24th Match, Pallekele, Mar 8 2011, Group A (D/N), ICC Cricket World Cup
(41.4/50 ov, target 303)
New Zealand won by 110 runs
Player Of The Match
New Zealand
PAK Innings
Full commentary

Tim Southee:"It was the sort of day you are dreaming of, we were thinking of 245 and then suddenly ... it was some of the cleanest hitting I have ever seen. The partnership at the end from Pakistan is slightly disappointing."

New Zealand are now top of table on net run rate.Here's the latest points table.

This match will be remembered for the surreal onslaught at the end of New Zealand's innings, and Kamran Akmal's disastrous effort behind the stumps. Pakistan lost it in the final six over of New Zealand's batting and the first seven of theirs.

Post-match presentation:

Shahid Afridi: "I have no excuse. We didn't bowl well, we didn't field well, you can win games based on fielding, but I am confident of my team and myself, we will not repeat this performance. We should learn from what we did in this game."

Ross Taylor: "To have them six down after 20 overs was a credit for the bowlers. We didn't want to be complacent at the break. I had a bit of luck early on, even when I was at 30 or 40, but the way Nathan and Jake came out and hit it rubbed off. " No update on Vettori. Taylor says "we'll just have to find out over the next couple of days."

George Binoy has the bulletin for this match here.

On behalf of Abhishek Purohit and the rest of the team, this is Siddarth Ravindran signing out. Thanks for all the mails, see you tomorrow.

Styris to Shoaib Akhtar, OUT
game over, Shoaib lasted all of two balls, another short one from Styris, Shoaib flails at it and gets a top edge that flies towards mid-on, Nathan McCullum gets across and takes a smart catch, and New Zealand get their third win of the tournament
Shoaib Akhtar c NL McCullum b Styris 0 (2m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00