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ICC Cricket World Cup - 4th match, Group A

Australia v Zimbabwe

Australia won by 91 runs

18.5

Utseya to Haddin, OUT, Zimbabwe's first ever referral now. Utseya lands this back of a length outside off and it comes in gently with the angle, and then sharply with the spin. Haddin looks to work it through square leg, casually off the back foot, and is hit in front of middle. It was hitting middle and leg. Not sure why Asoka de Silva said not out. The third umpire overturns the verdict. Zimbabwe have struck.

BJ Haddin lbw b Utseya 29 (68m 66b 3x4 0x6) SR: 43.93

Australia 61/1   SR Watson 30* (47b 3x4)   P Utseya 3.5-2-6-1

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

Australia 140/2   RT Ponting 27* (30b)   AG Cremer 4.2-0-33-1

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

Australia 144/3   MJ Clarke 3* (3b)   SC Williams 1.5-0-10-0

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   MJ Clarke 37* (40b 2x4)   CB Mpofu 7-0-35-1

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

Australia 241/5   MJ Clarke 55* (51b 4x4)   RW Price 7.1-0-30-1

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

Australia 254/6   MJ Clarke 57* (53b 4x4)   CB Mpofu 7.1-0-50-2

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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