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)

18.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Clarke, no run, bit of spin here for Hafeez back into Clarke who prods it to leg

18.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Clarke, 1 run, carefully defended into the off side. Looked a touch uncertain as he did, getting a leading edge

Australia 76/2   MJ Clarke 1* (2b)

19.1

Wahab Riaz to Clarke, 1 leg bye, starts a touch short and down the leg side, nibbled away behind square

19.6

Wahab Riaz to Clarke, FOUR, Clarke gets four when he so nearly could have gone! Loose shot really, aiming an airy drive to a shortish ball, flew off the inside edge close to the stumps and actually not all that far from the wicketkeeper before disappearing to the boundary

Australia 82/2   MJ Clarke 5* (4b 1x4)

20.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Clarke, no run, Clarke flicks firmly but straight to square leg

20.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Clarke, no run, the bounce and sprightliness seems to have returned to Clarke's set up at the crease. Even as he defends back to the bowler

Australia 83/2   MJ Clarke 5* (6b 1x4)

21.3

Wahab Riaz to Clarke, no run, better delivery this time, back of a length around off stump. Blocked to cover

21.4

Wahab Riaz to Clarke, 1 run, touch too wide and Clarke flashes a cut shot out to third man

Australia 85/2   MJ Clarke 6* (8b 1x4)

22.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Clarke, no run, good work from Hafeez pinning Clarke to the crease

22.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Clarke, no run, Clarke whips to leg but picks out midwicket

22.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Clarke, no run, ooh, flash and a miss outside off stump. Similar to the Ponting dismissal but Clarke is in form so misses. Such are the unwritten laws of the game

22.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Clarke, 1 run, good work from Clarke here, skipping down the wicket and clipping to long-on

Australia 89/2   MJ Clarke 7* (12b 1x4)

23.1

Wahab Riaz to Clarke, 1 run, too short from Wahab means Clarke can stand tall and run down to third man

Australia 90/2   MJ Clarke 8* (13b 1x4)

24.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Clarke, no run, Hafeez is doing a fine, fine job here. Nothing fancy, just hitting lengths and lines and nowhere for Clarke to go

24.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Clarke, no run, very carefully defended once more

24.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Clarke, 1 run, ooh, this was a very tight single. Clarke picked out Misbah at midwicket and hared off for a single. A quicker pick-up and a direct hit would have gone but as it was Clarke was safe

Australia 93/3   MJ Clarke 9* (16b 1x4)

25.1

Wahab Riaz to Clarke, 1 wide, Wahab is pounding in after his wicket and this is quick but the length and line is wrong

25.1

Wahab Riaz to Clarke, FOUR, the shot looks risky but really from this line - wide outside off - Clarke is safe. He flashed an expansive drive off a thickish edge that flew past the slip to the third-man boundary

25.2

Wahab Riaz to Clarke, no run, poor shot this time, Wahab seems to have Clarke's beans going here. Just stood still and swiped across the line at fresh air

25.3

Wahab Riaz to Clarke, no run, far calmer on this occasion with Clarke flagging one through outside off

25.4

Wahab Riaz to Clarke, 1 run, Afridi fluffs a regulation stop at mid-off but it was always going to be a single

25.6

Wahab Riaz to Clarke, no run, solid delivery to end the over, on a length at off stump and Clarke gives it the respect it deserves

Australia 100/3   MJ Clarke 14* (21b 2x4)

26.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke is all wrists and quick feet as he picks off a single to deep square

Australia 102/3   MJ Clarke 15* (22b 2x4)

27.1

Shahid Afridi to Clarke, no run, starts well by tossing it up a little, Clarke pushes wide of the bowler is search of a single but Afridi scoots around

27.2

Shahid Afridi to Clarke, 2 runs, touch shorter and quicker and Clarke is back in a flash flicking into the leg side for a couple

27.3

Shahid Afridi to Clarke, no run, Clarke is offered some width to drive at but is careful on the shot

27.4

Shahid Afridi to Clarke, 1 run, this time he does pick up a single, flicking into space

27.6

Shahid Afridi to Clarke, 1 run, hint of spin from a shortish length, Clarke waits and then drives his bottom hand through the ball to send it from outside off stump down to long-on

Australia 107/3   MJ Clarke 19* (27b 2x4)

28.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Clarke, no run, this keeps a little low, and Hafeez is nothing if not straight to Clarke defends

28.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Clarke, 2 runs, little bit short from the bowler and Clarke wheels away a pull shot

28.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Clarke, 1 run, good follow-up, keeping the strike ticking by pushing down the ground

28.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Clarke, 1 run, twinkle toes and quick wrists gets Clarke a single to long-on. When he plays well it's a treat watching Clarke play spin bowling

Australia 112/3   MJ Clarke 23* (31b 2x4)

29.1

Shahid Afridi to Clarke, 1 run, again Clarke skips down the wicket and flicks to midwicket

29.3

Shahid Afridi to Clarke, 1 run, little bit too short and Clarke drags it to long-on

Australia 115/3   MJ Clarke 25* (33b 2x4)

30.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Clarke, OUT, chaos! White is run out in a terrible mix-up, a flick off the hip, Misbah swooped at short backward square, Akmal takes and the replay is conclusive!

CL White run out 8 (22m 18b 0x4 0x6) SR: 44.44

30.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke returns the compliment

30.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke steps back into the crease and pushes a single to mid-on

Australia 121/4   MJ Clarke 27* (36b 2x4)

31.1

Shahid Afridi to Clarke, no run, quicker delivery, strikes the thigh pad

31.2

Shahid Afridi to Clarke, 1 run, a measured push to long-on

31.5

Shahid Afridi to Clarke, 1 run, full toss, but Clarke is too entrenched to take full toll. A push to long-on

Australia 124/4   MJ Clarke 29* (39b 2x4)

32.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Clarke, no run, down the track but without much malice. Clipped to short midwicket

32.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Clarke, 2 runs, good use of the feet to cut hard down to third man, but more sharp work on the boundary's edge saves four

32.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Clarke, 1 run, clipped uppishly through square leg. It's slow going out there

Australia 129/4   MJ Clarke 32* (42b 2x4)

33.2

Abdur Rehman to Clarke, 1 run, clipped down to long-on

33.6

Abdur Rehman to Clarke, 1 run, another single threaded up to long-off. Australia living off scraps at the moment, just one boundary since Haddin's departure

Australia 134/4   MJ Clarke 34* (44b 2x4)

34.1

Abdul Razzaq to Clarke, no run, clear signs of a two-paced pitch there, the ball died on impact and Clarke pulled at thin air

34.2

Abdul Razzaq to Clarke, no run, defended with a hop into line, might have kept a bit low but Clarke hammed it up a touch

34.3

Abdul Razzaq to Clarke, no run, poked in the air, straight back past the bowler, who nearly brushes his fingers on the ball as it thuds into the non-striker's stumps

34.4

Abdul Razzaq to Clarke, OUT, that was coming all the way through that over. Clarke didn't look happy at Razzaq's box of tricks, and an attempted pull somehow wriggles through the stroke to dislodge the off bail

MJ Clarke b Abdul Razzaq 34 (59m 48b 2x4 0x6) SR: 70.83

Australia 134/5   MJ Clarke 34 (48b 2x4)

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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