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)

37.4

Lee to Raina, no run, firmly planted on the back foot as he's expecting a bouncer, but Lee delivers this full and wide outside off. Raina pushes it without much assurance to the off side

37.5

Lee to Raina, no run, short ball from round the wicket, ends up outside off as Raina hangs back and taps towards point. Dot ball. Required rate is over six, for the first time tonight.

37.6

Lee to Raina, no run, fantastic stuff from Lee. Wicket-maiden on his return to the attack. Length ball angling in from outside off, Raina stays in the crease and plays into the covers

India 187/5   SK Raina 0* (3b)

38.2

Tait to Raina, 1 run, Raina plays his own brand of the controlled pull. He's sitting back and plays it in ginger fashion to deep square leg for one

India 189/5   SK Raina 1* (4b)

39.1

Lee to Raina, FOUR, that's as assured as you will ever see Raina playing a short ball. He camps back in the crease, waiting for the ball that's coming at the ribs, but this one from Lee doesn't lift so much. Raina has it in his range and rolls the wrists over the pull and through to midwicket for four more.

39.2

Lee to Raina, 1 run, the crowd finds some energy again, Raina drops a length ball into the covers and gets a single to cover. For a change, some good running.

India 198/5   SK Raina 6* (6b 1x4)

40.1

Tait to Raina, 1 run, Raina does the sane thing. Short ball angling across, he hops back and guides backward of point for a single

40.4

Tait to Raina, 2 runs, Raina's pull again. He's pulled Lee. He's now pulled Tait. On this pitch, the short ball is not a worry. He manages to swivel around and keep it down to deep midwicket as it comes towards the waist. 25 have come off the last 10 balls.

40.5

Tait to Raina, no run, the pressure is showing on everyone! Raina looks to heave a cover drive to a ball well outside off, without getting across. Inside edge misses the stumps, Haddin comes across to stop it, Raina wanders out and hurries back in. Tait tells him what he thinks of it.

40.6

Tait to Raina, 2 runs, scorcher of a yorker, but he's ended up sliding it onto the pads. Raina skips inside the line and flicks neatly to the deep. Australia are not fielding at their best now. Horror throw comes in mid-pitch and they get a second easily.

India 220/5   SK Raina 11* (10b 1x4)

41.3

Krejza to Raina, no run, is that Krejza or Murali? Curls in with the arm, lands outside off and then breaks away sharply as Raina feels for it. Hmm.

41.4

Krejza to Raina, no run, leading edge now. Krejza again gets big spin from leg stump line and Raina looks to work it to the leg side. Plays it back to the bowler.

41.5

Krejza to Raina, no run, fuller on middle and off, Raina is stout in defence, reaching out and smothering it this time.,

41.6

Krejza to Raina, 1 run, Krejza drops short, he has done that off and on today. Raina waits and forces him off the back foot through the covers for a single

India 222/5   SK Raina 12* (14b 1x4)

42.1

Watson to Raina, 1 run, back of a length on the leg stump, worked to the leg side for a single

42.3

Watson to Raina, 1 run, Raina shuffles across like a card dealer in Las Vegas would. Gets prone on middle stump but works it in front of square leg for one

India 225/5   SK Raina 14* (16b 1x4)

43.1

Krejza to Raina, 1 run, tossed up and turning away from outside off, Raina lunges to the flight of the ball and dabs it into the covers for one

43.3

Krejza to Raina, no run, can someone teach Krejza the lbw law please? Short ball lands on leg, doesn't turn is going too high, well over the tenth stump if there were one. Raina looks to heave and misses. Krejza appeals.

43.4

Krejza to Raina, 1 run, fuller outside off, Raina taps into the covers for another single

India 232/5   SK Raina 16* (19b 1x4)

44.1

Watson to Raina, 1 run, length ball from Watson on the leg stump, Raina looks to muscle it over deep square leg, but doesn't time it so well. Just as well, on the bounce to the man in the deep.

44.3

Watson to Raina, 1 run, another bouncer at Raina, he somehow manages to redirect it to midwicket for a single

44.6

Watson to Raina, 1 run, Raina gets one more, stays on the back foot but whips in front of square easily for a single.

India 239/5   SK Raina 19* (22b 1x4)

45.1

Lee to Raina, SIX, Raina has smeared him over long on. Lee lands one on the length, in Raina's business area. Mid on is inside the circle. Raina needs no more incentive to go over the top, he gets the front foot into line and mows it a long way. Huge moment.

45.2

Lee to Raina, 1 run, back of a length and coming into the pads, Raina dabs through square leg for a single

India 246/5   SK Raina 26* (24b 1x4 1x6)

46.1

Johnson to Raina, FOUR, India are running home in a hurry. Johnson sends a bouncer down, but misses the line by a fraction. That's exactly what Raina is playing for when he hops inside the line to a bouncer. This one ends up to the right of his body and he glances it along, using Mitch's pace, and it screams away to fine leg.

46.2

Johnson to Raina, 1 run, short and fast outside off, Raina has things under control now. He opens the face of the bat and runs it down to third man for a single

46.4

Johnson to Raina, 1 run, Raina backs away a touch, but Mitch follows him and Raina steers a short ball to deep backward point for a single

46.6

Johnson to Raina, 2 runs, another Raina dink through the leg side. Mitch drops a short ball on the pads and Raina will keep tucking them there all day if he has to. There are no fielders there. Easy couple to India. The parties have started in the stands, says Ravi Shastri.

India 257/5   SK Raina 34* (28b 2x4 1x6)

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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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