ICC Cricket World Cup, 2010/11 / Commentary

ICC Cricket World Cup - 25th match, Group B

India v Netherlands

India won by 5 wickets (with 81 balls remaining)

42.3

Chawla to Mudassar Bukhari, no run, Bukhari is not going to poke around. Tries to slog his first ball through the leg side, but ended up playing straight to midwicket

42.4

Chawla to Mudassar Bukhari, 1 run, Chawla gets the length right and gets it to turn away from Bukhari who dabs with the spin into the covers for one

Netherlands 152/8   Mudassar Bukhari 1* (2b)

43.1

Nehra to Mudassar Bukhari, no run, back of a length to begin the over, Bukhari can't get the single away

43.2

Nehra to Mudassar Bukhari, no run, another dot ball, Bukhari stays on the crease and plays back down the track

43.3

Nehra to Mudassar Bukhari, 1 run, now he hands it to Borren, gets one on the pads and clips square for a single

43.5

Nehra to Mudassar Bukhari, SIX, whoa, another six. Netherlands are leaving India oranje-faced with a big sting in the tail. Nehra is still looking for the tight yorker. It doesn't require much to go wrong, for that to end up as a half-volley on the pads. Bukhari got the front foot inside the line and tonked it wildly over long on. Part golf, past cricket.

43.6

Nehra to Mudassar Bukhari, FOUR, aha, bad luck now for Nehra. He delivers a smart offcutter, full on middle and leg stump, Bukhari can't pick it and plays all over it, and ends up getting a leading edge to third man for four

Netherlands 176/8   Mudassar Bukhari 12* (7b 1x4 1x6)

44.2

Khan to Mudassar Bukhari, 1 run, another full ball on off stump, Bukhari digs it out to the off side for a single

44.5

Khan to Mudassar Bukhari, no run, low full toss on off stump, Bukhari is not good enough to get under it and find a way to muscle it into the off side

44.6

Khan to Mudassar Bukhari, 1 run, another low full toss, that's not a bad option in these circumstances. Bukhari drives straight to long off for a single

Netherlands 180/8   Mudassar Bukhari 14* (10b 1x4 1x6)

45.1

Harbhajan Singh to Mudassar Bukhari, no run, tossed up on middle and off and straightening, defended rom the crease to the leg side

45.2

Harbhajan Singh to Mudassar Bukhari, 1 run, Bukhari turns it over, works him with the spin through midwicket for one more

45.4

Harbhajan Singh to Mudassar Bukhari, no run, full toss on the pads, Bukhari swipes it straight to the fielder at midwicket

45.5

Harbhajan Singh to Mudassar Bukhari, SIX, India leaking runs like a metro-water lorry in Chennai. Fires it full on leg stump, Bukhari's footwork is good enough to get under it and swing it over midwicket. The crowd is caught between anxiety and cheer.

45.6

Harbhajan Singh to Mudassar Bukhari, 1 wide, ragged. Harbhajan loses the plot and lands this wide down the leg side

45.6

Harbhajan Singh to Mudassar Bukhari, no run, ends with a yorker. A rare toe-crusher from an offspinner. Bukhari manages to squeeze it out.

Netherlands 189/8   Mudassar Bukhari 21* (15b 1x4 2x6)

46.2

Khan to Mudassar Bukhari, no run, yorker first up, on middle and off, Bukhari digs it out

46.3

Khan to Mudassar Bukhari, no run, Bukhari plays the pull so early that he gets it out to cover. Short of a length ball from Zaheer, meets Bukhari's swipe rather early and runs away to the off side

46.4

Khan to Mudassar Bukhari, OUT, Zaheer has arrested the bleeding and finished off the innings. Despite the late flourish, Netherlands end short of an average score. The fast searing yorker angles across the batsman, there's not much you can attempt with that ball, except the squeezed single to the off side, or a tough-to-pull-off delicate dab to third man. Bukhari just went for the big swipe across the line even as he backed away. Ended up getting an inside edge that clattered onto off stump. India need 190 to win.

Mudassar Bukhari b Khan 21 (20m 18b 1x4 2x6) SR: 116.66

Netherlands 189/10   Mudassar Bukhari 21 (18b 1x4 2x6)

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Mar 9, 2011

Harbhajan Singh went wicketless for the second match running, India v Netherlands, Group B, World Cup, Delhi, March 9, 2011

Harbhajan Singh went wicketless for the second match running

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Mar 9, 2011

Yuvraj Singh comes down the wicket, India v Netherlands, Group B, World Cup, Delhi, March 9, 2011

Yuvraj Singh comes down the wicket

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