ICC Cricket World Cup, 2010/11 / Commentary

ICC Cricket World Cup - 17th match, Group A

Canada v Pakistan

Pakistan won by 46 runs

They just showed a shot of the sky. Absolutely mesmerising. Will Canada continue to surprise us?

Rizwan: "It's amazing to see regular phone callers on Local Pakistani channels are analyzing the game, the pitch conditions and the shorts selections like experts. Also all callers have one thing in common, all are saying "Don't worry Pakistan will still win"

0.1

Abdul Razzaq to Gunasekera, no run, gets behind the line to push this full-length delivery to mid-off

Two young openers in the middle. 19 year old and 16. How will they handle the pressure? Fearless or freeze?

0.2

Abdul Razzaq to Gunasekera, 1 run, hits this on the up to right of mid-off for a single. High back lift.

0.3

Abdul Razzaq to Kumar, 1 wide, slips this wide down the leg side

Ali Abbas: "I think Pakistan should look to take Canada by surprise. Start the innings with afridi bowling."

0.3

Abdul Razzaq to Kumar, no run, lands on a good length just outside off, Kumar leans across to push it to cover

Zubair Bhatti: "Who to blame 1) Pakistani batting 2) Thunderstorm 3) Chappel's Pitch Report?"

0.4

Abdul Razzaq to Kumar, 1 run, good delivery, cuts away from back of length outside off and that length allows the batsman to adjust and steer it down to third man

0.5

Abdul Razzaq to Gunasekera, 1 run, goes for a big hit, a swat pull attempted and the ball rolls away of the pad. Looks like Gunasekara is in the mood to attack

0.6

Abdul Razzaq to Kumar, no run, lands on a good length outside off and shapes in, Kumar gets across to defend and it hits him high on the pad. Was there an inside edge as well

End of over 1 (4 runs) Canada 4/0 (181 runs required from 49 overs, RR: 4.00, RRR: 3.69)
NR Kumar    1* (3b)      Abdul Razzaq    1-0-4-0
R Gunasekera    2* (3b)     

Mark Kidger: "Nothing against Pakistan, but wouldn't it be great for world cricket if Canada were to win? I fear that they will still lose by 100+ though."

1.1

Umar Gul to Gunasekera, no run, Big movement there. It swung away in the air and cut away past the off stump, Kamran goes diving to his left to make a half stop. It just about died before him

1.2

Umar Gul to Gunasekera, 2 runs, on the pads and it has been clipped past square-leg for couple of runs

1.3

Umar Gul to Gunasekera, no run, full in length around the off stump line, pushed out to mid-on

1.4

Umar Gul to Gunasekera, no run, lands on the leg, moves towards middle,. pushed to the on side

1.5

Umar Gul to Gunasekera, 1 run, edged wide of backward point. It was a full-length delivery slanting away from Guna who squirts it aerially, down to third man

1.6

Umar Gul to Kumar, 3 wides, Another wide down the leg. They even run the bye as Kamran fumbles. And one more as the throw goes wide of stumps with no proper back up. WAsim Akram murmurs, "Pressure pressure and pressure"

1.6

Umar Gul to Kumar, no run, gets back to push this to point.

End of over 2 (6 runs) Canada 10/0 (175 runs required from 48 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 3.64)
NR Kumar    1* (4b)      Umar Gul    1-0-6-0
R Gunasekera    5* (8b)      Abdul Razzaq    1-0-4-0

2.1

Abdul Razzaq to Gunasekera, no run

2.2

Abdul Razzaq to Gunasekera, 2 runs, walks a step or two down the track, that high back lift comes crashing down and whips the back-of-length delivery through midwicket

2.3

Abdul Razzaq to Gunasekera, no run, gets behind the line to punch this one out to mid-off

Short cover in (Misbah)

2.4

Abdul Razzaq to Gunasekera, no run, full length delivery around off, driven to mid-off.

Aqeel Haider: "@ Zubair Bhatti: Obviously you cant blame Pakistani Batting. Now is it 2) Thunderstorm 3) Chappel's Pitch Report?"

2.5

Abdul Razzaq to Gunasekera, 1 run, edged but lands safe. RIsky hit on a pitch that aids seam movement. He tried to fetch a ball angling across him and whack it across the line and it balloons over backward point. Three fielders rush but it lands in the middle.

2.6

Abdul Razzaq to Kumar, no run, compact forward punch this time from Kumar. So its clear, he is the man who will play proper conventional hold-up job while Guna tries some Sri Lankan flair

End of over 3 (3 runs) Canada 13/0 (172 runs required from 47 overs, RR: 4.33, RRR: 3.65)
NR Kumar    1* (5b)      Abdul Razzaq    2-0-7-0
R Gunasekera    8* (13b)      Umar Gul    1-0-6-0

3.1

Umar Gul to Gunasekera, no run, dropped by Kamran or did it go off the back thigh? It cut across from the leg stump line, went right across the batsman who was squared-up in defense. the ball flew to left of Akmal, who was initially moving to his right. He then threw a big dive with outstretched left hand but couldn't hold on. Replays don't confirm an edge. It seems it went off the thigh.

3.2

Umar Gul to Gunasekera, 1 leg bye, works this one away for a quiet single

3.3

Umar Gul to Kumar, 1 wide, Good thinking; he went for the bouncer but pushed it wide down the leg side.

3.3

Umar Gul to Kumar, no run, a jaffa! Cracker of a delivery, it kicked up from a good length and just about held its line, Kumar pushed inside the line and was beaten. To his credit, he didn;'t chase it

3.4

Umar Gul to Kumar, no run, full in length around off and this time Kumar moves forward and across towards the line of the delivery and punches it on the up. Crisp shot and the ball went quickly and bounced over point fielder who leaped to get it back. Shehzad.

3.5

Umar Gul to Kumar, 1 run, fuller, straighter and it has been driven to right of mid-off for a quick single. Afridi doesn't take it cleanly; had he stopped it he might have a had a chance at the run at the non striker's end

3.6

Umar Gul to Gunasekera, OUT, Shout for lbw turned down. Will they go for UDRS? They don't.. hold on wait.. they go for it after considerable deliberations. It landed full in length on the leg and middle stump line. It landed in line and straightened to hit him in front. That's out and Harper gives it out. Guna was playing too much across the line and has paid for it now. As he walked away Guna, suggested that there was an inside edge.

R Gunasekera lbw b Umar Gul 8 (20m 16b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

End of over 4 (3 runs) Canada 16/1 (169 runs required from 46 overs, RR: 4.00, RRR: 3.67)
     Umar Gul    2-0-8-1
NR Kumar    2* (8b)      Abdul Razzaq    2-0-7-0

4.1

Abdul Razzaq to Kumar, no run, around the off stump line, stays back to defend

4.2

Abdul Razzaq to Kumar, no run, Another UDRS. This time by the batsman. Another lbw shout. This landed full in length on the middle and cut in towards leg. It hit him above the knee roll. It cut in sharply and might be missing leg stump. The on field umpire had given it out though, so will they reverse it? Hawk eye says it would have missed leg. And the decision has been reversed. NOT OUT

4.3

Abdul Razzaq to Kumar, no run, on the middle stump line, pushed back to the bowler

As he walked away Guna, suggested that there was an inside edge.

4.4

Abdul Razzaq to Kumar, no run, full in the length and it kicks up outside off stump, the batsman is beaten, going for the drive

4.5

Abdul Razzaq to Kumar, OUT, Clatter! Around 129 kmph delivery and it was the typical Razzaq dismissal. That one that has troubled the likes of SRT. It landed full in length just outside off and skidded towards middle and off line. Kumar went for a drive, and went slightly outside the line. It goes through the bat and pad gap.

NR Kumar b Abdul Razzaq 2 (25m 13b 0x4 0x6) SR: 15.38

4.6

Abdul Razzaq to Bagai, no run, just outside off stump, just about holds its line and pushed out to the off side

End of over 5 (0 runs) Canada 16/2 (169 runs required from 45 overs, RR: 3.20, RRR: 3.75)
A Bagai    0* (1b)      Abdul Razzaq    3-0-7-1
ZE Surkari    0* (0b)      Umar Gul    2-0-8-1

5.1

Umar Gul to Surkari, no run, Two slips in and they watch the batsman being hurried by the pace of Gull. He is getting them to skid

5.2

Umar Gul to Surkari, no run, swing and a miss. Lovely teasing full delivery outside off stump, he goes for a flamboyant off drive but no wood on leather.

5.3

Umar Gul to Surkari, no run, on the off stump line, defended to the on side

Vishnu: "Bring Cheema before up the order they loose hope of winning.Let him have some toporder batsman to have a partnership"

5.4

Umar Gul to Surkari, no run, the bouncer arrives and the batsman goes down under

5.5

Umar Gul to Surkari, FOUR, Risky but he pulls it off. It was full and on the middle stump line, it almost looking heading towards the pad when Surkari got his bat down and whipped it away, pretty stylishly I must add, through midwicket

5.6

Umar Gul to Surkari, 1 run, goes for the yorker, serves a low dipping full toss, worked behind square-leg for a single

End of over 6 (5 runs) Canada 21/2 (164 runs required from 44 overs, RR: 3.50, RRR: 3.72)
ZE Surkari    5* (6b 1x4)      Umar Gul    3-0-13-1
A Bagai    0* (1b)      Abdul Razzaq    3-0-7-1

6.1

Abdul Razzaq to Surkari, no run, leans forward, head over the ball, bat and pad close together and defends

6.2

Abdul Razzaq to Surkari, no run, good delivery, cuts away a fraction from back of length and pushed out to cover. The captain wanted a single and just about gets back in time

6.3

Abdul Razzaq to Surkari, no run, straightens on the off stump line, from a good length, pushed out to cover

Afridi has constant chats with the bowlers. Ian Chappell doesn't like it on air. "It probably will annoy the bowler and get him a bit angry. It shouldn't be too frequent."

6.4

Abdul Razzaq to Surkari, no run, leans forward to defend it back down the track

6.5

Abdul Razzaq to Surkari, no run, almost caught! It was a full-length delivery around off, driven uppishly but just short of mid-off.

Rameez Raja says Tendulkar was similar. And Ian Chappell says, "Tendulkar was terrible. Some times I thought Javagal Srinath would turn around and plonk him!"

6.6

Abdul Razzaq to Surkari, no run, leans forward to defend to the off

End of over 7 (maiden) Canada 21/2 (164 runs required from 43 overs, RR: 3.00, RRR: 3.81)
ZE Surkari    5* (12b 1x4)      Abdul Razzaq    4-1-7-1
A Bagai    0* (1b)      Umar Gul    3-0-13-1

7.1

Umar Gul to Bagai, no run, Loud shout for lbw Another DRS. It looked high. It landed short of length outside off and cut in towards middle. Bagai was on the hop when it hit him really high. That would have missed the middle. And Hawk eyes confirm it. Harper reverses his decision. NOT OUT

7.2

Umar Gul to Bagai, 2 runs, stays back to punch it through cover for couple of runs

Afridi went up to the umpire to suggest that the batsman had a look at the dressing room before he went for the UDRS. Harper has a chat with the batsman and probably said, you can't do that

7.3

Umar Gul to Bagai, no run, around the off stump line, punched to the bowler

7.4

Umar Gul to Bagai, no run, around the off stump line, punched out to the off side

7.5

Umar Gul to Bagai, no run, Loud shout for lbw but there was an inside edge. WHat a dramatic night. Action every ball. It was the full delivery straightening on the middle and he did get a big inside edge

7.6

Umar Gul to Bagai, no run, short in length outside off, pushed out to point

End of over 8 (2 runs) Canada 23/2 (162 runs required from 42 overs, RR: 2.87, RRR: 3.85)
A Bagai    2* (7b)      Umar Gul    4-0-15-1
ZE Surkari    5* (12b 1x4)      Abdul Razzaq    4-1-7-1

Ritchie Vachhrajani: "Three successful referrals in 5 overs? No need to keep those umpires over there.Just keep a Refree to make sure that the game moves on smoothly and let the technology do the decision work."

8.1

Abdul Razzaq to Surkari, no run, full in length on the middle, that front pad again comes dangerously across before the bat appears in time and he pushes it to mid-on

8.2

Abdul Razzaq to Surkari, no run, similar delivery but this time much better stuff from the batsman. Pakistan are going for lbw. The front pad didn't come across and he drove to left of mid-on

8.3

Abdul Razzaq to Surkari, no run, Razzaq is gunning for that lbw. This time jabbed away of the inside edge

8.4

Abdul Razzaq to Surkari, 2 runs, slightly short and it has been pulled over wide mid-on for couple of runs

Harper told the batsman that if they take the help from dressing room to go for the review, it won't be allowed.

8.5

Abdul Razzaq to Surkari, no run, short in length outside off, cut to left of backward point where Shehzad makes a diving stop

8.6

Abdul Razzaq to Surkari, no run, gets forward to defend it back to the bowler

End of over 9 (2 runs) Canada 25/2 (160 runs required from 41 overs, RR: 2.77, RRR: 3.90)
ZE Surkari    7* (18b 1x4)      Abdul Razzaq    4-1-9-1
A Bagai    2* (7b)      Umar Gul    4-0-15-1

9.1

Umar Gul to Bagai, no run, short in length outside off stump, punched out to the off

9.2

Umar Gul to Bagai, no run, presses right back to defend to point

Dillon: "Must be kinda weird celebrating wickets these days..half the decisions are reversed!"

9.3

Umar Gul to Bagai, no run, full in length on the middle, pushed out to the on side

9.4

Umar Gul to Bagai, no run, That lbw again. Boy, they are going after it every ball. This one too cuts back in, the front leg is pushed across but the bat comes around just in time to stab the ball the leg side

9.5

Umar Gul to Bagai, no run, shorter in length and that allows the batsman to sit back and push it to the off side

9.6

Umar Gul to Bagai, no run, full in length just outside off, Bagai stayed adjacent to the line and creamed it to right of point where a diving stop is made

End of over 10 (maiden) Canada 25/2 (160 runs required from 40 overs, RR: 2.50, RRR: 4.00)
A Bagai    2* (13b)      Umar Gul    5-1-15-1
ZE Surkari    7* (18b 1x4)      Abdul Razzaq    4-1-9-1

Bowling Powerplay taken

10.1

Abdul Razzaq to Surkari, 2 runs, straightens just outside off stump, steered past backward point

10.2

Abdul Razzaq to Surkari, no run, gets across to push it to the off

10.3

Abdul Razzaq to Surkari, no run, stifled shout for lbw. The batsman need to be careful about their technique here: can't be pushing so much across when it should be obvious now what the bowlers are doing. This time the point of impact was outside off.

10.4

Abdul Razzaq to Surkari, no run, taps this to the on side

10.5

Abdul Razzaq to Surkari, no run, a bouncer outside off stump, Surkari thinks about a pull but withdraws

10.6

Abdul Razzaq to Surkari, no run, around the off stump line, defended to point region

End of over 11 (2 runs) Canada 27/2 (158 runs required from 39 overs, RR: 2.45, RRR: 4.05)
ZE Surkari    9* (24b 1x4)      Abdul Razzaq    5-1-11-1
A Bagai    2* (13b)      Umar Gul    5-1-15-1

Afridi to bowl. This could get really interesting. Will canada pick those sliders that get him so many lbw or inside-edge bowled dismissals?

11.1

Shahid Afridi to Bagai, no run, full delivery on the off and middle, driven back to the bowler

11.2

Shahid Afridi to Bagai, no run, The first shout for lbw comes in. From Afridi ie. The batsman was on the front foot and perhaps, struck just outside off.

11.3

Shahid Afridi to Bagai, no run, leans forward to defend this leg break

11.4

Shahid Afridi to Bagai, 1 run, tossed up really full, driven down to long-off

11.5

Shahid Afridi to Surkari, 1 run, leg break outside off, pushed through cover point

11.6

Shahid Afridi to Bagai, 1 run, stays back to punch this back-of-length delivery to deep point

End of over 12 (3 runs) Canada 30/2 (155 runs required from 38 overs, RR: 2.50, RRR: 4.07)
A Bagai    4* (18b)      Shahid Afridi    1-0-3-0
ZE Surkari    10* (25b 1x4)      Abdul Razzaq    5-1-11-1

One slip in

12.1

Abdul Razzaq to Bagai, FOUR, Good move from the batsman. Tired of being in threat of sitting duck for that lbw , he walked forward and across, got outside the line of off stump and played the leg glance to fine-leg

12.2

Abdul Razzaq to Bagai, no run, short in length and he goes for the pull. But is late on it. The ball hits the body and rolls to the off

12.3

Abdul Razzaq to Bagai, no run, He walks down the track again and Razzaq fires across a bouncer! Bagai just about ducks. He showed his cards too early there

12.4

Abdul Razzaq to Bagai, no run, full in length just outside off stump, defended to the off

Ammar: "Come on Canada...You can't get too Defensive..Keep on rotating strikes & don't panic, you can easily chase down 185 with 8 wickets in hand"

12.5

Abdul Razzaq to Bagai, 1 run, Nice crispy shot. It was a short-of-length delivery a touch wide outside off, Bagai leaned across and steered it aerially to third man

12.6

Abdul Razzaq to Surkari, no run, on the middle and off line, tapped to short midwicket

End of over 13 (5 runs) Canada 35/2 (150 runs required from 37 overs, RR: 2.69, RRR: 4.05)
ZE Surkari    10* (26b 1x4)      Abdul Razzaq    6-1-16-1
A Bagai    9* (23b 1x4)      Shahid Afridi    1-0-3-0

13.1

Shahid Afridi to Bagai, no run, almost lands this one at the blockhole, dug out to cover

13.2

Shahid Afridi to Bagai, 1 run, slower, around off, eased through cover point for a single

13.3

Shahid Afridi to Surkari, no run, Shout for lbw but point of impact was outside off. They think about going for review but decide against it. It landed outside off stump line and just about straightened and the batsman was hit outside off

13.4

Shahid Afridi to Surkari, no run, slips to the leg side, goes for a sweep but doesn't connect well

13.5

Shahid Afridi to Surkari, no run, the slider on the middle stump, that lbw looked so juicy there, but the batsman just about manages to get an inside edge on the defensive poke

13.6

Shahid Afridi to Surkari, no run, around the off stump line, pushed out to cover

End of over 14 (1 run) Canada 36/2 (149 runs required from 36 overs, RR: 2.57, RRR: 4.13)
ZE Surkari    10* (30b 1x4)      Shahid Afridi    2-0-4-0
A Bagai    10* (25b 1x4)      Abdul Razzaq    6-1-16-1

14.1

Wahab Riaz to Bagai, FOUR, Whack! The break-free shot. The Canadian captain plays a cracking square cut.

Naseem: "Umpires have changed definition of UDRS in this match. UDRS - Universal Decision REVERSE System."

14.2

Wahab Riaz to Bagai, no run, short in length, straightens on the middle stump, climbs waist-high, pushed out to off

14.3

Wahab Riaz to Bagai, no run, in the zone outside off, a touch fuller, he goes for the forcing shout through the off but doesn't connect

14.4

Wahab Riaz to Bagai, no run, on the off stump line, tapped to right of point. They think about a single but very quickly kill that thought

14.5

Wahab Riaz to Bagai, no run, just outside off stump, pushed out to point

14.6

Wahab Riaz to Bagai, no run, gets forward to defend the good-length delivery

Jono: "I am thinking that Ajmal would be the key to this match. Medium pace bowling is the easiest to deal with for an upcoming cricket nation. Although c'mon CANADA!"

End of over 15 (4 runs) Canada 40/2 (145 runs required from 35 overs, RR: 2.66, RRR: 4.14)
A Bagai    14* (31b 2x4)      Wahab Riaz    1-0-4-0
ZE Surkari    10* (30b 1x4)      Shahid Afridi    2-0-4-0

Ashish: "If Canada can build a partnership of 50-60 runs.. it will be very interesting when Cheema comes into bat with in touching distance of the total..."

15.1

Shahid Afridi to Surkari, 1 wide, slips this wide down the leg side

15.1

Shahid Afridi to Surkari, no run, ooh! It was full in length on the middle and off and Surkari was in all sorts of a tangle. He chose to go back and just about managed to stab it away to the off

15.2

Shahid Afridi to Surkari, no run, gets forward this time to defend to the off

15.3

Shahid Afridi to Surkari, no run, slower, bit more air, eased to cover

15.4

Shahid Afridi to Surkari, no run, Shout for lbw Turned down. They wonder about the decision review but decide against it. It was on the leg stump line and would have gone down the leg, with the angle

15.5

Shahid Afridi to Surkari, no run, leans forward to push it to the on side

15.6

Shahid Afridi to Surkari, no run, fetches it from outside off and laps it to the on side

Drinks break

End of over 16 (1 run) Canada 41/2 (144 runs required from 34 overs, RR: 2.56, RRR: 4.23)
ZE Surkari    10* (36b 1x4)      Shahid Afridi    3-0-5-0
A Bagai    14* (31b 2x4)      Wahab Riaz    1-0-4-0

Jay: "Boy this Canada side is full of nationals, was just checking all the profiles of the players, and kinda shocked to find player from 7 nations out of 11. (Uganda, Jamica, India, Pakistan, sri lanka, USA, and Canada)"

Hussain: "I think Gul should now start talking with Afridi between deliveries. This is pay back time!"

16.1

Wahab Riaz to Bagai, no run, short in length just outside off, punched out to backward point

16.2

Wahab Riaz to Bagai, 1 run, straightens on the middle stump, pushed to the on side for a single

16.3

Wahab Riaz to Surkari, 1 run, on the middle, again looking for the lbw but the two seems to have got slightly better at dealing with it. The front leg doesn't come too far across and the ball has been worked wide of midwicket

16.4

Wahab Riaz to Bagai, 1 run, shortish delivery around off, he stays adjacent to the line and runs it down to third man

Siddharda: "@hussain, only if AFRIDI gives that much time in between his deliveries"

16.5

Wahab Riaz to Surkari, no run, full and well outside off, Surkari throws his arms at it but doesn't connect

16.6

Wahab Riaz to Surkari, no run, short in length around off, pushed out to point

End of over 17 (3 runs) Canada 44/2 (141 runs required from 33 overs, RR: 2.58, RRR: 4.27)
ZE Surkari    11* (39b 1x4)      Wahab Riaz    2-0-7-0
A Bagai    16* (34b 2x4)      Shahid Afridi    3-0-5-0

17.1

Shahid Afridi to Bagai, OUT, loud appeal for lbw Harper turned it down. They go for the review. Looks plumb. It landed full on the middle stump line and it just about straightened enough to trap him in front. Harper reverses his decision. Bagai has to go. He drags himself off the park. Finally, it was that lbw that got him. It almost seemed inevitable that that's the way this was going to end.

A Bagai lbw b Shahid Afridi 16 (52m 35b 2x4 0x6) SR: 45.71

Bilal: "Wahab is not the answer right now. Its Ajmal. Afridi needs to take wickets and Ajmal can help him alot. Spin is sure to bog down Canada for a while and chances of a wicket increase."

17.2

Shahid Afridi to Hansra, no run, on the middle and leg, full and looking for that lbw again! the new batsman ensured the leg never got in way as he defended

17.3

Shahid Afridi to Hansra, no run, leans forward and across to defend to the off

17.4

Shahid Afridi to Hansra, no run, quicker delivery, goes back very quickly to defend

17.5

Shahid Afridi to Hansra, no run, nice.. a lot slower, on the middle and leg, just about straightens, defended on the front foot

17.6

Shahid Afridi to Hansra, FOUR, Whoa! Hansra plays a pretty flamboyant pick-up shot over wide midwicket. It was delivered with a round-armish action - Afridi uses that when he wants to loop his leg break and get it to turn - but Hansra strode forward and flicked it up and over

End of over 18 (4 runs) Canada 48/3 (137 runs required from 32 overs, RR: 2.66, RRR: 4.28)
AS Hansra    4* (5b 1x4)      Shahid Afridi    4-0-9-1
ZE Surkari    11* (39b 1x4)      Wahab Riaz    2-0-7-0

18.1

Wahab Riaz to Surkari, 1 run, stays at his crease to work this to the on side for a single

18.2

Wahab Riaz to Hansra, no run, moves outside leg and hits this to mid-off. Interesting. It looks like Hansra has decided to be aggressive from the word go

18.3

Wahab Riaz to Hansra, no run, on the middle stump line, pushed out to cover

Sohaib Khan: "Can Harper remove himself from this match now ? - Teams don't need him really"

18.4

Wahab Riaz to Hansra, no run, in the zone outside off, Hansra doesn't get across - perhaps worried about that lbw- and lunges across to try punching it through off but makes no contact

18.5

Wahab Riaz to Hansra, no run, around the off stump line, pushed out to point

18.6

Wahab Riaz to Hansra, no run, around the off stump line, defended to the off

Brett: "They're finally starting to work out that more often that not, there's a single if they defend into the on-side."

End of over 19 (1 run) Canada 49/3 (136 runs required from 31 overs, RR: 2.57, RRR: 4.38)
AS Hansra    4* (10b 1x4)      Wahab Riaz    3-0-8-0
ZE Surkari    12* (40b 1x4)      Shahid Afridi    4-0-9-1

19.1

Shahid Afridi to Surkari, no run, leans forward to defend to the off side

19.2

Shahid Afridi to Surkari, no run, tries the cute late cut on a bent knee but makes no contact. It wasn't too far from the off stump. Too full to play that shot unless your name is Arjuna Ranatunga or GR Vishwanath

19.3

Shahid Afridi to Surkari, 1 run, gets forward to drive through mid-off for a single

19.4

Shahid Afridi to Hansra, no run, gets back to try to work it to the on side and it rolls away

19.5

Shahid Afridi to Hansra, no run, slower, draws the batsman forward and across to a delivery that pitches outside off, squirted out to gully

19.6

Shahid Afridi to Hansra, no run, leans forward to push this leg break to the off

End of over 20 (1 run) Canada 50/3 (135 runs required from 30 overs, RR: 2.50, RRR: 4.50)
AS Hansra    4* (13b 1x4)      Shahid Afridi    5-0-10-1
ZE Surkari    13* (43b 1x4)      Wahab Riaz    3-0-8-0

Prakash Vaz: "It looks like a clever ploy by ICC to make UDRS compulsory for all matches. "

20.1

Wahab Riaz to Surkari, no run, in the channel outside off stump, Surkari just hangs his bat out to dry. Comprehensively beaten

20.2

Wahab Riaz to Surkari, 3 runs, Fine stuff from Asad Shafiq. It was slashed to his left at third man. He charged across and made a diving half-stop. the ball rolled away towards the rope. He got up, rushed forward and pushed the ball back in time

20.3

Wahab Riaz to Hansra, no run, just outside off stump, punched out to the off

20.4

Wahab Riaz to Hansra, no run, on the middle and off, pushed out to cover

Hansra seems to be the best equipped to handle the lbw - he rarely takes that front leg too far across- and pushes it to cover. Which means the bowlers should try angling it away from him, making him play away from the body

20.5

Wahab Riaz to Hansra, 1 wide, this one goes well outside the off stump, left alone

20.5

Wahab Riaz to Hansra, no run, straightens on the middle, again Hansra shows good technique: he works this one to midwicket

20.6

Wahab Riaz to Hansra, no run, just outside off stump, leans across to push it to cover

End of over 21 (4 runs) Canada 54/3 (131 runs required from 29 overs, RR: 2.57, RRR: 4.51)
AS Hansra    4* (17b 1x4)      Wahab Riaz    3-0-12-0
ZE Surkari    16* (45b 1x4)      Shahid Afridi    5-0-10-1

21.1

Shahid Afridi to Surkari, no run, around the off stump, steered to backward point

21.2

Shahid Afridi to Surkari, no run, straightens on the off stump line, stabbed to the o nside

21.3

Shahid Afridi to Surkari, 1 run, that typical Afridi slider on the middle stump line, jabbed off the inside edge to square-leg. Wahab's throw lands awkwardly in front of Akmal and hits him on the left arm. Ouch

21.4

Shahid Afridi to Hansra, 1 run, pushed out to the point region

21.5

Shahid Afridi to Surkari, no run, gets forward and across to defend the leg break to the off

21.6

Shahid Afridi to Surkari, no run, around that off stump again, pushed out to cover

End of over 22 (2 runs) Canada 56/3 (129 runs required from 28 overs, RR: 2.54, RRR: 4.60)
ZE Surkari    17* (50b 1x4)      Shahid Afridi    6-0-12-1
AS Hansra    5* (18b 1x4)      Wahab Riaz    3-0-12-0

Viral: "DRS = Daryl Review System. He's having a shocker"

22.1

Wahab Riaz to Hansra, no run, Big swing and a miss. He moved outside leg and tried to heave across the line. The shortish delivery flew over the blade

22.2

Wahab Riaz to Hansra, FOUR, Good stuff from the bowler. He tries to catch Hansra with a delivery slanted across him, making him play away from the body. Hansra lunges out to drive and gets the edge and it goes past the lone slip and runs away to the boundary

22.3

Wahab Riaz to Hansra, no run, moves towards the line of the delivery this time and drives to cover

Peter Parker: "I don't think Canada can afford to let Afridi bowl so many dot balls to them. The required rut rate is creeping up and will reach an uncomfortable level if they let Boom Boom bowl out his whole spell at 2 runs per over"

22.4

Wahab Riaz to Hansra, no run, a pacy bouncer, around 140 kmph delivery, the batsman sways away from the line of fire.

22.5

Wahab Riaz to Hansra, 1 run, short in length, on the middle, worked away to right of mid-on for a single

22.6

Wahab Riaz to Surkari, FOUR, The bouncer arrives and the batsman is late on the pull, beaten by the pace. But the ball flies of the top edge and runs down to fine-leg boundary.

Hamza Khan: "What's Afridi holding Ajmal back for? A spin bowler who bowls all kinds of variations? Don't think the Canadian batsmen would have played many like him."

End of over 23 (9 runs) Canada 65/3 (120 runs required from 27 overs, RR: 2.82, RRR: 4.44)
ZE Surkari    21* (51b 2x4)      Wahab Riaz    4-0-21-0
AS Hansra    10* (23b 2x4)      Shahid Afridi    6-0-12-1

Colin: "Come on guys, an umpire can have an off day. That's the whole point of the UDRS; to remove those obvious decisions, not to waste them on vague chances. Can't we just enjoy the fact the system is working like it should?"

Ajmal to bowl

23.1

Saeed Ajmal to Hansra, no run, Slip in place. Younis Khan is the man. Tossed up around off and middle, defended to the on side

23.2

Saeed Ajmal to Hansra, no run, turns into the leg stump line, moves past the poke and hits the pad

23.3

Saeed Ajmal to Hansra, 1 run, leans forward to flick to right of midwicket where Afridi fires a direct hit at the striker's end.

Both batsmen have a chat

23.4

Saeed Ajmal to Surkari, no run, stretches his right foot well forward and across and though he was hit on the pad, the point of impact was outside off.

23.5

Saeed Ajmal to Surkari, 1 run, He fetched it from outside off and paddled it to fine-leg region

23.6

Saeed Ajmal to Hansra, 3 runs, Nicely played. It turned in from outside off, from back of length and that allowed the batsman to press back, open the bat-face and cut it past slip

End of over 24 (5 runs) Canada 70/3 (115 runs required from 26 overs, RR: 2.91, RRR: 4.42)
AS Hansra    14* (27b 2x4)      Saeed Ajmal    1-0-5-0
ZE Surkari    22* (53b 2x4)      Wahab Riaz    4-0-21-0

Hafeez to bowl his off breaks

24.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Hansra, no run, turns in to the off stump line, defended to the off

24.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Hansra, FOUR, Oh superbly played cut. There was some width on it, not too much but just about enough for Hansra to rock back and cut deliciously to right of backward point

24.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Hansra, no run, gets well back to defend to the on side

Hussain: "Its Hansra vs the doosra." There hasn't been one so far

24.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Hansra, no run, moves back to clip the off break to the leg side

24.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Hansra, no run, gets forward and across to defend this delivery, a lot slower in the air

24.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Hansra, no run, the toppie arrives, Hansra picks it well and pushes it to the off

End of over 25 (4 runs) Canada 74/3 (111 runs required from 25 overs, RR: 2.96, RRR: 4.44)
AS Hansra    18* (33b 3x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    1-0-4-0
ZE Surkari    22* (53b 2x4)      Saeed Ajmal    1-0-5-0

25.1

Saeed Ajmal to Surkari, 1 run, skips down the track and whips the off break from outside off to right of midwicket

"Just four inside the circle. They need atleast six," says Ian Chappell about AFridi's tactics

25.2

Saeed Ajmal to Hansra, no run, gets behind the line to defend

25.3

Saeed Ajmal to Hansra, 2 runs, The doosra arrives and Hansra is in trouble. He pushed out at it but there was no slip! Edge and it goes through to third man

Now they move in a slip

25.4

Saeed Ajmal to Hansra, no run, off break this time, he goes for the reverse paddle but doesn't connect too well. The ball rolls to slip

25.5

Saeed Ajmal to Hansra, no run, on the leg stump line, slower and the batsman loses balance on the front foot and stumbles across as he tries to defend. He is hit on the pad but going down leg

25.6

Saeed Ajmal to Hansra, 1 leg bye, moves down the track, gets outside the off and is hit on the pad, trying to on drive

End of over 26 (4 runs) Canada 78/3 (107 runs required from 24 overs, RR: 3.00, RRR: 4.45)
AS Hansra    20* (38b 3x4)      Saeed Ajmal    2-0-8-0
ZE Surkari    23* (54b 2x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    1-0-4-0

26.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Hansra, no run, is hit on the pad, trying to work it to the on side

26.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Hansra, no run, just outside the off stump, is beaten, trying to cut

26.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Hansra, no run, leans well forward to push this to the leg side

26.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Hansra, no run, moves forward to tap this back to the bowler

26.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Hansra, 1 run, on the middle, turning in, squeezed behind square-leg

26.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Surkari, no run, short in length, turns in to the pad, worked to short fine-leg

End of over 27 (1 run) Canada 79/3 (106 runs required from 23 overs, RR: 2.92, RRR: 4.60)
ZE Surkari    23* (55b 2x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    2-0-5-0
AS Hansra    21* (43b 3x4)      Saeed Ajmal    2-0-8-0

27.1

Saeed Ajmal to Hansra, no run, flighted on a length outside off, pushed out to cover

27.2

Saeed Ajmal to Hansra, 1 run, short in length, turning into the leg stump line, dragged down to fine-leg region

27.3

Saeed Ajmal to Surkari, no run, The doosra on the offstump line, Hansra doesn't read it and tries to paddle it and is hit on the right arm.

27.4

Saeed Ajmal to Surkari, 1 run, it's the off break this time and he paddles it to fine-leg

27.5

Saeed Ajmal to Hansra, no run, moves down the track, gets too close to the ball and jabs it to the on side

27.6

Saeed Ajmal to Hansra, 1 run, turns in to the middle stump line, chopped down through backward point

End of over 28 (3 runs) Canada 82/3 (103 runs required from 22 overs, RR: 2.92, RRR: 4.68)
AS Hansra    23* (47b 3x4)      Saeed Ajmal    3-0-11-0
ZE Surkari    24* (57b 2x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    2-0-5-0

28.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Hansra, no run, backs to the on side and dabs this to the leg

28.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Hansra, FOUR, Almost ala Salim Malik. Just for the fact that he moved outside leg even before the delivery. Malik used to do this a lot. Of course he was one of the best players of spin. Hansra moves outside leg and crashes the off break through extra cover

28.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Hansra, no run, gets forward to push it away

28.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Hansra, 2 runs, this time he walks to the off and paddles a slow delivery from outside off to fine-leg

28.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Hansra, no run, the topppie outside off, the batsman gets the edge to backward point as he tries to drive. There was confusion over the single, and had Ajmal collected it cleanly, it might have got interesting as Hansra was outside his crease, trying to get back

28.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Hansra, 1 run, taps this behind square-leg for a single

End of over 29 (7 runs) Canada 89/3 (96 runs required from 21 overs, RR: 3.06, RRR: 4.57)
AS Hansra    30* (53b 4x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    2-0-12-0
ZE Surkari    24* (57b 2x4)      Saeed Ajmal    3-0-11-0

29.1

Saeed Ajmal to Hansra, no run, Edge but lands safely It was a flighted delivery from round the stumps, Hansra lunges forward to stab at it and it lobs up on the leg side. Ajmal rushes, so does the midwicket but it lands between them

29.2

Saeed Ajmal to Hansra, 1 run, again moves outside leg, waits before leaning into an off drive to long-off

29.3

Saeed Ajmal to Surkari, no run, spins down the leg and kisses the pad

29.4

Saeed Ajmal to Surkari, 1 run, unfurls the sweep shot to pick up a single

29.5

Saeed Ajmal to Hansra, no run, just outside leg - not the line to bowl when you want wickets - rolls away of the pad

29.6

Saeed Ajmal to Hansra, 1 run, still from round the stumps, Hansra yet again moves outside leg, Ajmal flights it outside off and Hansra slices it of the edge over point

End of over 30 (3 runs) Canada 92/3 (93 runs required from 20 overs, RR: 3.06, RRR: 4.65)
AS Hansra    32* (57b 4x4)      Saeed Ajmal    4-0-14-0
ZE Surkari    25* (59b 2x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    2-0-12-0

Hansra has revived this chase with some positive intent.

30.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Hansra, no run, on the middle and leg, worked to midwicket

30.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Hansra, 1 run, from over the stumps, just outside off, driven to long-on

30.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Surkari, no run, short in length, deflected to midwicket

30.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Surkari, 1 run, brings the 50 of the partnership with a crispy drive to deep cover. 91 to win from 116 balls

30.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Hansra, no run, spins towards leg and hits the pad

30.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Hansra, 1 run, gets forward and across and squeezes the top spinner to right of backward point for a quick single

End of over 31 (3 runs) Canada 95/3 (90 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 3.06, RRR: 4.73)
AS Hansra    34* (61b 4x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    3-0-15-0
ZE Surkari    26* (61b 2x4)      Saeed Ajmal    4-0-14-0

Rahamat: " Cant wait for rizwan cheema to come and blast canada home with his power hitting."

31.1

Saeed Ajmal to Hansra, no run, from round the stumps, full and outside leg stump, Hansra tries the reverse sweep and edges it to his pad. They shout for lbw but there was a thick edge

31.2

Saeed Ajmal to Hansra, 1 leg bye, turns into leg stump line, goes through bat and pad gao, hits the pad and rolls away to short third man

No slip

31.3

Saeed Ajmal to Surkari, no run, doosra from round the stumps, Hansra goes for the sweep and is hit on the body.

31.4

Saeed Ajmal to Surkari, no run, Lbw turned down. Harper turns it down. They go for the review. It was slightly quicker, lands on a good length around the leg stump and just about straightens. Hawk eye says it would have just clipped the leg stump and that it will be an on-field call. Not OUT is the verdict.

31.5

Saeed Ajmal to Surkari, 1 run, low dipping full toss, on driven to long-on

31.6

Saeed Ajmal to Hansra, 1 run, gets well forward to squeeze this to square-leg

End of over 32 (3 runs) Canada 98/3 (87 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 3.06, RRR: 4.83)
AS Hansra    35* (64b 4x4)      Saeed Ajmal    4-0-16-0
ZE Surkari    27* (64b 2x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    3-0-15-0

32.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Hansra, no run, turns into the off, deflected to midwicket

32.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Hansra, SIX, Larruped! Hansra has really turned this game around. He rushed down the track and smashed it over long-off. The batsmen punch their gloves.

32.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Hansra, no run, gets forward to defend to the on side

32.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Hansra, no run, leans forward to work this around to short midwicket

32.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Hansra, no run, shuffles to the off and tries to paddle it around. he misses and the ball almost hits the leg stump

32.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Hansra, no run, gets forward to defend it back to the bowler

End of over 33 (6 runs) Canada 104/3 (81 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 3.15, RRR: 4.76)
AS Hansra    41* (70b 4x4 1x6)      Mohammad Hafeez    4-0-21-0
ZE Surkari    27* (64b 2x4)      Saeed Ajmal    4-0-16-0

33.1

Saeed Ajmal to Surkari, no run, flighted full delivery on the middle, too full, pushed back to the bowler

33.2

Saeed Ajmal to Surkari, no run, from round the stumps, on the leg, swept to short fine-leg fielder

33.3

Saeed Ajmal to Surkari, OUT, loud shout for lbw The quick seam-up delivery. They go for another review as the umpire negates this one as well! It landed full in length on the leg stump line, moved across with the arm, hit the pad in front of the middle - the ball clipped the pad before it hit the bat - and it would have hit the off stump. Looks out. And the verdict is OUT. Harper has to reverse another decision. And Surkari trudges off in complete disappointment

ZE Surkari lbw b Saeed Ajmal 27 (117m 67b 2x4 0x6) SR: 40.29

33.4

Saeed Ajmal to Rizwan Cheema, no run, wide slip in place. From round the stumps and another one that goes on with the arm outside off, the batsman is beaten, trying to defend

33.5

Saeed Ajmal to Rizwan Cheema, 1 wide, this one is a wide down the leg side

33.5

Saeed Ajmal to Rizwan Cheema, no run, goes back to push it to the on side and edges it to his pad

33.6

Saeed Ajmal to Rizwan Cheema, 1 wide, Another wide down the leg side!

33.6

Saeed Ajmal to Rizwan Cheema, no run, in the zone outside off and Akmal collects

End of over 34 (2 runs) Canada 106/4 (79 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 3.11, RRR: 4.93)
Rizwan Cheema    0* (3b)      Saeed Ajmal    5-0-18-1
AS Hansra    41* (70b 4x4 1x6)      Mohammad Hafeez    4-0-21-0

34.1

Shahid Afridi to Hansra, 1 run, on the leg and middle line, squeezed out through backward square-leg

34.2

Shahid Afridi to Rizwan Cheema, no run, on the middle stump, defended to the off.

34.3

Shahid Afridi to Rizwan Cheema, FOUR, There we go! We have heard that this bloke can give it a thump. Cheema heaves this googly over wide mid-on.

34.4

Shahid Afridi to Rizwan Cheema, no run, slides down the leg and hits the pad.

34.5

Shahid Afridi to Rizwan Cheema, no run, the quickish slider on the middle, Cheema has to be really wary about this delivery- he just about chops it to point

34.6

Shahid Afridi to Rizwan Cheema, OUT, Clatter! What a lovely intelligent delivery. It was a lot slower than what Cheema anticipated. He was way too early into his attempted big heave-ho to the on side. The ball came on slowly and broke back in from outside off to gently hit the off stump.

Rizwan Cheema b Shahid Afridi 4 (5m 8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

End of over 35 (5 runs) Canada 111/5 (74 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 3.17, RRR: 4.93)
     Shahid Afridi    7-0-17-2
AS Hansra    42* (71b 4x4 1x6)      Saeed Ajmal    5-0-18-1

35.1

Saeed Ajmal to Hansra, no run, from round the stumps, lands outside leg and hits the pad

35.2

Saeed Ajmal to Hansra, 1 run, doosra from round the stumps, just outside leg, edges the defensive push to backward point

Ankit Manocha: "Ireland were also 111/5 yesterday, will we see another setback today?!"

35.3

Saeed Ajmal to Gordon, no run, goes right back to defend to the on side

35.4

Saeed Ajmal to Gordon, no run, stays back to punch this to cover

35.5

Saeed Ajmal to Gordon, no run, lands around off and turns sharply to Kamran

35.6

Saeed Ajmal to Gordon, 1 run, around the off stump line, tapped towards backward point for a quick single. The fielder was too deep there

End of over 36 (2 runs) Canada 113/5 (72 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 3.13, RRR: 5.14)
TG Gordon    1* (4b)      Saeed Ajmal    6-0-20-1
AS Hansra    43* (73b 4x4 1x6)      Shahid Afridi    7-0-17-2

36.1

Shahid Afridi to Gordon, no run, lands outside leg and breaks across, defended to the off . It was the off break, not the googly

36.2

Shahid Afridi to Gordon, 1 run, Another off break, punched away to sweeper cover

36.3

Shahid Afridi to Hansra, no run, on the pads, drifts down leg to hit the pad

36.4

Shahid Afridi to Hansra, OUT, Shahid Afridi has done it again. It was that typical drifting and skidding slider. It landed on a good length around off and hurried on towards the off stump. Hansra makes a mistake of trying to cut. He tries to bring the bat down in an hurry but the ball is quicker. The off stump is pegged back/. A very fine innings but it's over now.

AS Hansra b Shahid Afridi 43 (70m 75b 4x4 1x6) SR: 57.33

36.5

Shahid Afridi to Baidwan, OUT, What a quick ripper! It was the pacy seam-up delivery. Afridi the leggie had transformed into Afridi the pacer. It landed full in length and breached the defenses of a surprised Baidwan. He had no clue and hence, no chance to save his stumps. The ball rushed through the hurried poke, hit the pad and fell on the stumps. Pakistan fans would remember the dismissal of Greg Blewett (or was it Steve Waugh)

HS Baidwan b Shahid Afridi 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Afridi on a hattrick

36.6

Shahid Afridi to Khurram Chohan, no run, Another quick seam-up. Whoosh! The batsman just about manages to get some bat on it

End of over 37 (1 run) Canada 114/7 (71 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 3.08, RRR: 5.46)
Khurram Chohan    0* (1b)      Shahid Afridi    8-0-18-4
TG Gordon    2* (6b)      Saeed Ajmal    6-0-20-1

37.1

Saeed Ajmal to Gordon, FOUR, Thump! Gordon clears the front foot and hammers this delivery from the off stump to wide midwicket boundary.

37.2

Saeed Ajmal to Gordon, no run, The doosra almost gets him. It moved past the clueless defensive poke and hit the pad but going down leg side

37.3

Saeed Ajmal to Gordon, 1 run, stays back to push it to the off

37.4

Saeed Ajmal to Khurram Chohan, no run, gets forward to defend to the off

37.5

Saeed Ajmal to Khurram Chohan, 1 run, works this behind square-leg

37.6

Saeed Ajmal to Gordon, 5 wides, the doosra but it slips down the leg side and Akmal is not quick enough

37.6

Saeed Ajmal to Gordon, no run, turns away from the off, Gordon is beaten, trying to cut

I am always confused whether it was Steve Waugh or Greg Blewett who was cleaned up by that pacy seam-up delivery from Afridi.

End of over 38 (11 runs) Canada 125/7 (60 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 3.28, RRR: 5.00)
TG Gordon    7* (10b 1x4)      Saeed Ajmal    7-0-31-1
Khurram Chohan    1* (3b)      Shahid Afridi    8-0-18-4

38.1

Shahid Afridi to Khurram Chohan, 1 wide, it slips down the leg side and Akmal appeals for a catch. Wide given. But it brushed the pad

38.1

Shahid Afridi to Khurram Chohan, 1 wide, this time there was no pad and it was definitely a wide

38.1

Shahid Afridi to Khurram Chohan, no run, slower, leg break around off, defended to point

38.2

Shahid Afridi to Khurram Chohan, 1 leg bye, rolls away to short fine-leg and they take the run

there is a runner for Chohan, who suffered a thigh strain during bowling

38.3

Shahid Afridi to Gordon, 2 runs, around the pads, swept to fine-leg

38.4

Shahid Afridi to Gordon, OUT, Afridi throws his head back and roars as he looks up to the sky. Wahab has taken a good catch in the end, after misjudging initially. It was the googly and Gordon skied the slog. Wahab came in from the deep, almost looked as if he would not take it as he stuttered as he came near the ball and then lunged out to take a good catch in the end.

TG Gordon c Wahab Riaz b Shahid Afridi 9 (17m 12b 1x4 0x6) SR: 75.00

38.5

Shahid Afridi to Khurram Chohan, no run, The umpire turns down a lbw decision and Afridi asks for the review. It was the googly and the batsman was struck clearly outside the off stump, trying to defend it.. Nigel Llong had got it right.

38.6

Shahid Afridi to Khurram Chohan, no run, ha! much fun! This was that pacy one - 129. 4 kmph! - and the batsman some how manages to get some bat on it. A smiling afridi suggests he can bowl a bouncer and the batsman smiles

Osman Samiuddin buzzes me: "last ball quicker than anything canada bowled all day. 80mph."

End of over 39 (5 runs) Canada 130/8 (55 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 3.33, RRR: 5.00)
Khurram Chohan    1* (7b)      Shahid Afridi    9-0-22-5
WD Balaji Rao    0* (0b)      Saeed Ajmal    7-0-31-1

39.1

Umar Gul to Balaji Rao, no run, full in length just outside off, edges the defensive shot to his pad

39.2

Umar Gul to Balaji Rao, no run, stays back to defend to the off

39.3

Umar Gul to Balaji Rao, no run, Big swing and a miss. He tried to Akram hit., clear the fornt foot and swing to the on side.. He misses.

Drama Shehzad from backward point hurled some words at the batsman. An irate Balaji took a step towards Shehzad and gave it back. The umpires had to intervene. First, Gul and Balaji had a few things to say at each other before Shehzad got into the act. Dunno what he said but it really irked Balaji Rao. The umpires have a chat with Shehzad

39.4

Umar Gul to Balaji Rao, 1 wide

39.4

Umar Gul to Balaji Rao, no run, full and around the leg stump line ..

39.5

Umar Gul to Balaji Rao, no run, More heat! the bouncer arrives and Balaji takes it on the body. Ouch. Shehzad claps, Gul stares, Balaji asks him to get on with it!

39.6

Umar Gul to Balaji Rao, no run, the slower one and Balaji doesn't connect

The umpires had a long chat with Shehzad that time

End of over 40 (1 run) Canada 131/8 (54 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 3.27, RRR: 5.40)
WD Balaji Rao    0* (6b)      Umar Gul    6-1-16-1
Khurram Chohan    1* (7b)      Shahid Afridi    9-0-22-5

40.1

Shahid Afridi to Khurram Chohan, no run, gets back to defend to the on side

40.2

Shahid Afridi to Khurram Chohan, no run, bounces from short of length around off, jabbed to the off

40.3

Shahid Afridi to Khurram Chohan, no run, around the leg stump line, turns in, he misses the sweep and is hit on the pad

40.4

Shahid Afridi to Khurram Chohan, no run, stays back to cut this to backward point

40.5

Shahid Afridi to Khurram Chohan, no run, presses back to work this to the off

40.6

Shahid Afridi to Khurram Chohan, 1 run, slower, flighted, plays it uppishly but short of long-off

What a cracking spell this has been from the Pakistan captain.

End of over 41 (1 run) Canada 132/8 (53 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 3.21, RRR: 5.88)
Khurram Chohan    2* (13b)      Shahid Afridi    10-0-23-5
WD Balaji Rao    0* (6b)      Umar Gul    6-1-16-1

41.1

Umar Gul to Khurram Chohan, no run, full length delivery on the off, edges the intended off drive to his pad

41.2

Umar Gul to Khurram Chohan, 1 run, full delivery around off, driven for a single

41.3

Umar Gul to Balaji Rao, 1 run, pushes this one away for a single

41.4

Umar Gul to Khurram Chohan, OUT, Balaji is run out Afridi is having some night here. Balaji had set off for a single but his partner wasn't keen. Balaji turned and saw that Afridi had the ball at mid-off. He gave up and just watched Afridi let rip a direct hit at the non striker's end

WD Balaji Rao run out 1 (14m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 14.28

41.5

Umar Gul to Khurram Chohan, no run, good-length delivery around off, defended on the front foot

41.6

Umar Gul to Khurram Chohan, 1 wide, the slower one down the leg side and Akmal gathers

41.6

Umar Gul to Khurram Chohan, 1 run, slower one outside off, cut away for a single

Haider helps me get closure: "The quick ball from Afridi was bowled to Greg Blewett. This is where you may refresh your old memories:-)."

End of over 42 (4 runs) Canada 136/9 (49 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 3.23, RRR: 6.12)
Khurram Chohan    4* (18b)      Umar Gul    7-1-20-1
H Osinde    0* (0b)      Shahid Afridi    10-0-23-5

Batting Powerplay taken

42.1

Wahab Riaz to Khurram Chohan, no run, full and just outside off, the ball goes past the waft and Akmal collects

42.2

Wahab Riaz to Khurram Chohan, 1 run, full again, angled across the batsman who slices it to third man

42.3

Wahab Riaz to Osinde, 1 wide, wide outside off stump and an unhappy Kamran screams, "C'mon!"

42.3

Wahab Riaz to Osinde, no run, well outside off, left alone

Jay: "Was NOT Blewett if you're thinking of Test matches, Afridi cleaned up Steve Waugh with a scud missile on his Test debut (not sure about debut, but it was in a Test)" So, perhaps, he took both of them with those missiles.

42.4

Wahab Riaz to Osinde, no run, from round the stumps, full and outside off, big swing and a miss from the batsman

42.5

Wahab Riaz to Osinde, OUT, Pakistan win by 46 runs. Full, straight and fast. The bat is late in coming down. Clatter!

H Osinde b Wahab Riaz 0 (5m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Canada flirted with fame but it wasn't to be their night. No one could take ownership of the chase. Hansra seemed the man but he was thwarted by Shahid Afridi, who stamped his presence on the game with a fab spell.

YOunis Khan: "They bowled and played well. But we knew that if we bowl well in the first Powerplay, we can do it. Shahid was very good. The wicket was slow and the ball was not coming on very well. I think 180 is enough against Canada. Afridi has taken wickets whenever we needed him to do it. He is doing fantastically at the moment."

Please hang on for quotes from the post-match ceremony

Bagai: "Very very disappointing loss for us. We did a great job after losing one of our better bowlers. Our batting worries continue. We disappointed themselves. Fighting is one thing but taking it over the line is another level. We fell short. Just not this one, our batting has been a worry in the last few weeks. We might get a new faces in for the other games. It was great to get some support from the crowd."

Afridi: "Batting first was a good decision but the shot selections weren't good. It;s a good wake-up call for us. Coach Waqar Younis and I will speak to the team. It wasn't good shot selection. We won't repeat this kind of performance again. These are perfect conditions for bowling, for spin and fast bowlers. Asked about his bowling, he simply says "Alhamdullilah"

That's it from us. Shab Bakhair. Good bye and good luck.

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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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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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