Ponting compares Hiral Patel with Sehwag

As Hiral Patel cracked the likes of Brett Lee and Shaun Tait to all corners of the Chinnaswamy Stadium during a World Cup match here, Australian captain Ricky Ponting said the Canadian batsman reminded him of Indian swashbuckler Virender Sehwag. Patel’s blazing 45-ball 54-run innings had the Australians on the back foot before the defending champions regrouped to skittle out the Canadians for 211 and chase the total with ease."He plays a lot like Sehwag," Ponting said after his team's seven-wicket win over the North Americans in a group A match here on Wednesday night.

Ponting felt it would be difficult for the title-holders to fight back if bigger teams get off with the kind of blistering start that Patel gave to the Canadians."We did well to get wickets and restrict them today. But against good teams with deeper batting line-up (it would be hard)," Ponting said. The unidentified factor most likely worked to Canada's advantage and Ponting said his team would be better against Pakistan."We didn't know much about him and the others. We just saw some clippings of them. He required some room and played some wonderful shots.

"But Pakistan, we know their game better," he said before adding, "It's always great playing Pakistan. One never knows about Pakistan. They have been good but against New Zealand they were ordinary."Ponting has, so far, failed to live upto his billing in the World Cup, but hoped he would click in the larger games. "There wasn't much left for me to do today. Hopefully, I am saving them for the big matches," he said. Asked about his angry reaction following his collision with Steve Smith while taking a catch, Ponting said, "It wasn't a great reaction. But it wasn't designed or intentional. It just happened in the spur of the moment. If it looked bad, I apologise."

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