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)

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

New Zealand 6/0   BB McCullum 4* (3b 1x4)   SW Tait 0.3-0-6-0

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

New Zealand 16/0   BB McCullum 12* (9b 2x4)   SW Tait 1.1-0-15-0

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.

New Zealand 20/0   BB McCullum 16* (11b 3x4)   SW Tait 1.3-0-19-0

Lee to Ryder, FOUR, Lee is denied a maiden as Ryder threads the covers with a powerful slash into the ground. It's a shot from the Ryder book of delights, but he has it under control. A foot of width outside off, Ryder stands up and throws the bat at it, and swats it through the covers

New Zealand 25/1   JD Ryder 5* (8b 1x4)   B Lee 3-1-5-0

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)   B Lee 4-1-11-0

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.

New Zealand 36/1   JD Ryder 9* (15b 2x4)   MG Johnson 1.4-1-4-0

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

New Zealand 40/1   MJ Guptill 10* (22b 2x4)   SR Watson 0.2-0-4-0

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

New Zealand 44/2   JD Ryder 13* (18b 3x4)   MG Johnson 2.1-1-8-0

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.

New Zealand 48/2   JD Ryder 17* (19b 4x4)   MG Johnson 2.2-1-12-0

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

New Zealand 53/2   JD Ryder 21* (25b 5x4)   MG Johnson 3.2-1-17-0

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.

New Zealand 57/2   JD Ryder 25* (26b 6x4)   MG Johnson 3.3-1-21-0

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

New Zealand 62/2   LRPL Taylor 4* (11b 1x4)   SR Watson 2.4-1-9-1

Lee to NL McCullum, FOUR, an a welcome sight, McCullum keeps his eyes on the short ball from Lee and bunts it over the head of Haddin. First boundary in 11 overs.

New Zealand 97/6   NL McCullum 14* (18b 1x4)   B Lee 6-1-19-0

Krejza to How, FOUR, edged this time for four to third man. How pushed forward at one outside off and got a thick edge that ran past the fielder at short third man

New Zealand 118/6   JM How 21* (42b 1x4)   JJ Krejza 4.4-0-27-0

Krejza to NL McCullum, FOUR, poor delivery, and Nathan pounces on it with hungry intent. Short delivery, sat up and asked to be hit to the leg side, Nathan seemed unable to control his glee as he rocked back and cracked it through midwicket

New Zealand 149/7   NL McCullum 38* (55b 2x4)   JJ Krejza 6.5-0-36-0

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.

New Zealand 160/7   NL McCullum 46* (66b 3x4)   SPD Smith 6.2-0-25-1

Krejza to Vettori, FOUR, It's the Trans-Tasman sweepstakes, and Vettori is striking it rich. Tossed up outside off, but he'd picked his spot early. Gets done low, crouches in anticipation and then creams it through midwicket. Along the ground, and into the gap.

New Zealand 168/7   DL Vettori 16* (24b 1x4)   JJ Krejza 8.4-0-46-0

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

New Zealand 183/8   DL Vettori 28* (34b 2x4)   SPD Smith 8.3-0-39-1

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.

New Zealand 187/8   DL Vettori 32* (35b 3x4)   SPD Smith 8.4-0-43-1

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

New Zealand 194/8   DL Vettori 38* (39b 4x4)   MG Johnson 8.5-3-31-3

Lee to Vettori, FOUR, slow bouncer, 121 kph and Vettori says Thank You very much! That sat up like a dolly and Vettori slapped it happily through midwicket

New Zealand 200/8   DL Vettori 43* (41b 5x4)   B Lee 7.1-2-23-0





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