ICC Cricket World Cup, 2010/11 / Commentary

ICC Cricket World Cup - 4th match, Group A

Australia v Zimbabwe

Australia won by 91 runs

1.1

Price to Haddin, no run, speared on the pads, worked away to the leg side

1.2

Price to Haddin, 1 run, again flat and fast on leg stump, turned away square for a single. What can Watto do

1.3

Price to Watson, no run, armer now, Price is already chirping away! Watson plays back and manages to keep it out

1.4

Price to Watson, 1 wide, slides this one down the leg side, and it is called a wide. Taibu collects cleanly.

1.4

Price to Watson, no run, flat but a bit of turn as this straightens from outside off, Watto stays back and defends down the line

1.5

Price to Watson, 1 run, this one drifts onto the pads, Watson glances behind square for a single

1.6

Price to Haddin, no run, hustling start from Price, another tight delivery coming in very quickly, Haddin covers the line and defends

Australia 5/0   RW Price 1-0-3-0

3.1

Price to Haddin, 1 run, hint of flight from Price, on leg stump and it is driven towards long on for one

3.2

Price to Watson, no run, back of a length, flat and quick, Watto gets half forward and defends

3.3

Price to Watson, no run, very tight line. "WHAtaaa line!," yells Taibu, Watson again covers the line and defends

3.4

Price to Watson, 1 run, for variety, he slows one up and Watto defends to the on side of the pitch. Price fumbles as he tumbles and gives away one

3.5

Price to Haddin, no run, this time Price fields off his own bowling, diving away to his right and Taibu shouts his appreciation!

3.6

Price to Haddin, 1 run, ends with a single as Haddin reaches out and turns the wrists to get a single to square leg

Australia 14/0   RW Price 2-0-6-0

5.1

Price to Haddin, no run, quick delivery coming in with the arm from outside off, defended by Haddin

5.2

Price to Haddin, no run, fuller, gets Haddin to come forward and defend again

5.3

Price to Haddin, 1 run, strays onto the pads and Haddin works him through midwicket for a single

5.4

Price to Watson, 1 run, smart shot from Watson, waiting for the ball to come on and turning the wrists enough to beat short midwicket for another single

5.5

Price to Haddin, no run, more air than normal, Haddin tries to deflect with the angle towards square leg, but can't find the gap

5.6

Price to Haddin, no run, good tight stuff here, Price keeps it on middle and off, just short of driving length and Haddin defends compactly

Australia 17/0   RW Price 3-0-8-0

7.1

Price to Haddin, no run, Price bustles away, fast and angled in towards middle and leg, Haddin can't get it away

7.2

Price to Haddin, no run, slows this one up, Haddin looks to sweep but can't beat the man at short fine

7.3

Price to Haddin, no run, length ball, no spin on middle and leg, Haddin defends down the track

7.4

Price to Haddin, FOUR, that's the sort of shot that makes you wonder why Haddin doesn't have a better average. Superb footwork, just backs away an imperceptible foot to the leg side, and hence is in position to drive Price against the spin. He unfurls the most pleasing of cover drives and it slithers away to the fence.

7.5

Price to Haddin, 1 run, gets the single this time as Price flattens the length

7.6

Price to Watson, 1 run, on Watto's pads, he closes the face of the bat and picks up a single through midwicket

Australia 25/0   RW Price 4-0-14-0

9.1

Price to Haddin, no run, Price lands this on leg stump, Haddin works it square straight to the man at square leg

9.2

Price to Haddin, no run, straighter this time, again worked off the pads and cut off backward of square leg

9.3

Price to Haddin, no run, back of a length on off stump, Hadidn stays back and defends

9.4

Price to Haddin, no run, and again, why so defensive? Haddin blocks a delivery on leg stump to the leg side. Price shares his dinner plans with Watson. Watson doesn't like it. Aha!

9.5

Price to Haddin, no run, there's no intent for a single here, Haddin again covers the line and blocks.

9.6

Price to Haddin, 1 run, finally Haddin gets a single, works it wide of mid on for a single. What a dawdle.

Australia 28/0   RW Price 5-0-15-0

11.1

Price to Watson, 1 run, flat and fast, Watson stays back and punches through mid on for a single

11.2

Price to Haddin, no run, Haddin plays off the front foot, defends to the leg side

11.3

Price to Haddin, no run, slows one in the air for a change, Haddin is nearly foxed as he presses forward early. Defence to the leg side

11.4

Price to Haddin, 1 run, finally Haddin gets the single, on drive through widish mid on and the strike rotates

11.5

Price to Watson, 1 run, speared in onto middle and leg again, Watson drives cautiously to long on for another single

11.6

Price to Haddin, no run, hint of turn away from the right hander, he comes forward and pushes with the spin into the covers

Australia 31/0   RW Price 6-0-18-0

15.1

Price to Haddin, no run, flat and quick on off stump, punched to the off side and Price charges away to his left to stop it

15.2

Price to Haddin, no run, flat again, on the pads, Haddin works it straight to square leg

15.3

Price to Haddin, 1 run, this time he gets the single, working it off the pads for one

15.4

Price to Watson, 1 run, Watson now, hangs back in the crease and deflects through square leg for a single

15.5

Price to Haddin, no run

15.6

Price to Haddin, 1 run, tossed up outside off, Haddin leans out and drives past the bowler for a single

Australia 56/0   RW Price 7-0-21-0

41.1

Price to White, 1 run, pushed off the back foot towards long-on for a single

41.2

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

41.3

Price to White, no run, White steps out but then has to defend towards midwicket because he is beaten by the length

41.4

Price to White, 2 runs, Ervine had a extremely tough chance at deep midwicket but couldn't take it. White came at Price and lofted the ball towards deep midwicket. Ervine came running off the boundary and dived forward at full stretch. He just got hands to it but couldn't hold on.

41.5

Price to White, 1 run

41.6

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

Australia 186/3   RW Price 8-0-27-0

43.1

Price to White, 1 run, played towards long off once again, along the ground this time

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

43.4

Price to White, 1 leg bye, flat and down leg side. White attempts to paddle it past short fine leg but gets hit on the pad

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   RW Price 9-0-30-0

48.1

Price to Hussey, OUT, and that's why! Bowled him! Hussey charges down the track and aims for the heave down the ground. Price drags it shorter, bowls it quicker and keeps it dead straight. Hussey misses by a long way, and Price hits the stumps.

DJ Hussey b Price 14 (15m 8b 1x4 1x6) SR: 175.00

48.2

Price to Smith, FOUR, and perhaps this is why. Smith backs away to a flat ball and flat-bats it hard down the ground. He's placed it straight enough to beat long-off

48.3

Price to Smith, SIX, Smith brings up 250 with a superbly executed slow-sweep that sails high and far over deep backward square leg

48.4

Price to Smith, 1 run, played towards deep point for a single

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   RW Price 8-0-43-1

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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