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Australia v Pakistan, World Cup 2011, Group A, Colombo

Argy-bargy and overkicks

ESPNcricinfo presents the Plays of the Day from the World Cup, Group A match between Pakistan and Australia at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo

Brydon Coverdale and Osman Samiuddin at the R Premadasa Stadium

March 19, 2011

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Tempers frayed between Brad Haddin and the Pakistan fielders, after Ricky Ponting was caught behind via a referral, Australia v Pakistan, Group A, World Cup 2011, Colombo, March 19, 2011
As tempers boil over, Brad Haddin shoves Younis Khan, while Kamran Akmal does his best to calm the situation © Getty Images
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Referral of the day
Pakistan haven't been too hot in their usage of the DRS in this World Cup, their batsmen and bowlers both too eager to go upstairs to challenge decisions that, to the naked eye, have mostly looked right in the first place. But when Ricky Ponting edged Mohammad Hafeez - and it was so huge, it nearly came off the face of the bat - and Marais Erasmus turned it down, they asked for it straight away. They'd already wasted one early in the innings but as replays confirmed, the edge was so massive Kamran Akmal did remarkably well to hold on to it. Perhaps Akmal holding on to an actual edge was what Erasmus couldn't believe? We're not sure what Ponting was hoping to achieve by hanging around but this is surely why the DRS exists.

Scrap of the day
Bragging rights and a favourable quarter-final draw were the only incentives in a game of two sides already assured knock-out spots. It could've been a low-tension stroll through the Premadasa but low intensity is not something associated with these two sides. Pakistan announced their intent by not giving into emotion and keeping Shoaib Akhtar out. Through the day there was chatter among opponents, though Umar Akmal and Brad Haddin took it to another level with their feisty tete-a-tete after the Ricky Ponting referral. Words were exchanged - not nice ones - and fingers pointed, before Shahid Afridi and Younis Khan tried to calm things down. They didn't and the situation seemed to get worse with what appeared to be a little shove of Younis by Haddin. Ah, dead group games…

Double of the day
The result was drifting towards foregone-conclusion territory with Pakistan needing 79 more runs with eight wickets in hand, when Brett Lee gave the game some spark. Lee had removed both the openers in his first spell, and as soon as he came back for his second, he struck a double blow. Younis Khan edged behind from the fourth ball of Lee's second spell and the next delivery Misbah-ul-Haq also nicked through to Brad Haddin. It was the lift the Australians needed, but unfortunately for Lee, his was proving to be a solo effort.

Soccer of the day
Lee did some fine work with the ball in this match, but this was not his best moment. He dug the ball in to Umar Akmal, who kept it out, though not without a certain awkwardness, and in his follow-through Lee looked set to collect the ball. Instead, he decided to kick it off the ground towards the wicketkeeper - the only problem being that it skewed off the side of his boot and ran away towards fine leg for an overthrow. Or, more correctly, an overkick.

Innings Dot balls 4s 6s PP1 PP2 PP3 Last 10 overs NB/Wides
Australia 173 10 1 36/1 31/0 3/2 28/3 0/10
Pakistan 159 21 1 45/2 17/0 N/A 9/0 0/4

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Comments: 19 
Posted by Divinetouch on (March 22, 2011, 1:49 GMT)

Chris Broad as the match refree will you take action against Brad Haddin for shoving Younis?

Posted by   on (March 22, 2011, 0:07 GMT)

@RajaChattar, Indeed credit must be given to Waqar, he is a legend both in front of and behind the curtains.

Posted by Agha.Intesar on (March 20, 2011, 5:05 GMT)

If anyone ask why cricket need DRS than please watch this game of gentlemen btw pak and aussies, where one so called big gentlemen (ponting) stood his crease after edging a huge one into kamran's hand...... shameles act

Posted by   on (March 20, 2011, 4:06 GMT)

wow .. Mr. Ponting U ve proven ur integrity once again !! u dont leave wen there was a clear edge. Even if we think that u dint know abt that thick an edge, why dint u take the fielder's word? and u r the same person who says that the fielder's word shld b taken as final. even created a fuss with the England players n umpires... wow..wow

Posted by   on (March 19, 2011, 20:02 GMT)

Did Pointing think that he can dodge technology too which he so openly support. Best of luk TEam afridi

Posted by Fastbowler55 on (March 19, 2011, 20:01 GMT)

You forget the part where Brett Lee went up for an LBW, given NOT OUT by Marais Erasmus. Brett Lee referred it. Hawk Eye gave it not out. Clear as day for all to see on the big screen. Then His Najesty Brett Lee walks back to his mark spitting, swearing and shaking his head. He could not believe that no-one else in the world saw that that was out. How feeble the universe was to him ? If only his incredible knowledge that it was obviously OUT could have been shared by anyone. Luckily, it wasn't. Brett Lee is is not a has-been. He's a never-was.

Posted by 64W..HotShot on (March 19, 2011, 19:32 GMT)

Let's see what happens to Mr. Bradley Haddin, after all he's not Suliman Benn!!

Posted by Aarush_Basavaraj on (March 19, 2011, 18:28 GMT)

Though the match counted only a little, it showed exactly the condition of the OZ team in this world cup. So far, they just had played all those associate teams and NZ team when kiwis were fresh in this WC (with 9-0 loss in subcontinent. .. 5 to India and 4 to Bangladesh).

First match they played against a decent team (remember, they somehow survived against Srilanka, when Srilanka had all the spinners of their country in their side), they are exposed. Couldn't score 200 on a subcontinent pitch.

If they play India in QF (if India beats WI tomorrow), it wont be a different story for them.

Posted by shot274 on (March 19, 2011, 18:10 GMT)

Its interesting when commentators such as Tony Grieg say that disputed catches should be left with the players to decide (SL vs NZ). First lets get them to walk when theyve smacked the cover off the ball!

Posted by RajaChattar on (March 19, 2011, 18:00 GMT)

That is what I am talkin about. Waqar Younis has made this unit one of the best we ever had. Pakistan is going all the way this time.

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