ICC Cricket World Cup, 2010/11 / Commentary

ICC Cricket World Cup - 17th match, Group A

Canada v Pakistan

Pakistan won by 46 runs

20.1

Balaji Rao to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, flighted leg break outside leg stump, tapped to the on side

20.2

Balaji Rao to Umar Akmal, no run, nice flighted leg break around off and middle, eased to cover

20.3

Balaji Rao to Umar Akmal, no run, gets back to push this leg break back to the bowler

20.4

Balaji Rao to Umar Akmal, 1 run, tosses this up on a length outside off, driven to long-off

20.5

Balaji Rao to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, fuller, on the middle, Misbah pings long-on

20.6

Balaji Rao to Umar Akmal, no run, lands around off and turns away. Umar, who loves to cut, goes for it but the ball breaks away and almost takes the edge.

Pakistan 82/4   WD Balaji Rao 1-0-3-0

22.1

Balaji Rao to Umar Akmal, SIX, He loves to cut yes but also delights in playing the slog sweeps. He clears the front foot and swings this leg break on the middle and leg line over midwicket boundary

22.2

Balaji Rao to Umar Akmal, 1 run, And Balaji tosses the next one even more, Umar on drives to long-on

22.3

Balaji Rao to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, on the pads, worked through backward square-leg

22.4

Balaji Rao to Umar Akmal, no run, lands outside off and turns away, Umar tries to cut but no wood on leather

22.5

Balaji Rao to Umar Akmal, no run, nice googly, flighted as well, Umar picks it and defends back down the track

22.6

Balaji Rao to Umar Akmal, no run, rips this legbreak outside off, full in length, Umar tries to force it through point and is beaten. Both bowler and batsman eye ball each other.

Pakistan 91/4   WD Balaji Rao 2-0-11-0

24.1

Balaji Rao to Umar Akmal, no run, leg break on the off stump line, defends to the off side

24.2

Balaji Rao to Umar Akmal, no run, presses right back to defend a delivery that skids on almost straight

24.3

Balaji Rao to Umar Akmal, no run, nicely flighted leg break around off, driven to cover

24.4

Balaji Rao to Umar Akmal, FOUR, lands it slightly short and Umar finally connects one of his cut shots. This one races away to the point boundary

24.5

Balaji Rao to Umar Akmal, 1 run, goes right back to work this through to wide long-on for a single

24.6

Balaji Rao to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, flighted leg break on the off, driven to cover

Pakistan 99/4   WD Balaji Rao 3-0-16-0

26.1

Balaji Rao to Umar Akmal, 1 run, tossed up nicely, he drives with the turn to long off, Balaji tries to stop it but cannot

26.2

Balaji Rao to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, again he tries to stop the drive to long off, this time from Misbah, but the ball eludes him

26.3

Balaji Rao to Umar Akmal, 1 run, more runs, all down to long off, busy man in these stages of the innings

26.4

Balaji Rao to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, stretches forward and pushes out this flatter one to point

26.5

Balaji Rao to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, down the pads, but misbah cannot capitalise, takes it on the pads while looking to whip it away

26.6

Balaji Rao to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, the Misbah forward block, lunges out full stretch, bat nicely aside pad, and kills the spin

Pakistan 107/4   WD Balaji Rao 4-0-19-0

28.1

Balaji Rao to Umar Akmal, 1 run, stretches really forward to get to the pitch of this flighted ball, and drives wristily down to long off with the turn

28.2

Balaji Rao to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, is that a chance? it was tossed up and took the leading edge in the air, but just fell short of a diving Balaji, lovely ball

28.3

Balaji Rao to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, beats him in flight again, he was looking to drive this one away, but it took the outside edge and rolled away wide of the keeper on the off side

28.4

Balaji Rao to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, does not help by dropping it short now, Misbah gleefully gets off strike with a savage pull to deep midwicket

28.5

Balaji Rao to Umar Akmal, 1 run, whipped away off the pads wide of midwicket, again a touch short allowing him to go back

28.6

Balaji Rao to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, wow, that is some turn, Misbah had thought he could defend this turning delivery, but it went square past his bat, keeper did well to take it wide outside off

Pakistan 113/4   WD Balaji Rao 5-0-22-0

30.1

Balaji Rao to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, turns across Misbah, who goes very deep in the crease, creates the room, and punches for a single to long on

30.2

Balaji Rao to Umar Akmal, no run, goes well forward and blocks off the front foot

30.3

Balaji Rao to Umar Akmal, FOUR, has had enough of defending, comes down the track, goes inside out over extra cover with the turn, and collects four

30.4

Balaji Rao to Umar Akmal, no run, this one turns away sharply, he is ready for the cut, but hits it out to backward point

30.5

Balaji Rao to Umar Akmal, no run, taps into covers and wants the single, sent back rightly by Misbah

30.6

Balaji Rao to Umar Akmal, no run, ooh, he was done in by the dip on this one, came haring down the pitch, but in the end saw it wasn't there to be lofted and played it out to point in the end

Pakistan 120/4   WD Balaji Rao 6-0-27-0

32.1

Balaji Rao to Umar Akmal, FOUR, Umar likes the flight that Balaji gives the ball, takes it from the middle stump, couple of steps and as clean a swing as any, brings up 1000 runs with the straight boundary

32.2

Balaji Rao to Umar Akmal, no run, pushes out with the turn to point off the front foot

32.3

Balaji Rao to Umar Akmal, no run, wants another boundary down the ground, but this time the ball is not quite there, touch flatter, and he steers to short third man in the end

32.4

Balaji Rao to Umar Akmal, 2 runs, whipped away down to deep midwicket, it was shorter this time and he quickly went ton the back foot

32.5

Balaji Rao to Umar Akmal, 1 run, slapped away off the back foot to sweeper cover

32.6

Balaji Rao to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, tossed up slowly, Misbah comes forward even more slowly in defence, but Balaji was the slowest in putting in a reluctant dive to try and stop the ball

Pakistan 133/4   WD Balaji Rao 7-0-34-0

34.1

Balaji Rao to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, rolls away off the pads down the leg side

34.2

Balaji Rao to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, tossed up full and went straight on, he was looking to flick it, and was hit on the pads, way outside leg though

34.3

Balaji Rao to Misbah-ul-Haq, 2 runs, this is super running, Umar hustled Misbah back for the second as this one was punched in front of long on, Misbah puffed back but was safe in the end

34.4

Balaji Rao to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, goes for the big lofted shot now, but gets it off the bottom edge towards midwcket

34.5

Balaji Rao to Umar Akmal, no run, tight line on middle, flatter too, he goes forward in defence

34.6

Balaji Rao to Umar Akmal, OUT, that's gone, Balaji has his man after lots of effort, it was bowled shorter, flatter, Umar went on the back foot looking for the turn, there wasn't any, it hurried on after pitching to strike him in front of middle stump, there is no doubt about that one, what a time to strike, Umar was looking to up the rate

Umar Akmal lbw b Balaji Rao 48 (77m 68b 4x4 1x6) SR: 70.58

Pakistan 140/5   WD Balaji Rao 8-0-37-1

36.1

Balaji Rao to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, bowls one on the pads, he flicks it away through midwicket, he will certainly go at the legspinner

36.2

Balaji Rao to Misbah-ul-Haq, FOUR, Misbah the nurdler, Misbah the paragon of non-violence, gets one full on off stump, reverse paddles it with the turn wide of short third man, it his first boundary in 60 balls

36.3

Balaji Rao to Misbah-ul-Haq, 2 runs, whipped away wide of midwicket, picked the googly and played it with the turn

36.4

Balaji Rao to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, he almost nudged his away to another boundary here, it was tickled fine but short fine leg put in the big dive, the bowler applauds

36.5

Balaji Rao to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, fired in quicker, he is forward in tight defence, the ball rolls away on the leg side

36.6

Balaji Rao to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, pushed out in front of cover off the front foot

Pakistan 159/5   WD Balaji Rao 9-0-46-1

38.1

Balaji Rao to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, Msibah goes for another of his delicate reverse sweeps, this time its straight to short third man

38.2

Balaji Rao to Misbah-ul-Haq, OUT, what have we here? Misbah is gone, but what a way to depart, it was going straight down the leg side, Misbah decided to have those fine tickles, but this time it was the finest of them, and settled into Bagai's gloves, lovely anticipation from the keeper

Misbah-ul-Haq c †Bagai b Balaji Rao 37 (104m 68b 1x4 0x6) SR: 54.41

38.3

Balaji Rao to Abdul Razzaq, 1 run, the googly, he reads it off the pitch, and works it away on the leg side

38.4

Balaji Rao to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, Afridi does not care what is happening at the other end, thrashes a full one down to long off

38.5

Balaji Rao to Abdul Razzaq, 1 wide, tries to do a Misbah, but Razzaq does not get a tickle on this wide down the leg side

38.5

Balaji Rao to Abdul Razzaq, 1 leg bye

38.6

Balaji Rao to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, punched in to the off side for a run

Pakistan 170/6   WD Balaji Rao 10-0-50-2

Photos

Mar 3, 2011

Shahid Afridi celebrates a wicket, Canada v Pakistan, Group A, World Cup 2011, Colombo, March 3, 2011

Shahid Afridi celebrates a wicket

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Mar 3, 2011

Umpire Daryl Harper warns Ahmed Shehzad not to talk too much to the batsman, Canada v Pakistan, Group A, World Cup 2011, Colombo, March 3, 2011

Umpire Daryl Harper warns Ahmed Shehzad not to talk too much to the batsman

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