ICC Cricket World Cup, 2010/11 / Commentary

ICC Cricket World Cup - 2nd quarter final

India v Australia

India won by 5 wickets (with 14 balls remaining)

0.1

Ashwin to Watson, no run, slowly tossed up through the air, bit of turn on off stump, defended

0.2

Ashwin to Watson, no run, the one that goes straight on, he waits on it and plays it out on the off side

0.3

Ashwin to Watson, 1 run, Watson is away, this one turns in to leg stump, and he whips it away to deep square leg

0.6

Ashwin to Watson, no run, now he goes much wide of off stump, and turns it in, he brings front foot out and pushes it out to point

Australia 3/0   SR Watson 1* (4b)

1.3

Khan to Watson, no run, gets him to drive off the front foot with a length ball outside off, goes straight to extra cover

1.4

Khan to Watson, no run, Watson with that late dab that gets him so many runs down to third man, but Dhoni has a gully in place, and he takes it on the bounce

1.5

Khan to Watson, no run, 134.1 kph, just short of a length, and takes off a bit more than Watson expected, he had a push at it outside off, and was beaten

1.6

Khan to Watson, no run, comes forward, staying slightly beside the line of one going across him, and pushes out to point

Australia 4/0   SR Watson 1* (8b)

2.3

Ashwin to Watson, no run, tight line, played out to short midwicket

2.4

Ashwin to Watson, no run, the one that goes straight on, pitches around leg and is carefully played back to the bowler

2.5

Ashwin to Watson, no run, pushed off the front foot to mid on

2.6

Ashwin to Watson, FOUR, Watson has seen enough to launch in to the slog sweep, lunging forward, gets close to the ball, and swats it wide of Harbhajan at deep midwicket

Australia 9/0   SR Watson 5* (12b 1x4)

3.5

Khan to Watson, no run, comes forward and middles the ball with a loud crack, it races away to extra cover

3.6

Khan to Watson, FOUR, 123.6 kph slower one cutting in, but the line was on leg stump, and Watson picked it neatly in front of square leg, again a boundary off the last ball of the over

Australia 14/0   SR Watson 9* (14b 2x4)

4.4

Ashwin to Watson, no run, defended off the front foot, inside edge rolls away on the leg side

4.5

Ashwin to Watson, no run, he is keeping it really tight here, another one around leg stump is played out towards mid on

4.6

Ashwin to Watson, FOUR, and for the third time in as many overs, Watson gets a boundary off the last ball, with tremendous bat speed, hits a full delivery back towards Ashwin, who fails to field it and the outfield is too quick after that happens

Australia 19/0   SR Watson 13* (17b 3x4)

5.2

Khan to Watson, no run, the Watson forward defence, bat and pad tightly close together, comes forward solidly and blocks off the middle of the bat

5.3

Khan to Watson, no run, and again he defends off the front foot, but with a slightly open face to play out the length ball towards point

5.4

Khan to Watson, no run, back of a length this time, and he stays in the crease to push it towards mid off

5.5

Khan to Watson, FOUR, slightly over pitched, and at that angle from round the stumps, it is enough for Watson, lets it comes on and whips it in to the gap past short midwicket and mid on, lovely timing, no movement whatsoever for the bowler

5.6

Khan to Watson, no run, no boundary off the last ball this time, Watson is done for the over, shuts up shop with a perfect forward defensive around off stump

Australia 24/0   SR Watson 17* (22b 4x4)

6.2

Ashwin to Watson, 1 run, pinches a tight single to mid on which is a bit deep

Australia 26/0   SR Watson 18* (23b 4x4)

7.1

Khan to Watson, no run, no movement or anything for the fast bowler, Watson plonks front foot forward and bashes this length ball to mid on

7.2

Khan to Watson, FOUR, well, is it possible to use the angle from round the stumps any better, gets front leg across and sweeps this one past Sachin who is in the circle at fine leg

7.3

Khan to Watson, no run, thumped off the front foot this time, this looks like a good toss to win, mid off fields

7.4

Khan to Watson, no run, slightly back of a length around middle and leg, played out calmly towards mid on

7.5

Khan to Watson, no run, works a length ball with the angle to midwicket, Watson is looking in no trouble at all

7.6

Khan to Watson, 1 run, they take on Harbhajan at mid off, it was firmly pushed off the front foot, and they went for the run, direct hit would have had Haddin in some bother, Harbhajan has hands on his wide white hat

Australia 37/0   SR Watson 23* (29b 5x4)

8.1

Harbhajan Singh to Watson, no run, quicker through the air than Ashwin, he gets forward to defend a fuller one

8.2

Harbhajan Singh to Watson, no run, now he goes back to one that was not short enough, it turns in sharply, but he manages to play it away towards leg slip

8.3

Harbhajan Singh to Watson, no run, 91.6 kph, played with the turn to short midwicket from outside off

8.4

Harbhajan Singh to Watson, no run, tosses it up outside off stump, he waits a while before smothering it in forward defence

8.5

Harbhajan Singh to Watson, no run, makes him go for the big sweep from outside off stump, but there is the man at square leg

8.6

Harbhajan Singh to Watson, 2 runs, and after having created some pressure, Harbhajan bowls a fast full toss on the pads, Watson happily puts it away wide of deep midwicket, where Raina does well to dive and cut off the boundary

Australia 39/0   SR Watson 25* (35b 5x4)

9.4

Ashwin to Watson, no run, played back to the bowler off the front foot

9.5

Ashwin to Watson, no run, lazy from Ashwin, is late in parrying a ball played back to him, to short midwicket and almost concedes a run

9.6

Ashwin to Watson, OUT, the man from Chennai has struck, Watson went for the slog sweep, this one was slower through the air, tossed up, and turned in to strike the off stump, even as Watson missed it completely, did not get too far across to pick it from outside off, played a bit early too

SR Watson b Ashwin 25 (39m 38b 5x4 0x6) SR: 65.78

Australia 40/1   SR Watson 25 (38b 5x4)

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Mar 24, 2011

Sachin Tendulkar gestures to Ricky Ponting as Virender Sehwag looks on, India v Australia, 2nd quarter-final, World Cup, Ahmedabad, March 24, 2011

Sachin Tendulkar gestures to Ricky Ponting as Virender Sehwag looks on

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Mar 24, 2011

Brett Lee suffers a cut above his eye while fielding, India v Australia, 2nd quarter-final, Ahmedabad, World Cup 2011, March 24, 2011

Brett Lee suffers a cut above his eye while fielding

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