New Zealand inflict 97-run defeat on Canada (Roundup)

March 13th, 2011 - 9:03 pm ICT by IANS  

Ross Taylor Mumbai, March 13 (IANS) Brendon McCullum hit his third One-day International century as New Zealand cruised to a comfortable 97-run victory over Canada in a World Cup Group A match at the Wankhede Stadium here Sunday.

The win has almost sealed New Zealand a place in the quarterfinals.

Put in, McCullum hit a 107-ball 101 and came and stand-in captain Ross Taylor scored a 44-ball 74 to take Black Caps 358 for six. Canada never looked to pose threat and could muster only 261 for nine in their 50 overs.

New Zealand, however, got an injury scare in their key pace bowler Kyle Mills. Mills was forced to leave the field in the fifth over after injuring his left knee and did not return. Mills grabbed two wickets in his 16 deliveries to reduce Canada to four for two.

The Black Caps will be hoping for Mill’s quick recovery as their skipper Daniel Vettori is already out with a troublesome knee.

Canada were soon reeling at 50 for three but skipper Ahish Bagai made a doughty 84 before he was restrained by cramps and caught behind by McCullum off his brother Nathan’s delivery. His innings came in 87 balls with 10 fours.

Bagai and Jimmy Hansra (70 not out) shared a 125-run stand for the fourth wicket but both were cramping in the latter part of their innings. Hansra retired hurt when on 53 but returned in the 46th over, but by then there was little that could be done.

Jacob Oram took three for 47 for New Zealand and was well complimented by Tim Southee and Scott Styris.

The New Zealand batsmen were brutal in their treatment of the Canadian bowlers on a slow pitch at the redeveloped stadium.

The Black Caps made the most of the batting Powerplay, hammering 74 off five overs, ensured the Canadians were batted out of the match.

Martin Guptill (17) and McCullum added 53 for the first wicket before a smart catch by Bagai removed Guptill off Harvir Baidwan.

Jesse Ryder reached 38 before chipping veteran off-spinner John Davison to Henry Osinde at long-on.

McCullum played a composed knock, hitting 12 boundaries and two sixes. Four balls into the batting Powerplay in the 37th over, McCullum departed but Taylor, fresh from his unbeaten 131 against Pakistan, launched a brutal attack as 74 runs came from the five overs.

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