ICC Cricket World Cup, 2010/11 / Commentary

ICC Cricket World Cup - 8th match, Group A

Chappell-Hadlee Trophy

Australia v New Zealand

Australia won by 7 wickets (with 96 balls remaining)

0.1

Lee to Guptill, no run, and he begins with a ball that could not have got closer to off stump without hitting it. Back of a length, angling in and holding its line. Brave leave from Guppy. Hmm.

0.2

Lee to Guptill, no run, 130 kph, more than enough pace if you can get the ball to do magic off the seam. Lee lands it perfectly, kisses the pitch and wafts away past Guppy's nervous poke.

0.3

Lee to Guptill, no run, bat on ball finally, Lee hits the right length again, Guppy gets forward and defends carefully

0.4

Lee to Guptill, no run, he's pressing the accelerator, slowly but surely, purring up like a well-tuned engine. Short ball, hits the deck back of a length and gets lovely carry from this fresh track. Guppy weaves out of the way

0.5

Lee to Guptill, no run, hmm, 133 kph and uneven bounce. This one just hits one of those greenish clumps and dies on Guppy, goes under the bat's toe as he looks to defend

0.6

Lee to Guptill, no run, some more movement to end the over, a maiden. Lee hits the seam again and gets the away nip, past Guppy who shoulders arms. Good, intense first over

New Zealand 0/0   MJ Guptill 0* (6b)

1.5

Tait to Guptill, no run, short and into Guppy's rib cage, he rides the bounce well and fends to the leg side

1.6

Tait to Guptill, no run, Tait ends the over with another one that pings the bat hard as it jumps up from back of a length. Guppy had the forward defensive under control.

New Zealand 9/0   MJ Guptill 0* (8b)

2.4

Lee to Guptill, no run, snorta from Lee! 137 kph, lands on a length and rears up like a monster. This pitch has more ups and downs than the Himalayas. Guppy was thinking of getting forward, then saw it, wisely changed his mind, arched back and just about saved his face. Lee has some advice for him!

2.5

Lee to Guptill, no run, this one is fuller, Guppy's able to get forward and defend to the off side

2.6

Lee to Guptill, no run, another short one to end the over, steaming away at 144 kph, Guppy rises on the toes to cover the bounce and keep it down

New Zealand 10/0   MJ Guptill 0* (11b)

5.1

Johnson to Guptill, no run, regulation ball, angling across Guppy who stays put and shoulders arms

5.2

Johnson to Guptill, no run, fuller and again angled across off, Guppy leaves again

5.3

Johnson to Guptill, no run, full delivery, a yorker almost on off stump, not very pacy as Guppy digs it out between the bowler and mid off

5.4

Johnson to Guptill, no run, extravagant bounce this time, got big on Guppy from back of a length and then got bigger. He tried to cut, then changes the shot into a guide, and finally into an upper cut. The ball still beat him with the extra lift

5.5

Johnson to Guptill, no run, length delivery, decent pace, nothing scary - Guppy leans out and defends to the off side

5.6

Johnson to Guptill, no run, Mitch tees off with a maiden, tight line and a hint of inward seam from a length on middle and off. Guppy stays in the crease and defends down the pitch

New Zealand 25/1   MJ Guptill 0* (17b)

6.4

Lee to Guptill, no run, another dot for Guppy, who stays tamely in the crease and plays defensively backward of point

6.5

Lee to Guptill, 2 runs, Drumroll - Guptill is not out for a duck. Over-pitched on off stump and he finally gets forward with some intent, and punches through the covers. Not the best piece of timing, but good enough to get a couple. He will breathe easier

6.6

Lee to Guptill, FOUR, Having done his Gavaskar impersonation, Guptill now summons his inner Sehwag. Back of a length and just outside off stump. Guppy stays on leg stump, waits for the ball to come beside him, and then opens the face upwards intentionally to ping the third man boundary. Perfectly executed, almost a six. Lee ends another over with a boundary.

New Zealand 32/1   MJ Guptill 6* (20b 1x4)

8.1

Watson to Guptill, no run, and begins with a dream away seamer. Lands back of a length outside off and just hints at going away. Guppy thought he had the line covered as he defended. He thought ...

8.2

Watson to Guptill, FOUR, poor line, too full and too straight, easy runs from Guppy who gets the front foot in line and whips fluidly through wide mid on

8.3

Watson to Guptill, no run, better this time, keeps it outside off and Guptill sees it through to the keeper

8.4

Watson to Guptill, no run, another one runs along the turf. 125 kph outside off, Guppy tries to play a cut on the up, but the ball just scoots below his shot.

8.5

Watson to Guptill, OUT, oh well, Watto has castled Guppy with another grubber. Bad signs this, for the game. Back of a length from Watto, Guppy may have been better off coming forward in hindsight, but I doubt it would have helped. It just never came up off the track, Guppy played a half-cock forward block, but it kissed the toe of the bat and just shot through onto the stumps. Balls bounce more on nine-pin bowling alleys.

MJ Guptill b Watson 10 (45m 25b 2x4 0x6) SR: 40.00

New Zealand 40/2   MJ Guptill 10 (25b 2x4)

Photos

Feb 25, 2011

Michael Clarke plays the pull shot, Australia v New Zealand, Group A, Nagpur, February 25, 2011

Michael Clarke plays the pull shot

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Feb 25, 2011

New Zealand celebrate the dismissal of Brad Haddin, Australia v New Zealand, Group A, Nagpur, February 25, 2011

New Zealand celebrate the dismissal of Brad Haddin

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