ICC Cricket World Cup, 2nd Quarter-Final: India v Australia at Ahmedabad, Mar 24, 2011
ICC Cricket World Cup - 2nd quarter final
India won by 5 wickets (with 14 balls remaining)
24 March 2011 - day/night match (50-over match)
1.1

Tait to Tendulkar, FOUR, No first-ball four for Sehwag. Who cares. First ball four for the other guy, what's his name. Tait begins with a gentle 134 kph loosener outside off. Mistake. Lands back of a length and gives him width outside off. The little man stays put, gets half across, opens the face and convinces the ball to roll along to the point boundary. Class.

1.2

Tait to Tendulkar, 1 wide, bad start. Tait wides down the leg side.

1.2

Tait to Tendulkar, FOUR, deja vu. The last time I saw Tendulkar do this in a World Cup was 2003. Centurion. Against one Shoaib Akhtar. Tait is just as fast. The ball is going just as fast. Short ball outside off. Sachin gets under it and upper cuts it almost all the way to the third man fence.

1.3

Tait to Tendulkar, no run, aha, Tait gets one back, slips a pacy short of length ball outside off. Sachin looks to cut and misses. Tait tells him what he thinks about it.

1.4

Tait to Tendulkar, 1 wide, 149 kph. The pace is up, but the direction is still a little awry. Very wide outside off and called.

1.4

Tait to Tendulkar, no run, Tait gets one on the spot, back of a length outside off and jumping up into Sachin's blade as he pushes off the front foot

1.5

Tait to Tendulkar, no run, this is a family site, so I won't say what Tait just told Tendulkar. The ball was fine though - hustling Sachin with a mean bouncer, Sachin just got under it and let it go.

1.6

Tait to Tendulkar, 1 run, ends with another wide and short ball, it was so wide Sachin could not middle the cut. He under-edges it to third man, and looks at the bat.

India 16/0   SR Tendulkar 9* (6b 2x4)
2.1

Lee to Tendulkar, 1 run, ahem, length ball on off stump, Sachin pushes into the covers and takes off. Sehwag takes around a year to make the single.

2.3

Lee to Tendulkar, no run, draws him out with a full delivery at 146 kph on off stump, Sachin leans into a drive but ends up playing it back down the track.

2.4

Lee to Tendulkar, 1 run, not in control this time. Lee gets this one to bounce extra as Sachin cuts and he plays uppishly backward if point for a single. The top hand came off in an attempt to control that.

2.6

Lee to Tendulkar, no run, good searching delivery to end the over, 146.6 kph away seamer outside off, but Sachin shoulders arms

India 20/0   SR Tendulkar 11* (10b 2x4)
4.1

Lee to Tendulkar, 1 run, Lee has Sachin where he wants him - at the non-striker's end. Short ball, hustling into Sachin at 143 kph and he tucks it through the now vacant leg gully for one

4.3

Lee to Tendulkar, no run, fuller at 143 kph, looks to get Sachin driving and he punches with accomplishment straight to mid on

4.4

Lee to Tendulkar, no run, aha, interesting movements from Sachin. He seemed to be setting himself for the cut, late or square, but Lee did not give him that much width, though he was short at 138 kph. Sachin slaps it without timing to cover

4.5

Lee to Tendulkar, no run, full and straight at 149 kph, Sachin punches to mid off

4.6

Lee to Tendulkar, 2 runs, width to end the over, Sachin's timing is ominous as he opens the face and steers backward of point. That speeds away almost for four, until Johnson comes in the way running in from third man and sliding.

India 30/0   SR Tendulkar 14* (15b 2x4)
5.5

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, back of a length on off stump, Sachin gets half across and defends down the track again.

5.6

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, back of a length, wide outside off, Sachin lets it go to the keeper

India 34/0   SR Tendulkar 14* (17b 2x4)
6.2

Watson to Tendulkar, no run, short of a length just outside off, Sachin again gets across to off stump and defends

6.3

Watson to Tendulkar, no run, over-pitched on off stump, Sachin leans into a square drive and finds point. Good timing, but the placement wasn't there.

6.4

Watson to Tendulkar, FOUR, many a slip between cup and lip, but none standing next to Haddin. Watson's slow legcutter gets Sachin's outside edge as he drives away from the body. The ball goes agonisingly far enough from Haddin. No slips to take it.

6.5

Watson to Tendulkar, no run, full and angled into the pads, Sachin flicks straight to wide mid on

6.6

Watson to Tendulkar, 1 run, 134 kph, back of a length outside off and cutting into Sachin who makes room and powers the back foot drive wide of point. They think of two today, but no luck.

India 40/0   SR Tendulkar 19* (22b 3x4)
7.1

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, short cover in business. Sachin doesn't get completely across into the cover drive, and plays it a touch uppishly to short cover.

7.2

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, full on off stump and angling across, Sachin gets the full face behind it and drives to mid off

7.3

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, oho, 144 kph length ball outside off, Sachin looks to steer and it stays low. He crouches in a hurry, but the ball whizzes through to the keeper, under the bat

7.4

Johnson to Tendulkar, FOUR, pulled away. Emphatically. That's not been pulled, as much as yanked and shoved away. 146 kph bouncer, Sachin is so early into position that he plays it from middle and off line through the gap between midwicket and mid on.

7.5

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, fuller length on off stump, compact defence from Sachin towards mid off

7.6

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, over-pitched outside off at 144 kph and for once, Sachin mistimes a drive. Inside edged back down the track.

India 44/0   SR Tendulkar 23* (28b 4x4)
8.2

Watson to Tendulkar, no run, length ball outside off, Sachin looks to play back and steer, but can't get it away

8.3

Watson to Tendulkar, FOUR, Sachin's timed a cover drive so well that Lee from mid off gives up the chase. Slower ball, over-pitched outside off, Sachin gets the front foot gingerly into line and coaxes it through the covers. Narendra Modi, in the stands, (google for more info), applauds.

8.4

Watson to Tendulkar, no run, lets the next one go outside off, fuller length and Sachin shoulders arms.

8.5

Watson to Tendulkar, 1 run, Sachin pinches a single, tapping a length ball outside off with an angled face to point. Direct hit comes in, but they complete the single in time.

India 49/1   SR Tendulkar 28* (32b 5x4)
9.1

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, whanged in on leg stump, short of a length and Sachin looks to whip around the corner. He can't get it away.

9.2

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, fuller and angling across at decent pace, Sachin gets onto the front foot and pushes into the covers

9.3

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, another front foot push from Sachin, he gets half forward to a length ball and plays sedately down the track

9.4

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, a feeler for the outside edge, 141 kph and dangled well wide, with a widish slip waiting. Sachin leaves, and is disappointed that it's not been wided.

9.5

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, fuller length well wide of off stump, Sachin goes down on a knee to play the square drive. Played into the turf, and an acrobatic stop by the man at short point. Bump ball. Doesn't fool too many people, but it fooled Ravi Shastri on air.

9.6

Johnson to Tendulkar, 1 run, India have 50, nudging a length ball on middle and leg towards midwicket for a single

India 50/1   SR Tendulkar 29* (38b 5x4)
10.1

Watson to Tendulkar, no run, Watson keeps things tight. Full on off, Sachin drives firmly back down the track and Watson fields well on his follow through. Gambhir was backing up a long way.

10.2

Watson to Tendulkar, no run, back of a length on the pads, Sachin turns it away to the leg side quietly

10.3

Watson to Tendulkar, 2 runs, over-pitched on the pads at 129 kph, Sachin tickles it away off the toes through square leg for a couple more.

10.4

Watson to Tendulkar, no run, another outside edge. Watson sends in a dobbler that nips away at 126 kph, and Sachin looks to open the face and steer. The legcutter takes the outside edge, but lands well short of slip.

10.5

Watson to Tendulkar, 1 run, Sachin hangs back on the crease to a back of a length ball outside off and guides in front of point for a single

India 53/1   SR Tendulkar 32* (43b 5x4)
11.1

Johnson to Tendulkar, FOUR, Sachin plays the shot of the evening. Length ball on middle and angling across Sachin, who walks into position and whips it on the trot through midwicket.

11.2

Johnson to Tendulkar, FOUR, Sachin is bettering himself. He again makes the pace and room as Johnson keeps one on a length just outside off. Sachin steers it with the dexterity you would associate with Michael Shumacher in Monaco. Top shot, beats point. Beats third man.

11.3

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, fuller and on middle stump, Sachin defends from the crease, cautiously

11.4

Johnson to Tendulkar, 2 runs, not a very good ball, short and angling into the pads, Sachin nurdles it off the pads through backward square leg. Lee runs back from the circle to cut off the boundary.

11.5

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, fuller length outside off, Sachin lets it go

11.6

Johnson to Tendulkar, 1 run, ominous timing from Sachin. Length ball outside off, Sachin moves the front foot into position and brings the bat down in the smoothest of arcs, bisecting the covers. Good thing for Australia there was protection in the deep

India 65/1   SR Tendulkar 43* (49b 7x4)
12.1

Watson to Tendulkar, no run, over-pitched on off, Sachin times the straight drive well and Watson does well to field on his follow through

12.2

Watson to Tendulkar, 1 run, bouncer outside off, Sachin seemed to know it a year in advance, moving across to off stump and hanging back in the crease. He rolls his wrists and plays the pull down to deep midwicket

12.4

Watson to Tendulkar, no run, ooh, nice offcutter from Watson comes in sharply as Sachin looks to push the front pad outside the line. He is rapped on the move, but outside the line. Not given. Not referred.

12.5

Watson to Tendulkar, no run, offcutter coming in from outside off, Sachin belatedly looks to whip through mid on, but finds the fielder

12.6

Watson to Tendulkar, no run, Watson is bowling some canny stuff here, another buzzing offcutter than gives Sachin the illusion of room before curving in, and he inside edges the on-the-knee steer onto the pads.

India 67/1   SR Tendulkar 44* (54b 7x4)
13.5

Lee to Tendulkar, 1 run, and there is the 18,000th run to loud cheers, he gets out to a length ball and pushes it to sweeper cover, 18,000, ridiculously massive

India 69/1   SR Tendulkar 45* (55b 7x4)
14.5

Watson to Tendulkar, 1 run, guided to third man off the back foot, that was wide outside off stump

India 76/1   SR Tendulkar 46* (56b 7x4)
15.1

Lee to Tendulkar, no run, 157.1 kph short ball, Sachin is caught in two minds, decides to weave away first, then tries to send it over the keeper with a late dab, but misses, Lee smiles

15.2

Lee to Tendulkar, 1 run, whipped away off the pads to fine leg, easily done

15.5

Lee to Tendulkar, no run, full toss outside off stump, Sachin punches to mid off

15.6

Lee to Tendulkar, 1 run, Sachin survives, how did he manage that, he backed away initially before deciding to late cut in the air, the ball looped slowly to Krejza at third man, he looked to have it covered, maybe was a bit slow in coming forward, maybe lost it in the lights, dropped just short of him

India 80/1   SR Tendulkar 48* (60b 7x4)
16.1

Tait to Tendulkar, 1 wide, and right away slings this one down the leg side

16.1

Tait to Tendulkar, 2 runs, gets to the half-century with a delicious flick off the pads, deep square leg comes charging to his right and saves the boundary, picks up the ball and relays it to fine leg who throws the ball in

16.2

Tait to Tendulkar, no run, 140.2 kph ball that stops on Sachin, he is sucked in to the drive, bat turns in his hands, and the ball rolls to mid off

16.3

Tait to Tendulkar, no run, this time he is neatly behind the line of a length ball, loud defensive crack of the bat

16.4

Tait to Tendulkar, no run, 148.5 kph Tait is looking to fire them in full and on the stumps, he gets behind the line again and pushes down the track

16.5

Tait to Tendulkar, 1 run, how is he reading these short deliveries, he was into position right away, it was banged in, and he unfurled the smoothest of pulls, down to deep square leg, got right outside the line as he did that

India 84/1   SR Tendulkar 51* (65b 7x4)
17.2

Krejza to Tendulkar, 1 run, short ball, turning in, pulled away to deep midwicket

17.4

Krejza to Tendulkar, 1 run, one more short ball to Sachin, he swivels, twirls the bat as he launches in to the pull to deep midiwicket

India 90/1   SR Tendulkar 53* (67b 7x4)
18.1

Tait to Tendulkar, OUT, Sachin is gone, or is he, is that a back foot no-ball, it was a length ball outside off stump, and he nibbled it on its way to Haddin, it was very close to being a no-ball, but Tait got away with it, he hadn't grounded the back heel on the line, Sachin has to walk back

SR Tendulkar c †Haddin b Tait 53 (93m 68b 7x4 0x6) SR: 77.94

India 94/2   SR Tendulkar 53 (68b 7x4)
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