What a game! NEW ZEALAND won by 110 runs. Final scores: 1st Innings – NZ 302/7 in 50 Overs and PAK 192/10 in 41.4 overs.
Update 4: PAK 101/6 in 27 overs – Pakistan need a miracle.
Update 3: 2nd Innings – what a horrible start for Pakistan. 27/4 in 8.1 overs and they are already two out! The need 276 runs in 41.4 overs to win. Live updates and commentary here.
Update 2: Innings break, NZ 302/7 in 50 overs. New Zealand have leaped on the Castrol Index to 129 points, while Pakistan have fallen to just 38, a deficit of 91 points! An incredible turnaround by New Zealand! More live updates, after the break, here, and videos of the match, here.
Update 1: New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat. Current score NZ 40/1 in 8.5 overs. Live updates here.
In a few minutes, the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Sri Lanka will witness an exciting live cricket game: Pakistan vs. New Zealand, in the 24th match of the ICC World Cup 2011. As we promised, we continue to cover these games for the whole duration of the tournament, providing you live updates, and links to websites where you can watch the games online, free of charge. Keep in mind, that the official website of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 is Yahoo! Cricket, which is also our main source of information.
Pakistan won four out of five games already at the World Cup, and New Zealand three out of five. Also, Pakistan beat New Zealand 3-2 in a ODI series just before the World Cup, which means that both teams will know each other’s strengths and weaknesses well.
The only time Pakistan lost to New Zealand in the World Cup, was 1983, which was also Pakistan’s first encounter with New Zealand. But, they’ve been winning ever since. Obviously, Pakistan will be looking to maintain this record, while New Zealand will attempt to reverse their losing record.
So far, New Zealand’s focus is on Misbah-ul-Haq, who tried to change this focus in a press conference before the game: “They just can’t target me, because before me there are three or four batsmen who can get hundreds. They can’t wait for me only. We are playing with six batsmen so every batsman is important.”
For our readers who want to watch the game online, here are a few websites providing live streaming, live scorecards and updates: ESPNstar.asia (live streaming available only in Asian countries), Crictime.com (site for live streaming, broadcasting on four different servers) and ESPN3.com (ideal for US viewers). Willow TV is also an official online broadcaster in the United States. Our most recent feed came via a very nice mail from someone who created a nice feed here called CricZero. Fans in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland can watch the game via BSkyB. A complete list of 2011 Cricket World Cup broadcasting rights can be found via Wikipedia, or at Yahoo! Sports, in *pdf format.
New Zealand: Daniel Vettori (Captain), Hamish Bennett, James Franklin, Martin Guptill, Jamie How, Brendon McCullum, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Jacob Oram, Jesse Ryder, Tim Southee, Scott Styris, Ross Taylor, Kane Williamson and Luke Woodcock.
Pakistan: Shahid Afridi (Captain), Mohammad Hafeez, Ahmed Shehzad, Younus Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq, Kamran Akmal, Umar Akmal, Saeed Ajmal, Shoaib Akhtar, Umar Gul, Junaid Khan, Abdul Razzaq, Abdur Rehman, Wahab Riaz and Asad Shafiq