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)

28.4

DJ Hussey to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, another full toss! Another heave over the leg side, but Yuvraj gets well under it and slams it over midwicket. Just. He's away with a boundary.

28.5

DJ Hussey to Yuvraj Singh, no run, faster ball, fired in at 97 kph outside off, Yuvraj just lets it go

28.6

DJ Hussey to Yuvraj Singh, no run, Hussey slips in the armer, Yuvraj misses as he plays for the turn and is struck, but that might have been sliding down the leg side

India 147/3   Yuvraj Singh 4* (3b 1x4)

29.3

Krejza to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, Yuvraj has played this paddle sweep well in this World Cup. It's not a shot he played much previously, but boy he's hitting them alright. Krejza drops this well outside leg, the bat comes over it from cover and swipes it easily through to fine leg

29.4

Krejza to Yuvraj Singh, 1 leg bye, fired in fast and full, Yuvraj misses the whip and gets a leg bye to the leg side

India 155/3   Yuvraj Singh 8* (5b 2x4)

30.2

DJ Hussey to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, tossed up outside off, Yuvraj seems to mean business, huge follow through as he check drives to long off for one

India 158/3   Yuvraj Singh 9* (6b 2x4)

31.1

Krejza to Yuvraj Singh, 2 runs, Yuvraj is looking good, camps on the back foot for Krejza's offie to come on around off stump and then whips easily through midwicket

31.2

Krejza to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, on the back foot again, punched with the spin through mid off for one.

31.4

Krejza to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, heart in mouth moment for Yuvraj. Sweeps a delivery from outside off, against the turn, with a man in the deep and gets a top edge that hangs in the air for ever. When it comes down behind square leg, it lands in vacant real estate

India 163/3   Yuvraj Singh 13* (9b 2x4)

32.2

Johnson to Yuvraj Singh, no run, through Yuvraj. Oohs and aahs from the crowd. He neither gets forward nor stays back and pokes at a length ball that comes in with the angle from amidships. Misses the inside edge and the stumps.

32.3

Johnson to Yuvraj Singh, no run, tight line from Mitch, no reverse yet. Holds its line from short of a length and Yuvraj defends to point from the crease

32.4

Johnson to Yuvraj Singh, no run, oh boy, Gambhir escapes. Ponting misses the stumps. Full on the toes, Yuvraj times the flick really well and Gambhir took off, but Yuvraj had hit it straight to Ponting at midwicket. He lines up a throw and lets fly. Gambhir had given up. Miss and he survives.

32.5

Johnson to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, short ball, cramping Yuvraj for room and tucking him up, he does well to jump and nudge to the leg side for one

India 168/3   Yuvraj Singh 14* (13b 2x4)

33.1

DJ Hussey to Yuvraj Singh, no run, this is horrendous running. Complete communication breakdown, says Sanjay Manjrekar. Arm ball on the stumps, Yuvraj plays all around it and it pops away to the leg side. Gambhir starts and stops. Yuvraj starts and stops. The throw goes to the batter's end. Should have gone to the other end.

33.2

DJ Hussey to Yuvraj Singh, OUT, infantile running. Gambhir is gone. That was even more horrendous. Not sure what was happening there again. Yuvraj guides a ball outside off backward of square, very fine on the off side. The ball went nowhere, and first slip was after it. Gambhir wants a single and runs three-fourths of the way down the track. Yuvraj hasn't budged. Not sure what Gambhir was thinking. He turned and then gave up, he didn't have a chance anyway. Gambhir just looks miffed with Yuvraj, as he bad-mouths on the way back. The fault was entirely his.

G Gambhir run out 50 (116m 64b 2x4 0x6) SR: 78.12

33.3

DJ Hussey to Yuvraj Singh, no run

33.4

DJ Hussey to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, this match is alive. India are stuttering for no reason. Yuvraj is early into a chip into the off side and it is nearly played right back at Hussey who puts the right arm out on his follow through. Too far away though.

33.6

DJ Hussey to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, Yuvraj nudges a full ball to midwicket, lots of chatter even before they get a single to a vacabt midwicket area.

India 171/4   Yuvraj Singh 16* (18b 2x4)

34.1

Johnson to Yuvraj Singh, no run, top delivery from Mitch, bouncer that curls away in the air after landing. Yuvraj looks out of his range as he weaves on the back foot as it goes away.

34.2

Johnson to Yuvraj Singh, no run, fuller delivery on off, Yuvraj gingerly gets onto the front foot and pushes to mid off.

34.3

Johnson to Yuvraj Singh, 1 leg bye, over-pitched and slanted onto the pads, Yuvraj looks to whip and it runs away backward of square leg for one. Off the pads.

34.5

Johnson to Yuvraj Singh, no run, Mitch is making Yuvraj look ordinary. He lands one back of a length on the seam and gets it to jar away as Yuvraj gropes inside the line.

34.6

Johnson to Yuvraj Singh, no run, Yuvraj goes fishing outside off again, and misses. Looked to steer to third man, and just as well for him that he didn't get bat on it.

India 173/4   Yuvraj Singh 16* (23b 2x4)

35.3

DJ Hussey to Yuvraj Singh, no run, back of a length on off and middle, Yuvraj defends from the crease

35.4

DJ Hussey to Yuvraj Singh, no run, full toss on off stump, Yuvraj misses out, completely mistiming the cover drive and he gets it out to point

35.5

DJ Hussey to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, Hussey escapes with a poor ball, short and going down the leg side, Yuvraj looks to paddle-pull to fine leg, but Ponting at short fine leg is on it. Today, Ponting has been everywhere!

India 179/4   Yuvraj Singh 17* (26b 2x4)

36.1

Johnson to Yuvraj Singh, 2 runs, imprint lbw delivery, full and tailing into the pads, but Yuvraj manages to get the bat down at the last moment and flick to deep square leg. Lee cleans up as they get a second.

36.2

Johnson to Yuvraj Singh, no run, short ball, Yuvraj is readily on the back foot and hops back to the 143 kph bumper to drop it to the leg side

36.3

Johnson to Yuvraj Singh, no run, there are no fish in the Kankaria lake in Ahmedabad, but Yuvraj is really fishing hard. Another lazy flail at a back of length ball outside off, swish and a miss.

36.4

Johnson to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, and you wonder why he does that fishing thing, when he can play shots like these. 143 kph delivery angling into the pads, Yuvraj gets the front foot into line and thumps it through the line, between the bowler and mid on. Right out of the screws, as they say.

36.5

Johnson to Yuvraj Singh, 2 runs, another good shot as Mitch again searches for the lbw, with one angling into the pads, Yuvraj whips it backward of square and Lee puts in a huge effort at deep backward square leg to save four.

36.6

Johnson to Yuvraj Singh, no run, ooh, Mitch gets one to nip in a touch as Yuvraj pushes outside the line and looks to defend. Bat first? Pad first? No appeal.

India 187/4   Yuvraj Singh 25* (32b 3x4)

38.1

Tait to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, short ball aimed at the body, Yuvraj hops back and whips through square leg for one. Could have been two. Poor running.

38.3

Tait to Yuvraj Singh, no run, another short ball, Yuvraj jumps up and back in the crease and defends to the off side

38.4

Tait to Yuvraj Singh, no run, late swing, full at 151 kph and curving away from middle and leg towards off. Yuvraj squeezes it off the outside half of the bat to point

38.5

Tait to Yuvraj Singh, no run, still can't get the single. Tait keeps it short from round the wicket, Yuvraj looks to steer backward of point but finds the fielder

38.6

Tait to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, Yuvraj's hit a stunning boundary here. Somewhat risky and in the air, but he seemed to know what he was doing. Tait gives him just enough width outside off to get under and crack it over point. It nearly carries all the way, a couple of metres inside the ropes.

India 193/5   Yuvraj Singh 30* (37b 4x4)

39.3

Lee to Yuvraj Singh, 1 wide, Lee slips one too far wide outside off.

39.3

Lee to Yuvraj Singh, no run, aha, swing and a miss. Oohs and aahs! Yuvraj sets up a strong base on leg stump line and looks to go up and over the off side. The ball whizzes past, short of a length.

39.4

Lee to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, top shot from Yuvraj. India are turning it back to an even keel. How did he get that away? That was a stunning yorker from Lee. Coming in from wide of the crease and ending on off stump, at the toes. Yuvraj calmly comes down on it, and opens the face to send it scurrying fine of third man. How?!

39.5

Lee to Yuvraj Singh, no run, aha, back of a length, Yuvraj pushes to cover. Raina wants one, is sent back and dives in before the throw comes in.

39.6

Lee to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, sensational counter-punch this from Yuvraj. He knows momentum is everything in this chase now. Short of a length ball outside off, Yuvraj is on the front foot as he walks into a murderous carve over cover point.

India 207/5   Yuvraj Singh 38* (41b 6x4)

40.2

Tait to Yuvraj Singh, 2 runs, overthrows now. It's all happening. Yuvraj calmly taps a length ball to the off side and they run a single. The throw is horrendous. Haddin doesn't collect. They get a second. Ponting thinks they should not have run, since Raina was in Haddin's way. Doesn't seem to really have a case.

40.3

Tait to Yuvraj Singh, 5 wides, Tait's gifted five more and an extra ball. He's slanted this a mile outside off. Haddin can't collect.

40.3

Tait to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, slower ball at 127 kph. Yuvraj spots it and taps to cover point for a single.

India 216/5   Yuvraj Singh 41* (43b 6x4)

41.1

Krejza to Yuvraj Singh, no run, tossed up outside off, driven carefully to cover. A rare dot ball.

41.2

Krejza to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, smart play from Yuvraj. Short of a length on middle and leg, he taps it to the vacant midwicket region for one

India 221/5   Yuvraj Singh 42* (45b 6x4)

42.2

Watson to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, short ball on the pads, Yuvraj quietly tucks it to midwicket for a single

42.4

Watson to Yuvraj Singh, no run, hmm, straight and slowish, Yuvraj is early on the forcing shot through on side and just keeps it down.

42.5

Watson to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, you have to feel for Lee. He's made a monumental effort at fine leg, but it is still four. Short ball on leg stump, Yuvraj gets inside the line and plays down on it, the pull hurries down to fine leg. Lee runs a mile to his left and then dives full length. He gets a hand on the ball, but the ball bounces up and hits him in the eye. The man doesn't even flinch. He watches in agony as the ball rolls away from him, and inevitably to the boundary. Lee is up, he has blood gushing out of a cut to the right of his right eye. What a player. He's away for some repair work now.

42.6

Watson to Yuvraj Singh, no run, back of a length on off stump, Yuvraj plays it calmly into the covers

India 229/5   Yuvraj Singh 47* (49b 7x4)

43.2

Krejza to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, on Yuvraj's pads, he dinks another easy single to square leg

43.5

Krejza to Yuvraj Singh, no run, huge spin, lands on leg and more than straightens. Yuvraj is almost opened up as he turns the bat too early.

43.6

Krejza to Yuvraj Singh, no run, short but no turn, hurries along as Yuvraj looks to cut. Bottom edged onto the turf.

India 232/5   Yuvraj Singh 48* (52b 7x4)

44.2

Watson to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, Yuvraj runs in like a fiend. Defends a length ball to David Hussey and mid off, runs like a man possessed and dives like Ian Thorpe, full on and into the crease. Would have made his ground if it had hit. It didn't

44.4

Watson to Yuvraj Singh, 2 runs, Fifty to Yuvraj. Each run has come under immense pressure. Fourth fifty of the World Cup. Length ball on the pads, Yuvraj is inside the line and hops onto the back foot as he nudges to deep backward square leg for a couple.

44.5

Watson to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, he's doing it easily at the moment. This is top-notch one-day batting on display. Length ball angling across him, Yuvraj opens the face of the bat as he dabs to third man for one more

India 238/5   Yuvraj Singh 52* (55b 7x4)

45.3

Lee to Yuvraj Singh, no run, bouncer at 146.9 kph, he does his best to hustle Yuvraj into the corner, but Yuvraj leaps back in the crease and defends towards point. He had that under complete control.

45.4

Lee to Yuvraj Singh, no run, another short ball, at 143 kph and targetted at the body. Yuvraj stays put on the crease and defends down the track

45.5

Lee to Yuvraj Singh, no run, Lee has not given up. He sends down a skidding yorker, and Yuvraj plays forward to it and ends up meeting it on the full. Just as well, the outside edge takes it away from the stumps and then it thuds into the turf on the way to Haddin.

45.6

Lee to Yuvraj Singh, no run, back of a length to end the over, Yuvraj is completely focused - no pressure on him despite playing four successive dot balls. He works it to the leg side of the pitch and stays put in the crease.

India 246/5   Yuvraj Singh 52* (59b 7x4)

46.3

Johnson to Yuvraj Singh, 1 leg bye, slanting into the pads, Yuvraj gets some pad on it as he looks to flick. Leg bye. India get closer.

46.5

Johnson to Yuvraj Singh, 1 wide, the crowd is delirious. Mitch slants another wide down the leg side. Ponting looks gutted. India are taking this away.

46.5

Johnson to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, slow and back of a length outside off, Yuvraj looks to guide backward of point and he gets an inside edge onto the pads for a single into the off side.

India 255/5   Yuvraj Singh 53* (61b 7x4)

47.1

Lee to Yuvraj Singh, no run, Lee is still not giving up. Yorker at 139 kph on off stump, Yuvraj looks to deflect it to third man but finds point

47.2

Lee to Yuvraj Singh, no run, another yorker on middle and leg, Yuvraj can't get anything under it as he drives straight to mid off

47.3

Lee to Yuvraj Singh, no run, another yorker, marginally off-line, ends up on the toes and Yuvraj could have flicked through backward square leg but couldn't get it away.

47.4

Lee to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, a poetic moment for the Indian fans. Australia's reign has ended. The crowd has lost it. Yuvraj is on the turf, mid-pitch, arms aloft, looking up at the sky and then waving his bat away in a frenzy of emotions. And just as well. We will have new World Champions, for the first time since 1999. Length ball on off stump, Yuvraj wanted to do it at one go, he backed away marginally and caned it through the covers. Everything is a blur. Australia are out. India will play Pakistan in Mohali.

India 261/5   Yuvraj Singh 57* (65b 8x4)

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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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