New Zealand Reach Quarters With Easy Win
New Zealand 358-6 (B McCullum 101, Taylor 74) beat
Canada 261-9 (Bagai 84, Hansra 70no) by 97 runs
ICC Cricket World Cup Group A, Mumbai
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New Zealand completely outclassed Canada as they eased to a 97-run win having dominated their ICC Cricket World Cup Group A game in Mumbai.
Brendon McCullum stroked a third One-Day International century as the Black Caps piled up 358 for six before restricting Canada to 261 for nine in reply, New Zealand qualifying for the quarter-finals as a result.
McCullum hit 12 fours and two sixes on his way to 101 in 109 balls while stand-in captain Ross Taylor hammered 74 in 44 balls, cracking six fours and five sixes as New Zealand pummelled the Canadian bowlers.
Cameos from Kane Williamson (34 not out in 27 balls), Scott Styris (35 in 20) and James Franklin (31 in eight) hurried New Zealand to the second highest total of the tournament to date, behind India's 370 managed on the opening day.
Kyle Mills then removed Ruvindu Gunasekera (2) and Zubin Surkari (1) before having to leave the field with a knee injury.
Canada, however, were unable to make much of New Zealand's disadvantage although Hiral Patel batted nicely to make 31 before half-centuries from Ashish Bagai (84) and Jimmy Hansra (70 not out) added a touch of respectability to their final total.
Experienced campaigner Jacob Oram returned three for 47 while there was a wicket apiece for Tim Southee, Jesse Ryder, and Nathan McCullum as New Zealand coasted home without ever needing to get close to engaging top gear.
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