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Ian Chappell: Ponting showed his true class
West Indies showed a marked improvement in their performance, and Australia will be disappointed with their bowling (02:10)
September 26, 2009
Aus v WI, Champions Trophy, Group A, Johannesburg
Ian Chappell: Ponting showed his true classSeptember 26, 2009
Ricky Ponting batted brilliantly on a pitch that was doing a lot. He showed his real class, and in fact he showed that he was the best batsmen by far in the Australian side. He batted really well. He fought hard, and every time there was anything slightly loose, he put it away, and it was a brilliant 79.
The next big turning point for Australia in their innings was Mitchell Johnson's batting. He came in at the end, when Australia probably did not have the momentum that they would have liked, and he certainly gave it to them in the batting Powerplay. He really caned the bowling, couple of huge hits, and his 70-odd was invaluable for Australia. And it was his innings that took Australia from what could have been a mediocre score to a very demanding chase for the West Indies.
West Indies batting hasn't been too brilliant so far in the tournament, but it was a big improvement today. It was the partnership between Travis Dowlin and Andre Fletcher that really got things going for the West Indies. But the turning point their in the West Indies innings, when that partnership was moving along nicely, came when Fletcher smashed a ball to Mitchell Johnson at mid-off, he threw the stumps down [to runout Fletcher] and that really stopped the momentum for West Indies.
West Indies will probably be quite happy with their performance; it was certainly a much improved performance. The Australians will be a bit disappointed with their bowling. They certainly did well to get to that score on a pitch that was very spiteful early on, but in the end the bowling didn't quite live up to the market of batting.
Still, Australia have got the two points at the Wanderers and they will be mighty pleased about that and they would be looking at some tougher competition coming up in the tournament.
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