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)

10.1

Shahid Afridi to Ponting, no run, a fraction short, and cut hard to point. Well stopped

10.2

Shahid Afridi to Ponting, 1 run, tossed up, and driven compactly to cover

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   Shahid Afridi 1-0-2-0

12.1

Shahid Afridi to Ponting, 1 run, pushed into the gap to keep the strike rotating

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

12.6

Shahid Afridi to Ponting, no run, Australia starting to pick up the tempo now, a few quick singles making themselves available through urgent calls and calm deflections

Australia 52/1   Shahid Afridi 2-0-8-0

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

15.4

Shahid Afridi to Ponting, no run, huge appeal from bowler and keeper as Afridi slides one into Ponting's pads but a big, big stride prevented trouble

15.5

Shahid Afridi to Ponting, 1 run, more secure here for the batsman, full-facing a single down the ground

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   Shahid Afridi 3-0-11-0

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

17.5

Shahid Afridi to Ponting, no run, ah, nothing there for Ponting. He wanted to squeeze a cut away but it was too close to him for the shot

17.6

Shahid Afridi to Ponting, 1 run, nothing as ambitious this time from Ponting, instead easing his hands over the ball to flick to leg

Australia 73/1   Shahid Afridi 4-0-13-0

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

27.5

Shahid Afridi to White, 1 run, good hands from White here, finally, as he nudges to deep square

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   Shahid Afridi 5-0-18-0

29.1

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

29.2

Shahid Afridi to White, 1 run, if Clarke is all wrists, White is all forearms and offered some width here bludgeons the ball down the ground

29.3

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

29.4

Shahid Afridi to White, no run, White tries to steal a single by dropping this towards point but he gets too much of it

29.5

Shahid Afridi to White, 2 runs, in the end it looks a good shot but White would have been worried for a moment as he lifted this high down towards long off

29.6

Shahid Afridi to White, no run, carefully defended to finish the over

Australia 117/3   Shahid Afridi 6-0-23-0

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

31.3

Shahid Afridi to Hussey, no run, tapped out to cover, a good confident stride into the shot

31.4

Shahid Afridi to Hussey, 1 run, "easy easy" is the call as Hussey cuts calmly to deep cover

31.5

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

31.6

Shahid Afridi to Hussey, 1 run, one more scamper into the covers

Australia 125/4   Shahid Afridi 7-0-27-0

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

43.2

Shahid Afridi to Krejza, no run, this is held back a touch and pushed into space

43.3

Shahid Afridi to Krejza, 1 run, carefully worked away, much quicker delivery

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   Shahid Afridi 8-0-31-0

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

45.4

Shahid Afridi to Lee, 1 wide, speared a long way down the leg side

45.4

Shahid Afridi to Lee, 1 run, googly finds the gloves as Lee defends with very low hands, there are no slips in place or catchers up to the crease so Lee can feel safe

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

45.6

Shahid Afridi to Tait, no run, full, flat, spearing yorker. Tait manages to jab a bat down

Australia 176/9   Shahid Afridi 9-0-34-1

Photos

Mar 19, 2011

Kamran Akmal jokes were all the rage, but is this one of them? Australia v Pakistan, Group A, World Cup, Colombo, March 19, 2011

Kamran Akmal jokes were all the rage, but is this one of them?

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Mar 19, 2011

Australia get a show of support, Australia v Pakistan, Group A, World Cup, Colombo, March 19, 2011

Australia get a show of support

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