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)

Lee to Coventry, OUT, this was a likely dismissal. Coventry was edgy against the short ball and tried to pull this one from outside off stump. The top edge swirled high in the air and the ball descended in the region of silly mid-off, where Lee was waiting to take the caught and bowled

CK Coventry c & b Lee 14 (24m 24b 1x4 1x6) SR: 58.33

Zimbabwe 22/1   BRM Taylor 6* (10b)   B Lee 2.4-0-13-1

Johnson to Taibu, OUT, he's given Watson some catching practice at first slip. Taibu tried to guide the ball towards third man by opening the face but the line of the short of a length ball was far too close to the body. He ended up steering it off the face towards Watson's right. He bent swiftly to take a low catch

T Taibu c Watson b Johnson 7 (23m 17b 1x4 0x6) SR: 41.17

Zimbabwe 40/2   BRM Taylor 16* (22b 1x4)   MG Johnson 3.3-0-8-1

Tait to Taylor, OUT, bowled him! Taylor tried to work the ball on the leg side from his crease and closed the face of the bat. He missed and Tait sped the ball through and grazed the pad before uprooting middle stump. Nothing special, just straight, fast and very effective.

BRM Taylor b Tait 16 (53m 24b 1x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

Zimbabwe 40/3   CR Ervine 0* (3b)   SW Tait 2.2-0-8-1

Johnson to Ervine, OUT, Johnson bowls a full, fast and straight ball that thuds into Ervine's pads as he tries to play across the line and falls over a touch. Johnson roars an appeal but Asoka de Silva is unmoved, again. Haddin is adamant that it should be reviewed. Replays show that it's pretty plumb. Thank goodness for the UDRS today. Asoka's had a shocker.

CR Ervine lbw b Johnson 0 (13m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Zimbabwe 44/4   E Chigumbura 0* (4b)   MG Johnson 4.3-0-8-2

Krejza to Chigumbura, OUT, Elton's gone. Krejza throws this up well outside off and he goes for the lap-sweep. Too ambitious, he had to bring that around from a long way off, and ended up getting gloving a top edge that popped up on the off side. Haddin runs across and pouches it, then hurries back to effect a stumping, just in case. Elton was already walking away though.

E Chigumbura c †Haddin b Krejza 14 (44m 25b 2x4 0x6) SR: 56.00

Zimbabwe 88/5   SC Williams 24* (32b 1x4 1x6)   JJ Krejza 3.2-0-20-1

Tait to Williams, OUT, Tait's blown Williams away with 144.7 kph of unplayable pace. Almost a yorker again, from wide of the crease from round the wicket, homes the guided missile in on the line of off stump. Williams has played back to everything, think he'd make a good playback singer. He hangs deep in the crease again and hangs the bat out feebly. It took the edge and flew away at inexplicable pace towards the right of Watto at slip and he does real well to bend down and pluck it low. On second view, it was more a full length ball than a yorker. Still, unplayable.

SC Williams c Watson b Tait 28 (40m 40b 1x4 1x6) SR: 70.00

Zimbabwe 96/6   RW Chakabva 4* (14b)   SW Tait 6-1-21-2

Krejza to Chakabva, OUT, Regis perishes to a strange shot, trying to pull a length ball tossed up around middle and leg. He may have played forward to it, he should have played with a straight bat. Instead, he stayed back and looked to pull. It gripped and straightened, whizzed past the bat and thudded into the area above his bent back knee. Plumb.

RW Chakabva lbw b Krejza 6 (21m 18b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

Zimbabwe 104/7   P Utseya 5* (10b)   JJ Krejza 6.2-0-25-2

Hussey to Utseya, OUT, caught at midwicket. Utseya leans forward to play the ball on the leg side and ends up lobbing it nice and slowly towards Ponting at midwicket. He has a hurt pinky but that was a ridiculously easy catch

P Utseya c Ponting b Hussey 24 (52m 45b 1x4 0x6) SR: 53.33

Zimbabwe 153/8   AG Cremer 28* (39b 3x4)   DJ Hussey 1.2-0-6-1

Johnson to Cremer, OUT, caught behind! Johnson slants a good length ball across Cremer, giving him some width. Cremer chases it, playing away from his body, and gets an edge which Haddin catches by diving low and to his right

AG Cremer c †Haddin b Johnson 37 (51m 51b 4x4 0x6) SR: 72.54

Zimbabwe 167/9   RW Price 4* (8b)   MG Johnson 7.4-1-18-3

Johnson to Mpofu, OUT, caught! And that's the end of the game. Johnson pitches one closer to the batsman around off stump and gets it to straighten ever so slightly. Mpofu pushes forward at it and gets an edge which Haddin takes pretty easily.

CB Mpofu c †Haddin b Johnson 2 (12m 11b 0x4 0x6) SR: 18.18

Zimbabwe 171/10   RW Price 5* (19b)   MG Johnson 9.2-2-19-4





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