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Canada v New Zealand, World Cup 2011, Group A, Mumbai

Davison woes and DRS questions

ESPNcricinfo presents the plays of the day from another one-sided Group A match, between New Zealand and Canada

Nagraj Gollapudi at the Wankhede Stadium

March 13, 2011

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Hiral Patel played a brief, but attacking, innings, Canada v New Zealand, World Cup 2011, Group A, Mumbai, March 13 2011
Hiral Patel became yet another victim to the poor use of the DRS © AFP
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Drop of the day
Kane Williamson had just made his first run of the World Cup when he faced a simple off-break, delivered wide of the crease from around the stumps by John Davison. Erroneously, Williamson spooned a simple return catch to the bowler. But Davison, on the follow-through, messed up an easy chance as he tried catching it with upright hands. The habit of doing fielding drill with the baseball mitts at times can be a deterrent as Davison proved today. It was a schoolboy error going for the unorthodox technique when he could have taken the offering with straight hands.

If-only moment
Rizwan Cheema lined himself up at wide long-on trying to deflect Ross Taylor's third six in the most expensive over in the day by Harvir Baidwan (Taylor took 28 runs hitting four sixes and one four) . Cheema rubbed his palms at the back of his trousers in anticipation as the ball was on the descent. Suddenly he realised the ball could fly over the ropes. So in a last-minute improvisation he arched back, took the catch, but unfortunately lost his balance as he skipped over the ropes. He did jerk the ball back, but his feet had already touched the ropes. Taylor was on 47, eventually making 74. Matches turn on moments like that. New Zealand were 210 for 4. The story might have had a different narrative, but then...

The DRS moment
Hiral Patel went for a wild pull against a short-pitched delivery from Jacob Oram on the off stump. At a distance it seemed it was a hit-and-a-miss shot. But Brendon McCullum, standing behind the stumps, and Oram appealed. The umpire disagreed. New Zealand asked for a review as they were confident they heard a noise. In the absence of Hot Spot or a Snickometer, the question was how could Steve Davies (the third umpire) ascertain if the noise heard was actually ball hitting bat. Davies went on to rule Patel out. One wonders how.

Catch of the day
Ross Taylor's ridiculous one-handed effort to interrupt a thick edge from Ruvindu Gunasekera, which was flying towards the third man, until the New Zealand captain decided to raise his hand.

Can-you-believe-it moment
Clearly time has come for Davison to call it a day. That is no exaggeration if you consider the way Davison ran himself out, deciding to walk back casually once he had deflected a Jacob Oram yorker, which had trickled down to the short-fine leg. Showing no urgency to finish the run Davison started ambling initially before deciding to walk the final ten yards. Reacting to the batsman's lethargy an alert Brendon McCullum lobbed a perfect throw to knock the stumps off. It was a shocking display by the tournament's oldest cricketer, who showed little respect towards the opponent and the game.

Innings Dot balls 4s 6s PP1 PP2 PP3 Last 10 overs NB/Wides
New Zealand 153 35 12 53/1 42/0(11-15) 74/2(37-41) 122/3 1/7
Canada 167 25 3 40/2 21/1(11-15) 37/2(41-45) 77/4 1/9

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Comments: 3 
Posted by   on (March 13, 2011, 22:31 GMT)

Pretty certain Steve Davis was the TV umpire, rather than Steve Davies...

Posted by squizdog on (March 13, 2011, 19:12 GMT)

Im not sure which game you were watching Nagraj, but the DRS should not have been used for the Hiral Patel dismissal. There was a huge noise which could be heard live!! Then slowing it down just made the noise even more prominent. No need for snicko or hot spot. It was pretty clear cut and should not have gone to the DRS anyway!!

Posted by Ellis on (March 13, 2011, 17:18 GMT)

It is long past the time for the Canadian selectors to drop Davison. His body language during this World Cup tournament has been disgraceful and matched by his bowling, batting and fielding. He cannot be a positive influence on the side from Canada. He is trading on one innings played a few years back. A younger player could not have performed worse and would have gained invaluable experience. Davison's attitude is in marked contrast to the other members of the Canadian team. Even though outgunned, they have given of their best. Nobody can ask for more.Bagai has led from the front by example and performance. He and the others deserve better than a churlish and under-performing Davison.

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