ICC Cricket World Cup, 2010/11 / Commentary

ICC Cricket World Cup - 4th match, Group A

Australia v Zimbabwe

Australia won by 91 runs

17.1

Cremer to Watson, 1 run, tossed up leggie on leg stump, driven past the bowler to long on for one

17.2

Cremer to Haddin, no run, again, tossed up and driven down the track, hits the stumps at the bowler's end. Doesn't touch the bowler's hand and Watson was in, in any case

17.3

Cremer to Haddin, no run, nice stuff, the flat delivery that goes on without spinning. Skids into the pads of Haddin, surprised as he is caught on the crease

17.4

Cremer to Haddin, 1 run, slower through the air on leg stump, this time he gets the single by flicking through square leg

17.5

Cremer to Watson, 1 wide, lands this too far down the leg side, and since he isn't Warne, it doesn't rip out and hit the stumps. The batsman facing isn't Gatting either. Wide called.

17.5

Cremer to Watson, 1 run, again on leg stump, Watson works it square for another single

17.6

Cremer to Haddin, no run, back of a length on leg stump, defended down the track.

Australia 60/0   AG Cremer 1-0-4-0

19.1

Cremer to Watson, 2 leg byes, Cremer lands this outside the leg stump and he deflects it fine. Two extras

19.2

Cremer to Watson, no run, full and straight, on middle stump, Watto doesn't have to reach out to smother this one

19.3

Cremer to Watson, no run, Watto presses forward gets to the spin and plays through the leg side

19.4

Cremer to Watson, no run, compacto Watto. Full on middle and leg, he just gets evertything behind it and defends

19.5

Cremer to Watson, 1 run, Watto gets a single this time, through the leg side and Ponting has strike

19.6

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

Australia 65/1   AG Cremer 2-0-6-0

21.1

Cremer to Watson, 1 run, aired up by Cremer, on the pads, on driven through mid on for a single

21.2

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

21.3

Cremer to Watson, no run, slows it up through the air, Watto leans out and defends solidly. If I had a dime each time that was done today.

21.4

Cremer to Watson, no run, tossed up on middle and off, Watto defends again.

21.5

Cremer to Watson, no run, yes you guessed right. Forward defensive again.

21.6

Cremer to Watson, 1 run, tossed up outside off, driven into the covers for one more

Australia 72/1   AG Cremer 3-0-9-0

23.1

Cremer to Watson, 1 run, Watson gets a single away, staying back and playing with the spin

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.

23.4

Cremer to Watson, 1 run, Watson hangs deep in the crease and works it behind square for a single

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

23.6

Cremer to Watson, 1 run, Watson stays back and forces a delivery outside off stump down to long on for a single

Australia 86/1   AG Cremer 2-0-16-0

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

25.6

Cremer to Watson, no run, Watson comes forward to another slow loopy delivery on leg stump and defends down the track

Australia 99/1   AG Cremer 3-0-17-0

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

27.2

Cremer to Watson, no run, this one turns away from Watto, who adjusts his forward defensive and plays it away off the outside half

27.3

Cremer to Watson, 1 run, air again from Cremer, Watto punches with the full face of the bat through wide long on for another 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

27.5

Cremer to Watson, SIX, Watto has gone past the nervous 50s in majestic style. Primal violence in that pull, Cremer fed him a gentle half tracker and Watto tried to smash it from the West of India to the East. he got as far as the stands at deep midwicket. Went down on as knee and brutalised it. Bosh.

27.6

Cremer to Watson, 1 run, and he gets a single to retain strike, in front of square

Australia 119/1   AG Cremer 4-0-29-0

29.1

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

29.2

Cremer to Watson, 1 run, Watson hangs back in the crease and punches through wide mid on for another 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

29.4

Cremer to Watson, no run, nice work from Cremer, Watto looks to force him away through the off side, but he jumps across and fields

29.5

Cremer to Watson, no run, Watson leans out and defends as a delivery turns away from him sharply

29.6

Cremer to Watson, 1 run, ends the over with a single, driving fluently into the covers

Australia 133/1   AG Cremer 4-0-33-0

31.1

Cremer to Watson, no run, tossed up on off, Watto gets forward and blocks

31.2

Cremer to Watson, OUT, huge appeal for lbw, turned down. Will they refer it? Yes, they will. Tossed up on middle and off and fizzing along straight, off the track. Watto was well forward, but the replays suggest that was crashing into middle and off, three-fourths of the way up. No evidence that it hit bat before pad either. Yep, the third umpire helps Umpire Kettleborough overturn it and Zim have got two in two right today.

SR Watson lbw b Cremer 79 (113m 92b 8x4 1x6) SR: 85.86

31.3

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

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   AG Cremer 5-0-34-1

33.1

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

33.2

Cremer to White, no run, Cremer bowls a tight line and White defends on the front foot

33.3

Cremer to White, 1 run, drifts on to leg stump this time and White nudges it around the corner

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

33.6

Cremer to White, no run, tossed up on middle stump, played back to the bowler

Australia 150/3   AG Cremer 6-0-39-1

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

35.4

Cremer to White, no run, a wayward slog from White, tried to cart it from wide outside off against the spin towards the leg side, he missed

35.5

Cremer to White, 1 run, White drives the ball firmly just wide of a diving Cremer towards long off

35.6

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

Australia 155/3   AG Cremer 7-0-41-1

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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