10-1-32-3

47.1

Abdur Rehman to Oram, 2 runs, comes forward and drives wide of long off

47.2

Abdur Rehman to Oram, no run, worked back to the bowler off the front foot, it was very full on the stumps

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

47.4

Abdur Rehman to Oram, 1 wide, fired wide down the leg side, actually Oram earned it by getting the legs out of the way

47.4

Abdur Rehman to Oram, 1 run, misses out on another full toss on the pads, gets too far down leg and eases it to long on

47.5

Abdur Rehman to Taylor, 1 run, close to off stump, and steers it to short third man

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

End of over 48 (15 runs) New Zealand 253/6 (RR: 5.27)
JDP Oram    13* (6b 1x4 1x6)      Abdur Rehman    9-0-41-0
LRPL Taylor    103* (118b 6x4 4x6)      Shoaib Akhtar    9-0-70-1

ragu: "How much of that applause was for Kamran I wonder?" Razzaq comes on now. what can he do?

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

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

48.3

Abdul Razzaq to Taylor, 1 wide, walks outside off stump looking for the big swing again, Razzaq floats it wide of off stump

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

48.4

Abdul Razzaq to Taylor, 1 wide, and another wide outside off from Razzaq, Pakistan have totally lost it

48.4

Abdul Razzaq to Taylor, 2 runs, goes across off stump, but misses out this time, heaving this full one down to long off, Oram lumbers back for the second

63 runs off 2.5 overs, hows's that for a partnership? Ross changes his bat, meanwhile. Not done yet

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

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

End of over 49 (30 runs) New Zealand 283/6 (RR: 5.77)
LRPL Taylor    131* (124b 8x4 7x6)      Abdul Razzaq    4-0-49-0
JDP Oram    13* (6b 1x4 1x6)      Abdur Rehman    9-0-41-0

95 off the last five overs. Staggering

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

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

49.3

Abdur Rehman to Oram, OUT, Oram departs now, it doesn't matter, he has played his part, went for another maximum over long on, but this time it wasn't monstrous enough, and settled into the fielder's hands

JDP Oram c Umar Gul b Abdur Rehman 25 (23m 9b 1x4 3x6) SR: 277.77

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

49.5

Abdur Rehman to Mills, 2 runs, Mills connects, not as well as he would have liked though, it still fetches him a couple as it falls right between long on and long off

49.6

Abdur Rehman to Mills, 1 run, Mills finishes off with a single down to short third man off a widish delivery, phew! this ends the slaughter

amit shiwani: "What the hell happened here ..i just went out for lunch when NZ were struggling to reach 200 ..." It was Tornado Taylor, that's what it was.

Ross Taylor walks off to well-deserved applause. Shahid Afridi runs across to congratulate him. Pakistan gave him lots of lives, and he made them pay dearly. But the man himself thinks it is a par total. Well, well.

92 runs in 25 deliveries after Nathan's dismissal. Pakistan have just fallen apart totally. Despite Kamran's profligacy behind the stumps, they had bowled well during the middle overs to keep New Zealand in check. But Taylor just exploded in those final few overs. This will really test Pakistan's batting line-up. Join us for the chase in 25 minutes. Meanwhile, you could check out our smartphone apps and also try the Player Rater.

End of over 50 (19 runs) New Zealand 302/7
KD Mills    7* (3b 1x4)      Abdur Rehman    10-0-60-1
LRPL Taylor    131* (124b 8x4 7x6)      Abdul Razzaq    4-0-49-0

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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