New Zealand v Pakistan, Group E, World Twenty20, Barbados May 8, 2010

Grit over glamour for New Zealand

There are teams with more talent and flair at this tournament than New Zealand, yet no one can surpass them for their resilience
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You have to admire New Zealand. Their victory against Pakistan was a stunning effort in defending a small target. To make it even more impressive Ian Butler, the man entrusted with the final over, was playing his first match of the tournament. The celebrations at the end suggested they'd won the tournament, but the win has ensured they still have a chance to do just that.

It was also the match the competition needed. The four Super Eight matches so far had included plenty of eye-catching action but the results had been one-sided. Yesterday, both India and West Indies were out of their run chases within the first few overs of the reply. Twenty20 not only needs outstanding individual contributions; it also needs close finishes.

New Zealand have been involved in the two tightest finishes of the tournament so far. They opened the event with a penultimate ball chase against Sri Lanka and it's no surprise they have come out on top in both edge-of-seat encounters. They are that sort team; fighting until the last and often finding that unlikely figure to pull off an unexpected victory.

Previously it was Nathan McCullum and this time it was Butler. He had the benefit of a recent positive memory against Pakistan after taking 4 for 44 in the Champions Trophy semi-final at the Wanderers. On that occasion he helped set-up victory, but this time he had to complete it.

The final over started with 12 needed and it was a series of six mini-dramas, each changing the momentum. The first four deliveries went dot, four, dot, four as Salman Butt, who held together Pakistan's faltering reply, slashed boundaries over short third man and through backward point. Crucially, though, he lost the strike with a penultimate ball bye which left Abdur Rehman on strike.

One run would have secured a Super Over and Daniel Vettori set an in-out field as he tried to cover his options. Rehman went for the victory blow but could only pick out deep square-leg who barely had to move. Butt sank to his knees while New Zealand players ran around like excitable children.

"You usually back yourself with 12 runs," Butler said. "I said to Hoppy [Gareth Hopkins] 'that's why we play the game', but after the four through point I was starting to doubt whether that was the case. As long as you keep yourself in the game death bowling is what you have to be good at."

It was a day where selection decisions - and tactical shifts - certainly played dividends. New Zealand took the brave call to leave out Jacob Oram, a potential match-winner with the bat even when not in the greatest of form, along with the more logical move of replacing the struggling Tim Southee. Between them the two replacements, Butler and Kyle Mills, took 5 for 52 from their eight overs. Shane Bond and Vettori, New Zealand's Twenty20 bankers, took 1 for 59 in their shared eight.

Even before the tense last over Butler had played a vital role as he removed Misbah-ul-Haq and Shahid Afridi as Pakistan fell to 58 for 5. New Zealand's fielding earned them Afridi's scalp as Nathan McCullum recovered from a slight misjudgement at midwicket to take a superb catch diving forward at deep midwicket.

"We knew we were a little under par but we back ourselves as a bowling and fielding unit, that has always been our strength in any form of the game," Vettori said. "The selection of Ian and Kyle gave us a bit more impetus. We managed to take wickets and kept taking them which makes a difference. The total wasn't enough but we knew if we started well we had a chance."

Until today New Zealand had opened the bowling with McCullum's offspin - and he produced another vital display of 1 for 19 - but this time they reverted to the conventional ploy of two quicks. Mills and Bond responded with three wickets in the first 20 balls which put the skids under Pakistan and gave Vettori's team real hope.

"Looking through our history Kyle has been outstanding at the top of the order and we knew we needed to take early wickets," Vettori said. "Pakistan are pretty good players of spin so we wanted to give our swingers a chance. Also, the last time Ian bowled against them in the Champions Trophy he took four so we backed some past reputations and they came to fruition.

"It's quite exhausting playing in that heat and in an emotional game in terms of us scrapping to make 130-odd then putting them under pressure with the balance swinging backwards and forwards," he added. "We are pretty proud of what we achieved and it gives us a chance of going into the semis."

There are teams with more talent and flair at this tournament than New Zealand, yet no one can surpass them for their resilience.

Andrew McGlashan is assistant editor of Cricinfo

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  • muntaqa on May 10, 2010, 7:52 GMT

    Afridi's catch by mcullum was definitely not genuine. Had the ball bounced on his fingers, they'd be broken by now. Just imagine, you diving forward, with your fingers against the ground and the ball falling on top of them. That would definitely hurt a lot; in any case, the third umpire should've been called for a review. Commentators were very biased in claiming it to be a stunning catch when it was clearly evident that the ball bounced. If you can't tell for sure that it didn't bounce on the ground, benefit goes to the batsman. That's the unwritten rule!

  • nzmatt17 on May 10, 2010, 7:33 GMT

    If NZ win they are through...simple as that...it does not matter if Pakistan win or lose. I believe you will see Pakistan and South Africa both packing their bags by the end of tonight! England without KP are very beatable and NZ can easily win tonight. The Pakistan should start packing their bags now.

  • mani2001 on May 9, 2010, 16:54 GMT

    pakistan will win the world cup .......i believe in them and they can beat SA tomorrow we shall see

  • mani2001 on May 9, 2010, 16:41 GMT

    look I am really tired of all these whinny , crying little Indian critics on Pakistanis...Pakistan fought hard and lost a gr8 cricket game with just one run...but todat Westindies are thrashing India sooooo one sided ..its just aweful..and now all these little crying indians should salute Pakistan to come into this tournament and do much better than their Indian bunch...Oh yeah one more thing Pakistan still has a better run rate in its group and beating SA tomorrow means Pakistan will make it to semifinal .... and India oooops didnt make it again...big mouth and no moves....

  • on May 9, 2010, 16:09 GMT

    You know n.z deserved that win! They always give their best effort to the last ball. I think respect for a team that does not have that many stars should be given, and the true believers know what I'm talking about! They are the real fighters of world cricket.

  • Lucas_Pallesano on May 9, 2010, 15:54 GMT

    Wow...an awful lot of finger pointing and arguments. I just thought it was an excellent game of cricket. Especially impressed with Butler and Butt.

  • Lucas_Pallesano on May 9, 2010, 15:44 GMT

    Wow...an awful lot of finger pointing and arguments. I just thought it was an excellent game of cricket. Especially impressed with Butler and Butt.

  • Croc_on_mara on May 9, 2010, 15:16 GMT

    Well written Andrew! I am personally a huge fan of New Zealand. They may lack a bit of flamboyance but they more than make up for it through sheer grit. I also agree it was a brave decision to leave out Oram and Suthee. The win vindicates the decision no doubt...and Ian Butler in many ways epitomises the Kiwi work ethic. Regarding the filthy comments being made by Pak supporters regarding 'cheating', well, what can i say? I am pleasantly surprised that you didn't drag India (and Israel) in to this! For a change stop believing in conspiracy theories and accept the fact your players are simply over-rated (happens a lot in the sub-continent) and simply dont deserve to win.

  • yetigoat on May 9, 2010, 13:38 GMT

    How did Pakistan contrive to lose that game? Yet again you have to wonder about the integrity of there players/officials

  • on May 9, 2010, 13:34 GMT

    Kiwis can't goto semis they surely gone home because they will can't play with Pakistan now so no chance of winning from SA they already loose so bye bye KIWIS too

  • muntaqa on May 10, 2010, 7:52 GMT

    Afridi's catch by mcullum was definitely not genuine. Had the ball bounced on his fingers, they'd be broken by now. Just imagine, you diving forward, with your fingers against the ground and the ball falling on top of them. That would definitely hurt a lot; in any case, the third umpire should've been called for a review. Commentators were very biased in claiming it to be a stunning catch when it was clearly evident that the ball bounced. If you can't tell for sure that it didn't bounce on the ground, benefit goes to the batsman. That's the unwritten rule!

  • nzmatt17 on May 10, 2010, 7:33 GMT

    If NZ win they are through...simple as that...it does not matter if Pakistan win or lose. I believe you will see Pakistan and South Africa both packing their bags by the end of tonight! England without KP are very beatable and NZ can easily win tonight. The Pakistan should start packing their bags now.

  • mani2001 on May 9, 2010, 16:54 GMT

    pakistan will win the world cup .......i believe in them and they can beat SA tomorrow we shall see

  • mani2001 on May 9, 2010, 16:41 GMT

    look I am really tired of all these whinny , crying little Indian critics on Pakistanis...Pakistan fought hard and lost a gr8 cricket game with just one run...but todat Westindies are thrashing India sooooo one sided ..its just aweful..and now all these little crying indians should salute Pakistan to come into this tournament and do much better than their Indian bunch...Oh yeah one more thing Pakistan still has a better run rate in its group and beating SA tomorrow means Pakistan will make it to semifinal .... and India oooops didnt make it again...big mouth and no moves....

  • on May 9, 2010, 16:09 GMT

    You know n.z deserved that win! They always give their best effort to the last ball. I think respect for a team that does not have that many stars should be given, and the true believers know what I'm talking about! They are the real fighters of world cricket.

  • Lucas_Pallesano on May 9, 2010, 15:54 GMT

    Wow...an awful lot of finger pointing and arguments. I just thought it was an excellent game of cricket. Especially impressed with Butler and Butt.

  • Lucas_Pallesano on May 9, 2010, 15:44 GMT

    Wow...an awful lot of finger pointing and arguments. I just thought it was an excellent game of cricket. Especially impressed with Butler and Butt.

  • Croc_on_mara on May 9, 2010, 15:16 GMT

    Well written Andrew! I am personally a huge fan of New Zealand. They may lack a bit of flamboyance but they more than make up for it through sheer grit. I also agree it was a brave decision to leave out Oram and Suthee. The win vindicates the decision no doubt...and Ian Butler in many ways epitomises the Kiwi work ethic. Regarding the filthy comments being made by Pak supporters regarding 'cheating', well, what can i say? I am pleasantly surprised that you didn't drag India (and Israel) in to this! For a change stop believing in conspiracy theories and accept the fact your players are simply over-rated (happens a lot in the sub-continent) and simply dont deserve to win.

  • yetigoat on May 9, 2010, 13:38 GMT

    How did Pakistan contrive to lose that game? Yet again you have to wonder about the integrity of there players/officials

  • on May 9, 2010, 13:34 GMT

    Kiwis can't goto semis they surely gone home because they will can't play with Pakistan now so no chance of winning from SA they already loose so bye bye KIWIS too

  • Vilander on May 9, 2010, 11:41 GMT

    is it not possible for sub continent teams to have some kind of a indoor facility that mimiics the climatic conditions needed for pacy wickets and have thie batters train in them

  • nzmatt17 on May 9, 2010, 11:34 GMT

    kaiser1, please state to me where it says in the rule books that players have to walk once they are caught behind?????!!!!! he was given not out therefore was not out..no cheating involved whatsoever, and that CATCH was amazing!!!! perhaps if Pakistan could catch like that against England they would not be in the position they are in now...on the way home...almost!

  • deepakKaranSinghGuptafromdelhi on May 9, 2010, 10:18 GMT

    @kaiser1 dude r u blind nathan ccullum was not out by aamerand salman butt was out read the newspaper and misbah was not out but salman was so if salman went that early then pakistan were done for and also nathan mccullum took a clean catch it actually bounced on the front of his fingers listen to the commentators and then it went to his palm and when shahid afridi went to shake hands with vettori and the other kiwi players a paki fan actually showed the middle finger at newzealand go to crickethighlights.com and then pause and u will see so that just goes to show how vulgar and country bumkin like u ppl r and pakistan dont deserve a semi ' s berth u cant face australian face bowlng trio in barbados then how will u play them in perth

  • sickleinmybrain on May 9, 2010, 10:03 GMT

    I have an idea for you pakistan supporters, how about you worry about how pakistan could have done better, how they could have avoided throwing away what appeared to be an almost certain victory at half time? Complaining about poor umpiring is a waste of time when the game should have been won simply by the skills of the batsmen! the suggestion that pakistan should have one is rediculous because they simply MESSED IT UP. people are pointing all these bullcrap irrelivant excuses about how NZ cheated and how the umpires were wrong, and it makes me sad. long live the spirit of the game (:

  • sickleinmybrain on May 9, 2010, 9:58 GMT

    I am sick to death with die hard pakistan supporters spending their lives on cricinfo and youtube insulting india and claiming any win against them is a result of cheating! grow up! McCullum caught a geniun catch, landed on top of his fingers and bumped up into his thumbs! I'm starting to think being a bias cry baby is a generic pakistanian trait, GROW UP!

  • StevieS on May 9, 2010, 9:44 GMT

    kaiser1 perhaps Afridi should of chewed on the ball so the seamers could get reverse swing, Vettori was obviously right when claiming the ball was being tampered with during the last world cup. McCullums catch was a catch replays don't lie, but I have a felling you see what you want to see.

  • zxcvbnmasdfghjklqwertyuiop on May 9, 2010, 9:24 GMT

    mr rukus nz probably you shud go back to your grade 2 maths teacher and have some basic calculation classes again.OK ur teacher migh not accept u as his student for ur pathetic performance here.but i am ready to help u out.equation is simple.if pakistan beat sa and england beat nz (both scenarios are highly likely)both sa and nz are out of the tournament (without any mention of victory margin)hopefully ur nz team management knows this otherwise like always pakistan would qualify for semi finals and u wud b sour losers.hope i hav explained it better than ur teachers.cheers

  • Nawsad on May 9, 2010, 9:10 GMT

    @sharjeel89.misbah was first pad then bat so it was clear lbw check it buddy.afridis catch was bounced on fingures.anywayz if it would have been the opposite scenario(i.e pak fielding) i dont think that you the guyz wouldn't be crazy for refferel.so its a part of game.why not u the guyz accept ur defeat?ur team in this wc is the worst 1 .accept it.

  • girikula on May 9, 2010, 8:21 GMT

    NZ played good cricket and won. Its as simple as that. Pak played poor cricket with the help of a poor captain. Pak do not have a captaincy material once Younis Khan is left out. I do not see any material in the current lot. Until then, they will keep losing with some exceptions here and there. Most likey future person is Butt. All Pakis, please stop complaining about opposite players and accept that Pak played bad cricket. Pak is lucky to be in semis, only due to Bangladesh gave away the match to AUS. So be thankful to Bangla.

  • Conynine on May 9, 2010, 7:50 GMT

    Nathan McCullum catch was spectacular and clean, any1 whose eyesight is 6/6 can clearly see the ball bouncing on his fingers front and back into his hands. Secondly Kiwis never cheat thats why they got ICC award for great spirit on ground unlike any other team, NZ must overcome their mistakes and mustn't repeat against England if they want to go in the Semis. Hopefully they'll win against the Englishmen, they should make 1 change in the team, swap Hopkins with Oram, and let Brendon do the job behind the stumps. GO KIWIS....!!!!

  • on May 9, 2010, 7:34 GMT

    Pretty rich coming from Pak supporters calling Nathan McCullum a cheat. That catch was legit

  • ehkhan on May 9, 2010, 7:06 GMT

    Comeon Man... a person taking a catch knows what he has done!!! It was not a clean catch at all you can say whatever you want to say!!!... Misbah's LBW was a mistake again.. inside edge LBW. Anyways its was good for Pakistan that Misbah got out.. he should be dropped in the next match... infact he should not be in the side for the tournament.. Pakistan should maybe bring in Khalid Latif in his place.. Hafeez should be out as well.. We can maybe play Hammad in his place.. I am still hoping for a miracle.. Pakistan atleast tried yesterday but they were unlucky... If they win against SA (yeah I am hoping again!!) and England beat NewZ.. Pakistan will be through..

  • on May 9, 2010, 6:46 GMT

    if Pakistan JUST win the match from SA and England Just win from NZ then Pakistan and England will be the qualifiers for the semiiii's. because Pakistan RunRate is better than the SA and NZ.

  • Rukus_NZ on May 9, 2010, 5:12 GMT

    To what cheating are you refuring too? Perhaps you mean, excuses. Yes NZ is great at making excuses, but when we win we dont go over board in our comments.. If NE beats england, and Pakistan beat SA, then NZ and ENG make semi's.

    If NZ lose, and Pakistan beat SA, then all three teams will be one 1 win 2 loses, in which case the semis will goto the highest Run rate...

    If SA win, and NZ win, then the top 2 (Eng included) will goot the finals..

    Its rather tricky, but NZ have to win, and do so rather well and hope that pakistan beat SA to make the semis... As for pakistan, they need NZ to win, and them to win, and to GREATLY increase thier run rate...

  • GoldieOLC on May 9, 2010, 5:11 GMT

    Why is Nathan McCullum a cheat?

    New Zealand scrambled excellently. They played well below their best, yet managed to scramble and find a way to win (possibly their best asset). Goodluck NZ boys!

  • kaiser1 on May 9, 2010, 5:01 GMT

    Mcculum cheated by claiming a bump catch and umpire cheated by giving nicked ball lbw against Misbah and Mills' questioning Butt after the appeal and Umpire giving cheater Mcculum not out off Aamer's bowling and ultimately cheater hitting a six off the last ball gave NZL enough breathing space to sneak through and secure a win. Remember Aamer didn't question cheater Mcculum when he nicked to Akmal as compared to Mills's questioning of Butt after the failed appeal. Wow what a win for NZL.?????

  • SLfan on May 9, 2010, 4:35 GMT

    I really like the attitude of Kiwis. Whatever the current position, they always fight until the end & most of the occasions it proved to be succesful for them. They showed it in the opening match also... But, I also believe that Afridi's catch should have been referred.At the same time, I have a doubt whether Salman Butt nicked that one (one in the Kyle Mills' over)... Good luck for both teams for their next matches !

  • on May 9, 2010, 4:30 GMT

    "Yes we should also admire Nathan McCullum for cheating"

    Err - really? Presuming you're talking about his outfield catch, it was certainly close enough that you couldn't blame the guy for thinking that he caught it. I watched the replay several times and it was inconclusive. If the umpires had had any doubt, they should have referred it.

    Calling McCullum a cheat for believing that he'd taken that catch is just ridiculous.

  • Gavin_larsen on May 9, 2010, 4:19 GMT

    @Shaarjeel89 - Were you watching same game as me? Don't be pour losers now. Like so often in 20/20 this could easily have gone either way but I think NZ bowlers really did put in a great effort - you could tell by their celebrations how much they wanted to win it. Misbah clearly didn't get an inside edge and Umar got out because he was done in by a good ball. The catch of Afridi was hard to call even after slow motion replay but all commentators gave it benefit of the doubt (would Pakistan have said this wasn't a catch if they took it?) I do agree most of NZ didn't bat well (Vettori did what was needed but with nowhere near the same class that Butt played with) but that was largely due to clinical bowling by Pakistan spinners who were impressive. At the end of the day it was an entertaining and close match played in good spirit.

  • on May 9, 2010, 4:14 GMT

    yes misbah wasted 10 solid balls..

  • ar_vijay on May 9, 2010, 3:55 GMT

    come on guys, don b kiddish.....check the replay properly. its a valid catch ....dont make a fuss out of it .... pakistan lost .... accept it without dinding any odd reason

  • BretSavage on May 9, 2010, 3:45 GMT

    It's sad to see India and Pakistan play the way they did. Once again bouncy pitches, short pitch deliveries, pathetic fielding exposed the depth of these 2 teams. When are we going to learn? Both the sides would have easily made it to the Semi Finals had the Super 8 matches were played at St. Lucia.

    Pakistan is one of the most talented and mercurial sides in world cricket but their fielding is as useless as it gets. It's terrible that they are out of the tournament.

    India on the other hand still have a chance to redeem themselves provided they quickly learn from their mistakes. There was a complete lack of hunger against Australia. They should drop Ravinder Jadeja for good and bring in an extra seamer. The Batsmen must apply themselves before starting to pull. Someone should tell Rohit Sharma that better he takes the strike when tailenders are around and Yousuf should be sent up the order if he is to be effective (he opened against Pakistan in 07 Final). All the best for today India.

  • nzmatt17 on May 9, 2010, 3:19 GMT

    Hahahaha, that Mccullum catch was clean, at first I was not so sure but after looking at the replays, it boucnced into his fingers then into his hands. Anyway you can not call him a CHEAT fo r that!!! he would not have know, and he believed he took it cleanly. It's not as if he put the ball in his mouth and took bites out of it or anything!!!

  • sickleinmybrain on May 9, 2010, 2:07 GMT

    I love world cups. Sub continental teams, used to playing on flat decks are exploited, seperates the men from the boys. Pakistan looked like stunned posums playing the Bond and Butler duo, and they were only bowling 135-145!

  • on May 9, 2010, 1:27 GMT

    luck was not in Pakistan side,because in the Muhammad Aamer over N McCullum was out but Impire didn't give that out while Misbah and Afridi were not out, but they give them out,thats unfair to Pakistan,we can't do something because game is over,but Pakistan have another chance if they Beat SouthAfrica and England beat NewZealand then they will be in the semi's.Hope for the best.

  • on May 9, 2010, 1:26 GMT

    pakistan needs new blood,i was surprised to see how kamran, hafiz,and umar akmal threw away their wickets,why some one gives them a pep talk to pleasssssssse sty on the wicket for at least 2 overs ,you will ge tlose balls that u can score,i think our team not only have the patience,but they lack the temperment to ply test or world class cricket,they play like we played in college at quied trophy and ayub trophy level,they dont have the physical toughness which dictates mental toughness.

  • kiwiboy33 on May 9, 2010, 1:21 GMT

    This post is in reply to mhaseeb2000.

    They showed the replay of McCullums catch over 10 times with extreme slow motion and close up and it was obvious that it bounced off his front fingers into his hands. All the commentators said they would have given it out based on the replay evidence one of them being a retired match referee. If you are looking for a scapegoat as to why pakistan lost you need look no further than your batsmen who produced a half hearted chase of a very attainable score. That is all...

  • TimmyYoung on May 9, 2010, 1:05 GMT

    What the hell are you talkin about sharjeel? NZ won the game with a top notch bowling effort to defend a piss poor score, you mention vettori, but he almost lost us the game by looping it up to razak when he shoulda been flatter and faster aiming at top of off peg, It was pretty stupid. And no, you wont make the semis cause we are gonna smash England, kevin peterson is out of that game, which almost guarantees nz win ! boom!

  • on May 9, 2010, 0:57 GMT

    Posted by mhaseeb2000 on (May 08 2010, 23:06 PM GMT) Yes we should also admire Nathan McCullum for cheating. In the last T20 WC Vettori comes out with all kind of non sense after the lose to Pakistan. I hope , he is brave enough to accept the Nathan McCullum Cheating too.

    How may i ask is Nathan McCullum cheating? Bit hypocritical isn't it taking into account the whole Younus Khan match fixing fiasco last year in the champs trophy. People in glass houses shouldn't thrown stones.

  • spaceace on May 9, 2010, 0:33 GMT

    also Sharjeel89 we may not have bowled well but we bowled well enough to beat you.Hopefully SA smash you and we beat England.Then we'll be in the semi final and you won't be.

  • spaceace on May 9, 2010, 0:29 GMT

    mhaseeb2000 explain to me how Nathan McCullum is cheating.You sound like a sore loser.I find it ironic that a Pakistani supporter is accusing someone else of cheating.I don't recall any of our bowlers biting the ball.It's a great win for us acept your loss and move on.

  • Fydd on May 9, 2010, 0:25 GMT

    i get a bit tired of how whenever NZ win it's: 1) due to determination and grit, and not talentl and flair as McGlashan argues; 2) the fault of the other side, who threw it against supposedly weaker opposition; 3) the umpires. NZ players are talented all-round athletes, capable of beating any side on their day, and have got players with flair, like Ryder and McCullum. they also are able to out think opposition on the field. if they just found one or two world class batters, and a genuine fast bowler, they would be up there with India, SA and Oz.

  • on May 9, 2010, 0:00 GMT

    N McCullum doesn't cheat - the ball clearly bounced up off his fingers in the replays, Afridi walked knowing it was out, the Umpires felt no reason to review it... And I don't know if you've ever watched a replay Sharjeel89, but there wasn't even a hint of an inside edge on the LBW decision. Give credit to the incredible fighting spirit of the Blackchaps defending a small total, with some really good bowling and great fielding. Something a few of the Sub-Continent teams could take note of.

  • on May 9, 2010, 0:00 GMT

    mhaseeb2000 it is not cheating to appeal for what you think is a stunning catch - you seem to forget that the players don't have slow motion or zoom cameras, all they know is that they ran in and dived and caught the ball. Even the cricinfo commentator said he thinks it was a catch. Don't be so whingy just because you lost. Are you going to call Butt a cheater for not walking when he was not given caught behind?

  • thatsgold on May 8, 2010, 23:56 GMT

    @Sharjeel89: Are you serious?!?! That is insulting man, saying NZ does not put effort in. I think NZ put the most effort in, and pakistan put the least - just look at their fielding! NZ earned their wickets, with good planned bowling. There was no edge on misbah, afridi was out - the ball clearly bounced up off his fingers.

    @mhaseeb2000: Don't make stupid accusations when you clearly haven't seen the replays. The ball clearly bounces up off McCullums fingers without touching the ground.

    It was a tight match and very close, but NZ won. Pak fans, do not be sore-losers please. And last of all...GOD DEFENDED NEW ZEALAND.

  • M_H_K on May 8, 2010, 23:06 GMT

    Yes we should also admire Nathan McCullum for cheating. In the last T20 WC Vettori comes out with all kind of non sense after the lose to Pakistan. I hope , he is brave enough to accept the Nathan McCullum Cheating too.

  • KidStyles on May 8, 2010, 22:54 GMT

    Good on you NZ. I went to sleep thinking we were going to get smashed by Pakistan. But you proved me wrong!

    I reckon well smash england.lol

  • on May 8, 2010, 22:40 GMT

    Well deserved victory for NL. I think they learnt a lot from IPL, Vettori, Butler, Mills and MuCullum brothers have strived for this hard earned victory for the team. Now, it looks as if NL is coming up day by day and Vettori leads them from front. His scored runs in this match are very very crucial.

  • Sharjeel89 on May 8, 2010, 22:26 GMT

    Pakistan bowled well, did not batted well at all but some players did put a lot of effort in i.e Salman Butt and Abdul Razzaq they even made it look like that there was nothing special about the pitch but yet the luck is not on our side.

    I think Pakistan did deserve to win this, because I didnt see any of the New Zealand players putting there effort in to win like Pakistani players were. It was only Daniel Vettori who was putting the effort in. New Zeland did not bated well and then I dont think they bowled well either it was our batsmen faults, for example they way Umar Akmal got out, it was nothing special abou the bowler. Plus Misbah Ul Haq LBW there was an inside edge and also Shahid Afridi catch should have been reffered.

    Any ways its over I hope Pakistan will beat South Africa now and if on the next day England beats New Zealand then Pakistan will be in Semi Final.

  • vennemous on May 8, 2010, 21:57 GMT

    I'm not sure why we keep thinking of Oram as a bowling all-rounder. He was considering giving away bowling in order to prolong his career and he was a batting all-rounder to begin with. Yes, his bowling is handy but he's being wasted coming in at 7 or 8. He should be batting 6. Keep the side who beat Pakistan but swap out Hopkins for Oram and put McCullum behind the wickets. McCullum needs to be in the game. He's a better keeper than Hopkins.

  • on May 8, 2010, 20:35 GMT

    so is pak out of the world cup

  • SyedArbabAhmed on May 8, 2010, 20:23 GMT

    Pakistan is the worst fielding side in the whole world, they did not deserve to be world champions again, and their batting is also not so good.

  • psu19976 on May 8, 2010, 20:05 GMT

    drop misbah, 13 ball 3 is unacceptable.

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  • psu19976 on May 8, 2010, 20:05 GMT

    drop misbah, 13 ball 3 is unacceptable.

  • SyedArbabAhmed on May 8, 2010, 20:23 GMT

    Pakistan is the worst fielding side in the whole world, they did not deserve to be world champions again, and their batting is also not so good.

  • on May 8, 2010, 20:35 GMT

    so is pak out of the world cup

  • vennemous on May 8, 2010, 21:57 GMT

    I'm not sure why we keep thinking of Oram as a bowling all-rounder. He was considering giving away bowling in order to prolong his career and he was a batting all-rounder to begin with. Yes, his bowling is handy but he's being wasted coming in at 7 or 8. He should be batting 6. Keep the side who beat Pakistan but swap out Hopkins for Oram and put McCullum behind the wickets. McCullum needs to be in the game. He's a better keeper than Hopkins.

  • Sharjeel89 on May 8, 2010, 22:26 GMT

    Pakistan bowled well, did not batted well at all but some players did put a lot of effort in i.e Salman Butt and Abdul Razzaq they even made it look like that there was nothing special about the pitch but yet the luck is not on our side.

    I think Pakistan did deserve to win this, because I didnt see any of the New Zealand players putting there effort in to win like Pakistani players were. It was only Daniel Vettori who was putting the effort in. New Zeland did not bated well and then I dont think they bowled well either it was our batsmen faults, for example they way Umar Akmal got out, it was nothing special abou the bowler. Plus Misbah Ul Haq LBW there was an inside edge and also Shahid Afridi catch should have been reffered.

    Any ways its over I hope Pakistan will beat South Africa now and if on the next day England beats New Zealand then Pakistan will be in Semi Final.

  • on May 8, 2010, 22:40 GMT

    Well deserved victory for NL. I think they learnt a lot from IPL, Vettori, Butler, Mills and MuCullum brothers have strived for this hard earned victory for the team. Now, it looks as if NL is coming up day by day and Vettori leads them from front. His scored runs in this match are very very crucial.

  • KidStyles on May 8, 2010, 22:54 GMT

    Good on you NZ. I went to sleep thinking we were going to get smashed by Pakistan. But you proved me wrong!

    I reckon well smash england.lol

  • M_H_K on May 8, 2010, 23:06 GMT

    Yes we should also admire Nathan McCullum for cheating. In the last T20 WC Vettori comes out with all kind of non sense after the lose to Pakistan. I hope , he is brave enough to accept the Nathan McCullum Cheating too.

  • thatsgold on May 8, 2010, 23:56 GMT

    @Sharjeel89: Are you serious?!?! That is insulting man, saying NZ does not put effort in. I think NZ put the most effort in, and pakistan put the least - just look at their fielding! NZ earned their wickets, with good planned bowling. There was no edge on misbah, afridi was out - the ball clearly bounced up off his fingers.

    @mhaseeb2000: Don't make stupid accusations when you clearly haven't seen the replays. The ball clearly bounces up off McCullums fingers without touching the ground.

    It was a tight match and very close, but NZ won. Pak fans, do not be sore-losers please. And last of all...GOD DEFENDED NEW ZEALAND.

  • on May 9, 2010, 0:00 GMT

    mhaseeb2000 it is not cheating to appeal for what you think is a stunning catch - you seem to forget that the players don't have slow motion or zoom cameras, all they know is that they ran in and dived and caught the ball. Even the cricinfo commentator said he thinks it was a catch. Don't be so whingy just because you lost. Are you going to call Butt a cheater for not walking when he was not given caught behind?