ICC Cricket World Cup, 2010/11 / Commentary

ICC Cricket World Cup - 35th match, Group A

Australia v Canada

Australia won by 7 wickets (with 91 balls remaining)

0.1

Tait to Patel, no run, 143.6 kph right away, and it takes off from short of a good length just outside off stump, he has a poke at it, and gets bat out of the way belatedly as it zips past him

0.2

Tait to Patel, no run, ooh, almost had him there, very full on leg stump, he chose to go on the back foot, and had a swipe across the line, the leading edge fell short of mid off

0.3

Tait to Patel, 1 run, 146 kph ripping yorker, Tait is right on the money here, he is pegged on the back foot, somehow manages to survive, jabs it away off the inside edge to fine leg

Canada 1/0   H Patel 1* (3b)

1.1

Lee to Patel, FOUR, 139.9 kph, shrt and bit of width, he latches on to it in an instant, and cuts it superbly between cover and point

1.2

Lee to Patel, no run, 143.2 kph short and again some width, this time there is more effort from Lee, and he gets much more bounce, no footwork from Hiral who tries to have a swing from the crease, and is beaten

1.3

Lee to Patel, FOUR, 144.5 kph, he is alternating between connecting and missing, this time he delays the shot, goes deep in the crease and cuts it past backward point for another boundary

1.4

Lee to Patel, 2 runs, Lee has had enough of being cut, gets him to ungainly fend a bouncer that takes off, three fielders hare after it as it goes high over the keeper's head, one of them is keeper, one is slip, one is fine leg who manages to pull it back in, and there is a fourth fielder waiting inside the ropes to throw the ball back, as the earlier three have crossed the ropes, phew

1.5

Lee to Patel, FOUR, shot, this is some start from Canada, as fine a cover drive as any, gets front foot out and shows the full face of the bat to get it in the gap, that is enough on this outfield

1.6

Lee to Patel, 2 runs, punched in the air off the back foot, but again in the gap past extra cover, and Canada are fairly racing away here

Canada 22/0   H Patel 17* (9b 3x4)

2.2

Tait to Patel, SIX, my goodness, that is murdered, Shaun Tait bowls one at 148.5 kph, but Hiral seems to be enjoying this battle, stays on the crease and thumps it over extra cover, one leg in the air in cavalier fashion as he does that, and the connection is so neat it goes all the way

2.3

Tait to Patel, 1 wide, Tait sprays it down the leg side, trying to go for the bouncer in to the body

2.3

Tait to Patel, 1 wide, 142.6 kph, Tait has lost his radar, another one goes marginally down the leg side with the angle, that is enough for him to concede the wide in this format

2.3

Tait to Patel, 1 run, back of a length and bounces awkwardly, but he gets outside the line to work it away to fine leg

2.6

Tait to Patel, no run, goes for the slash to a short and wide delivery, Tait is fortunate to get away with it as he misses, not much footwork did Hiral in

Canada 33/0   H Patel 24* (12b 3x4 1x6)

4.1

Johnson to Patel, 2 runs, gets some shape off the seam in to the batsman from a length, he flicks it in the air to Hussey at square leg, who has a shy at the non-striker's stumps with the batsman already in the crease, and concedes an overthrow off the ricochet

4.2

Johnson to Patel, FOUR, goes full and wide outside off stump, Hiral is in a mood to belt everything, bends the knee and slashes it past backward point, no chance for third man at all

4.3

Johnson to Patel, no run, Johnson beats him with a length ball that goes across him close to off stump, he goes for the drive and ends up playing inside the line

4.4

Johnson to Patel, SIX, another maximum, not where he intended it, but Canada will take it, Johnson continues to bowl it fuller and wider outside off stump, he had a big swing at it, and got it miles in the air, Lee at third man got into position, but it eluded him and went just over the ropes

4.5

Johnson to Patel, 1 leg bye, bounces from short of a length but down the pads, off the hip to square leg

Canada 54/1   H Patel 36* (17b 4x4 2x6)

5.1

Lee to Patel, no run, 143.7 kph bouncer on off stump, he keeps the bat down and gets head out of the way, Lee has something to say to him, but he walks away towards square leg

5.2

Lee to Patel, no run, comes very slowly off the pitch, almost stopping on the batsman, he stabs it in the air in front of point

5.3

Lee to Patel, 1 wide, fired wide down the leg side from back of a length

5.3

Lee to Patel, no run, another shortish one on the pads, fended away down towards square leg

5.4

Lee to Patel, no run, gets the short delivery on target around off stump, he leaves it well alone, swaying out of harm's way

5.5

Lee to Patel, 1 wide, Lee continues to pound him with the bouncer, gets this one high enough for it to be called wide, Hiral got down underneath it

5.5

Lee to Patel, no run, gets away with this short delivery, it bounces high outside off stump, he was almost expecting it, neatly weaved out of the line when he saw it coming

5.6

Lee to Patel, SIX, he finally decides to take on the Lee bouncer, and what a way to deal with it, not in a great position but hooks it away in the air, and over deep square leg, what a start this is from Canada

Canada 62/1   H Patel 42* (23b 4x4 3x6)

6.4

Johnson to Patel, no run, goes right back in the crease, and plays out a back of a length ball with an open face on the off side

6.5

Johnson to Patel, 1 run, stands in the crease and has a go at a fuller delivery that is angled across him, the thick outside edge flies to Lee at third man

Canada 64/1   H Patel 43* (25b 4x4 3x6)

7.1

Watson to Patel, no run, lumbers in and bowls a fuller one outside off stump, driven to mid off

7.2

Watson to Patel, no run, a touch shorter and cutting back in, pushed away to short midwicket

7.3

Watson to Patel, no run, gets some width outside off, but cannot make use of it, slaps this one into the ground and the ball rolls away to cover

7.4

Watson to Patel, no run, the lesser pace of Watson is making the ball stop and come on slowly, another attempt at a drive it mistimed to mid off

7.5

Watson to Patel, no run, and again, looks to have a swing at one outside off stump, gets an inside edge onto pad

7.6

Watson to Patel, 1 run, driven crisply off the front foot this time and a single is taken wide of mid off

Canada 65/1   H Patel 44* (31b 4x4 3x6)

8.1

Johnson to Patel, no run, gets behind one that comes in with the angle to push out to point

8.2

Johnson to Patel, 1 leg bye, slings it in full on the pads, he tickles it down to fine leg

8.5

Johnson to Patel, FOUR, Hiral continues to swing merrily, and picks up boundaries all around, has a swing at one angled across him on a length, and the outside edge at Johnson's pace gives third man no chance

8.6

Johnson to Patel, 1 run, he gets away again, Watson at slip it is, very tough chance as it was dying to his right, he put in the dive but it seemed to bounce inches short as Hiral had another go, moves to 49 now

Canada 72/1   H Patel 49* (35b 5x4 3x6)

9.1

Watson to Patel, no run, Hiral has one more swipe from the crease to one outside off stump, this time he misses

9.2

Watson to Patel, 1 run, makes good ground and gets down to the other end with a desperate dive, the throw missed, and Hiral lives on to raise his bat for his half-century, it was hit down to mid off

Canada 73/1   H Patel 50* (37b 5x4 3x6)

10.1

Tait to Patel, 2 runs, goes for the yorker right away, gets it down the pads off a very full length, flicked in the air past midwicket

10.2

Tait to Patel, no run, 147.1 kph and zooming on to the stumps from a length, he remains deep in the crease to push it away on the off side

10.3

Tait to Patel, no run, wants to belt this one down the ground, but gets it off the bottom half of the bat down the track to Tait

10.4

Tait to Patel, 1 run, slashes a widish one away off the back foot to third man

10.6

Tait to Patel, 1 run, goes deep in the crease to a yorker length ball and shows the full face of the bat to send it straight down the track, that was timed sweetly, Tait manages to get a foot on it

Canada 82/1   H Patel 54* (42b 5x4 3x6)

11.1

Watson to Patel, no run, squeezes one out in front of point and sets off for the single, sent back by the non-striker

11.2

Watson to Patel, no run, shuffles and plays a length ball back to the bowler from the crease

11.3

Watson to Patel, OUT, finally Hiral's adventurous innings is over, he went for the slash to a short and wide delivery, got on his toes to counter the bounce, but got it high in the air, and safely down to Mitch on the third man boundary who takes it cleanly, but what a knock from the kid

H Patel c Johnson b Watson 54 (58m 45b 5x4 3x6) SR: 120.00

Canada 82/2   H Patel 54 (45b 5x4 3x6)

Photos

Mar 16, 2011

Ashish Bagai drives during his 39, Australia v Canada, Group A, World Cup, Bangalore, March 16, 2011

Ashish Bagai drives during his 39

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Mar 16, 2011

John Davison waves to the fans as he walks off the field after his last game for Canada, Australia v Canada, Group A, World Cup, Bangalore, March 16, 2011

John Davison waves to the fans as he walks off the field after his last game for Canada

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