ICC World Twenty20, 9th Match, Group B: Australia v England at Cape Town, Sep 14, 2007
ICC World Twenty20 - 9th match, Group B
Australia won by 8 wickets (with 31 balls remaining)
Played at Newlands, Cape Town (neutral venue)
14 September 2007 (20-over match)

We are ready ... England huddle and cuddle and exchange morale-boosting words as Adam Gilchrist and Matthew Hayden pass them. Simple equation. Australia have to win to go through, and if they knock off the runs in under 9.3 overs then England are eliminated. If they don't but still win then Zimbabwe take the short journey home. Stuart Broad at the Kelvin Grove End.


Broad to Gilchrist, no run, inswinging and full, dug out into the leg side


Broad to Gilchrist, no run, full but a bit wider and no swing, pushed to short extra cover


Broad to Gilchrist, no run, short and wide, Gilchrist slashes and misses to loud gasps from the crowd

How often does Gilchrist miss those?


Broad to Gilchrist, FOUR, lovely drive, threaded between mid-off and extra cover, not a big gap but he found it and the ball scoots away


Broad to Gilchrist, 1 run, back and turned off his hips to deepish square leg

"Australia are well behind the clock," says Jenny. Helpfully. And she will be living in Adelaide from next month so she should be careful ...


Broad to Hayden, 1 run, pulled into the ground and so it loses much of the power, still a single

End of over 1 (6 runs) Australia 6/0 (130 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 6.84)

    • ML Hayden 1 (1b)
    • AC Gilchrist 5 (5b 1x4)
    • SCJ Broad 1-0-6-0

Andrew Flintoff entrusted with the new ball in the absence of James Anderson.


Flintoff to Hayden, no run, full (81mph) and it completely deceives Hayden who shapes to thump it out of the ground


Flintoff to Hayden, FOUR, full and this time Hayden hammers the ball between Flintoff and mid-on, no real effort but he's such a big man that it races away


Flintoff to Hayden, 1 run, mid-on drops a little deeper so Hayden pushes to him and ambles the single


Flintoff to Gilchrist, no run, fuller and outside off, Gilchrist leans back, swipes, and misses


Flintoff to Gilchrist, 1 run, defensive push towards mid-on, Gilchrist then spots the fielder is deeper and slightly slow off the mark and so is able to sprint the single


Flintoff to Hayden, no run, driven hard back to the bowler, the ball bounces kindly allowing Flintoff to collect in his follow through

Australia not going for the quick win, which is not good for Zimbabwe's hopes ...

End of over 2 (6 runs) Australia 12/0 (124 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 6.88)

    • ML Hayden 6 (5b 1x4)
    • AC Gilchrist 6 (7b 1x4)
    • A Flintoff 1-0-6-0
    • SCJ Broad 1-0-6-0

Broad to Gilchrist, FOUR, short and wide, Gilchrist slashes and a thick top edge flies over the grasp of the leaping Prior

Slash and slash hard ...


Broad to Gilchrist, 1 leg bye, he goes to pull, misses, the ball thuds into his body and drops almost at his feet , Hayden calls him through


Broad to Hayden, FOUR, another full-bodied slash flies wide and high past Prior


Broad to Hayden, no run, fuller, Hayden forced back and he drives to mid-off who is closer to prevent the single


Broad to Hayden, 1 run, short and pulled behind square, Maddy hurtles round and slides to cut off the ball in the deep


Broad to Gilchrist, no run, firm drive to mid-off

End of over 3 (10 runs) Australia 22/0 (114 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 7.33, RRR: 6.70)

    • AC Gilchrist 10 (10b 2x4)
    • ML Hayden 11 (8b 2x4)
    • SCJ Broad 2-0-15-0
    • A Flintoff 1-0-6-0

Flintoff to Hayden, no run, full and Hayden decides very late to leave the ball and does so with a twirl of the body in the crease


Flintoff to Hayden, 1 leg bye, dug in and Hayden looks to pull but misses and gets hit on the shoulder for his pains

"The floodlights have been turned on, it's not meant to be a day/night game but the clouds have come over," reports Andrew McGlashan. Flintoff round the wicket ...


Flintoff to Gilchrist, 2 runs, pulled from off stump over midwicket, the ball lands five yards in from the rope and plugs. Tiger Woods would have been proud of that backspin


Flintoff to Gilchrist, 2 runs, another mistimed pull, it hits him on the body and trundles fine on the leg side, Broad has a long way to get round the retrieve


Flintoff to Gilchrist, 1 run, an uppish slash which falls four or five yards short of Schofield at third man


Flintoff to Hayden, no run, Hayden leans back and tries to hammer the ball through the covers, gets a thick leading edge and it bobbles back to the bowler

End of over 4 (6 runs) Australia 28/0 (108 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 7.00, RRR: 6.75)

    • ML Hayden 11 (11b 2x4)
    • AC Gilchrist 15 (13b 2x4)
    • A Flintoff 2-0-11-0
    • SCJ Broad 2-0-15-0

Paul Collingwood brings himself into the attack. A bold move ... or is it ... the jury is out. Andrew and Jenny approve ...


Collingwood to Gilchrist, 2 runs, flicked into the leg side at a very pedestrian pace ... which is what Collingwood is bowling


Collingwood to Gilchrist, no run, a sniff of swing, Gilchrist pushes into the on side off his pads


Collingwood to Gilchrist, 2 runs, swpet with a hint of bottom edge, the ball goes down to long leg

Collingwood bowling at 62mph. Panesar bowls at 60mph in one-dayers ...


Collingwood to Gilchrist, FOUR, slashed over backward point, in the air but well over the fielder even though he threw himself at it


Collingwood to Gilchrist, SIX, slower ball swung over deep midwicket and brilliantly caught ... by a spectator in the front row who celebrates like a wild thing


Collingwood to Gilchrist, 2 runs, low full toss driven to long-on

End of over 5 (16 runs) Australia 44/0 (92 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 8.80, RRR: 6.13)

    • AC Gilchrist 31 (19b 3x4 1x6)
    • ML Hayden 11 (11b 2x4)
    • PD Collingwood 1-0-16-0
    • A Flintoff 2-0-11-0

Let's see if this bowling change works more ... James Kirtley ...


Kirtley to Hayden, FOUR, half volley smacked dismissively back from whence it came, not quite timed as it bounced before it got to the rope


Kirtley to Hayden, FOUR, slower ball, this time stroked between mid-off and extra cover ... that was all about timing. The first shot was Shrek, that one was Cinderella


Kirtley to Hayden, FOUR, and again, heaved through midwicket, no grace, maximum effect


Kirtley to Hayden, no run, a dot ball eases the nerves of the English supporters ... Andrew Miller was beginning to fret about Australia managing 20 an over to eliminate England!


Kirtley to Hayden, 1 run, fuller, worked to deep midwicket


Kirtley to Gilchrist, FOUR, leg-side half volley, picked up and flicked over short fine leg

Not a good over, 17 off it and England are wilting with each boundary.

End of over 6 (17 runs) Australia 61/0 (75 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 10.16, RRR: 5.35)

    • AC Gilchrist 35 (20b 4x4 1x6)
    • ML Hayden 24 (16b 5x4)
    • RJ Kirtley 1-0-17-0
    • PD Collingwood 1-0-16-0

Dimitri Mascarenhas comes on ... taking the pace off the ball.


Mascarenhas to Hayden, 1 run, Hayden down on one knee before the bowler had let go of the ball, sweeping behind square


Mascarenhas to Gilchrist, 1 run, cut to deep point


Mascarenhas to Hayden, 1 run, heaved by Hayden back over the bowler, not middled so it falls 10 yards short of the rope, Broad round from long-on to field


Mascarenhas to Gilchrist, 1 run, Gilchrist makes width and cuts

There's a man out there to plug Gilchrist's favourite shot


Mascarenhas to Hayden, FOUR, too short, too wide and pulled off the front foot behind square on the leg side


Mascarenhas to Hayden, no run, driven hard but not timed and it bounces back to a relieved Mascarenhas

End of over 7 (8 runs) Australia 69/0 (67 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 9.85, RRR: 5.15)

    • ML Hayden 30 (20b 6x4)
    • AC Gilchrist 37 (22b 4x4 1x6)
    • AD Mascarenhas 1-0-8-0
    • RJ Kirtley 1-0-17-0

Back comes Andrew Flintoff for his third over.


Flintoff to Gilchrist, 1 run, backfoot drive into the deep cover region


Flintoff to Hayden, 1 run, full-bloodied off drive to Broad at long-off


Flintoff to Gilchrist, FOUR, almost a yorker, a bit too full, Gilchrist gets a thick inside edge and the ball zips past his leg stump and fine for four


Flintoff to Gilchrist, no run, right up once more, wide of off stump, Gilchrist can only squeeze it to backward point


Flintoff to Gilchrist, 3 runs, much the same spot from Flintoff but Gilchrist works it finer and that takes it past the fielder

Gilchrist calls for a new bat ....


Flintoff to Hayden, no run, Flintoff perseveres with that line and it works as Hayden can only jam down on it to backward point

Sad to say, but Zimbabwe are going home unless England can do something remarkable and take ten wickets.

End of over 8 (9 runs) Australia 78/0 (58 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 9.75, RRR: 4.83)

    • ML Hayden 31 (22b 6x4)
    • AC Gilchrist 45 (26b 5x4 1x6)
    • A Flintoff 3-0-20-0
    • AD Mascarenhas 1-0-8-0

Chris Schofield brought on. He did well against Zimbabwe ... but he is up against two big hitters with their eyes in.


Schofield to Gilchrist, no run, Gilchrist back and defends


Schofield to Gilchrist, OUT, Gilchrist gives him the change but doesn't really connect and Flintoff speeding in from long-on dives to take a good catch a foot above the turf

AC Gilchrist c Flintoff b Schofield 45 (36m 28b 5x4 1x6) SR: 160.71


Schofield to Hayden, no run, jammed into the ground and it loops back to the bowler. Loud cheers from those in the crowd who thought it was a catch


Schofield to Hayden, 1 run, swished to deep midwicket, all along the ground

Ponting and Pietersen yak to each other. Not sure that Pietersen shouldn't be staying very quiet after his boasts last night ... does he have no shame?


Schofield to Ponting, 1 run, leg side, pulled round along the ground behind square


Schofield to Hayden, no run, tried to turn into the on side but not timed

End of over 9 (2 runs) Australia 80/1 (56 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 8.88, RRR: 5.09)

    • ML Hayden 32 (25b 6x4)
    • RT Ponting 1 (1b)
    • CP Schofield 1-0-2-1
    • A Flintoff 3-0-20-0

Mascarenhas to Ponting, 1 run, driven, he aimed into the on side but it ended up heading to mid-off


Mascarenhas to Hayden, SIX, in the slot and a bullying thump over wide long-on, flat and it flew like a tracer bullet


Mascarenhas to Hayden, FOUR, a reverse sweep which he doesn't really get hold of but it goes fine off his gloves and they all count


Mascarenhas to Hayden, 1 run, full, rasping drive to long-off, Hayden walks the single

And that's Zimbabwe out ...


Mascarenhas to Ponting, 1 run, quick single off a defensive push into the off side


Mascarenhas to Hayden, 1 run, another easy single into the leg side, the batsmen barely had to break into a sweat ...which sums up Australia's easy progress

And for the final overs it's Jennifer Thompson ... Cricinfo's answer to Donna Symonds. Hmm. Hello again

End of over 10 (14 runs) Australia 94/1 (42 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 9.40, RRR: 4.20)

    • ML Hayden 44 (29b 7x4 1x6)
    • RT Ponting 3 (3b)
    • AD Mascarenhas 2-0-22-0
    • CP Schofield 1-0-2-1

Schofield to Hayden, no run, tries the sweep


Schofield to Hayden, 1 run, cut away forcefully in front of point


Schofield to Ponting, no run, flipper, straight on to Ponting, who tries the cut to gully


Schofield to Ponting, no run, pitches just outside leg, the batsman gets over it and paddle- sweeps softly behind square


Schofield to Ponting, no run, drives off the legs to short midwicket


Schofield to Ponting, 1 run, driven out to cover

End of over 11 (2 runs) Australia 96/1 (40 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 8.72, RRR: 4.44)

    • RT Ponting 4 (7b)
    • ML Hayden 45 (31b 7x4 1x6)
    • CP Schofield 2-0-4-1
    • AD Mascarenhas 2-0-22-0

Broad to Ponting, 1 run, finds some left and Ponting jumps up to play back down


Broad to Hayden, 1 run, pushed through midwicket for an easy single


Broad to Ponting, 1 run, driven out straight to long-on for another easy single


Broad to Hayden, FOUR, down the track and pulled hard in front of midwicket, bringing up the hundred in dominant style


Broad to Hayden, no run, down the track for an easy drive to mid-on


Broad to Hayden, 1 run, straight and with enough room to pull through midwicket

Everyone going through the motions as Australia close in on the win. Schofield again

End of over 12 (8 runs) Australia 104/1 (32 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 8.66, RRR: 4.00)

    • ML Hayden 51 (35b 8x4 1x6)
    • RT Ponting 6 (9b)
    • SCJ Broad 3-0-23-0
    • CP Schofield 2-0-4-1

Schofield to Hayden, 1 run, wide outside off, driven out to deep extra cover


Schofield to Ponting, no run, whirrs it in straight, driven to cover


Schofield to Ponting, SIX, comes down the track, so Schofield follows him down leg - stray s too far and Ponting sweeps straight, hard and long



Schofield to Ponting, no run, defended on the front foot


Schofield to Ponting, FOUR, down leg, lapped round the corner through fine leg


Schofield to Ponting, 2 runs, extra loop, outside off now, driven back out wide of long-on

End of over 13 (13 runs) Australia 117/1 (19 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 9.00, RRR: 2.71)

    • RT Ponting 18 (14b 1x4 1x6)
    • ML Hayden 52 (36b 8x4 1x6)
    • CP Schofield 3-0-17-1
    • SCJ Broad 3-0-23-0

Flintoff to Hayden, 1 run, full toss slips out down off, driven out through extra


Flintoff to Ponting, 2 runs, short and helped down to long leg, Schofield tidying up


Flintoff to Ponting, OUT, driven back up to Flintoff who stretches out a giant left hand to snap it up easy as you like

RT Ponting c & b Flintoff 20 (18m 16b 1x4 1x6) SR: 125.00

Went straight into his hand and Flintoff's reaction was bordering on the insouciant - then again he didn't have much time to react; that was travelling. Symonds in now with a chance to finish off the job quickly


Flintoff to Symonds, 1 run, full delivery, driven out to mid-on

Flintoff's looking a bit ginger with his ankle, that could be very worrying for England


Flintoff to Hayden, no run, driven to cover


Flintoff to Hayden, 1 run, pushed up there outside off and driven back out straight

Discomfort etched all over Flintoff's face now as he ends his spell. Schofield on for his final delivery

End of over 14 (5 runs) Australia 122/2 (14 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 8.71, RRR: 2.33)

    • ML Hayden 54 (39b 8x4 1x6)
    • A Symonds 1 (1b)
    • A Flintoff 4-0-25-1
    • CP Schofield 3-0-17-1

Schofield to Hayden, FOUR, typical Hayden: one step, boom; a powerful (aren't they all?) drive through mid-off


Schofield to Hayden, FOUR, driven again through mid-off - nearly taking out Symonds at the other end - and the end is nigh


Schofield to Hayden, FOUR, driven wider of mid-off this time


Schofield to Hayden, 1 run, loopy full toss down leg, paddled almost sympathetically round to fine leg

Last ball coming up?


Schofield to Symonds, 1 run, ...yes, a drive through mid-on to complete a handsome win

This has been a different Australia today to the one which lost to Zimbabwe the other day. And, ominously for the rest of the teams in this tournament, they look like their old serves: dominant and clinical. Hayden finishes with 67 not out; he remained unruffled throughout. Emphatic is the word, and Ponting and his men have certainly started to take this tournament seriously. So, England and Australia through to the Super Eights, then, and Zimbabwe are out - on an inferior run rate.

Ponting states the obvious: "We're a fair bit happier today. Today was a pretty comprehensive win. We did the job with the bat today." Collingwood ends how he started - by admitting there are areas that England need to improve on, particularly the batting. True enough. Bracken picks up the Man of the Match award for an intelligent, controlled spell of bowling that helped to knock over England.

Thanks for joining us today. Next up will be India's tussle with Pakistan so do switch over to the live scorecard for that match coming up shortly.

From me, Jenny Thompson and Martin Williamson (with Andrew Miller on bulletin duty), it's goodbye.






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