ICC Champions Trophy - 1st semi final

Australia v England

Australia won by 9 wickets (with 49 balls remaining)

The poor things have met their dreaded fate. England are marching out now. And out come the Australian openers. Anderson will start proceedings, off we go. A slip and a gully

Michael: "Moths are attracted to light so the obvious way to get rid of them is to turn the lights off and start play. I'd love to see the look on Ponting's face if they suggested that!" Except that they aren't moths.

6.55pm The players have retreated to the comfort of the dressing room, but the umpires have opted to fight it out bravely in the middle. The number of creatures flying around appears to have reduced drastically.

6.50pm Some of these insects have just dropped dead on the pitch, and are being swept away by the groundstaff. The locals call these things flying ants. Cricinfo's actually complied a list of incidents when animals have stopped play. Andrew Miller and Martin Williamson did this a couple of years ago, check this out.

Tim Paine and Shane Watson are out in the middle. And we are in for a slight delay, as there are a few hundred insects, big ones too, that have invaded the pitch. Bugs stop play. They're all over the ground now, and the umpires are having a chat with the groundstaff, thinking of ways to get rid of them. Spray them off, I'd say. The insects are not bees, we've discussed them extensively today. But there have been instances before when bees have indeed stopped play, I can think of the India-Australia Test last year in Nagpur.

6.45pm Welcome back. England will be ruing that they didn't bat out their full quota, though Australia still face a challenging target. It's Sid Talya back for the commentary now, Kanishkaa will take over after 25 overs.

0.1

Anderson to Watson, no run, bowled on a good length outside off, moving away a hint, gets to it, opens the face and guides it to point

0.2

Anderson to Watson, no run, lands on a good length outside off, testing line, leaving the right hander, left alone

0.3

Anderson to Watson, no run, bowled full on the off, seaming away, driven with a full face to mid-off

We owe a special thanks for Ryan: "These bugs are called "flying ants" in Africa but are technically flying termites. They're very nutritious and are often eaten raw or fried. They are also used by fishermen as bait. I used to collect them and freeze them to be used throughout the year when fishing on local farm dams for Bream or Bass in Zimbabwe. They will disappear as fast as they appeared and only tend to make one flight before falling to the ground and loosing their wings. It's a mechanism they use to make new termite colonies!! Some useless info for you! :-) "

Very useful indeed, thanks for enlightening us.

0.4

Anderson to Watson, 1 run, angling away from the right hander, guided down to third man for a single

0.5

Anderson to Paine, no run, back of a length outside off, left alone to the keeper, moving away a hint

Param cracks a really bad joke: "What's the wife of a MOTH called, Any guesses? Well, its a MYTH :-)"

0.6

Anderson to Paine, no run, short of a good length on the off, rocks back and drops it short of cover

End of over 1 (1 run) Australia 1/0 (257 runs required from 49 overs, RR: 1.00, RRR: 5.24)
TD Paine    0* (2b)      JM Anderson    1-0-1-0
SR Watson    1* (4b)     

Onions to bowl now, one slip

1.1

Onions to Watson, 1 run, short of a good length on middle, turned away through square leg for a single

Another slip moves in

1.2

Onions to Paine, FOUR, back of a length outside off, he gets into position early, rocking back and smashing it through midwicket for a boundary

1.3

Onions to Paine, OUT, got him! Sweet revenge for Onions, who lands this on a tempting length just outside off, sucks Paine into the drive who plays loosely at it, gets a thin edge straight through to Davies

TD Paine c †Davies b Onions 4 (6m 4b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Paine's unable to follow up his good day with the gloves. Beautifully bowled there, just a hint of away movement.

Ponting comes in

1.4

Onions to Ponting, no run, lands on a good length outside off, Ponting gets a stride forward and gets an inside edge onto his pads as he tries to defend

1.5

Onions to Ponting, no run, angling it in on middle, Ponting gets across and drives it down to midwicket

1.6

Onions to Ponting, no run, similar delivery to the one that got rid of Paine, full, driving length but no movement here, Ponting decides to leave it be

England needed this start, the pitch is a good one to bat on and Paine was the guy in form.

End of over 2 (5 runs) Australia 6/1 (252 runs required from 48 overs, RR: 3.00, RRR: 5.25)
RT Ponting    0* (3b)      G Onions    1-0-5-1
SR Watson    2* (5b)      JM Anderson    1-0-1-0

2.1

Anderson to Watson, FOUR, Watson goes after it, he's been out pulling once in this competition but he connects it well this time, short and wide and he dispatches it over mid-on

2.2

Anderson to Watson, no run, short of a good length outside off, moving away, left alone

2.3

Anderson to Watson, no run, short of a good length on middle, at 141 kmph, defended off the back foot into the off side

2.4

Anderson to Watson, 1 wide, straying down the leg side there, called a wide

2.4

Anderson to Watson, 1 run, bowled full on middle, worked away through to deep square leg

2.5

Anderson to Ponting, no run, lands on a good length on the off, gets forward, closes the face and taps it into the leg side

2.6

Anderson to Ponting, no run, got the leading edge, the late swing there and he almost made a mess of his attempt to drive that fullish delivery through midwicket, checked his shot at the last moment and it rolled down to extra cover

End of over 3 (6 runs) Australia 12/1 (246 runs required from 47 overs, RR: 4.00, RRR: 5.23)
RT Ponting    0* (5b)      JM Anderson    2-0-7-0
SR Watson    7* (9b 1x4)      G Onions    1-0-5-1

3.1

Onions to Watson, no run, bowled on a good length outside off, pushed through to cover

3.2

Onions to Watson, 1 run, short and wide, cut down to third man for a single

3.3

Onions to Ponting, no run, back of a length outside off, angling in just a hint, left alone

3.4

Onions to Ponting, no run, back of a length outside off, punched back to the bowler

3.5

Onions to Ponting, no run, lands on a good length outside off, gets forward and pushes it down the pitch

3.6

Onions to Ponting, FOUR, drove it uppishly but was struck really hard, overpitched outside off and Ponting couldn't stop himself from going after it, crashed it past a diving extra cover for a boundary

End of over 4 (5 runs) Australia 17/1 (241 runs required from 46 overs, RR: 4.25, RRR: 5.23)
RT Ponting    4* (9b 1x4)      G Onions    2-0-10-1
SR Watson    8* (11b 1x4)      JM Anderson    2-0-7-0

That horrible bugle is out again

4.1

Anderson to Watson, no run, bowled fullish on middle, driven straight to midwicket

4.2

Anderson to Watson, no run, in the channel outside off, appeared to hold its line, slightly short, left alone to the keeper

4.3

Anderson to Watson, no run, bowled full on the off, pushed hard through the line to mid-off

4.4

Anderson to Watson, 1 run, short of a good length on the off, gets a thick inside edge down to square leg, kept just a little low there as it nipped back in

4.5

Anderson to Ponting, no run, a bit of extra bounce there, Ponting had come forward to defend but took his bottom-hand off and played it down onto the pitch

4.6

Anderson to Ponting, FOUR, atrocious fielding, Morgan the culprit, bowled full outside off, pushed to short cover where Morgan needlessly hurls it at the keeper thinking he's 10 feet tall and meets the fine-leg boundary, well done

End of over 5 (5 runs) Australia 22/1 (236 runs required from 45 overs, RR: 4.40, RRR: 5.24)
RT Ponting    8* (11b 2x4)      JM Anderson    3-0-12-0
SR Watson    9* (15b 1x4)      G Onions    2-0-10-1

5.1

Onions to Watson, no run, full on the off stump, driven through the line to the bowler

5.2

Onions to Watson, no run, lands on a good length on the off, pushed down to mid-on off the front foot

5.3

Onions to Watson, no run, bowled on a length outside off at 139 kmph, pushed through to cover

Palani's on to something here: "Moths frequently appear to circle artificial lights, although the reason for this behavior remains unknown. By maintaining a constant angular relationship to a bright celestial light, such as the Moon, they can fly in a straight line.Celestial objects are so far away, that even after travelling great distances, the change in angle between the moth and the light source is negligible.

A new study published in Current Biology suggests bats and moths may be engaged in evolutionary warfare when it comes to their sense of hearing.

So i guess its moth turn after having some pegs they want to avoid BAT."

5.4

Onions to Watson, no run, bowled full on the off, driven hard into the ground back to the bowler

5.5

Onions to Watson, FOUR, misfield, Bresnan the man to blame this time, full on the off, driven with a full face past the outstretched hands of the bowler and Bresnan dived over it and didn't get any part of his body onto it for all that effort

5.6

Onions to Watson, no run, beaten there, got some bounce and movement away from the right hander to beat the outside edge as he tried to run it down

End of over 6 (4 runs) Australia 26/1 (232 runs required from 44 overs, RR: 4.33, RRR: 5.27)
SR Watson    13* (21b 2x4)      G Onions    3-0-14-1
RT Ponting    8* (11b 2x4)      JM Anderson    3-0-12-0

6.1

Anderson to Ponting, FOUR, sweetly timed, short outside off, gets on the back foot and just punches it square, well wide of point, all the way to the ropes, raced away

6.2

Anderson to Ponting, FOUR, terrible delivery, full on the pads, clipped away wide of short fine for four more

6.3

Anderson to Ponting, no run, straighter on middle, gets across to push it down the ground towards mid-on

6.4

Anderson to Ponting, no run, bowled on a good length on middle and leg, turned away to midwicket

6.5

Anderson to Ponting, FOUR, Ponting's in good touch and it shows from that flowing drive through cover, pitched up, it was there to hit but he picked the gap perfectly, placing it through cover and mid-off

6.6

Anderson to Ponting, no run, hurling it full on middle, driven down to mid-off

12 off that over. The early wicket has had no effect on Ponting's approach to this chase

End of over 7 (12 runs) Australia 38/1 (220 runs required from 43 overs, RR: 5.42, RRR: 5.11)
RT Ponting    20* (17b 5x4)      JM Anderson    4-0-24-0
SR Watson    13* (21b 2x4)      G Onions    3-0-14-1

7.1

Onions to Watson, 1 run, slower one bowled short on the off stump, turned into the leg side wide of midwicket for a single

7.2

Onions to Ponting, no run, bowled full on middle, driven off the front foot down to mid-on

7.3

Onions to Ponting, no run, bowled full on middle, Ponting gets front and across and drives it down to mid-on

7.4

Onions to Ponting, 1 run, lands on a good length outside off, run down to third man for a single

7.5

Onions to Watson, FOUR, driven hard past the bowler, pitched up on middle and off by Onions and he presents the full face, that demanded more effort from Onions on his follow-through there, didn't try hard to stop that

A silly mid-on comes in

7.6

Onions to Watson, 1 wide, banged in short on middle, ducks under it comfortably, it's too high and Aleem Dar's called it a wide

7.6

Onions to Watson, 1 wide, another one, gifting away runs here, short ball banged in down the leg side

7.6

Onions to Watson, 2 runs, slower one bowled short on leg stump, wrong line again, moves across and whips it fine, wide of the fielder in the deep, for a couple of runs

End of over 8 (10 runs) Australia 48/1 (210 runs required from 42 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 5.00)
SR Watson    20* (24b 3x4)      G Onions    4-0-24-1
RT Ponting    21* (20b 5x4)      JM Anderson    4-0-24-0

The pair is going at better than a run-a-ball here. No signs of pressure. There are some from England, though. Their new-ball seamers haven't been up to the mark, and they've brought on Bresnan into the attack

8.1

Bresnan to Ponting, FOUR, the half-centurion starts poorly, dragged it short on middle, Ponting's not going to forgive those, rocks back and pulls it wide of short fine

8.2

Bresnan to Ponting, no run, short of a good length outside off, comes back in, defended to cover

8.3

Bresnan to Ponting, FOUR, another freebie, short and wide, Ponting gets into position and cuts it through point and cover for another four

8.4

Bresnan to Ponting, 1 run, short on middle, tucked away through midwicket for a single

8.5

Bresnan to Watson, 1 run, played it nicely, some extra bounce for Bresnan, Watson got on top of it and dabbed it down to third man

8.6

Bresnan to Ponting, no run, bowled full on the off stump, pushed through to extra cover

End of over 9 (10 runs) Australia 58/1 (200 runs required from 41 overs, RR: 6.44, RRR: 4.87)
RT Ponting    30* (25b 7x4)      TT Bresnan    1-0-10-0
SR Watson    21* (25b 3x4)      G Onions    4-0-24-1

9.1

Onions to Watson, no run, short ball again, Watson fails to make use of it, mistimes a pull to midwicket

9.2

Onions to Watson, no run, bouncer this time, Watson went for the hook but that came on to him quickly and he missed, trying for a Collingwood-like dismissal there

9.3

Onions to Watson, 1 leg bye, banged in short outside off, at 136.2 kmph, struck hard on the shoulders as he went for the pull, deflected wide of point for a single

9.4

Onions to Ponting, 2 runs, that short one took Ponting by surprise there, had shaped up for his favourite pull but it bounced more than he expected, checked his shot and played it down wide of fine leg for a couple of runs

9.5

Onions to Ponting, no run, short of a good length outside off, appears to hold its line, left alone to the keeper

9.6

Onions to Ponting, 2 runs, well timed, the offcutter bowled sightly short outside off, waited for it to nip in and just the opened the face to guide it wide of Collingwood at point for a couple more

The first Powerplay has belonged to Australia. They've scored briskly, the England bowlers haven't threatened them an awful lot and the solitary wicket hasn't hasn't had any effect on the way these two have batted

End of over 10 (5 runs) Australia 63/1 (195 runs required from 40 overs, RR: 6.30, RRR: 4.87)
RT Ponting    34* (28b 7x4)      G Onions    5-0-28-1
SR Watson    21* (28b 3x4)      TT Bresnan    1-0-10-0

10.1

Bresnan to Watson, no run

10.2

Bresnan to Watson, 1 run, shortish on the off, pulled down wide of midwicket for a single

10.3

Bresnan to Ponting, no run, appeal for caught-behind, short on the off, the bounce takes Ponting by surprise, goes for the pull, misses and it clips the shoulder on the way to the keeper, England went up but Bowden rightly turned them down

10.4

Bresnan to Ponting, 1 run, bowled on a good length outside off, pushed wide of cover point for a single

10.5

Bresnan to Watson, 1 run, back of a length outside off, run down to third man

10.6

Bresnan to Ponting, no run, shortish on the off stump, gets forward and blocks it hard back to the bowler

End of over 11 (3 runs) Australia 66/1 (192 runs required from 39 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 4.92)
RT Ponting    35* (31b 7x4)      TT Bresnan    2-0-13-0
SR Watson    23* (31b 3x4)      G Onions    5-0-28-1

11.1

Onions to Watson, no run, short of a good length outside off, tapped down to point from the crease

11.2

Onions to Watson, no run, another bouncer, trying to ruffle them up with short ones here, Watson ducks under it easily

11.3

Onions to Watson, no run, back of a length on the off, worked away towards midwicket

The bowling powerplay was taken at the start of the 11th over

11.4

Onions to Watson, FOUR, banged in short, too may of them here, Watson latches onto it and pulls it wide of short fine and deep square leg for a boundary

11.5

Onions to Watson, 1 wide, bouncer again, too high in this case, Watson thought of the pull but he couldn't reach it

11.5

Onions to Watson, no run, fuller, just on a good length outside off, defended solidly to cover

Darren: "What is it with English bowlers? They win the Ashes in 2005 and aside from Flintoff, the rest just faded. Now we have Onions and Anderson struggling after a fine series. No longevity in comaprison to the Aussie bolwers that either hold there form or imporve over the years."

11.6

Onions to Watson, no run, slightly short on the off and nipping in, the offcutter, defended straight back to the bowler

End of over 12 (5 runs) Australia 71/1 (187 runs required from 38 overs, RR: 5.91, RRR: 4.92)
SR Watson    27* (37b 4x4)      G Onions    6-0-33-1
RT Ponting    35* (31b 7x4)      TT Bresnan    2-0-13-0

12.1

Bresnan to Ponting, no run, short of a length outside off, cut down towards point who takes it on the bounce

12.2

Bresnan to Ponting, no run, appeal for lbw, angling in towards the right hander, nips back in from a good length and strikes him on the thighs as he comes forward, too high

12.3

Bresnan to Ponting, 1 run, shortish on middle and leg, turned away wide of midwicket for a single

12.4

Bresnan to Watson, 1 run, back of a length on the off, gets a thick inside edge as he tries to defend on the off side, steals a single

12.5

Bresnan to Ponting, 1 run, back of a length on the off, punched down to deep point for one more

12.6

Bresnan to Watson, no run, hitting the pitch hard, bowled at 137.1 kmph, defended down to short cover

End of over 13 (3 runs) Australia 74/1 (184 runs required from 37 overs, RR: 5.69, RRR: 4.97)
SR Watson    28* (39b 4x4)      TT Bresnan    3-0-16-0
RT Ponting    37* (35b 7x4)      G Onions    6-0-33-1

Collingwood into the attack now. The keeper is up

13.1

Collingwood to Ponting, no run, fullish on the off stump, gets front and across and defends it back to the bowler

13.2

Collingwood to Ponting, 1 run, short on the off, punched through to deep cover for a single

13.3

Collingwood to Watson, 1 run, bowled on middle and off, drives wide of the bowler to mid-on

13.4

Collingwood to Ponting, 1 run, fullish on the off, driven down to long-on for a single

13.5

Collingwood to Watson, no run, back of a length on middle, taps it back to the bowler

13.6

Collingwood to Watson, no run, slower one there, the offcutter, gets a big stride forward and defends it back to the bowler

End of over 14 (3 runs) Australia 77/1 (181 runs required from 36 overs, RR: 5.50, RRR: 5.02)
SR Watson    29* (42b 4x4)      PD Collingwood    1-0-3-0
RT Ponting    39* (38b 7x4)      TT Bresnan    3-0-16-0

14.1

Bresnan to Ponting, no run, back of a length on the off, chops it down to point off the back foot

14.2

Bresnan to Ponting, 1 run, shortish on the off, drops it short of point and steals a quick single

14.3

Bresnan to Watson, no run, nipping in towards off stump, defends it rock solid back to the bowler

14.4

Bresnan to Watson, no run, short of a good length on middle, defended down to midwicket

14.5

Bresnan to Watson, no run, a bit of hesitation out there in the middle, punched to cover, Ponting was interested in a single and ran halfway down the pitch but Watson sent him back in time

14.6

Bresnan to Watson, 1 run, shortish on middle, pulled down wide of Denly at deep midwicket for a single

End of over 15 (2 runs) Australia 79/1 (179 runs required from 35 overs, RR: 5.26, RRR: 5.11)
SR Watson    30* (46b 4x4)      TT Bresnan    4-0-18-0
RT Ponting    40* (40b 7x4)      PD Collingwood    1-0-3-0

15.1

Collingwood to Watson, no run, back of a length on the off, pushed back to the bowler

15.2

Collingwood to Watson, 1 run, straying on the pads, clipped away to fine leg for a single

15.3

Collingwood to Ponting, 1 run, fullish on the off, just pushes it wide of the bowler and midwicket for a single

15.4

Collingwood to Watson, 1 run, short of a good length on middle and leg, whipped away down to deep midwicket for a single

15.5

Collingwood to Ponting, no run, driving length, just outside off, pushed through to short cover

15.6

Collingwood to Ponting, no run, back of a length on middle, pushes it back onto the pitch

The scoring has dropped, England have maintained a tight line in the last few overs

End of over 16 (3 runs) Australia 82/1 (176 runs required from 34 overs, RR: 5.12, RRR: 5.17)
RT Ponting    41* (43b 7x4)      PD Collingwood    2-0-6-0
SR Watson    32* (49b 4x4)      TT Bresnan    4-0-18-0

16.1

Bresnan to Watson, 1 wide, bouncer, called a wide, too high and Davies did a good job snapping it

16.1

Bresnan to Watson, 1 run, short of a good length outside off, run down to third man for a single

16.2

Bresnan to Ponting, 1 run, angling in towards middle and off, pushed into the gap between the bowler and midwicket for a single

16.3

Bresnan to Watson, no run, back of a length on middle, worked away to midwicket

16.4

Bresnan to Watson, 1 run, slower one this time, bowled at 119.1 kmph, turned away wide of midwicket for a single

16.5

Bresnan to Ponting, 1 run, shortish on middle, whipped away into the deep on the leg side for one more

16.6

Bresnan to Watson, 1 run, came back in, it was the offcutter, tried to run it down to third man, was struck high on the pads, they steal a single behind point

Australia are in a comfortable position at drinks.

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End of over 17 (6 runs) Australia 88/1 (170 runs required from 33 overs, RR: 5.17, RRR: 5.15)
SR Watson    35* (53b 4x4)      TT Bresnan    5-0-24-0
RT Ponting    43* (45b 7x4)      PD Collingwood    2-0-6-0

Bala: "Their problem, Darren, is that they have always always been "condition" bowlers. Not as in the most conditioned, but solely reliant on favorable conditions. When the conditions don't give support you, they do not have Flintoff-like patience to maintain a steady line and length and wait for the batsman to make an error."

17.1

Collingwood to Watson, 1 run, nicely played by Watson, short outside off, run down to third man for a single

17.2

Collingwood to Ponting, no run, bowled full outside off, driven straight to mid-off

17.3

Collingwood to Ponting, no run, lands on a good length on middle, gets across and turns it to midwicket

17.4

Collingwood to Ponting, 1 run, shortish on the off, eased through to deep cover for a single

17.5

Collingwood to Watson, 1 run, angling it in on the pads, pushed through to deep midwicket for one more

17.6

Collingwood to Ponting, no run, short on the off, cut down towards point off the back foot

End of over 18 (3 runs) Australia 91/1 (167 runs required from 32 overs, RR: 5.05, RRR: 5.21)
RT Ponting    44* (49b 7x4)      PD Collingwood    3-0-9-0
SR Watson    37* (55b 4x4)      TT Bresnan    5-0-24-0

Not a capacity crowd by any stretch of imagination, but a decent weekday turnout, that too for a neutral game. Graeme Swann comes in to bowl, about time, the seamers weren't able to do much

18.1

Swann to Watson, no run, short outside off and turns back in, defended back to the bowler

18.2

Swann to Watson, no run, pushed it full outside off, defended with a lunge to extra cover

18.3

Swann to Watson, 1 run, short on the off, pulled away really hard but straight to Denly at deep midwicket

18.4

Swann to Ponting, 1 run, short on middle, moves back and presses it away to deep square leg

18.5

Swann to Watson, 1 run, just a hint outside off, whipped away to deep midwicket for a single

18.6

Swann to Ponting, 1 run, tosses it up outside off, driven down to long-on for a single

End of over 19 (4 runs) Australia 95/1 (163 runs required from 31 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 5.25)
RT Ponting    46* (51b 7x4)      GP Swann    1-0-4-0
SR Watson    39* (59b 4x4)      PD Collingwood    3-0-9-0

Arzoo: "I dont think its going to be a cakewalk for Aussies! Swann is yet to bowl. If he breaks this stand and Jimmy comes back with pace and bowl couple of good overs then Aussies middle order would be tested!"

19.1

Collingwood to Ponting, no run, shortish on the off, guided down to point off the front foot

19.2

Collingwood to Ponting, 1 run, shortish on middle, pulled down wide of fine leg for a single

19.3

Collingwood to Watson, no run

19.4

Collingwood to Watson, no run, short of a good length on the off, pushed back to the bowler

19.5

Collingwood to Watson, 1 run, full on middle, driven through the line towards long-on for a single

19.6

Collingwood to Ponting, 1 run, short of a good length outside off, punched wide of mid-off for a quick single

End of over 20 (3 runs) Australia 98/1 (160 runs required from 30 overs, RR: 4.90, RRR: 5.33)
RT Ponting    48* (54b 7x4)      PD Collingwood    4-0-12-0
SR Watson    40* (62b 4x4)      GP Swann    1-0-4-0

20.1

Swann to Ponting, no run, turning in from a good length outside off, taps it wide of point for a single

20.2

Swann to Ponting, 1 run

20.3

Swann to Watson, 1 run, quicker through the air, bowled full outside off, driven down to long-on, brings up the 100

20.4

Swann to Ponting, no run, full outside off, gets across and works it down to midwicket

20.5

Swann to Ponting, 1 run, third half-century of the competition for Ponting, driven down the ground to long-on

20.6

Swann to Watson, SIX, didn't get hold of it, not as much as he wanted to, tossed up on middle and he slog-swept it over long-on, the fielder had to run a few paces back towards the ropes, Luke Wright, and he got his hands to it as he tried to cup that over his head but ended up palming it over the ropes

Will go down as a dropped chance, that. He had come a few paces in, and had to run back, the contact with the ball was made well inside the ropes and he couldn't quite hold on

End of over 21 (9 runs) Australia 107/1 (151 runs required from 29 overs, RR: 5.09, RRR: 5.20)
SR Watson    47* (64b 4x4 1x6)      GP Swann    2-0-13-0
RT Ponting    50* (58b 7x4)      PD Collingwood    4-0-12-0

21.1

Collingwood to Ponting, 1 run, pushed down to long-on for a single

21.2

Collingwood to Watson, no run

21.3

Collingwood to Watson, 1 run, worked away off the back foot into the leg side for a single

21.4

Collingwood to Ponting, no run, lands on a good length outside off, pushed down towards cover

21.5

Collingwood to Ponting, 1 run, pushed off the front foot through cover for a single

21.6

Collingwood to Watson, 1 run, angling it towards middle, driven through to long-on for a single

End of over 22 (4 runs) Australia 111/1 (147 runs required from 28 overs, RR: 5.04, RRR: 5.25)
SR Watson    49* (67b 4x4 1x6)      PD Collingwood    5-0-16-0
RT Ponting    52* (61b 7x4)      GP Swann    2-0-13-0

David: "That's an odd remark, Darren. The bowlers haven't faded, they're still carrying on, bowling just as well in county cricket as they always did. It's the selectors that are so fickle, especially when it comes to spinners. One bad game and you're dead. No other country has such a short memory."

22.1

Swann to Watson, no run, tossed up outside off, covers it well, closes the face and turns it to midwicket

22.2

Swann to Watson, 1 run, Watson reaches his half-century with that drive to long-off, had a poor start to the series and he'll be relieved to reach that landmark

22.3

Swann to Ponting, 1 run, short outside off, cut down towards deep point for a single

22.4

Swann to Watson, no run, bowled quicker at 96.9 kmph, pushed back to the bowler

22.5

Swann to Watson, 1 run, turned away off the front foot wide of midwicket for one more

22.6

Swann to Ponting, 1 run, straight on middle, tickles it in front of long leg for a single to keep the strike

End of over 23 (4 runs) Australia 115/1 (143 runs required from 27 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 5.29)
RT Ponting    54* (63b 7x4)      GP Swann    3-0-17-0
SR Watson    51* (71b 4x4 1x6)      PD Collingwood    5-0-16-0

23.1

Collingwood to Ponting, no run, bowled on a good length on middle, defended back to the bowler

23.2

Collingwood to Ponting, 1 run, bowled on a good length on middle, glanced down to fine leg for a single

23.3

Collingwood to Watson, 1 run, fullish on the off stump, driven uppishly just wide of Ponting for a single

23.4

Collingwood to Ponting, 1 run, slower one bowled short outside off, guided down to third man for a single

23.5

Collingwood to Watson, no run, back of a length on middle, pushed off the back foot to midwicket

23.6

Collingwood to Watson, no run, nipped back in from a good length outside off, is struck high on the pads as he tries to jab it down to third man

Totally harmless stuff from England here. The game's slipping away from them.

End of over 24 (3 runs) Australia 118/1 (140 runs required from 26 overs, RR: 4.91, RRR: 5.38)
SR Watson    52* (74b 4x4 1x6)      PD Collingwood    6-0-19-0
RT Ponting    56* (66b 7x4)      GP Swann    3-0-17-0

Anderson's been brought back, England desperately need a wicket

24.1

Anderson to Ponting, no run, angling in towards middle, comes across and works it down to midwicket

24.2

Anderson to Ponting, 2 runs, shot! Bowled full outside off, driven wide of an extra cover into the deep for a couple more

24.3

Anderson to Ponting, no run, short of a good length on the off, gets back and defends it onto the pitch

24.4

Anderson to Ponting, 1 run, short of a good length outside off, plugged down through the off side to deep point

Strauss and Anderson are having an extended chat. Plenty of singles on offer now. A few fielders ought to come in

24.5

Anderson to Watson, no run, back of a length on the off, pushed back to the bowler

24.6

Anderson to Watson, no run, hurling it on middle and leg, defended to midwicket

It's been a fairly one-sided contest in this innings so far. Kanishkaa will take over now. We'll see if things change. Adios!

End of over 25 (3 runs) Australia 121/1 (137 runs required from 25 overs, RR: 4.84, RRR: 5.48)
SR Watson    52* (76b 4x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    5-0-27-0
RT Ponting    59* (70b 7x4)      PD Collingwood    6-0-19-0

Thanks Sid. Australia are coasting here.

25.1

Collingwood to Ponting, 1 run, sides down the leg side and he easily tickles it away

25.2

Collingwood to Watson, 1 run, gets a little adventurous by chipping it in the air but the ball dips and lands in front of long-on

25.3

Collingwood to Ponting, 1 run, gets beside the line and steers it to deep point

25.4

Collingwood to Watson, 1 run, opens the blade and angles it down to third man

25.5

Collingwood to Ponting, FOUR, Ponting knew where the fielder was, friendly half volley, the slower delivery and Ponting lofts through the line and clears mid-off

25.6

Collingwood to Ponting, no run, gets behind the line and defends

End of over 26 (8 runs) Australia 129/1 (129 runs required from 24 overs, RR: 4.96, RRR: 5.37)
RT Ponting    65* (74b 8x4)      PD Collingwood    7-0-27-0
SR Watson    54* (78b 4x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    5-0-27-0

26.1

Anderson to Watson, no run, fullish in length and firmly driven past the bowler and down to mid-off

26.2

Anderson to Watson, 1 run, bowls a half volley on the pads and he easily works it behind square on the on side

26.3

Anderson to Ponting, no run, how close was that to the outside edge? Lovely delivery, just holds its line and beats Ponting who gets forward and shapes to play the off drive

26.4

Anderson to Ponting, no run, gets bat on ball this time and pushes him to cover

26.5

Anderson to Ponting, 1 run, aims for the yorker length and Ponting gets across and pushes a low full toss through the line to long-on

26.6

Anderson to Watson, 1 run, makes use of the width outside off to glide it down to third man

End of over 27 (3 runs) Australia 132/1 (126 runs required from 23 overs, RR: 4.88, RRR: 5.47)
SR Watson    56* (81b 4x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    6-0-30-0
RT Ponting    66* (77b 8x4)      PD Collingwood    7-0-27-0

Swann to bowl now

27.1

Swann to Watson, no run, gets right across his stumps and tucks it with the turn to short fine leg

27.2

Swann to Watson, no run, goes across and pushes it down to midwicket

27.3

Swann to Watson, 1 run, fullish on middle and leg, pushed down the ground to long-on

27.4

Swann to Ponting, no run, quicker through the air and tucked to square leg

27.5

Swann to Ponting, 1 run, comes down the track and chips it in the air but the ball drops well short of Morgan at deep midwicket

27.6

Swann to Watson, SIX, Watson favours the on side too and this time he gets a lot of elevation, gets down for the slog sweep and sends the ball over deep midwicket, disturbs the peace at the grass embankment

End of over 28 (8 runs) Australia 140/1 (118 runs required from 22 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 5.36)
SR Watson    63* (85b 4x4 2x6)      GP Swann    4-0-25-0
RT Ponting    67* (79b 8x4)      JM Anderson    6-0-30-0

Onions to replace Anderson

28.1

Onions to Ponting, FOUR, and Ponting gets to 12,000 ODI runs in style! Onions drops it short of a length and Ponting swivels, nearly loses his balance and pulls to deep square leg

28.2

Onions to Ponting, no run, gets right across his stumps and shoulders arms

28.3

Onions to Ponting, no run, gets behind the line and defends

28.4

Onions to Ponting, 1 run, Ponting drives on the front foot and a misfield at short cover allows a single

28.5

Onions to Watson, no run, digs it in short and wide outside off and Watson shapes to play at it but changes and mind and watches it through to the keeper maybe expecting a wide

28.6

Onions to Watson, no run, gets across and punches it down to mid-on

End of over 29 (5 runs) Australia 145/1 (113 runs required from 21 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 5.38)
SR Watson    63* (87b 4x4 2x6)      G Onions    7-0-38-1
RT Ponting    72* (83b 9x4)      GP Swann    4-0-25-0

29.1

Swann to Ponting, 1 run, flighted on middle and leg and clipped to fine leg

29.2

Swann to Watson, no run, bowls it flatter and quicker, he makes room and dabs it to short third man

29.3

Swann to Watson, 1 run, flighted on middle and leg and pushed through the line to long-on

29.4

Swann to Ponting, 2 runs, premeditated paddle and places it to fine leg

29.5

Swann to Ponting, no run, quick through the air and defended to cover

29.6

Swann to Ponting, 2 runs

End of over 30 (6 runs) Australia 151/1 (107 runs required from 20 overs, RR: 5.03, RRR: 5.35)
RT Ponting    77* (87b 9x4)      GP Swann    5-0-31-0
SR Watson    64* (89b 4x4 2x6)      G Onions    7-0-38-1

30.1

Onions to Watson, no run

30.2

Onions to Watson, FOUR, drops it fractionally short on the off stump and it's not the ideal length to keep Watson quiet, he seizes on it quickly and clubs it over midwicket

30.3

Onions to Watson, no run, gets beside the line and taps it to point

30.4

Onions to Watson, 1 run, runs it down to third man, these two have added 150

30.5

Onions to Ponting, FOUR, easy does it, drops it short again, this time Ponting swivels, manages to maintain his balance and pulls behind square, just manages to beat fine leg who's square

30.6

Onions to Ponting, no run, gets forward and taps it to the off side

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End of over 31 (9 runs) Australia 160/1 (98 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 5.16, RRR: 5.15)
RT Ponting    81* (89b 10x4)      G Onions    8-0-47-1
SR Watson    69* (93b 5x4 2x6)      GP Swann    5-0-31-0

Luke Wright to bowl

31.1

Wright to Watson, no run, gives him a hint of width outside off and he easily dabs it to third man

For men in the circle on the off side

31.2

Wright to Watson, no run, chops it straight to short point

31.3

Wright to Watson, 2 runs, not the best of pull shots but he clears the infield and manages to place it well clear of any fielder

31.4

Wright to Watson, 2 runs, deftly bisects the smallish gap at point and third man runs across to mop up

31.5

Wright to Watson, no run, hangs his bat out and deftly angles it down to Strauss at short point

31.6

Wright to Watson, 1 run, hits the deck hard outside off and he slashes and the top edge flies towards third man

End of over 32 (5 runs) Australia 165/1 (93 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 5.15, RRR: 5.16)
SR Watson    74* (99b 5x4 2x6)      LJ Wright    1-0-5-0
RT Ponting    81* (89b 10x4)      G Onions    8-0-47-1

32.1

Shah to Watson, FOUR, he punishes a long hop, Watson gets on his knee and clubs it over square leg, well clear of any fielder

32.2

Shah to Watson, 1 run, flighted on middle and leg, he works it to midwicket

32.3

Shah to Ponting, 1 run

32.4

Shah to Watson, FOUR, lots of power on that, flighted on middle and leg, Watson gets his weight behind it and pushes it firmly past midwicket, really tests the fielder in the deep

32.5

Shah to Watson, 1 run

32.6

Shah to Ponting, no run, gets forward and defends

End of over 33 (11 runs) Australia 176/1 (82 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 5.33, RRR: 4.82)
RT Ponting    82* (91b 10x4)      OA Shah    1-0-11-0
SR Watson    84* (103b 7x4 2x6)      LJ Wright    1-0-5-0

33.1

Wright to Watson, no run, chips it in the air but the ball falls in front of mid-on

33.2

Wright to Watson, no run, stays behind the line and punches it towards mid-off

33.3

Wright to Watson, 1 run, gets a bit of width outside off but chops it down to point

33.4

Wright to Ponting, 1 run, Wright drops the ball short on seeing the batsman advance, Ponting ends up lashing it over point

33.5

Wright to Watson, 1 run, tucks a low full toss to mid-on and Shah has a shy at the stumps, Watson was in a bit of trouble there

33.6

Wright to Ponting, 1 run, gets beside the line and chops it down to cover

Charlie has an unusual request: "Can you fix the scoring again? It says Australia are 180 for 1 - can you make it, say, 150 for 6 please?"

Sorry Charlie. If we ever did that, we'd be slammed for being pro-England!

Apoorv Singhal: "Remember Ponting's resolute face sporting a dark purple bruise in the post Ashes ceremony? Many of us wondered how long Ponting could be the aplomb enigma he's been for the better part of this decade, whether that flourishing backlift could intimidate bowlers as it used to. Well he's just sent this message to all the title contenders. You could put 400 runs on the board or reduce Australia to 0 for 3, if you haven't got him out, you haven't won yet."

End of over 34 (4 runs) Australia 180/1 (78 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 5.29, RRR: 4.87)
RT Ponting    84* (93b 10x4)      LJ Wright    2-0-9-0
SR Watson    86* (107b 7x4 2x6)      OA Shah    1-0-11-0

34.1

Bresnan to Ponting, no run, lands it on a good length on the off stump and firmly defended

34.2

Bresnan to Ponting, SIX, he wants to finish this quickly, hits a good length on middle and Ponting picks the length early and clubs a flat six over deep square leg

34.3

Bresnan to Ponting, 1 run, gets beside the line and cuts to the off side

34.4

Bresnan to Watson, FOUR, overpitched outside off and Watson bends his knee slightly and plays an exquisite drive to beat the arc between mid-off and cover

34.5

Bresnan to Watson, 1 run, holds the length back outside off and he punches it wide of point

34.6

Bresnan to Ponting, 1 run, gets forward to a full delivery and drives wide of cover

End of over 35 (13 runs) Australia 193/1 (65 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 5.51, RRR: 4.33)
RT Ponting    92* (97b 10x4 1x6)      TT Bresnan    6-0-37-0
SR Watson    91* (109b 8x4 2x6)      LJ Wright    2-0-9-0

35.1

Wright to Ponting, no run, full on middle and leg and pushes it to mid-on, a direct hit by Shah sends the stumps flying but the batsman's home

35.2

Wright to Ponting, 2 runs, slightly short and he pulls to deep midwicket, puts pressure on the fielder by going for the second run

35.3

Wright to Ponting, 1 run, yet another pull but more behind square on the on side

35.4

Wright to Watson, 1 run, bends his knee and deftly angles it towards point who dives and palms it away

35.5

Wright to Ponting, 1 run, fullish in length outside off and driven towards cover

35.6

Wright to Watson, FOUR, wide deliveries will not help England's cause, Watson bends his knees, reaches out and cuts very firmly square of the wicket and beats point and third man comfortably

End of over 36 (9 runs) Australia 202/1 (56 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 5.61, RRR: 4.00)
SR Watson    96* (111b 9x4 2x6)      LJ Wright    3-0-18-0
RT Ponting    96* (101b 10x4 1x6)      TT Bresnan    6-0-37-0

36.1

Bresnan to Ponting, no run, stays beside the line and chops it to the off side

36.2

Bresnan to Ponting, no run, walks across his stumps and chops it towards cover

36.3

Bresnan to Ponting, FOUR, gets to his hundred with a crispy cover drive, gets his bat and body behind a half volley and pierces the gap between mid-off and cover with little effort

36.4

Bresnan to Ponting, no run, taps it back to Bresnan

36.5

Bresnan to Ponting, 1 run, fullish outside off and driven down to sweeper cover

36.6

Bresnan to Watson, no run, hits the deck hard outside off and the bouncer hurries on to Watson who swings and misses

This is Ponting at his very best. Reminds me of his ton at Trent Bridge very recently.

End of over 37 (5 runs) Australia 207/1 (51 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 5.59, RRR: 3.92)
SR Watson    96* (112b 9x4 2x6)      TT Bresnan    7-0-42-0
RT Ponting    101* (106b 11x4 1x6)      LJ Wright    3-0-18-0

37.1

Anderson to Ponting, 1 run, full outside off and driven past point

37.2

Anderson to Watson, no run, stays beside the line and taps it to the off side

37.3

Anderson to Watson, no run, gets across his stumps and taps it back to the bowler

37.4

Anderson to Watson, SIX, gets to his hundred with a statement of intent, Anderson drops it a fraction short and Watson swivels and clubs a flat six over deep midwicket, he raises his arms as soon as the ball flies off the bat, emotional moment for the injury-prone Watson, well done Shane

37.5

Anderson to Watson, 1 run, short outside off and he runs it down to third man

37.6

Anderson to Ponting, no run

End of over 38 (8 runs) Australia 215/1 (43 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 5.65, RRR: 3.58)
RT Ponting    102* (108b 11x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    7-0-38-0
SR Watson    103* (116b 9x4 3x6)      TT Bresnan    7-0-42-0

This is the fifth time an Australian second-wicket pair has added 200 or more runs in ODIs

38.1

Bresnan to Watson, no run, tucks it to the on side

38.2

Bresnan to Watson, no run, goes for a booming pull and swishes at thin air

38.3

Bresnan to Watson, SIX, this time he connects and how! Short outside off and Watson clubs it with all his might and clears deep midwicket, the spectator at the grass embankment tries to catch it but the ball strikes his head, no wonder Watson looked so concerned for a few seconds

38.4

Bresnan to Watson, 1 run, plays it to sweeper cove

38.5

Bresnan to Ponting, 1 run, pushes it down to backward point

38.6

Bresnan to Watson, 1 run, not short enough to pull, he places it to square leg

End of over 39 (9 runs) Australia 224/1 (34 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 5.74, RRR: 3.09)
SR Watson    111* (121b 9x4 4x6)      TT Bresnan    8-0-51-0
RT Ponting    103* (109b 11x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    7-0-38-0

39.1

Anderson to Watson, 1 run, opens the face of the bat and runs it down to third man

39.2

Anderson to Ponting, 1 run, gets an inside edge but the ball trickles past the stumps

39.3

Anderson to Watson, no run, stays right behind the line and taps it to mid-on

39.4

Anderson to Watson, no run, gets behind the line again and defends

39.5

Anderson to Watson, no run, clips it towards short midwicket and tells his partner to stay back

39.6

Anderson to Watson, FOUR, short down the leg side and the batsman can't resist a hook, the ball balloons off the top edge and just clears Davies who leaps in vain

End of over 40 (6 runs) Australia 230/1 (28 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 5.75, RRR: 2.80)
SR Watson    116* (126b 10x4 4x6)      JM Anderson    8-0-44-0
RT Ponting    104* (110b 11x4 1x6)      TT Bresnan    8-0-51-0

They've taken the 3rd Powerplay

40.1

Collingwood to Ponting, FOUR, four less needed, friendly long hop from Collingwood and Ponting bends his knee slightly and exploits the yawning gap at deep square leg

The highest partnership for any wicket for Australia in ODIs is 237. This pair is well within reach of breaking that record.

40.2

Collingwood to Ponting, 1 run, full on the off stump and pushed to mid-off

40.3

Collingwood to Watson, SIX, he's making a living out of flat sixes today, friendly short delivery, he clubs it over deep square, no casualties in the crowd this time, thankfully

40.4

Collingwood to Watson, no run, cuts it straight to point

40.5

Collingwood to Watson, SIX, if you're somewhere behind deep square leg reading this, please take cover! Watson's just having a blast bashing them around, flat and quick off the bat, this man has tremendous bat speed, luckily the kids at the grass embankment were alert enough

40.6

Collingwood to Watson, SIX, this time he clears wide long-on, fuller in length, he gets on his knee and enjoys a free swing of the arms

End of over 41 (23 runs) Australia 253/1 (5 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 6.17, RRR: 0.55)
SR Watson    134* (130b 10x4 7x6)      PD Collingwood    8-0-50-0
RT Ponting    109* (112b 12x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    8-0-44-0

41.1

Anderson to Ponting, 1 leg bye, slides on the pads and the ball trickles away to square leg

41.2

Anderson to Watson, 1 run, gets forward to a full delivery and pushes it down to mid-off

41.3

Anderson to Ponting, 1 run, full on middle and leg and he works it down to long-on

41.4

Anderson to Watson, 1 run, swivels and attempts a pull but he keeps it along the ground to fine leg

41.5

Anderson to Ponting, 1 run, plays a checked drive down towards point and scampers a single, beats the throw at the bowler's end and Australia complete a nine-wicket rout

Ponting and Watson make light work of this target. We said at the interval that England did a commendable job by pushing the score to a level which could make Australia sweat. Perhaps another 70 runs would have been safe. It just shows how an in-form Ponting makes such a difference to Australia's fortunes. That rubbed off on Watson, who blazed his way with frightening pulls.

So the defending champions progress to their second consecutive final. Stay with us for the presentation.

Strauss: When you lose 6 for 100 runs it's always difficult to get back but Bresnan and Wright did well. Our shots didn't come off today. We can take a lot from this tournament but Australia outplayed us today. They've got a good mix. It was disappointing to lose Broad but Bresnan did magnificently with the bat."

Ponting: I thought we got a little carried away in the middle overs, looking for wickets but the England pair did really well. There's a lot of energy in this group, we're in the final so well done everybody. I told the boys that every ball we face is a contest. Personal stats don't always motivate me, I look to finish the job for my team. Watson's peaking at the right time. His spell to the left-handers was terrific."

Watson is the Man of the Match: "It (my form) couldn't get much worse at the start of the tournament. Ricky spoke to me a lot through the innings. Hopefully the injuries are behind me now. It was a beautiful wicket out there. It is time for me and others to put out hands up for this team after losing a lot of senior guys."

We shall find out tomorrow who meets Australia in the finals. It's another day-nighter, this time at the Wanderers between Pakistan and New Zealand, starting at 12.30 GMT. Thanks for your company today and all the mails.

On behalf of Sid Talya, this is Kanishkaa signing off. Cheers guys!

Tournament Results
Australia v New Zealand at Centurion - Oct 5, 2009
Australia won by 6 wickets (with 28 balls remaining)
New Zealand v Pakistan at Johannesburg - Oct 3, 2009
New Zealand won by 5 wickets (with 13 balls remaining)
Australia v England at Centurion - Oct 2, 2009
Australia won by 9 wickets (with 49 balls remaining)
India v West Indies at Johannesburg - Sep 30, 2009
India won by 7 wickets (with 107 balls remaining)
Australia v Pakistan at Centurion - Sep 30, 2009
Australia won by 2 wickets (with 0 balls remaining)
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Oct 2, 2009

Andrew Strauss is frustrated, Australia v England, 1st semi-final, ICC Champions Trophy, Centurion, October 2, 2009

Andrew Strauss is frustrated

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Oct 2, 2009

Ricky Ponting celebrates his hundred, Australia v England, 1st semi-final, ICC Champions Trophy, Centurion, October 2, 2009

Ricky Ponting celebrates his hundred

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