ICC Cricket World Cup, 2010/11 / Commentary

ICC Cricket World Cup - 35th match, Group A

Australia v Canada

Australia won by 7 wickets (with 91 balls remaining)

1.1

Lee to Patel, FOUR, 139.9 kph, shrt and bit of width, he latches on to it in an instant, and cuts it superbly between cover and point

1.2

Lee to Patel, no run, 143.2 kph short and again some width, this time there is more effort from Lee, and he gets much more bounce, no footwork from Hiral who tries to have a swing from the crease, and is beaten

1.3

Lee to Patel, FOUR, 144.5 kph, he is alternating between connecting and missing, this time he delays the shot, goes deep in the crease and cuts it past backward point for another boundary

1.4

Lee to Patel, 2 runs, Lee has had enough of being cut, gets him to ungainly fend a bouncer that takes off, three fielders hare after it as it goes high over the keeper's head, one of them is keeper, one is slip, one is fine leg who manages to pull it back in, and there is a fourth fielder waiting inside the ropes to throw the ball back, as the earlier three have crossed the ropes, phew

1.5

Lee to Patel, FOUR, shot, this is some start from Canada, as fine a cover drive as any, gets front foot out and shows the full face of the bat to get it in the gap, that is enough on this outfield

1.6

Lee to Patel, 2 runs, punched in the air off the back foot, but again in the gap past extra cover, and Canada are fairly racing away here

Canada 22/0   B Lee 1-0-16-0

3.1

Lee to Davison, no run, goes for a swipe at this back of a length ball outside off stump, and Lee gets the outside edge, but it falls way short of Haddin

3.2

Lee to Davison, no run, creamed off the front foot with lovely timing, but drives this full ball straight to Watson at short extra cover

3.3

Lee to Davison, FOUR, smashed again, this time he gets it in the gap as Lee continues to go full in search of movement that he is not finding currently, cover had no chance as it sped past him

3.4

Lee to Davison, FOUR, targets the stumps with a full length again, Davison stands in the crease and lifts it high over midwicket

3.5

Lee to Davison, OUT, that will do for Lee, and that will be the end of John Davison for one final time, the slow bouncer from Brett, got Davison in an awkward position as he tried to go for the hook, the ball took the glove and lobbed away to Haddin who pouched it

JM Davison c †Haddin b Lee 14 (19m 12b 3x4 0x6) SR: 116.66

3.6

Lee to Surkari, no run, 149.2 kph, Lee is charged after the wicket, bowls this one outside off stump and gets it to seam away, Surkari leaves it alone

Canada 41/1   B Lee 2-0-24-1

5.1

Lee to Patel, no run, 143.7 kph bouncer on off stump, he keeps the bat down and gets head out of the way, Lee has something to say to him, but he walks away towards square leg

5.2

Lee to Patel, no run, comes very slowly off the pitch, almost stopping on the batsman, he stabs it in the air in front of point

5.3

Lee to Patel, 1 wide, fired wide down the leg side from back of a length

5.3

Lee to Patel, no run, another shortish one on the pads, fended away down towards square leg

5.4

Lee to Patel, no run, gets the short delivery on target around off stump, he leaves it well alone, swaying out of harm's way

5.5

Lee to Patel, 1 wide, Lee continues to pound him with the bouncer, gets this one high enough for it to be called wide, Hiral got down underneath it

5.5

Lee to Patel, no run, gets away with this short delivery, it bounces high outside off stump, he was almost expecting it, neatly weaved out of the line when he saw it coming

5.6

Lee to Patel, SIX, he finally decides to take on the Lee bouncer, and what a way to deal with it, not in a great position but hooks it away in the air, and over deep square leg, what a start this is from Canada

Canada 62/1   B Lee 3-0-32-1

15.1

Lee to Bagai, no run, just about back of a length, he gets deep in the crease to push it on the off side

15.2

Lee to Bagai, no run, rides the bounce on this one outside off and looks to cut, but chops it in the ground, one leg in the air as he does that, full marks for intent

15.3

Lee to Bagai, FOUR, 147.3 kph low full toss outside off stump, he throws the bat at it, and gets it fine to the third man boundary off a thick edge

15.4

Lee to Bagai, no run, squirts it out to point and scampers down for the run, before he is frantically sent back, and makes it back in time

15.5

Lee to Bagai, no run, stays on the back foot to a fuller delivery, has worked for Canada so far that style, and pats it away towards mid off

15.6

Lee to Bagai, no run, smoked off the front foot, but finds extra cover in the way

Canada 99/2   B Lee 4-0-36-1

31.1

Lee to Kumar, 1 run, bowls it full just outside off stump and he punches it to sweeper cover

31.2

Lee to Rizwan Cheema, 2 runs, has a swing at a full one on the stumps, and gets it off the inside edge wide of fine leg

31.3

Lee to Rizwan Cheema, OUT, Lee with the broadest of smiles, 115.1 kph, what a comedown in pace, super slower one, bang on middle stump, Cheema had no clue about it, doesn't help it the normal pace is around 145, plays all over it too early, and the ball takes out middle stump

Rizwan Cheema b Lee 2 (12m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

31.4

Lee to Whatham, no run, how is that not out? just how? Lee strikes him on the front pad with a pacy and very full delivery, his bat was nowhere close to the ball, Billy says not out, the ball would have taken out middle and leg, Lee just ran down the track initially, he was so convinced he had his man

31.5

Lee to Whatham, no run, jams away another fuller one on the off side

31.6

Lee to Whatham, no run, Lee bowls one on a length this time, and he blocks it away

Canada 161/6   B Lee 5-0-39-2

33.1

Lee to Kumar, no run, digs it short of a good length, hurries in to the batsman who goes deep in the crease to defend

33.2

Lee to Kumar, no run, goes for the kill with a 146.3 kph full delivery on middle stump, this is lovely to watch, driven away to mid off

33.3

Lee to Kumar, 2 runs, 115.6 kph and full once more, he picks the slower one wide outside off stump, and goes forward to smash it past extra cover who gets a hand to it, it is Ponting, quite a run for the man at sweeper cover but he gets to it in the end

33.4

Lee to Kumar, no run, bounces awkwardly outside off stump, left alone

33.5

Lee to Kumar, no run, almost does a Tait, goes for the yorker and it ends up as a full toss, not as high as the one Tait bowled, and it is played away on the off side off the pads with an open face

33.6

Lee to Kumar, no run, on-the-money bouncer, takes off around off stump, but he sees it and sways away

Canada 164/6   B Lee 6-0-41-2

35.1

Lee to Kumar, 1 run, rides the bounce on this one outside off to steer it to third man

35.2

Lee to Whatham, 1 run, goes on the back foot and stabs away a wide one to sweeper cover

35.3

Lee to Kumar, no run, Lee targets the wickets with the full delivery, but he gets bat on ball to push it down the track

35.4

Lee to Kumar, no run, this one jags back in from short of a length, and he punches it away on the off side

35.5

Lee to Kumar, no run, slower one ends up as a loopy dipping full toss, patted away down the track

35.6

Lee to Kumar, 1 run, jabs away the yorker outside leg stump through midwicket

Canada 168/6   B Lee 7-0-44-2

43.1

Lee to Whatham, 1 run, rides the bounce on a wide one outside off to cut it away wide of point

43.2

Lee to Balaji Rao, no run, and goes past the outside edge with one that angles in close to off stump

43.3

Lee to Balaji Rao, no run, tries to steer from close to off stump, and is beaten again

43.4

Lee to Balaji Rao, no run, merrily swings off the front foot, and still cannot connect outside off

43.5

Lee to Balaji Rao, no run, slower one, draws him forward and gets him to push in the air, Ponting at short extra cover dives to his left, but it falls just short, might have taken it on that little finger

43.6

Lee to Balaji Rao, OUT, Lee gets one on the stumps, and shatters them, from round the wicket with that angle, Balaji looked to flick it, but played all around it,

WD Balaji Rao b Lee 5 (10m 12b 0x4 0x6) SR: 41.66

Canada 204/9   B Lee 8-0-45-3

45.1

Lee to Osinde, no run, goes for the yorker on the stumps, stabbed off the inside edge backward of square leg

45.2

Lee to Osinde, 1 run, Osinde dug out the yorker, but forgot to run, realised he would have to when the non-striker was almost at his end, Clarke charged in from covers and fired in the throw to Ponting at the non-striker's, who took off the bails, but dropped the ball before that, as replays confirmed

45.3

Lee to Whatham, no run, gets big on him from short of a length, fended away on the leg side

45.4

Lee to Whatham, OUT, 145.5 kph high full toss gets Lee his fourth, Whatham backed away to the leg side, and looked to have a go at it, but it was too quick for him, and took out the stumps off the inside edge

K Whatham b Lee 18 (57m 41b 2x4 0x6) SR: 43.90

Canada 211/10   B Lee 8.4-0-46-4

Photos

Mar 16, 2011

Ashish Bagai drives during his 39, Australia v Canada, Group A, World Cup, Bangalore, March 16, 2011

Ashish Bagai drives during his 39

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Mar 16, 2011

John Davison waves to the fans as he walks off the field after his last game for Canada, Australia v Canada, Group A, World Cup, Bangalore, March 16, 2011

John Davison waves to the fans as he walks off the field after his last game for Canada

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