Ford Ranger Cup

South Australia v New South Wales

South Australia won by 4 wickets (with 1 ball remaining)

Good afternoon and welcome to CricInfo's coeverage of this Ford Ranger Cup match between South Australia and NSW. We're at the picturesque Adelaide Oval and Adelaide has produced an absolute gem of a day for cricket. This game marks the debut of Pakistan international Younis Khan for South Australia. With more than 5000 runs in ODI's at an average of 34, the Redbacks will be hoping for big things. I'm Andrew Fuss, and I'll be taking you through all the action from today's game. We're almost set for a start... NSW, who are 1-1 this season, have won the toss and have chosen to bat on what appears to be an absolute belter.

0.1

Tait to Hughes, no run, a bumper first up, ducked under, but it looked quick!

0.2

Tait to Hughes, no run, 138.3kph, good length just outside off, left alone

0.3

Tait to Hughes, OUT, full and wide outisde off, no footwork, but he throws the kitchen sink at it and gets a feather through to the keeper, easy catch

PJ Hughes c †Manou b Tait 0 (2m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Now on debut, Khawaja...forgive me if I misspell it to begin with

0.4

Tait to Khawaja, no run, quick, very quick, 146kp/h, good line, good length, left along

0.5

Tait to Khawaja, no run, ba-zing, an absolute gem! Pitches on off, decks away and very nearly takes the edge

0.6

Tait to Khawaja, FOUR, classy flick off the pads, overpitched on leg, dispatched to the short boundary at square leg

Allan Wise, the former Victorian quickie, will come on from the Cathedral End

End of over 1 (4 runs) New South Wales 4/1
UT Khawaja    4* (3b 1x4)      SW Tait    1-0-4-1
PJ Forrest    0* (0b)     

1.1

Wise to Forrest, no run, shortish, knocked onto the off side

1.2

Wise to Forrest, no run, short outside off, slashes it straight to point

1.3

Wise to Forrest, no run, good nut, just put it on a good line and length, slidging it across the right hander

1.4

Wise to Forrest, 1 run, a french cut, not much footwork to a ball just outside off

1.5

Wise to Khawaja, 2 runs, full, down leg, flicked comfortably down to fine leg

1.6

Wise to Khawaja, no run, line, length, defended off the front foot to mid off

End of over 2 (3 runs) New South Wales 7/1
UT Khawaja    6* (5b 1x4)      AB Wise    1-0-3-0
PJ Forrest    1* (4b)     

2.1

Tait to Forrest, 1 run, fullish on off, gets a thick edge along the ground through gully

Tait certainly hasn't missed a beat, looks quick!

2.2

Tait to Khawaja, no run, bouncer, outside off, easily avoided

2.3

Tait to Khawaja, no run, another bouncer, doesn't look quite as comfortable under that one though

2.4

Tait to Khawaja, no run, full outisde off, mistimed drive to cover

2.5

Tait to Khawaja, no run, beats the edge again, angling across the right hander, the K man just fishes for it outside off

2.6

Tait to Khawaja, no run, off stump, good length, defended off the back foot to cover

End of over 3 (1 run) New South Wales 8/1
UT Khawaja    6* (10b 1x4)      SW Tait    2-0-5-1
PJ Forrest    2* (5b)     

3.1

Wise to Forrest, 1 run, fullish, strayed onto middle, flicked to mid wicket

3.2

Wise to Khawaja, 1 run, off stump line, flicked off the front foot to mid wicket, good running

3.3

Wise to Forrest, no run, full outside off, big swing, middles it, but straight to cover

3.4

Wise to Forrest, no run, defended confidently to mid off

3.5

Wise to Forrest, no run, defended off the back foot to cover

Just in case you're wondering why NSW have a debutant at number 3, the K man is coming off back to back double hundreds in the Cricket Australia Cup

3.6

Wise to Forrest, no run, defended to cover, a good start for the Redbacks

End of over 4 (2 runs) New South Wales 10/1
PJ Forrest    3* (10b)      AB Wise    2-0-5-0
UT Khawaja    7* (11b 1x4)     

4.1

Tait to Khawaja, no run, 143.6kp/h, full, defended to cover

4.2

Tait to Khawaja, 2 runs, strays onto leg, flicked through square leg

4.3

Tait to Khawaja, no run, full on off, punched back to the bowler, a bit of a stinger for Tait as he tries to field

4.4

Tait to Khawaja, OUT, incredible, memories of John Dyson's athletic over the head catch there! Short on leg, mistimes his pull shot, O'Brien somehow manages to launch himself at square leg to take it in his left hand

UT Khawaja c O'Brien b Tait 9 (17m 15b 1x4 0x6) SR: 60.00

4.5

Tait to Henriques, 3 runs, attempting the yorker, not quite full enough, flicked through mid wicket

4.6

Tait to Forrest, 4 leg byes, another gem. A bumper crashes into Forrest's forearm as he scampers to avoid, goes high over the keeper for four

End of over 5 (9 runs) New South Wales 19/2
PJ Forrest    3* (11b)      SW Tait    3-0-10-2
MC Henriques    3* (1b)     

5.1

Wise to Henriques, no run, good line and length, pushed to cover and there's a slight mix-up, but safe easily

5.2

Wise to Henriques, no run, defended to mid wicket

5.3

Wise to Henriques, no run, length on leg, defended to straightish mid wicket

5.4

Wise to Henriques, no run, full on middle, punched back to the bowler

5.5

Wise to Henriques, no run, just slides that one across the right hander, a bit of a teaser but lef alone

5.6

Wise to Henriques, no run, good line, good length, left through to the keeper

The K man certainly looked good at number 3, was just rushed with that great bouncer from Tait.

End of over 6 (maiden) New South Wales 19/2
MC Henriques    3* (7b)      AB Wise    3-1-5-0
PJ Forrest    3* (11b)     

6.1

Tait to Forrest, no run, full outside off, driven to cover

6.2

Tait to Forrest, no run, he's looking good Tait! Full outside off, catches Forrest on the crease, edge squirts along the ground to first slip

6.3

Tait to Forrest, no run, same bowl again, gets everything behind it this time and defends to point

6.4

Tait to Forrest, no run, nice slower ball, pitches fullish on middle, defended to cover

6.5

Tait to Forrest, 1 run, short outside off, slashed through gully, nice shot

6.6

Tait to Henriques, FOUR, all run, attempted yorker again, punched delightfully down the ground, pulls up just short of the boundary

End of over 7 (5 runs) New South Wales 24/2
MC Henriques    7* (8b 1x4)      SW Tait    4-0-15-2
PJ Forrest    4* (16b)     

7.1

Wise to Forrest, no run, fullish, defended to point

7.2

Wise to Forrest, no run, length ball defended back to the bowler

7.3

Wise to Forrest, no run, cramps him up on middle, pushed back to the bowler

This opening bowling partnership looks the goods, a bit McGrath/Lee like...perhaps not quite as good though!

7.4

Wise to Forrest, no run, outside off, pushed to point

7.5

Wise to Forrest, 1 run, he's figured Wise out, walks across towards off, flicking him through square leg easily

7.6

Wise to Henriques, no run, full on leg, pushed to mid wicket

End of over 8 (1 run) New South Wales 25/2
MC Henriques    7* (9b 1x4)      AB Wise    4-1-6-0
PJ Forrest    5* (21b)     

8.1

Cleary to Forrest, 1 run, full down leg, flicked to fine leg, a bit of a loosener

8.2

Cleary to Henriques, FOUR, glorious, just glorious, slightly overpitched and driven square through point, and he holds the shot at the end for a bit of a pose

8.3

Cleary to Henriques, no run, a bit of extra bounce, beats the edge outside off

8.4

Cleary to Henriques, FOUR, this boy can play, overpitched and crushed between cover and mid off

8.5

Cleary to Henriques, no run, jags one back from outside off, defended to off

A bit surprising they've taken Tait out of the attack, Cleary looks pedestrian in comparison.

8.6

Cleary to Henriques, no run, defended to point

End of over 9 (9 runs) New South Wales 34/2
MC Henriques    15* (14b 3x4)      MF Cleary    1-0-9-0
PJ Forrest    6* (22b)     

9.1

Wise to Forrest, 1 run, steps along way to the off side again and flicks through square leg

9.2

Wise to Henriques, no run, good length on middle, defended back to the bowler

9.3

Wise to Henriques, 1 run, short on middle, dropped onto the leg side through mid wicket, thought about two, but no was the call

9.4

Wise to Forrest, no run, a bit of extra bounce there, and some movement off the deck, pitched on middle and seamed away, just beat the edge...fortunate too because slip had just been removed

9.5

Wise to Forrest, no run, good nut on off stump, defended to cover

9.6

Wise to Forrest, 1 run, walks across again and flicks a full ball through square leg

Bowling powerplay taken

End of over 10 (3 runs) New South Wales 37/2
PJ Forrest    8* (26b)      AB Wise    5-1-9-0
MC Henriques    16* (16b 3x4)     

10.1

Cleary to Forrest, no run, length on off, defended off the back foot

10.2

Cleary to Forrest, 1 run, paddled through gully

10.3

Cleary to Henriques, no run, full on leg, flicked to square leg

10.4

Cleary to Henriques, no run, full outside off, another beautiful drive, stopped well by short cover

10.5

Cleary to Henriques, no run, nips back off the deck, defended on the front foot

10.6

Cleary to Henriques, 1 run, punched through cover

End of over 11 (2 runs) New South Wales 39/2
MC Henriques    17* (20b 3x4)      MF Cleary    2-0-11-0
PJ Forrest    9* (28b)     

11.1

Wise to Henriques, SIX, BANG! Dances down the wicket and dispatches it over square leg and onto Les's tractor

11.2

Wise to Henriques, 1 run, pinches a quick single on the leg side

11.3

Wise to Forrest, no run, full, punched to mid on

11.4

Wise to Forrest, 1 run, slower ball, dropped to point, good running

11.5

Wise to Henriques, FOUR, full outside off, driven solidly, beating a diving short cover

11.6

Wise to Henriques, 1 run, short on off, glides it through gully

NSW have recovered well. I'll say it again, the Redbacks bowling line-up looks pedestrian now Tait is out of the attack, Henriques is doing as he pleases

End of over 12 (13 runs) New South Wales 52/2
MC Henriques    29* (24b 4x4 1x6)      AB Wise    6-1-22-0
PJ Forrest    10* (30b)     

12.1

Cleary to Henriques, 1 run, short on off, guided through gully

12.2

Cleary to Forrest, FOUR, not that short, but just whipped off middle down to square leg, one bounce four

12.3

Cleary to Forrest, no run, length outisde off, not much footwork, defended to leg

12.4

Cleary to Forrest, no run, length outside off, defended to point

12.5

Cleary to Forrest, no run, full, defended to square leg, again a mix-up, Forrest scurries back as Ferguson shies at the stumps

12.6

Cleary to Forrest, 1 run, lashed through gully from a short ball, slightly edgey and in the air, but safe

End of over 13 (6 runs) New South Wales 58/2
PJ Forrest    15* (35b 1x4)      MF Cleary    3-0-17-0
MC Henriques    30* (25b 4x4 1x6)     

13.1

O'Brien to Forrest, no run, fullish, defended to the off side

13.2

O'Brien to Forrest, no run, nice area, a little bit of turn, defended

13.3

O'Brien to Forrest, 1 run, shortish, cut through cover and well fielded by Ferguson

13.4

O'Brien to Henriques, 1 run, full on leg, flicked through leg, think about two, but think better of it

13.5

O'Brien to Forrest, no run, punched off the back foot to cover

13.6

O'Brien to Forrest, 1 run, slices it through cover, a bit uppish

I think I can hear the chants from the 3 people on the hill "Bring on Taity"

End of over 14 (3 runs) New South Wales 61/2
PJ Forrest    17* (40b 1x4)      AW O'Brien    1-0-3-0
MC Henriques    31* (26b 4x4 1x6)     

14.1

Cleary to Forrest, no run, pushed to cover, another mix-up, Henriques dives back to his crease

14.2

Cleary to Forrest, FOUR, slightly overpitched, slogged away over mid wicket

14.3

Cleary to Forrest, no run, pushed to gully, well fielded

Will the Blues take the bowling Power play while they're on a roll?

14.4

Cleary to Forrest, no run, fullish slower ball, pushed to cover point

14.5

Cleary to Forrest, FOUR, slapped! Fullish on off, slashes away over mid wicket, gets a bit more of it this time

14.6

Cleary to Forrest, 1 wide, bouncer JUST angles down leg, a bit of a tough call

14.6

Cleary to Forrest, no run, defended to mid on

End of over 15 (9 runs) New South Wales 70/2
PJ Forrest    25* (46b 3x4)      MF Cleary    4-0-26-0
MC Henriques    31* (26b 4x4 1x6)     

15.1

Cullen to Henriques, SIX, Steve Waugh slog sweep from outside off. Clean, crisp hit into row M

15.2

Cullen to Henriques, no run, paddled to gully

15.3

Cullen to Henriques, 1 bye, flighted, tries to sweep again, just misses off and Manou fumbles

15.4

Cullen to Forrest, no run, pushed back to the bowler

15.5

Cullen to Forrest, 1 run, advances and chips over cover, didn't have complete control of that

15.6

Cullen to Henriques, 1 run, full toss, puched down to long on

End of over 16 (9 runs) New South Wales 79/2
MC Henriques    38* (30b 4x4 2x6)      DJ Cullen    1-0-8-0
PJ Forrest    26* (48b 3x4)     

16.1

O'Brien to Henriques, no run, down leg, just clips the pad to save the bye

16.2

O'Brien to Henriques, 2 runs, down leg again, flicked to fine leg

16.3

O'Brien to Henriques, no run, full, defended to mid on where the bowler collects

16.4

O'Brien to Henriques, no run, punched back to the bowler who unecessarily dives to stop

16.5

O'Brien to Henriques, no run, very unconvincing shout from Manou for LBW, missing off

16.6

O'Brien to Henriques, 1 run, flicked to mid wicket

The shouts are getting louder to bring Taity back on

End of over 17 (3 runs) New South Wales 82/2
MC Henriques    41* (36b 4x4 2x6)      AW O'Brien    2-0-6-0
PJ Forrest    26* (48b 3x4)     

17.1

Cullen to Henriques, OUT, spoke to soon, the fiery little ranga enjoyed that! Full outside off, slices it to gully where Taity jumps to take a good catch.

MC Henriques c Tait b Cullen 41 (47m 37b 4x4 2x6) SR: 110.81

17.2

Cullen to Thornely, no run, fullish, flicked to backward square leg

17.3

Cullen to Thornely, no run, steps across in front of middle and flicks to mid wicket

17.4

Cullen to Thornely, no run, steps forward and pushes to mid wicket

17.5

Cullen to Thornely, no run, flighted outside off, pushed to short cover

17.6

Cullen to Thornely, 1 run, flighted outside off, cover driven

The hill continues "Bring back Taity"...and wait, here he is...

End of over 18 (1 run) New South Wales 83/3
DJ Thornely    1* (5b)      DJ Cullen    2-0-9-1
PJ Forrest    26* (48b 3x4)     

18.1

Tait to Thornely, 1 wide, attempted yorker, swings just down leg, Thornely will be glad that missed his foot

18.1

Tait to Thornely, no run, a little bit slower, not as much bounce, beats the outside edge just outside off

18.2

Tait to Thornely, no run, short on off, Thornely jumps to defend to cover

18.3

Tait to Thornely, 1 run, full swinging into middle, almost through, but an inside edge squirts to fine leg. I can't stress how close that was to getting through!

18.4

Tait to Forrest, no run, very full, defended from the crease to mid on

18.5

Tait to Forrest, no run, full on leg, strikes him on the pads, just going down, not much of a shout

18.6

Tait to Forrest, no run, full, feet don't move, tries to drive, but straight to cover

End of over 19 (2 runs) New South Wales 85/3
PJ Forrest    26* (51b 3x4)      SW Tait    5-0-17-2
DJ Thornely    2* (8b)     

19.1

Cullen to Thornely, no run, full on off, defended

19.2

Cullen to Thornely, no run, uses his feet and drives back to the bowler, good hand from Cullen

19.3

Cullen to Thornely, FOUR, advances, lofts comfortably over mid off, great shot

19.4

Cullen to Thornely, no run, thrown up and almost catches him LB on the crease, gets some bat to it

19.5

Cullen to Thornely, 2 runs, full outside off, glides it through the vacant first slip area

19.6

Cullen to Thornely, no run, flicks to mid wicket off the back foot

End of over 20 (6 runs) New South Wales 91/3
DJ Thornely    8* (14b 1x4)      DJ Cullen    3-0-15-1
PJ Forrest    26* (51b 3x4)     

20.1

Tait to Forrest, no run, again full on middle, just gets an inside edge onto the pads, almost had Forrest there

20.2

Tait to Forrest, no run, defended from the crease

20.3

Tait to Forrest, no run, fullish, reverse swing in towards off, another inside edge to the leg side

20.4

Tait to Forrest, no run, full toss, defended to cover

20.5

Tait to Forrest, no run, bouncer, easily avoided, a bit too high and wide outside off

20.6

Tait to Forrest, no run, good line and length, left alone

End of over 21 (maiden) New South Wales 91/3
PJ Forrest    26* (57b 3x4)      SW Tait    6-1-17-2
DJ Thornely    8* (14b 1x4)     

21.1

Harris to Thornely, 3 runs, nice area, opens the face and guides/edges it through slip

21.2

Harris to Forrest, no run, fullish outside off, driven to cover

Manou up at the stumps after that first ball

21.3

Harris to Forrest, 1 run, fullish, driven through cover

Manou is only going to stand up to the stumps for Forrest, back to his normal position now

21.4

Harris to Thornely, no run, straight, flicked to mid wicket

21.5

Harris to Thornely, 1 run, fullish, driven to long off

21.6

Harris to Forrest, 1 run, perhaps just ran his fingers across it, deceived him, had him on the front foot, chips it up to the vacant mid on region

End of over 22 (6 runs) New South Wales 97/3
PJ Forrest    28* (60b 3x4)      DJ Harris    1-0-6-0
DJ Thornely    12* (17b 1x4)     

22.1

Cleary to Forrest, no run, fullish, driven back to the bowler

22.2

Cleary to Forrest, FOUR, slower ball, cut away, beats point and deep cover point, nice shot

22.3

Cleary to Forrest, no run, full, driven firmly to mid off

22.4

Cleary to Forrest, no run, cramps him for space on middle, defended to mid wicket

22.5

Cleary to Forrest, no run, jags one back from off, defended back to the bowler

22.6

Cleary to Forrest, SIX, not a terrible ball, fullish on middle and again hoiked away over mid wicket. There was a man out there, but it cleared him by 5 or 10 metres

End of over 23 (10 runs) New South Wales 107/3
PJ Forrest    38* (66b 4x4 1x6)      MF Cleary    5-0-36-0
DJ Thornely    12* (17b 1x4)     

23.1

Harris to Thornely, no run, fullish, flicked to mid wicket

23.2

Harris to Thornely, no run, full toss outside off, driven and very well fielded by the bowler

23.3

Harris to Thornely, 1 run, shortish outside off, guided through gully

23.4

Harris to Forrest, 1 wide, strays down leg side and Manou can't take, short fine leg cleans up the scraps

23.4

Harris to Forrest, no run, ran his fingers across the ball again, defended on thefront foot

23.5

Harris to Forrest, 1 run, full, driven to long off

23.6

Harris to Thornely, no run, full, driven to mid on

The game has gone a little bit quiet, a wicket or a flurry of runs is needed to spice things up I think

End of over 24 (3 runs) New South Wales 110/3
DJ Thornely    13* (21b 1x4)      DJ Harris    2-0-9-0
PJ Forrest    39* (68b 4x4 1x6)     

24.1

Cleary to Forrest, 1 run, dropped down at his feet for a quick single

24.2

Cleary to Thornely, 1 run, fullish outside off, squeezed through gully

24.3

Cleary to Forrest, 1 run, gets some width outisde off, cut strongly through gully

24.4

Cleary to Thornely, 1 run, outside off, guides to gully

24.5

Cleary to Forrest, no run, defended to mid on

24.6

Cleary to Forrest, 1 run, driven uppishly through mid on

End of over 25 (5 runs) New South Wales 115/3
PJ Forrest    42* (72b 4x4 1x6)      MF Cleary    6-0-41-0
DJ Thornely    15* (23b 1x4)     

25.1

Harris to Forrest, no run, yorker length, tries to guide through gully but misses

25.2

Harris to Forrest, 1 run, pushed down to long on

25.3

Harris to Thornely, no run, fullish, defended to mid on

25.4

Harris to Thornely, no run, defended to mid on

25.5

Harris to Thornely, 2 runs, short on off, gets over the top of it to guide it down to third man

25.6

Harris to Thornely, no run, full outisde off, driven to point

End of over 26 (3 runs) New South Wales 118/3
DJ Thornely    17* (27b 1x4)      DJ Harris    3-0-12-0
PJ Forrest    43* (74b 4x4 1x6)     

26.1

O'Brien to Forrest, no run, driven back to the bowler

26.2

O'Brien to Forrest, no run, cut to cvoer, well fielded

26.3

O'Brien to Forrest, 1 run, advances and drives to long on

NSW are setting things up well to make a total of around 250-260

26.4

O'Brien to Thornely, no run, driven back tothe bowler

26.5

O'Brien to Thornely, 1 run, punched to long on

26.6

O'Brien to Forrest, 1 run, driven down to long on again

Not much of a crowd here yet but no doubt it will build up once work finishes...will be a great night for it and it could be a great chase.

End of over 27 (3 runs) New South Wales 121/3
PJ Forrest    45* (78b 4x4 1x6)      AW O'Brien    3-0-9-0
DJ Thornely    18* (29b 1x4)     

27.1

Harris to Forrest, FOUR, releases the pressure a bit, yorker on leg, flicked past short fine leg

27.2

Harris to Forrest, no run, defended off the front foot

27.3

Harris to Forrest, no run, full on off, defended to cover

27.4

Harris to Forrest, 1 run, digs out a yorker with an inside edge and he scurries through to bring up his maiden ODD fifty

27.5

Harris to Thornely, 5 wides, angles down the leg side and that is costly

27.5

Harris to Thornely, no run, full on leg again, lucky not to go for four

27.6

Harris to Thornely, 2 runs, full outside off, reaches for it and drives through cover

End of over 28 (12 runs) New South Wales 133/3
DJ Thornely    20* (31b 1x4)      DJ Harris    4-0-24-0
PJ Forrest    50* (82b 5x4 1x6)     

28.1

O'Brien to Forrest, no run, cuts to point

28.2

O'Brien to Forrest, 1 run, punched to long on

28.3

O'Brien to Thornely, no run, full on middle, defended to mid wicket

28.4

O'Brien to Thornely, no run, darts this one in and rushes him, pushes back to the bowler

28.5

O'Brien to Thornely, 1 run, pushed down to long on again

28.6

O'Brien to Forrest, 2 runs, flicked down to fine leg and they run well for two

The hill is starting to get the "Bring back Taity" chant going again...hang on, maybe that's just me

End of over 29 (4 runs) New South Wales 137/3
PJ Forrest    53* (85b 5x4 1x6)      AW O'Brien    4-0-13-0
DJ Thornely    21* (34b 1x4)     

29.1

Cullen to Thornely, 1 run, flighted outside off, driven through cover

29.2

Cullen to Forrest, 3 runs, plenty of flight, tries to drive square and gets a thick edge fine down to third man

29.3

Cullen to Thornely, no run, defended on the front foot

29.4

Cullen to Thornely, 1 run, pushes down to long off

29.5

Cullen to Forrest, no run, full outside off, pushed to gully

29.6

Cullen to Forrest, no run, defended to the leg side

I get my wish, Tait is back

End of over 30 (5 runs) New South Wales 142/3
PJ Forrest    56* (88b 5x4 1x6)      DJ Cullen    4-0-20-1
DJ Thornely    23* (37b 1x4)     

30.1

Tait to Thornely, 2 runs, shortish outside off, guided down to third man

30.2

Tait to Thornely, 1 run, shortish outside off, glances uppishly through gully

30.3

Tait to Forrest, no run, fullish on off, defended back to the bowler

30.4

Tait to Forrest, no run, full, reversing back into off, cut to point

30.5

Tait to Forrest, no run, inswinging yorker, digs it out back to the bowler

30.6

Tait to Forrest, 1 run, pushed down to long on

End of over 31 (4 runs) New South Wales 146/3
PJ Forrest    57* (92b 5x4 1x6)      SW Tait    7-1-21-2
DJ Thornely    26* (39b 1x4)     

31.1

Cullen to Forrest, no run, flighted and defended to square leg

31.2

Cullen to Forrest, OUT, takes a step down the track and tries to hit it out of the ground, mistimes it and hauls out to a good catch from Borgas, who had to sit under it for a while

PJ Forrest c Borgas b Cullen 57 (121m 94b 5x4 1x6) SR: 60.63

31.3

Cullen to Thornely, no run, defended to cover

31.4

Cullen to Thornely, 1 run, flighted and driven to long off

Slip in place for the new batsman

31.5

Cullen to Smith, no run, defended on the back foot back to the bowler

31.6

Cullen to Smith, no run, nice turn, defended to cover

End of over 32 (1 run) New South Wales 147/4
DLR Smith    0* (2b)      DJ Cullen    5-0-21-2
DJ Thornely    27* (41b 1x4)     

32.1

O'Brien to Thornely, 1 run, pushed to long on

32.2

O'Brien to Smith, no run, darts that one in at off stump

32.3

O'Brien to Smith, no run, flights this one and almost draws Smith into the drive, defended uppishly back to the bowler

32.4

O'Brien to Smith, no run, defended to the off side

32.5

O'Brien to Smith, no run, rushes him as he tries to pull, inside edge squirts to square leg

32.6

O'Brien to Smith, no run, defended back to the bowler

End of over 33 (1 run) New South Wales 148/4
DLR Smith    0* (7b)      AW O'Brien    5-0-14-0
DJ Thornely    28* (42b 1x4)     

33.1

Cullen to Thornely, 1 run, pushed down to long on

33.2

Cullen to Smith, FOUR, flights that one, lofted straight back over the bowler's head

33.3

Cullen to Smith, 1 run, draws him forward and gets an inside edge to square leg

33.4

Cullen to Thornely, no run, flighted and defended to short mid wicket

33.5

Cullen to Thornely, no run, advances and pushes back to the bowler

33.6

Cullen to Thornely, 1 run, driven down to long off

For those who are just joining the coverage, Mark Cosgrove is 12th man for the Redbacks.

End of over 34 (7 runs) New South Wales 155/4
DJ Thornely    30* (46b 1x4)      DJ Cullen    6-0-28-2
DLR Smith    5* (9b 1x4)     

34.1

O'Brien to Thornely, no run, defended back to the bowler

34.2

O'Brien to Thornely, 3 runs, full, paddled fine down to fine leg, nice shot

34.3

O'Brien to Smith, no run, DROPPED! Flighted delivery, driven to the right of O'Brien who couldn't quite take another diving catch

34.4

O'Brien to Smith, 1 run, pushed to cover

34.5

O'Brien to Thornely, no run, defended back to bowler

34.6

O'Brien to Thornely, no run, and again, good over

The Blues have taken the batting Power play

End of over 35 (4 runs) New South Wales 159/4
DJ Thornely    33* (50b 1x4)      AW O'Brien    6-0-18-0
DLR Smith    6* (11b 1x4)     

35.1

Cullen to Smith, no run, around the wicket, full, driven back to the bowler

35.2

Cullen to Smith, no run, full outside off, driven to cover

35.3

Cullen to Smith, 1 run, outside off, pulled through mid wicket

35.4

Cullen to Thornely, 1 run, unlucky! Driven uppishly through cover, one hand to Borgas who was on the edge of the circle

35.5

Cullen to Smith, 1 run, DROPPED...AGAIN! Driven firmly down the ground, to Cullen's left who couldn't handle the hot potato

35.6

Cullen to Thornely, 3 runs, paddles it down to fine leg, needs to get it outisde off

End of over 36 (6 runs) New South Wales 165/4
DJ Thornely    37* (52b 1x4)      DJ Cullen    7-0-34-2
DLR Smith    8* (15b 1x4)     

36.1

O'Brien to Thornely, 1 wide, wellll down the leg side

36.1

O'Brien to Thornely, no run, pushes to square leg

36.2

O'Brien to Thornely, 1 run, paddle sweep through square leg

36.3

O'Brien to Smith, no run, driven and fielded well by the bowler

36.4

O'Brien to Smith, 1 wide, down leg, goes for the sweep, a shout in hope more than anything else, not out

36.4

O'Brien to Smith, 1 run, flicked through square leg

36.5

O'Brien to Thornely, no run, full on leg, crashes into his pads

36.6

O'Brien to Thornely, 1 wide, just strays down leg

36.6

O'Brien to Thornely, no run, hits the pads and squirts to short fine leg

Match State: Drinks

End of over 37 (5 runs) New South Wales 170/4
DJ Thornely    38* (56b 1x4)      AW O'Brien    7-0-23-0
DLR Smith    9* (17b 1x4)     

37.1

Harris to Smith, 3 byes, yorker beat everything and goes down to third man

37.2

Harris to Thornely, no run, defended to off

37.3

Harris to Thornely, 1 run, pushed to cover

37.4

Harris to Smith, 1 run

37.5

Harris to Thornely, 3 runs, wide outside off, thickish edge between point and gully, very lucky not to have been caught

37.6

Harris to Smith, no run

End of over 38 (8 runs) New South Wales 178/4
DLR Smith    10* (20b 1x4)      DJ Harris    5-0-29-0
DJ Thornely    42* (59b 1x4)     

38.1

Wise to Thornely, FOUR, yorker, gets a slight edge past Manou who's up at the stumps, very lucky!

38.2

Wise to Thornely, no run, slower ball yorker, defended to gully

38.3

Wise to Thornely, no run, full and driven back to the bowler who does well to stop it

38.4

Wise to Thornely, 1 run, low full toss sliced out through cover point

38.5

Wise to Smith, no run, nice slower ball, pushed to cover

38.6

Wise to Smith, no run, full outside off, driven to cover

End of over 39 (5 runs) New South Wales 183/4
DLR Smith    10* (22b 1x4)      AB Wise    7-1-27-0
DJ Thornely    47* (63b 2x4)     

39.1

Harris to Thornely, no run

39.2

Harris to Thornely, 1 run

39.3

Harris to Smith, 3 runs

39.4

Harris to Thornely, no run

39.5

Harris to Thornely, no run

39.6

Harris to Thornely, 1 run

End of over 40 (5 runs) New South Wales 188/4
DJ Thornely    49* (68b 2x4)      DJ Harris    6-0-34-0
DLR Smith    13* (23b 1x4)     

40.1

Wise to Thornely, no run, defended back to the bowler

29 from that batting Power play, not a bad result, not great either

40.2

Wise to Thornely, no run, fullish outside off, pushed to cover

40.3

Wise to Thornely, no run, good line and length, pushed to point, Borgas shies at the bowler's end as Smith had backed up a long way

40.4

Wise to Thornely, 1 run, full outside off, guided to third man to bring up his 10th ODD 50

40.5

Wise to Smith, 2 runs, that's a slog! Well outside off, pulls away over mid wicket, not great timing

40.6

Wise to Smith, 1 run, full toss outside off, driven uppishly through cover, timed it well but could only manage one

End of over 41 (4 runs) New South Wales 192/4
DLR Smith    16* (25b 1x4)      AB Wise    8-1-31-0
DJ Thornely    50* (72b 2x4)     

41.1

Cullen to Smith, no run, inside edge to square leg

41.2

Cullen to Smith, 1 run, short, pulled down to long on

41.3

Cullen to Thornely, no run, full and flighted, pushed to the bowler

41.4

Cullen to Thornely, 2 runs, full outside off, paddles around the corner to backward square leg

41.5

Cullen to Thornely, no run, full outside off, tries to reverse sweep, falls just short of O'Brien at gully

41.6

Cullen to Thornely, no run, defended off the back foot

End of over 42 (3 runs) New South Wales 195/4
DJ Thornely    52* (77b 2x4)      DJ Cullen    8-0-37-2
DLR Smith    17* (26b 1x4)     

42.1

Wise to Smith, SIX, launches that! Full on off, stand and delivers from Smith, smashed over mid wicket

42.2

Wise to Smith, 1 run, full on off, driven to cover

42.3

Wise to Thornely, 2 runs, full toss on off, driven to long off where Tait fields

42.4

Wise to Thornely, 1 run, slower ball, driven to long off again

42.5

Wise to Smith, 1 run, full on off, driven to long off again

42.6

Wise to Thornely, 1 wide, slides that one down leg side

42.6

Wise to Thornely, 1 run, driven out to Klinger at deep cover, who appears to be struggling with a hip injury

A big over for the Blues, you'd think they'd still be hoping for 260+

End of over 43 (13 runs) New South Wales 208/4
DJ Thornely    56* (80b 2x4)      AB Wise    9-1-44-0
DLR Smith    25* (29b 1x4 1x6)     

43.1

Cullen to Thornely, FOUR, advances to make it a full toss and just flicks it just wide of Cullen, races away for four

43.2

Cullen to Thornely, SIX, advances and smashes it over long on, that is a long, long six, on a long, long boundary

43.3

Cullen to Thornely, 2 runs, cheeky, a late reverse sweep goes very fine

43.4

Cullen to Thornely, 1 run, driven down to long off

43.5

Cullen to Smith, no run, that one just goes straight on, Smith tries to send it into orbit, but misses. A big shout from Cullen for caught behind, no love from Manou or the umpire

43.6

Cullen to Smith, 1 run, smashed over short mid wicket, one bounce to deep mid wicket

The last two overs were the best of the day...27 in total from the past two.

End of over 44 (14 runs) New South Wales 222/4
DLR Smith    26* (31b 1x4 1x6)      DJ Cullen    9-0-51-2
DJ Thornely    69* (84b 3x4 1x6)     

44.1

Tait to Smith, 1 run, bouncer, tries to hook but gets a big top edge, falls just short of deep fine leg

44.2

Tait to Thornely, 1 run, good line and length, Thornely drops it on the off side for a quick single

44.3

Tait to Smith, 1 run, a toe crusher, flicked to deep backward square leg

44.4

Tait to Thornely, 1 run, yorker, flicked through square leg. Lucky he got bat on that or his toe would have been in trouble

44.5

Tait to Smith, no run, another toe crusher, hits the pads

44.6

Tait to Smith, no run, another swinging yorker, dug out to cover

End of over 45 (4 runs) New South Wales 226/4
DLR Smith    28* (35b 1x4 1x6)      SW Tait    8-1-25-2
DJ Thornely    71* (86b 3x4 1x6)     

45.1

Cullen to Thornely, 1 run, flighted outside off, driven through cover

45.2

Cullen to Smith, OUT, darted in at off, tries to put it over mid wicket, gets a big leading edge and skies it to a squarish mid on, who runs back to take a brilliant diving catch

DLR Smith c Harris b Cullen 31 (54m 36b 1x4 1x6) SR: 86.11

45.3

Cullen to Thornely, FOUR, full outside off, reverse sweep over point, great shot

He'd started to move before it was bowled

45.4

Cullen to Thornely, no run, smashed down the ground and saved by the non-striker, looked like it hurt!

45.5

Cullen to Thornely, SIX, advances and lofts it straight back over Cullen's head over the longest boundary on the ground

45.6

Cullen to Thornely, no run, full toss, smashed back to the bowler who does well to stop it

End of over 46 (11 runs) New South Wales 237/5
DJ Thornely    82* (91b 4x4 2x6)      DJ Cullen    10-0-62-3
SNJ O'Keefe    0* (0b)     

46.1

Tait to O'Keefe, 1 run, full on off, pushes to cover and sets off on a suicidal run, cover shies at the striker's end but misses. Would have been out

46.2

Tait to Thornely, OUT, and that is out! In-swinging yorker catches him on the crease. Thornely raises his bat to suggest he'd hit out...looked to be going down leg anyway.

DJ Thornely lbw b Tait 82 (112m 92b 4x4 2x6) SR: 89.13

46.3

Tait to Lambert, no run, yorker, caught him plumb in front on the full, umpire may have thought there was some bat in it...perhaps just to even it up

46.4

Tait to Lambert, 1 leg bye, 147kp/h, another yorker, hits his foot, squirts to square leg

46.5

Tait to O'Keefe, no run, short of a length outside off, pushed to point

46.6

Tait to O'Keefe, 1 run, what has happened there? O'Keefe mistimed a drive but Lambert called him through. Lambert through his bat away as he ran and would have been out had Tait hit the stumps

End of over 47 (3 runs) New South Wales 240/6
SNJ O'Keefe    2* (3b)      SW Tait    9-1-27-3
GM Lambert    0* (2b)     

47.1

Cleary to O'Keefe, 3 runs, full on leg, flicked through square leg

47.2

Cleary to Lambert, 2 runs, backs away to expose his stumps and drives through cover

47.3

Cleary to Lambert, 1 run, smashes it away through point

47.4

Cleary to O'Keefe, 1 wide, slower ball dribbles well wide of off, not a great nut

47.4

Cleary to O'Keefe, 1 run, shortish on off, O'Keefe has his head in the clouds as he swings, inside edge, quick single and Cleary misses the target at teh non-striker's end, would have been out

47.5

Cleary to Lambert, 1 run, another slower ball, pushed cover

47.6

Cleary to O'Keefe, FOUR, fullish, down on one knee, smashes it over mid wicket, lands just inches short of the boundary

End of over 48 (13 runs) New South Wales 253/6
SNJ O'Keefe    10* (6b 1x4)      MF Cleary    7-0-54-0
GM Lambert    4* (5b)     

48.1

Tait to Lambert, OUT, comical, Lambert backs away to give himself room, but he ends up four feet wide of leg and Tait hits middle a third of the way up. Lambert didn't even bother swinging!

GM Lambert b Tait 4 (8m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

48.2

Tait to Hauritz, no run, yorker, mistimed through cover

48.3

Tait to Hauritz, OUT, full swinging back, takes middle stump out of the ground, great delivery

NM Hauritz b Tait 0 (1m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

You wonder why Manou didn't give him more overs earlier?

48.4

Tait to Bird, no run, full, honing in on off stump, backs away and drives to cover

48.5

Tait to Bird, no run, another yorker, Bird runs away like Superman from Kryptonite, cannot believe it didn't bowl him

48.6

Tait to Bird, no run, no surprises what his last ball was, another yorker. Bird gets an inside edge to mid wicket

Brilliant spell from Tait. He is well and truly back in town!

End of over 49 (wicket maiden) New South Wales 253/8
AC Bird    0* (3b)      SW Tait    10-2-27-5
SNJ O'Keefe    10* (6b 1x4)     

49.1

Cleary to O'Keefe, 1 run, slower ball on off, pushed through cover

49.2

Cleary to Bird, 1 run, advances and mistimes a drive just over Younis at cover, great diving effort

49.3

Cleary to O'Keefe, 1 run, pushed through point

49.4

Cleary to Bird, 2 runs, driven down the ground, the throw comes into the non-striker's end but he's just home despite droppping his bat. Milimetres in it.

49.5

Cleary to Bird, (no ball) 1 run, that hurts, free hit coming up after the front foot no ball

49.5

Cleary to O'Keefe, 1 run, slower ball outside off, mistimes his pull shot to mid wicket

49.6

Cleary to Bird, OUT, slower ball up in length, tries to put it over the members' stand, but mistimes it and Klinger takes a good catch

AC Bird c Klinger b Cleary 4 (8m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 57.14

All is set up for a great run chase. If you're in Adelaide, you'd be mad not to get down to the beautiful Adelaide Oval to see the Redbacks' run chase. Join me again in around 30 minutes for the resumption of play.

End of over 50 (8 runs) New South Wales 261/9
     MF Cleary    8-0-62-1
SNJ O'Keefe    13* (9b 1x4)     
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