ICC Cricket World Cup, 4th Match, Group A: Australia v Zimbabwe at Ahmedabad, Feb 21, 2011
ICC Cricket World Cup - 4th match, Group A
Australia won by 91 runs
Played at Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad (neutral venue)
21 February 2011 - day/night match (50-over match)

Right, Mpofu is playing. I can see it with my own eyes. So are Watto and Haddin. Two slips in place as a sparse Motera cheers. Watson takes strike.

Shridhar: "Tell your stats man Madhu that the one match Zimbabwe did win against Australia was in a World Cup as well. And India went on to win that World Cup. India also won the World Cup the only time when Zim beat Aus in a Twenty20. So if Zim beats Aus today, India will romp through this World Cup! ;-)" You always have an India angle, it don't matter whether they are playing!

Ouch. I am getting a lot of hate mail over the squad confusion. Not my fault, people! Not ESPNcricinfo's either. The latest is that Shingi Masakadza is not playing, so I am toast as well. Shane Dudfield sends in this classic: "The last time Zimbabwe beat Australia, Mugabe was still in his 50's, South Africa was under apartheid, Ricky Ponting wasn't even a teenager and I wasn't even born!"

Think Australia's aura is fading? Think again, says stat-man Madhu. Australia have a positive win-loss record against every team in ODIs. Their closest rivals have been West Indies and South Africa. Zimbabwe though, have won just one match and lost 25 of the 27 matches played against Australia.

Right, I have replaced Hastings with Shingirai Masakadza in my XI. And it is still not clear if Shingi is playing. So it goes.

Plenty of confusion over the teams. Ponting said Tait is playing, while the TV broadcasters initially said Hastings was in for Tait, before changing tack. However, their Zim XI includes Lamb. Hopefully they will get it right in a bit. Meanwhile, I am off to replace Hastings from my Fantasy XI. Sob. While I am away, do check out our spanking new iPhone and Android apps.

George Binoy is moderating the over-by-over chat for now, where we will have a discussion on broader themes than what happens every ball. Venkat Raghav is on scoring for now, while myself, Nitin Sundar, will start off ball-by-ball. George and I will be swapping roles through the day.

Sourav ganguly says he doesn't like the Australian dress. Surprise us! He's also amazed that Australia like Steve Smith and don't like Mike Hussey. That surprises all of us. Meanwhile, here comes the Toss.

Ponting wins and bats. He says, "No injuries, all good to go." Bollinger, Hastings, Paine and Ferguson are not playing. Tait, Lee, Johnson, Krejza and Smith are the main bowlers. Then there is David Hussey and Watson. A really well-rounded attack.

Chigumbura admits he would have batted too. Greg Lamb is not feeling good, so he misses out.

Hello all! Welcome to match four of the Cup that counts, and it is the first sight of the defending champions. They must be tired of defending by now, they haven't lost a game in over two-and-a-half World Cups! As Brydon Coverdale exquisitely puts it, The last time Australia lost a World Cup match, the cricket world was a vastly different place. Twenty20 was but a glint in a marketing man's eye, Bangladesh was not yet a Test nation and Hansie Cronje was still a well-respected captain of South Africa. And a 24-year-old Ricky Ponting was making his name as a star of the future. Mind-boggling. Everything else you need to know about the game is in Liam Brickhill's preview.

Ian Chappell surveys the pitch at the Motera pitch and concludes "it is a damn good cricket wicket" full of runs. Talking of Ian Chappell, the man has amassed 2009 points in three games in our Fantasy League. Think you can do better? Play away - this is the contest that counts.

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

End of over 1 (2 runs) Australia 2/0 (RR: 2.00)

    • SR Watson 1 (5b)
    • BJ Haddin 1 (1b)
    • CB Mpofu 1-0-2-0

Price with the new ball. A spinner bowling in the Powerplays - Price-less. Short midwicket in place. Long on is back. No slips.

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

End of over 2 (3 runs) Australia 5/0 (RR: 2.50)

    • BJ Haddin 2 (4b)
    • SR Watson 2 (8b)
    • RW Price 1-0-3-0
    • CB Mpofu 1-0-2-0

A solitary widish slip now.

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

Madhu again: " Among all spinners who have bowled in atleast 50 innings, Ray Price has the best economy rate of 3.88, which is slightly better than Muttiah Muralitharan's 3.92."

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

End of over 3 (6 runs) Australia 11/0 (RR: 3.66)

    • SR Watson 7 (11b 1x4)
    • BJ Haddin 3 (7b)
    • CB Mpofu 2-0-8-0
    • 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

Taibu is yelling to high heavens. What a din!

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

End of over 4 (3 runs) Australia 14/0 (RR: 3.50)

    • BJ Haddin 5 (10b)
    • SR Watson 8 (14b 1x4)
    • RW Price 2-0-6-0
    • 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.

Madhu again: "Australia are on a 29 match unbeaten streak in World Cups. Previously, they have also had four separate undefeated streaks of 21, 14, 14 and 13 matches in ODIs, all of which have come in the 2000s."

4.5

Mpofu to Watson, no run, fuller length, on the perfect line just outside off, Watson covers the line and defends

A leg gully in place now. Interesting.

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

End of over 5 (1 run) Australia 15/0 (RR: 3.00)

    • SR Watson 8 (19b 1x4)
    • BJ Haddin 6 (11b)
    • CB Mpofu 3-0-9-0
    • RW Price 2-0-6-0

Silly mid off and silly mid on in place.

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

End of over 6 (2 runs) Australia 17/0 (RR: 2.83)

    • BJ Haddin 7 (16b)
    • SR Watson 9 (20b 1x4)
    • RW Price 3-0-8-0
    • 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

End of over 7 (2 runs) Australia 19/0 (RR: 2.71)

    • SR Watson 10 (24b 1x4)
    • BJ Haddin 8 (18b)
    • CB Mpofu 4-0-11-0
    • 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

Roshan: "Can anyone make sure Sreesanth watching the first ten overs of this match?? Please!!" Hmmm.

End of over 8 (6 runs) Australia 25/0 (RR: 3.12)

    • SR Watson 11 (25b 1x4)
    • BJ Haddin 13 (23b 1x4)
    • RW Price 4-0-14-0
    • 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

Michael: "Someone should tell Ponting that Australia are currently scoring at the same rate as Canada did the other day. So if Canada should be ejected from the World Cup (as Ponting has said), then logically so should Australia!!" Ouch!

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

End of over 9 (2 runs) Australia 27/0 (RR: 3.00)

    • SR Watson 12 (29b 1x4)
    • BJ Haddin 14 (25b 1x4)
    • CB Mpofu 5-0-13-0
    • 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.

End of over 10 (1 run) Australia 28/0 (RR: 2.80)

    • BJ Haddin 15 (31b 1x4)
    • SR Watson 12 (29b 1x4)
    • RW Price 5-0-15-0
    • CB Mpofu 5-0-13-0

Zim take the Bowling Powerplay. Will they Prosper in this phase? Here is Utseya.

10.1

Utseya to Haddin, no run, flight! On middle and off, Haddin reaches out and defends

10.2

Utseya to Haddin, no run, slightly shorter length, Haddin stays back this time and defends

10.3

Utseya to Haddin, no run, leans out and gets to the flight to defend again. Three men in the deep on the leg side

10.4

Utseya to Haddin, no run

10.5

Utseya to Haddin, no run, another yes-no situation, Haddin works him with the spin off the pads to square leg. He runs, Watto doesn't. He stops, Watto charges. All order restored in the end.

10.6

Utseya to Haddin, no run, maiden for Utseya, Haddin stays back and check-drives the last ball to the leg side

End of over 11 (maiden) Australia 28/0 (RR: 2.54)

    • BJ Haddin 15 (37b 1x4)
    • SR Watson 12 (29b 1x4)
    • P Utseya 1-1-0-0
    • 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

End of over 12 (3 runs) Australia 31/0 (RR: 2.58)

    • BJ Haddin 16 (41b 1x4)
    • SR Watson 14 (31b 1x4)
    • RW Price 6-0-18-0
    • P Utseya 1-1-0-0
12.1

Utseya to Watson, no run, flighted on middle and leg, worked off the pads to midwicket

12.2

Utseya to Watson, no run, outside off this time, Watson drives into the covers. Can't get the gap. Watson gets a change of bats.

12.3

Utseya to Watson, no run, full length outside off, Watto plays back to it and defends down the track.

12.4

Utseya to Watson, 1 run, Single! Celebrate. Full outside off, Watto drives into the covers and surprise, surprise - he finds the gap

12.5

Utseya to Haddin, no run, on Haddin's pads, he works it to the leg side. No run

12.6

Utseya to Haddin, no run, Ah, what happened there? One of those rare occasions when the ball hit the stumps without disturbing the bails, I reckon. Replays awaited. Flat and turning in from Utseya, Haddin was keen to work it to the leg side, he played all around it as opened his stance and looked to flick. It ran off the inside edge, between his legs and hits the base of the leg stump. The bail stays put. Haddin smiles, Taibu moans. Some excitement after 13 quiet overs.

End of over 13 (1 run) Australia 32/0 (RR: 2.46)

    • BJ Haddin 16 (43b 1x4)
    • SR Watson 15 (35b 1x4)
    • P Utseya 2-1-1-0
    • RW Price 6-0-18-0

Change of ends for Mpofu. Australia anything but motoring away in Motera.

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

End of over 14 (17 runs) Australia 49/0 (RR: 3.50)

    • BJ Haddin 24 (46b 3x4)
    • SR Watson 24 (38b 3x4)
    • CB Mpofu 6-0-30-0
    • P Utseya 2-1-1-0
14.1

Utseya to Watson, 1 run, very fill and straight, Watson drives past the bowler for a single

Aus got half of what they got in the 1st 13 overs, in the 14th over.

14.2

Utseya to Haddin, 1 run, ah, Hadiin drives in the same direction as Utseya dives into Watson as he looks to stop it. Most people can't find a way past Watson. Utseya doesn't either. Single down the ground

14.3

Utseya to Watson, 1 run

14.4

Utseya to Haddin, no run, full outside off, driven into the off side

14.5

Utseya to Haddin, no run, lovely fielding from Ervine, saves four runs for his side. Tossed up outside off, Haddin drives against the spin and it seems headed for the cover boundary. Ervine goes completely horizontal as he runs from mid off and dives, and collects cleanly with the left arm. Not even a single in the end.

14.6

Utseya to Haddin, 1 run, bunts the last delivery to the leg side for a single

End of over 15 (4 runs) Australia 53/0 (RR: 3.53)

    • BJ Haddin 26 (50b 3x4)
    • SR Watson 26 (40b 3x4)
    • P Utseya 3-1-5-0
    • CB Mpofu 6-0-30-0

Price comes back on now.

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

End of over 16 (3 runs) Australia 56/0 (RR: 3.50)

    • BJ Haddin 28 (55b 3x4)
    • SR Watson 27 (41b 3x4)
    • RW Price 7-0-21-0
    • P Utseya 3-1-5-0
16.1

Utseya to Haddin, no run, tossed up on middle and leg, worked with the spin through midwicket.

16.2

Utseya to Haddin, no run, on off stump this time, Haddin works it back towards the bowler

16.3

Utseya to Haddin, no run, flat and fast on off stump, Haddin hangs back and defends to mid on

Sandeep: "Seems like Haddin and Watson have woken up after a long sleep by Taibu cries when bails didnt fall."

16.4

Utseya to Haddin, no run, tossed up slowly, Haddin reaches across and works it with the spin to midwicket

16.5

Utseya to Haddin, no run, back of a length this time, Haddin hangs back and defends down the track

16.6

Utseya to Haddin, no run, and again, Utseya gets his second maiden in, haddin stays in the crease and defends

End of over 17 (maiden) Australia 56/0 (RR: 3.29)

    • BJ Haddin 28 (61b 3x4)
    • SR Watson 27 (41b 3x4)
    • P Utseya 4-2-5-0
    • RW Price 7-0-21-0

Cosmo Kramer comes on now. I wish. Graeme Cremer comes on now. Over rate of 17 overs per hour. My fingers are in pain.

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.

Cremer's action is reminiscent of Bryan Murphy, Adam Huckle and a host ot other Zimbabwean leggies.

End of over 18 (4 runs) Australia 60/0 (RR: 3.33)

    • BJ Haddin 29 (65b 3x4)
    • SR Watson 29 (43b 3x4)
    • AG Cremer 1-0-4-0
    • P Utseya 4-2-5-0

Madhu strikes again. "Australia scored just 28 runs in the first ten overs. But that is way more than what they managed against South Africa in Cape Town in 2006. On that day, they scored 7 for 4 in ten overs and went on to lose by 196 runs, with Makhaya Ntini picking up 6 for 22."

18.1

Utseya to Watson, no run, tossed up on off, Watto reaches out and smothers the spin

18.2

Utseya to Watson, no run, short of a length, Watto pounces on the back foot and cuts, but can't find the gap

18.3

Utseya to Watson, no run, again Watto tries to stay back and work through the off side but can't get it away

18.4

Utseya to Watson, 1 run, what's that, an arm ball? Surely went the other way, but that was too short to trouble Watto who punches into the off side

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

Ponting marches out. This man has now played more World Cup games than anyone else.

Alan: "I feel for you Nitin. These rapid over rates are killing the game. It's a disgrace. It was much slower in my day. The authorities should clamp down and fine teams if they bowl their overs too quickly. Paying customers should be entitled to full value; if teams get through their overs too quickly they'll be deprived of minutes of entertainment..."

18.6

Utseya to Ponting, no run, another overspinner from Utseya, holds its line on off stump, and Ponting cautiously plays it to the leg side

End of over 19 (1 run) Australia 61/1 (RR: 3.21)

    • RT Ponting 0 (1b)
    • SR Watson 30 (47b 3x4)
    • P Utseya 4-2-6-1
    • 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

End of over 20 (4 runs) Australia 65/1 (RR: 3.25)

    • RT Ponting 1 (2b)
    • SR Watson 31 (52b 3x4)
    • AG Cremer 2-0-6-0
    • P Utseya 4-2-6-1
20.1

Utseya to Ponting, no run, half shout! Ponting almost does a Haddin, but think he got bat on this before it hit the pads as he played back to an offie. Hmm.

20.2

Utseya to Ponting, 1 run, full delivery outside off, Pontind drives through the covers for one

20.3

Utseya to Watson, no run, Watto tries to whip with the spin through midwicket, but can't get it away

20.4

Utseya to Watson, 1 run, flatter, Watto plays back and forces it through wide mid on for one

20.5

Utseya to Ponting, 1 run, Ponting gets a single this time, hanging on the crease, using the wrists and working it through midwicket

20.6

Utseya to Watson, 1 run, turning down the leg side, Haddin works it squarer this time for one

Aren't these players thirsty? George and I can do with a drinks break for sure.

End of over 21 (4 runs) Australia 69/1 (RR: 3.28)

    • SR Watson 33 (55b 3x4)
    • RT Ponting 3 (5b)
    • P Utseya 5-2-10-1
    • 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

Alright, Brydon Coverdale tells us the drinks break is over. They probably drank at the same rate they are bowling their overs at. Hmm.

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.

If Aus approach spin in this manner, I'd expect teams to pack their sides with tweakers against them. Especially leggies, since it is a team full of right-hand bats.

21.6

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

End of over 22 (3 runs) Australia 72/1 (RR: 3.27)

    • SR Watson 35 (60b 3x4)
    • RT Ponting 4 (6b)
    • AG Cremer 3-0-9-0
    • P Utseya 5-2-10-1
22.1

Utseya to Watson, 1 run, Utseya throws it up on off stump, driven down to long on for one

22.2

Utseya to Ponting, no run, Price at point, prancing and prowling. Ponting can't get the single away as he steers backward of point

Three men in the deep, all on the leg side.

22.3

Utseya to Ponting, no run, defends into the off side this time.

22.4

Utseya to Ponting, 1 run, Ponting gets a single away down the ground. Over to Watto

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.

22.6

Utseya to Watson, 1 run, another short one, Watto doesn't get enough power behind it this time, and gets a single down the ground

If Zim continue to bowl at this over-rate they will finish their 50 overs yesterday.

End of over 23 (7 runs) Australia 79/1 (RR: 3.43)

    • SR Watson 41 (63b 4x4)
    • RT Ponting 5 (9b)
    • P Utseya 6-2-17-1
    • 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

End of over 24 (7 runs) Australia 86/1 (RR: 3.58)

    • SR Watson 44 (66b 4x4)
    • RT Ponting 9 (12b)
    • AG Cremer 2-0-16-0
    • P Utseya 6-2-17-1

Taylor to try out his offies now.

24.1

Taylor to Watson, 1 run, turning in from a length, outside off, swatted down the ground for a single

24.2

Taylor to Ponting, 2 runs, nice placement from Ponting, stays back to a short of length ball that did not offer much width for the cut, but he guided it expertly into the covers for a couple

24.3

Taylor to Ponting, 3 runs, Ponting's class could break the shackles here. He stays back, waits for the ball to turn in and runs it almost out of Taibu's gloves down to third man. You need pedigree to play these shots.

24.4

Taylor to Watson, 1 run, fuller length on off stump, Watson reaches out and drives through mid off for one more

24.5

Taylor to Ponting, 1 run, Ponting forces him with the spin, off the back foot through midwicket

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

End of over 25 (12 runs) Australia 98/1 (RR: 3.92)

    • SR Watson 50 (69b 5x4)
    • RT Ponting 15 (15b)
    • BRM Taylor 1-0-12-0
    • 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

End of over 26 (1 run) Australia 99/1 (RR: 3.80)

    • SR Watson 50 (70b 5x4)
    • RT Ponting 16 (20b)
    • AG Cremer 3-0-17-0
    • BRM Taylor 1-0-12-0

Chigumbura comes on for a trundle now. I shall refer to him as Elton. Saves time and all that.

26.1

Chigumbura to Ponting, 1 wide, slips the first ball down the leg

26.1

Chigumbura to Ponting, 1 run, angled into the pads, too easy for Ponting who clips it through midwicket for one

A seamer is on, and I actually have time to breathe. Hello, oxygen.

26.2

Chigumbura to Watson, no run, better line, on off stump, Watto defends into the covers.

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.

26.4

Chigumbura to Watson, 1 run, another one on the pads, Watto flicks behind square for one. Zim need to be careful here, they shouldn't let Watto get out of the nervous 50s too soon. Surely they know how many times he's been out in the 50s?

26.5

Chigumbura to Ponting, 1 run, Ponting drives crisply through mid off for one, full length ball and an easy single

26.6

Chigumbura to Watson, no run, full delivery outside off, Watson plays the square drive, uppishly but short of the man at point.

End of over 27 (8 runs) Australia 107/1 (RR: 3.96)

    • SR Watson 55 (74b 6x4)
    • RT Ponting 18 (22b)
    • E Chigumbura 1-0-8-0
    • 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

End of over 28 (12 runs) Australia 119/1 (RR: 4.25)

    • SR Watson 63 (78b 6x4 1x6)
    • RT Ponting 22 (24b)
    • AG Cremer 4-0-29-0
    • E Chigumbura 1-0-8-0
28.1

Chigumbura to Watson, 1 run, over-pitched on leg stumo, Watto drills it down the ground for one

The Run Rate crosses four for the first time today. Hooha!

28.2

Chigumbura to Ponting, 1 run, back of a length outside off, Ponting punches into the covers for another single

28.3

Chigumbura to Watson, 1 run, Watson this time, drives easily through the off side for a single

28.4

Chigumbura to Ponting, 1 run, Elton holds the length back, Ponting still comes forward, covers the line and drives down the ground with a straight bat. Singles easily available now.

28.5

Chigumbura to Watson, 2 runs, Zimbabwe are releasing the stranglehold now. Another gentle delivery on the pads, Watto happily glances it square for a couple as Coventry comes around to save it

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

End of over 29 (10 runs) Australia 129/1 (RR: 4.44)

    • SR Watson 71 (82b 7x4 1x6)
    • RT Ponting 24 (26b)
    • E Chigumbura 2-0-18-0
    • 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

End of over 30 (4 runs) Australia 133/1 (RR: 4.43)

    • SR Watson 73 (86b 7x4 1x6)
    • RT Ponting 26 (28b)
    • AG Cremer 4-0-33-0
    • E Chigumbura 2-0-18-0

Williams comes on now. Left arm over.

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.

30.2

Williams to Watson, no run, better, gets some drift this time and Watto has to cover the line and defend

30.3

Williams to Watson, 1 run

30.4

Williams to Ponting, 1 run, Pontins gets inside the line and works a single through midwicket

30.5

Williams to Watson, 1 run, another short ball, Watto will feel aggrieved he did not get four for it. Hits the leather off the ball as he pulls powerfully to the man in the deep

30.6

Williams to Ponting, no run, Ponting comes forward and defends the last ball with the spin into the covers

End of over 31 (7 runs) Australia 140/1 (RR: 4.51)

    • RT Ponting 27 (30b)
    • SR Watson 79 (90b 8x4 1x6)
    • SC Williams 1-0-7-0
    • 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

On that note, George Binoy will take over comms, while I head over to the over-by-over discussion.

Michael Clarke is the new batsman.

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

Brydon Coverdale, who's at Motera, says, "Not a bad start to the UDRS for Zimbabwe. Simon Taufel gave the players a run-down on the system before this match, and apparently there were a lot of bemused looks around the group. No sign of that bemusement today."

31.6

Cremer to Ponting, no run, played towards cover once again

End of over 32 (1 run) Australia 141/2 (RR: 4.40)

    • RT Ponting 27 (33b)
    • MJ Clarke 1 (1b)
    • AG Cremer 5-0-34-1
    • SC Williams 1-0-7-0
32.1

Williams to Clarke, 1 run, played through midwicket off the front foot

32.2

Williams to Ponting, no run, Ponting comes forward and plays to midwicket but can't find the gap

32.3

Williams to Ponting, no run, Ponting comes forward once again and defends with bat and pad close together

32.4

Williams to Ponting, 1 run, defended on the front foot

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

Cameron White is the new batsman.

32.6

Williams to Clarke, 1 run, played towards deep square leg for one more

End of over 33 (4 runs) Australia 145/3 (RR: 4.39)

    • MJ Clarke 4 (4b)
    • CL White 0 (0b)
    • SC Williams 2-0-11-0
    • 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

Have you played our Pick 'em game yet?

End of over 34 (5 runs) Australia 150/3 (RR: 4.41)

    • CL White 1 (3b)
    • MJ Clarke 8 (7b)
    • AG Cremer 6-0-39-1
    • SC Williams 2-0-11-0
34.1

Williams to Clarke, 1 run, slightly shorter in length and the batsman plays the ball behind square

Ricky Ponting, who holds the record for being run out most often in Tests (14), now has 30 run-out dismissals in ODIs. He is second among Australian batsmen, behind only Mark Waugh's 32 run-out dismissals.

34.2

Williams to White, no run, defended towards the bowler from the crease

34.3

Williams to White, no run, short ball and White could have hit that anywhere on the off side. He chose the fielder at cover

34.4

Williams to White, no run, White tries to reverse sweep and fails to connect

34.5

Williams to White, 1 run, driven to long-on for a single

34.6

Williams to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke stays in his crease and flicks the ball off his pads through square leg

End of over 35 (3 runs) Australia 153/3 (RR: 4.37)

    • MJ Clarke 10 (9b)
    • CL White 2 (7b)
    • SC Williams 3-0-14-0
    • 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

End of over 36 (2 runs) Australia 155/3 (RR: 4.30)

    • MJ Clarke 11 (13b)
    • CL White 3 (9b)
    • AG Cremer 7-0-41-1
    • SC Williams 3-0-14-0
36.1

Williams to White, no run, defended watchfully towards the bowler

36.2

Williams to White, no run, played back towards the bowler once again

36.3

Williams to White, 1 run, shorter in length and this time White drives it past the bowler

36.4

Williams to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke strides forward and drives fluently towards long-on

36.5

Williams to White, 1 run, pushed wide of the bowler on the off side for a single

36.6

Williams to Clarke, no run, Clarke tries to work the ball on the leg side but fails to make contact this time

End of over 37 (3 runs) Australia 158/3 (RR: 4.27)

    • MJ Clarke 12 (15b)
    • CL White 5 (13b)
    • SC Williams 4-0-17-0
    • AG Cremer 7-0-41-1

"White at 3 down doesn't inspire much confidence. Hussey injured or otherwise was such a better bet," says Vivek.

37.1

Taylor to White, 1 run, another push towards long-on for another single. Australia have the batting Powerplay left to take.

37.2

Taylor to Clarke, 1 run, played towards the off side this time

37.3

Taylor to White, 1 run, pushed through square leg

37.4

Taylor to Clarke, 1 run, tossed up and Clarke gets forward to the pitch of the ball and drives to long-on

37.5

Taylor to White, no run, played back to the bowler on the front foot

37.6

Taylor to White, 1 run, forced towards long-on once again for a single to end the 38th over

End of over 38 (5 runs) Australia 163/3 (RR: 4.28)

    • CL White 8 (17b)
    • MJ Clarke 14 (17b)
    • BRM Taylor 2-0-17-0
    • SC Williams 4-0-17-0
38.1

Williams to White, no run, forced off the back foot but it's hit towards the bowler

38.2

Williams to White, 1 run, this time it's wide of the bowler and they run a single to long-off

38.3

Williams to Clarke, no run, defended on the front foot towards the leg side

38.4

Williams to Clarke, no run, played towards mid-on but midwicket cuts it off

38.5

Williams to Clarke, 1 run, eased off the back foot towards long-off for a single. It's the only run-scoring zone at the moment - long on and off.

38.6

Williams to White, 1 run, and again, another single towards long-off

End of over 39 (3 runs) Australia 166/3 (RR: 4.25)

    • CL White 10 (20b)
    • MJ Clarke 15 (20b)
    • SC Williams 2-0-20-0
    • BRM Taylor 2-0-17-0

The lights have been switched on at Motera.

39.1

Taylor to White, 1 run, comes down the track and drives towards long-on once again

39.2

Taylor to Clarke, 1 run, another delivery payed down the ground

39.3

Taylor to White, 1 run, this time it's worked through square leg for a single

"With lots of wickets and a powerplay in hand either Zimbabwe will be chasing 350 or the Aussies will implode and collapse to less than 220," says Simon.

39.4

Taylor to Clarke, 2 runs, width offered outside off and Clarke cuts it in a flash towards the third man boundary. Mpofu picks it up just inside the boundary and sends a rocket of a throw towards Taibu

39.5

Taylor to Clarke, 1 run, played through square for a single

39.6

Taylor to White, no run, quicker ball and the line is pretty straight, played back to the bowler on the back foot

The players are taking a drinks break. Matt: "@Vivek, White did an excellent job at 3 couple of seasons ago. Hes a much improved upper-mid order batsmen."

More support for White. Dlyan: "White typically takes a few overs to get going and find his timing - this could work out very well for Australia in the final 10 overs."

End of over 40 (6 runs) Australia 172/3 (RR: 4.30)

    • CL White 12 (23b)
    • MJ Clarke 19 (23b)
    • BRM Taylor 3-0-23-0
    • SC Williams 2-0-20-0

It's been ten overs since the previous boundary was hit. Australia need a few now, and they've taken the batting Powerplay. This is the 31st out of 41 matches that Australia have taken it after 40 overs.

40.1

Utseya to Clarke, 1 run, comes down the track to flick but gets a leading edge towards mid-off

40.2

Utseya to White, 1 run, full length and White nudges the ball off his boots

Madhu, one of our stats men, chips in: Australia have scored over 100 runs in the last ten overs 19 times in the 2000s. Their highest aggregate is 133 runs, which they have achieved twice- against Sri Lanka in the VB series in 2006 and against South Africa in Johannesburg in 2006.

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

40.4

Utseya to Clarke, 1 run, driven towards long-on for a single

40.5

Utseya to White, 1 run, played towards deep midwicket for a single

40.6

Utseya to Clarke, no run, flatter and shorter, nudged off the front foot towards midwicket

End of over 41 (8 runs) Australia 180/3 (RR: 4.39)

    • MJ Clarke 25 (27b 1x4)
    • CL White 14 (25b)
    • P Utseya 6-2-25-1
    • BRM Taylor 3-0-23-0

Ray Price is back, to keep Australia on a leash during this block of fielding restrictions. Or try to at least.

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

End of over 42 (6 runs) Australia 186/3 (RR: 4.42)

    • MJ Clarke 27 (29b 1x4)
    • CL White 18 (29b)
    • RW Price 8-0-27-0
    • P Utseya 6-2-25-1
42.1

Utseya to Clarke, 1 run, full toss and the batsman pulls hard to Mpofu on the deep square leg boundary. They aren't taking chances against his arm

42.2

Utseya to White, no run, fired in full and fast outside off stump, White plays it back to the bowler

42.3

Utseya to White, 1 run, this time he manages to place it wide of the bowler and collects a single towards long-on

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

42.5

Utseya to Clarke, 1 run, shorter ball and Clarke waits in his crease before playing a chippy pull in the air towards deep square leg

42.6

Utseya to White, 1 run, White drives the ball with lots of bottom hand, hitting in flat towards long-off. It reaches the fielder after bouncing once.

End of over 43 (8 runs) Australia 194/3 (RR: 4.51)

    • CL White 20 (32b)
    • MJ Clarke 33 (32b 2x4)
    • P Utseya 7-2-33-1
    • 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

"Where is the Cameron White who flayed his bat at every half bad ball? That guy would be awesome right now. Instead of 'Test Match Mode White," says Gavin.

End of over 44 (4 runs) Australia 198/3 (RR: 4.50)

    • MJ Clarke 35 (36b 2x4)
    • CL White 21 (34b)
    • RW Price 9-0-30-0
    • P Utseya 7-2-33-1

Mpofu's back. Can he keep it as tight as the spinners did?

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

"You know it's a slow day for Australia when Michael Clarke has their highest strike rate," says Taco, who isn't giving an inch.

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.

"I agree with Gavin; And not only has White lost his ability to muscle the ball to or over the boundary, his bowling is pretty useless these days as well. How did he get in the team? Past reputation!" says Morten.

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

White's gone without raising the tempo. Hussey needs to do it now. Or will they send in Johnson? "Someone needs to explain to the Aussies the ins and outs of the power play. It is not about taking singles," says Dave.

End of over 45 (9 runs) Australia 207/4 (RR: 4.60)

    • MJ Clarke 37 (40b 2x4)
    • CB Mpofu 7-0-35-1
    • RW Price 9-0-30-0

Hussey is the new batsman but he is at the non-striker's end. The batting Powerplay is over.

45.1

Williams to Clarke, no run, lovely delivery on middle stump, no pace to work with on a tight length. Clarke goes back and forces it to cover

45.2

Williams to Clarke, 1 run, driven down the ground for a single

45.3

Williams to Hussey, 1 run, Hussey goes right back and drives the ball from middle stump through cover point

45.4

Williams to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke moves quickly on to the back foot and cuts hard but can't find the gap on the deep point boundary

45.5

Williams to Hussey, SIX, that is some shot for a second delivery! Hussey gets under the ball and sends it high and far over the bowler's head. Did that clear the sight screen?

45.6

Williams to Hussey, no run, played back to the bowler

End of over 46 (9 runs) Australia 216/4 (RR: 4.69)

    • DJ Hussey 7 (3b 1x6)
    • MJ Clarke 39 (43b 2x4)
    • SC Williams 3-0-29-0
    • CB Mpofu 7-0-35-1

Four overs to go. Can Zimbabwe keep Australia below 250?

46.1

Utseya to Clarke, no run, forced off the back foot towards cover

46.2

Utseya to Clarke, 1 run, worked off the pads towards deep square leg

46.3

Utseya to Hussey, 1 wide, fired down leg side

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

46.4

Utseya to Hussey, 1 run, played down the ground for one more

46.5

Utseya to Clarke, 1 wide, fired down leg side once again, another wide

46.5

Utseya to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke makes room to drive a full ball through cover point

46.6

Utseya to Hussey, 1 run, Hussey comes forward and drives the ball off his legs towards wide long-on

End of over 47 (10 runs) Australia 226/4 (RR: 4.80)

    • DJ Hussey 13 (6b 1x4 1x6)
    • MJ Clarke 41 (46b 2x4)
    • P Utseya 8-2-43-1
    • SC Williams 3-0-29-0

"If Zimbabwe are able to keep Australia under 250, they should consider it a moral victory," says Ajay. But moral victories count for zilch.

Mpofu's back for another spell.

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.

"Even with this below par total, Lee and Tait should blow away Zim ... Interesting to see how Aus will handle Murali, Mendis and Herath," says Cris.

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

End of over 48 (15 runs) Australia 241/4 (RR: 5.02)

    • MJ Clarke 55 (51b 4x4)
    • DJ Hussey 14 (7b 1x4 1x6)
    • CB Mpofu 7-0-50-1
    • P Utseya 8-2-43-1

Price is back to bowl his final over. He should have bowled the previous one. To try and keep Australia quieter for longer.

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

Steve Smith, and not Johnson, is the new batsman.

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

End of over 49 (13 runs) Australia 254/5 (RR: 5.18)

    • MJ Clarke 57 (53b 4x4)
    • SPD Smith 11 (3b 1x4 1x6)
    • RW Price 8-0-43-1
    • CB Mpofu 7-0-50-1

Zimbabwe's captain said he'd be okay with chasing less than 270. He's going to have to chase about that much.

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

Johnson's going to try and give it some humpty. Mpofu goes round the wicket.

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.

17.41: Zimbabwe have done all they could to keep Australia to a manageable target and it's been a commendable effort. Their spinners were exceptional. Elton Chigumbura said at the toss that they were hoping to keep Australia below 270. Well they've done that. Now their batsmen have to handle the searing pace of Tait, Lee and Johnson.

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End of over 50 (8 runs) Australia 262/6

    • MG Johnson 7 (3b 1x4)
    • MJ Clarke 58 (55b 4x4)
    • CB Mpofu 8-0-58-2
    • RW Price 8-0-43-1
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