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New Zealand won by 110 runs.

New Zealand vs Pakistan

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Last Updated: March 8, 2011 4:40pm

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    New Zealand win by 110 runs

    Hugely impressive victory by a Ross Taylor-inspired New Zealand. The only disappointment for the Black Caps being a serious-looking knee injury for captain and bowling lynchpin Daniel Vettori. Join us tomorrow for India v Netherlands.

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    Over 42: Styris W-1-0-W

    192 WICKET! Yep, this had to happen. Razzaq tries to clear the ropes at long-on but can't get the ball beyond the sizeable obstacle of Oram. Styris then entertains everyone by bowling a bouncer that has last man Shoaib Akhtar ducking. WICKET! Shoaib slices the next ball high into the sky, and Nathan McCullum settles under a horrible, swirling chance to take a fine catch and complete the innings. Thumping good win for New Zealand, who go top of Group A.

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    Over 41: McCullum 1-0-1-1-1-0

    191-8 - Only singles from the over. Two tight overs have rather brought an end to the fun.

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    Over 40: Styris 1-0-1-0-1-1

    187-8 - Wily old craggy-faced Scott Styris halts the Pakistan boundary-bothering. Only singles from the over, although Umar Gul catches the eye with a fine-looking clip off his toes to deep midwicket. England fans will tell you that Umar Gul Can Bat.

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    Over 39: McCullum 4-1-1-0-1-1

    183-8 - Umar Gul collects four more with a sweetly-timed cover-drive. Only singles from the rest of the over, but it's just about keeping Pakistan in with a theoretical chance of victory. New Zealand only had 160 runs on the board at this stage of their innings...

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    Over 38: Oram 1-1-1-2-4-1

    175-8 - Fifty partnership comes up in just 32 balls. Defiance. Forty-eight runs from the batting powerplay, and Umar Gul has played a full part with 23 runs in 14 balls.

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    Over 37: Mills 0-4-1-4-6-2

    165-8 - Razzaq completes his 50 with an uncomplicated biff over square-leg as Mills goes for the yorker and gets it wrong. Umar Gul joins in the fun with four through midwicket and then a huge towering six straight down the ground. Seventeen from the over as Gul swipes the last ball to deep midwicket for a couple.

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    Over 36: Oram 0-0-1-4-1-0

    148-8 - Slice of luck for Razzaq as he gets a thick outside edge past a diving Brendon McCullum for four. He's closing in on a half-century which will slightly ease the pain of bowling one over for 30 earlier.

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    Over 35: Mills 4-1-1-0-0-4

    142-8 - Razzaq once again manages to splat a boundary early in the over, and this time manages to add another later on as well with a crunching cover-drive. Too little, too late... or is it? Yes, yes it is.

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    Over 34: Oram 0-4-0-0-1-0

    132-8 - Powerplay + full toss = boundary. But there's little further damage as Oram recovers from that early setback against Razzaq with some decent short balls, including everyone's new favourite delivery the slower-ball bouncer.

  • Powerplay

    Razzaq plays the one card remaining in his increasingly sorry looking hand.

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    Over 33: McCullum 1-0-0-W-1-1

    127-8 WICKET! Rehman survives one huge lbw appeal before being given for the next one. At first glance it appears to be stone dead, but Rehman instigates the Harper Decision Review System. Replays are not Rehman's friend here, each one looking plumber than the last. Three red lights, decision upheld, and no more reviews for Pakistan. Which is frankly the least of their concerns in this match. Umar Gul is the new batsman and gets off the mark straight away. Razzaq keeps the strike, something he probably needs to do another 16 times if his side are to have any chance of doing something that would be extraordinary even by the standard of comeback we've seen already during this tournament.

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    Over 32: Styris 0-4-4-0-1-0

    124-7 - Razzaq produces a gear change of almost as startling unexpectedness as Taylor. Well, not really, but he does bludgeon a couple of powerful boundaries down the ground to complete the all-rounder's double of 5000 runs and 250 wickets in ODI cricket. He is in elite company alongside only Sanath Jayasuriya, Jacques Kallis and Shahid Afridi.

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    Over 31: McCullum 0-2-4-1-0-0

    115-7 - McCullum struggling to grip the ball here as dew starts to make its presence felt. Either that or he's using that as an excuse for a ball fired wastefully down the legside that Razzaq clips for four, but Nathan doesn't seem the sort.

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    Over 30: Styris 0-0-1-0-0-1

    108-7 - Just two singles off Styris' second over. Put a fork in this game, it's done.

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    Over 29: McCullum 0-0-W-0-3wd-0-0

    106-7 WICKET! McCullum buys a wicket with an absolute pie as Umar Akmal slogs a long-hop straight to Oram on the midwicket boundary. That should be that as Rehman strides to the crease wielding a bat boasting a great many red marks on it, but alas a high percentage of them on the edge. He doesn't even get the edge to his first ball, and survives a big leg-before shout.

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    Over 28: Styris 0-1-0-0-0-0

    102-6 - Styris opens up his trusty bag of wily allsorts to good effect.

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    Over 27: McCullum 0-0-1-1-0-0

    101-6 - With Vettori indisposed, Nathan McCullum takes over the spin-bowling responsibility and starts well enough. Just two singles and a near run-out from the over, with Razzaq forced to get the dive out after being sent back due to a fine diving stop by sub fielder able Kane Williamson. Pakistan's 100 is up in news of minimal significance.

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    Over 26: Franklin 4-0-0-0-1-1

    99-6 - Akmal steps down the wicket and whacks Franklin over wide mid-on for four before urging the bowler to get back to his mark and serve up some more as some words of congratulation and commiseration are exchanged.

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    Over 25: Southee 1-0-0-0-0-0

    93-6 - Another good over from Southee, again getting the ball to slant away from the right-hander and find the outside edge. Razzaq the batsman this time, but the ball bounces short of Taylor at slip.

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Match Details

Date
8th Mar 2011
Toss
Venue
Kandy
Umpires
D J Harper and N J Llong

pakistan BATTING CARD

Batsman R
Hafeez lbw b Southee 5
Shehzad lbw b Mills 10
Akmal c Taylor b Southee 8
Khan b Mills 0
Misbah-ul-Haq c Styris b Southee 7
Akmal c Oram b McCullum 38
Afridi b Oram 17
Razzaq c Oram b Styris 62
Rehman lbw b McCullum 1
Gul not out 34
Akhtar c McCullum b Styris 0
Extras 4w, 6lb 10
Total All out, 41.4 Overs 192
Full Batting Card

new zealand BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
Mills 8 1 43 2
Southee 8 1 25 3
Oram 10 1 47 1
Franklin 5 0 26 0
McCullum 6 0 28 2
Styris 4.4 0 17 2
Full Bowling Card