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World Cup 2011 – New Zealand vs Pakistan: New Zealand Thrash Pakistan By 110 Runs

By on March 8, 2011

New Zealand 302 for 7 (Taylor 131, Guptill 57) beat Pakistan 192 (Razzaq 62) by 110 runs…

Ross Taylor enjoyed an unforgettable bash on his 27th birthday. And the tab was picked by Pakistan. In an exhilarating display of explosive hitting, Taylor smashed an unbeaten, career-best 131 that included seven towering sixes, and inspired New Zealand to thrash Pakistan by 110 runs in a key Group A encounter on Tuesday night.

Moving outside the off-stump, going down on one knee and smashing the ball repeatedly over the mid-wicket region, Taylor went absolutely berserk as Kiwis notched up 92 runs off their last four overs to take their score to a daunting 302 for seven after electing to bat. Pakistan produced an equally sorry performance with the bat and managed just 192. Only Abdul Razzaq (62) showed stomach for a fight, adding 67 runs in a ninth-wicket partnership with Umar Gul.

This was Pakistan’s first defeat in the tournament, and a big one too. New Zealand enjoyed their best One-day game in a long, long time and also produced one of their finest World Cup performances.

On Tuesday, however, Ross was the boss. There are a few people the Kiwi needs to send a ‘thank you’ card to after his memorable party. The first on that list must surely be Pakistan wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal, who dropped him twice, the second chance an absolute dolly, even before Taylor could get off the mark. The second ‘card’ must have skipper Daniel Vettori’s name on it. The captain kept his faith in Taylor even after his long run of failures.

Just before this game, Vettori rubbished the query that he was re-thinking Taylor’s position in the team. “I think your best players are the ones that help you win the World Cup. And Taylor is definitely one of our best. He likes to take the responsibility and performs when he is in form. I expect him to win a game for us at some stage of the tournament. And hopefully it is tomorrow.” Vettori’s faith was repaid and how!

The third ‘Thank you’ card must be addressed to Pakistan pacemen Shoaib Akhtar and Abdul Razzaq. Both fed Taylor with ‘hit-me’ balls. Towards the end, Taylor and Jacob Oram (25, 9b, 1×4, 3×6) tore Pakistan into shreds plundering 85 off just 22 balls for the seventh wicket.

Akhtar gifted full tosses which Taylor whacked over mid-wicket. Twenty-eight runs came off that 47th over but there was more to come. Razzaq, who bowled the 49th, gave away 30 as Taylor hit three sixes and two fours. Till the 47th over, Pakistan had the game well under control. Martin Guptill’s 57 (86b, 6×4) was the only thing New Zealand could cheer about. Then ‘Typhoon Ross’ happened.

Pakistan have to blame themselves for having persisted with a blundering Akmal. Their fielding was, as usual, pathetic and the slog overs bowling clueless. The batsmen panicked under the weight of the opposition’s heavy total and perished to full, swinging deliveries from the Kiwi bowlers, who bowled a far better line and length than their Pakistani counterparts.

Later, Taylor even got to lead the Kiwis, as Vettori hurt his knee. What a special night on a special day!

Source: Times of India

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