Australia vs Canada
So that's your lot from Bangalore for today. Canada have troubled Australia, both with bat and ball, but in the end the reigning champions coasted home to a seven-wicket win that puts them top of Group A, for now. It also means they have gone 34 World Cup matches without defeat. Canada finish with two points from their campaign, while John Davison bows out with a wicket, a catch and 14 runs. Thanks for your company - please join us again on Thursday for England v West Indies.
Over 35: Osinde 0-W-0-0-4-0w
212-3 - WICKET! - If Ponting was annoyed in the field earlier in the day then he will be positively fuming now. A short ball from Osinde gives him the chance to go for his favourite pull shot, except for once he makes a mess of it. A mis-hit off the splice of the bat loops up and square leg takes a simple catch. Australia's skipper marches off for just seven - somebody save the tv sets in the dressing room. Cameron White comes in at five and steers his third ball away through extra cover for four, bringing the scores level. The winning run then comes courtesy of an Osinde bouncer that is called a wide.
Over 34: Rao 1-2-0-4-1-1
207-2 - Rao comes back on for the final stages of this match. Clarke pushes Australia a little closer to the finishing line with two out to long-off and then uses his feet to hit superbly straight down the ground, all along the carpet. Singles off the last two balls make it nine from the over - just another five required now. I say bring on teenager Kumar or Whatham for a bowl - surely they can't be in the team to bat at numbers seven and eight?
Over 33: Osinde 0-1-0-1-1-0w-0
198-2 - The demise of Haddin and Watson means Australia's charge over the line has become more of a gentle stroll. Singles from Clarke and Ponting, who probably could have done with either a long knock today or not bothering at all, help nudge them a little closer, as too does a wide from the tiring Osinde.
Over 32: Baidwan 0-0-1-0-0-0
194-2 - And that's the end of Baidwan's day with the ball. He finishes up with figures of 1-41 from his 10 overs and gets a round of applause from his team-mates as he takes his cap. He's getting a standing ovation from me too, I've been really impressed with the seamer throughout the World Cup. It's time for DRINKS in Bangalore as Australia require another 18.
Over 31: Osinde 4-0-0-0-4-0
193-2 - Michael Clarke gets a gift from Osinde, a wide long hop letting Australia's vice-captain move off the mark with a four cracked through point off the back foot. Another boundary comes up, though this time from a front-foot drive that beats the diving fielder at mid-on. Australia now need just another 19 runs to make it 34 successive World Cup games without defeat.
Over 30: Baidwan 0-1-W-0-0-0
185-2 - WICKET! - And now Watson goes too. A pull off the front foot is hit well but, amazingly, the opener doesn't have enough muscle to get this one over the fence. Osinde down at long-on takes a comfortable catch as Watson perishes for 94. That is, at least, a deserved wicket for Baidwan, his 13th of the tournament. Only Shahid Afridi (16) has taken more so far.
Over 29: Davison 4-6-1-1-W-1
184-1 - WICKET! - Haddin departs to end a superb opening stand (albeit one that needed plenty of luck early doors). A feather down leg gives Bagai a catch and Davison, who had come around the wicket to offer a change of angle, a wicket in his final international appearance. Haddin had started the over with two impressive blows of his own down the ground,perhaps trying to match the efforts of Watson. The second shot went all the way for six.
Over 28: Patel 0-1-6-4-4-4
171-0 - And the hits just keep on coming! Having smashed a couple of sixes earlier in the day, Patel finds the boot on the other foot now. Again Watson aims a pull for deep mid-wicket and it clears the rope by a distance, though just the 88 metres this time around. The next three deliveries only (yes, only) go for fours, the last two of them straight back over the bowler's head with nothing but pure muscle. Suddenly Australia need a mere 41 and from the looks of it, Watson's in a hurry to get them.
Over 27: Davison 1-1-1-0-0-6
152-0 - You could tell Watson was lining Davison up and after playing back to a couple of full balls, he gets one tossed right up to him. Sure enough, the big front dog comes down and he smashes it many a mile over long-on. And our survey says? 104 metres! That's further than the previous longest in the tournament, a 102m effort by Kevin O'Brien against England.
Over 26: Rao 0-6-0-0-0-6
143-0 - Watson greets Rao's return with a pull shot that sails a long, long way back into the stands. The all-rounder got himself into a superb position to play the shot, moving his feet to create room to swing his arms away. When Rao floats one up at the end of the over, Watson still decides to have a go, clearing his front leg out of the way to smash another maximum. Australia need just another 67 to win.
Over 25: Baidwan 1-1-0-1-1-0
131-0 - Baidwan continues to toil away - he's got figures of 0-39 from his eight overs today but has bowled better than those figures would suggest. That's the end of the batting powerplay - 41 runs flowed during the five overs of fielding restrictions.
Over 24: Cheema 4-0-0-4-4-1
127-0 - And now Haddin gets lucky, an inside edge going just past his stumps and away for four! Wow, these Canadians must have walked under some ladders on their way to the ground today because nothing has gone their way in the field. The two other boundaries in the Cheema over are a little more conventiona - one coming over cover with the other flicked past short fine leg - and now Australia have got the bit between their teeth. They need another 85 and seem intent on making them in a hurry. I'm very happy with that approach.
Over 23: Baidwan 1-1-0-1-1-4
114-0 - Watson quickly follows the lead of his batting partner as he reaches his half-century, the 22nd 50 he has managed in one-day cricket and his third already in this tournament. The batsman has had plenty of luck today, and the latest slice comes when a toe-end somehow goes behind the wicket, beating the wicketkeeper and going all the way to the fence.
Over 22: Osinde 2-1-0-1-4-4
106-0 - Osinde is back on the field and now back into the attack. Haddin takes on Hansra's arm at third man and gets away with it - a direct hit, or even a good throw to the wicketkeeper, would have seen the opener short of his ground. He makes Canada pay by thumping a boundary over mid-wicket to win the race to 50 between these two Australian openers. After celebrating the landmark moment, Haddin makes it back-to-back boundaries, this time going over the top of the man at extra cover. Suddenly the Australian century has arrived as this pair move through the gears.
Over 21: Baidwan 2-0-0-1-0-1
94-0 - Baidwan returns to the attack with the powerplay taken. It should have only been a single from the first ball of the over but Hansra is slow to get around to a drive at long-on, allowing Watson to come back for a comfortable second. Australia now require a further 118 runs with all 10 wickets still in hand.
Over 20: Rao 1-0-0-0-6-2
90-0 - Haddin decides he's had enough of the softly, softly approach, going for a big swipe to mid-wicket. All he makes contact with is fresh air but with his foot dragged out of the ground fellow gloveman Bagai can't take the ball cleanly, meaning a sharp stumping chance goes begging. The let-off allows Haddin to have another go later in the over; he connects sweetly to hit the rope on the full at straight(ish) mid-wicket. What's this now? The Australians have decided to take the batting powerplay to try and speed up their victory march.
Over 19: Davison 0-1-0-0-0-1
81-0 - Australia are remarkably looking to make it 34 consecutive World Cup matches without defeat today. They're in no rush to get there, though, as for the second over after drinks they manage to pick up just the two runs.
Over 18: Rao 0-0-1lb-0-0-1
79-0 - Rao's bowling nicely, he's not airing it out but there's still some slow turn for him, but Canada have now removed the slip for their most potent spinner, allowing Australia to cruise along. Somebody needs to take a powerplay here, can spectators not call for one on the grounds of boredom?
Over 17: Davison 1-0-1-1-1-1
77-0 - And the singles just keep on coming...I'd demand another spell from Henry Osinde to liven up proceedings, but for some reason the big man has left the action. Tyson Gordon is on in his place as 12th man. It's time for DRINKS in Bangalore - this match needs a boot up the backside to get it going again.
- 16th Mar 2011
- B F Bowden and A M Saheba
australia BATTING CARD
|Watson||c Osinde b Baidwan||94|
|Haddin||c Bagai b Davison||88|
|Ponting||c Davison b Osinde||7|
|Total||Close, 34.5 Overs||212 - 3|