ICC Cricket World Cup, 2010/11 / Commentary

ICC Cricket World Cup - 40th match, Group A

Australia v Pakistan

Pakistan won by 4 wickets (with 54 balls remaining)

4.4

Umar Gul to Ponting, no run, tight line, and defended off the back foot

4.5

Umar Gul to Ponting, no run, deflected to midwicket, hopping across the stumps a touch, as is his wont

4.6

Umar Gul to Ponting, no run, outside off, Ponting shoulders arms dramatically

Australia 12/1   RT Ponting 0* (3b)

6.1

Umar Gul to Ponting, no run, on the pads, whisked into the leg side, without much timing

6.2

Umar Gul to Ponting, no run, attacking off stump once again, Ponting's defences are tested again

6.3

Umar Gul to Ponting, no run, a loopy slower ball, cunningly bowled but Ponting picked it early and defended

6.4

Umar Gul to Ponting, 1 leg bye, on the hip, flicked fine. Slim pickings so far against the wily Gul

Australia 21/1   RT Ponting 0* (7b)

7.1

Abdur Rehman to Ponting, 1 run, flicked out to square leg

Australia 22/1   RT Ponting 1* (8b)

8.1

Umar Gul to Ponting, 1 leg bye, on the pads, flicked to square leg. No bat involved

8.4

Umar Gul to Ponting, 5 wides, whoops. That was Gul's first show of aggression, and ropey as Akmal's keeping may be, he was never going to intercept that!

8.4

Umar Gul to Ponting, no run, hits the seam and jags back in, but that was doing too much. Good delivery though

8.5

Umar Gul to Ponting, 1 run, flicked round the corner again, to backward square

Australia 31/1   RT Ponting 2* (11b)

9.1

Abdur Rehman to Ponting, no run, round the wicket, looped onto a good length, defended

9.2

Abdur Rehman to Ponting, no run, a hint of turn from middle stump. Straightens into a defensive push

9.3

Abdur Rehman to Ponting, 1 run, punched to long-on

Australia 36/1   RT Ponting 3* (14b)

10.1

Shahid Afridi to Ponting, no run, a fraction short, and cut hard to point. Well stopped

10.2

Shahid Afridi to Ponting, 1 run, tossed up, and driven compactly to cover

Australia 37/1   RT Ponting 4* (16b)

11.2

Wahab Riaz to Ponting, 1 run, short and pulled handsomely, off the front foot, but without a lot of power

Australia 40/1   RT Ponting 5* (17b)

12.1

Shahid Afridi to Ponting, 1 run, pushed into the gap to keep the strike rotating

12.6

Shahid Afridi to Ponting, no run, Australia starting to pick up the tempo now, a few quick singles making themselves available through urgent calls and calm deflections

Australia 52/1   RT Ponting 6* (19b)

13.3

Wahab Riaz to Ponting, FOUR, that was a remarkable shot! Short, and badly beaten by sharp lift, and Ponting's late pull takes a fat top-edge and sails over the keeper's head for four!

13.4

Wahab Riaz to Ponting, 1 run, another single to keep the strike rotating

13.6

Wahab Riaz to Ponting, FOUR, over-pitched outside off this time, and that's Ponting at his best. Leaning into his cover-drive and piercing the field. He's getting into his stride now

Australia 64/1   RT Ponting 15* (22b 2x4)

14.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Ponting, no run

14.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Ponting, no run

14.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Ponting, 1 run, on the pads, turned through midwicket

14.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Ponting, no run, carefully prodded back to the bowler

Australia 67/1   RT Ponting 16* (26b 2x4)

15.4

Shahid Afridi to Ponting, no run, huge appeal from bowler and keeper as Afridi slides one into Ponting's pads but a big, big stride prevented trouble

15.5

Shahid Afridi to Ponting, 1 run, more secure here for the batsman, full-facing a single down the ground

Australia 69/1   RT Ponting 17* (28b 2x4)

17.5

Shahid Afridi to Ponting, no run, ah, nothing there for Ponting. He wanted to squeeze a cut away but it was too close to him for the shot

17.6

Shahid Afridi to Ponting, 1 run, nothing as ambitious this time from Ponting, instead easing his hands over the ball to flick to leg

Australia 73/1   RT Ponting 18* (30b 2x4)

18.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Ponting, 1 run, Misbah has dropped Ponting at square leg! Really hard sweep flew low to him and went straight through. Looked like a tough chance though

18.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Ponting, no run, careful defence from Ponting, he hasn't looked safe against Hafeez at all

18.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Ponting, OUT, gone! Akmal has held a very good catch and Ponting has to go! Things really bubbling over here. Ponting went back to cut a ball which wasn't really there for it, got a thick edge that Akmal did well to hold. It was given not out originally, but rightly was overturned on review. While waiting for the third umpire to confirm the edge there was some verbal exchanges though between Haddin and the Pakistan fielders and plenty of chat as Ponting was sent on his way

RT Ponting c †Kamran Akmal b Mohammad Hafeez 19 (57m 33b 2x4 0x6) SR: 57.57

Australia 75/2   RT Ponting 19 (33b 2x4)

Photos

Mar 19, 2011

Kamran Akmal jokes were all the rage, but is this one of them? Australia v Pakistan, Group A, World Cup, Colombo, March 19, 2011

Kamran Akmal jokes were all the rage, but is this one of them?

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Mar 19, 2011

Australia get a show of support, Australia v Pakistan, Group A, World Cup, Colombo, March 19, 2011

Australia get a show of support

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