• BATSMEN
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    9.6 the man from Chennai has struck, Watson went for the slog sweep, this one was slower through the air, tossed up, and turned in to strike the off stump, even as Watson missed it completely, did not get too far across to pick it from outside off, played a bit early too 40/1
    22.5 Yuvraj's golden arm strikes again. Raina takes a smart low catch tumbling forward. Haddin was clearly looking to make things happen against Munaf and Yuvraj, and he may have chanced his arm once too often. Yuvraj slows this one up in the air, tosses it up on off and gets it to break away. Haddin looks to power the cover drive with the spin, but once again goes in the air. It is dying on Raina, but he's alert enough to tumble forward and pouch it. 110/2
    48.3 Ponting lines up for the reverse hit, a rarity, but ends up hitting it straight to Zaheer at short third man, end of a magnificent innings from the Australia captain, raises his bat as he walks back 245/6
    30.4 uhoh, Clarke has played the worst shot of the day. India's best spinner in this World Cup has taken another wicket. Flighted ball on leg stump, Clarke looks to play an ugly slog-swipe, across the line and completely out of character, against the spin, and indeed the run of play. He got the front foot across, was inside the line and then top-edged the shot since it was very full. He was probably looking for the gap between long on and midwicket. Zaheer takes it in the outfield at midwicket. Nicely judged running take. 140/3
    33.3 Zaheer does it again. It's again that mystery bare-knuckle slower ball. It's the latest invention from the Zaheer labs. Instead of getting fore-finger and middle-finger behind the seam, he gets the middle finger alone behind the ball and pushes it through with the knuckle of the fore-finger, which is to the right of the ball. Hence, there is a subtle change in pace, that the batsman can't read out of the hand unless he has binoculars. Hussey doesn't. The knuckle ends up pushing the ball in and also helps it move in after landing on the turf. Devon Smith got it the other day, and played all over it. Exactly how Mr. Cricket just did. 118 kph, flummoxes the batsman all ends up and castles him as he heaves the flick and misses. Zaheer spreads his arms on either side, breaks into a smile and trots along as his team-mates converge. Motera loves it. 150/4
    41.2 and the man has struck again, 127.6 kph length delivery that seemed to stop on him from round the stumps, he had a feeble push at it for Zaheer to take the dolly as it looped back to him, he throws it in the air and takes off on a run, White's horror run continues 190/5
    not out
    38
    26
    3
    1
    146.15
    not out
    6
    6
    0
    0
    100.00
    Extras
    11 (lb 2, w 9)
    TOTAL
    260/6 (50 Overs, RR: 5.20)
    BowlingOMRWEcon0s4s6sWDNB
    R Ashwin10.005225.20303210
    Z Khan10.005325.30276000
    Harbhajan Singh10.005005.00302040
    MM Patel7.004406.28227000
    Yuvraj Singh10.004424.40343100
    SR Tendulkar2.00904.5050000
    V Kohli1.00606.0010000
    Fall of wickets:1-40 (SR Watson, 9.6 ov), 2-110 (BJ Haddin, 22.5 ov), 3-140 (MJ Clarke, 30.4 ov), 4-150 (MEK Hussey, 33.3 ov), 5-190 (CL White, 41.2 ov), 6-245 (RT Ponting, 48.3 ov)
  • BATSMEN
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    8.1 Sehwag is gone. He hasn't looked his best through this innings. Watson has got him with a bouncer that wasn't very high on pace, but was spot on with its direction. It angled in from outside off, cramping Sehwag for room as it came in, but he still looked to pull. The top edge ballooned up and landed in Hussey's hands at square leg, running back inside the circle. Huge wicket for Australia. I reckon, the huger one is at the other end though. 44/1
    18.1 Sachin is gone, or is he, is that a back foot no-ball, it was a length ball outside off stump, and he nibbled it on its way to Haddin, it was very close to being a no-ball, but Tait got away with it, he hadn't grounded the back heel on the line, Sachin has to walk back 94/2
    33.2 infantile running. Gambhir is gone. That was even more horrendous. Not sure what was happening there again. Yuvraj guides a ball outside off backward of square, very fine on the off side. The ball went nowhere, and first slip was after it. Gambhir wants a single and runs three-fourths of the way down the track. Yuvraj hasn't budged. Not sure what Gambhir was thinking. He turned and then gave up, he didn't have a chance anyway. Gambhir just looks miffed with Yuvraj, as he bad-mouths on the way back. The fault was entirely his. 168/4
    28.3 Kohli has thrown it away totally against the run of play, full toss on the stumps, he threw his bat wildly at it, but only found the man at midwicket, David cannot believe it, he is smiling wildly, Virat is disappointed but he has to go 143/3
    not out
    57
    65
    8
    0
    87.69
    37.3 Dhoni has perished. He's not been in great form, and clearly that's affecting his thinking. After the last two balls, you'd have expected better than a wild airy cut to a short ball. That was again pacy from Lee, got it to bounce extra and Dhoni had no control on the cut. Seemed like he wanted to hit it right through Clarke at point. Pup keeps his cool and holds a blinder as the ball buzzes away to his right. India are throwing this away. 187/5
    not out
    34
    28
    2
    1
    121.42
    Extras
    21 (lb 3, nb 2, w 16)
    TOTAL
    261/5 (47.4 Overs, RR: 5.47)
    BowlingOMRWEcon0s4s6sWDNB
    B Lee8.414515.19315130
    SW Tait7.005217.42194062
    MG Johnson8.004105.12305020
    SR Watson7.003715.28204010
    JJ Krejza9.004505.00202000
    MJ Clarke3.001906.3331000
    DJ Hussey5.001913.80172000
    Fall of wickets:1-44 (V Sehwag, 8.1 ov), 2-94 (SR Tendulkar, 18.1 ov), 3-143 (V Kohli, 28.3 ov), 4-168 (G Gambhir, 33.2 ov), 5-187 (MS Dhoni, 37.3 ov)

Match Notes

ICC Cricket World Cup

Pool A
TEAMMPMWMLMDPTNRR
NZ6600122.564
AUS641092.257
SL642080.371
BDESH632070.136
ENG62404-0.753
AFG61502-1.853
SCOT60600-2.218
Pool B
TEAMMPMWMLMDPTNRR
INDIA6600121.827
SA642081.707
PAK64208-0.085
WI63306-0.053
IRE63306-0.933
ZIM61502-0.527
UAE60600-2.032