New Zealand v Pakistan, 3rd ODI, Christchurch January 30, 2011

New Zealand failed to convert starts - Taylor

ESPNcricinfo staff

Ross Taylor, New Zealand's stand-in captain for Daniel Vettori, rued his team's batting performance during the failed chase of 294 in the third ODI against Pakistan in Christchurch. Taylor, who made only 6 off 14 balls, said his batsmen should have pushed on after getting starts. Martin Guptill and Jamie How began briskly, while Scott Styris and Kane Williamson chipped in with 40s, but New Zealand went down by 43 runs.

"We got a few starts but didn't go on. In the end we couldn't keep up with the rate," Taylor said after the game.

Taylor also credited the Pakistan seamers, who kept chipping away at the hosts as the run-rate crept up. "Umar Gul bowled well. He along with Wahab Riaz got some reverse swing on a pitch that broke up a bit in the end."

New Zealand had dented Pakistan with a couple of early wickets and it seemed that the visitors would have to settle for a score of around 240. But Shahid Afridi's monstrous assault in the final ten overs - they yielded 126 runs - gave Pakistan the initiative. "The last 10 overs were crucial. You got to give credit to Afridi who hit some massive sixes."

Afridi praised Mohammad Hafeez, who added 94 with Misbah-ul-Haq, for setting up Pakistan's competitive total with an assured 115, his maiden ODI century. "The way Hafeez started; he played like an experienced player. Misbah and Hafeez took the responsibility to ensure that we played 50 overs. We played mature cricket. Hafeez and Misbah took time to settle, but we had wickets in hand and we could play the big shots."

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  • cricket on January 31, 2011, 3:43 GMT

    Mishab played a garbage innings..slow run rate..took all the overs and then got out..if it werent' for umar akmal and afrid..pak would have lost...Misbah can't be the captain

  • Dummy4 on January 31, 2011, 3:20 GMT

    I think Afridi is the Best captain for the World cup. The reason is due to the excellent captaincy lead by him during the 3rd ODI(Even on that pitch 293 was a chaseable target). He made a good full use from his available spinners including him on that day.Lets all hope Pakistan to win the series aginst new zealand and also for AFRIDI to maintain his So Called BOOM BOOM knocks all the way until the World Cup Final and also to Win the Final. Inshaallah.Lets not forget that Afridi is always a danger man. All those who had watched the pakistan vs newzealand 3rd ODI would have witnessed this.

  • Ben on January 31, 2011, 0:28 GMT

    I just want to see Oram out of the team at least for part of our summer so he can play domestic cricket and maybe find some form. His bowling is fine for middle overs but he's not dangerous and he is one of the most over rated batsmen/allrounders in the game. He averages 24 yet he is considered a key part of the team???

    Franklin should have his spot purely because of his recent good form, especially on the sub continent.

    Also I do not see the point of putting Jaime How in the starting team when he clearly is not a starter at this stage for the world cup. This team needs to be brought together, the main starting 11/12.

    an order of 1. Ryder 2. Guptill 3. Taylor 4. Styris 5. Williamson 6. Franklin 7. McCullum 8. Vettori 9. Mills/McCullum 10. Southee 11. Bennet should be the world cup team. doesn't deserve the spot over franklin. And this is the best opportunity for Williamson to be exposed to many of the worlds bowling attacks and so should get a spot to develop further.

  • Adil on January 30, 2011, 20:15 GMT

    NZ always are under pressure when they are up against Pakistan, just see the records!! And this also explains why NZ commentators, who are mostly former players and have been on the receiving end pf Pakistan rampages, and vettori never congratulate or appreciate Pakistan when they outplay them day in and day out. Taylor is an exception who admitted that Pakistan bowling and batting was better then NZ, and this folks, is the hard reality. NZ was just not good enough.

  • Moha on January 30, 2011, 16:08 GMT

    The way NZ batted shows that they can't even chase under 250 (Yes NZ made 250. because Pakistan didn't try much in the end due to higher total). I think that NZ doesn't match to any of the test teams even to Bangladesh.

  • khurram on January 30, 2011, 9:08 GMT

    i think instead of blaming kiwis batsmen or bowlers one should appreciate that when pak batsmen r on firing then no team in the world can stop them. all pak is needed the consistency in their performance. good luck pak

  • Dummy4 on January 30, 2011, 8:50 GMT

    on afridis day no one can stop him

  • Yaser on January 30, 2011, 8:14 GMT

    brilliant effort from pak; everybody chipped in batsmen, bowlers. what surprised me was the thier catching. Pak could have wrapped it up comfortably had they not missed about 3-4 runouts. i hope they concentrate on this aspect of thier fielding as well.

  • Ryan on January 30, 2011, 7:19 GMT

    New Zealand's death bowling was awful. Pakistan should have only scored 250. New Zealand finished on 250. I hope the Kiwi bowlers take a leaf out of Umar Gul and Sohail Tanvir's book. Good slower balls, good yorkers are the way to go. Far too many full tosses and length deliveries from NZ.

  • Suraj Prakash on January 30, 2011, 7:19 GMT

    When Afridi is on fire, noone can stop Pakistan Victory, so sorry Ross, u only tried ur best...

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