Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

SR Watson
79(92) 8x4 - 1x6
Control %93%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 6 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 4 4 0 2 1 1 3
AG Cremer
37(51) 4x4 - 0x6
Control %70%
  • Productive Shot
  • pull/hook on back foot
  • 4 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
1 7 1 0 1 1 2 0

Best performances - Bowlers

MG Johnson
O9.2
M2
R19
W4
Eco2.03
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
CB Mpofu
O9.0
M0
R58
W2
Eco6.44
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Commentary

21.36 So Australia have wrapped this up by 91 runs. They took a little longer than they would have liked to bowl out Zimbabwe but it's a satisfactory result. Ponting's unbeaten run as World cup captain continues.

Zimbabwe stayed in the game for quite a while with a tight bowling performance from their spinners. But their inability to take frequent wickets allowed Australia to post a strong total, which their fast bowlers were able to defend with ease.

The presentation ceremony is about to begin.

Chigumbura: "I thought we restricted them to the score e wanted to chase. but we have to work on our batting. It was a good wicket to bat on. The fifth bowler is something we have to work on as well. But overall our bowling and fielding was superb. We just lost too many wickets up front."

Ponting: "Good start for us today. Zimbabwe bowled and fielded really well. Slow wicket and tough to get any pace on the ball. Preserving wickets is going to be our strategy through the tournament ... The wicket was slow and hard to bat on. We kept wickets in hand and gave ourselves a chance to score a good total."

The Man of the Match is Shane Watson. "It took a while to get going, get used to the conditions," he says. "But it's nice to get used to different conditions and find a way ... a good time to get a bit of practice in. "

Well that's that from us at ESPNcricinfo today. Join us tomorrow for the game between England and Netherlands which begins at 14.30 local time. On behalf of Nitin and Raghav, this is George Binoy signing off. Cheers.

46.2
W
Johnson to Mpofu, OUT, caught! And that's the end of the game. Johnson pitches one closer to the batsman around off stump and gets it to straighten ever so slightly. Mpofu pushes forward at it and gets an edge which Haddin takes pretty easily.
46.1
0
Johnson to Mpofu, no run, Johnson goes round the wicket and bowls a full ball outside off. Mpofu chases and gets beaten

END OF OVER:
46 | 3 Runs | ZIM: 171/9

  • RW Price5 (19b)
  • CB Mpofu2 (9b)
  • SW Tait9-1-34-2
  • MG Johnson9-2-19-3
45.6
0
Tait to Price, no run, played off the pads towards the leg side
45.5
0
Tait to Price, no run, another short ball, Price ducks under it
45.4
1lb
Tait to Mpofu, 1 leg bye, Mpofu's headbutted the ball. He ducked low and right into the line of a short of a length delivery and gets a leg bye for it. Daft rule.
45.3
1
Tait to Price, 1 run, full toss on leg stump and Price flicks firmly towards deep square leg

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

SR Watson
79(92) 8x4 - 1x6
Control %93%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 6 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 4 4 0 2 1 1 3
AG Cremer
37(51) 4x4 - 0x6
Control %70%
  • Productive Shot
  • pull/hook on back foot
  • 4 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
1 7 1 0 1 1 2 0

Best performances - Bowlers

MG Johnson
O9.2
M2
R19
W4
Eco2.03
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
CB Mpofu
O9.0
M0
R58
W2
Eco6.44
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

ICC Cricket World Cup

Pool A
TEAMMPMWMLMDPTNRR
NZ660012.0002.568
AUS64109.0002.260
SL64208.0000.376
BDESH63207.0000.130
ENG62404.000-0.758
AFG61502.000-1.856
SCOT60600.000-2.226
Pool B
TEAMMPMWMLMDPTNRR
INDIA660012.0001.832
SA64208.0001.707
PAK64208.000-0.084
WI63306.000-0.049
IRE63306.000-0.931
ZIM61502.000-0.532
UAE60600.000-2.039