10 Mar 2011

Birthday boy seals World Cup win for Black Caps

10:45 am on 10 March 2011

New Zealand took a huge step towards the World Cup cricket quarter-finals after a comprehensive 110-run win over Pakistan in Sri Lanka on Tuesday.

The Black Caps made 302 for 7 thanks to an unbeaten 131 off 124 balls by Ross Taylor, who celebrated his 27th birthday using a cracked bat.

Dropped twice early in his innings Taylor went on to hit eight fours and seven sixes in Kandy.

Seam bowlers Tim Southee and Kyle Mills then knocked the top off the Pakistan innings. At one point, the struggling side were 45 for 5, before being all out for 192.

The match was only a few overs old when New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori injured a knee while attempting a catch and had to retire from the match.

New Zealand now share top spot in Group A with Pakistan.

Their next game is against Canada on Sunday.