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

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Toss Canada have chosen to bowl first. "It's a decent pitch, there might be something for the seamers," says Ashish Bagai.

"We would probably have batted. There might be some thing early on but if we get through that it should be good for batting. Daniel Vettori is improving every day, hopefully he can be ready for the next game," says Ross Taylor.

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It's Anthem time at the ground.

0.1

Khurram Chohan to Guptill, 1 wide, starts of with a wide down the leg side

Greg: "Thank you New Zealand selectors for picking Kane Williamson, now don't let us down and prove you should be in the team for the rest of the tournament".

0.1

Khurram Chohan to Guptill, no run, loud shout for lbw but turned down. Big inward movement there. It started from just outside off and moved in sharply to hit the pad. Going down leg, though

0.2

Khurram Chohan to Guptill, 1 wide, another inswinger but again goes down the leg side

0.2

Khurram Chohan to Guptill, 1 wide, And again. He is getting some movement and all he has to do is to get the line right. Can he?

0.2

Khurram Chohan to Guptill, no run, Big inswinger again, swings in towards the leg stump to hit the pad. No wonder they chose to bowl here.

0.3

Khurram Chohan to Guptill, no run, he pushes this well outside off and Bagai gathers

0.4

Khurram Chohan to Guptill, no run, full and around the off stump, driven to mid-off

0.5

Khurram Chohan to Guptill, 1 run, swings in to the middle stump line, worked wide of midwicket

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

End of over 1 (4 runs) New Zealand 4/0 (RR: 4.00)
BB McCullum    0* (1b)      Khurram Chohan    1-0-4-0
MJ Guptill    1* (5b)     

1.1

Osinde to Guptill, no run, gentle leg cutter outside off stump, left alone

1.2

Osinde to Guptill, no run, pushes this well outside off and left alone again

1.3

Osinde to Guptill, 1 run, extra bounce on this, just outside off, Guptill taps it to left of backward point

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.

End of over 2 (1 run) New Zealand 5/0 (RR: 2.50)
BB McCullum    0* (4b)      H Osinde    1-0-1-0
MJ Guptill    2* (8b)      Khurram Chohan    1-0-4-0

2.1

Khurram Chohan to Guptill, 1 run, on the off stump line, nudged just wide of the backward point for a single

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

2.4

Khurram Chohan to Guptill, no run, lovely inswinger, full in length and moving in to the middle stump line, pushed out to the on side

2.5

Khurram Chohan to Guptill, no run, in the channel outside off stump, left alone

2.6

Khurram Chohan to Guptill, no run, in the zone outside off stump, left alone

End of over 3 (2 runs) New Zealand 7/0 (RR: 2.33)
MJ Guptill    3* (12b)      Khurram Chohan    2-0-6-0
BB McCullum    1* (6b)      H Osinde    1-0-1-0

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

End of over 4 (5 runs) New Zealand 12/0 (RR: 3.00)
BB McCullum    6* (12b 1x4)      H Osinde    2-0-6-0
MJ Guptill    3* (12b)      Khurram Chohan    2-0-6-0

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

4.5

Khurram Chohan to Guptill, no run, leans forward to drive to mid-off

4.6

Khurram Chohan to Guptill, no run, gets back to punch this one out to cover

End of over 5 (5 runs) New Zealand 17/0 (RR: 3.40)
MJ Guptill    3* (14b)      Khurram Chohan    3-0-11-0
BB McCullum    11* (16b 2x4)      H Osinde    2-0-6-0

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

5.6

Osinde to Guptill, FOUR, Booming off drive. Guptill glides forward to cover for the away swing and creams this full delivery to left of mid-off

End of over 6 (9 runs) New Zealand 26/0 (RR: 4.33)
MJ Guptill    7* (15b 1x4)      H Osinde    3-0-15-0
BB McCullum    16* (21b 3x4)      Khurram Chohan    3-0-11-0

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

6.3

Khurram Chohan to Guptill, no run, fuller and straighter, driven back to the bowler

6.4

Khurram Chohan to Guptill, no run, on the middle stump line, tapped to the leg side

6.5

Khurram Chohan to Guptill, no run, leans forward to defend to the off side

6.6

Khurram Chohan to Guptill, FOUR, Guptill unfurls one of his characteristic lovely lofted drives to the straight boundary. He leaned forward to lift this high over mid-on. Nice fluent swing of the bat.

End of over 7 (9 runs) New Zealand 35/0 (RR: 5.00)
MJ Guptill    11* (19b 2x4)      Khurram Chohan    4-0-20-0
BB McCullum    21* (23b 4x4)      H Osinde    3-0-15-0

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

Akshay Dandekar: "It's the same deal with every NZ game. They just cannot pick up quick singles and just try to bash or block. There's no middle ground."

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

Bagai moves up to the stumps. Fine-leg is inside the circle now

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

Ashish Bagai's keeping has been a treat to watch. one of the very best out there.

7.6

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

End of over 8 (10 runs) New Zealand 45/0 (RR: 5.62)
BB McCullum    31* (29b 5x4 1x6)      HS Baidwan    1-0-10-0
MJ Guptill    11* (19b 2x4)      Khurram Chohan    4-0-20-0

8.1

Osinde to Guptill, 1 wide, pushes this wide outside off stump

Tim: "@ Akshay Dandekar - when you open with two stroke makers that happens... Sehwag and tendulkar hit 23 boundaries between them and no one rips into them about not running as many singles"

8.1

Osinde to Guptill, no run, in the zone outside off, left alone

8.2

Osinde to Guptill, no run, in the channel outside off, left alone

8.3

Osinde to Guptill, 2 runs, goes for another of his lofted off drives but ends up slicing it to wide long-off

8.4

Osinde to Guptill, FOUR, drops this short and Guptill shows he is not all about lofting to the straight boundary; he swivels to unfurl a cracking pull

8.5

Osinde to Guptill, no run, in the corridor outside off, left alone

8.6

Osinde to Guptill, no run, just outside the off stump, defended to the off

End of over 9 (7 runs) New Zealand 52/0 (RR: 5.77)
MJ Guptill    17* (25b 3x4)      H Osinde    4-0-22-0
BB McCullum    31* (29b 5x4 1x6)      HS Baidwan    1-0-10-0

9.1

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

9.2

Baidwan to Guptill, no run, full in length on the middle stump line, defended on the front foot

9.3

Baidwan to Guptill, no run, leans forward to drive to mid-off

9.4

Baidwan to Guptill, no run, glides forward to defend this to the leg side

Akshay: "@Tim, actually, Sachin tries to feed the strike to Sehwag when he is fluent. A prime example is the last game where at the end of the 9th over, Tendulkar had faced 15 balls as opposed to Sehwag facing 40."

9.5

Baidwan to Guptill, OUT, Wonderful Ashish Bagai! What a keeper! He was standing up to the stumps and takes a loverly catch. Guptill got the edge on the defensive prod and Bagai moved his hands quickly to cover the deviation. Good delivery too; it landed on a good length and just about cut away a bit

MJ Guptill c †Bagai b Baidwan 17 (45m 29b 3x4 0x6) SR: 58.62

Ali Bakthiyar is quick to jump in: "I bet NZ are missing Kamran Akmal behind the stumps after that catch..."

9.6

Baidwan to Ryder, no run, In the zone outside off and Bagai, now standing back, collects

End of over 10 (1 run) New Zealand 53/1 (RR: 5.30)
JD Ryder    0* (1b)      HS Baidwan    2-0-11-1
BB McCullum    32* (30b 5x4 1x6)      H Osinde    4-0-22-0

Rohit Arora: "Guptill could do with a few more singles at the start of the innings..! he is fourth on the chart of batsmen with most number of dot balls faced this WC at a 'not-so good' 59.7% "

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

Jet Li: "Not to pick on Tim, but in the first 10 overs, Sehwag and Tendulkar picked up about 25 runs that weren't in boundaries. Guptill and McCullum have 11. Hence the comments."

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

NIck: "Meanwhile in Wellington, Shane Warne just bowled an underarm ball to Prime Minister John Key in a charity match for the Christchurch recovery appeal. Old habits die hard huh Australia?" The under-arm odour never goes away, eh?!

10.4

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

10.5

Osinde to Ryder, 1 run, stays back to tap this to midwicket region for a single

10.6

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

End of over 11 (14 runs) New Zealand 67/1 (RR: 6.09)
BB McCullum    45* (35b 8x4 1x6)      H Osinde    5-0-36-0
JD Ryder    1* (2b)      HS Baidwan    2-0-11-1

11.1

Baidwan to Ryder, no run, gets forward to push it back down the track

Gautam: "It's weird that Jessie is a better rotator of strike than Guptill or McCullum.. no wonder he's often injured after a century."

11.2

Baidwan to Ryder, 2 runs, works this wide of midwicket for a single

Mike: "New Zealand, with the dismissal of Guptill's wicket, still have a solid batting lineup - even with their tail order of Mills and Southee wrapping it up. This lineup is something that seems more challenging to face, than England's or even Sri Lanka's lineup. A few more consistent matches with this kind of lineup will really evolve New Zealand up in the world rankings for sure."

11.3

Baidwan to Ryder, FOUR, Lash em Ryder! He reaches outside off and slashes a full delivery well outside off past backward point

11.4

Baidwan to Ryder, no run, full and around the off stump line, edged to point

11.5

Baidwan to Ryder, FOUR, tries the bouncer, climbs chest-high. So far so good. Blink. Ryder crash-pulls it to the square-leg boundary.

11.6

Baidwan to Ryder, 2 runs, overpitches this one on the legs, flicked away to deep square-leg

End of over 12 (12 runs) New Zealand 79/1 (RR: 6.58)
JD Ryder    13* (8b 2x4)      HS Baidwan    3-0-23-1
BB McCullum    45* (35b 8x4 1x6)      H Osinde    5-0-36-0

Rob from OZ: "Reply to Nuk: Nor it seems does Kiwi whinging or their endless quest to try and find a sense of humour."

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

End of over 13 (6 runs) New Zealand 85/1 (RR: 6.53)
BB McCullum    51* (41b 9x4 1x6)      Rizwan Cheema    1-0-6-0
JD Ryder    13* (8b 2x4)      HS Baidwan    3-0-23-1

13.1

Baidwan to Ryder, no run, in the zone outside off, Ryder hits it hard but can't pierce the off-side field

13.2

Baidwan to Ryder, no run, stays back to push it to the off

13.3

Baidwan to Ryder, no run, stays back to defend to the off side

Rick: "Sounds like Rob is the one without the sense of humour. Cheer up cobber. Shane Warne and the rest of us enjoyed it!"

13.4

Baidwan to Ryder, no run, in the channel outside off, Ryder tries to cut but makes no contact

13.5

Baidwan to Ryder, 1 run, just outside off stump, run down to third man

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

End of over 14 (2 runs) New Zealand 87/1 (RR: 6.21)
BB McCullum    51* (42b 9x4 1x6)      HS Baidwan    4-0-24-1
JD Ryder    14* (13b 2x4)      Rizwan Cheema    1-0-6-0

The last over of the bowling Powerplay coming up

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

Chess: "@NIck Christchurch charity match is a good idea but a better fundraiser would be to force kiwis to donate $1 for every time they whinge about the underarm ball. Problem solved!"

14.4

Rizwan Cheema to Ryder, 1 run, just outside the off stump, run down to third man

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

Over to Nitin. I shall head over to chatterbox.

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

Over to Nitin. I shall head over to chatterbox.

End of over 15 (8 runs) New Zealand 95/1 (RR: 6.33)
BB McCullum    58* (47b 10x4 1x6)      Rizwan Cheema    2-0-14-0
JD Ryder    15* (14b 2x4)      HS Baidwan    4-0-24-1

Thanks Sriram Veera. While the players glug the last drops, there's enough time to check out our iPhone and Android apps.

Interesting look to this Wankhede wicket, on which the final will be played. Good carry, early moment and true bounce. There are six parallel pitches in all, adjacent to the main pitch. Looks unusual.

15.1

Baidwan to Ryder, no run, back of a length outside off and angling across Ryder who leaves

15.2

Baidwan to Ryder, no run, closer to off stump this time, Ryder defends to off stump.

Nasser Hussain, on air, is wondering aloud why NZ aren't taking the batting PP straight away. After India's shambles yesterday, many teams will think of the idea of making hay when the sun is still shining.

15.3

Baidwan to Ryder, 1 run, short of a length this time outside off, steered through to third man for a single

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

End of over 16 (1 run) New Zealand 96/1 (RR: 6.00)
BB McCullum    58* (50b 10x4 1x6)      HS Baidwan    5-0-25-1
JD Ryder    16* (17b 2x4)      Rizwan Cheema    2-0-14-0

Daveo: "Seems to me a raw nerve is touched each time the under arm is mentioned. Let`s just sweep it under the carpet shall we?"

Keith: "as an expat kiwi, I find we don't have to whinge anymore about the underarm incident, Aussies cringe in shame the moment the subject of unsportsmanlike behaviour is muted. Lots of fun watching 'em squirm! tee hee!"

Haha, Trans-Tasman needling for the win.

Balaji Rao comes on now. And pulls out of his first ball.

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

Darryl: "Not every team is capable of imploding the way India did.."

Yeah, that will take some beating.

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

Joel: "Sounds like there is a lot of aussies still reeling with the guilt of a 30 year old incident. thank you aussies, your whinging about whinging is hilarious"

End of over 17 (3 runs) New Zealand 99/1 (RR: 5.82)
BB McCullum    59* (52b 10x4 1x6)      WD Balaji Rao    1-0-3-0
JD Ryder    18* (21b 2x4)      HS Baidwan    5-0-25-1

A rant on the deplorable conditions for spectators in Indian grounds in the chat module. A war of words between Aus and NZ fans on commentary. What a day!

17.1

Baidwan to Ryder, 1 run, short of a length outside off, Ryder stands back and cracks a cut into the covers

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

17.3

Baidwan to Ryder, 1 run, marginally short of a length this time, Ryder looks to pull immediately but its not short enough for him to truly pummel. Single to midwicket

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

17.5

Baidwan to Ryder, no run, huge lbw appeal turned down ... Baidwan and Cheema discuss and decide to not review it. Back of a length on leg stump, and then it straightens to head towards the outer half of leg stump, so a review would have been wasted. Plus, there seemed to have been an inside edge. Though, in the absence of HotSpot that would have been tough to establish.

17.6

Baidwan to Ryder, 1 run, fuller length ball on a similar line, Ryder tries to hang back and slam it over midwicket. Straight to the fielder and he gets a single

End of over 18 (5 runs) New Zealand 104/1 (RR: 5.77)
JD Ryder    21* (25b 2x4)      HS Baidwan    6-0-30-1
BB McCullum    61* (54b 10x4 1x6)      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

Rob: "Joel's whinging about the whinging about whinging really tales the buscut!"

Joel's a merry whinger. Reminds me of the Merrovingian from Matrix.

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

GK: "Sorry Joel, there isn't an awful lot of guilt regarding that incident on this side of Tasman because whenever we feel a bit bad for the ball, we merely look at all the sparkling silverware in our trophy cabinets and it makes us feel better."

End of over 19 (4 runs) New Zealand 108/1 (RR: 5.68)
JD Ryder    23* (29b 2x4)      WD Balaji Rao    2-0-7-0
BB McCullum    63* (56b 10x4 1x6)      HS Baidwan    6-0-30-1

Rick: "Apparently the Prime Minister of NZ just sledged Shane Warne with "Liz says hi". Nice one John Key!"

Davison, slayer of West Indies in 2003, comes on.

19.1

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

19.2

Davison to Ryder, no run, Ryder looks to chip inside out, but finds extra cover with a nicely timed stroke

19.3

Davison to Ryder, no run, turn for Davison from middle, from round the wicket, Ryder covers the line and defends

19.4

Davison to Ryder, no run, fuller on middle and leg, worked on the bounce to midwicket

19.5

Davison to Ryder, no run, quicker one, at 93 kph, fired in flatter and goes straight on. Ryder misses the backfoot flick

19.6

Davison to Ryder, 1 run, ends the over with a single as he guides Davison into the covers with the spin

Robert: "Shame about the underarm? Never! it was a legal delivery,therefore nothing to cringe about. Good strategy is all it was."

End of over 20 (2 runs) New Zealand 110/1 (RR: 5.50)
JD Ryder    24* (34b 2x4)      JM Davison    1-0-2-0
BB McCullum    64* (57b 10x4 1x6)      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

End of over 21 (2 runs) New Zealand 112/1 (RR: 5.33)
JD Ryder    25* (36b 2x4)      WD Balaji Rao    3-0-9-0
BB McCullum    65* (61b 10x4 1x6)      JM Davison    1-0-2-0

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

21.3

Davison to Ryder, no run, Ryder is being quite careful here, he wants a big one. Defends a back of length ball into the covers

21.4

Davison to Ryder, 1 run, now he gets the single, hanging back to a short ball and cutting fine

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

Jason: "Shane Warne vs John Key or should I say the spin king vs the king of spin!"

End of over 22 (6 runs) New Zealand 118/1 (RR: 5.36)
BB McCullum    70* (65b 11x4 1x6)      JM Davison    2-0-8-0
JD Ryder    26* (38b 2x4)      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

End of over 23 (8 runs) New Zealand 126/1 (RR: 5.47)
BB McCullum    77* (70b 11x4 2x6)      WD Balaji Rao    4-0-17-0
JD Ryder    27* (39b 2x4)      JM Davison    2-0-8-0

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

23.4

Davison to Ryder, 1 run, Ryder works a single into the covers, calmly handing it back to Baz

Nagraj Gollapudi at the Wankhede says 10,000 people have turned up to witness the inauguration of the refurbished ground. He is sure there are more people now playing maidan cricket at the Oval maidan few hundred metres away.

23.5

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

23.6

Davison to Ryder, no run, full on leg stump, Ryder can't find the length to play the sweep, but tries nevertheless, and misses.

End of over 24 (3 runs) New Zealand 129/1 (RR: 5.37)
JD Ryder    28* (41b 2x4)      JM Davison    3-0-11-0
BB McCullum    79* (74b 11x4 2x6)      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.

Deemi: "Well. Under-arm was not only legal, it was a clever piece of captaincy - albeit unrequired (NZ would've lost even if a 6 had been hit). So was body-line bowling. We ought to appreciate the then captains, who did nothing illegal, yet were innovative. How many of us are capable of such out-of-the box thinking? This is in stark contrast to batsmen not walking when umpires have missed edges off their bats. Now, THAT's illegal!"

End of over 25 (6 runs) New Zealand 135/1 (RR: 5.40)
JD Ryder    33* (45b 3x4)      WD Balaji Rao    5-0-23-0
BB McCullum    80* (76b 11x4 2x6)      JM Davison    3-0-11-0

25.1

Davison to Ryder, no run, dropped at cover. Not helping Canada's cause. Davison tosses up on off, Ryder looks to smash the cover drive and goes uppishly. Surkari had to tumble forward and to the left to get to it, and he managed to. But as he tumbled, the ball went tumbling out of the hand as well.

25.2

Davison to Ryder, no run, flat on middle and off, played cautiously in front of the wicket

25.3

Davison to Ryder, no run, clip0s this time with the angle to the leg side, still not for runs

25.4

Davison to Ryder, no run

25.5

Davison to Ryder, 1 run, now Davison gets the single, driving with the spin past covers for one

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

Rob: "(NZ expat in US) Aren't those Aussies, who whinge about whingeing about the underarm, making yet another movie about the Bodyline series from eight hundred years ago? Bodyline is even in their school history syllabus. Let it go already!"

End of over 26 (2 runs) New Zealand 137/1 (RR: 5.26)
BB McCullum    81* (77b 11x4 2x6)      JM Davison    4-0-13-0
JD Ryder    34* (50b 3x4)      WD Balaji Rao    5-0-23-0

Chohan comes back on now.

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

End of over 27 (7 runs) New Zealand 144/1 (RR: 5.33)
BB McCullum    88* (83b 12x4 2x6)      Khurram Chohan    5-0-27-0
JD Ryder    34* (50b 3x4)      JM Davison    4-0-13-0

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

Blake: "Since when has abiding by the umpires decision been illegal? The underarm incident is poor sportsmanship. Wrong decisions are just part of the game and they work both ways. So why walk?"

End of over 28 (maiden) New Zealand 144/1 (RR: 5.14)
BB McCullum    88* (89b 12x4 2x6)      JM Davison    5-1-13-0
JD Ryder    34* (50b 3x4)      Khurram Chohan    5-0-27-0

28.1

Khurram Chohan to Ryder, 1 run, full length ball on Ryder's off stump and he defends into the off side

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.

28.4

Khurram Chohan to Ryder, no run, short of a length and tight on off stump, Ryder looks to steer but can't get it away off the square

28.5

Khurram Chohan to Ryder, 2 runs, back of a length this time, Ryder forces into the covers without hitting it too hard and gets a couple to deep extra cover

28.6

Khurram Chohan to Ryder, 1 run, short of a length on off stump to end the over, driven into the covers for another single

Dushyant: "I still remember Balaji Rao playing 1st class game against australia, contending for place in India 11 during historical 2001 series against australia. He was one of the contender in absence of Kumble. Things have changed upside down for him, since then."

End of over 29 (5 runs) New Zealand 149/1 (RR: 5.13)
JD Ryder    38* (54b 3x4)      Khurram Chohan    6-0-32-0
BB McCullum    89* (91b 12x4 2x6)      JM Davison    5-1-13-0

Not sure if he had a chance to play for India, but he did play in one of Australia's warm-up games in the 'Final Frontier' series. And what's more, he sledged Steve Waugh and Justin Langer too!

29.1

Davison to Ryder, no run, tossed up on off, Ryder defends carefully down the track

29.2

Davison to Ryder, OUT, Ryder has seen the suicide button, and pressed it with glee. A 100 for the taking against this dawdle of a Canadian attack, and he's let the opportunity go after doing the hard work. Ryder tosses it up on the off stump, Ryder gets under it and then is not sure just how hard to hit it. He plays a half-hearted chip in the end, and sends it straight to long on. He is livid, and smashes his pads on the way back. That wasn't a long boundary either.

JD Ryder c Osinde b Davison 38 (80m 56b 3x4 0x6) SR: 67.85

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.

Taylor is the new man in. It's not his birthday today. Just saying.

29.4

Davison to Taylor, no run, leans out to the pitch and guides with an angled face towards point. Baz wants the strike and hares down the track, Taylor looks at him incredulously.

29.5

Davison to Taylor, no run, loopy delivery on middle and off, Taylor works to midwicket with the spin

29.6

Davison to Taylor, 1 run, Taylor is away, easing a flighted ball, past mid on for a single

End of over 30 (2 runs) New Zealand 151/2 (RR: 5.03)
LRPL Taylor    1* (3b)      JM Davison    6-1-15-1
BB McCullum    90* (92b 12x4 2x6)      Khurram Chohan    6-0-32-0

Farid: "Does Ryder remind anyone of Inzamam ul Haq, not just the physical appearance but the general lumbering approach to batting"

Guess appearance has to do with the lumbering approach. Ranatunga, Boon and co. also share similar physical appearances. Any similarities there? Meanwhile, Osinde returns.

30.1

Osinde to Taylor, 1 wide, he spears the first ball down the leg side. Wide called.

Slip in place.

30.1

Osinde to Taylor, 1 run, full delivery on off stump, Taylor guides into the off side after reaching out

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

30.4

Osinde to Taylor, no run, short of a length on off stump, Taylor hangs back on the crease and defends to the off side as it jumps up. Decent carry.

30.5

Osinde to Taylor, 1 run, short of a length outside off, Taylor gets beside the line and cracks the cut to deep backward point where there's a sliding stop.

Mumbai Cricket Association, what have you been doing? The outfield is pathetically ragged, huge puff of brown soil lifts up as the fielder slides there, risking personal injury. The World Cup final is going to be played here!

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.

End of over 31 (4 runs) New Zealand 155/2 (RR: 5.00)
BB McCullum    91* (95b 12x4 2x6)      H Osinde    6-0-40-0
LRPL Taylor    3* (6b)      JM Davison    6-1-15-1

31.1

Davison to Taylor, 1 run, Taylor eases a single down the ground

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

31.3

Davison to Taylor, 1 run, Taylor works Davison with the spin for another single to mid on

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

31.5

Davison to Taylor, no run, flat and quick on middle and off, Taylor drives straight to mid on

31.6

Davison to Taylor, 1 run, Taylor brings up the second drinks break, working a single to the off side

I shall hand over to Sriram Veera now, to take you through to the innings break.

End of over 32 (5 runs) New Zealand 160/2 (RR: 5.00)
LRPL Taylor    6* (10b)      JM Davison    7-1-20-1
BB McCullum    93* (97b 12x4 2x6)      H Osinde    6-0-40-0

32.1

Osinde to Taylor, no run, full length on off stump, Taylor leans out and defends to the off side

32.2

Osinde to Taylor, FOUR, bosh. I wonder if Osinde was seeing what Taylor did to Pakistan. If he had, he'd know that full on the leg stump is not the best ball to bowl at Taylor. And when you do, he'll just tonk you like that, off the pads, with a fierce whiplash through midwicket

32.3

Osinde to Taylor, FOUR, Osinde's not learning fast enough. Another one too straight, coming in with the angle, and flicked through midwicket for four more

32.4

Osinde to Taylor, 1 run, back of a length on leg stump, Taylor tucks it backward of square for one

32.5

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

32.6

Osinde to Taylor, 2 runs, slower ball, ends up as a gift on the leg stump and Taylor works down to long on for one.

Now that Veera is back after a smoke, he will take up the commentary. Finally.

End of over 33 (12 runs) New Zealand 172/2 (RR: 5.21)
LRPL Taylor    17* (15b 2x4)      H Osinde    7-0-52-0
BB McCullum    94* (98b 12x4 2x6)      JM Davison    7-1-20-1

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!

33.3

Davison to Taylor, 1 run, pushes this to the off for a single

33.4

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

33.5

Davison to Taylor, no run, on the off stump line, from round the stumps, turned to the leg side

33.6

Davison to Taylor, no run, works this wide of the midwicket fielder for a single

End of over 34 (3 runs) New Zealand 175/2 (RR: 5.14)
LRPL Taylor    18* (18b 2x4)      JM Davison    8-1-23-1
BB McCullum    96* (101b 12x4 2x6)      H Osinde    7-0-52-0

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

End of over 35 (3 runs) New Zealand 178/2 (RR: 5.08)
LRPL Taylor    19* (22b 2x4)      WD Balaji Rao    6-0-26-0
BB McCullum    98* (103b 12x4 2x6)      JM Davison    8-1-23-1

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

35.4

Davison to Taylor, 1 run, rotates the strike with a nurdle behind 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?

35.6

Davison to Taylor, no run, goes for the sweep but is struck on the pad outside off. Or so it seemed. Canada go for the DRS. The ball landed on the middle and off and hit him in front of off stump. Hawk eye says it would have clipped the outside of the off stump. On-field call. Not out is the verdict

End of over 36 (3 runs) New Zealand 181/2 (RR: 5.02)
LRPL Taylor    20* (24b 2x4)      JM Davison    9-1-26-1
BB McCullum    100* (107b 12x4 2x6)      WD Balaji Rao    6-0-26-0

Batting Powerplay taken Smudgeon: "At this rate, Baz should hit 18,000 runs in his 850th match. It has a nice symmetry, you can't deny..."

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

36.2

Baidwan to Taylor, 2 runs, walks forward to drive to the on side

36.3

Baidwan to Taylor, 1 run, fetches it from outside off and slams it to deep midwicket

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

Hamza Khan: "Can someone tell me what does a "wily customer" mean?" Only guys who have fired a tracer bullet would know that

Rajeev Batra: "And the trend continues, England continue to make every match a close one.. And NZ do the exact opposite!"

Saan: "Ross Taylor's running between the wickets scares me. Looks like he wants to have a chat with Baz mid-pitch about lunch.. "

36.5

Baidwan to NL McCullum, no run, a high bouncer and Nathan ducks

36.6

Baidwan to NL McCullum, no run, short of length outside off, dabbed to point

Swapnil Joshi has the deodarant for the under-arm odour: "To stop the under-arm incident war.. Watch this video on youtube about the incident with an alternate ending.. Hilarious!! The link is "here

End of over 37 (4 runs) New Zealand 185/3 (RR: 5.00)
NL McCullum    0* (2b)      HS Baidwan    7-0-34-2
LRPL Taylor    23* (26b 2x4)      JM Davison    9-1-26-1

37.1

Rizwan Cheema to Taylor, no run, gets forward to drive it back down the track

37.2

Rizwan Cheema to Taylor, no run, full in length outside off, steered straight to backward point

37.3

Rizwan Cheema to Taylor, FOUR, The fine-leg is up inside the circle and he serves a full toss outside leg. Taylor flicks it to the recycle bin

37.4

Rizwan Cheema to Taylor, 1 run, good-length delivery on the middle, pushed to through mid-on

37.5

Rizwan Cheema to NL McCullum, 1 run, full in length outside off stump, driven through mid-off

37.6

Rizwan Cheema to Taylor, 1 run, short in length around off stump, swatted past midwicket

End of over 38 (7 runs) New Zealand 192/3 (RR: 5.05)
LRPL Taylor    29* (31b 3x4)      Rizwan Cheema    3-0-21-0
NL McCullum    1* (3b)      HS Baidwan    7-0-34-2

38.1

Baidwan to Taylor, SIX, Whack! It was the bouncer around off stump and Taylor pulls it to deep midwicket where Davison ran in too much, misjudged it and the ball sailed over him. Had he stayed near the ropes, he could have got it

Nick: "Why don't they send in Oram to light it up? Would have been nice to see him with a bit of extra time..."

38.2

Baidwan to Taylor, SIX, Another short ball. Blink. Pull. The ball is thrown back from the wide midwicket boundary

38.3

Baidwan to Taylor, no run, fuller, around off stump, dug out back down the track

38.4

Baidwan to Taylor, SIX, The six-orgy (read it again, no typos!) begins. It was a poor short ball and Taylor thrashes it over square-leg boundary

38.5

Baidwan to Taylor, SIX, Drama! Taylor fetches a slower one and heaves it high towards long-on. Cheema back-pedaled and as he caught the ball, his back foot touched the boundary line. He threw it back in the field of play but the damage was done.

38.6

Baidwan to Taylor, FOUR, Taylor has gone berserk here. And without the help of Kamran Akmal. Baidwan chokes and serves a low full toss outside off and Taylor has creamed it through covers

End of over 39 (28 runs) New Zealand 220/3 (RR: 5.64)
LRPL Taylor    57* (37b 4x4 4x6)      HS Baidwan    8-0-62-2
NL McCullum    1* (3b)      Rizwan Cheema    3-0-21-0

39.1

Rizwan Cheema to NL McCullum, 1 bye, backs away the leg stump line, the bowler follows, swing and a miss and they get a bye

39.2

Rizwan Cheema to Taylor, 1 run, full delivery on the middle, swiped to short fine-leg fielder

39.3

Rizwan Cheema to NL McCullum, FOUR, Crash bang. Nathan moves outside leg stump and smashed this length delivery over mid-off

39.4

Rizwan Cheema to NL McCullum, 1 run, fuller, driven to extra cover for a quick single

"This could get ugly for Canada here," says Naz Hussain on air

39.5

Rizwan Cheema to Taylor, 2 runs, full pitched on the pads, flicked away past square-leg

39.6

Rizwan Cheema to Taylor, 1 no ball, A beamer! accidental. A high full toss from round the stumps, Taylor tries to pull but gets away from the line of fire and Bagai, standing up to the stumps, puts his left hand to make a half-stop. Cheema apologizes

39.6

Rizwan Cheema to Taylor, SIX, Low full toss on the leg stump line and Taylor cues up and swings it over backward square-leg boundary

End of over 40 (16 runs) New Zealand 236/3 (RR: 5.90)
LRPL Taylor    66* (41b 4x4 5x6)      Rizwan Cheema    4-0-36-0
NL McCullum    6* (6b 1x4)      HS Baidwan    8-0-62-2

Nathan changes his bat

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

Tim: "And to think Ross Taylor was out of form about half a game ago."

40.6

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

End of over 41 (19 runs) New Zealand 255/4 (RR: 6.21)
KS Williamson    1* (1b)      WD Balaji Rao    7-0-44-1
NL McCullum    10* (8b 2x4)      Rizwan Cheema    4-0-36-0

74 runs and 2 wickets from that batting Powerplay

41.1

Davison to Williamson, no run, low dipping full toss, eased back to the bowler

41.2

Davison to Williamson, no run, Dropped by the bowler. It was a dolly. It was a flighted delivery that dipped on Kane who ended up scooping it shoulder high to the right of the bowler who clanged it.

41.3

Davison to Williamson, no run, gets forward to push it to the on side

41.4

Davison to Williamson, no run, leans forward to drive it back to the bowler

41.5

Davison to Williamson, 2 runs, around off stump line, steered through covers

41.6

Davison to Williamson, 2 runs, on the middle and leg, squirted to square-leg. Overthrows at the non-striker's end as the bowler didn't expect a throw would come in at his end and had turned his back.

End of over 42 (4 runs) New Zealand 259/4 (RR: 6.16)
KS Williamson    5* (7b)      JM Davison    10-1-30-1
NL McCullum    10* (8b 2x4)      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

End of over 43 (3 runs) New Zealand 262/5 (RR: 6.09)
SB Styris    2* (3b)      WD Balaji Rao    8-0-47-2
KS Williamson    6* (9b)      JM Davison    10-1-30-1

darryl Warren: "Dare I say it...a car minus it's wheels"

43.1

Hansra to Styris, 2 runs, Catch it was the cry as Styris whips it aerially, just wide of the diving midwicket

43.2

Hansra to Styris, no run, gets forward to push it to the on side of the pitch

43.3

Hansra to Styris, 1 run, quicker, on the middle and leg, nudged to midwicket

43.4

Hansra to Williamson, no run, goes on with the arm, from round the stumps, just outside off, dabbed to the leg side

43.5

Hansra to Williamson, no run, looks to slog sweep, the ball is too full, and he ends up stabbing it down the track

43.6

Hansra to Williamson, 1 run, around off, cut away to sweeper cover

End of over 44 (4 runs) New Zealand 266/5 (RR: 6.04)
KS Williamson    7* (12b)      AS Hansra    1-0-4-0
SB Styris    5* (6b)      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

End of over 45 (8 runs) New Zealand 274/5 (RR: 6.08)
SB Styris    7* (9b)      WD Balaji Rao    9-0-54-2
KS Williamson    12* (15b 1x4)      AS Hansra    1-0-4-0

45.1

Hansra to Styris, SIX, Styris goes downtown. He went down his knee, cleared his front foot and swung this full delivery over long-on

45.2

Hansra to Styris, 1 run, works this past square-leg for a single

45.3

Hansra to Williamson, 2 runs, backs away to cut it through covers. Overthrows at the striker's end

45.4

Hansra to Williamson, 1 run, gets forward to ping long-on

45.5

Hansra to Styris, SIX, Good bye! Styris unleashes hell on a bent knee. This one is a slog sweep and it flies over midwicket boundary

45.6

Hansra to Styris, 1 run, drives through the on side for a single

End of over 46 (17 runs) New Zealand 291/5 (RR: 6.32)
SB Styris    21* (13b 2x6)      AS Hansra    2-0-21-0
KS Williamson    15* (17b 1x4)      WD Balaji Rao    9-0-54-2

Srini: "Any chance of getting Balaji replacing Chawla in indian team."

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

End of over 47 (8 runs) New Zealand 299/5 (RR: 6.36)
SB Styris    27* (17b 1x4 2x6)      WD Balaji Rao    10-0-62-2
KS Williamson    17* (19b 1x4)      AS Hansra    2-0-21-0

47.1

Baidwan to Williamson, FOUR, shuffles across, a low full toss on the leg stump arrives and Kane helps it along to the fine-leg boundary

47.2

Baidwan to Williamson, FOUR, The back-of-hand slower one and for a moment I thought Kane has hit mishit it to deep midwicket. He slog sweeps it to wide midwicket boundary

47.3

Baidwan to Williamson, 3 runs, walks across to the off, and steers the length delivery through point. More overthrows. It should have been two but they have leaked an extra run

47.4

Baidwan to Styris, FOUR, Fabulicious straight hit. Scotty clears the front foot and lofts it to the straight boundary.

47.5

Baidwan to Styris, FOUR, a slower one, back of the hand stuff again, just outside off and on a good length. Styris moved outside leg and carved it over backward point

47.6

Baidwan to Styris, OUT, Styris falls to a full toss. He swings it towards long-on where Davison moves in to take a good low catch, lunging forward

SB Styris c Davison b Baidwan 35 (21m 20b 3x4 2x6) SR: 175.00

End of over 48 (19 runs) New Zealand 318/6 (RR: 6.62)
     HS Baidwan    9-0-81-3
KS Williamson    28* (22b 3x4)      WD Balaji Rao    10-0-62-2

48.1

Khurram Chohan to Williamson, FOUR, Kane lashes this full toss to the midwicket boundary. The runs are coming in a flood here

48.2

Khurram Chohan to Williamson, 1 run, paddles this one to fine-leg region

48.3

Khurram Chohan to Franklin, 2 runs, squirts this through to deep square-leg region

48.4

Khurram Chohan to Franklin, 1 run, yorker on the middle stump line, dug out through midwicket

48.5

Khurram Chohan to Williamson, no run, a dipping slower one, Kane checks his shot and pushes it through the off side

48.6

Khurram Chohan to Williamson, 1 bye, Another slower one and Kane is too early into his slog sweep. He will get a bye, though

Gautam Kunapuli: "Is it just me, or does the outfield look absolutely abysmal? This is the venue that is going to host the World Cup final? Poor advertisement for Mumbai and India."

End of over 49 (9 runs) New Zealand 327/6 (RR: 6.67)
KS Williamson    33* (26b 4x4)      Khurram Chohan    7-0-40-0
JEC Franklin    3* (2b)      HS Baidwan    9-0-81-3

49.1

Rizwan Cheema to Williamson, 1 run, short in length on the middle, swatted away to deep square-leg

49.2

Rizwan Cheema to Franklin, SIX, Massive! 10th six of the game. Highest in this WC. Franklin clobbers a full pitched delivery into the stands beyond long-on

49.3

Rizwan Cheema to Franklin, SIX, Huge! Another gentle full delivery, angling in and Franklin lifts this over wide midwicket boundary

49.4

Rizwan Cheema to Franklin, FOUR, Another full delivery in the slot and Franklin crashes it over covers. Whoa!

49.5

Rizwan Cheema to Franklin, SIX, This is humongous! Monster hit. In the slot, a length delivery and Franklin has absolutely tonked it over long-on.

49.6

Rizwan Cheema to Franklin, (no ball) FOUR, High full toss, a no ball, and Franklin edges the intended swat-pull to third man boundary. Hell unleashed!

Two beamers and he is off. Baidwan to bowl now.

49.6

Baidwan to Franklin, 1 wide, Oh dear... he sprays a wide outside off stump.

49.6

Baidwan to Franklin, 2 runs, Not a four. not a six. Just couple of runs. what's the world coming to? Franklin drives to long-off for two runs.

New Zealand have piled up 358. Franklin made 31 from 8 deliveries. Wicked fun. Time for a break; join Nitin in a while for the chase. I will be over at the Chatter box. But that's when the chase begins. time for lunch now

End of over 50 (31 runs) New Zealand 358/6
JEC Franklin    31* (8b 2x4 3x6)      HS Baidwan    9.1-0-84-3
KS Williamson    34* (27b 4x4)      Khurram Chohan    7-0-40-0

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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