Taylor blitz demolishes Canadians
NEW Zealand’s in-form Ross Taylor blitzed Canada last night, picking up where he left off against Pakistan to help fire the Black Caps to a massive win over one of the Worl d Cup mi n n o ws i n Mumbai.
The stand-in skipper came t o t h e c r e a s e a t t h e Wankhede Stadium in the 30th over with his side on 149 for two after a steady start against winless Canada, and injected urgency into the innings.
In one devastating over Taylor, who smashed 131 in 124 balls against Pakistan, took 28 off Harvir Baidwan, smashing four sixes and a four.
He was caught by Jimmy Hansra off the bowling of Balaji Rao for 74 off just 44 balls, including five sixes and six fours.
Brendon McCullum was the mainstay of the innings, scoring 101 in 109 balls as New Zealand amassed a daunting total of 6-358.
McCullum put on 53 with o p e n i n g p a r t n e r Mart i n Guptill ( 17) and 96 with Jesse Ryder ( 38) for the second wicket but perished in the first over of the batting powerplay, holing out to Ruvindu Gunasekera at extra cover.
Canada were never in the hunt, finishing on 9-261, almost 100 in arrears, despite strong innings of 84 from Ashish Bagai and 70 not out from Jimmy Hansra.