Canada v New Zealand, Group A, World Cup 2011, Mumbai
Canada Opt to Bowl Against New Zealand13-Mar-2011 04:12:00 GMT
Mumbai: Canada captain Ashish Bagai won the toss and chose to bowl against New Zealand in their World Cup clash at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Sunday.
The boundaries behind and in front of the Wankhede wicket are short. The Wankhede is hosting its first game after May 2008. Very good pitch having a nice grass coverage. Looks hard and should be pretty evenly paced.
The temperatures are pleasant for the time being but it will get hotter as the day progresses.
The Black Caps have a total of six points after thumping 10-wicket wins over Kenya and Zimbabwe, and their 110-run victory against Pakistan on Tuesday.
Their only blemish was a seven-wicket defeat against Australia but another slip-up to minnows Canada in Mumbai would be a major shock.
Stand-in skipper Ross Taylor was the star performer in Pallekele smashing 131 in 124 balls with a whopping seven sixes after getting two early let-offs.
New Zealand hit an astonishing 100 runs from their final five overs with Nathan McCullum and Jacob Oram also joining in the batting blitz.
Taylor is leading the side again against Canada in the absence of injured skipper Daniel Vettori.
Canada have no realistic chance of qualifying for the last eight but come into the match after registering their first win of the tournament against Group A whipping boys Kenya.
Aside from that win, Canada has had a tough tournament with three losses, crashing to overwhelming defeats to Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe before putting up more of a fight against Pakistan.
The victory was only Canada's second ever in a World Cup after a 60-run triumph against Bangladesh in the 2003 edition.