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)

0.4

Umar Gul to Haddin, no run, attacking the top of off stump, back of a length again, defended urgently back down the pitch

0.5

Umar Gul to Haddin, no run, blocked once again, a good tidy over so far to kick off the day's proceedings

0.6

Umar Gul to Haddin, no run, nothing to work with there, slightly angled into the pads, but starting from an off stump line. Defended to midwicket

Australia 1/0   BJ Haddin 0* (3b)

1.4

Abdur Rehman to Haddin, no run, driven hard to short midwicket, well fielded

1.5

Abdur Rehman to Haddin, no run, defended on middle stump, solidly forward

1.6

Abdur Rehman to Haddin, no run, a hint of turn as the ball straightens on middle. Solidly blocked again

Australia 6/0   BJ Haddin 0* (6b)

2.3

Umar Gul to Haddin, no run, solid line and length, defended back to the bowler

2.4

Umar Gul to Haddin, no run, first signs of aggression from Haddin as he gave himself room for a slap, but his shot went straight to Misbah at short extra

2.5

Umar Gul to Haddin, no run, a very cunning slower ball, wraps his fingers round the side, and the ball dribbles past a swish and through to Akmal on the fifth bounce

2.6

Umar Gul to Haddin, 1 run, banged in short, a measured pull to backward square

Australia 8/0   BJ Haddin 1* (10b)

3.1

Abdur Rehman to Haddin, 1 run, driven with a closed face to mid-on

Australia 9/0   BJ Haddin 2* (11b)

5.1

Abdur Rehman to Haddin, no run, defended on off stump, out to midwicket

5.2

Abdur Rehman to Haddin, SIX, bonk. That was an up and under lofted drive, all timing and just enough power as the ball plops over the rope at long-on

5.3

Abdur Rehman to Haddin, no run, defended into the off side

5.4

Abdur Rehman to Haddin, no run, stands tall in defence, and works the ball to cover off an inside edge

5.5

Abdur Rehman to Haddin, no run, big stride and blocked on off

5.6

Abdur Rehman to Haddin, 2 runs, aside from that one big blow, another tidy over from Rehman

Australia 20/1   BJ Haddin 10* (17b 1x6)

6.5

Umar Gul to Haddin, no run, another slower ball, and Ponting has to scamper for his ground as Haddin turns down a sharp single in the gully. That could have been tight

6.6

Umar Gul to Haddin, no run, defended out to midwicket. Another unrelentingly accurate over from Gul

Australia 21/1   BJ Haddin 10* (19b 1x6)

7.2

Abdur Rehman to Haddin, no run, Haddin advances, but Rehman's line is too good. Forced to defend

7.3

Abdur Rehman to Haddin, no run, blocked from the crease this time. Good metronomic work

7.4

Abdur Rehman to Haddin, no run, punched into the covers, but there's nothing doing there

7.5

Abdur Rehman to Haddin, 1 wide, poor ball, down the leg-side, and though it's a wide, Haddin missed out on an easy four as he swept at thin air

7.5

Abdur Rehman to Haddin, no run, back on a better line

7.6

Abdur Rehman to Haddin, no run, fenced out to point, and the grind continues for the Aussies

Australia 23/1   BJ Haddin 10* (24b 1x6)

8.2

Umar Gul to Haddin, no run, advancing again, but still unable to thread the gap, Haddin's drive rolls to mid-off

8.3

Umar Gul to Haddin, 1 run, slower ball, beautifully bowled, Ponting waits and dabs a single to mid-on

8.6

Umar Gul to Haddin, FOUR, slower delivery, but too short, and Haddin's delayed pull has enough legs to go all the way. Australia needed that

Australia 35/1   BJ Haddin 15* (27b 1x4 1x6)

9.4

Abdur Rehman to Haddin, no run, tossed up towards the blockhole, defended again

9.5

Abdur Rehman to Haddin, no run, on the pads, poked to short midwicket

9.6

Abdur Rehman to Haddin, no run, good areas, as they say. Pitching middle from wide on the crease, and straightening. Defended

Australia 36/1   BJ Haddin 15* (30b 1x4 1x6)

10.3

Shahid Afridi to Haddin, no run, devious through the air, and zipping into a defensive push outside off

10.4

Shahid Afridi to Haddin, no run, blocked solidly on off stump

10.5

Shahid Afridi to Haddin, no run, the blade turns in the hands but midwicket tidies up. No angles for Australia to work with yet

10.6

Shahid Afridi to Haddin, 1 run, pushed firmly to cover. Pakistan in complete command at the moment. But they'll like a few wickets for their pressure

Australia 38/1   BJ Haddin 16* (34b 1x4 1x6)

11.1

Wahab Riaz to Haddin, 1 run, whippy delivery on off stump, Haddin jabs down into the gully and a sharp piece of fielding saves a run

11.3

Wahab Riaz to Haddin, FOUR, a valuable boundary, and with fine leg up, Wahab can't really bowl there, on the hips. Enough bat to beat the field

11.4

Wahab Riaz to Haddin, 2 runs, on the pads again, Wahab's line isn't right just yet. A slide at square leg saves another four

11.5

Wahab Riaz to Haddin, no run, probed into the gully

11.6

Wahab Riaz to Haddin, no run, pushed down the track to mid-off. A bit of pressure released in that over

Australia 46/1   BJ Haddin 23* (39b 2x4 1x6)

12.2

Shahid Afridi to Haddin, FOUR, belted, hard and straight. Not a lot of feet involved, not a lot needed. That fizzed onto the bat, and straight off again

12.3

Shahid Afridi to Haddin, no run

12.4

Shahid Afridi to Haddin, no run, flighted and defended on off stump. Good bounce in that topspinner

12.5

Shahid Afridi to Haddin, 1 run, sharp calling for a deflection into the gully

Australia 52/1   BJ Haddin 28* (43b 3x4 1x6)

13.1

Wahab Riaz to Haddin, no run, a flat-footed whoosh outside off stump. Half an appeal from Akmal

13.2

Wahab Riaz to Haddin, 1 run, on the pads from Wahab, not quite the right line yet

13.5

Wahab Riaz to Haddin, 1 wide, that's a poor ball, Wahab is letting the noose slip now, with a wide down the leg side

13.5

Wahab Riaz to Haddin, 1 run, punched through point

Australia 60/1   BJ Haddin 30* (46b 3x4 1x6)

14.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Haddin, 1 run

14.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Haddin, 1 run

Australia 67/1   BJ Haddin 32* (48b 3x4 1x6)

15.1

Shahid Afridi to Haddin, no run, quick and flat, sliding into Haddin who hurriedly pushed to leg

15.2

Shahid Afridi to Haddin, no run, once again Haddin is full of respect, which is no common thing

15.3

Shahid Afridi to Haddin, 1 run, touch more air here, Afridi tempting up outside off stump. Haddin eases into a drive to cover

15.6

Shahid Afridi to Haddin, 1 run, googly to finish the over, plenty of overspin finds some extra bounce. Haddin is unperturbed and nudges around the corner

Australia 70/1   BJ Haddin 34* (52b 3x4 1x6)

16.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Haddin, no run, tight line around middle on a length and Haddin content to push it away

16.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Haddin, no run, very careful from Haddin again, tapping back to the bowler

16.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Haddin, no run, hint of uncertainty as Haddin plays for spin that isn't there

16.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Haddin, no run, prodded back to the bowler again, good run of dots being built

16.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Haddin, no run, tossed up outside off stump, Haddin stretches across to dab back to Hafeez

16.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Haddin, 1 run, finally the single is taken as Haddin's flick goes wide of the bowler down to long-on

Australia 71/1   BJ Haddin 35* (58b 3x4 1x6)

17.1

Shahid Afridi to Haddin, no run, no timing here for Haddin as he slaps to point

17.2

Shahid Afridi to Haddin, no run, ooh, the pressure almost told there. Attempting to run down to third man came off the bottom edge, onto the boot, very close to the stumps and almost to the keeper

17.3

Shahid Afridi to Haddin, no run, this time Haddin is more secure in defence

17.4

Shahid Afridi to Haddin, 1 run, Afridi is really tossing this up, clearly feels in good control and Haddin threads a single into space

Australia 72/1   BJ Haddin 36* (62b 3x4 1x6)

18.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Haddin, 1 run, Haddin more calmly works a single

Australia 75/1   BJ Haddin 37* (63b 3x4 1x6)

19.2

Wahab Riaz to Haddin, no run, banged into the pitch short of a length. Haddin calmly stands tall to defend

19.3

Wahab Riaz to Haddin, no run, looks like Haddin has set his stall out to bat through. Very watchful at the moment

19.4

Wahab Riaz to Haddin, no run, much better this over from Wahab. This is his best delivery yet, good length around off stump, Haddin was hanging back and had to jab his defence away

19.5

Wahab Riaz to Haddin, 1 run, too short this time and allows Haddin to turn a single to midwicket

Australia 78/2   BJ Haddin 38* (67b 3x4 1x6)

20.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Haddin, no run, Umar scoots around at midwicket to cut off a Haddin flick

20.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Haddin, no run, doosra, or possibly just one that didn't spin. Either way Haddin was very careful in defence

20.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Haddin, no run, ooh, Haddin advances and again is defeated by back of turn, thickish outside edge ran along the ground to point

20.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Haddin, 1 run, this is far safer, pushed down to long-on

Australia 83/2   BJ Haddin 39* (71b 3x4 1x6)

21.1

Wahab Riaz to Haddin, no run, Haddin wants a pop at Wahab I suspect, he's edging down the crease and winding up for a big shot but doesn't get the width he wants so only pushes back to the bowler

21.2

Wahab Riaz to Haddin, 1 run, this time there is width outside off and Haddin creams a drive to deep point

21.5

Wahab Riaz to Haddin, 1 wide, nonsense down the leg side. Doesn't look like Wahab can land six deliveries consistently

21.5

Wahab Riaz to Haddin, no run, that's more like it from Wahab, fuller, quicker and straighter. Earns a forward block for the effort

21.6

Wahab Riaz to Haddin, 1 run, Haddin gets the slightest invitation of width and dabs down to third man

Australia 87/2   BJ Haddin 41* (75b 3x4 1x6)

22.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Haddin, no run, very delicate from Haddin opening the face to steer to third man. Fairly ineffective though because there is a fielder there

22.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Haddin, 1 run, clipped past a diving Umar at midwicket, who is disgusted with himself for missing

Australia 88/2   BJ Haddin 42* (77b 3x4 1x6)

23.2

Wahab Riaz to Haddin, no run, Haddin flashes outside off stump and misses

23.3

Wahab Riaz to Haddin, no run, more secure this time by Haddin, getting in line to defend under his eyes

23.4

Wahab Riaz to Haddin, OUT, Wahab strikes and Australia are in trouble now! Akmal takes another catch! I between the dross Wahab has found some bounce and nibble and Haddin aimed a nothing steer to third man, got a faint edge and Kamran held on to the chance.

BJ Haddin c †Kamran Akmal b Wahab Riaz 42 (102m 80b 3x4 1x6) SR: 52.50

Australia 90/3   BJ Haddin 42 (80b 3x4 1x6)

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

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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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