Commonwealth Bank Series, 2006/07 / Wicket commentary

Commonwealth Bank Series - 1st final

Australia v England

England won by 4 wickets (with 3 balls remaining)

5.3

Mahmood to Gilchrist, OUT, GOT HIM! And that's a big breakthrough. It was full and in Gilchrist's slot, but a touch slower, and a big swipe came straight off the toe of the bat, for Andrew Flintoff to circle beneath in the covers and take a comfortable catch. Vital wicket for England!

AC Gilchrist c Flintoff b Mahmood 5 (28m 10b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

Australia 32/1   ML Hayden 21* (23b 4x4)   SI Mahmood 2.3-0-14-1

30.1

Panesar to Ponting, OUT, What a catch! Brilliant pluck from Collingwood at short cover - that was a bit of a filthy long-hop from Panesar, to be honest, but Ponting rocked back and clobbered it - it was in the air for too long and Collingwood dived back and across to his left, and clung onto a one-handed screamer!

RT Ponting c Collingwood b Panesar 75 (109m 75b 7x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Australia 170/2   ML Hayden 78* (96b 7x4)   MS Panesar 5.1-0-29-1

33.2

Dalrymple to Hayden, OUT, big, big, swing, and that's an excellent catch from Mahmood on the long-on boundary! Hayden went for the big yahoo, looked to have hit it clean out of the ground but got fractionally underneath it. The ball topped out somewhere near floodlight height, but Mahmood kept his cool, and acknowledged his inevitable barrackers in the crowd

ML Hayden c Mahmood b Dalrymple 82 (152m 102b 7x4 0x6) SR: 80.39

Australia 180/3   MJ Clarke 6* (13b)   JWM Dalrymple 4.2-0-20-1

36.5

Panesar to Hodge, OUT, Panesar has his second! Hodge was down on the sweep, and umpire Harper upholds a massive appeal! That was not a clever decision, to be honest. Hodge was a long way down, and it was way outside the line of off stump. Apart from that, pretty good

BJ Hodge lbw b Panesar 5 (12m 10b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

Australia 196/4   MJ Clarke 17* (24b 1x6)   MS Panesar 8.5-0-38-2

42.2

Flintoff to Clarke, OUT, slower ball, played into the off side, Collingwood swoops and throws down the stumps at the non-striker's end. Clarke must have assumed he was safe as he didn't stretch and replays show that he was a couple of inches short. A big cheer as the third umpire's verdict is shown

MJ Clarke run out 33 (51m 39b 0x4 1x6) SR: 84.61

Australia 229/5   MEK Hussey 17* (18b 1x4)   A Flintoff 6.2-0-32-0

42.3

Flintoff to Hussey, OUT, two in two! just short of a length, Hussey shapes to run the ball to third man but it's too close to him and he gets a thin nick to Nixon. Hussey doesn't even wait for the decision ...

MEK Hussey c †Nixon b Flintoff 17 (29m 19b 1x4 0x6) SR: 89.47

Australia 229/6   SR Watson 0* (0b)   A Flintoff 6.3-0-32-1

46.1

Flintoff to Hogg, OUT, Hogg steps back and thumps it straight to Bell at extra cover. He timed it but right into the fielder's midriff

GB Hogg c Bell b Flintoff 10 (16m 11b 1x4 0x6) SR: 90.90

Australia 248/7   SR Watson 8* (11b)   A Flintoff 8.1-0-40-2

46.6

Flintoff to Lee, OUT, Collingwood is on fire! Lee, clearly frustrated, swished and missed, the ball cannoned off his pads to Collingwood at backward point and his underarm throw hit the stumps with Lee, diving full length, a yard short

B Lee run out 0 (5m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Australia 248/8   SR Watson 8* (11b)   A Flintoff 9-1-40-2

47.4

Mahmood to Watson, OUT, another one bites the dust ... Watson is undone by a slower ball which he lamely chips to Bell at midwicket. Watson's ignominy was compounded by the fact he then headed off towards the wrong exit and had to make a sudden and big navigational correction when he realised his mistake. The crowd spotted it and gave him a few jeers ...

SR Watson c Bell b Mahmood 9 (31m 13b 0x4 0x6) SR: 69.23

Australia 250/9   NW Bracken 1* (2b)   SI Mahmood 7.4-0-44-2

48.3

Flintoff to McGrath, OUT, full and straight and McGrath's 37th birthday present from Flintoff is to have his stumps scattered

GD McGrath b Flintoff 0 (4m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Australia 252/10   NW Bracken 3* (5b)   A Flintoff 9.3-1-41-3
Tournament Results
Australia v England at Sydney - Feb 11, 2007
England won by 34 runs (D/L method)
Australia v England at Melbourne - Feb 9, 2007
England won by 4 wickets (with 3 balls remaining)
England v New Zealand at Brisbane - Feb 6, 2007
England won by 14 runs
Australia v New Zealand at Melbourne - Feb 4, 2007
Australia won by 5 wickets (with 10 balls remaining)
Australia v England at Sydney - Feb 2, 2007
England won by 92 runs
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Feb 9, 2007

Paul Collingwood jumps for joy as England win the first final, Australia v England, first CB Series final, Melbourne, February 9, 2007

Paul Collingwood jumps for joy as England win the first final

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Feb 9, 2007

Shane Watson removed Andrew Flintoff but conceded crucial boundaries at the end, Australia v England, first CB Series final, Melbourne, February 9, 2007

Shane Watson removed Andrew Flintoff but conceded crucial boundaries at the end

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