ICC World Twenty20, 2007/08 / Commentary

ICC World Twenty20 - 22nd match, Group F

Australia v Sri Lanka

Australia won by 10 wickets (with 58 balls remaining)

Welcome back. Australia need 102 for a place in the semi-finals

0.1

Vaas to Gilchrist, no run, outside off stump and left well alone

0.2

Vaas to Gilchrist, 1 run, slashed through point, but a tidy diving stop intercepts the boundary

0.3

Vaas to Hayden, (no ball) FOUR, no messing around from Hayden. Vaas overstepped as well, but that had no impact on the shot. A monstrous mow through midwicket off a good length

Here comes a free hit

0.3

Vaas to Hayden, 1 run, outside leg and Hayden takes a big swing, but doesn't quite capitalise

Sangakkara's up to the stumps

0.4

Vaas to Gilchrist, 1 run, on a good length outside off stump, pushed into the covers

0.5

Vaas to Hayden, no run, on the spot again, Hayden plays sensibly and straight, and cover cleans up

0.6

Vaas to Hayden, 1 run, slightly fuller and drifting onto the pads, clipped firmly up to mid-on, and a jogged single.

No risks, nothing rash. Plenty runs. Quite a contrast so far from Sri Lanka's opening gambit. Here's Dilhara Fernando, he of the exemplary slower ball. Will he fool either of these batsmen?

End of over 1 (9 runs) Australia 9/0 (93 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 9.00, RRR: 4.89)
ML Hayden    6* (4b 1x4)      WPUJC Vaas    1-0-9-0
AC Gilchrist    2* (3b)     

1.1

Fernando to Hayden, no run, outside off stump, shaping away from the left-hander. Left alone

1.2

Fernando to Hayden, no run, banged in and pulled round the corner to short backward square

1.3

Fernando to Hayden, no run, slightly leg-sided again, tucked around the corner again

1.4

Fernando to Hayden, no run, pitched up, in the blockhole, on middle-and-off. Driven straight, and Fernando stoops to intercept

1.5

Fernando to Hayden, 1 leg bye, somehow, the leg-stump line is proving very effective in this over. This time, backward square can't stop the single

1.6

Fernando to Gilchrist, 1 leg bye, tidy finish to the over. Australia aren't rushing their run-chase, and why should they?

End of over 2 (2 runs, maiden) Australia 11/0 (91 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 5.50, RRR: 5.05)
AC Gilchrist    2* (4b)      CRD Fernando    1-1-0-0
ML Hayden    6* (9b 1x4)      WPUJC Vaas    1-0-9-0

2.1

Vaas to Gilchrist, 1 run, driven impeccably straight - so straight that it rebounds off the non-striker's stumps and away to long-off

2.2

Vaas to Hayden, FOUR, lofted drive, just out of the reach of Malinga at mid-off. But real power behind a stroke that looked a little chancy at first

2.3

Vaas to Hayden, 2 runs, whipped off middle-and-off to backward square. The batsmen jog back for two

2.4

Vaas to Hayden, 1 run, Vaas is also targeting leg stump, and Hayden is happy to pluck another single to deep square

2.5

Vaas to Gilchrist, FOUR, too straight this time, and that's clobbered up and over, and trickles away to the long-on boundary

2.6

Vaas to Gilchrist, no run, attempted leg-stump yorker, clangs off the pad and away to slip. Australia chugging along nicely

End of over 3 (12 runs) Australia 23/0 (79 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 7.66, RRR: 4.64)
AC Gilchrist    7* (7b 1x4)      WPUJC Vaas    2-0-21-0
ML Hayden    13* (12b 2x4)      CRD Fernando    1-1-0-0

3.1

Fernando to Hayden, no run, swish and a miss, outside off stump and short enough to pull, but Hayden can't make contact. Sangakkara is so surprised at the let-off that he fumbles the ball

3.2

Fernando to Hayden, 1 run, thumped out to point

3.3

Fernando to Gilchrist, 1 run, just back of a length, Gilchrist steps back and across and nudges into the leg-side for another single

Australia are showing all the common-sense and shot selection that the Sri Lankans didn't. Still, they really don't have to rush

3.4

Fernando to Hayden, no run, tucked up by that leg-stump line again. No danger of a dismissal though

3.5

Fernando to Hayden, no run, short and climbing sharply outside off stump. Left well alone with a vertical bat

3.6

Fernando to Hayden, 4 byes, another uncharacteristic fumble from Sangakkara. A nasty bounce, and a slower ball as well, but hardly an excuse

Bonus runs, and Australia are already a quarter of the way to their target, with barely a shot in anger

End of over 4 (6 runs) Australia 29/0 (73 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 7.25, RRR: 4.56)
ML Hayden    14* (17b 2x4)      CRD Fernando    2-1-2-0
AC Gilchrist    8* (8b 1x4)      WPUJC Vaas    2-0-21-0

4.1

Maharoof to Gilchrist, 2 runs, a smidgeon of width, and Gilchrist flails an attempted cover drive - it loops over the infield and plugs at point, ten yards in from the rope. A bit chancy that time

4.2

Maharoof to Gilchrist, FOUR, short and pulled, so quickly into position and it whistles away. Hardly any margin for error

4.3

Maharoof to Gilchrist, 1 run, fuller and straighter, and drilled down to long-off

4.4

Maharoof to Hayden, FOUR, smeared through midwicket. A step and a shimmy, and a massive swing of the blade. Hayden at his bullying best

4.5

Maharoof to Hayden, no run, fuller length, almost yorker-length, swinging away and dug out to point

4.6

Maharoof to Hayden, FOUR, another attempted yorker, but this time it comes out as a low full-toss, and that's mullahed down the ground for the straightest and sweetest four of the innings

Australia are starting to click through their gears now

End of over 5 (15 runs) Australia 44/0 (58 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 8.80, RRR: 3.86)
ML Hayden    22* (20b 4x4)      MF Maharoof    1-0-15-0
AC Gilchrist    15* (11b 2x4)      CRD Fernando    2-1-2-0

5.1

Fernando to Gilchrist, no run, full and outside off, steered down to gully

5.2

Fernando to Gilchrist, 1 run, full and leg-stump line again, clipped to midwicket

Fernando hasn't given up the ghost, but he doesn't look like breaking through

5.3

Fernando to Hayden, 1 run, shorter, but still on that leg-stump line. Tucked to midwicket with a slight hop

5.4

Fernando to Gilchrist, FOUR, a modicum of width, and Gilchrist leathers that through the gap in the covers, off the back foot. Cracking shot, and Australia are halfway there

5.5

Fernando to Gilchrist, FOUR, tucked off the toes with a flourish, Fernando was aiming for the blockhole but got it ever so slightly wrong

5.6

Fernando to Gilchrist, no run, better line and length, straight and sharp, and just back of a length. Defended stoutly off the back foot

End of over 6 (10 runs) Australia 54/0 (48 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 9.00, RRR: 3.42)
AC Gilchrist    24* (16b 4x4)      CRD Fernando    3-1-12-0
ML Hayden    23* (21b 4x4)      MF Maharoof    1-0-15-0

Farveez Maharoof tries to change the momentum of the innings

6.1

Maharoof to Hayden, 1 run, good length and tight line, Hayden steps away to make room, but can't get more than a single

6.2

Maharoof to Gilchrist, 1 run, Gilchrist returns the compliment

6.3

Maharoof to Hayden, SIX, thwacked, and some. Hayden steps away a fraction and launches that over long-off. Superb power

Maharoof comes round the wicket

6.4

Maharoof to Hayden, 5 wides, hopeless delivery, short and utterly misdirected. Sangakkara had no chance of cutting that off as it fizzed down the leg side

6.4

Maharoof to Hayden, 1 run, too short, and swung away into the deep. Fielded on the bounce just inside the midwicket rope

6.5

Maharoof to Gilchrist, 1 run, angled into the pads and clipped away. This is rather a procession now

6.6

Maharoof to Hayden, FOUR, that completes a grim over for Maharoof. That ball was just floated into Hayden's zone, and vanished through long-off with a massive swing of the blade

End of over 7 (19 runs) Australia 73/0 (29 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 10.42, RRR: 2.23)
ML Hayden    35* (25b 5x4 1x6)      MF Maharoof    2-0-34-0
AC Gilchrist    26* (18b 4x4)      CRD Fernando    3-1-12-0

Tillekaratne Dilshan comes on for a twirl. This could be messy

7.1

Dilshan to Gilchrist, 1 run, on the spot first up, pushed cautiously down the ground

7.2

Dilshan to Hayden, 1 run, a fraction of turn off a good length, and driven coolly to cover

7.3

Dilshan to Gilchrist, 1 wide, misdirected, down the leg side, well taken by Sangakkara

7.3

Dilshan to Gilchrist, no run, cut into the covers, and well intercepted

7.4

Dilshan to Gilchrist, no run, very well bowled, and the brakes have been applied for the moment. Right on the spot

7.5

Dilshan to Gilchrist, 1 run, full length, pushed into the gap

7.6

Dilshan to Hayden, 1 run, strays onto leg stump, and flicked away. But well bowled by Dilshan. Australia are made to wait for their victory

End of over 8 (5 runs) Australia 78/0 (24 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 9.75, RRR: 2.00)
ML Hayden    37* (27b 5x4 1x6)      TM Dilshan    1-0-5-0
AC Gilchrist    28* (22b 4x4)      MF Maharoof    2-0-34-0

Here comes Lasith Malinga. Why he hasn't featured earlier, who knows? What can he conjure up with his incredible slingshots?

8.1

Malinga to Hayden, 1 run, on a good length straight away, Hayden pushes into the covers

8.2

Malinga to Gilchrist, 1 run, banged in but arrow-straight. Gilchrist hops back and nurdles down to third man

8.3

Malinga to Hayden, no run, attempted yorker, Hayden clips to midwicket

Nice bowling so far ...

8.4

Malinga to Hayden, FOUR, how on earth did he pull that off? That was a full-length off-stump delivery, almost a yorker, and yet Hayden picked it up and over long-on! Remarkable

8.5

Malinga to Hayden, 1 run, more conventional this time, clipped out to deep midwicket

8.6

Malinga to Gilchrist, 1 run, pushed into the covers to complete another productive over for the Australians

End of over 9 (8 runs) Australia 86/0 (16 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 9.55, RRR: 1.45)
AC Gilchrist    30* (24b 4x4)      SL Malinga    1-0-8-0
ML Hayden    43* (31b 6x4 1x6)      TM Dilshan    1-0-5-0

9.1

Dilshan to Gilchrist, 1 run, strays onto the legs - or was it deliberate? Either way, another nudged single

9.2

Dilshan to Hayden, 2 runs, clipped down to fine leg again. All too easy

9.3

Dilshan to Hayden, no run, a rarety - a swing and a miss. Hayden is sizing up a quick kill now

9.4

Dilshan to Hayden, no run, on the spot and driven hard into the covers. No way through just yet though

9.5

Dilshan to Hayden, FOUR, thumped this time, with a free swing of the arms. That's pure muscle and deep cover had no chance

9.6

Dilshan to Hayden, 1 run, finds the gap on the leg side, and that's Hayden's half-century - his third of the campaign. There's no stopping the ICC World One-Day Player of the Year

End of over 10 (8 runs) Australia 94/0 (8 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 9.40, RRR: 0.80)
ML Hayden    50* (36b 7x4 1x6)      TM Dilshan    2-0-13-0
AC Gilchrist    31* (25b 4x4)      SL Malinga    1-0-8-0

10.1

Mubarak to Hayden, 2 runs, tucked down to third man with a shimmy at the crease - as if he was in ten minds

10.2

Mubarak to Hayden, SIX, swing, connect, deposit into the long-on stands. That shot was as vast as the victory itself

So, that's that. Australia wrap up a ten-wicket victory with almost half of their overs to spare, and it is they who march on to the semi-finals where they will be joined by Pakistan, South Africa (barring miracles) and either New Zealand or India.

Sri Lanka's bowlers were on a hiding to nothing once their batsmen had capitulated. Perhaps they were still scarred by their mauling in the World Cup final ... who knows. It was pretty comprehensive either way.

"We were not very consistent, especially with the bat," says Mahela Jayawardene. "We started really well [in the tournament] but the momentum wasn't there for us."

Adam Gilchrist is delighted with his team's performance. "A lot of teams would have liked us to be knocked out today. Hopefully they are a little nervous now."

"Our fielders and our bowlers were outstanding. To chase on that wicket ... it's getting really tired and it would have been difficult. Our bowlers definitely won that match for us."

"We're just happy - we're into the cut-throat part of the competition now. We can enjoy it now it's cut-throat time."

So there we go. We've been Andrew Miller and Jenny Thompson, with Martin Williamson on bulletin duty. Next up is Bangladesh against Pakistan at Cape Town, followed by the big one - India against South Africa at Durban.

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India v Pakistan at Johannesburg - Sep 24, 2007
India won by 5 runs
Australia v India at Durban - Sep 22, 2007
India won by 15 runs
New Zealand v Pakistan at Cape Town - Sep 22, 2007
Pakistan won by 6 wickets (with 7 balls remaining)
South Africa v India at Durban - Sep 20, 2007
India won by 37 runs
Bangladesh v Pakistan at Cape Town - Sep 20, 2007
Pakistan won by 4 wickets (with 6 balls remaining)
Australia v Sri Lanka at Cape Town - Sep 20, 2007
Australia won by 10 wickets (with 58 balls remaining)
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Photos

Sep 20, 2007

Shane Watson bowls shortly before hurting his hamstring, Australia v Sri Lanka, Group F, ICC World Twenty20, Cape Town, September 20, 2007

Shane Watson bowls shortly before hurting his hamstring

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Sep 20, 2007

Adam Gilchrist clips a shot off his legs, Australia v Sri Lanka, Group F, ICC World Twenty20, Cape Town, September 20, 2007

Adam Gilchrist clips a shot off his legs

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