ICC World Cup, 25th Match, Super Eights: West Indies v Australia at North Sound, Mar 27-28, 2007
ICC World Cup - 25th match, Super Eights
Australia won by 103 runs

Right, we're live! The two umpires from Pakistan, Aleem Dar and Asad Rauf, have taken their positions and the West Indians are setting themselves up in the field. A very vocal crowd out today, lots of home support with Australians scattered here and there. Adam Gilchrist to face Daren Powell. Two slips in place, three men on the off side, two saving runs on the leg inside the circle. Buckle up, here we go! * * * * * * * * * * Hello and welcome to the first match of the 2007 World Cup Super Eights, between West Indies and Australia at the newly inaugurated Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in St John's, Antigua.

I'm Jamie Alter, your commentator, and I'll be here till the very last delivery.

The toss: Mark Nicholas was down with the two captains, and looked on as Brian Lara won the toss and elected to field on a virgin strip. The West Indies have brought in Corey Collymore for Ian Bradshaw. Australia have fielded the same side from the win over South Africa, meaning Andrew Symonds is preferred over the in-form Brad Hodge.

Pitch report: This a brand new venue, and so little is known about the surface, but the groundsmen hope it offers much more than the old Antigua Recreation Ground which was a notorious featherbed. Michael Holding reckoned the shaved surface has been rolled well, so it keeps together, and that cracks won't open up easily. It looks hard, real hard, which should encourage the side that bats first.

Incidentally, Andrew Miller, our man at the ground, informs me that its been drizzling all morning and the local weather men say the clouds are likely to linger. Watch this space for more...

The scenario: Australia are second in the overall tournament standings, just behind Sri Lanka on run rate, while West Indies are third. Both sides have carried over two points into this round.

Current form: As S Rajesh pointed out in his stats preview of this game, in the last ten matches, both teams have won five each. The West Indies, who won all three of their group matches, beat Australia in a Champions Trophy match last year before they lost to the same team in the final. Australia are in ominous form, and having dismissed minnows Scotland and the Netherlands with typical ruthlessness, they recorded a crushing victory over the world's top-ranked one-day side South Africa.

Captains' call: Brian Lara has admitted his side still have plenty of work to do if they are to match the standard set by reigning world champions Australia at this World Cup. "We are trying to create a lot of match-winners, not just one or two, in our team," he said. "We are dangerous - but they are more dangerous. I am quietly confident that we can perform pretty well in this World Cup. The tournament still has a month left, and it is important to take each game at a time - don't get over-confident."

Ricky Ponting stressed Australia were expecting a tough test from the hosts. "I think they are a very good one-day side. It will take a performance similar to the one we had against South Africa the other day to beat them."

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0.1

Powell to Gilchrist, 1 leg bye, back of a length on leg stump, Gilchrist tries to tickle it fine but mistimes it to short fine leg for a leg-bye

Matthew Hayden faces his first ball

0.2

Powell to Hayden, no run, good length outside off stump, he gets half forward and drives and gets an inside-edge to square leg

0.3

Powell to Hayden, no run, good length outside off stump, defended towards point

0.4

Powell to Hayden, no run, good stuff, short of a length with some good purchase off the deck, Hayden stands rooted and decides to leave it on length, and it deviates over the top of middle stump

0.5

Powell to Hayden, no run, overpitched outside off stump, he leans into his drive but cant beat Samuels at cover

0.6

Powell to Hayden, no run, good length outside off stump, he gets forward and drives back down the track, mid-off moves quickly and gets to it

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

    • ML Hayden 0 (5b)
    • AC Gilchrist 0 (1b)
    • DBL Powell 1-1-0-0

Here's Jerome Taylor with the ball now

1.1

Taylor to Gilchrist, 1 wide, back of a length delivery goes down leg stump for a wide

Gilchrist wants something changed behind the bowler's arm...looks like the advertising sign is distracting him

1.1

Taylor to Gilchrist, no run, good length moving in from middle stump, Gilchrist doesnt move his feet much but squeezes it out to cover with a firm 'NO' back to Hayden

Bravo leaves second slip and comes into short cover

1.2

Taylor to Gilchrist, no run, short of a length on the stumps, he moves around and works it straight to midwicket

1.3

Taylor to Gilchrist, no run, back of a length on off stump, Gilchrist stands and works it to midwicket again, Taylor hitting a good length already

1.4

Taylor to Gilchrist, 1 wide, but thats another wide well down leg stump, which Taylor doesnt approve of, visibly

1.4

Taylor to Gilchrist, 2 runs, back of a length on leg stump, Gilchrist works that away behind square for a couple

1.5

Taylor to Gilchrist, no run, beaten by one that lands on a sweet length just outside off stump, the ball does enough off the pitch and Gilchrist is suckered into a tame drive away from the body

1.6

Taylor to Gilchrist, 2 runs, more width offered this time and he goes through with a square-drive, not timed to perfection, but its in the gap between cover and point and they steal runs as Sarwan gives chase and hauls it in comfortably

End of over 2 (6 runs) Australia 7/0 (RR: 3.50)

    • AC Gilchrist 4 (7b)
    • ML Hayden 0 (5b)
    • JE Taylor 1-0-6-0
    • DBL Powell 1-1-0-0
2.1

Powell to Hayden, no run, good length delivery quite outside off stump and Hayden just shoulders arms to it

2.2

Powell to Hayden, no run, bends his back into this one, a back of a length, quicker delivery outside off to stump to which Hayden again shoulders arms

2.3

Powell to Hayden, no run, similar length and carry but much closer to off stump, a confident Hayden shoulders arms once more

2.4

Powell to Hayden, no run, back of a length on off stump, Hayden gets up and defends it back to Powell, who's bowling well here

2.5

Powell to Hayden, no run, back of a length on middle and leg this time, Hayden has no option but to defend it back to the bowler

2.6

Powell to Hayden, no run, back of a length outside off stump, left alone

End of over 3 (maiden) Australia 7/0 (RR: 2.33)

    • ML Hayden 0 (11b)
    • AC Gilchrist 4 (7b)
    • DBL Powell 2-2-0-0
    • JE Taylor 1-0-6-0
3.1

Taylor to Gilchrist, 3 runs, back of a length on leg stump, poor line, Gilchrist shuffles and works it in the gap on the leg side and Collymore gives chase, an easy three to the batsmen

3.2

Taylor to Hayden, no run, good length well outside off stump, Hayden thinks about driving it and ends up loosely chasing it to get beaten

3.3

Taylor to Hayden, no run, beaten by a slower one that swings away from off stump, Hayden stands rooted and just wafts at it, very close to getting an edge

3.4

Taylor to Hayden, no run, tighter line this time, good length on the stumps, Hayden jams bat and pad together and defends back to Taylor

3.5

Taylor to Hayden, no run, good length just outside off stump, Hayden stands and defends to the offside

3.6

Taylor to Hayden, no run, back of a length outside off stump, now he squeezes it to the off side and Bravo moves quickly from short extra cover to field it, and Hayden still remains on 0

End of over 4 (3 runs) Australia 10/0 (RR: 2.50)

    • ML Hayden 0 (16b)
    • AC Gilchrist 7 (8b)
    • JE Taylor 2-0-9-0
    • DBL Powell 2-2-0-0
4.1

Powell to Gilchrist, OUT, edged and gone! Powell bangs in a shorter one at a good pace, lands on about middle and leg and moves in a tad, Gilchrist hops up and defends, maybe he was trying to get bat out of the way, but there's the thinnest of edges through and Ramdin moves to his right and holds a good catch low down! Gilchrist starts to walk before Asad Rauf raises the finger and West Indies have drawn first blood

AC Gilchrist c †Ramdin b Powell 7 (21m 9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 77.77

In strides Ricky Ponting, two slips await

4.2

Powell to Ponting, 4 leg byes, another shortish one down leg side, Ponting looks to put it away but the ball clips the pads and he has to settle for leg-byes

4.3

Powell to Ponting, no run, good length outside off stump, Ponting walks into a confident-looking defensive shot to cover

4.4

Powell to Ponting, no run, back of a length on about off stump, Ponting gets up and defends it back to Powell

4.5

Powell to Ponting, 2 runs, good length on off stump, there's the trademark lunge forward and whip through midwicket for Ponting to open his account

4.6

Powell to Ponting, no run, good ball, full in the blockhole and Ponting has to react quickly to dig it out back to Powell's left

A successful over for Powell

End of over 5 (6 runs) Australia 16/1 (RR: 3.20)

    • RT Ponting 2 (5b)
    • ML Hayden 0 (16b)
    • DBL Powell 3-2-2-1
    • JE Taylor 2-0-9-0
5.1

Taylor to Hayden, no run, good length outside off stump, Hayden gets forward and drives nicely down the ground to mid-off

he's still not off the mark yet

5.2

Taylor to Hayden, 1 wide, another bad ball down leg stump, just drifting too far and thats called wide

5.2

Taylor to Hayden, 1 run, short of a length outside off stump, just tapped wide of point and Hayden gets off a duck

5.3

Taylor to Ponting, no run, good length just outside off stump, Ponting gets over it and defends it to point

5.4

Taylor to Ponting, 2 runs, too full and straying down the pads, Ponting shuffles and clips it well past short fine leg, ball looks certain to be a four, but Chanderpaul dives superbly and saves two on the ropes, good to see that kind of effort

5.5

Taylor to Ponting, 3 runs, fractionally overpitched outside off stump and Ponting lunges forward to drive down the ground, mid-off dives over it and has to scramble to haul it in and thats an easy three

5.6

Taylor to Hayden, no run, slower delivery angled across off stump, stays low too as Hayden flashes at it and misses

End of over 6 (7 runs) Australia 23/1 (RR: 3.83)

    • ML Hayden 1 (19b)
    • RT Ponting 7 (8b)
    • JE Taylor 3-0-16-0
    • DBL Powell 3-2-2-1

Hayden 1 off 19 deliveries...Ponting seven from eight

6.1

Powell to Ponting, no run, short of a length outside off stump, he gets behind it and defends to the off side

6.2

Powell to Ponting, no run, good length on off stump and he drives superbly back down the ground, too well timed and the ball ricochets onto the nonstrikers stumps

6.3

Powell to Ponting, no run, back of a length on middle and off, he shuffles and works it to the on side

6.4

Powell to Ponting, 2 runs, back of a length, moves in from outside off stump and Ponting has to hurry to work it off the hips in front of square for runs

6.5

Powell to Ponting, no run, good length on middle and off, thats a confident on drive but straight to mid-on

6.6

Powell to Ponting, SIX, bang, thats six! Powell decides to bounce him but the lack of carry does him in, Ponting just swivels on one foot and hooks it over deep backward square leg for half a dozen! Shot!

End of over 7 (8 runs) Australia 31/1 (RR: 4.42)

    • RT Ponting 15 (14b 1x6)
    • ML Hayden 1 (19b)
    • DBL Powell 4-2-10-1
    • JE Taylor 3-0-16-0
7.1

Taylor to Hayden, no run, overpitched outside off stump, the slower ball, Hayden drives to cover

7.2

Taylor to Hayden, FOUR, more width on offer and Hayden gets onto one knee and flashes a firm drive in the gap between cover and mid-off, albeit in the air for a seconds, and picks up his first four

7.3

Taylor to Hayden, FOUR, and again! Hayden receives a slower ball, too full outside off stump, and drives it smack in that same gap for another boundary

7.4

Taylor to Hayden, 1 run, back of a length outside off stump, Hayden waits for it and plays with soft hands, tapping it in front of point for a quick single

7.5

Taylor to Ponting, no run, slower one, striving for the yorker outside off stump, well done and Ponting defends it back to the bowler

7.6

Taylor to Ponting, no run, good length outside off stump, he gets forward but mistimes the attempted cover drive, chopping into the ground in front of point

End of over 8 (9 runs) Australia 40/1 (RR: 5.00)

    • RT Ponting 15 (16b 1x6)
    • ML Hayden 10 (23b 2x4)
    • JE Taylor 4-0-25-0
    • DBL Powell 4-2-10-1
8.1

Powell to Hayden, no run, good length outside off stump, Hayden leans into his drive but cant beat Samuels in the covers

8.2

Powell to Hayden, no run, short of a length outside off stump, he mistimes his cut to point

8.3

Powell to Hayden, 3 runs, too full outside off stump and Hayden square-drives that past point for a couple

8.4

Powell to Ponting, no run, good length outside off stump, driven to cover

8.5

Powell to Ponting, 1 run, short of a length and coming in from outside off stump, Ponting uses soft hands to drop it in front of the off side fielders and steals a single

8.6

Powell to Hayden, FOUR, oh ho! Now Hayden, already standing outside his crease, walks down the track and hammers a good length delivery back over Powell's head for four! Thats arrogance!

This virgin pitch looks to be a good, hard batting track.

End of over 9 (8 runs) Australia 48/1 (RR: 5.33)

    • ML Hayden 17 (27b 3x4)
    • RT Ponting 16 (18b 1x6)
    • DBL Powell 5-2-18-1
    • JE Taylor 4-0-25-0

Here's Corey Collymore for a bowl

9.1

Collymore to Ponting, no run, slower one smack on the money just outside off stump, a hint of movement away from Ponting, who covers his stumps and holds back the bat

9.2

Collymore to Ponting, no run, madness! Good length on the stumps, Ponting gets over it and drives in front of mid-on and sets off, Hayden stands unmoved and sends him back, Pontings halfway down the track, turns and sprints back to his end and manages to beat the throw

9.3

Collymore to Ponting, no run, full and wide, he gets down on bended knee and crunches a powerful square drive but a superb effort at point saves four runs, great stuff from Bravo

9.4

Collymore to Ponting, no run, good length on off stump, defended back

9.5

Collymore to Ponting, FOUR, good length outside off stump, Ponting plants the front leg down the track and short-arm punches that in the over just wide of mid-off for four

9.6

Collymore to Ponting, FOUR, sublime! Too full on off stump, Ponting gets well over it and just effortlessly flicks it over square leg for four

End of over 10 (8 runs) Australia 56/1 (RR: 5.60)

    • RT Ponting 24 (24b 2x4 1x6)
    • ML Hayden 17 (27b 3x4)
    • CD Collymore 1-0-8-0
    • DBL Powell 5-2-18-1

Second PowerPlay taken

10.1

Powell to Hayden, no run, back of a length outside off stump, Hayden stands and chops it to point

midwicket goes back on the ropes, long leg comes up

10.2

Powell to Hayden, no run, good length outside off stump, Hayden gets forward and drives to cover, cant beat the man there though

10.3

Powell to Hayden, 1 run, again he has a walk down the track, whipping a good length delivery from outside off stump towards square leg

10.4

Powell to Ponting, no run, back of a length outside off stump, Ponting gets bat and pad together as he rocks forward to defend to cover

10.5

Powell to Ponting, no run, good length ball on off stump, Ponting gets forward and presents a textbook defense back to Powell

10.6

Powell to Ponting, FOUR, a low full toss outside off stump and Ponting doesnt let it go, just leans forward and drives it between cover and point and the ball speeds across what is a sluggish outfield for four

End of over 11 (5 runs) Australia 61/1 (RR: 5.54)

    • RT Ponting 28 (27b 3x4 1x6)
    • ML Hayden 18 (30b 3x4)
    • DBL Powell 6-2-23-1
    • CD Collymore 1-0-8-0

Was Lara right to bowl first on this batting deck, despite the clouds above?

11.1

Collymore to Hayden, no run, back of a length outside off stump, Hayden stands up and defends to backward point

11.2

Collymore to Hayden, 1 run, back of a length on middle and leg, Hayden places it wide of Lara at midwicket and steals a single

11.3

Collymore to Ponting, 1 run, overpitched on middle and leg and Ponting flicks through midwicket, theres a man back on the ropes so now chance of a four

No slips in place now

11.4

Collymore to Hayden, no run, good length on middle and leg, Hayden gets forward and flicks it right to the squaer leg fielder

11.5

Collymore to Hayden, no run, back of a length on off stump, he stands up and defends back down the ground, 'NO MATE' is the call back to his partner

11.6

Collymore to Hayden, 1 run, short of a length on left stump, Hayden gets up and works it off the hips just wide of square eg and calls for an easy run

End of over 12 (3 runs) Australia 64/1 (RR: 5.33)

    • ML Hayden 20 (35b 3x4)
    • RT Ponting 29 (28b 3x4 1x6)
    • CD Collymore 2-0-11-0
    • DBL Powell 6-2-23-1
12.1

Taylor to Hayden, 1 run, fraction width offered and Hayden cuts it wide of gulley down to third man

12.2

Taylor to Ponting, no run, good length outside off stump, no movement whatsoever, Ponting walks into his defense to cover

12.3

Taylor to Ponting, FOUR, good length outside off stump, and what does he do? He stands there and whips it from outside off through midwicket and mid-on and the ball runs away for four! Hah!

12.4

Taylor to Ponting, no run, now a tad fuller outside off stump, this time Ponting comes forward and defends stoically

12.5

Taylor to Ponting, no run, back of a length on off stump, Ponting gets behind the line and defends back to Taylor

12.6

Taylor to Ponting, 1 run, good length outside off stump and Ponting drives, ending up with an inside-edge back past leg stump that trickles down to fine leg

End of over 13 (6 runs) Australia 70/1 (RR: 5.38)

    • RT Ponting 34 (33b 4x4 1x6)
    • ML Hayden 21 (36b 3x4)
    • JE Taylor 5-0-31-0
    • CD Collymore 2-0-11-0
13.1

Collymore to Ponting, 1 run, back of a length on the stumps, Ponting shuffles across to off, exposing leg, and taps it wide of square leg for one

13.2

Collymore to Hayden, 2 runs, back of a length on leg stump, clipped past short fine leg for a brace

13.3

Collymore to Hayden, no run, back of a length on middle and off, driven back towards Collymore's left

13.4

Collymore to Hayden, no run, a tad fuller on off stump, he gets his head down and defends back to the bowler

13.5

Collymore to Hayden, no run, good length outside off stump, no room to work with and Hayden defends it back to Collymore

13.6

Collymore to Hayden, 1 wide, angled down leg stump, Hayden looks to flick but misses and the umpire signals wide

13.6

Collymore to Hayden, 1 run, back of a length on the stumps, Hayden goes back and across and drives wide of Lara at mid-on for a single to keep strike

End of over 14 (5 runs) Australia 75/1 (RR: 5.35)

    • ML Hayden 24 (41b 3x4)
    • RT Ponting 35 (34b 4x4 1x6)
    • CD Collymore 3-0-16-0
    • JE Taylor 5-0-31-0

Taylor moves around the stumps

14.1

Taylor to Hayden, no run, good length moving in from about off stump and Hayden gets back and turns it straight to midwicket

14.2

Taylor to Hayden, 1 run, good length on off stump, Hayden has a step across and tickles it around the corner to Collymore at short fine leg for one

14.3

Taylor to Ponting, no run, short of a length outside off stump, Ponting goes back on the toes and punches, away from his body, to cover

14.4

Taylor to Ponting, OUT, and a piece of brilliance gets rid of a brillant batsman! A good length delivery outside off stump, Ponting lunges forward and drives into the covers and sets off, Sarwan collects the ball and has one stump to aim at, and doesnt miss! A superb throw that catches Ponting just short of his crease, even though he was going full stretch! Great work!

RT Ponting run out 35 (46m 36b 4x4 1x6) SR: 97.22

Michael Clarke is the new man in.

14.5

Taylor to Hayden, 1 run, almost! Back of a length outside off stump, Hayden gets back and drops it in front of point and set off, Clarke is really struggling but a wayward throw misses and he's home!

14.6

Taylor to Clarke, no run, back of a length delivery moves in a wee bit from outside off stump, Clarke stands and works it to mid-on and doesnt want the run..wise move from the youngster

So the dangerous Ponting is back in the hut

End of over 15 (2 runs) Australia 77/2 (RR: 5.13)

    • MJ Clarke 0 (1b)
    • ML Hayden 26 (44b 3x4)
    • JE Taylor 6-0-33-0
    • CD Collymore 3-0-16-0

Third and final PowerPlay opted for. Here's Collymore.

15.1

Collymore to Hayden, no run, good length outside off stump, defended to Sarwan at cover

15.2

Collymore to Hayden, 1 run, Hayden walks down the crease and Collymore digs it in short, Hayden pulls over midwicket out to the man on the ropes

15.3

Collymore to Clarke, no run, fuller length outside off stump, Clarke drops the angled bat down on it and squeezes it to backward point

15.4

Collymore to Clarke, no run, good length on off stump, he plants the front leg forward and flicks across the line to midwicket

15.5

Collymore to Clarke, 2 runs, good length outside off stump, Clarke gets forward and runs it down to third man for two, wants the third but decides against it, wisely

15.6

Collymore to Clarke, 1 run, drifts to leg and Clarke flicks it around the corner down to Chanderpaul at fine leg

End of over 16 (4 runs) Australia 81/2 (RR: 5.06)

    • MJ Clarke 3 (5b)
    • ML Hayden 27 (46b 3x4)
    • CD Collymore 4-0-20-0
    • JE Taylor 6-0-33-0
16.1

Taylor to Clarke, no run, back of a length outside off stump, up on the toes goes Clarke, punching to cover and telling Hayden to stay where he is as cover swoops in

16.2

Taylor to Clarke, 1 run, good length outside off stump, he gets forward and pushes right to Chanderpaul at mid-off and calls for the run, and luckily for him a poor throw lets him off, had it hit he was a goner

16.3

Taylor to Hayden, 1 run, short of a length outside off stump, Hayden opens the face and places it to the right of Smith at point, but he dives and saves runs

16.4

Taylor to Clarke, no run, back of a length on off stump, Clarke stands up and drives back to Taylor

16.5

Taylor to Clarke, no run, good length on off stump, Clarke shuffles and drives to Lara at mid-on, calls for another mad single, then sends Hayden back, and Lara's throw just misses! Hayden wouldve been out by a meter!

16.6

Taylor to Clarke, no run, good length on the stumps, worked to the man at midwicket

End of over 17 (2 runs) Australia 83/2 (RR: 4.88)

    • MJ Clarke 4 (10b)
    • ML Hayden 28 (47b 3x4)
    • JE Taylor 7-0-35-0
    • CD Collymore 4-0-20-0
17.1

Collymore to Hayden, no run, good length on leg stump, worked back towards Collymore

17.2

Collymore to Hayden, no run, good length on middle and leg, he's cramped for room and taps it back to Collymore's left

17.3

Collymore to Hayden, no run, back of a length on the stumps, played back to the bowler again

17.4

Collymore to Hayden, 2 runs, short of a length on off stump, he waits for it and then rolls the wrists over it, placing it in the gap at midwicket for a well-run two

17.5

Collymore to Hayden, no run, back of a length outside off stump, Hayden looks to come onto the front foot but has to adjust, playing it off the backfoot to point

17.6

Collymore to Hayden, no run, back of a length on the stumps, Hayden is again cramped for room and has to defend back to Collymore, who's bowled a very tidy over

End of over 18 (2 runs) Australia 85/2 (RR: 4.72)

    • ML Hayden 30 (53b 3x4)
    • MJ Clarke 4 (10b)
    • CD Collymore 5-0-22-0
    • JE Taylor 7-0-35-0
18.1

Taylor to Clarke, no run, fuller one on off stump, Clarke gets over it and flicks straight to Samuels at midwicket, who fields well

18.2

Taylor to Clarke, no run, back of a length outside off stump, this time he gets well forward and drives to cover, though not with any perfect timing

18.3

Taylor to Clarke, FOUR, good length on off stump, comes in, Clarke rolls the wrists well and works it past Lara, who misfields, and the ball trickles over the ropes past mid-on

18.4

Taylor to Clarke, no run, back of a length on the stumps, again worked to the man on the leg side

18.5

Taylor to Clarke, 1 run, good length outside off stump, Clarke gets a good stride forward and places it into the cover, waits to see if Gayle can get to it, and when he doesnt Clarke calls for the run

18.6

Taylor to Hayden, 1 run, from around the wicket, bangs in a shorter delivery which Hayden works to mid-on for another riskly single...these Australians are sure trying to get themselves run out today

End of over 19 (6 runs) Australia 91/2 (RR: 4.78)

    • ML Hayden 31 (54b 3x4)
    • MJ Clarke 9 (15b 1x4)
    • JE Taylor 8-0-41-0
    • CD Collymore 5-0-22-0
19.1

Collymore to Hayden, no run, back of a length outside off stump, he stands up and drives to cover

19.2

Collymore to Hayden, 1 run, now he has a walk down the track, the ball is shorter than anticipated and he has to try and adjust, ends up flicking awkwardly to short fine leg

19.3

Collymore to Clarke, no run, good length outside off stump, Clarke drops the hands on it and runs it to backward point and sends Hayden back

19.4

Collymore to Clarke, no run, back of a length on off stump, Clarke comes forward and drives back to Collymore

19.5

Collymore to Clarke, no run, good length outside off stump, he gets to the pitch and drives well to mid-off

19.6

Collymore to Clarke, FOUR, hello! Clarke shimmies down the track and collects a good length delivery on the full, helping himself to a lofted four down to the long-on ropes

End of over 20 (5 runs) Australia 96/2 (RR: 4.80)

    • MJ Clarke 13 (19b 2x4)
    • ML Hayden 32 (56b 3x4)
    • CD Collymore 6-0-27-0
    • JE Taylor 8-0-41-0

Mid-off drops back as Powell comes back

20.1

Powell to Hayden, 2 runs, good length outside off stump, Hayden gets forward and drives in the off side gap and collects and easy couple as the sweeper collects it

20.2

Powell to Hayden, no run, good length on off stump, Hayden shuffles to off and looks to flick through midwicket but doesnt time it well enough, ends up placing it to mid-on

20.3

Powell to Hayden, FOUR, now he steps down the track, Powell drops short, but Hayden has too much power on it, placing the jabbed pull over in the air between mid-on and midwicket for four

The 100 comes up for Australia on a surface with good bounce and carry

20.4

Powell to Hayden, no run, good length on the stumps, he defends back to Powell

20.5

Powell to Hayden, no run, back of a length angled across him, he gets half forward and defends to cover

20.6

Powell to Hayden, FOUR, once more, he steps out of his crease, again Powell sees him and tries to drop short, but Hayden's all over it, pulling through midwicket and mid-on for another authoritative boundary

End of over 21 (10 runs) Australia 106/2 (RR: 5.04)

    • ML Hayden 42 (62b 5x4)
    • MJ Clarke 13 (19b 2x4)
    • DBL Powell 7-2-33-1
    • CD Collymore 6-0-27-0

Lara opts for Chris Gayle's gentle offspin. Gayle's not bothering to take off his cap here.

21.1

Gayle to Clarke, 1 run, tossed up on off stump, Clarke shuffles and flicks across the line for one to midwicket

21.2

Gayle to Hayden, no run, tossed up outside off stump, Hayden gets a leg well across and then shoulders arms as the ball spins in

21.3

Gayle to Hayden, no run, flatter and fuller, Hayden defends it

21.4

Gayle to Hayden, no run, tossed up outside off stump, Hayden comes forward and defends

21.5

Gayle to Hayden, no run, quicker one now, Hayden shuffles and looks to flick it away but gets beaten by the pace

21.6

Gayle to Hayden, 1 no ball, he oversteps, the ball is full and Hayden defends back to Gayle

21.6

Gayle to Hayden, 1 run, shorter, flatter trajectory, Hayden has to adjust to drive towards mid-on

End of over 22 (3 runs) Australia 109/2 (RR: 4.95)

    • ML Hayden 43 (68b 5x4)
    • MJ Clarke 14 (20b 2x4)
    • CH Gayle 1-0-3-0
    • DBL Powell 7-2-33-1
22.1

Collymore to Hayden, 1 run, dragged in short down leg stump, as if in anticipation that Hayden will dance down the track, and he pulls it down to fine leg for one

22.2

Collymore to Clarke, 1 run, good length just outside off stump, Clarke lunges forward and with soft hands just drops it in front of the off side fielders and calls for the run

22.3

Collymore to Hayden, 1 wide, full ball down the stumps, Hayden looks to clip it, theres a noise and Ramdin takes it , then they all go up in appeal, umpire Rauf stands unmoved and then after a few seconds signals wide

22.3

Collymore to Hayden, 1 run, back of a length outside off stump, pushed off the back foot into the covers for one

22.4

Collymore to Clarke, no run, good length outside off stump, Clarke comes forward and drives to cover

22.5

Collymore to Clarke, no run, back of a length outside off stump, Clarke gets across and drives straight to mid-on

22.6

Collymore to Clarke, FOUR, fuller one now outside off stump, Clarke gets across and flicks superbly in the gap at mid-on to pick up four, really intelligently done

End of over 23 (8 runs) Australia 117/2 (RR: 5.08)

    • MJ Clarke 19 (24b 3x4)
    • ML Hayden 45 (70b 5x4)
    • CD Collymore 7-0-35-0
    • CH Gayle 1-0-3-0
23.1

Gayle to Hayden, 2 runs, flatter one, Hayden dances down and flicks through midwicket for two

23.2

Gayle to Hayden, FOUR, tossed up, he shimmies down and collects it one the full, driving smack straight down the ground between Gayle and the stumps for four and thats his fifty, well played, sir!

23.3

Gayle to Hayden, 1 run, short and wide, he rocks over it and cuts hard past backward point

23.4

Gayle to Clarke, 1 run, flatter one outside off stump, Clarke waits for it and plays late towards gully

23.5

Gayle to Hayden, no run, shorter and flatter outside off stump, Hayden gets behind it and defends back to Gayle

23.6

Gayle to Hayden, 1 run, fired in quicker on a length outside off stump, Hayden hops up and gets rapped on the pads outside the line, they appeal but thats not out due to the inside-edge and a run to boot as the ball trickles to point

End of over 24 (9 runs) Australia 126/2 (RR: 5.25)

    • ML Hayden 53 (75b 6x4)
    • MJ Clarke 20 (25b 3x4)
    • CH Gayle 2-0-12-0
    • CD Collymore 7-0-35-0
24.1

Collymore to Hayden, 2 runs, back of a length outside leg stump, Hayden tickles it past short fine leg for an easy brace

24.2

Collymore to Hayden, no run, back of a length on the stumps, this time he walks to off stump and taps it to the leg side but Collymore's quick to get to it

24.3

Collymore to Hayden, 1 leg bye, he steps to leg, exposing the stumps, Collymore fires it in short on leg stump, Hayden has to adjust to dabble it off the pads for one to short fine leg

24.4

Collymore to Clarke, no run, short and wide, Clarke crunches hard but an acrobatic Smith at backward point collects it

24.5

Collymore to Clarke, no run, good length outside off stump, Clarke gets to the pitch and drives right to Gayle in the covers

24.6

Collymore to Clarke, 1 run, overpitched outside off stump, he uses the feet and comes out to square-drive wide of point out to third man

End of over 25 (4 runs) Australia 130/2 (RR: 5.20)

    • MJ Clarke 21 (28b 3x4)
    • ML Hayden 55 (78b 6x4)
    • CD Collymore 8-0-38-0
    • CH Gayle 2-0-12-0

And at the halfway mark Australia are 130 for 2.

25.1

Gayle to Clarke, no run, short and flat on off stump, he goes back and punches to midwicket

25.2

Gayle to Clarke, no run, good length on off stump, driven back to Gayle

25.3

Gayle to Clarke, 1 run, shorter one spins in, Clarke plays it late off the face of the bat to gully

25.4

Gayle to Hayden, 1 run, flatter one, Hayden dances down to free the arms, drives out towards mid-off for one

25.5

Gayle to Clarke, 1 run, flatter one, Clarke waits for it and drives to mid-on for one

A ligyht drizzle blowing across the ground

25.6

Gayle to Hayden, 2 runs, spins into him from a length, he waits for it to come into him and opens the face to run it wide of Bravo at backward point, cheeky

End of over 26 (5 runs) Australia 135/2 (RR: 5.19)

    • ML Hayden 58 (80b 6x4)
    • MJ Clarke 23 (32b 3x4)
    • CH Gayle 3-0-17-0
    • CD Collymore 8-0-38-0

Here is Dwayne Bravo

26.1

Bravo to Clarke, 1 run, back of a length outside off stump, Clarke drives past point out to the man on the ropes

26.2

Bravo to Hayden, 1 run, on leg stump, Hayden tickles it to short fine leg for one

Drizzle getting heavier...

26.3

Bravo to Clarke, 2 runs, short of a length on middle and leg, Clarke adjusts and semi-pulls through backward square for a well-judged two, helped by the fumble at fine leg

26.4

Bravo to Clarke, FOUR, gives himself room to smack this one in the gap between cover and mid-off for a thumping four!

26.5

Bravo to Clarke, 2 runs, good length on the stumps, he whips it through midwicket out in the wide open spaces, easy as they come

26.6

Bravo to Clarke, no run, slower one, full on off stump, worked right to midwicket

End of over 27 (10 runs) Australia 145/2 (RR: 5.37)

    • MJ Clarke 32 (37b 4x4)
    • ML Hayden 59 (81b 6x4)
    • DJ Bravo 1-0-10-0
    • CH Gayle 3-0-17-0

The local weather men forecast dark, overcast conditions for today

27.1

Gayle to Hayden, FOUR, hah! Hayden dances down the track and hammers this through midwicket for four!

27.2

Gayle to Hayden, (no ball) 2 runs, he oversteps, firing it down leg stump and Hayden helps it on its way

27.2

Gayle to Hayden, 2 runs, fired in flat, Hayden uses the feet and flicks into midwicket for easy runs again

27.3

Gayle to Hayden, no run, tossed up outside off stump, Hayden comes forward and defends to the covers

27.4

Gayle to Hayden, 1 run, a mis-hit as Hayden charges and has to adjust to the length and flicking with the inside-edge to short fine leg

27.5

Gayle to Clarke, 1 run, short and flat, Clarke makes room and slams it down to long-off for one

27.6

Gayle to Hayden, 1 run, quick, flat and spinning into leg stump, Hayden waits for it and tucks it off the pads for one wide of square leg

End of over 28 (12 runs) Australia 157/2 (RR: 5.60)

    • ML Hayden 69 (87b 7x4)
    • MJ Clarke 33 (38b 4x4)
    • CH Gayle 4-0-29-0
    • DJ Bravo 1-0-10-0

These two just motoring along here. Hayden has picked up his strikerate and Clarke looking good. No more jitters as far as the manic running goes, either.

28.1

Bravo to Hayden, 1 run, back of a length on leg stump, Hayden's already backed away and so he has to drive down the ground for one

28.2

Bravo to Clarke, 1 run, well bowled, the slower one almost in the blockhole, Clarke too backs away to leg and has to adjust to keep it out

28.3

Bravo to Hayden, 1 run, good length on middle and off, Clarke shuffles across and flicks it around the corner for one

28.4

Bravo to Clarke, 1 run, back of a length on leg stump again, worked fine for one

28.5

Bravo to Hayden, 1 run, back of a length on leg stump again, easy pickings for Hayden, who works it to square leg for one

28.6

Bravo to Clarke, 2 runs, slower ball on off stump, Clarke gets over it and flicks it to square leg for two

End of over 29 (7 runs) Australia 164/2 (RR: 5.65)

    • MJ Clarke 37 (41b 4x4)
    • ML Hayden 72 (90b 7x4)
    • DJ Bravo 2-0-17-0
    • CH Gayle 4-0-29-0

Marlon Samuels comes into the attack for some off spin too

29.1

Samuels to Hayden, 1 run, flat outside off stump, Hayden shuffles across and gets one to square leg easily

29.2

Samuels to Clarke, no run, tossed up on off stump, flicked but right to midwicket

29.3

Samuels to Clarke, 1 run, short, flat and Clarke makes room to cut past point for one

29.4

Samuels to Hayden, 1 run, short and wide, he chops into the covers for one

29.5

Samuels to Clarke, 1 run, tossed up, Clarke gets forward and whips it to Lara at mid-on

29.6

Samuels to Hayden, 2 runs, short and flat outside off stump, Hayden works it through midwicket for a very well-run two

End of over 30 (6 runs) Australia 170/2 (RR: 5.66)

    • ML Hayden 76 (93b 7x4)
    • MJ Clarke 39 (44b 4x4)
    • MN Samuels 1-0-6-0
    • DJ Bravo 2-0-17-0

Really, these two are looking good. They've added 94 in good time. Here's Bravo.

30.1

Bravo to Clarke, 1 run, drifts to leg and Clarke puts him away for one out to backward square leg

30.2

Bravo to Hayden, 1 run, good length on leg stump, Hayden waits for it and taps it into midwicket for another milked single

30.3

Bravo to Clarke, 1 run, too full on leg stump and Clarke flicks past square leg for one, Hayden says no the second as the fielder moves well

30.4

Bravo to Hayden, 1 run, back of a length on leg stump once again, and Hayden coolly works it to square leg for one more

30.5

Bravo to Clarke, OUT, and Bravo gets his man! Clarke plays half-cock forward to one that moves in appreciably from outside off stump, gets rapped on the leg, everyone appeals and after a good thought umpire Rauf raises the dreaded finger

MJ Clarke lbw b Bravo 41 (71m 47b 4x4 0x6) SR: 87.23

Hawkeye shows that ball was taking out leg stump. On that note, drinks are called for.

30.6

Bravo to Symonds, no run, good shout! Symonds stands rooted, and plays all over one that swings in from middle and off, clearly did too much to take leg stump, and Rauf shakes his head.

End of over 31 (4 runs) Australia 174/3 (RR: 5.61)

    • A Symonds 0 (1b)
    • ML Hayden 78 (95b 7x4)
    • DJ Bravo 3-0-21-1
    • MN Samuels 1-0-6-0
31.1

Samuels to Hayden, 1 run, looped up outside off stump, Hayden reaches for it and drives it between extra cover and long-off to collect a single

31.2

Samuels to Symonds, no run, tossed up on off stump, Symonds defends back to Samuels

31.3

Samuels to Symonds, no run, flat on leg stump, worked to square leg

31.4

Samuels to Symonds, 1 run, again full down leg stump, Symonds gets off the mark with a nudge to short fine leg

31.5

Samuels to Hayden, no run, flat outside off stump, Hayden comes out and drives to cover

31.6

Samuels to Hayden, SIX, he comes out, dancing down the track, Samuels drops it wide and short, Hayden goes through with his shot, one-handed, and somehow manages to get enough bat on it to send it high in the air between long-on and long-off!

End of over 32 (8 runs) Australia 182/3 (RR: 5.68)

    • ML Hayden 85 (98b 7x4 1x6)
    • A Symonds 1 (4b)
    • MN Samuels 2-0-14-0
    • DJ Bravo 3-0-21-1
32.1

Bravo to Symonds, no run, full on the pads, Symonds flicks but straight to square leg

32.2

Bravo to Symonds, no run, back of a length outside off stump, he stands up and defends with an inside-edge to square leg

32.3

Bravo to Symonds, 1 wide, angled down the leg side off a length and its called wide, duly

32.3

Bravo to Symonds, no run, a tad fuller on middle and leg, Symonds on-drives to Lara at mid-on

32.4

Bravo to Symonds, 1 run, back of a length outside off stump, Symonds gets onto one knee, ducks somewhat, and swats it through square leg for one...odd but effective

32.5

Bravo to Hayden, no run, slower one comes out a full toss on leg stump, surprising Hayden, who hops up and keeps it down to midwicket, Symonds is well down the track and has to scamper back

32.6

Bravo to Hayden, 2 runs, on the pads once again, and Hayden works it past square leg for a couple as Powell gives chase

End of over 33 (4 runs) Australia 186/3 (RR: 5.63)

    • ML Hayden 87 (100b 7x4 1x6)
    • A Symonds 2 (8b)
    • DJ Bravo 4-0-25-1
    • MN Samuels 2-0-14-0
33.1

Samuels to Symonds, no run, tossed up, driven to Lara at mid-on

33.2

Samuels to Symonds, 1 run, slower one outside off stump, Symonds waits for it and then dabs it to backward point for one

33.3

Samuels to Hayden, 1 run, flat outside off stump, Hayden gets to the pitch and drives into the covers for one

33.4

Samuels to Symonds, 1 run, flat down leg stump, picked off the pads into midwicket for an easy single

33.5

Samuels to Hayden, FOUR, biff! Short, flat outside off stump and Hayden rocks back to flat-bat that powerfull down the ground for four and he moves into the nineties

33.6

Samuels to Hayden, 1 run, tossed up, he gets to the pitch and drives into the covers with soft hands to retain strike

End of over 34 (8 runs) Australia 194/3 (RR: 5.70)

    • ML Hayden 93 (103b 8x4 1x6)
    • A Symonds 4 (11b)
    • MN Samuels 3-0-22-0
    • DJ Bravo 4-0-25-1
34.1

Bravo to Hayden, 1 run, good length on leg stump, Hayden drives to mid-on and calls for one immediately

34.2

Bravo to Symonds, no run, back of a length on off stump, Symonds stands deep in his crease and pushes it back to Bravo

34.3

Bravo to Symonds, FOUR, slower one goes all wrong, short outside off stump and Symonds picks it up early, swatting it over the infield for four past mid-on

34.4

Bravo to Symonds, 1 run, back of a length and moving in from outside off stump, he plays it late and runs it down to third man to raise the 200

34.5

Bravo to Hayden, 1 run, good length on middle and leg, Hayden gets well over it and flicks into midwicket for one

34.6

Bravo to Symonds, 1 run, good length outside off stump, again Symonds runs it off the face of the angled bat and gets one to third man

End of over 35 (8 runs) Australia 202/3 (RR: 5.77)

    • A Symonds 10 (15b 1x4)
    • ML Hayden 95 (105b 8x4 1x6)
    • DJ Bravo 5-0-33-1
    • MN Samuels 3-0-22-0
35.1

Samuels to Symonds, 2 runs, tossed up outside off, driven to long-off and they get two

35.2

Samuels to Symonds, 1 run, flatter on off stump, flicked out to long-on for one

35.3

Samuels to Hayden, no run, flatter outside off stump, Hayden gets to it and drives straight to point

35.4

Samuels to Hayden, 2 runs, full on leg stump, clipped well through midwicket to calls of "HUSTLE, HUSTLE" and thats a well-run two

35.5

Samuels to Hayden, 1 run, tossed up outside off stump, driven down to long-off for one

35.6

Samuels to Symonds, OUT, edged and gone! Samuels fires one wide of off stump, Symonds stands there and looks to bring the bat down late to cheekily run it fine, but ends up with a thin edge that Ramdin neatly snaps up!

A Symonds c †Ramdin b Samuels 13 (22m 18b 1x4 0x6) SR: 72.22

Symonds is furious, Samuels elated

End of over 36 (6 runs) Australia 208/4 (RR: 5.77)

    • ML Hayden 98 (108b 8x4 1x6)
    • MN Samuels 4-0-28-1
    • DJ Bravo 5-0-33-1

Powell back into the attack. Hayden on 98.

36.1

Powell to Hayden, 1 run, back of a length outside off stump, Hayden waits for it and dabs between cover and point for one to get to 99

Here's Michael Hussey, struggling for runs in his maiden World Cup

36.2

Powell to Hussey, no run, overpitched outside off stump, Hussey drives straight to Sarwan in the covers

36.3

Powell to Hussey, no run, overpitched again and this time he drives straight to mid-off

36.4

Powell to Hussey, no run, back of a length, moves in from leg to off and Hussey gets behind the line and defends to point

36.5

Powell to Hussey, no run, driveable length on the stumps, Hussey does so but hits the nonstriker's stumps, had Powell gotten a finger to it Hayden was a goner

36.6

Powell to Hussey, no run, back of a good length outside off stump, Hussey reaches for it and drives into the covers

End of over 37 (1 run) Australia 209/4 (RR: 5.64)

    • MEK Hussey 0 (5b)
    • ML Hayden 99 (109b 8x4 1x6)
    • DBL Powell 8-2-34-1
    • MN Samuels 4-0-28-1
37.1

Samuels to Hayden, 1 run, there it is! Second hundred of the tournament for Hayden! Stands in his crease and drives one to mid-off, waits to see if the fielder can get to it, and then calls for the run. Superb effort, remember he took some 19 deliveries to get off the mark, and he's gotten here with a strikerate in the 90s. Great knock from Haydos.

37.2

Samuels to Hussey, no run, tossed up, Hussey has to reach for it and drives back to Samuels

37.3

Samuels to Hussey, no run, flatter one, now he reaches and drives to Lara at mid-off

37.4

Samuels to Hussey, no run, again he's struggling, driving to point

37.5

Samuels to Hussey, no run, fired in full and flat, Hussey digs it back out to Samuels

37.6

Samuels to Hussey, 1 run, tossed up, he comes out and drives to long-off to get off the mark

End of over 38 (2 runs) Australia 211/4 (RR: 5.55)

    • MEK Hussey 1 (10b)
    • ML Hayden 100 (110b 8x4 1x6)
    • MN Samuels 5-0-30-1
    • DBL Powell 8-2-34-1
38.1

Powell to Hussey, FOUR, shot! Short outside off stump and Hussey pulls off the front foot, slamming it over midwicket for four!

38.2

Powell to Hussey, 1 run, fuller on off stump, taken on the full and driven down to long-off

38.3

Powell to Hayden, 2 runs, fuller one angled across off stump, Hayden stands rooted and squeezes two out past backward point

38.4

Powell to Hayden, no run, well bowled, in the blockhole, Hayden rolls the wrists over it to jam it out

38.5

Powell to Hayden, 1 run, fuller one outside off stump, Hayden frees the arms and drives into the covers where Lara drives to his left and saves three runs

38.6

Powell to Hussey, no run, beaten by the slower one, angled across off stump, as he stands and dabs the bat at it

End of over 39 (8 runs) Australia 219/4 (RR: 5.61)

    • MEK Hussey 6 (13b 1x4)
    • ML Hayden 103 (113b 8x4 1x6)
    • DBL Powell 9-2-42-1
    • MN Samuels 5-0-30-1
39.1

Samuels to Hayden, no run, width offered, he cuts but ends up chopping into the ground before point

39.2

Samuels to Hayden, 1 run, tossed up, he gets to the length and punches down to long-off

39.3

Samuels to Hussey, 1 wide, he tries too much and ends up firing one well wide of off stump for a wide

39.3

Samuels to Hussey, 1 run, flat in the blockhole, Hussey manages to chip it into midwicket for one

39.4

Samuels to Hayden, 1 run, slower one, tossed up, Hayden waits for it and then opens the face to place it in front of backward point for a single

39.5

Samuels to Hussey, no run, quicker one outside off stump, checked drive into the covers

39.6

Samuels to Hussey, no run, quicker one again, Hussey tries to dab it and gets beaten

End of over 40 (4 runs) Australia 223/4 (RR: 5.57)

    • MEK Hussey 7 (16b 1x4)
    • ML Hayden 105 (116b 8x4 1x6)
    • MN Samuels 6-0-34-1
    • DBL Powell 9-2-42-1

The final stretch coming up, folks. Anyone up for predictions? Total? Haydens 150?

40.1

Powell to Hayden, FOUR, he makes room and lifts a fuller one just over mid-off for four, shot!

40.2

Powell to Hayden, FOUR, close! Hayden steps out and lofts one down to long-on, where Sarwan misjudges it as he comes in from the ropes, and the ball just evades his outstretched arms for four!

40.3

Powell to Hayden, 1 run, fuller one in the blockhole, Hayden flicks across the stumps for one to square leg

40.4

Powell to Hussey, 2 runs, good length outside off stump, Hussey square-drives wide of square and knows theres two for the taking from the word go

40.5

Powell to Hussey, OUT, bowled 'em! Hussey reaches out to drive a very full delivery and ends up dragging it back onto off stump! A tame dismissal and Powell's gotten a second in his final over!

MEK Hussey b Powell 9 (20m 18b 1x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

Here's Shane Watson, capable of hitting the cricket ball some distance. Hayden bats on.

40.6

Powell to Watson, no run, back of a length on off stump, Watson gets his head down and defends back to Powell, who finishes a pretty decent spell given the occasion and situation

End of over 41 (11 runs) Australia 234/5 (RR: 5.70)

    • SR Watson 0 (1b)
    • ML Hayden 114 (119b 10x4 1x6)
    • DBL Powell 10-2-53-2
    • MN Samuels 6-0-34-1
41.1

Samuels to Hayden, no run, tossed up, Hayden gets to the pitch and drives into the covers, where Lara fields

41.2

Samuels to Hayden, 1 run, flat on middle and leg, driven to mid-on for one

41.3

Samuels to Watson, 1 run, tossed up on off stump, Watson gets forward and plays across the line to pick up one into midwicket

41.4

Samuels to Hayden, 1 run, flat, yorker-length ball outside off stump, Hayden jams the bat down and steers it to backward point

41.5

Samuels to Watson, 1 run, tossed up, Watson comes and takes it on the full and flicks across the line but right to Sarwan at square leg

41.6

Samuels to Hayden, no run, another yorker outside off stump, Hayden drives back to Samuels

End of over 42 (4 runs) Australia 238/5 (RR: 5.66)

    • ML Hayden 116 (123b 10x4 1x6)
    • SR Watson 2 (3b)
    • MN Samuels 7-0-38-1
    • DBL Powell 10-2-53-2

Vani figures they'll get to 320; Tirth Poddar says 314; Venkat goes for 330; Quintin vouches 320,with Hayden getting 135

42.1

Taylor to Watson, 1 run, full on leg stump, clipped out to fine leg

42.2

Taylor to Hayden, 2 runs, yorker outside off stump, Hayden opens the face and runs it down to third man

42.3

Taylor to Hayden, 1 run, low full toss on off stump, driven into the covers and he sprints down the track for one

42.4

Taylor to Watson, no run, back of a length outside off stump, Watson stands there and opens the face to manufacture runs fine, but mistimes it

42.5

Taylor to Watson, 2 runs, drifts across to leg stump and Watson flicks past square leg, Smith moves quickly on the ropes and saves two

42.6

Taylor to Watson, 1 run, good length on off stump, Watson gets across and rolls the wrists over it to pick up one to midwicket

End of over 43 (7 runs) Australia 245/5 (RR: 5.69)

    • SR Watson 6 (7b)
    • ML Hayden 119 (125b 10x4 1x6)
    • JE Taylor 9-0-48-0
    • MN Samuels 7-0-38-1

Roland Booth says they wont get more than 295; Johan goes one run less.

43.1

Samuels to Watson, 1 run, flat outside off stump, worked into the square leg region for one

43.2

Samuels to Hayden, no run, full and flat outside off stump, driven to Lara at mid-off

43.3

Samuels to Hayden, no run, change of pace, fuller and quicker, Hayden swings across the line and misses

43.4

Samuels to Hayden, 1 run, flat again outside off stump, Hayden drives into the covers

43.5

Samuels to Watson, 1 run, tossed up on off stump, Watson drives down to long-on for one

43.6

Samuels to Hayden, no run, low full toss outside off stump, Hayden drives but finds Lara at cover this time, just three overs from the over

End of over 44 (3 runs) Australia 248/5 (RR: 5.63)

    • ML Hayden 120 (129b 10x4 1x6)
    • SR Watson 8 (9b)
    • MN Samuels 8-0-41-1
    • JE Taylor 9-0-48-0

Taylor prepares to bowl out. He has none for 48.

44.1

Taylor to Watson, 1 run, short of a length outside off stump, Watson cuts hard into the point region and the batsmen scamper a single

44.2

Taylor to Hayden, SIX, super shot! Hayden clears the front leg, gives himself room and slams one from outside off stump just over Chanderpaul at long-on for maximum

44.3

Taylor to Hayden, FOUR, now he goes off side, making room again to free the arms, and even though he loses control of one hand, he gets enough on it to hit it over extra cover for four

44.4

Taylor to Hayden, SIX, big, better, blasted! Wasnt full at all, Hayden makes room, backs himself and sends this sailing some 15 rows back behind the sight screen! Massive!

44.5

Taylor to Hayden, 1 run, slower one, back of a length outside off stump, he opens the face and places it wide of backward point for one

44.6

Taylor to Watson, 1 run, full in the blockhole, Watson's given himself room to hit and ends up driving down to long-on for a single

Great over for Australia!

End of over 45 (19 runs) Australia 267/5 (RR: 5.93)

    • SR Watson 10 (11b)
    • ML Hayden 137 (133b 11x4 3x6)
    • JE Taylor 10-0-67-0
    • MN Samuels 8-0-41-1
45.1

Samuels to Watson, 1 run, full on middle and off, clipped past mid-on for one

45.2

Samuels to Hayden, FOUR, low full toss on off stump, Hayden swings across the line and places it wide of mid-off for four more

45.3

Samuels to Hayden, no run, fuller and wider, Hayden now has a swing at it and gets beaten

45.4

Samuels to Hayden, FOUR, shot! Uses the pace, jamming the bat down, with an open face, and runs it down to third man for four

45.5

Samuels to Hayden, SIX, Hayden you beauty! 150 is up for the big man! Tossed up outside off stump, real slow, Hayden isnt to the pitch but backs himself to clear the ropes, and he does so with ease, swatting this high over cow corner for another dinger!

45.6

Samuels to Hayden, 1 no ball, he oversteps and thats a freebie

45.6

Samuels to Hayden, 1 run, he opts for a real short one, which Hayden helps along its way past short fine leg

End of over 46 (17 runs) Australia 284/5 (RR: 6.17)

    • ML Hayden 152 (139b 13x4 4x6)
    • SR Watson 11 (12b)
    • MN Samuels 9-0-58-1
    • JE Taylor 10-0-67-0
46.1

Collymore to Hayden, 1 run, overpitched outside off stump, driven to Lara at cover and sets off immediately for the run

46.2

Collymore to Watson, 1 leg bye, drifting down leg, Watson stands and eyes the deep midwicket ropes, swings at it but ends up with a leg-bye to the off side

We're back live, the covers are off.

Suddenly a shower lashes across the ground and the umpires call for the covers in a flash, and all head inside. It doesnt look to be a very heavy rain, so lets hope we dont lose too much time. Some umbrellas out in the stands, but looks like there's more beer flowing than raindrops.

46.3

Collymore to Hayden, FOUR, aha! Hayden! Gives himself room outside leg stump and smashes this through the covers for four

46.4

Collymore to Hayden, 1 run, full on middle and leg, he drives via an inside-edge to square leg

46.5

Collymore to Watson, SIX, great improvisation from Watson! Ambles across to off, goes down on one knee, and scoops this high around the corner for six! Top shot!

46.6

Collymore to Watson, no run, slower ball, on a yorker length just outside off stump and Watson is beaten on the drive

End of over 47 (13 runs) Australia 297/5 (RR: 6.31)

    • SR Watson 17 (15b 1x6)
    • ML Hayden 158 (142b 14x4 4x6)
    • CD Collymore 9-0-50-0
    • MN Samuels 9-0-58-1

18 deliveries to go. Bravo back on from the Pavilion End. Slower balls?

47.1

Bravo to Hayden, OUT, full in the zone, no room to work with, and Hayden scoops this in the air straight down the throat of Samuels at long-off, and an excellent innings comes to an end

ML Hayden c Samuels b Bravo 158 (216m 143b 14x4 4x6) SR: 110.48

Very well played, sir, and he walks off to a rousing appreciation from the crowd. Real value for money, and he's put Australia on for a very good total.

Brad Hogg is the new man in. Wont face just yet though.

47.2

Bravo to Watson, no run, slower ball again, outside off stump, Watson looks for that cheeky paddle around the corner as he moves across to off, but cant pull it off

Fine leg goes back on the ropes

47.3

Bravo to Watson, no run, well bowled! Slower one just outside off stump deceives Watson, that was so close to off stump

47.4

Bravo to Watson, 1 run, overpitched outside off stump, Watson drives along the ground of mid-off

47.5

Bravo to Hogg, 1 leg bye, full down leg, Hoggs already taken guard well outside leg stump and cant work it away, ends up with a leg-bye to square leg

47.6

Bravo to Watson, 1 run, full in the zone, well bowled, Watson can only dig it out to mid-on for the single

End of over 48 (3 runs) Australia 300/6 (RR: 6.25)

    • SR Watson 19 (19b 1x6)
    • GB Hogg 0 (1b)
    • DJ Bravo 6-0-35-2
    • CD Collymore 9-0-50-0

12 deliveries to go. Collymore for his final over. None for 50 so far.

48.1

Collymore to Watson, 1 run, low full toss outside off stump, Watson flashes and gets a thick edge down to third man for one

48.2

Collymore to Hogg, no run, back of a length outside off stump, Hogg backs away and looks to flay it through the off side but connects with air

48.3

Collymore to Hogg, 2 runs, dropped in short, Hogg chops that past backward point out to Bravo in the deep for a couple

48.4

Collymore to Hogg, 2 runs, yorker ends up a low full toss on the stumps, Hogg drives through cover out to the sweeper and picks up two more

48.5

Collymore to Hogg, 1 run, well bowled, yorker in the zone, Hogg gets bat on it and squeezes one into the covers

48.6

Collymore to Watson, 1 leg bye, full outside off stump, Watson comes well outside the line in an attempt to paddle it fine, the ball hits him on the full and he steals a leg-bye in front of point

End of over 49 (7 runs) Australia 307/6 (RR: 6.26)

    • SR Watson 20 (21b 1x6)
    • GB Hogg 5 (5b)
    • CD Collymore 10-0-56-0
    • DJ Bravo 6-0-35-2

Six deliveries to go. Bravo to bowl to Watson.

49.1

Bravo to Watson, no run, lovely one, really slow on a length outside off stump, Watson has to wait ages for it and then slashes at it, the ball takes the edge and drops before Ramdin

49.2

Bravo to Watson, 1 wide, full down leg side, wide called

49.2

Bravo to Watson, FOUR, another attempted yorker turns out a slow full toss on off stump, Watson waits for it and slams it over midwicket for four

49.3

Bravo to Watson, FOUR, shot! Overpitched outside off stump, Watson gets down on bended knee and drives in the off side gap for four

49.4

Bravo to Watson, 1 run, low full toss on the stumps, swatted out to wide long-on for just the single

49.5

Bravo to Hogg, 1 bye, slower one again, just outside off stump, Hogg goes down as he heaves across the line, misses and Watson calls for the run, a direct hit comes in but he's safely home

Last ball coming up...drizzle continues...

49.6

Bravo to Watson, FOUR, and he ends off in style! Bravo goes wide with the slower ball, Watson hangs on it and drives on the up between cover and point, and thats four to take Australia to 322 for six!

Chanderpaul and Gayle stroll, casually, out into the middle. No rush. Smallish crowd so far, just a sprinkling around the ground, but it will no doubt fill up quickly...and very quickly if (Chris) Gayle Force blows in.

Here come Australia, jogging out into the middle under a pleasingly cloud-free sky. We're in for a cracker here today. Just waiting for the two West Indian openers now...

Right, chaps. Thanks to all the UK readers who've written to say the GMT time is wrong. Actually, it's right - we're now on BST (British Summer Time) which is a different thing. 14.20BST is 13.20GMT. As you were.

Bob Willis is looking decidedly pink on television. He hasn't quite perfected David Gower's uber-smooth "I was born to present cricket from the beach" look. Mind you, he really has mastered that particular art.

"Tait and Bracken will blow the Windies away," roars the alliteratively named Big Brummie Bob. "Nice damp track, ball swinging around at 95mph - too much for the hosts I am afraid. West Indies less than 100 all out..." Fierce comments. We're ten minutes away from starting, barring a sudden monsoon, so hang around.

08.50 Good morning, g'afternoon and good evening to all. Jamie's fallen off his perch, so it'll me, Will Luke, and Jenny Thompson to take you through today's match (half of it, anyway). We're very excited and trust you are too. The good news is the rain has, at last, relented; in the words of our esteemed editor, Andrew Miller, "blue skies and fluffiness abound". We'll have more erudite observations from him, and us, shortly.

Rain delays play. Stumps So thats all for today, folks. I shall be back with the action for you tomorrow at 13:30 GMT. Until then, good night/evening/afternoon/morning to all of you who've logged on, wherever you may be. Cheers!

16:01 local, 20:01 GMT Play has been postponed until tomorrow. The target for West Indies will indeed be 323 from 50 overs. Thats because Australia played out a full 50 overs.

15:53 local, 19:53 GMT Bad news, the drizzle is back and the covers are going back on. That should be that for the day. Just 32 minutes till the cut-off time.

15:45 local, 19:45 GMT Okay, I have news for all of you. The target, for West Indies, has been set as 163 from 20 overs. Hmmm...the only question remains the start time. Thats not been confirmed. I doubt they'll get 20 overs in. The Aussies are on the outfield getting ready, so something is happening...

15:41 local, 19:41 GMT Whats this? The covers are coming off...will they have a go at this? A little smashathon? I'll feed you details as they come in...

Did Omair's poetry have anything to do with this?

Andrew: "It's very humid out there, but the mizzle does seem to have stopped. Pretty dark too, but then that's been the case all day."

Let me remind you that you can now watch an animated representation of our commentary on Cricinfo 3D. It uses all our scoring data to render a 3d representation of the game, with various camera angles for you to play around with, and it has features such as wagon wheels, pitch maps, and the live scorecard. There are also replays after every wicket and boundary on demand, as well as celebrations for wickets. Oh, and it's free. Click away.

15:34 local, 19:34 GMT Andrew and his posse at the ground reckon the latest restart has to be 4.25pm local, for a 20-over slog. Interesting.

15:22 local, 19:22 GMT Andrew again: "The groundstaff are loitering but to no great avail. I think we're going to have to conclude this one tomorrow. The latest we can play is until 5.45pm local, according to those in the know. It's currently 3.20pm. And with 20 overs required to constitute a game, they'll need to get started within the hour."

Definitely not good news for the fans out there right now. That means, probably, that if there's no play today, West Indies will still chase 323 with a full 50 overs tomorrow. And thats only if a calculation has been made that they stick to that.

As we kill time, here's a little ditty from one of our readers, Omair Shamim, who picked up on - nay, was inspired by - Andrew's update:

"Its really a crapy mizzle Its barely even a drizzle But there is so much water on the covers There is not point to "muscle" Still a generous crowd waiting Just for umpire to give whistle"

See what free time can do to a man? Can we get the game going please...

14:53 local, 18:53 GMT Andrew Miller, from the ground, buzzes: "It's a really crappy mizzle. It's barely even raining, but with so much water already on the covers there's no point in trying to mop up. Still a generous crowd waiting patiently on the grass banks though." Well, there you have it.

14:33 local, 18:33 GMT Theres no let-up. The covers remain on the square. Players still inside.

13:59 local, 17:59 GMT The rain has returned, and the waiting game begins. Watch this space for further updates. I cannot give you an idea as to how long play will be suspended. Its a drizzle.

Please do have a look at our guide to the Super Eights. It will help clarify alot of the questions that are coming in.

Riding on Matthew Hayden's excellent hundred, Australia have posted a big total, their fourth in a row in excess of 300 in the tournament. A great effort. Ponting, Clarke and Watson chipped in with cameos and West Indies have a tough ask ahead of them. This brand new surface has been ideal for batting, and there are some clean strikers of the ball to come.

We will have a shortened lunch break due to the overs lost in the rain interval. Dont go anywhere. We'll be back shortly for the second innings.

End of over 50 (15 runs) Australia 322/6

    • SR Watson 33 (26b 3x4 1x6)
    • GB Hogg 5 (6b)
    • DJ Bravo 7-0-49-2
    • CD Collymore 10-0-56-0
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