ICC Champions Trophy - 1st semi final

Australia v England

Australia won by 9 wickets (with 49 balls remaining)

2.30pm The teams have made their way out in the middle. Strauss and Denly will open, the captain to take strike. Brett Lee will start things off for Australia. Two slips, Off we go.

2.28pm A few e-mails about what happens if this game ends in a washout. If following a tie, weather conditions prevent the one over eliminator from being completed, or if the match is a no result, then the group winners shall progress to the Final.

2.22pm Time for the anthems. Just a trickle of fans at the ground at this point, but given the teams playing the fixture, we should have a near-capacity crowd soon. The players come out with kids dressed in whites. Ok, here we go.

Richard Morris has this beauty: "I once watched a match at Edgbaston when Warwickshire had 3 test wicketkeepers in the team. And someone else was keeping wicket! Rohan Kanhai had long since hung up his gloves. Deryck Murray, the regular keeper, had got a slight knock. And Alan (AC) Smith had been picked for his bowling! So John Jameson was behind the timbers."

Andy: "You might give some thought to why England felt the need to bring in a specialist keeper for this game. Did Morgan do anything wrong? Not much, so far as I could make out. Possibly missed a sharp stumping, but did a wonderful piece of work to effect a run-out. If Morgan had kept the gloves in this game, they could have played an extra batsman. Oh dear - that would have meant Ravi Bopara, wouldn't it? Maybe that was the reason"

We'll hear renditions of "God save the Queen" and "Advance Australia Fair" in just a while. One must commend the people who sing these anthems, they've spent quite some time learning them - about eight tunes in all - and do a pretty good job singing them too.

Here's the weather forecast. "Cloudy at times with showers and thundershowers." How wonderful! The perfect recipe for a semi-final! Fingers crossed.

David Coates: "trescothick was a stand in keeper for a bit as well and davies has actually already played international cricket in a T20 vs the West Indies last year."

Michael: "Regarding the wicketkeepers England have used in past few years. We can't forget the legend that is Vikram Solanki!" Someone also mentioned Owais Shah. Have they kept wicket? When was it?

2.10pm The annual ICC Awards were held in Johannesburg last night. Mitchell Johnson was named Cricketer of the Year. Kamran Abbasi, who writes the Pak Spin blog for us, thinks the event was a bit of a farce.

Grant sends us this: "Maybe this is one for "Ask Steven", but could you guys maybe tell me how many wicket keepers have England have in all forms of cricket over the past 5 years odd? I am probably leaving a few out, but I think It's probably around 10? Jones, Nixon, Mustard, Ambrose, Prior, Read, Foster, Davies if he plays today (plus substitute 'keepers (Collingwood, Morgan etc)"

2.05pm Have you checked out Page 2, our microsite. Here's just an indication of what you can expect out of it. Andrew Hughes makes a traitorous confession: he doesn't much care for England. Straussy, Swanny, Dhoni and others feature prominently in Page 2's look back at the Champions Trophy so far.

2.00pm Toss It's gotten much brighter at SuperSport Park. England win the toss, and bat. "The way we've played recently, we feel we can beat most sides, " says Strauss. Ponting says he would have batted, but thinks the conditions might just favour the bowlers for the first few overs. Australia are unchanged, as said earlier.

1.50pm I'm Sid Talya taking you through for the first-quarter of this game. We've got some team news now. Broad and Sidebottom are out, Bresnan and Onions come in. Davies will keep wicket in the absence of Prior. Some news of Australia retaining the same team that beat Pakistan. We'll get that confirmed at the toss in a few minutes.

1.45pm Let's take a peek at our specials panel today. S Rajesh, our Stats Editor, in his weekly column Numbers Game wonder's what's gone wrong with Misbah-ul-Haq. Nagraj Gollapudi interviews former South Africa wicketkeeper Dave Richardson - he's now the ICC's general manager of cricket. He speaks of South Africa's re-entry into international cricket, the 90s, Hansie Cronje, his own career and much more.

Check out our video preview to this game.

1.38pm The experts say the pitch is a good one for batting. Ponting's having a close look at the surface now. A hint of grass on the track, remember it's a new one, prepared especially for this game. The older track, the experts say, had a bit more moisture in it, but this one appears to have more runs on it. The conditions, though, are still overcast, so we'll just have to wait for the toss.

1.32pm More interesting stuff on this game. Osman Samiuddin, who's in Centurion, wonders if England can continue to raise eyebrows given their recent mediocrity in this format of the game. Nathan Hauritz spoke at a press conference yesterday, and downplayed the 6-1 win. S Rajesh gives us the stats preview, the conclusion is fairly straightforward.

For Australia, Michael Clarke has been ruled out and David Hussey has taken his place, though it's not likely he'll play a part in this match.

Some team news to begin with. Matt Prior won't be playing, he's being laid low by a virus and Steven Davies has been called up as his replacement. A bigger concern is Stuart Broad, who, sadly for him, has torn his buttock muscle and is a doubt for this match. If he doesn't play, Graham Onions could be recalled, or even Adil Rashid may be given a go. We'll wait for some more info on that front. Meanwhile, read Andrew McGlashan's preview to the game.

1.30pm local time Hello and welcome to the first semi-final of the Champions Trophy, as old foes England and Australia clash in Centurion. Australia made it through to the knockout stage courtesy that nerve-wracking ninth-wicket stand between Brett Lee and Nathan Hauritz, and will feel they have an edge going into this game given the hammering they inflicted on England in the ODI series. England have done well in this competition, barring that collapse on an unforgiving pitch in Johannesburg against New Zealand, but the conditions here are different.

0.1

Lee to Strauss, no run, short and side, Strauss chased it, went for the cut but ended mistiming it to point

0.2

Lee to Strauss, no run, pitched up this time, just on a good length outside off, appeared to hold its line, watches it through to the keeper

0.3

Lee to Strauss, no run, comes back in from a good length outside off, fends it away into the leg side

Here's the clarification if there's a washout - If following a tie, weather conditions prevent the one over eliminator from being completed, or if the match is a no result, then the group winners shall progress to the Final.

0.4

Lee to Strauss, FOUR, short and wide, goes for it and it pays off, cut away hard through point for a boundary

0.5

Lee to Strauss, 1 run, bowled full outside off, driven wide of mid-off and extra cover for a single

0.6

Lee to Denly, no run, bowled on a good length on middle, gets on the back foot and pushes it down towards midwicket

End of over 1 (5 runs) England 5/0 (RR: 5.00)
JL Denly    0* (1b)      B Lee    1-0-5-0
AJ Strauss    5* (5b 1x4)     

Siddle, the ICC's Emerging Player of the Year, comes on to bowl

1.1

Siddle to Strauss, no run, bowls it on a good length on middle, turns it into the leg side towards midwicket

1.2

Siddle to Strauss, no run, beaten! Took off after landing, short on middle and beat the outside edge as it moved away with some extra bounce as Strauss tried to withdraw, excellent carry to the keeper

1.3

Siddle to Strauss, SIX, that's gone all the way! Banged it in short, Strauss was late on the pull but it proved effective, got the top edge and cleared third man comfortably, six!

1.4

Siddle to Strauss, 3 runs, pitched it full this time, driven wide of Johnson at mid-off for three runs, good intent from Strauss here

1.5

Siddle to Denly, 1 run, back of a length outside off, bowled at 141.7 kmph, angles it wide of Hussey at point and scampers through for a single

1.6

Siddle to Strauss, OUT, brilliant catch by Hopes! Strauss had timed it well, it was bowled full on leg stump, he clipped it elegantly but uppishly, Hopes threw himself to his left at square leg and plucked it inches from the ground

AJ Strauss c Hopes b Siddle 14 (9m 10b 1x4 1x6) SR: 140.00

A positive start from Strauss undone by some sharp fielding, Australia have struck early

End of over 2 (10 runs) England 15/1 (RR: 7.50)
     PM Siddle    1-0-10-1
JL Denly    1* (2b)      B Lee    1-0-5-0

Lee to continue

2.1

Lee to Denly, no run, short of a good length on leg stump, pushed into the leg side towards midwicket

2.2

Lee to Denly, 1 run, back of a length on middle, turned away into the leg side wide of square leg for a single

2.3

Lee to Shah, no run, short of a good length outside off, moved away a hint, he played at it, got a thick outside edge but it landed short of second slip

Shah to face

2.4

Lee to Shah, OUT, gone! Short on leg stump, Shah walks across to tickle it fine, gets a faint touch and it goes through to Paine, two down are England and they've been hit early, Paine took a good catch diving well to his left

OA Shah c †Paine b Lee 0 (3m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

A wicket apiece for the two seamers. Getting caught down the leg side is a touch unfortunate, but Australia will take it. Collingwood comes in amid a bit of a top-order crisis

2.5

Lee to Collingwood, no run, back of a length on the off, taps it back down onto the pitch

2.6

Lee to Collingwood, no run, back of a length on the off, tries to turn it to midwicket, gets an inside edge onto his thighs

End of over 3 (1 run) England 16/2 (RR: 5.33)
PD Collingwood    0* (2b)      B Lee    2-0-6-1
JL Denly    2* (4b)      PM Siddle    1-0-10-1

The one-over eliminator will be held only if the game is a tie. If the match is a washout, the team that topped it's group goes through, and in this case it's Australia.

3.1

Siddle to Denly, no run, back of a length on the off, defended into the off side

3.2

Siddle to Denly, no run

3.3

Siddle to Denly, FOUR, good shot, bowled short and wide and he ensures he doesn't waste the opportunity, cutting it hard into the ground wide of the point fielder for a boundary

3.4

Siddle to Denly, no run, bowled full on the off and it's moving in, pushed into the leg side

3.5

Siddle to Denly, no run, bowled on a good length outside off, holds its line but he gets some good bounce, left alone to the keeper

3.6

Siddle to Denly, no run, pushed into the of side off the back foot

End of over 4 (4 runs) England 20/2 (RR: 5.00)
JL Denly    6* (10b 1x4)      PM Siddle    2-0-14-1
PD Collingwood    0* (2b)      B Lee    2-0-6-1

4.1

Lee to Collingwood, 2 runs, bowled short outside off, Collingwood senses a chance and pulls it through midwicket for two runs

4.2

Lee to Collingwood, FOUR, poor length, short and wide, bisects the gap between cover and point, just smacks it off the back foot and earns a boundary

4.3

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

4.4

Lee to Collingwood, (no ball) 1 run, oversteps, freehit coming, back of a length outside off, guided down to third man for a single

4.4

Lee to Denly, FOUR, bowled full outside off, moves away and rams it down the ground through mid-on for a boundary

4.5

Lee to Denly, no run, bowled on a good length on the off, moves forward, covers it well and defends it solidly to cover

4.6

Lee to Denly, no run, fullish, he's rock solid in defense as he plays it away into the off side

End of over 5 (12 runs) England 32/2 (RR: 6.40)
JL Denly    10* (13b 2x4)      B Lee    3-0-18-1
PD Collingwood    7* (6b 1x4)      PM Siddle    2-0-14-1

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5.1

Siddle to Collingwood, no run, back of a length on the off, moves back, stands tall and taps it to cover

5.2

Siddle to Collingwood, no run, angling in towards the off stump, gets across and defends it wide of the bowler

5.3

Siddle to Collingwood, 1 run, short of a good length on the off, tapped into the leg side in front of short fine for a single

5.4

Siddle to Denly, no run, short of a length on the off, moves back and dabs it short of cover

5.5

Siddle to Denly, no run, bowled full on the off, pushed through straight to extra cover

5.6

Siddle to Denly, no run, short of a good length on middle and off, defended in front of the bowler into the off side

End of over 6 (1 run) England 33/2 (RR: 5.50)
JL Denly    10* (16b 2x4)      PM Siddle    3-0-15-1
PD Collingwood    8* (9b 1x4)      B Lee    3-0-18-1

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6.1

Lee to Collingwood, no run, bowled on a good length on middle, shuffles across and works it to midwicket

6.2

Lee to Collingwood, no run, tight line outside off, gets towards it and presses it towards cover

6.3

Lee to Collingwood, no run, sharp fielding by Ponting, gets forward and defends it to extra cover and and the Australian captain records a direct hit at the striker's end but Collingwood isn't risking a single, not to Ponting

6.4

Lee to Collingwood, no run, bowled at 148 kmph just marginally outside off, gets across and pushes it back to the bowler

6.5

Lee to Collingwood, 1 run, full outside off, pushed firmly just wide of Ponting, maybe he got a finger to it, went wide of mid-off for a single

6.6

Lee to Denly, 1 run, angling it in towards off, drives it gently to a slightly deepish mid-off for a single

End of over 7 (2 runs) England 35/2 (RR: 5.00)
JL Denly    11* (17b 2x4)      B Lee    4-0-20-1
PD Collingwood    9* (14b 1x4)      PM Siddle    3-0-15-1

The pitch appears a good one for batting. Some good bounce for the seamers, but it's coming on nicely at this point. The two wickets that fell didn't have much to do with the pitch

7.1

Siddle to Denly, no run, bowled shortish on the off, pulled down straight to midwicket

7.2

Siddle to Denly, no run, bowled it short of a good length on the off, rocks back and defends it to cover

7.3

Siddle to Denly, no run, attempting to get it in the blockhole, digs it out back to the bowler

A hint of grass on the track, but it's a new one, freshly prepared and the batsmen wouldn't have too many complaints about it, not until now at least

7.4

Siddle to Denly, no run, unless you have more of these deliveries, the extra bounce again, took the batsman by surprise, shot off from a good length on the off and he took his bottom hand off to keep it down

7.5

Siddle to Denly, FOUR, beautifully timed, pitched up outside off, gets forward and eases it through that gap between cover and mid-off

A widish slip in place

7.6

Siddle to Denly, no run, back of a length on the off, rocks back and punches it down to mid-off

End of over 8 (4 runs) England 39/2 (RR: 4.87)
JL Denly    15* (23b 3x4)      PM Siddle    4-0-19-1
PD Collingwood    9* (14b 1x4)      B Lee    4-0-20-1

Doc: "The 1 over eliminator is as much of a farce as the ICC awards. Hope we never get to experience either again!"

Hopes into the attack now

8.1

Hopes to Collingwood, no run, bowled at 123kmph, lands on a good length on the off, jabs it down to mid-off

8.2

Hopes to Collingwood, FOUR, Collingwood's looking good, carrying forward his good form, full on the off stump, length delivery and he has a swing of the arms, crashing it over the bowler's head for a boundary

8.3

Hopes to Collingwood, FOUR, more conventional this time, an offdrive, overpitched and he gives it the treatment, smacking it through the covers for four more

8.4

Hopes to Collingwood, no run, short of a good length on the off, watchful this time as he nudges it wide of the bowler

8.5

Hopes to Collingwood, no run, back of a length outside off, cracked off the back foot straight to Ponting at short cover

8.6

Hopes to Collingwood, SIX, clears the ropes! Not quite bowled on a length there but he had made his mind up, got forward and just struck it through the line, launched it high and handsome over the ropes at long-on, well timed again

Hopes has been punished in his first over, Collingwood taking the attack to him. A positive start for England, Collingwood's not been restrained by those two wickets

End of over 9 (14 runs) England 53/2 (RR: 5.88)
PD Collingwood    23* (20b 3x4 1x6)      JR Hopes    1-0-14-0
JL Denly    15* (23b 3x4)      PM Siddle    4-0-19-1

The ICC Cricketer of the year comes on....

9.1

Johnson to Denly, 1 wide, ...and starts with a wide, down the leg side, concedes a free run

A slip and a short cover

9.1

Johnson to Denly, no run, short of a good length on the off, pushed to short cover

9.2

Johnson to Denly, 5 runs, run out chance missed, poor judgment by Denly, pushed to the right of Johnson, he just had to move a few steps, collect and take aim, he had plenty of time to do so but missed, and conceded overthrows the process, five runs in all, the single was never on

9.3

Johnson to Collingwood, FOUR, tremendous pull, back of a length on middle, moved across and dismissed it hard through square leg for a boundary

9.4

Johnson to Collingwood, FOUR, short and wide, bread and butter for Collingwood who cuts it disdainfully through point and cover, Johnson taking time to settle in here

9.5

Johnson to Collingwood, no run

9.6

Johnson to Collingwood, 1 run, he's making it look really easy here, short on middle, moves across,. swivels and pulls it down to fine leg for a single

15 off that over, England are racing away

End of over 10 (15 runs) England 68/2 (RR: 6.80)
PD Collingwood    32* (24b 5x4 1x6)      MG Johnson    1-0-15-0
JL Denly    20* (25b 3x4)      JR Hopes    1-0-14-0

The bowling powerplay has been taken. Watson to bowl now

10.1

Watson to Collingwood, 1 run, pushed wide of mid-off on the front foot for a single

10.2

Watson to Denly, 1 run, gets forward and taps it in front of cover for another easily taken single

10.3

Watson to Collingwood, no run, short of a good length on the off, jabs it towards point

10.4

Watson to Collingwood, no run, gave him the charge there, bowled it on a good length, pushed it respectfully towards mid-off

Dave from South Africa: "Good day cricket lovers! Will be leaving the office soon to go watch the game. 25% chance of showers but I don't envision any rain as yesterday, the forecast was 50% chance and it didn't rain, so we will definitely see a result here"

10.5

Watson to Collingwood, 1 run, getting it to leave the right hander just a hint, guided down to third man for a single

10.6

Watson to Denly, no run, beaten! Tempting line outside off, swings away as he is sucked into the drive, just escapes the outside edge

One of the few instances today of ball dominating bat

End of over 11 (3 runs) England 71/2 (RR: 6.45)
JL Denly    21* (27b 3x4)      SR Watson    1-0-3-0
PD Collingwood    34* (28b 5x4 1x6)      MG Johnson    1-0-15-0

11.1

Johnson to Collingwood, no run, angles it away from the right hander, short on the off, Collingwood taps it towards point

11.2

Johnson to Collingwood, OUT, got him, well taken by Paine! Collingwood was tempted to pull that , short on middle, shuffled and tried to pull it through square leg, the extra bounce did the trick there for Johnson and so did the pace, a thin touch to the glove and Paine snapped it one-handed timing his leap to perfection

PD Collingwood c †Paine b Johnson 34 (41m 30b 5x4 1x6) SR: 113.33

A crucial blow there, Collingwood was set and was looking dangerous. The partnership was worth 55, he was playing an attacking hand and his dismissal has pegged back England now

Morgan to face

11.3

Johnson to Morgan, no run, bowled fullish on the off, defended confidently down to cover

11.4

Johnson to Morgan, no run, back of a length on the off, moves across and taps it to cover

11.5

Johnson to Morgan, no run, fishing for it outside off, holds its line and he makes no contact

11.6

Johnson to Morgan, no run, short outside off, bowled at 142 kmph, leaves it be

Johnson ends a successful over, good comeback from that horrific first one where he went for 15. England have to rebuild now.

End of over 12 (wicket maiden) England 71/3 (RR: 5.91)
EJG Morgan    0* (4b)      MG Johnson    2-1-15-1
JL Denly    21* (27b 3x4)      SR Watson    1-0-3-0

12.1

Watson to Denly, FOUR, fine leg is a little too square,straying on the pads, Denly got a faint tickle to it and raced down to the fence

12.2

Watson to Denly, 1 run, bowled at 138.8kmph, square drive through point and cover for a single into the deep

Andrew: "Granted, in an ordinary match, the 1-over playoff is a silly idea, but this is a knockout event at the moment, so there has to be a way to decide who advances, and this at least has the merit of deciding it in a way that actually resembles cricket..."

12.3

Watson to Morgan, no run, getting it to shape away a hint from the left hander, defended towards point with a slightly open face

12.4

Watson to Morgan, 1 run, short of a good length outside off, gets a stride forward and runs it down to third man for a single

12.5

Watson to Denly, 1 run, tries to push it through cover but ends up getting a thick edge down to third man

12.6

Watson to Morgan, no run, beaten! Probing him outside off, Morgan prods at it, it comes back in a touch and deceives him with the extra bouncer, just escaped the outside edge

End of over 13 (7 runs) England 78/3 (RR: 6.00)
EJG Morgan    1* (7b)      SR Watson    2-0-10-0
JL Denly    27* (30b 4x4)      MG Johnson    2-1-15-1

13.1

Johnson to Denly, no run, bowled at 139.3 kmph, short on middle, punched back to the bowler

Joy: "Paine has been excellent both behind and in front of and behind the stumps. He's the 3rd choice keeper, just goes to show Australia's depth. Our world domination is bound to come back with such depth."

13.2

Johnson to Denly, no run, slowed it down, bowled it at 124.2 kmph, pushed off the back foot to cover

13.3

Johnson to Denly, no run, bowled full on the off, driven down sweetly but straight to mid-off

13.4

Johnson to Denly, no run, slower one bowled short outside off, at 125.3 kmph, cut down to point

13.5

Johnson to Denly, no run, a snorter that, bowled at 141 but appeared to come on to him a lot quicker than that, reacted a little late to that bouncer but all ok in the end

13.6

Johnson to Denly, 1 run, short outside off, the legcutter to the right hander, runs it down to third man to keep the strike

End of over 14 (1 run) England 79/3 (RR: 5.64)
JL Denly    28* (36b 4x4)      MG Johnson    3-1-16-1
EJG Morgan    1* (7b)      SR Watson    2-0-10-0

14.1

Watson to Denly, FOUR, straying on the pads, and yet again, just a faint tickle earns him a boundary, too square is the fine-leg fielder

14.2

Watson to Denly, 1 run, bowled on a good length on the off, taps it down to deep cover for a single

14.3

Watson to Morgan, no run, trying to get it to leave the left hander, shuffles a hint and knocks it down

14.4

Watson to Morgan, no run, short and wide, tries to chop it past point but it's too quick for him, makes no contact

14.5

Watson to Morgan, 1 run, Ponting misfields at short cover, driven to him on the bounce and he ends up palming it off to long-on

14.6

Watson to Denly, 1 run, nipping back in a hint, works it away wristily down to deep square leg for a single

England have maintained a healthy run-rate, but it has dipped since Collingwood's departure. Denly, though, has settled in fine and here's his chance to get something substantial. No demons in the pitch, just the extra bounce, so they can bank on these two, and Wright still to come.

End of over 15 (7 runs) England 86/3 (RR: 5.73)
JL Denly    34* (39b 5x4)      SR Watson    3-0-17-0
EJG Morgan    2* (10b)      MG Johnson    3-1-16-1

Kendall: "Ref Andrew: You are a dreamer...yes one over resembles cricket....so does one bowl also resemble cricket. Hey, a coin toss is also part of cricket....and its almost as equitable as a one-over decider!!! Stick to the coin, then it doesn't matter whether the better team wins or loses coz a one-over event is more a circus event than a decider. "

15.1

Johnson to Denly, no run, fullish on the off, pushed through the line to extra cover

15.2

Johnson to Denly, 1 run, short of a good length on middle, tucked down towards that squarish fine leg for a single

15.3

Johnson to Morgan, no run, cut uppishly but just short of Hussey at point, short and wide and he struggled to keep it down

A bit of action off the field, as the bees have formed a hive on one of the television cameras and there's a man, all covered up in a white jacket in a mask, trying to vaccum them up. Interesting stuff. He's also trying to smoke them out

15.4

Johnson to Morgan, 1 run, slower one bowled full outside off, pushed down to cover

15.5

Johnson to Denly, 1 wide

15.5

Johnson to Denly, 1 run, back of a length outside off, chopped down through cover for a single

15.6

Johnson to Morgan, 1 run, lands on a good length outside off, walks across and threads that into the deep on the off side for a single

End of over 16 (5 runs) England 91/3 (RR: 5.68)
EJG Morgan    4* (13b)      MG Johnson    4-1-21-1
JL Denly    36* (42b 5x4)      SR Watson    3-0-17-0

16.1

Watson to Morgan, no run, back of a length outside off, chopped down towards cover

16.2

Watson to Morgan, no run, slower one bowled full, at 117 kmph, pushed to short cover

16.3

Watson to Morgan, no run, bowled quick, and on a good length outside off, Morgan was caught walking down to that one, tried to push it past cover, failed to get his bat to it and was beaten

16.4

Watson to Morgan, no run, bowled at 138kmph, in that channel outside off, fishes for it and gets beaten again

16.5

Watson to Morgan, no run, nips back in just a hint, drops it down in front of point

16.6

Watson to Morgan, no run, lands full outside off, moves across and defends it to cover

The end of a maiden from Watson, Morgan's taking his time to get his eye in

End of over 17 (maiden) England 91/3 (RR: 5.35)
EJG Morgan    4* (19b)      SR Watson    4-1-17-0
JL Denly    36* (42b 5x4)      MG Johnson    4-1-21-1

Mark: "Re the Bee problem - How does pouring smoke (in) and trying to vacuum them (out) work????" Hence, the "interesting" bit. A bit of a contradiction there, really.

Siddle into the attack

17.1

Siddle to Denly, no run, bangs it short on middle, is struck on the ribs as he tries to work it away through midwicket

Miten: "Denly is in his 30s..oh oh...this is when he loves to get out!"

17.2

Siddle to Denly, OUT, got him! Short of a length outside off and gets it to move away, Denly chases it, trying to get it past point but gets a thick edge and Paine again does a good job stretching full length to his right and taking a smart catch

JL Denly c †Paine b Siddle 36 (85m 44b 5x4 0x6) SR: 81.81

What a timely comment, Denly's again got a start and squandered it. Morgan's got into a bit of a hole at one end, and it was Denly who was working it around for singles. He's gone now, Australia are in an excellent position. Davies comes in now.

He's on his ODI debut

17.3

Siddle to Davies, 3 runs, nice start, bowled full outside off, flicked away through square leg for three runs

17.4

Siddle to Morgan, 1 run, nips back in from a good length outside off, turns his bat to work it away but ends up getting a thick inside edge behind square

17.5

Siddle to Davies, 1 run, fullish outside of, dabs that wide of cover for a single

17.6

Siddle to Morgan, 1 run, back of a length outside off, cuts it down to point for a single

The bowling change has worked, Siddle has delivered in his first over of a new spell

End of over 18 (6 runs) England 97/4 (RR: 5.38)
EJG Morgan    6* (21b)      PM Siddle    5-0-25-2
SM Davies    4* (2b)      SR Watson    4-1-17-0

18.1

Watson to Morgan, 1 run, dropped by Hopes, a sitter, Morgan was clearly frustrated, bowled full outside off, tried to clear extra cover but he ended up slicing it towards deep point, plenty of time for Hopes to position himself, looked good to watch it through into his palms but spilled it in the end. Has turned 180 after that brilliant catch to dismiss Strauss

18.2

Watson to Davies, 1 run, cut away through point for a single

18.3

Watson to Morgan, no run, full and wide, pushed through to mid-off

18.4

Watson to Morgan, 1 run, back of a length outside off, goes for a cut, gets a thick edge down to third man for a single to bring up the 100

Tim: "I am concerned that Morgan is getting bogged down again, like he did against the Kiwis. He needs to find his touch soon, otherwise the scoring rate will drop and I'm not sure we have too much batting left."

18.5

Watson to Davies, OUT, Davies sent back early on his debut, nipped back in this time, short of a good length outside off, tried to defend it off the back foot, it moved in off the pitch just a hint, took the inside edge and knocked back the off stump

SM Davies b Watson 5 (7m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 125.00

England are in some trouble now. They've lost their last three wickets for 29, and the last two for 9. Wright comes in now, and he'll have to curb his natural instincts to be a little watchful after those quick wickets. Australia are on top on this good pitch

18.6

Watson to Wright, no run, shortish outside off, holds its line this time, left alone to the keeper

End of over 19 (3 runs) England 100/5 (RR: 5.26)
LJ Wright    0* (1b)      SR Watson    5-1-20-1
EJG Morgan    8* (24b)      PM Siddle    5-0-25-2

19.1

Siddle to Morgan, 1 run, bowled full outside off, driven down to deep cover for a single

Phil: "Re the Bee problem, the smoke makes them drowsy so that you can vacuum them away."

19.2

Siddle to Wright, no run, angling it in the pads, tries to drive it through midwicket, gets an inside edge onto his pads

David Franklin: "In Joe Denly's defence, it's actually the first time he's been out in the 30s in an ODI. I guess the point about him getting starts and not going on remains, though."

19.3

Siddle to Wright, no run, bowled full on the off, driven through to mid-on

19.4

Siddle to Wright, no run, bowled full on middle, pushed back to the bowler on the bounce, driven hard but straight to the bowler

19.5

Siddle to Wright, no run, sharp and quick bouncer at 145.2 kmph, Wright ducks under it comfortably

19.6

Siddle to Wright, no run, pushed down gently towards mid-on

End of over 20 (1 run) England 101/5 (RR: 5.05)
LJ Wright    0* (6b)      PM Siddle    6-0-26-2
EJG Morgan    9* (25b)      SR Watson    5-1-20-1

20.1

Watson to Morgan, no run, lands on a good length on the off, defended down towards cover

20.2

Watson to Morgan, OUT, Morgan's gone! Short outside off, just a fraction outside the off stump, goes for the cut, gets a thin edge straight to the keeper, perhaps too close to play that shot but he was struggling to get the runs

EJG Morgan c †Paine b Watson 9 (44m 27b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

The seamers have done an excellent job in the middle overs, Australia continue to chip away here. Morga was clearly uncomfortable out in the middle and has made a mess of that opportunity offered to him by Hopes. A poor innings. Bresnan comes in

A final mail on bees from Alastor: "From my animal husbandry days, smoke is supposed to calm bees. They think a fire is coming so they are distracted and are not paying attention to what you're doing (whether it's stealing their honey or vacuuming them up!)"

20.3

Watson to Bresnan, no run

20.4

Watson to Bresnan, no run, bowled fullish on the off, presents the full face and plays it back to the bowler

20.5

Watson to Bresnan, no run, short of a good length on the off, dropped off the back foot to cover

20.6

Watson to Bresnan, FOUR, attacking shot, bowled short outside off rocked back and pulled it hard over midwicket for a pressure-relieving boundary

Good to see he's making use of any chance on offer, players tend to waste them in dire situations like these

End of over 21 (4 runs) England 105/6 (RR: 5.00)
TT Bresnan    4* (4b 1x4)      SR Watson    6-1-24-2
LJ Wright    0* (6b)      PM Siddle    6-0-26-2

A silly mid-on in place

21.1

Siddle to Wright, 1 run, banged in short on middle, worked away to square leg for a single

21.2

Siddle to Bresnan, 1 run, short of a good length outside off, punched wide of cover and scampers through for a quick single

A bit of a niggle between Watson and Bresnan, and Bowden's stepped in

21.3

Siddle to Wright, 1 run, short and wide, cut down to third man for a single

21.4

Siddle to Bresnan, FOUR, lovely shot, full and wide, in the lot and he drove it handsomely through the line wide of the bowler and mid-off for a boundary

21.5

Siddle to Bresnan, 1 run, shortish outside off, tries to punch it away from his body, gets a thick inside edge wide of square leg for a single

21.6

Siddle to Wright, no run, lands on a good length outside off, driven firmly but straight to cover

End of over 22 (8 runs) England 113/6 (RR: 5.13)
LJ Wright    2* (9b)      PM Siddle    7-0-34-2
TT Bresnan    10* (7b 2x4)      SR Watson    6-1-24-2

Parko: "The smoke makes them drowsy? Sounds like a few parties i used to go to. Am I the only one who thinks Tim Paine is better behind the stumps then Haddin?" Nice change of subject, my friend.

22.1

Watson to Bresnan, no run, came back in just a hint, pushed off the back foot towards short cover

22.2

Watson to Bresnan, FOUR, came back in again and Bresnan's really lucky this time, just pushing at it off the crease, gets an inside edge down to the fine-leg boundary

22.3

Watson to Bresnan, no run, back of a length on the off, pushed into the off side

22.4

Watson to Bresnan, no run, the slower legcutter bowled at 114.5 kmph, tapped towards midwicket, Wright was interested in the single but Bresnan sent him back at the right time

22.5

Watson to Bresnan, no run, a hint of seam movement away from the batsman, in the channel outside off, left alone

22.6

Watson to Bresnan, no run, short of a good length on the off, knocked down to short cover

End of over 23 (4 runs) England 117/6 (RR: 5.08)
TT Bresnan    14* (13b 3x4)      SR Watson    7-1-28-2
LJ Wright    2* (9b)      PM Siddle    7-0-34-2

Chris Sleight: "I could have left work early to get home and watch this - but have a dentists appointment so it made sense to stay on and clear my desk before heading out. In hindsight I am glad I did - watching England put in another risible ODI performance (especially against the Aussies and after a promising start) has prepared me for what lies ahaed - surely it can't be any worse!!??"

Hauritz into the attack now

23.1

Hauritz to Wright, 1 run, short outside off, turns back in, smacked down to deep cover

23.2

Hauritz to Bresnan, no run, tossed it up just a fraction outside off, defended into the leg side

23.3

Hauritz to Bresnan, no run, pushed it fuller outside off, held its line, left alone

23.4

Hauritz to Bresnan, 1 run, threw it up on middle, worked away through to deep square leg

23.5

Hauritz to Wright, no run, shuffles well across, Hauritz slows it down, worked away to short fine

23.6

Hauritz to Wright, no run, flatter, turning in just a hint, pushed to short cover

Mickeyscan: "Police have apprehended 11 men masquerading as the England cricket team last week - they were seen acting out of character and profited greatly from the deception. Normal service has now been resumed."

End of over 24 (2 runs) England 119/6 (RR: 4.95)
LJ Wright    3* (12b)      NM Hauritz    1-0-2-0
TT Bresnan    15* (16b 3x4)      SR Watson    7-1-28-2

Johnson to bowl

24.1

Johnson to Bresnan, no run, swinging away there, bowled at 136.9 kmph, pitched it on a good length outside off, left alone

Round the wicket now

24.2

Johnson to Bresnan, 1 run, short outside off, chops it down to third man for a single

24.3

Johnson to Wright, FOUR, full and wide, drives at it hard, there's a widish slip in place but the thick outside edge is well past him, four more to the score

24.4

Johnson to Wright, no run, back of a length on the off, pushed down to cover from the crease

24.5

Johnson to Wright, 1 run, full and wide again and Wright chases it, driving it hard towards sweeper cover for a single

24.6

Johnson to Bresnan, no run, full on the off stump, pitched up, pushed down to mid-off for a single

Time for me to take a break. I'll pass the baton on to Kanishkaa to take you through the rest of the innings. Join you guys at the start of the Australian innings.

End of over 25 (6 runs) England 125/6 (RR: 5.00)
TT Bresnan    16* (19b 3x4)      MG Johnson    5-1-27-1
LJ Wright    8* (15b 1x4)      NM Hauritz    1-0-2-0

Thanks Sid. England need something big here. Wonder how difficult batting will be under lights.

25.1

Hauritz to Wright, 1 run, gets on his knee and sweeps to deep square leg

25.2

Hauritz to Bresnan, 1 run, tossed up on middle and leg and driven down the ground to long-on

25.3

Hauritz to Wright, 1 run, slower through the air, gets forward and knocks it to the on side

25.4

Hauritz to Bresnan, 1 run, shuffles and trickles it down to square leg

25.5

Hauritz to Wright, no run, slow through the air again and defended with soft hands

25.6

Hauritz to Wright, 1 run, commits early to the sweep and places it cleanly to deep square leg

Straussy, Swanny, Dhoni and others feature prominently in Page 2's look back at the Champions Trophy so far.

End of over 26 (5 runs) England 130/6 (RR: 5.00)
LJ Wright    11* (19b 1x4)      NM Hauritz    2-0-7-0
TT Bresnan    18* (21b 3x4)      MG Johnson    5-1-27-1

26.1

Johnson to Wright, 1 run, slower ball outside off and tapped to the off side

26.2

Johnson to Bresnan, 1 run, short of a length and clipped down to deep square leg

26.3

Johnson to Wright, no run, fired it on a full length on the off stump, he pushes it firmly back to Johnson who nearly back flicks it onto the stumps at the other end

26.4

Johnson to Wright, 1 run, dishes it out full and wide and he drives down to deep extra cover

26.5

Johnson to Bresnan, 1 run, just dropped short! Bresnan wasn't in full control of the pull but he hits it quite flat and Hopes at deep square runs forward and takes it on the bounce

26.6

Johnson to Wright, 1 run, gets forward and pushes it very firmly just wide of mid-off

End of over 27 (5 runs) England 135/6 (RR: 5.00)
LJ Wright    14* (23b 1x4)      MG Johnson    6-1-32-1
TT Bresnan    20* (23b 3x4)      NM Hauritz    2-0-7-0

27.1

Hauritz to Wright, no run, tosses it outside off and he opts to defend

27.2

Hauritz to Wright, 1 run, goes for a forceful drive off a full delivery and he finds sweeper cover

27.3

Hauritz to Bresnan, no run, full outside off and driven to extra cover

27.4

Hauritz to Bresnan, no run, tossed up outside off and defended on the front foot

27.5

Hauritz to Bresnan, 1 run, goes right across his stumps and clips it to deep square leg

27.6

Hauritz to Wright, 1 run, gets on his knee very early, exposes all three stumps and sweeps to short fine leg

End of over 28 (3 runs) England 138/6 (RR: 4.92)
LJ Wright    16* (26b 1x4)      NM Hauritz    3-0-10-0
TT Bresnan    21* (26b 3x4)      MG Johnson    6-1-32-1

28.1

Johnson to Wright, 1 run, pushes it to sweeper cover for a single

28.2

Johnson to Bresnan, 2 runs, lunges well forward to drive and the ball balloons off the top edge and rolls to third man

28.3

Johnson to Bresnan, 1 run, turns his wrists and clips him just wide of mid-on and has to scamper for that single, throw misses the stumps

28.4

Johnson to Wright, no run, comes round the wicket and Wright pushes it to mid-off

28.5

Johnson to Wright, no run, bends his knee and attempts a flashy square drive but he mistimes it and finds point

28.6

Johnson to Wright, no run, tries to slice it square of the wicket on the off side but he finds Hussey again at point

End of over 29 (4 runs) England 142/6 (RR: 4.89)
LJ Wright    17* (30b 1x4)      MG Johnson    7-1-36-1
TT Bresnan    24* (28b 3x4)      NM Hauritz    3-0-10-0

Paul: "Surely we must take the powerplay soon, two batsmen as in as any are going to be today? Don't leave it for Anderson and the last five overs, please!" Here's Lee

29.1

Lee to Bresnan, no run, on target straightaway on the off stump, Bresnan gets a half stride forward and defends

29.2

Lee to Bresnan, 1 run, fired in on a good length outside off and he's driven down to deep cover

29.3

Lee to Wright, no run, gets a bit of late swing inwards and the batsman ends up punching it straight back to the bowler

29.4

Lee to Wright, 1 wide, hits the deck hard and Aleem Dar penalises him for that bouncer, that was quick

29.4

Lee to Wright, no run, hops at the crease and steers it just wide of point and takes off but his partner sends him back

29.5

Lee to Wright, 1 run, stays beside the line and plays a punched drive to Ferguson at square third man

29.6

Lee to Bresnan, no run, nips back in off the seam and the batsman stays at the crease and nearly edges it onto the stumps

It's drinks. So far so good with this partnership which is now worth 44. Having said that, Australia have been quite disciplined.

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End of over 30 (3 runs) England 145/6 (RR: 4.83)
TT Bresnan    25* (31b 3x4)      B Lee    5-0-23-1
LJ Wright    18* (33b 1x4)      MG Johnson    7-1-36-1

30.1

Hauritz to Wright, 1 run, slow through the air, he waits for it to turn before cutting to deep point

30.2

Hauritz to Bresnan, no run, comes forward early and defends to the off side

30.3

Hauritz to Bresnan, 1 run, stays at the crease and times the punch very well to beat Hauritz who dives to his right

30.4

Hauritz to Wright, no run, quicker through the air, taps it to the off side and tells his partner to wait

30.5

Hauritz to Wright, no run, tries to swipe him across the line on bended knee and misses it completely

30.6

Hauritz to Wright, 1 run, stays back and cuts to point

Jay: "Why are England so short on ODI experience? Most other teams take a good look at their flaws and correct them before the next tournament. England have set mediocre standards since the 1992 World Cup Final. There is always progress but it seems to be regularly halted by players being removed like furniture either moved around the room or out of the room. "

End of over 31 (3 runs) England 148/6 (RR: 4.77)
LJ Wright    20* (37b 1x4)      NM Hauritz    4-0-13-0
TT Bresnan    26* (33b 3x4)      B Lee    5-0-23-1

31.1

Lee to Wright, no run, cramps Wright for room but h responds with a solid defensive shot

31.2

Lee to Wright, 1 run, bangs in in short of a length and swings it in, he shuffles and clips it to fine leg

31.3

Lee to Bresnan, 1 run, stays at the crease and clips him with the movement to deep square leg

31.4

Lee to Wright, no run, bends down and gets out of the way of a quick bouncer, Aleem Dar doesn't signal anything

31.5

Lee to Wright, no run, aims for the yorker and Wright edges the ball onto his boot

31.6

Lee to Wright, no run, fires it in on middle and leg and he mistimes the drive to cover

End of over 32 (2 runs) England 150/6 (RR: 4.68)
LJ Wright    21* (42b 1x4)      B Lee    6-0-25-1
TT Bresnan    27* (34b 3x4)      NM Hauritz    4-0-13-0

Billy Bowden adjusts his ear piece with Ponting's help

32.1

Hauritz to Bresnan, no run, full outside off an driven to sweeper cover

32.2

Hauritz to Bresnan, 1 run, full outside off and driven to the off side and thats the 50 stand

32.3

Hauritz to Wright, no run, slow through the air and defended with a dead bat

32.4

Hauritz to Wright, 1 run, makes room, waits for the turn and cuts to the off side

32.5

Hauritz to Bresnan, 1 run, quicker through the air and whipped to midwicket

32.6

Hauritz to Wright, 1 run, full outside off and squired towards cover

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End of over 33 (4 runs) England 154/6 (RR: 4.66)
LJ Wright    23* (45b 1x4)      NM Hauritz    5-0-17-0
TT Bresnan    29* (37b 3x4)      B Lee    6-0-25-1

Hopes to bowl and Paine stands upto the stumps

33.1

Hopes to Wright, no run, stays back and clips him to the on side

33.2

Hopes to Wright, no run, he hammers this to Hussey at point who fumbles a bit

33.3

Hopes to Wright, 1 run, clips him to deep square leg and thinks of the second run

33.4

Hopes to Bresnan, 1 run, shuffles and clips him down to fine leg

33.5

Hopes to Wright, 2 runs, been a while since the ball was lofted, he clears midwicket and the ball lands in the middle of nowhere

33.6

Hopes to Wright, no run, stays back and punches him to the off side

End of over 34 (4 runs) England 158/6 (RR: 4.64)
LJ Wright    26* (50b 1x4)      JR Hopes    2-0-18-0
TT Bresnan    30* (38b 3x4)      NM Hauritz    5-0-17-0

34.1

Hauritz to Bresnan, 1 run, full outside off and driven to cover

34.2

Hauritz to Wright, SIX, clean hit, tossed up on the off stump, he gets on his knee and slog sweeps him high and far over deep midwicket

34.3

Hauritz to Wright, 1 run, makes room and cuts him to the off side

34.4

Hauritz to Bresnan, 1 run, pushed to the off side

34.5

Hauritz to Wright, no run

34.6

Hauritz to Wright, SIX, into the second tier! Can we have the ball back please, gentlemen? Tossed up outside off and Wright plays the shot in his mind before getting on his knee and slog sweeping him over deep square leg

End of over 35 (15 runs) England 173/6 (RR: 4.94)
LJ Wright    39* (54b 1x4 2x6)      NM Hauritz    6-0-32-0
TT Bresnan    32* (40b 3x4)      JR Hopes    2-0-18-0

35.1

Hopes to Bresnan, no run

35.2

Hopes to Bresnan, no run, kicks up a bit and he taps it to point

35.3

Hopes to Bresnan, 1 run, kicks up outside off and he punches him down to third man

35.4

Hopes to Wright, no run, gets a half stride forward and defends back to the bowler

35.5

Hopes to Wright, 1 run, gets forward and pushes it to the off side for a single

35.6

Hopes to Bresnan, no run, gets a half stride forward and chops it down to point

End of over 36 (2 runs) England 175/6 (RR: 4.86)
TT Bresnan    33* (44b 3x4)      JR Hopes    3-0-20-0
LJ Wright    40* (56b 1x4 2x6)      NM Hauritz    6-0-32-0

Andrew Hughes makes a traitorous confession: he doesn't much care for England.

36.1

Johnson to Wright, no run, stays beside the line and taps it to point

36.2

Johnson to Wright, 1 wide, the slower ball and he bangs it in short, ducks under the bouncer and wide called

36.2

Johnson to Wright, no run, gets beside the line and chops it down to backward point

36.3

Johnson to Wright, no run, gets a generous full toss outside off which he fails to put away because Ponting does really well to get a hand to it at short cover

36.4

Johnson to Wright, 1 run, shuffles and clips him down to midwicket

36.5

Johnson to Bresnan, FOUR, just a tad risky but Bresnan won't mind, he gets forward and chips it in the air dangerously towards Ponting's right at short cover, he dives in vain and the ball beats the fielder giving the chase

36.6

Johnson to Bresnan, 1 run, clipped to the on side for a single

End of over 37 (7 runs) England 182/6 (RR: 4.91)
TT Bresnan    38* (46b 4x4)      MG Johnson    8-1-43-1
LJ Wright    41* (60b 1x4 2x6)      JR Hopes    3-0-20-0

37.1

Hopes to Bresnan, 2 runs, down the leg side and he gets a faint tickle and fine leg runs across and mops up

37.2

Hopes to Bresnan, 1 run

37.3

Hopes to Wright, FOUR, looking more and more dangerous, pitched up outside off and the batsman gets forward and scoops it well over mid-off's reach

37.4

Hopes to Wright, no run, gets across and chops it down to the off side

37.5

Hopes to Wright, no run, mistimes the cut and the ball rolls to the off side

37.6

Hopes to Wright, 1 run, grants him width outside off and he places it towards deep point

End of over 38 (8 runs) England 190/6 (RR: 5.00)
LJ Wright    46* (64b 2x4 2x6)      JR Hopes    4-0-28-0
TT Bresnan    41* (48b 4x4)      MG Johnson    8-1-43-1

38.1

Johnson to Wright, 1 run, full outside off and driven on the front foot to sweeper cover

38.2

Johnson to Bresnan, FOUR, very smartly played indeed, Johnson hits the deck hard and takes the pace off the ball, Bresnan gets beside the line and effortlessly punches it wide of backward and bisects two fielders in the deep

38.3

Johnson to Bresnan, no run, goes for a wild swish off a short ball and misses it completely

38.4

Johnson to Bresnan, no run, lands it on a good length outside off and he decides not to offer a shot

38.5

Johnson to Bresnan, FOUR, Australia losing the plot a bit here, Johnson digs it in short down the leg side and he gets a faint trickle down to fine leg

38.6

Johnson to Bresnan, 1 run, taps it to the off side and Bresnan brings up his fifty! Very valuable indeed

End of over 39 (10 runs) England 200/6 (RR: 5.12)
TT Bresnan    50* (53b 6x4)      MG Johnson    9-1-53-1
LJ Wright    47* (65b 2x4 2x6)      JR Hopes    4-0-28-0

39.1

Siddle to Bresnan, FOUR, Terrible delivery, short down the leg side and Bresnan swivels and pulls him easily to fine leg, the fielder was too square

39.2

Siddle to Bresnan, 1 run, full on middle and leg and clipped to deep square leg

39.3

Siddle to Wright, no run, punches him hard but finds short cover

39.4

Siddle to Wright, 1 wide, hits the deck really hard and he gets under that bouncer

39.4

Siddle to Wright, 1 run, mid-on is pushed back and Wright takes the aerial route and scoops it towards that fielder

39.5

Siddle to Bresnan, 1 run, chips it in the air again down to mid-on

39.6

Siddle to Wright, OUT, Paine pouches his fifth victim, soft dismissal in the end, he chases a full and wide delivery and gets a thick outside edge to Paine, Wright should be happy with his efforts for getting England this far

LJ Wright c †Paine b Siddle 48 (86m 68b 2x4 2x6) SR: 70.58

End of over 40 (8 runs) England 208/7 (RR: 5.20)
     PM Siddle    8-0-42-3
TT Bresnan    56* (56b 7x4)      MG Johnson    9-1-53-1

40.1

Johnson to Bresnan, 1 run, hits a good length on the off stump and he stays back and defends

40.2

Johnson to Swann, 1 run, shuffles and clips him down to midwicket

The 3rd Powerplay is still due

40.3

Johnson to Bresnan, no run, stays at the crease and punches it to mid-off

40.4

Johnson to Bresnan, 1 run, goes for a booming cover drive and chops it onto his boot off the inside edge

40.5

Johnson to Swann, 1 run, he's lucky to still be there, he chases a full and wide delivery and ends up scooping it towards third man, the ball just drops short of the fielder

40.6

Johnson to Bresnan, FOUR, cheeky and innovative indeed, Johnson bangs it in short, Bresnan sways backwards and plays a cheeky upper cut directly over first slip, the fine leg fielder dives in vain

End of over 41 (8 runs) England 216/7 (RR: 5.26)
TT Bresnan    62* (60b 8x4)      MG Johnson    10-1-61-1
GP Swann    2* (2b)      PM Siddle    8-0-42-3

41.1

Siddle to Swann, no run, gets forward and pushes it to cover

41.2

Siddle to Swann, no run, this one skids off the surface and nearly takes the outside edge

41.3

Siddle to Swann, FOUR, full marks for timing, hits a fullish length outside off, he gets a half stride forward and times the punch really well down to deep point, third man scampers across in vain

41.4

Siddle to Swann, 1 run, tapped just wide of cover and sets off quickly

41.5

Siddle to Bresnan, no run, gets forward and punches it to mid-off

41.6

Siddle to Bresnan, 1 run, angles it on middle and leg and he clips it down to mid-on

End of over 42 (6 runs) England 222/7 (RR: 5.28)
TT Bresnan    63* (62b 8x4)      PM Siddle    9-0-48-3
GP Swann    7* (6b 1x4)      MG Johnson    10-1-61-1

42.1

Lee to Bresnan, 1 run, hits a good length outside off and he steers it wide of backward point

42.2

Lee to Swann, no run, don't ask me how that missed the nick and the top of the off stump, kicks up off a good length and Swann plays all around it

42.3

Lee to Swann, 3 runs, he gets forward, checks his drive and ends up spooning it right between mid-off and cover

42.4

Lee to Bresnan, FOUR, Paine makes a valiant attempt at a sixth catch! The batsman chases a wide delivery and the thick outside edge just beats Paine's dive to his right

42.5

Lee to Bresnan, FOUR, action replay and still no slip! This is angled a lot further across the right-hander and Bresnan chases it, Paine dives to his right and well only first slip would have taken that

42.6

Lee to Bresnan, no run, gets a half stride forward and defends

End of over 43 (12 runs) England 234/7 (RR: 5.44)
TT Bresnan    72* (66b 10x4)      B Lee    7-0-37-1
GP Swann    10* (8b 1x4)      PM Siddle    9-0-48-3

43.1

Siddle to Swann, 1 run, reaches out and gets an outside edge to third man

43.2

Siddle to Bresnan, 1 run, bangs it in short and he miscues the pull a bit but fortunately for Bresnan the ball drops short of deep square leg

43.3

Siddle to Swann, no run, gets forward and taps it to the off side

43.4

Siddle to Swann, no run, tries to slice it through the off side but the ball ends up slicing him in half, good inward movement

43.5

Siddle to Swann, FOUR, effortless! Siddle pitches it up outside off and Swann gets forward and times the checked drive very well and beats Ponting at short cover

43.6

Siddle to Swann, 1 run, aims for the yorker and he squirts out the low full toss to mid-on

End of over 44 (7 runs) England 241/7 (RR: 5.47)
GP Swann    16* (13b 2x4)      PM Siddle    10-0-55-3
TT Bresnan    73* (67b 10x4)      B Lee    7-0-37-1

44.1

Lee to Swann, 1 run, fired in full outside off and jams it out to mid-off

44.2

Lee to Bresnan, no run, firm punch but straight to Hussey at point

44.3

Lee to Bresnan, no run, stays beside the line and Hussey is kept busy again at point

44.4

Lee to Bresnan, no run, the frustration gets to Bresnan who makes room to crash that past point but he's beaten for pace

44.5

Lee to Bresnan, 2 runs, shuffles across his stumps and whips it down to wide long-on and pushes hard for the second run

44.6

Lee to Bresnan, no run, drags the length back a bit and once again Bresnan tries to wham it past the off side but he ends up swishing at thin air

End of over 45 (3 runs) England 244/7 (RR: 5.42)
TT Bresnan    75* (72b 10x4)      B Lee    8-0-40-1
GP Swann    17* (14b 2x4)      PM Siddle    10-0-55-3

Now it's Powerplay time. Fine leg, third man and deep square leg in place

45.1

Watson to Swann, 1 run, OUT, excellent work by the Australians, Swann reaches out and angles the ball down to third man, Swann wants the second, he's always struggling but fails to time his dive, the throw from Hauritz is flat and quick and Paine whips off the bails, Bowden doesn't need the replay

GP Swann run out 18 (23m 15b 2x4 0x6) SR: 120.00

45.2

Watson to Anderson, no run, stays back and taps it down to the off side

45.3

Watson to Anderson, no run, digs it short down the leg side and close to being called a wide

45.4

Watson to Anderson, 1 run, stays beside the line and chops it down to deep point

45.5

Watson to Bresnan, no run, gets right across his stumps and mows a low full toss straight to mid-on

Third man and fine leg up in the circle

45.6

Watson to Bresnan, 1 run, fires it on the blockhole and he makes room to wwhack it anywhere but the ball takes the edge and rolls to the on side

End of over 46 (3 runs) England 247/8 (RR: 5.36)
TT Bresnan    76* (74b 10x4)      SR Watson    8-1-31-2
JM Anderson    1* (3b)      B Lee    8-0-40-1

46.1

Lee to Bresnan, FOUR, that brings the 250, Bresnan backs away and whacks a back of a length delivery over mid-on, clears the fielder comfortably, more of a flat-batted swat

46.2

Lee to Bresnan, OUT, timber! Bresnan backs away to crash that over the on side but Lee fires in a yorker and flattens the middle stump, that ends Bresnan's resistance, will it be a match-winning knock? Let's wait and see

TT Bresnan b Lee 80 (109m 76b 11x4 0x6) SR: 105.26

46.3

Lee to Onions, no run, Onions is all at sea as Lee fires it on a good length outside off and nearly takes the edge

46.4

Lee to Onions, 1 run, he nervously makes room and squirts it towards cover to get off the strike

46.5

Lee to Anderson, no run, the ball skids through and hurries Anderson as he looks to clip it to the on side, England in a tricky situation here in the Powerplay

46.6

Lee to Anderson, 1 run, that's more like it, drags the length back and Anderson shuffles and easily clips it away to the on side

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End of over 47 (6 runs) England 253/9 (RR: 5.38)
JM Anderson    2* (5b)      B Lee    9-0-46-2
G Onions    1* (2b)      SR Watson    8-1-31-2

47.1

Watson to Anderson, no run, makes a bit of room and forces it to mid-on

47.2

Watson to Anderson, no run, tries to lash that square of the wicket through the off side but he misses it completely

47.3

Watson to Anderson, 1 wide, drags the length back and the batsman gets under that bouncer, close to being penalised

47.3

Watson to Anderson, 2 runs, well he hoicks him over midwicket this time but the timing isn't good enough to fetch a boundary

47.4

Watson to Anderson, 1 run, OUT, confusion galore! Seemed like a sports blooper, Anderson goes right back and across and nearly trods onto his stumps as he works it to midwicket, first run comfortably taken but there's confusion about the second, Anderson wants it, Onions doesn't, Onions has no option but to leave his crease but he turns back and it's too late as Paine collects the throw from Ferguson whips off the bails

G Onions run out 1 (7m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

That stand of 107 between Bresnan and Wright has added a competitive zing to this semi-final after a seemingly hopeless situation. Australia let them off the hook a bit but came back well during the third Powerplay. England will wish they took the third Powerplay a bit earlier, while Bresnan and Wright were well set. Promises to be an intriguing chase. Siddhartha Talya will take you through the first half in a bit. Join us in half an hour.

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