Icing on the cake for Ross
When Ross Taylor last scored an ODI century before Tuesday, New Zealand were considered to be a better outfit than what they are now.Updated: Mar 09, 2011 00:38 IST
When Ross Taylor last scored an ODI century before Tuesday, New Zealand were considered to be a better outfit than what they are now. This effectively means that Taylor, who scored the third of his three tons in October 2008, hadn't justified his talent for a long time.
Even though the dry run ended on his 27th birthday, against Pakistan on Tuesday, the unbeaten 131, his highest in ODIs, the power-hitter would admit that it was far from his best knock.
After all, Taylor started off with a couple of lives, courtesy the butter-fingered Kamran Akmal, and despite cutting loose in the final stages, the
fact that he was offered dollies on the full cannot be ignored too.
Having said that, Taylor deserves applause for making the most of the loose deliveries offered by Shoaib Akhtar and Abdul Razzaq. Till he hoicked Shahid Afridi's final delivery into the stands, he had scored 69 off 108 balls.
But the next 16 balls saw an unbelievable 62 runs coming off his willow. Getting a full-toss is one thing, to repeatedly hoick it into the stands is another.
No wonder that at the end, more than Akmal's appalling glovework and Pakistan's dreadful death bowling, Pallekele's maiden international ODI will be remembered for Taylor's whirlwind batting in the last four overs.