An outstanding unbeaten century from the Birthday boy Ross Taylor and Tim Southee helped the New Zealand to beat Pakistan by 110 runs.
Winning the toss the New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori decided to bat first. Early in the match New Zealand lost its opener batsmen Brendon McCullum, who was bowled by Shoaib Akhtar after hitting a six. However, Martin Guptill and Jamie How provided a decent start to the home team. The New Zealander were 55 runs from 12 over, when Jamie How departed on Umar Gul’s delivery on a score of 4 runs from 29 balls.
Next batsmen Birthday boy Ross Taylor was dropped on zero and eight respectively by keeper Kamran Akmal in the same over bowled by Shoaib Akhtar. Ross Taylor and Martin Guptill scored 57 runs for their third wicket stand. Martin Guptill scored 57 runs before he was bowled by skipper Shahid Afridi. Soon after Guptill’s departure James Franklin was removed by Mohammed Hafees, causing New Zealand to a total 113 runs for 4 wickets in 29 overs.
Taylor and Scott Styris kept the flow of runs and scored 67 runs for their 6th wicket stand and brought the home team to a total of 175 in 42 overs, before Styris became the victim of Gul scoring 28 runs from 37 balls. The New Zealander began to damage to the Pakistani bowler, when Nathan McCullum arrived at the crease, he scored 19 runs in 10 deliveries before he was removed by Gul in the 45th over causing the New Zealand team 210 runs for 6 wickets.
From where Ross Taylor and Jacob Oram did not allow any of the Pakistani bowler to still down and smashed every single delivery from the bowlers. Both Taylor and Oram added 85 runs in just 22 balls in the death overs of the match. Where Taylor scored an unbeaten career-best 131 off 124 balls (in which his last 62 runs came in just 16 balls) and Oram scored 25 runs in 9 balls before he gifted his wicket to Abdur Rehman. However the New Zealanders made huge total of 302 runs loosing 7 wickets.
Umar Gul was the successful bowler to take 3 wickets for 32 runs.
Chasing a humongous total of 303 runs, the New Zealand bowlers Tim Southee and Kyle Mills destructed Pakistani batsmen right from the beginning of the innings, leaving Pakistan on 45 runs for 5 wickets. Ahmed Shahzad the only one from the collapsed top order with double figures score of 10 runs. Jacob Oram came into into attack and clean bowled Pakistani skipper Shahid Afridi, who scored 17 runs from 9 balls and left Pakistan team at 66 runs for 6 wickets. It looked an embarrassing lost for Pakistani team.
But Umar Akmal and Abdul Razzaq showed some fight in the match, both the batsmen were looking comfortable at crease. But Umar scoring 38 runs from 58 balls lost his wicket to Nathan McCullum caught by Oram at deep midwicket. Soon after Umar’s departure Abdur Rehman, was also removed by Nathan McCullum, leaving Pakistan 125 runs for 8 wicket.
Abdul Razzaq along with Umar Gul scored 66 runs for their ninth wicket stand and brought Pakistan team a hope of winning the match, during which Razzaq became the fourth player to complete double of 5000 runs and 250 wickets in ODIs after Sanath Jayasuriya, Jacques Kallis and Shahid Afridi.
Abdul Razzaq scored 62 runs and Gul scored 34 runs. But Scott Styris came in attack and removed the all rounder Abdul Razzaq and Shoaib Akhtar and left Pakistan bowled out for 192.
Tim Southee was the most successful bowler to grab 3wickets for 25 runs, while Kyle Mills, Styris and Nathan McCullum took two wickets each.
Ross Taylor was named Man of the Match for the brilliant unbeaten century of 131 off 124 balls, which includes eight 4’s and 7 sixes