ICC Cricket World Cup, 2010/11 / Commentary

ICC Cricket World Cup - 30th match, Group A

Canada v New Zealand

New Zealand won by 97 runs

0.6

Khurram Chohan to BB McCullum, no run, lands outside off on a good length and moves in towards middle, McCullum presses back to punch it to the on side of the pitch

New Zealand 4/0   BB McCullum 0* (1b)

1.4

Osinde to BB McCullum, no run, sprays this well outside off. Open-chested action and when the left arm doesn't come up as it should, he can end up spraying it

1.5

Osinde to BB McCullum, no run, everything is perfect this time: a good-length delivery on the middle and off line, defended to the on side

1.6

Osinde to BB McCullum, no run, on the middle stump line, defended of the back foot.

New Zealand 5/0   BB McCullum 0* (4b)

2.2

Khurram Chohan to BB McCullum, no run, gets back and across to punch it to mid-off

2.3

Khurram Chohan to BB McCullum, 1 run, That typical Baz cut. The back leg goes back and across, and he cuts to third man

New Zealand 7/0   BB McCullum 1* (6b)

3.1

Osinde to BB McCullum, FOUR, Slam! Short and wide and McCullum flays it through point.

3.2

Osinde to BB McCullum, no run, lovely delivery: fuller and straightening on the off stump line, McCullum stabs it to backward point

3.3

Osinde to BB McCullum, no run, shorter in length, bounces just outside off, McCullum hops to defend to the off

3.4

Osinde to BB McCullum, no run, curves away from the off stump, left alone

3.5

Osinde to BB McCullum, no run, nagging line and length, on the off stump line, not much room for McCullum to work with and he ends up jabbing it off the inside edge and it bounces past the off stump

3.6

Osinde to BB McCullum, 1 run, on the middle stump line, tapped towards mid-on and they rush across for a quick single

New Zealand 12/0   BB McCullum 6* (12b 1x4)

4.1

Khurram Chohan to BB McCullum, FOUR, Whack. it wasn't all that short and McCullum opened his stance and went for the pull and it raced away to the left of mid-on

4.2

Khurram Chohan to BB McCullum, no run, full and outside off, left alone

4.3

Khurram Chohan to BB McCullum, no run, fuller, swinging in, McCullum makes an effort to stretch forward, get outside the off stump line, and turns it to midwicket

4.4

Khurram Chohan to BB McCullum, 1 run, swings in to the middle stump line, squirted behind square-leg

New Zealand 17/0   BB McCullum 11* (16b 2x4)

5.1

Osinde to BB McCullum, FOUR, short and wide and McCullum whacks it through cover point. He blasted that

5.2

Osinde to BB McCullum, no run, on the off stump line, pushed to the on side

5.3

Osinde to BB McCullum, no run, supah delivery: It landed on a good length outside off and shaped away, McCullum felt for it, bat away from the body and the ball rushed past the edge

5.4

Osinde to BB McCullum, no run, wider and McCullum chases it but can't reach it

5.5

Osinde to BB McCullum, 1 run, leans across to push a length delivery wide of cover for a single

New Zealand 22/0   BB McCullum 16* (21b 3x4)

6.1

Khurram Chohan to BB McCullum, FOUR, Boom. It was slightly short in length and McCullum moved so quickly into position to unfurl a stylish pull

6.2

Khurram Chohan to BB McCullum, 1 run, well outside off but again McCullum moves quickly - that back leg moved back and across really swiftly - to carve it to deep backward point

New Zealand 31/0   BB McCullum 21* (23b 4x4)

7.1

Baidwan to BB McCullum, no run, in the zone outside the off stump, the batsman is beaten, pushing inside the line

7.2

Baidwan to BB McCullum, no run, length delivery that straightens on the middle and off line, jabbed to the on side

7.3

Baidwan to BB McCullum, SIX, Blast! McCullum rushes down the track, moves outside leg in the process and whacks this length delivery over long-off

7.4

Baidwan to BB McCullum, no run, shout for lbw. It landed on a length around middle and tilted in towards the leg stump to hit the pad. Hawk eye says it would have clipped the outside of leg stump

7.5

Baidwan to BB McCullum, no run, in the zone outside off, beaten on the froward prod and Bagai is quick to collect and break the stumps

7.6

Baidwan to BB McCullum, FOUR, full delivery and McCullum edges the drive to third man boundary

New Zealand 45/0   BB McCullum 31* (29b 5x4 1x6)

9.1

Baidwan to BB McCullum, 1 run, works this behind square-leg for a single

New Zealand 53/0   BB McCullum 32* (30b 5x4 1x6)

10.1

Osinde to BB McCullum, FOUR, length delivery well outside off and McCullum freed his arms. He went after it and the ball flew off the edge to third man boundary

10.2

Osinde to BB McCullum, no run, fuller, straighter, pushed back to the bowler

10.3

Osinde to BB McCullum, FOUR, Whacikty whack. Baz glides across to slam this up and over cover

10.4

Osinde to BB McCullum, 1 run, leans forward to push it to mid-off

10.6

Osinde to BB McCullum, FOUR, Whack. short and wide, McCullum reaches out to carve it to the point boundary.

New Zealand 67/1   BB McCullum 45* (35b 8x4 1x6)

12.1

Rizwan Cheema to BB McCullum, FOUR, moves forward and plays an aerial off drive but through the gap in the wide mid-off region. It races away.

12.2

Rizwan Cheema to BB McCullum, no run, leans well forward to steer it to point

12.3

Rizwan Cheema to BB McCullum, 2 runs, gets back and across to steer it to third man region. That's his 50 20th ODI fifty. fifty from 38 balls. Canada! Be worried, very worried!

12.4

Rizwan Cheema to BB McCullum, no run, leans forward to push it to backward point

12.5

Rizwan Cheema to BB McCullum, no run, stays back to dab it to midwicket

12.6

Rizwan Cheema to BB McCullum, no run, short and bouncing outside off, Baz is beaten on the cut

New Zealand 85/1   BB McCullum 51* (41b 9x4 1x6)

13.6

Baidwan to BB McCullum, 1 leg bye, on the middle and leg, pushed out to the on side .. rolls of the pad actually

New Zealand 87/1   BB McCullum 51* (42b 9x4 1x6)

14.1

Rizwan Cheema to BB McCullum, no run, stays back to punch it to the off side

14.2

Rizwan Cheema to BB McCullum, 2 runs, around the off stump line, late cut to third man for couple for runs

14.3

Rizwan Cheema to BB McCullum, 1 run, goes hard at this and ends up dragging it to midwicket

14.5

Rizwan Cheema to BB McCullum, FOUR, short in length and outside off stump, McCullum went back and across to play a cracking cut shot. He moves so quickly, like a boxer

14.6

Rizwan Cheema to BB McCullum, no run, fuller, mcCullum goes too hard at the ball and ends up dragging it to the leg side

14.6

Rizwan Cheema to BB McCullum, no run, fuller, mcCullum goes too hard at the ball and ends up dragging it to the leg side

New Zealand 95/1   BB McCullum 58* (47b 10x4 1x6)

15.4

Baidwan to BB McCullum, no run, shorter on off stump, Baz stays back and defends down the track

15.5

Baidwan to BB McCullum, no run, looks to cut a fullish ball just outside off, and doesn't make contact

15.6

Baidwan to BB McCullum, no run, closer to off stump to end the over, Baz gets behind the line quietly and defends

New Zealand 96/1   BB McCullum 58* (50b 10x4 1x6)

16.3

Balaji Rao to BB McCullum, 1 run, short of a length and turning in from leg stump, Baz works against the spin for one through square leg. Some turn for Rao straight away.

16.6

Balaji Rao to BB McCullum, no run, holds the length back and gets it to go away from Baz who check drives to the off side

New Zealand 99/1   BB McCullum 59* (52b 10x4 1x6)

17.2

Baidwan to BB McCullum, 1 run, Baz hangs back and steers a back of length ball on leg stump into the covers for one more

17.4

Baidwan to BB McCullum, 1 run, tighter length on off, Baz stands on the crease and punches with the full face to mid on for a single

New Zealand 103/1   BB McCullum 61* (54b 10x4 1x6)

18.3

Balaji Rao to BB McCullum, 1 run, Baz leans out confidently to the flight and eases wide of extra cover for another single

18.5

Balaji Rao to BB McCullum, 1 run, there are more singles here than in a singles bar. Baz pushes another one to long off as Rao flights on the stumps.

New Zealand 108/1   BB McCullum 63* (56b 10x4 1x6)

19.1

Davison to BB McCullum, 1 run, single to the leg side for Baz as he leans out and nudges against the spin

New Zealand 109/1   BB McCullum 64* (57b 10x4 1x6)

20.2

Balaji Rao to BB McCullum, no run, googly flighted outside off, Baz seemed to pick it as he reached out and dabbed into the off side

20.3

Balaji Rao to BB McCullum, no run, over-pitched but very straight, Baz digs it out straight back at Rao

20.4

Balaji Rao to BB McCullum, no run, Baz lunges out to the pitch and steers quietly to the off side.

20.5

Balaji Rao to BB McCullum, 1 run, Baz gets the single this time, driving assertively past cover after moving forward to the flight of another Rao leggie

New Zealand 112/1   BB McCullum 65* (61b 10x4 1x6)

21.1

Davison to BB McCullum, FOUR, a boundary after a long time. Baz plays that reverse sweep of it, and did not look like he was in any kind of risk playing it. Reaches out as if he wants to cover drive, even as he changes the grip and slaps the ball on its way to third man

21.2

Davison to BB McCullum, 1 run, flighted on off, Baz drives into the covers for a single

21.5

Davison to BB McCullum, no run, Baz reaches across to cover the line and defends Davison down the track

21.6

Davison to BB McCullum, no run, landed outside off and straightening, Baz again stoutly defends to the off side

New Zealand 118/1   BB McCullum 70* (65b 11x4 1x6)

22.2

Balaji Rao to BB McCullum, no run, flight and drift onto leg stump, Baz sweeps straight to short fine leg where Osinde misfields. They think of a single, start, stop, speculate the absurdities of life, think again, start and are getting set for a horrible mix up before Baz runs back in. Just in time.

22.3

Balaji Rao to BB McCullum, no run, defends a flighted ball down the track

22.4

Balaji Rao to BB McCullum, SIX, Baz has tonked Rao out of the ground with a typically cavalier inside out off drive with the spin. He runs out of the crease, gets inside the line and unleashes those tattooed fore-arms through the line. Drilled out of the ground.

22.5

Balaji Rao to BB McCullum, no run, short of a length, wisely so from Rao, McCullum stays back and works him to midwicket

22.6

Balaji Rao to BB McCullum, 1 run, single to end the over, Baz stays back and works it to midwicket to retain strike

New Zealand 126/1   BB McCullum 77* (70b 11x4 2x6)

23.1

Davison to BB McCullum, no run, short but cramping Baz for room as he tries to force against the spin. He finds cover.

23.2

Davison to BB McCullum, no run, speared in on the pads, worked with the spin to midwicket

23.3

Davison to BB McCullum, 1 run, Baz reaches out to the flight and drives into the covers to get the single away

23.5

Davison to BB McCullum, 1 run, Baz works another single to the leg side as Davison turns one in.

New Zealand 129/1   BB McCullum 79* (74b 11x4 2x6)

24.1

Balaji Rao to BB McCullum, no run, flighted on off and breaking away, eased into the covers.

24.2

Balaji Rao to BB McCullum, 1 run, he gets the single this time, working into the covers past the fielder. Baz has set his sights on a real big one today. And Canada are not really trying to stop him.

New Zealand 130/1   BB McCullum 80* (76b 11x4 2x6)

25.6

Davison to BB McCullum, 1 run, ends with one on the pads, Baz chips it with the spin to midwicket for one more

New Zealand 137/1   BB McCullum 81* (77b 11x4 2x6)

26.1

Khurram Chohan to BB McCullum, no run, shortish ball outside off, Baz looks to cut and can't time it

26.2

Khurram Chohan to BB McCullum, FOUR, over-pitched wide outside off, Baz needs no second invitation to go after it with a vengeance. He did not middle it, but swung so hard that the outside edge flew very fine through third man for another 4.

26.3

Khurram Chohan to BB McCullum, no run, Huge appeal for caught behind, but is Bagai going to review it? He hasn't reviewed it. This is interesting. Short of a length outside off, McCullum looked to get across and cut it away, but did not middle it. Sure noise as the ball passes him, but replays indicate it was the bat hitting the pad. Bagai went up immediately, but chose not to review it. He probably had an inkling. Or he knows the odds of getting a positive review on an edge is low when there is no HotSpot.

26.4

Khurram Chohan to BB McCullum, 2 runs, fuller on off stump, Baz drives cleanly into the covers for a couple

26.5

Khurram Chohan to BB McCullum, no run, Baz covers the line on off stump and defends sedately down the track

26.6

Khurram Chohan to BB McCullum, 1 run, Baz hangs back on off stump and gets the steer past point for a single

New Zealand 144/1   BB McCullum 88* (83b 12x4 2x6)

27.1

Davison to BB McCullum, no run, short of a length on off stump, Baz stays back and defends to the leg side

27.2

Davison to BB McCullum, no run, on off stump this time, Baz is again sedate in defence as he dinks it to cover point

27.3

Davison to BB McCullum, no run, that one stopped on him as Davison threw it up on middle and off, worked to the leg side a little uppishly

27.4

Davison to BB McCullum, no run, fired in quicker on off stump, Baz defends down the track

27.5

Davison to BB McCullum, no run, another dot. Speared on the pads, and Baz flicks straight to short fine leg

27.6

Davison to BB McCullum, no run, Davison gets a maiden out of nowhere, Baz reaches out and smothers the spin to defend down the track

New Zealand 144/1   BB McCullum 88* (89b 12x4 2x6)

28.2

Khurram Chohan to BB McCullum, no run, this Bagai is among the best keepers in the World Cup. And surely the best investment banker who is also a keeper. Wide and quick from Chohan, Baz misses the cut, but Bagai collects without a problem, and even whips the bails off

28.3

Khurram Chohan to BB McCullum, 1 run, fuller on off stump, Baz drives through extra cover and moves to 89.

New Zealand 146/1   BB McCullum 89* (91b 12x4 2x6)

29.3

Davison to BB McCullum, 1 run, tossed up on leg stump, Baz goes on and on, working down to wide mid on for one more.

New Zealand 150/2   BB McCullum 90* (92b 12x4 2x6)

30.2

Osinde to BB McCullum, no run, back of a length on off stump, careful check drive into the covers

30.3

Osinde to BB McCullum, 1 run, over-pitched and slanting down the leg side, Baz drives down to long on for a single

30.6

Osinde to BB McCullum, no run, oho, Baz needlessly wanders out of the crease after flicking straight to short fine leg. Second time that's happened, he was nowhere in the scene when the throw came in. But it missed.

New Zealand 155/2   BB McCullum 91* (95b 12x4 2x6)

31.2

Davison to BB McCullum, 1 run, Baz looks for the reverse sweep, doesn't time it but gets a single in front of square since he was early into the shot

31.4

Davison to BB McCullum, 1 run, Baz stays on the crease to a short of length ball and clips through midwicket for another single

New Zealand 159/2   BB McCullum 93* (97b 12x4 2x6)

32.5

Osinde to BB McCullum, 1 run, over-pitched on off stump, driven down the ground for a single

New Zealand 170/2   BB McCullum 94* (98b 12x4 2x6)

33.1

Davison to BB McCullum, no run, gets forward to defend to the on

33.2

Davison to BB McCullum, 1 run, brings up his 4000 ODi runs with a hit to deep midwicket. He is very close to overhauling SRT!

33.4

Davison to BB McCullum, 1 run, slightly short of length, mistimes the cut to cover point

New Zealand 175/2   BB McCullum 96* (101b 12x4 2x6)

34.1

Balaji Rao to BB McCullum, 1 run, on the pads, worked behind square-leg

34.4

Balaji Rao to BB McCullum, 1 run, gets back to punch it to long-on

New Zealand 178/2   BB McCullum 98* (103b 12x4 2x6)

35.1

Davison to BB McCullum, no run, gets forward and across to defend

35.2

Davison to BB McCullum, no run, around the off stump line, nudged to the cover region

35.3

Davison to BB McCullum, 1 run, turns in to the middle and off line, moves to 99 with a wristy dab past square-leg

35.5

Davison to BB McCullum, 1 run, stays back, opens the bat-face and pushes it to point. That's his 100 His wife and son cheer from the stands. Third ODI ton. Will he unleash hell in the batting Powerplay?

New Zealand 181/2   BB McCullum 100* (107b 12x4 2x6)

36.1

Baidwan to BB McCullum, 1 run, charges out for the big hit but he mistimes the flat-batted hit and edges to the leg side

36.4

Baidwan to BB McCullum, OUT, Batting Powerplay has taken its first wicket. Full in length and outside off, Baz slams it straight to extra cover. Fine innings, but its over now

BB McCullum c Gunasekera b Baidwan 101 (163m 109b 12x4 2x6) SR: 92.66

New Zealand 185/3   BB McCullum 101 (109b 12x4 2x6)

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Mar 13, 2011

Brendon McCullum celebrates his ton against Canada, Canada v New Zealand, Group A, World Cup 2011, Mumbai, March 13 2011

Brendon McCullum celebrates his ton against Canada

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Mar 13, 2011

Ashish Bagai suffered cramps, Canada v New Zealand, World Cup 2011, Group A, Mumbai, March 13 2011

Ashish Bagai suffered cramps

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