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

0.5

Mpofu to Haddin, 1 run, short ball, angled into Haddin's body and he stands tall to nudge behind square for his first World Cup run

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   CB Mpofu 1-0-2-0

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

2.3

Mpofu to Haddin, no run, keeps this outside off and Haddin defends compactly into the off side

2.4

Mpofu to Haddin, no run, fuller length, on middle and leg, it was there for the on drive, but Haddin played it straight to mid on

2.5

Mpofu to Haddin, 1 run, on middle and leg again in the low 130s, Haddin gracefully tucks it square for another 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   CB Mpofu 2-0-8-0

4.1

Mpofu to Haddin, 1 run, straightish line and Haddin puts it away for a single through midwicket

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   CB Mpofu 3-0-9-0

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

6.2

Mpofu to Haddin, no run, back of a length outside off and Haddin defends into the off side

6.3

Mpofu to Haddin, 1 run, whoa Watto, don't try to steal singles from that pocket dynamo Tatenda! Haddin looks to dab a delivery outside off, and it goes nowhere. Taibu runs up and swoops on it and has a go, but misses the stumps. Watson had to fly to make his ground

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   CB Mpofu 4-0-11-0

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

8.4

Mpofu to Haddin, no run, that touch of inward nip again, Haddin hangs back and tries to get inside the line and work it to the leg side. Can't get a single though

8.5

Mpofu to Haddin, 1 run, over-pitched outside off, Haddin deals with it without violence, leaning out and pushing it through mid off 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   CB Mpofu 5-0-13-0

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.

13.4

Mpofu to Haddin, FOUR, Haddin opens up now. He set himself up for the drive as he took a step out of the crease, but Mpofu kept it short of the length. That did not deter Haddin, who just extended the arms and swat-dragged it over wide mid on. Clean hit

13.5

Mpofu to Haddin, no run, Mpofu responds with a bouncer, Haddin was charging again, but decided to back out of the shot

13.6

Mpofu to Haddin, FOUR, silky smooth and slick from Haddin as Australia get 17 off the over. Back of a length, in fact too short outside off. It was there for cross-batted brutalisation through the off side, but Haddin decided to deal with finesse. He just waved the wand through the line, the way Damien Martyn would have and sends it away over the covers for four

Australia 49/0   CB Mpofu 6-0-30-0

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

44.3

Mpofu to White, 1 run, White makes a bit of room and biffs the ball down the ground towards long on

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

44.6

Mpofu to White, OUT, bowled him! White needed to go for it, and he picked a slower ball to try and hit through midwicket. He was early on the shot and the ball cannoned into middle and leg stump off the bottom edge.

CL White b Mpofu 22 (44m 36b 0x4 0x6) SR: 61.11

Australia 207/4   CB Mpofu 7-0-35-1

47.1

Mpofu to Hussey, 1 run, driven firmly but down the ground to long on where the boundaries are protected

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   CB Mpofu 7-0-50-1

49.1

Mpofu to Smith, OUT, Mpofu is very, very lucky. He bowled a rubbish ball, a full toss on leg stump. Smith could have smashed it, anywhere. Instead he sort of chipped it off his pads and straight to the fielder on the deep square leg boundary.

SPD Smith c Chakabva b Mpofu 11 (4m 4b 1x4 1x6) SR: 275.00

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

49.4

Mpofu to Johnson, 2 runs, a low full toss outside off stump. Driven powerfully towards long off where a fumble from Coventry allows the second

49.5

Mpofu to Johnson, FOUR, Johnson lifts the ball with the angle into him and places it into the gap on the deep square leg boundary. That's his zone and Mpofu needs to keep away from it. Full outside off is the way to go.

49.6

Mpofu to Johnson, 1 run, full toss outside off stump, Johnson swings hard and hits it down the ground towards long on.

Australia 262/6   CB Mpofu 8-0-58-2

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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