New Zealand beat Pakistan by a big margin of 110 runs in the 24th game of ICC World Cup 2011, played at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium. With the shinning century of Ross Taylor, New Zealand set a massive target of 303 runs for Pakistan. Green shirts can just score 192 runs in 41.4 overs.
According to details New Zealand Captain Daniel Vettori won the toss and elected to bat first. Kiwi team lost the wicket of Brendon McCullum on just 8 runs. New batsman Jamie How played very slow cricket and scored only 4 runs on 29 balls. On the other end opener Martin Guptill was continued to move his team’s total via his slow but sensible batting and completed his fifty. The innings of Guptill ended on 57. Soon after James Franklin was taken by Hafeez on 1.
Taylor and Scott Styris picked their side’s total to 175. On the individual score of 28, Gul finished the resistance of Styris. New batsman Nathan McCullum, seems aggressive but soon taken by Gul. He scored 19 runs on 10 balls with the help of two sixes and a boundary. The sensible batting of Taylor was continue on the other end and he completed his century. Jacob Oram scored aggressive 25 runs on just 9 balls. At the end of limited number of overs the final score of Kiwi side was 302/7. Ross Taylor was unbeatable on 131.Umar Gul was most successful bowler from Pakistan who picked 3 wickets.
Following a massive target, the openers of green shirts once again failed to click and Muhammad Hafeez was dismissed by Southee on 5. Ahmed Shehzad bowled out by Mills on 10. Today, the middle order also flopped and two key batsmen Kamran Akmal (8) and Younis Khan (0) went back to pavilion without any gap. At this time the score of Pakistani team was 23/4.
The fifth Pakistani wicket fell on 45 when vice-captain Misbah-ul-Haq was taken by Southee in 15th over. He scored 7 runs on 31 balls. Boom Boom Afridi failed to show his magic today and turned back after scoring 17 runs. Umar Akmal became the seventh wicket of kiwi bowlers, he scored 58 runs. Abdur Rehman goes back after adding his 1 run to his side’s total. At this time Abdul Razzaq and Umar Gul played aggressive cricket and added 64 runs in the ninth wicket partnership. The resistance of Razzaq ended on 62. Shoaib Akhtar became the last wicket of black caps by dismissing on 0. After losing all wickets the final score of Pakistan team was 192 in 41.4 overs. Tim Southee picked 3 while Kyle Mills, Nathan McCullum and Scott Styris finished the innings of two, 2 players.