ICC Cricket World Cup, 25th Match, Group B: India v Netherlands at Delhi, Mar 9, 2011
ICC Cricket World Cup - 25th match, Group B
India won by 5 wickets (with 81 balls remaining)
9 March 2011 - day/night match (50-over match)
0.1

Khan to Szwarczynski, no run, full pitched ball at 136 kph, angling across and ending on off stump, defended off the front foot. Zak is already seeking movement.

0.2

Khan to Szwarczynski, 4 byes, hmm, poor start from Dhoni, Zaheer bowls a full length ball that swings late and slips down the leg side as Eric skips inside the line. Dhoni fluffs the collection

0.3

Khan to Szwarczynski, 2 runs, again on the pads, this time Eric is away with a neat clip through square leg for a couple. Nehra fields - his first World Cup game since the final of 2003.

0.4

Khan to Szwarczynski, no run, back of a length from Zaheer, he moves over to the off stump line and Eric defends solidly as he pushes down the track

0.5

Khan to Szwarczynski, no run, prodigious swing this time, at 127 kph and straightening through the air as Eric went for an expansive stroke. He curtailed his instinct and defended to the leg side

0.6

Khan to Szwarczynski, no run, ends with one that holds its line, Eric sees it closely as lets it go outside off

Netherlands 6/0   ES Szwarczynski 2* (6b)
2.1

Khan to Szwarczynski, no run, over-pitched well wide outside off, crunched without timing towards point

2.2

Khan to Szwarczynski, no run, slightly closer to off stump, and not so full, Eric sees it through to the keeper

2.3

Khan to Szwarczynski, FOUR, a shot that underlines just how hopelessly slow this pitch is. Full credit to Eric though, for playing a fine shot. Back of a length, this one hardly takes off from the track, and comes off slowly, Eric's stance is outside the crease and he continues to move down to meet the ball on top of what little bounce is there, and coaxes it in front of square for four

2.4

Khan to Szwarczynski, no run, again, no bounce, Dhoni takes it after the second bump as Zaheer keeps it on a length and Eric leaves

2.5

Khan to Szwarczynski, no run, Dr. Kotla and Mr. Hyde. This one takes off sprightly from a length and thuds into Dhoni's gloves at waist height.

2.6

Khan to Szwarczynski, no run, ends with a confident check drive into the covers as Zaheer again keeps it back of a length. He hasn't moved the ball at this in this over.

Netherlands 16/0   ES Szwarczynski 6* (12b 1x4)
3.4

Pathan to Szwarczynski, no run, on leg stump again, Eric looks to play softly to the on side and finds midwicket

3.5

Pathan to Szwarczynski, 1 run, again turning into the pads, Eric tucks it backward of square leg and gets one

Netherlands 18/0   ES Szwarczynski 7* (14b 1x4)
4.1

Khan to Szwarczynski, no run, angles in from wide of the crease, and it is defended from the crease to the leg side

4.2

Khan to Szwarczynski, no run, interesting delivery, seemed like a slower ball initially, but it came at 130.8 kph, curling in through the air and ending on the toes, Eric inside-edged the flick onto the pad

4.3

Khan to Szwarczynski, FOUR, nicely done by Eric. Zaheer again slants it into the pads, this time he lands it short of a length, but once again Eric is chipping down the track to make his own pace. He nearly converts it into tha half-volley and on-drives with lovely timing past short midwicket

4.4

Khan to Szwarczynski, no run, he walks out again, and gets a proper half volley, but is cramped for room and plays into the covers

4.5

Khan to Szwarczynski, FOUR, hideously lazt start this from India. Back of a length and wide of off stump, Eric looks to steer and gets an under edge that goes between Dhoni and the wide slip. Surely Dhoni could have made a better effort and stopped the ball, but his half-hearted jump is of no use.

4.6

Khan to Szwarczynski, no run, ends with a length ball a foot outside off, the damage for the over is already done and Eric lets this go

Netherlands 26/0   ES Szwarczynski 15* (20b 3x4)
6.1

Harbhajan Singh to Szwarczynski, no run, flighted on off stump, Eric reaches out and works it to the leg side

6.2

Harbhajan Singh to Szwarczynski, no run, drift for Harbhajan, nearly foxes Eric there as he curls it from wide of the crease towards middle and leg. Eric flicks too early and the leading edge pops up to the right of the pitch

6.3

Harbhajan Singh to Szwarczynski, 1 run, Eric jumps out, almost yorks himself but manages to work with the spin through wide mid on

6.5

Harbhajan Singh to Szwarczynski, no run, the one that goes straight, back of a length and Eric plays back to defend into the off side

6.6

Harbhajan Singh to Szwarczynski, 2 runs, again a hint of drift, Eric reads it well this time, doesn't get too far across and flicks from the leg stump line where it lands. A couple of runs, Harbhajan is unhappy with the effort. Nehra was the man at deep midwicket. A mismatch of expectations?

Netherlands 30/0   ES Szwarczynski 18* (25b 3x4)
7.3

Pathan to Szwarczynski, 1 run, back of a length outside off, played off the back foot towards mid on

Netherlands 32/0   ES Szwarczynski 19* (26b 3x4)
8.2

Harbhajan Singh to Szwarczynski, no run, this one is tossed up outside off, and Eric defends cautiously from the pitch of the ball

8.3

Harbhajan Singh to Szwarczynski, no run, the doosra now, Eric spots it from the track since it is not too full and defends to the off side

8.4

Harbhajan Singh to Szwarczynski, no run, this one turns down the leg side, Eric tries to dab with the spin but finds midwicket

8.5

Harbhajan Singh to Szwarczynski, no run, back of a length and turning in from off stump, defended down the pitch

8.6

Harbhajan Singh to Szwarczynski, no run, another one of 'em straighter ones. Eric jumps out, realises it is going the other way and defends with a straight bat

Netherlands 34/0   ES Szwarczynski 19* (31b 3x4)
10.1

Harbhajan Singh to Szwarczynski, 1 run, straightens from off stump, good delivery, searching for the bat pad gap and nearly finds it. Inside edge squeezes past leg stump wide of leg slip

10.6

Harbhajan Singh to Szwarczynski, no run, again turning in on the pads, and worked with the spin to the leg side.

Netherlands 43/0   ES Szwarczynski 20* (33b 3x4)
11.5

Chawla to Szwarczynski, 1 run, appeal for lbw, turned down and given as a leg bye. Dhoni decided to review it. This is going to be interesting. The initial replay suggested there was some glove on it as Eric went for a sweep to a full ball on off stump. If it hadn't hit the glove that would have been out. Now, the umpire says not out. And then says it is not a leg bye. I am stumped. The umpire is confused. He's asks Eric to go back to take strike. Not sure how he can do that. Ah, now he gets it right. Eric gets the single. But it seems unfair that this should cost India a review. The umpire said leg bye, which is what prompted the review in the first place - Dhoni assumed it had hit pad first and hence was in for a chance to get the lbw. Reversing the leg bye and penalising the review that was based on the legb-bye seems unfair. UDRS controversies and India - now that's unconditional love!

Netherlands 45/0   ES Szwarczynski 21* (34b 3x4)
12.6

Harbhajan Singh to Szwarczynski, no run, shifts the line to outside off, punched back to the bowler off the front foot

Netherlands 47/0   ES Szwarczynski 21* (35b 3x4)
13.4

Chawla to Szwarczynski, FOUR, lovely shot from Eric to bring up 50. Sunny Gavaskar says that was a fine late cut. It was fine in more senses than one. Flatter leggie from Piyush, lands outside off and breaks away. Eric waits and then deftly opens the face of the bat to send it scurrying down to third man. Tendulkar had no chance to stop that.

13.5

Chawla to Szwarczynski, 1 run, tossed up this time, Eric skips out to the pitch and drives with the spin through mid off for one more

Netherlands 53/0   ES Szwarczynski 26* (37b 4x4)
14.1

Harbhajan Singh to Szwarczynski, 1 run, tossed up on off, a hint of turn inwards - nothing major - and Eric works it with the spin for a single

14.4

Harbhajan Singh to Szwarczynski, no run, doosra from over the wicket, this pitch is too slow for that to bother Eric, who defends with consummate ease off the front foot

14.5

Harbhajan Singh to Szwarczynski, 1 run, turning down the leg side, turned with the spin through square leg for one more. India continue to remain flat.

Netherlands 56/0   ES Szwarczynski 28* (40b 4x4)
15.1

Chawla to Szwarczynski, no run, turning away from off stump, defended with an opened face through backward point

15.2

Chawla to Szwarczynski, OUT, at long last, Piyush Chawla's much feted and much hyped googly has made its presence felt. Anil Kumble would have called that a flipper, but this is Chawla's googly, it is generally shorter in length than the leggie, and skids along with the angle, with slight inward turn. The delivery's hopes of striking hinge on the batsman's propensity to cut. Eric did just that, ambitiously setting himself up for the square cut by getting back and looking to come down on it. He saw it sliding in and tried to arrest the shot and cover the line. Too late. The ball hurries through and thuds into middle and leg. Chawla looks relieved, big break this for him.

ES Szwarczynski b Chawla 28 (59m 42b 4x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

Netherlands 56/1   ES Szwarczynski 28 (42b 4x4)
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