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)

0.1

Umar Gul to Watson, no run, straight as a die, slightly back of a length, defended off the back foot

0.2

Umar Gul to Watson, no run, outside off stump, good carry again, left alone to the keeper

0.3

Umar Gul to Watson, 1 run, on the hip, turned down to fine leg, Australia are off the mark

0.4

Umar Gul to Haddin, no run, attacking the top of off stump, back of a length again, defended urgently back down the pitch

0.5

Umar Gul to Haddin, no run, blocked once again, a good tidy over so far to kick off the day's proceedings

0.6

Umar Gul to Haddin, no run, nothing to work with there, slightly angled into the pads, but starting from an off stump line. Defended to midwicket

Australia 1/0   Umar Gul 1-0-1-0

2.1

Umar Gul to Watson, no run, no signs of discomfort there as Gul hits his length outside off, and Watson drives loosely

2.2

Umar Gul to Watson, 1 run, sliding into the pads, and flicked round the corner

2.3

Umar Gul to Haddin, no run, solid line and length, defended back to the bowler

2.4

Umar Gul to Haddin, no run, first signs of aggression from Haddin as he gave himself room for a slap, but his shot went straight to Misbah at short extra

2.5

Umar Gul to Haddin, no run, a very cunning slower ball, wraps his fingers round the side, and the ball dribbles past a swish and through to Akmal on the fifth bounce

2.6

Umar Gul to Haddin, 1 run, banged in short, a measured pull to backward square

Australia 8/0   Umar Gul 2-0-3-0

4.1

Umar Gul to Watson, 2 runs, banged in short, a swivel pull through midwicket

4.2

Umar Gul to Watson, no run, full length and defended to cover

4.3

Umar Gul to Watson, OUT, that's the nut! Bang on target, nip off the seam, a loose drive and a touch of inside edge, and the stumps are shattered!

SR Watson b Umar Gul 9 (24m 16b 1x4 0x6) SR: 56.25

4.4

Umar Gul to Ponting, no run, tight line, and defended off the back foot

4.5

Umar Gul to Ponting, no run, deflected to midwicket, hopping across the stumps a touch, as is his wont

4.6

Umar Gul to Ponting, no run, outside off, Ponting shoulders arms dramatically

Australia 12/1   Umar Gul 3-0-5-1

6.1

Umar Gul to Ponting, no run, on the pads, whisked into the leg side, without much timing

6.2

Umar Gul to Ponting, no run, attacking off stump once again, Ponting's defences are tested again

6.3

Umar Gul to Ponting, no run, a loopy slower ball, cunningly bowled but Ponting picked it early and defended

6.4

Umar Gul to Ponting, 1 leg bye, on the hip, flicked fine. Slim pickings so far against the wily Gul

6.5

Umar Gul to Haddin, no run, another slower ball, and Ponting has to scamper for his ground as Haddin turns down a sharp single in the gully. That could have been tight

6.6

Umar Gul to Haddin, no run, defended out to midwicket. Another unrelentingly accurate over from Gul

Australia 21/1   Umar Gul 4-1-5-1

8.1

Umar Gul to Ponting, 1 leg bye, on the pads, flicked to square leg. No bat involved

8.2

Umar Gul to Haddin, no run, advancing again, but still unable to thread the gap, Haddin's drive rolls to mid-off

8.3

Umar Gul to Haddin, 1 run, slower ball, beautifully bowled, Ponting waits and dabs a single to mid-on

8.4

Umar Gul to Ponting, 5 wides, whoops. That was Gul's first show of aggression, and ropey as Akmal's keeping may be, he was never going to intercept that!

8.4

Umar Gul to Ponting, no run, hits the seam and jags back in, but that was doing too much. Good delivery though

8.5

Umar Gul to Ponting, 1 run, flicked round the corner again, to backward square

8.6

Umar Gul to Haddin, FOUR, slower delivery, but too short, and Haddin's delayed pull has enough legs to go all the way. Australia needed that

Australia 35/1   Umar Gul 5-1-16-1

42.1

Umar Gul to Krejza, 1 run, already some reverse swing, dipping into the batsman at 146kph. Some horrid stick-a-foot-out-and-hope fielding from Afridi gifts a single. He then stretches to take everyone's mind off what happens

42.2

Umar Gul to Smith, 1 run, no swing from this length, hammered short and Smith jumps tall to drop by his feet and scoot for one

42.3

Umar Gul to Krejza, no run, slip in place for Krejza but Gul admonishes himself for shoving down a short and wide one. Krejza is equally annoyed for missing it

42.4

Umar Gul to Krejza, 1 run, this is a better ball, though curiously back of a length again. Krejza drops it to cover to exchange a single with Smith

42.5

Umar Gul to Smith, FOUR, wow, this ferociously good timing this. Offered width Smith somehow ended up in a very conventional position to drive and it flew through the covers

42.6

Umar Gul to Smith, 1 run, strange, only one yorker from that Gul over. This is a length delivery again and steered to third man

Australia 163/7   Umar Gul 6-1-24-1

44.1

Umar Gul to Krejza, 2 runs, much too short and much too wide, this is poor stuff from Gul and Australia just building a decent run of play here. Krejza cuts out in front of deep cover for a couple

44.2

Umar Gul to Krejza, no run, better, much better. More intent on this Gul delivery, firing it in fuller and sliding into Smith who couldn't work it away

44.3

Umar Gul to Krejza, OUT, there it is! The Umar Gul inswinging yorker strikes again. Why did he wait so long? Krejza backed away to give himself room to pierce the off side but he missed and the stumps were shattered instead

JJ Krejza b Umar Gul 7 (22m 19b 0x4 0x6) SR: 36.84

44.4

Umar Gul to Lee, FOUR, ooh, a second slip would have had it. As it is the outside edge flew wide of first slip and skimmed to the ropes. 200 must be Australia's target

44.5

Umar Gul to Lee, no run, hooping, late reverse-swing at a full length would have burst through but for Lee's inside edge

44.6

Umar Gul to Lee, no run, this one nips away and past an enquiring outside edge. Much better over from Gul that

Australia 173/8   Umar Gul 7-1-30-2

46.1

Umar Gul to Lee, no run, this isn't a yorker but it's quick on a length, moving away and carefully blocked to cover

46.2

Umar Gul to Lee, no run, that's the delivery that he's famed for! It snakes back so late homing in on the toes. Lee desperately clamps a bat down in time

46.3

Umar Gul to Lee, no run, yorker followed by a short ball followed by a stare! Excellent bowling, this climbed past Lee

46.4

Umar Gul to Lee, OUT, that's it! Australia slump to 176 all out - their lowest since 1992. Pakistan have a celebratory huddle! Lee aimed a swipe but it got high on the bat and looped to mid-off

B Lee c Misbah-ul-Haq b Umar Gul 5 (11m 8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 62.50

Australia 176/10   Umar Gul 7.4-1-30-3

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

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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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