ICC Cricket World Cup, 2010/11 / Commentary

ICC Cricket World Cup - 12th match, Group A

Canada v Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe won by 175 runs

Khurram Chohan to start....

9.27am Bagai was expected some assistance from the pitch early on but to sum it up, it's a flat deck. Charles Coventry has made his way out. He was my player to watch out for in the preview for this match; there's hardly been anything from him after his 194, and a good performance is long overdue. There's Brendan Taylor now taking strike. Should be fun.

Narayan's not the only one having a problem with the jerseys, here's Prasanth: "The kits for the two teams couldn't be any more similar. I thought for a second why are they two Zimbabweans at the toss. Wouldn't the designers take that into consideration especially when the two teams are in the same group?"

Narayan: "Both teams in red... don't like it. Love 1992 world cup jerseys. Feel ICC should just decide on the color and design of the jersey and the other ads can then come per their respective boards." Hmm, Kenya and Pakistan had very similar jerseys too.

Kushal sends us our first comment - "Can Nitish kumar revive Canada??...just like the Chief Minister Nitish Kumar revived Bihar...well i hope so..it will make the tournament exciting ;)" Hmm. Canada and Bihar are worlds apart, not just distance-wise.

9.22 National Anthems time.

Who will reach the quarters? Who will be in semis? Who will lift the cup? This might make it easy to predict. Also, check out our new applications on the block.

9.15am Liam Brickhill's on the bulletin and he'll send out a brief toss summary with the playing XIs in a short while.

9.10am The game starts in 20-odd minutes, so there's time to catch up on some of the stuff on the site. Here's the preview for this match. Don't forget to read Andrew Miller's bulletin for the epic last night. Ashish Bagai says Zimbabwe and Kenya are Canada's best chances for a win this tournament, check it out here.

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9.00am Elton Chigumbura has won the toss and has decided to bat. He says it's a "must-win" for Zimbabwe, and expects the spinners to get some assistance in the second innings. Bagai says Canada would have bowled anyway. Henry Osinde's out, Nitish Kumar, the youngest player in the World Cup, comes in. He's an opener. Zimbabwe have left out Regis Chakabva, the wicketkeeper, and have picked Greg Lamb.

8.57am I'm Sid Talya, your commentator for the first innings, and Raghav Venkat will be starting off from the scoring desk.

8.55am local time Hello and welcome to the live coverage of the 12th game of this World Cup, between Canada and Zimbabwe in Nagpur. Last night was perhaps the best of this World Cup thus far, with England and India serving up a thrilling tie. The buzz for this game doesn't measure up but after poor starts to the tournament, there is plenty at stake for the two teams playing today. We'll get you the deails from the toss in just about five minutes.

0.1

Khurram Chohan to Taylor, OUT, is he trapped in front? First ball, it was an inswinger, landed just outside off and nipped back in, struck on the back pad as Taylor tried to close the face on that one. The umpire's given it out, Taylor's called for the referral. No impact with the bat, replays suggest it would have hit middle. The initial decision is upheld, Canada draw first blood

BRM Taylor lbw b Khurram Chohan 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Tatenda Taibu's the new man

0.2

Khurram Chohan to Taibu, no run, lands on a good length outside off, no shape there, held its line, left alone to the keeper

0.3

Khurram Chohan to Taibu, 1 run, swinging in this time, gets across does Taibu, risky there, manages to just work it behind square, a thick inside edge

0.4

Khurram Chohan to Coventry, no run, in that channel outside off, a hint of away movement, left alone to the keeper

0.5

Khurram Chohan to Coventry, no run, short of a good length and moves back in sharply, caught the batsman by surprise there as he stepped back to whip it through midwicket, caught him on the pads, would have gone over the stumps

0.6

Khurram Chohan to Coventry, no run, goodish length on middle, swinging in again, impressive stuff here, driven back with a straight bat to the bowler

End of over 1 (1 run) Zimbabwe 1/1 (RR: 1.00)
CK Coventry    0* (3b)      Khurram Chohan    1-0-1-1
T Taibu    1* (2b)     

Deepak: "In (ice) hockey crazed Canada, cricket really needs a boost! And nothing can be better than having a teenage sensation. Really hoping for the kid (Kumar) to have a good run"

Harvir Baidwan runs in

1.1

Baidwan to Taibu, no run, gentle medium on the pads, Taibu perhaps missed an opportunity there, tried to clip it fine but couldn't get his bat to it

1.2

Baidwan to Taibu, 1 run, bowls it on a good length on the off, steps forward and pushes it wide of mid-off for a single

1.3

Baidwan to Coventry, 2 runs, took it from middle, straight delivery from Baidwan, turned away off the front foot through square leg for a couple of runs

1.4

Baidwan to Coventry, no run, short of a good length on middle and off, rocks back does the bespectacled Coventry and punches it back

1.5

Baidwan to Coventry, 2 runs, whipped away, he's an attacking batsman, it swung in and he swiped it wide of fine leg for a couple more

1.6

Baidwan to Coventry, no run, shortish on the off, rocks on the back foot and knocks it towards point

End of over 2 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 6/1 (RR: 3.00)
CK Coventry    4* (7b)      HS Baidwan    1-0-5-0
T Taibu    2* (4b)      Khurram Chohan    1-0-1-1

Chirag: "More of a statistical question? Canada has Nitish who is 16, and Davison who is 40. Is this the biggest age gap for any team participating in a World Cup?" Not sure, but they certainly are the youngest and oldest players this tournament. What's more, they might actually open the batting together later in the day

2.1

Khurram Chohan to Taibu, no run, in the corridor outside off again, fullish and trying to tempt him to drive but it's left alone

2.2

Khurram Chohan to Taibu, no run, angling in from wide of the crease, on a good length, gets a big stride out and defends it to cover

Taibu's standing well outside the crease

2.3

Khurram Chohan to Taibu, no run, darts in from a good length, Taibu initially is tempted to play it but then withdraws as it moves back in

2.4

Khurram Chohan to Taibu, no run, lands on a length on the off stump, pushed through the line to mid-off

2.5

Khurram Chohan to Taibu, 1 wide, short ball down the leg side, called a wide as it went further down

2.5

Khurram Chohan to Taibu, no run, short of a good length on the off, nipping in, defended into the off side

2.6

Khurram Chohan to Taibu, no run, some width there, short of a good length, left alone to the keeper

Nagraj Gollapudi sends this from the VCA Stadium: "it is good to see schooboys geting free entry and enjoying being in the ground even if they might not know who's playing whom. At least it is not the popular cliche of three men and a dog. And the red colour is jarring"

End of over 3 (1 run) Zimbabwe 7/1 (RR: 2.33)
T Taibu    2* (10b)      Khurram Chohan    2-0-2-1
CK Coventry    4* (7b)      HS Baidwan    1-0-5-0

3.1

Baidwan to Coventry, no run

3.2

Baidwan to Coventry, no run, came back in from outside off, pushed into the off side towards cover

3.3

Baidwan to Coventry, OUT, swinging across the line is Coventry, poor choice of shot, on middle and leg and a hint of inswing, Coventry tried to flick it over square leg, missed and was trapped in front of leg. Didn't ask for the referral there. He consulted with Taibu who told him he was out, and that he surely was. Charles keeps us waiting, his post-194 form remains unsatisfactory

CK Coventry lbw b Baidwan 4 (16m 10b 0x4 0x6) SR: 40.00

Craig Ervine comes in, Zimbabwe under a bit of early pressure here

3.4

Baidwan to Ervine, no run, banged in short, on middle, a bouncer but an unthreatening one

3.5

Baidwan to Ervine, FOUR, good start to his innings, was offered a bit of width, landed full and he just eased into it, driving it past mid-off for a boundary

3.6

Baidwan to Ervine, 1 run, short of a good length on the off, punched it wide of point, an attempt at the non-striker's end, ricochets off the bat but Ervine doesn't take the extra run

End of over 4 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 12/2 (RR: 3.00)
CR Ervine    5* (3b 1x4)      HS Baidwan    2-0-10-1
T Taibu    2* (10b)      Khurram Chohan    2-0-2-1

4.1

Khurram Chohan to Ervine, no run, short of a good length outside off, steps back to punch it through cover, misses

4.2

Khurram Chohan to Ervine, no run, goodish length on middle, gets forward and plays it solidly back down the pitch

4.3

Khurram Chohan to Ervine, no run, swinging away from the left-hander, in the channel outside off, Ervine lets it go

4.4

Khurram Chohan to Ervine, no run, full delivery on the pads, Ervine will feel he missed out there, turned away to short fine leg

4.5

Khurram Chohan to Ervine, 1 run, gets on the front foot and opens the face this time to guide it down to third man for a single

4.6

Khurram Chohan to Taibu, 3 runs, lovely timing from Taibu, pitched it up and he drove it elegantly past a diving cover, came off the meat but slowed down in the outfield, it's a big ground this

End of over 5 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 16/2 (RR: 3.20)
T Taibu    5* (11b)      Khurram Chohan    3-0-6-1
CR Ervine    6* (8b 1x4)      HS Baidwan    2-0-10-1

A widish slip in place

5.1

Baidwan to Taibu, 1 run, banged in short outside off and it's pulled and pulled well, down to deep square leg for a single

5.2

Baidwan to Ervine, no run, slower one bowled short on middle, gets on the back foot and drops it into the leg side

5.3

Baidwan to Ervine, no run, goodish length just a fraction outside off, gets forward and taps it towards cover

Arunava: "I dont believe this. I hand picked only Taylor in my Fantasy team, expecting him to bring some fortune, but all he gave me is negative points :(. Fisrt ball duck." Such is life

5.4

Baidwan to Ervine, no run, a length ball outside off, in the zone to drive but Ervine, cautious early on, lets it be

5.5

Baidwan to Ervine, 1 run, gets on the front foot, short of a good length, runs it down to third man for a single

5.6

Baidwan to Taibu, 1 run, shortish outside off, gets on the back foot, opens the face and guides it to third man

End of over 6 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 19/2 (RR: 3.16)
T Taibu    7* (13b)      HS Baidwan    3-0-13-1
CR Ervine    7* (12b 1x4)      Khurram Chohan    3-0-6-1

Muneeb: "I'm probably the only one in New York city watching this game. These swinging conditions are very similar to what the Canadian bowlers find in Toronto, where they train. Hopefully they can get a few more quick wickets. Good luck to them!" Except that the swing won't last for long

6.1

Khurram Chohan to Taibu, no run, fullish delivery outside off stump, these two are taking their time in these nervy few overs, left alone

6.2

Khurram Chohan to Taibu, 1 run, angling in towards off, gets across, dabs it in front of midwicket and steals a quick single, and dives just to make sure

6.3

Khurram Chohan to Ervine, no run, pretty accurate stuff, attacking the stumps, around middle and off, defended towards mid-off

6.4

Khurram Chohan to Ervine, no run, the TV speedgun says 133kmph, full outside off, a flowing drive from Ervine but straight to extra cover

6.5

Khurram Chohan to Ervine, no run, a gully in place and he comes into the act, short of a good length outside off, played behind square on the off side, gully intercepts and prevents the single

6.6

Khurram Chohan to Ervine, 2 runs, lucky there, short of a good length, rises up nicely, gets back and plays it uppishly wide of gully, down to third man where there's a fumble and they pick up a couple

End of over 7 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 22/2 (RR: 3.14)
CR Ervine    9* (16b 1x4)      Khurram Chohan    4-0-9-1
T Taibu    8* (15b)      HS Baidwan    3-0-13-1

Devendra: "I do not understand the confusion about colors. I hate to think how my friends get confused with Test matches and the same whites all around! While I am admit it would be nice to have away/home colors such as football. Besides more merchandise to sell!"

Jimmy Hansra comes on to bowl his offspinners. Has a slip

7.1

Hansra to Taibu, FOUR, Taibu takes full advantage of that flighted delivery that lands full, caressed through the off side past the covers

7.2

Hansra to Taibu, no run, flatter and alters his length, holding it back, turn, just a bit, plays it down to midwicket

7.3

Hansra to Taibu, FOUR, quicker through the air but misdirected, short ball outside leg stump, he just helps it on its way past short fine leg

7.4

Hansra to Taibu, 1 run, turning in from the off, pushed away past midwicket for a single

7.5

Hansra to Ervine, 1 run, round the wicket to the left-hander, bowled full on middle and leg, driven down to long-on for a single

7.6

Hansra to Taibu, 1 run, pitched up on middle, pushed down the ground again

End of over 8 (11 runs) Zimbabwe 33/2 (RR: 4.12)
T Taibu    18* (20b 2x4)      AS Hansra    1-0-11-0
CR Ervine    10* (17b 1x4)      Khurram Chohan    4-0-9-1

8.1

Khurram Chohan to Taibu, no run, still some movement left in the pitch, Chohan gets it to move away from the right-hander, left alone

8.2

Khurram Chohan to Taibu, no run, shortish on the off, gets on the back foot and plays it to cover

8.3

Khurram Chohan to Taibu, 1 run, full outside off, third man is squarer than usual, slices it down towards him for a single

There is a catcher at gully, but this one evaded him by a fair distance

8.4

Khurram Chohan to Ervine, no run, sweet sound of bat hitting ball, pitched up and he crunched it towards cover but Surkari dived to his right to prevent at least a couple of runs

8.5

Khurram Chohan to Ervine, no run, short of a good length on middle, nipping in just a hint, gets across, turns the face and defends it into the leg side

8.6

Khurram Chohan to Ervine, no run, nicely driven again, gets to the pitch and offers the full face but hit straight to extra cover

End of over 9 (1 run) Zimbabwe 34/2 (RR: 3.77)
CR Ervine    10* (20b 1x4)      Khurram Chohan    5-0-10-1
T Taibu    19* (23b 2x4)      AS Hansra    1-0-11-0

Monty: "I have seen Hansra play since he was 12. That kid has immense talent and is an exceptionally good hockey player as well. He is sure to score big sooner or later!"

A short third man and a short fine leg in place

9.1

Hansra to Taibu, FOUR, pitched up outside off and he goes after him, over the top this time, smacks it with an open face over the covers

9.2

Hansra to Taibu, no run, as he did in the last over, Hansra held that one back, defended towards cover

9.3

Hansra to Taibu, 1 run, quick single, gets forward and drops it in front of cover, a nod was all that was needed

9.4

Hansra to Ervine, 1 run, fetches it from outside off, round the wicket, paddles it down to short fine for a single

9.5

Hansra to Taibu, no run, slightly short outside off, turns in, dabs it towards short third man

9.6

Hansra to Taibu, FOUR, A lapse in the field by Chohan, the spinner's leaking runs here and helping ease the pressure, shortish on leg stump, turned fine and Chohan at short fine dives over the ball, letting it through

End of over 10 (10 runs) Zimbabwe 44/2 (RR: 4.40)
T Taibu    28* (28b 4x4)      AS Hansra    2-0-21-0
CR Ervine    11* (21b 1x4)      Khurram Chohan    5-0-10-1

Canada have taken the second Powerplay

10.1

Khurram Chohan to Ervine, no run, goodish length on middle, will he bowl out? Steps forward and taps it towards cover

10.2

Khurram Chohan to Ervine, no run, struck really hard, pitched up and it came off the meat but he found the felder at cover, who now runs back into the deep

10.3

Khurram Chohan to Ervine, 1 no ball, full on middle, he's overstepped, a rare bowling lapse there from Chohan, turned to midwicket

Freehit coming up

10.3

Khurram Chohan to Ervine, 1 run, full and almost yorker length, there wasnn't much Ervine could do about that except dig it out towards mid-on for a single

10.4

Khurram Chohan to Taibu, FOUR, edged and four, short of a good length and a hint of away movement, tried to open the face, probably was thinking of running it down to third man, got a thick edge past the keeper

10.5

Khurram Chohan to Taibu, no run, superbly fielded off his own bowling, driven back and Chohan throws himself to his right to stop that

And the umpire's not counted right. It's a five-ball over.

End of over 11 (6 runs) Zimbabwe 50/2 (RR: 4.61)
T Taibu    32* (30b 5x4)      Khurram Chohan    5.5-0-16-1
CR Ervine    12* (25b 1x4)      AS Hansra    2-0-21-0

11.1

Baidwan to Ervine, 1 run, slower one bowled short on middle, the offcutter, run down to third man for a single

Baidwan toi bowl

11.2

Baidwan to Taibu, 2 runs, on middle and leg, turned away past square leg for a well-run couple, the fielder was a little deep

11.3

Baidwan to Taibu, no run

11.4

Baidwan to Taibu, no run, fullish on the off, gets forward and pushes it back to the bowler

11.5

Baidwan to Taibu, no run, short of a good length on the off, gets an inside edge onto the thighs as he comes forward to defend

11.6

Baidwan to Taibu, FOUR, poor delivery, dropped it way too short on middle, was dispatched past short fine leg for an easy boundary

End of over 12 (7 runs) Zimbabwe 57/2 (RR: 4.75)
T Taibu    38* (35b 6x4)      HS Baidwan    4-0-20-1
CR Ervine    13* (26b 1x4)      Khurram Chohan    5.5-0-16-1

Rizwan Cheema introduced into the attack now

12.1

Rizwan Cheema to Ervine, 1 run, round the wicket to the left-hander, slower one bowled short, placed to third man

12.2

Rizwan Cheema to Taibu, no run, slower one again, dibbly dobblies here, played back to the bowler

12.3

Rizwan Cheema to Taibu, no run, short of a good length outside off, chopped down towards point

12.4

Rizwan Cheema to Taibu, 1 run, slower ball pitched up on the off, drilled through the covers into the deep for a single

12.5

Rizwan Cheema to Ervine, 1 run, a deceptive grunt as he bowls that, taps it towards third man for one more

12.6

Rizwan Cheema to Taibu, no run, lovely fielding by Nitish Kumar at backward point, cut away hard but he flings himself to his left to stop that

End of over 13 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 60/2 (RR: 4.61)
T Taibu    39* (39b 6x4)      Rizwan Cheema    1-0-3-0
CR Ervine    15* (28b 1x4)      HS Baidwan    4-0-20-1

13.1

Baidwan to Ervine, 1 run, they're running well are these two, short ball on the off, writstily turned away past midwicket for a quick single

13.2

Baidwan to Taibu, 1 run, there is a deep cover in place, good length and he eases it into the deep

13.3

Baidwan to Ervine, no run, slower ball, the offcutter again, gets forward and guides it to point

13.4

Baidwan to Ervine, no run, targeting the off stump, punched towards extra cover

13.5

Baidwan to Ervine, no run, bowled it short on middle, moved back to play it towards point

13.6

Baidwan to Ervine, no run, shortish on middle, chops it towards point, the end of a tidy over

End of over 14 (2 runs) Zimbabwe 62/2 (RR: 4.42)
CR Ervine    16* (33b 1x4)      HS Baidwan    5-0-22-1
T Taibu    40* (40b 6x4)      Rizwan Cheema    1-0-3-0

14.1

Rizwan Cheema to Taibu, 1 run, Taibu takes the aerial route, as they say it, a risky shot given that there is a deep cover in place, gets to that fielder on the bounce

14.2

Rizwan Cheema to Ervine, 1 run, waits for it to come on to the bat, played down to third man for a single

14.3

Rizwan Cheema to Taibu, no run, short on middle, gets on the back foot and punches it to mid-on

14.4

Rizwan Cheema to Taibu, FOUR, nicely done, found the gap there, there is a deep cover and a third man, it was short and wide and he cut it over point to beat the two

14.5

Rizwan Cheema to Taibu, FOUR, over the top again and this time over mid-off, pitched up, it's in the zone and he clears the in-field comfortably, lovely loft, a fifty's on the way

14.6

Rizwan Cheema to Taibu, 1 run, there it is, shortish, cutting back in, drops it behind point for a single to raise the fifty, his 17th in ODIs

End of over 15 (11 runs) Zimbabwe 73/2 (RR: 4.86)
T Taibu    50* (45b 8x4)      Rizwan Cheema    2-0-14-0
CR Ervine    17* (34b 1x4)      HS Baidwan    5-0-22-1

Balaji Rao to bowl now, a legspinner

15.1

Balaji Rao to Taibu, no run, goes for the sweep immediately, took forever to get to him, gets an inside edge onto the pads

15.2

Balaji Rao to Taibu, no run, has shaped himself up for the sweep there, Rao bowled it wide, chopped it down to point

15.3

Balaji Rao to Taibu, no run, looping it towards middle and off, gets forward and defends it to extra cover

15.4

Balaji Rao to Taibu, 2 runs, slightly short on middle, gets forward and jabs it through square leg for a couple of runs, the field is spread out

15.5

Balaji Rao to Taibu, 1 run, short ball, turning away, Taibu's tempted, rocks back and absolutely slaps that but straight towards deep cover

15.6

Balaji Rao to Ervine, no run, how did that miss? Turned more than he expected, spun in from outside off and went through his defence, only missing off stump by a whisker

End of over 16 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 76/2 (RR: 4.75)
CR Ervine    17* (35b 1x4)      WD Balaji Rao    1-0-3-0
T Taibu    53* (50b 8x4)      Rizwan Cheema    2-0-14-0

16.1

Rizwan Cheema to Taibu, 1 run, goodish length delivery on the off, driven down to long-off for a single

16.2

Rizwan Cheema to Ervine, 2 runs, angling in towards middle, fullish, driven back past the bowler to beat mid-on, well timed, long-off runs across to cut it off, a couple of runs

16.3

Rizwan Cheema to Ervine, 1 run, gets forward and drops it wide of point to steal a run

16.4

Rizwan Cheema to Taibu, no run, stopped on him a little there, struck him high on the bat and lobbed up after it was dropped a little short

16.5

Rizwan Cheema to Taibu, 1 run, pushed down towards long-off for a single

16.6

Rizwan Cheema to Ervine, no run, hurled it full on the off, dug out towards extra cover

Time for a short break, good recovery from Taibu and Ervine after that horror start. The pitch is slowing up. These two have maintained a good tempo, Taibu especially.

End of over 17 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 81/2 (RR: 4.76)
CR Ervine    20* (38b 1x4)      Rizwan Cheema    3-0-19-0
T Taibu    55* (53b 8x4)      WD Balaji Rao    1-0-3-0

Naweed: "Its true Canada is a hard Ice Hockey country. I'm watching scores at Cricinfo at work "Drilling Rig" and informed my other collegues about this game and first response I got was... W**? (LOL)

Rao to continue as no one knows what cricket is especially in Saskatchewan, Central Canada Go Canada Go

17.1

Balaji Rao to Taibu, no run, giving it a bit of air, steps forward and defends it into the off side

17.2

Balaji Rao to Taibu, 1 run, shortish on the off, gets on the back foot and punches it to deep cover

17.3

Balaji Rao to Ervine, 1 run, full toss on middle, sweeps it down to deep square leg

17.4

Balaji Rao to Taibu, no run, gets forward and pushes it towards cover

17.5

Balaji Rao to Taibu, 1 run, really slow through the air, swept down towards deep square leg for a single

17.6

Balaji Rao to Ervine, no run, didn't turn, went straight on, Ervine went for a hard sweep and missed, expecting it to turn in

It appears Balaji Rao has been warned by umpire Asad Rauf for running on the pitch

End of over 18 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 84/2 (RR: 4.66)
CR Ervine    21* (40b 1x4)      WD Balaji Rao    2-0-6-0
T Taibu    57* (57b 8x4)      Rizwan Cheema    3-0-19-0

John Davison to bowl his offspinners now

18.1

Davison to Taibu, 1 run, tossed up and bowled full outside off, pushed past point for a single

18.2

Davison to Ervine, 1 run, angling in on leg stump, closes the face on that one and works it past midwicket, a bit of hesitation between the two there but all' well in the end

18.3

Davison to Taibu, 2 runs, lands full outside off, driven through extra cover into the deep for a couple of runs

18.4

Davison to Taibu, 1 run, a bit of width there, sliced it past point for a single

18.5

Davison to Ervine, 3 runs, tried to sweep that hard, fetched it from middle and off, got a bit of a top edge there but it evaded short fine leg by a distance, three runs in the end as it's hauled in by deep square leg

18.6

Davison to Taibu, no run, dabbed away into the off side

End of over 19 (8 runs) Zimbabwe 92/2 (RR: 4.84)
T Taibu    61* (61b 8x4)      JM Davison    1-0-8-0
CR Ervine    25* (42b 1x4)      WD Balaji Rao    2-0-6-0

19.1

Balaji Rao to Ervine, 2 runs, full toss by Rao, Ervine came down the track and swiped it past short fine, didn't connect it well enough, just a couple in the end

19.2

Balaji Rao to Ervine, 1 run, missed out again, another full toss, slapped it straight to deep square leg

19.3

Balaji Rao to Taibu, 3 runs, poor bowling from Rao, short ball outside off, Taibu rocks back and pulls it hard past midwicket for three more

19.4

Balaji Rao to Ervine, FOUR, connected really well, took it from outside off, flatter from Rao and it's hammered through midwicket to beat the gap in the deep

19.5

Balaji Rao to Ervine, no run, pitched up on the off, just pushed through straight to extra cover

19.6

Balaji Rao to Ervine, no run, short ball outside off, waiting for it to turn in, cut down towards point

End of over 20 (10 runs) Zimbabwe 102/2 (RR: 5.10)
CR Ervine    32* (47b 2x4)      WD Balaji Rao    3-0-16-0
T Taibu    64* (62b 8x4)      JM Davison    1-0-8-0

Yuvraj: "In Canada, media providing some support to grow cricket now a days... It has been a nice feeling to see cricket world cup points table along with NBA and NHL points tables in the dailies..."

20.1

Davison to Taibu, no run, pushed it off the front foot towards extra cover

20.2

Davison to Taibu, 1 run, rocked back, waited for it to turn in, dropped it in front of point

20.3

Davison to Ervine, 1 run, comes down the track and drives it down to long-off

20.4

Davison to Taibu, 1 run, pushed away past cover for one more

20.5

Davison to Ervine, no run, firing it towards middle and off, played towards cover

20.6

Davison to Ervine, SIX, clears the ropes, he's good with that sweep, fullish and he slog-sweeps it over the deep midwicket boundary, raises the 100 stand, an excellent effort after the openers were out in quick succession

End of over 21 (9 runs) Zimbabwe 111/2 (RR: 5.28)
CR Ervine    39* (50b 2x4 1x6)      JM Davison    2-0-17-0
T Taibu    66* (65b 8x4)      WD Balaji Rao    3-0-16-0

Rao to continue

21.1

Balaji Rao to Taibu, no run, Appeal for lbw, was a full toss and Taibu came forward to sweep that past square, struck on the pads, was given out by Asad Rauf. However, Taibu knows he's made contact with the bat there, he's called for a referral and replays show there was a big inside edge

21.2

Balaji Rao to Taibu, 2 runs, out comes the slog-sweep, over midwicket for a couple of more runs

21.3

Balaji Rao to Taibu, 2 runs, short ball outside off, cut away down past point for a couple of runs, the runs are flowing well

21.4

Balaji Rao to Taibu, 2 runs, short of a good length, gets back and cuts it past point again, there's a fumble in the deep that allows them to get back for the second

21.5

Balaji Rao to Taibu, no run

21.6

Balaji Rao to Taibu, 1 run, nudged away into the leg side for a single

End of over 22 (7 runs) Zimbabwe 118/2 (RR: 5.36)
T Taibu    73* (71b 8x4)      WD Balaji Rao    4-0-23-0
CR Ervine    39* (50b 2x4 1x6)      JM Davison    2-0-17-0

22.1

Davison to Taibu, 1 run, pitched up on the off, tries to drive through the line, gets a thick inside edge towards midwicket

22.2

Davison to Ervine, FOUR, the reverse-sweep, pitched on the leg stump, he had eyed his gap and placed it perfectly, past point for a boundary

22.3

Davison to Ervine, 1 run, goes for the sweep this time, gets a top edge towards deep square leg, but on the bounce

22.4

Davison to Taibu, no run, slightly short on the off, gets on the back foot and punches it towards cover

22.5

Davison to Taibu, 1 run, flat on middle, driven down the ground to long-on for a single

22.6

Davison to Ervine, 1 run, bowling it flat, comes down the track and drives it down to long-off to keep the strike

End of over 23 (8 runs) Zimbabwe 126/2 (RR: 5.47)
CR Ervine    45* (53b 3x4 1x6)      JM Davison    3-0-25-0
T Taibu    75* (74b 8x4)      WD Balaji Rao    4-0-23-0

Sunny: "Have known Nitesh, myself, for a while now. Went to the same high school as him, here in Scarborough. Also, have played against him a while back in the Toronto and District League. It's almost surreal to see someone my age playing in such a high-profile tournament."

Hansra to bowl now

23.1

Hansra to Ervine, FOUR, he continues to struggle, down the leg side and all Ervine has to do is tap it on the head, well placed, beats short fine leg for a boundary

23.2

Hansra to Ervine, 1 run, a half-century for Ervine as he drives it past midwicket, his second fifty in ODIs, he's helped put Zimbabwe ahead here

23.3

Hansra to Taibu, 1 run, low full toss outside off, Taibu reaches for it and slices it past point for a single

23.4

Hansra to Ervine, 1 run, flighted outside off, driven down the ground to long-off

23.5

Hansra to Taibu, 1 run, shortish, gets on the back foot and punches it pas tthe bowler, midwicket fumbles and allows them a single

23.6

Hansra to Ervine, 1 run, nudged behind square towards short fine leg for a single

End of over 24 (9 runs) Zimbabwe 135/2 (RR: 5.62)
CR Ervine    52* (57b 4x4 1x6)      AS Hansra    3-0-30-0
T Taibu    77* (76b 8x4)      JM Davison    3-0-25-0

24.1

Davison to Ervine, SIX, clean strike over the bowler's head, gave Davison the charge, it wasn't particularly flighted but he came down the track and got to the pitch, elegantly done as he lofted past the ropes

24.2

Davison to Ervine, 2 runs, two more as it's played down the ground

24.3

Davison to Ervine, 1 run, short ball outside off, cut away towards deep point for a single

24.4

Davison to Taibu, 1 run, tossed up outside off, driven down towards ;long-off for a single

24.5

Davison to Ervine, 1 run, flat on the off, pushed past extra cover for a single

24.6

Davison to Taibu, 1 run, flighted outside off, eased wide of point for a single

End of over 25 (12 runs) Zimbabwe 147/2 (RR: 5.88)
T Taibu    79* (78b 8x4)      JM Davison    4-0-37-0
CR Ervine    62* (61b 4x4 2x6)      AS Hansra    3-0-30-0

Dave: "Just returned from 3 years in Northern Alberta (Hello Fort McMurray) and all we ever got when playing cricket with the kids in the park was strange looks from bewildered and bemused Canadians. Attempting to explain what we were doing was even more fun than playing!"

25.1

Hansra to Taibu, FOUR, terrible delivery that gets the treatment, full toss and it's punished through extra cover, a yawning gap in the deep and it beats that

25.2

Hansra to Taibu, 1 run, fires it on middle and leg, turned away wide of midwicket for a single

25.3

Hansra to Ervine, FOUR, Hansra has had a horrible time with the ball today, round the wicket and bowls it on the pads, Ervine loves to sweep and he finds the fine-leg boundary without any difficulty

25.4

Hansra to Ervine, 1 run, raises the 150-stand as he just nudges it past cover for a single

25.5

Hansra to Taibu, 1 run, slightly short on middle, tickled past square leg for a single

25.6

Hansra to Ervine, no run, short outside off, cut down towards point

End of over 26 (11 runs) Zimbabwe 158/2 (RR: 6.07)
CR Ervine    67* (64b 5x4 2x6)      AS Hansra    4-0-41-0
T Taibu    85* (81b 9x4)      JM Davison    4-0-37-0

Ragu: "The third wicket stand seems to be the game defining partnership in this tournament. Sehwag-Kohli; Sangakara-Jayawardene; Tendulkar-Yuvraj; Strauss-Bell; Younis Khan-Misbah-Ul-Haq and now Taibu-Ervine."

Chohan to bowl now

26.1

Khurram Chohan to Taibu, no run, low full toss on middle, driven hard back to the bowler

26.2

Khurram Chohan to Taibu, 1 run, pitched it up on middle, hit it back down the ground towards long-on

26.3

Khurram Chohan to Ervine, FOUR, the runs continue to bleed, down the leg side, a rare lapse by Chohan, Ervine just tickles it down to the fine-leg boundary

26.4

Khurram Chohan to Ervine, 1 run, short of a good length outside off, gets across and turns it past square leg

26.5

Khurram Chohan to Taibu, 1 run, pitches it up on the off, driven firmly wide of long-off for a couple of runs

26.6

Khurram Chohan to Ervine, 1 run, full toss on middle, driven down to long-on for a single

End of over 27 (8 runs) Zimbabwe 166/2 (RR: 6.14)
CR Ervine    73* (67b 6x4 2x6)      Khurram Chohan    7-0-24-1
T Taibu    87* (84b 9x4)      AS Hansra    4-0-41-0

Angad: "Fort McMurray ... ?! Must've been some "flat pitches" :p i.e. The entire ground is covered with ice!"

Cheema to bowl

27.1

Rizwan Cheema to Ervine, no run, short of a good length outside off, punched off the back foot to extra cover

27.2

Rizwan Cheema to Ervine, 2 runs, shortish outside off, gets forward, opens the face and plays it wide of deep point

27.3

Rizwan Cheema to Ervine, 1 run, full toss on the off, pushed uppishly back past the bowler to long-off

27.4

Rizwan Cheema to Taibu, 2 runs, they're running well these two, pushed past extra cover into the deep for two more

27.5

Rizwan Cheema to Taibu, no run, a high full toss from Cheema, played down to midwicket

27.6

Rizwan Cheema to Taibu, 1 run, yorker on middle, dug out past the bowler towards long-off for a single

End of over 28 (6 runs) Zimbabwe 172/2 (RR: 6.14)
T Taibu    90* (87b 9x4)      Rizwan Cheema    4-0-25-0
CR Ervine    76* (70b 6x4 2x6)      Khurram Chohan    7-0-24-1

Baidwan to bowl

28.1

Baidwan to Taibu, 1 run, shortish on the off, punched off the back foot towards deep cover

28.2

Baidwan to Ervine, no run, short of a good length on the off, the bat turns in his hand as he tries to punch it through the off side, goes to midwicket

28.3

Baidwan to Ervine, no run, short of a good length, guided down towards point

28.4

Baidwan to Ervine, 2 runs, pushed gently down the ground, long-off is pretty deep and they have enough time to come back for the second

28.5

Baidwan to Ervine, 3 runs, piercing the gaps with ease are these two, short of a good length, cut past point and Gunasekera does well in the deep, diving to his left and hauling it back in

28.6

Baidwan to Taibu, 1 run, low full toss on middle, driven down the ground to long-on

End of over 29 (7 runs) Zimbabwe 179/2 (RR: 6.17)
T Taibu    92* (89b 9x4)      HS Baidwan    6-0-29-1
CR Ervine    81* (74b 6x4 2x6)      Rizwan Cheema    4-0-25-0

29.1

Rizwan Cheema to Taibu, 1 run, pushed it in the direction of cover for a single

29.2

Rizwan Cheema to Ervine, no run, angling it towards middle, played down to extra cover

29.3

Rizwan Cheema to Ervine, 1 run, short of a ball outside off, punched down towards deep cover for a single

29.4

Rizwan Cheema to Taibu, 1 run, off the meat, down the ground to long-off for a single

29.5

Rizwan Cheema to Ervine, 1 run, slower ball bowled short outside off, turned it past midwicket for a single

29.6

Rizwan Cheema to Taibu, no run, slower one, the offcutter, drops it in front of cover

End of over 30 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 183/2 (RR: 6.10)
T Taibu    94* (92b 9x4)      Rizwan Cheema    5-0-29-0
CR Ervine    83* (77b 6x4 2x6)      HS Baidwan    6-0-29-1

30.1

Baidwan to Ervine, no run

30.2

Baidwan to Ervine, 1 run, playing a lot in the V, driven down to long-off

30.3

Baidwan to Taibu, no run, short of a good length outside off, cracked off the back foot to extra cover

30.4

Baidwan to Taibu, 1 run, closes the face to play it in front of midwicket

30.5

Baidwan to Ervine, 1 run, unable to restrain these two batsmen are Canada, singles are easy to come by, played down to long-on

30.6

Baidwan to Taibu, 1 run, shortish on the off, punched off the back foot to deep cover to keep strike

End of over 31 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 187/2 (RR: 6.03)
T Taibu    96* (95b 9x4)      HS Baidwan    6-0-33-1
CR Ervine    85* (80b 6x4 2x6)      Rizwan Cheema    5-0-29-0

Balaji Rao back to bowl

31.1

Balaji Rao to Taibu, 1 run, swept down towards deep square leg for a single

31.2

Balaji Rao to Ervine, OUT, Partnership broken, spun back in from outside off, Ervine was just looking to defend it, there was a hint of extra bounce, got an inside edge onto the pads and it popped up, Bagai made no mistake

CR Ervine c †Bagai b Balaji Rao 85 (114m 81b 6x4 2x6) SR: 104.93

He was going along smoothly there was Ervine, a wicket against the run of play and a pretty tame one in the end. Nevertheless, Zimbabwe are on top now and have the batsmen they need to step up at the death.

Sanjay Manjrekar, on the TV commentary, reminisces about playing against Balaji Rao in the 1990s in India where the legspinner was part of the Tamil Nadu attack

Elton Chigumbura, the new man in

31.3

Balaji Rao to Chigumbura, no run, some turn again, spinning away, gets outside the line and drops it into the off side

A slip comes in

31.4

Balaji Rao to Chigumbura, no run, pitched up on the off, driven back to the bowler who fumbles but no single on offer there

31.5

Balaji Rao to Chigumbura, FOUR, misdireced this time, down the leg side and Chigumbura sweeps it down to the fine-leg boundary

31.6

Balaji Rao to Chigumbura, 1 run, short ball outside off, cut away off the back foot to deep point

End of over 32 (6 runs) Zimbabwe 193/3 (RR: 6.03)
E Chigumbura    5* (4b 1x4)      WD Balaji Rao    5-0-29-1
T Taibu    97* (96b 9x4)      HS Baidwan    6-0-33-1

32.1

Rizwan Cheema to Chigumbura, no run, Cheema bowls that full on the off, played back to the bowler

32.2

Rizwan Cheema to Chigumbura, no run, yorker on middle, it swung in, Chigumbura digs it out but whacks his foot with the bat in the process and is in some pain

32.3

Rizwan Cheema to Chigumbura, no run, good length outside off, tries to drive through the line, gets a thick inside edge towards midwicket

32.4

Rizwan Cheema to Chigumbura, OUT, Bagai's been excellent behind the stumps, Canada are trying to claw their way back in now, nipped back in from a good length, gets forward to defend, gets an inside edge onto the pads and Bagai dives forward to clasp it on the pitch

E Chigumbura c †Bagai b Rizwan Cheema 5 (6m 8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 62.50

Sean Williams comes in now

32.5

Rizwan Cheema to Williams, 1 run, Cheema doles out a full toss first up, it's cracked past cover into the deep for a single

32.6

Rizwan Cheema to Taibu, no run, nice yorker there, right on middle, Taibu digs it out to cover

End of over 33 (1 run) Zimbabwe 194/4 (RR: 5.87)
T Taibu    97* (97b 9x4)      Rizwan Cheema    6-0-30-1
SC Williams    1* (1b)      WD Balaji Rao    5-0-29-1

Raz: "that's the story with players from associate nations, Seren Waters used to captain us at Kongonis Cricket Club whenever he was down for holidays from Cranleigh. So yeah watching my mate on telly is crazy"

33.1

Balaji Rao to Williams, 1 run, short ball, turning in, Williams gets back and cuts it down to deep point

33.2

Balaji Rao to Taibu, 1 run, Taibu steps forward, bends down and sweeps it past square leg for a single

33.3

Balaji Rao to Williams, FOUR, These Zimbabweans love to sweep, Williams fetches that from the off stump and plays it with the turn through square for a boundary, raises the 200

33.4

Balaji Rao to Williams, no run, floating it on middle, short ball, rocks back, turns it to midwicket

33.5

Balaji Rao to Williams, 1 run, fires it full on the off, dragged towards deep square leg for one more

33.6

Balaji Rao to Taibu, OUT, Oh Taibu, what have you done? Three quick wickets and the Canadians are back, tossed up outside off and Taibu went for the slog-sweep, not a wholehearted one though, got the top edge as he went against the turn and holed out to deep midwicket who's standing several yards in

T Taibu c Davison b Balaji Rao 98 (147m 99b 9x4 0x6) SR: 98.98

Big wicket for the Canadians, Taibu misses out on what would have been a well-deserved century. A successful spell from Rao

End of over 34 (7 runs) Zimbabwe 201/5 (RR: 5.91)
     WD Balaji Rao    6-0-36-2
SC Williams    7* (5b 1x4)      Rizwan Cheema    6-0-30-1

34.1

Davison to Williams, 1 run, full toss on middle, driven down to long-on for a single

34.2

Davison to Lamb, no run, flattish delivery, waiting for it to turn in, played to midwicket

Greg Lamb's facing

34.3

Davison to Lamb, 1 run, opens the face at the last moment to play it down to short third

34.4

Davison to Williams, 1 run, slapped off the back foot past extra cover for a single

34.5

Davison to Lamb, no run, fires it short outside off, reaches to cut it but can't quite connect

34.6

Davison to Lamb, 1 run, quicker through the air, full on middle and leg, driven down to long-on

End of over 35 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 205/5 (RR: 5.85)
GA Lamb    2* (4b)      JM Davison    5-0-41-0
SC Williams    9* (7b 1x4)      WD Balaji Rao    6-0-36-2

35.1

Balaji Rao to Lamb, no run, floating it on middle, gets forward to dab it down to midwicket

35.2

Balaji Rao to Lamb, FOUR, fortunate there, the turn helping him there, it spun away sharply, looked to chop it towards point, got the under edge, much finer than he had intended, beat short third to the boundary

35.3

Balaji Rao to Lamb, 1 run, pitched up outside off, driven hard towards deep cover for a single

35.4

Balaji Rao to Williams, 1 run, short ball outside off, backs away and cracks it to deep point

35.5

Balaji Rao to Lamb, no run, floating it on middle and off, defended towards extra cover

35.6

Balaji Rao to Lamb, 2 runs, flighted on middle, tickled past midwicket, the man in the deep is slow to get to it and they've stolen a couple by then

End of over 36 (8 runs) Zimbabwe 213/5 (RR: 5.91)
GA Lamb    9* (9b 1x4)      WD Balaji Rao    6-0-44-2
SC Williams    10* (8b 1x4)      JM Davison    5-0-41-0

36.1

Davison to Williams, 1 run, on leg stump, chipped past the bowler for a single

36.2

Davison to Lamb, 1 run, low full toss on the off, struck down towards long-on for a single

36.3

Davison to Williams, no run, fires it well outside off stump, mistimes a drive to extra cover

36.4

Davison to Williams, no run, slightly short on leg stump, turns in towards middle, pushed back to the bowler

36.5

Davison to Williams, 1 run, slightly short, punched off the back foot past extra cover for a single

36.6

Davison to Lamb, no run, tidy over, keeps it flat, pushed back to Davison

End of over 37 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 216/5 (RR: 5.83)
GA Lamb    10* (11b 1x4)      JM Davison    6-0-44-0
SC Williams    12* (12b 1x4)      WD Balaji Rao    6-0-44-2

The oldest and youngest players in this World Cup might open the innings later in the day. Our man Nagraj Gollapudi met John Davison and Nitish Kumar. Check this out.

37.1

Balaji Rao to Williams, 1 run, full toss on middle, slapped down towards deep square leg where Nitish Kumar does a good job diving to his right

37.2

Balaji Rao to Lamb, 1 run, quick single, played wide of the bowler, Rao collects and aims at the stumps at the non-striker's end, misses, would have been a close call

37.3

Balaji Rao to Williams, 1 run, nurdled for a single

37.4

Balaji Rao to Lamb, OUT, gone, Rao's on a roll. A touch fortunate for the bowler there as Lamb dragged that one on, it spun away from the off stump, Lamb attempted the cut, got an inside edge onto the stumps, six down now

GA Lamb b Balaji Rao 11 (12m 13b 1x4 0x6) SR: 84.61

Prosper Utseya to face now

37.5

Balaji Rao to Utseya, no run, flat delivery on the off, gets forward and taps it towards cover

37.6

Balaji Rao to Utseya, no run, tossed up on middle and leg, turned towards midwicket

End of over 38 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 219/6 (RR: 5.76)
P Utseya    0* (2b)      WD Balaji Rao    7-0-47-3
SC Williams    14* (14b 1x4)      JM Davison    6-0-44-0

38.1

Davison to Williams, 1 run, comes down the track to get to the pitch, drives it down to deep midwicket for a single

38.2

Davison to Utseya, no run, turning in from outside off, gets back and pushes it to midwicket

38.3

Davison to Utseya, no run, slightly short on the off, punches it to extra cover

38.4

Davison to Utseya, 2 runs, short on middle, pulled away past square leg into the deep, Gunasekera fumbles and enables them to run back for the second

38.5

Davison to Utseya, no run, pushed through towards midwicket

38.6

Davison to Utseya, no run, steps back and punches it to extra cover

End of over 39 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 222/6 (RR: 5.69)
P Utseya    2* (7b)      JM Davison    7-0-47-0
SC Williams    15* (15b 1x4)      WD Balaji Rao    7-0-47-3

39.1

Balaji Rao to Williams, FOUR, the googly there, but also a long hop, short and wide, turned away, gave Williams even more room and he thwacked it through extra cover

39.2

Balaji Rao to Williams, no run, tossed up on the off, plays it to midwicket

39.3

Balaji Rao to Williams, 2 runs, a couple more, short ball, chopped past point for a couple of runs

39.4

Balaji Rao to Williams, 1 run, on middle and leg, whipped through square leg for a single

39.5

Balaji Rao to Utseya, no run, pushed off the front foot towards cover

39.6

Balaji Rao to Utseya, no run

End of over 40 (7 runs) Zimbabwe 229/6 (RR: 5.72)
P Utseya    2* (9b)      WD Balaji Rao    8-0-54-3
SC Williams    22* (19b 2x4)      JM Davison    7-0-47-0

40.1

Davison to Williams, 1 run, fires it flat outside off, struck hard towards deep cover

40.2

Davison to Utseya, 1 run, short on the off, gets on the back foot and punches it past the bowler to long-off

40.3

Davison to Williams, FOUR, four more, no surprises, it's the sweep again, bisects the gap between deep square leg and deep midwicket, struck fiercely

40.4

Davison to Williams, 1 run, pitches it on middle, pushed down to long-on for a single

40.5

Davison to Utseya, 1 run, tossed up outside off, drilled down to long-on

40.6

Davison to Williams, 1 run, low full toss on middle, dragged towards deep midwicket for a single

End of over 41 (9 runs) Zimbabwe 238/6 (RR: 5.80)
SC Williams    29* (23b 3x4)      JM Davison    7-0-56-0
P Utseya    4* (11b)      WD Balaji Rao    8-0-54-3

41.1

Balaji Rao to Williams, 1 run, short of a good length, rocks back and cuts it through point for a single

41.2

Balaji Rao to Utseya, no run, looping it on middle and off, defended towards extra cover

Irfan: "Commenting on early comments about Fort McMurray, I have played cricket in Karachi, Minneapolis, Dubai and Fort McMurray. I recently moved to Fort Mac and was surprised to see the talent of cricket in this freezing zone. Luckily, the town has a very diverse population with people from almost all cricket playing nations. I have asked couple High Schools to allow me to be a volunteer cricket coach and one have already agreed!"

41.3

Balaji Rao to Utseya, 1 run, short on middle, made room and slashed it through point into the deep for a single

41.4

Balaji Rao to Williams, OUT, Bagai's into the act again, and so is Rao. Another important wicket just as Zimbabwe were stepping up, a ball bowled down the leg side, not particularly deserving of a wicket, Williams was looking to sweep it fine as ill-luck would have it, it went off the back of the bat straight into Bagai's gloves

SC Williams c †Bagai b Balaji Rao 30 (34m 25b 3x4 0x6) SR: 120.00

Cremer comes in

41.5

Balaji Rao to Cremer, no run, short ball on the off, punched towards extra cover

41.6

Balaji Rao to Cremer, 1 run, flighted on middle, gets across and nudges it in front of square leg for a single

Perhaps a good idea to take the Powerplay now. They don't want to delay it for too long, not with just three wickets remaining. Rao, meanwhile, has completed an innings-turning spell

End of over 42 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 241/7 (RR: 5.73)
AG Cremer    1* (2b)      WD Balaji Rao    9-0-57-4
P Utseya    5* (13b)      JM Davison    7-0-56-0

Cheema comes on

42.1

Rizwan Cheema to Cremer, 1 run, strays on the pads and it's flicked through square leg for a single

42.2

Rizwan Cheema to Utseya, 1 run, pushed through towards long-on for a single

42.3

Rizwan Cheema to Cremer, no run, slower one bowled short on middle, punched off the back foot to midwicket

42.4

Rizwan Cheema to Cremer, 1 run, low full toss on the off, driven down to long-off for a single

42.5

Rizwan Cheema to Utseya, no run, the offcutter, gets forward and pushes it towards cover

42.6

Rizwan Cheema to Utseya, no run, stopped on him a little and cut back in, tried to punch it into the leg side, got an inside edge onto his pads

End of over 43 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 244/7 (RR: 5.67)
P Utseya    6* (16b)      Rizwan Cheema    7-0-33-1
AG Cremer    3* (5b)      WD Balaji Rao    9-0-57-4

Baidwan back into the attack

43.1

Baidwan to Cremer, 1 run, short ball on middle, pulled towards deep square leg for a single

43.2

Baidwan to Utseya, 1 run, swung away towards short fine, sharp fielding but equally good running, thy've pinched a single

Kalyan: "And may be thats the reason, Sanjay Manjrekar has Balaji Rao in his Fantasy Team. With 34 transfers left, he has one hand on the Macbook already :)"

43.3

Baidwan to Cremer, 1 run, slower one bowled short on middle, turned away through square leg

43.4

Baidwan to Utseya, FOUR, low full toss, he's found the gap and taken the score past 250, driven along the ground in that big gap between deep midwicket and deep square leg

43.5

Baidwan to Utseya, 1 run, pitched up on the off, pushed down the ground to long-off

43.6

Baidwan to Cremer, no run, fires it full on the off again, drives it back to the bowler

End of over 44 (8 runs) Zimbabwe 252/7 (RR: 5.72)
AG Cremer    5* (8b)      HS Baidwan    7-0-41-1
P Utseya    12* (19b 1x4)      Rizwan Cheema    7-0-33-1

Ayaz: "When I was a middle school student in Canada I had a French teacher named John Davison. When I first heard his name on Canada's 2003 World Cup roster I did a quick Yahoo search to see if it was the same guy. It wasn't."

44.1

Rizwan Cheema to Utseya, 1 run, an inswinging low full toss, struck to midwicket, there's a fumble and a resultant single

44.2

Rizwan Cheema to Cremer, 1 run, slower one bowled short outside off, dropped it wide of point for a single

44.3

Rizwan Cheema to Utseya, no run, plenty of width, bowled full as well, driven straight to extra cover

44.4

Rizwan Cheema to Utseya, no run, slightly short on the off, gets back and pushes it back to the bowler

44.5

Rizwan Cheema to Utseya, 1 run, had shaped up to play the paddle, it was wider than he would have liked but played it well, to deep square leg for a single

44.6

Rizwan Cheema to Cremer, 1 run, full and wide, got an under-edge as he reached for it, Bagai missed and they stole a single

End of over 45 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 256/7 (RR: 5.68)
AG Cremer    7* (10b)      Rizwan Cheema    8-0-37-1
P Utseya    14* (23b 1x4)      HS Baidwan    7-0-41-1

The batting Powerplay comes into effect now. Khurram Chohan back into the attack

45.1

Khurram Chohan to Cremer, 1 run, full toss on middle, played down towards long-off for a single

45.2

Khurram Chohan to Utseya, 1 leg bye, appeal for lbw, tries to play the scoop but was struck outside th eline of off there, they steal a leg bye

45.3

Khurram Chohan to Cremer, 1 run, aiming for the yorker, squeezed it towards point for a quick single

45.4

Khurram Chohan to Utseya, FOUR, the scoop works this time, fetches it from the off stump, he had made his mind up, pitched on a length, just about right to execute that shot and beat short fine leg

45.5

Khurram Chohan to Utseya, 1 run, appeal for lbw, but it went off the bat, trying to play the reverse-scoop this time, gets the edge and it goes down to fine leg, the bowler didn't know what happened

45.6

Khurram Chohan to Cremer, 2 runs, slower ball bowled short on middle, slapped over the bowler's head for a couple of runs

End of over 46 (10 runs) Zimbabwe 266/7 (RR: 5.78)
AG Cremer    11* (13b)      Khurram Chohan    8-0-33-1
P Utseya    19* (26b 2x4)      Rizwan Cheema    8-0-37-1

Cheema runs in

46.1

Rizwan Cheema to Utseya, 1 run, straying on the pads, swung down to fine leg for a single

46.2

Rizwan Cheema to Cremer, 2 runs, dropped, didn't pick the slower one, tried to drag it over midwicket, mistimed it and Nitish Kumar, inside the circle, dived full length to his left but couldn't quite hold on

46.3

Rizwan Cheema to Cremer, FOUR, firmly struck, short ball outside off, he swatted it over the bowler's head to beat the fielders in the V

46.4

Rizwan Cheema to Cremer, FOUR, full on the pads, poor line and Cremer scoops it past short fine, they're making good use of the Powerplay here

46.5

Rizwan Cheema to Cremer, 1 run, round the wicket, tries aiming at the blockhole, played uppishly towards long-on for a single

46.6

Rizwan Cheema to Utseya, 2 runs, slower one bowled full on middle, comes down the track and drills it down the ground wide of long-on

End of over 47 (14 runs) Zimbabwe 280/7 (RR: 5.95)
P Utseya    22* (28b 2x4)      Rizwan Cheema    9-0-51-1
AG Cremer    22* (17b 2x4)      Khurram Chohan    8-0-33-1

Imran: "Former Canadian fast-bowler, John Valentine was a teacher at my high school. He bowled to me once. Sadly he is more of a spinner now. He told me how he got Majid Khan out."

47.1

Khurram Chohan to Cremer, no run, Chohan bangs it short and Cremer wasn't expecting it, tried to pull it but was late on the shot

47.2

Khurram Chohan to Cremer, no run, yorker length outside off, Cremer can't quite squeeze it out there, had to reach a little for it

47.3

Khurram Chohan to Cremer, 1 run, tried to scoop it fine, didn't quite time it well, got to the short fine fielder on the bounce, just the single

James: "I didn't realize for 3 months but it turned out my PE teacher was Ian Billcliff the former Canadian batsman."

47.4

Khurram Chohan to Utseya, OUT, Utseya struck that well but holed out to deep square leg, length delivery and he picked it up well but found Jimmy Hansra perfectly positioned in the deep, he ran in a few yards and judged it well

P Utseya c Hansra b Khurram Chohan 22 (40m 29b 2x4 0x6) SR: 75.86

47.5

Khurram Chohan to Cremer, 1 run, Cremer continues to be positive, pitched up and he drives it well wide of long-off for a single

Ray Price to face

47.6

Khurram Chohan to Price, no run, an inswinging yorker, dug out towards midwicket by the new man

End of over 48 (2 runs) Zimbabwe 282/8 (RR: 5.87)
RW Price    0* (1b)      Khurram Chohan    9-0-35-2
AG Cremer    24* (21b 2x4)      Rizwan Cheema    9-0-51-1

48.1

Baidwan to Cremer, 2 runs, slower one bowled on middle and leg, tries to swing it over midwicket, it's a bit of a miscue but lands safe, a couple more

48.2

Baidwan to Cremer, OUT, the offcutter by Baidwan does the trick, Cremer had made room there and was targeting the straight boundary, tried to hit through the line, got an edge that flicked leg stump, nine down now with 10 Powerplay balls left. They wouldn't want to waste it. Handy knock by Cremer, though

AG Cremer b Baidwan 26 (31m 23b 2x4 0x6) SR: 113.04

Chris Mpofu to face now

48.3

Baidwan to Mpofu, no run, full outside off, just pushes at it, doesn't make contact

48.4

Baidwan to Mpofu, 1 leg bye, a belated appeal from the bowler as Mpofu is struck on the pads while trying to close the face, appearing to strike him in line with leg but that's only on first sight. Replays indicate that the ball would have gone down leg. They've called for a referral after the umpire turned down the appeal

48.5

Baidwan to Price, no run, banged it short on leg stump, an attempted bouncer, Price ducks under it

48.6

Baidwan to Price, FOUR, absolutely whacked it, short ball on middle and he dispatched it to the square-leg boundary

End of over 49 (7 runs) Zimbabwe 289/9 (RR: 5.89)
RW Price    4* (3b 1x4)      HS Baidwan    7-0-47-2
CB Mpofu    0* (2b)      Khurram Chohan    9-0-35-2

Chohan to bowl the 50th over

49.1

Khurram Chohan to Mpofu, 1 run, Mpofy digs out the yorker into the leg side and Price calls for the single, making it in time, he's the right man to be on strike for Zimbabwe

49.2

Khurram Chohan to Price, 1 run, another inswinging yorker, Price is fortunate to get some bat to it, it drops dead on the pitch and they steal another quick single

49.3

Khurram Chohan to Mpofu, 1 run, full toss on the off, pushed gently to mid-off for one more

49.4

Khurram Chohan to Price, FOUR, Lovely stuff from Price, inspired by Dougie Marillier, low full toss on middle, attempted yorker gone wrong, moves across and scoops it past short fine

49.5

Khurram Chohan to Price, 1 run, tried it again and could have worked but for his leg, it was a full toss and he played it onto his leg as he tried that shot again, just the single this time

49.6

Khurram Chohan to Mpofu, 1 run, low full toss, tapped towards point for a single

Zimbabwe have posted a challenging score here, though they looked good to get much more when Taibu and Ervine were going strong. But they lost five for 52 at one stage with Balaji chipping in with wickets in the middle overs. Nevetheless, Canada have a daunting task ahead of them. It could come down to how they handle spin. Zimbabwe have three specialist spinners and enough part-timers, do Canada have the wherewithal to combat them? We'll see soon. Thanks for tuning in, Sidharth Monga will take you through the second innings. Bye.

End of over 50 (9 runs) Zimbabwe 298/9
CB Mpofu    3* (5b)      Khurram Chohan    10-0-44-2
RW Price    10* (6b 2x4)      HS Baidwan    7-0-47-2

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Feb 28, 2011

Jimmy Hansra reacts after being dismissed, Canada v Zimbabwe, World Cup 2011, Group A, Nagpur, February 28, 2011

Jimmy Hansra reacts after being dismissed

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Ruvindu Gunasekera was bowled for 24, Canada v Zimbabwe, World Cup 2011, Group A, Nagpur, February 28, 2011

Ruvindu Gunasekera was bowled for 24

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