ICC World Twenty20 - 9th match, Group B

New Zealand v Zimbabwe

New Zealand won by 7 runs (D/L method)

Toss: New Zealand have chosen to bowl first.

Vettori: " I am just going to bowl. We saw rain coming in yesterday. It's still a must-win game for us. I was pretty pleased with the all-round effort in the last game. No changes."

Utseya: "Anything over 150 will give us a chance to win. There was no clarity yesterday about what we needed to get .. Maruma and Blingnaut are in."

There was some overnight rain and few showers this morning as well. Let's see whether there is something in for the seamers today.

Assuming we get full 20 overs in, Zimbabwe have to win by 11 runs to knock out New Zealand.

0.1

NL McCullum to Taibu, 1 run, from round the stumps, on the pads, nudged behind square-leg

Not many have bothered to turn up for today's game. the stadium is almost empty. The weather forecast isn't great.

0.2

NL McCullum to Masakadza, 2 runs, floated full around off stump line, lifted over to the right of long-on

0.3

NL McCullum to Masakadza, FOUR, Whack! Another flighted delivery and he goes down on his knee to slog sweep it for a four

0.4

NL McCullum to Masakadza, no run, turns in slowly from the middle and leg line, and hits the pad

0.5

NL McCullum to Masakadza, 1 run, stays back to dab it to point for a single

0.6

NL McCullum to Taibu, no run, moves outside leg and tries to drive against the spin, through extra cover, but edges it to the on side

End of over 1 (8 runs) Zimbabwe 8/0
T Taibu    1* (2b)      NL McCullum    1-0-8-0
H Masakadza    7* (4b 1x4)     

1.1

Bond to Masakadza, no run, full in length and well outside off stump, left alone

1.2

Bond to Masakadza, no run, gets forward for the big shot but mistimes it completely .. ends up flat batting it weakly back to Bond

1.3

Bond to Masakadza, no run, tries to shuffle across and work it to the on side but misses it completely. The ball cuts in to kiss the front pad enroute to the keeper who dives forward to 'catch' it and appeals. Not out.

1.4

Bond to Masakadza, 1 run, cuts in from a length, towards the middle stump line, dabbed away past square-leg for a single

Assuming we get full 20 overs in, Zimbabwe have to win by 11 runs to knock out New Zealand.

1.5

Bond to Taibu, 1 wide, way way outside the off stump. Wide.

1.5

Bond to Taibu, no run, slower one, short in length outside off, Taibu is through early with the cut shot and the ball goes under the bat

1.6

Bond to Taibu, FOUR, Fabulicious! Full pitched around the off stump line and Taibu plays a scorching square drive through cover point.

End of over 2 (6 runs) Zimbabwe 14/0
T Taibu    5* (4b 1x4)      SE Bond    1-0-6-0
H Masakadza    8* (8b 1x4)      NL McCullum    1-0-8-0

2.1

Southee to Masakadza, 1 run, moves down the track and pushes it to left of mid-on for a single

Rahul Oak: "If rain intervenes again, it seriously casts a question on the intelligence of whoever scheduled this tournament at this time in the Caribbean. Might as well just play a bunch of Super Overs and get done with it. It's going to be one huge lottery if things keep going this way."

2.2

Southee to Taibu, 1 leg bye, shuffles to the off side, tries to swing it to the on side, misses and it rolls off the pad

2.3

Southee to Masakadza, 1 wide, moves outside leg stump and can't reach the ball outside off stump

2.3

Southee to Masakadza, 1 run, gets outside leg, the bowler follows him with a length delivery, bunted past square-leg

2.4

Southee to Taibu, 1 run, gets outside leg, Southee follows him with a length delivery and Taibu stays adjacent to the line and cuts it from outside leg to third man

2.5

Southee to Masakadza, no run, Wild swing and a miss. A typical Twenty20 charge and a miss.

Arun: "Thank God!!! Taibu is bating with his pads on..." (for those who didn't watch the previous game, Taibu kept wickets without an external pads!)

2.6

Southee to Masakadza, 1 run, gets forward to swat it to mid-on for a quick single ..

End of over 3 (6 runs) Zimbabwe 20/0
H Masakadza    11* (12b 1x4)      TG Southee    1-0-5-0
T Taibu    6* (6b 1x4)      SE Bond    1-0-6-0

3.1

Bond to Masakadza, 1 run

3.2

Bond to Taibu, FOUR, Awww. What a hit. He moved outside leg stump initially before he went down on his knee to reach the full delivery outside off and whiplashed it over backward point!

3.3

Bond to Taibu, 2 runs, Very skilful. It was a delivery that bounced outside off, a slow leg cutter, Taibu adjusted to upper cut it over first slip. Third man gets across to cut it off

3.4

Bond to Taibu, no run, high bouncer .. it wouldn't have been too far away from being called a wide

3.5

Bond to Taibu, 1 run, slower one outside off, Taibu walks across and swats it wide of mid-on for a single

3.6

Bond to Masakadza, no run, moves outside leg and pushes the length delivery to cover

End of over 4 (8 runs) Zimbabwe 28/0
H Masakadza    12* (14b 1x4)      SE Bond    2-0-14-0
T Taibu    13* (10b 2x4)      TG Southee    1-0-5-0

4.1

Southee to Taibu, FOUR, More innovation from Taibu. He moved well back inside the crease, cleared the front foot to swing the full delivery to backward square-leg boundary. He adjusted superbly the line and the length

4.2

Southee to Taibu, 2 runs, cuts this one wide of deep backward point

4.3

Southee to Taibu, 2 runs, slower one, Taibu is late in picking it but adjusts to almost scoop it over midwicket.

4.4

Southee to Taibu, OUT, The slow bouncer does the trick. Taibu waited and crashed a pull shot but found the fielder at square-leg. Oh well. Breezy. Entertaining. But it's over now.

T Taibu c Oram b Southee 21 (18m 14b 3x4 0x6) SR: 150.00

4.5

Southee to Blignaut, 1 run, short in length on the middle and leg, the left-handed Blignaut shovels it past square-leg

4.6

Southee to Masakadza, FOUR, The keeper was standing up and instead of moving down the track, he backed away to the leg side and thrashed this full delivery over covers. Thwack!

Phil: "Rain in Guyana is nothing new. Regional considerations must have overidden common sense."

End of over 5 (13 runs) Zimbabwe 41/1
H Masakadza    16* (15b 2x4)      TG Southee    2-0-18-1
AM Blignaut    1* (1b)      SE Bond    2-0-14-0

Sidacts: "Its Unbelievable.. Its "Scattered Thunderstorms" for the next 10 days...Why cant they play 10-10 to start with instead of a washout or batting-second-unfriendly-D&L games !..I wonder"

5.1

Oram to Blignaut, 1 run, leans forward to flick it past square-leg

5.2

Oram to Masakadza, no run, gets outside leg and goes for yet another big off drive but edges it to his pad

5.3

Oram to Masakadza, 1 run, leans forward to drag this full length delivery to deep square-leg region

5.4

Oram to Blignaut, FOUR, Flamboyant whack. He picked the slow off cutter and crashed it from the leg stump line to the cover boundary. He took the aerial route

5.5

Oram to Blignaut, 1 run, shout for run out Blignaut stabbed it in front of him but he didn't know where the ball went. He turned back, turned front before he head the call from the non-striker and dashed across. the bowler rushed forward, picked, turned and hit the stumps at the non-striker's end but Blignaut was just in

5.6

Oram to Masakadza, 5 wides, walked to the off side, Oram pushed the ball wider outside off and Masakadza throws his hand at it and the ball flies wide of the keeper

5.6

Oram to Masakadza, 1 run, fuller and straighter, pushed down to mid-on for a single

End of over 6 (13 runs) Zimbabwe 54/1
H Masakadza    18* (18b 2x4)      JDP Oram    1-0-13-0
AM Blignaut    7* (4b 1x4)      TG Southee    2-0-18-1

Faisal: "People need to relax about the rain. Guyana is a huge draw for cricket and to overlook. Besides, today are the last games in Guyana, so why look at upcoming forecasts?"

6.1

NL McCullum to Masakadza, 1 run, steps out and works the ball to deep midwicket region

6.2

NL McCullum to Blignaut, 1 wide, from round the stumps, slips it on the leg stump line

6.2

NL McCullum to Blignaut, no run, lands around off and turns away, Andy goes for the big slog sweep but doesn't connect

6.3

NL McCullum to Blignaut, 1 run, on the middle stump line, turns and jumps, stabbed away to point

6.4

NL McCullum to Masakadza, 1 run, OUT, Masakadza is run out. It was slog swept to deep square-leg and Oram moved to his left and released the throw quickly. It wasn't accurate but the keeper reached out, collected it and broke the stumps. Masakadza tried to dive in but ...

H Masakadza run out 20 (30m 20b 2x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

6.5

NL McCullum to Chigumbura, 1 run, leans forward to drive it for a single

6.6

NL McCullum to Blignaut, no run, Shout for lbw. It turned in from outside leg, moved past the attempted slog sweep and hit him.

End of over 7 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 59/2
AM Blignaut    8* (7b 1x4)      NL McCullum    2-0-13-0
E Chigumbura    1* (1b)      JDP Oram    1-0-13-0

7.1

Vettori to Chigumbura, 1 run, on the off stump line, on a length, driven to sweeper cover

7.2

Vettori to Blignaut, OUT, Clatter! Blignaut, who showed an immense liking for the slog sweep today, is bowled, going for yet another slog sweep. The ball went past the big heave to fall on the stumps. It landed around leg, turned down leg side, caught the glove and went in to hit the stumps

AM Blignaut b Vettori 8 (13m 8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

7.3

Vettori to Ervine, no run, leans forward to defend to the off side

7.4

Vettori to Ervine, 1 run, turned away to square-leg for a single

7.5

Vettori to Chigumbura, 1 run, slows up the pace, loops it outside off, dabbed to point

7.6

Vettori to Ervine, no run, turns in from middle and leg and bounds off the pad

End of over 8 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 62/3
CR Ervine    1* (3b)      DL Vettori    1-0-3-1
E Chigumbura    3* (3b)      NL McCullum    2-0-13-0

8.1

NL McCullum to Chigumbura, OUT, Caught at long-on. He went for the big shot but couldn't clear the man in the deep. Three quick wickets threaten to peg back Zimbabwe. Chigumbura, who starred in the warm-up games, is gone.

E Chigumbura c Guptill b NL McCullum 3 (4m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 75.00

8.2

NL McCullum to Coventry, no run, turns in slowly from outside off stump, dabbed to the off side

8.3

NL McCullum to Coventry, OUT, Five down and struggling. What a quick turn around. It was a slow loopy off break, Nathan has been constantly slowing up the pace, and the batsman lunged forward as he was beaten in flight and ended up tamely scooping it back to the bowler

CK Coventry c & b NL McCullum 0 (1m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

8.4

NL McCullum to Lamb, 1 run, It was turned to the on side and they rush across for a quick single... Risky..

8.5

NL McCullum to Ervine, no run, drifts across from round the stumps and the ball turns in to hit the pad

8.6

NL McCullum to Ervine, OUT, Bogo Jonito! Nathan slowed it up nicely, it drifted in the air from round the stumps, drew the batsman out of his crease before it dipped and turned away past the lunge. Stumped! Ervine was not looking for the big shot, he was just fataly attracted by the flight and leaned forward to turn it to the on side for a single

CR Ervine st †Hopkins b NL McCullum 1 (5m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 20.00

Abhijit: "Isn't it Joga Bonito?" Ha! of course it is but that's for foot ball no?! So it's bogo jonito for cricket.

End of over 9 (1 run) Zimbabwe 63/6
     NL McCullum    3-0-14-3
GA Lamb    1* (1b)      DL Vettori    1-0-3-1

9.1

Vettori to Lamb, 1 run, gets forward to push it away for a single

9.2

Vettori to Maruma, no run

9.3

Vettori to Maruma, 1 run, gets forward to nudge it to the on side

9.4

Vettori to Lamb, no run, on the off stump line, pushed away to the off side

9.5

Vettori to Lamb, no run, turns from middle and off, pushed back to the bowler

9.6

Vettori to Lamb, 1 run, stays back to cut it to sweeper cover

End of over 10 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 66/6
GA Lamb    3* (5b)      DL Vettori    2-0-6-1
T Maruma    1* (2b)      NL McCullum    3-0-14-3

10.1

NL McCullum to Lamb, 1 run

10.2

NL McCullum to Maruma, no run, leans forward to defend to the fof side

10.3

NL McCullum to Maruma, no run, turns in from outside off, gets forward to push it away

10.4

NL McCullum to Maruma, no run

10.5

NL McCullum to Maruma, 1 run, leans forward to turn it past square-leg

Abhijit: "Isn't it Joga Bonito?" Ha! of course it is but that's for foot ball no?! So it's bogo jonito for cricket.

10.6

NL McCullum to Lamb, no run, leans forward to dab the off break to the on side

End of over 11 (2 runs) Zimbabwe 68/6
GA Lamb    4* (7b)      NL McCullum    4-0-16-3
T Maruma    2* (6b)      DL Vettori    2-0-6-1

11.1

Vettori to Maruma, 1 run, leans forward to off drive it to long-off

11.2

Vettori to Lamb, 1 run, fetches it from outside off and sweeps it for a single

11.3

Vettori to Maruma, 1 run, another sweep. Another single

11.4

Vettori to Lamb, 1 run, slows up the pace even further, tosses it up, flicked away for a single

11.5

Vettori to Maruma, no run, quicker, moves in towards middle, pushed out back to Dan

11.6

Vettori to Maruma, no run, lovely delivery. He slowed up the pace and got it to dip on the batsman who had charged out but adjusted to push it to covers

End of over 12 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 72/6
T Maruma    4* (10b)      DL Vettori    3-0-10-1
GA Lamb    6* (9b)      NL McCullum    4-0-16-3

12.1

Styris to Lamb, no run, full in length on the middle stump line, pushed out to the on side

12.2

Styris to Lamb, 1 run, around the off stump line, chopped to third man

12.3

Styris to Maruma, OUT, Seven down and what a staggering turn around. This time it was Maruma who charged down the track and went for the lofted six but holed out at long-on

T Maruma c Guptill b Styris 4 (8m 11b 0x4 0x6) SR: 36.36

12.4

Styris to Lamb, 1 run, gets forward to push it away to the off side

12.5

Styris to Cremer, OUT, Gone! Clatter! Mucherly fun if you are an Kiwi fan. It cuts in from outside off stump, the bat was pushed outside the line, the ball collided with the inside edge and fell on the stumps

AG Cremer b Styris 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

12.6

Styris to Utseya, OUT, Plumb! Another in cutter, another wicket. It darted in from just outside off, Utseya played around it and was hit in front. As Fred Trueman would have said, "What's going off out there?!"

P Utseya lbw b Styris 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

End of over 13 (2 runs) Zimbabwe 74/9
     SB Styris    1-0-2-3
GA Lamb    8* (12b)      DL Vettori    3-0-10-1

13.1

Bond to Lamb, no run, full and well outside off stump, goes for the drive but can't connect

13.2

Bond to Lamb, 1 wide, the slow bouncer well outside off. Wide

13.2

Bond to Lamb, no run, kicks up from short of length, pushed away to point

13.3

Bond to Lamb, 2 runs, banged in short, pulled away to deep square-leg region for couple of runs

13.4

Bond to Lamb, 1 run, slower one, full in length, turned wide of midwicket

13.5

Bond to Price, 1 run, length delivery outside off, pushed to left of Vettori at mid-off

13.6

Bond to Lamb, 1 run, banged in short, pulled weakly but will get a single

End of over 14 (6 runs) Zimbabwe 80/9
GA Lamb    12* (17b)      SE Bond    3-0-20-0
RW Price    1* (1b)      SB Styris    1-0-2-3

14.1

Styris to Lamb, no run, He won't get his hattrick. It was a length delivery on the off and middle line, defended on the front foot

14.2

Styris to Lamb, no run, around the off stump, steered to backward point

14.3

Styris to Lamb, 1 run, cuts in towards the leg stump, the batsman stays adjacent to the line and almost chops it wide of backward point

14.4

Styris to Price, 1 run, full in length, straight, pushed towards long-on for a single

14.5

Styris to Lamb, 1 run, short in length on the middle and off, nudged past square-leg

14.6

Styris to Price, 1 bye, Almost cleaned up by the nip backer. It cut in from just outside off, moved past the lame poke and missed the off stump,. The keeper, standing up to the stumps, doesn't collect cleanly

End of over 15 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 84/9
RW Price    2* (3b)      SB Styris    2-0-5-3
GA Lamb    14* (21b)      SE Bond    3-0-20-0

15.1

Vettori to Price, OUT, The big slog sweep was attempted but he missed it completely. No wood on leather but there was leather on the wood. Clatter!

RW Price b Vettori 2 (9m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

Taibu gave a breezy start and there was hope in the air for Zimbabwe. But everything went pear shaped rather quickly. In a blink, they have been shot out for 84. Join us in a short while for the chase.

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Nathan McCullum took three wickets in an over, New Zealand v Zimbabwe, World Twenty20, Guyana, May 4, 2010

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