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)

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

1.4

Bracken to Sibanda, no run, down the pitch and that's a big swing from Sibanda. He doesn't connect, but the positive intent has to be encouraged

1.5

Bracken to Sibanda, no run, fuller and straighter from Bracken, but more good calling results in another important single. Plenty for Ponting to ponder as he adjusts the field

1.6

Bracken to Sibanda, FOUR, lovely strike! Down on one knee and a full flourish of the bat. The outfield is still sluggish but that was sweetly timed - and placed - and trickles across the rope. Well played

Zimbabwe 13/0   NW Bracken 1-0-5-0

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

3.3

Bracken to Sibanda, FOUR, blam! That flew straight back over Bracken's head with a stand-and-deliver swing of the blade! Decapitation was an option there. What on earth is going on?

3.4

Bracken to Sibanda, no run, outside off and swinging away. A better length, but safely negotiated

3.5

Bracken to Sibanda, OUT, in the slot for a swing, but Sibanda's gone this time! A bit of lift and away-movement, and Gilchrist behind the stumps takes a comfortable catch. Still, Sibanda has done his bit. He's given his team the start they needed ...

V Sibanda c †Gilchrist b Bracken 23 (16m 15b 5x4 0x6) SR: 153.33

3.6

Bracken to Chibhabha, no run, full length, bending back into the right-hander, defended into the covers to complete the over

Zimbabwe 31/1   NW Bracken 2-0-12-1

17.1

Bracken to Masakadza, 1 run, full toss slants across the right hander, who drives back to cover where it's well stopped

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

17.3

Bracken to Masakadza, 2 runs, another full toss, driven through extra cover this time and they took the throw on from Hussey - a good decision because they were back easily

17.4

Bracken to Masakadza, no run, driven strongly back to Bracken who is vigilant in tidying up

17.5

Bracken to Masakadza, no run, steps back to give himself room and drives back to Bracken again

17.6

Bracken to Masakadza, 1 run, full again, driven down the ground towards long-on

Zimbabwe 121/4   NW Bracken 3-0-17-1

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

19.3

Bracken to Chigumbura, 2 runs, driven strongly out to long-on and they come back for two runs which were comfortable enough in the end

19.4

Bracken to Chigumbura, 1 run, down the track and he nearly falls over in the effort - a single results and Taylor's back on strike

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   NW Bracken 3.5-0-25-1
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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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