New Zealand crush Pakistan by 110 runs

Published: March 8, 2011
 Umar Akmal (R) is watched by New Zealand wicketkeeper Brendon McCullum as he plays a shot during the Cricket World Cup Group A match between Pakistan and New Zealand at The Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Pallekele on March 8, 2011. PHOTO: AFP

Umar Akmal (R) is watched by New Zealand wicketkeeper Brendon McCullum as he plays a shot during the Cricket World Cup Group A match between Pakistan and New Zealand at The Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Pallekele on March 8, 2011. PHOTO: AFP

 Umar Akmal (R) is watched by New Zealand wicketkeeper Brendon McCullum as he plays a shot during the Cricket World Cup Group A match between Pakistan and New Zealand at The Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Pallekele on March 8, 2011. PHOTO: AFP Shahid Afridi is bowled out by New Zealand's bowler Jacob Oram, (unseen) during the Group A match in the World Cup Cricket tournament between Pakistan and New Zealand at The Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Pallekele on March 8, 2011. PHOTO: AFP New Zealand's Tim Southee celebrates taking the wicket of Mohammad Hafeez during their ICC Cricket World Cup Group A match in Pallekele March 8, 2011. PHOTO: REUTERS Ross Taylor shouts as he celebrates scoring 100 runs on his birthday during their ICC Cricket World Cup Group A match. PHOTO: AFP hahid Afridi (R) collides with New Zealand batsman Scott Styris (C) during the Cricket World Cup Group A match. PHOTO: AFP Martin Guptill (C) is dismissed by Pakistan cricket captain Shahid Afridi. PHOTO: AFP Jamie How (L) is watched by Pakistani wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal as he plays a shot during the Group A match. PHOTO: AFP Shoaib Akhtar (R) reacts after wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal (L) dropped a catch off unseen New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor. PHOTO AFP Umar Gul celebrates after taking the wicket of New Zealand's Jamie How. PHOTO: REUTERS Pakistan cricket spectators watch the Group A match in the World Cup Cricket tournament. PHOTO: AFP A Pakistan spectator holds a placard as she watches the Group A match in the World Cup Cricket. PHOTO: AFP Shahid Afridi checks the pitch before Tuesday's ICC Cricket World Cup match against New Zealand in Pallekele. PHOTO: AFP

KANDY: New Zealand beat Pakistan by 110 runs in a crucial World Cup Group A match at the new Pallekele stadium on Tuesday.

Pakistan were all out at 192 in the 42nd over, with Razzaq being the high scorer for the team at 62.

Earlier, New Zealand had made 302 for 7 against Pakistan after captain Daniel Vettori won the toss and elected to bat.

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Forty-second over

Oram bowling the over.

Razzaq exits, Oram takes the catch in the deep. He tried to get one away for six. Razzaq scored 62 runs off 74 balls.

Shoaib Akhar is gone! Tried to get one away, but is caught by McCullum. Pakistan all out at 192 runs.

Forty-first over

McCullum continues. Razzaq and Gul going for the singles every chance they get. Four runs off the over, Pakistan are 191/8.

Fortieth over

Styris bowling his fourth over. Just four runs off the over Pakistan are 187/8, require 116 off 60 balls.

Thirty-ninth over

No stopping Umer Gul, he smashes McCullum for four.

Eight runs from the over. Pakistan are 183/8.

Thirty-eighth over

Oram bowling his tenth over.

Umer Gul plays one down leg and gets four for it. Ten runs off the over. Pakistan are 175/8.

Thirty-seventh over

Razzaq smashes Mills for four and reaches his 50!

Umer Gul also wants in on the action, smashes one for four.

Gul smashes one for six straight down the ground!

Seventeen runs off the over. Pakistan are 165/8.

Thirty-sixth over

Oram begins the over, bowling to Umer Gul.

Edged over thee keeper’s head again, Razzaq gets four more!

Six off the over. Pakistan are 148/8.

Thirty-fifth over

Razzaq smashes Mills for four. He is now batting at 39 runs off 54 balls.

And another one, Razzaq hits another four. He is trying to keep Pakistan in the game, run rate over 10.5 now. Pakistan are 142/8.

Thirty-fourth over

Pakistan have taken their Batting Powerplay.

Razzaq smashes Oram for four!

Five runs off the over. Pakistan are 132/8.

Thirty-third over

McCullum continues. The required run rate is 9.94.

Appeal against Abdur Rehman for leg before, the umpire says it’s out! Rehman goes for the review. And he is out!

Umer Gul comes in to bat.

Thirty-second over

Styris bowling his third over.

Razzaq smashes him away for four! And he reaches 5000 ODI runs as well!

Another four! This one smashed straight down the ground. Razzaq starting to hit out now.

Nine runs off the over. Pakistan are now 124/7.

Thirty-first over

McCullum continues.

Razzaq pays that down leg and gets four for it. Seven off the over, Pakistan are now 115/7.

Thirtieth over

Styris bowling his second over. Just two off it. Pakistan are 108/7

Twitter Buzz:

GuzaGuzinski2 Cumberland Sausage Been out all morning. Nice to see Pakistan having their usual ‘self-destruction’ moment! Still think they could win the #wc2011 though.

pd4wg4life Parag Patel✔ “Pak here it comes the 4th consecutive win for you. Sigh! jk”

Twenty-ninth over

McCullum to Akmal. Akmal gone! Tries to smash it away but finds Oram instead.

Akmal scored 38 off 58 balls. Abdur Rehman replaces Akmal.

McCullum bowls a wide, Pakistan get four runs out of it.

Pakistan are now 106/7.

Twenty-eighth over

Scott Styris replaces Franklin. Just one off the over, good start. Pakistan are 102/6.

Twenty-seventh over

Nathan McCullum into the attack.

Pakistan reach the 100 mark.

Quick single, Razzaq slides in. There is a run out chance! Umpire goes upstairs. And it’s not out.

Earlier, speaking to The Express Tribune, Kamran Akmal had said that he was trying his best behind the stumps and with the bat.

“I’m trying my best for the team,” Akmal told The Express Tribune. “Every player commits a few mistakes and faces difficulties during his career.

“I’m trying to get through this phase and improve my performance.”

Just two runs off the over. Pakistan are 101/6.

Twenty-sixth over

Umar Akmal smashes Franklin for four! Akmal also says a few words to the bowler before walking back to his crease, looks like he is trying to make the most of this.

Six runs from the over. Pakistan are 99/6.

Twenty-fifth over

Southee bowling his eighth over. Just one run off the over. New Zealand were 99/2 at this point. Pakistan are 93/6.

Twenty-fourth over

Franklin to Umar Akmal, smashed for four!

Just five runs off the over. Pakistan are 92/6.

Twenty-third over

Southee bowling his seventh over. New Zealand bowlers have really done a good job here, their fielding has been tight as well.

Pakistan are 87/6.

Twenty-second over

Oram bowling the over. Four runs off it. Umar Akmal is batting at 23 off 39 balls, Razzaq at 7 off 12 balls. Pakistan are 83/6.

Twenty-first over

James Frankin bowls the over. Just three runs off the over. Pakistan are 79/6.

Twentieth over

Jacob Oram bowling the over.

Umar Akmal drives that one straight down the ground for three runs.

Pakistan are now 76/6.

Ninteenth over

James Franklin bowling the over. Three runs off it.

Pakistan are 73/6.

Eighteenth over

Oram to Afridi, gone! Afridi is bowled off the first ball by Oram. Pakistan in deep trouble now.

Oram to Razzaq, four runs for over throw!

Pakistan are 70/6.

Seventeenth over

Franklin to Afridi, smashed for six!

Eight off the over. Pakistan are 66/5.

Sixteenth over

Afridi smashes Oram for four! And another one! Afridi gets two fours off two balls.

Expensive over for New Zealand, eleven off it. Pakistan are 57/5.

Fifteenth over

Southee bowling.

Faras Ghani, editor for the Sports pages of The Express Tribune, reporting from the stadium has told us that Vettori has injured his right knee. The New Zealand media manager has told him that Vettori has an  ice pack on his knee and is being assessed at the moment.

Mibah is gone! Styrus takes the catch. He is gone for seven runs off 31 balls. Enter Afridi.

Twitter buzz:

hiranajam hiranajam Pakistan doing what it does best: disappoint after an extreme high.

QuarkNinja Manindra Everytime I refresh the cricinfo page, a Pakistani wicket falls. I’ve waited my whole life for this moment… :P

Pakistan are 46/5

Fourteenth over

Jacob Oram continues.

Oram to Akmal, appeal for LBW! Umpire rejects it, the team decides against going for a review.

Pakistan are 45/4.

Thirteenth over

Southee bowling the over. New Zealand are into their third over of the Bowling Powerplay.

Misbah takes a quick single.

Southee to Akmal, top edged over the keeper’s head for four!

Pakistan are now 44/4.

Pakistan require another 259 runs with 6 wickets and 37 overs remaining

Twelfth over

Oram to Misbah, LBW appeal. The umpire rejects it, the New Zealand team want a reviewl. Missing leg, original decision stands.

Pakistan are 38/4

Eleventh over

Mills to Misbah, that one goes past the wicket-keeper for four. Umpire signals leg-bye.

Five runs off the over. Pakistan are now 35/4

Tenth over

Jacob Oram comes into the attack, bowling to Misbah. Just two runs off the over. Pakistan are 30/4.

Ninth over

Mills bowling to Misbah.

Just one run off the over. Pakistan are 28/4.

Eighth over

Southee to Akmal, and he is gone! Ross Taylor takes the catch! Everything seems to be falling apart for Pakistan.

Umar Akmal replaces his brother.

Twitter buzz:

afshankhoja Afshan Khoja  does younis do anything for the team any more? Other than just look disgruntled!

farhan_saya Farhan Saya What hurts is Taylor caught Kakmal out…. given how many lives he gave thats just being selfish!!

ssathishkumars sathish kumar kamran dropped taylor ….but taylor won’t….pak wobbling

Pakistan 27/4

Seventh over

Mills to Shehzad, LBW appeal and he’s gone! No review taken.

Vettori appears to be leaving the stadium.

Younis Khan replaces Shehzad.

Younis Khan is gone! Bowled by Mills. Pakistan are in trouble here.

Misbah replaces Younis Khan.

Sixth over

Southee to Akmal, goes for four! That was a close one, Vettori almost caught it there. He looked like he hurt himself there, back up.

Southee to Kamran Akmal, back to the bowler and dropped.

Vettori is hobbling off the field, Kane Williamson replaces him.

Pakistan are 23/1

Fifth over

Mills to Shehzad, one run. Three runs off the over.

Pakistan are 16/1

Fourth over

First ball, Southee to Akmal. Southee appeals for a caught behind, rejected.

Kamran Akmal seems to be quite confident being defensive. Maiden from Southee.

Pakistan are 13/1

Third over

Kyle mills bowling the over.
Ahmed Shehzad flicks that one for two. Time Southee manages to stop it just short of the boundary saving two.
Shehzad smacks one for four off the last ball.
Pakistan are 13/1

Second over

Tim Southee bowls to Shehzad and Hafeez. LBW appeal by Southee for Hafeez. Umpire’s original decision is out. Decision reviewed, and original upheld by umpire.

Two runs off the last ball. Pakistan are 7/1

Pakistan 5/1

Second innings begin: First over

Fast bowler Kyle Mills bowls to Muhammad Hafeez and Ahmed Shehzad.

Second ball cleared over the boundary for a four by Hafeez! We need plenty more of those if we’re going to win this, boys.

Pakistan are 5/0 at the end of the over.

End of first innings

Extraordinary hitting with a cracked bat by New Zealand birthday boy Ross Taylor helped his team pile on an amazing 85 runs in 3.4 overs and reach 302-7 in their World Cup match against Pakistan on Tuesday.

Taylor was given two 27th birthday gifts, dropped on zero and eight off Shoaib Akhtar, before unleashing some of the most incredible slugging ever inflicted on an attack in a one-day international cricket match never mind the World Cup.

He thumped eight fours and seven sixes in his unbeaten knock of 131 scored off 124 balls in the Group A match.

In one brutal over, the 35-year-old Pakistan paceman Shoaib was struck for three sixes and two fours in one over as Taylor raced passed three figures in 117 balls.

That over cost Shoaib 28 runs. More was to come. Having figured in half-century stands with Martin Guptill (57) and Scott Styris (28), he paired up with Jacob Oram (25 off nine balls) to power 85 off 22 balls. In all, New Zealand blasted 92 runs off the last four overs.

Pakistan v New Zealand World Cup scoreboard

New Zealand

M. Guptill b Afridi 57

B. McCullum b Akhtar 6

J. How lbw b Gul 4

R. Taylor not out 131

J. Franklin lbw b Hafeez 1

S. Styris lbw b Gul 28

N. McCullum b Gul 19

J. Oram c Gul b Rehman 25

K. Mills not out 7

Extras: (lb10, nb3, w11) 24

Total: (for seven wkts; 50 overs) 302

Fall of wickets: 1-8 (B. McCullum), 2-55 (How), 3-112 (Guptill), 4-113 (Franklin), 5-175 (Styris), 6-210 (N. McCullum), 7-295 (Oram)

Bowling: Akhtar 9-0-70-1 (nb3, w3), Rehman 10-0-60-1 (w1), Gul 10-1-32-3 (w2), Razzaq 4-0-49-0 (w4), Afridi 10-0-55-1, Hafeez 7-0-26-1 (w1)

50th over

Rehman bowls the last over to Taylor and Oram.

Oram whacks two sixes and then gets caught out on mid-on by Umar Gul. Well played, Oram!

Kyle Mills comes to the crease.

Last ball of the over: Single taken by Mills.

At the end of the first innings, NZ are 302/7.

Glad it’s over, couldn’t bare to watch anymore.

Twitter update:

kaalakawaa Kala Kawa Dear Ross Taylor, Please drink Shahid Afridi’s tears on your way to the dressing room. Much love.

HumaImtiaz Huma Imtiaz Thank you, Kamran Akmal. Thank you. #burninhell #CWC2011
NadeemfParacha Nadeem F. Paracha THUD!! That was Pak team being hit out of Sri Lanka and back to Pakistan.

HumaImtiaz Huma Imtiaz Paralyzed with horror. Never thought I’d seen rape being broadcast on TV before. #CWC2011

49th over

Razzaq bowls to Taylor and Oram. And the first ball is whacked for four by Taylor! The Kiwis are collecting runs and playing some marvelous cricket.

Taylor is going all out as he whacks another six! Razzaq is being annihilated, just like Akhtar. I’d like to pause here and attribute this to Kamran Akmal  who dropped Taylor and gave him a second chance.

Another six from Taylor! This is magnificent cricket from the Kiwis. NZ are now 270/6.

Wide bowled by Razzaq. Can this over please end?

Taylor whacks another four!

And Taylor whacks a six on the last ball!

NZ are 283/6 at the end of the over

Twitter buzz:

kaalakawaa Kala Kawa This match. This is what a nervous breakdown looks like in cricket form.

AsadHashim Asad Hashim Ah – ICC donates Rs2500 for each six hit in this World Cup. Shoaib was only thinking of the children…the little, little children.

48th over

Rehman bowls to Taylor and Oram. Oram whacks a four!

And proceeds to whack a huge six!

Pakistan are losing this game, pretty helpless at this point. NZ are 253/6 at the end of the over

47th over

Akhtar bowls the over to Taylor and Jacob Oram (new man in). Taylor whacks a four! And a six. And another one. Taylor’s on fire! He damages Akhtar again with a four. Taylor inches closer to his 100 mark.

Wide delivery bowled by Akhtar.

And the last ball is also whacked for a six by Taylor! Happy Birthday Taylor! There’s his 100.

Wow. Akhtar is being destroyed. 21 runs off 5 deliveries this over. 63 runs in nearly 9 overs, one wicket taken.238/6

46th over

Gul bowls to Nathan and Taylor. What a massive six hit by Nathan! The Kiwis are on fire and Pakistan are looking devastated.

Gul takes a wicket! He bowls Nathan out on the second last delivery, NZ are now 210/6


HaramkhorKhalid Khalid® Gul the Savior? #CWC2011

mariumarif marium arif by fahadsiraj another one bites the dust!


45th over

Afridi’s final over! He bowls to Nathan and Taylor. And Nathan whacks it for a six! Afridi looks disappointed.

And Taylor whacks another six! The Kiwis are looking good in their final overs, NZ 202/5 at the end of the over

Afridi gave 55 runs in his 10 overs and took 1 wicket.

44th over

Gul bowls the over to Nathan and Taylor. Nathan whacks it for a four! The Kiwis are fighting back.

Fifth delivery bowled wide by Gul, next delivery earns the Kiwis a single.

At the end of the over, NZ are 188/5

Tribune’s sports editor Faras Ghani tells us (from Pallekele) that the Sri Lankans in the crowd are cheering both teams on enthusiastically.

“They want more boundaries and more Afridi,” (Ghani)

On a side note, here’s someone crushing on the McCullums:

parishna Pari oh yeah, its 4! its 4! its 4 more to the total, baby. its nathan! just as cute as brenden ;) but not quite #CWC2011


43rd over

Afridi bowls to Taylor and Nathan McCullum (new man in). NZ are 180/5 at the end of the over.

Twitter buzz after Styris’ dismissal:

hj_cool Hassan Jalil  Gulled again

cwcscores ICC  by smary05 Umar Gul strikes again! Scott Styris is lbw for 28. 175-5 in the 42nd over

42nd over

Gul bowls to Taylor and Styris. Singles picked up by Styris and Taylor. Big shout for a LBW as Styris (28) is at the crease. Umpire raises his finger. NZ are 175/5, Kiwis take too long for review request so Harper sticks to his original verdict.

41st over

Afridi bowls to Taylor and Styris as Queen’s “We will rock you” blares in the stadium.

And Styris whacks it for a four! Afridi has a chat with the umpire, pats him on the shoulder.

Another powerful hit by Styris that almost makes it to the boundary.

NZ are 173/4 at the end of the over.

40th over

Gul bowls to Taylor and Styris. At the end of the over, NZ 163/4

Here’s (yesterday’s) The Express Tribune’s exclusive with K Akmal:

Under-fire Pakistan wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal responded to his critics and said that he was trying his best behind the stumps and with the bat. The 29-year-old’s performance was questioned once again after the wicket-keeper missed several chances in the match against Sri Lanka but has scored 110 runs in the three matches of the World Cup.

“I’m trying my best for the team,” Akmal told The Express Tribune. “Every player commits a few mistakes and faces difficulties during his career”

39th over

Rehman bowls to Taylor and Styris. Styris hits the second delivery into the air but no one is there to catch it.

At the end of the over, NZ are 160/4.


38th over

Gul bowls to Taylor (53) and Styris (18). Second last delivery bowled wide. 15th extra delivery this innings.

At the end of the over, NZ are 155/4

37th over

Rehman bowls to Taylor and Stryris. NZ are 150/4 at the end of the over. Come on, Pakistan! Make this entertaining.

36th over

Hafeez to Taylor and Styris. NZ are 147/4 at the end of the over.

Comment on this post:

opinionated: can someone give akmal some super glue!

Twitter buzz:

MirzaWaheed Mirza WaheedAnd Kamran #Akmal‘s proposed autobiography tentatively titled: Drop Dead Gorgeous: My Life and Leaks Behind the Wicket.

35th over

Rehman bowls to Taylor and Styris. And Taylor makes a 50! Congratulations to the Kiwis.

Four runs from the over, NZ are 141/4

34th over

Hafeez bowls to Taylor and Styris. NZ are 137/4 at the end of the over.

33rd over

Afridi bowls to Taylor and Styris. NZ are 135/4 at the end of the over.

Drinks break and Twitter update:

zaheerana zaheerana Amazing that #Akmal still keeps his blabbering after having drooped 3 catches in #Pakistan vs #NZ

RiazH Hammad Riaz What the hell #KamranAkmal doing?? So many dropped catches in the innings?This can’t b professional cricket can it?
NSakib_ Nazmus Sakib  i could lose my modesty if I comment anymore on that crap # KamranSucks

32nd over

Hafeez bowls to Styris and Taylor, Taylor’s on 42 runs and nearing a half century.

NA are 131/4 at the end of the over.

31st over

Afridi bowls the over. Second ball hit by Taylor, lands between two fielders and Shahzad doesn’t catch it.

Afridi looks disappointed as the ball clears the boundary for a four. This is Taylor’s fourth boundary.

NZ 126/4 at the end of the over.

Twitter buzz:

CorneredTigers CorneredTigers Afridi 5 wicket haul today? I reckon he will get 3 or 4 today!#cwc2011 #pakistan #Cricket

30th over

Hafeez bowls to Franklin and Taylor. LBW given by umpire to Franklin, decision reviewed and Harper confirms original decision! Franklin out on 1 run, NZ are 120/4

Scott Styris is the new man on the crease. Gets a quick single on the second delivery.

Overthrow by Younus Khan who dived to catch the ball. And extra few runs!

NZ are 119/4 at the end of the over.

Twitter buzz:

oneil555 Shakeel Oneil  Hafeez you professor #cwc2011 another wicket!! #pak #kiwis

MOHAMMED_umar MOHAMMED Umar Khan PLUMB. #cwc2011

29th over

Afridi bowls to Guptill and Taylor. And Guptill is bowled by Afridi! What a beautiful delivery that was. James Franklin is the new batsman in.

NZ are 113/3 at the end of the over.

28th over

Spinner Hafeez bowls to Taylor and Guptill.

Possible run out of Ross Taylor. Replay shows Taylor was way in the crease despite Umar Akmal’s direct hit at the stumps.

NZ are 111/2 at the end of the over.

Twitter update:

BFInnoBystander I B Umar says to Kakmal, sorry Bro needed to do it for family honour….#cricket #cwc2011

AshJ6 Ash J go go go go!!! atleast one akmal tries hard! #cwc2011 #pakvsnz

27th over

Afridi bowls the over to Taylor and Guptill. Bring on the Boom Boom magic, skipper! We need to get those wickets falling.

Taylor-Guptill have made a 50 run partnership! Congratulations to the Kiwis.

At the end of the over, NZ are 106/2.

26th over

Hafeez bowls to the over to Guptill and Taylor. And the 100 is up for New Zealand.

At the end of the over. NZ are 101/2.

Twitter update:

cricketbetting Ed Hawkins  by ajeebshakhs If this proves to be Pakistan’s first bad effort of #cwc2011, don’t take it to heart. It’s quite, quite normal

25th over

Afridi bowls to Taylor and Guptill.

Spotted: Chacha Cricket dancing and cheering (I think he’s missed Akmal’s abysmal keeping).

NZ are 99/2 at the end of the over

24th over

Spinner Hafeez bowls to Guptill and Taylor.

Congratulations to Guptill on his 50 runs off 71 deliveries (he’s hit three 4’s)

Two runs off the over, 94/2

23rd over

Afridi bowls to Taylor and Guptill. Two runs of the over, and NZ are 93/2 at the end of the over.

Twitter buzz:

zaheerana zaheerana  Fully endorse it that he is dropped by #Pakistan from #cwc2011 RT @mahobili: if u cant get Guptill out, at least get rid of #Akmal

22nd over

Razzaq bowls to Guptill and Taylor. Guptill is 2 runs away from a 50. Anothe four by New Zealand.

“Akmal should have stopped that,” says Ramiz Raja.

Sigh… if wishes were horses.

NZ 91/2 at the end of the over.

21st over

Finally Afridi comes to bowl. Boom Boom bowls to Guptill and Taylor. Let the wickets tumble!

At the end of the over, NZ are 83/2

20th over

Razzaq bowls to Guptill and Taylor. Taylor hits a beautiful boundary, that’s four more runs for NZ. At the end of the over, 81/2

“I think 250 woud be a good total here,” says Ramiz Raja

19th over

Gul bowls to Taylor and Guptill. NZ are 74/2 at the end of the over.

More Twittercism for K Akmal’s terrible wicket keeping:

cricsis Shridhar Jaju Kakmal’s favourite pickup line – “Can I DROP you home??”

cricsis Shridhar Jaju I don’t know if Kakmal has a child… but if he does, he should definitely not play with the poor child… Might be fatally dangerous !!

cricsis Shridhar Jaju Kakmal has provided more entertainment in these few balls than How would have provided even if he had batted 50 overs…

18th over

Akhtar bowls to Guptill and Taylor.

He has been an expensive bowler giving 41 in about eight overs with three no-balls and one wide. If K Akmal continues to fumble, pressure will mount on Shoaib and we’ll probably see an onslaught of extras.

NZ are 72/2 at the end of the over.

17th over

Second Powerplay is over. Umar Gul bowls to Guptill and Taylor. No runs so far except a single on the last delivery. NZ are 70/2 at the end of the over.

Twitter praise for Gul:

hbk121 Saleh Umar gul bowling well.. Good swing #cwc2011

16th over

Akhtar bowls to Guptill and Taylor. NZ are 69/2 as Guptill nears his half century. Disappointing fielding all around by Team Green.

Commentator: “If Pakistan do win the World Cup, at least they now know who not to hand the trophy to, while celebrating :)” Kamran Akmal is displaying some shoddy wicket keeping.

15th over

Gul bowls to Guptill and Taylor. Guptill whacks the fourth ball for a four.

Twitter anger at Akmal:

kaalakawaa Kala Kawa FAKMAL. YOU PIECE OF ****.

HumaImtiaz Huma Imtiaz  Fakmal, please die painfully.

dogonboat Ali Syed  Pakistan’s weakest link = Kamran Akmal. He needs to be let go..#Pakistan #cricket #cwc2011 #cwc

cpyala Cafe Pyala What do #Fakmal and Michael Jackson have in common? They both wear gloves for no apparent reason!
Nadir_Hassan Nadir Hassan For the first of dozens of times today: “That’s gone past the keeper”

14th over

Akhtar bowls to Taylor. Another four as Kamran Akmal (aka Dropmal) and the slip both fail to catch that ball. Terrible fielding, Greens.

And Akmal drops another one! What is even going on with him? Oily gloves? NZ are 64/2

Happy Birthday Taylor! This is your day.


13th over

Gul bowls the over. How out after making 4 runs! LBW given by umpire and NZ are 56/2

Ross Taylor  is the new batsman on the crease.

12th over

Abdur Razzaq bowls to Guptill and How. Guptill clears the first ball for a four! Come on, Razzaq! Get some wickets tumbling.

Guptill whacks another boundary on the fourth delivery. NZ are 54/1 at the end of the over.

Side note: Shoaib Akhtar is trending on Twitter!

Rimdiq Rimsha Siddique  He better start taking wickets to justify that!! RT @graphicalxShoaib Akhtar going higher in international trends

adeel_hasan Adeel Hasan  Shoaib Akhtar – hope your clumsyness does not costs us!#Pakistan #Cricket #ShoaibAkhtar
MOHAMMED_umar MOHAMMED Umar Khan by Mahdiya Untidy Stuff From Pakistan. Especially Shoaib Akhtar. He has Gifted 22 Extra Runs so Far. No Balls, Free Hits, Over Throws & Wides #cwc2011

11th over

Fast bowler Umar Gul bowls his first over of the innings to How and Guptill. Good over from Gul! NZ are 45/1 at the end of the over.

10th over

Spinner Rehman bowls to Guptill and How. NZ are 45/1 at the end of the over.

Twitter buzz:

mattys123 Matthew Smith NZ have made a good start vs Pakistan, at least this match should be a close contest

Ninth over

Fast bowler Akhtar bowls to Guptill and How. Another no-ball bowled by Akhtar! What is going on? Time for a free-hit. Guptill hits it for a four!

“Shoaib Akhtar clearly being penalised for his shoddy work,” says Ramiz Raja.

Wide bowled on the last ball! NZ are 41/1

Funn Tweets about Jamie How:

abhishekotian Abhishek Kotian  Jamie How.. How are you playing?? #cwc2011

mirza9 Shaheryar Mirza Jamie Who? RT @tazeen: RT @sehwagology his name should be changed to Jamie Why

Eight over

Spinner Rehman bowls to How and Guptill.

Still not over Akhtar’s useless overthrow, how terribly frustrating. NZ are 34/1 at the end of the over.

Seventh over

Fast bowler Akhtar bowls to Guptill and How. Opportunity for a catch out, but Younus Khan disappoints Akhtar as he misses the ball and its runs to the boundary for four.

Needless overthrow on the last ball of the over! Akhtar throws the ball… straight to the boundary! “Needless” throw, NZ are 30/1 at the end of the over.

Sixth over

Spinner Rehman bowls to Guptill and How. NZ are 22/1 at the end of the over.

Twitter reaction to no-ball called earlier in Akhtar’s over:

kaalakawaa Kala Kawa  Not a no-ball. This is Nigel Llong’s revenge for all those referrals the other day.

Fifth over

Fast bowler Akhtar bowls to How and Guptill. NZ 21/1 at the end of the over

Appreciation for Akhtar on Twitter:

cwcscores: Shoaib Akhtar has started really well here today. He is bowling with plenty of pace and aggression #cwc2011

Fourth over

Spinner Rehman bowls to How and Guptill.

Sports editor of The Express Tribune Faras Ghani is at the Pallekele Stadium and tells us the local crowd outnumbers either teams supporters by a huge margin and that every good shot, delivery is being cheered despite the sweltering heat.

At the end of the over, NZ are 20/1

Third over

Fast bowler Akhtar bowls to How and Guptill. Guptill takes a single on the second delivery.

Official commentator “Shoaib is bowling at great length,”.

Wasim Akram recalls Jayawardene’s wicket taken by Akhtar in Pakistan’s match against Sri Lanka.

No ball called on last delivery (although it looked just fine, his foot was on the crease) and Guptill clears it over the boundary for a four.

At the end of the over, NZ are 16/1

Second over

Left arm spinner Abdur Rehman bowls to How and Guptill. One run taken by Guptill on first delivery. NZ are 9/1 at the end of the over.

First over

Fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar bowls to McCullum and Guptill with two slips in place. No ball called on third delivery, McCullum gets a free hit. And he whacks it for a six!

McCullum bowled out by Akhtar! Splendid delivery by the Rawalpindi Express.

Jamie How comes to the crease in place of the dismissed batsman. NZ are 8/1 at the end of the over.

Here’s the Twitter buzz:

gypsybrook Sarah Ahmad  Today tough match for Pakistan…

aady110 Adnan Kazmy  #Pakistan #newzealand match 2 bgn soon !! I believe #razzak shud at 1down instead of #kamran

gypsybrook Sarah Ahmad  Haha…it’ll be fun to watch either way…my two favorite teams of the tournament:-)..

alynaseer Aly Naseer  #Pakistan vs #NZ today will be a gripping encounter, Pak wanting to go more determined, #kiwis out to prove they’re not run overs

muneebkh Muneeb Khan @sexyyetpolite I don’t think so! #Kiwis are going to witness a thrashing by the men in green #Pakistan at the #cricketworldcup#cwc2011

TheFallen_Angel Syed Salman Akbar  #CorneredTigers will have lunch @Pallekele International Cricket Stadium 2mmorow. #Kiwis are on the menu.

ShirazHassan Shiraz Hassan Its green pitch, lets see what Shoaib does here RT @imrana001Well well! #pakistan is bowling first!

Having beaten Kenya, Sri Lanka and Canada, Pakistan have won all three matches so far. The Kiwis, however, have lost to Australia but beaten Zimbabwe and Kenya.

Times of India talks about Shahid Afridi’s superb bowling this tournament:

Matches: 3, Overs: 28, Maidens: 3, Runs: 73, Wickets: 14, Best: 5-16, Avg: 5.21, Econ: 2.60

The faster one has terrorised batsman so far while the leg-cutter, the googly and wrong one have been among the other deceiving factors. The way Afridi is going, it looks like he may break the Cup record for the highest wicket-taker in the tournament.

Official commentator Ramiz Raja talks to Afridi after toss and asks, “What are you having for breakfast, wicket biryani?”

Interestingly enough, Yahoo! Sports reports:

Oddly enough, when New Zealand walk out on Tuesday, they’ll have a slight edge over Pakistan.

The New Zealanders played a warm-up match at the venue back in August, making them one of the few international sides with experience in Pallekele.

Here are the squads (courtesy cricinfo):

New Zealand (probable) 1 Martin Guptill, 2 Brendon McCullum (wk), 3 Jesse Ryder, 4 Ross Taylor, 5 James Franklin, 6 Scott Styris, 7 Nathan McCullum, 8 Daniel Vettori, 9 Kyle Mills, 10 Tim Southee, 11 Hamish Bennett.

Pakistan (probable) 1 Ahmed Shehzad, 2 Mohammad Hafeez, 3 Kamran Akmal (wk), 4 Younus Khan, 5 Misbahul Haq, 6 Umar Akmal, 7 Abdul Razzaq, 8 Shahid Afridi, 9 Shoaib Akhtar, 10 Abdur Rehman, 11 Umar Gul.

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Reader Comments (92)

  • opinionated
    Mar 8, 2011 - 2:33PM

    love the picture, afridi is the best!
    cmon pakistan, please cut down on the extras! and umpires please dont call no balls when they clearly are not!Recommend

  • opinionated
    Mar 8, 2011 - 3:03PM


  • Ali
    Mar 8, 2011 - 3:07PM

    Surely there has never been a worst international keeper than Kamran Akmal…What a mess and he always looks bemused as if to say why am i wearing these gloves?Recommend

  • Khalid Rahim
    Mar 8, 2011 - 3:09PM

    While watching the game between NZ and Pak there seems to be Qadri- Davis situation when
    the two fast bowlers have to look hapless at the wicketkeeper?Recommend

  • Amer
    Mar 8, 2011 - 3:10PM

    The WORST wicket keeper in the world FKMAL drops another one!!! Can you believe it!!! Recommend

  • opinionated
    Mar 8, 2011 - 3:12PM

    NZ, please choose anyother way of getting out, just dont knick the ball please!Recommend

  • pl/sql
    Mar 8, 2011 - 3:26PM

    doosray kamre mein faislabad mein bum phatrayRecommend

  • opinionated
    Mar 8, 2011 - 3:28PM

    i dont think that we have a wicketkeeper replacement so kamran is clearly at easeRecommend

  • Ali
    Mar 8, 2011 - 3:30PM

    seems like Kamran akmal’s favourite pick up line is “Can I DROP you somewhere?Recommend

  • opinionated
    Mar 8, 2011 - 3:33PM

    Q. what is the most unfortunate way (s) of getting out against pakistan????

    A. being caught / stumped by kamran akmalRecommend

  • Zulfiqar Ali Khan
    Mar 8, 2011 - 3:48PM

    Biggest Mistake will be Kamran.. He is clearly a culprit. Why management afraid of him, is he tout for them?

    Kamran Akmal is Biggest Joker in wicket Keeping history.Recommend

  • Mar 8, 2011 - 3:56PM

    There is something real fishy about Kamran Akmal, when will our board see it :sRecommend

  • opinionated
    Mar 8, 2011 - 4:04PM

    guptill gone! go lalaRecommend

    Mar 8, 2011 - 4:09PM

    Guys don’t you think Akmal is a RAW/CIA/MOSSAD agent? :PRecommend

  • goggi
    Mar 8, 2011 - 4:10PM

    “can you believe it” so sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet!!!Recommend

  • Arif Z
    Mar 8, 2011 - 4:12PM

    com’on guys let’s put some no balls here. Recommend

  • Fahd
    Mar 8, 2011 - 4:17PM

    Go Afridi boy!!!Recommend

  • Zulfiqar Ali Khan
    Mar 8, 2011 - 4:17PM

    Problem is with Rameez and Wasim, some time they really praise too much if Kamran does and good job. Infect that is his duty to perform good. Man they get millions Rupees to play for the country. And do you expect them to do nonsense. any player is no above Pakistan or his duty. They should not under perform in any circumstances. Kamran no matter what, has to be remove now or later.Recommend

  • opinionated
    Mar 8, 2011 - 4:18PM

    im hating him!Recommend

  • Zulfiqar Ali Khan
    Mar 8, 2011 - 4:19PM

    The person who destroyed Shoaib future in Pakistan Cricket is Kamran akmal, he drop so many catches that cant believe. Thats y shoiab become the victim.Recommend

  • Asad
    Mar 8, 2011 - 4:25PM

    Im SURE akmal got FIRED from RAW, CIA and then MOSSAD before joining PCB… this pathetic junk is good for nothingRecommend

  • Ali
    Mar 8, 2011 - 4:25PM

    Another one for Kamran Akmal’s ecyclopedia of crapnessRecommend

  • opinionated
    Mar 8, 2011 - 4:28PM

    can someone give akmal some super glue!Recommend

  • goggi
    Mar 8, 2011 - 4:39PM

    arre bhai let it be just cricket and don`t confuse your mind with poisonous politics. Just as a unity in cricket team so let us Pakistanis be united, so enough with the rebukes!! inshallah we shall win in BombayRecommend

  • Mar 8, 2011 - 4:49PM

    New Zealand vs Pakistan …..>>> New Zealand 151/4 (37.2) Pakistan 0/0 (0)
    New Zealand, who chose to bat first

    So Pakistan going goooooooooooooooooooooooooooodRecommend

  • Hanif awan
    Mar 8, 2011 - 5:03PM

    Three catches n several missing chances of today’s match,clearly show that Kamran is doing very wel.Recommend

  • IamConcerned
    Mar 8, 2011 - 5:11PM

    take a Guess: “In a pin-drop silence, guess who drops the pin?” ;)Recommend

  • opinionated
    Mar 8, 2011 - 5:12PM

    come on gulliii!!!Recommend

  • Mar 8, 2011 - 5:18PM

    ohhhh 2 sixes nowRecommend

  • Mar 8, 2011 - 5:20PM

    ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh six again to Umar GullllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllRecommend

  • Asad
    Mar 8, 2011 - 5:26PM

    @ goggi
    1. its Mumbai not Bombay
    2. RELAX… my post was a reply to a previous comment so YOU need not get overboard with unity and all…Recommend

  • opinionated
    Mar 8, 2011 - 5:27PM

    so if akmal gifted ross a 50, akhtar is gonna gift him a century!!!!!!!!!!Recommend

  • Khalid Rahim
    Mar 8, 2011 - 5:33PM

    CONGRATULATIONS SHOAIB AKHTAR! You have qaulified for the Hall of Fame, Well at least
    you could apply to Guiness Book of Records for the 666666 during this match. We wonder if
    this match could be called FIXED?Recommend

  • Fazal Gafur
    Mar 8, 2011 - 5:34PM

    The body language of Shoaib Akhtar, Karmran Akmal and others shows they are not upto win this match at all.Recommend

  • Khalid Rahim
    Mar 8, 2011 - 5:37PM

    Who is the target NewZealand or Shahid Afridi?Recommend

  • opinionated
    Mar 8, 2011 - 5:37PM

    we r in major trouble, like majorRecommend

  • opinionated
    Mar 8, 2011 - 5:41PM

    guys not to sound pessimistic, but get ready for a big bad loss!!Recommend

  • Ali
    Mar 8, 2011 - 5:49PM

    Well, no words, What tripe stuff by Pakistan. Kamran akmal ko murgha bana do. sab uski wajah se hua hai. If he doesn’t score a hundred don’t feed him for two daysRecommend

  • bilal danish
    Mar 8, 2011 - 5:51PM

    when ever we have hopes for this team .. the put us down .. and when we forget about the team .. they start to show something … sooo lets not hope …. for them who knows we might win the world cup!! without hopes!!! :D Recommend

  • Mar 8, 2011 - 5:53PM

    NZ 302/7 in 50 Overs (R.R:6.04) so 666666666666666666 so many sixessss now Pakistan need to win 303 scores.Recommend

  • kamaal
    Mar 8, 2011 - 5:54PM

    Jor ka jhatka hai joron se laga…Recommend

  • Zulfiqar Ali Khan
    Mar 8, 2011 - 5:54PM

    Kamran is same as Taliban. Both tarnish Pakistan image. All due to him. I think he is selling himself to management. Please check it out.Recommend

  • bilal danish
    Mar 8, 2011 - 5:55PM

    UFFFF!!!! PAK must find an other keeper!!! he is the cause for this!! !Recommend

  • ace
    Mar 8, 2011 - 5:55PM

    once again akmal did it …great ……..onluy one keeper in pakistan ….Recommend

  • WWE Cricket
    Mar 8, 2011 - 6:04PM

    I hope my comment is not censored as this is what is happening in World Cup….
    this is ICC sponsored fixed match to make tournament intersting…..Just a continuation of last few matches….so that a bore world cup like 2007 can be avoided…….

    Akmal drops catches only when matach is fixed….
    Finishing Umar Gul even before 45th over, not bowling full quota of Hafeez overs….Bowling Rehman as opening bowler when you know Akhtar is half fit and needs more than two minutes between overs…………!!!!!! not opening bowling with Razzaq when you know that is the only place he is effective now-a-days………
    Last but not the least 114 in last 36 balls…………..

    this is not an off day….this is a forced off day……….If we did not abide by ICC then our fate would have been like Amer,Asif…..!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Cricket is now WWE…………………………..
    Its just a readers comment so I hope it will not be censored….!!!Recommend

  • Mahd
    Mar 8, 2011 - 6:09PM

    I think Shoaib Akhtar or I should say the Pakistan team never recovered from the misses behind the stumps. You would have notice that Kamran also went quite for long time after that which shows that he was a lonely character there.

    Positive is better we got this at this stage then to have such beating in the Knockout!

    Good Luck to the team for the Chase!Recommend

  • Mar 8, 2011 - 6:11PM


    heads up can do it..Go ahead and teach New Zealand a Lesson..whole nation is with you…Recommend

  • Arif Z
    Mar 8, 2011 - 6:16PM

    We are hurt and we will hurt…eh.. Aktar really got hurt here..hehe Recommend

  • pp_arman
    Mar 8, 2011 - 6:27PM

    @WWE Cricket,

    Please go to some doctor and get yourself fixed instead of calling ICC matches fixed.
    Come on, this is beauty of cricket. It can change within minutes. I am sure you would have enjoyed it is other way i.e. Afridi hitting sixes…
    Its not done yet, remember SA-Australia match of 434 runs. you never know it will be one more intersting match.
    Enjoy cricket… and do not remind those bad chapters of Pakistan cricket.Recommend

  • Sulaiman
    Mar 8, 2011 - 6:34PM

    When I wrote a comment regarding Shoib’s bragging about ”we are here to hurt”… every one pounced on me.. now how stupid does he look? 28 runs in an over?? He has been brutally hit out!!Recommend

  • opinionated
    Mar 8, 2011 - 6:45PM

    let down by our openers yet againRecommend

  • I told you so........!!!!!
    Mar 8, 2011 - 6:49PM

    114 in last 36 balls conceded
    now 23-3 against military medium pace……….

    Its fixed match ….no doubt about it………….
    Just to make WC a bit colourful………….Recommend

  • Khalid Rahim
    Mar 8, 2011 - 7:06PM

    28 runs 4 wickets down should we not create a new World record finish the game 49 runs 1o wickets down? Unless Humility really strikes the psyche of our players and they turn the tide in their favor.Recommend

  • opinionated
    Mar 8, 2011 - 7:07PM

    ” consecutive winning streak does NOT favor pakistanis… they do better when they edge thru to the next stage…” refer to all prior tournaments in which pakistan has reached far or won…Recommend

  • Nafasat khan
    Mar 8, 2011 - 7:16PM

    why should’nt we play Younas khan or Umar akmal as wicket keeper. I think they can keep wickets better than KamramRecommend

  • Raza
    Mar 8, 2011 - 7:21PM

    Please Get rid this man right now, this man is shame for whole cricket. Help Pakistan Cricket… PCB should call another keeper right now……………………………Recommend

  • Roflcopter
    Mar 8, 2011 - 7:24PM

    Pakistan team such a jokeRecommend

  • AB
    Mar 8, 2011 - 7:26PM

    Where are you all guys?? NZ is hitting the stuffing out of Pak!!Recommend

  • Ali
    Mar 8, 2011 - 7:29PM

    Why does Tim southee always get wickets against Pakistan only?Recommend

  • cricketer
    Mar 8, 2011 - 7:32PM

    Kamran Akmal was sleeping in the field.Kamran Bhai kin sochon main gum thay?You destroyed the whole match.Recommend

  • cricketer
    Mar 8, 2011 - 7:36PM

    Shoaib Akhtar was feeling so bad.Bechara.Recommend

    Mar 8, 2011 - 7:45PM

    Take Misbah & Younus out, Pakistan’s batting line-up becomes terrible!
    Openers have kept on failing time and again…Recommend

  • I told you so........!!!!!
    Mar 8, 2011 - 7:47PM

    I think you are living in innocentland

    Comparing this to 434 match of SA and AUS….HA HA HA Recommend

  • Our worst fears...!!!!!
    Mar 8, 2011 - 8:00PM

    Pakistan can be THEORETICALLY get ousted from World Cup after today’s abysmal performance….Becasue their Net Run Rate can fall down from +1.747 to something like +0.3 or 0.4..
    Now if Zimbabwe can defeat Pakistan on 14th March then all Zimbabwe would need to do is to defeat Kenya (which they can do easily) and hope that AUS defeat Pakistan on March 19…

    In that way Zimbabwe will have 6 points and Pakistan also 6 points…..
    That way …Hold your breath…it will come to Net Run Rate….

    and I don’t see Pakistan defeating AUS after watching first four matches of our team…!! Struggling against Canada and New Zealand…!!!!!!!! Amazing…..

    Remember if Pakistan could lose against Ireland in 2007 and Bangladesh in 1999 so it can happen here too……….!!!!!!!!
    Let us hope it does not happen…………again…..!!!!Recommend

  • Our worst fears...!!!!!
    Mar 8, 2011 - 8:05PM

    and to tell you one more thing…If Zimbabwe match against Sri Lanka is washed out and points shared then even NRR will not be required…….although I do not see the other freakest possibility happening and that is SriLanka losing to Zimbabwe on March 10…but if that happens then we will be sent packing even earlier….!!!!!!!!!
    Its not something coming from Pessimist… is what is apparent…………….Recommend

  • Mar 8, 2011 - 8:35PM

    its vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvv bad yar …………Recommend

  • opinionated
    Mar 8, 2011 - 8:37PM

    its ok to lose this game, we shud lose to reassess our tactics! but we need to play 50 overs!!Recommend

  • opinionated
    Mar 8, 2011 - 9:18PM

    wowww gul n razaq showing fighting spiritRecommend

  • kk bob
    Mar 8, 2011 - 9:32PM

    the endRecommend

  • Mar 8, 2011 - 9:38PM

    Shameful game by kamran akmal, ahmed shehzad and younis khan!! They should concentrate on the game moreRecommend

  • Goga
    Mar 8, 2011 - 9:45PM

    This match was clearly fixed…Indian bookies again working behind the scenes to ensure Pakistan loose…This must be thoroughly investigated by ICCRecommend

  • Saad Durrani
    Mar 8, 2011 - 9:52PM

    Good try Kamran! Next time, just make sure that you catch the ball rather than letting it go.Recommend

  • Mar 8, 2011 - 9:55PM

    Wishing you a very Happy Bitrthday 2 dear friend Ross Taylor…
    I have dropprd your catches as birthday gift, hope i like it.
    From: 3rd class wicket keeper Kamran AkmalRecommend

  • Raja
    Mar 8, 2011 - 9:56PM

    Thums up New Zealand!

    Having said that, you should set up an enquiry to see if the pakistani players made big money by fixing this game, and offering to lose convincingly.

    This is how you “hurt” other people? LOLRecommend

  • Palvasha von Hassell
    Mar 8, 2011 - 10:04PM

    Great start, didn’t develop well, lost nerve, Pakistan lost badly; never mind, s— happens. lessons should be learned for the future. Good show, Umar Gul!
    Pakistan Zindabad!Recommend

  • Arsalan
    Mar 8, 2011 - 10:06PM

    Whosoever play well – wins a match.

    Now boys do well in coming matches.Recommend

  • Arsalan
    Mar 8, 2011 - 10:08PM

    Somehow I have hunch.

    LAST 4 OVER WERE FIXED.Recommend

  • Ravee
    Mar 8, 2011 - 10:17PM

    Smells a big case of Spot fixing and Match throwing, of course for money

    Kamran akmal currently is the dirty fish in the pondRecommend

  • Hadiya
    Mar 8, 2011 - 10:27PM

    The Award of The Worst wicket keeper Goes to => Kamran Akmal!
    Give him a big round of applause! =@Recommend

  • AB
    Mar 9, 2011 - 12:12AM

    Everyone behind akmal…com on guys.. he is a human being … can happen to anybody… but why no one is telling anything about bad overs from razak and akhtar?? they have given away 100 runs in last 5 overs … Recommend

  • Nayab
    Mar 9, 2011 - 1:18AM

    @AB: Humans learn from their Mistakes, not repeat them!Recommend

  • Human
    Mar 9, 2011 - 1:29AM

    Everytime we loose a match, we blame it on the ‘match fixing’. When we win we praise the players. Come on people, be practical…this is not the end and just a wake up call. Kamran had a bad day today, does not mean he is corrupt or he had a hand in fixing the match. We will bounce back once again and bring back the cup :-)Recommend

  • Waqar
    Mar 9, 2011 - 6:17AM

    Congrats to New Zealand! Outstanding play especially the last overs.Recommend

  • Ashraf
    Mar 9, 2011 - 6:35AM

    Kamran Akmal’s locker should be raided. How can anybody drop so many catches?? Looks like he has connections in high places.Recommend

  • Raza Qazi
    Mar 9, 2011 - 10:06AM

    We should show sportsmanship. No team can win 100% matches. There are always good days and bad days for any team. England lost to a non test team (Ireland). Lets hope our boys have learnt a lesson. Inshallah they will do better in next two matches.Recommend

  • Iftikhar-ur-Rehman
    Mar 9, 2011 - 10:43AM

    Absolutely pathetic performance by our stars in every department of the game, bowling: awful. Fielding : poor, Batting: even the women team would have played better then this team of has been and wicket keeping :Shhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!! So what if he dropped a few catches???? No problem, we only lost a match!!!! Recommend

  • babar munir khar
    Mar 9, 2011 - 10:45AM

    it is possible yarRecommend

  • Iftikhar-ur-Rehman
    Mar 9, 2011 - 10:48AM

    What are the two bowling coaches doing there??? Awful performance by each and every playerRecommend

  • Zulfiqar Ali Khan
    Mar 9, 2011 - 12:15PM

    Its request to ICC, to immediately remove Rameez Raja and Waseem Akram for being partial in their views while commentary in Match involve Pakistan. They should not be giving some sarcastic remarks for against team playing in Pakistan Match. They are too conservative and too bias.

    And Also request Pakistan Board for not taking their any advise as well.Recommend

  • Hamid ka chacha
    Mar 9, 2011 - 3:25PM

    If we drop Kamran Akmal, Pakistan can actually win the world cup. Recommend

  • Gill
    Mar 9, 2011 - 9:55PM

    There is no place in the team for Muhammad Hafeez and Kamran Akmal, and this is highly unfortunate that at this point in time Pakistan cannot replace Kamran Akmal. Why are we wasting Abdul Razzaq by sending him too down the order? Team managment, are you listening? Recommend

  • Sunny
    Mar 10, 2011 - 1:49AM

    we still with Pakistani team.we should not be disappointed.Recommend

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