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)

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

8.6

Watson to Taylor, no run, length ball to end the over, and Taylor learns from Guppy's error. Gets a good forward stride and defends to the off side

New Zealand 40/2   SR Watson 1-0-4-1

10.1

Watson to Taylor, no run, full length ball on middle and off, pushed down the track towards mid on

10.2

Watson to Taylor, no run, even fuller from Watto, this one comes in a shade, but Taylor covers the line and defends down the track again

10.3

Watson to Taylor, no run, tight from Watto, on an around off stump and on a length, Taylor defends again

10.4

Watson to Taylor, no run, short of a length and coming in to Taylor who covers the line and defends with the full face

10.5

Watson to Taylor, no run, Watto slips this in short, lots of effort for a 128 kph bumper, and Taylor gets under it

10.6

Watson to Taylor, no run, maiden from Watto, full ball hinting at inward movement, and Taylor almost falls over as he looks to work it to the leg side. Leading edge down the track. Edgy start for Taylor

New Zealand 49/2   SR Watson 2-1-4-1

12.1

Watson to Taylor, 1 wide, heavy ball from Watto, bangs it in miles short and he ducks under it. Was down the leg side too, and is called a wide

12.1

Watson to Taylor, no run, fuller and outside off, Taylor gets half forward and across to defend to the off side

12.2

Watson to Taylor, no run, slowish delivery, full at 123 kph, Taylor's struggling to get it off the square here. Guided to backward point.

12.3

Watson to Taylor, no run, fuller length and angling into the stumps, Taylor defends with the full face towards mid on

12.4

Watson to Taylor, FOUR, poor delivery, lets Taylor off - this is the 12th four of the innings in 13 overs; Four and dot seems to be the theme. Short and going down the leg side, Taylor got into a tangle, not knowing what to do with it, and ended up gloving it to fine leg

12.5

Watson to Taylor, no run, length ball on off stump, tamely pushed into the covers. Ian Chappell wonders why they aren't manouvering more singles

12.6

Watson to Taylor, 4 leg byes, and Watto finishes the over with another friendly gift, angling down the leg side and Taylor gets some pad on it as it hurries across to fine leg.

New Zealand 66/2   SR Watson 3-1-9-1

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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