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)

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

6.4

Harbhajan Singh to Barresi, 1 run, Barresi paddles from outside off, nicely controlled shot wide of leg slip for one

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   Harbhajan Singh 1-0-4-0

8.1

Harbhajan Singh to Barresi, 1 run, lucky. Harbhajan delivers the straighter one, Barresi was no where near spotting it and played for the turn as he advanced and commited to the flick. The top edge popped up and landed safely in the covers.

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   Harbhajan Singh 2-0-5-0

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

10.2

Harbhajan Singh to Barresi, no run, back of a length on off stump, Barresi moves across to off stump and defends

10.3

Harbhajan Singh to Barresi, no run, once again, Harbhajan gets the straighter one to stop on Barresi, who doesn't spot it and turns the wrists too early. Leadind edge pops up but doesn't go too far.

10.4

Harbhajan Singh to Barresi, 1 wide, aha, Barresi is looking to outwit Harbhajan with a jump and squeak before the ball comes, and ends up confusing Harbhajan to delivering a wide down the leg side

10.4

Harbhajan Singh to Barresi, 2 runs, flatter and short outside off, Barresi chops it down to third man for a couple

10.5

Harbhajan Singh to Barresi, 1 run, slower through the air, but on the pads, and it is worked to the leg side

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   Harbhajan Singh 3-0-10-0

12.1

Harbhajan Singh to Barresi, no run, tossed up on off stump, Barresi defends down the track

12.2

Harbhajan Singh to Barresi, no run, full delivery on the stumps, Barresi can't make contact with the sweep and it bobbles off the pads to slip. Polite lbw appeal, politely turned down

12.3

Harbhajan Singh to Barresi, no run, straightens from leg stump, defended to the leg side with the spin

12.4

Harbhajan Singh to Barresi, no run

12.5

Harbhajan Singh to Barresi, 1 run, Barresi gets the single this time, controlling the sweep and getting a single through backward square leg

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   Harbhajan Singh 4-0-11-0

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

14.2

Harbhajan Singh to Barresi, no run, fuller and on the stumps, flicked straight to the fielder at midwicket

14.3

Harbhajan Singh to Barresi, 1 run, a nothing ball. Drifting down the leg side with the spin from round the wicket. Swept from top of the bounce for a single to deep backward square leg

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.

14.6

Harbhajan Singh to Barresi, no run, touch of drift towards off stump, Barresi reaches out to smother the inward turn and defend

Netherlands 56/0   Harbhajan Singh 5-0-14-0

16.1

Harbhajan Singh to Cooper, no run, tossed up from round the wicket, on off stump and driven right back at the bowler

16.2

Harbhajan Singh to Cooper, no run, nice turn, Harbhajan gets one to come in marginally from outside off as Cooper presses forward to defend. Appeal for lbw, but there was an inside edge there.

16.3

Harbhajan Singh to Cooper, 1 run, drops shorter and straighter, Cooper gets inside the line anc clips it square for a single

16.4

Harbhajan Singh to Barresi, no run, fired on the pads at 87 kph, straightening and hitting the front pad, but that was missing leg

16.5

Harbhajan Singh to Barresi, no run, smart collection from MSD, Harbhajan over-pitches outside off, nearly yorking Barresi who missed the sweep

16.6

Harbhajan Singh to Barresi, no run, holds it back in the air, Barresi eases the front foot across and works it to the leg side

Netherlands 58/1   Harbhajan Singh 6-0-15-0

35.1

Harbhajan Singh to Borren, no run, topspinner on off stump to begin the over, Borren reaches out and gropes into the forward defensive

35.2

Harbhajan Singh to Borren, no run, comes in with the angle from outside off, defended with the spin to the leg side

35.3

Harbhajan Singh to Borren, no run, huge appeal for lbw from Harbhajan as he gets ont to break in and hit the pad as Borren looks to work it round the corner. Humourous gesture from Dhoni as Bhajji asks if they should review it. Nods his head with a "you got to be kidding" kind of air. It was missing leg alright.

35.4

Harbhajan Singh to Borren, 1 leg bye, turns sharply down the leg side and Borren gets a leg bye through fine leg

35.5

Harbhajan Singh to Kervezee, 1 run, turning into the pads, dabbed with the spin through square leg for one more

35.6

Harbhajan Singh to Borren, no run, tossed up on off to end the over, Borren reaches out to smother the spin

Netherlands 115/6   Harbhajan Singh 7-0-16-0

37.1

Harbhajan Singh to Borren, 1 run, Harbhajan lands this outside leg and gets it to turn further down, flicked with the spin through the leg side for one

37.2

Harbhajan Singh to Kervezee, no run, drifts this one towards off stump and gets it to straighten, defended down the track from the crease

37.3

Harbhajan Singh to Kervezee, 1 run, too straight this time, and worked with the spin to the leg side for one more

37.4

Harbhajan Singh to Borren, no run, Borren reaches out to the flight outside off and defends into the offside

37.5

Harbhajan Singh to Borren, 2 runs, nicely whipped by Borren, reaches out and flicks through midwicket for a couple.

37.6

Harbhajan Singh to Borren, no run, leans out to the flight of a ball on off stump and defends back down the track

Netherlands 127/6   Harbhajan Singh 8-0-20-0

39.1

Harbhajan Singh to Borren, 1 leg bye, drifting into the pads, Borren reaches across and helps it along through backward square leg for a single. It went off the pad.

39.2

Harbhajan Singh to Kruger, 1 run, short of a length, floater outside off, punched straight at Chawla who fumbles at point and gives the single away

39.3

Harbhajan Singh to Borren, no run, tossed up on off stump, Borren leans out and smothers the spin

39.4

Harbhajan Singh to Borren, 1 run, turns into the pads this time, Borren dinks it backward of square leg for a single

39.5

Harbhajan Singh to Kruger, no run, Harbhajan appeals hard for an lbw, umpire says no, Dhoni smiles and says no review, Harbhajan smiles back. Big spinning offie, lands just outside off and bursts in to hit the pad in front of middle. But that was surely going down the leg side. "Beech mein maarna padega," yells Dhoni. ["It needs to hit middle."]

39.6

Harbhajan Singh to Kruger, no run, fullish ball on off stump, worked with the spin through mid on

Netherlands 134/7   Harbhajan Singh 9-0-22-0

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

45.3

Harbhajan Singh to Borren, 1 run, looped up on leg stump, Borren quietly drives past the bowler for a single

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   Harbhajan Singh 10-0-31-0

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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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