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

16.1

Balaji Rao to Ryder, no run, drops too short outside off, Ryder under-edges the pull into the ground and misses out.

16.2

Balaji Rao to Ryder, 1 run, turns into the pads, Ryder hangs back and tucks it square for a single

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.

16.4

Balaji Rao to Ryder, no run, tossed up on off, Ryder leans out and smothers the spin and works it to the leg side

16.5

Balaji Rao to Ryder, 1 run, Ryder misses out again, flighted outside leg and he sweeps straight to short fine leg who misfields ... and they still get a run. It was the wrong 'un from Rao.

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   WD Balaji Rao 1-0-3-0

18.1

Balaji Rao to Ryder, no run, flight on off stump, Ryder pushes him into the off side. Rip and inward turn.

18.2

Balaji Rao to Ryder, 1 run, holds it back this time, Ryder picks the spin and plays carefully to the leg side for one

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

18.4

Balaji Rao to Ryder, 1 run, back of a length on the stumps, Ryder tucks quietly to the leg side for one more

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.

18.6

Balaji Rao to Ryder, no run, fullish on middle, Ryder flicks off the front foot to midwicket

New Zealand 108/1   WD Balaji Rao 2-0-7-0

20.1

Balaji Rao to Ryder, 1 run, tossed up on leg stump, swept away to deep midwicket for a single

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

20.6

Balaji Rao to Ryder, no run, back of a length on off to finish, Ryder defends down the track

New Zealand 112/1   WD Balaji Rao 3-0-9-0

22.1

Balaji Rao to Ryder, 1 run, short ball, breaking back into Ryder who punches against the spin to cover for one

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   WD Balaji Rao 4-0-17-0

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.

24.3

Balaji Rao to Ryder, FOUR, the pudgy sweep that has the Ryder trademark on it. Leans that front foot out to the pitch and then comes down hard on a flighted ball. One instant later, the ball has scurried past the deep square leg fence.

24.4

Balaji Rao to Ryder, no run, shortens the length this time on off stump, Ryder plays with the spin to the leg side

24.5

Balaji Rao to Ryder, no run, flat and quick again, Ryder defends with the spin to the on side

24.6

Balaji Rao to Ryder, 1 run, this time Ryder jumps inside the line and clips a single through square leg to bring up the 25-overs mark in good stead for NZ.

New Zealand 135/1   WD Balaji Rao 5-0-23-0

34.1

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

34.2

Balaji Rao to Taylor, no run, turns away from the off, cut away to backward point

34.3

Balaji Rao to Taylor, 1 run, slider on the pads, clipped to backward square-leg for a single

34.4

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

34.5

Balaji Rao to Taylor, no run, lovely delivery, slower, bit more air, dipping outside off and Taylor reaches out and ends up almost scooping it to cover

34.6

Balaji Rao to Taylor, no run, stays back to dab this to backward point

New Zealand 178/2   WD Balaji Rao 6-0-26-0

40.1

Balaji Rao to NL McCullum, FOUR, moves outside leg, Balaji gets the leg break to turn in to the middle stump line, Nathan forces it over cover

40.2

Balaji Rao to NL McCullum, 1 leg bye, Shout for lbw turned down. that looked close. It landed on the leg and middle and turned past the attempted sweep shot to hit the pad. No replays in yet

40.3

Balaji Rao to Taylor, FOUR, Pressure. immense pressure. Balaji drags this slider short and on the leg stump line, Taylor pulls it away in disdain

40.4

Balaji Rao to Taylor, FOUR, Who is going to stop Rosco? He glides forward, fetches the leg break from the middle stump line and drags it through wide mid-on

40.5

Balaji Rao to Taylor, 5 wides, And they get the yips. Bala slips this wide down the leg side and even Bagai can't shuffle across in time

40.5

Balaji Rao to Taylor, OUT, Bala strikes with a lovely delivery. It was a flighted leg break on a good length around off and middle. Brave delivery. Correct delivery. Rosco goes for the big hit down the ground but the ball turns and he gets the edge. Hansra moved forward from backward point and dived forward to take a good catch. The Rosco show is over.

LRPL Taylor c Hansra b Balaji Rao 74 (60m 44b 6x4 5x6) SR: 168.18

40.6

Balaji Rao to Williamson, 1 run, gets back to clip this to the on side for a single

New Zealand 255/4   WD Balaji Rao 7-0-44-1

42.1

Balaji Rao to NL McCullum, OUT, Balaji gives us another lovely dismissal. A flighted loopy dipping leg break that drifted towards leg, luring Nathan to try playing it to the leg and the turn forces him to get a leading edge. Balaji lunges to his right to pouch that. A classic leggie's wicket. Lovely drift there

NL McCullum c & b Balaji Rao 10 (30m 9b 2x4 0x6) SR: 111.11

42.2

Balaji Rao to Styris, no run, gets forward to defend

42.3

Balaji Rao to Styris, 1 run, flighted around off, driven to long-off

42.4

Balaji Rao to Williamson, no run, just outside off, skids away, cut to point

42.5

Balaji Rao to Williamson, 1 run, fetches it from outside off and sweeps it for a single

42.6

Balaji Rao to Styris, 1 run, spins from outside leg, dabbed to midwicket region

New Zealand 262/5   WD Balaji Rao 8-0-47-2

44.1

Balaji Rao to Williamson, no run, Balaji continues to tease. Kane goes down the track but is unable to reach the pitch as the leg break dips on him and he edges the drive to point

44.2

Balaji Rao to Williamson, FOUR, Catch dropped! Balaji is fuming! Kane went back and punched it straight to short extra cover where Baidwan let it go under his hands and right between his legs! What a clanger!

44.3

Balaji Rao to Williamson, 1 run, works this one away for a single

44.4

Balaji Rao to Styris, 2 runs, gets back to clip this one past square-leg

44.5

Balaji Rao to Styris, no run, delicious leg break that breaks away past the attempted cut. Bagai takes it

44.6

Balaji Rao to Styris, 1 leg bye, this one slides to the pads and rolls away for a leg bye

New Zealand 274/5   WD Balaji Rao 9-0-54-2

46.1

Balaji Rao to Styris, 1 run, gets forward to drive this to long-on

46.2

Balaji Rao to Williamson, 1 run, flighted leg break, again dips rapidly on Kane who can't reach the pitch of the ball but goes through with his shot to long-on

46.3

Balaji Rao to Styris, 1 run, moves outside leg, Balaji hurls it quicker, forced away to sweeper cover

46.4

Balaji Rao to Williamson, 1 run, leg break on the middle stump line, swept away for a single

46.5

Balaji Rao to Styris, FOUR, Adrenalin rush! Styris rushes down the track and smashes this leg break to wide long-off boundary

46.6

Balaji Rao to Styris, no run, goes down the track again but Balaji pushes this to the pads, cramps him for room, and it rolls away of the pad

New Zealand 299/5   WD Balaji Rao 10-0-62-2

Photos

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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