Ross Taylor admitted he owed Kamran Akmal a slap-up meal after Pakistan's blundering wicketkeeper gifted him two World Cup lives, but now the century-maker wants to feast on more runs.
Akmal missed two chances to dismiss the New Zealand vice-captain in the same Shoaib Akhtar over when he was on nought and eight.
Taylor went on to smash a career-best unbeaten 131 off 124 balls which lifted New Zealand to 302 for seven before it restricted Pakistan to 192 for a 110-run win.
“It's been well documented back home that I haven't been in the greatest form of my life. It's been frustrating for me, and probably a lot of others as well,” said Taylor, who hit his century on his 27th birthday.
“When your'e out of nick you need a bit of luck and I got that.
“Over the last few months I've been trying to search for the perfect game and today, and even the last couple of games, I've just tried to keep things as simple as possible and just watch the ball. Today was my day.”
Taylor jokingly admitted he owed Akmal a free meal for his unwitting help in setting up his birthday treat.
“Whatever Kamran wants, I think I owe him dinner or something,” said Taylor after Tuesday's match which put New Zealand on top of Group A with six points from four matches and a better net run-rate than second-placed Pakistan.
Taylor, who ended the night deputising for Daniel Vettori after the skipper limped off with a knee injury while attempting a catch, said he had received a series of good wishes messages.
“I didn't get any presents, so that was a pretty good present (two dropped catches). I was on my emails and Facebook and Twitter this morning and I had a lot of birthday wishes.
“A lot of them said it would be good to get a hundred on your birthday. More often than not that doesn't come, but today it did,” said Taylor, whose last hundred came against Bangladesh in October 2008.
In all Taylor hit seven 6s and eight 4s in his fourth one-day hundred, improving on his 128 not out against Sri Lanka at Napier in 2006. — AFP