ICC World Twenty20, 2007/08 / Commentary

ICC World Twenty20 - 9th match, Group B

Australia v England

Australia won by 8 wickets (with 31 balls remaining)

2.00pm Out they all come, and if the man on the PA ever shuts up then we might get going ... Brett Lee with the new ball ...

1.55pm It's bright and sunny and we are ready to go. A reminder ... if Australia lose then they are out and England and Zimbabwe are through to the Super Eights. If Australia win then all three sides are level on points and it comes down to Net Run Rate, but Australia will be through as they will have a better NRR and it will between England and Zimbabwe. All clear?

1.45pm Ponting again: "It's a fine line in this game, you've got to back yourself and take your chances."

Pietersen spoke overnight of wanting to "humiliate" Australia, to which a beaming Ponting responds: "First time for everything, we'll wait and see how we go today."

In his column he wrote of the Zimbabwe match earlier this week: "I didn't say a whole lot to the players after the game, but I had a few words about it being a real wake-up for us. We were totally on for the match. Or we talked as if we were. We just didn't play like it. We have to start respecting the game more and thinking of what we have to do."

1.40pm England have won the toss and will bat. "Slightly strange decision from England, in that batting second would have allowed them to be control of the chase and know exactly what they need to go through," says Dr Andrew McGlashan from pitchside.

"It's a good pitch, nice sunny day and hopefully we can get some runs on the board," explains Paul Collingwood who adds that he is looking for improvements in the way England field and bowl. "Our fielding generally wasn't up to our usual standards, hopefully we can improve on that today. It would be nice today to win the game and go through, it doesn't matter who we knock out."

"I was actually going to have a bowl today anyway," says Ricky Ponting. Of course.

1.35pm Only the one change for either side, Australia bring in Michael Clarke for Brad Haddin, while for England James Kirtley comes in for Jimmy Anderson.

Australia Adam Gilchrist (wk), Matthew Hayden, Ricky Ponting (capt), Andrew Symonds, Mike Hussey, Brad Hodge, Michael Clarke, Brett Lee, Mitchell Johnson, Nathan Bracken, Stuart Clark.

England Darren Maddy, Matt Prior (wk), Luke Wright, Kevin Pietersen, Paul Collingwood (capt), Andrew Flintoff, Owais Shah, Dimitri Mascarenhas, Chris Schofield, Stuart Broad, James Kirtley.

12.55pm Hello and welcome to Cricinfo's ball-by-ball commentary of the ninth match of the ICC World Twenty20 - and it's a biggie today. England take on Australia in a match that has taken on extra significance after Zimbabwe's shock victory in the opening rubber of Group B. If Australia fail to secure a victory today, they are on their way home - and Kevin Pietersen, for one, is gleeful at the prospect of inflicting some "humiliation" on Ricky Ponting's men.

Andrew McGlashan, our man on the spot, reports that the weather is glorious in the Western Cape today: "still a little chilly, but blue skies." Both teams are out in the middle warming up. More news as we get it

0.1

Lee to Maddy, 1 run, forward defensive to a slow loosener, drops into the on side, no more than a few yards, and a scurried single to loud cheers

0.2

Lee to Prior, no run, back of a length, on off stump, Prior half forward and defends to point

0.3

Lee to Prior, no run, fuller, driven but not timed, his top hand comes off the bat as he plays the stroke and it dribbles to mid-off

"I think batting first is a smart move from England," says Chris Hunt. "My maths says that if we set 130, Australia have to knock them off in just over eight overs to knock us out. Whereas if Australia set 220 (as in Sydney - I know pitch was a lot better but this is the best team in the world!), we'd have to get 124. Personally, I prefer the maths in the first option"

0.4

Lee to Prior, no run, wider, 85mph, no shot offered

This is almost an ODI start, very sedate

0.5

Lee to Prior, 1 run, dropped into the leg side, a quick single, Maddy, the non striker, ran in a straight line and Lee swerved across the pitch and the two collided ... Maddy got home safely and it was Lee who was left on the turf

0.6

Lee to Maddy, 2 runs, short, cut over backward point, third man round quickly to field

Backward point may have just got his fingers to it ...

End of over 1 (4 runs) England 4/0 (RR: 4.00)
DL Maddy    3* (2b)      B Lee    1-0-4-0
MJ Prior    1* (4b)     

Nathan Bracken it is ...

1.1

Bracken to Prior, no run, wide, slanted across Prior, a swing and a mess and our lipreading expert points out he said something very uncouth

1.2

Bracken to Prior, no run, on the button, blocked into the leg side but the field are wise to that after two singles in the last over and they swoop

1.3

Bracken to Prior, SIX, a skip down the pitch and Prior smashes that for six over extra cover ... a shimmy to leg as well and that flew

Gilchrist comes up to the stumps

1.4

Bracken to Prior, no run, wristy flick to backward point who makes a scrambling stop

1.5

Bracken to Prior, 1 run, plopped into the covers, soft hands so the ball dribbles no more than ten yards, and that allows a comfortable single

1.6

Bracken to Maddy, 1 run, bat and pad together defensively, and again they settle for a well-run single into the off side

End of over 2 (8 runs) England 12/0 (RR: 6.00)
DL Maddy    4* (3b)      NW Bracken    1-0-8-0
MJ Prior    8* (9b 1x6)      B Lee    1-0-4-0

2.1

Lee to Maddy, no run, wide, Maddy looks to cut but it's too close to him and he ends up much too cramped

2.2

Lee to Maddy, no run, same again, and this one cuts back as well so he gets even more cramped and once more misses

2.3

Lee to Maddy, FOUR, bouncer at 89mph, fast and nasty, Maddy onto it quickly and he hooks for a one-bounce four, quite safe and he picked that up in a trice

2.4

Lee to Maddy, no run, as limp as the last shot was aggressive ... semi-nothing prod outside the off stump which he misses

2.5

Lee to Maddy, 1 run, back and pushed towards extra cover, real tip and run, and he did well to take all the pace of that

It's certainly the biggest crowd so far at Newlands, the grass bank square of the wicket is packed

2.6

Lee to Prior, no run, wide and a flamboyant drive which Prior gets nowhere near

Four balls in that over which the batsmen missed altogether.

End of over 3 (5 runs) England 17/0 (RR: 5.66)
MJ Prior    8* (10b 1x6)      B Lee    2-0-9-0
DL Maddy    9* (8b 1x4)      NW Bracken    1-0-8-0

Stuart Clark on for Bracken.

3.1

Clark to Maddy, 1 run, on leg stump, eased round the corner

3.2

Clark to Prior, FOUR, Prior gives Clark the charge and whips the ball over short fine leg ... once it was over him it was always four

3.3

Clark to Prior, no run, slower ball, Prior goes for a mow and misses

Clever bowling, good change of pace.

3.4

Clark to Prior, 1 run, slower again, placed to the left of a diving cover but third man in with speed and that prevents the second

3.5

Clark to Maddy, 1 run, back of a length, placed through where the slips would have been and Gilchrist zooms off to field

3.6

Clark to Prior, 1 run, Prior turns the ball off his hips square on the leg side, fine leg round to collect

And again he nicks the strike ...

End of over 4 (8 runs) England 25/0 (RR: 6.25)
MJ Prior    14* (14b 1x4 1x6)      SR Clark    1-0-8-0
DL Maddy    11* (10b 1x4)      B Lee    2-0-9-0

Brett Lee off after two overs, Ponting brings on Johnson.

4.1

Johnson to Prior, 2 runs, again Prior gives the charge and slashes it over the cover ring, not much power and Symonds fields a few yards inside the rope

There were three there bit Prior turned it down ...

4.2

Johnson to Prior, 1 run, worked square on the leg side

4.3

Johnson to Maddy, no run, Maddy's turn to have a mow ... net result, another miss

Right, we're all baffled by the maths, but Phil Felton has done a bit of number-crunching for us - and his email suggests he's from Princeton Uni so that's good enough for us. If England score, say, 150, then Australia will need to win in 60 balls to knock England out. If England make only 100, then an Aussie victory in 51 balls will do the trick.

4.4

Johnson to Maddy, 1 run, Maddy back, lets the ball hit the bat and a single as it plops into the on side

4.5

Johnson to Prior, OUT, a charge too far, Prior gets cramped as Johnson follows him and the ball, which hit high up on the bat, hangs for a long time before falling to Bracken at wide mid-on

MJ Prior c Bracken b Johnson 17 (19m 17b 1x4 1x6) SR: 100.00

4.6

Johnson to Maddy, no run, pushed between cover and extra cover, well placed but not well enough

End of over 5 (4 runs) England 29/1 (RR: 5.80)
DL Maddy    12* (13b 1x4)      MG Johnson    1-0-4-1
LJ Wright    0* (0b)      SR Clark    1-0-8-0

5.1

Clark to Wright, no run, Wright can do no more than play the ball defensively straight back down the pitch

5.2

Clark to Wright, (no ball) 1 run, wide, cut with real oomph and Clarke makes an excellent stop at point

But a no-ball ... so here comes the free hit and it will be Maddy who gets to smite it.

5.2

Clark to Maddy, no run, a swing, a miss, and he loses his off stump ... but it matters only in that England didn't get a run off it

5.3

Clark to Maddy, no run, short, Maddy leans back and tries to work it over where slip would be but misses

5.4

Clark to Maddy, no run, again no run ... this is good bowling

5.5

Clark to Maddy, FOUR, full toss and Maddy takes advantage, smacking it a yard or two to the right of wide mid-on who has no chance

5.6

Clark to Maddy, no run, tries to nurdle to third man but he misses

End of over 6 (6 runs) England 35/1 (RR: 5.83)
DL Maddy    16* (18b 2x4)      SR Clark    2-0-14-0
LJ Wright    1* (2b)      MG Johnson    1-0-4-1

6.1

Johnson to Wright, no run, wide with a bit of bounce and another lean back, heave, and miss

England need to get their big hitters out there and soon ...

6.2

Johnson to Wright, 2 runs, again he leans back and swings, the ball arcs high over the covers and plops soggily into the outfield

6.3

Johnson to Wright, no run, short, Wright shimmies to the off but mistimes and the ball trickles to mid-on

6.4

Johnson to Wright, OUT, Johnson swings it across Wright who slogs and gets a thick outside edge, Gilchrist does the rest

LJ Wright c †Gilchrist b Johnson 3 (7m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

And England won't mind that. Wright was not really looking dangerous and they will want to get the heavy artillery in while they still have time to do damage.

6.5

Johnson to Pietersen, FOUR, and that's why ... Pietersen plays a classic off drive - Test, ODI or Twenty20, that was a super shot

6.6

Johnson to Pietersen, 1 run, turned to deep backward square leg

End of over 7 (7 runs) England 42/2 (RR: 6.00)
KP Pietersen    5* (2b 1x4)      MG Johnson    2-0-11-2
DL Maddy    16* (18b 2x4)      SR Clark    2-0-14-0

7.1

Clark to Pietersen, no run, fullish, Pietersen drives off the back foot but straight to mid-off

7.2

Clark to Pietersen, (no ball) 1 run, slower ball as Pietersen does the light fandango in the crease, he eventually creams the ball to the man in the deep on the cover rope

Another free hit ...

7.2

Clark to Maddy, FOUR, Maddy helps a leg-side half-volley on its way for a one bounce four behind square

Andrew Flintoff says: "130 wouldn't go amiss but anything north of 170 is good."

7.3

Clark to Maddy, OUT, driven high and straight but Maddy deceived by the slower ball ... no power in the shot and deepish mid-off takes a routine catch

DL Maddy c Hussey b Clark 20 (33m 20b 3x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

At least that gives Pietersen the strike ...

7.4

Clark to Pietersen, 1 run, pushed firmly to the man on the cover boundary

7.5

Clark to Collingwood, no run, bouncer and Collingwood ducks under it

7.6

Clark to Collingwood, no run, driven, but right at extra cover, never a chance of a run

End of over 8 (7 runs) England 49/3 (RR: 6.12)
PD Collingwood    0* (2b)      SR Clark    3-0-21-1
KP Pietersen    7* (5b 1x4)      MG Johnson    2-0-11-2

8.1

Johnson to Pietersen, no run, driven, Symonds at extra cover makes a good diving stop to his right

8.2

Johnson to Pietersen, no run, by the time the ball was bowled Pietersen was standing outside off stump, but Johnson wise to it and KP was still beaten outside off ...

8.3

Johnson to Pietersen, 1 run, short, no timing in the shot and it barely has the legs to make it off the square ...mid-on round to field

8.4

Johnson to Collingwood, no run, another swing and a miss ... there's too much heaving and not enough hitting

8.5

Johnson to Collingwood, 1 run, wide and chased, a thick edge zooms over the slip and third man fields

Ponting has a slip ... that shows how far off the pace England are ... or is it that he still doesn't get the format? I suspect the former

8.6

Johnson to Pietersen, 1 run, uber-wristy flick round the corner to keep the strike

End of over 9 (3 runs) England 52/3 (RR: 5.77)
KP Pietersen    9* (9b 1x4)      MG Johnson    3-0-14-2
PD Collingwood    1* (4b)      SR Clark    3-0-21-1

Andrew Symonds comes on ...

9.1

Symonds to Pietersen, 1 run, full toss, Pietersen aims a big swing but again mistimes it and a thin edge into his pads is all he can manage

"Assuming England survive their 20 overs the maximum no. of overs allowed for Australia to complete the chase is given by ((5560+40r)/(235.84+r))-20, where r is the number of runs England score," says Colin Haywood. "As you can tell, my work is currently very boring." Currently ...?

9.2

Symonds to Collingwood, 1 run, driven up to long-on

9.3

Symonds to Pietersen, 1 run, another full toss, Pietersen, still skipping around the crease, waits and drives straight inches to the right of the bowler

9.4

Symonds to Collingwood, FOUR, Collingwood steps to the off and swings that over midwicket for a one-bounce four

Suddenly the field changes with players charging everywhere.

9.5

Symonds to Collingwood, FOUR, ugly long hop, Collingwood waits and hammers that behind square where he has spotted the hole int he field

9.6

Symonds to Collingwood, 1 run, worked into the leg side, the man is in quickly from the rope and cuts off the second

And for the remainder of the crash-bang-wallop part one, here's Jenny Thompson ... Thanks Martin. So England, who aren't always getting their feet to the pitch of the ball, just about starting to accelerate here, but Australia will be very happy with their start. Last ten overs coming up, then - England need to press on, and fast.

End of over 10 (12 runs) England 64/3 (RR: 6.40)
PD Collingwood    11* (8b 2x4)      A Symonds    1-0-12-0
KP Pietersen    11* (11b 1x4)      MG Johnson    3-0-14-2

10.1

Lee to Collingwood, 1 run, driven out straight for an easy single

10.2

Lee to Pietersen, (no ball) 1 run, overstepping, leg-side full toss and Pietersen drives out to long-on

Free hit coming up

10.2

Lee to Collingwood, SIX, attempted yorker veering towards middle, but missed his length only by a little bit and Collingwood crashes right in front of midwicket

10.3

Lee to Collingwood, OUT, low full toss, on off, and a huge wicket, Collingwood trapped low and there wasn't much deliberating needed to give that one out

PD Collingwood lbw b Lee 18 (12m 11b 2x4 1x6) SR: 163.63

"Oh, 160 is now on ..." roars Andrew Miller. And immediately applies the kiss of death. Flintoff now, whose favourite shot is the back-foot punch, incidentally. England need him here

10.4

Lee to Flintoff, 1 run, another yorker greets Flintoff, who waits before driving smoothly out to mid-on

10.5

Lee to Pietersen, 1 run, another full delivery driven out to Mr Hussey-Cricket in the covers, but still enough time for an easy single

10.6

Lee to Flintoff, no run, fuller delivery but gets away with it courtesy of Symonds' stop in the covers

End of over 11 (11 runs) England 75/4 (RR: 6.81)
A Flintoff    1* (2b)      B Lee    3-0-20-1
KP Pietersen    13* (13b 1x4)      A Symonds    1-0-12-0

11.1

Clarke to Pietersen, no run, low delivery, huge sweep and a big shout for lbw, turned down

11.2

Clarke to Pietersen, FOUR, down the track and through the covers for a booming cover drive

11.3

Clarke to Pietersen, 1 run, driven to mid-on for a quick single

11.4

Clarke to Flintoff, FOUR, outside off, full, and driven strongly past Symonds for four

11.5

Clarke to Flintoff, 1 run, outside off again, backs away to give himself room to cut to Hayden who's sweeping up on off

11.6

Clarke to Pietersen, 1 run, straight delivery swept hard, but not quite timed, down to the man at deep backward of square

End of over 12 (11 runs) England 86/4 (RR: 7.16)
KP Pietersen    19* (17b 2x4)      MJ Clarke    1-0-11-0
A Flintoff    6* (4b 1x4)      B Lee    3-0-20-1

12.1

Lee to Pietersen, 1 run, full toss on leg, pulled out to the midwicket boundary, the return from Hayden has Lee backing into Pietersen at the non-striker's to take it, but he's OK

12.2

Lee to Flintoff, FOUR, thumping cover drive aimed between mid-off and cover and Hussey gets a hand on it, stands up, runs again and tries to recover but the ball runs on

12.3

Lee to Flintoff, FOUR, carved away through backward point

12.4

Lee to Flintoff, no run, outside off, swing in the air, and worked down through backward point again

12.5

Lee to Flintoff, 1 run, horrible full toss but a nagging height, Flintoff can only bring his hands down on it late, cramped a bit for room, and so a single is all that's available

12.6

Lee to Pietersen, 1 run, backed away and driven off the back foot to cover, where a direct shy from Symonds would have been close

Bracken back'en to the attack

End of over 13 (11 runs) England 97/4 (RR: 7.46)
KP Pietersen    21* (19b 2x4)      B Lee    4-0-31-1
A Flintoff    15* (8b 3x4)      MJ Clarke    1-0-11-0

13.1

Bracken to Pietersen, OUT, the dangerman has gone, that's the biggest wicket yet, cleaned up with a full delivery as he stepped to leg, almost yorking himself

KP Pietersen b Bracken 21 (30m 20b 2x4 0x6) SR: 105.00

Shah comes in now, with England requiring a big rescue mission

13.2

Bracken to Shah, no run, comes from wide of the crease, worked into the covers

13.3

Bracken to Shah, 1 run, goes back onto tiptoes and offers a very straight bat to a defensive

13.4

Bracken to Flintoff, 1 run, full toss driven hard to cover for a quick single

13.5

Bracken to Shah, 1 run, on leg, Shah works his way over to play off his toes in front of square

That's England's hundred

13.6

Bracken to Flintoff, no run, on leg, full, Flintoff tries to turn it towards midwicket but it's a little fuller than he was expecting and rushes through the shot

End of over 14 (3 runs) England 100/5 (RR: 7.14)
A Flintoff    16* (10b 3x4)      NW Bracken    2-0-11-1
OA Shah    2* (3b)      B Lee    4-0-31-1

14.1

Clarke to Shah, no run, on off, good length, Shah tries - and misses - the drive

14.2

Clarke to Shah, no run, another play and a miss, two dots all in a row

14.3

Clarke to Shah, 1 run, driven out to mid-on now to bring Flintoff back on strike

14.4

Clarke to Flintoff, 1 run, drags it a touch short, Flintoff rocks back and cuts out to Hodge at deep cover

14.5

Clarke to Shah, 1 run, down the track and has to readjust at the last minute to cut into the covers

14.6

Clarke to Flintoff, no run, driven back to the bowler who dives across to pick the ball up

End of over 15 (3 runs) England 103/5 (RR: 6.86)
A Flintoff    17* (12b 3x4)      MJ Clarke    2-0-14-0
OA Shah    4* (7b)      NW Bracken    2-0-11-1

15.1

Symonds to Shah, SIX, short of a length and punished with a huge straight drive

15.2

Symonds to Shah, 1 run, thinks about it and turns in front of square

15.3

Symonds to Flintoff, SIX, down the track to meet a shortish one and the second straight-driven six this over

Symonds bowling his slow stuff, by the way

15.4

Symonds to Flintoff, 1 run, driven to the covers for a quick single

15.5

Symonds to Shah, 2 runs, on leg, played down off the hips

15.6

Symonds to Shah, no run, veering down leg, tries the pull-whip - and misses - Gilchrist snapping up behind the sticks

Ten an over from here will boost England to 159. Johnson back into the attack

End of over 16 (16 runs) England 119/5 (RR: 7.43)
OA Shah    13* (11b 1x6)      A Symonds    2-0-28-0
A Flintoff    24* (14b 3x4 1x6)      MJ Clarke    2-0-14-0

16.1

Johnson to Flintoff, 2 runs, outside off, driven through extra cover and some good running back for the second

16.2

Johnson to Flintoff, 1 run, on leg, pulled aerially and lands just short of the fielder at deep square, plugging as usual

16.3

Johnson to Shah, 1 run, across the right hander, a touch of room, and driven back out to long-off

16.4

Johnson to Flintoff, no run, very wide and some kind of improvisation for Flintoff who plays on one foot, the other leg way up in the air

16.5

Johnson to Flintoff, FOUR, steps over to off to zoom right back in front of midwicket with a shouldersome pull

Shouldersome, unlike to be coming to a dictionary near you

16.6

Johnson to Flintoff, OUT, tries to be clever and run the ball up and over the vacant first slip but it's held by Clark at a shortish third man

A Flintoff c Clark b Johnson 31 (24m 19b 4x4 1x6) SR: 163.15

Mascarenhas in, and we all know he can hit it

End of over 17 (8 runs) England 127/6 (RR: 7.47)
     MG Johnson    4-0-22-3
OA Shah    14* (12b 1x6)      A Symonds    2-0-28-0

17.1

Bracken to Mascarenhas, no run, took the pace off the ball, just outside off, Mascarenhas goes to strike it but misses

17.2

Bracken to Mascarenhas, no run, slow again, dipping full delivery, Mascarenhas can only get over it and drive back down the track

17.3

Bracken to Mascarenhas, 1 run, taking the pace off is a good method, and this happens again, Mascarenhas driving into the covers to get off the mark

17.4

Bracken to Shah, OUT, wheels are coming off - Shah holes out now, this time to a sanother slow delivery over in front of deep midwicket

OA Shah c Clarke b Bracken 14 (15m 13b 0x4 1x6) SR: 107.69

Michael Clarke, who took that catch, has made a huge difference to Australia's fielding today

17.5

Bracken to Mascarenhas, 1 run, driven out to long-on for a quick single

Schofield to face his first delvery then

17.6

Bracken to Schofield, no run, on middle, driven out to short midwicket, a diresct shy and he would have been long gone

(and not long-on as I just typed through force of habit) Right, Australia are way on top now. Herschelle Gibbs spotted in the crowd, meanwhile; we are still not sure when he'll be fit after picking up a leg injury against West Indies

End of over 18 (2 runs) England 129/7 (RR: 7.16)
CP Schofield    0* (1b)      NW Bracken    3-0-13-2
AD Mascarenhas    2* (4b)      MG Johnson    4-0-22-3

18.1

Clark to Mascarenhas, 1 run, driven out straight

18.2

Clark to Schofield, no run, too good, Clark planting the ball across the left hander who pokes at it

18.3

Clark to Schofield, 1 run, fuller delivery, driven out to mid-off for an easy single

18.4

Clark to Mascarenhas, 1 run, yorker, driven out to mid-on

Great bowling from Clark here

18.5

Clark to Schofield, OUT, great catch, Gilchrist dives to his left - and seems to be suspended there - making great ground to hold the thick edge with one outstretched glove

CP Schofield c †Gilchrist b Clark 1 (4m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

18.6

Clark to Broad, OUT, unfortunate dismissal in some ways... Mascarenhas charging down the track in backing up and Broad's straight drive takes a nick from Clark's down-pointing fingers

AD Mascarenhas run out 4 (8m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

End of over 19 (3 runs) England 132/9 (RR: 6.94)
SCJ Broad    0* (1b)      SR Clark    4-0-24-2
     NW Bracken    3-0-13-2

England on the rack, and close to ruined here. Here's Andrew McGlashan: "Australia have looked a different side today...that's cliche No. 23 from the book of sporting cliches."

19.1

Bracken to Kirtley, 1 run, driven straight now

19.2

Bracken to Broad, 1 run, outside off, up in the blockhole, driven straight to long-off

19.3

Bracken to Kirtley, no run, driven back to the bowler

19.4

Bracken to Kirtley, no run, a huge swish outside leg and appeal for an edge through - turned down

19.5

Bracken to Kirtley, 1 run, slower ball, Kirtley offers bat to it late but gets a single to gully

19.6

Bracken to Broad, OUT, and that's that, Broad cleaned up going for a huge one, driving an inside edge back on to the stumps

SCJ Broad b Bracken 1 (4m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

Australia, stung by the defeat to Zimbabwe, have been clinical here today. Excellent bowling all round, particularly from Nathan Bracken and Mitchell Johnson, who proclaims himself "quite happy with who we've performed". Australia, if they put their minds to it and finish the job quickly, could dump England out of the competition here. "People are now scurrying around," reports Gnasher McGlashan, "trying to work out the final calculations to see what the cut-off is for England to get knocked-out on net run-rate." (Several minutes elapse) "According to the tournament stats man, Australia have to knock-off the runs in 9.3 overs for England to go out. That's unlikely." Join Martin in a few minutes for the chase.

End of over 20 (3 runs) England 135/10
     NW Bracken    4-0-16-3
RJ Kirtley    2* (4b)      SR Clark    4-0-24-2
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Sep 14, 2007

Matthew Hayden hammers another four on his way to 67*, Group B, ICC World Twenty20, Cape Town, September 14, 2007

Matthew Hayden drives Dimitri Mascarenhas through the covers

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Sep 14, 2007

Adam Gilchrist pulls Dimitri Mascarenhas for four, Group B, ICC World Twenty20, Cape Town, September 14, 2007

Adam Gilchrist pulls Dimitri Mascarenhas for four

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