Tuesday, March 8, 2011

ICC-CWC-2011. Match.24. Gr.A. NewZealand vs Pakistan


NewZeland 302 for 7 beat Pakistan 192 all out, by ten wickets, to leap to the top of the League table in Group.A.

NewZeland won the toss, and elected to bat. One thought for a moment, the decision may back fire, since in the dry months of hot march in SriLanka, the dew becomes a major factor in the day night matches, helping teams batting second very strongly.

The dew was there, but so was Ross Taylor, in between Pak and the dew.Guptil up the order made a sedate 57 of 86, when Shahid Afridi castled him. Brendon and Howe, did nothing of note. The first phase of the bowling by Umar Gul, Afridi, Hafeez and Rehman, kept the New Zelanders in a tight leash. When the fourth wicket of Franklin fell at 113, nearly 30 overs were consumed.

Ross Taylor dropped by Kamran Akmal at no score, was steadily building an innings with Styris, and the pair added 62 runs, but consumed 13 overs in the bargain. With 42 overs gone and NewZeland total at 175 for 5, it looked as Pakistan all the way.

NewZeland opted for the batting power play at this time. Between overs 42 and 46, 37 runs were scored, two wickets were lost and at 46 overs NewZeland 210 for 6. Avalanche hit Pakistan thereafter. 93 runs were plundered in four overs, with Taylor making 134 of 121 with 8 fours and seven sixes, Nathen McCullum making 19 of 10 with one four and two sixes, and Jacob Oram blasting a quickfire 25 of 9 balls, with one four and three sixes.

Shoib Akhtar and Abdul Razzaq, were taken for 30 runs apiece in over 48 and 49. Over all an excellent display of clean power hitting. Pakistan fielders, with wicket keeper in particular added to the spoils, with some poor fielding and catching. Umar Gul finished his quota of overs early, and returned an enviable figure of 10-1-32-3, in such a high scoring match. Akhtar, Rehman, Afridi and Hafeez picked up a wicket each.

If the Pakistani, fielding and bowling was poor, the batting was poorer. Razzaq 62 of 74, Umar Gul 34 of 25 and Umar Akmal 38 of 58, made good use of the dew factor in the end, but could not help Pakistan sliding to a massive 110 runs loss. Southee bowled his heart out for a figure of 8-1-25-3. Nathen McCullum, Styris and Mills, picked two wickets each. Lone wicket was taken by Jacob Oram.

Pakistan have a strong bowling line up, and when it failed, they fell like nine pins. NewZealand, with Vettori coming in at ten, appear to be a strong unit. With Oram's arrival, Southee and Mills bowling at their best and Vettori and McCullum in the spin department, they are strong in bowling too. Every one knows about their fielding prowess. the only thing they lack is the self belief. If they could mentally prepare for any eventualities, here is a World Cup winner.

Any Takers ??

1 comment:

  1. The defeat of Pakistan at the hands of NZ,brought Pakistan team to the ground,in particularly caption Afridi.

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