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)
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

26.2

Smith to How, no run, this one pitches but doesn't turn so much. Driven back to the bowler

26.3

Smith to How, no run, a loose drive to one that lands outside off. The outside edge is in the air but falls short of White at point

26.4

Smith to How, no run, defended towards the bowler on the leg side

26.5

Smith to How, 2 runs, played off the back foot through square

26.6

Smith to How, no run, a large stride forward precedes a solid forward defensive shot

New Zealand 108/6   SPD Smith 1-0-3-0
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

28.3

Smith to How, no run, fuller on off stump, How drives strongly but straight to the fielder in the covers

28.4

Smith to How, 1 run, this time he gets the gap between cover and mid off. Singles galore.

28.5

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

28.6

Smith to How, OUT, How reviews an lbw call that looked plumb at the outset. Tossed up on middle from a touch wide of the crease, grips and straightens as How looks to defend it in front of front pad. The bat came across from its backlift, that began with the bat pointing at gully, a little late. The ball thudded into the pad in front of middle and was headed towards the stumps too. A review wasted, How is gone.

JM How lbw b Smith 22 (60m 47b 1x4 0x6) SR: 46.80

New Zealand 121/7   SPD Smith 2-0-6-1
30.1

Smith to Vettori, 1 run, Smith offers Vettori generous width outside off, and he hangs back and across to steer backward of point for one

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

30.3

Smith to Vettori, no run, flatter, Vettori plays back and taps it off the pads to the leg side

30.4

Smith to Vettori, no run, tossed up on off stump, Vettori leans out and defends to the off side

30.5

Smith to Vettori, no run, turning into the pads, Vettori nurdles to the leg side. Can't get a single

30.6

Smith to Vettori, no run, Vettori jumps a mile outside the crease, converts it into a low full toss and drives, but can't beat mid off

New Zealand 127/7   SPD Smith 3-0-8-1
32.1

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

32.2

Smith to Vettori, 1 run, tossed up again, wide of off stump and Vettori steers it through point 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

32.5

Smith to Vettori, 1 run, turning into the pads this time, Vettori works him with soft hands towards midwicket for one more

32.6

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

New Zealand 135/7   SPD Smith 4-0-13-1
34.1

Smith to Vettori, no run, outside off, Vettori is on the front foot and pushes into the covers

34.2

Smith to Vettori, 1 run, Vettori gets the single with quick wrists, worked off the pads through midwicket

34.3

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

34.4

Smith to Vettori, 1 wide, wide outside off, Vettori can't reach it and it is called

34.4

Smith to Vettori, 1 run, closer to off stump this time, and Vettori manages to dab it with an opened face towards third man

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

34.6

Smith to Vettori, 1 run, Vettori retains strike, reaching out to a full-pitched delivery and driving to the left of mid on for one more

New Zealand 144/7   SPD Smith 5-0-19-1
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

36.6

Smith to Vettori, 1 run, Vettori taps Smith off the pads to midwicket and ends with another single

New Zealand 152/7   SPD Smith 6-0-21-1
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   SPD Smith 7-0-28-1
40.1

Smith to Vettori, no run, this time Vettori tries the reverse sweep and misses.

40.2

Smith to Vettori, 1 run, tossed up on off stump, Vettori reaches out and drives efficiently down the grounf

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.

40.4

Smith to Vettori, 1 run, Vettori stays back and plays to the off side for a single

40.5

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

40.6

Smith to Vettori, 1 run, on Vettori's pads and sliding further down, he glances it fine and gets a single

New Zealand 174/7   SPD Smith 8-0-33-1
42.1

Smith to Vettori, 2 runs, tossed up outside off, Vettori drives expansively to deep cover for two

42.2

Smith to Vettori, no run, tossed up on off, skidding along, and Vettori tries to play another reverse slap. Misses this time

42.3

Smith to Vettori, FOUR, and Vettori makes contact with the reverse sweep now. Such a good looking shot when it comes off. Smith tosses it up outside off, Vettori reverses the grip and sends it packing through third man

42.4

Smith to Vettori, FOUR, horror delivery, full toss on leg and took everyone by surprise. Vettori was so shocked, he fell down as he made contact with a powerful pull-sweep. Made good contact though, and picked up four more.

42.5

Smith to Vettori, 1 run, plays down the ground for a single. Good batting from the captain here.

42.6

Smith to Southee, no run, Southee looks to cut a short ball, but finds point. Vettori has strike

New Zealand 188/8   SPD Smith 9-0-44-1
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