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)

Watto and Haddin are out there. Looks like Watson will face. Two slips in place. Osinde warms up for a bowl.

Jonesy: "Jaques, I reckon Balaji Rao would've given up his scrambled eggs for a over 200 score."

Himanshu: "@Jacques: If you would have offered 211 to Australia at breakfast for chasing. They would have charged you :)"

Nirku: "Boy, looks like Nitin Sundar copped a hiding on the chatterbox this afternoon and has run away to do the over by over commentary on the game. Can we keep up the name calling and teasing on this forum?"

What hiding?? I had immense fun!

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Hello all, we are ready for the chase.

0.1

Osinde to Watson, no run, jaffa from Osinde! Lands one short of a length and gets it to jump away like a fiend, and Watson pulls the bat back inside the line.

0.2

Osinde to Watson, no run, Osinde is getting lift steep as the face of the Niagra falls. Watson lets another one go outside off. Bangalore evening, ball nipping around under lights? I must be imagining this.

0.3

Osinde to Watson, no run, this one also goes through nicely outside off, Watson stays on the crease and shoulders arms

0.4

Osinde to Watson, 1 run, he lands one closer to Watson, who leans into a check drive to wide mid off

0.5

Osinde to Haddin, no run, and now he has Haddin fishing with a classic away swinger. Don't think any Ugandan has better seam position than that. Curls into a line outside off and then goes away even as Haddin is sucked into the drive. So close to the outside edge

0.6

Osinde to Haddin, no run, that's one memorable over from Osinde who has got another ball to do a Garner on Haddin, landing back of a length and taking off. Haddin does well to weave away from the line.

End of over 1 (1 run) Australia 1/0 (211 runs required from 49 overs, RR: 1.00, RRR: 4.30)
BJ Haddin    0* (2b)      H Osinde    1-0-1-0
SR Watson    1* (4b)     

Baidwan now. Can he play Roberts?

1.1

Baidwan to Watson, no run, length ball on off stump to start off, easier for Watson who gets across to cover the line and defend

1.2

Baidwan to Watson, 1 run, ooh, this one nips in off the seam as Watson plays a half-hearted forward defensive. Inside edge squeezed away to the leg side.

Faisal: "Are you guys getting paid overtime for working both the commentary and the chatterbox?"

We wish.

1.3

Baidwan to Haddin, 1 run, too short and wide outside off, Haddin is away with a guided steer to third man

1.4

Baidwan to Watson, no run, angles in from slightly wide and holds its line, as Watson defends from the crease

1.5

Baidwan to Watson, 2 runs, oh Cheema! He's dropped a swirler. Short of a length delivery, not quite there for the pull but Watson went through with the shot. The fact that he could not get entirely under it meant the top edge took off behind mid on. Cheema moved back and seemed to have enough time, but he did not judge it well as he back-pedalled.

1.6

Baidwan to Watson, no run, hmm, edgy start this. Another inside edge to an inducker, squirts away to the leg side.

End of over 2 (4 runs) Australia 5/0 (207 runs required from 48 overs, RR: 2.50, RRR: 4.31)
SR Watson    4* (9b)      HS Baidwan    1-0-4-0
BJ Haddin    1* (3b)      H Osinde    1-0-1-0

Two slips await.

2.1

Osinde to Haddin, no run, lovely delivery, fuller than his normal fare in the previous over and nips away off the seam. Haddin just about covers the line as he presses forward to defend

2.2

Osinde to Haddin, no run, again, a bit of a legcutter, played off the outside half towards the off side

2.3

Osinde to Haddin, FOUR, ah, Haddin gets a four, with some help from Nitish at point who moves slowly and dives over the ball. Haddin charges, makes room as he backs away and times the square drive really well

2.4

Osinde to Haddin, no run, he charges out again, Osinder keeps it short and follows him, and Haddin plays a clumsy nothing shot that goes nowhere.

2.5

Osinde to Haddin, 1 run, short again, targeting the body and Haddin is rushed into the pull shot. He bottom-edges it without timing to midwicket for a single

2.6

Osinde to Watson, no run, that away seam again. Lands on a length and goes away from Watson who wisely lets it go this time. Can Canada keep up the intensity?

End of over 3 (5 runs) Australia 10/0 (202 runs required from 47 overs, RR: 3.33, RRR: 4.29)
SR Watson    4* (10b)      H Osinde    2-0-6-0
BJ Haddin    6* (8b 1x4)      HS Baidwan    1-0-4-0

3.1

Baidwan to Haddin, FOUR, I have seen Bollywood actors run faster than that, in slow motion shots. Cheema moves like a snail that's sleeping and gives Haddin another four. Haddin looks to force the pull away and doesn't time it at all. It looks like a single past mid on. Cheema keeps chasing and then dives, and can't pull it back.

3.2

Baidwan to Haddin, no run, another shortish ball, another ungainly pull from Haddin to a ball that's not there for the shot even as he charges out.

Bagai stands up to the stumps now. Single slip in place.

3.3

Baidwan to Haddin, no run, back of a length on off stump. Haddin covers the line and defends down the track

3.4

Baidwan to Haddin, FOUR, Australia are living on edge here. Literally. Baidwan offers a mile of width outside off and Haddin slashes hard over the slip and through to third man

3.5

Baidwan to Haddin, no run, better line, just outside the off and defended into the off side

3.6

Baidwan to Haddin, 1 run, slow legcutter drifts onto the pads and Haddin glances to short third man for a single

End of over 4 (9 runs) Australia 19/0 (193 runs required from 46 overs, RR: 4.75, RRR: 4.19)
BJ Haddin    15* (14b 3x4)      HS Baidwan    2-0-13-0
SR Watson    4* (10b)      H Osinde    2-0-6-0

4.1

Osinde to Haddin, no run, shortish ball outside off, Haddin rides the bounce properly and defends towards point

4.2

Osinde to Haddin, no run, short and a touch too wide outside off, at 131 kph. Haddin stays back and steers into the covers. Not much carry or movement in this over.

4.3

Osinde to Haddin, no run, that's more like it, Osinde lands it back of a length on off stump and gets it to go away. Haddin hurriedly gets the back foot across to defend to the off side

4.4

Osinde to Haddin, no run, closer to the stumps, but Haddin stays put on the back foot to defend into the off side

4.5

Osinde to Haddin, no run, top bowling from Osinde, he's bowling to the field. Haddin again forces the steer without timing towards point.

4.6

Osinde to Haddin, FOUR, Haddin has luck now, squared up by another peachy legcutter from Osinde, he gets the outside edge straight to where second slip would have been. Alas, the second slip isn't there any more and it is down to third man for four

End of over 5 (4 runs) Australia 23/0 (189 runs required from 45 overs, RR: 4.60, RRR: 4.20)
BJ Haddin    19* (20b 4x4)      H Osinde    3-0-10-0
SR Watson    4* (10b)      HS Baidwan    2-0-13-0

5.1

Baidwan to Watson, no run, short of a length on off stump, Watson check drives to the off side

5.2

Baidwan to Watson, no run, back of a length is how Baidwan's got 12 World Cup wickets and he sticks to the plan. Watson again plays calmly into the covers

5.3

Baidwan to Watson, no run, straighter this time, bordering on middle and off as Watson covers the line to defend

5.4

Baidwan to Watson, FOUR, the cheek from Watson. He's played the late cut to a seamer, despite not having any room, and knowing that first slip is not around any more. Expertly done, the upper flick of the wrists just as the ball came on, and another dismaying boundary through third man

5.5

Baidwan to Watson, 1 run, straighter this time in compensation, Watson pushes to mid on for a single

5.6

Baidwan to Haddin, no run, Haddin defends the final delivery from the crease into the covers

End of over 6 (5 runs) Australia 28/0 (184 runs required from 44 overs, RR: 4.66, RRR: 4.18)
BJ Haddin    19* (21b 4x4)      HS Baidwan    3-0-18-0
SR Watson    9* (15b 1x4)      H Osinde    3-0-10-0

6.1

Osinde to Watson, no run, over-pitched on off stump, Watto drives without timing to mid on

6.2

Osinde to Watson, 1 run, whoa, tight single and he just makes it. Watson dinks a short ball on the pads to mid on and takes off. Hiral runs in from midwicket and has the left-arm pick up and throw advantage. He misses though, as Watson hurries in.

6.3

Osinde to Haddin, no run, this one keeps low, Haddin was stuck on the back foot and did well to bring the bat down at the last moment and defend to the leg side

6.4

Osinde to Haddin, FOUR, Haddin's manufactured another boundary, not sure what he was trying to do as he moved his front foot away to the leg side, but he ended up carving it pretty well inside out over the covers.

6.5

Osinde to Haddin, no run, another close shave, Haddin's sporting a smooth, red chin now. Short ball coming in from outside off, Haddin goes for a loose pull and under-edges it. The ball lands near off stump, evaluates its options and then chooses to bounce over the furniture and go away.

6.6

Osinde to Haddin, no run, he ends the over by pushing a length ball into the off side. Canada need some luck here.

End of over 7 (5 runs) Australia 33/0 (179 runs required from 43 overs, RR: 4.71, RRR: 4.16)
BJ Haddin    23* (25b 5x4)      H Osinde    4-0-15-0
SR Watson    10* (17b 1x4)      HS Baidwan    3-0-18-0

7.1

Baidwan to Watson, no run, short of a length and angling into Watson who defends to the leg side from the crease

7.2

Baidwan to Watson, FOUR, sublime timing from Watson, just plonks the front foot across and flows through the line. He probably was early on the shot, but he middled it really well. What looked like a check drive ended as a lofted boundary to long on

7.3

Baidwan to Watson, 1 run, short of a length again on middle stump, worked around the pads to the leg side

7.4

Baidwan to Haddin, no run, fuller length to Haddin who plays an iffy, all-over-the-shop kind of stroke down the ground without moving the feet. He makes almost no contact

7.5

Baidwan to Haddin, no run, back of a length on off stump and punched confidently into the covers

7.6

Baidwan to Haddin, no run, if he did not edge that, Haddin might have escaped again. Inducker from back of a length, cramps him into another hoicked pull across the line. Umpire Saheba turns down the appeal, Baidwan wants a review. Bagai thinks long and hard, and chooses not to refer it. The ball came in and thudded into the pads in front of middle and off. Middle and leg were being hit and replays confirm that did not get an inside edge. Canada should have reviewed it!

End of over 8 (5 runs) Australia 38/0 (174 runs required from 42 overs, RR: 4.75, RRR: 4.14)
BJ Haddin    23* (28b 5x4)      HS Baidwan    4-0-23-0
SR Watson    15* (20b 2x4)      H Osinde    4-0-15-0

8.1

Osinde to Watson, 2 runs, Watto runs like the wind and gets two, glancing off the pads to deep backward square leg and charging back before the throw can be deflected onto the stumps by Bagai

8.2

Osinde to Watson, no run, back of a length on off stump, and defended to the off side

8.3

Osinde to Watson, no run, another huge appeal, this one seemed to be heading down the leg side. Boy, Bagai takes for ever to decide whether he should review it. This time, he does. It's a full delivery, swooping into the line of leg stump as Watson tries to work it to the leg side without much feet movement. Oh, replays say he's nicked it. A review wasted now. Canada are not playing this right.

8.4

Osinde to Watson, 1 run, good delivery, another inducking yorker squeezing into Watson's pads and he squeezes it down to backward square leg

8.5

Osinde to Haddin, no run, heavy ball on middle and off, Haddin hops back to ride the bounce and defends to the leg side as it comes at 135 kph

8.6

Osinde to Haddin, no run, shortens the length to end the over, Haddin feels from the crease and manages to defend to the off side.

Ashok: "I am just sick of seeing Haddin back away towards leg and try to send the ball soaring over covers..his cover drives and pulls are among the most pleasing to the eye...Haddin, you are a Damien Martyn, not a Gilchrist!"

Frankly, he is neither. He tries to be a Martyn, but he isn't.

End of over 9 (3 runs) Australia 41/0 (171 runs required from 41 overs, RR: 4.55, RRR: 4.17)
BJ Haddin    23* (30b 5x4)      H Osinde    5-0-18-0
SR Watson    18* (24b 2x4)      HS Baidwan    4-0-23-0

Balaji Rao comes on to bowl .. and then trots away after taking his hat. Baidwan will bowl another over.

9.1

Baidwan to Watson, no run, dainty inducker, Watson covers the line and punches past the bowler. Haddin strays out of the crease but is wisely sent back in time.

Dibbu: "Bagai just showed how NOT to use the review system."

9.2

Baidwan to Watson, no run, fullish length on off stump, driven out to mid off. Another dot delivery.

9.3

Baidwan to Watson, no run, angles into the pads, Watsom works the drive to mid on after coming across the stumps.

9.4

Baidwan to Watson, no run, Watson is being kept on a right leash. Baidwan keeps landing them short of a length and Watson is looking to see away this opening burst

9.5

Baidwan to Watson, no run, short, but not a half-tracker. Watson looks to pull and can't time it.

9.6

Baidwan to Watson, no run, that's a maiden from Baidwan, Watson defends calmly to the off side

Pity this isn't a 10-overs-a-side game. Canada would have gambolled to an easy win.

End of over 10 (maiden) Australia 41/0 (171 runs required from 40 overs, RR: 4.10, RRR: 4.27)
SR Watson    18* (30b 2x4)      HS Baidwan    5-1-23-0
BJ Haddin    23* (30b 5x4)      H Osinde    5-0-18-0

Uh oh. Bagai seems to have forgotten to inform the umpire that he's taken the bowling PP. There are 7 fielders in, but no signal.

10.1

Osinde to Haddin, 1 run, angles into the pads, Haddin flicks straight to midwcket without timing and they have another single

10.2

Osinde to Watson, no run, shortish ball on off stump, Haddin hops up to defend to the off side

10.3

Osinde to Watson, no run, Watson's not timing them at all. For once Osinde over-pitched on the stumps, and Watson inside edges the drive onto the pads and down the track.

10.4

Osinde to Watson, FOUR, ah, I take that back. Watson times one perfectly as a tiring Osinde sprays it on the pads. Not full enough for the flick, but Watson just gets the bat around with a delicate turn of the wrists and it runs away between mid on and midwicket

10.5

Osinde to Watson, no run, full and straight this time, Watson inside edges the on-drive to wide mid on

10.6

Osinde to Watson, 1 run, Osinde needs a break. Over-pitched outside leg, and Watson flicks to deep square leg for a single

End of over 11 (6 runs) Australia 47/0 (165 runs required from 39 overs, RR: 4.27, RRR: 4.23)
SR Watson    23* (35b 3x4)      H Osinde    6-0-24-0
BJ Haddin    24* (31b 5x4)      HS Baidwan    5-1-23-0

The rotund Rao comes on now. Long off is back on the ropes. There's a slip in place.

Jonesy: "Did Hadds reject your offer for a autograph at some point? You seem to be very hostile towards him..."

Hah! No, not really. I think he plays some lovely shots without scoring any runs.

11.1

Balaji Rao to Watson, 1 run, ah, he drops the first one too short and Watson pulls fiercely to deep midwicket for one

11.2

Balaji Rao to Haddin, 1 run, another short ball, no dew in Bangalore, but he's yet to get a grip on the ball. Haddin pulls fine for a single

11.3

Balaji Rao to Watson, no run, better length, lands this outside off and gets it to break away. Watson covers the line and defends

11.4

Balaji Rao to Watson, no run, aha, the bait outside off, looped up generously and inviting the off-drive. Watson has a go and it goes past the edge

11.5

Balaji Rao to Watson, no run, straighter ball, Watson covers the line and defends down the track

11.6

Balaji Rao to Watson, FOUR, oho, Canada are letting the Australians get away here. Rao sends down the third half-tracker of the over, Watson sets himself up and pulls it high. Nitish at deep midwicket seemed to move slowly to his right. I think he didn't pick it at all. The ball went not more than two feet away from where he was.

End of over 12 (6 runs) Australia 53/0 (159 runs required from 38 overs, RR: 4.41, RRR: 4.18)
SR Watson    28* (40b 4x4)      WD Balaji Rao    1-0-6-0
BJ Haddin    25* (32b 5x4)      H Osinde    6-0-24-0

Cheema has some massive redeeming to do. He comes on.

12.1

Rizwan Cheema to Haddin, 1 run, Haddin steers a single to third man

12.2

Rizwan Cheema to Watson, no run, offcutter comes in from back of a length, Watson is cramped for room as he tries to steer, and misses to make contact

12.3

Rizwan Cheema to Watson, 1 run, fuller on off at a friendly pace, Watson on-drives to long on for a single

12.4

Rizwan Cheema to Haddin, 1 run, Haddin quietly dabs another single to third man as Cheema keeps it short of a length outside off

12.5

Rizwan Cheema to Watson, no run, nips in off the seam again, Watson forces a defensive shot from the crease down the track

12.6

Rizwan Cheema to Watson, 1 run, slower ball goes wrong, dawdles in at 112 kph, full and wide outside off. Watson just quietly drives into the covers for a single

End of over 13 (4 runs) Australia 57/0 (155 runs required from 37 overs, RR: 4.38, RRR: 4.18)
SR Watson    30* (44b 4x4)      Rizwan Cheema    1-0-4-0
BJ Haddin    27* (34b 5x4)      WD Balaji Rao    1-0-6-0

13.1

Balaji Rao to Watson, 1 run, Rao lands this on leg stump, and Watson turns it off the pads for a single

13.2

Balaji Rao to Haddin, no run, nice searching loopy delivery outside off, Haddin prods without getting across and gets it to the leg side off the inner edge

13.3

Balaji Rao to Haddin, no run, good line, lands on leg and breaks away. Haddin hangs back and defends down the track

13.4

Balaji Rao to Haddin, 1 run, too short, Haddin rocks back and cracks the cut in front of point for a single

13.5

Balaji Rao to Watson, 1 run, boy, he's bowling quite a few half-trackers, but this one comes on fast to Watson before he can really pack a punch into the pull shot.

13.6

Balaji Rao to Haddin, 1 run, short again on leg stump, Haddin guides the pull to deep midwicket for one

The field is properly spread out now. Five fielders outside the circle, and no signs of the Powerplay.

End of over 14 (4 runs) Australia 61/0 (151 runs required from 36 overs, RR: 4.35, RRR: 4.19)
BJ Haddin    29* (38b 5x4)      WD Balaji Rao    2-0-10-0
SR Watson    32* (46b 4x4)      Rizwan Cheema    1-0-4-0

14.1

Rizwan Cheema to Haddin, no run, short of a length and coming in with the angle, Haddin drives off the back foot to midwicket

14.2

Rizwan Cheema to Haddin, no run, shifts the line to outside off, Haddin leans into the check-drive and gets it to mid off

14.3

Rizwan Cheema to Haddin, 1 run, Haddin has another go, back of a length delivery coming into him and he under-edges the pull past leg stump. The Aussies want to stamp their authority but Canada are not letting them off.

14.4

Rizwan Cheema to Watson, no run, fuller and straighter on off stump, Watson defends solidly into the off side

14.5

Rizwan Cheema to Watson, FOUR, that's a Watson copyright. Not too short, coming in with the angle, Watson sets up a solid base and whacks the pull well in front of square. Natural, original and effective - the Watto pull.

14.6

Rizwan Cheema to Watson, 1 run, ends the over by steering a single into the covers

End of over 15 (6 runs) Australia 67/0 (145 runs required from 35 overs, RR: 4.46, RRR: 4.14)
SR Watson    37* (49b 5x4)      Rizwan Cheema    2-0-10-0
BJ Haddin    30* (41b 5x4)      WD Balaji Rao    2-0-10-0

15.1

Balaji Rao to Watson, 1 run, Rao keeps it on the pads all the time, Watto works it off the back foot to square leg for one

15.2

Balaji Rao to Haddin, no run, turning away from middle and off, steered carefully into the covers off the back foot

15.3

Balaji Rao to Haddin, 1 run, strays onto the pads this time, Haddin nudges a single backward of square

15.4

Balaji Rao to Watson, 1 run, over-pitched on the lag stump, worked to the leg side carefully

15.5

Balaji Rao to Haddin, no run, over-pitched on leg stump, played down the track

15.6

Balaji Rao to Haddin, 2 runs, Rao's bowling too many poor balls here, this one is short and wide and turning away. Haddin cuts it away past point for a couple more.

Fasahat: "How long will it take Pepsi to start contacting Watson?"

End of over 16 (5 runs) Australia 72/0 (140 runs required from 34 overs, RR: 4.50, RRR: 4.11)
BJ Haddin    33* (45b 5x4)      WD Balaji Rao    3-0-15-0
SR Watson    39* (51b 5x4)      Rizwan Cheema    2-0-10-0

Davison comes on for his final 10 overs (or lesser) in international cricket.

16.1

Davison to Watson, 1 run, tossed up and turning in, worked off the front foot to the leg side

16.2

Davison to Haddin, no run, short of a length on the pads, nudged away to the leg side for a single

16.3

Davison to Haddin, 1 run, Haddin leans out to drive a full ball outside off into the covers for a single

16.4

Davison to Watson, 1 run, shortish ball, Watson is late on the pull and can't get it away for more than a single

16.5

Davison to Haddin, 1 run, Haddin covers the line of an offie turning in and works it to the leg side for one

16.6

Davison to Watson, 1 run, Watson pushes another single down the ground. Australia are doing this in singles.

End of over 17 (5 runs) Australia 77/0 (135 runs required from 33 overs, RR: 4.52, RRR: 4.09)
SR Watson    42* (54b 5x4)      JM Davison    1-0-5-0
BJ Haddin    35* (48b 5x4)      WD Balaji Rao    3-0-15-0

Looks like it is drinks in Bangalore. Australia are in control after an edgy start against inspired new-ball stuff.

17.1

Balaji Rao to Watson, no run, loopy but not too full on off, Watson defends down the track

17.2

Balaji Rao to Watson, no run, leans out to a flighted ball, and defends to the offside off the outer half of the bat

17.3

Balaji Rao to Watson, 1 leg bye, sprays this down the leg side, Watto gets a single as he looks to flick. It goes fine off the pad.

17.4

Balaji Rao to Haddin, no run, tossed up on leg, Haddin stays back and defends

17.5

Balaji Rao to Haddin, no run, short ball, looks to cut and plays it without timing to the covers

17.6

Balaji Rao to Haddin, 1 run, Haddin retains strike with a steer to short third man for one more

End of over 18 (2 runs) Australia 79/0 (133 runs required from 32 overs, RR: 4.38, RRR: 4.15)
BJ Haddin    36* (51b 5x4)      WD Balaji Rao    4-0-16-0
SR Watson    42* (57b 5x4)      JM Davison    1-0-5-0

18.1

Davison to Haddin, no run, Haddin eases a fullish ball to midwicket and thinks of one, but Watson isn't interested

18.2

Davison to Haddin, 1 run, speared in on middle and turning in, Haddin works it to square leg

18.3

Davison to Watson, no run, breaks in from outside off, Watson leans out into a dour defensive shot

18.4

Davison to Watson, no run, works this one with the turn to square leg

18.5

Davison to Watson, no run, full on middle, Watson on-drives past mid on, but still can't get the single

18.6

Davison to Watson, 1 run, Watson finally gets the single down the track

End of over 19 (2 runs) Australia 81/0 (131 runs required from 31 overs, RR: 4.26, RRR: 4.22)
SR Watson    43* (61b 5x4)      JM Davison    2-0-7-0
BJ Haddin    37* (53b 5x4)      WD Balaji Rao    4-0-16-0

19.1

Balaji Rao to Watson, 1 run, over-pitched on leg stump, driven down the ground for one

19.2

Balaji Rao to Haddin, no run, not really sure how that did not hit the stumps. Rao finally flights one on middle and leg and gets it to break away nicely. Haddin plays the ugliest of slog sweep, the kind that even Steve Waugh wouldn't appreciate, and he misses. The ball bounces a mile and hence misses the stumps. Haddin dragged the back foot out as he played that shot. Bagai doesn't gather cleanly and breaks the stumps without the ball in his gloves. Did the ball land on the stumps? Did the bails come off before the ball hit the stumps? Too much doubt. Haddin, somehow, survives.

19.3

Balaji Rao to Haddin, no run, huge lbw appeal now, Haddin squared up by sharp spin from middle and leg, and it hits in front of off. Not given and not reviewed.

19.4

Balaji Rao to Haddin, no run, tossed up on off stump, Haddin leans out to drive into the covers

19.5

Balaji Rao to Haddin, SIX, nicely done Haddin. When he times the ball, there are few to beat him. Tossed up on middle and off, he leans out and dumps it clean and straight over mid on. The ball lands on the rope and comes back in. For the first time ever, I'm seeing a six being given the ball did not clear the ropes.

19.6

Balaji Rao to Haddin, 2 runs, short this time, Haddin prances back and cuts into the covers for one

Ishara: "Love the way Australia approaching this chase..specially as a SL supporter.. if Pak beat Aus and SL beat NZ it all comes down to NRR between Aus and SL.. keep dragging on Aussies...And we need SL to play their quarters in SL :)"

End of over 20 (9 runs) Australia 90/0 (122 runs required from 30 overs, RR: 4.50, RRR: 4.06)
BJ Haddin    45* (58b 5x4 1x6)      WD Balaji Rao    5-0-25-0
SR Watson    44* (62b 5x4)      JM Davison    2-0-7-0

Ishara's plans are being foiled. Australia have taken the Batting Powerplay. Baidwan comes on.

20.1

Baidwan to Watson, 2 runs, good length on off stump, punched straight to long on and Hansra is really slow to cover it, they get a couple

20.2

Baidwan to Watson, no run, back of a length outside off, Watson gets forward and across to play it into the covers

20.3

Baidwan to Watson, no run, hmm, nifty offcutter from Baidwan, Watson plays all over it and is struck in front of middle and leg. It was surely going further down.

20.4

Baidwan to Watson, 1 run, straight ball outside off, Watson guides cautiously to third man for a single

20.5

Baidwan to Haddin, no run, Haddin moves to the leg side, Baidwan sees him and lands a slow offcutter outside off, forcing Haddin to steer carefully into the covers

20.6

Baidwan to Haddin, 1 run, Haddin chips out this time and nurdles fine off the pads to retain strike

End of over 21 (4 runs) Australia 94/0 (118 runs required from 29 overs, RR: 4.47, RRR: 4.06)
BJ Haddin    46* (60b 5x4 1x6)      HS Baidwan    6-1-27-0
SR Watson    47* (66b 5x4)      WD Balaji Rao    5-0-25-0

Osinde returns as well, for the Powerplay.

21.1

Osinde to Haddin, 2 runs, back of a length outside off, some really lazy fielding at third man from Hansra allows Haddin a couple as he steers. Even a direct hit would have done the job.

21.2

Osinde to Haddin, 1 run, full delivery on the stumps, punched solidly to mid on for a single

21.3

Osinde to Watson, no run, slower ball outside off, Watson dabs it backward of point and thinks of a single but the fielder covers ground quickly

21.4

Osinde to Watson, 1 run, Watson gets another single to third man, steering one from outside off safely

21.5

Osinde to Haddin, FOUR, fifty to Haddin, he's had his chances and he's made use of them. Over-pitched ball from Osinde, coming in with the angle and Haddin lofts it over wide mid on with a clean swipe of the bat.

21.6

Osinde to Haddin, FOUR, that's as delicate as they come. Inventive, innovative and industrious. Length ball on off stump, not the kind you steer, but that's just what Haddin does, opening the face and lofting it over the covers. Quite unusual, and well done.

End of over 22 (12 runs) Australia 106/0 (106 runs required from 28 overs, RR: 4.81, RRR: 3.78)
BJ Haddin    57* (64b 7x4 1x6)      H Osinde    7-0-36-0
SR Watson    48* (68b 5x4)      HS Baidwan    6-1-27-0

22.1

Baidwan to Watson, 1 run, length ball comes into Watson's pads and he clips it backward of square for a single

22.2

Baidwan to Haddin, 1 run, right, Haddin is going after the bowling here. Slow bouncer goes awry, sits up and asks to be hammered, he thumps it to deep backward square leg. Thankfully there's a fielder there.

22.3

Baidwan to Watson, no run, Watson looks to nudge off the pads to the leg side but finds backward square leg

22.4

Baidwan to Watson, 1 run, Watson has 50 now, digging out a full delivery outside off with a forced cover drive for one

22.5

Baidwan to Haddin, 1 run, back of a length on the pads, worked through midwicket for one more

22.6

Baidwan to Watson, FOUR, Watson's completely missed the slower ball, he plays the leg side swipe in the 2007 edition of the World Cup, the ball comes in present tense, four years later. It goes off something, down to third man for four. It's been that kind of evening for Canada.

End of over 23 (8 runs) Australia 114/0 (98 runs required from 27 overs, RR: 4.95, RRR: 3.62)
SR Watson    54* (72b 6x4)      HS Baidwan    7-1-35-0
BJ Haddin    59* (66b 7x4 1x6)      H Osinde    7-0-36-0

Cheema comes on now. Not 'Cheena' as Mark Nicholas keeps referring to him, on air.

23.1

Rizwan Cheema to Haddin, FOUR, boy, how many edges have we seen from Australia tonight? Cheema again slips in the off cutter, Haddin plays the cut and gets the inside egde, which finds a way between the stumps and the keeper. Four more to fine leg

23.2

Rizwan Cheema to Haddin, no run, Haddin backs away and tries to cut, but can't get it away past point

23.3

Rizwan Cheema to Haddin, no run, he's really looking for the boundary, this time he moves back and to the off side, lining Cheema up for the leg side heave, but can't get it past midwicket

23.4

Rizwan Cheema to Haddin, FOUR, this is pretty smart Powerplay batting. The field is in on the off side, Haddin waits for the slower ball to come along and then slaps it on the up over the covers.

23.5

Rizwan Cheema to Haddin, FOUR, Haddin's making merry while the lights shine. Cheema slides one onto the pads, and Haddin easily whips through backward square leg. Australia are charging to a win here.

23.6

Rizwan Cheema to Haddin, 1 run, full and on off stump, Haddin clips to square leg for a single

Qamar: "I remember Michael Holding saying InzamaNul Haq."

Haha, yes. All the time!

End of over 24 (13 runs) Australia 127/0 (85 runs required from 26 overs, RR: 5.29, RRR: 3.26)
BJ Haddin    72* (72b 10x4 1x6)      Rizwan Cheema    3-0-23-0
SR Watson    54* (72b 6x4)      HS Baidwan    7-1-35-0

24.1

Baidwan to Haddin, 1 run, Haddin again tries to move away and drill a length ball down the ground. Single to long on

24.2

Baidwan to Watson, 1 run, Watson gets one on the pads and hoicks it along to deep backward square leg for one

24.3

Baidwan to Haddin, no run, full delivery just outside off, Haddin make contact with the steer

24.4

Baidwan to Haddin, 1 run, full toss on leg stump, Haddin drives fluidly to mid off for one more

24.5

Baidwan to Watson, 1 run, slower ball on off stump, Watson waits and clips to long on for a single

24.6

Baidwan to Haddin, no run, legcutter on off stump, Haddin hangs on the crease and dabs it square.

Usman: "Also Sunil Gavaskar always called Ijaz Ahmed "Ijaj Ahmed""

That's a real conundrum, since Sunny G also says "Pragyan Oza". How can you make the 'z' a 'j' as well as vice versa?!

Ramesh: "Sanjay says Dirk Bollinger!"

End of over 25 (4 runs) Australia 131/0 (81 runs required from 25 overs, RR: 5.24, RRR: 3.24)
BJ Haddin    74* (76b 10x4 1x6)      HS Baidwan    8-1-39-0
SR Watson    56* (74b 6x4)      Rizwan Cheema    3-0-23-0

Balaji comes back on.

25.1

Balaji Rao to Watson, no run, loopy on middle and off, breaking away and defended to the off side

25.2

Balaji Rao to Watson, SIX, Watson has hit that into MG Road. Almost. Rao lands this really short, Watson gets those biceps behind it and brutalises it over midwicket. Menacingly efficient. 94 metres it travels, and the crowd is reluctant to return the ball.

25.3

Balaji Rao to Watson, no run, over-pitched on off stump, defended with the spin into the covers

25.4

Balaji Rao to Watson, no run, Watson misses the slog sweep this time, full and a foot wide outside off, he swipes and misses

25.5

Balaji Rao to Watson, no run, short and wide, Rao's been a letdown so far, Watson cuts fiercely to cover

25.6

Balaji Rao to Watson, SIX, oh boy, Watson is sure covering some real estate with his savage slog sweeps. This one is fuller, and his blast just keeps going, and going, and going. 99 metres by the time it decides to land over wide long on. Rao has been routed. Its the second biggest six of the World Cup after KOB against England.

End of over 26 (12 runs) Australia 143/0 (69 runs required from 24 overs, RR: 5.50, RRR: 2.87)
SR Watson    68* (80b 6x4 2x6)      WD Balaji Rao    6-0-37-0
BJ Haddin    74* (76b 10x4 1x6)      HS Baidwan    8-1-39-0

26.1

Davison to Haddin, 1 run, Haddin does the wise thing, pushing a single down the ground and handing it to Watto.

26.2

Davison to Watson, 1 run, Watto leans out to a flighted ball on off and dinks a single to cover.

26.3

Davison to Haddin, 1 run, Haddin chips out to the flight and pushes a single to mid on

26.4

Davison to Watson, no run, speared into the pads, Watson nurdles to short fine leg

26.5

Davison to Watson, no run, flat outside off, Watson stays content to defend from the crease

26.6

Davison to Watson, SIX, he's hitting them from both ends now. Davison does his bit by flighting gently on off stump, Watson reaches across to the pitch and just tees off smoothly. Ernie Els would have been proud of the shot. Lands a mile away in the stands at long on. That's the longest six of the tournament! 104 m. Usain Bolt would have taken over 9.72 seconds to get there. Watson did it slightly sooner.

End of over 27 (9 runs) Australia 152/0 (60 runs required from 23 overs, RR: 5.62, RRR: 2.60)
SR Watson    75* (84b 6x4 3x6)      JM Davison    3-0-16-0
BJ Haddin    76* (78b 10x4 1x6)      WD Balaji Rao    6-0-37-0

27.1

Patel to Haddin, no run, back of a length on off stump, Haddin can't force the ball into the off side

27.2

Patel to Haddin, 1 run, now he pats into the covers for a single

27.3

Patel to Watson, SIX, ok, this is just pure violence. R rated stuff. These spinners don't stand a chance. Hiral meekly lands one on the leg stump and Watson smashes the leather off it as it sails over midwicket.

27.4

Patel to Watson, FOUR, fuller from Patel, Watson can't quite get under it, so he just gets four instead of six, with a forced pull just over midwicket

27.5

Patel to Watson, FOUR, Hiral Patel's day is ending the way it began. Unfortunately, he's on the other side now. Shorter ball, Watson waits and dumps it straight back down the ground.

27.6

Patel to Watson, FOUR, bosh again, this is ending in a hurry. Watson reaches out to a loopy ball on the stumps and hits another straight four

End of over 28 (19 runs) Australia 171/0 (41 runs required from 22 overs, RR: 6.10, RRR: 1.86)
SR Watson    93* (88b 9x4 4x6)      H Patel    1-0-19-0
BJ Haddin    77* (80b 10x4 1x6)      JM Davison    3-0-16-0

28.1

Davison to Haddin, FOUR, Haddin knows his 100 is under threat, so he gets into the act. Full toss on off stump, he just eases it gracefully to midwicket for four

28.2

Davison to Haddin, SIX, majestic from Haddin. Jumps out to the flight of Davison's offie and tees off down the ground for another six. They are just flying in all directions now.

28.3

Davison to Haddin, 1 run, Davison wisely spears down the leg side and Haddin nudges a single behind square

28.4

Davison to Watson, 1 run, similar delivery to Watson, who flicks to the leg side for one more

28.5

Davison to Haddin, OUT, ah, finally a wicket. Davison has struck in his last game with a flat ball landing on leg and turning further down. Haddin tickles it along into Bagai's gloves. He's missed a 100 here.

BJ Haddin c †Bagai b Davison 88 (124m 84b 11x4 2x6) SR: 104.76

Jaydev: "And Manjrekar always says "Taindulkar" thats the Marathi accent for you.."

Mark: "Who is Andrew Stross that Sourav Ganguly always refers to?"

Spit-palms Ponting walks out. With gloves on.

28.6

Davison to Ponting, 1 run, tossed up outside off, driven into the covers for one

End of over 29 (13 runs) Australia 184/1 (28 runs required from 21 overs, RR: 6.34, RRR: 1.33)
RT Ponting    1* (1b)      JM Davison    4-0-29-1
SR Watson    94* (89b 9x4 4x6)      H Patel    1-0-19-0

Baidwan comes on.

29.1

Baidwan to Ponting, no run, after ages, a batsman beaten outside off. Back of a length ball outside off, Ponting struts into a forward defensive prod and misses

29.2

Baidwan to Ponting, 1 run, fuller on off, he still plays from the crease to third man for a single

29.3

Baidwan to Watson, OUT, Watson has missed his 100 too. This immense compulsion to hit sixes has finally cost him his wicket. He wanted to pull this. It wasn't straight enough. He still wanted to pull this. It wasn't short enough. He still wanted to pull this. Ends up trying to whack it over long on, but finds the man in the deep.

SR Watson c Osinde b Baidwan 94 (129m 90b 9x4 4x6) SR: 104.44

Anand: "Just like how Danny Morrison pronounces " Manish Pandeee"

29.4

Baidwan to Ponting, no run, length ball on the stumps, punched straight to mid on

David: "So, Watson out in the 90s. Who'd have thought!"

29.5

Baidwan to Ponting, no run, slow bouncer, Ponting pulls out of the pull shot late and it is through to Bagai

Hussain: "I think its Richie Benaud who keeps calling Misbah-ul-Haq "Misbarrrrul Haq"... It makes me cringe. "

29.6

Baidwan to Ponting, no run, fuller ball on off stump, driven fluently straight to mid off.

End of over 30 (1 run) Australia 185/2 (27 runs required from 20 overs, RR: 6.16, RRR: 1.35)
RT Ponting    2* (6b)      HS Baidwan    9-1-40-1
MJ Clarke    0* (0b)      JM Davison    4-0-29-1

Osinde comes on with a slip.

30.1

Osinde to Clarke, FOUR, short and wide outside off, Clarke is away with a sparkling cut in front of square. Take that, Osinde.

30.2

Osinde to Clarke, no run, back of a length on middle and off, Clarke punches to mid on

30.3

Osinde to Clarke, no run, Clarke drives wide of mid off, and thinks of a single but the fielder gets across quickly

30.4

Osinde to Clarke, no run, short of a length outside off, and he lets it go through to the keeper

30.5

Osinde to Clarke, FOUR, Canada aren't the best fielding side in this World Cup. Hansra the culprit again at mid on, as Clarke drives a length ball fluently down the ground. Hansra moves slowly and puts it a pointless dive as the ball chugs past

30.6

Osinde to Clarke, no run, good bouncer outside off, Clarke drops his wrists in a hurry to let it go

End of over 31 (8 runs) Australia 193/2 (19 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 6.22, RRR: 1.00)
MJ Clarke    8* (6b 2x4)      H Osinde    8-0-44-0
RT Ponting    2* (6b)      HS Baidwan    9-1-40-1

31.1

Baidwan to Ponting, no run, short of a length on off stump, Ponting defends solidly to the off side

31.2

Baidwan to Ponting, 1 run, over-pitched on the stumps, Ponting gets a single with a drive to the left of mid on, who fields the ball this time

31.3

Baidwan to Clarke, no run, whoa, steep bouncer that, and Clarke does well to pull out of the pull shot as it flies past him to the keeper

31.4

Baidwan to Clarke, no run, short of a length outside off from Baidwan, Clarke defends down the track

Ahmed: "Tony Greig keeps pronouncing Mishhbah-ul-haq and Kamran Akhhhmal or Ooomar Akhhhmal"

31.5

Baidwan to Clarke, no run, short and sitting up just outside off, Clarke cuts well but straight to point

31.6

Baidwan to Clarke, no run, short of a length on middle and off, defended down the track and that will be drinks. If Watto and Haddin hadn't got out, this game would have ended by now.

Nish: "@Ahmed: Don't even go there!! He says "Jayasooriyar", "Ranatungarr" and so on for names ending with an A."

End of over 32 (1 run) Australia 194/2 (18 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 6.06, RRR: 1.00)
MJ Clarke    8* (10b 2x4)      HS Baidwan    10-1-41-1
RT Ponting    3* (8b)      H Osinde    8-0-44-0

32.1

Osinde to Ponting, no run, back of a length outside off, Ponting hangs back and defends to the off side

32.2

Osinde to Ponting, 1 run, short ball, comes on slowly at 128 kph and Ponting controls the pull to deep midwicket

32.3

Osinde to Clarke, no run, length ball on off stump, Clarke cuts straight into the ground and into point's hands

Rahul: "I can't remember which commentator had trouble saying Ajay Jadeja. Not that he didn't pronounce it properly, but he just couldn't get through it. I think it was Tony Greig."

There were some who called him "Dudd-jeddah"

32.4

Osinde to Clarke, 1 run, short ball ends on the hips, Clarke works it to square leg for one

32.5

Osinde to Ponting, 1 run, short again, Ponting quietly taps to the leg side for a single

32.6

Osinde to Clarke, 1 wide, too wide down the leg side and called

32.6

Osinde to Clarke, no run, back of a length on off stump, solidly defended into the covers as Ponting and Clarke get what little batting practice they can.

End of over 33 (4 runs) Australia 198/2 (14 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 0.82)
MJ Clarke    9* (13b 2x4)      H Osinde    9-0-48-0
RT Ponting    5* (11b)      HS Baidwan    10-1-41-1

Baidwan has bowled out, Rao comes on.

33.1

Balaji Rao to Ponting, 1 run, loopy on the pads, Ponting deflects backward of square for one

33.2

Balaji Rao to Clarke, 2 runs, over-pitched on off, Clarke drives into the covers for one more

33.3

Balaji Rao to Clarke, no run, looped up on middle and leg, Clarke defends off the front foot

33.4

Balaji Rao to Clarke, FOUR, top shot from Clarke, skips out like a beaver, gets to the pitch and drives it right back past Rao and all the way to the straight boundary.

33.5

Balaji Rao to Clarke, 1 run, too short and wide, Clarke cuts away with the spin through the covers for one more

33.6

Balaji Rao to Ponting, 1 run, Ponting gets a single as well, cutting a short ball into the covers

Anand: "What are Punter and Pup waiting for to finish the game, Has the TEAM BUS not arrived yet?"

End of over 34 (9 runs) Australia 207/2 (5 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 6.08, RRR: 0.31)
RT Ponting    7* (13b)      WD Balaji Rao    7-0-46-0
MJ Clarke    16* (17b 3x4)      H Osinde    9-0-48-0

34.1

Osinde to Ponting, no run, short of a length outside off, Ponting opens the face and defends to the off side

34.2

Osinde to Ponting, OUT, a bad day for Ponting comes to a forgettable end. Hide the TVs, is the joke doing the rounds. His bowlers struggled to bowl out Canada. Steve Smith nearly muffed a catch that was his. And now he's not got the batting practice he wanted. And he's again perished to the short ball. Late on the pull, pops it up to square leg meekly. A catch for Davison now, this is not as bad way to retire.

RT Ponting c Davison b Osinde 7 (30m 15b 0x4 0x6) SR: 46.66

Two slips in place.

34.3

Osinde to White, no run, White gingerly pokes out to the off side

34.4

Osinde to White, no run, back of a length on off stump, played off the back foot into the off side

34.5

Osinde to White, FOUR, White levels the scores with a smooth backfoot cover drive. He waits on the back foot to a short of length ball and punches it cleanly through the cordon

34.6

Osinde to White, 1 wide, Osinde denies White the pleasure of hitting the winning run by landing a bouncer in his own half. Bowden signals wide, and that's the end of Canada's World Cup campaign.

That winds up our coverage for today. On behalf of Abhishek and the rest of the crew, this is Nitin Sundar signing off. Do join us for the Chennai cracker tomorrow, it is England v Windies. Cheers!

Well, it started well for Canada, but Australia gradually took control and cantered home. Here's George Binoy's bulletin telling you how it all happened.

Presentations:

Watson is Man of the Match: "It was nice to come out good in the end and hit a few right out of the middle. Canadians bowled pretty straight, they bowled well with the new ball and the wicket was two paced. It was nice to develop the partnership with Haddin. We have been having a week between some of our games, so nice to get some back to back games now."

Ponting: "Things went not too bad, their top four or five batted really well, but our batsmen were outstanding. We haven't fully been tested yet, we will be by Pakistan in Colombo and we look forward to it. You could say I am due, would have been nice to be not out, but may be I am saving it up for the big games."

Bagai: "The experience has been phenomenal, the young guys will take a lot from this. Our bowlers were fantastic through the tournament, but the batsmen were poor in the first half. Some young guys got self belief out of the World Cup - Hansra, Patel. We came here looking to win, and laid a good platform, but inexperience let us down."

Faisal: "What does it take to beat Australia in the World Cup? ....... "Pakistan". Well, lets hope it is a cracker!

Kamal: "Another one sided in Group A.. Is it a calm before storm considering England would be playing tmrw?"

What does it take to beat Australia in the World Cup? Sigh! They now top the table.

Satish: "Ponting's reflexes are not like before. He should cut back on that pull shot."

That's right Satish. You echoed George Binoy's opinions, he still recalls nightmares from 2003 when Ponting pulverised India with the pull shot.

Phil: "That's why Ponting do not want the Associates to play in the World Cup - he keeps getting out against them." Haha!

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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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