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)

34.5

Abdul Razzaq to Smith, 2 runs, a hard-handed poke outside off, the slip was there but he couldn't get close, though third man tidies up

34.6

Abdul Razzaq to Smith, no run, an eventful introduction from the evergreen Razzaq. How long has he been around now?

Australia 136/5   SPD Smith 2* (2b)

35.2

Abdur Rehman to Smith, no run

35.3

Abdur Rehman to Smith, 1 run, on the pads, flicked to midwicket

35.5

Abdur Rehman to Smith, 1 run, tip and run from Smith, who finds space at point and scampers through

Australia 140/5   SPD Smith 4* (5b)

36.1

Abdul Razzaq to Smith, no run, bounce from nowhere for Razzaq. Smith removes one hand from the handle to ride the lift on that one

36.2

Abdul Razzaq to Smith, no run, forward cautiously and defended

36.3

Abdul Razzaq to Smith, 1 run, excellent work once again from Pakistan. A quick pick-up at mid-on, and the shy from Younis hits the stumps. Not much excitement though, as Smith is well home

Australia 141/5   SPD Smith 5* (8b)

37.2

Abdur Rehman to Smith, 1 run, tucked down to long on

Australia 144/5   SPD Smith 6* (9b)

38.1

Abdul Razzaq to Smith, 2 runs, short, and spanked, up and over midwicket, but without much timing. Plops into no-man's land at cow corner

38.2

Abdul Razzaq to Smith, no run, solidly forward, and defended

38.3

Abdul Razzaq to Smith, 1 run, back of a length but targeting off. Driven with that peculiar hard-handed style down to third man

Australia 147/6   SPD Smith 9* (12b)

39.1

Abdur Rehman to Smith, 1 run, tapped into space to keep the score rolling

Australia 148/7   SPD Smith 10* (13b)

40.1

Abdul Razzaq to Smith, no run, Smith is Australia's only hope. Imagine that. Pushed out to cover

40.2

Abdul Razzaq to Smith, no run, Razzaq finding some kind of indrift and Smith pokes to midwicket

40.3

Abdul Razzaq to Smith, no run, final 10 overs and Smith has to be very watchful and respectful in defence

40.4

Abdul Razzaq to Smith, 1 run, steered down to third man, Smith seems so pleased with the shot he held the pose. With a technique as ugly as his that's a brave move

Australia 149/7   SPD Smith 11* (17b)

41.1

Abdur Rehman to Smith, 1 run, ooh, Smith gets in a woeful tangle top-edging an attempted dip over the keeper. It looped probably 10 metres behind Kamran but he had no interest in going for it. Still, he's held a few today

41.3

Abdur Rehman to Smith, no run, Smith gets forward and defends with something approaching orthodoxy

41.4

Abdur Rehman to Smith, 2 runs, Smith down on one knee and this time manages to dink his sweep more effectively which, combined with smart running earns him a couple

41.5

Abdur Rehman to Smith, 1 run, carefully nudged to midwicket to bring Krejza, who has a first-class ton, on strike

Australia 154/7   SPD Smith 15* (21b)

42.2

Umar Gul to Smith, 1 run, no swing from this length, hammered short and Smith jumps tall to drop by his feet and scoot for one

42.5

Umar Gul to Smith, FOUR, wow, this ferociously good timing this. Offered width Smith somehow ended up in a very conventional position to drive and it flew through the covers

42.6

Umar Gul to Smith, 1 run, strange, only one yorker from that Gul over. This is a length delivery again and steered to third man

Australia 163/7   SPD Smith 21* (24b 1x4)

43.1

Shahid Afridi to Smith, 1 run, Afridi brings himself back into the attack and almost squeezes through the defence but it bobbles off an edge

43.4

Shahid Afridi to Smith, 2 runs, dragged down a touch short and cut firmly out to deep point

43.5

Shahid Afridi to Smith, no run, Smith ambles up the wicket and aims a whip to leg. Defeated by a touch of spin

43.6

Shahid Afridi to Smith, no run, slower from Afridi, Smith guides to short third man

Australia 167/7   SPD Smith 24* (28b 1x4)

45.1

Shahid Afridi to Smith, no run, the field comes in and Smith picks out cover

45.2

Shahid Afridi to Smith, no run, prodded back to the bowler

45.3

Shahid Afridi to Smith, 1 run, little bit short but it's quickly onto the batsman who flips a single towards midwicket

45.5

Shahid Afridi to Smith, OUT, Afridi strikes! Smith backs away to a googly that follows him and it crashes into middle stump

SPD Smith b Shahid Afridi 25 (46m 32b 1x4 0x6) SR: 78.12

Australia 176/9   SPD Smith 25 (32b 1x4)

Photos

Mar 19, 2011

Kamran Akmal celebrates Cameron White's run-out, Australia v Pakistan, Group A, World Cup, Colombo, March 19, 2011

Kamran Akmal celebrates Cameron White's run-out

© AFP

Mar 19, 2011

Umar Akmal kisses his helmet after Pakistan's win, Australia v Pakistan, Group A, World Cup 2011, Colombo, March 19, 2011

Umar Akmal kisses his helmet after Pakistan's win

© Associated Press

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