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)

5.1

Johnson to Sehwag, no run, ooh, whips in an inducker on middle at 138 kph and Sehwag looks to flick from the crease. Inside edge onto the pad.

5.2

Johnson to Sehwag, no run, good start from Mitch. The good Mitch has turned up, by the looks of it. 139 kph and no room to do anything. Sehwag politely pats to mid on from the crease.

5.3

Johnson to Sehwag, 1 wide, I might have spoken too early. Mitch whangs a wide down the leg side

5.3

Johnson to Sehwag, no run, back of a length, Sehwag again hangs back and defends down the track

5.4

Johnson to Sehwag, 3 runs, Sehwag cashes in on the first loose ball from Mitch. Length ball, curving in and ending on the pads, Sehwag whips through midwicket for three. Lee hares after it, slides and saves the fourth.

5.5

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, back of a length on off stump, Sachin gets half across and defends down the track again.

5.6

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, back of a length, wide outside off, Sachin lets it go to the keeper

India 34/0   MG Johnson 1-0-4-0

7.1

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, short cover in business. Sachin doesn't get completely across into the cover drive, and plays it a touch uppishly to short cover.

7.2

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, full on off stump and angling across, Sachin gets the full face behind it and drives to mid off

7.3

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, oho, 144 kph length ball outside off, Sachin looks to steer and it stays low. He crouches in a hurry, but the ball whizzes through to the keeper, under the bat

7.4

Johnson to Tendulkar, FOUR, pulled away. Emphatically. That's not been pulled, as much as yanked and shoved away. 146 kph bouncer, Sachin is so early into position that he plays it from middle and off line through the gap between midwicket and mid on.

7.5

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, fuller length on off stump, compact defence from Sachin towards mid off

7.6

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, over-pitched outside off at 144 kph and for once, Sachin mistimes a drive. Inside edged back down the track.

India 44/0   MG Johnson 2-0-8-0

9.1

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, whanged in on leg stump, short of a length and Sachin looks to whip around the corner. He can't get it away.

9.2

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, fuller and angling across at decent pace, Sachin gets onto the front foot and pushes into the covers

9.3

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, another front foot push from Sachin, he gets half forward to a length ball and plays sedately down the track

9.4

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, a feeler for the outside edge, 141 kph and dangled well wide, with a widish slip waiting. Sachin leaves, and is disappointed that it's not been wided.

9.5

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, fuller length well wide of off stump, Sachin goes down on a knee to play the square drive. Played into the turf, and an acrobatic stop by the man at short point. Bump ball. Doesn't fool too many people, but it fooled Ravi Shastri on air.

9.6

Johnson to Tendulkar, 1 run, India have 50, nudging a length ball on middle and leg towards midwicket for a single

India 50/1   MG Johnson 3-0-9-0

11.1

Johnson to Tendulkar, FOUR, Sachin plays the shot of the evening. Length ball on middle and angling across Sachin, who walks into position and whips it on the trot through midwicket.

11.2

Johnson to Tendulkar, FOUR, Sachin is bettering himself. He again makes the pace and room as Johnson keeps one on a length just outside off. Sachin steers it with the dexterity you would associate with Michael Shumacher in Monaco. Top shot, beats point. Beats third man.

11.3

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, fuller and on middle stump, Sachin defends from the crease, cautiously

11.4

Johnson to Tendulkar, 2 runs, not a very good ball, short and angling into the pads, Sachin nurdles it off the pads through backward square leg. Lee runs back from the circle to cut off the boundary.

11.5

Johnson to Tendulkar, no run, fuller length outside off, Sachin lets it go

11.6

Johnson to Tendulkar, 1 run, ominous timing from Sachin. Length ball outside off, Sachin moves the front foot into position and brings the bat down in the smoothest of arcs, bisecting the covers. Good thing for Australia there was protection in the deep

India 65/1   MG Johnson 4-0-20-0

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

32.2

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

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   MG Johnson 5-0-22-0

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.

34.4

Johnson to Dhoni, 1 run, full delivery outside off, Dhoni gets the foot half across and drops into the covers for a single

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   MG Johnson 6-0-23-0

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   MG Johnson 7-0-31-0

46.1

Johnson to Raina, FOUR, India are running home in a hurry. Johnson sends a bouncer down, but misses the line by a fraction. That's exactly what Raina is playing for when he hops inside the line to a bouncer. This one ends up to the right of his body and he glances it along, using Mitch's pace, and it screams away to fine leg.

46.2

Johnson to Raina, 1 run, short and fast outside off, Raina has things under control now. He opens the face of the bat and runs it down to third man for a single

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.

46.4

Johnson to Raina, 1 run, Raina backs away a touch, but Mitch follows him and Raina steers a short ball to deep backward point for a single

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.

46.6

Johnson to Raina, 2 runs, another Raina dink through the leg side. Mitch drops a short ball on the pads and Raina will keep tucking them there all day if he has to. There are no fielders there. Easy couple to India. The parties have started in the stands, says Ravi Shastri.

India 257/5   MG Johnson 8-0-41-0

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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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