New Zealand v Pakistan, 1st Test, Hamilton, 1st day January 7, 2011

Fiery McCullum's brain fade

Plays of the Day from the first day of the Hamilton Test between New Zealand and Pakistan

Stoic celebration of the day
New Zealand is in laidback, summer-holiday mode and Pakistan seemed to have caught some of the Kiwi nonchalance when they celebrated Tim McIntosh's wicket in nearly complete silence. The Seddon Park crowd also remained thoroughly unmoved at the dismissal. So vexed was McIntosh at the lack of jubilant whooping from the opposition that he even hung around to make sure he was out - moments after edging the ball directly to Younis Khan at second slip. No matter though, for the Pakistan players found their voices soon, when they loudly appealed for caught behind after the ball missed the edge by four inches.

Shot of the day
Brendon McCullum had threatened to explode throughout the morning session with a series of boundaries square of the wicket, but he well and truly signaled his intentions off the first ball he faced after lunch. An over-pitched Umar Gul delivery was met by a rapid swish of the bat and the ball sailed over cover for the first six of the match.

Brain explosion of the day
Having struck Gul for two sixes, McCullum was clearly in an aggressive mood. But just as he has done many times before, McCullum failed to temper aggression with sense and threw his wicket away. A short, wide delivery from Gul found the middle of McCullum's flashing blade, but it also flew straight into the hands of the deep-point fielder, who had been placed 10 metres from the boundary for exactly that stroke. Another start wasted.

Disappointment of the day
Martin Guptill had plodded his way to a 222-minute half-century off 162 balls and looked good to kick on to a big score, but was undone by perhaps the worst delivery that had been bowled to him all day. Abdur Rehman delivered a thigh-high full toss that even most club cricketers would have put away. Guptill, having lulled himself into a defensive daze, attempted to gently drive it down the ground and ended up providing a leading edge that was gobbled up at cover.

Fielding blunder of the day
Ross Taylor may be one of the fastest men in the world between wickets, but even he will count himself lucky to have survived the seemingly suicidal single when Azhar Ali misfielded his cover drive. The ball was deflected from cover towards the stumps at the bowler's end, when the batsmen decided to scamper the single. All Wahab Riaz had to do as he ran in from mid-on, was to pick the ball up and move not more than two feet to the stumps. Somehow, Riaz managed to get his ankle in the way of his unnecessary throw (he could have simply taken the bails off with ball in hand), and Taylor was reprieved.

Strangle of the day
Rehman was under no illusions that any extravagant turn could be achieved by flighting the ball on the unresponsive Seddon Park pitch and opted instead to attack by drying up runs. After the lunch break, over after over of fast, flat left-arm spin choked the already flagging run-rate and Rehman delivered five consecutive maidens. The plan worked a treat, as he picked up Taylor's wicket in his sixth post-lunch over as the batsman attempted to break free.

Andrew Fernando writes for The Pigeon and blogs here

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  • dummy4fb on January 8, 2011, 4:06 GMT

    Reece was not out too, that was his debut! Thats how cricket is, deal with it.

  • dummy4fb on January 8, 2011, 1:43 GMT

    Just FYI, snicko and hotspot have to do a lot with camera position, angle, location and mic clarity. Suddenly, for 1 or 2 mistakes we are hearing that Umpiring is very poor. Technology is bad for the game. People forget it is a game not a war fare. Mark my words soon players will be very frustrated.

  • stationmaster on January 7, 2011, 20:53 GMT

    Brendon McD, why oh why can the kiwi coaches not help him concentrate and play a TEST MATCH innings, so many times, he starts well then just does something stupid, like he's trying to impress any T20 selectors that might be watching. Just ridiculuous that we have all these 'mind coaches', batting coaches etc etc, and yet he STILL carries on playing stupid shots - does he even care about Test Cricket ? I very much doubt it......

  • Daniel_Cartwright on January 7, 2011, 19:17 GMT

    what about when that guy came and that thing happened at that missed that sir..just joking..being sarcastic actaully..these people suggesting the mccullum not out are absurd..those kind of things happen all the time in cricket although i was expecting more from mccullum as an honest player but, thats the game. if you make an issue out of every bad decision it only makes differences between nations and players. Good blogging sir.

  • dummy4fb on January 7, 2011, 17:10 GMT

    Salaam, Well played Pakistan during the middle session. Fast bowlers & fielders will have to perform better.

  • dummy4fb on January 7, 2011, 15:18 GMT

    No UDRS...??? !!! I thought only India was resisting.

  • dummy4fb on January 7, 2011, 15:09 GMT

    Umpiring standard was very poor. If Umpires were doing their duty fine this match would have already progressed a long long way.

  • moje94 on January 7, 2011, 15:02 GMT

    Once again pakistan fail to wrap up tail ender, we really need fast bowler like wasim, waqar, and shoaib to finish clean tail enders.

  • kuroneko on January 7, 2011, 14:27 GMT

    There's no such thing as a "left arm offspinner"

  • dummy4fb on January 7, 2011, 14:21 GMT

    @Unbiased22: Surprisingly you have not mentioned that Reece Young was given OUT LBW by the umpire when in fact he was Clearly not.

    Swings and roundabouts, get used to it, it's cricket.

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