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)

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

11.2

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

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   Wahab Riaz 1-0-8-0

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

13.3

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

13.5

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

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   Wahab Riaz 2-0-20-0

19.1

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

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

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   Wahab Riaz 3-0-25-0

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

21.3

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

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   Wahab Riaz 4-0-29-0

23.1

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

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

23.5

Wahab Riaz to White, 2 runs, after the good delivery Wahab serves up an easy one on the pads for White to clip towards square leg for a couple

23.6

Wahab Riaz to White, no run, this is fuller, much fuller but outside off stump and ignored by White

Australia 92/3   Wahab Riaz 5-0-32-1

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

25.5

Wahab Riaz to White, 1 run, good run to bring up the Australia 100. White drops to point with soft hands and scoots through for 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   Wahab Riaz 6-0-39-1

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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