ICC Cricket World Cup, 2010/11 / Commentary

ICC Cricket World Cup - 4th match, Group A

Australia v Zimbabwe

Australia won by 91 runs

10.1

Utseya to Haddin, no run, flight! On middle and off, Haddin reaches out and defends

10.2

Utseya to Haddin, no run, slightly shorter length, Haddin stays back this time and defends

10.3

Utseya to Haddin, no run, leans out and gets to the flight to defend again. Three men in the deep on the leg side

10.4

Utseya to Haddin, no run

10.5

Utseya to Haddin, no run, another yes-no situation, Haddin works him with the spin off the pads to square leg. He runs, Watto doesn't. He stops, Watto charges. All order restored in the end.

10.6

Utseya to Haddin, no run, maiden for Utseya, Haddin stays back and check-drives the last ball to the leg side

Australia 28/0   P Utseya 1-1-0-0

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

12.5

Utseya to Haddin, no run, on Haddin's pads, he works it to the leg side. No run

12.6

Utseya to Haddin, no run, Ah, what happened there? One of those rare occasions when the ball hit the stumps without disturbing the bails, I reckon. Replays awaited. Flat and turning in from Utseya, Haddin was keen to work it to the leg side, he played all around it as opened his stance and looked to flick. It ran off the inside edge, between his legs and hits the base of the leg stump. The bail stays put. Haddin smiles, Taibu moans. Some excitement after 13 quiet overs.

Australia 32/0   P Utseya 2-1-1-0

14.1

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

14.2

Utseya to Haddin, 1 run, ah, Hadiin drives in the same direction as Utseya dives into Watson as he looks to stop it. Most people can't find a way past Watson. Utseya doesn't either. Single down the ground

14.3

Utseya to Watson, 1 run

14.4

Utseya to Haddin, no run, full outside off, driven into the off side

14.5

Utseya to Haddin, no run, lovely fielding from Ervine, saves four runs for his side. Tossed up outside off, Haddin drives against the spin and it seems headed for the cover boundary. Ervine goes completely horizontal as he runs from mid off and dives, and collects cleanly with the left arm. Not even a single in the end.

14.6

Utseya to Haddin, 1 run, bunts the last delivery to the leg side for a single

Australia 53/0   P Utseya 3-1-5-0

16.1

Utseya to Haddin, no run, tossed up on middle and leg, worked with the spin through midwicket.

16.2

Utseya to Haddin, no run, on off stump this time, Haddin works it back towards the bowler

16.3

Utseya to Haddin, no run, flat and fast on off stump, Haddin hangs back and defends to mid on

16.4

Utseya to Haddin, no run, tossed up slowly, Haddin reaches across and works it with the spin to midwicket

16.5

Utseya to Haddin, no run, back of a length this time, Haddin hangs back and defends down the track

16.6

Utseya to Haddin, no run, and again, Utseya gets his second maiden in, haddin stays in the crease and defends

Australia 56/0   P Utseya 4-2-5-0

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

18.5

Utseya to Haddin, OUT, Zimbabwe's first ever referral now. Utseya lands this back of a length outside off and it comes in gently with the angle, and then sharply with the spin. Haddin looks to work it through square leg, casually off the back foot, and is hit in front of middle. It was hitting middle and leg. Not sure why Asoka de Silva said not out. The third umpire overturns the verdict. Zimbabwe have struck.

BJ Haddin lbw b Utseya 29 (68m 66b 3x4 0x6) SR: 43.93

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   P Utseya 4-2-6-1

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

20.3

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

20.5

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

20.6

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

Australia 69/1   P Utseya 5-2-10-1

22.1

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

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

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   P Utseya 6-2-17-1

40.1

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

40.2

Utseya to White, 1 run, full length and White nudges the ball off his boots

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

40.5

Utseya to White, 1 run, played towards deep midwicket for a single

40.6

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

Australia 180/3   P Utseya 6-2-25-1

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

42.2

Utseya to White, no run, fired in full and fast outside off stump, White plays it back to the bowler

42.3

Utseya to White, 1 run, this time he manages to place it wide of the bowler and collects a single towards long-on

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

42.6

Utseya to White, 1 run, White drives the ball with lots of bottom hand, hitting in flat towards long-off. It reaches the fielder after bouncing once.

Australia 194/3   P Utseya 7-2-33-1

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

46.3

Utseya to Hussey, 1 wide, fired down leg side

46.3

Utseya to Hussey, FOUR, comes down the track and plays the most awesome cover drive on the move. He's timed and placed it well enough to beat the fielder on the extra-cover boundary

46.4

Utseya to Hussey, 1 run, played down the ground for one more

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

46.6

Utseya to Hussey, 1 run, Hussey comes forward and drives the ball off his legs towards wide long-on

Australia 226/4   P Utseya 8-2-43-1

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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