KANDY, Sri Lanka:
Extraordinary hitting with a cracked bat by New Zealand birthday boy Ross Taylor helped his team pile on an amazing 85 runs in 3.4 overs to set up a 110-run World Cup win over Pakistan on Tuesday.
Taylor was given two 27th birthday gifts, missed on zero and dropped on eight off Shoaib Akhtar, before unleashing some of the most incredible slugging ever inflicted on an attack in a one-day international cricket match never mind the World Cup.
He thumped eight fours and seven sixes in his unbeaten knock of 131 scored off 124 balls in the Group A match, as New Zealand reached 302-7 from their 50 overs.In Image: New Zealand's team members led by Ross Taylor leave the field after defeating PakistanText: ReutersImages: AP
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