New Zealand vs England: Ross Taylor keen to play deciding ODI despite injury
Taylor overcame cramps and a severe thigh strain to bludgeon New Zealand to victory with a career-best performance in the fourth ODI in Hamilton on Wednesday.
- 08 Mar, 03:10 pm OUT! Big blow for Nepal as Paras Khadka gets out. Sole dismisses the in form Khadka on 63. The score has crossed the triple digit figure but Khadka's presence would have mattered more.
- 08 Mar, 02:57 pm 50 for Paras Khadka! What an innings he has played here. Nepal were 14/4 at one point. He has taken the score to 87/6 now.
- 08 Mar, 02:55 pm OUT! Sompal Kami was looking all set before running himself out. Nepal now 6 down with Paras Khadka heading towards his half century.
- 08 Mar, 02:08 pm Things are looking stable for Nepal. The partnership is now 9 from 5 overs. But saving wickets are important for Nepal.
- 08 Mar, 01:48 pm OUT! half of the Nepal team is back in the pavilion. Khadka had struck 13 runs off that over but Berrington struck gold off the last ball dismissing Aarif Sheikh.
- 08 Mar, 01:39 pm Nepal have scored 20 runs in the last 5 overs and lost three wickets. Paras Khadka has stood strong to the situation on 17 runs with 3 boundaries.
- 08 Mar, 01:27 pm OUT! Nepal are in serious trouble here. They have lost three wickets under 5 overs. Khadka still in the middle will be a relief but other batsmen need to stick around.
- 08 Mar, 01:16 pm OUT! Both the openers are back in the pavilion now. Whittingham dismisses Nath on 4 . Airee in the middle now. Nepal 11/2
- 08 Mar, 01:15 pm OUT! First blow for Nepal Sharif has struck on his very first ball. Malla goes for 1. Paras Khadka comes in the middle.
- 08 Mar, 01:04 pm Malla and Nath are put in the middle. Stuart Whittingham to open the bowling for Scotland.
08 Mar, 12:40 pm
As for the other tosses, here are the updates: PNG to bat against the West IndiesNetherlands to bat against UAEAfghanistan to bowl against Hong Kong
- 08 Mar, 12:38 pm https://twitter.com/cricketworldcup/status/971641913869787136
- 08 Mar, 12:38 pm Toss Update: Nepal to bat against Scotland
- 08 Mar, 12:37 pm Hello and Welcome to Match 11 between Nepal and Scotland. Scotland are entering the contest as favourites with two wins while Nepal are seeking for their first one.
Injured New Zealand Ross Taylor said Thursday he was desperate to play in ODI series decider against England, as pundits declared his unbeaten 181 the greatest ever limited-overs innings by a Kiwi batsman. Taylor overcame cramps and a severe thigh strain to bludgeon New Zealand to victory with a career-best performance in the fourth ODI in Hamilton on Wednesday. Grimacing with pain after every shot and limping between the wickets, he levelled the series 2-2 to set up a winner-takes-all clash in Christchurch on Saturday. Coach Mike Hesson was reluctant to risk Taylor in the crunch match if there was risk of long-term injury, and has called in rookie Mark Chapman as cover.
"We need to know the extent of it and whether it's one of those injuries that can get worse, or whether you can grin and bear it, we're just not sure yet," Hesson told reporters. Taylor said he was keen to play and would be icing his injured thigh and resting with the intention of taking the field even if not fully fit. "I'm hoping to," he told Radio Sport.
"Obviously I won't be 100 (percent) but we'll just see how it pulls up in the next couple of days and give it the best chance possible." Taylor hurt his thigh earlier in the series then aggravated it diving to avoid a run out as New Zealand chased England's challenging target of 336. The 34-year-old's 181 not out was his 19th ODI century and the third highest score by a New Zealander in the 50-over format.
But Dominion Post cricket writer Mark Geenty said the context and manner of Taylor's knock made it a standout contender for New Zealand's greatest ODI innings. Aside from Taylor's injury, he pointed out that New Zealand were chasing a huge total against quality opposition to keep the series alive, and had lost their two openers for ducks."Taylor wins. No decision review system required," he wrote. Radio New Zealand's Jamie Wall hailed "Ross the Boss" as one of the Black Caps' all-time greats.
"It was the most definitive statement by Taylor that he is very much in contention for the title of New Zealand's greatest batsman ever," he wrote.
Published:Thu, March 08, 2018 9:49am
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