ICC Champions Trophy, 2006/07 / Commentary

ICC Champions Trophy - 1st semi final

Australia v New Zealand

Australia won by 34 runs

6.6

Mills to Martyn, FOUR, full again, but this time he just presents the full face of the bat and pushes that between the stumps and mid-on, perfectly placed and he gets four even as Vettori gives chase from mid-on, superb shot

Australia 12/2   DR Martyn 4* (12b 1x4)   KD Mills 4-0-8-2

7.5

Bond to Martyn, FOUR, short and wide, a bad ball from Bond, and Martyn duly smacks that over point for four, he has so much time this batsman, a gem to watch

Australia 19/2   DR Martyn 8* (14b 2x4)   SE Bond 3.5-0-9-0

8.2

Mills to Ponting, FOUR, pitched up too much, and Ponting walks into a wonderfully-placed straight drive that screams down the turf for four

Australia 23/2   RT Ponting 8* (20b 1x4)   KD Mills 4.2-0-12-2

10.4

Mills to Ponting, FOUR, full outside off stump again, but this time he gets that huge stride to the pitch of the ball and drives that on the up past cover-point for four, good shot

Australia 40/2   RT Ponting 12* (26b 2x4)   KD Mills 5.4-0-17-2

12.2

Oram to Martyn, FOUR, half-tracker outside off stump, bread and butter for WACA-bred Martyn, who stands and slaps that past a diving Vincent at point for four, easy as, oh...you know what I mean

Australia 45/2   DR Martyn 18* (27b 3x4)   JDP Oram 0.2-0-4-0

12.3

Oram to Martyn, FOUR, too short on middle and off and he puts this away with an authoritative pull through midwicket, four more and its the 50 for Australia

Australia 50/2   DR Martyn 22* (29b 4x4)   JDP Oram 0.3-0-9-0

13.5

Franklin to Ponting, FOUR, too full and he just gets forward and drives that between the nonstriker and the stumps, moves into the drive with awesome balance, and the ball speeds away for four

Australia 57/2   RT Ponting 17* (36b 3x4)   JEC Franklin 1.5-0-8-0

13.6

Franklin to Ponting, FOUR, dropped in halfway down the track and Ponting slams the pull down to the deep backward square leg ropes, super shot

Australia 61/2   RT Ponting 21* (37b 4x4)   JEC Franklin 2-0-12-0

20.3

Oram to Ponting, FOUR, just a fraction shorter outside off stump, Ponting moves into the pull but gets a top-edge over slips for four, he wanted to heave that over midwicket!

Australia 74/3   RT Ponting 31* (53b 5x4)   JDP Oram 4.3-1-19-0

22.3

Oram to Ponting, FOUR, on a good length on off stump, Ponting gets a stride forward and turns that magnificently around the corner for four, well flicked down to fine leg

Australia 82/3   RT Ponting 37* (60b 6x4)   JDP Oram 5.3-1-25-0

22.5

Oram to Hussey, FOUR, Almost! Full and he slams that just over Vettori at mid-off, who jumps high in the air and manages to get his fingertips to it, but the ball grazes them and carries on for four, too close for comfort

Australia 87/3   MEK Hussey 6* (9b 1x4)   JDP Oram 5.5-1-30-0

25.3

Franklin to Ponting, FOUR, 100 is up with a lovely off drive. Ponting eases forward to caress a fullish-delivery on the off and middle stump line straight down the ground.

Australia 102/3   RT Ponting 45* (69b 7x4)   JEC Franklin 3.3-0-23-0

25.5

Franklin to Ponting, FOUR, And again. He lunges forward to a slightly overpitched delivery on the middle, and punch-drives it between the bowler and mid-on.

Australia 106/3   RT Ponting 49* (71b 8x4)   JEC Franklin 3.5-0-27-0

28.1

Mills to Hussey, FOUR, starts off with a long-hop, Hussey's eyes light up, and he swivels to pull it away easily in front of square

Australia 118/3   MEK Hussey 19* (26b 2x4)   KD Mills 6.1-0-21-2

28.5

Mills to Ponting, FOUR, Overpitched and Ponting jumps on to it in a flash, drills it down the ground

Australia 123/3   RT Ponting 58* (79b 9x4)   KD Mills 6.5-0-26-2

31.3

Bond to Symonds, FOUR, Edges to the thirdman boundary. The one that held its line after landing on a length around the off stump, Symonds pushed at it with soft hands, plays inside the line a bit but gets a fruitful edge

Australia 130/4   A Symonds 4* (7b 1x4)   SE Bond 5.3-0-25-0

33.2

Bond to Symonds, FOUR, on the hips, glanced away fine. A six in the previous over and now a four. Symonds is off and running.

Australia 146/4   A Symonds 17* (15b 2x4 1x6)   SE Bond 6.2-0-32-0

34.3

Vettori to Symonds, FOUR, Aha! the slog-sweep is out. Flighted-up on the middle, turns away but Symonds carts it over midwicket

Australia 154/4   A Symonds 22* (20b 3x4 1x6)   DL Vettori 7.3-0-26-1

46.4

Mills to Clarke, FOUR, fine-leg was in and Mills gift-wraps a full toss on the legs, Clarke accepts.

Australia 220/6   MJ Clarke 14* (21b 1x4)   KD Mills 8.4-1-33-3

49.6

Bond to Bracken, FOUR, Lemon-cut to fine-leg fence. The good old inside-edge. Full and straight on the middle, bat comes down in a angle perfected by tailenders for years, and the ball evades the stumps.

Australia 240/9   NW Bracken 15* (8b 1x4 1x6)   SE Bond 10-0-55-2
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Nov 1, 2006

Michael Clarke signals he is unsure whether the catch was clean or not, Australia v New Zealand, 1st semi-final, Champions Trophy, Mohali, November 1, 2006

Michael Clarke signals he is unsure whether the catch was clean or not

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Nov 1, 2006

Flying pigeon. Glenn McGrath poses with the man-of-the-match award, Australia v New Zealand, 1st semi-final, Champions Trophy, Mohali, November 1, 2006

Flying pigeon. Glenn McGrath poses with the man-of-the-match award

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