Tired Canada lose again
It was the run out of John Davison that perhaps summed up Canada in this match. Casually strolling an easy single, he was beaten to the stumps by a throw from Brendon McCullum without even realising he was in danger of being run out. The game was already lost by then, but the tired look on Davison's face summed up a Canadian innings during which Bagai and Hansra kept going down with cramp.
Ashish Bagai put New Zealand in to bat after winning the toss, and Brendon McCullum provided the early backbone to their innings with an innings of 101 coming from 109 balls. He fell with the score on 185-3 in the 37th over, at which point, New Zealand out their foot on the pedal.
The fourth wicket put on 69 in just four overs before Ross Taylor was out having scored 74 from 44 deliveries. Kane Williamson, Scott Styris and James Franklin all made scores in the thirties, Franklin smashing 31 from just eight deliveries.
New Zealand scored 358-6 in their 50 overs. Harvir Baidwan took three wickets, but John Davison was the pick of the bowlers, going for just 30 runs from his ten overs. The rest of the bowling was poor, especially Rizwan Cheema, who went for 64 in 4.5 overs before being removed from the attack after bowling two beamers in one over.
In reply, Canada's first two wickets went with just four runs on the board, before Hiral Patel and Ashish Bagai put on 46 for the third wicket. Patel's dismissal for 31 brought Jimmy Hansra to the crease and he and Bagai put on 125 for the fourth wicket.
The partnership was a slow one though, and was made even slower by the frequent visits of the physio to treat the cramp being suffered by Bagai and Hansra. Bagai was eventually dismissed having scored 84 from 87 balls. Rizwan Cheema lasted just four balls before Hansra retired hurt having scored 53.
Hansra eventually came back in with the score on 222-8, Davison's aberration having been the seventh wicket, and stayed in to score 70 in Canada's final total of 261-9, a 97 run win for New Zealand. Jacob Oram was the pick of the New Zealand bowlers with 3-47.
Canada have one more match to come, against Australia in a match that will see John Davison play his final game for Canada against the country where he learnt his cricket, and a side that features a couple of players he has coached at the Australian academy in recent years. Coached in spin bowling and not running between the wickets, one assumes. He will hope to bow out with a win, but that seems unlikely.