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)

All set for the game to begin, John Davison, walks out for the last time in Canada colours, along with Hiral Patel. Tait, not Lee, it will be with the new ball.

2.20 pm Out come the players for the national anthems. O Canada first, to be followed by Advance Australia Fair.

Vinoth: "@Sameer: You missed one. Davison!!! He is going to play his last match today. Let me take this opportunity to congratulate him as well!"

Simon: "I wouldn't be surprised if Ponting opened the bowling with Smith and Krejza, just so Canada actually score a decent total to bat against. Actually I would be surprised. Punter will probably go out there aiming to bowl Canada out for 100, which won't help us in the long run."

Okakaboka: "The same eleven? Geez, the Australians are asking for trouble. What happens WHEN Tait breaks down or Krejza increases his number of half-trackers?"

Sameer: "Before the match begins, I would like to congratulate 2 players especially from Canada team: Bagai and Balaji. These 2 guys have shown never say die approach throughout the tournamment and really fought well. Winning or Losing is another story, But to participate and try you best is what counts!!! Have a good final game for this WC."

Kiran: "Wouldn't be surprised if Ponting used up Steve Smith's and Jason Krejza's 10 if the pace attack doesn't go so well. Also wouldn't mind seeing a bit of Steve, considering he's in my fantasy. Ponting, heed my words. :D"

Brave decision from Bagai to have a bat against the pace of Lee, Tait and Johnson, knowing there is a strong chance that things could unravel quickly for Canada's batsmen.

2 pm Toss: Ashish Bagai wins it and Canada will have a bat.

Bagai: "Bangalore is not as hot as Mumbai was. It's our last game, so hoping for the best." You think Bagai's boys can cause an upset today? Let us know.

Ponting: "Couple of long breaks between games. We have got used to the conditions here now. Important to start playing our best cricket now. I am not one for tinkering the order too much. We are going with the same team that has played the first four games." Shaun Tait is playing that means. Is he in your Fantasy XIs? Remember, it's not too late to enter your teams, there are some cool Canon cameras to be won just for the knockout stage.

1.55 pm Lovely bright day in Bangalore. Ravi Shastri says the pitch has a dry look, but there will not be that much help for spinners. Ball expected to come on to the bat nicely, says Shastri. Win toss, and bat first. As if you expected Ricky to do anything else if he calls correctly.

There is an interesting sub-plot to this encounter that could pit Jason Krejza against his coach at the Australian Centre of Excellence, John Davison, who has announced his retirement. More on the build-up in the preview by Sriram Veera.

Welcome to our coverage of the Group A match between Australia and Canada in Bangalore. Australia's famed pace attack could not bowl out Kenya at this ground a few days ago, in fact they only managed three wickets between them. Ricky Ponting would want a much improved show today from his quick men, despite the fact that Shaun Tait could get a rest. What do you think the Playing XIs could be?

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

0.4

Tait to Davison, 1 no ball, a bit away from off stump this time, Davison came forward and went for a loose drive, the ball moved away a shade to beat him, Tait has overstepped to allow a free hit

0.4

Tait to Davison, no run, 139.5 kph bouncer, Davison cannot get it away, probably expecting the fuller one, tried to upper cut it but missed

0.5

Tait to Davison, FOUR, Tait bowls a pacy full delivery on the pads, dropped by Michael Hussey at square leg as it is flicked emphatically off the toes, it was going quickly over him, he managed to get two hands to it but only parried it away to the boundary

0.6

Tait to Davison, no run, goes for a cover drive from the crease, is miles away from the length ball that leaves him a shade

End of over 1 (6 runs) Canada 6/0 (RR: 6.00)
JM Davison    4* (4b 1x4)      SW Tait    1-0-6-0
H Patel    1* (3b)     

Lee from the other end

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

End of over 2 (16 runs) Canada 22/0 (RR: 11.00)
H Patel    17* (9b 3x4)      B Lee    1-0-16-0
JM Davison    4* (4b 1x4)      SW Tait    1-0-6-0

2.1

Tait to Davison, 1 run, goes for the yorker right away, dug out in to the off side for a single

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

2.4

Tait to Davison, no run, Davison tries to get in to the act now, goes for the pull off one leg to a bouncer that is miles outside off stump, and missed

2.5

Tait to Davison, 1 run, bowls one wide outside off stump on a length, and he goes down on the knee to cut it away to third man

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

End of over 3 (11 runs) Canada 33/0 (RR: 11.00)
H Patel    24* (12b 3x4 1x6)      SW Tait    2-0-17-0
JM Davison    6* (7b 1x4)      B Lee    1-0-16-0

Jakes: "This reminds a bit of the SA-India start. Except that the bowling team are the world champions, and the team hitting them for over 10 an over is well... Canada!!"

3.1

Lee to Davison, no run, goes for a swipe at this back of a length ball outside off stump, and Lee gets the outside edge, but it falls way short of Haddin

3.2

Lee to Davison, no run, creamed off the front foot with lovely timing, but drives this full ball straight to Watson at short extra cover

3.3

Lee to Davison, FOUR, smashed again, this time he gets it in the gap as Lee continues to go full in search of movement that he is not finding currently, cover had no chance as it sped past him

3.4

Lee to Davison, FOUR, targets the stumps with a full length again, Davison stands in the crease and lifts it high over midwicket

3.5

Lee to Davison, OUT, that will do for Lee, and that will be the end of John Davison for one final time, the slow bouncer from Brett, got Davison in an awkward position as he tried to go for the hook, the ball took the glove and lobbed away to Haddin who pouched it

JM Davison c †Haddin b Lee 14 (19m 12b 3x4 0x6) SR: 116.66

Surkari at No 3

3.6

Lee to Surkari, no run, 149.2 kph, Lee is charged after the wicket, bowls this one outside off stump and gets it to seam away, Surkari leaves it alone

End of over 4 (8 runs) Canada 41/1 (RR: 10.25)
ZE Surkari    0* (1b)      B Lee    2-0-24-1
H Patel    24* (12b 3x4 1x6)      SW Tait    2-0-17-0

Paul: "Don't mind seeing our bowlers cop a bit of hammer in this game. They've had it too easy so far, a bit of punishment will be good practice for them to come back from as we move on to face more accomplished batsmen. Plus it gives our batsmen something to chase!" Mitchell Johnson in to the attack right away

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

4.6

Johnson to Surkari, no run, gets one bang on target finally, length ball homing in on middle and off, defended with bat and pad close together

End of over 5 (13 runs) Canada 54/1 (RR: 10.80)
ZE Surkari    0* (2b)      MG Johnson    1-0-12-0
H Patel    36* (17b 4x4 2x6)      B Lee    2-0-24-1

Salman: "@Paul: Give some credit where its due... Don't pretend all this was planned." no slip in place now

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

End of over 6 (8 runs) Canada 62/1 (RR: 10.33)
H Patel    42* (23b 4x4 3x6)      B Lee    3-0-32-1
ZE Surkari    0* (2b)      MG Johnson    1-0-12-0

6.1

Johnson to Surkari, no run, good delivery, that angle across the right hander close to off stump, good bounce too, he has a prod and is beaten

6.2

Johnson to Surkari, no run, goes a touch wider outside off stump and he leaves it alone this time

6.3

Johnson to Surkari, 1 run, rides the bounce on one that jags back in to the body, and gets it wide of midwicket

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

6.6

Johnson to Surkari, no run, floats it much fuller outside off stump this time, egging him to go for the drive, but he shoulders arms after getting forward

End of over 7 (2 runs) Canada 64/1 (RR: 9.14)
ZE Surkari    1* (6b)      MG Johnson    2-0-14-0
H Patel    43* (25b 4x4 3x6)      B Lee    3-0-32-1

Watson in to the attack now

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

End of over 8 (1 run) Canada 65/1 (RR: 8.12)
H Patel    44* (31b 4x4 3x6)      SR Watson    1-0-1-0
ZE Surkari    1* (6b)      MG Johnson    2-0-14-0

Okakaboka: "Well, the predictability of the Australian extreme pace attack is shown to be wanting. Wouldn't it be handy to see a variety of slower balls and yorkers to break things up. Woops, the Australians haven't given Hastings a run!" Mitch from round the stumps, slip in place

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

goes over the wicket to Surkari

8.3

Johnson to Surkari, no run, gets it to jag back in from short if a length, he rides the bounce to keep it down

8.4

Johnson to Surkari, 1 run, similar delivery again, this time he shuffles across to work it away towards midwicket

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

End of over 9 (7 runs) Canada 72/1 (RR: 8.00)
H Patel    49* (35b 5x4 3x6)      MG Johnson    3-0-20-0
ZE Surkari    2* (8b)      SR Watson    1-0-1-0

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

9.3

Watson to Surkari, FOUR, Surkari this time, looks to steer on that is very close to the body, and gets an edge that scoots wide of Haddin

9.4

Watson to Surkari, no run, off the pads from short of a good length on the leg side

9.5

Watson to Surkari, no run, chooses to leave a length delivery on ite line outside off stump, but it cuts back in a long way, not far from off stump that one

9.6

Watson to Surkari, no run, has him in trouble with this one that jags back in sharply and bounces more than the previous one, goes over the stumps as he pushes outside the line

End of over 10 (5 runs) Canada 77/1 (RR: 7.70)
ZE Surkari    6* (12b 1x4)      SR Watson    2-0-6-0
H Patel    50* (37b 5x4 3x6)      MG Johnson    3-0-20-0

Shaun Tait is back to kick off the bowling Powerplay

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

10.5

Tait to Surkari, 1 leg bye, 148.2 kph fired on the pads, he misses out on the flick, Tait thinks it is hitting leg, umpire Saheba thinks it is going down, which it is

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

End of over 11 (5 runs) Canada 82/1 (RR: 7.45)
H Patel    54* (42b 5x4 3x6)      SW Tait    3-0-21-0
ZE Surkari    6* (13b 1x4)      SR Watson    2-0-6-0

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

So Watson did hat Lee-Tait-Johnson could not

Bagai is in now

11.4

Watson to Surkari, no run, takes a step outside the crease and blocks one off the edge on to pad

11.5

Watson to Surkari, no run, takes two steps down the track this time, but can only manage to pat it away, smart work from Watson, keeping it tight

With all the stepping out Surkari is doing, Haddin walks up to the stumps

11.6

Watson to Surkari, 2 runs, almost got him, he chopped this one off the back foot, and Haddin cannot get how it missed the stumps and rolled away fine

End of over 12 (2 runs) Canada 84/2 (RR: 7.00)
ZE Surkari    8* (16b 1x4)      SR Watson    3-0-8-1
A Bagai    0* (0b)      SW Tait    3-0-21-0

12.1

Tait to Bagai, no run, half-forward to a 146.9 kph length ball outside off stump, and half-drives it away towards extra cover

12.2

Tait to Bagai, no run, Tait looks for the lethal yorker at 148.4 kph, almost gets it right, he gets an inside edge on to boot that saves him

12.3

Tait to Bagai, no run, tries the short one that does not get up much outside off stump, he weaves out of the way nevertheless

12.4

Tait to Bagai, no run, 147.6 kph fullish one, he goes back, perilous approach, but gets bat down in time to push it back to Tait, who threatens to throw the ball at the batsman

12.5

Tait to Bagai, no run, played out in to the off side off the front foot

12.6

Tait to Bagai, no run, nips back in from a length outside off stump and goes close to off, but he had already chosen to leave it

End of over 13 (maiden) Canada 84/2 (RR: 6.46)
A Bagai    0* (6b)      SW Tait    4-1-21-0
ZE Surkari    8* (16b 1x4)      SR Watson    3-0-8-1

Haddin continues to stand up to Watson

13.1

Watson to Surkari, 1 run, gets front foot out to drive wide of cover for a run

GK: "Watto the Saviour again! He may not look like he wants to be there as he trundles in to bowl, but my gosh, he certainly does give allround efforts!"

13.2

Watson to Bagai, FOUR, for once Watson strays down the pads from a fuller length, and he shuffles to tickle it fine enough to pick up four

13.3

Watson to Bagai, no run, settles back again to the outside off stump line and good length, he lets it go immediately

13.4

Watson to Bagai, no run, left alone outside off stump again, this one came back in a tad and kept low too

13.5

Watson to Bagai, no run, gets bat and pad close and drives this one away to point with an open face

13.6

Watson to Bagai, no run, whoa, walks two feet outside off stump but Watson shortens the length and follows him, and he pushes away to mid off

End of over 14 (5 runs) Canada 89/2 (RR: 6.35)
A Bagai    4* (11b 1x4)      SR Watson    4-0-13-1
ZE Surkari    9* (17b 1x4)      SW Tait    4-1-21-0

Whoever would have thought that at drinks, Canada's run rate would be almost six and a half, with only two down? Kip: "Canada is ahead of where Aus. was at this point in the 434-438 game... wickets aside :-("

14.1

Johnson to Surkari, 1 run, steered calmly down to third man from wide outside off

14.2

Johnson to Bagai, no run, jabs at one that comes in with the angle from round the wicket, almost chops it on

14.3

Johnson to Bagai, no run, nicely done, spirits out to the pitch of a length ball and drives it to cover

goes over the wicket now

14.4

Johnson to Bagai, no run, cramps him for room with one that cuts back in from short of a length, defended down the track

14.5

Johnson to Bagai, FOUR, crack! full and some width outside off stump, he needs no more invitation, gets to the pitch and creams it past extra cover, no one moved

14.6

Johnson to Bagai, 1 run, goes down the pads with the angle, and he picks a single through square leg

End of over 15 (6 runs) Canada 95/2 (RR: 6.33)
A Bagai    9* (16b 2x4)      MG Johnson    4-0-26-0
ZE Surkari    10* (18b 1x4)      SR Watson    4-0-13-1

Joe: "RE GK: Surely its a bit harsh to say Watson "may not look like he want to be there as he trundles in to bowl" The lad has had an injury stricken career and whilst he is scoring vital runs should a side like Australia need another 80mph bowler?" A 90-miler, Lee, is back

15.1

Lee to Bagai, no run, just about back of a length, he gets deep in the crease to push it on the off side

15.2

Lee to Bagai, no run, rides the bounce on this one outside off and looks to cut, but chops it in the ground, one leg in the air as he does that, full marks for intent

15.3

Lee to Bagai, FOUR, 147.3 kph low full toss outside off stump, he throws the bat at it, and gets it fine to the third man boundary off a thick edge

15.4

Lee to Bagai, no run, squirts it out to point and scampers down for the run, before he is frantically sent back, and makes it back in time

15.5

Lee to Bagai, no run, stays on the back foot to a fuller delivery, has worked for Canada so far that style, and pats it away towards mid off

15.6

Lee to Bagai, no run, smoked off the front foot, but finds extra cover in the way

End of over 16 (4 runs) Canada 99/2 (RR: 6.18)
A Bagai    13* (22b 3x4)      B Lee    4-0-36-1
ZE Surkari    10* (18b 1x4)      MG Johnson    4-0-26-0

alan: "Of course we need a 80mph bowler.. he got that wicket cos the lack of pace menat it didn't go for 6... perfect for when you have batters who will swing hard at anything!"

16.1

Johnson to Surkari, 2 runs, Johnson goes down the pads with that angle from round the stumps, and is picked away wide of fine leg, deep square leg runs to his right and just stops it from trickling in to the ropes

16.2

Johnson to Surkari, no run, gets it outside off from just short of a length this time, left alone as it carries nicely to the keeper

Drew: "Good call, Joe - I'd rather have an allrounder that can score a quick ton, than one that can bowl fast and play every other season! I like the new Watson - he's a better batsman, and, I think, a better ODI death bowler than he was..."

16.3

Johnson to Surkari, no run, thats the line from round the stumps that troubles the right hander, just short of a length around off stump and forcing him to push at it, he does so and gets beaten

16.4

Johnson to Surkari, no run, and again, Johnson gets it spot on, and he ends up stabbing at it off the front foot, somehow it eludes the edge

16.5

Johnson to Surkari, no run, a bit wider and fuller outside off stump, left alone this time

16.6

Johnson to Surkari, 1 wide, overdoes the angle on this one and gets it down the leg side

16.6

Johnson to Surkari, no run, now he gets it to seam away from short of a length outside off stump, but wide enough for the batsman to shoulder arms

End of over 17 (3 runs) Canada 102/2 (RR: 6.00)
ZE Surkari    12* (24b 1x4)      MG Johnson    5-0-29-0
A Bagai    13* (22b 3x4)      B Lee    4-0-36-1

Jason Krejza comes on now, from round the stumps

17.1

Krejza to Bagai, 1 run, starts with a full toss low on the leg stump, pushed back down the ground

17.2

Krejza to Surkari, 1 run, tossed up on middle and turning on leg, he goes down on the knee and sweeps forcefully to fine leg

17.3

Krejza to Bagai, 1 wide, gets some bounce now, and turn too, but down the leg side

17.3

Krejza to Bagai, 1 run, more turn and bounce, this time on middle, he shuffles across and works it to fine leg

17.4

Krejza to Surkari, 2 runs, the line is awry from Krejza at the moment, another one turns down leg ans is nudged fine for a couple

17.5

Krejza to Surkari, no run, better now, tossed up just outside off, he drives with the turn and midwicket dives to field

17.6

Krejza to Surkari, 1 run, and again turns down the leg side, tickled fine for a single, not the start Krejza and Ponting would have wanted

End of over 18 (7 runs) Canada 109/2 (RR: 6.05)
ZE Surkari    16* (28b 1x4)      JJ Krejza    1-0-7-0
A Bagai    15* (24b 3x4)      MG Johnson    5-0-29-0

18.1

Johnson to Surkari, no run, Johnson gets this one to move away from a length outside off, left alone comfortably

18.2

Johnson to Surkari, no run, surges forward and meets a length ball with a firm push that ends it to point

18.3

Johnson to Surkari, 1 run, smashed off the front foot, a full one outside off and he drives it to the man at sweeper cover

18.4

Johnson to Bagai, no run, slower one at 126.2 kph wide outside off, he picks it late and slaps it away to point

18.5

Johnson to Bagai, no run, shuffles on off stump, gets front foot out and pushes this one to short extra cover

18.6

Johnson to Bagai, no run, Johnson gets the edge for some fine stuff from round the stumps, but it falls short of Watson at slip, this one was bowled on off stump, much fuller, got him to drive,and moves away slightly to get the edge

End of over 19 (1 run) Canada 110/2 (RR: 5.78)
A Bagai    15* (27b 3x4)      MG Johnson    6-0-30-0
ZE Surkari    17* (31b 1x4)      JJ Krejza    1-0-7-0

19.1

Krejza to Surkari, no run, turns a fuller one to midwicket

19.2

Krejza to Surkari, no run, comes forward to push a turning one to midwicket again

19.3

Krejza to Surkari, 1 run, paddles this one from outside off stump, looked to be a touch pre-meditated, but he gets it down to fine leg

19.4

Krejza to Bagai, 1 run, Krejza goes down the pads again from round the stumps, worked easily to fine leg

19.5

Krejza to Surkari, no run, goes for the big slog sweep over deep square leg, gets it off the pads fine on the leg side

19.6

Krejza to Surkari, 1 run, skips down and drives it along the ground with the turn to long on

End of over 20 (3 runs) Canada 113/2 (RR: 5.65)
ZE Surkari    19* (36b 1x4)      JJ Krejza    2-0-10-0
A Bagai    16* (28b 3x4)      MG Johnson    6-0-30-0

20.1

Johnson to Surkari, no run, lunges out to push an incoming delivery with an open face to point

20.2

Johnson to Surkari, 1 run, walks outside the line of a short of a length ball to work it away to fine leg, deftly done

20.3

Johnson to Bagai, no run, gets him to hop on his toes to one that gets slightly big on him with the angle from round the stumps, defended in to the off side

goes over the stumps now

20.4

Johnson to Bagai, 1 run, and gets the surprise bouncer on target, lot of shoulder in that one, he takes his eyes off the ball and tries to fend it away, and somehow gets it fine on the leg side

20.5

Johnson to Surkari, no run, left alone outside the off stump as it goes across him

20.6

Johnson to Surkari, no run, lets another one angles across him from a length outside off

End of over 21 (2 runs) Canada 115/2 (RR: 5.47)
ZE Surkari    20* (40b 1x4)      MG Johnson    7-0-32-0
A Bagai    17* (30b 3x4)      JJ Krejza    2-0-10-0

Ankush: "From the body language of the Canadians, I feel that they are playing with no fear. I think this is the way to go for minnows. Ireland did the same thing against England."

21.1

Krejza to Bagai, 1 run, makes room outside leg stump, and cuts this one that turns it from off stump, wide of sweeper cover

21.2

Krejza to Surkari, 1 run, floats it full and outside off stump, gets him to drive off the front foot, along the ground to sweeper cover

21.3

Krejza to Bagai, 1 leg bye, turns in from middle stump, and goes in the air fine on the leg side as he tries to work it away

21.4

Krejza to Surkari, 1 run, pushed away on the off side for a single

21.5

Krejza to Bagai, no run, backs away outside leg stump, looking to go towards point, almost yorks himself as this one is flighted full, Haddin takes it cleanly as almost grazes off stump

21.6

Krejza to Bagai, 1 run, touch short outside off, and he goes on the back foot to cut it away

End of over 22 (5 runs) Canada 120/2 (RR: 5.45)
A Bagai    19* (34b 3x4)      JJ Krejza    3-0-14-0
ZE Surkari    22* (42b 1x4)      MG Johnson    7-0-32-0

Kahyap: "While Canadian batting improved through the tournament, they still play a awful amount of dots in the middle overs almost taking the target beyond reach. These two should be careful not to allow that RR drop like a stone, they will not find it easy to push it back up." Another bowling stint for Watto

22.1

Watson to Bagai, no run, hurries on outside off from a length, he is late on the shot and takes it on the glove as it bounces as well

22.2

Watson to Bagai, no run, hangs back in the crease, and plays away from the body to push this one away

22.3

Watson to Bagai, FOUR, Watsone drags this one wide outside off, he has to reach out to stab it in the air past point, where Steve Smith goes leaping in the air to his right but cannot take it

22.4

Watson to Bagai, no run, much fuller and closer to off stump, dug out down the track

22.5

Watson to Bagai, FOUR, all timing this one, gets one full on middle and leg, gets front foot out and brings down the bat at an angle to send it purring to the wide long on boundary

22.6

Watson to Bagai, no run, very full outside off stump, he squeezes out the drive to mid off

End of over 23 (8 runs) Canada 128/2 (RR: 5.56)
A Bagai    27* (40b 5x4)      SR Watson    5-0-21-1
ZE Surkari    22* (42b 1x4)      JJ Krejza    3-0-14-0

Vamsi: "Are Canadians Irish in disguise or are the Australians English in disguise?" Krejza goes over the wicket finally

23.1

Krejza to Surkari, 1 run, bowls it full outside off and is eased down to long on

23.2

Krejza to Bagai, no run, tossed up and turning in from outside off, he lunges out and defends

23.3

Krejza to Bagai, no run, mix-up, but no harm done, the non-striker wanted the single and had run halfway down the pith before being sent back as midwicket converged on the ball

23.4

Krejza to Bagai, 1 run, now the single is on, tapped in front of cover, and goes through with a loud 'yes'

23.5

Krejza to Surkari, no run, gets him to drive against the turn with a tossed up one outside off, that is what offspinners were meant to do, he mistimes it to mid off

23.6

Krejza to Surkari, no run, defended off the front foot to smother the turn on this flighted one

End of over 24 (2 runs) Canada 130/2 (RR: 5.41)
ZE Surkari    23* (45b 1x4)      JJ Krejza    4-0-16-0
A Bagai    28* (43b 5x4)      SR Watson    5-0-21-1

24.1

Watson to Bagai, no run, squirted away to point off the back foot

24.2

Watson to Bagai, no run, eases into a languid drive that goes in the air but falls miles short of deepish mid off

24.3

Watson to Bagai, 1 run, again he drives off the front foot, this time the thick edge goes in the air towards third man

24.4

Watson to Surkari, no run, goes for the pull to one that was not short enough, misses as it keeps a bit low, Haddin had the bails off, too soon it turned out, as the backfoot came off the ground a second later

24.5

Watson to Surkari, no run, forces out on the front foot and pings mid off with the drive off a fuller one

24.6

Watson to Surkari, no run, stabs this length ball away on the off side, wants the single which is not there as Watson and Haddin are nearby

End of over 25 (1 run) Canada 131/2 (RR: 5.24)
ZE Surkari    23* (48b 1x4)      SR Watson    6-0-22-1
A Bagai    29* (46b 5x4)      JJ Krejza    4-0-16-0

25.1

Krejza to Bagai, 1 run, tossed up and turns in, worked away through square leg

25.2

Krejza to Surkari, no run, comes forward to try and turn this one away through midwicket, Krejza slows it down and he cannot get it past that man

25.3

Krejza to Surkari, 1 run, skips out with initiative, and pushes this one to long on

25.4

Krejza to Bagai, 1 run, reaches well forward with a high elbow and guides it to point

25.5

Krejza to Surkari, FOUR, Krejza thrown the bat high and wide in the air, he takes it and smashes it off the front foot, beats a leaping Ponting at extra cover

25.6

Krejza to Surkari, no run, played out with the turn to the left of midwicket who cuts off the single

End of over 26 (7 runs) Canada 138/2 (RR: 5.30)
ZE Surkari    28* (52b 2x4)      JJ Krejza    5-0-23-0
A Bagai    31* (48b 5x4)      SR Watson    6-0-22-1

Tait back for another short burst

26.1

Tait to Bagai, FOUR, and what a welcome, 142,7 kph fuller one, and just lifted over the bowler's head straight down the ground

26.2

Tait to Bagai, 1 run, and again he tries to do it, Tait tries to fire the yorker in from wide of the crease, he pushes it in the air down the ground

26.3

Tait to Surkari, no run, now he bowls the short one, gets big on the batsman who brings it down on the off side

the ball has bits sticking out of it

26.4

Tait to Surkari, 1 wide, fired wide down the leg side

26.4

Tait to Surkari, 1 run, shot! comes forward confidently and belts this full delivery, but cannot get it past mid off who gets quickly to his left

26.5

Tait to Bagai, 1 wide, called a wide, Tait went very full outside off stump with that slingy action

26.5

Tait to Bagai, no run, gets the line alright now, defended off the back foot

26.6

Tait to Bagai, no run, plays out a very full one in to the leg side

End of over 27 (8 runs) Canada 146/2 (RR: 5.40)
A Bagai    36* (52b 6x4)      SW Tait    5-1-29-0
ZE Surkari    29* (54b 2x4)      JJ Krejza    5-0-23-0

27.1

Krejza to Surkari, no run, tossed up slowly, turns in and he gets a leading edge as he stretches out to work it away on the leg side

27.2

Krejza to Surkari, 1 run, bowls it a tad short and he goes back to cut it wide of sweeper cover

27.3

Krejza to Bagai, 1 run, some more width outside off and slapped away to sweeper cover again

27.4

Krejza to Surkari, no run, wants to work away for a run wide of midwicket, cannot get it past him

27.5

Krejza to Surkari, no run, produces the leading edge again, he shuffled to turn one from way outside off, but the ball rolls away safely towards extra cover

27.6

Krejza to Surkari, no run, walks across the stumps to work this one away through square leg, but cannot get the single again

End of over 28 (2 runs) Canada 148/2 (RR: 5.28)
ZE Surkari    30* (59b 2x4)      JJ Krejza    6-0-25-0
A Bagai    37* (53b 6x4)      SW Tait    5-1-29-0

James: "OK Australia, thats enough, very funny, stop joking around and take all of Canada's wickets. This is a joke right?"

28.1

Tait to Bagai, 2 runs, it does not seem a joke at all, short and wide goes Tait, and is creamed off the back foot wide of sweeper cover

28.2

Tait to Bagai, OUT, that will do, Tait finally has a wicket, another short and wide enough, Bagai went flailing at it, had to reach out for it, and got a thick edge which Haddin took easily, thrown it away really, he was looking in control

A Bagai c †Haddin b Tait 39 (74m 55b 6x4 0x6) SR: 70.90

Hansra is in now

28.3

Tait to Hansra, 1 run, and is away, guiding one that is coming in with the angle, to third man

28.4

Tait to Surkari, no run, bangs it in short and outside off stump, he looks to have a go initially before letting it go past

Boris: "@James, could you keep repeating the same message at the beginning of every over, it seems that they are listening to you."

28.5

Tait to Surkari, no run, Tait goes full and on the pads, strikes him in front and Australia go up in appeal, umpire Saheba says no, Haddin wants the review, replays show it clipping leg stump, onfield call stands, he survives

28.6

Tait to Surkari, no run, pushed away to covers off the back foot

End of over 29 (3 runs) Canada 151/3 (RR: 5.20)
ZE Surkari    30* (62b 2x4)      SW Tait    6-1-32-1
AS Hansra    1* (1b)      JJ Krejza    6-0-25-0

29.1

Krejza to Hansra, 1 run, pushed out to point off the front foot

29.2

Krejza to Surkari, 1 run, shuffles across to flick a fuller one from off stump to short fine leg

29.3

Krejza to Hansra, 1 run, skips down the track now, Krejza shortens the length, he jabs it away on the off side, and the non-striker wills him on for the run

29.4

Krejza to Surkari, 2 runs, goes for the sweep from outside off stump and gets it wide of fine leg

29.5

Krejza to Surkari, 1 run, sharp bounce for Krejza from outside off stump, he dabs it away awkwardly in the air where slip would have been

29.6

Krejza to Hansra, OUT, Krejza gets reward for tossing the ball up, he went for the big one down the ground, but with the turn Krejza is getting, got it in the air for Lee to take a fine low catch running in from long on, mid off was in the circle, but the turn did Hansra in

AS Hansra c Lee b Krejza 3 (8m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 75.00

End of over 30 (6 runs) Canada 157/4 (RR: 5.23)
     JJ Krejza    7-0-31-1
ZE Surkari    34* (65b 2x4)      SW Tait    6-1-32-1

30.1

Tait to Surkari, no run, Tait hits the pads again right after drinks, Australia go for the review once more as umpire Saheba is unmoved, but he got an inside edge that saved him

30.2

Tait to Surkari, no run, Tait decides to decimate the stumps with a searing yorker, but he jabs down his bat at it somehow, is flung in the air with the impact, comes down on all fours, but lives on

30.3

Tait to Surkari, no run, Tait bowls a fiery high full toss, at 146 kph, in search of the yorker, Surkari takes it on the inner right thigh, very close to the box,he is surprised, and right away goes down writhing in pain, Tait runs to him to apologise, he is now getting up on his feet

30.4

Tait to Surkari, OUT, bowled 'em, 147.1 kph fuller one outside off stump, he had been stung by that blow the previous delivery and went for the ambitious cover drive, got an inside edge that clattered on to the stumps

ZE Surkari b Tait 34 (130m 69b 2x4 0x6) SR: 49.27

Yohan: "Canada should take the batting power play. Otherwise it will be too late." 16-year old Nitish Kumar walks out to face the barrage from Tait

30.5

Tait to Kumar, no run, almost gets through him with the yorker, he jams down the bat at it in the end

30.6

Tait to Kumar, 1 run, unfurls a lovely front foot drive this time to pick up the single to sweeper cover

End of over 31 (1 run) Canada 158/5 (RR: 5.09)
NR Kumar    1* (2b)      SW Tait    7-1-33-2
Rizwan Cheema    0* (0b)      JJ Krejza    7-0-31-1

Avinash: "What have you done James??? This is not funny seriously!!" And now Ponting brings back Lee, phew

31.1

Lee to Kumar, 1 run, bowls it full just outside off stump and he punches it to sweeper cover

31.2

Lee to Rizwan Cheema, 2 runs, has a swing at a full one on the stumps, and gets it off the inside edge wide of fine leg

31.3

Lee to Rizwan Cheema, OUT, Lee with the broadest of smiles, 115.1 kph, what a comedown in pace, super slower one, bang on middle stump, Cheema had no clue about it, doesn't help it the normal pace is around 145, plays all over it too early, and the ball takes out middle stump

Rizwan Cheema b Lee 2 (12m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

31.4

Lee to Whatham, no run, how is that not out? just how? Lee strikes him on the front pad with a pacy and very full delivery, his bat was nowhere close to the ball, Billy says not out, the ball would have taken out middle and leg, Lee just ran down the track initially, he was so convinced he had his man

31.5

Lee to Whatham, no run, jams away another fuller one on the off side

31.6

Lee to Whatham, no run, Lee bowls one on a length this time, and he blocks it away

End of over 32 (3 runs) Canada 161/6 (RR: 5.03)
K Whatham    0* (3b)      B Lee    5-0-39-2
NR Kumar    2* (3b)      SW Tait    7-1-33-2

32.1

Tait to Kumar, 1 run, fires this one full and down the leg side

32.2

Tait to Whatham, no run, lets this one go, it came back in from a very full length, and contrived to miss the off stump

32.3

Tait to Whatham, no run, another full one on the stumps, there is no respite, jabbed away to extra cover

32.4

Tait to Whatham, no run, now Tait goes back of a length, super stuff, makes him hop on the toes to bring it down

32.5

Tait to Whatham, no run, still not off the mark, gets some width off this full delivery, but stabs it away in the air to point

32.6

Tait to Whatham, no run, bounces in from a length, but wide outside off stump, and left alone easily

End of over 33 (1 run) Canada 162/6 (RR: 4.90)
K Whatham    0* (8b)      SW Tait    8-1-34-2
NR Kumar    3* (4b)      B Lee    5-0-39-2

33.1

Lee to Kumar, no run, digs it short of a good length, hurries in to the batsman who goes deep in the crease to defend

33.2

Lee to Kumar, no run, goes for the kill with a 146.3 kph full delivery on middle stump, this is lovely to watch, driven away to mid off

33.3

Lee to Kumar, 2 runs, 115.6 kph and full once more, he picks the slower one wide outside off stump, and goes forward to smash it past extra cover who gets a hand to it, it is Ponting, quite a run for the man at sweeper cover but he gets to it in the end

33.4

Lee to Kumar, no run, bounces awkwardly outside off stump, left alone

33.5

Lee to Kumar, no run, almost does a Tait, goes for the yorker and it ends up as a full toss, not as high as the one Tait bowled, and it is played away on the off side off the pads with an open face

33.6

Lee to Kumar, no run, on-the-money bouncer, takes off around off stump, but he sees it and sways away

End of over 34 (2 runs) Canada 164/6 (RR: 4.82)
NR Kumar    5* (10b)      B Lee    6-0-41-2
K Whatham    0* (8b)      SW Tait    8-1-34-2

Mitch comes on now, they just keep coming, don't they?

34.1

Johnson to Whatham, no run, goes across the right hander, who looks to push at it, but then pulls out of the shot

Matt: "Nothing about what has happened in this match is unexpected from Australia... They bring in strike bowlers who can go for a few runs. Teams will ride their luck but they will eventually get out. Kenya has been the exception."

34.2

Johnson to Whatham, 1 wide, digs in the short one and pulls it wide down the leg side

34.2

Johnson to Whatham, no run, now he gets it on target again, just outside off stump, this time he has a push at it, and is beaten

34.3

Johnson to Whatham, no run, Johnson's turn to go full on the stumps, defended away to mid off

34.4

Johnson to Whatham, no run, dropped Watson at wide slip, Johnson got one to cut away awkwardly past the batsman, who tried to steer it, but the edge flew to the left of Watson, who went low down but dropped it

34.5

Johnson to Whatham, no run, there is no justice if you are a bowler, now he goes for a swing to a length ball outside off stump, and misses

34.6

Johnson to Whatham, no run, patted back to the bowler, still not off the mark on debut

End of over 35 (1 run) Canada 165/6 (RR: 4.71)
K Whatham    0* (14b)      MG Johnson    8-0-33-0
NR Kumar    5* (10b)      B Lee    6-0-41-2

35.1

Lee to Kumar, 1 run, rides the bounce on this one outside off to steer it to third man

Mark: "Matt: couldn't agree more. Australia take the view that 40 overs and all out at 6 an over (240), is a smaller total than 50 overs at 5 an over (250). They place a higher premium on getting wickets than any other team. "

35.2

Lee to Whatham, 1 run, goes on the back foot and stabs away a wide one to sweeper cover

35.3

Lee to Kumar, no run, Lee targets the wickets with the full delivery, but he gets bat on ball to push it down the track

35.4

Lee to Kumar, no run, this one jags back in from short of a length, and he punches it away on the off side

35.5

Lee to Kumar, no run, slower one ends up as a loopy dipping full toss, patted away down the track

35.6

Lee to Kumar, 1 run, jabs away the yorker outside leg stump through midwicket

End of over 36 (3 runs) Canada 168/6 (RR: 4.66)
NR Kumar    7* (15b)      B Lee    7-0-44-2
K Whatham    1* (15b)      MG Johnson    8-0-33-0

36.1

Johnson to Kumar, no run, 139.2 searing short delivery that takes off around off stump, he is beaten as he pushes at it

36.2

Johnson to Kumar, 1 wide, this is the other Johnson, slings one full and miles outside the off stump with a lot of shoulder, bounces after it passes the crease

36.2

Johnson to Kumar, no run, reverts to the normal self, gets one on the stumps which is defended away

36.3

Johnson to Kumar, OUT, Nitish has had enough of all this searching examination from the quicks, he gets a fuller one and tries to lift it back over Johnson's head, but only gets it high in the air for mid off to settle under it

NR Kumar c Tait b Johnson 7 (26m 18b 0x4 0x6) SR: 38.88

Faisal: "Mark & Matt. Guys, don't forget that australia is yet to be tested against the better oppositions in this WC. Their game against SL was washed out."

36.4

Johnson to Baidwan, no run, hangs the bat outside off stump to a length ball that goes in the air but falls short of mid off

36.5

Johnson to Baidwan, FOUR, Baidwan is away, uses the pace on this one on the pads to flick it past midwicket who gives up the chase as the outfield takes over

36.6

Johnson to Baidwan, no run, now he calmly leaves alone one outside off

End of over 37 (5 runs) Canada 173/7 (RR: 4.67)
HS Baidwan    4* (3b 1x4)      MG Johnson    9-0-38-1
K Whatham    1* (15b)      B Lee    7-0-44-2

37.1

Krejza to Whatham, no run, turned to short fine leg off the back foot, the non-striker runs his half of the pitch twice, and gets back in time

37.2

Krejza to Whatham, 1 run, more turn down the leg side, and worked backward of square

37.3

Krejza to Baidwan, 1 run, eased down the ground to long on

37.4

Krejza to Whatham, no run, sharp turn from outside off, hits the pads but down the leg side

37.5

Krejza to Whatham, 1 wide, oops, fires this one in quick and wide outside off stump

37.5

Krejza to Whatham, no run, slower and closer to off stump, pushed back to the bowler

37.6

Krejza to Whatham, no run, gets it to turn in to the batsman from outside off who calmly pats it back

End of over 38 (3 runs) Canada 176/7 (RR: 4.63)
K Whatham    2* (20b)      JJ Krejza    8-0-34-1
HS Baidwan    5* (4b 1x4)      MG Johnson    9-0-38-1

38.1

Johnson to Baidwan, no run, goes searching for a length ball angled outside off stump, and cannot find it, keeper collects

38.2

Johnson to Baidwan, 1 run, shortish one dug in to the body, shuffles and whips it down to fine leg

38.3

Johnson to Whatham, no run, has a loose waft at one that is not far from off stump, but luck hasn't found Johnson on the right side today

38.4

Johnson to Whatham, no run, good work from Mitch, gets out of that slingy action as the length ball is pushed back at him, and fires in the throw at the striker's end

round the stumps now

38.5

Johnson to Whatham, no run, squeezes out a full delivery towards point, but cannot get the single

38.6

Johnson to Whatham, FOUR, that will fetch him four, waits on a fuller one to angle in to him, and slams it between bowler and mid off with a big followthrough

End of over 39 (5 runs) Canada 181/7 (RR: 4.64)
K Whatham    6* (24b 1x4)      MG Johnson    10-0-43-1
HS Baidwan    6* (6b 1x4)      JJ Krejza    8-0-34-1

39.1

Krejza to Baidwan, 1 run, tucked away off the pads wide of midwicket

Srini: "this is somewhat a letoff by punter...lee has 3 and tait has 2 overs left...they could have wrapped them up under 190...no point in using kreza at this point of time." Over rate, the damn over rate, and Krejza could use some confidence too

39.2

Krejza to Whatham, 1 run, off the inside edge on to the leg side as he pushes out

39.3

Krejza to Baidwan, 1 run, slapped away to sweeper cover

39.4

Krejza to Whatham, no run, steered to short third man from the crease

39.5

Krejza to Whatham, no run, comes down the track but Krejza sees him and drags it shorter, can't do much with it

39.6

Krejza to Whatham, 1 run, this time he gets a run as he charges down the track and stabs it away

End of over 40 (4 runs) Canada 185/7 (RR: 4.62)
K Whatham    8* (28b 1x4)      JJ Krejza    9-0-38-1
HS Baidwan    8* (8b 1x4)      MG Johnson    10-0-43-1

Ricky finds out finally that there is a legspinner called Steve Smith in his XI, and brings him on

40.1

Smith to Whatham, no run, tossed up generously as a low full toss that is patted back to Smith

40.2

Smith to Whatham, 1 run, takes a step out and drives a fuller on wide of mid on for a quick run

40.3

Smith to Baidwan, no run, short and turning away, cut to point off the back foot

40.4

Smith to Baidwan, FOUR, another short one, this time he gets the connection and placement right off the cut, to the right of sweeper cover

40.5

Smith to Baidwan, no run, defended off the front foot back to the bowler

40.6

Smith to Baidwan, 1 run, touch short again, width too, he gets it away to sweeper cover off the back foot

End of over 41 (6 runs) Canada 191/7 (RR: 4.65)
HS Baidwan    13* (12b 2x4)      SPD Smith    1-0-6-0
K Whatham    9* (30b 1x4)      JJ Krejza    9-0-38-1

41.1

Krejza to Baidwan, FOUR, this is like the inside out tennis forehands that Federer unfurls, well this one is not unfurled it is slogged away, short and turning in from outside off, and he gets it over mid off even as he backs away outside leg stump

41.2

Krejza to Baidwan, OUT, Krejza gets him this time, got him to charge down the track and have a big heave, the ball went miles in the air, enough for both Smith and Ponting to go for the catch, Ponting it is who takes it cleanly in the end, just brushes into Smith who was hanging around, and then bangs the ball in to the ground in anger

HS Baidwan c Ponting b Krejza 17 (17m 14b 3x4 0x6) SR: 121.42

41.3

Krejza to Whatham, 1 run, worked away off the hip as this one bounces om leg stump

slip in place, he goes round the wicket to the left-hander

41.4

Krejza to Balaji Rao, no run, tossed up and gets it to turn away from his forward push, Haddin whips off the bails but he is in

41.5

Krejza to Balaji Rao, no run, goes up for the lbw, but he managed to get an inside edge as he tried to turn it across the line

41.6

Krejza to Balaji Rao, 1 run, goes for the sweep on a knee and gets it to short fine leg

End of over 42 (6 runs) Canada 197/8 (RR: 4.69)
WD Balaji Rao    1* (3b)      JJ Krejza    10-0-44-2
K Whatham    10* (31b 1x4)      SPD Smith    1-0-6-0

42.1

Smith to Balaji Rao, 2 runs, tossed up outside off stump, driven for a run, and Australia concede an overthrow

42.2

Smith to Balaji Rao, 1 run, Canada bring up the 200 with a nudge of a single

42.3

Smith to Whatham, 1 run, takes this one on the full and eases it to long on

42.4

Smith to Balaji Rao, no run, down the track and bashed down to long off

42.5

Smith to Balaji Rao, 1 run, pushed through outside off stump, and he pats it towards covers

42.6

Smith to Whatham, 1 run, one more single to long off, Australia have allowed things to drift

End of over 43 (6 runs) Canada 203/8 (RR: 4.72)
K Whatham    12* (33b 1x4)      SPD Smith    2-0-12-0
WD Balaji Rao    5* (7b)      JJ Krejza    10-0-44-2

Karl: "Do you mean that Ponting was angry with Smith for getting too close during the catch?" Could have been, Lee is back now

43.1

Lee to Whatham, 1 run, rides the bounce on a wide one outside off to cut it away wide of point

from round the stumps to Balaji

43.2

Lee to Balaji Rao, no run, and goes past the outside edge with one that angles in close to off stump

43.3

Lee to Balaji Rao, no run, tries to steer from close to off stump, and is beaten again

43.4

Lee to Balaji Rao, no run, merrily swings off the front foot, and still cannot connect outside off

43.5

Lee to Balaji Rao, no run, slower one, draws him forward and gets him to push in the air, Ponting at short extra cover dives to his left, but it falls just short, might have taken it on that little finger

43.6

Lee to Balaji Rao, OUT, Lee gets one on the stumps, and shatters them, from round the wicket with that angle, Balaji looked to flick it, but played all around it,

WD Balaji Rao b Lee 5 (10m 12b 0x4 0x6) SR: 41.66

End of over 44 (1 run) Canada 204/9 (RR: 4.63)
     B Lee    8-0-45-3
K Whatham    13* (34b 1x4)      SPD Smith    2-0-12-0

Almost six o'clock and six overs to go still

44.1

Smith to Whatham, no run, pushed through around off stump and played down the track

44.2

Smith to Whatham, no run, cut away to sweeper cover off the back foot

44.3

Smith to Whatham, 1 run, tosses it up outside off, but he gets to the pitch and picks up a single to long off

44.4

Smith to Osinde, 1 run, Osinde tries to take off in the Bangalore evening, but the thick edge eludes short third man who runs to his right but cannot get there in time

44.5

Smith to Whatham, no run, worked away on the leg side off the front foot

44.6

Smith to Whatham, FOUR, goes with the turn this time, and gets four for it, gets toe the pitch of the ball and lifts it wide of sweeper cover

End of over 45 (6 runs) Canada 210/9 (RR: 4.66)
K Whatham    18* (39b 2x4)      SPD Smith    3-0-18-0
H Osinde    1* (1b)      B Lee    8-0-45-3

if you don't take the batting Powerplay, it will take itself

45.1

Lee to Osinde, no run, goes for the yorker on the stumps, stabbed off the inside edge backward of square leg

45.2

Lee to Osinde, 1 run, Osinde dug out the yorker, but forgot to run, realised he would have to when the non-striker was almost at his end, Clarke charged in from covers and fired in the throw to Ponting at the non-striker's, who took off the bails, but dropped the ball before that, as replays confirmed

45.3

Lee to Whatham, no run, gets big on him from short of a length, fended away on the leg side

45.4

Lee to Whatham, OUT, 145.5 kph high full toss gets Lee his fourth, Whatham backed away to the leg side, and looked to have a go at it, but it was too quick for him, and took out the stumps off the inside edge

K Whatham b Lee 18 (57m 41b 2x4 0x6) SR: 43.90

Jacques with this gem: "If you offered Canada 211 at breakfast, they would have paid you for it!"

So after Hiral Patel surprised Australia with a free-spirited half-century upfront, they came back strongly through their fast bowlers, led by Lee who finished with four. Canada were 150 for 2 at one stage, but fell apart after that. Nitin Sundar will take you through the chase in 30 minutes. And I, Abhishek, will see you guys on Chatterbox. Till then, check out our smartphone apps, and also try the Player Rater.

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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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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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