Player of the Match
Player of the Match
    2.1 Ross Taylor is here, Ross Taylor is there, Ross Taylor is almost everywhere. Full delivery, angled across looking for the outside edge that will keep the slips interested, but not this kind of an edge. Ruvindu flashes at it with furious anger and gets the healthiest of outside edges that seems set to take it over the slips and through to third man. Someone forgot to tell Rossco, jumping up with his right hand stretched up. He plucked it at it's peak as if he were reaping mango harvest. Delicious. The timing of the jump was outstanding. 2/1
    12.3 Has he edged it this time? NZ review an appeal for caught behind that's been turned down. Another short one from Oram, this one just outside off and Patel again goes for a vicious pull, despite not having the room. There was a sure noise as the ball passed the bat. No other technology to aid in this review. It's eventually been given out. 50/3
    4.3 Mills has another. Catching practice this time for Rossco. Not the first time Surkari has gone fishing outside off stump with an angled bat after getting half across, and that too very late. This angler hooks no salmon, no trout, no sardines, no nothing. Instead he gets Taylor. Easy catch at waist height, taken without any fuss. 4/2
    36.6 that's the end of a fine innings from Bagai. He's succumbed to the conditions as much as the bowling. He's barely able to stand, and wanted to get to his 100 with big shots. He again backs away to the leg side, looking to whack over the off side. Thin outside edge. Bagai c McCullum b McCullum. 175/4
    not out
    38.1 another one bites the dust. No fireworks from Cheema as he looks to guide a short ball on off stump to third man, and ends up guiding it too fine. Baz dives away to his right and pouches it. Very good catch, that. 179/5
    44.1 Davison has run himself out in clumsy fashion as the Royal Canadian Air Farce carries on. He gets a yorker on the pads, glances to the leg side and then trots half the way, before deciding to walk down the pitch. The throw came in from McCullum, on the sly, and broke the stumps before he reached his crease. Sleeping tortoises would have made it. Even if they were walking backwards. Davison keeps walking to the pavilion. 213/7
    42.5 Rao's holed out. Slow offcutter banged in short, he looks to biff it over midwicket and ends up playing straight to long on 205/6
    45.2 Southee finally has a wicket. Rejoice if he's in your Fantasy team. Full toss on off stump, driven cleanly, but straight into mid off's hands 222/8
    49.4 Chohan's merry ways come to an end as Ryder keeps it slightly short of driving length and Chohan holes out to cover. 261/9
    not out
    17 (b 5, lb 2, nb 1, w 9)
    261/9 (50 Overs, RR: 5.22)
    Fall of wickets: 1-2 (R Gunasekera, 2.1 ov), 2-4 (ZE Surkari, 4.3 ov), 3-50 (H Patel, 12.3 ov), 4-175 (A Bagai, 36.6 ov), 5-179 (Rizwan Cheema, 38.1 ov), 5-185 (AS Hansra, 40.1 ov), 6-205 (WD Balaji Rao, 42.5 ov), 7-213 (JM Davison, 44.1 ov), 8-222 (HS Baidwan, 45.2 ov), 9-261 (Khurram Chohan, 49.4 ov)
    KD Mills2.41220.75150000
    TG Southee10.013613.60436010
    JD Ryder1.2015111.2533010
    JDP Oram10.014734.70356010
    JEC Franklin4.003107.75103101
    NL McCullum8.005617.00163200
    SB Styris10.004104.10292010
    KS Williamson4.002606.50102010

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