WC 2003 - New Zealand survives Davison~~s assault, Canada 196
Published: Sunday, February 16, 2003, 23:53 [IST]
Copyright AFP 2001
Fleming wins toss, invites Canada to take first strike
Benoni (South Africa): New Zealand survived a spectacular onslaught from opener John Davison to bowl out Canada for 196 in its last World Cup league match on Monday.Davison, who smashed the fastest World Cup century off 67 balls against the West Indies earlier in the tournament, decimated the Kiwi attack with 75 off 62 balls that included nine boundaries and four sixes.Two of those sixes off seamer Jacob Oram sailed out of the Willowmoore Park as Davison reached 50 off just 25 deliveries.But as the South Australian state player went for another big hit, he was deceived in the air by Chris Harris and lofted the ball straight to Chris Cairns on the long-on fence.It was enough for the Kiwis to sense an opening and allowed Canada to score just 116 runs more after it was happily placed at 80 for two in the 15th over.Oram fought back after the early battering from Davison to claim four for 52 while fast bowler Shane Bond finished with three for 29 from his 10 overs.New Zealand, which sent Canada to bat, need a big win to stay in contention for a place in the Super Sixes from Group 'B', but even that may not be enough to see it through.The Kiwis will be knocked out if Sri Lanka defeats host South Africa under the Kingsmead lights at Durban later on Monday.Kenya, a non Test-playing nation, is the only team from the Group to qualify for the Super Sixes, leaving Sri Lanka, South Africa and New Zealand battling for the other two spots.The Kiwis, who lost their opening game to Sri Lanka, played its best cricket to defeat both South Africa and the West Indies.That should have been enough to see it through to the next round, except the decision to forfeit the game against Kenya at Nairobi on February 21 has returned to haunt them.