ICC Cricket World Cup, 2010/11 / Commentary

ICC Cricket World Cup - 4th match, Group A

Australia v Zimbabwe

Australia won by 91 runs

0.1

Mpofu to Watson, no run, 131 kph, starts with a ginger loosener that wafts away wide of off stump and Watto leaves

0.2

Mpofu to Watson, no run, fuller and straighter, on the pads and Watto works it carefully to the leg side

0.3

Mpofu to Watson, no run, lively stuff from Mpofu and the first appeal of the day, he jags this one in bigtime off the seam and it raps Watto on the pads as he pushes down the line. Was surely headed down the leg side

0.4

Mpofu to Watson, 1 run, yes, no, may be, yes, surely. Ok. Watson is away with a single they eventually take. Back of a length outside off, he leans back and steers behind point for one

0.6

Mpofu to Watson, no run, slower ball to end the over, back of a length outside off, Watto reaches out cautiously and defends into the covers

Australia 2/0   SR Watson 1* (5b)

1.3

Price to Watson, no run, armer now, Price is already chirping away! Watson plays back and manages to keep it out

1.4

Price to Watson, 1 wide, slides this one down the leg side, and it is called a wide. Taibu collects cleanly.

1.4

Price to Watson, no run, flat but a bit of turn as this straightens from outside off, Watto stays back and defends down the line

1.5

Price to Watson, 1 run, this one drifts onto the pads, Watson glances behind square for a single

Australia 5/0   SR Watson 2* (8b)

2.1

Mpofu to Watson, FOUR, and Mpofu bowls a shocker, angled generously down the leg side, Watson glances it happily along to fine leg for four

2.2

Mpofu to Watson, 1 run, better, gets the inducker to start from outside off and it jars in towards the leg stump line. Watson works it square and a fumble from Utseya gives away the single

2.6

Mpofu to Watson, no run, 135 kph, but that came off the track slower than Watson expected as he shaped to cut. Not much room either and he ended up bottom edging it away to the off side

Australia 11/0   SR Watson 7* (11b 1x4)

3.2

Price to Watson, no run, back of a length, flat and quick, Watto gets half forward and defends

3.3

Price to Watson, no run, very tight line. "WHAtaaa line!," yells Taibu, Watson again covers the line and defends

3.4

Price to Watson, 1 run, for variety, he slows one up and Watto defends to the on side of the pitch. Price fumbles as he tumbles and gives away one

Australia 13/0   SR Watson 8* (14b 1x4)

4.2

Mpofu to Watson, no run, quiet andcareful start from Aus. Fuller length, it was there for the drive, Watson got forward nicely but chose to check drive towards mid off

4.3

Mpofu to Watson, no run, short of good length outside off, Watson hangs back and forces it towards cover point

4.4

Mpofu to Watson, no run, another good inducker from Mpofu, at polite pace. Watson did not account for the movement as he shaped into the forward defensive and it hit pad, but was headed down the leg side.

4.5

Mpofu to Watson, no run, fuller length, on the perfect line just outside off, Watson covers the line and defends

4.6

Mpofu to Watson, no run, good finish to the over, slower ball on a length outside off, Watson stays on the backfoot and punches into the covers

Australia 15/0   SR Watson 8* (19b 1x4)

5.4

Price to Watson, 1 run, smart shot from Watson, waiting for the ball to come on and turning the wrists enough to beat short midwicket for another single

Australia 17/0   SR Watson 9* (20b 1x4)

6.1

Mpofu to Watson, 1 run, well bowled Mpofu, slips in a near-perfect yorker on leg stump, but he doesn't have the extra pace. Watson did not expect it, and managed to jam the bat down and squeeze it away to mid on for a hustled single

6.4

Mpofu to Watson, no run, angling in towards the pads, Watson gets the front foot across and works it to square leg.

6.5

Mpofu to Watson, no run, slower delivery that, the offcutter, Watson spotted it and focused on keeping it out safely. Defended to the leg side

6.6

Mpofu to Watson, no run, back of a length, Watson just gets behind the line to defend to the leg side

Australia 19/0   SR Watson 10* (24b 1x4)

7.6

Price to Watson, 1 run, on Watto's pads, he closes the face of the bat and picks up a single through midwicket

Australia 25/0   SR Watson 11* (25b 1x4)

8.1

Mpofu to Watson, no run, Mpofu gets the offcutter going again, from outside off and Watto defends down the track. That's his 17th dot ball in 4.1 overs

8.2

Mpofu to Watson, no run, make that 18. Fuller length outside off, Watson plays that trademark on a knee squarish cover drive, but without power

8.3

Mpofu to Watson, 1 run, another offcutter this time ends on the pads and Watson easily clips it behind square for a single

8.6

Mpofu to Watson, no run, over-pitched slower ball, Watson presses out into the drive with more power this time, but straight to mid off

Australia 27/0   SR Watson 12* (29b 1x4)

11.1

Price to Watson, 1 run, flat and fast, Watson stays back and punches through mid on for a single

11.5

Price to Watson, 1 run, speared in onto middle and leg again, Watson drives cautiously to long on for another single

Australia 31/0   SR Watson 14* (31b 1x4)

12.1

Utseya to Watson, no run, flighted on middle and leg, worked off the pads to midwicket

12.2

Utseya to Watson, no run, outside off this time, Watson drives into the covers. Can't get the gap. Watson gets a change of bats.

12.3

Utseya to Watson, no run, full length outside off, Watto plays back to it and defends down the track.

12.4

Utseya to Watson, 1 run, Single! Celebrate. Full outside off, Watto drives into the covers and surprise, surprise - he finds the gap

Australia 32/0   SR Watson 15* (35b 1x4)

13.1

Mpofu to Watson, FOUR, 116 kph, rare loose delivery from Mpofu. In fact, just his second in the day as he delivers the full offcutter on leg stump. Once again, Watson tucks in with a flick through square leg

13.2

Mpofu to Watson, FOUR, finally Australia realise this is not the World Test Championship. Mpofu bangs a short, friendly offcutter and Watson cracks the pull shot with the kind of fluency he showed in the Ashes. No one had a chance as it flew away well in front of square

13.3

Mpofu to Watson, 1 run, back of a length and very close to off, the patent on one knee steer to third man from Watson.

Australia 41/0   SR Watson 24* (38b 3x4)

14.1

Utseya to Watson, 1 run, very fill and straight, Watson drives past the bowler for a single

14.3

Utseya to Watson, 1 run

Australia 52/0   SR Watson 26* (40b 3x4)

15.4

Price to Watson, 1 run, Watson now, hangs back in the crease and deflects through square leg for a single

Australia 55/0   SR Watson 27* (41b 3x4)

17.1

Cremer to Watson, 1 run, tossed up leggie on leg stump, driven past the bowler to long on for one

17.5

Cremer to Watson, 1 wide, lands this too far down the leg side, and since he isn't Warne, it doesn't rip out and hit the stumps. The batsman facing isn't Gatting either. Wide called.

17.5

Cremer to Watson, 1 run, again on leg stump, Watson works it square for another single

Australia 60/0   SR Watson 29* (43b 3x4)

18.1

Utseya to Watson, no run, tossed up on off, Watto reaches out and smothers the spin

18.2

Utseya to Watson, no run, short of a length, Watto pounces on the back foot and cuts, but can't find the gap

18.3

Utseya to Watson, no run, again Watto tries to stay back and work through the off side but can't get it away

18.4

Utseya to Watson, 1 run, what's that, an arm ball? Surely went the other way, but that was too short to trouble Watto who punches into the off side

Australia 61/0   SR Watson 30* (47b 3x4)

19.1

Cremer to Watson, 2 leg byes, Cremer lands this outside the leg stump and he deflects it fine. Two extras

19.2

Cremer to Watson, no run, full and straight, on middle stump, Watto doesn't have to reach out to smother this one

19.3

Cremer to Watson, no run, Watto presses forward gets to the spin and plays through the leg side

19.4

Cremer to Watson, no run, compacto Watto. Full on middle and leg, he just gets evertything behind it and defends

19.5

Cremer to Watson, 1 run, Watto gets a single this time, through the leg side and Ponting has strike

Australia 64/1   SR Watson 31* (52b 3x4)

20.3

Utseya to Watson, no run, Watto tries to whip with the spin through midwicket, but can't get it away

20.4

Utseya to Watson, 1 run, flatter, Watto plays back and forces it through wide mid on for one

20.6

Utseya to Watson, 1 run, turning down the leg side, Haddin works it squarer this time for one

Australia 69/1   SR Watson 33* (55b 3x4)

21.1

Cremer to Watson, 1 run, aired up by Cremer, on the pads, on driven through mid on for a single

21.3

Cremer to Watson, no run, slows it up through the air, Watto leans out and defends solidly. If I had a dime each time that was done today.

21.4

Cremer to Watson, no run, tossed up on middle and off, Watto defends again.

21.5

Cremer to Watson, no run, yes you guessed right. Forward defensive again.

21.6

Cremer to Watson, 1 run, tossed up outside off, driven into the covers for one more

Australia 72/1   SR Watson 35* (60b 3x4)

22.1

Utseya to Watson, 1 run, Utseya throws it up on off stump, driven down to long on for one

22.5

Utseya to Watson, FOUR, Watto has hit four. Stop the press. Cherish the moment. Short ball from Utseya, how rare is that? Watto swat-pulls down the ground for four. Rafael Nadal would have been proud of the shot.

22.6

Utseya to Watson, 1 run, another short one, Watto doesn't get enough power behind it this time, and gets a single down the ground

Australia 79/1   SR Watson 41* (63b 4x4)

23.1

Cremer to Watson, 1 run, Watson gets a single away, staying back and playing with the spin

23.4

Cremer to Watson, 1 run, Watson hangs deep in the crease and works it behind square for a single

23.6

Cremer to Watson, 1 run, Watson stays back and forces a delivery outside off stump down to long on for a single

Australia 86/1   SR Watson 44* (66b 4x4)

24.1

Taylor to Watson, 1 run, turning in from a length, outside off, swatted down the ground for a single

24.4

Taylor to Watson, 1 run, fuller length on off stump, Watson reaches out and drives through mid off for one more

24.6

Taylor to Watson, FOUR, Watson enters the nervous 50s. Stays back to a shockingly short ball outside off and sends it packing through the covers. Nicely played, and it's crucial that he keeps going

Australia 98/1   SR Watson 50* (69b 5x4)

25.6

Cremer to Watson, no run, Watson comes forward to another slow loopy delivery on leg stump and defends down the track

Australia 99/1   SR Watson 50* (70b 5x4)

26.2

Chigumbura to Watson, no run, better line, on off stump, Watto defends into the covers.

26.3

Chigumbura to Watson, FOUR, lovely touch from Watto. Again Elton dangles this one on the pads and Watto gets the front foot across and clips it daintily through square leg for four.

26.4

Chigumbura to Watson, 1 run, another one on the pads, Watto flicks behind square for one. Zim need to be careful here, they shouldn't let Watto get out of the nervous 50s too soon. Surely they know how many times he's been out in the 50s?

26.6

Chigumbura to Watson, no run, full delivery outside off, Watson plays the square drive, uppishly but short of the man at point.

Australia 107/1   SR Watson 55* (74b 6x4)

27.2

Cremer to Watson, no run, this one turns away from Watto, who adjusts his forward defensive and plays it away off the outside half

27.3

Cremer to Watson, 1 run, air again from Cremer, Watto punches with the full face of the bat through wide long on for another single

27.5

Cremer to Watson, SIX, Watto has gone past the nervous 50s in majestic style. Primal violence in that pull, Cremer fed him a gentle half tracker and Watto tried to smash it from the West of India to the East. he got as far as the stands at deep midwicket. Went down on as knee and brutalised it. Bosh.

27.6

Cremer to Watson, 1 run, and he gets a single to retain strike, in front of square

Australia 119/1   SR Watson 63* (78b 6x4 1x6)

28.1

Chigumbura to Watson, 1 run, over-pitched on leg stumo, Watto drills it down the ground for one

28.3

Chigumbura to Watson, 1 run, Watson this time, drives easily through the off side for a single

28.5

Chigumbura to Watson, 2 runs, Zimbabwe are releasing the stranglehold now. Another gentle delivery on the pads, Watto happily glances it square for a couple as Coventry comes around to save it

28.6

Chigumbura to Watson, FOUR, the captain has let his side down here. Another dolly on the toes, Watson twinkles away inside the line and helps it along with better timing, backward of square. Coventry can't do much and it is four more

Australia 129/1   SR Watson 71* (82b 7x4 1x6)

29.2

Cremer to Watson, 1 run, Watson hangs back in the crease and punches through wide mid on for another single

29.4

Cremer to Watson, no run, nice work from Cremer, Watto looks to force him away through the off side, but he jumps across and fields

29.5

Cremer to Watson, no run, Watson leans out and defends as a delivery turns away from him sharply

29.6

Cremer to Watson, 1 run, ends the over with a single, driving fluently into the covers

Australia 133/1   SR Watson 73* (86b 7x4 1x6)

30.1

Williams to Watson, FOUR, he begins with a horribly short delivery straying down the leg side, Watto happily pulls it away behind square. Part-time problems for Zim.

30.2

Williams to Watson, no run, better, gets some drift this time and Watto has to cover the line and defend

30.3

Williams to Watson, 1 run

30.5

Williams to Watson, 1 run, another short ball, Watto will feel aggrieved he did not get four for it. Hits the leather off the ball as he pulls powerfully to the man in the deep

Australia 140/1   SR Watson 79* (90b 8x4 1x6)

31.1

Cremer to Watson, no run, tossed up on off, Watto gets forward and blocks

31.2

Cremer to Watson, OUT, huge appeal for lbw, turned down. Will they refer it? Yes, they will. Tossed up on middle and off and fizzing along straight, off the track. Watto was well forward, but the replays suggest that was crashing into middle and off, three-fourths of the way up. No evidence that it hit bat before pad either. Yep, the third umpire helps Umpire Kettleborough overturn it and Zim have got two in two right today.

SR Watson lbw b Cremer 79 (113m 92b 8x4 1x6) SR: 85.86

Australia 140/2   SR Watson 79 (92b 8x4 1x6)

Photos

Feb 21, 2011

Ricky Ponting bats against Zimbabwe during Australia's opening World Cup match, Ahmedabad, February 21, 2011

Ricky Ponting bats against Zimbabwe during Australia's opening World Cup match

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Feb 21, 2011

Sean Williams plays a slog-sweep, Australia v Zimbabwe, Group A, World Cup 2011, Ahmedabad, February 21, 2011

Sean Williams plays a slog-sweep

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