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)

1.1

Tait to BB McCullum, 1 wide, NZ are away with a wide from Tait who spears the first one well down the leg side

1.1

Tait to BB McCullum, 1 wide, another one. Tait's radar is still not turned on, and Baz looks to whip another one heading down the leg. No contact made

1.1

Tait to BB McCullum, no run, 130 kph, short delivery that came on slowly and thudded into McCullum's fore-arm. He doesn't even flinch! He's not wearing a guard, and was trying to get under the bumkper, but it did not get that high

1.2

Tait to BB McCullum, no run, 142.3 kph, Tait hits Baz's bat and not the other way round. Short ball, fizzing up from back of a length and Baz defends into the off side

1.3

Tait to BB McCullum, FOUR, Baz is away with a typically enterprising upper-cut. Pacy from Tait again, just sligghlt wide of off stump, Baz stays beside it and uncorks those monster wrists to send it flying backward of square, almost a six

1.4

Tait to BB McCullum, 3 runs, ooh, Ponting misfields, was he being careful about the injured finger? Full on the stumps from Tait, Baz leans into the push drive to the left of mid off. Ponting runs across and dives over the ball

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   SW Tait 1-0-9-0

3.1

Tait to BB McCullum, 1 no ball, oho, wides in the first over, now a no-ball from Taity. Baz was going after this one as it it were a free hit, huge swing and a miss to a ball wide outside off.

3.1

Tait to BB McCullum, 1 wide, and the free-hit is a wide. Tait's delivered more extras than a big-budget Bollywood movie's dance would feature. Banged in real short, and it's a foot over Baz's head

3.1

Tait to BB McCullum, FOUR, finally he delivers a legal free-hit and McCullum scythes it over backward point. He almost seemed to expect another short ball, was in the position, shuffling across and throwing the willow at it. Not as well-timed as the previous hit, and it lands well short of the ropes

3.2

Tait to BB McCullum, no run, fuller from Tait, Baz is half forward into the defensive shot

3.3

Tait to BB McCullum, FOUR, ooh, lucky for Baz. Tait offers width again, but not as short as the other ones. Baz wanted to hit the leather off that one, but he did not have the room to crunch it away. As he was cramped, it took the inside edge and missed the stumps. French Cut for four.

3.4

Tait to BB McCullum, OUT, McCullum has holed out, or has he? Caught at third man by Krejza, but the umpire wants to check if he over-stepped. He landed alright, but the foot skid a few inches forward. Still doesn't over-step so McCullum has to go. Full delivery outside off, Baz looks for the extravagant carve over point, but since his feet weren't across it went off the outside edge, close to the bottom of the bat. He went at that so hard, that it carried to Krejza at third man at good height.

BB McCullum c Krejza b Tait 16 (19m 12b 3x4 0x6) SR: 133.33

3.5

Tait to Ryder, no run, full delivery angling across Ryder who pushes it towards cover point

3.6

Tait to Ryder, 1 run, width again outside off, Ryder doesn't move the feet at all and plays with an opened face, towards third man for a single

New Zealand 21/1   SW Tait 2-0-20-1

14.1

Tait to Taylor, 1 run, how lucky is Taylor! Tait pinged him with a rapid short ball and Taylor took his eyes of the ball, left it all to fate, and half ducked. The ball crashed into his hand, a little higher than the glove and lobbed over first slip.

14.2

Tait to Styris, no run, wide outside off stump, left alone

14.3

Tait to Styris, no run, fuller and straighter, Styris aims to flick but doesn't make proper contact

14.4

Tait to Styris, OUT, horrific shot from Styris and the implosion continues. Tait pitched one short and wide, Styris went to slash it but it was a bit too far from him. He needed to get a bit closer to the ball but he didn't and the edge is once again taken by Haddin.

SB Styris c †Haddin b Tait 0 (4m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

14.5

Tait to How, 1 run, and How gets a juicy full ball on leg stump first up, and flicks it down to fine leg. Tait was looking for the yorker

14.6

Tait to Taylor, no run, Taylor gets behind the line of a short of a length delivery and defends

New Zealand 68/5   SW Tait 3-0-22-2

16.1

Tait to Taylor, 1 run, Tait delivers a full ball on leg stump, Taylor leans across and flicks towards fine leg

16.2

Tait to How, 1 no ball, full and straight, defended on the front foot towards the off. Tait's over-stepped so New Zealand have a chance to go crazy against the next ball

16.2

Tait to How, 1 run, what do I know. It's a yorker but the line is down leg and it's glanced towards fine leg

16.3

Tait to Taylor, no run, very full and very straight. Taylor plays the ball rather late and drives towards mid-on

16.4

Tait to Taylor, no run, full length outside off stump, driven firmly but to the man at cover point

16.5

Tait to Taylor, no run, short of a length outside off stump, How drops his wrists and lets it go

16.6

Tait to Taylor, OUT, bowled him! Tait fires a full and fast yorker at Taylor, who had no hope once he made the decision to play across the line. He played around the ball and it crashed into off stump.

LRPL Taylor b Tait 7 (45m 22b 1x4 0x6) SR: 31.81

New Zealand 73/6   SW Tait 4-0-25-3

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

18.5

Tait to How, 1 run, How flicks another full one through square leg

18.6

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

New Zealand 78/6   SW Tait 5-0-30-3

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   SW Tait 6-0-32-3

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   SW Tait 7-0-35-3

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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