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)

2.6

Ashwin to Watson, FOUR, Watson has seen enough to launch in to the slog sweep, lunging forward, gets close to the ball, and swats it wide of Harbhajan at deep midwicket

Australia 9/0   SR Watson 5* (12b 1x4)   R Ashwin 2-0-8-0

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   SR Watson 9* (14b 2x4)   Z Khan 2-0-6-0

4.6

Ashwin to Watson, FOUR, and for the third time in as many overs, Watson gets a boundary off the last ball, with tremendous bat speed, hits a full delivery back towards Ashwin, who fails to field it and the outfield is too quick after that happens

Australia 19/0   SR Watson 13* (17b 3x4)   R Ashwin 3-0-13-0

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

Australia 24/0   SR Watson 17* (21b 4x4)   Z Khan 2.5-0-11-0

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

Australia 36/0   SR Watson 22* (25b 5x4)   Z Khan 3.2-0-15-0

11.6

Ashwin to Haddin, FOUR, possible chance, gets him to chip it in the air, he is beaten in the flight, but manages to get it just over Zaheer running to his left from mid off, and what's more, it also runs in to the boundary

Australia 49/1   BJ Haddin 22* (31b 1x4 1x6)   R Ashwin 6-0-30-1

13.2

Patel to Haddin, FOUR, 134.7 kph, length ball with some width outside off, Haddin makes some more room outside leg, and goes inside-out past extra cover, he has been looking to do that against the seamers

Australia 57/1   BJ Haddin 26* (33b 2x4 1x6)   MM Patel 0.2-0-5-0

13.3

Patel to Haddin, FOUR, Munaf had taken out Pietersen against England with a screamer of a catch, Haddin offers him another chances at glory, with a furious shot straight back at him, but Munaf is late to get his hands on it, and Haddin as two boundaries in two balls

Australia 61/1   BJ Haddin 30* (34b 3x4 1x6)   MM Patel 0.3-0-9-0

13.6

Patel to Haddin, FOUR, Munaf has leaked a lot of boundaries in his opening over, here's another one, length ball sitting up, and Haddin clears front leg and smokes it over mid on

Australia 65/1   BJ Haddin 34* (37b 4x4 1x6)   MM Patel 1-0-13-0

17.2

Yuvraj Singh to Ponting, FOUR, Ponting gets his first boundary, skips down the track, gets outside the line, and lofts against the turn wide of midwicket, lovely shot

Australia 80/1   RT Ponting 14* (21b 1x4)   Yuvraj Singh 1.2-0-6-0

17.4

Yuvraj Singh to Ponting, FOUR, Ponting is taking on the part-timer here, goes down on the knee and slog sweeps a flatter one to the deep midwicket boundary

Australia 86/1   RT Ponting 20* (23b 2x4)   Yuvraj Singh 1.4-0-12-0

19.2

Patel to Haddin, FOUR, smart batting from Haddin. 130 kph, short ball wide enough outside off for Haddin to safely guide down to third man, past Dhoni who can't do much. Expertly executed late cut that.

Australia 93/1   BJ Haddin 44* (51b 5x4 1x6)   MM Patel 1.2-0-17-0

21.4

Patel to Haddin, FOUR, Haddin has 50. Munaf is clocked at 138 kph. I wonder if that's a speed gun glitch. Over-pitched on the leg stump, Haddin gets the front foot inside the line and heaves away over the vacant midwicket area. Not the best bit of timing, but perfect choice of placement. Well played.

Australia 105/1   BJ Haddin 50* (57b 6x4 1x6)   MM Patel 2.4-0-24-0

27.3

Patel to Ponting, FOUR, vintage Ponting. Legcutter at 121 kph, Ponting seemed to read it even before Munaf sent it down. He seemed to have read it from Munaf's brain. He got into position to the length ball, moving that front foot into a lovely position and just launched it through the line, almost all the way over long on. Super shot.

Australia 128/2   RT Ponting 43* (55b 3x4)   MM Patel 5.3-0-38-0

34.4

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, FOUR, Harbhajan is not happy, Ponting went for the sweep to a flat and fast one, got it off the middle of the blade in front of square leg, but Yuvraj on the boundary barely moved to his left, even if he had, he didn't have any chance, it was struck so well, but the lack of any attempt riled Harbhajan

Australia 158/4   RT Ponting 62* (78b 4x4)   Harbhajan Singh 7.4-0-27-0

38.6

Yuvraj Singh to Ponting, FOUR, Yuvraj ends his spell with a boundary, this is deja vu for India, Ponting is looking ominous now, goes back to a bouncing delivery, and cut hard, enough on the thick edge to beat short third man easily

Australia 180/4   RT Ponting 76* (89b 5x4 1x6)   Yuvraj Singh 10-0-44-2

39.3

Patel to Ponting, FOUR, Ponting swivels and dispatches a marginally short ball, on the leg stump, gets it backward of square leg

Australia 185/4   RT Ponting 80* (90b 6x4 1x6)   MM Patel 6.3-0-44-0

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

Australia 194/5   DJ Hussey 4* (2b 1x4)   Z Khan 6.4-0-29-2

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

Australia 204/5   DJ Hussey 11* (8b 2x4)   Z Khan 7.4-0-35-2

43.5

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

Australia 208/5   DJ Hussey 15* (9b 3x4)   Z Khan 7.5-0-39-2

44.2

Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, FOUR, Ponting is oozing with confidence now, stands two feet outside leg to someone who has got him on numerous occasions, he tosses it up, and Ponting launches it through wide of long off

Australia 214/5   RT Ponting 91* (105b 7x4 1x6)   Harbhajan Singh 8.2-0-32-0

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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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