New Zealand tour of Australia, 2008/09 / Commentary

2.1

O'Brien to Warner, FOUR, starts off short outside leg stump and Warner flicks it past square leg

2.2

O'Brien to Warner, 1 run, short outside off stump this time and Warner gives it a hard crack off the back foot, but Broom dives across to his left in the covers and takes some pace of that monster hit

2.3

O'Brien to Haddin, FOUR, attempted yorker ends up a low full toss and Haddin just slaps that back past Warner and the stumps, off the middle of the bat, and stands and admires his shot

2.4

O'Brien to Haddin, 1 run, another good hit, this one off the front foot as O'Brien pitches on a length outside off stump, its hit in the air well wide of mid-off, who dives and cuts it off

2.5

O'Brien to Warner, FOUR, stand and deliver from Warner, collecting the ball on the half-volley and muscling it out of the screws, Haddin jump ups and allows the ball pass and mid-off has no chance

2.6

O'Brien to Warner, 1 run, short of a length and he hits it off the back foot into the covers

Australia 29/0   IE O'Brien 1-0-15-0

4.1

O'Brien to Warner, FOUR, bang, thats four! O'Brien pitches short of a length outside off stump and looks on in pain as the ball rockets between midwicket and mid-off, Warner pulled that in a flash

4.2

O'Brien to Warner, no run, short and swinging away, Warner flashes and cannot connect

4.3

O'Brien to Warner, OUT, again back of a length outside off stump, and Warner can only thump it to mid-off's lap, its the captain himself who pouches it in his lap

DA Warner c Vettori b O'Brien 23 (19m 15b 4x4 0x6) SR: 153.33

4.4

O'Brien to Hussey, 1 run, back of a length on middle and leg, David shuffles and turns it fine

4.5

O'Brien to Ferguson, no run, pitched up a tad more outside off stump, Ferguson swings and misses

4.6

O'Brien to Ferguson, 2 runs, up and over mid-off this time, O'Brien pitches on the half-volley and Ferguson scoops it over the in field, its in the air for a while but lands safely in the deep

Australia 41/2   IE O'Brien 2-0-22-1

12.1

O'Brien to Voges, no run, well bowled, right up there on off stump, almost a yorker, bunted back

12.2

O'Brien to Voges, 1 run, again full and Voges squeezes it into the gap between cover and point

12.3

O'Brien to Hussey, no run, very accurate, full and straight, David tries to shuffle across and clip a single into the on side but cannot time it and O'Brien does the fielding

12.4

O'Brien to Hussey, 1 run, once more he slips in the full ball, very straight, David plays that shuffled flick again and doesn't time it well, but its back down the track past a diving O'Brien

12.5

O'Brien to Voges, FOUR, better improvisation from Australia, as Voges skips down and converts the ball into a low full toss, and clips it in the air over midwicket to get a boundary

12.6

O'Brien to Voges, 1 run, short of a length just outside off stump, chopped down to Southee at third man

Australia 89/3   IE O'Brien 3-0-29-1

18.1

O'Brien to Hopes, 1 run, full and wide, driven on the half-volley to Fulton, fielding on the circle

18.2

O'Brien to White, no run, aye, he was lining up to send that out the stadium, but he swung and missed by not much, that had pitched on a length outside off stump and had he hit, it was outta here

18.3

O'Brien to White, 2 runs, top edge, but where's it going? O'Brien hits a fuller length, White swings and sends the top edge spiralling up and over short third man, Broom and Brendon McCullum run after the ball but it drops near the ropes

18.4

O'Brien to White, OUT, up, up, up ... and ... into orbit ... it going, going, and ... oh well held Vettori! White heaves at another length ball on the stumps, sending it miles up into the evening sky, looks to be lost up there but the captain settles under it and takes a great catch just inside the ropes at deep midwicket

CL White c Vettori b O'Brien 16 (16m 11b 0x4 1x6) SR: 145.45

18.5

O'Brien to Hopes, 1 run, full and wide and slashed off the toe end down to third man

18.6

O'Brien to Henriques, 1 run, finishes with a yorker, on middle and leg, inside-edged to square leg

Australia 137/6   IE O'Brien 4-0-34-2
Series Results
Australia v New Zealand at Sydney - Feb 15, 2009
Australia won by 1 run
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