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)

1.1

Khan to Haddin, no run, on a length and across the batsman, doesn't bounce much outside off and is played away towards extra cover

1.2

Khan to Haddin, 1 run, pushes at one angled even wider across him, and gets a thick edge past slips down to third man

1.3

Khan to Watson, no run, gets him to drive off the front foot with a length ball outside off, goes straight to extra cover

1.4

Khan to Watson, no run, Watson with that late dab that gets him so many runs down to third man, but Dhoni has a gully in place, and he takes it on the bounce

1.5

Khan to Watson, no run, 134.1 kph, just short of a length, and takes off a bit more than Watson expected, he had a push at it outside off, and was beaten

1.6

Khan to Watson, no run, comes forward, staying slightly beside the line of one going across him, and pushes out to point

Australia 4/0   Z Khan 1-0-1-0

3.1

Khan to Haddin, no run, Haddin with that back-outside-leg-and-target-extra-cover shot, but mistimes it to mid off

3.2

Khan to Haddin, no run, 136.8 kph darts in with the angle from back of a length, he is some way outside leg stump, and takes it high on the pad

3.3

Khan to Haddin, no run, for the third time in succession, Haddin gets outside leg stump, and this time connects with the shot, but Kohli at short extra cover grabs the ball, and fires in the throw at Watson's end, who had to put in the dive quickly

3.4

Khan to Haddin, 1 run, gets outside the line of this one angled in, and whips it away to Sachin at fine leg

3.5

Khan to Watson, no run, comes forward and middles the ball with a loud crack, it races away to extra cover

3.6

Khan to Watson, FOUR, 123.6 kph slower one cutting in, but the line was on leg stump, and Watson picked it neatly in front of square leg, again a boundary off the last ball of the over

Australia 14/0   Z Khan 2-0-6-0

5.1

Khan to Haddin, 1 run, comes in with the angle from round the stumps, he brings down his bat at an angle as well. and gets an inside edge on the leg side

5.2

Khan to Watson, no run, the Watson forward defence, bat and pad tightly close together, comes forward solidly and blocks off the middle of the bat

5.3

Khan to Watson, no run, and again he defends off the front foot, but with a slightly open face to play out the length ball towards point

5.4

Khan to Watson, no run, back of a length this time, and he stays in the crease to push it towards mid off

5.5

Khan to Watson, FOUR, slightly over pitched, and at that angle from round the stumps, it is enough for Watson, lets it comes on and whips it in to the gap past short midwicket and mid on, lovely timing, no movement whatsoever for the bowler

5.6

Khan to Watson, no run, no boundary off the last ball this time, Watson is done for the over, shuts up shop with a perfect forward defensive around off stump

Australia 24/0   Z Khan 3-0-11-0

7.1

Khan to Watson, no run, no movement or anything for the fast bowler, Watson plonks front foot forward and bashes this length ball to mid on

7.2

Khan to Watson, FOUR, well, is it possible to use the angle from round the stumps any better, gets front leg across and sweeps this one past Sachin who is in the circle at fine leg

7.3

Khan to Watson, no run, thumped off the front foot this time, this looks like a good toss to win, mid off fields

7.4

Khan to Watson, no run, slightly back of a length around middle and leg, played out calmly towards mid on

7.5

Khan to Watson, no run, works a length ball with the angle to midwicket, Watson is looking in no trouble at all

7.6

Khan to Watson, 1 run, they take on Harbhajan at mid off, it was firmly pushed off the front foot, and they went for the run, direct hit would have had Haddin in some bother, Harbhajan has hands on his wide white hat

Australia 37/0   Z Khan 4-0-16-0

31.1

Khan to Ponting, 1 run, starts off round the wicket, full and angling in in search of reverse. Ponting lunges forward to play into the covers

31.2

Khan to MEK Hussey, 1 run, Mike is away. Slow yorker at 118 kph outside off and Mike pushes it away into the covers, and in a muddle of fast-moving of feet gets across to the other end.

31.3

Khan to Ponting, 1 run, slides down into Ponting's pads and he glances backward of square for a single

31.4

Khan to MEK Hussey, no run, smart ball, back of a length and no room outside off, Mike looks to drop to the off side and gets a single, but Dhoni has an extra fielder in the circle to cut the single off

31.5

Khan to MEK Hussey, 1 run, the first hint of reverse. Zaheer gets one to tail in at 138 kph, and Mike inside-edges the on-drive to midwicket.

31.6

Khan to Ponting, 1 run, another slower ball, 120 kph, and Ponting clearly did not pick it. He was sucked into an early on-drive, and it looped away to land at the vacant mid on area.

Australia 146/3   Z Khan 5-0-21-0

33.1

Khan to Ponting, 1 run, fullish ball outside off, angled in from wide of the crease, Ponting walks into the cover drive and gets a single

33.2

Khan to MEK Hussey, no run, nice nip from Zaheer, gets one to go away from Mike. He fishes for it from the crease, neither forward nor back, and nearly feathers it.

33.3

Khan to MEK Hussey, OUT, Zaheer does it again. It's again that mystery bare-knuckle slower ball. It's the latest invention from the Zaheer labs. Instead of getting fore-finger and middle-finger behind the seam, he gets the middle finger alone behind the ball and pushes it through with the knuckle of the fore-finger, which is to the right of the ball. Hence, there is a subtle change in pace, that the batsman can't read out of the hand unless he has binoculars. Hussey doesn't. The knuckle ends up pushing the ball in and also helps it move in after landing on the turf. Devon Smith got it the other day, and played all over it. Exactly how Mr. Cricket just did. 118 kph, flummoxes the batsman all ends up and castles him as he heaves the flick and misses. Zaheer spreads his arms on either side, breaks into a smile and trots along as his team-mates converge. Motera loves it.

MEK Hussey b Khan 3 (15m 9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

33.4

Khan to White, 1 run, punched off the back foot into covers

33.5

Khan to Ponting, no run, bangs this one in from round the stumps, he goes back to defend

33.6

Khan to Ponting, 1 run, goes too full and down the leg side now, is flicked away to fine leg

Australia 152/4   Z Khan 6-0-24-1

41.1

Khan to Ponting, 1 run, 120.4 kph fuller one on leg stump, eased down to long on

41.2

Khan to White, OUT, and the man has struck again, 127.6 kph length delivery that seemed to stop on him from round the stumps, he had a feeble push at it for Zaheer to take the dolly as it looped back to him, he throws it in the air and takes off on a run, White's horror run continues

CL White c & b Khan 12 (36m 22b 0x4 0x6) SR: 54.54

41.3

Khan to DJ Hussey, no run, and is opened up first ball with a delivery that straightens around off stump, he had no clue about it, and pushed at it, only to get beaten

41.4

Khan to DJ Hussey, FOUR, 118.3 kph, slower one all gone wrong, full and down the leg side, David got across and helped it on its way past short fine leg

41.5

Khan to DJ Hussey, 1 run, the one that cuts away from a length, he is again squared up, but this time manages to get it down to third man

41.6

Khan to Ponting, no run, gets well forward to push to Raina at extra cover, David comes rushing for the single, Ponting sends him back

Australia 195/5   Z Khan 7-0-30-2

43.1

Khan to Ponting, no run, Ponting walks in to a very full delivery, takes it on the pads, Zaheer goes for the appeal, but he is not getting that one, India have no reviews, he was well down the track too

43.2

Khan to Ponting, no run, another full delivery, pins him in the crease, Ponting can't do anything with it other than dig it out

43.3

Khan to Ponting, 1 run, goes for yet another full one, gets it a bit outside off this time, and that allows him to ease it down to long off

43.4

Khan to DJ Hussey, FOUR, lovely placement by David, makes room to a short and wide one, cuts it through point, and sweeper cover had no chance, poor line and David punished it

43.5

Khan to DJ Hussey, FOUR, whoops, gets it full and down the leg side, David happily puts it past short fine leg

43.6

Khan to DJ Hussey, 1 run, gets an inside edge towards square leg as he looks to force one away, Australia have got what they wanted in this over

Australia 209/5   Z Khan 8-0-40-2

45.1

Khan to DJ Hussey, 1 run, low full toss on the leg stump, he was not expecting it, adjusted to get a single down to long on

45.2

Khan to Ponting, 1 run, full again on the leg stump,this is the Ponting on old, flicks it elegantly off the pads through midwicket

45.3

Khan to DJ Hussey, 1 run, almost in the blockhole, Zaheer on target in this over, dug away to long on

45.4

Khan to Ponting, 2 runs, another low full toss on the leg stump, Ponting eases it through midwicket, that would have run in to the boundary, had Kohli not got a hand to it, running to his right

45.5

Khan to Ponting, 1 run, Zaheer has been full and on leg this over, once more, this time he misses out, flicking straight to square leg

45.6

Khan to DJ Hussey, 1 run, one more low full toss to end with, pushed back down the track, Zaheer falls to his left, but cannot stop it

Australia 226/5   Z Khan 9-0-47-2

47.1

Khan to DJ Hussey, 1 run, slogged away through midwicket, not short enough and he gets only a single

47.2

Khan to Ponting, 1 run, 131 kph, stops a bit on the batsman from a length, who adjusts to guide it to point

47.3

Khan to DJ Hussey, no run, right in the blockhole from Zaheer, cannot do much with those, dug out to the bowler

47.4

Khan to DJ Hussey, 1 run, another one in the blockhole, super control from Zaheer, squeezed away to long on

47.5

Khan to Ponting, 1 run, comes down the track, cannot get hold of a short delivery, but still manages to get it down to fine leg

47.6

Khan to DJ Hussey, 2 runs, not quite in the blockhole, but full enough to stop the batsman from getting under it, worked away towards deep midwicket, and India leak the second run again

Australia 243/5   Z Khan 10-0-53-2

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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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