Ton for birthday boy Taylor

2011-03-08 15:00

Pallekele - Birthday boy Ross Taylor destroyed the Pakistan attack in a devastating display of power hitting on Tuesday - and revealed he had done it all with a broken bat.

Taylor, celebrating his 27th birthday, hit 131 in 124 balls with a whopping seven sixes to take his side to a total of 302-7 in their 50 overs at the Pallekele stadium.

He was helped out by Nathan McCullum, who smashed 19 in just 10 balls, and Jacob Oram, who hit 25 in nine balls, including three sixes, off a shell-shocked Pakistan attack.

Before he had even opened his account, Taylor received a huge let-off when an edge flew between wicket-keeper and first slip, and the same over 'keeper Kamran Akmal put down a straightforward chance behind the stumps when he was on eight.

"I had a bit of luck early on which I put down to my birthday but towards the end there I hit a few boundaries which was pretty sweet," said Taylor.

He said it had been tough going early on.

"They're very good exponents of reverse swing. I played and missed a lot but hopefully we can learn from the way they bowled and keep them to a minimum."

Towards the end of his innings Taylor signalled for a new bat and he revealed the one he had been using had suffered damage before the match.

"I cracked it in the nets a couple of days ago. It seemed to go OK today but hopefully the new one can be just as good," he said.

Taylor said New Zealand's approach had been to establish themselves before launching a blitz at the end of their innings.

"One of our strengths is the power we have down the bottom and it showed today(Tuesday) with the way Nathan McCullum batted and Jake (Oram). We had a bit of impetus to go into it so it was really good."

"I think it's probably a par total from where we were but hopefully we can get some early wickets and you never know," he added.


  • DeonL - 2011-03-08 15:08

    Not bad to score 100 runs from last 5 overs, will people go for the C word again if Pakistan lose today? Well done NZ!

      Hanjo - 2011-03-08 15:16

      it's only choking if you lose from a winning position, currently, NZ are on top, if pakistan manage to get to a situation where they're favored to win, and then lose, yes, people will. - 2011-03-08 15:40

      @hanjo every sports team and individual sportsperson in the world as "choked" as you like to call it. That is the beauty of sport. Wouldn't it be dull if every time someone hit the front they won? this choking saga is so tired. Mostly it's used by people who have no concept of the pressures of international sport. It's easy for us sitting on the couch beer in hand, but it's one helluva thing being in a tight situation.

  • Thabu Bester - 2011-03-08 15:48

    c for choking or c for cheating?????

      DeonL - 2011-03-08 16:47

      In Pakistan's case the C is for Crumbling!

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