ICC Cricket World Cup, 2010/11 / Commentary

ICC Cricket World Cup - 4th match, Group A

Australia v Zimbabwe

Australia won by 91 runs

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

30.4

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

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

30.6

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

Australia 140/1   SC Williams 1-0-7-0

32.1

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

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

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   SC Williams 2-0-11-0

34.1

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

34.2

Williams to White, no run, defended towards the bowler from the crease

34.3

Williams to White, no run, short ball and White could have hit that anywhere on the off side. He chose the fielder at cover

34.4

Williams to White, no run, White tries to reverse sweep and fails to connect

34.5

Williams to White, 1 run, driven to long-on for a single

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   SC Williams 3-0-14-0

36.1

Williams to White, no run, defended watchfully towards the bowler

36.2

Williams to White, no run, played back towards the bowler once again

36.3

Williams to White, 1 run, shorter in length and this time White drives it past the bowler

36.4

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

36.5

Williams to White, 1 run, pushed wide of the bowler on the off side for a single

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   SC Williams 4-0-17-0

38.1

Williams to White, no run, forced off the back foot but it's hit towards the bowler

38.2

Williams to White, 1 run, this time it's wide of the bowler and they run a single to long-off

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.

38.6

Williams to White, 1 run, and again, another single towards long-off

Australia 166/3   SC Williams 2-0-20-0

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

45.3

Williams to Hussey, 1 run, Hussey goes right back and drives the ball from middle stump through cover point

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

45.5

Williams to Hussey, SIX, that is some shot for a second delivery! Hussey gets under the ball and sends it high and far over the bowler's head. Did that clear the sight screen?

45.6

Williams to Hussey, no run, played back to the bowler

Australia 216/4   SC Williams 3-0-29-0

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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