ICC Cricket World Cup, 2010/11 / Commentary

ICC Cricket World Cup - 31st match, Group A

Australia v Kenya

Australia won by 60 runs

24.5

Kamande to Clarke, no run, Clarke stays back and plays the ball off his pads towards short fine leg

24.6

Kamande to Clarke, 1 run, almost, the fielder at midwicket dived but couldn't cut off Clarke's nudge off the pads

Australia 128/2   MJ Clarke 1* (2b)

25.1

CO Obuya to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke steps out and flicks the ball off his pads through square

25.3

CO Obuya to Clarke, 1 run, full toss, Clarke comes forward and mis-times the swat through the leg side

25.6

CO Obuya to Clarke, 1 run, forced off the back foot toward long off

Australia 135/3   MJ Clarke 4* (5b)

26.1

Kamande to Clarke, 1 run, driven off the front foot towards long off for a single

26.5

Kamande to Clarke, 5 wides, he's strayed down leg side, Clarke misses the glance and the keeper misses the take

26.5

Kamande to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke gets down the pitch and drives towards long on

Australia 143/3   MJ Clarke 6* (7b)

27.1

CO Obuya to Clarke, no run, played off the back foot to point

27.2

CO Obuya to Clarke, 1 run, cut off the back foot through point for a single

27.5

CO Obuya to Clarke, 1 run, a massive long hop and Clarke simply waits and cuts through point

Australia 150/4   MJ Clarke 8* (10b)

28.1

Kamande to Clarke, no run, driven towards mid on off the front foot

28.2

Kamande to Clarke, 1 run, played off the pads through square leg

28.4

Kamande to Clarke, 1 wide, bowled wide outside off stump, Clarke covers for the turn and lets it go. The ball does not turn

28.4

Kamande to Clarke, 1 run, played off the pads past the fielder at short fine leg

28.6

Kamande to Clarke, 1 run, driven off the front foot towards mid-off for a single

Australia 158/4   MJ Clarke 11* (14b)

29.1

CO Obuya to Clarke, 1 run, short ball on off, Clarke moves back and cuts towards point where the fielder mis-fields

29.4

CO Obuya to Clarke, FOUR, excellent placement and timing. Clarke comes forward, takes the ball on the full, and drives past the fielder at mid-on

29.5

CO Obuya to Clarke, 2 runs, full toss and Clarke steps out and works it through midwicket

29.6

CO Obuya to Clarke, 1 run, short ball this time on of, Clarke goes back and cuts through cover point

Australia 169/4   MJ Clarke 19* (18b 1x4)

30.1

Kamande to Clarke, no run, White steps out again and plays towards the bowler

30.2

Kamande to Clarke, 1 run, driven off the front foot towards mid off

30.5

Kamande to Clarke, no run, defended on the back foot towards the bowler

30.6

Kamande to Clarke, 1 run, Kamande stops before releasing that, cut off the back foot towards short third man

Australia 172/4   MJ Clarke 21* (22b 1x4)

31.1

Ngoche to Clarke, 1 run, played off the pads behind square for a single

31.3

Ngoche to Clarke, no run, Clarke moves forward and then defends after failing to reach the pitch of the ball

31.4

Ngoche to Clarke, 1 run, played off the back foot through cover

31.6

Ngoche to Clarke, 2 runs, Clarke works the ball off his pads through square and Hussey has to hurry and dive to complete the second

Australia 178/4   MJ Clarke 25* (26b 1x4)

32.2

Kamande to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke moves forward and drives towards long off

32.5

Kamande to Clarke, 1 run, driven off the front foot towards long on

Australia 182/4   MJ Clarke 27* (28b 1x4)

33.1

Ngoche to Clarke, no run, played towards mid on this time

33.2

Ngoche to Clarke, no run, shorter and quicker, played off the back foot on the off side

33.3

Ngoche to Clarke, 1 run, worked off the pads through square leg for a single

33.5

Ngoche to Clarke, no run, Clarke moves across his stumps to flick through square but misses and gets hit on the pad. The bowler appeals but that was missing leg

33.6

Ngoche to Clarke, 1 run, driven to long on for a single

Australia 185/4   MJ Clarke 29* (33b 1x4)

34.1

Odoyo to Clarke, 3 runs, short of a length outside off with the keeper standing up, Clarke cuts off the back foot and the fielder on the deep point boundary does splendidly to dive and save the four

34.3

Odoyo to Clarke, FOUR, terrific timing from Clarke who beats the man at extra cover with a drive from the crease

34.4

Odoyo to Clarke, no run, played back to the bowler

34.5

Odoyo to Clarke, no run, pushed off the back foot towards cover

34.6

Odoyo to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke drives fluently off the front foot for another single

Australia 194/4   MJ Clarke 37* (38b 2x4)

35.1

Ngoche to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke moves forward and clips towards midwicket where the fielder dives and fumbles

35.3

Ngoche to Clarke, no run, flat and short, Clarke moves back and works the ball towards midwicket

35.4

Ngoche to Clarke, 2 runs, flicked off the pads through square leg

35.5

Ngoche to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke moves back and nudges the ball through square leg

Australia 199/4   MJ Clarke 41* (42b 2x4)

36.2

Kamande to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke moves forward and drives towards long off for a single

36.5

Kamande to Clarke, 1 run, played down the ground again for one more

Australia 208/4   MJ Clarke 43* (44b 2x4)

37.1

Ngoche to Clarke, FOUR, strays down leg side and this time Clarke gets a bit of bat on it to glance it fine past the keeper

37.2

Ngoche to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke moves forward and plays the ball off his toes through midwicket

37.6

Ngoche to Clarke, no run, fired in fast on middle and leg, defended on the front foot towards the bowler

Australia 218/4   MJ Clarke 48* (47b 3x4)

38.2

Odoyo to Clarke, 1 bye, Odoyo beats Clarke's drive off the front foot and the ball beats the keeper as well, deflecting off his glove towards third man

38.6

Odoyo to Clarke, 1 run, good length and straight, Clarke moves forward and drives past the bowler

Australia 225/4   MJ Clarke 49* (49b 3x4)

39.1

Odhiambo to Clarke, no run, full ball on the pads, Clarke misses out on the flick, that was there for the taking

39.2

Odhiambo to Clarke, 2 wides, wide down leg side, too far for Clarke to get bat on the ball

39.3

Odhiambo to Clarke, no run, Clarke moves forward and taps the ball towards midwicket

39.4

Odhiambo to Clarke, 1 run, short of a length, angling into the body. Clarke turns it off his hips to reach a half-century, off 52 balls. A fluent innings

Australia 231/4   MJ Clarke 50* (52b 3x4)

40.1

Odoyo to Clarke, 1 run, full ball on off and middle, Clarke drives off the front foot towards mid-off

40.4

Odoyo to Clarke, 1 run, pushed past the bowler from the crease for a single

40.6

Odoyo to Clarke, no run, played off the back foot towards the bowler

Australia 237/4   MJ Clarke 52* (55b 3x4)

41.3

Odhiambo to Clarke, FOUR, terrific shot, Clarke moves forward and towards the off, the ball was on his pads and he flicks it over the fielder at short fine leg for four, the 100 partnership comes up

41.4

Odhiambo to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke moves forward and drives towards long on

41.6

Odhiambo to Clarke, no run, a useful yorker, Clarke can't do much with that but dig it out

Australia 248/4   MJ Clarke 57* (58b 4x4)

42.2

Odoyo to Clarke, 1 run, played past the bowler for a single, that was in the air towards Odoyo but a touch high, it went off the leading edge

42.4

Odoyo to Clarke, 2 runs, full ball angling into middle stump, flicked off the front foot towards deep midwicket

42.5

Odoyo to Clarke, 1 bye, Clarke backs away to make room and hit a length ball through the off side, he misses and the keeper also fails to collect it

Australia 256/4   MJ Clarke 60* (61b 4x4)

43.2

Odhiambo to Clarke, FOUR, a high full toss and Clarke moves across and whips it off his hips towards the fine leg boundary

43.3

Odhiambo to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke moves forward and nudges the ball towards midwicket

43.5

Odhiambo to Clarke, FOUR, shot, Clarke makes room by moving towards leg and cuts a length ball from the stumps behind point

43.6

Odhiambo to Clarke, 1 run, a full toss and Clarke clips it off his pads toward deep midwicket

Australia 268/5   MJ Clarke 70* (65b 6x4)

44.1

Odoyo to Clarke, 1 run, worked off the pad behind square for a single

44.4

Odoyo to Clarke, 1 run, played off the back foot towards long on for one

44.6

Odoyo to Clarke, 1 run, worked off the pads through midwicket

Australia 273/5   MJ Clarke 73* (68b 6x4)

45.1

Otieno to Clarke, FOUR, short ball outside off, Clarke gets into position early and pulls it cleanly into the gap between deep midwicket and long on

45.2

Otieno to Clarke, 2 runs, a high full toss and Clarke mis-times his pull off the front foot, it goes towards long-on and falls short of the fielder

45.3

Otieno to Clarke, SIX, another full toss, and this time Clarke does it, pulling the ball and timing it well enough to cause a flutter in the people beyond the midwicket boundary

45.4

Otieno to Clarke, 2 runs, Clarke steers the ball towards third man where the fielder has a bit of work to do

45.5

Otieno to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke moves forward and flicks the ball through square for a single

Australia 288/5   MJ Clarke 88* (73b 7x4 1x6)

46.3

Odhiambo to Clarke, no run, the bowler strays on to the pads, Clarke moves across and attempts to glance but misses it

46.4

Odhiambo to Clarke, 2 runs, Clarke moves outside leg to make room and lofts a ball that follows him towards long-on

46.5

Odhiambo to Clarke, 2 runs, Clarke moves towards leg and drives a length ball with lots of power, the fielder at cover, Kamande, dives to his right and makes an outstanding save

46.6

Odhiambo to Clarke, no run, a slower ball and Clarke had finished the pull by the time the ball arrived. Odhiambo beams in delight

Australia 294/5   MJ Clarke 92* (77b 7x4 1x6)

47.2

Otieno to Clarke, 1 leg bye, a slower ball from round the wicket, worked off the body behind square

47.5

Otieno to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke moves across and works the ball off his pads behind square

Australia 302/5   MJ Clarke 93* (79b 7x4 1x6)

48.1

Odhiambo to Clarke, OUT, whoops, he's holed out to long-on. Clarke tried to launch a full ball over the man on the long-on boundary. He didn't get enough elevation or distance and Patel took a fine catch at shin height. That was travelling to him quickly and Clarke's World Cup average comes down a notch or two ...

MJ Clarke c Patel b Odhiambo 93 (109m 80b 7x4 1x6) SR: 116.25

Australia 304/6   MJ Clarke 93 (80b 7x4 1x6)

Photos

Mar 13, 2011

Policemen sit in the empty stands, Australia v Kenya, World Cup 2011, Group A, Bangalore, March 13, 2011

Policemen sit in the empty stands

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Mar 13, 2011

Michael Clarke and Michael Hussey run between the wickets, Australia v Kenya, World Cup 2011, Group A, Bangalore, March 13, 2011

Michael Clarke and Michael Hussey run between the wickets

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