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Best performances - Batsmen

BB McCullum
84(64) 10x4 - 2x6
Control %76%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 26 runs
  • 4x4 - 0x6
6 12 11 18 16 5 2 14
LRPL Taylor
81(33) 7x4 - 5x6
Control %81%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 56 runs
  • 6x4 - 4x6
0 9 12 1 3 10 11 35

Best performances - Bowlers

M Kartik
O4
M0
R28
W2
Eco7.00
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
R Vinay Kumar
O4
M0
R33
W2
Eco8.25
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

There will be furious debate over McCullum's captaincy. There will be those asking what else he could have done - score 84 not out, take the catch of the tournament, rotate the bowlers satisfactorily until 16 overs, and yet his bowlers let him down. But who chose those bowlers in the first place - Angelo Mathews ahead of Mashrafe Mortaza, Ajit Agarkar ahead of Ashok Dinda? And you know you have had a bad day when even Ishant Sharma bowls waist high fulltosses in the 18th over. Just listen to Daniel Powter, doff a hat to Ross Taylor, and okay bye.

* The moment, though, belongs to Ross Taylor, who has finally turned up. What an innings, taking his risks, walking inside the line and painting the leg side white.

Time for the presentation:

McCullum: "I thought 170 was pretty good, but the way Ross played was fantastic. Nice to make contribution, but still disappointed. We have to try and regroup again. We weren't consistent enough with the ball." That's putting it mildly.

Kumble: "Great batting by Ross Taylor. It was important to not lose an early wicket - Kallis and Ryder managed that, and then Ross took it away."

Taylor, Man of the Match: "It was a relief to contribute to a win, so it was good to repay the faith to the management."

* You have got to feel for McCullum, who shakes hands with Taylor, who has outshone his team-mate's effort. Baz and Rosco, good firends back in NZ, and here Rosco chooses this day to spoil what had been Baz's day for 35 overs.

McCullum - poor McCullum. Dheeraj from US empathises with his predicament: "Since that is the common norm of dissent of late, I think McCullum should throw a bunch of shoes at the reporters who question his captaincy today? How is the poor chap to blame for such pathetic bowling by the frontline bowlers." True dat Dheeraj, you can only fault with McCullum's selections, but on the field he did almost everything correct

19.2
6
Mathews to Taylor, SIX, Taylor has finished this one with what has been symbolic of the last five overs, he walks across, gets a fulltoss giftwrapped for him (to Ross Taylor, with love), and he picks it up - huge over midwicket, the story of this chase really
19.1
1lb
Mathews to Boucher, 1 leg bye, and he gets away with one, leg stump, length, had Boucher connected it would have been over now, but one leg bye comes nonetheless

McCullum must be wondering what else can he do. He has been let down by some pretty ordinary death bowling here, and of course Taylor has played a gem

Mathews to bowl - his task to defend four in the last over

END OF OVER:
19 | 16 Runs | RCB: 169/4 (5 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 8.89, RRR: 5.00)

  • LRPL Taylor75 (32b)
  • MV Boucher13 (9b)
  • AB Agarkar4-0-45-1
  • I Sharma4-0-40-0
18.6
6
Agarkar to Taylor, SIX, Taylor you beauty, he has killed this, low fulltoss again, and Taylor has played a little pick-up over long-on
18.5
1
Agarkar to Boucher, 1 run, and he bowls a perfect yorker, angling down the leg, but the problem has been that between those two yorkers he has fit in some loose bowling
18.4
1
Agarkar to Taylor, 1 run, lucky you Ajit, another fulltoss, on the pads, and Taylor misses out, hits it straight to midwicket, where Mendis fumbles and misses out on a run-out chance that could have been close
18.3
2
Agarkar to Taylor, 2 runs, walks down and across, hits towards long-on, two is the immediate call, and two it is, because it isn't hit too powerfully