ICC Cricket World Cup, 2010/11 / Commentary

ICC Cricket World Cup - 4th match, Group A

Australia v Zimbabwe

Australia won by 91 runs

18.6

Utseya to Ponting, no run, another overspinner from Utseya, holds its line on off stump, and Ponting cautiously plays it to the leg side

Australia 61/1   RT Ponting 0* (1b)

19.6

Cremer to Ponting, 1 run, Ponting is away, full on leg stump, driven through wide mid on for one

Australia 65/1   RT Ponting 1* (2b)

20.1

Utseya to Ponting, no run, half shout! Ponting almost does a Haddin, but think he got bat on this before it hit the pads as he played back to an offie. Hmm.

20.2

Utseya to Ponting, 1 run, full delivery outside off, Pontind drives through the covers for one

20.5

Utseya to Ponting, 1 run, Ponting gets a single this time, hanging on the crease, using the wrists and working it through midwicket

Australia 68/1   RT Ponting 3* (5b)

21.2

Cremer to Ponting, 1 run, tossed up on off and driven into the covers for one

Australia 71/1   RT Ponting 4* (6b)

22.2

Utseya to Ponting, no run, Price at point, prancing and prowling. Ponting can't get the single away as he steers backward of point

22.3

Utseya to Ponting, no run, defends into the off side this time.

22.4

Utseya to Ponting, 1 run, Ponting gets a single away down the ground. Over to Watto

Australia 74/1   RT Ponting 5* (9b)

23.2

Cremer to Ponting, no run, extra spin from Cremer, Pontin looks to get forward and defend and it runs away off the outside half backward of square

23.3

Cremer to Ponting, 1 run, Ponting goes over the top and almost holes out. Tossed up outside off and Ponting looks to play the inside out extra cover drive. It almost carries to Chakabva patrolling the extra cover fence.

23.5

Cremer to Ponting, 3 runs, delicate from Ponting, gets his front foot inside the line and deflects a ball straying down the leg side down to fine leg for three

Australia 85/1   RT Ponting 9* (12b)

24.2

Taylor to Ponting, 2 runs, nice placement from Ponting, stays back to a short of length ball that did not offer much width for the cut, but he guided it expertly into the covers for a couple

24.3

Taylor to Ponting, 3 runs, Ponting's class could break the shackles here. He stays back, waits for the ball to turn in and runs it almost out of Taibu's gloves down to third man. You need pedigree to play these shots.

24.5

Taylor to Ponting, 1 run, Ponting forces him with the spin, off the back foot through midwicket

Australia 94/1   RT Ponting 15* (15b)

25.1

Cremer to Ponting, no run, tossed up on off stump, Ponting presses forward and drives through wide mid off for a single

25.2

Cremer to Ponting, no run, flightded on middle and off, he reaches out and plays defensively

25.3

Cremer to Ponting, no run, another flighted offering on the stumps, Ponting tries to force it away through the leg side, but can't get it away

25.4

Cremer to Ponting, no run, another dot, Ponting looks to sweep and misses as it slides down onto the pads. Four dots on the trot

25.5

Cremer to Ponting, 1 run, finally Ponting gets a single away, working against the spin through the leg side

Australia 99/1   RT Ponting 16* (20b)

26.1

Chigumbura to Ponting, 1 wide, slips the first ball down the leg

26.1

Chigumbura to Ponting, 1 run, angled into the pads, too easy for Ponting who clips it through midwicket for one

26.5

Chigumbura to Ponting, 1 run, Ponting drives crisply through mid off for one, full length ball and an easy single

Australia 107/1   RT Ponting 18* (22b)

27.1

Cremer to Ponting, 1 run, Ponting gets forward to a full delivery on middle and off, punches it down to long on for a single

27.4

Cremer to Ponting, 3 runs, almost fooled Cremer down the leg side. Ponting was advancing, Cremer saw him coming and tried to get a leg side stumping, Ponting adjusted and managed to get a tickle down the leg side. Close

Australia 112/1   RT Ponting 22* (24b)

28.2

Chigumbura to Ponting, 1 run, back of a length outside off, Ponting punches into the covers for another single

28.4

Chigumbura to Ponting, 1 run, Elton holds the length back, Ponting still comes forward, covers the line and drives down the ground with a straight bat. Singles easily available now.

Australia 123/1   RT Ponting 24* (26b)

29.1

Cremer to Ponting, 1 run, Ponting skips out, gets to the pitch and clips in down the ground for a single

29.3

Cremer to Ponting, 1 run, different strokes for different folks. While Watto hangs back by default, Ponting keeps skipping out of the crease. He drives through mid off this time for another single

Australia 132/1   RT Ponting 26* (28b)

30.4

Williams to Ponting, 1 run, Pontins gets inside the line and works a single through midwicket

30.6

Williams to Ponting, no run, Ponting comes forward and defends the last ball with the spin into the covers

Australia 140/1   RT Ponting 27* (30b)

31.4

Cremer to Ponting, no run, Ponting gets behind the line on the back foot and defends to the bowler

31.5

Cremer to Ponting, no run, played off the back foot towards the off side

31.6

Cremer to Ponting, no run, played towards cover once again

Australia 141/2   RT Ponting 27* (33b)

32.2

Williams to Ponting, no run, Ponting comes forward and plays to midwicket but can't find the gap

32.3

Williams to Ponting, no run, Ponting comes forward once again and defends with bat and pad close together

32.4

Williams to Ponting, 1 run, defended on the front foot

Australia 143/2   RT Ponting 28* (36b)

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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