ICC Cricket World Cup, 2nd Quarter-Final: India v Australia at Ahmedabad, Mar 24, 2011
ICC Cricket World Cup - 2nd quarter final
India won by 5 wickets (with 14 balls remaining)
24 March 2011 - day/night match (50-over match)

Watson to Sehwag, 1 run, length ball at 131 kph, the drop in pace is telling. Sehwag whips off the pads through midwicket for a single


Watson to Tendulkar, no run, short of a length just outside off, Sachin again gets across to off stump and defends


Watson to Tendulkar, no run, over-pitched on off stump, Sachin leans into a square drive and finds point. Good timing, but the placement wasn't there.


Watson to Tendulkar, FOUR, many a slip between cup and lip, but none standing next to Haddin. Watson's slow legcutter gets Sachin's outside edge as he drives away from the body. The ball goes agonisingly far enough from Haddin. No slips to take it.


Watson to Tendulkar, no run, full and angled into the pads, Sachin flicks straight to wide mid on


Watson to Tendulkar, 1 run, 134 kph, back of a length outside off and cutting into Sachin who makes room and powers the back foot drive wide of point. They think of two today, but no luck.

India 40/0   SR Watson 1-0-6-0

Watson to Sehwag, OUT, Sehwag is gone. He hasn't looked his best through this innings. Watson has got him with a bouncer that wasn't very high on pace, but was spot on with its direction. It angled in from outside off, cramping Sehwag for room as it came in, but he still looked to pull. The top edge ballooned up and landed in Hussey's hands at square leg, running back inside the circle. Huge wicket for Australia. I reckon, the huger one is at the other end though.

V Sehwag c MEK Hussey b Watson 15 (46m 22b 2x4 0x6) SR: 68.18


Watson to Tendulkar, no run, length ball outside off, Sachin looks to play back and steer, but can't get it away


Watson to Tendulkar, FOUR, Sachin's timed a cover drive so well that Lee from mid off gives up the chase. Slower ball, over-pitched outside off, Sachin gets the front foot gingerly into line and coaxes it through the covers. Narendra Modi, in the stands, (google for more info), applauds.


Watson to Tendulkar, no run, lets the next one go outside off, fuller length and Sachin shoulders arms.


Watson to Tendulkar, 1 run, Sachin pinches a single, tapping a length ball outside off with an angled face to point. Direct hit comes in, but they complete the single in time.


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   SR Watson 2-0-11-1

Watson to Tendulkar, no run, Watson keeps things tight. Full on off, Sachin drives firmly back down the track and Watson fields well on his follow through. Gambhir was backing up a long way.


Watson to Tendulkar, no run, back of a length on the pads, Sachin turns it away to the leg side quietly


Watson to Tendulkar, 2 runs, over-pitched on the pads at 129 kph, Sachin tickles it away off the toes through square leg for a couple more.


Watson to Tendulkar, no run, another outside edge. Watson sends in a dobbler that nips away at 126 kph, and Sachin looks to open the face and steer. The legcutter takes the outside edge, but lands well short of slip.


Watson to Tendulkar, 1 run, Sachin hangs back on the crease to a back of a length ball outside off and guides in front of point for a single


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


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   SR Watson 3-0-15-1

Watson to Tendulkar, no run, over-pitched on off, Sachin times the straight drive well and Watson does well to field on his follow through


Watson to Tendulkar, 1 run, bouncer outside off, Sachin seemed to know it a year in advance, moving across to off stump and hanging back in the crease. He rolls his wrists and plays the pull down to deep midwicket


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.


Watson to Tendulkar, no run, ooh, nice offcutter from Watson comes in sharply as Sachin looks to push the front pad outside the line. He is rapped on the move, but outside the line. Not given. Not referred.


Watson to Tendulkar, no run, offcutter coming in from outside off, Sachin belatedly looks to whip through mid on, but finds the fielder


Watson to Tendulkar, no run, Watson is bowling some canny stuff here, another buzzing offcutter than gives Sachin the illusion of room before curving in, and he inside edges the on-the-knee steer onto the pads.

India 67/1   SR Watson 4-0-17-1

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


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


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


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


Watson to Tendulkar, 1 run, guided to third man off the back foot, that was wide outside off stump


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   SR Watson 5-0-23-1

Watson to Raina, 1 run, back of a length on the leg stump, worked to the leg side for a single


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


Watson to Raina, 1 run, Raina shuffles across like a card dealer in Las Vegas would. Gets prone on middle stump but works it in front of square leg for one


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.


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.


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

India 229/5   SR Watson 6-0-30-1

Watson to Raina, 1 run, length ball from Watson on the leg stump, Raina looks to muscle it over deep square leg, but doesn't time it so well. Just as well, on the bounce to the man in the deep.


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


Watson to Raina, 1 run, another bouncer at Raina, he somehow manages to redirect it to midwicket for a single


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.


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


Watson to Raina, 1 run, Raina gets one more, stays on the back foot but whips in front of square easily for a single.

India 239/5   SR Watson 7-0-37-1





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