March 19, 2019

New Zealand defeat Pakistan at Cricket World Cup

Ross Taylor - more lives than a cat, and he made Pakistan pay dearly.

New Zealand have defeated Pakistan by 110 runs in their Cricket World Cup Group A match at Pallekele Stadium in Kandy, Sri Lanka.

New Zealand captain Daniel Vetorri won the toss and chose to bat. Brendon McCullum managed a six off a free hit in the opening over before getting cleaned up by Shoaib Akhtar next ball.

Jamie How was next to go after a painfully slow 4 runs from 29 balls. How is batting like he thinks he is going to get dropped. Could someone please pass him the confidence pills? He is quite capable of playing a free flowing innings, but seems to b afraid of getting out.

Martin Guptill (57 runs) was the shining light of the New Zealand top order, taking the score through to 112 where he was bowled by Shahid Afridi.

Ross Taylor ended up being the star of the innings. An awful mistake by Kamran Akmal soon after Taylor had come to the crease saw an edge go harmlessly through between keeper and first slip. It was followed immmediately afterward by a simple catch behind that Akmal simply dropped.

Not wanting to be too cynical, but my first thought was bookmakers. Akmal has a dodgy past in that respect, and the errors were so obvious it is hard not to be slightly suspicous.

Anyway the two misses proved costly as Taylor went on to plunder 131 unbeaten runs off only 124 balls as New Zealand after a slow start posted 302 for 7 in their 50 overs.

114 runs came off the last six overs as Taylor, ably assisted by Nathan McCullum (19) and Jacob Oram (25) started reigning sixes on the crowd.

Umar gul was the standout Pakitan bowler with 3 wickets 32 runs off his 10 overs.

Pakistan were never inthe hunt in their run chase. Mohammad Hafeez went in the second over, and it was all over rover at 66 fo 6 when Afridi was bowled by Oram.

Tim Southee (3 for 25) and Kyle Mills (2 for 43) were the main destroyers at the top of the innings for New Zealand. Abdul Razzaq provided some backbone to the Pakistan batting effort with a fighting 62. But apart from a good 66 run partnership with Umar Gul (34) near the end, there wasn’t much support for him.

Of concern to New Zealand was Daniel Vetorri leaving the field with a knee injury.

The victory put New Zealand top of Group A on run rate from Pakistan in second place.

New Zealand 302 for 7 (Taylor 131, Guptill 57, Gul 3 for 32) beat Pakistan 192 (Razzaq 62, Southee 3 for 25) by 110 runs