ICC Cricket World Cup, 2010/11 / Commentary

ICC Cricket World Cup - 4th match, Group A

Australia v Zimbabwe

Australia won by 91 runs

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

Australia 9/0   SR Watson 6* (9b 1x4)   CB Mpofu 1.1-0-6-0

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.

Australia 23/0   BJ Haddin 12* (22b 1x4)   RW Price 3.4-0-12-0

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

Australia 36/0   SR Watson 19* (36b 2x4)   CB Mpofu 5.1-0-17-0

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

Australia 40/0   SR Watson 23* (37b 3x4)   CB Mpofu 5.2-0-21-0

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

Australia 45/0   BJ Haddin 20* (44b 2x4)   CB Mpofu 5.4-0-26-0

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   BJ Haddin 24* (46b 3x4)   CB Mpofu 6-0-30-0

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.

Australia 78/1   SR Watson 40* (62b 4x4)   P Utseya 5.5-2-16-1

24.6

Taylor to Watson, FOUR, Watson enters the nervous 50s. Stays back to a shockingly short ball outside off and sends it packing through the covers. Nicely played, and it's crucial that he keeps going

Australia 98/1   SR Watson 50* (69b 5x4)   BRM Taylor 1-0-12-0

26.3

Chigumbura to Watson, FOUR, lovely touch from Watto. Again Elton dangles this one on the pads and Watto gets the front foot across and clips it daintily through square leg for four.

Australia 105/1   SR Watson 54* (72b 6x4)   E Chigumbura 0.3-0-6-0

28.6

Chigumbura to Watson, FOUR, the captain has let his side down here. Another dolly on the toes, Watson twinkles away inside the line and helps it along with better timing, backward of square. Coventry can't do much and it is four more

Australia 129/1   SR Watson 71* (82b 7x4 1x6)   E Chigumbura 2-0-18-0

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.

Australia 137/1   SR Watson 77* (87b 8x4 1x6)   SC Williams 0.1-0-4-0

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

Australia 178/3   MJ Clarke 24* (25b 1x4)   P Utseya 5.3-2-23-1

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

Australia 192/3   MJ Clarke 32* (31b 2x4)   P Utseya 6.4-2-31-1

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

Australia 222/4   DJ Hussey 11* (4b 1x4 1x6)   P Utseya 7.3-2-39-1

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

Australia 235/4   MJ Clarke 49* (49b 3x4)   CB Mpofu 6.4-0-44-1

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   MJ Clarke 55* (51b 4x4)   CB Mpofu 7-0-50-1

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

Australia 245/5   SPD Smith 4* (1b 1x4)   RW Price 7.2-0-34-1

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.

Australia 261/6   MG Johnson 6* (2b 1x4)   CB Mpofu 7.5-0-57-2

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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