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)

31.2

Khan to MEK Hussey, 1 run, Mike is away. Slow yorker at 118 kph outside off and Mike pushes it away into the covers, and in a muddle of fast-moving of feet gets across to the other end.

31.4

Khan to MEK Hussey, no run, smart ball, back of a length and no room outside off, Mike looks to drop to the off side and gets a single, but Dhoni has an extra fielder in the circle to cut the single off

31.5

Khan to MEK Hussey, 1 run, the first hint of reverse. Zaheer gets one to tail in at 138 kph, and Mike inside-edges the on-drive to midwicket.

Australia 145/3   MEK Hussey 2* (3b)

32.2

Harbhajan Singh to MEK Hussey, no run, back of a length outside off, Mike works it with the spin to point

32.3

Harbhajan Singh to MEK Hussey, 1 run, needs to flight the ball more. Mike plays back and whips easily against the spin to midwicket for one

32.5

Harbhajan Singh to MEK Hussey, no run, finally he brings Mike forward and gets him to push it with the spin to the covers

32.6

Harbhajan Singh to MEK Hussey, no run, lovely ball. Harbhajan draws Mike out of the crease with loop and sharp spin. Mike is a master, though he's beaten and his back foot came out as he looked to defend, he was alert to push it back into the crease before Dhoni could effect a stumping.

Australia 149/3   MEK Hussey 3* (7b)

33.2

Khan to MEK Hussey, no run, nice nip from Zaheer, gets one to go away from Mike. He fishes for it from the crease, neither forward nor back, and nearly feathers it.

33.3

Khan to MEK Hussey, OUT, Zaheer does it again. It's again that mystery bare-knuckle slower ball. It's the latest invention from the Zaheer labs. Instead of getting fore-finger and middle-finger behind the seam, he gets the middle finger alone behind the ball and pushes it through with the knuckle of the fore-finger, which is to the right of the ball. Hence, there is a subtle change in pace, that the batsman can't read out of the hand unless he has binoculars. Hussey doesn't. The knuckle ends up pushing the ball in and also helps it move in after landing on the turf. Devon Smith got it the other day, and played all over it. Exactly how Mr. Cricket just did. 118 kph, flummoxes the batsman all ends up and castles him as he heaves the flick and misses. Zaheer spreads his arms on either side, breaks into a smile and trots along as his team-mates converge. Motera loves it.

MEK Hussey b Khan 3 (15m 9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

Australia 150/4   MEK Hussey 3 (9b)

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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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