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Pakistan v New Zealand, World Twenty20, Barbados

There's nothing like cricket in the Caribbean

Steel bands, soca music, and a game that was decided off the last ball. Fun? You bet

Lloyda Garrett

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Mohammad Sami gave Pakistan an early burst, New Zealand v Pakistan, Super Eights, Group E, World Twenty20, Barbados, May 8, 2010
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The game
I chose this match mainly because it was part of the fun-filled cricketing weekend I had planned with family and friends. It did not disappoint as it swung to either side and was either team's to win.

Team supported
I was backing Pakistan since I tend to go for the underdogs, and would have loved to see them win despite all the upheaval in their cricket recently. I also love the passion that their players and fans bring to the game. As a West Indian fan, it is easy to enjoy a fantastic cricket match when I don't have to worry about the agony of watching my home team lose again.

Key performer
If Pakistan had won, I would have definitely said Abdul Razzaq was the Player of the Match. He stabilised the Pakistani innings and almost took the game away from New Zealand. Mohammad Sami also bowled very well for Pakistan. But since New Zealand won, I am going with Ian Butler, because he bowled that last delivery off which Pakistan needed two to win. He was not afraid to tempt Abdur Rehman to go for a big hit, getting him to send a simple catch to square leg.

One thing I'd have changed
I'd have had Pakistan win.

Wow moment
The last ball. I screamed as I watched the catch being taken. It must have been agony for Pakistan to be so close yet so far, but brilliant for New Zealand. Neither team was ever completely out of the game, and it kept the crowd involved all the way through.

Shot of the day
The murderous hit for six by Razzaq in the 15th over.

Player watch
Sami fielded at the boundary near us and we tried in vain to get him to turn around for a photograph. I don't remember who fielded there during the New Zealand innings, I just remember wishing Daniel Vettori would come this way. For the most part, the crowd where I was sitting left the players alone since we were entertained by a local band from Barbados.

Crowd meter
There was a big crowd, though the stadium was not sold out. There was a fair mix of West Indians, Indians, English, Pakistanis and some New Zealanders. I really enjoyed the Pakistani crowd. They danced and waved for the entire match and I was happy to see the Indians supporting them. The English were firmly behind the New Zealanders, as were most of the West Indians. I was sitting in Hewitt and Innis, right behind the boundary line, and we partied for the entire game, even joining in with the band near us. Fancy-dress index
There were quite a few people with body paint, face paint and body art. The dancing girls in carnival costumes seem to be a feature that all the men love. There were stilt walkers in the party stand and all around the ground there were people waving flags of all descriptions.

Entertainment
There were drums, rattles, horns and makeshift percussion instruments all over the ground. There were several bands, and the DJ played Caribbean soca, which kept us jumping during the breaks. Allison Hinds, a popular soca singer, and a steel pan orchestra provided entertainment for the crowd at the end of the match.

ODIs or Twenty20s?
I still prefer ODIs even though Twenty20 is clearly the game of the future.

Marks out of 10
8.5. It was a great atmosphere with very good cricket. There is nothing like cricket in the Caribbean. As one banner said: "Sun, Sand and Cricket… that's the life".

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Lloyda Garrett is a 29-year-old Guyanese professional, working in public relations and communications. She has lived in Barbados for the past two years with her husband. Cricket was introduced to her by her mother, who took her to her first match to see Shivnarine Chanderpaul make his debut at Bourda. Since then cricket has been a passion for Lloyda.

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Comments: 11 
Posted by   on (May 11, 2010, 0:23 GMT)

It was, indeed, a great match. Such matches will keep circket alive. Being a Pakistan fan I was upset but not disappointed because I witnessed a match that increased my blood circulation in the last over. Besides, Pakistan did go through to the semis so it doesn't matter now.

Posted by Pak_Champz on (May 10, 2010, 5:26 GMT)

Well i realy enjoyed sundays Game what a dislplay of chracter by WI.

Posted by Deenesh on (May 10, 2010, 0:36 GMT)

Cricket in WI never dissapoints, except that last ODI world Cup.... Good to see the ICC has learned from thier mistakes.

Posted by chishtyirfan on (May 9, 2010, 21:39 GMT)

Pakistan/ India doesn't deserve in semi finals. Emotionally I want to see them in semi final or final but they play sloppy. they think they are the best side in the world. u can see NZ they have team spirit all the time but their luck is not with them all the time. south africa is best team too. for me the best team who can win this tournament is austraila.

Posted by   on (May 9, 2010, 14:21 GMT)

Pakistan learned many thing from thier 3 defeats and they will come back against south africa

Posted by RiazQamar on (May 9, 2010, 13:51 GMT)

Net run rates as they currently stand.

New Zealand -0.300 South Africa -0.650 Pakistan -0.215

Pakistan has a better Net RR than NZ and SA. If Pakistan beats SA by even the thinnest of margins and England manages to beat NZ, Pakistan are through to semis!

Posted by yeleravi on (May 9, 2010, 10:51 GMT)

Pakistan the Underdogs :-) Hmm I thought they were the World Champions of Twent-20 so silly of me..............

Posted by   on (May 9, 2010, 9:28 GMT)

it was a nice game of cricket...one that wasn't one sided and swung towards both the sides...but in the end the Kiwis were the better side...

Posted by oscar202000 on (May 9, 2010, 8:33 GMT)

was a good game, happy new zealand won! good article, keep it up!

Posted by NikhilPapad3 on (May 9, 2010, 7:48 GMT)

nice, i liked the game too, mind you pakistan should have had that game in the bad, some really poor and unnecessary shot selection and ordinary fielding, plus the kiwis must have saved atleast 8-10 runs in the field, wonderful dispaly of atheletism

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