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Taylor cuts fine 85

March 20, 2007
New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor overcame a hamstring injury to score 85 against Kenya in their World Cup Group C match at Beausejour Cricket Ground in St Lucia on Tuesday.

Taylor helped the Black Caps recover from naught for one as they posted the highest one-day international total in 12 matches at the venue, surpassing Pakistan's 303 for six against the West Indies in 2005.

Together with New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming (60), Taylor put on 105 for the second wicket.

He was dropped on seven when he turned Peter Ongondo to the on-side and a diving Tanmay Mishra at square leg just failed to hold what would have been a spectacular one-handed catch.

Taylor had scored 72 when he received treatment for a right hamstring strain with New Zealand 177 for two in the 32nd over.

Lou Vincent then returned to the field to act as a runner for Taylor, who has previously suffered cramping problems while batting. Taylor was still able to sweep off-spinner Tikolo for six.

But two balls later he was out when he chipped a gentle return catch to Tikolo, having faced 107 balls with that one six and eight fours.

For that gallant effort he deservedly limped away with the man of the match award.

Photographs: Getty Images

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