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, 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

New Zealand 20/1   MJ Guptill 0* (11b)   SW Tait 1.4-0-19-1

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

New Zealand 40/2   JD Ryder 9* (17b 2x4)   SR Watson 0.5-0-4-1

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

New Zealand 66/3   LRPL Taylor 4* (13b 1x4)   MG Johnson 4.2-1-21-1

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

New Zealand 66/4   LRPL Taylor 4* (13b 1x4)   MG Johnson 4.5-1-21-2

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

New Zealand 67/5   LRPL Taylor 5* (14b 1x4)   SW Tait 2.4-0-21-2

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   JM How 3* (7b)   SW Tait 4-0-25-3

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   NL McCullum 22* (32b 1x4)   SPD Smith 2-0-6-1

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

New Zealand 175/8   DL Vettori 21* (30b 1x4)   MG Johnson 7.2-3-24-3

Lee to Vettori, OUT, after seven brilliant wicket-less overs, Lee picks one in his shoddiest over of the day. Vettori has run more at the crease today than between them, and again motors away to well outside off. Lee does well to stick to his guns and keep it outside off, back of a length. Vettori goes for the pull and gets an inside edge, through to Haddin.

DL Vettori c †Haddin b Lee 44 (62m 43b 5x4 0x6) SR: 102.32

New Zealand 206/9   TG Southee 6* (9b)   B Lee 8-2-29-1

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   HK Bennett 0* (0b)   MG Johnson 9.1-3-33-4





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