Bagai's 84 in vain as NZ quash Canada

Published: Sunday, March 13, 2011, 17:43 [IST]
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Mumbai, March 13: A brave performance from Canada with the bat went in vain as New Zealand trounced them by 97 runs. Chasing a mammoth 358/6, Canada were never in with a chance of victory despite a fighting 84 off 87 balls from their captain Ashish Bagai and a supportive 70 from 105 balls from Jimmy Hansra. Kiwi fast bowler Jacob Oram pulled the rug from under the Mapleleafs' feet with 3/47 off his 10 overs, while Kyle Mills took 2/2 in 2.4 overs.

Bagai's 84 in vain as NZ quash Canada

Canada's innings got off to a typically tumultuous start. In the 3rd over, Ruvindu Gunasekara edged Kyle Mills to a leaping Ross Taylor at slip. The batsman had to depart for 2 and Canada were 2/1. Then two overs later, Mills removed Zubin Surkari in similar fashion with Ross Taylor the catcher again. The batsman had to walk for 1 and Canada was a pathetic 4/2.

Then captain Ashish Bagai counter-attacked by smacking Jesse Ryder for two back-to-back fours and then Hiten Patel took a boundary off Tim Southee in the next over. Then in the 8th over, Patel got stuck into Southee, carting him away for three consecutive fours as Canada moved to 32/2 in 8 overs.

Patel was sparing none of the bowlers - he greeted James Franklin to the crease with a powerful six courtesy a pull shot to backward of square leg. But Patel's swashbuckling innings was finally brought to an end when he was caught behind off Oram for 31 off 35 balls, in the 13th over as the score read 50/3.

Captain Ashsish Bagai settled into a comfortable little partnership with Jimmy Hansra. The former brought up the side's 100 with a four off off-spinner Nathan McCullum in the 25th over. The two overs later, the batsman notched up his 50 with a four off Kane Williamson.

Then the batting duo brought up the 150 and the 100-run partnership in the 33rd over. Bagai was going great guns on 68 and was getting reliable support from Hansra on 42. Shortly afterwards, Bagai succumbed to cramp and was caught behind off Nathan McCullum for 84 off 87 balls.

Then Rizwan Cheema's plans of smacking a few were nipped in the bud when he was caught behind of Oram for 2 after which Jimmy Hansra too gave into cramp and retired hurt on 53 off 91 balls. With the score at 185/5, John Davison and Balaji Rao pressed on to take their side to 200 in the 42nd over.

But Balaji Rao was out soon afterward for 9 off 9 to Nathan McCullum and he was followed back to the shed by John Davison for 15 off 21 balls when the latter was run out. The next to follow suit was Harvir Baidwan who was caught at mid off for 6 off 6 balls and Canada were 222/8 in 45.2 overs.

Then Jimmy Hansra returned to the crease and together with Khurram Chohan, took Canada's total to 261 before the former holed out to mid off for 70. Canada had made 261/9 in their 50 overs, thus losing the match by 97 runs.

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