ICC Cricket World Cup, 8th Match, Group A: Australia v New Zealand at Nagpur, Feb 25, 2011
ICC Cricket World Cup - 8th match, Group A
Australia won by 7 wickets (with 96 balls remaining)
25 February 2011 (50-over match)
18.1

Tait to NL McCullum, no run, full ball from Tait around off stump, driven off the front foot towards cover. New Zealand are stuck in some terrible mire here. There is a woeful lack of direction to this innings.

18.2

Tait to NL McCullum, 2 runs, flicked off the front foot towards midwicket

18.3

Tait to NL McCullum, no run, short ball outside off stump, McCullum lets it go through to Haddin

18.4

Tait to NL McCullum, 1 run, Tait appeals but there was bat on this one. Only a little bat though and that's what saved McCullum. He too tried to play across the line to a full and fast delivery that was very straight

18.6

Tait to NL McCullum, 1 run, nudged on the leg side for one more

New Zealand 78/6   NL McCullum 4* (5b)
19.1

Krejza to NL McCullum, no run, tossed up wide outside off stump. McCullum strides forward and towards the ball to drive to cover

19.2

Krejza to NL McCullum, 1 run, driven with power through cover point, through the infield for a single

19.4

Krejza to NL McCullum, 1 run, nudged off the pads through square leg this time

19.6

Krejza to NL McCullum, 1 run, whipped on to the leg side from outside off stump

New Zealand 83/6   NL McCullum 7* (9b)
20.1

Lee to NL McCullum, no run, McCullum attempts to cover drive but gets beaten outside off

20.2

Lee to NL McCullum, no run, defended on the front foot towards cover ...

20.3

Lee to NL McCullum, 1 leg bye, Lee was aiming for the yorker but his line was a little awry on leg stump, McCullum missed the flick and the ball hit the pad and rolled towards the on-side. Lee couldn't sprint across quickly enough to prevent the run. A bit of reverse from Lee

New Zealand 84/6   NL McCullum 7* (12b)
21.2

Krejza to NL McCullum, 1 run, shouts of catch it as McCullum chips the ball in the air but just wide of Krejza as the bowler dived to his right to try and take the caught and bowled

21.4

Krejza to NL McCullum, no run, McCullum whips the ball through square

21.5

Krejza to NL McCullum, 1 run, nudged off the pads down leg side, another single

New Zealand 89/6   NL McCullum 9* (15b)
22.2

Lee to NL McCullum, 1 run, full ball outside off, run down to third man

22.5

Lee to NL McCullum, no run, good length outside off stump, dabbed off the back foot towards point

22.6

Lee to NL McCullum, FOUR, an a welcome sight, McCullum keeps his eyes on the short ball from Lee and bunts it over the head of Haddin. First boundary in 11 overs.

New Zealand 97/6   NL McCullum 14* (18b 1x4)
23.3

Krejza to NL McCullum, no run, defended on the front foot

23.4

Krejza to NL McCullum, 2 runs, McCullum moves a touch across and chips the ball high in the air towards deep midwicket where the ball falls wide of the fielder. New Zealand reach 100, it's been a tough journey there

23.5

Krejza to NL McCullum, no run, played on the off side, towards point

23.6

Krejza to NL McCullum, no run, an attempted cut off the back foot but the batsman tried to hit it a bit too hard and mis-timed the shot towards cover

New Zealand 100/6   NL McCullum 16* (22b 1x4)
25.1

Krejza to NL McCullum, 1 bye, the ball beats the bat and thuds into Haddin before rolling towards short third man

25.3

Krejza to NL McCullum, 1 run, worked off the pads towards square leg

25.6

Krejza to NL McCullum, 1 run, swept on one knee towards short fine leg

New Zealand 105/6   NL McCullum 18* (25b 1x4)
26.1

Smith to NL McCullum, 1 run, that might have spun, had it pitched. McCullum takes it on the full and drives down the ground

New Zealand 106/6   NL McCullum 19* (26b 1x4)
27.1

Krejza to NL McCullum, no run, defended on the front foot on the leg side

27.2

Krejza to NL McCullum, no run, a flatter offering and it is cut off the back foot towards short third man

27.3

Krejza to NL McCullum, 5 wides, Krejza slips one down leg side, McCullum gets inside the line and tries to glance the ball. He misses but the ball beats Haddin as well

27.3

Krejza to NL McCullum, 1 run, pushed through cover point for a single

New Zealand 114/6   NL McCullum 20* (29b 1x4)
28.1

Smith to NL McCullum, no run, tossed up on off and Nathan leans out to defend to the off side

28.2

Smith to NL McCullum, 1 run, skids across on off stump, Nathan gets half forward and opens the face to dab it square for a single

28.5

Smith to NL McCullum, 1 run, Nathan whips him off the pads wide of mid-on to turn the strike over again

New Zealand 121/6   NL McCullum 22* (32b 1x4)
29.1

Krejza to NL McCullum, 1 run, back of a length and holding its line around off stump, Nathan works it off the back foot through midwicket for a single

29.4

Krejza to NL McCullum, 1 run, Nathan shuffles across and nurdles off the pads through square leg for a single

29.6

Krejza to NL McCullum, no run, sharp bounce from Krejza from middle and leg, gets big on Nathan as he tries to glance, and balloons up off the thigh to the leg side. Haddin collects and they let out a stifled appeal in hope.

New Zealand 125/7   NL McCullum 24* (35b 1x4)
30.2

Smith to NL McCullum, 1 run, Nathan reaches out and drives into the covers for another single. Uppish, but he was in control all the time

New Zealand 127/7   NL McCullum 25* (36b 1x4)
31.1

Tait to NL McCullum, no run, full length ball outside off, Nathan backs away and looks to carve through the off side, but misses

31.2

Tait to NL McCullum, no run, over-pitched on off stump, Nathan shuffles across and looks for the off drive, but can't get it past Tait on his follow through

31.3

Tait to NL McCullum, no run, short of a length this time and very close to off stump, Nathan hangs back in the crease and looks to dab it with an open face towards backward point

31.4

Tait to NL McCullum, 2 runs, finally Nathan gets it away for four. Not. Brett Lee is all over the place with his athleticism today. Short of a length on off stump, and Nathan under-edges a steer that runs very fine towards third man. Lee comes across, dives and prevents the boundary

31.5

Tait to NL McCullum, no run, short ball again, Nathan invokes his inner Brendon and looks for the heaved upper cut. He's not quite quick enough with the hands, and misses, though.

31.6

Tait to NL McCullum, 1 leg bye, this one is speared into the pads. A touch of reverse, may be? Nathan plays all around it, and it runs away off the pads into the off side for a leg bye

New Zealand 130/7   NL McCullum 27* (42b 1x4)
32.1

Smith to NL McCullum, 1 run, tossed up generously and turning away, Nathan opens the wrists and cuts square for one

32.3

Smith to NL McCullum, no run, tossed up again on off and turning away, Natha reaches out to cover the spin, and defends

32.4

Smith to NL McCullum, 1 run, Nathan goes back in the crease and whips against the spin through midwicket for one

32.6

Smith to NL McCullum, 1 run, over-pitched on leg stump, Nathan punches down the ground for one

New Zealand 135/7   NL McCullum 30* (46b 1x4)
33.1

Tait to NL McCullum, 1 wide, Tait has landed a few horror wides today. Another one, a mile outside off stump. Wide as the mid-section of a Sumo champion.

33.1

Tait to NL McCullum, no run, better this time, angles in at sharp pace from just outside off. Nathan is doing a good job of connecting with thin air. Pity that's not getting him any runs.

33.2

Tait to NL McCullum, 2 runs, smart footwork, Nathan gets the front foot across to off stump and works it off the pads as it angles in, and picks a couple to backward square leg.

33.3

Tait to NL McCullum, no run, 145 kph, too fast for this McCullum, who again throws his bat at it outside off and misses

33.4

Tait to NL McCullum, no run, swish, swoosh, miss, miss. This time Nathan plays the perfect on-the-up cover drive. And misses, as Tait whizzes by as good pace

33.5

Tait to NL McCullum, no run, sharp bouncer, coming in with the angle from wide of the crease and heading for the head. Nathan wisely ducks

33.6

Tait to NL McCullum, no run, a foot outside off to end the over, for a change Nathan leaves

New Zealand 138/7   NL McCullum 32* (52b 1x4)
34.3

Smith to NL McCullum, 1 run, Nathan bunts a full delivery past the bowler down the ground for one

34.5

Smith to NL McCullum, 1 run, flighted on leg stump, Nathan drives with the spin to the left of mid off and turns the strike over again

New Zealand 143/7   NL McCullum 34* (54b 1x4)
35.5

Krejza to NL McCullum, FOUR, poor delivery, and Nathan pounces on it with hungry intent. Short delivery, sat up and asked to be hit to the leg side, Nathan seemed unable to control his glee as he rocked back and cracked it through midwicket

35.6

Krejza to NL McCullum, 1 run, back of a length and turning in, worked with the spin to midwicket for one

New Zealand 150/7   NL McCullum 39* (56b 2x4)
36.1

Smith to NL McCullum, no run, Nathan plays with the spin into the covers

36.2

Smith to NL McCullum, no run, back of a length on the pads, worked off the pads to the leg side, but straight to the fielder

36.3

Smith to NL McCullum, no run, waits for the spin and defends to the leg side. Aus are finally zipping through the overs

36.4

Smith to NL McCullum, no run, over-pitched on middle and leg, Nathan plays it back down the track powerfully, but straight to the fielder

36.5

Smith to NL McCullum, 1 run, Nathan finally gets the single, steering with the spin, with an angled face through point

New Zealand 151/7   NL McCullum 40* (61b 2x4)
37.2

Krejza to NL McCullum, no run, tossed up on middle and leg, whipped without power to midwicket

37.3

Krejza to NL McCullum, 1 run, shortens the length, but is still on middle and leg from round the wicket. Nathan waits and glances off the hips through square leg

37.6

Krejza to NL McCullum, 1 run, short of a length on middle and off, Nathan motors across to off stump and turns him through square leg for another single

New Zealand 156/7   NL McCullum 42* (64b 2x4)
38.1

Smith to NL McCullum, no run, tossed up on off, Nathan drives nicely with the spin but finds cover

38.2

Smith to NL McCullum, FOUR, Nathan loves a short ball, and Australia's spinners are giving him enough to stay happy. Shocker from Smith, Nathan is ready on the back foot and carts it through midwicket. Emphatically dealt with.

38.3

Smith to NL McCullum, no run, tossed up and worked with the spin into the off side

38.4

Smith to NL McCullum, 2 runs, nicely done by Nathan, stays put on leg stump and waits for the ball to come beside him before cracking it on the up ythrough the covers. The ball does more damage on the way, to Ponting's finger as he dives to his left in an attempt to stop it. He's in pain now.

38.5

Smith to NL McCullum, no run

38.6

Smith to NL McCullum, 1 run, speared on middle and leg, Nathan punches strongly down to long on for one

New Zealand 163/7   NL McCullum 49* (70b 3x4)
39.1

Krejza to NL McCullum, no run, too cheeky from Nathan for his own good. Tossed up well outside off, he tries to work it from there to the leg side, without getting the foot across. The kind of shot only Moin Khan can pull off. Nathan misses and it misses the stumps too.

39.2

Krejza to NL McCullum, 1 run, fifty to Nathan, calmly gets forward and taps towards cover point for a single.

39.6

Krejza to NL McCullum, no run, Nathan taps it from leg stump towards mid on. Can't get the single though

New Zealand 169/7   NL McCullum 50* (73b 3x4)
40.3

Smith to NL McCullum, 1 run, extra turn from Smith, gets the outside edge but Nathan plays it softly so it doesn't carry anywhere. Single towards cover. Fifty runs added.

40.5

Smith to NL McCullum, 1 run, Nathan forces a short of length ball from off stump towards deep cover for another single

New Zealand 173/7   NL McCullum 52* (75b 3x4)
41.2

Johnson to NL McCullum, OUT, Nathan reviews an lbw decision. Another interesting one, as Mitch landed on middleand leg. The ball was doing nothing, just carried on with the line. Nathan, for some reason, was looking to get across to the off stump and nurdle to the leg side. A fine plan that, but not if you miss the plan. He did. Hit in the front of middle, and it was carrying on to hit off. Both reviews done for New Zealand, and an important wicket for Aus.

NL McCullum lbw b Johnson 52 (94m 76b 3x4 0x6) SR: 68.42

New Zealand 175/8   NL McCullum 52 (76b 3x4)
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