ICC World Cup, 2nd Match, Group A: Australia v Scotland at Basseterre, Mar 14, 2007
ICC World Cup - 2nd match, Group A
Australia won by 203 runs
Played at Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts (neutral venue)
14 March 2007 (50-over match)

8.45 am local time Hi there. Welcome to the Australia v Scotland game. Andrew Miller, our man at the ground, has some weather update for us. "Bit overcast here today, a fairly stiff breeze as well but it'll burn out soon enough. Might influence team selection a touch though, and who does what at the toss.

"The covers have just gone back on over here. A thick black cloud has just rolled westwards across the ground. We are assured that's the last of the bad weather. Oh, and there's a nice rainbow, as if to prove the point."

Toss Scotland have chosen to bowl. Long day ahead.

I am Sriram Veera and will take you through the day's proceedings. Some of you might be clueless about Scottish cricket. Don't worry help is here. Will Luke spoke to Roddy Smith, Cricket Scotland's CE0. Click here for a guide to Scottish cricket.

Pitch report: Consistent bounce and pace, feel the experts. It should be purrfect for batting.

And you must have read the other stuff already. Glenn McGrath wants to beat Wasim Akram's bowling record. I am batting like never before says another. All the usual pre-tournament talk is on.

The London Times' John Westerby wrote thus: "The lure of Scottish ladies, it seems, has had an unforeseen beneficial effect on the strength of their national cricket team. Over the past few years, a number of talented cricketers from the southern hemisphere have settled with local girls and subsequently become qualified to play for Scotland." Hmm.... that's interesting.

Majid Haq, Scotland's batsman sounded pretty optimistic on the eve of the game. ""We can't afford to take any backward steps. Too many teams in the past have been beaten before going out on the park, but we aren't taking on their reputations. "No-one's giving us a chance but there's no pressure on us. Pressure can do funny things to you and we've got to get in their faces from the first ball."

Meanwhile Glenn Rogers, the Scotland allrounder who was born in Australia is expecting to be sledged. "This match definitely has an extra edge for me. But I'm looking forward to taking the stick that's inevitably going to come my way. I'm expecting quite a lot and it would be very unlike them if I didn't get it."

All set. Players are in the middle. Here we go.

0.1

Hoffmann to Gilchrist, no run, Ambles through the channel outside off, perfect line and length to start off with, Gilchrist watches it sail past him.

0.2

Hoffmann to Gilchrist, no run, He gets behind this one - similar line and length, pushed to the cover region

0.3

Hoffmann to Gilchrist, no run, Jaffa! What a delivery from Hoffmann! Landed on a length, around off, Gilchrist was sucked into a forward drive but was shocked as the ball left him late. very late.

0.4

Hoffmann to Gilchrist, no run, On the middle and leg, turned to the leg side

0.5

Hoffmann to Gilchrist, 1 run, around off stump, angling away, ran down to thirdman. Again probling line and length. Good solid start so far.

0.6

Hoffmann to Hayden, no run, Appeal for lbw! Hoffmann is on fire. full in length, around middle and off, straightens after landing and Hayden doesn't quite lean onto his defensive prod. Must have got an inside edge. The replays show the ball hit the pad first. hmm

End of over 1 (1 run) Australia 1/0 (RR: 1.00)

    • ML Hayden 0 (1b)
    • AC Gilchrist 1 (5b)
    • PJC Hoffmann 1-0-1-0
1.1

Blain to Gilchrist, no run, Wide outside off, left alone. Two slips in place.

1.2

Blain to Gilchrist, 1 run, Fuller and right on the middle stump line, an attempted yorker, Gilchrist gets his bat down in a hurry, the bat-handle rotates in his hands and the ball runs through the midwicket gap

1.3

Blain to Hayden, no run, Slightly short of length - Scotland continue to hit the right line and the length, on the off and middle, pushed to cover

1.4

Blain to Hayden, no run

1.5

Blain to Hayden, no run, short of length, on the off and middle, Hayden gets right behind the line to defend

1.6

Blain to Hayden, 1 wide, Blain gets into the Caribbean mood. Bangs this one in short, a bumper, but the line is wrong. Sails down harmlessly down the leg side.

1.6

Blain to Hayden, no run, Another good strangling over comes to an end. Fullish, on the middle stump line, bends in a touch, Hayden leans forward, turns it towards mid-on

End of over 2 (2 runs) Australia 3/0 (RR: 1.50)

    • ML Hayden 0 (5b)
    • AC Gilchrist 2 (7b)
    • JAR Blain 1-0-2-0
    • PJC Hoffmann 1-0-1-0
2.1

Hoffmann to Gilchrist, no run, hones in on the off stump, angling away, Glichrist goes back, opens the bat-face, pushes it to cover point

2.2

Hoffmann to Gilchrist, 1 run, tip and run. Leans forward to a length-delivery, pushes it towards mid-off and they rush across for a single

No arrogance from Australia so far. They have started off in a conservative way.

2.3

Hoffmann to Hayden, FOUR, There is the first boundary. Bit of rubbish on the legs and Hayden clears the trashcan with a flick shot, past square-leg. Easy.

2.4

Hoffmann to Hayden, 1 leg bye

2.5

Hoffmann to Gilchrist, no run, angling away from Gilchrist who lets that one go through to the 'keeper

2.6

Hoffmann to Gilchrist, FOUR, Ooh! close. Just flies past the diving point fielder. Full and outside off, Gilchrist goes after that, clears his arms but only gets an outside edge and just about manages to clear point.

End of over 3 (10 runs) Australia 13/0 (RR: 4.33)

    • AC Gilchrist 7 (11b 1x4)
    • ML Hayden 4 (7b 1x4)
    • PJC Hoffmann 2-0-10-0
    • JAR Blain 1-0-2-0
3.1

Blain to Hayden, FOUR, Caressed away! Class. Slightly overpitched, outside off and Hayden was quick to lean forward and drive it past the bowler, past mid-off and to the boundary

3.2

Blain to Hayden, no run

There is a short cover in place

3.3

Blain to Hayden, no run, Back of length, on the off stump line, Hayden decides to work it to the leg side.

3.4

Blain to Hayden, 1 run, Short and bit of width outside offstump, cut to thirdman

3.5

Blain to Gilchrist, no run, overpitched on the off stump but Gilchrist drives straight to mid-off. A golden chance wasted there. Quite unlike Gilchrist.

3.6

Blain to Gilchrist, FOUR, Gilly is up and away. Slightly short, little bit of room outside off and that' s enough for our master blaster to cut it past point

3.6

Blain to Gilchrist, FOUR, Gilly is up and away. Slightly short, little bit of room outside off and that' s enough for our master blaster to cut it past point

3.6

Blain to Gilchrist, FOUR, Gilly is up and away. Slightly short, little bit of room outside off and that' s enough for our master blaster to cut it past point

3.6

Blain to Gilchrist, FOUR, Gilly is up and away. Slightly short, little bit of room outside off and that' s enough for our master blaster to cut it past point

3.6

Blain to Gilchrist, FOUR, Gilly is up and away. Slightly short, little bit of room outside off and that' s enough for our master blaster to cut it past point

End of over 4 (9 runs) Australia 22/0 (RR: 5.50)

    • AC Gilchrist 11 (13b 2x4)
    • ML Hayden 9 (11b 2x4)
    • JAR Blain 2-0-11-0
    • PJC Hoffmann 2-0-10-0
4.1

Hoffmann to Hayden, no run, Full length delivery outside off, slightly shaping away from the left-hander. Hayden lets it go watchfully

4.2

Hoffmann to Hayden, no run, Shifts his length this time, back of a length and straighter. Going away from the left-hander just a shade. Hayden adjusts in the last minute and keeps it out

4.3

Hoffmann to Hayden, no run, Full ball. Nice easy action from Hoffmann. Full ball on off and Hayden cracks it straight to the short extra cover fielder. Good stop that time

4.4

Hoffmann to Hayden, no run, Straighter line, Hayden whips it square on the leg side. Tries to pinch a single but Gilchrist screams a denial

4.5

Hoffmann to Hayden, no run, Easy run-up and smooth follow-through. A typical English action with some swing in the air. Hayden lets it go outside off

4.6

Hoffmann to Hayden, 1 wide, Wide ball conceded but good swing to encourage the bowler. Starts on middle and leg and swings at a fine arc. Hayden has nothing to do with one way down leg

4.6

Hoffmann to Hayden, no run, Left alone outside off. Good probing over that

End of over 5 (1 run) Australia 23/0 (RR: 4.60)

    • ML Hayden 9 (17b 2x4)
    • AC Gilchrist 11 (13b 2x4)
    • PJC Hoffmann 3-0-11-0
    • JAR Blain 2-0-11-0
5.1

Blain to Gilchrist, 1 no ball, Oh! No ball called but quite a handful for Gilchrist. Teasing outside off and moving it away off the seam. Gilchrist beaten comprehensively that time

5.1

Blain to Gilchrist, FOUR, Typical Gilchrist response. Blain pushes it too full and Gilchrist smashes it through the extra cover region. Surely it must have burnt some grass on the way to the fence

5.2

Blain to Gilchrist, FOUR, Ouch! Too close to the body and Gilchrist gets away with a wild slash. Thick edge flies over first slip for another boundary. Moral victory for Blain - if ever there's anything like a moral victory

5.3

Blain to Gilchrist, no run, Straight and back of a length this time. Gilchrist on the back foot and defends it confidently.

5.4

Blain to Gilchrist, 1 run, Short ball from Blain. Not that quick though and Gilchrist rocks back and turns it square on the leg side for an easy single

5.5

Blain to Hayden, 2 runs, Good seam movement again. Pitched on leg and moving away from the left hander. Hayden gets away with a thickish edge that squirts past gully for a brace

5.6

Blain to Hayden, no run, Shade of inswing from Blain. Hayden defends it back to the bowler

End of over 6 (12 runs) Australia 35/0 (RR: 5.83)

    • ML Hayden 11 (19b 2x4)
    • AC Gilchrist 20 (18b 4x4)
    • JAR Blain 3-0-23-0
    • PJC Hoffmann 3-0-11-0
6.1

Hoffmann to Gilchrist, 1 run, Tip and run from Gilchrist. Tapped to cover and Gilchrist steals an easy single. Short cover comes into place for Hayden

6.2

Hoffmann to Hayden, no run, Back of a length delivery and luckily it was straight. Hayden, standing outside his crease, was lining up an almighty swing. Checked his shot in the last minute

6.3

Hoffmann to Hayden, SIX, Blitzer! Hayden walks down the wicket nonchalantly and dismisses the ball over the long-on fence for a cracking six. Hayden at his bullying best there.

6.4

Hoffmann to Hayden, no run, Quite a bit of swing into the batsman. No room for Hayden, as he tries to repeat the stroke. Cramped for room and brings his bat down in the last moment. Appeal for lbw but that was going down leg

6.5

Hoffmann to Hayden, no run, Defended off the back foot

6.6

Hoffmann to Hayden, FOUR, Too wide from Hoffmann. The first real rank delivery and Hayden punishes it with a slash through covers. Ball races away to the point fence

End of over 7 (11 runs) Australia 46/0 (RR: 6.57)

    • ML Hayden 21 (24b 3x4 1x6)
    • AC Gilchrist 21 (19b 4x4)
    • PJC Hoffmann 4-0-22-0
    • JAR Blain 3-0-23-0
7.1

Blain to Gilchrist, no run, Wide and slightly back of a length. Gilchrist goes for the fierce slash but can't time it. Straight to the cover fielder

7.2

Blain to Gilchrist, no run, Straight and accurate from Blain. Gilchrist gives it the respect it deserves and defends it back to the bowler

7.3

Blain to Gilchrist, FOUR, Short ball from Blain and Gilchrist is up for the challenge. Pulls with a mighty swing and a thick top edge files over short fine-leg for a one-bounce four.

7.4

Blain to Gilchrist, 2 runs, Full and on the pads, drilled easily to midwicket for a couple

7.5

Blain to Gilchrist, no run, Blain back to probing outside off. That's something he has been doing really well. Gilchrist shoulders arms and has nothing to do with it

7.6

Blain to Gilchrist, no run, Similar delivery and straighter. Patted back down the ground. Australia not doing anything reckless here, just going after the loose deliveries and that seems to be enough

End of over 8 (6 runs) Australia 52/0 (RR: 6.50)

    • AC Gilchrist 27 (25b 5x4)
    • ML Hayden 21 (24b 3x4 1x6)
    • JAR Blain 4-0-29-0
    • PJC Hoffmann 4-0-22-0
8.1

Hoffmann to Hayden, 1 run, Full, straight on the middle stump line, Hayden leans forward, places it to left of mid-on

8.2

Hoffmann to Gilchrist, no run, back of length, on the middle stump line, Gilchrist stays at his crease, just turns it to mid-on

In 1979 WC, the first three matches, the teams which won the toss inserted the opposition in to bat. Just like this WC.

8.3

Hoffmann to Gilchrist, no run, Full in length, just outside off, Giclhrist eases forward, taps it gently to the off side. The wicketkeeper is standing up to the stumps.

8.4

Hoffmann to Gilchrist, 1 run, Again angling away, full in length, Gilchrist drives it towards mid-off and sets off for an easy single.

8.5

Hoffmann to Hayden, no run, Again on a good length, around that off stump, Hayden just leans forward without thrusting his foot out, pushes it out to short cover

8.6

Hoffmann to Hayden, no run, pushes it across Hayden who shoulders arms.

End of over 9 (2 runs) Australia 54/0 (RR: 6.00)

    • ML Hayden 22 (27b 3x4 1x6)
    • AC Gilchrist 28 (28b 5x4)
    • PJC Hoffmann 5-0-24-0
    • JAR Blain 4-0-29-0

Craig Wright on to bowl. Just a wide slip in place, almost in a gully position

9.1

Wright to Gilchrist, no run, Full and outside off, left alone. The wicketkeeper Smith is standing up

9.2

Wright to Gilchrist, 1 run, Short and Gilchrist immediately pushes back to pull it to deep midwicket

9.3

Wright to Hayden, 1 run, gentle seam-up stuff, outside off, Hayden opens the bat-face, runs it past point for a easy single.

9.4

Wright to Gilchrist, no run, goes back to a back of length delivery, pushes it out to cover region

"why not autralia try for 500 Runs," says Habeeb. Hmm....

9.5

Wright to Gilchrist, 1 run, sliding away from Gilchrist who shapes to cut but the length is not that short and it runs down towards short thirdman region

9.6

Wright to Hayden, 5 runs, on the middle stump line, Gilchrist turns it to left of mid-on who fires in a throw. Rebounds off the batsmen's bat and runs away to the boundary. Four extra runs. Such is life, such is this game.

End of over 10 (8 runs) Australia 62/0 (RR: 6.20)

    • ML Hayden 28 (29b 3x4 1x6)
    • AC Gilchrist 30 (32b 5x4)
    • CM Wright 1-0-8-0
    • PJC Hoffmann 5-0-24-0
10.1

Hoffmann to Hayden, 2 runs, Fullish, on the middle and leg stump line, deflected to the on side for a single

10.2

Hoffmann to Hayden, no run, just short of driveable length, on the off and middle, Hayden thrusts forward and smothers the delivery.

10.3

Hoffmann to Hayden, 1 run, Hayden leans forward, the ball is slightly shorter than he anticipates and he adjusts by opening the bat-face and runs it down to thirdman

10.4

Hoffmann to Gilchrist, no run, On the good length, around off and middle, Gilchrist stays back, turns it towards cover point.

Now Ians555 sends us a tickle "500 runs Habeeb, that's a bit harsh.. 550 at least!"

10.5

Hoffmann to Gilchrist, no run, slightly overpitched, driven to mid-off

10.6

Hoffmann to Gilchrist, 1 run, on the leg and middle, Gilchrist works it past square-leg for a single.

End of over 11 (4 runs) Australia 66/0 (RR: 6.00)

    • AC Gilchrist 31 (35b 5x4)
    • ML Hayden 31 (32b 3x4 1x6)
    • PJC Hoffmann 6-0-28-0
    • CM Wright 1-0-8-0
11.1

Wright to Gilchrist, 2 runs, on the hips, Gilchrist pivots to flick it to fineleg region and will come back for two.

Devan Parikh joins in. "The answer is that Gilchrist had said that 500 is still a far off thing which cannot be done in this world cup looking at the slow pitches.. In order to keep his word, he has to ensure that they dont reach near 500 :)"

11.2

Wright to Gilchrist, no run, full, straight, on the leg and middle, Gilchrist gives his wrists some rest, just turns it to midwicket

11.3

Wright to Gilchrist, FOUR, Mis-field! Poonia is the culprit. Gilchrist times his offdrive well and Poonia, at long off, doesn't time his sliding dive well.

11.4

Wright to Gilchrist, 1 run

11.5

Wright to Hayden, no run, honing in on the off stump, pushed to cover region

11.6

Wright to Hayden, no run, short of length, gentle pace but Hayden is not going to be sucked into any over-ambitious swipe across the line. He just pushes it to cover point

End of over 12 (7 runs) Australia 73/0 (RR: 6.08)

    • ML Hayden 31 (34b 3x4 1x6)
    • AC Gilchrist 38 (39b 6x4)
    • CM Wright 2-0-15-0
    • PJC Hoffmann 6-0-28-0
12.1

Hoffmann to Gilchrist, no run, on the middle and off stump, full in length (they have been pretty good with the length so far), worked to the on side

12.2

Hoffmann to Gilchrist, 1 run, Again full in length, sliding away and Gilchrist late cuts it to thirdman. Ala Arjuna Ranatunga

12.3

Hoffmann to Hayden, 1 run, Full and on the middle stump line, driven past the bowler but the mid-on comes across to cut it off

12.4

Hoffmann to Gilchrist, no run, slightly overpitched, on the off stump line, driven to mid-off

12.5

Hoffmann to Gilchrist, no run, lands on a length, on the middle, goes on straight, Gilchrist thrusts his right foot across and defends

12.6

Hoffmann to Gilchrist, no run, Almost squeezed between bat and pad. Fullish, on the middle stump line, again Gilchrist's right foot is planted across and he tries to drive it around his pad. It doesn't work and he gets a inside edge and the ball rolls down the track

End of over 13 (2 runs) Australia 75/0 (RR: 5.76)

    • AC Gilchrist 39 (44b 6x4)
    • ML Hayden 32 (35b 3x4 1x6)
    • PJC Hoffmann 7-0-30-0
    • CM Wright 2-0-15-0
13.1

Wright to Hayden, no run, Full and straight, no deviation whatsover, on the middle stump line, worked to midwicket

13.2

Wright to Hayden, no run, angled away, turned straight to point

13.3

Wright to Hayden, 1 run, back of length, on the off stump, Hayden punches it to right of mid-off for a single.

13.4

Wright to Gilchrist, no run, sliding down to the pads, Gilchrist tries to tickle it away, fails and it runs off the pads to short fine leg

13.5

Wright to Gilchrist, 1 run, Full, inviting a drive, Gilchrist obliges with a inside-out effort and the cover fielder makes a half-stop

13.6

Wright to Hayden, 1 run, tip and run. Length delivery on the off and middle, Hayden taps it towards mid-off, one look at Gilchrist who responds favourably and off they go

End of over 14 (3 runs) Australia 78/0 (RR: 5.57)

    • ML Hayden 34 (39b 3x4 1x6)
    • AC Gilchrist 40 (46b 6x4)
    • CM Wright 3-0-18-0
    • PJC Hoffmann 7-0-30-0
14.1

Hoffmann to Hayden, no run, Guess where this was bowled? Yep, full, straight and on that off and middle stump line, turned to point.

14.2

Hoffmann to Hayden, FOUR, Thwack! Hayden had enough of pottering around. Thrust his front foot out and swung through the line.

14.3

Hoffmann to Hayden, no run, No change from the bowler, again that sliding/angling/ delivery on the off stump line, driven to cover

14.4

Hoffmann to Hayden, no run, Good job from Smith the wicketkeeper. Hayden went for a drive on the up and was beaten. The ball bounced shoulder high (Smith is standing up to the stumps) and Smith gathered it smartly and whipped off the bails but Hayden had dragged his offending feet back into the crease.

14.5

Hoffmann to Hayden, 1 run, works this fullish delivery to cover region for a single

14.6

Hoffmann to Gilchrist, no run, ambling across towards off stump, Gilchrist intercepts with a open-face of the bat and runs it to point

End of over 15 (5 runs) Australia 83/0 (RR: 5.53)

    • AC Gilchrist 40 (47b 6x4)
    • ML Hayden 39 (44b 4x4 1x6)
    • PJC Hoffmann 8-0-35-0
    • CM Wright 3-0-18-0
15.1

Wright to Hayden, no run, back of length, on the off stump, punched to mid-off.

15.2

Wright to Hayden, 1 run, Short, on the middle, swatted away past square leg.

15.3

Wright to Gilchrist, 1 run, fuller, on the middle and leg, flicked past square leg.

15.4

Wright to Hayden, no run, slightly short, slightly outside off and Hayden goes for a cut. Not great timing though and the ball heads straight to point

15.5

Wright to Hayden, 1 run, touch short in length, on the middle stump line, worked past square-leg for a single.

15.6

Wright to Gilchrist, 1 run, a gentle seam-up delivery, on the off stump line, driven to right of mid-off

End of over 16 (4 runs) Australia 87/0 (RR: 5.43)

    • AC Gilchrist 42 (49b 6x4)
    • ML Hayden 41 (48b 4x4 1x6)
    • CM Wright 4-0-22-0
    • PJC Hoffmann 8-0-35-0

Dougie Brown will have a bowl. He has played for England in the 90s.

16.1

Brown to Gilchrist, no run, starts off with a full-length delivery, on the off stump line, pushed to point

16.2

Brown to Gilchrist, no run

16.3

Brown to Gilchrist, FOUR, Swished away! Overpitcched outside off, and Gilchrist crashes it past mid-off. Easy pickings.

16.4

Brown to Gilchrist, no run, corrects his line, gets it on the middle stump line, defended away

16.5

Brown to Gilchrist, no run, 73.8 mph delivery on the off stump line, turned to point

16.6

Brown to Gilchrist, OUT, Dougie nails Gilchrist. Scotland fielders mob the bowler. Plumb in front. Full and straight on the middle stump line, Gilchrist tries to swing it across the line on a bent knee. No wood on leather and the ball thuds into the pad. Dead duck.

AC Gilchrist lbw b Brown 46 (71m 55b 7x4 0x6) SR: 83.63

End of over 17 (4 runs) Australia 91/1 (RR: 5.35)

    • ML Hayden 41 (48b 4x4 1x6)
    • DR Brown 1-0-4-1
    • CM Wright 4-0-22-0
17.1

Wright to Hayden, 1 run, Hayden gets Ponting on strike with a tickle to the midwicket.

17.2

Wright to Ponting, no run, short of length, on the off and middle, defended off the back foot

17.3

Wright to Ponting, no run, pushed to cover.

Ponting is two runs short of 100o runs in World Cup and seven short of Mark Waugh who is the highest scorer for Australia in the big tournament

17.4

Wright to Ponting, no run, on the middle stump line, Ponting lunges forward, as he does, and pushes it to the on side

17.5

Wright to Ponting, no run, another lunge, another dot ball. Ponting has the tendency to plant his left foot across and sometimes it gets him into trouble.

17.6

Wright to Ponting, no run, slightly short and he cuts it to point

End of over 18 (1 run) Australia 92/1 (RR: 5.11)

    • RT Ponting 0 (5b)
    • ML Hayden 42 (49b 4x4 1x6)
    • CM Wright 5-0-23-0
    • DR Brown 1-0-4-1
18.1

Brown to Hayden, 1 run, Full, just outside off, Hayden runs it down to thirdman

Sun is peeping out. A few Scottish fan are dancing out there. Beer makes you think you are a dancer.

18.2

Brown to Ponting, FOUR, He is past that 1000-run landmark in WC. Reached there with a dash of class. He leant forward and on drove a full-length delivery past mid-on

18.3

Brown to Ponting, no run, beaten! Shapes to cut but not short enough and the ball bounces over the flashing blade

18.4

Brown to Ponting, no run, Should have beat Mark Waugh's record there. Overpitched, well outside off and Ponting drives hard but straight to cover

18.5

Brown to Ponting, no run, slides in on the middle and leg, worked to midwicket.

18.6

Brown to Ponting, no run, full and outside off, Ponting leans forward and square-drives to point. Bit of fumble but no damage done.

End of over 19 (5 runs) Australia 97/1 (RR: 5.10)

    • RT Ponting 4 (10b 1x4)
    • ML Hayden 43 (50b 4x4 1x6)
    • DR Brown 2-0-9-1
    • CM Wright 5-0-23-0
19.1

Wright to Hayden, FOUR, Slap! Bit of room outside off and Hayden leans back to cut it past point.

19.2

Wright to Hayden, no run, slightly slower, outside off, Hayden goes down on a bent knee, runs it to backward point

19.3

Wright to Hayden, no run, close to the off stump this time and Hayden wants to cut it but is cramped for room. The ball bounds away of an edge to point

19.4

Wright to Hayden, no run, on the middle stump line, punched to mid-on

19.5

Wright to Hayden, no run, fuller, on the middle stump line, Hayden decides to play it inside-out towards cover. Oohs and aahs from the 'keeper as Hayden played it a touch late. Smith thought it would rap him on the pad.

19.6

Wright to Hayden, 1 run, sliding down on the pads, turned to short fine leg

End of over 20 (5 runs) Australia 102/1 (RR: 5.10)

    • ML Hayden 48 (56b 5x4 1x6)
    • RT Ponting 4 (10b 1x4)
    • CM Wright 6-0-28-0
    • DR Brown 2-0-9-1
20.1

Brown to Hayden, 1 run, on the leg and middle, worked past square-leg for a single.

20.2

Brown to Ponting, FOUR, Imperious! Ponting becomes Australia' top-scorer in WC with a fierce pull shot.

20.3

Brown to Ponting, 1 run

20.4

Brown to Hayden, 1 run, Fifty up for Hayden. Ripple of applause goes around. The ball drifted on to the pads and Hayden sent it down to fine leg

20.5

Brown to Ponting, FOUR, Class. Sheer Class. Slightly overpitched outside off and Ponting eases on the front foot and drives it with the full face of the blade, past mid-off.

20.6

Brown to Ponting, no run, again he leans forward, but no full-pitched stuff this time, he turns it to point

End of over 21 (11 runs) Australia 113/1 (RR: 5.38)

    • RT Ponting 13 (14b 3x4)
    • ML Hayden 50 (58b 5x4 1x6)
    • DR Brown 3-0-20-1
    • CM Wright 6-0-28-0

Glen Rogers, the left-arm spinner, is on

21.1

Rogers to Hayden, no run, floats it on the middle stump line, pushed to the on side

21.2

Rogers to Hayden, no run

21.3

Rogers to Hayden, no run, on the off stump line, turns in slightly, pushed to cover and Ponting sets off, Hayden is not interested and Ponting gets back to the crease in a hurry

21.4

Rogers to Hayden, 1 run

21.5

Rogers to Ponting, no run, pushes that one through, on the middle and off, Ponting leans forward to defend

21.6

Rogers to Ponting, no run, another one that comes in with the arm, on the middle and off, pushed to the off side

End of over 22 (1 run) Australia 114/1 (RR: 5.18)

    • RT Ponting 13 (16b 3x4)
    • ML Hayden 51 (62b 5x4 1x6)
    • GA Rogers 1-0-1-0
    • DR Brown 3-0-20-1
22.1

Brown to Hayden, 1 run, slightly short of length, angling away, pushed to mid-off and they rush across for a single

22.2

Brown to Ponting, no run, full in length, on the middle and leg stump line, worked to midwicket

22.3

Brown to Ponting, no run, gente seam-up stuff on the off stump line, Ponting gets behind the line, turns it to the leg side and the 'keeper Smith goes across to pick it up

22.4

Brown to Ponting, FOUR, Chipped over mid-on! Slower delivery outside off and Ponting tries to swing it over mid-on, the bat-handle rotates in his hands and the timing goes awry, but he still gets enough wood behind it to send it up and over mid-on

22.5

Brown to Ponting, 1 run, on the middle and leg, short of length, paddled away for a single

22.5

Brown to Ponting, 1 run, on the middle and leg, short of length, paddled away for a single

22.6

Brown to Hayden, no run

End of over 23 (6 runs) Australia 120/1 (RR: 5.21)

    • ML Hayden 52 (64b 5x4 1x6)
    • RT Ponting 18 (20b 4x4)
    • DR Brown 4-0-26-1
    • GA Rogers 1-0-1-0
23.1

Rogers to Ponting, no run, Round the wicket from the spinner. Ponting looks to sweep but gets strck on the pads. Half an appeal for lbw. Good ball that time

23.2

Rogers to Ponting, FOUR, Quicker ball slipped in outside off. Ponting angles the bat and glides to third man for a fine four

23.3

Rogers to Ponting, no run

23.4

Rogers to Ponting, 1 run, Driven to mid-off for an easy single

23.5

Rogers to Hayden, no run, Quicker and straighter ball. Hayden down the track and cracks it straight into the ground. Good pick up by the bowler on the follow through

23.6

Rogers to Hayden, no run, Defended to the on side

End of over 24 (5 runs) Australia 125/1 (RR: 5.20)

    • ML Hayden 52 (66b 5x4 1x6)
    • RT Ponting 23 (24b 5x4)
    • GA Rogers 2-0-6-0
    • DR Brown 4-0-26-1
24.1

Brown to Ponting, no run, Dropped! Wide of off stump from Brown and Ponting goes for the drive to cover. Thin edge goes to the wicketkeeper but Colin Smith can't latch on. Tough chance that but it's not often that Ponting offers a second chance

24.2

Brown to Ponting, 1 run, Clipped to the leg side for an easy single

24.3

Brown to Hayden, 1 wide, Drifting down the leg side.

24.3

Brown to Hayden, no run, Driven forcefully back to the bowler but no run there. Brown picks it up cleanly

24.4

Brown to Hayden, FOUR, Short ball from Brown and Hayden punishes it savagely for a four through midwicket. Cracked off the front foot and the fielders have no chance. As they would say in these parts, 'Not a man move'

24.5

Brown to Hayden, 1 run

24.6

Brown to Ponting, 1 run, Drifting down leg side and Ponting clips it for an easy single to square leg

End of over 25 (8 runs) Australia 133/1 (RR: 5.32)

    • RT Ponting 25 (27b 5x4)
    • ML Hayden 57 (69b 6x4 1x6)
    • DR Brown 5-0-34-1
    • GA Rogers 2-0-6-0
25.1

Rogers to Ponting, no run, Teasing delivery to Ponting. Left-arm spinner Rogers bowling from round the wicket, pitches on off and spins away. Ponting's outstretched bat can't make contact.

25.2

Rogers to Ponting, no run, Straighter this time and full. Patted back to the bowler

25.3

Rogers to Ponting, no run, Another good ball, turning away from Ponting and having him in a bit of trouble. Flighted outside off and Ponting can only manage a thickish edge to the covers

25.4

Rogers to Ponting, 1 run, Short and Ponting rocks back and cuts it through extra cover for an easy single

25.5

Rogers to Hayden, 1 run, Hayden down the track, nullifying the flight and spin. Easing it to midwicket for a single

25.6

Rogers to Ponting, no run, Ponting uses his feet this time but Rogers does well to hold it back. Driven to covers

End of over 26 (2 runs) Australia 135/1 (RR: 5.19)

    • RT Ponting 26 (32b 5x4)
    • ML Hayden 58 (70b 6x4 1x6)
    • GA Rogers 3-0-8-0
    • DR Brown 5-0-34-1

Offspinner Majid Haq enters the attack. Spin at both ends

26.1

Haq to Hayden, 1 run, Flight and drifting down leg. Hayden clips it away to the leg side for an easy single

26.2

Haq to Ponting, 1 run, Over the wicket this time. Starts from outside off and turns in after pitching. Good grip from the surface here. Ponting gets on the back foot and cuts a short one away for a single

26.3

Haq to Hayden, 1 run, Back to round the wicket. Hayden waits and turns it away

26.4

Haq to Ponting, 1 run, Down the track and taken on the full. Driven to mid-on for a singe

26.5

Haq to Hayden, OUT, Gotcha! Round the wicket again and the ball pitches on middle and turns away. Hayden tries to drive through the on side but can't account for the spin after the ball grips the surface. Loud appeal and 'slow death' Steve Bucknor raises the finger

ML Hayden lbw b Haq 60 (114m 73b 6x4 1x6) SR: 82.19

'Pup' Clarke arrives. He's a fine player against spin

26.6

Haq to Clarke, no run, Down the track straight away. Ball is drifted outside off and Clarke gets it on the full and drives straight to cover

End of over 27 (4 runs) Australia 139/2 (RR: 5.14)

    • MJ Clarke 0 (1b)
    • RT Ponting 28 (34b 5x4)
    • RM Haq 1-0-4-1
    • GA Rogers 3-0-8-0
27.1

Rogers to Ponting, no run, Rogers slow through the air. Bit of bounce after pitching. Ponting goes back and drives it uppishly to the point fielder

27.2

Rogers to Ponting, 1 run, Bit of hesitation after Ponting drives to the off side but a mis-field allows the batsmen to complete a single

27.3

Rogers to Clarke, no run, Clarke down the track and patted back to the bowler

27.4

Rogers to Clarke, no run, Quicker through the air this time. Defended watchfully

27.5

Rogers to Clarke, no run, Quicker again, defended off the back foot. Clarke appears in the mood here

27.6

Rogers to Clarke, FOUR, Quicker on off this time. With twinkling feet, Clarke moves away and cuts wide of the gully fielder for a fine four

End of over 28 (5 runs) Australia 144/2 (RR: 5.14)

    • MJ Clarke 4 (5b 1x4)
    • RT Ponting 29 (36b 5x4)
    • GA Rogers 4-0-13-0
    • RM Haq 1-0-4-1

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28.1

Haq to Ponting, no run

28.2

Haq to Ponting, SIX, CRACK! Down the track and Ponting rips a flighted ball from Haq straight over his head for a big six. As easy as Andy there

28.3

Haq to Ponting, no run, Defended to the leg side.

28.4

Haq to Ponting, no run, Slower and pitching on off. Ponting pushes firmly down the ground

28.5

Haq to Ponting, FOUR, Quicker ball again but too wayward down the leg side. Ponting sweeps it to where it belongs - to the fine leg fence

28.6

Haq to Ponting, 1 run, Tapped for an easy single

End of over 29 (11 runs) Australia 155/2 (RR: 5.34)

    • RT Ponting 40 (42b 6x4 1x6)
    • MJ Clarke 4 (5b 1x4)
    • RM Haq 2-0-15-1
    • GA Rogers 4-0-13-0
29.1

Rogers to Ponting, no run, lands on the offstump, turns away, Ponting leans forward, waits for the spin, pushes it to point

29.2

Rogers to Ponting, 1 run, floated on the middle, driven to long on for a single

29.3

Rogers to Clarke, 1 run, on the middle, Clarke goes back, wrists it away towards square-leg

29.4

Rogers to Ponting, SIX, Whoa! Ponting waltzes down the track and sends the ball soaring over long-off. Super strike.

29.5

Rogers to Ponting, 1 run, predictably a flatter delivery follows, slightly short as well, Ponting goes back, works it to square-leg

29.6

Rogers to Clarke, no run, goes on straight with the arm, on the middle, Clarke leans forward, wants to work it past square-leg, doesn't get much power behind that and the ball rolls to the on side

End of over 30 (9 runs) Australia 164/2 (RR: 5.46)

    • MJ Clarke 5 (7b 1x4)
    • RT Ponting 48 (46b 6x4 2x6)
    • GA Rogers 5-0-22-0
    • RM Haq 2-0-15-1
30.1

Haq to Ponting, 1 run, floated on the off stump line, Ponting comes down the track, drives to long on for yet another single

30.2

Haq to Clarke, 1 run, floated well outside off, Clarke comes out, reaches for the delivery, drives it past cover

30.3

Haq to Ponting, 1 run, Fifty up for Ponting. 59th ODI fifty. Came up with a drive to long-off

30.4

Haq to Clarke, 1 run, slightly short, on the off stump line, Clarke backs away, cuts it past point

30.5

Haq to Ponting, no run, leans forward, no room or pace to work with and he offers a defensive blade

30.6

Haq to Ponting, 1 run, turns in from middle and off, Ponting turns it past square-leg

End of over 31 (5 runs) Australia 169/2 (RR: 5.45)

    • RT Ponting 51 (50b 6x4 2x6)
    • MJ Clarke 7 (9b 1x4)
    • RM Haq 3-0-20-1
    • GA Rogers 5-0-22-0
31.1

Rogers to Ponting, 1 run, Ponting gets off the strike with a drive to long on

Waleed offers a trivia. "I have an interesting fact here :) its that when Doggie Brown came on to the International Scene with his first match playing from England against India at Sharjah in 1997, he was out by Javagal Srinath who is the match referree in this match :) Also in that match Steve Bucknor was the umpire and here as well Steve Bucknor is the umpire :)"

31.2

Rogers to Clarke, 1 run, comes down the track, the ball dips in front of him, he adjusts, pushes it out through mid-on

31.3

Rogers to Ponting, 2 runs, drifts on to the pads, Ponting turns it past square-leg and they run hard to come back for two.

31.4

Rogers to Ponting, 1 run, low full-toss and Ponting drives it to long on

31.5

Rogers to Clarke, 1 run, slightly slower, slightly short, just outside off and Clarke backs away to cut it past point

31.6

Rogers to Ponting, FOUR, Nonchalant drive through covers. A low full-toss and Ponting just eases it through the offside ring for a boundary

End of over 32 (10 runs) Australia 179/2 (RR: 5.59)

    • RT Ponting 59 (54b 7x4 2x6)
    • MJ Clarke 9 (11b 1x4)
    • GA Rogers 6-0-32-0
    • RM Haq 3-0-20-1
32.1

Haq to Clarke, 1 run, on the middle and leg, worked past midwicket

32.2

Haq to Ponting, 1 leg bye, Comes down the track, tries to drive but gets it on the pads and they will cross over

This is the fifth instance in the annals of World Cup that both openers have been out lbw

32.3

Haq to Clarke, 1 run

32.4

Haq to Ponting, 1 run

32.5

Haq to Clarke, no run, full and flat, on the off and middle, driven through the on side

32.6

Haq to Clarke, no run

End of over 33 (4 runs) Australia 183/2 (RR: 5.54)

    • MJ Clarke 11 (15b 1x4)
    • RT Ponting 60 (56b 7x4 2x6)
    • RM Haq 4-0-23-1
    • GA Rogers 6-0-32-0

Craig Wright is back.

33.1

Wright to Ponting, 1 run, on the middle and leg, picked off the legs, past squareleg for a single

All those lbw stats came courtesy HR Gopalakrishna, our Stats expert.

33.2

Wright to Clarke, 1 run, Drifting on to the pads, tickled away fine

33.3

Wright to Ponting, 1 run, slower ball, on the middle stump, driven to long on

33.4

Wright to Clarke, 1 run

33.5

Wright to Ponting, no run

33.6

Wright to Ponting, FOUR, overpitched on the legs, Ponting flicks it behind square. Smooth.

End of over 34 (8 runs) Australia 191/2 (RR: 5.61)

    • RT Ponting 66 (60b 8x4 2x6)
    • MJ Clarke 13 (17b 1x4)
    • CM Wright 7-0-36-0
    • RM Haq 4-0-23-1

Andrew is not impressed with the lbw stat! "Have you noticed that both Gilchrist and Hayden have an 'H' in their surname .. how often has THAT happened to both openers in a world cup ??!!"

34.1

Haq to Clarke, 2 runs, pushed to the on side for couple of runs

Meanwhile bad news for England. Jimmy Anderson has broken a finger on his left hand

34.2

Haq to Clarke, no run

34.3

Haq to Clarke, OUT, Gotcha! Haq cleans up Clarke. Flat and fast as the offspinner pushed that one through, slightly short as well and Clarke goes for a pull but is beaten by the pace. The middle stump is pegged back.

MJ Clarke b Haq 15 (29m 20b 1x4 0x6) SR: 75.00

34.4

Haq to Hodge, FOUR, Hodge gets off the mark with a crisp cut.

34.5

Haq to Hodge, 1 run, slower, on the off and middle, Hodge leans forward, turns it to squareleg

34.6

Haq to Ponting, no run

End of over 35 (7 runs) Australia 198/3 (RR: 5.65)

    • RT Ponting 66 (61b 8x4 2x6)
    • BJ Hodge 5 (2b 1x4)
    • RM Haq 5-0-30-2
    • CM Wright 7-0-36-0

Thanks for some more gems. How two zodiac players are playing, how men with ten fingers playing. Some ripley's believe it or not stats there. Absolutely amazing I must say!

35.1

Wright to Hodge, FOUR, Overpitched outside off and Hogg creams it through cover. Ala Damyn Martyn.

35.2

Wright to Hodge, 2 runs, sliding on to the pads, tickled away fine

35.3

Wright to Hodge, no run, full, straight, on the middle stump, Hodge gets his bat around his front pad, pushes it out towards mid-on

35.4

Wright to Hodge, no run

35.5

Wright to Hodge, 1 run, around off stump, full in length, Hodge leans back, late-cuts it to thirdman

35.6

Wright to Ponting, 1 run, appeal for lbw as Ponting is cramped for room while cutting. The ball came in slightly from outside off and Ponting thrust his left foot out and tried to cut. The ball brushed the pad before making contact with the bat but the point of impact was outside off

End of over 36 (8 runs) Australia 206/3 (RR: 5.72)

    • RT Ponting 67 (62b 8x4 2x6)
    • BJ Hodge 12 (7b 2x4)
    • CM Wright 8-0-44-0
    • RM Haq 5-0-30-2
36.1

Haq to Ponting, 2 runs, floated outside off, Ponting drives it through the covers for couple of runs

36.2

Haq to Ponting, no run, on the leg side, Ponting paddles it away but can't beat the short fine-leg man

36.3

Haq to Ponting, 1 run, Ponting charges out, Haq sends that one slower through the air and Ponting's heave across the line only gets a thin inside edge and he will get across for a single

36.4

Haq to Hodge, no run, turns in from outside off, Hodge is cramped for room as he tries to work it to the off side and is struck on the pad

36.5

Haq to Hodge, no run, appeal for lbw as Hodge pushes forward in defense. Impact outside off.

36.6

Haq to Hodge, 1 run, driven to long off for a single

End of over 37 (4 runs) Australia 210/3 (RR: 5.67)

    • BJ Hodge 13 (10b 2x4)
    • RT Ponting 70 (65b 8x4 2x6)
    • RM Haq 6-0-34-2
    • CM Wright 8-0-44-0

H R Gopalakrishna offers a stat on Ponting. This is his third fifty in WC and his highest. 69 v SA in 1999 and 53 v Pak in 2003.

37.1

Rogers to Hodge, no run, floated on the middle stump line, pushed to the off side. No pace to work around.,

37.2

Rogers to Hodge, 1 run, overpitched outside off, driven to long off

37.3

Rogers to Ponting, SIX, That's maximum. Ponting charges out and lofts it straight over the bowler. Up ... up and over.

37.4

Rogers to Ponting, no run, defense after offense. Leans forward to smother a fullish delivery

37.5

Rogers to Ponting, 1 run, full and outside off, drilled to long-off

37.6

Rogers to Hodge, no run, on the middle stump line, slight turn and defended off the front foot

End of over 38 (8 runs) Australia 218/3 (RR: 5.73)

    • BJ Hodge 14 (13b 2x4)
    • RT Ponting 77 (68b 8x4 3x6)
    • GA Rogers 7-0-40-0
    • RM Haq 6-0-34-2
38.1

Haq to Ponting, 2 runs, tossed on the middle and leg, Ponting wrists it away past square-leg and will get two runs.

38.2

Haq to Ponting, SIX, Bosh! And there he goes again. Another charge down the track. Blink. The ball flies over the long-on boundary.

38.3

Haq to Ponting, 1 run, surprise surprise this is one lot flatter, on the middle stump line, nudged past square-leg

38.4

Haq to Hodge, FOUR, turns in towards off stump, Hodge backs away to cut it past short thirdman

38.5

Haq to Hodge, 1 run, low full toss, on the middle, driven to long-on

38.6

Haq to Ponting, 1 run, lands on the off stump, turns in slightly, Ponting eases forward, punches it towards long-on.

End of over 39 (15 runs) Australia 233/3 (RR: 5.97)

    • RT Ponting 87 (72b 8x4 4x6)
    • BJ Hodge 19 (15b 3x4)
    • RM Haq 7-0-49-2
    • GA Rogers 7-0-40-0
39.1

Rogers to Ponting, no run, drifts in on the off stump line, driven back to the bowler

39.2

Rogers to Ponting, 1 run, comes down the track, the ball is fired on the middle and leg, driven to long on

39.3

Rogers to Hodge, 1 run, slightly slower, on the legs, worked past square-leg for a single

Previous best for Australian batsman against Scotland was 67 by Mark Waugh. Whoa! that must have excited some of you:-)

39.4

Rogers to Ponting, 1 run

39.5

Rogers to Hodge, 1 run, Another quick single. A push to extra cover and off they went.

39.6

Rogers to Ponting, 1 run, Singles keep coming. The milkmen are at work. On the legs, a tickle to fine-leg

End of over 40 (5 runs) Australia 238/3 (RR: 5.95)

    • RT Ponting 90 (76b 8x4 4x6)
    • BJ Hodge 21 (17b 3x4)
    • GA Rogers 8-0-45-0
    • RM Haq 7-0-49-2
40.1

Brown to Ponting, 1 run, Just outside off, full in length, run down to thirdman

40.2

Brown to Hodge, 2 runs, Super shot! Easy on the eye. Just short of driveable length, on the off stump line, Hodge leans forward, punches it through cover.

Umpires confer and off they go to change the ball. Meanwhile some confusion about Ponting's stats. That stat was purely about his fifties. He does have three centuries in WC.

Rain interrupts play. The covers are being rushed to the middle. Rain gets heavier. Damn.. Gopalakrishan is a brave man. Offers more stats. Ponting has equalled the no of sixes in the World Cup. He is on par with Sourav Ganguly with 23 sixes. Viv Richards had 22.

Rain rule If we don't get any more game today, we will continue tomorrow. There is one reserve day. And importantly, the game will continue from where it stopped. No rubbish of playing it all over again.

Good news Play about to begin.

40.3

Brown to Hodge, 1 run, on the off stump line, pushed out to left of cover for a single.

40.4

Brown to Ponting, 1 run, on the middle, straight, Ponting brings up the 50 of the partnership with a drive to long on

40.5

Brown to Hodge, 1 run, slower one, outside off, Hodge waits, opens the bat-face, runs it down to thirdman for yet another single.

40.6

Brown to Ponting, FOUR, drilled! Overpitched on the off and middle stump line, driven down the ground.

End of over 41 (10 runs) Australia 248/3 (RR: 6.04)

    • RT Ponting 96 (79b 9x4 4x6)
    • BJ Hodge 25 (20b 3x4)
    • DR Brown 6-0-44-1
    • GA Rogers 8-0-45-0
41.1

Rogers to Hodge, 1 run, angling in on the legs, driven down to long-on.

41.2

Rogers to Ponting, 1 run, similar delivery, same result.

41.3

Rogers to Hodge, no run, arm-ball, on the off and middle, pushed away defensively to the off side

41.4

Rogers to Hodge, no run, slightly short, just outside off, Hodge cuts but straight to point.

41.5

Rogers to Hodge, no run, bit of flight, bit of loop, on the off stump line, Hodge leans forward, drives back to the bowler

41.6

Rogers to Hodge, 1 run, on the off and middle, swept away to long leg

End of over 42 (3 runs) Australia 251/3 (RR: 5.97)

    • BJ Hodge 27 (25b 3x4)
    • RT Ponting 97 (80b 9x4 4x6)
    • GA Rogers 9-0-48-0
    • DR Brown 6-0-44-1
42.1

Brown to Hodge, 1 run, slow offcutter, outside off, cut down to thirdman.

42.2

Brown to Ponting, 1 bye, drifts away, in the air, outside off, full in length, Ponting reaches out for it, doesn't make contact and the ball bounds of the 'keeper's pad

42.3

Brown to Hodge, 1 run, drags this one short and Hodge pulls it behind square-leg

42.4

Brown to Ponting, no run, beaten! slightly slow in pace and outside off, Ponting leans forward, wants to run it down to thirdman and is beaten

42.5

Brown to Ponting, 2 runs, almost caught at cover. Ponting reaches out to a full-lenght delivery outside off stump, drives in air and it just falls short of the cover fielder. Ponting moves to 99. On the verge of his fourth WC ton

42.6

Brown to Ponting, no run, Slower one ends up as a low full toss outside off and driven straight to cover.

End of over 43 (5 runs) Australia 256/3 (RR: 5.95)

    • RT Ponting 99 (84b 9x4 4x6)
    • BJ Hodge 29 (27b 3x4)
    • DR Brown 7-0-48-1
    • GA Rogers 9-0-48-0
43.1

Rogers to Hodge, OUT, turns in from outside off, Hussey goes back, eases it to cover region

BJ Hodge c Hoffmann b Rogers 29 (62m 28b 3x4 0x6) SR: 103.57

43.2

Rogers to Hussey, no run

43.3

Rogers to Hussey, 1 run, sliding on to the pads and Hussey gets Ponting on strike with a dab past square-leg

43.4

Rogers to Ponting, 1 run, Ricky Ponting ... Take a bow! 23rd ODI ton and his fourth WC hundred. Reaches it with a drive to long-on.

43.5

Rogers to Hussey, 1 run, now Hussey gets it down to long on

43.6

Rogers to Ponting, 1 run

End of over 44 (4 runs) Australia 260/4 (RR: 5.90)

    • RT Ponting 101 (86b 9x4 4x6)
    • MEK Hussey 2 (3b)
    • GA Rogers 10-0-52-1
    • DR Brown 7-0-48-1

Three world-cup tons as a captain. 114 v Sri Lanka in 2003. 140 v India in 2003. He has equalled Sourav Ganguly.

44.1

Brown to Ponting, 1 run, just outside offstump, coming in slightly, turned past point

44.2

Brown to Hussey, 1 wide, Sliding down leg side. Bucknor extends his arms to signal a wide.

44.2

Brown to Hussey, 1 run, slightly short in length, on the middle and leg, dabbed past squareleg

44.3

Brown to Ponting, 2 runs, again short of length, outside off and Ponting cuts it past cover

44.4

Brown to Ponting, SIX, Slap-slog! Ponting now has the World record for the maximum sixes in World Cup. 24th six. He went down on his knee and slapped it over deep midwicket

44.5

Brown to Ponting, 2 runs

44.6

Brown to Ponting, 1 run, attempted yorker, on the middle and leg, driven to long on

End of over 45 (14 runs) Australia 274/4 (RR: 6.08)

    • RT Ponting 113 (91b 9x4 5x6)
    • MEK Hussey 3 (4b)
    • DR Brown 8-0-62-1
    • GA Rogers 10-0-52-1
45.1

Wright to Ponting, no run, almost at the blockhole, on the middle and off, Ponting can only push it back to the bowler

45.2

Wright to Ponting, OUT, He is gone! He attempts another slap-slog, across the line, makes no contact and his offstump is pegged back.

RT Ponting b Wright 113 (144m 93b 9x4 5x6) SR: 121.50

45.3

Wright to Watson, no run, on the off stump line, goes on straight, Watson pushes it to cover region

45.4

Wright to Watson, no run, punched back to the bowler

Ponting's WC aggregrate is 1111.

45.5

Wright to Watson, 1 run, on the off and middle stump line, pulled to deep midwicket

45.6

Wright to Hussey, 1 run, on the off and middle stump line, pushed to cover point

End of over 46 (2 runs) Australia 276/5 (RR: 6.00)

    • MEK Hussey 4 (5b)
    • SR Watson 1 (3b)
    • CM Wright 9-0-46-1
    • DR Brown 8-0-62-1
46.1

Hoffmann to Hussey, OUT, Colin Smith .... you beauty. Smart work behind the stumps. Full in length and angling away, Hussey makes no contact with his intended drive and his back foot is in the air. Smith gathers and quickly whips off the bails even as Hussey tries to get his foot down. Too close to call. Referred upstairs and after numerous viewings it has been given out. correctly at that.

MEK Hussey st †Smith b Hoffmann 4 (19m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

46.2

Hoffmann to Hogg, 1 run, On the pads, tapped behind square leg

46.3

Hoffmann to Watson, 2 runs, sliding on the legs, flicked past square-leg

46.4

Hoffmann to Watson, no run, just short of driveable length, on the off and middle stump line, punched on the up back to the bowler

46.5

Hoffmann to Watson, 1 run, on the off and middle stump line, driven past the bowler

46.6

Hoffmann to Hogg, 1 wide, wide outside off stump.

46.6

Hoffmann to Hogg, no run, nagging line and length, on the off and middle and short of length, punched back to the bowler. No pace or room to work with for the batsman.

End of over 47 (5 runs) Australia 281/6 (RR: 5.97)

    • GB Hogg 1 (2b)
    • SR Watson 4 (6b)
    • PJC Hoffmann 9-0-40-1
    • CM Wright 9-0-46-1
47.1

Wright to Watson, 1 run, overpitched outside off, powered away to right of sweeper cover. There should have been an easy two but Hogg slipped when he tried to turn for the second.

47.2

Wright to Hogg, 2 runs, overpitched on the legs, clipped away behind square-leg

47.3

Wright to Hogg, no run, on the middle stump line, Hogg backs away, taps it towards point

47.4

Wright to Hogg, 1 run, again he backs away, but can't get much power behind his drive. The ball rolls to right of cover

47.5

Wright to Watson, FOUR, Whack! Watson frees his arms. Takes out the front foot outside the line and heaves a length-delivery past midwicket

47.6

Wright to Watson, FOUR, Boom! Overpitched this time and Watson goes straight over the bowler who ducks under that missile.

End of over 48 (12 runs) Australia 293/6 (RR: 6.10)

    • SR Watson 13 (9b 2x4)
    • GB Hogg 4 (5b)
    • CM Wright 10-0-58-1
    • PJC Hoffmann 9-0-40-1
48.1

Hoffmann to Hogg, FOUR, Suddenly, its raining fours here. Another one that crashes into deep midwicket region. Slapped across the line.

48.2

Hoffmann to Hogg, 1 run, Yorker, right up there on the middle and off, dug out towards cover point for a single

48.3

Hoffmann to Watson, FOUR, Wallop! Overpitched outside off and Watson goes over extra cover.

48.4

Hoffmann to Watson, 1 run, banged in short and outside off, tapped in the air towards thirdman region

48.5

Hoffmann to Hogg, SIX, Whoa! This one disappears over long on. Overpitched again and Hogg gets under that one nicely.

48.6

Hoffmann to Hogg, 1 run

End of over 49 (17 runs) Australia 310/6 (RR: 6.32)

    • GB Hogg 16 (9b 1x4 1x6)
    • SR Watson 18 (11b 3x4)
    • PJC Hoffmann 10-0-57-1
    • CM Wright 10-0-58-1

This is the eight occasion that Australia have gone over 300 in a World Cup game. Interestingly, the last three games in which we have seen a total past 300, in WC, have all come from Australia

49.1

Brown to Hogg, SIX, Hogg goes downtown. Right in the slot and Hogg creams it over long off.

49.2

Brown to Hogg, 2 runs, Another whack but the long-on fielder gets across in time to make a smart stop

49.3

Brown to Hogg, FOUR, Violence! Banged in short and Hogg pulls it over midwicket.

49.4

Brown to Hogg, SIX, smash! Another one, in the slot, just outside off and Hogg drills it over long-off. Murder under cloudy skies

49.5

Brown to Hogg, 2 runs

49.6

Brown to Hogg, FOUR, Australia end up with 334. This one slides down the legside and Hogg swings it to fine-leg boundary. Hogg ends up up with a blistering 15-ball 40!

Gopalakrishna, who is having a field day today, throws up another one. Out of 29 instances of totals over 300, 18 have come up against non-Test playing nations. This includes some games against Sri Lanka when they were not in the Test panel. More: Dougie Brown is the 11th bowler to concede more than 80 runs in World Cups.

Andrew

End of over 50 (24 runs) Australia 334/6

    • GB Hogg 40 (15b 3x4 3x6)
    • SR Watson 18 (11b 3x4)
    • DR Brown 9-0-86-1
    • PJC Hoffmann 10-0-57-1
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