ICC Cricket World Cup, 18th Match, Group A: New Zealand v Zimbabwe at Ahmedabad, Mar 4, 2011
ICC Cricket World Cup - 18th match, Group A
New Zealand won by 10 wickets (with 99 balls remaining)
Played at Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad (neutral venue)
4 March 2011 (50-over match)

Southee to Coventry, OUT, direct hit from mid on, and Coventry is in trouble. Fuller delivery from Southee, moving away from middle and off, Coventry gets half forward and drives without much timing to mid-on. Bennett does reall well, charging forward, swooping on the ball and under-arming into the sticks at the bowler's end. Coventry was not running full-tilt. He wasn't stretching fully. He's caught short by half a foot or so.

CK Coventry run out 0 (7m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Zimbabwe 2/1   BRM Taylor 0* (6b)   TG Southee 0.2-0-1-0

Southee to Taibu, OUT, Southee probably doesn't have to wait long for redemption. Zimbabwe have refered an lbw appeal that was upheld. Southee gets this one to bend in with the angle, from back of a length around off stump. Taibu tries to work it towards the onside after moving the front foot into line, and almost falls over as he looks to play around the pads. It slips past the bat and thuds into the foam. Looks hopelessly adjacent. Taibu never wanted to refer that, but went through on Brendan's insistence. Zimbabwe have wasted a review.

T Taibu lbw b Southee 8 (28m 18b 1x4 0x6) SR: 44.44

Zimbabwe 27/2   BRM Taylor 17* (26b 2x4)   TG Southee 3.4-0-14-1

Mills to Ervine, OUT, and Ervine has perished to the cordon. The odds of finding these gaps are not very high, and Ervine pays the price for hitting in the air again. Short ball, just outside off, a delivery that deserved to be cut, but not with this field. Ervine cracks it off the middle and it flies straight to Ryder at backward point. Easily pouched. Zim are stuttering.

CR Ervine c Ryder b Mills 11 (25m 25b 2x4 0x6) SR: 44.00

Zimbabwe 42/3   BRM Taylor 21* (33b 2x4)   KD Mills 7-0-22-1

Vettori to Chigumbura, OUT, Captain gets captain first ball. Or has he? Elton reviews a potentially controversial lbw decision. Tossed up on middle, back of a length and it straightens. Here's the catch - Elton has charged a mile out of his crease. Ok, may be not a mile, but 2.5 metres for sure. The replays say it pitched on the line of the stumps, hit in front of middle as Elton misses the chip to the leg side. The potentially questionable predictive powers of Hawk-Eye (since he was well out of the crease) say it was hitting leg stump. It is back to umpire Erasmus, and he, like Billy Bowden the other day, sticks to his decision. Only, this time, it is out.

E Chigumbura lbw b Vettori 1 (9m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

Zimbabwe 46/4   BRM Taylor 22* (36b 2x4)   DL Vettori 0.1-0-0-1

Vettori to Chakabva, OUT, this is turning into a nightmare for Zimbabwe, as if all the troubles were not enough, Rosco pulls off a blinder now, Dan gets Chakabva to reach outside off and go for the drive, the edge flies to the right of Taylor at slip, who puts out his right hand quickly and takes it cleanly, Dan has struck twice in his opening over

RW Chakabva c Taylor b Vettori 0 (3m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Zimbabwe 46/5   BRM Taylor 22* (36b 2x4)   DL Vettori 0.3-0-0-2

Styris to Taylor, OUT, Scott strikes, out of nowhere, nippy full offcutter from Styris, Taylor was taken completely by surprise, can't blame him after all those gentle trundlers Scott served up before this one, he wafts across the line as this one darts in on the toes, Styris gets the decision in his favour instantly, no reviews left for Zimbabwe anyways

BRM Taylor lbw b Styris 44 (106m 57b 4x4 0x6) SR: 77.19

Zimbabwe 86/6   GA Lamb 17* (31b 1x4)   SB Styris 2.1-0-10-1

Vettori to Utseya, OUT, and this is really the last thing Zimbabwe wanted, really is, what a shame, it was guided towards backward point, Lamb wanted the single very badly, he was more than half way towards Utseya when he turned him back, no chance he was to make it back, the throw came in flat to Dan, who was in front of the stumps, and removed the bails in a diving motion, even as Lamb's dive was in vain

GA Lamb run out 18 (46m 34b 1x4 0x6) SR: 52.94

Zimbabwe 89/7   P Utseya 2* (20b)   DL Vettori 7-3-19-2

Mills to Cremer, OUT, Mills gets him finally, it was closer to off stump this time, much fuller too, he went for the drive, and got a healthy outside edge through to the keeper

AG Cremer c †BB McCullum b Mills 22 (43m 43b 1x4 0x6) SR: 51.16

Zimbabwe 122/8   P Utseya 12* (37b)   KD Mills 9-0-28-2

Southee to Price, OUT, Southee bellows and pleads at the same time, and gets the decision he wanted, it was full and came in to strike him on the pads, he was nowhere near it with the bat, and that would have taken out leg stump, one more to go

RW Price lbw b Southee 11 (27m 19b 0x4 0x6) SR: 57.89

Zimbabwe 157/9   P Utseya 35* (61b 3x4)   TG Southee 8.1-2-29-2

Southee to Utseya, OUT, that will do, Southee homes in on full on leg stump, and Utseya's swing across the line cannot prevent it from crashing in to the base of the wood, Southee sees the ball has done the job, and turns back in an everyday matter-of-fact way

P Utseya b Southee 36 (95m 65b 3x4 0x6) SR: 55.38

Zimbabwe 162/10   T Panyangara 4* (9b 1x4)   TG Southee 9.2-3-29-3





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