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)

Ashwin to Watson, OUT, the man from Chennai has struck, Watson went for the slog sweep, this one was slower through the air, tossed up, and turned in to strike the off stump, even as Watson missed it completely, did not get too far across to pick it from outside off, played a bit early too

SR Watson b Ashwin 25 (39m 38b 5x4 0x6) SR: 65.78

Australia 40/1   BJ Haddin 14* (22b 1x6)   R Ashwin 5-0-22-1

Yuvraj Singh to Haddin, OUT, Yuvraj's golden arm strikes again. Raina takes a smart low catch tumbling forward. Haddin was clearly looking to make things happen against Munaf and Yuvraj, and he may have chanced his arm once too often. Yuvraj slows this one up in the air, tosses it up on off and gets it to break away. Haddin looks to power the cover drive with the spin, but once again goes in the air. It is dying on Raina, but he's alert enough to tumble forward and pouch it.

BJ Haddin c Raina b Yuvraj Singh 53 (95m 62b 6x4 1x6) SR: 85.48

Australia 110/2   RT Ponting 29* (37b 2x4)   Yuvraj Singh 3.5-0-22-1

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   RT Ponting 49* (65b 3x4)   Yuvraj Singh 7.4-0-30-2

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

Australia 150/4   RT Ponting 56* (73b 3x4)   Z Khan 5.3-0-22-1

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

Australia 190/5   RT Ponting 84* (98b 6x4 1x6)   Z Khan 6.2-0-25-2

Ashwin to Ponting, OUT, Ponting lines up for the reverse hit, a rarity, but ends up hitting it straight to Zaheer at short third man, end of a magnificent innings from the Australia captain, raises his bat as he walks back

RT Ponting c Khan b Ashwin 104 (172m 118b 7x4 1x6) SR: 88.13

Australia 245/6   DJ Hussey 34* (23b 3x4 1x6)   R Ashwin 9.3-0-50-2





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Hours of play (local time) 14.30 start, First Session 14.30-18.00, Interval 18.00-18.45, Second Session 18.45-22.15

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