Pallekele: Ross Taylor celebrated his 27th birthday with a sparkling unbeaten 131 on Tuesday as New Zealand crushed hapless Pakistan by 110 runs in a World Cup Group A match.
Taylor hit seven towering sixes and eight fours in his 124-ball knock to propel New Zealand to 302-7 after 100 was smashed off the last five overs of their innings.
Fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar twice found the edge of Taylor's bat early in his innings but wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal stood still for the first one and then floored a regulation catch.
New Zealand pacemen Tim Southee (3-25) and Kyle Mills (2-43) rolled over Pakistan's top order and the 1992 champions were bowled out for 192 in 41.4 overs at the Pallekele International Cricket Ground near Kandy. At one stage Pakistan was 66-6 before the lower middle order gave the score some respectability....more
08:40 AM, Dec 28, 2007