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)

A few minutes away from the start of Australia's chase. It's unlikely that they'll be challenged too much on this pitch, but stranger things have happened. Will New Zealand open with Nathan McCullum?

Here's a far fetched though from Yohan: "In 2007, Sri Lanka was beaten by 1 wicket by South Africa, Malinga took 4 wickets in the end, the scores are quite similar in the first innings, can we see a repeat of 2007, maybe its Southee's day today?"

Watson and Haddin are at their respective ends. Watson to face ... and the new ball is in Tim Southee's hands. More sight screen issues, what a nuisance.

0.1

Southee to Watson, 1 wide, short ball to begin with, but the line is down leg side and that's a wide

0.1

Southee to Watson, no run, good length outside off stump, Watson comes forward to drive with power but mis-times the ball towards the bowler

0.2

Southee to Watson, 1 run, Watson waits on the ball and opens the face to dab down to third man

0.3

Southee to Haddin, 1 wide, another wayward ball down leg side, poor control from Southee

0.3

Southee to Haddin, no run, good length outside off stump again, considerable pace and bounce to the wicketkeeper after the batsman shoulders arms

0.4

Southee to Haddin, 1 run, a hint of shape away from the right-hander from a good length, Haddin pushes towards mid-off to get going

0.5

Southee to Watson, 1 run, fuller ball on middle, Watson comes forward and flicks towards midwicket

0.6

Southee to Haddin, FOUR, terrific footwork, Haddin jumps forward and towards leg to create room and drills the ball through extra cover with a powerful drive. It was a length delivery and Haddin simply hit through the line

End of over 1 (9 runs) Australia 9/0 (198 runs required from 49 overs, RR: 9.00, RRR: 4.04)
BJ Haddin    5* (3b 1x4)      TG Southee    1-0-9-0
SR Watson    2* (3b)     

Vettori's bowling the second over ...

1.1

Vettori to Watson, no run, defended on the front foot towards the off

1.2

Vettori to Watson, no run, Watson strides forward and blocks with bat and pad close together

1.3

Vettori to Watson, 1 run, Watson pushes the ball off the front foot from middle stump towards wide mid-on for one

1.4

Vettori to Haddin, 1 run, Haddin flicks the ball from a full length on middle towards midwicket

1.5

Vettori to Watson, no run, pushed off the front foot towards point

1.6

Vettori to Watson, 1 run, Watson moves deep into the crease and forces the ball towards wide mid-on off the back foot

End of over 2 (3 runs) Australia 12/0 (195 runs required from 48 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 4.06)
SR Watson    4* (8b)      DL Vettori    1-0-3-0
BJ Haddin    6* (4b 1x4)      TG Southee    1-0-9-0

2.1

Southee to Watson, 1 run, Southee strays on to the pads again and Watson plays the good length ball towards midwicket

2.2

Southee to Haddin, FOUR, that didn't quite go where Haddin wanted it to but he's got the same result. He was aiming to go through midwicket with the flick but got a very thick inside edge through square leg, good timing on the shot

2.3

Southee to Haddin, no run, played on the off side from the crease

2.4

Southee to Haddin, no run, Haddin steps down and makes room once again to drive inside out through extra cover, this time he doesn't time it as well or find the gap

2.5

Southee to Haddin, 1 run, the slower ball pushed off the back foot towards mid-on for one

2.6

Southee to Watson, no run, good length ball angling into the right-hander, Watson stays in his crease and defends on the leg side

End of over 3 (6 runs) Australia 18/0 (189 runs required from 47 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 4.02)
SR Watson    5* (10b)      TG Southee    2-0-15-0
BJ Haddin    11* (8b 2x4)      DL Vettori    1-0-3-0

A slip and a leg slip in place.

3.1

Vettori to Haddin, 1 run, Haddin stays in his crease and plays a square drive towards deep point

3.2

Vettori to Watson, no run, defended on the leg side from deep in the crease

3.3

Vettori to Watson, 2 runs, a bit of room from Vettori and Watson plays a powerful square cut off the back foot towards deep point where Franklin can't prevent the second

3.4

Vettori to Watson, 1 run, the sweep this time and a single to deep square leg

3.5

Vettori to Haddin, FOUR, superb shot, Haddin didn't try to hit it too hard. He just looked to make contact and place it over the head of the fielder at mid-off, the timing's good enough to take the ball to the boundary

3.6

Vettori to Haddin, 1 run, played on the leg side off the front foot

End of over 4 (9 runs) Australia 27/0 (180 runs required from 46 overs, RR: 6.75, RRR: 3.91)
BJ Haddin    17* (11b 3x4)      DL Vettori    2-0-12-0
SR Watson    8* (13b)      TG Southee    2-0-15-0

4.1

Southee to Haddin, no run, Haddin tries to make room to hit Southee through the off again but ends up having to play it back to the bowler

4.2

Southee to Haddin, FOUR, short and wide, Haddin begins to create room and then realises he doesn't need to. He simply swats the ball through cover with perfect timing and placement

4.3

Southee to Haddin, 1 run, strays on to the pads this time and there's an easy single on offer after pushing the ball towards midwicket

4.4

Southee to Watson, 2 runs, Watson nudges the ball towards square leg for a risky double, Haddin was struggling at the non-striker's end had there been a direct hit

4.5

Southee to Watson, no run, Southee pitched the ball outside off and seamed it into Watson, who tried to flick but missed. The ball struck the pad and Southee's appeal was upheld by the umpire. Watson asked for a review right away and replays show the ball going down leg side and over the stumps

4.6

Southee to Watson, no run, Watson gets tucked up by a short of a length delivery that rises a touch sharply into the mid-section. Watson wanted to work the ball through square but ended up defending it

End of over 5 (7 runs) Australia 34/0 (173 runs required from 45 overs, RR: 6.80, RRR: 3.84)
SR Watson    10* (16b)      TG Southee    3-0-22-0
BJ Haddin    22* (14b 4x4)      DL Vettori    2-0-12-0

Hamish Bennett, a fast bowler with a massive build, has the ball. Not the prettiest action but he bowls at a heady pace.

5.1

Bennett to Haddin, 2 runs, the first ball is full and on leg stump, Haddin picks it off his pads with a flick towards deep midwicket

5.2

Bennett to Haddin, no run, Bennett cramps Haddin for room with one that pitches around off and jags into the right-hander. Haddin fends the ball towards short fine leg

5.3

Bennett to Haddin, 1 wide, McCullum dives superbly to his left to prevent the wide down leg side from running to the boundary

5.3

Bennett to Haddin, no run, short of a length and straight. Haddin stays on the back foot and defends

5.4

Bennett to Haddin, no run, defended from the crease once again towards the on side

5.5

Bennett to Haddin, no run, full ball and down leg side, ripe for flicking, but Haddin can't make contact and gets hit on the pad

5.6

Bennett to Haddin, no run, Haddin jumps back and across and flicks the ball firmly off his pads towards short fine leg

End of over 6 (3 runs) Australia 37/0 (170 runs required from 44 overs, RR: 6.16, RRR: 3.86)
BJ Haddin    24* (20b 4x4)      HK Bennett    1-0-3-0
SR Watson    10* (16b)      TG Southee    3-0-22-0

6.1

Southee to Watson, 1 run, Watson gets on to the front foot and drives a length delivery with power towards mid-off

6.2

Southee to Haddin, 1 run, Haddin hints at making room again, but then stays rather motionless, and chops a short of a length ball towards third man

6.3

Southee to Watson, no run, fuller ball angling into the right-hander. Watson moves forward and drives towards mid-on

6.4

Southee to Watson, no run, a loud appeal from Southee but the umpire, Kumar Dharmasena, says not out this time. Watson got hit in front while defending but there was a big inside edge

6.5

Southee to Watson, no run, defended on the back foot towards the bowler

6.6

Southee to Watson, no run, Watson stays in his crease and opens the face to guide a good length delivery angling towards him to the fielder at point

End of over 7 (2 runs) Australia 39/0 (168 runs required from 43 overs, RR: 5.57, RRR: 3.90)
SR Watson    11* (21b)      TG Southee    4-0-24-0
BJ Haddin    25* (21b 4x4)      HK Bennett    1-0-3-0

7.1

Bennett to Haddin, no run, Bennett pins Haddin to the crease with pace from a good length. Haddin gets behind the line on off stump and blocks

7.2

Bennett to Haddin, 3 runs, strays on to leg this time and Haddin clips it off his pads towards deep midwicket. Williamson has to run around from deep square to field. Williamson is on the field for Styris.

7.3

Bennett to Watson, 5 wides, poor ball, too full and too far down leg side. McCullum's dive can't prevent the five wides this time

7.3

Bennett to Watson, no run, full ball outside off stump, Watson tries to drive and mis-times it towards point

7.4

Bennett to Watson, FOUR, a slower ball but it's also a lovely full toss on leg stump at knee height. Watson waits and swats it to the long leg boundary

7.5

Bennett to Watson, 3 runs, Watson punches the ball firmly down the ground and beats the fielder diving across from mid-on. Nathan McCullum tears after the ball from mid-off and dives full length, arms flailing in front of him, and pulls the ball back in just before the boundary

7.6

Bennett to Haddin, FOUR, poor line and length, full on leg stump. Haddin glances it off his pads past a diving McCullum

End of over 8 (19 runs) Australia 58/0 (149 runs required from 42 overs, RR: 7.25, RRR: 3.54)
BJ Haddin    32* (24b 5x4)      HK Bennett    2-0-22-0
SR Watson    18* (24b 1x4)      TG Southee    4-0-24-0

8.1

Southee to Watson, 1 run, full ball swinging into the pads and Watson flicks with power towards deep midwicket where Franklin does the fielding

8.2

Southee to Haddin, FOUR, Haddin makes room for a short of a length delivery and carves it in the air and over point, there's no one in the deep so Australia pick up steam with another boundary

McCullum's asked for a helmet, he's going to stand up to the stumps to prevent Haddin from moving around the crease.

8.3

Southee to Haddin, no run, good length delivery outside off, Haddin stands his ground this time and drives to cover

8.4

Southee to Haddin, FOUR, fuller length on middle stump. Haddin opens up his stance and lofts the ball cleanly over wide mid-on for four more

"10 wicket loss coming our way. Still can't believe How at 7 is considered our best option. Taking an unfit Oram already going to cost us this match. NZ cricket is becoming farcical," says Mike.

8.5

Southee to Haddin, no run, slightly slower from Southee and Haddin swings and misses. The ball thuds into McCullum's pads and goes towards short fine leg

8.6

Southee to Haddin, no run, Haddin swings again and gets a bottom edge towards short fine leg

Styris is off the field because he got smacked on the glove by Mitchell Johnson off the first ball he faced.

End of over 9 (9 runs) Australia 67/0 (140 runs required from 41 overs, RR: 7.44, RRR: 3.41)
BJ Haddin    40* (29b 7x4)      TG Southee    5-0-33-0
SR Watson    19* (25b 1x4)      HK Bennett    2-0-22-0

Nathan McCullum replaces Bennett.

9.1

NL McCullum to Watson, no run, flat delivery on middle stump, defended on the back foot

9.2

NL McCullum to Watson, 1 run, cut off the back foot towards deep point

9.3

NL McCullum to Haddin, 2 runs, played late off the back foot and the batsman places the drive in front of point

9.4

NL McCullum to Haddin, FOUR, sublime shot, all timing and placement. Haddin made a bit of room and simply eased the drive through the gap between cover and mid-off. Vettori gave chase but the ball kept gaining ground

9.5

NL McCullum to Haddin, no run, played on the off side from the crease

9.6

NL McCullum to Haddin, no run, played back to the bowler

End of over 10 (7 runs) Australia 74/0 (133 runs required from 40 overs, RR: 7.40, RRR: 3.32)
BJ Haddin    46* (33b 8x4)      NL McCullum    1-0-7-0
SR Watson    20* (27b 1x4)      TG Southee    5-0-33-0

Jesse Ryder has a Mohawk. Didn't notice that with his helmet on.

10.1

Ryder to Watson, no run, good length and rather straight. Played back to the bowler.

New Zealand have not taken the bowling Powerplay.

10.2

Ryder to Watson, no run, driven off the front foot towards the bowler again.

10.3

Ryder to Watson, no run, driven from the crease towards cover. McCullum is standing up to the stumps

10.4

Ryder to Watson, no run, defended with a straight bat towards the bowler

10.5

Ryder to Watson, no run, played back to the bowler once again

10.6

Ryder to Watson, 5 wides, Ryder's ruined a good over with a shocking ball down leg side. With McCullum standing up, he has no chance.

10.6

Ryder to Watson, 1 run, Watson hammers the drive towards long-on

End of over 11 (6 runs) Australia 80/0 (127 runs required from 39 overs, RR: 7.27, RRR: 3.25)
SR Watson    21* (33b 1x4)      JD Ryder    1-0-6-0
BJ Haddin    46* (33b 8x4)      NL McCullum    1-0-7-0

11.1

NL McCullum to Watson, no run, punched on the back foot towards the bowler

11.2

NL McCullum to Watson, 1 run, width offered outside off and Watson cuts hard off the back foot towards cover. Vettori scored a direct hit but Watson was home

11.3

NL McCullum to Haddin, no run, forced off the back foot towards cover point

11.4

NL McCullum to Haddin, no run, pushed back towards the bowler once again

11.5

NL McCullum to Haddin, 1 run, Watson drives off the front foot towards mid-off where Vettori fumbles. Guptill backs up from extra cover

11.6

NL McCullum to Watson, no run, played towards midwicket

End of over 12 (2 runs) Australia 82/0 (125 runs required from 38 overs, RR: 6.83, RRR: 3.28)
SR Watson    22* (36b 1x4)      NL McCullum    2-0-9-0
BJ Haddin    47* (36b 8x4)      JD Ryder    1-0-6-0

12.1

Ryder to Haddin, 2 runs, played towards short fine leg for a single

12.2

Ryder to Haddin, no run, pushed off the front foot towards point

12.3

Ryder to Haddin, 1 run, full ball on middle and leg, Haddin drives towards long on to reach his half-century

12.4

Ryder to Watson, 1 wide, full ball down leg side. McCullum collects as Watson misses the flick and whips off the bails in a flash. Watson had overbalanced but managed to keep his back foot grounded

12.4

Ryder to Watson, 1 run, length ball on of stump and Watson sends it screaming own the ground with a powerful drive towards long-on

12.5

Ryder to Haddin, no run, nudged towards midwicket front the crease

12.6

Ryder to Haddin, no run, a slow delivery from Ryder, Haddin plays it towards cover

End of over 13 (5 runs) Australia 87/0 (120 runs required from 37 overs, RR: 6.69, RRR: 3.24)
BJ Haddin    50* (41b 8x4)      JD Ryder    2-0-11-0
SR Watson    23* (37b 1x4)      NL McCullum    2-0-9-0

13.1

NL McCullum to Watson, FOUR, width offered outside off stump and Watson moves on to the back foot and plays the square cut with power to the deep point boundary

13.2

NL McCullum to Watson, no run, driven off the front foot towards cover, McCullum is bowling rather quick

13.3

NL McCullum to Watson, 1 run, muscled towards deep midwicket this time. Hit hard and flat and it reaches the fielder on the bounce

13.4

NL McCullum to Haddin, 1 run, Haddin taps the ball gently towards mid-off and sprints the single

13.5

NL McCullum to Watson, SIX, short ball and Watson heaves the ball off the back foot. He spotted the length early and absolutely hammered it over the deep midwicket boundary

13.6

NL McCullum to Watson, 1 run, played towards midwicket

End of over 14 (13 runs) Australia 100/0 (107 runs required from 36 overs, RR: 7.14, RRR: 2.97)
SR Watson    35* (42b 2x4 1x6)      NL McCullum    3-0-22-0
BJ Haddin    51* (42b 8x4)      JD Ryder    2-0-11-0

Bennett's back ... to try and stop Australia winning this by ten wickets.

14.1

Bennett to Watson, 2 leg byes, poor line, down leg side and Watson glances the ball towards fine leg

14.2

Bennett to Watson, 1 wide, extremely wide outside off stump

14.2

Bennett to Watson, 2 runs, driven though cover point off the front foot

14.3

Bennett to Watson, 2 runs, a touch short and Watson pulls the ball towards deep midwicket

14.4

Bennett to Watson, no run, the bouncer and the batsman lets it go

14.5

Bennett to Watson, no run, Watson strides forward and plays the cut towards point

14.6

Bennett to Watson, 1 run, played towards deep midwicket for a single to end the over

End of over 15 (8 runs) Australia 108/0 (99 runs required from 35 overs, RR: 7.20, RRR: 2.82)
SR Watson    40* (48b 2x4 1x6)      HK Bennett    3-0-28-0
BJ Haddin    51* (42b 8x4)      NL McCullum    3-0-22-0

15.1

Vettori to Watson, FOUR, Watson lunges forward and plays a powerful slow seep towards deep midwicket. It's flat but in the air so the fielder at deep midwicket tries desperately to catch it, in vain.

15.2

Vettori to Watson, no run

15.3

Vettori to Watson, FOUR, Watson swats this, bludgeons this with unbelievable power to the wide long-on boundary. He hit that on one knee and extremely hard and flat

15.4

Vettori to Watson, FOUR, a slower ball from Vettori and Watson hits the ball hard through the off side this time

15.5

Vettori to Watson, 1 run, cut hard off the back foot towards deep point

15.6

Vettori to Haddin, no run, Haddin moves back and blocks

It's time for a drink and a switch in roles. I'm heading over to over-by-over. Nitin Sundar will take over the ball-by-ball.

End of over 16 (13 runs) Australia 121/0 (86 runs required from 34 overs, RR: 7.56, RRR: 2.52)
BJ Haddin    51* (43b 8x4)      DL Vettori    3-0-25-0
SR Watson    53* (53b 5x4 1x6)      HK Bennett    3-0-28-0

Thanks George. Australia are trampling all over New Zealand here. Ireland, though, are pulling Bangladesh back in Mirpur.

While the players quench their thirst, do check out the new iPhone and Android apps from ESPNcricinfo. All very nifty.

16.1

Bennett to Watson, 1 run, short delivery, bowled with no intent, Watto picks the slower ball and smashes a pull to deep midwicket

Michael Perera: "I bet Kenya must be really enjoying this. "

16.2

Bennett to Haddin, no run, another short one, but this time had pace behind it. Haddin pulls but can't time the shot

16.3

Bennett to Haddin, no run, back of the hand slower delivery, 104.9 kph and well executed. Haddin was no where near picking that, and played all over it as it hit the pads, outside the line of off

16.4

Bennett to Haddin, 1 run, another bouncer, 138 kph and steep lift, Haddin gets over it and rolls the wrists over it for a single to deep square leg

Andrew Schulz: "Could someone please ask George when Australia are going to crumble like a flat-screen TV chasing this 200. I'm sure it's going to happen soon George."

16.5

Bennett to Watson, FOUR, such a poor short ball, even the lack of bounce on it did not prevent Watto from pulling for four. It did not bounce at all, and he seemed in some trouble as he adjusted the shot with the ball headed for his midriff. Still puts it away for four

16.6

Bennett to Watson, 1 wide, and now one well outside off, Watto can't reach it.

Watto's ankle issue is the same problem Brett Lee had. Might mean a long stint away from the game.

16.6

Bennett to Watson, no run, another wide delivery, close to being called too, as Watto has a biff and misses

Zimbo: "What of mentioning Watto's 50!! The big guy does it again..."

Yep, did not want to jinx it by mentioning that Watto has entered the nervous 50s again.

End of over 17 (7 runs) Australia 128/0 (79 runs required from 33 overs, RR: 7.52, RRR: 2.39)
SR Watson    58* (56b 6x4 1x6)      HK Bennett    4-0-35-0
BJ Haddin    52* (46b 8x4)      DL Vettori    3-0-25-0

17.1

Vettori to Haddin, 1 run, tossed up on the pads, Haddin politely pushes it towards long on and picks one

17.2

Vettori to Watson, 1 run, big spin for Vettori, but so late in the day. Lands back of a length outside off and spits away past Watto's backfoot prod. Outside edge goes towards the slips.. which are vacant.

17.3

Vettori to Haddin, 1 run, tossed up on leg stump again, Haddin again works it against the spin for a single to mid on

17.4

Vettori to Watson, 1 run, Bad to worse to shambles for NZ. Williamson drops a catch in the deep as Watto looks to mow a short ball, and plays it straight at Williamson who was slow moving forward and tumbling ahead. Should have been taken

17.5

Vettori to Haddin, 1 run, Haddin chips him off the pads through midwicket for one more

17.6

Vettori to Watson, no run, Vettori ends the over with a dot ball as Watto can't get it away

End of over 18 (5 runs) Australia 133/0 (74 runs required from 32 overs, RR: 7.38, RRR: 2.31)
SR Watson    60* (59b 6x4 1x6)      DL Vettori    4-0-30-0
BJ Haddin    55* (49b 8x4)      HK Bennett    4-0-35-0

18.1

Bennett to Haddin, OUT, Bennett gets Haddin with a 96.4 kph slow bouncer. Comical stuff all round. It came out much shorter than Bennett wanted - landed midway down the pitch, took off in slow motion and seemed to stop - in mid-air mind you - as Haddin evaluated his options. He decided to throw the horizontal bat at it and swat it down, but it was too high for him to control. He ended up looping it to deep midwicket, despite rolling the wrists over it, and this time Franklin holds.

BJ Haddin c Franklin b Bennett 55 (84m 50b 8x4 0x6) SR: 110.00

18.2

Bennett to Watson, 2 runs, this one angles into Watto's pads and he tucks it square for a couple

18.3

Bennett to Watson, 1 wide, very wide outside off and Watto can't reach it though he wants to

18.3

Bennett to Watson, OUT, Bennett has picked two in two. Do NZ have a chance to get back into this? Once again, Watto perishes soon after crossing his 50. Bennett continues to operate with that nagging lack of pace, this time back of a length and well outside off. Watto waited for it to come on and played an ugly cross-batted swipe. The ball was coming slower than he expected, and took the inside edge before crashing into the stumps.

SR Watson b Bennett 62 (87m 61b 6x4 1x6) SR: 101.63

Sammy: "Finally! Welcome to collapse city, next stop... Ponting! After 4 overs of looseners Bennett has decided to unleash!"

18.4

Bennett to Clarke, 1 leg bye, slips onto Pup's pads and he's eases behind square for one

18.5

Bennett to Ponting, 1 run, short ball, nipping into Ponting from wide of off stump as he hops into line. Fended off bat and pad towards fine leg. Ponting was not very comfortable dealing with that

18.6

Bennett to Clarke, 1 run, Bennett's over has ended before 2011 came to an end. Eventful over, finished with another one of those back of the hand deliveries, this one was very full and sliding down the leg. Worked along to fine lef for a single

End of over 19 (6 runs) Australia 139/2 (68 runs required from 31 overs, RR: 7.31, RRR: 2.19)
MJ Clarke    1* (2b)      HK Bennett    5-0-40-2
RT Ponting    1* (1b)      DL Vettori    4-0-30-0

Bowling Powerplay taken now by NZ now.

19.1

Vettori to Clarke, 1 run, tossed up on the pads, Clarke works it wide of mid on and turns the strike

Slip in place.

19.2

Vettori to Ponting, 1 run, tailing in towards leg stump and straightening, Ponting covers the line and taps it square on the leg side

19.3

Vettori to Clarke, no run, tossed up on middle and off, Clarke comes forward to smother and defend

19.4

Vettori to Clarke, no run, holds the length back and lands this a foot outside off, Clarke reaches across and defends to the off side

19.5

Vettori to Clarke, no run, Clarke skips out, gets close to the pitch but chooses to play it back down the ground

19.6

Vettori to Clarke, no run, fuller on leg and middle, Clarke is compact in his forward defensive

Sirishreddy: "Bennett bowling action is looking like Shane Bond.... Am I right?"

Well, the way both his arms go up in delivery stride, he reminds of Debashish Mohanty, one-time India spearhead.

End of over 20 (2 runs) Australia 141/2 (66 runs required from 30 overs, RR: 7.05, RRR: 2.20)
MJ Clarke    2* (7b)      DL Vettori    5-0-32-0
RT Ponting    2* (2b)      HK Bennett    5-0-40-2

20.1

Bennett to Ponting, no run, bangs it in back of a length outside off, Ponting rides the bounce and defends to the off side

20.2

Bennett to Ponting, 2 runs, again the slow legcutter at 104.9 kph, but sliding too far down the leg side. Ponting gets inside the line and helps it along to fine leg for a couple

Adarsh: "What's with Watson. He plays so well till his fifty and then just throws his wicket away. 5 hundreds and 21 fifties. Very bad conversion rate as compare to other good top order players. "

20.3

Bennett to Ponting, 1 run, another short delivery, Clarke gets behind the line and controls the pull to keep it down in front of square leg for one

20.4

Bennett to Clarke, 1 wide, Is he over-doing these now? Another back of the hand slower ball that slips down the leg side and is called wide

20.4

Bennett to Clarke, no run, angled into the pads again, worked easily off the backfoot for a single,

Several comments questioning how Mohanty can be classified as a one-time spearhead. Remember the time India was without Srinath and Prasad, and headed to Toronto with Kuruvilla, Mohanty and Harvinder Singh for the Sahara Cup? If not Mohanty, then Sourav Ganguly was the spearhead of that seam attack.

20.5

Bennett to Clarke, FOUR, Bennett is pre-programmed to bowl just two types of balls in this spell - the bouncer and the slow legcutter. Clarke seemed to know what was coming, jumping inside the line and camping on the backfoot as this bouncer slanted in. Easy runs for him, latched on early and pulled emphatically in front of square

20.6

Bennett to Clarke, no run, ends the over with a variation. Back of a length outside of, Clarke hops back and defends

End of over 21 (8 runs) Australia 149/2 (58 runs required from 29 overs, RR: 7.09, RRR: 2.00)
MJ Clarke    6* (10b 1x4)      HK Bennett    6-0-48-2
RT Ponting    5* (5b)      DL Vettori    5-0-32-0

21.1

Vettori to Ponting, no run, tossed up on Ponting's pads, he reaches out and defends

21.2

Vettori to Ponting, FOUR, easy runs. Third man inside the circle, and Vettori lands this short and well outside off. Ponting jumps on it with the cut shot and gets a thick outside edge that beats the fielder and runs to the boundary at third man

21.3

Vettori to Ponting, no run, turning away from middle and off, Ponting gets back and defends to the off side

21.4

Vettori to Ponting, no run, tossed up this time, Ponting reaches out and defends to the off side

21.5

Vettori to Ponting, no run, again, back of a length and Ponting stays on the crease to defend into the off side

21.6

Vettori to Ponting, no run, Ponting defends the last ball, gets behind the line and defends down the track

End of over 22 (4 runs) Australia 153/2 (54 runs required from 28 overs, RR: 6.95, RRR: 1.92)
RT Ponting    9* (11b 1x4)      DL Vettori    6-0-36-0
MJ Clarke    6* (10b 1x4)      HK Bennett    6-0-48-2

Ravi Kanth: "Alright, have it your way--Mohanty was the spearhead and Ganguly was the speartail."

Monish: "Mohanty was the leading wicket-taker for India at the 1999 World Cup!"

Southee comes on now.

22.1

Southee to Clarke, 1 run, back of a length on the stumps, he opens the face and dabs it backward of point for one

22.2

Southee to Ponting, no run, huge appeal for caught behind, and it is being reviewed. Slants down the leg side as Ponting tries to play the glance off the front foot. Did he get a feather on it? Replays are not conclusive - we need HotSpot and Snicko for this. McCullum was convinced the way he went up - very very confident. Well, the umpire's decision has been upheld. NZ lose a review.

Vikash: "call him spearhead or not, but there was something with his bowling action. In my school time, I used to love bowling in so many actions and when I tried Mohanty's, I got a natural swing on both sides. His deliveries used to swing a lot too. It clicked so well that I went on to represent my school team as an opening bowler. Thanks to him :)"

22.3

Southee to Ponting, no run, another huge appeal, this time for lbw. Will they review this? No. This one is fuller, comes in off the seam from well outside off, prodigious movement for Southee as Ponting pushes forward and outside the line. Replays say that wwas hitting him just in line. And it was headed to middle stump. They should have reviewed this one!

22.4

Southee to Ponting, no run, back of a length again, this one is a legcutter and goes away subtly. Defended into the off side by Ponting.

22.5

Southee to Ponting, 2 runs, and the pressure is released with a poor ball slanting into the pads, Ponting clips it along the way for a couple to fine leg

22.6

Southee to Ponting, no run, definite reverse for Southee, another one jars in sharply as Ponting thinks of getting the front foot forward and across, he ends up playing around it but gets it down to long on for one

Reg Mohanty - the supreme awesomeness of that action was that, as a kid, I was never sure which arm he was going to release the ball from.

End of over 23 (3 runs) Australia 156/2 (51 runs required from 27 overs, RR: 6.78, RRR: 1.88)
RT Ponting    11* (16b 1x4)      TG Southee    6-0-36-0
MJ Clarke    7* (11b 1x4)      DL Vettori    6-0-36-0

23.1

Vettori to Clarke, no run, back of a length and turning across, he pushes forward and defends into the off side

23.2

Vettori to Clarke, no run, similar delivery, Clarke reaches across and defends into the off side

23.3

Vettori to Clarke, 1 run, this one straightens from middle and off, Clarke hangs back and forces against the deviation into the off side for one

23.4

Vettori to Ponting, 1 wide, this one is a grubber that slips down the leg side, Called a wide

23.4

Vettori to Ponting, 1 run, Ponting gets a single this time, staying back and punching into the covers for one

23.5

Vettori to Clarke, no run, Clarke gets well forward and defends down the track

23.6

Vettori to Clarke, no run, another dot ball, back of a length on middle and leg and Clarke defends down the track

Mohan: "Srinath was the leading wicket-taker (12wickets) for India at the 1999 World Cup!" Mohanty was 10 wickets. Naughty, Monish! Making up stats!

End of over 24 (3 runs) Australia 159/2 (48 runs required from 26 overs, RR: 6.62, RRR: 1.84)
MJ Clarke    8* (16b 1x4)      DL Vettori    7-0-39-0
RT Ponting    12* (17b 1x4)      TG Southee    6-0-36-0

24.1

Southee to Ponting, no run, another legcutter from Southee, Ponting spots it off the track, covers the line and defends down the track

24.2

Southee to Ponting, no run, short of a length and angling in from just outside off, at 139 kph, and Ponting pushes it into the off side off the back foot

24.3

Southee to Ponting, no run, fuller this time and tailing in, Ponting works it off the pads, but can't beat the two men standing at midwicket

Round the wicket now.

24.4

Southee to Ponting, no run, Full and straight, Ponting arrests the forward movement and brings the bat down in time to play it towards mid on

24.5

Southee to Ponting, no run, angles this one across Ponting who stays on the crease and opens the face to guide it into the covers

Comes over the wicket now in search of a maiden.

24.6

Southee to Ponting, no run, back of a length outside off, Ponting pushes into the covers off the front foot. Six points for anyone who has Southee in their Fanatsy XI, since that's a maiden.

End of over 25 (maiden) Australia 159/2 (48 runs required from 25 overs, RR: 6.36, RRR: 1.92)
RT Ponting    12* (23b 1x4)      TG Southee    7-1-36-0
MJ Clarke    8* (16b 1x4)      DL Vettori    7-0-39-0

Ryder the Mohawk comes back on.

25.1

Ryder to Clarke, no run, full delivery, Ponting takes it on the full and drives down the ground for one

25.2

Ryder to Clarke, no run, stifled appeal as Clarke misses the flick to a ball coming into the pads sharply. Was going down the leg side though.

25.3

Ryder to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke gets a single this time, full on the pads and driven cleanly down to long on

25.4

Ryder to Ponting, no run, back of a length outside off, Ponting reaches across and drives into the covers for one

25.5

Ryder to Ponting, no run, on the pads this time, worked into midwicket

25.6

Ryder to Ponting, no run, over-pitched outside off, Ponting leans into a cover drive, but finds the fielder

End of over 26 (1 run) Australia 160/2 (47 runs required from 24 overs, RR: 6.15, RRR: 1.95)
RT Ponting    12* (26b 1x4)      JD Ryder    3-0-12-0
MJ Clarke    9* (19b 1x4)      TG Southee    7-1-36-0

26.1

Southee to Clarke, 5 wides, Southee does his bit for an early finish, pushes an inducker well down the leg side. Baz, standing up, had no chance.

26.1

Southee to Clarke, no run, length ball on off stump, coming in with the angle and punched solidly into the covers

26.2

Southee to Clarke, 1 run, gets one to move away from Clarke, short ball wide outside off and it is hacked away to the deep

26.3

Southee to Ponting, no run, short length again, comes into the pads and whipped square for a single

Round the wicket again.

26.4

Southee to Ponting, no run, back of a length on the leg stump line, Ponting hops across and looks to flick, but can't get it away

26.5

Southee to Ponting, 1 wide, OUT, Ponting must be miffed. Hide the TV in the dressing room. Lovely work from Baz, he's stolen a wicket out of nowhere. Southee pushes another one half a foot down the leg side, Ponting is lulled out of the crease as he plays a walking flick and misses. McCullum doesn't. With hands quicker than a rattlesnake he collects and removes the bails. By the time Ponting turned back, McCullum was celebrating. Hide the TVs I say.

RT Ponting st †BB McCullum b Southee 12 (39m 28b 1x4 0x6) SR: 42.85

26.5

Southee to White, no run, White beaten outside off first up, fishing at a ball angling across at decent pace and missing. Good delivery from Southee

26.6

Southee to White, no run, finishes with a fuller delivery on the pads, White flicks with control, but finds midwicket

End of over 27 (7 runs) Australia 167/3 (40 runs required from 23 overs, RR: 6.18, RRR: 1.73)
CL White    0* (2b)      TG Southee    8-1-43-1
MJ Clarke    10* (21b 1x4)      JD Ryder    3-0-12-0

27.1

Ryder to Clarke, FOUR, Clarke gets a gift on the pads, and just redirects it to deep square leg. Easy runs don't come any easier - full and friendly pace. No fielders in the deep to cut it off.

27.2

Ryder to Clarke, no run, back of a length outside off, Clarke comes forward and defends to the off side

27.3

Ryder to Clarke, no run, this time Ryder rolls one off the back of the hand and Clarke defends to the off side

27.4

Ryder to Clarke, 2 wides, this one slips down the leg side and is a couple of wides. Clarke doesn't get his backfoot out, unlike Ponting.

27.4

Ryder to White, FOUR, White is away with four as Ryder delivers a decentish back of the hand legcutter on middle and off. Nothing wrong with that ball, but not much was right either. White just got the front foot across and drove through the line for four

27.5

Ryder to White, no run

27.6

Ryder to White, no run, slower ball to end the over, wide of off stump and back of a length. White can't connect with the airy drive

Pup's reached 6000 runs. Put your hands together.

End of over 28 (10 runs) Australia 177/3 (30 runs required from 22 overs, RR: 6.32, RRR: 1.36)
CL White    4* (5b 1x4)      JD Ryder    4-0-22-0
MJ Clarke    14* (24b 2x4)      TG Southee    8-1-43-1

28.1

Southee to Clarke, no run, another one tails in out of Southee's hand but is punched authoritatively into the covers

28.2

Southee to Clarke, no run, another legcutter from Southee, Clarke opens the face and steers it square.

28.3

Southee to Clarke, no run, fuller length on off stump, Clarke gets forward and defends into the off side

28.4

Southee to Clarke, no run, on Clarke's pads from round the stumps, worked off the pads towards midwicket

28.5

Southee to Clarke, no run, back of a length and angling across, Clarke goes for the big booming drive and gets an inside edge that squeezes past the stumps to the leg side

28.6

Southee to Clarke, no run, Southee's bowling maidens like nobody's business. Clarke cracks a short ball wide outside off straight to point

End of over 29 (maiden) Australia 177/3 (30 runs required from 21 overs, RR: 6.10, RRR: 1.42)
MJ Clarke    14* (30b 2x4)      TG Southee    9-2-43-1
CL White    4* (5b 1x4)      JD Ryder    4-0-22-0

Drinks now. I will continue on comms till the end of the game, while George Binoy will stick to the chat moderation.

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29.1

Ryder to White, no run, back of a length on off stump, White covers the line and defends dourly to the off side

That was a real quick drinks break. Don't think anyone drank a drop, not even Ryder.

29.2

Ryder to White, no run, fuller and straighter, White gets the front pad across and plays around it to defend down the track

29.3

Ryder to White, no run, hmm, White's getting a little restless, looks for a booming hit down the ground to a very full ball, and can't get under it

29.4

Ryder to White, no run, full toss on middle and off, White looks to drive into the off side, but still can't get the gap

29.5

Ryder to White, 2 runs, this time White gets a single, squeezing a ball curving in, through the leg side for a couple

29.6

Ryder to White, no run, finishes with more defence down the ground as Ryder keeps it short of driving length

End of over 30 (2 runs) Australia 179/3 (28 runs required from 20 overs, RR: 5.96, RRR: 1.40)
CL White    6* (11b 1x4)      JD Ryder    5-0-24-0
MJ Clarke    14* (30b 2x4)      TG Southee    9-2-43-1

30.1

Southee to Clarke, 1 run, Southee gets the outside edge with another naggingly innocuous legcutter that nips off the straight. Clarke closes the face and it runs away through third man

30.2

Southee to White, no run, fuller and a touch wider of off stump, White pokes it out to cover

Talking of Mohanty, it is tough to not think of Abey Kuruvilla, another erstwhile India spearhead.

I remember Kuru once dismissing Jayasuriya for 199 (in the match after he hit the epic 340 at Premadasa) bowled with a slow offcutter.

30.3

Southee to White, no run, another full ball outside off, White pushes into the covers with a half across movement.

Southee again shifts back to over the wicket. He's changing his angle too many times for anyone to keep track of.

30.4

Southee to White, no run, on middle and leg, White gets the front foot across and plays into the leg side

30.5

Southee to White, 1 run, sharp inward movement from just outside off, White stays back and opens the face to dab it down to third man

30.6

Southee to Clarke, no run, another sharpish inducker to end the over, Clarke is forward and covers the line before defending with the full face towards mid on

Peter Parker: "Nitin, who do you think should be man of the match? ... for us fantasy addicts."

My pick - Brad Haddin. In an unrelated incident, Haddin is my Fantasy captain.

End of over 31 (2 runs) Australia 181/3 (26 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 5.83, RRR: 1.36)
MJ Clarke    15* (32b 2x4)      TG Southee    10-2-45-1
CL White    7* (15b 1x4)      JD Ryder    5-0-24-0

Franklin the gentle trundler comes on now. Good time to slip in my next comment on Kuruvilla. He was six feet five and wore white sweat bands on the wrist. The resemblance to West Indies' fearsome fast bowlers sadly ended there.

31.1

Franklin to White, 1 run, White plays him carefully into the cover for a single

31.2

Franklin to Clarke, 1 run, angling across Clarke from over the wicket, he opens the face and steers it backward of point for one

31.3

Franklin to White, 2 runs, width on offer outside off, and it is cracked away through point for a couple

31.4

Franklin to White, no run, White gets another easy single in front of square. Australia taking their time in putting a ribbon over this.

31.5

Franklin to White, no run, wide outside off, Clarke opens the face and defends towards point

31.6

Franklin to White, 2 runs, Clarke ends the over with a couple. No pace from Franklin, no movement either, worked away easily

End of over 32 (6 runs) Australia 187/3 (20 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 5.84, RRR: 1.11)
CL White    12* (20b 1x4)      JEC Franklin    1-0-6-0
MJ Clarke    16* (33b 2x4)      TG Southee    10-2-45-1

Bennett comes on now. I did mean white sweatbands. W is too close to S on the keyboard sadly.

32.1

Bennett to Clarke, FOUR, imperious from Clarke, short ball from Bennett - he keeps bowling these, and Clarke keeps waiting for them and pulling away. Fully in control and played in front of square for four

32.2

Bennett to Clarke, 2 wides, couple of wides down the leg side, Baz does excruciatingly well to delay the denouement. That was headed for five wides

32.2

Bennett to White, FOUR, short and wide outside off now, Bennett's run out of steam big time here. White was so early on the cut, it went through extra cover. Go figure.

32.3

Bennett to White, 1 run, and he nearly falls for a slow back-of-the-hand legcutter. Comes on a day after White leant out and played the on drive and he almost chipped straight to short midwicket.

32.4

Bennett to Clarke, no run, well short of a length outside off, Bennett seems to have injured his left leg - is that knee, ankle or calf? White hangs back and plays into the off side. Looks like a calf strain. Bennett was unplayable against Kenya. Slightly different today.

32.5

Bennett to Clarke, no run, bowls from well wide of the crease as he changes his action following the injury, pushed into the off side against the pace.

Upset coming up in Mirpur? Bangaldesh 151 for 6.

32.6

Bennett to Clarke, FOUR, and four more, Clarke gets a pull shot away, running the men at deep square leg and deep midwicket. Both of them converged and fell in hope but the ball sped past. Five to win.

End of over 33 (15 runs) Australia 202/3 (5 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 6.12, RRR: 0.29)
MJ Clarke    24* (37b 4x4)      HK Bennett    7-0-63-2
CL White    17* (22b 2x4)      JEC Franklin    1-0-6-0

33.1

Franklin to White, no run, back of a length outside off, defends into the offside as White struggles to force it away

33.2

Franklin to White, no run, fuller outside off, While pushes forward defensively

33.3

Franklin to White, no run, a foot and a half wide outside off, White goes for the full-blooded scythe cut .. and finds point

33.4

Franklin to White, no run, back of a length outside off, White reaches out, opens the face and dabs it straight to short third man

33.5

Franklin to White, FOUR, scores are level. Can New Zealand force a tie? I think not. Back of a length and angling across White who part-edges, part-steers it to third man

33.6

Franklin to White, 1 run, Australia get the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy even before New Zealand could get the second new ball. Length ball, wafting past him outside off, White reaches out and steers with control through backward point to get the winning runs.

On behalf of George Binoy and the rest of the crew, this is Nitin Sundar signing off. Cheers!

Right, Australia have walked away with the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy. Or so they say. I don't see any Cup being handed out. Anyway, that's the end of game 8. Sriram Veera's bulletin is getting updated here, so do check out how this game panned out. Game 9 continues to intrigue in Mirpur, so please head across and catch up with our commentary.

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Johnson, based on his fine figures, is Man of the Match. "Happy with the way it came out. Important game for us - to go out there and perform, it was great. I have bowled first change for a while, I guess that's my role. If I get a chance to open the bowling, I'll put my hand up, but we have a fine attack with Lee and Tait at the top. I still remain aggressive and go for wickets, I am enjoying this role. Will like to bat lower down and smack a few as well."

Ponting: "Good game for us today. NZ are a very good one-day side, good win for us. We said right at the start of the tournament, if our fast bowlers bowl as well as they can, it can't matter who we play. They could have actually been better with the new ball. The fact that they took wickets early meant I did not have to fall back on Watson through the day. The top order played in a different manner to how they played against Zimbabwe. It was good to see."

Vettori: "Disappointing performance with the bat. Lost three or four wickets early and we were setback. Good that Nathan McCullum played the innings he did, but it was not enough. We have to move past this quickly and play well against Zimbabwe in 7-8 days. There is always areas to improve - fielding was outstanding, but bowlers need to back it up."

All over in Nagpur, the smattering of a crowd's seen a mismatch. New Zealand possibly, and understandably, might have had other things in their minds today. Australia have walked to victory.

Watson: "Good decision early on to bowl first, worked very nicely for us. Haddin and me wanted to just bat as deep as we could. Brad batted beautifully today, so my job was easier. Our next game is not for a week, so we'll take it easy for a couple of days."

End of over 34 (5 runs) Australia 207/3 (RR: 6.08)
CL White    22* (28b 3x4)      JEC Franklin    2-0-11-0
MJ Clarke    24* (37b 4x4)      HK Bennett    7-0-63-2

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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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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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