New Zealand v Pakistan 2nd Twenty20, Hamilton December 28, 2010

Ross Taylor pleased with all-round show


Ross Taylor, the New Zealand captain, has said he's pleased with his team's performance in the 39-run win at Seddon Park that gave his side the Twenty20 series against Pakistan with a game in hand. The victory included several significant contributions from New Zealand's top order as they posted 185. The batting was backed up by an impressive slow-bowling effort led by Nathan McCullum as Pakistan's chase was strangled by regular breakthroughs.

"All good sides win the key moments and we did that today," Taylor said. "With the bat, we've lost wickets at crucial moments [in the past] and it's something we're not doing at the moment. With the ball, our death bowling is an area we haven't done as well as we would have liked, but today it was outstanding. We took one side of the field out of play and the bowlers executed their plans."

New Zealand slammed 73 runs in four overs towards the latter part of the innings and Taylor singled that period of play as critical to his side's success. "There were quite a few crucial stages that we won and that was one of them. We scored 110 or so off the last ten overs and that was pretty good going on this ground."

Taylor was also full of praise for debutant Luke Woodcock who applied the squeeze alongside Nathan McCullum to ratchet up the pressure on Pakistan.

"It's quite a small boundary on the leg side that Woodcock bowled to, and he wasn't daunted by that. He bowled very well in tandem with Nathan and showed good promise. Being a left-armer he gives us some other spinning options as well." Taylor also added that he "owed [Woodcock] a few" after dropping a simple chance off Mohammad Hafeez that would have given the debutant his first wicket at international level.

Taylor also lauded Scott Styris and Peter McGlashan's blitz towards the end of the innings, saying, "the way they batted, it took the pressure off me and I played second fiddle to them and just fed them the strike."

The highlight of the New Zealand innings was McGlashan's 10-ball 26, which included two audacious reverse-swats off Umar Gul, for six.

"It's crazy, I'm never going to try that," Taylor said of McGlashan's stroke. "But that's his shot, I hope he continues to work on that and people just back him to do it. He plays the shot very well and if he continues to perform, that gives us an extra option, not just in the Twenty20 format but in the one-dayers as well. I thought his catches off Nathan were also very good." McCullum, whose 4 for 16 earned him the Man-of-the-Match award, said his job was made easier by the wickets that had fallen just before he came into the attack.

"The time that I was introduced was perfect for a spinner and once they've lost a couple of wickets it's a great time to come on," he said. "That was a pretty big move from Rossco which was great for me and Woody, to be able to work together and create a partnership." "The ball skids a little bit here at night and slightly bigger boundaries are can help with the spinners as well."

Pakistan coach Waqar Younis felt his team were thoroughly outplayed in all departments. "They batted better than us, they bowled better than us and they definitely fielded better than us," he said. "We played poor cricket, and when it came to bowling we were well below par. We didn't hit our lengths right and were missing out in terms of variation. Full credit to New Zealand, they kept coming at us."

"We were meant to bowl slow deliveries which we didn't really do, and Twenty20 is about hitting the yorker at the right time, and we didn't really do that. Umar Gul and Shoaib Akhtar were all over the place. We pulled it back in the middle when we bowled three or four overs for not many runs, but when the fast bowlers came back, the whole momentum shifted."

Andrew Fernando writes for The Pigeon and blogs here

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  • Fraz on December 29, 2010, 7:42 GMT

    I guess what Veena Malik (M. Asif's ex girlfriend) claimed turned out to be true. Pakistan did not win a single series in 2010. And in some of the series pak team came back strongly in the middle only to lose the decider very convincingly. I know these are theories but hey they seem so right and on the money.

  • amit on December 29, 2010, 5:10 GMT

    @ aatif & ahsan plz confirm the nationality first ,of the person who commented ,before spitting venom against india.

  • saurav on December 28, 2010, 22:32 GMT

    Wait for tomorrow and you will see who wins in SA.

  • Andrew on December 28, 2010, 20:34 GMT

    Might b ahead of yourself there Ashan india havent won yet!!!

  • Kieran on December 28, 2010, 19:15 GMT

    @Mazhar Minhas, you make a very good point, afridi should have changed his temperament a long time ago, he could easily be world class and captain all 3 formats.

    anyone know why imran nazir is not in the squad??? he is def one of my fav players to watch

  • Dummy4 on December 28, 2010, 17:39 GMT

    @wiseshah look whats happening with India in SA, India can win on there home ground with batting wickets, if India was in NZ, the same was happening with them, NZ lost Bangladesh and India because of the batting wickets, i remember in 2006 or 2005 when NZ visit Pakistan they lost their ODI series with 5-0. Dont worry Pakistan will come back, we support our team, they will bounce back as they show against england and SA recently.

  • Dummy4 on December 28, 2010, 17:07 GMT

    Just can't believe what's happening... I mean the former T20i CHAMPIONS loosing 6 t20's in a row.... this is the format which suits the temperament of the pakistanis.. every team use to loose against us. I mean c'mon we r the unpredictable but what v saw today and the other day is just so sad.. Today the team wasn' playing unitedly, something was wrong amongst them cause it could be seen... hope we win the next t20 and the matches coming up.. hope this doesn't turn out the same as australia's last yr tour... we have the ability and talent to do it.. C'mon Pakistan and C'mon Green Shirts..

  • Dummy4 on December 28, 2010, 16:35 GMT

    T20 is a game where you need one 50 at least, and 2 or three should be around 20 to 30, one should take the responsibilities. Afridi showed in the T20 world cup, that if he takes responsibilities, the game can change,

    Afridi is nearly 300 one days, more then 50 T20, more then 30 TEST, Started when he was 16, no change in his attitude what so ever,

    Look Dhoni, he started, as a aggressive, but now captain in all format. And india is Number 1 now.

  • Dummy4 on December 28, 2010, 15:27 GMT

    @wiseshah brother if it was india in newzeland, results would have been the same. It is very difficult to play in NZ`s conditions. I remember few years back when india were in nz, same thing had happened to them. They had easily lost one days and test matches over there. Too pace and bouncy tracks over there. Similarly, NZ can not adjust in Asian conditions, where humidity lies as well as dusty tracks.

  • shahadat on December 28, 2010, 13:24 GMT

    India whitewashed NZ and bangladesh whitewash them too but NZ is whitewasing pakistan, that means India and bangladesh are better than pakistan at this moment

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