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)

10.5

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, no run, lunges way forward to one that is flighted outside off stump, pushed out to extra cover

10.6

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, no run, the Australia captain in two minds, decides to do neither, stays on the crease and pushes at one that turns in sharply to strike him on the pad but way outside off stump

Australia 41/1   RT Ponting 0* (2b)

11.4

Ashwin to Ponting, 1 run, comes well forward and pushes this one away past cover

Australia 43/1   RT Ponting 1* (3b)

12.1

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, no run, shufles across and goes well back to push a turning delivery, gets a leading edge towards the bowler

12.2

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, no run, plays out this one towards short leg

12.3

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, no run, another edge, Ponting is pinned on the crease, pushes at one that bounces, and the thick edge goes towards point

12.4

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, 2 runs, there is no leg slip, and Ponting flicks a fuller delivery in that region, Zaheer tidies up at fine leg

12.5

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, 1 run, tossed up generously outside off stump, he drives with the turn to long on

Australia 52/1   RT Ponting 4* (8b)

13.1

Patel to Ponting, 1 run, starts off with a widish length ball outside off, punched to sweeper cover

Australia 53/1   RT Ponting 5* (9b)

14.1

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, 1 run, turns in from outside off, but short enough for him to shuffle and whip it backward of square

14.3

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, 1 run, another full delivery around off, he adjusts to ease it to long on off the front foot

14.5

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, no run, tossed up full on middle, played out towards midwicket

14.6

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, 1 wide, flighted again, and turning, but from round the stumps, goes down leg

14.6

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, no run, this one went straight on at an angle outside off, made him uncertainly reach out and push it towards point

Australia 70/1   RT Ponting 7* (13b)

15.3

Yuvraj Singh to Ponting, no run, 83.2 kph, a touch flatter, he lunges out and pushes it away to point

15.4

Yuvraj Singh to Ponting, no run, drives with the turn to short extra cover, where Raina covers a lot of ground to his right, gets up and fires in the direct hit to the striker's end, Ponting is well in, and that's what the replays confirm

15.5

Yuvraj Singh to Ponting, 1 run, waits for a flighted one to arrive on middle and leg, and pushes it down the ground towards long on

Australia 72/1   RT Ponting 8* (16b)

16.1

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, no run, Ponting gets in to a considerable tangle, looks to cut a delivery that is neither short nor wide, and in the end plays it out towards point

16.2

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, 1 run, goes deep in the crease, and whips a turning ball through square leg, the fielder messes up initially but keeps them to one in the end

16.6

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, 1 wide, tossed up from round the stumps, turns down the leg side, Ponting went feeling for it, wanting to nudge it fine

16.6

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, 1 run, better line, makes him go right back in the crease and he turns it away to deep midwicket

Australia 76/1   RT Ponting 10* (19b)

17.1

Yuvraj Singh to Ponting, no run, Raina runs to his right and cuts off the drive from Ponting

17.2

Yuvraj Singh to Ponting, FOUR, Ponting gets his first boundary, skips down the track, gets outside the line, and lofts against the turn wide of midwicket, lovely shot

17.3

Yuvraj Singh to Ponting, 2 runs, gets the outside edge as Ponting pushes hard at one, it rushes past slip

17.4

Yuvraj Singh to Ponting, FOUR, Ponting is taking on the part-timer here, goes down on the knee and slog sweeps a flatter one to the deep midwicket boundary

17.5

Yuvraj Singh to Ponting, no run, and now goes right forward, and smothers a turning delivery

17.6

Yuvraj Singh to Ponting, no run, pushes out this one towards covers, he is done for the over

Australia 86/1   RT Ponting 20* (25b 2x4)

18.2

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, no run, offie on middle from round the wicket, Ponting stays back and defends as it straightens.

18.3

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, 1 run, this one is too straight, and Ponting works it through midwicket for a single

Australia 88/1   RT Ponting 21* (27b 2x4)

19.4

Patel to Ponting, no run, back of a length, again a touch of away nip and Ponting defends with the full face

19.5

Patel to Ponting, no run, slower ball, 119 kph and everything happens in slow motion. Ponting lunges out early and has to pull back as he looks to defend down the track. Munaf falls down to his right with the grace of a tall tree that's being felled, and stops the ball.

19.6

Patel to Ponting, 1 run, fuller and wider outside off, Ponting leans out to drive into the covers for a single

Australia 95/1   RT Ponting 22* (30b 2x4)

20.1

Yuvraj Singh to Ponting, no run, turn from outside off, Ponting leans out and defends

20.2

Yuvraj Singh to Ponting, no run, inviting dolly tossed up outside off, very wide and Ponting lets it go. Hmm.

20.3

Yuvraj Singh to Ponting, 3 runs, poor delivery, dropped really short and Ponting pumps the cut well in front of square. Desperation from Harbhajan running across from deep point and he manages to stop the boundary.

20.6

Yuvraj Singh to Ponting, 1 run, another rank-bad short delivery outside off, too wide for Ponting to cut and he again slaps into the covers with the kind of ugliness the ball deserves to be dealt with.

Australia 100/1   RT Ponting 26* (34b 2x4)

21.1

Patel to Ponting, 1 run, full delivery on off stump, Ponting drives easily to long off. Dhoni comes back up to the stumps.

Australia 101/1   RT Ponting 27* (35b 2x4)

22.1

Yuvraj Singh to Ponting, 1 run, too short from Yuvraj again, easy pickings for Ponting who steers the cut to deep point

22.3

Yuvraj Singh to Ponting, 1 run, that's the fourth successive short ball from Yuvraj to Ponting. Another cut for a single to deep point

Australia 108/1   RT Ponting 29* (37b 2x4)

23.1

Patel to Ponting, no run, legcutter straightens on off stump, Ponting pushes into the covers

23.2

Patel to Ponting, no run, slight change of pace, 120 kph full and looking for the lbw. Ponting seemed to come down on it a little late, but managed to defend to the leg side

23.3

Patel to Ponting, 2 runs, too straight, comes in with the angle, Ponting cheekily taps through square leg and runs like the wind for a couple

23.4

Patel to Ponting, 2 runs, another couple. Slow, back of a length ball outside off, Ponting opens the face as he steers through backward point. Enough time for two before Zaheer can get there and get a languid throw in.

23.5

Patel to Ponting, no run, slower ball on off stump, Ponting lunges forward in customary fashion and plays it out to mid off

23.6

Patel to Ponting, no run, ends with a smart legcutter on middle and off, Ponting carefully covers the line and defends

Australia 114/2   RT Ponting 33* (43b 2x4)

24.2

Yuvraj Singh to Ponting, no run, Raina is electric as always in the covers. Yuvraj flights one outside off and Ponting drives powerfully. A horizontal Raina intercepts

24.3

Yuvraj Singh to Ponting, no run, shortens the length. On off stump and going away, Ponting smothers the spin and eases it to spin.

24.4

Yuvraj Singh to Ponting, no run, middles the defensive push this time. Gets it out to point

24.5

Yuvraj Singh to Ponting, 1 run, Ponting drives past Raina this time and eventually gets the single. That moment of brilliance from Raina was worth three dot balls. That's what good fielding does for the team.

Australia 116/2   RT Ponting 34* (47b 2x4)

25.1

Patel to Ponting, no run, back of a length on the pads, Ponting defends to the leg side. Dhoni's menacing presence near the stumps makes things difficult for the batsmen.

25.2

Patel to Ponting, 1 run, width outside off, Ponting slams the square drive behind point for a single. Munaf has protection in the deep.

25.5

Patel to Ponting, 1 run, holds the length back outside off, Ponting camps on the back foot and punches through the covers for a single

Australia 119/2   RT Ponting 36* (50b 2x4)

26.4

Yuvraj Singh to Ponting, no run, well bowled and well fielded by Yuvraj. He gets one to drift in nicely and Ponting comes forward to drive past him. Yuvraj moves to his left quickly, dives and fields. Might have jammed a finger into the ground in the process. He is in some strife.

26.5

Yuvraj Singh to Ponting, 1 run, Ponting squeezes a single, with the spin past cover point for one

Australia 122/2   RT Ponting 37* (52b 2x4)

27.1

Patel to Ponting, 2 runs, top timing from Ponting. Short of a length outside off, Ponting lunges into an accomplished cover drive and gets a couple

27.2

Patel to Ponting, no run, loud appeal from Munaf, none from Dhoni. Will this be referred? Ian Chappell says he needs to be a damn good salesman to convince Dhoni to review this, and Dhoni has bought it. India have reviewed it. And that's a wasted review. Short of a length ball, lands on middle, holds its line, but its hit Ponting too high as he played back and looked to flick. Was missing the top of leg stump by a few inches.

27.3

Patel to Ponting, FOUR, vintage Ponting. Legcutter at 121 kph, Ponting seemed to read it even before Munaf sent it down. He seemed to have read it from Munaf's brain. He got into position to the length ball, moving that front foot into a lovely position and just launched it through the line, almost all the way over long on. Super shot.

27.4

Patel to Ponting, no run, shortens the length this time, Ponting plays back and defends carefully.

27.5

Patel to Ponting, no run, again Munaf holds the length back and Ponting plays from the crease defensively.

27.6

Patel to Ponting, 1 run, drives a full length ball on the pads to long on for a single, Munaf's few quiet overs may be out of the way. Dhoni might be mulling a bowling change here. Raina, may be?

Australia 129/2   RT Ponting 44* (58b 3x4)

28.1

Yuvraj Singh to Ponting, no run, tossed up on middle and leg and straightening, Ponting has jumped out of the crease, looking to flick and gets a leading edge to point

28.2

Yuvraj Singh to Ponting, 1 run, too short, Ponting rocks back in a flash and plays to deep point for a single

Australia 130/2   RT Ponting 45* (60b 3x4)

29.2

Tendulkar to Ponting, 1 run, hideously poor full toss on middle and off, Ponting could have hit that back to Tasmania if he wanted, but he's pulled it straight to midwicket

29.5

Tendulkar to Ponting, no run, another ripping leggie on leg stump, Ponting carefully defends as it breaks in.

29.6

Tendulkar to Ponting, 2 runs, he's tried to bowl a fellow legend round the legs. Ponting knows it well and does well to get bat on a paddle sweep to fine leg. Entertaining over, that!

Australia 138/2   RT Ponting 48* (63b 3x4)

30.2

Yuvraj Singh to Ponting, no run, too short, another poor ball wasted as Ponting cuts to cover

30.3

Yuvraj Singh to Ponting, 1 run, Raina in the way again. Full on off stump, Ponting drives into the covers and it's that man, horizontal Raina, flying into the path and deflecting it away. Single, all the same.

30.5

Yuvraj Singh to Ponting, no run, tossed up on off stump, Ponting defends to the off side

30.6

Yuvraj Singh to Ponting, 1 run, Ponting has 50. He's played within himself and found some form. Another inviting flighted ball on the stumps, Ponting eases it with the spin to deep cover for one more.

Australia 141/3   RT Ponting 50* (67b 3x4)

31.1

Khan to Ponting, 1 run, starts off round the wicket, full and angling in in search of reverse. Ponting lunges forward to play into the covers

31.3

Khan to Ponting, 1 run, slides down into Ponting's pads and he glances backward of square for a single

31.6

Khan to Ponting, 1 run, another slower ball, 120 kph, and Ponting clearly did not pick it. He was sucked into an early on-drive, and it looped away to land at the vacant mid on area.

Australia 146/3   RT Ponting 53* (70b 3x4)

32.1

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, 1 run, flat offie breaks in from outside off, Ponting works it from the crease wide of mid on for a single

32.4

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, 1 run, nice bowling, curls in from wide of the crease and breaks in sharply from outside off, but Ponting has the line covered as he nudges backward of square leg. Sehwag tumbles and saves.

Australia 149/3   RT Ponting 55* (72b 3x4)

33.1

Khan to Ponting, 1 run, fullish ball outside off, angled in from wide of the crease, Ponting walks into the cover drive and gets a single

33.5

Khan to Ponting, no run, bangs this one in from round the stumps, he goes back to defend

33.6

Khan to Ponting, 1 run, goes too full and down the leg side now, is flicked away to fine leg

Australia 152/4   RT Ponting 57* (75b 3x4)

34.1

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, 1 run, turning in, not short enough, but Ponting swivels and pulls it through square leg

34.3

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, no run, played out on the leg side off the front foot

34.4

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, FOUR, Harbhajan is not happy, Ponting went for the sweep to a flat and fast one, got it off the middle of the blade in front of square leg, but Yuvraj on the boundary barely moved to his left, even if he had, he didn't have any chance, it was struck so well, but the lack of any attempt riled Harbhajan

34.5

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, no run, played off the front foot on the leg side

34.6

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, no run, shuffles across and outside off stump, and punches it on the leg side

Australia 158/4   RT Ponting 62* (80b 4x4)

35.2

Kohli to Ponting, 1 run, driven down the ground this time to long on

35.6

Kohli to Ponting, 1 run, pushed out on the off side off the front foot

Australia 164/4   RT Ponting 64* (82b 4x4)

36.1

Yuvraj Singh to Ponting, no run, lunges forward to defend on the off side

36.2

Yuvraj Singh to Ponting, 1 run, spirits down the track, takes this one on the half volley, and eases it down to long off

36.6

Yuvraj Singh to Ponting, no run, comes down the track, gets to the pitch and creams the drive, but cannot get it past extra cover

Australia 166/4   RT Ponting 65* (85b 4x4)

37.5

Ashwin to Ponting, 1 run, played down the ground for a single

Australia 168/4   RT Ponting 66* (86b 4x4)

38.4

Yuvraj Singh to Ponting, SIX, Ricky Ponting shows how it is done, skips to the pitch of the ball, and lofts it with the turn over extra cover, all the way

38.5

Yuvraj Singh to Ponting, no run, some bounce for Yuvraj now from outside off, he manages to keep it down

38.6

Yuvraj Singh to Ponting, FOUR, Yuvraj ends his spell with a boundary, this is deja vu for India, Ponting is looking ominous now, goes back to a bouncing delivery, and cut hard, enough on the thick edge to beat short third man easily

Australia 180/4   RT Ponting 76* (89b 5x4 1x6)

39.3

Patel to Ponting, FOUR, Ponting swivels and dispatches a marginally short ball, on the leg stump, gets it backward of square leg

39.4

Patel to Ponting, no run, cramps him now with a length ball just around off stump, jabbed away off the back foot

39.5

Patel to Ponting, no run, tucks him up with a back of a length ball again around off stump, has him pushing out off the back foot

39.6

Patel to Ponting, no run, 133.1 kph, almost yorker length, dug out towards extra cover

Australia 185/4   RT Ponting 80* (93b 6x4 1x6)

40.3

Tendulkar to Ponting, 2 runs, the Sachin long hop arrives, full toss outside off stump, Ponting lifted it over extra cover, it is pulled back near the ropes

40.4

Tendulkar to Ponting, no run, strikes him on the pads, they go up in appeal, pitched outside leg

40.5

Tendulkar to Ponting, no run, in the blockhole, super delivery, dug out to the bowler

40.6

Tendulkar to Ponting, 1 run, turned towards Munaf at fine leg who saunters in, but they don't take the second

Australia 189/4   RT Ponting 83* (97b 6x4 1x6)

41.1

Khan to Ponting, 1 run, 120.4 kph fuller one on leg stump, eased down to long on

41.6

Khan to Ponting, no run, gets well forward to push to Raina at extra cover, David comes rushing for the single, Ponting sends him back

Australia 195/5   RT Ponting 84* (99b 6x4 1x6)

42.3

Ashwin to Ponting, 1 run, straighter one, but a touch short, he goes back and turns it wide of midwicket

42.5

Ashwin to Ponting, 1 run, collects another single on the off side off another shortish one

Australia 199/5   RT Ponting 86* (101b 6x4 1x6)

43.1

Khan to Ponting, no run, Ponting walks in to a very full delivery, takes it on the pads, Zaheer goes for the appeal, but he is not getting that one, India have no reviews, he was well down the track too

43.2

Khan to Ponting, no run, another full delivery, pins him in the crease, Ponting can't do anything with it other than dig it out

43.3

Khan to Ponting, 1 run, goes for yet another full one, gets it a bit outside off this time, and that allows him to ease it down to long off

Australia 200/5   RT Ponting 87* (104b 6x4 1x6)

44.2

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, FOUR, Ponting is oozing with confidence now, stands two feet outside leg to someone who has got him on numerous occasions, he tosses it up, and Ponting launches it through wide of long off

44.3

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, no run, good response from the bowler, fires one in on the stumps, Ponting looks to whip it away, misses, that was taking out the stumps, the umpire thought it wasnt. India have no reviews left

44.4

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, 1 wide, turns down the leg side, Ponting misses on the shot

44.4

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, 2 runs, whips one wide of long on, and David comes back for the second, good running

44.5

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, 1 run, sweeps this one backward of square leg

Australia 218/5   RT Ponting 94* (108b 7x4 1x6)

45.2

Khan to Ponting, 1 run, full again on the leg stump,this is the Ponting on old, flicks it elegantly off the pads through midwicket

45.4

Khan to Ponting, 2 runs, another low full toss on the leg stump, Ponting eases it through midwicket, that would have run in to the boundary, had Kohli not got a hand to it, running to his right

45.5

Khan to Ponting, 1 run, Zaheer has been full and on leg this over, once more, this time he misses out, flicking straight to square leg

Australia 225/5   RT Ponting 98* (111b 7x4 1x6)

46.2

Ashwin to Ponting, 1 run, tosses this one up slowly, Ponting comes forward and turns it on the leg side, on to 99

46.5

Ashwin to Ponting, 1 run, Ricky Ponting has stood up in style to the big occasion, swats away one on leg stump for the single, raises his bat to all-round applause

Australia 236/5   RT Ponting 100* (113b 7x4 1x6)

47.2

Khan to Ponting, 1 run, 131 kph, stops a bit on the batsman from a length, who adjusts to guide it to point

47.5

Khan to Ponting, 1 run, comes down the track, cannot get hold of a short delivery, but still manages to get it down to fine leg

Australia 241/5   RT Ponting 102* (115b 7x4 1x6)

48.1

Ashwin to Ponting, no run, charges down the track, it is slower through the air, looks to go over midwicket, the ball rolls away back towards the bowler

48.2

Ashwin to Ponting, 2 runs, goes for the big sweep, gets it off the inner edge backward of square leg

48.3

Ashwin to Ponting, OUT, Ponting lines up for the reverse hit, a rarity, but ends up hitting it straight to Zaheer at short third man, end of a magnificent innings from the Australia captain, raises his bat as he walks back

RT Ponting c Khan b Ashwin 104 (172m 118b 7x4 1x6) SR: 88.13

Australia 245/6   RT Ponting 104 (118b 7x4 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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