ICC Cricket World Cup, 2010/11 / Commentary

ICC Cricket World Cup - 4th match, Group A

Australia v Zimbabwe

Australia won by 91 runs

31.3

Cremer to Clarke, 1 run, played off the pads towards deep square leg

Australia 141/2   MJ Clarke 1* (1b)

32.1

Williams to Clarke, 1 run, played through midwicket off the front foot

32.5

Williams to Clarke, 1 run, OUT, Ponting's run out by a splendid direct hit from deep midwicket. Clarke came forward to take the ball on the full and flicked it to deep midwicket. The batsmen wanted the second and had Mpofu's throw from the deep not hit the stumps directly at the non-striker's end, they would have got the second. But it did and Zimbabwe's players are delighted.

RT Ponting run out 28 (50m 36b 0x4 0x6) SR: 77.77

32.6

Williams to Clarke, 1 run, played towards deep square leg for one more

Australia 145/3   MJ Clarke 4* (4b)

33.1

Cremer to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke comes forward once again and drives to long on for a single

33.4

Cremer to Clarke, 2 runs, Clarke waits late for one outside off stump and cuts deftly, Mpofu fields and throws superbly on the boundary once again

33.5

Cremer to Clarke, 1 run, played behind square for a single

Australia 150/3   MJ Clarke 8* (7b)

34.1

Williams to Clarke, 1 run, slightly shorter in length and the batsman plays the ball behind square

34.6

Williams to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke stays in his crease and flicks the ball off his pads through square leg

Australia 153/3   MJ Clarke 10* (9b)

35.1

Cremer to Clarke, no run, Cremer hits the pad with a straighter one as Clarke plays off the back foot but the impact was such that the ball would have missed leg stump

35.2

Cremer to Clarke, no run, Clarke comes forward and drives the ball hard towards the bowler

35.3

Cremer to Clarke, 1 run, a skiddy delivery and Clarke rocks back and pulls to deep square

35.6

Cremer to Clarke, no run, played forcefully towards long-on for a single

Australia 155/3   MJ Clarke 11* (13b)

36.4

Williams to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke strides forward and drives fluently towards long-on

36.6

Williams to Clarke, no run, Clarke tries to work the ball on the leg side but fails to make contact this time

Australia 158/3   MJ Clarke 12* (15b)

37.2

Taylor to Clarke, 1 run, played towards the off side this time

37.4

Taylor to Clarke, 1 run, tossed up and Clarke gets forward to the pitch of the ball and drives to long-on

Australia 162/3   MJ Clarke 14* (17b)

38.3

Williams to Clarke, no run, defended on the front foot towards the leg side

38.4

Williams to Clarke, no run, played towards mid-on but midwicket cuts it off

38.5

Williams to Clarke, 1 run, eased off the back foot towards long-off for a single. It's the only run-scoring zone at the moment - long on and off.

Australia 165/3   MJ Clarke 15* (20b)

39.2

Taylor to Clarke, 1 run, another delivery payed down the ground

39.4

Taylor to Clarke, 2 runs, width offered outside off and Clarke cuts it in a flash towards the third man boundary. Mpofu picks it up just inside the boundary and sends a rocket of a throw towards Taibu

39.5

Taylor to Clarke, 1 run, played through square for a single

Australia 172/3   MJ Clarke 19* (23b)

40.1

Utseya to Clarke, 1 run, comes down the track to flick but gets a leading edge towards mid-off

40.3

Utseya to Clarke, FOUR, short ball and Clarke sends it racing to the deep square boundary with a fierce pull off the back foot

40.4

Utseya to Clarke, 1 run, driven towards long-on for a single

40.6

Utseya to Clarke, no run, flatter and shorter, nudged off the front foot towards midwicket

Australia 180/3   MJ Clarke 25* (27b 1x4)

41.2

Price to Clarke, 1 run, played towards deep midwicket for one more

41.6

Price to Clarke, 1 run, played down the ground towards long on

Australia 186/3   MJ Clarke 27* (29b 1x4)

42.1

Utseya to Clarke, 1 run, full toss and the batsman pulls hard to Mpofu on the deep square leg boundary. They aren't taking chances against his arm

42.4

Utseya to Clarke, FOUR, shot, Clarke skips down the track, gets to the pitch of the ball, and lofts cleanly through the line, hitting the ball straight down the ground

42.5

Utseya to Clarke, 1 run, shorter ball and Clarke waits in his crease before playing a chippy pull in the air towards deep square leg

Australia 193/3   MJ Clarke 33* (32b 2x4)

43.2

Price to Clarke, no run, Clarke went back to pull but the length wasn't that short and the ball hurried on to him. He missed and got struck on the body.

43.3

Price to Clarke, 1 run, played towards deep square leg for a single

43.5

Price to Clarke, no run, Price fires the ball in at leg stump once again. Clarke can't make contact

43.6

Price to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke goes back and nudges the ball through square

Australia 198/3   MJ Clarke 35* (36b 2x4)

44.1

Mpofu to Clarke, 4 leg byes, Clarke tries to make room at first and then gets inside the line as Mpofu strays down leg side. Clarke glances the ball off his hips past short fine leg

44.2

Mpofu to Clarke, 1 wide, short ball down leg side, he will have to re-bowl that.

44.2

Mpofu to Clarke, 1 run, follows Clarke with a full ball as the batsman makes room to hit over the over side. All the fielders are in the circle on the off side. Clarke can only work it through the leg side this time

44.4

Mpofu to Clarke, 1 wide, full ball down leg side. Mpofu needs to keep it together here.

44.4

Mpofu to Clarke, no run, the slower ball and the batsman mis-times it back to the bowler after trying to make room to hit over the off

44.5

Mpofu to Clarke, 1 run, another slower ball played behind square

Australia 207/3   MJ Clarke 37* (40b 2x4)

45.1

Williams to Clarke, no run, lovely delivery on middle stump, no pace to work with on a tight length. Clarke goes back and forces it to cover

45.2

Williams to Clarke, 1 run, driven down the ground for a single

45.4

Williams to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke moves quickly on to the back foot and cuts hard but can't find the gap on the deep point boundary

Australia 210/4   MJ Clarke 39* (43b 2x4)

46.1

Utseya to Clarke, no run, forced off the back foot towards cover

46.2

Utseya to Clarke, 1 run, worked off the pads towards deep square leg

46.5

Utseya to Clarke, 1 wide, fired down leg side once again, another wide

46.5

Utseya to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke makes room to drive a full ball through cover point

Australia 225/4   MJ Clarke 41* (46b 2x4)

47.2

Mpofu to Clarke, 2 runs, Clarke walks across his crease and flicks the ball off his pads through midwicket

47.3

Mpofu to Clarke, 2 runs, short ball and Clarke plays the pull towards wide long on where the fielder slips after collecting the ball, ensuring that the second run is risk free

47.4

Mpofu to Clarke, FOUR, terrible ball, full and down leg side, Clarke gets some bat on it to place it wide of a diving Taibu

47.5

Mpofu to Clarke, 2 runs, good length ball outside off, Clarke works it through midwicket and has hit it gently enough to complete the second as the fielder from the deep reaches the ball. That's his half-century too.

47.6

Mpofu to Clarke, FOUR, expensive over from Zimbabwe. Clarke finishes it by making room to loft a length ball over extra cover. Australia should get 250 now

Australia 241/4   MJ Clarke 55* (51b 4x4)

48.5

Price to Clarke, no run, dabbed towards short third man

48.6

Price to Clarke, 2 runs, Clarke steps forward and drives towards long-on for a single. Sloppy cricket from Zimbabwe as they concede an over throw

Australia 254/5   MJ Clarke 57* (53b 4x4)

49.2

Mpofu to Clarke, no run, excellent ball to follow up, a yorker in the blockhole. Clarke digs it out. Such is life. A rubbish ball gets a wicket, an excellent one doesn't.

49.3

Mpofu to Clarke, 1 run, another full and straight ball, Clarke swings it towards long-on for one

Australia 255/6   MJ Clarke 58* (55b 4x4)

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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