ICC World Twenty20, 2007/08 / Commentary

ICC World Twenty20 - 4th match, Group B

Australia v Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe won by 5 wickets (with 1 ball remaining)

0.4

Lee to Taylor, 1 run, pushed back onto the stumps, but Taylor gets off the mark with an angled steer to gully

Zimbabwe 4/0   BRM Taylor 1* (1b)

1.1

Bracken to Taylor, no run, hint of swing? Left alone at any rate

1.2

Bracken to Taylor, no run, good line, threatening to nip back into the right-hander's off stump. Left again

1.3

Bracken to Taylor, 1 run, drawn forward and that's some positive intent from Taylor - a nudge into the covers and an instant call. He's had a great game with the gloves, so his confidence is up

Zimbabwe 9/0   BRM Taylor 2* (4b)

2.1

Lee to Taylor, no run, fast and furious again. But only one slip for Lee

2.2

Lee to Taylor, 1 run, Taylor backs away to give himself room. Can't time the backfoot steer, but another single as slip rushes up to field

Zimbabwe 14/0   BRM Taylor 3* (6b)

3.1

Bracken to Taylor, 2 runs, down the pitch and clobbered over the top. Fantastic intent from these two batsmen. The ball plugs in the outfield, but no matter. The momentum is with them

3.2

Bracken to Taylor, 1 run, fuller length and that's dabbed behind point for a single. Clever, sensible play, from Taylor, who's keeping a cool head while Australia lose theirs

Zimbabwe 27/0   BRM Taylor 6* (8b)

4.1

Clark to Taylor, 1 run, right on the spot, but Taylor defends into the gap and that's another single

Zimbabwe 32/1   BRM Taylor 7* (9b)

5.1

Johnson to Taylor, 1 run, On the spot first ball, and pushed into the gap in the covers

Zimbabwe 39/1   BRM Taylor 8* (10b)

6.1

Clark to Taylor, 1 run, on the spot, but without much nip, and Taylor has all the time in the world to dab that down to third man. Another run is notched off the requirement

6.3

Clark to Taylor, FOUR, the momentum is all red and black. That's too short from Clark, and Taylor uses the pace to cut that into the gap behind point. Cool as you like

6.4

Clark to Taylor, 1 run, another single. Superb running between these two, and Ricky Ponting is feeling a little lost

Zimbabwe 54/1   BRM Taylor 14* (13b 1x4)

8.1

Clark to Taylor, 1 run, nudged into the gap. A lot rests on Taylor now

8.4

Clark to Taylor, no run, a bit of a waft outside off, but no edge

8.5

Clark to Taylor, 1 run, slashed and slashed hard, but not the same pace on the ball as before, and third man fields

Zimbabwe 58/3   BRM Taylor 16* (16b 1x4)

9.1

Johnson to Taylor, 1 run, driven with an open face and third man thinks he's in with a chance for a moment. In the end it bounces just short

9.4

Johnson to Taylor, no run

9.5

Johnson to Taylor, FOUR, that's a massive boundary for Zimbabwe. Short, and Taylor made room to slap a short ball through the gap at point

9.6

Johnson to Taylor, 2 runs, driven square off the back foot, doesn't quite time it, but that's one more run to take Zimbabwe level on D/L. It couldn't get much more exciting

Zimbabwe 66/3   BRM Taylor 23* (20b 2x4)

10.2

Clark to Taylor, 2 runs, back-foot drive, terrible misfield from the usually excellent Symonds who fluffs at cover, the ball heading through his legs. Overthrow results

10.3

Clark to Taylor, 1 run, backing away and away and eventually presses forward in defence - could have waited and turned to leg but it wasn't to be

10.6

Clark to Taylor, 1 run, driven to mid-off for a quick single

Zimbabwe 71/4   BRM Taylor 27* (23b 2x4)

11.1

Symonds to Taylor, 1 run, forgettable - dragged it down and the batsman doesn't time the pull properly

11.3

Symonds to Taylor, 1 run, guided easily to midwicket

Zimbabwe 74/4   BRM Taylor 29* (25b 2x4)

12.2

Hodge to Taylor, no run, pace right off the ball, on a good length, and defended forward

12.3

Hodge to Taylor, no run, how international cricket has missed Gilchrist's "Aw, yes, mates" but he makes up for them there with one as that's on the spot and defended

12.4

Hodge to Taylor, no run, another good delivery, defended forward

12.5

Hodge to Taylor, no run, another dot ball for Hodge

12.6

Hodge to Taylor, FOUR, dragged a touch short and the pressure bursts instantly with a cut away behind point off the back foot

Zimbabwe 80/4   BRM Taylor 33* (30b 3x4)

13.3

Symonds to Taylor, 1 run, flicked away to deep square for a single

Zimbabwe 82/4   BRM Taylor 34* (31b 3x4)

14.2

Hodge to Taylor, SIX, big six - straight down the ground. Taylor comes down the track and plants right over long-off

14.3

Hodge to Taylor, no run, driven to mid-on

14.4

Hodge to Taylor, 1 run, driven out to mid-off for a quick single

14.6

Hodge to Taylor, SIX, terrible full toss to bring up the hundred in fine style - booming srtaight drive over long-on. Very well connected

Zimbabwe 102/4   BRM Taylor 47* (35b 3x4 2x6)

15.3

Johnson to Taylor, 1 run, brings his bat down on that one late to knock it into the covers for a quick single

Zimbabwe 104/4   BRM Taylor 48* (36b 3x4 2x6)

16.1

Lee to Taylor, 1 run, well bowled, low and in on off-stick, driven back out to cover

16.3

Lee to Taylor, 1 run, sensible single there - Taylor pushing to cover and setting off immediately to bring up an excellent fifty

Zimbabwe 113/4   BRM Taylor 50* (38b 3x4 2x6)

17.2

Bracken to Taylor, 1 run, on off, firmly struck straight towards long-off for one. A two would have been too risky, there

Zimbabwe 118/4   BRM Taylor 51* (39b 3x4 2x6)

18.2

Lee to Taylor, 1 run, another yorker, dug out again, with a drive towards the cover boundary

18.5

Lee to Taylor, 2 runs, worked behind square for two

18.6

Lee to Taylor, 1 run, eases back into his crease, but Lee's fired that one in full once more, and then driven out to extra cover where it's well marshalled on the boundary by the sweeper

Zimbabwe 127/5   BRM Taylor 55* (42b 3x4 2x6)

19.1

Bracken to Taylor, FOUR, low full toss outside off, Taylor reaches out to somehow sweep behind square, eluding the man on the way

19.2

Bracken to Taylor, 1 run, drive to cover for a single

19.5

Bracken to Taylor, 4 leg byes, and that's it! A remarkable victory for Zimbabwe, as that's turned finely through fine leg and races away eluding a diving Clark at full stretch on the rope - but he's beaten and so are Australia. Astonishing.

Zimbabwe 139/5   BRM Taylor 60* (45b 4x4 2x6)
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Photos

Sep 12, 2007

Andrew Symonds turns a ball around the corner during his 33, Australia v Zimbabwe, Group B, ICC World Twenty20, Cape Town, September 12, 2007

Andrew Symonds turns a ball around the corner during his 33

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Sep 12, 2007

An ecstatic Zimbabwe side after their five-wicket win over Australia, Australia v Zimbabwe, ICC World Twenty20, Group B, Cape Town, September 12, 2007

An ecstatic Zimbabwe side after their five-wicket win over Australia

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