Mumbai, March 13: New Zealand sent poor Canada on a right leather-hunt as they blitzed their way to 358/6 in 50 overs in their World Cup match at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium. After Brendon McCullum laid the foundation for a huge total with 101, Ross Taylor blasted 74 off 44 balls, while cameos from Jesse Ryder (34), Kane Williamson (34), Scott Syris (35) and James Franklin (31) all helped the cause. Canada's Rizwan Cheema and Harvir Baidwan were terribly expensive, going for 148 runs from 13 overs between them, whiel John Davison was the most economical, finishing with figures of 1/30 off his 10 overs.
New Zealand's innings got off to a robust start, with a four coming in each of the 4th and 5th overs and the then two each in the following two overs. Brendon McCullum was clearly emerging the aggressor while Martin Guptill was playing a more sedate role. McCullum took a six and a four off Harvir Baidwan in the 8th over, but in the bowler's next, Guptill was caught behind for 17 and Kiwis were 53/1 in 10 overs.
Three fours came off Henry Osinde in the 11th over, all by McCullum. Then Jesse Ryder went after Baidwan, lashing him for two boundaries in the 12th over. McCullum ran a couple of Rizwan Cheema in the 13th over to bring up his fifty. As this partnership flourished, New Zeland crossed 100/1 in the 18th over.
The batting duo continued to press on with the boundaries coming fairly frequently and the run-rate just over 5. But in the 30th over, Ryder chipped John Davison straight into the hands of long on and the Black Caps were 149/2.
The news batsman Ross Taylor, settled in with a couple of boundaries off Osinde in the 33rd over and launched out into a fiery innings. But not before McCullum was dismissed by Baidwan for 101 off 109 balls. Then Taylor cut loose. He warmed up with a four off Cheema and then attacked Baidwan, sending him for 4 sixes and one four in the 39th over as the Kiwis moved well past 200.
Then Nathan McCullum and Tyalor teamed up to take a six and a four off Cheema in the 40th over, before tucking into leg-spinner Balaji Rao with three more fours in the 41st. But the bowler had the last laugh when he had Taylor caught at backward of point for a blistering 74 off 44 balls.
Two overs later, Balaji Rao caught and bowled Nathan McCullum for 10 and the Kiwis were 259/5 in 42.1 overs. But the Black Caps weren't about to back down. After a couple of catches went down, Styris hit Jimmy Hansra for two maximums in the 46th over before striking Balaji for another boundary.
Then Kane Williamson and Styris teamed up to each knock two fours off Baidwan in the 48th over, before the bowler eventually ensnared Styris for 35 with the last ball of the over. Then James Franklin launched a late surge, clobbering Rizwan Cheema for 3 sixes and two fours in the last over to remain unbeaten on 31 off 8 balls. New Zealand had racked up an enormous total of 358/6 in their 50 overs.