9 Mar 2011

Ross Taylor celebrates birthday with a ton

8:52 am on 9 March 2011

The New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor celebrated his 27th birthday with a game winning century as the Black Caps beat Pakistan by 110 runs in their World Cup clash in Kandy.

Taylor, who was dropped twice early in his innings went on to score an unbeaten 131 off 124 balls, including 8 fours and 7 sixes.

He helped put on 100 runs off the last 5 overs as New Zealand made 302 for 7.

Taylor scored the last of his 3 previous centuries in 2008 and so it was a special day....

Tim Southee and Kyle Mills knocked the top off the Pakistan batting, reducing them to 66 for 6, before they were dismissed for 192.

New Zealand now go top of the group standings on the same points as Pakistan.

The Black Caps play Canada in Mumbai on Sunday.

The only downside to the day was captain Daniel Vettori being forced from the field with a knee injury.