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)

22.6

Yuvraj Singh to Clarke, no run, and he prances out of the crease first ball. Yuvraj sees him and holds the length back. Clarke has to adjust and get across to cover the line. Defended to the off side.

Australia 110/2   MJ Clarke 0* (1b)

24.1

Yuvraj Singh to Clarke, 1 run, short of a length on off stump, Clarke gets off the mark easily since long on is back. He punches to the deep and sets off

24.6

Yuvraj Singh to Clarke, no run, another dot ball to end the over, Clarke can't get the cut past point.

Australia 116/2   MJ Clarke 1* (3b)

25.3

Patel to Clarke, no run, Clarke nudges off the pads, gets past short midwicket, but not mid on.

25.4

Patel to Clarke, 1 run, length ball outside off, Clarke controls the push into the covers for a single

25.6

Patel to Clarke, 1 run, slips the last ball on the pads, but the length is disciplined enough to ensure Clarke can't get freebies. Nudged to square leg for a single. Dhoni is indeed getting some quiet overs out of Munaf at the moment.

Australia 120/2   MJ Clarke 3* (6b)

26.1

Yuvraj Singh to Clarke, no run, angling in from wide of the crease, Clarke defends off the front foot as it straightens

26.2

Yuvraj Singh to Clarke, no run, Clarke skips out, works with the angle to an alert Kohli at midwicket.

26.3

Yuvraj Singh to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke again skips out, this time conscious to get the on drive straighter. Single to long on.

26.6

Yuvraj Singh to Clarke, no run, arm ball, Clarke did not pick it as he went back for the punch to the off side and ended up heaving to Kohli at mid on, who cuts off any hopes of a single. Occasional sparks on the field from India.

Australia 122/2   MJ Clarke 4* (10b)

28.3

Yuvraj Singh to Clarke, no run, Clarke's missed out on a long hop, carving a short ball straight to Kohli at cover

28.4

Yuvraj Singh to Clarke, 2 leg byes, sliding along with the angle, Clarke gets something on it down towards fine leg

28.5

Yuvraj Singh to Clarke, no run, slow and loopy outside off, Clarke skips out, gets the front foot across to the pitch and pushes to the off side

28.6

Yuvraj Singh to Clarke, 1 run, drifts into the pads to end the over, Clarke picks him with the angle through wide mid on for a single

Australia 133/2   MJ Clarke 5* (14b)

29.1

Tendulkar to Clarke, 1 run, leggie to start off outside leg as the batsman hops out and works it to long on for one

29.3

Tendulkar to Clarke, no run, whoa! He's bowled the ball of the day! Drifts in towards outside leg stump, lands, grips and breaks right past the face of the bat. Clarke looks flummoxed. Hasn't seen such spin since he faced Warne in the nets.

29.4

Tendulkar to Clarke, 1 run, full toss. What a mixed bag. Clarke bunts to long on for one.

Australia 136/2   MJ Clarke 7* (17b)

30.1

Yuvraj Singh to Clarke, 1 run, Yuvraj loops one on middle and leg, Clarke drives to long on for a single

30.4

Yuvraj Singh to Clarke, OUT, uhoh, Clarke has played the worst shot of the day. India's best spinner in this World Cup has taken another wicket. Flighted ball on leg stump, Clarke looks to play an ugly slog-swipe, across the line and completely out of character, against the spin, and indeed the run of play. He got the front foot across, was inside the line and then top-edged the shot since it was very full. He was probably looking for the gap between long on and midwicket. Zaheer takes it in the outfield at midwicket. Nicely judged running take.

MJ Clarke c Khan b Yuvraj Singh 8 (30m 19b 0x4 0x6) SR: 42.10

Australia 140/3   MJ Clarke 8 (19b)

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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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