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)

1.1

Abdur Rehman to Watson, FOUR, top strike! Only three on the leg-side, so Watson flicks gloriously, and no-one can stop the boundary through midwicket

1.2

Abdur Rehman to Watson, no run, Review! Watson was eyeing up those acres on the leg-side again. Playing all around his front pad, and Pakistan ask for a second opinion. Very full length, but probably missing leg. No idea why these reviews are taking so long at the moment. Just get us the pitch map. Sure enough, it's an umpire's call

1.3

Abdur Rehman to Watson, 1 leg bye, speared down the leg side, and flicks the pad

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   Abdur Rehman 1-0-4-0

3.1

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

3.2

Abdur Rehman to Watson, no run, short, but skids through, defended from the crease

3.3

Abdur Rehman to Watson, no run, fuller length, met with a big stride

3.4

Abdur Rehman to Watson, no run, a compact drive to mid-off

3.5

Abdur Rehman to Watson, no run, probing work from Rehman, Watson is finding the middle well enough, but no width to work with

3.6

Abdur Rehman to Watson, 1 run, on the pads to finish, a grateful flick to midwicket

Australia 10/0   Abdur Rehman 2-0-6-0

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   Abdur Rehman 3-0-14-0

7.1

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

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   Abdur Rehman 4-0-16-0

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

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   Abdur Rehman 5-0-17-0

33.1

Abdur Rehman to Hussey, 1 run, tapped to cover

33.2

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

33.3

Abdur Rehman to Hussey, no run, open-faced steer to gully, but can't beat the field

33.4

Abdur Rehman to Hussey, no run, driven out to midwicket

33.5

Abdur Rehman to Hussey, 1 run, sits up a touch outside off, Hussey jabs through the gap at point

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   Abdur Rehman 6-0-21-0

35.1

Abdur Rehman to Hussey, 1 run, pushed to midwicket, where Misbah again flings himself as if he's in the first flush of youth

35.2

Abdur Rehman to Smith, no run

35.3

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

35.4

Abdur Rehman to Hussey, 1 run, Hussey uses his feet, and eludes the diving Misbah at short midwicket

35.5

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

35.6

Abdur Rehman to Hussey, no run, good aggression from the Pakistanis, a quick pick-up at short midwicket and a sharp shy to keep the non-striker honest

Australia 140/5   Abdur Rehman 7-0-25-0

37.1

Abdur Rehman to Hussey, 1 run, chiselled from outside off to midwicket. Another single

37.2

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

37.3

Abdur Rehman to Hussey, no run, reverse sweep, doesn't connect

37.4

Abdur Rehman to Hussey, OUT, that's as soft as a baby possum. Hussey hardly got to the pitch of that one, and lobbed a simple chance to short midwicket. The two-paced wicket might take some of the blame, but that was poor from such an experienced campaigner

MEK Hussey c Misbah-ul-Haq b Abdur Rehman 12 (29m 22b 0x4 0x6) SR: 54.54

37.5

Abdur Rehman to Johnson, no run, solidly forward, and defended to cover

37.6

Abdur Rehman to Johnson, no run, subtle turn from outside the left-hander's off stump. Blocked solidly

Australia 144/6   Abdur Rehman 8-0-27-1

39.1

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

39.2

Abdur Rehman to Krejza, no run, poked to cover from deep in the crease

39.3

Abdur Rehman to Krejza, no run, defended back down the track

39.4

Abdur Rehman to Krejza, no run, that beat everything, Akmal included. Missed stumping? Perhaps. Akmal's day had been too good to last

39.5

Abdur Rehman to Krejza, no run

39.6

Abdur Rehman to Krejza, no run, blocked out to point, and the Aussie struggle continues

Australia 148/7   Abdur Rehman 9-0-28-1

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

41.2

Abdur Rehman to Krejza, 1 run, pushed away securely for a single

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

41.6

Abdur Rehman to Krejza, 1 run, toe-ended cut shot runs out to deep cover.

Australia 155/7   Abdur Rehman 10-0-34-1

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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