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)

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   MG Johnson 1-1-0-0

7.1

Johnson to Ryder, no run, short of a length and angling into Ryder who steers into the covers without really getting forward

7.2

Johnson to Ryder, no run, a foot outside off, but not short, Ryder looks to place him through the packed off side cordon, but point intervenes

7.3

Johnson to Ryder, no run, back of a length and this time no width either. Ryder defends cautiously into the off side

7.4

Johnson to Ryder, FOUR, don't give Ryder width, he just loves it almost as much as candy. Johndon lands this well outside off, Ryder stays rooted on his crease and swings the bat in a decisive arc to send the ball thundering through the covers.

7.5

Johnson to Ryder, no run, over-compensation, very straight on leg stump, Ryder is early on the turn off the pads and plays it back down the track.

7.6

Johnson to Ryder, no run, no bouncer though, length ball slanting into the pads and Ryder misses the nurdle as he continues to play, rooted to the crease

New Zealand 36/1   MG Johnson 2-1-4-0

9.1

Johnson to Ryder, FOUR, lovely pull from Ryder. Couple of things to watch in that shot. It was short from Johnson yes, but Ryder had to place it in front of square, since there was David Hussey at deep backward square leg. Secondly, he had to ensure he did not top edge it. Ryder did both, placing it in front of square, and rolling the wrists expertly over it, almost like he was playing a top-spin forehand at ping pong. Beats Hussey's dive and makes it to the fence

9.2

Johnson to Ryder, FOUR, bonus from Mitch, Ryder likes it. Fast and sprayed down the leg side, Ryder is inside the line by design and just helps it along past short fine leg. Poor bowling at its poorest.

9.3

Johnson to Ryder, 1 wide, and it gets poorer. Wide well down the leg side.

9.3

Johnson to Ryder, no run, finally Mitch hits the right length, outside off and pushes into the covers by Ryder.

9.4

Johnson to Ryder, no run, back of a length and a hint wider outside off, Ryder guides it through point

9.5

Johnson to Ryder, no run, very full ball at 133 kph, on off stump and pushed down the track

9.6

Johnson to Ryder, no run, ends the over rather well, does Mitch. Keeps it on a tight line just outside off and Ryder opens the face to defend towards the off side

New Zealand 49/2   MG Johnson 3-1-13-0

11.1

Johnson to Ryder, no run, again, width for Ryder, but there is a lot of protection in the off side. He tries to thump on the up through the cordon, but Clarke at cover point dives across to his left and stops it

11.2

Johnson to Ryder, FOUR, another excellent pull from Ryder. Nice, friendly short ball from Johnson, Ryder gets inside the line and goes onto the back foot, the front leg bent and angling in disdain, it races away square

11.3

Johnson to Ryder, FOUR, another short one. Ryder's bowling more bouncers than you'll see in a high-end Bangalore pub. No bouncer is going to bother someone as doughty as Ryder. Again he jumps back and slaps it square. No protection in the deep. Poor bowing again from Mitch.

11.4

Johnson to Ryder, no run, better length, fuller and Ryder plays it back with a straight bat.

11.5

Johnson to Ryder, no run, back of a length and around off stump, the over's damage already done, Ryder just pushes it into the covers

11.6

Johnson to Ryder, no run, a touch of width outside off, Ryder opens the face and steers to backward point

New Zealand 57/2   MG Johnson 4-1-21-0

13.1

Johnson to Ryder, no run, good length around off stump, Ryder stays in his crease and drives towards cover point. Can we have some singles please?

13.2

Johnson to Ryder, OUT, caught behind! New Zealand are making no progress here. Johnson hits a good length around off stump and gets the ball to straighten just enough off the pitch. Ryder pushes forward tentatively and gets a thick nick through to Haddin. It's what eventually happens when you let one bowler bowl at a batsman for long periods without making him change his line by rotating strike.

JD Ryder c †Haddin b Johnson 25 (49m 31b 6x4 0x6) SR: 80.64

13.3

Johnson to Franklin, no run, and the first ball is full on middle and leg, Franklin flicks to the man placed at short square leg

13.4

Johnson to Franklin, no run, shorter ball around off stump. Franklin drops his wrists, sways a little and lets the ball go past

13.5

Johnson to Franklin, OUT, there you go, too high at No. 5. Franklin keeps his feet rooted in his crease and tries to drive at one extremely far away from his body. Rubbish shot, and the edge is taken oh so easily by Haddin.

JEC Franklin c †Haddin b Johnson 0 (2m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

13.6

Johnson to Styris, no run, short of a length and very straight. Styris defends off his back foot towards the off side.

New Zealand 66/4   MG Johnson 5-2-21-2

15.1

Johnson to How, no run, short of a length ball angling across the right-hander from over the wicket, left alone by the batsman

15.2

Johnson to How, no run, wider ball outside off, the batsman strides forward and shoulders arms again

15.3

Johnson to How, no run, given the spate of edges to Haddin of late, Johnson is asking How to come and get it from wide outside off. How shows admirable restraint and says no thank you

15.4

Johnson to How, 1 run, short of a length and straighter, How jumps back and works the ball through square leg

15.5

Johnson to Taylor, no run, Now the temptation is thrown at Taylor, short of a length outside off stump. Taylor also resists. If only their team-mates had shown similar discipline.

15.6

Johnson to Taylor, 1 run, And Taylor's discipline wavers but his thick edge flies low and down to third man

New Zealand 70/5   MG Johnson 6-2-23-2

17.1

Johnson to How, no run, left alone outside off stump

17.2

Johnson to How, no run, punched firmly off the front foot towards extra cover

17.3

Johnson to How, no run, good length around off stump, How stays in his crease and blocks

17.4

Johnson to How, no run, defended on the back foot once again, Johnson is bowling a testing line around off

17.5

Johnson to How, no run, fuller length on a tight line, pushed into the covers on the front foot

17.6

Johnson to How, no run, perfect line, perfect length. Johnson's third maiden. How lets it go outside off stump

New Zealand 73/6   MG Johnson 7-3-23-2

41.1

Johnson to Vettori, 1 run, angles into the pads first up, at 139.2 kph, but no worries for Vettori as he gets the pads inside the line and helps it along to fine leg

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

41.3

Johnson to Southee, no run, yorker on off stump, dug out down the track. Southee is the new man in by the way.

41.4

Johnson to Southee, no run, edged but White is standing too deep at lone slip to hold it. Pitched up and asking to be driven, Southee goes for it and gets a thick edge. Straight to White, on the bounce

41.5

Johnson to Southee, 1 run, very straight, on middle and leg as Southee hops away and works it to the leg side.

41.6

Johnson to Vettori, 1 run, Vettori chips across to off stump an tucks him square for one. Will he take the batting Powerplay now?

New Zealand 177/8   MG Johnson 8-3-26-3

43.1

Johnson to Vettori, no run, back of a length and very straight, Vettori begins with anti-climactic defence down the track

43.2

Johnson to Vettori, 1 run, just outside off this time, Vettori stays on the crease and chops it behind square for a single.

43.3

Johnson to Southee, no run, he misses the first ball, back of a length and angling across as he looks to poke to the off side from the crease

43.4

Johnson to Southee, 1 leg bye, a stolen legbye to change strike. Mitch lands this on the pads, following Southee as he hops away, and they squeeze a single towards backward point

43.5

Johnson to Vettori, FOUR, Vettori is playing a really good innings here. Again. Jumps away to leg stump to open up the off side, and Mitch tries to cramp him by landing it on middle and leg, but Vettori had enough room to force an off drive and get it to the right of mid off

43.6

Johnson to Vettori, 1 wide, there's more shuffling here than happens before the dealing of a Poker hand. Vettori skips across to off stump, Mitch has no idea where he is going and lands this outside leg stump. It's a wide, and Vettori feels he missed out on the flick

43.6

Johnson to Vettori, 1 run, again, Vettori trots across to well outside off, Mitch follows him correctly and Vettori can't do much except work it to the leg side for one

New Zealand 196/8   MG Johnson 9-3-33-3

45.1

Johnson to Southee, OUT, Ponting is saved a hefty fine for slow over rates as Australia manage to bowl New Zealand out, just five minutes over time. Poor, poor shot from Southee. Looks to launch a straight length ball without getting forward, and just tonks it up in the air. It goes up into the Nagpur sky and when it comes down, Ponting is ready, despite the fact that the midday sun would have blinded him.

TG Southee c Ponting b Johnson 6 (20m 10b 0x4 0x6) SR: 60.00

New Zealand 206/10   MG Johnson 9.1-3-33-4

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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