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Taylor Bunged Pakistan’s Progress……Kiwis Mortified Green Shirts March 10, 2011

ICC Cricket World Cup 2011

Pool (A) Match 24:

Pakistan Vs Newzealand:

Pallekelle (08/03/2011):

How to approach this politely? Ian Chappell was pretty polite. “If his batting was as good as Don Bradman’s,” he said on air, “he couldn’t score enough runs to make up for what he costs them with his keeping.

Afridi boys finally found themselves in hot water against a less but proficient opponents, having decided to bat first the kiwis lost McCullum early whose stumps was dislodged by mighty Rawalpindi Express, Jamie how batted for some time ,tried to settle his nerves, but he was unable to find rhythm  after 29 balls he was ruled out lbw to a good delivery off Umar Gul. The biggest climax of the match occurred in 14th over of Shoaib, when he delivers a wicket taking delivery to Taylor, Shoaib has Ross pushing at a one that held its line, and the healthy edge goes ever so slowly to Kamran who is in good position to take it, gets gloves on it, and clangs it, Shoaib can’t do anything about it, he looks hysterical, Taylor and Guptill added some 50 odds for the third wicket, Martin Guptill contributed 57 to scorecard providing Newzealand a solid pedestal. Some little but consolidated contributions from Styris 29 and Nathan McCullum 19 helped Newzealand’s cause and raises its total to 210/6 in 46 overs. This is the time when every one had expected Newzealand to post a maximum of 250 total at this venue but fortune favors the brave, that’s what assisted Ross Taylor with his outstanding blows he had dispatched the bowlers particularly Razzaq and Akhtar in all corners of the ground ,it was worth watching, a total controlled colossal hitting with all hits going way behind the boundary ,biggest six of the tournament was also hit by Taylor ,Jacob Oram also chipped in with 3 sixes adding 25 to his name ,Newzealand ended their innings at 302/7 in 50 overs ,Pakistani bowlers conceded 92 runs in last fours overs which became a world record of giving maximum runs in last 4 overs of the innings by any team in an ODI.Umar Gul was the pick of the bowlers with 3/32 in his complete 10 overs. Pakistan have to chase their highest ever total to win a world cup match ,the openers from which many have expected to perform well in WC 11’ haven’t come up to expectations yet & they have revived their same performance ,Pakistan started her innings in a clumsy manner ,at one stage they were 23/4 in just 8 overs .Misbah and Umar Akmal tried to stabilize the innings ,their efforts ended in vain ,some smart hits from Afridi showed Pakistan might change the scenario through skipper’s Century but he hesitated to stay on the wicket ,Newzealand lost vettori early in Pakistan innings but Pakistan didn’t materialize this tragedy ,Razzaq was the only 50 plus scorer ,he contributed 62 while Umar Akmal 38 and Umar Gul 34* were the other dominant scorers. Newzealand winded up the proceedings in 42th over ,Pakistan ended up with 192 all out ,Tim southee with 3/25 in 8 overs was the pick of the bowlers while Ross Taylor was acknowledged Man of the Match Award for his Match-Winning innings of 131 with 7 sixes and 8 fours. Pakistan had again paid for Kamran Akmal’s blunder.

 

HAMISH BENNETT WIPE OUT ALL HOPES February 28, 2011

ICC Cricket World Cup 2011

Pool (A) Match 02:

NZ Vs Kenya:

20th Feb 2011 (Chennai):

New Zealand played to Kenya at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai was the 2nd match of this World Cup, a lot of neutral fans were expecting an early upset in the tournament. Kenya who has previously beaten West Indies in 1996 edition of World Cup, when they successfully defended a meager total of 166 and bowled out West Indies for just 93, later in 2003 World Cup, they upset the mighty Lankans and went out to play the Semi-Final. The match started with Kenya winning the toss and elected to bat, New Zealand opened their bowling with Tim Southee and their off spinner Nathan McCullum, similar tactics were employed by them during 1992 World cup, when they used to open with Deepak Patel. Kenya started very slowly and were at one time 40 for one in 12 overs, later they were crumbled by some really good bowling by young duo of Hamish Bennett and Tim Southee who managed 4 and 3 wickets respectively, later  Oram joined in and finished up the job by taking 3 wickets  for 2 runs with Kenya only managing 69 runs with 3 ducks and top score of 16 not out by the middle order Rakep Patel, New Zealand in reply requiring only 70 runs from 300 deliveries needed only 48 deliveries to complete the chase, both the openers enjoyed their little stay of 37 mints striking above run a ball with Guptill scoring 39 runs and McCullum 26 runs. NewZealand winning the match by 10 wickets with 252 balls to spares which is  their most comprehensive win and 3rd best for all teams in the World Cup

For New Zealand it was an emphatic start to their World Cup campaign. For Kenya, things can only get better from here, but after this match ICC really needs to look into the matter whether Associate nations deserve to play in World Cup or not?

 

 
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