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)

8.6

Watson to Gambhir, no run, nervy start from Gambhir. Looks to leave a back of length ball outside off as he stays rooted on the crease. Late decision to leave, the ball hits the face of the bat before he can drag it away, but the shot doesn't carry to the keeper

India 49/1   G Gambhir 0* (1b)

10.6

Watson to Gambhir, 1 wide, Watson sprays one well down the leg side and it is called a wide

10.6

Watson to Gambhir, no run, What's this going to be? Ponting takes a low dipping catch diving forward from square leg. Is it a bump ball? He says he doesn't know. It is being referred. Short ball, aimed at Gambhir's ribs but not much pace on it. Gambhir can't keep the nudge to the leg side down. It pops up, Ponting comes forward and dives forward. Oh, that's clearly bounced. Good old one-pitch catch. In gully cricket, Gambhir would have been out. Ponting might not have known, he was diving full length forward with the hands well in front.

India 54/1   G Gambhir 0* (2b)

12.3

Watson to Gambhir, 1 run, Gambhir looks to drive from the crease to a length ball and ends up getting a nervy inside edge past the leg stump.

India 67/1   G Gambhir 1* (3b)

13.1

Lee to Gambhir, no run, and right away beats Gautam with a 147.7 kph length ball from round the stumps that Gautam decides to have a poke at

13.2

Lee to Gambhir, no run, gets forward and tries to drive a fuller delivery, but cannot time it

13.3

Lee to Gambhir, no run, decides to have a go at a fuller delivery that shapes away late and is beaten again, was in no position for the drive, lucky he did not get an edge

13.4

Lee to Gambhir, 1 run, Lee gives him the shorter one, and he stands beside the line to guide it past the slips

13.6

Lee to Gambhir, 1 run, gets one where he likes it, fullish on the pads and right away flicks it in front of square

India 70/1   G Gambhir 3* (8b)

14.1

Watson to Gambhir, FOUR, Gautam charges down the track for that lofted shot over extra cover, and gets it off the middle of the blade, loud crack as it flies over the off side infield

14.2

Watson to Gambhir, no run, now he gets in to a tangle as he looks to work away a fullish delivery, rolls away down the track

14.3

Watson to Gambhir, no run, gets it to cut away from leg stump, and Gautam defends calmly off the back foot

14.4

Watson to Gambhir, 1 run, pushes a fuller one towards mid off, and rushes for the single, looked very tight initially, but he managed it comfortably in the end

14.6

Watson to Gambhir, no run, Gautam is living on the edge literally, fortunately he is not nicking these deliveries that are beating him outside off stump, another one is angled across and he decided to have a loose waft

India 76/1   G Gambhir 8* (13b 1x4)

15.3

Lee to Gambhir, no run, Gambhir is looking very edgy, nervy, tentative, pushes at one that goes off the edge perilously close to the stumps, bounces past them in the end

15.4

Lee to Gambhir, 1 wide, now he bangs one in from round the wicket, and Gambhir lets it go down the leg side

15.4

Lee to Gambhir, 1 run, punches at a length ball outside off and gets it down to third man

India 79/1   G Gambhir 9* (15b 1x4)

16.6

Tait to Gambhir, 1 wide, Haddin goes full stretch to his right to take a 148.4 kph screamer that Tait had bowled down the leg side

16.6

Tait to Gambhir, 1 run, gets some width outside off stump and flashes the full-blooded cut, too bad he gets only a single to third man for that

India 86/1   G Gambhir 10* (16b 1x4)

17.1

Krejza to Gambhir, 1 run, and right away Gautam is down the track and lofts him inside out towards sweeper cover

17.3

Krejza to Gambhir, 1 run, more turn, but outside off, going further away, cut to sweeper cover

17.5

Krejza to Gambhir, FOUR, this time he is not getting away with the short ball, Gambhir is quick to latch on to the pull and dismiss it through midwicket

17.6

Krejza to Gambhir, no run, better, fuller and played out on the off side

India 94/1   G Gambhir 16* (20b 2x4)

18.5

Tait to Gambhir, 1 no ball, lets one go outside off stump, Tait has overstepped this time, free hit coming up

18.5

Tait to Gambhir, 1 run, backs away, and goes for the cut to a shortish one, but not much power in the shot, and gets it down to third man on the bounce

India 97/2   G Gambhir 17* (22b 2x4)

19.2

Krejza to Gambhir, 1 run, almost gets him, looks to work a fuller one against the turn, and the leading edge goes in the air, but between cover and point

19.5

Krejza to Gambhir, 1 run, skips down the track, he bowls it a little wider, but gautam adjusts to push it to sweeper cover

India 102/2   G Gambhir 19* (24b 2x4)

20.1

Tait to Gambhir, 1 run, these two are sharp between the wickets, and pinch a quick one to mid on

20.4

Tait to Gambhir, 1 run, 152.7 kph fuller one slung in on the stumps, from round the wicket, he flicks it wide of midwicket

20.6

Tait to Gambhir, 2 runs, places the cut deftly wide of third man and past point to pick up a couple

India 108/2   G Gambhir 23* (27b 2x4)

21.2

Krejza to Gambhir, 1 run, tossed up outside off, but still not full enough, he backs away and cuts to sweeper cover

India 110/2   G Gambhir 24* (28b 2x4)

22.2

Clarke to Gambhir, 1 run, slowly bowled, turning in on leg stump, calmly nudged to short fine leg

22.6

Clarke to Gambhir, 1 run, Gautam gets the single this time, working it away to deep square leg

India 115/2   G Gambhir 26* (30b 2x4)

23.1

Krejza to Gambhir, no run, oops, what was that, flighted on leg stump, Gautam looked to push with the turn, but this one jagged away sharply to leave him in a mess, and just missed off stump

23.2

Krejza to Gambhir, 1 run, this time gets the single down the ground

23.5

Krejza to Gambhir, no run, he skips down the track, and the ball almost sneaks past, just got the bat down in time

23.6

Krejza to Gambhir, 1 run, shouts from the fielders as Gautam drives inside out in the air to sweeper cover

India 118/2   G Gambhir 28* (34b 2x4)

24.1

Clarke to Gambhir, no run, turned in to the leg side off the front foot

24.2

Clarke to Gambhir, 1 run, down the track, to the pitch, and pushes for the single to long on

24.4

Clarke to Gambhir, 1 run, worked in to the leg side for another run

24.6

Clarke to Gambhir, 1 run, that's the way to go about it, yet another single, down the ground to long on, calmly done

India 123/2   G Gambhir 31* (38b 2x4)

25.1

Krejza to Gambhir, 2 runs, down the track, takes it on the full, and hits it through midwicket, but not enough power to beat the man running in from deep midwicket

25.2

Krejza to Gambhir, 1 run, trying to get the big turn from leg stump, too full again and worked away for a single on the leg side

25.4

Krejza to Gambhir, 2 runs, leaves the crease and drives inside out with the turn wide of long off to pick up a couple

25.5

Krejza to Gambhir, no run, some tangle he gets in to now, this one pitches on leg and straightens to strike him high on the pad

25.6

Krejza to Gambhir, no run, Gautam is looking very eager to take toll of every ball, almost yorks himself as he charges to meet this fuller delivery, ball rolls away on the off side

India 129/2   G Gambhir 36* (43b 2x4)

26.2

DJ Hussey to Gambhir, 1 run, fuller now, and worked towards square leg, there is no one there, midwicket charges to field

26.5

DJ Hussey to Gambhir, no run, some turn for David, bounce too, played uncertainly on the off side

26.6

DJ Hussey to Gambhir, no run, played out on the off side, this time there is no single

India 132/2   G Gambhir 37* (46b 2x4)

27.2

Clarke to Gambhir, 1 run, angles across the left-hander, tapped away late towards point, deft

27.5

Clarke to Gambhir, 1 run, worked in front of square leg

India 140/2   G Gambhir 39* (48b 2x4)

28.1

DJ Hussey to Gambhir, no run, defended off the front foot calmly

28.2

DJ Hussey to Gambhir, 1 run, guided towards point, they take on the fielder and get the single easily

India 143/2   G Gambhir 40* (50b 2x4)

29.1

Krejza to Gambhir, 2 runs, Gambhir shimmies down the track, gets to the pitch of an offie on off stump and powers it through extra cover for a couple. He's looking good against spin.

29.2

Krejza to Gambhir, 1 run, short of a length on the pads, Gambhir stays back and taps to square leg. 150 up.

29.5

Krejza to Gambhir, no run, Gambhir jumps out again, real early, Krejza sees him and holds it back and gets it to grip and turn away. Gambhir is left stranded mid-pitch, groping for it, but manages to stab it away.

29.6

Krejza to Gambhir, 1 run, again he trots out, but this time it is very full on the pads and he heaves to the leg side for one

India 156/3   G Gambhir 44* (54b 2x4)

30.1

DJ Hussey to Gambhir, 1 run, Hussey tosses it up on the pads, Gambhir gets inside the line and nudges to square leg

30.3

DJ Hussey to Gambhir, no run, Gambhir is fidgetting all around the crease, this time he backs away and looks for the cut, but ends up defending as Hussey fires it in straight.

30.4

DJ Hussey to Gambhir, no run, down the track, gets to the pitch and cover drives well, but can't beat the infield

30.5

DJ Hussey to Gambhir, no run, pushes a length ball to mid off, Yuvraj wants one, but Gambhir doesn't

30.6

DJ Hussey to Gambhir, no run, plays back to another sharp armer that comes in, and Gambhir manages to stab away through backward point for one

India 158/3   G Gambhir 45* (59b 2x4)

31.3

Krejza to Gambhir, 1 run, uppish but safely so. Tossed up outside off, Gambhir looks to play the inside out carve over point and gets it out to the outfield.

31.5

Krejza to Gambhir, 2 runs, Gambhir does his sashay down the pitch and pick up with the spin again, more control this time as he spoons it to deep extra cover for two more.

31.6

Krejza to Gambhir, 1 run, single to end the over as Gambhir waits for a back of length ball on off stump and guides again through point

India 166/3   G Gambhir 49* (62b 2x4)

32.1

Johnson to Gambhir, 1 run, 50 for Gambhir, his third in the World Cup. And he's apparently not in form, according to some. Full length ball outside off, seemed to be going away as Gambhir covered the line and opened the face to steer through point

32.6

Johnson to Gambhir, no run, similar ball to Gambhir, who also leaps onto the backfoot to leap and drop it down

India 168/3   G Gambhir 50* (64b 2x4)

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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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