Last overs’ blitzkrieg from Taylor helps New Zealand post 302 in their world cup 2011 ODI match against favorites Pakistan.
At the end of 44 overs (188 for 5), it looked as if a modest total of 220 was on the cards for NZ. NZ players were not able to get going at any point in their innings except for a brief while by Guptill. Then it happened.
Afridi in his 45th over was thrashed by McCullum N and Taylor for 14 runs, before being to Umar Gul in the following over off the last ball.
Shoaib Akhtar in his 47th over started bowling full tosses and wides, went for 28, highest in an over in this tournament so far. but the record was short lived. In the 49th over razzaq was thrashed for 30 runs by Taylor. Oram joined the fun in the last over hitting Rehman for 2 huge sixes before being out caught.
Pakistan in its reply had accepted defeat in the 15th over , it appeared. They were 46 for 5 . Except for a tentative 50 by Razaaq later in their innings none of the Pak player could play well. It looked as if they had lost in thier minds much before they actually lost the match.
Final Score NZ – 302 for 7 , Pak – 192 all out.
Man of the match Ross Taylor. It probably was his best birthday gift ever.