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)

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

34.5

Abdul Razzaq to Smith, 2 runs, a hard-handed poke outside off, the slip was there but he couldn't get close, though third man tidies up

34.6

Abdul Razzaq to Smith, no run, an eventful introduction from the evergreen Razzaq. How long has he been around now?

Australia 136/5   Abdul Razzaq 1-0-2-1

36.1

Abdul Razzaq to Smith, no run, bounce from nowhere for Razzaq. Smith removes one hand from the handle to ride the lift on that one

36.2

Abdul Razzaq to Smith, no run, forward cautiously and defended

36.3

Abdul Razzaq to Smith, 1 run, excellent work once again from Pakistan. A quick pick-up at mid-on, and the shy from Younis hits the stumps. Not much excitement though, as Smith is well home

36.4

Abdul Razzaq to Hussey, no run, beaten! That cut straight through Hussey, who was lucky not to inside-edge onto his own stumps

36.5

Abdul Razzaq to Hussey, no run, drilled hard, more of a square drive than a cut, but point pouched it in an instant. Pakistan are so alert today!

36.6

Abdul Razzaq to Hussey, 1 run, bashed down to long-on, another single to end another tight over

Australia 142/5   Abdul Razzaq 2-0-4-1

38.1

Abdul Razzaq to Smith, 2 runs, short, and spanked, up and over midwicket, but without much timing. Plops into no-man's land at cow corner

38.2

Abdul Razzaq to Smith, no run, solidly forward, and defended

38.3

Abdul Razzaq to Smith, 1 run, back of a length but targeting off. Driven with that peculiar hard-handed style down to third man

38.4

Abdul Razzaq to Johnson, OUT, outside off, nipping off the seam, grazing the edge, and Johnson is gone for a duck! The extra bounce did the trick, and Akmal's glovework has been as good as ... well, ever, probably

MG Johnson c †Kamran Akmal b Abdul Razzaq 0 (4m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

38.5

Abdul Razzaq to Krejza, no run, attempted yorker, good thinking, but drifting a touch down the leg-side. Steered to midwicket

38.6

Abdul Razzaq to Krejza, no run, clear signs of reverse swing as Razzaq is really tearing in now. Defended solidly enough on off stump

Australia 147/7   Abdul Razzaq 3-0-7-2

40.1

Abdul Razzaq to Smith, no run, Smith is Australia's only hope. Imagine that. Pushed out to cover

40.2

Abdul Razzaq to Smith, no run, Razzaq finding some kind of indrift and Smith pokes to midwicket

40.3

Abdul Razzaq to Smith, no run, final 10 overs and Smith has to be very watchful and respectful in defence

40.4

Abdul Razzaq to Smith, 1 run, steered down to third man, Smith seems so pleased with the shot he held the pose. With a technique as ugly as his that's a brave move

40.5

Abdul Razzaq to Krejza, no run, Krejza stabs down on a straight ball

40.6

Abdul Razzaq to Krejza, no run, Razzaq doing nothing more tricky than holding a line outside off stump. Where as this against Ross Taylor? Anyway, Krejza defends

Australia 149/7   Abdul Razzaq 4-0-8-2

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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