ICC Cricket World Cup, 2010/11 / Commentary

ICC Cricket World Cup - 12th match, Group A

Canada v Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe won by 175 runs

Back for Asia XI's reply to this daunting total. Oops, they are called Canada for World Cup purposes. Cricket is truly becoming global, isn't it? Be that as it may, it was a joy to watch Wandavasi Dorakanti Balaji Rao, formerly of Tamil Nadu, bowl pure unadulterated legspin: big legbreaks, googlies, long hops, some trash, utter disregard for containment. And how cool is it to not appeal, just look back at the umpire, and keep staring until he raises the finger. Coolness.

Moving on, one of the few Canada-born players - three, in fact - in this squad is debutant Nitish Kumar, all of 16. Nagraj Gollapudi met the man, and also the oldest man in the tournament, John Davison. Do read.

Like the new kid Nitish, there are new apps on the block. Go have a look.

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Right we are about to go. Nitish Kumar and John Davison to open. The young and old of the Cup. Christopher Mpofu to bowl. Can't be too long before we have the spinners all over Canada

0.1

Mpofu to Davison, no run, back of a length to star off with, punched to cover, crisp sound off the bat

0.2

Mpofu to Davison, no run, slightly fuller, slightly straighter, no movement, true bounce, defended back to Mpofu

0.3

Mpofu to Davison, no run, nice punch shot again, off the front foot, straight to cover

0.4

Mpofu to Davison, no run, lucky, is Mpofu. Strays on the pads with the fine leg up, but Davison plays it straight to the man

0.5

Mpofu to Davison, no run, another leg-side offering wasted through a flick straight to mid-on

0.6

Mpofu to Davison, no run, short ball, tennis-ball bounce, Davison ducks under it. Umpire says the height is fine. Maiden over

End of over 1 (maiden) Canada 0/0 (299 runs required from 49 overs, RR: 0.00, RRR: 6.10)
JM Davison    0* (6b)      CB Mpofu    1-1-0-0
NR Kumar    0* (0b)     

Ray price to bowl. Owns the longest follow-through for a spinner. Especially if you play and miss

1.1

Price to Kumar, 1 run, Nitish gets off the mark first ball. Soft hands, bunted into the leg side, and runs through

No slip. Long-on and square leg in deep

1.2

Price to Davison, no run, flat delivery, defended back to Price

1.3

Price to Davison, OUT, Price strikes. What a performer for Zimbabwe, regularly opens the bowling, and hardly ever disappoints. Davison gives him the charge here, and plays down the wrong line of a flighted delivery that straightens ever so little. Enough to take the top of off. The bail hits the keeper in the throat

JM Davison b Price 0 (5m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Gunasekara is the new man in. A slip comes in. Simon Doull on air: "Both these batsmen's combined age is less than Davison's alone."

1.4

Price to Gunasekera, no run, flat delivery, just short of a length, defended back

1.5

Price to Gunasekera, no run, fuller, stump to stump, defended again

1.6

Price to Gunasekera, no run, another forward-defensive

Athar Ali Khan on fire: "You play the wrong shot, you pay the Price." Priceless

End of over 2 (1 run) Canada 1/1 (298 runs required from 48 overs, RR: 0.50, RRR: 6.20)
R Gunasekera    0* (3b)      RW Price    1-0-1-1
NR Kumar    1* (1b)      CB Mpofu    1-1-0-0

2.1

Mpofu to Kumar, no run, Nitish looks to drop and run, but it's gone straight to backward point, and he is sent back

2.2

Mpofu to Kumar, no run, slower ball, Kumar plays in front of his body, bat turns in the hand, and it rolls back to the bowler

2.3

Mpofu to Kumar, no run, looks to drive, planting the front foot down, gets the inside half of the bat, back to the bowler

2.4

Mpofu to Kumar, 1 wide, short delivery, looking to tuck him, is wided down the leg side

2.4

Mpofu to Kumar, no run, looking for the pull shot, loose shot, and is beaten

2.5

Mpofu to Kumar, no run, push-drive, good connection, but can't find the gap at cover

2.6

Mpofu to Kumar, no run, angling into the pads, worked away, but finds square leg

End of over 3 (1 run) Canada 2/1 (297 runs required from 47 overs, RR: 0.66, RRR: 6.31)
NR Kumar    1* (7b)      CB Mpofu    2-1-1-0
R Gunasekera    0* (3b)      RW Price    1-0-1-1

3.1

Price to Gunasekera, no run, stump to stump again, back of a length, defended back

3.2

Price to Gunasekera, no run, fullish on the pads, turned to square leg

3.3

Price to Gunasekera, no run, flighted this time, no turn, defended back again

3.4

Price to Gunasekera, no run, full delivery, pushed back again

3.5

Price to Gunasekera, no run, stays back to the in-between length, gets an inside edge onto the pads

3.6

Price to Gunasekera, 1 run, Price is livid, he is kicking away as he goes back to his mark. Why? Because he has conceded a single. Bowled on the pads, and Gunasekara turns it past midwicket

End of over 4 (1 run) Canada 3/1 (296 runs required from 46 overs, RR: 0.75, RRR: 6.43)
R Gunasekera    1* (9b)      RW Price    2-0-2-1
NR Kumar    1* (7b)      CB Mpofu    2-1-1-0

Widish slip for Gunasekara

4.1

Mpofu to Gunasekera, FOUR, prefers pace to spin. This is the first ball he has faced from Mpofu, and rocks back to a short delivery to pull it through midwicket. All along the ground

4.2

Mpofu to Gunasekera, no run, fuller this time, Gunasekara comes forward to pat it back to Mpofu

4.3

Mpofu to Gunasekera, no run, left alone outside off

Third man and fine leg are the two men outside the circle

4.4

Mpofu to Gunasekera, no run, left alone outside off again. Covered his stumps before he shouldered arms

4.5

Mpofu to Gunasekera, no run, fuller, gets right behind it, and pushes it to mid-on

4.6

Mpofu to Gunasekera, no run, defended towards cover-point, good comeback from Mpofu after having been hit for four first ball

End of over 5 (4 runs) Canada 7/1 (292 runs required from 45 overs, RR: 1.40, RRR: 6.48)
R Gunasekera    5* (15b 1x4)      CB Mpofu    3-1-5-0
NR Kumar    1* (7b)      RW Price    2-0-2-1

5.1

Price to Kumar, no run, turn there, very little, though, but enough to get a leading edge from Kumar who stays back. it falls safe, however

5.2

Price to Kumar, no run, flat, into the pads, turned to square leg

5.3

Price to Kumar, OUT, Price sticks his left hand out and sends back Kumar. He slowed this one down, inviting the drive, Kumar got inside the line, and looked to go towards mid-off, playing half a second too early, and chipping it to the left of Price. No great pace on the ball, and Price takes a good one-handed catch

NR Kumar c & b Price 1 (22m 10b 0x4 0x6) SR: 10.00

Ashish Bagai is the new batsman here. Price and Mpofu have made it tough for Canada

5.4

Price to Bagai, OUT, Price is on a hat-trick. And what an ordinary way to get out for the captain. It seemed Bagai had decided yesterday he would sweep Price the first ball he faces him. He does. And the ball is slightly shorter than he wants, and there is a touch extra bounce, and the tame top edge is pouched at square leg

A Bagai c Williams b Price 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Slip, short leg, gully for the hat-trick ball. Hansra to face it

5.5

Price to Hansra, no run, Slow, loopy, teasing. The slowest he has bowled ever? 79ks. Hansra resists the temptation of reaching out, stays back, lets it turn and then defends

5.6

Price to Hansra, no run, slow and loopy again, this time Hansra stretches forward to defend

Double-wicket maiden. And what figures for Price: 3-1-2-3

End of over 6 (wicket maiden) Canada 7/3 (292 runs required from 44 overs, RR: 1.16, RRR: 6.63)
AS Hansra    0* (2b)      RW Price    3-1-2-3
R Gunasekera    5* (15b 1x4)      CB Mpofu    3-1-5-0

6.1

Mpofu to Gunasekera, no run, driven to mid-off, can't find the gap

6.2

Mpofu to Gunasekera, no run, full and wide, and left alone

6.3

Mpofu to Gunasekera, no run, slower ball, grips from the surface, but Gunasekara doesn't commit to a shot, and defends it well

6.4

Mpofu to Gunasekera, no run, good-looking drive, but finds mid-off again

6.5

Mpofu to Gunasekera, no run, forward defensive - 16 deliveries without a run now, and two wickets lost in the process

6.6

Mpofu to Gunasekera, 1 run, finally a run, slower ball, on the pads, turned away to long leg for one

End of over 7 (1 run) Canada 8/3 (291 runs required from 43 overs, RR: 1.14, RRR: 6.76)
R Gunasekera    6* (21b 1x4)      CB Mpofu    4-1-6-0
AS Hansra    0* (2b)      RW Price    3-1-2-3

7.1

Price to Gunasekera, no run, defends around the front pad, towards straight midwicket

7.2

Price to Gunasekera, no run, flighted delivery, pushed back to him

7.3

Price to Gunasekera, no run, tossed up again, pitches middle and off, gets turn, played uppishly towards square leg

7.4

Price to Gunasekera, no run, flat and quick again, played back

7.5

Price to Gunasekera, no run, forward defensive to cover

rushing through his deliveries, is Price

7.6

Price to Gunasekera, no run, arm ball, good thing that Gunasekara has shut shop and is not looking to score runs, which allows him to play this late and not commit to any shot early

End of over 8 (maiden) Canada 8/3 (291 runs required from 42 overs, RR: 1.00, RRR: 6.92)
R Gunasekera    6* (27b 1x4)      RW Price    4-2-2-3
AS Hansra    0* (2b)      CB Mpofu    4-1-6-0

8.1

Mpofu to Hansra, 1 run, pushed nicely, between mid-off and mid-on, gets the single

8.2

Mpofu to Gunasekera, no run, defends around the front pad again, which he often tends to do

Graeme: "This morning I was faced with a choice, include either Utseya or Price as my only Zimbabwean in the fantasy team (and captain too). Last Zim game I had Price, this time I went Utseya. Ah luck, thou art fickle!" I don't quite know how the fantasy cricket works, and whether there are rewards for good economy rates. Fir if there are, I would never not pick Price

8.3

Mpofu to Gunasekera, 1 run, driven nicely, but still can't pierce the cover field. Just the single there

8.4

Mpofu to Hansra, no run, good bouncers, gets a bit big on him, on target too, Hansra fends, but it falls short of short midwicket

8.5

Mpofu to Hansra, no run, slower ball, outside off, pushed to cover

8.6

Mpofu to Hansra, FOUR, another good bouncer, and Mpofu is unlucky again. Hansra is clearly late into the pull, but gets a chunky top edge, which clears the keeper and slips by a comfortable distance

End of over 9 (6 runs) Canada 14/3 (285 runs required from 41 overs, RR: 1.55, RRR: 6.95)
AS Hansra    5* (6b 1x4)      CB Mpofu    5-1-12-0
R Gunasekera    7* (29b 1x4)      RW Price    4-2-2-3

Chris is being brutally honest. he writes in, "This Canadian side is a complete and utter joke 8/3 after 8 overs against Zim, come on. I feel sorry for the Irish and Dutch but this team has no right playing in a World Cup and it will be a pleasure to not see them in the next."

9.1

Price to Gunasekera, no run, full and fast, defended

9.2

Price to Gunasekera, no run, same control again, and Price does the fielding again, and rushes back to his mark

9.3

Price to Gunasekera, no run, slower through the air, draws him out, almost overbalances as he looks to defend

9.4

Price to Gunasekera, no run, some more loop, and sharp turn too, turned to short fine leg

9.5

Price to Gunasekera, no run, flatter this time, defended back

9.6

Price to Gunasekera, no run, slightly slower than the last one, Gunasekara defends off the front foot

Three maidens in a row for Price - his figures? 5-3-2-3. Bowling Powerplay taken. Cheapest first Powerplay of the WC so far. Canada beat their own mark of 20 for 3 against SL. More spin. Utseya to bowl

End of over 10 (maiden) Canada 14/3 (285 runs required from 40 overs, RR: 1.40, RRR: 7.12)
R Gunasekera    7* (35b 1x4)      RW Price    5-3-2-3
AS Hansra    5* (6b 1x4)      CB Mpofu    5-1-12-0

10.1

Utseya to Hansra, no run, quick, accurate delivery, keeps it out

10.2

Utseya to Hansra, no run, now he flights it up, Hansra steps out of his crease and defends

10.3

Utseya to Hansra, no run, tossed up wide outside off again, defended back

10.4

Utseya to Hansra, no run, slightly flatter, almost a yorker outside off, played back to him

10.5

Utseya to Hansra, no run, invitingly tossed up again, pushed back to the bowler who lets a throw rip back to the keeper

10.6

Utseya to Hansra, 1 run, almost gets the wicket with that flight, this time getting Hansra to play in the air towards long-on, but it doesn't quite carry to the fielder

End of over 11 (1 run) Canada 15/3 (284 runs required from 39 overs, RR: 1.36, RRR: 7.28)
AS Hansra    6* (12b 1x4)      P Utseya    1-0-1-0
R Gunasekera    7* (35b 1x4)      RW Price    5-3-2-3

11.1

Price to Hansra, no run, on off stumps again, can't get this away

11.2

Price to Hansra, no run, fired into the pads, misses out on the offering

11.3

Price to Hansra, 1 run, Stop the press! They have finally scored off Price. Slower through the air this time, turned away to square leg for one

11.4

Price to Gunasekera, no run, Gunasekara defends again

11.5

Price to Gunasekera, FOUR, Boundary off Price! Doomsday has arrived. Good shot, really nice shot, charges at a flighted delivery, and chips it over midwicket

11.6

Price to Gunasekera, 5 runs, well well well, four overthrows off the bowling off Price. Somebody gonna get a-hurt real bad. Coventry it is this time. This was pushed to mid-off for a sharp single, Coventry threw wide of the keeper and slip. Don't go anywhere near Price, Charles

End of over 12 (10 runs) Canada 25/3 (274 runs required from 38 overs, RR: 2.08, RRR: 7.21)
R Gunasekera    16* (38b 2x4)      RW Price    6-3-12-3
AS Hansra    7* (15b 1x4)      P Utseya    1-0-1-0

round the wicket goes Utseya

12.1

Utseya to Gunasekera, no run, offbreak around off, defended

12.2

Utseya to Gunasekera, no run, classical offspinners's one-two. Offbreak followed by the straighter one, Gunasekara plays for the turn, is hit on the pad, Asad Rauf thinks he is gone lbw, but Gunasekara goes for the review. And what does it reveal? That he had got just outside the line of off by the time the ball hit his pad. The decision is reversed

12.3

Utseya to Gunasekera, 1 run, full delivery, driven to long-off for one

12.4

Utseya to Hansra, SIX, that's how they need to bat! No half-hearted chip. He accepts the invitation from this flighted delivery, comes down the track, right to the pitch of the ball, and goes way over long-off. Sweet timing

12.5

Utseya to Hansra, 1 run, flat into the pads, turned away for a single

12.6

Utseya to Gunasekera, no run, flighted around middle and leg, defended back to Utseya

End of over 13 (8 runs) Canada 33/3 (266 runs required from 37 overs, RR: 2.53, RRR: 7.18)
R Gunasekera    17* (42b 2x4)      P Utseya    2-0-9-0
AS Hansra    14* (17b 1x4 1x6)      RW Price    6-3-12-3

13.1

Price to Hansra, no run, looks to help it away with the angle for one, can't beat short fine leg

13.2

Price to Hansra, no run, darts this one into the pads, cramping him up

13.3

Price to Hansra, no run, slower, much slower, turning away, Hansra goes deep into the crease and defends

13.4

Price to Hansra, no run, slightly quicker, pushed to midwicket

13.5

Price to Hansra, no run, fuller, flatter, defended to leg

13.6

Price to Hansra, no run, fired into the pads for another dot. Maiden from Price. All's well with the world again

End of over 14 (maiden) Canada 33/3 (266 runs required from 36 overs, RR: 2.35, RRR: 7.38)
AS Hansra    14* (23b 1x4 1x6)      RW Price    7-4-12-3
R Gunasekera    17* (42b 2x4)      P Utseya    2-0-9-0

14.1

Utseya to Gunasekera, 1 run, shimmies down the track to push this to long-on for one

14.2

Utseya to Hansra, no run, yorks himself, digs this delivery out to to short third

14.3

Utseya to Hansra, no run, flighted outside off, defended with an open face

14.4

Utseya to Hansra, no run, full and accurate, pushed back to Utseya

14.5

Utseya to Hansra, no run, loose delivery, shortish and wide, cut away, but straight to point

14.6

Utseya to Hansra, 1 run, overpitched, gets a single into the on side

End of over 15 (2 runs) Canada 35/3 (264 runs required from 35 overs, RR: 2.33, RRR: 7.54)
AS Hansra    15* (28b 1x4 1x6)      P Utseya    3-0-11-0
R Gunasekera    18* (43b 2x4)      RW Price    7-4-12-3

Greg lamb to bowl now. Bowl fast offbreaks. And he turns it

15.1

Lamb to Hansra, no run, loosener, short and wide, but Hansra can't beat short third man, the only cover there

15.2

Lamb to Hansra, no run, closer to the stumps, fuller too, defended back

15.3

Lamb to Hansra, 1 run, chipped towards long-on for one

15.4

Lamb to Gunasekera, 1 wide, wide down the leg side

15.4

Lamb to Gunasekera, no run, gets it right this time, Gunasekara comes forward and defends

Bowling round the stumps to left-hand batsman, by the way

15.5

Lamb to Gunasekera, no run, a bit leg-sidish, but not damage done

15.6

Lamb to Gunasekera, 1 run, slight misfield by Utseya at extra cover gives away the single

End of over 16 (3 runs) Canada 38/3 (261 runs required from 34 overs, RR: 2.37, RRR: 7.67)
R Gunasekera    19* (46b 2x4)      GA Lamb    1-0-3-0
AS Hansra    16* (31b 1x4 1x6)      P Utseya    3-0-11-0

16.1

Utseya to Gunasekera, no run, sharp turn from middle and leg, gets an edge but it falls safe

16.2

Utseya to Gunasekera, no run, comes down the track to defend this one

16.3

Utseya to Gunasekera, 1 run, trying to pat a burning down, trying to cut the straighter one, and is lucky that he has not chopped this onto his stumps

16.4

Utseya to Hansra, 1 run, pre-meditated sweep for one

16.5

Utseya to Gunasekera, no run, flighted on middle and leg, generously tossed up, there is turn to, does well to defend it back to him

16.6

Utseya to Gunasekera, no run, draws him out of the crease, pushed to mid-off

End of over 17 (2 runs) Canada 40/3 (259 runs required from 33 overs, RR: 2.35, RRR: 7.84)
R Gunasekera    20* (51b 2x4)      P Utseya    3-0-13-0
AS Hansra    17* (32b 1x4 1x6)      GA Lamb    1-0-3-0

Nigel Ward: "A week ago, I thought it was awful the associates were going to be left out. Now, it's awful the're in. We could have a shorter, more exciting world cup without them, frankly, I'm bored." For what it's worth, I think that would have denied us what Ireland and Netherlands had to show

17.1

Lamb to Hansra, 1 run, flat offbreak, defended back

17.2

Lamb to Gunasekera, 1 wide, wide down the leg side

17.2

Lamb to Gunasekera, no run, plays in front of his body, uppishly too, but it falls short of extra cover

17.3

Lamb to Gunasekera, 1 wide, another wide down the leg side

17.3

Lamb to Gunasekera, no run, looks to make room, Lamb follows him, cramping him up

17.4

Lamb to Gunasekera, 1 run, driven down to long-on this time

17.5

Lamb to Hansra, no run, swept to short fine, there is yes and no, and no prevails eventually

17.6

Lamb to Hansra, 1 run, short, cut away to sweeper-cover

Time for drinks. Canada have freed themselves relatively speaking, but this match still doesn't seem headed anywhere. I would love to be proven wrong, though

End of over 18 (5 runs) Canada 45/3 (254 runs required from 32 overs, RR: 2.50, RRR: 7.93)
AS Hansra    19* (35b 1x4 1x6)      GA Lamb    2-0-8-0
R Gunasekera    21* (54b 2x4)      P Utseya    3-0-13-0

Mike writes in, "Only waiting for Cheema to come out and bat like he did against lankans then i can go to bed! got work tomorrow at 8am." Yes I have read about his big hitting.

Arjun is tuned in. He says, "In the other match which just started in Delhi, West Indies have got more runs in their first 5 balls than what Canada got in their first 50."

18.1

Utseya to Hansra, no run, flat offbreak, defended to cover

18.2

Utseya to Hansra, no run, tossed up, pushed to midwicket

18.3

Utseya to Hansra, 1 run, gets inside the line and turns this offbreak into the leg side for one

18.4

Utseya to Gunasekera, 1 wide, another wide down the leg side. Zimbabwe have been a bit loose of late

18.4

Utseya to Gunasekera, no run, appeal for leg-before, but pitching middle and leg and not turning. So going down, but wait, Zimbabwe have gone for the UDRS. The replays show that while it is not missing the leg stump, but less than half ball is hitting it, so Rauf's instinct was correct this time

18.5

Utseya to Gunasekera, 1 run, comes down the track, pushes it to long-on for one

18.6

Utseya to Hansra, no run, flat delivery, defended back to the bowler

End of over 19 (3 runs) Canada 48/3 (251 runs required from 31 overs, RR: 2.52, RRR: 8.09)
AS Hansra    20* (39b 1x4 1x6)      P Utseya    4-0-16-0
R Gunasekera    22* (56b 2x4)      GA Lamb    2-0-8-0

19.1

Lamb to Gunasekera, no run, turn and bounce, played with an open face, towards short third man

19.2

Lamb to Gunasekera, no run, flighted, defended to cover

19.3

Lamb to Gunasekera, no run, overpitched, nearly a full toss, driven straight back to him

19.4

Lamb to Gunasekera, no run, defended around the front leg again

19.5

Lamb to Gunasekera, 1 run, pushed with an open face, wide of cover for one

19.6

Lamb to Hansra, no run, nice offbreak, a little bit of drift, creating a gap between bat and pad, beats him, but the pad is covering the stumps

End of over 20 (1 run) Canada 49/3 (250 runs required from 30 overs, RR: 2.45, RRR: 8.33)
AS Hansra    20* (40b 1x4 1x6)      GA Lamb    3-0-9-0
R Gunasekera    23* (61b 2x4)      P Utseya    4-0-16-0

20.1

Utseya to Gunasekera, no run, How did the miss the off stump? Straighter delivery, between bat and pad, but the bails are in tact. There is a woody sound, and Taibu belatedly wants to appeal, but has no support from the bowler

20.2

Utseya to Gunasekera, 1 run, into the pads, helped away for one

20.3

Utseya to Hansra, OUT, Utseya's guile works finally. tossed up outside off again, Hansra is pulled out of the crease, and this one goes straight and beats him defensive prod, and he is stumped by a mile. Beaten in flight, beaten by the lack of turn. Stumpings don't come more comprehensive

AS Hansra st †Taibu b Utseya 20 (53m 41b 1x4 1x6) SR: 48.78

Here comes the saviour, Cheema. if what I have read of him is right, he won't hang around aimlessly

20.4

Utseya to Rizwan Cheema, no run, flat delivery, defended to leg

20.5

Utseya to Rizwan Cheema, no run, flat on off again, hit hard to extra cover

20.6

Utseya to Rizwan Cheema, no run, tossed up wide outside off, draws him into a forward defensive, beats him by lack of turn, but Cheema hasn't left his crease

End of over 21 (1 run) Canada 50/4 (249 runs required from 29 overs, RR: 2.38, RRR: 8.58)
Rizwan Cheema    0* (3b)      P Utseya    5-0-17-1
R Gunasekera    24* (63b 2x4)      GA Lamb    3-0-9-0

21.1

Lamb to Gunasekera, OUT, with one, come two! Tame dismissal. Pitched middle and off, turning away, looks to run this down to third man. However, it doesn't turn as much as he expects, takes the inside edge, onto the pad, then softly onto the stumps

R Gunasekera b Lamb 24 (76m 64b 2x4 0x6) SR: 37.50

Sarkari is the new batsman

Graeme writes in, meanwhile: "@ Nigel, nope, the World cup would still be the same number of games, see 2015, because more games = more games to televise. I was more bored watching NZ v Aus. Sometimes cricket is one-sided. Such is life. We watch in anticipation of the RARE, magic moments like ten Doeschate's century..."

21.2

Lamb to Surkari, no run, nicely flighted outside off, defended off the front foot

21.3

Lamb to Surkari, 1 run, good footwork, comes down the track and chips it towards long-on for one

21.4

Lamb to Rizwan Cheema, SIX, whoa! Cheema has arrived. Smashed straight for a six. Just like that. Where were they hiding him? Clean and meaty, but from what I have heard Cheema is not a straight hitter, he is an unabashed across-the-line slogger

21.5

Lamb to Rizwan Cheema, FOUR, this is cross-batted. Unabashed. Slog-sweep. Four runs. Vintage Cheema

21.6

Lamb to Rizwan Cheema, no run, thrown up invitingly again, good bowling, Cheema keeps his cool and defends it

End of over 22 (11 runs) Canada 61/5 (238 runs required from 28 overs, RR: 2.77, RRR: 8.50)
Rizwan Cheema    10* (6b 1x4 1x6)      GA Lamb    4-0-20-1
ZE Surkari    1* (2b)      P Utseya    5-0-17-1

22.1

Utseya to Surkari, 1 run, pushed to mid-on for one

22.2

Utseya to Rizwan Cheema, no run, flat, into the pads, pushed to midwicket

22.3

Utseya to Rizwan Cheema, FOUR, now we are talking, now somebody is trying to score runs. Cut away fiercely, and Coventry puts in a special effort at the boundary, diving to make a save, but his fingers were touching the rope while he did that

22.4

Utseya to Rizwan Cheema, no run, goes for the cut again, beaten this time

22.5

Utseya to Rizwan Cheema, OUT, gone! Too short this eventful stay of Cheema has been. Dismissed by a juicy, leg-side full toss. Well he tried to hit a six, but was early into the shot, and off the back of the bat it lobbed straight to short fine leg. What do we look forward to now?

Rizwan Cheema c Cremer b Utseya 14 (9m 10b 2x4 1x6) SR: 140.00

Jamaican-born Gordon in now

22.6

Utseya to Gordon, 1 wide, wide down the leg side, there have been a few of those

22.6

Utseya to Gordon, 1 run, pushed to long-off for a single

End of over 23 (7 runs) Canada 68/6 (231 runs required from 27 overs, RR: 2.95, RRR: 8.55)
TG Gordon    1* (1b)      P Utseya    6-0-24-2
ZE Surkari    2* (3b)      GA Lamb    4-0-20-1

23.1

Lamb to Gordon, no run, nice offbreak, pitches middle and leg, turns away, defended

23.2

Lamb to Gordon, no run, flight there, played with soft hands

23.3

Lamb to Gordon, no run, short, looks to cut, but ends up playing it to extra cover

23.4

Lamb to Gordon, no run, pushed through, and pushed to cover

23.5

Lamb to Gordon, 1 run, flighted around off, pushed to long-off for one

23.6

Lamb to Surkari, no run, pushed to midwicket

End of over 24 (1 run) Canada 69/6 (230 runs required from 26 overs, RR: 2.87, RRR: 8.84)
ZE Surkari    2* (4b)      GA Lamb    5-0-21-1
TG Gordon    2* (6b)      P Utseya    6-0-24-2

Cremer's leg spin now

24.1

Cremer to Gordon, no run, short to being with, cut away against the spin, but straight to cover-point

24.2

Cremer to Gordon, no run, fuller, and there is dip too, and turn, hits him on the gloves, so there is bounce too

24.3

Cremer to Gordon, no run, stays deep in the crease to defend it again

24.4

Cremer to Gordon, 1 run, sharp single to square leg, appeal for run-out, but no need for third umpire

24.5

Cremer to Surkari, no run, nice flighted legbreak, defended off the front foot

24.6

Cremer to Surkari, 2 runs, nice little paddle sweep, stretches well forward to take it on the full, and plays it fine

End of over 25 (3 runs) Canada 72/6 (227 runs required from 25 overs, RR: 2.88, RRR: 9.08)
ZE Surkari    4* (6b)      AG Cremer    1-0-3-0
TG Gordon    3* (10b)      GA Lamb    5-0-21-1

25.1

Lamb to Gordon, no run, middle and leg, defended to straight midwicket

25.2

Lamb to Gordon, no run, flatter, on the stumps, keeps it out

25.3

Lamb to Gordon, FOUR, short, wide, hit-me delivery, and hit Gordon does, between cover and extra cover

25.4

Lamb to Gordon, 1 wide, another wide down the leg side

25.4

Lamb to Gordon, no run, forward defensive

25.5

Lamb to Gordon, no run, full, stump to stump, patted back

25.6

Lamb to Gordon, no run, short again, cut away, but can't beat cover-point this time

End of over 26 (5 runs) Canada 77/6 (222 runs required from 24 overs, RR: 2.96, RRR: 9.25)
TG Gordon    7* (16b 1x4)      GA Lamb    6-0-26-1
ZE Surkari    4* (6b)      AG Cremer    1-0-3-0

26.1

Cremer to Surkari, no run, full legbreak, pushed to cover

26.2

Cremer to Surkari, 1 run, dropped. Would have been a classical legspinner's caught and bowled. leading edge as he looks to turn it to leg, it lobs high to Cremer's left, who goes for it, fairly simple chance, but it goes right through

26.3

Cremer to Gordon, no run, pushed back to the bowler

26.4

Cremer to Gordon, no run, turned away off the pads, but can't get it past short fine leg

26.5

Cremer to Gordon, no run, googly there, goes deep in the crease to defend

26.6

Cremer to Gordon, OUT, plumb, absolutely dead plumb. This is the skiddy legbreak, and Gordon's inclination to stay back proves to be lethal this time. The ball pitches middle, rushes through and hits him in front of middle and leg

TG Gordon lbw b Cremer 7 (13m 20b 1x4 0x6) SR: 35.00

End of over 27 (1 run) Canada 78/7 (221 runs required from 23 overs, RR: 2.88, RRR: 9.60)
     AG Cremer    2-0-4-1
ZE Surkari    5* (8b)      GA Lamb    6-0-26-1

Alex: "By not letting Ray Price bowl out to get more wickets, it's obvious he is not in Elton Chigumbura's fantasy team"

27.1

Lamb to Surkari, no run, short, but it turns and gets a bit big and he has to abort the cut shot

27.2

Lamb to Surkari, no run, looks to work this into the leg side, can't beat square leg

27.3

Lamb to Surkari, no run, another shot played to square leg

27.4

Lamb to Surkari, 1 wide, too much turn, wide down the leg side

27.4

Lamb to Surkari, no run, stretches forward to defend this

27.5

Lamb to Surkari, no run, another forward-defensive

27.6

Lamb to Surkari, no run, stays on the crease to keep this one out

End of over 28 (1 run) Canada 79/7 (220 runs required from 22 overs, RR: 2.82, RRR: 10.00)
ZE Surkari    5* (14b)      GA Lamb    7-0-27-1
Khurram Chohan    0* (0b)      AG Cremer    2-0-4-1

Tom: "Bring back big bad stingy Ray price to clean up the tail and get his first 5fa!" OMG, Ray doesn't have a five-for?

28.1

Cremer to Khurram Chohan, no run, sharp turn from leg to outside off, stays back to defend

Gavin Carpenter has a pertinent point: "What a shame the assocoiate qualifying for the World Cup took place two years ago. I'm sure had the qualifying been a few months ago, Afghanistan would have qualified instead of Canada or Kenya and put on a better showing"

28.2

Cremer to Khurram Chohan, no run, pitches middle and off, defended

28.3

Cremer to Khurram Chohan, no run, googly, beaten, big appeal for leg before from Taibu, but it pitched outside off and didn't turn in enough

28.4

Cremer to Khurram Chohan, no run, legbreak again, deep in the crease

28.5

Cremer to Khurram Chohan, no run, looks to drive, gets a thick outside edge towards cover

28.6

Cremer to Khurram Chohan, no run, slightly short, looks to cut, is beaten

End of over 29 (maiden) Canada 79/7 (220 runs required from 21 overs, RR: 2.72, RRR: 10.47)
Khurram Chohan    0* (6b)      AG Cremer    3-1-4-1
ZE Surkari    5* (14b)      GA Lamb    7-0-27-1

Sean Williams to bowl left-arm spin

29.1

Williams to Surkari, no run, short, loose, hit back to the bowler

29.2

Williams to Surkari, no run, fuller, off and middle, defended

not a very flowing action, doesn't get tall too when delivering, should be skiddy

29.3

Williams to Surkari, no run, punched away to midwicket

29.4

Williams to Surkari, no run, another forward defensive

29.5

Williams to Surkari, 1 run, long hop, and pulled away to deep midwicket

29.6

Williams to Khurram Chohan, no run, full, turns away after pitching off, defended

End of over 30 (1 run) Canada 80/7 (219 runs required from 20 overs, RR: 2.66, RRR: 10.95)
Khurram Chohan    0* (7b)      SC Williams    1-0-1-0
ZE Surkari    6* (19b)      AG Cremer    3-1-4-1

30.1

Cremer to Surkari, no run, sharp legbreak, pitching outside leg, missing off, and also the edge

30.2

Cremer to Surkari, FOUR, goes inside out, mis-hits, but the idea is right as he is going over extra cover, and gets four runs for it

30.3

Cremer to Surkari, no run, goes for the slog-sweep, but mis-hits to mid-on, along the ground

30.4

Cremer to Surkari, no run, defended off the front foot this time

30.5

Cremer to Surkari, 1 run, swept away to deep square

30.6

Cremer to Khurram Chohan, no run, overpitched, driven but straight to mid-on

End of over 31 (5 runs) Canada 85/7 (214 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 2.74, RRR: 11.26)
Khurram Chohan    0* (8b)      AG Cremer    4-1-9-1
ZE Surkari    11* (24b 1x4)      SC Williams    1-0-1-0

31.1

Williams to Surkari, no run, swept to short fine

31.2

Williams to Surkari, 1 run, full, pushed to long-on for one

31.3

Williams to Khurram Chohan, no run, flat, into the pads, misfield at midwicket, but Chohan is not awake to the single opportunity

31.4

Williams to Khurram Chohan, no run, defended off the front foot

31.5

Williams to Khurram Chohan, no run, looks for a sharp single, but has hit it straight to cover fielder

31.6

Williams to Khurram Chohan, 1 run, punched down to long-off for one

End of over 32 (2 runs) Canada 87/7 (212 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 2.71, RRR: 11.77)
Khurram Chohan    1* (12b)      SC Williams    2-0-3-0
ZE Surkari    12* (26b 1x4)      AG Cremer    4-1-9-1

Slightly disappointing from Zimbabwe off late. They have put a part-time spinner on, in Williams, and have set deep fields. Why not just try and finish this off?

32.1

Cremer to Khurram Chohan, 2 runs, ah, good old-fashioned charge and slog, but the leading edge clears slip and falls wide of short third

32.2

Cremer to Khurram Chohan, no run, forward-defensive

32.3

Cremer to Khurram Chohan, FOUR, short and wide, and cut away handsomely for four

32.4

Cremer to Khurram Chohan, no run, googly this time, stays back and defends

32.5

Cremer to Khurram Chohan, no run, pushed to point

32.6

Cremer to Khurram Chohan, no run, another forward defensive

End of over 33 (6 runs) Canada 93/7 (206 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 2.81, RRR: 12.11)
Khurram Chohan    7* (18b 1x4)      AG Cremer    5-1-15-1
ZE Surkari    12* (26b 1x4)      SC Williams    2-0-3-0

33.1

Williams to Surkari, no run, almost a wicket. Looks to paddle this, gets a top edge, but it falls short of a diving Cremer at short fine leg

33.2

Williams to Surkari, 1 run, pushed to long-on for a single

33.3

Williams to Khurram Chohan, 1 run, short, cut away to sweeper-cover for one

33.4

Williams to Surkari, no run, pushed to extra cover

33.5

Williams to Surkari, 1 run, plays with the open face, gets a single past short third

33.6

Williams to Khurram Chohan, no run, flat and quick, played off the back foot

End of over 34 (3 runs) Canada 96/7 (203 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 2.82, RRR: 12.68)
Khurram Chohan    8* (20b 1x4)      SC Williams    3-0-6-0
ZE Surkari    14* (30b 1x4)      AG Cremer    5-1-15-1

34.1

Cremer to Surkari, 1 run, good drive down the ground, gets a single to long-off

34.2

Cremer to Khurram Chohan, no run, stays back to defend a legbreak

34.3

Cremer to Khurram Chohan, OUT, straighter one or did it just not turn? It is a full delivery, he plays for the turn, and it goes straight on and hits him in front of off, it seems. Rauf upholds the appeal for leg-before. Chohan reviews this, but this is dead, hitting the inside of off stump

Khurram Chohan lbw b Cremer 8 (22m 22b 1x4 0x6) SR: 36.36

Baidwan is the new batsman in

34.4

Cremer to Baidwan, no run, legbreak, on target, does well to keep his pad away and defend with the bat

34.5

Cremer to Baidwan, no run, slightly short with the legbreak, pushed to cover

34.6

Cremer to Baidwan, no run, tossed up outside off, shapes up to go for the big shot, but pulls out of it

End of over 35 (1 run) Canada 97/8 (202 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 2.77, RRR: 13.46)
HS Baidwan    0* (3b)      AG Cremer    6-1-16-2
ZE Surkari    15* (31b 1x4)      SC Williams    3-0-6-0

Prayers of all Bapu Nadkarni fans have been answered. Ray Price is back. Master of Metronome

35.1

Price to Surkari, no run, on target right away, defended to cover

35.2

Price to Surkari, no run, tossed up, middle and off, defended back to him

35.3

Price to Surkari, 1 run, comes down the track, heaves at it, gets the inside half of the bat to long-on for one

35.4

Price to Baidwan, 1 run, slower through the air, turned away to square leg for one

35.5

Price to Surkari, 1 run, stopped in his delivery stride. And it's a proper stop, not the half-hearted pause. Bowls full eventually for an easy single to long-on

35.6

Price to Baidwan, 1 run, angling into the pads, worked away for an easy single

End of over 36 (4 runs) Canada 101/8 (198 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 2.80, RRR: 14.14)
HS Baidwan    2* (5b)      RW Price    8-4-16-3
ZE Surkari    17* (35b 1x4)      AG Cremer    6-1-16-2

36.1

Cremer to Baidwan, no run, googly, but too wide outside off to bother him

36.2

Cremer to Baidwan, no run, another googly, defended off the back foot

36.3

Cremer to Baidwan, 1 run, taken almost on the full, gets a single to short fine leg

36.4

Cremer to Surkari, FOUR, lovely extra-cover drive for four runs

36.5

Cremer to Surkari, no run, premeditates the paddle sweep, slip is already running to leg, but Taibu stands his ground and makes a clean collection as he is beaten outside off

36.6

Cremer to Surkari, no run, beaten on the cut as this is not full enough for the shot

End of over 37 (5 runs) Canada 106/8 (193 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 2.86, RRR: 14.84)
ZE Surkari    21* (38b 2x4)      AG Cremer    7-1-21-2
HS Baidwan    3* (8b)      RW Price    8-4-16-3

Price taken off after one over

37.1

Williams to Baidwan, 1 run, flat into the pads, takes a single to short fine

37.2

Williams to Surkari, no run, flighted around off, pushed to point

37.3

Williams to Surkari, no run, full, straight, blocked

37.4

Williams to Surkari, no run, short, hit back to Williams

37.5

Williams to Surkari, 1 run, short again, cut away to sweeper-cover for one

37.6

Williams to Baidwan, 1 run, fired into the pads, worked away for one

End of over 38 (3 runs) Canada 109/8 (190 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 2.86, RRR: 15.83)
HS Baidwan    5* (10b)      SC Williams    4-0-9-0
ZE Surkari    22* (42b 2x4)      AG Cremer    7-1-21-2

38.1

Cremer to Baidwan, 1 run, full toss, hit down to long-off for one

38.2

Cremer to Surkari, no run, sharp legbreak to beat him

38.3

Cremer to Surkari, 1 run, paddled to short fine leg for one, took it on the full

38.4

Cremer to Baidwan, no run, punched off the back foot to extra cover

38.5

Cremer to Baidwan, no run, full legbreak, defended with an open face

38.6

Cremer to Baidwan, 1 run, shortish, and squeezed through to sweeper-cover for one

End of over 39 (3 runs) Canada 112/8 (187 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 2.87, RRR: 17.00)
HS Baidwan    7* (14b)      AG Cremer    7-1-24-2
ZE Surkari    23* (44b 2x4)      SC Williams    4-0-9-0

39.1

Williams to Baidwan, 1 run, flat and quick, worked to leg for one

39.2

Williams to Surkari, 1 run, swept for one to short fine

Not very impressive from Zimbabwe towards the end. Deep fields, part-time spinner. Just go for the kill

39.3

Williams to Baidwan, no run, defended off the front foot

39.4

Williams to Baidwan, no run, hit back to the bowler off the back foot

39.5

Williams to Baidwan, no run, straight ball, defended back to him

39.6

Williams to Baidwan, no run, turn there, draws him forward, beats the edge

End of over 40 (2 runs) Canada 114/8 (185 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 2.85, RRR: 18.50)
HS Baidwan    8* (19b)      SC Williams    4-0-11-0
ZE Surkari    24* (45b 2x4)      AG Cremer    7-1-24-2

40.1

Cremer to Surkari, 1 run, cut away for one

40.2

Cremer to Baidwan, FOUR, clears the front leg, then clears mid-on with the lofted hit

40.3

Cremer to Baidwan, no run, defended off the front foot

40.4

Cremer to Baidwan, 1 run, cut away to sweeper-cover

40.5

Cremer to Surkari, 1 run, leading edge as he looks to turn this to leg, but it falls safe, wide of short fine

40.6

Cremer to Baidwan, no run, wide, almost a yorker, squeezed to short third

End of over 41 (7 runs) Canada 121/8 (178 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 2.95, RRR: 19.77)
HS Baidwan    13* (23b 1x4)      AG Cremer    8-1-31-2
ZE Surkari    26* (47b 2x4)      SC Williams    4-0-11-0

Lamb comes back

41.1

Lamb to Surkari, no run, flattish offbreak, blocked off the front foot

41.2

Lamb to Surkari, 1 wide, OUT, that's No. 9. Good stumping off the wide down the leg side. Lamb saw him coming, bowled flat, middle and leg, and it turned down the leg side, a bit too sharply, but Taibu did well to collect it and then whip the bails off

ZE Surkari st †Taibu b Lamb 26 (70m 48b 2x4 0x6) SR: 54.16

Russell: "Why go for the kill? Zimbabwe are in a dominant position with 10 overs to go. What a good opportunity to give the part-timers some valuable world-cup experience that might help in closer games?" Then we have two teams happy to play out 50 overs with nothing happening out there. Not very exciting, is it? Balaji Rao is the new batsman meanwhile

41.2

Lamb to Balaji Rao, no run, big appeal for lbw, straighter delivery from round the stumps, close call too, no idea why they didn't go for the review there

41.3

Lamb to Balaji Rao, no run, full and fast, wide down the leg side

41.4

Lamb to Balaji Rao, no run, another big leg-before appeal, pitches middle, but perhaps didn't straighten enough

41.5

Lamb to Balaji Rao, no run, short and wide, hit powerfully, but straight to extra cover

41.6

Lamb to Balaji Rao, 1 run, short, into the pads, pulled away for one

End of over 42 (2 runs) Canada 123/9 (176 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 2.92, RRR: 22.00)
WD Balaji Rao    1* (5b)      GA Lamb    8-0-29-2
HS Baidwan    13* (23b 1x4)      AG Cremer    8-1-31-2

42.1

Cremer to Balaji Rao, OUT, bowled'im! Leggie to leggie! Through the gate. Beauty. Pitches outside off, draws the left-hand batsman into a forward defensive, then turns it between the bat and pad and takes top of off. All over at Jamtha

WD Balaji Rao b Cremer 1 (3m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 16.66

So that's it here. If you have missed the action, or inaction as it was in the second innings, Liam Brickhill has it all in the Bulletin here. There's another game going on today, you can find all about it here. Cheers all

Presentation
Ashish Bagai says he was happy to field first and use the early-morning conditions, "We started well, but we went on to bowl both sides of the wicket. They kept getting wickets every over." He thinks 325 looked on when Taibu and Ervine were going, but his side did okay to keep them down. "We got into the shell a little bit. Disappointing," he says of the side's batting effort. "Not good enough."

Tatenta Taibu is MOM. He says: "It is always a responsibility to score runs. I told Craig we should get into the zone, but yes it was my responsibility. If you get into the zone as a batsman, it is easy to score. We were lucky we kept getting boundaries in the middle overs. Because we kept getting boundaries and singles, we thought we could get 290. I am a big fan of Price and Utseya, they are very accurate, and it is a joy keeping wicket to them."

Elton Chigumbura: "Very happy, we are still in the running for the next stage. The big game is against New Zealand. Craig and Tatenda put us back into the game, they applied themselves really well. Our bowling was fantastic. Next game is very important, that is the game where we have to put in our best performance. Against New Zealand."

Finally it's over. This was a no-contest from the time Taibu and Ervine put on in one partnership more than what Canada could get. Zimbabwe were solid, Canada hopeless. We will have captains' thoughts from the presentation in shortly

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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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