ICC Cricket World Cup, 2010/11 / Commentary

ICC Cricket World Cup - 31st match, Group A

Australia v Kenya

Australia won by 60 runs

14.25: The national anthems have been sung, and the players are making their way out to the middle. Watson and Haddin for Australia, as the Kenyans take their places in the field. Will this be anything but a run fest? Unlikely. The unbeaten versus the severely beaten begins now ...

Thomas Odoyo has the new ball ...

14.20 "Just the right combination with ever-dependable Mike Hussey back in the squad. This Australian line-up looks very well-balanced," says Alex. I agree, their middle-order susceptibility against spin has reduced considerably.

Toss, 14.00 Ricky Ponting won the toss and without hesitation said Australia will bat. Michael Hussey returns to Australia's XI, taking his brother David's spot. Ponting said Michael Hussey was pumped and couldn't wait to get out there ...

"M Hussey should replace C White, hasn't shown anything this tournament, or in in the ODI's against england and even in the warm up matches," says Jason. Well White's playing ... David Hussey isn't. I suspect Steve Smith's fielding might have kept him in as well.

Kenya aren't playing Seren Waters and Steve Tikolo today ...

13.45 Good day and welcome to ESPNcricinfo's coverage of the match between Australia and Kenya in Bangalore. Despite all the talk about Australia not being the strongest team of this World Cup, and the hype over India's and Sri Lanka's chances, Ricky Ponting's team is the only unbeaten team in the tournament. I'll take the liberty of saying they'll be unbeaten after today as well.

Australia's batsmen haven't batted in a World Cup game since their defeat of New Zealand, way back on February 25. So I expect them to want to bat today, if they win the toss, which is about seven minutes away.

Will Michael Hussey play today? And if he does, who will miss out? Ponting indicated it could be either brother David, or Steve Smith.

0.1

Odoyo to Watson, no run, good length around off stump, a tidy start, the batsman moves forward to defend on the off side

"David Hussey was a well sought after player at the IPL auction and knows the Indian conditions well. You'd have to say that any side that can afford to bench him has a strong batting line up," says Gareth. I think he's a better bat than White is though.

"Your Cricinfo audience for this is composed of Australian insomniacs & Kenyan masochists," says Spencer.

0.2

Odoyo to Watson, no run, good length a little further outside off, Watson lets it go

0.3

Odoyo to Watson, no run, short of a length outside off, the ball climbs through to the keeper as Watson shoulders arms again

0.4

Odoyo to Watson, 1 run, short and wide outside off, Watson is away with a cut off the back foot towards third man

0.5

Odoyo to Haddin, no run, fuller length but the line is too wide outside off for Haddin to play a shot at it

0.6

Odoyo to Haddin, 1 run, short and wide once again, Haddin uses the width to cut towards third man

End of over 1 (2 runs) Australia 2/0 (RR: 2.00)
BJ Haddin    1* (2b)      TM Odoyo    1-0-2-0
SR Watson    1* (4b)     

1.1

Otieno to Haddin, no run, full ball on off stump, driven off the front foot towards mid-off

"The commenter who mentioned Australian insomniacs and Kenyan masochists shouldn't forget American college students who use it as a way to get up early," says Gavin.

1.2

Otieno to Haddin, no run, a full ball angling into the right-hander, nearly in the blockhole, Haddin digs it out to Otieno

1.3

Otieno to Haddin, 1 run, pushed off the front foot towards wide mid-on for a single

"@Spencer - We aren't insomniacs, it's 5 past 8 Sunday evening, perfect time to lay back and watch Australia amass 450 runs," says Bart.

1.4

Otieno to Watson, FOUR, short ball and Watson stays firm in his crease, swivels and plays a muscular pull to the midwicket boundary

1.5

Otieno to Watson, FOUR, beautiful drive, gets on to the front foot to a full ball with a hint of outswing, the ball disappeared wide of the man at mid-off off the middle of the bat

1.6

Otieno to Watson, SIX, the carnage begins, Watson sits back in his crease, waits for the short one, and pulls in flat over the midwicket boundary

End of over 2 (15 runs) Australia 17/0 (RR: 8.50)
SR Watson    15* (7b 2x4 1x6)      E Otieno    1-0-15-0
BJ Haddin    2* (5b)      TM Odoyo    1-0-2-0

2.1

Odoyo to Haddin, 1 run, defended towards mid-off but they take a quick single

2.2

Odoyo to Watson, no run, good length on off stump, defended on the front foot towards the off

Chris: "Hey, don't forget the insomniacs in New Zealand!"

2.3

Odoyo to Watson, no run, Odoyo is keeping Watson quiet with his line and length on off, Watson stays in his crease and defends

2.4

Odoyo to Watson, no run, pushed off the front foot towards cover

2.5

Odoyo to Watson, FOUR, Watson adjusts to the line of the ball close to off stump, and uses the shorter length to cut the ball late and fine of the fielder at third man

2.6

Odoyo to Watson, no run, dropped in theory. Watson absolutely smashed the ball back at Odoyo who got his left hand to the ball. It was hit so hard that the ball carried in the air for a while after the deflection off the hand and went on the first bounce to the fielder at mid off

End of over 3 (5 runs) Australia 22/0 (RR: 7.33)
SR Watson    19* (12b 3x4 1x6)      TM Odoyo    2-0-7-0
BJ Haddin    3* (6b)      E Otieno    1-0-15-0

3.1

Otieno to Haddin, FOUR, Haddin cuts loose, carving the ball off the front foot over point, that nearly carried all the way

3.2

Otieno to Haddin, no run, short and wide, Haddin moves forward and slashes, he misses this time

"Spare a thought for those whose only interest is their fantasy team and who are desperate to see some major points from the Aussies!!" says Lee.

3.3

Otieno to Haddin, no run, good length and straight, Haddin moves back and defends with a straight bat

3.4

Otieno to Haddin, FOUR, Haddin charges, two steps down, and thumps the ball through the line past the fielder at mid-on

If this was a boxing match, one opponent seems unable to defend himself.

3.5

Otieno to Haddin, 1 run, dabbed from the crease with an open face behind point

3.6

Otieno to Watson, no run, played off the back foot towards the bowler

End of over 4 (9 runs) Australia 31/0 (RR: 7.75)
SR Watson    19* (13b 3x4 1x6)      E Otieno    2-0-24-0
BJ Haddin    12* (11b 2x4)      TM Odoyo    2-0-7-0

4.1

Odoyo to Haddin, no run, tight line and length around off stump, pushed off the front foot towards cover

There's a first slip and leg gully in place.

4.2

Odoyo to Haddin, no run, fuller ball on off stump, driven to mid off on the front foot

4.3

Odoyo to Haddin, no run, played towards point off the back foot

4.4

Odoyo to Haddin, no run, tight over so far, Odoyo keeping wicket to wicket, Haddin defends from the crease

4.5

Odoyo to Haddin, no run, short of a length on off stump, Haddin stays on the back foot, gets behind the line and defends with a straight bat

4.6

Odoyo to Haddin, FOUR, sublime drive off the front foot, Haddin makes a bit of room to drive a length ball wide of the fielder at mid-off

"I wonder how long we can keep up talking about the different minority groups watching this game. Can we agree that a lot more people are watching than previously thought," says Tim, putting an end to this line of feedback.

End of over 5 (4 runs) Australia 35/0 (RR: 7.00)
BJ Haddin    16* (17b 3x4)      TM Odoyo    3-0-11-0
SR Watson    19* (13b 3x4 1x6)      E Otieno    2-0-24-0

5.1

Odhiambo to Watson, 1 run, in the blockhole, Watson digs it out towards midwicket and sets off

5.2

Odhiambo to Haddin, 1 wide, fired down leg side this time, the keeper dives to his right and pulls off a superb save with one hand

5.2

Odhiambo to Haddin, no run, short of a length and straight, defended on the back foot

5.3

Odhiambo to Haddin, no run, good length ball on off and middle, defended on the front foot towards mid-off

5.4

Odhiambo to Haddin, no run, have Australia gone into a shell of sorts? Defended on the back foot towards the off again

5.5

Odhiambo to Haddin, no run, dropped in theory again. Haddin played a firm straight drive low towards the bowler's right, Odhiambo got one hand to it on his follow through, which is more than most fast bowlers on display last night would have got on it

5.6

Odhiambo to Haddin, no run, played off the pads towards midwicket

End of over 6 (2 runs) Australia 37/0 (RR: 6.16)
BJ Haddin    16* (22b 3x4)      NN Odhiambo    1-0-2-0
SR Watson    20* (14b 3x4 1x6)      TM Odoyo    3-0-11-0

6.1

Odoyo to Watson, 1 run, Watson moves forward and glides the ball towards third man

6.2

Odoyo to Haddin, no run, tight line and length on off and middle, defended on the front foot

6.3

Odoyo to Haddin, no run, blocked off the front foot back to the bowler

6.4

Odoyo to Haddin, no run, Haddin looks to drive on the off and ends up punching towards mid off

6.5

Odoyo to Haddin, no run, Haddin takes two steps forward, making room to hit through the off. He's a bit early and ends up pushing towards cover

The keeper comes up to the stumps ...

6.6

Odoyo to Haddin, no run, played off the back foot on the leg side

End of over 7 (1 run) Australia 38/0 (RR: 5.42)
BJ Haddin    16* (27b 3x4)      TM Odoyo    4-0-12-0
SR Watson    21* (15b 3x4 1x6)      NN Odhiambo    1-0-2-0

7.1

Odhiambo to Watson, no run, a short of a length ball steered off the back foot behind point

"I'm disappointed in Tim. I was looking forward to hearing from residents of Chad, or neurosurgeons from Antigua and Barbuda, or Moldovan blacksmiths, or who knows who else. Go Kenya and the wild unrealistic upset," says Gavin.

7.2

Odhiambo to Watson, OUT, caught! And such a late celebratory reaction from the keeper! That was short and wide from Odhiambo, but he got the ball to bounce a touch more. Watson went for the cut and got a thick edge through to the keeper, who had to take it over his head

SR Watson c †Ouma b Odhiambo 21 (32m 17b 3x4 1x6) SR: 123.52

"Come on Haddin, you're there to take advantage of the powerplay. If we wanted someone to bat like this we'd pick Simon Katich," says Tim.

Ponting walks out to bat ...

7.3

Odhiambo to Ponting, no run, loud appeal for lbw as Ponting misses the leg glance. The umpire says not out and Kenya ask for a review. Replays show that the ball is comfortably missing leg stump. It nearly missed the pad all together

7.4

Odhiambo to Ponting, no run, a full ball outside off stump, Ponting lunges forward and plays the ball towards the bowler

7.5

Odhiambo to Ponting, no run, Ponting moves forward and across and nudges a length ball towards midwicket

7.6

Odhiambo to Ponting, no run, good length and straight at a brisk pace, Ponting defends on the back foot

End of over 8 (wicket maiden) Australia 38/1 (RR: 4.75)
RT Ponting    0* (4b)      NN Odhiambo    2-1-2-1
BJ Haddin    16* (27b 3x4)      TM Odoyo    4-0-12-0

"Haddin should be dropped. His slow batting puts pressure on Watson who has to go for it more! Bring in Paine!" cried Craig.

8.1

Odoyo to Haddin, no run, defended on the front foot towards the off side

8.2

Odoyo to Haddin, 1 run, Haddin pushes the ball off the front foot towards mid-on and sets off

"@Tim. These powerplay overs were made for Davey Warner. If he's not back in the Australian side by the end of the year, i'll eat my shoe," says Gareth, whose shoe is not made of chocolate.

8.3

Odoyo to Ponting, no run, Ponting dabs the ball behind point and sets off, Collins Obuya makes a sharp save from a wide slip, forcing Haddin to send Ponting back. A direct hit and it would have been close

8.4

Odoyo to Ponting, no run, defended on the back foot on the off side

8.5

Odoyo to Ponting, FOUR, short ball and a bit too straight, Ponting swivels on the front foot and paddles the ball behind square for his first boundary

8.6

Odoyo to Ponting, no run, Ponting strides forward to a good length ball and punches towards cover

End of over 9 (5 runs) Australia 43/1 (RR: 4.77)
RT Ponting    4* (8b 1x4)      TM Odoyo    5-0-17-0
BJ Haddin    17* (29b 3x4)      NN Odhiambo    2-1-2-1

"In response to Craig. Have you checked out Paine's strikerate? He's moves as fast as a rug on valium," says Glenn.

9.1

Odhiambo to Haddin, no run, Haddin moves forward, as he's always looking to do, and drives to the fielder at mid off

9.2

Odhiambo to Haddin, no run, excellent line and length, angling into off and middle from Odhiambo, Haddin moves back and defends

"Agree with you Gavin to an extent, although Shaun Marsh, Aaron Finch or Matthew Wade would be better I think. Either way Haddin has never been a good option opening. Just cos he keeps doesn't make him Gilchrist," says Tim.

9.3

Odhiambo to Haddin, 1 run, drama! Haddin pushes the ball on the off side, Ponting was backing up a bit too far so the fielder threw at the bowler's end and conceded an overthrow. as the Australians ran it, the throw came in from long on and hit direct at the bowler's end. Haddin is safe though

9.4

Odhiambo to Ponting, no run, defended on the front foot towards mid-on

9.5

Odhiambo to Ponting, no run, Ponting strides forward and plays a loose drive at a wide ball, not full enough to drive either. He gets beaten. Odhiambo's bowling at good pace

9.6

Odhiambo to Ponting, no run, played back to the bowler off the front foot

So Kenya have done rather well during the mandatory Powerplay, especially after Watson went after them in the first three overs.

End of over 10 (1 run) Australia 44/1 (RR: 4.40)
RT Ponting    4* (11b 1x4)      NN Odhiambo    3-1-3-1
BJ Haddin    18* (32b 3x4)      TM Odoyo    5-0-17-0

Elijah Otieno is back for a second spell, after conceding 24 in his first two overs.

10.1

Otieno to Haddin, no run, Haddin charges and flays his bat at a good length ball, trying to hit over the off side. He was beaten and lucky that the ball didn't bowl him

10.2

Otieno to Haddin, 1 run, full ball on off stump, driven wide of the fielder at mid-off, who is rather deep as well

"Also in response to Craig, maybe Steve Smith should learn to keep? Then he'd finally have an excuse to be in the team," says Oliver.

10.3

Otieno to Ponting, no run, a short and wide ball but the bounce is lower than usual and Ponting gets beaten as he tries to cut, the ball passed under his bat

10.4

Otieno to Ponting, no run, defended on the front foot towards cover

"Guys, c'mon, he's taking it easy. Haddin has done a great job at the top, however, yes of course if Marsh is fit he is the perfect man to open. Especially with Watto," says Bryn.

10.5

Otieno to Ponting, no run, Ponting strides forward to a good length ball and opens the face to steer the ball towards point

10.6

Otieno to Ponting, FOUR, shot! Ponting strides forward, using the width of the length ball outside off to free his arms and lash it through point with a fierce square drive

End of over 11 (5 runs) Australia 49/1 (RR: 4.45)
RT Ponting    8* (15b 2x4)      E Otieno    3-0-29-0
BJ Haddin    19* (34b 3x4)      NN Odhiambo    3-1-3-1

The bowling Powerplay is underway ...

11.1

Odhiambo to Haddin, no run, played off the front foot towards the off side

11.2

Odhiambo to Haddin, no run, the slower ball on off stump, Haddin defends watchfully towards the bowler

11.3

Odhiambo to Haddin, no run, Odhiambo angles a good length ball into Haddin, not giving him the room he craves, and makes him defend on the leg side

11.4

Odhiambo to Haddin, no run, excellent! Haddin backs away towards leg to make room, Odhiambo follows him with a full ball and Haddin gets a thick inside edge towards square leg

11.5

Odhiambo to Haddin, 1 run, Haddin backs away again and steers a length ball towards third man by opening the face of his bat

11.6

Odhiambo to Ponting, no run, Ponting strides forward and punches a length ball powerfully towards point where the fielder tumbles to his right to make the save

End of over 12 (1 run) Australia 50/1 (RR: 4.16)
RT Ponting    8* (16b 2x4)      NN Odhiambo    4-1-4-1
BJ Haddin    20* (39b 3x4)      E Otieno    3-0-29-0

12.1

Otieno to Haddin, no run, Haddin steps down and makes room to hit through the off, he ends up swishing lamely and gets beaten. He's moving a bit too much is Haddin

12.2

Otieno to Haddin, no run, good length ball angling into the right-hander, Haddin defends on the leg side

12.3

Otieno to Haddin, FOUR, edged and safe! Haddin comes down again, makes room, and slashes at a short of a length delivery outside off. The edge flies between the keeper and a wide first slip. Collins Obuya dives to his left at the wide first slip but can't reach it

12.4

Otieno to Haddin, 1 run, steered towards third man for a single

12.5

Otieno to Ponting, no run, Ponting strides forward a long way and defends towards point

12.6

Otieno to Ponting, no run, Ponting slashes hard this time and hits the ball with the toe end of his bat into the ground towards first slip

End of over 13 (5 runs) Australia 55/1 (RR: 4.23)
RT Ponting    8* (18b 2x4)      E Otieno    4-0-34-0
BJ Haddin    25* (43b 4x4)      NN Odhiambo    4-1-4-1

13.1

Odhiambo to Haddin, 1 run, a full ball and Haddin digs it out towards the off side and wants a risky single. Haddin would have been gone had there been a direct hit at the bowler's end, he stumbles and falls as he makes his ground

13.2

Odhiambo to Ponting, no run, defended on the front foot towards the off

"Are the Kenyans bowling hand grenades or is Haddin batting that poorly that he can't even work the singles?" asks Steve. He's looking to move towards leg and hit almost everything through the off, restricting his options.

13.3

Odhiambo to Ponting, FOUR, strays down leg this time and Ponting glances the ball off his pads to the fine leg-boundary

13.4

Odhiambo to Ponting, no run, Ponting strides forward and pushes a good length ball from outside off towards point

There's a sizeable crowd in Bangalore for this game. Good to see.

13.5

Odhiambo to Ponting, no run, Ponting moves forward again to a ball that is a touch shorter than the previous one and plays towards point

13.6

Odhiambo to Ponting, FOUR, that's a rare slog from Ponting, drags a length ball from outside off high in the air over midwicket. He hasn't timed it well so the ball falls well inside the boundary and eventually reaches it after a mix-up in the field

End of over 14 (9 runs) Australia 64/1 (RR: 4.57)
RT Ponting    16* (23b 4x4)      NN Odhiambo    5-1-13-1
BJ Haddin    26* (44b 4x4)      E Otieno    4-0-34-0

14.1

Otieno to Haddin, 1 run, There's that trigger movement from Haddin again, forward and towards leg to drive on the off. He hits it to mid-off where a fumble allows the single

14.2

Otieno to Ponting, no run, Ponting moves across his stumps to work the ball off his pads on the leg side but can't make contact

14.3

Otieno to Ponting, 1 run, Ponting drives off the front foot towards wide mid-off where there's a fumble once again from Odoyo. Looks a bit heavy, does Odoyo

14.4

Otieno to Haddin, FOUR, that is a wonderful shot, he moves a long way outside leg and this time he uses the room to steer the ball behind point and wide of the fielder at third man. The keeper was standing deep and Haddin was standing out of his crease

14.5

Otieno to Haddin, FOUR, this time Haddin walks forward and towards the off to swing a length ball powerfully through midwicket for four. The keeper needs to come back up, Haddin is moving freely out of his crease here

14.6

Otieno to Haddin, no run, short of a length and slower, Haddin comes forward and mis-times the cut towards point

End of over 15 (10 runs) Australia 74/1 (RR: 4.93)
BJ Haddin    35* (48b 6x4)      E Otieno    5-0-44-0
RT Ponting    17* (25b 4x4)      NN Odhiambo    5-1-13-1

James Ngoche, the offspinner, will bowl from over the wicket ...

15.1

Ngoche to Ponting, 1 run, Ponting moves back and nudges the ball off his pads behind square

15.2

Ngoche to Haddin, 1 run, a quicker one on middle stump, Haddin gets an inside edge behind square as he tries to defend

15.3

Ngoche to Ponting, no run, Ponting strides forward to a slower ball and defends on the off side

15.4

Ngoche to Ponting, 1 run, a flighted delivery on off, drawing Ponting forward as he plays towards midwicket

15.5

Ngoche to Haddin, 1 run, Haddin moves forward and nudges the ball behind square for a single

15.6

Ngoche to Ponting, no run, Ponting goes back and defends the ball towards the bowler

It's drinks, and though Australia are pretty comfortable, Kenya have done well not to let them steam away with the game.

End of over 16 (4 runs) Australia 78/1 (RR: 4.87)
RT Ponting    19* (29b 4x4)      JO Ngoche    1-0-4-0
BJ Haddin    37* (50b 6x4)      E Otieno    5-0-44-0

"If this is the best Australia can do against Kenya, the likes of SAF, India and Pakistan must be laughing," says Dale. they won't be laughing when Australia are bowling though.

Jimmy Kamande to bowl after drinks ...

16.1

Kamande to Haddin, no run, worked off the pads behind square, Haddin wants one but short fine leg is too quick

16.2

Kamande to Haddin, 1 run, driven off the front foot into a gap at cover

16.3

Kamande to Ponting, no run, Ponting lunges forward and defends towards the bowler

16.4

Kamande to Ponting, 1 run, Ponting moves across and nudges off the pads through the leg side

16.5

Kamande to Haddin, no run, nudged off the front foot towards midwicket

16.6

Kamande to Haddin, no run, played off the front foot towards midwicket

End of over 17 (2 runs) Australia 80/1 (RR: 4.70)
BJ Haddin    38* (54b 6x4)      JK Kamande    1-0-2-0
RT Ponting    20* (31b 4x4)      JO Ngoche    1-0-4-0

17.1

Ngoche to Ponting, FOUR, a touch too short and Ponting has time to move back and drive the ball in front of point, the fielder gives chase but in vain

17.2

Ngoche to Ponting, 1 run, Ponting lunges forward and across and nudges the ball on the leg side

17.3

Ngoche to Haddin, no run, Haddin stays in his crease and works the ball towards midwicket

17.4

Ngoche to Haddin, 1 run, Haddin stays back again and flicks the ball in front of square

17.5

Ngoche to Ponting, 5 wides, that's fired down leg side, Ponting tried to paddle it but didn't get a touch on it

17.5

Ngoche to Ponting, no run, quite a bit of turn into the right-hander, Ponting defends on the front foot

17.6

Ngoche to Ponting, 1 run, played off the pads through midwicket

End of over 18 (12 runs) Australia 92/1 (RR: 5.11)
RT Ponting    26* (35b 5x4)      JO Ngoche    2-0-16-0
BJ Haddin    39* (56b 6x4)      JK Kamande    1-0-2-0

"Oh Dale, Dale, Dale, what a ridiculous comment. You are clearly have not been keeping track of this world cup. Pakistan got done by NZ, India lack bowlers and South Africa got pipped by England. Nuff said. Aus are the only team that look like they can win this WC," says Bryn.

18.1

Kamande to Ponting, no run, Ponting moves forward and defends towards midwicket

"The others may be laughing but Australia are simply using this match to give Ponting, Hussey and White a decent hit. They will make 350 and Kenya will be all out for 120. Sorry to spoil it for you but you can have an early night," says Nathan.

18.2

Kamande to Ponting, no run, played off the front foot towards midwicket

18.3

Kamande to Ponting, 1 run, Ponting comes forward and works the ball through square

18.4

Kamande to Haddin, no run, loud appeal for lbw as Haddin moves across his stumps and tries to hoick the ball off the front foot over the leg side. Will Kenya review the not out decision? No they won't. Or have they? They've taken too long to decide ...

18.5

Kamande to Haddin, no run, driven back firmly off the front foot towards the bowler

18.6

Kamande to Haddin, 2 runs, Haddin comes forward and swings the ball off his pads towards deep square

End of over 19 (3 runs) Australia 95/1 (RR: 5.00)
BJ Haddin    41* (59b 6x4)      JK Kamande    2-0-5-0
RT Ponting    27* (38b 5x4)      JO Ngoche    2-0-16-0

19.1

Ngoche to Ponting, no run, Ponting strides forward and blocks towards the bowler

19.2

Ngoche to Ponting, 1 run, Ponting gets on to the front foot and turns the ball off his pads behind square

19.3

Ngoche to Haddin, no run, Haddin defends on the front foot towards the off side

19.4

Ngoche to Haddin, FOUR, Haddin plants his foot forward, gets to the pitch of the ball, and swings it high over wide long-on. Sweetly timed and the ball clears the boundary. One-bounce four actually ...

19.5

Ngoche to Haddin, 1 run, played off the pads behind square for a single. Slight misunderstanding between the batsmen

19.6

Ngoche to Ponting, 1 run, swept behind square for a single

End of over 20 (7 runs) Australia 102/1 (RR: 5.10)
RT Ponting    29* (41b 5x4)      JO Ngoche    3-0-23-0
BJ Haddin    46* (62b 7x4)      JK Kamande    2-0-5-0

20.1

Kamande to Ponting, 1 run, played off the back foot behind square for a single

"Was that prediction by the same Nathan who almost ate his laptop last night?" asks Fletch.

20.2

Kamande to Haddin, FOUR, Haddin gets to his half-century by dabbing the ball fine towards third man. Not the most fluent, but it's doing the job

20.3

Kamande to Haddin, no run, defended back towards the bowler

20.4

Kamande to Haddin, no run, defended on the front foot towards midwicket

20.5

Kamande to Haddin, no run, the ball spins into Haddin and hits him on the pad as he tries to play on the leg side

20.6

Kamande to Haddin, FOUR, short outside off stump and Haddin plays another deft dab to the third-man boundary

"Australia are batting very calmly and are going to make somehwere over 300. That is more a sign of very good batting than a team filled with bashers who make quickfire 30s before getting out," says Iain. Not referring to India are you Iain?

End of over 21 (9 runs) Australia 111/1 (RR: 5.28)
BJ Haddin    54* (67b 9x4)      JK Kamande    3-0-14-0
RT Ponting    30* (42b 5x4)      JO Ngoche    3-0-23-0

21.1

Ngoche to Ponting, no run, Ponting moves forward and pushes the ball from middle towards midwicket

21.2

Ngoche to Ponting, no run, Ponting misses the powerful sweep and gets hit on the pad

21.3

Ngoche to Ponting, 1 run, lots of turn into Ponting, sharp turn, and he nudges the ball off the back foot towards short third man

21.4

Ngoche to Haddin, no run, Haddin steps out and pushes the ball towards the bowler

21.5

Ngoche to Haddin, SIX, superb timing! Haddin steps out and lofts the ball cleanly over the long-on boundary. There was a fielder there but cleared him comfortably

21.6

Ngoche to Haddin, 1 run, played towards point for a single

"It's interesting. Australia have lost 6 of their last 8 Tests and lost consecutive ODI series to India and Sri Lanka but, when the World Cup rolls along, become masters of the universe again. It would take a brave punter to bet against them, even if they have made slightly heavy weather of this match so far," says Mark.

End of over 22 (8 runs) Australia 119/1 (RR: 5.40)
BJ Haddin    61* (70b 9x4 1x6)      JO Ngoche    4-0-31-0
RT Ponting    31* (45b 5x4)      JK Kamande    3-0-14-0

22.1

Kamande to Haddin, no run, Haddin stays in his crease and defends on the leg side

22.2

Kamande to Haddin, 1 run, Haddin drives on the front foot towards long off

22.3

Kamande to Ponting, no run, nudged off the front foot towards midwicket

22.4

Kamande to Ponting, no run, Ponting moves across and defends on the front foot

22.5

Kamande to Ponting, no run, Ponting moves back, waits for the ball to turn and cuts towards short third man

22.6

Kamande to Ponting, 1 run, pushed down to long on for a single

End of over 23 (2 runs) Australia 121/1 (RR: 5.26)
RT Ponting    32* (49b 5x4)      JK Kamande    4-0-16-0
BJ Haddin    62* (72b 9x4 1x6)      JO Ngoche    4-0-31-0

"What happened to all the Haddin bashers - as much as I enjoyed it thought he was getting bashed for the wrong reasons," says Mike. What are the right reasons then?

Collins Obuya will bowl his legbreaks.

23.1

CO Obuya to Ponting, 1 run, tossed up outside of, driven off the front foot towards cover

Here's an odd thought. Fletch: "@Mark - Australia's change in performance might be due to them returning to their traditional gold uniforms."

23.2

CO Obuya to Haddin, 1 run, driven fluently off the front foot towards wide long-off

"Has Mark forgotten that Aussies just trashed England 6-1 in ODI series? Yes they are struggling in tests but why do people persist in assuming their test woes means that their ODI form is slipping?" wonders Ameera.

23.3

CO Obuya to Ponting, 1 run, driven to long off this time for a single

23.4

CO Obuya to Haddin, 1 run, driven off the front foot through point for a single

23.5

CO Obuya to Ponting, 1 run, looped up on off stump, Ponting drives towards mid-off

23.6

CO Obuya to Haddin, 1 run, that's a nice and lovely full toss on the pads, Ponting pushes it gently down the ground to long on. Friendly cricket all around.

End of over 24 (6 runs) Australia 127/1 (RR: 5.29)
BJ Haddin    65* (75b 9x4 1x6)      CO Obuya    1-0-6-0
RT Ponting    35* (52b 5x4)      JK Kamande    4-0-16-0

"I think people shouldn't discount New Zealand from the WC. Apart from the game against Australia they have looked very impressive so far," says Harrison ... from New Zealand.

24.1

Kamande to Haddin, no run, defended from the crease on the leg side

24.2

Kamande to Haddin, no run, played back to the bowler

24.3

Kamande to Haddin, no run, Haddin moves forward and defends on the leg side

24.4

Kamande to Haddin, OUT, caught at deep midwicket! Haddin moves forward, picks up the ball from outside off and swings it high and straight to the man on the deep midwicket boundary

BJ Haddin c Patel b Kamande 65 (109m 79b 9x4 1x6) SR: 82.27

And here's Michael Clarke. Though Hussey would have been itching to bat but he'll have to wait.

24.5

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

Will we see a maiden?

24.6

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

End of over 25 (1 run) Australia 128/2 (RR: 5.12)
MJ Clarke    1* (2b)      JK Kamande    5-0-17-1
RT Ponting    35* (52b 5x4)      CO Obuya    1-0-6-0

"One of the reasons that Australia have won the last three world cups is that they spend a good two years getting their squad and plans right. So once the cup starts nothing is tweaked; there is no speculation about who will play and what tactics they will employ. They aim to peak during the cup," says Simon.

25.1

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

25.2

CO Obuya to Ponting, 1 run, played towards point from the crease

25.3

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

25.4

CO Obuya to Ponting, OUT, loud appeal for lbw as Ponting attempts to work the ball on the leg side but misses and gets hit on the pad. The umpire says not out and Kenya want a review. That one didn't turn, was going straight through. A terrific review it is for that was hitting middle and leg.

RT Ponting lbw b CO Obuya 36 (83m 54b 5x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

"@Simon, exactly why I think they will fall short this time around, the squad has been mix'n'match for the past 2 years. Much less prep than past campaigns," says Tomek.

Still no Michael Hussey, here's Cameron White.

25.5

CO Obuya to White, no run, White goes back and defends on the leg side

25.6

CO Obuya to White, 1 wide, Obuya tosses one up so wide outside off, pitched beyond the wide lines

25.6

CO Obuya to White, (no ball) 1 run, another high friendly full toss at chest height, White swats it tamely towards deep square leg. Friendly cricket all around.

25.6

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

End of over 26 (7 runs) Australia 135/3 (RR: 5.19)
MJ Clarke    4* (5b)      CO Obuya    2-0-13-1
CL White    1* (2b)      JK Kamande    5-0-17-1

26.1

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

26.2

Kamande to White, no run, White gets on to the front foot and defends on the leg side

26.3

Kamande to White, no run, wide outside off stump and White cuts off the back foot through point

26.4

Kamande to White, 1 run, pushed off the front foot towards long on

26.5

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

"A lot of misplaced optimism going around. This is an Australian side that has performed pretty ordinarily for a while (with the exception of the England ODI series). This is another average batting performance already," says Sean.

26.5

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

26.6

Kamande to White, OUT, oh wow! Did Kamande become Murali? White is shocked and with good reason. That ball pitched a long way outside off and spun viciously into the right-hander. White pushed forward in defence and the ball spun past his bat and hit off and middle. More middle than off. Was there an inside edge on to the stumps? I'm not yet sure ... There was no inside edge, simply spun massively between bat and pad.

CL White b Kamande 2 (6m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

End of over 27 (8 runs) Australia 143/4 (RR: 5.29)
     JK Kamande    6-0-25-2
MJ Clarke    6* (7b)      CO Obuya    2-0-13-1

Here's Hussey ...finally.

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

27.3

CO Obuya to Hussey, FOUR, a nice and high full toss and Hussey accepts the offering by driving through cover to get off the mark. Obuya's bowled a lot of these full tosses

"Sorry, but white needs to make way for david hussey for the rest of the tournament. we cant carry him when he is so far out of form," says Glenn.

27.4

CO Obuya to Hussey, 1 run, short and wide outside off, Hussey waits on the back foot and cuts through cover

27.5

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

27.6

CO Obuya to Hussey, 2 runs, another full toss, Obuya suffering from the yips, Hussey plays towards cover where the fielder fumbles

End of over 28 (9 runs) Australia 152/4 (RR: 5.42)
MEK Hussey    7* (3b 1x4)      CO Obuya    3-0-22-1
MJ Clarke    8* (10b)      JK Kamande    6-0-25-2

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

"Agree with Glenn. I can't remember the last time White contributed to an Aussie result," says Sean.

28.3

Kamande to Hussey, 1 run, played off the pads towards short fine 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

28.5

Kamande to Hussey, 1 run, played off the front foot towards point

28.6

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

End of over 29 (6 runs) Australia 158/4 (RR: 5.44)
MJ Clarke    11* (14b)      JK Kamande    7-0-31-2
MEK Hussey    9* (5b 1x4)      CO Obuya    3-0-22-1

"Why are we all criticizing Australia?I am an Indian but I like Australia as they they are hard-workers unlike the Indian cricket team," says Mehul.

29.1

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

29.2

CO Obuya to Hussey, 2 runs, too short and Hussey pulls powerfully off the back foot, the fielder at deep square slides to make the save

29.3

CO Obuya to Hussey, 1 run, played off the pads behind square

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

Full toss or short ball coming up? Obuya is struggling to control his length.

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

End of over 30 (11 runs) Australia 169/4 (RR: 5.63)
MJ Clarke    19* (18b 1x4)      CO Obuya    4-0-33-1
MEK Hussey    12* (7b 1x4)      JK Kamande    7-0-31-2

"Are you kidding?? He and Clake thumped 86 out of the last 5 overs in one of the Indian ODIs towards the end of last year. Some Aussies have short memories and can't wait to crack the whip!" says Gareth, in defence of White.

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

There's a slip in place ...

30.3

Kamande to Hussey, no run, flat and a touch short, Hussey moves back and punches towards cover

30.4

Kamande to Hussey, 1 run, driven off the front foot through cover for a single

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

End of over 31 (3 runs) Australia 172/4 (RR: 5.54)
MJ Clarke    21* (22b 1x4)      JK Kamande    8-0-34-2
MEK Hussey    13* (9b 1x4)      CO Obuya    4-0-33-1

Edward: "@Mehul, the reason we Australian fans are criticising Australia is that we've been spoiled over the last 15 years."

The players have just finished a drinks break.

"Despite all criticisms over the last few months look at how Aussies are playing in this tournament. Very confident and focused. This is total contrast to India. Aussies seem to know how to win big tournaments like WC," says Jack. True, India's effort so far has been an example of how not to bowl and field in international cricket.

31.1

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

31.2

Ngoche to Hussey, 1 run, pitches outside leg and turns into the pads, Hussey stays back and plays the ball behind square

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

31.5

Ngoche to Hussey, 1 run, Hussey plays back and works the ball off his pads through midwicket

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

End of over 32 (6 runs) Australia 178/4 (RR: 5.56)
MJ Clarke    25* (26b 1x4)      JO Ngoche    5-0-37-0
MEK Hussey    15* (11b 1x4)      JK Kamande    8-0-34-2

32.1

Kamande to Hussey, 1 run, short ball and Hussey moves back and taps the ball towards long-off

32.2

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

32.3

Kamande to Hussey, no run, Hussey moves back to work on the leg side and gets a leading edge towards the bowler

32.4

Kamande to Hussey, 1 run, driven off the front foot through cover

32.5

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

32.6

Kamande to Hussey, no run, played towards mid-off

End of over 33 (4 runs) Australia 182/4 (RR: 5.51)
MEK Hussey    17* (15b 1x4)      JK Kamande    9-0-38-2
MJ Clarke    27* (28b 1x4)      JO Ngoche    5-0-37-0

"Australia believe in their ability and back each team member till the end, Indian fielders won't back their bowlers, the bowlers won't bowl to their fields and batsmen won't bat according to their plans or for the team," says Gary.

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

33.4

Ngoche to Hussey, 1 run, Hussey moves back and works the ball off his pads through square

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

End of over 34 (3 runs) Australia 185/4 (RR: 5.44)
MJ Clarke    29* (33b 1x4)      JO Ngoche    6-0-40-0
MEK Hussey    18* (16b 1x4)      JK Kamande    9-0-38-2

Odoyo's back ... back again.

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

34.2

Odoyo to Hussey, 1 run, Hussey ticks along with a cut off the back foot towards third man

34.3

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

"Why isn't Tikolo playing? His off-breaks are always useful and containing. I seemed to read that even Seren Waters is not playing. No hints of injuries. Two of their best players dropped for the match against the world champions?" asks Boris.

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

"@Gary. More importantly, the captain does not blame his team when things go wrong," says Brian on the India comparison.

End of over 35 (9 runs) Australia 194/4 (RR: 5.54)
MJ Clarke    37* (38b 2x4)      TM Odoyo    6-0-26-0
MEK Hussey    19* (17b 1x4)      JO Ngoche    6-0-40-0

35.1

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

35.2

Ngoche to Hussey, 1 run, played off the pads through square leg

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

35.6

Ngoche to Hussey, 1 run, played off the back foot down the ground for a single

End of over 36 (6 runs) Australia 200/4 (RR: 5.55)
MEK Hussey    21* (19b 1x4)      JO Ngoche    7-0-46-0
MJ Clarke    41* (42b 2x4)      TM Odoyo    6-0-26-0

36.1

Kamande to Hussey, 1 run, pitched far outside leg, Hussey goes back to pull down to fine leg but mis-times the shot

36.2

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

36.3

Kamande to Hussey, FOUR, fired down leg side and Hussey glances it fine to the boundary, easy as you please

36.4

Kamande to Hussey, 1 run, Hussey moves back and pushes down the ground towards long off

36.5

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

"To the doubters, Australia aren't really in any trouble 300 plus coming?? Kenya won't get near it. At least we haven't lost to Ireland and Bangladesh," says Sean D. England, though, are a large reason why this World Cup has been interesting!

36.6

Kamande to Hussey, no run, left alone outside off stump

End of over 37 (8 runs) Australia 208/4 (RR: 5.62)
MEK Hussey    27* (23b 2x4)      JK Kamande    10-0-46-2
MJ Clarke    43* (44b 2x4)      JO Ngoche    7-0-46-0

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

37.3

Ngoche to Hussey, no run, Hussey tries to work the ball on the leg side off the back foot and misses, he gets hit on the pad and Kenya appeal. Will they review the umpire's not out decision? No they won't

37.4

Ngoche to Hussey, FOUR, down leg side again and Hussey works the ball fine past the keeper for four more

37.5

Ngoche to Hussey, 1 run, Hussey stays in his crease and plays the ball through point

37.6

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

End of over 38 (10 runs) Australia 218/4 (RR: 5.73)
MJ Clarke    48* (47b 3x4)      JO Ngoche    8-0-56-0
MEK Hussey    32* (26b 3x4)      JK Kamande    10-0-46-2

"Tikolo isn't at this World Cup. His ghost appears to be floating around though," says Jordan. Tikolo certainly hasn't been the performer the international audience has got to see once every four years in World Cups past. Apparently Tikolo has a stomach problem today.

38.1

Odoyo to Hussey, 1 run, driven off the front foot through cover

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

38.3

Odoyo to Hussey, 2 runs, worked off the back foot towards backward square

38.4

Odoyo to Hussey, 1 wide, very wide down leg side ...

38.4

Odoyo to Hussey, no run, shorter length and Hussey plays a short arm jab towards midwicket

38.5

Odoyo to Hussey, 1 run, Hussey stays in his crease and dabs behind point

38.6

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

End of over 39 (7 runs) Australia 225/4 (RR: 5.76)
MJ Clarke    49* (49b 3x4)      TM Odoyo    7-0-32-0
MEK Hussey    36* (30b 3x4)      JO Ngoche    8-0-56-0

"So, here's a question. We talk a lot about the referral system being used for dismissals, but how about the referral system being used for byes and leg byes as well? They are often getting things like that wrong. Why wouldn't they use the referral system for that too?" asks Matt. Leg byes is a daft rule. Abolish them.

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

39.2

Odhiambo to Hussey, 3 runs, terrific cover drive, has the Hussey trademark all over it. Moves forward and makes crisp contact, forcing the fielders in the deep to dive to save the four

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

39.5

Odhiambo to Hussey, no run, pitches outside leg and angles into the pads. Hussey plays it towards square leg

39.6

Odhiambo to Hussey, no run, Hussey tries to run a good length ball that angles across him towards third man, but gets beaten

End of over 40 (6 runs) Australia 231/4 (RR: 5.77)
MEK Hussey    39* (33b 3x4)      NN Odhiambo    6-1-19-1
MJ Clarke    50* (52b 3x4)      TM Odoyo    7-0-32-0

"Australia copping a bit of stick early on about their performance here. Two things: 1. Mike Hussey is one of the best finishers in the game, and Clarke isn't bad either... and 2. Bowling is Australia's strong suit in this tournament. Can't wait to see Lee, Johnson, and Tait really fire," says Smudgeon.

Australia take the batting Powerplay. 6 for 29 anyone?

40.1

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

"Talking about daft rules... I reckon overthrows after the ball deflects from the stumps is daft too. The aim of the fielding side is to hit the stumps. Why penalise a side when they do so?" asks John Garvey.

40.2

Odoyo to Hussey, 2 runs, a touch short and Hussey plays the short arm pull towards deep midwicket

40.3

Odoyo to Hussey, 1 run, a full toss but Hussey's drive can't beat the fielder at cover

40.4

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

40.5

Odoyo to Hussey, 1 run, played off the back foot towards cover point for one

40.6

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

End of over 41 (6 runs) Australia 237/4 (RR: 5.78)
MJ Clarke    52* (55b 3x4)      TM Odoyo    8-0-38-0
MEK Hussey    43* (36b 3x4)      NN Odhiambo    6-1-19-1

41.1

Odhiambo to Hussey, FOUR, a full toss and Hussey smashes the ball through square leg with a perfectly-placed pull shot

41.2

Odhiambo to Hussey, 1 run, nudged off the pads towards fine leg for a single

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

41.5

Odhiambo to Hussey, 1 run, Hussey turns a full ball off his pads behind square for a single

41.6

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

End of over 42 (11 runs) Australia 248/4 (RR: 5.90)
MJ Clarke    57* (58b 4x4)      NN Odhiambo    7-1-30-1
MEK Hussey    49* (39b 4x4)      TM Odoyo    8-0-38-0

42.1

Odoyo to Hussey, 1 run, well played Huss! Gets to his fifty by forcing the ball off the back foot through cover. He's been a dynamo in Australia's middle order and they love it that he's back

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

42.3

Odoyo to Hussey, 3 runs, Hussey pulls off the back foot and the fielder in the deep spots the ball racing across the turf rather late

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

42.6

Odoyo to Hussey, 1 run, Hussey strides forward and drives through cover

End of over 43 (9 runs) Australia 257/4 (RR: 5.97)
MEK Hussey    54* (42b 4x4)      TM Odoyo    9-0-46-0
MJ Clarke    60* (61b 4x4)      NN Odhiambo    7-1-30-1

43.1

Odhiambo to Hussey, OUT, caught at long-on! The length was a touch full, the line was outside off and the pace might have been a touch slower. Hussey drags the ball from outside off towards David Obuya who ran in a bit and took the catch. Hussey was aiming to hit it straighter ...

MEK Hussey c DO Obuya b Odhiambo 54 (72m 43b 4x4 0x6) SR: 125.58

Here's Steve Smith ...

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

"Dhoni and a few others need to be watching Hussey here. This is how to bat the last 15 overs. They don't call him Mr Cricket for nothing," says Tim.

43.4

Odhiambo to Smith, 1 run, pushed off the front foot towards point for a quick single. A direct hit at the bowler's end would have dismissed him

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

End of over 44 (11 runs) Australia 268/5 (RR: 6.09)
MJ Clarke    70* (65b 6x4)      NN Odhiambo    8-1-41-2
SPD Smith    1* (1b)      TM Odoyo    9-0-46-0

44.1

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

44.2

Odoyo to Smith, no run, Smith barely moves his feet as he prods this one back to the bowler

44.3

Odoyo to Smith, 1 run, full ball on middle, driven towards long-on for a single

44.4

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

44.5

Odoyo to Smith, 1 leg bye, strays down leg side, Smith tries to nudge it but gets hit on the pad

44.6

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

End of over 45 (5 runs) Australia 273/5 (RR: 6.06)
MJ Clarke    73* (68b 6x4)      TM Odoyo    10-0-50-0
SPD Smith    2* (4b)      NN Odhiambo    8-1-41-2

"Mike Hussey is back with a bang -- as far as people cirticizing India - agreed their game is erratic now - but watch out as one defeat means they will be back on track in the next game for sure," says Rohan. With that fielding and bowling effort? It'll take some turning around.

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

45.6

Otieno to Smith, 1 run, Smith flicks the ball off his pads but doesn't make contact actually, leg byes. Now why is a team rewarded when the batsmen doesn't hit the ball?

End of over 46 (16 runs) Australia 289/5 (RR: 6.28)
SPD Smith    3* (5b)      E Otieno    6-0-60-0
MJ Clarke    88* (73b 7x4 1x6)      TM Odoyo    10-0-50-0

"Can someone check that it's definitely Clarke batting right now and not an imposter wearing a shirt that says Clarke? S/R over 100, hitting sixes... has to be someone else," says Glenn.

46.1

Odhiambo to Smith, no run, short of a length and Smith lines up the pull but fails to connect

46.2

Odhiambo to Smith, 1 run, full toss and Smith makes room and smashes it to the man on the cover boundary

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

End of over 47 (5 runs) Australia 294/5 (RR: 6.25)
MJ Clarke    92* (77b 7x4 1x6)      NN Odhiambo    9-1-46-2
SPD Smith    4* (7b)      E Otieno    6-0-60-0

47.1

Otieno to Smith, 1 run, smashed with power to the man on the long-on boundary

47.2

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

47.3

Otieno to Smith, FOUR, Smith clears his front foot out of the way and aims to hit the ball over the midwicket boundary. Instead, he gets an inside edge past the keeper to bring up the 300

47.4

Otieno to Smith, 1 leg bye, Smith gets cramped for room with this line from round the wicket and mis-times the pull behind square

47.5

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

47.6

Otieno to Smith, 2 runs, Smith makes room by moving towards leg and drives straight to long-on, where a fumble allows the second

End of over 48 (10 runs) Australia 304/5 (RR: 6.33)
SPD Smith    11* (11b 1x4)      E Otieno    7-0-68-0
MJ Clarke    93* (79b 7x4 1x6)      NN Odhiambo    9-1-46-2

Clarke needs 7 more to reach his century ... he's presently averaging an astonishing 122.20 in 12 World Cup innings.

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

Johnson is the next man in ...

48.2

Odhiambo to Johnson, 1 run, pushed off the front foot through point for a single

48.3

Odhiambo to Smith, 1 run, full ball outside off stump, Smith mis-times the drive towards cover

48.4

Odhiambo to Johnson, FOUR, Johnson launches a length ball over cover, high over cover, and the ball beats Patel on the wide long-on boundary. That bounced and spun away and over him

48.5

Odhiambo to Johnson, 1 run, fuller and slower, pushed towards the off for a single

48.6

Odhiambo to Smith, FOUR, that's gone miles in the air! Smith plays some curious shots. He cleared his front foot out of the way and attempted an almighty slog. He was aiming over midwicket but the ball went in the direction of square leg

End of over 49 (11 runs) Australia 315/6 (RR: 6.42)
SPD Smith    16* (13b 2x4)      NN Odhiambo    10-1-57-3
MG Johnson    6* (3b 1x4)      E Otieno    7-0-68-0

49.1

Otieno to Johnson, 1 run, short ball and Johnson pulls towards deep midwicket

49.2

Otieno to Smith, 1 leg bye, that was a very slow ball and it kept very low and hit Smith on the pad, it would have missed off stump

49.3

Otieno to Johnson, 1 leg bye, The ball angled into the left-hander and Johnson's attempt at smashing it towards midwicket missed. The ball hit his pad and went towards short third man

49.4

Otieno to Smith, 1 run, punched toward long on for a single

49.5

Otieno to Johnson, FOUR, full ball and on the pads, Johnson glances it fine past the fielder at short fine leg

"Leg-byes seem like any other case where the batsman misses the ball, but is not dismissed, and the fielding team fails to prevent a run," says Nigel.

49.6

Otieno to Johnson, 1 run, short ball outside off stump, Johnson swats it towards deep midwicket

Australia have had a nice little batting work out. They needed it as well, after not batting since February 25. I'm going to stretch my legs and will be back at 18.45 local time for the chase. See you shortly.

End of over 50 (9 runs) Australia 324/6
MG Johnson    12* (7b 2x4)      E Otieno    8-0-75-0
SPD Smith    17* (15b 2x4)      NN Odhiambo    10-1-57-3

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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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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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