ICC World Cup, 40th Match, Super Eights: Australia v Ireland at Bridgetown, Apr 13, 2007
ICC World Cup - 40th match, Super Eights
Australia won by 9 wickets (with 226 balls remaining)
Played at Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados (neutral venue)
13 April 2007 (50-over match)

9.30am We're all ready to go, including the leprechauns in the crowd. The Australians positively raced onto the pitch, there; they're up for it. The Irish openers strolled a little more sedately, soaking up the atmosphere. Jeremy Bray is ready to face, while William Porterfield is pretending to be ready to face at the other end.

Glenn McGrath is preparing to open up.

9.10am G'day everyone, top of the morning, afternoon, evening etc and welcome along to coverage of Australia v Ireland.

The toss was won by Ricky Ponting has chosen to bowl because "Aw, there's a little moisture on the top of the wicket." There'll be no let-up against the Irish. "We are going to go flat out today." The pitch is really bouncy; "more bounce than the Sydney Mardi Gras", according to Damien Fleming, bafflingly enough. The cracks are moving, and will make chasing hard, so bowling first is the choice decision.

Trent Johnston is "not unhappy" with batting first, though. "We've got to get through the first ten overs." He got out his big, broad flat-bat to Ramiz Raja's question: is this professionals against amateurs? "We're just going to go out and play our own game - going out their to do our three disciplines well." And he's already got his media response discipline off to a good start. Well done that man.

One change for Ireland - Peter Gillespie is out and John Mooney in, a change in the bowling owing to the paciness of the pitch.

Very remiss of me not to say who I am; I am Jenny Thompson, I will be joined by Will Luke who's just burst through the door; the lowdown on us here, and here's an early explanation of Powerplays. In fact, it's not, that link was given to me by Martin Williamson, a cheap shot at trying to get some page impressions We'll bring you the link later. Here's Dileep Premachandran's preview of events meanwhile.

Weather check - sunny with scattered high clouds at Bridgetown, which is just as well, as that's where this match is.

I've had an email from our commercial department imploring you all to "Check out our bouquet of downloadable stuff for the World Cup". Don't say bouquet, you'll set me off - speaking of which, did you know it's cheaper to get married on a Friday 13th? Apparently.

This is the Powerplay link.

0.1

McGrath to Bray, 1 run, off the mark straight away, that's massive, a poke to the covers, a dash to the other end and a huge stare from McGrath. Welcome

0.2

McGrath to Porterfield, no run, pushed right up there, on the money, and that's defended down by Porterhouse

McGrath's collar's up, Cantona-like. He means business

0.3

McGrath to Porterfield, no run, short, a mistimed pull to square and the call immediately comes: "Wait!"

0.4

McGrath to Porterfield, no run, angled across the lefthander, scrambled seam, testing him outside off and he just lets that go. Good ball from Glenn

0.5

McGrath to Porterfield, 1 run, slower ball, poked down and they set off. They have to hurry... or they would have done if Mr Mike Hussey-Cricket hadn't fumbled on his way through

Ireland are looking full of intent here

0.6

McGrath to Bray, OUT, and that's a very early strike indeed, inswing clipped the outside of off stump. Bray didn't move his feet, tried to jab down on it. Failed

JP Bray b McGrath 1 (3m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

Shaun Tait at the other end

End of over 1 (2 runs) Ireland 2/1 (RR: 2.00)

    • WTS Porterfield 1 (4b)
    • GD McGrath 1-0-2-1
1.1

Tait to Porterfield, no run, quick and hostile immediately - just shooting that past the outside edge, rearing up and past the head. Gilchrist likes that one

1.2

Tait to Porterfield, no run, left alone outside off stump

1.3

Tait to Porterfield, no run, full toss at the hips and that's just skewed into the covers. Full tosses are usually gifts, but their angle can be quite awkward

1.4

Tait to Porterfield, no run, on middle, short and there's some excitement as that's tucked down to the man at square

1.5

Tait to Porterfield, no run, more of the sharp stuff, that one outside off, on a yorker length and the batsman played very late indeed - that ball was too quick for him

1.6

Tait to Porterfield, no run, low full toss on leg and that's too quick for him, just crashing into his knee roll, but would have gone on past leg

Well, it's very pacy out there as it was when England beat Bangladesh here the other day, and Ireland are struggling.

Morgan to face his first ball

End of over 2 (maiden) Ireland 2/1 (RR: 1.00)

    • WTS Porterfield 1 (10b)
    • EJG Morgan 0 (0b)
    • SW Tait 1-1-0-0
    • GD McGrath 1-0-2-1
2.1

McGrath to Morgan, no run, brings his bat down on that one, which was full and pitched just in front of him on line with off

2.2

McGrath to Morgan, no run, pushed right up there and that's played down into the covers

2.3

McGrath to Morgan, no run, left alone outside off as that slinks through on a good length

2.4

McGrath to Morgan, no run, that one cut back in, just a touch, at the lefthander - plenty of bounce again and nearly cutting him up

2.5

McGrath to Morgan, no run, well struck by Morgan in front of point, but Symonds stops that in the covers

2.6

McGrath to Morgan, no run, up there, on leg, and that's pushed to square

By the way, Aussies have made a change - Stuart Clark's in for Nathan Bracken

End of over 3 (maiden) Ireland 2/1 (RR: 0.66)

    • EJG Morgan 0 (6b)
    • WTS Porterfield 1 (10b)
    • GD McGrath 2-1-2-1
    • SW Tait 1-1-0-0
3.1

Tait to Porterfield, OUT, right up there, straight, on leg, not much swing, too quick for the batsman and not much time's needed for the decision

WTS Porterfield lbw b Tait 1 (14m 11b 0x4 0x6) SR: 9.09

Niall O'Brien into the lions' den

3.2

Tait to NJ O'Brien, OUT, ...and out again: full toss, and there's no footwork as the batsman drags a huge inside edge back onto his stumps and Tait's on a hat-trick

NJ O'Brien b Tait 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Ireland just can't handle the pace at all. Australia are absolutely loving this - as are the Australia fans.

Kevin O'Brien and Eoin Morgan have a think about the best strategy this ball. I'd start with defence. Three slips, two gullies

3.3

Tait to KJ O'Brien, no run, ooh, as close as you can get to a hat-trick without getting a hat-trick - too good that one, squaring him up at 92mph, and it just slinks past his outside edge - just

3.4

Tait to KJ O'Brien, 1 wide, down leg, Tait must think he's still bowling to lefthanders

3.4

Tait to KJ O'Brien, 1 wide, more of the leg stuff, this one rising a bit more, hopping over O'Brien's bent back

Another chat between the batsmen

3.4

Tait to KJ O'Brien, FOUR, just too short, but straight, and that's played well off the toes through midwicket

Lovely shot, and the fans love it, too

3.5

Tait to KJ O'Brien, no run, short, the batsman ducks into it, right into it, and that clatters right into his bat. He didn't flinch

Tait finds the whole thing hilarious

3.6

Tait to KJ O'Brien, FOUR, a good shot again, tucked off the toes again and that races again

"McGrath has his collar up 'Cantona-like'?" spits the nameless KVR from the States. "Surely, the precedent for the man who made this his mark in cricket is Mohammed Azharuddin. Remember him: wristy batting, safest pair of hands in slips, and always, always, collar up." Just like Cantona

End of over 4 (10 runs) Ireland 12/3 (RR: 3.00)

    • KJ O'Brien 8 (4b 2x4)
    • EJG Morgan 0 (6b)
    • SW Tait 2-1-10-2
    • GD McGrath 2-1-2-1
4.1

McGrath to Morgan, no run, left alone outside off

4.2

McGrath to Morgan, no run, short, played into the covers and will they run? "No!" I like a good, clear call like that

4.3

McGrath to Morgan, OUT, very soft, on off stump, and that's outside-edged to first slip. Ireland in complete disarray

EJG Morgan c Hayden b McGrath 0 (19m 9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Ricky Ponting's men are certainly doing what they promised they would do. Ireland look shellshocked

4.4

McGrath to White, no run, driven into the covers

4.5

McGrath to White, no run, stands tall, and that's an inside edge, nearly back on the stumps, but not quite and Gilchrist tidies

4.6

McGrath to White, 1 run, pushed into the covers

Now seems as good a time as any to remind you of the lowest World Cup totals. Pessimistic, nous? Mais, non...

End of over 5 (1 run) Ireland 13/4 (RR: 2.60)

    • AR White 1 (3b)
    • KJ O'Brien 8 (4b 2x4)
    • GD McGrath 3-1-3-2
    • SW Tait 2-1-10-2
5.1

Tait to White, no run, outside off, some naughty swing threatens to send back yet another Irish player, but he doesn't connect with a loose swish away from his body, his feet stuck in the ground

5.2

Tait to White, 1 wide, misdirected sling shot at 90mph (145kph) down off (Warp factor 0.2 for any Klingons out there)

5.2

Tait to White, 1 wide, another wide, this one down leg at 91.6mph, which is 145.5kph, warp factor 0.202. 1612.16 inches a second

5.2

Tait to White, no run, outside off, and left alone

All these stats are being thrown at me by Will and Martin who've swapped their RP accents for an attempt to mimic my dulcet northern tones

Jacob Knight dons his anorak and specs, noting with tremendous quantities of geekness: "Tait's last over was all the twos. Two wickets, two dot balls, two wides and two fours. Fantastic entertainment." Super spotting from Jacob

5.3

Tait to White, no run, defended forward tis time

5.4

Tait to White, 1 wide, another wide down leg, at 92mph, spot on 148kph

We can provide these stats in chains, apparently, but I shan't trouble you. McGrath wiping his arm-pits with a towel

5.4

Tait to White, 1 run

5.5

Tait to KJ O'Brien, no run, dropped! Ponting dives to his right to take a relatively difficult chance at second slip, the ball popping out of his hands as he lands

The wheels have come off for Australia

5.6

Tait to KJ O'Brien, 1 no ball, oh dear

Cue a batch of emails suggesting extras will be top score

5.6

Tait to KJ O'Brien, 1 wide, is Tait being greedy or what? This time he sprays the ball wide down off

Jenny's machine has just exploded, so Martin Williamson here at short notice ...

5.6

Tait to KJ O'Brien, 3 runs, again drifting on the pads and neatly clipped away through square leg, it pulls up short of the rope

Cheers from the crowd as the 11-ball over from hell finally ends ...

End of over 6 (9 runs) Ireland 22/4 (RR: 3.66)

    • KJ O'Brien 11 (7b 2x4)
    • AR White 2 (7b)
    • SW Tait 3-1-19-2
    • GD McGrath 3-1-3-2
6.1

McGrath to KJ O'Brien, no run, almost as slow as a spinner after Tait's onslaught - a sedate 80mph - outside off and left alone

6.2

McGrath to KJ O'Brien, 1 run, steered round the corner, not controlled, extra bounce surprised him a little and he withdrew his bottom hand off the bat as he played the stroke

6.3

McGrath to White, no run, pushed to mid-on

6.4

McGrath to White, no run, pushed to point with a loud shout of "no"

6.5

McGrath to White, no run, patted back to McGrath who ambles down the track to field, before turning and lolloping back to his mark

6.6

McGrath to White, no run, short, outside off, White tries an expansive pull and misses. McGrath smiles a kind of "I'll get you next over" smile

End of over 7 (1 run) Ireland 23/4 (RR: 3.28)

    • AR White 2 (11b)
    • KJ O'Brien 12 (9b 2x4)
    • GD McGrath 4-1-4-2
    • SW Tait 3-1-19-2

Stuart Clarke replaces Tait. Tait heads to fine leg in a sulk ... given his accuracy in the last over, expect him to end up at deep midwicket

7.1

Clark to KJ O'Brien, 1 wide, Clarke continues where his team-mate left off with a leg-side wide

7.1

Clark to KJ O'Brien, no run, O'Brien shuffles across the crease and it smacked on the pads, not forward, and a loud shout ... close but just going over the top

7.2

Clark to KJ O'Brien, no run, squirted out to midwicket

7.3

Clark to KJ O'Brien, no run, good line, on off stump at 80mph, O'Brien behind the ball to block

7.4

Clark to KJ O'Brien, no run, just short of a length outside off, O'Brien swishes with minimal footwork and misses ... all the close fielders ooh and aah as Gilchrist takes the ball

7.5

Clark to KJ O'Brien, no run, O'Brien blocks a ball on the spot

7.6

Clark to KJ O'Brien, no run, Clarke in a good rhythm now and O'Brien happy to defend

And now, with PC restored to life, Jenny is back to try and improve on her four-wicket opening burst. Thanks to Martin, no thanks to those internet demons - my computer showing as much sticking power as the Ireland batsmen

End of over 8 (1 run) Ireland 24/4 (RR: 3.00)

    • KJ O'Brien 12 (15b 2x4)
    • AR White 2 (11b)
    • SR Clark 1-0-1-0
    • GD McGrath 4-1-4-2
8.1

McGrath to White, no run, left alone outside off, taking his bat away from it and standing firm on the back foot

8.2

McGrath to White, no run, in that corridor where nothing's certain again, but the batsman is firm in his decision to leave it, at least

8.3

McGrath to White, no run, nips back in off the seam and that's left alone

8.4

McGrath to White, 2 runs, outside off and that's driven through the covers

8.5

McGrath to White, no run, left alone outside off again

8.6

McGrath to White, no run, nasty, oh dear, White ducked straight into that bouncer and it makes a sickening blow as it clatters into his helmet

McGrath wanders down the pitch, with a look of concern. The physio is on now, but White puts the helmet back on and looks determined to carry on

End of over 9 (2 runs) Ireland 26/4 (RR: 2.88)

    • AR White 4 (17b)
    • KJ O'Brien 12 (15b 2x4)
    • GD McGrath 5-1-6-2
    • SR Clark 1-0-1-0
9.1

Clark to KJ O'Brien, no run, chases that down leg

9.2

Clark to KJ O'Brien, no run, stands tall and defends that down off the backfoot, more of the solid stuff

9.3

Clark to KJ O'Brien, no run, right up there on a good length and that's defended forward

9.4

Clark to KJ O'Brien, no run, outside off and that's firmly driven straight to cover

9.5

Clark to KJ O'Brien, FOUR, outside off and found the gap this time with a firm cover drive to bring up Ireland's 30, which is roundly clapped

9.6

Clark to KJ O'Brien, no run, defended off the back foot

Now for the first time today it's Will Luke

End of over 10 (4 runs) Ireland 30/4 (RR: 3.00)

    • KJ O'Brien 16 (21b 3x4)
    • AR White 4 (17b)
    • SR Clark 2-0-5-0
    • GD McGrath 5-1-6-2

Thanks Jen. Hello everyone. Kevin O'Brien's fighting back here, roared on by his flaming orange hair. And Ricky Ponting calls for another Powerplay

10.1

McGrath to White, 2 runs, no sign of any discomfort after being smacked on the cranium in the previous over; a lovely flick off his legs, albeit a full toss on leg stump, neatly timed through midwicket

10.2

McGrath to White, no run, just short of a length, lacking any pace and White is back and across, pushing it out to cover

Peter Watkinson corrects our in-house stats geek: "Tait's bowling at 90mph... that's actually Warp 1.34x10-7".

10.3

McGrath to White, OUT, great catch! An excellent slower ball which he misread, spooning it over McGrath's head; Hogg sprints to his right and takes a fine, low catch

AR White c Hogg b McGrath 6 (30m 20b 0x4 0x6) SR: 30.00

It's a rout, chaps. "Hopefully the Irish are still enjoying this encounter," wonders Michael Slater.

Now then, here's one of Ireland's three Australians, their captain Trent Johnston

10.4

McGrath to Johnston, no run, a short bouncer, wild and wooly and down the leg side

David Cousins reminds us to factor in "no spacetime curvature from nearby stars" when working out warp factor. A silly oversight on our part

10.5

McGrath to Johnston, no run, just outside off and he leaves it alone

Lots of laughs and jokes out there. Well, from McGrath at least; less so from Johnston

10.6

McGrath to Johnston, 1 run, that'll make him feel better, a firm, crunching late cut down to third man

End of over 11 (3 runs) Ireland 33/5 (RR: 3.00)

    • DT Johnston 1 (3b)
    • KJ O'Brien 16 (21b 3x4)
    • GD McGrath 6-1-9-3
    • SR Clark 2-0-5-0

"It could be that Ireland only play well on St Patrick's day," John wonders. I don't know what he's inferring...

11.1

Clark to Johnston, no run, on middle-and-leg, he's right back in his stumps - practically sitting on his stumps - and defends off the back foot

11.2

Clark to Johnston, no run, too short and straight, clipped off his legs but straight to midwicket

11.3

Clark to Johnston, no run, ooh luverly yorker from Clark there, on off stump and swinging into the batsman who digs it out with his willow spade

11.4

Clark to Johnston, 1 run, easily nudged to leg for a single

11.5

Clark to KJ O'Brien, no run, play and a miss outside off. That kept disconcertingly low on O'Brien who fished at it, missed it and they all go home for tea

11.6

Clark to KJ O'Brien, no run, but a touch of bounce there from Clark, outside off, O'Brien cuts hard but can only find thin air. An almighty heave ho.

Collar-gate is stirring you up. Mark Waugh and Alec Stewart are favourites and Ronnie thunders: "A load of garbage. There are pictures of Warwick Armstrong and Charles MacCartney dating back to the 20s with their collars up."

End of over 12 (1 run) Ireland 34/5 (RR: 2.83)

    • KJ O'Brien 16 (23b 3x4)
    • DT Johnston 2 (7b)
    • SR Clark 3-0-6-0
    • GD McGrath 6-1-9-3
12.1

McGrath to Johnston, 2 runs, solidly, firmly cut off the back foot past point

12.2

McGrath to Johnston, FOUR, shot! That's a delicious shot, timing a fairly meek delivery on his legs, punching it with pleasing timing past mid-on

McGrath is chuntering, at long last. He's been quite so far today but is about to explode now

12.3

McGrath to Johnston, no run, that's more like it from the old man; just outside off and it's clamped down upon by the batsman

12.4

McGrath to Johnston, no run, shot - but brilliantly fielded by Clarke at backward point. It was savagely cut just to Clarke's right who dived and saved four

Magnificent, Jonty Rhodes-like stop there

12.5

McGrath to Johnston, no run, short of a length and left alone

12.6

McGrath to Johnston, 2 runs, calmly driven, if a little uppishly, through the covers without really timing it...but neatly placed nevertheless

The Irish are going utterly bonkers in the crowd. 42 for 5? No reason not to celebrate

End of over 13 (8 runs) Ireland 42/5 (RR: 3.23)

    • DT Johnston 10 (13b 1x4)
    • KJ O'Brien 16 (23b 3x4)
    • GD McGrath 7-1-17-3
    • SR Clark 3-0-6-0
13.1

Clark to KJ O'Brien, no run, ooh edged but just short of first slip. Some way short of the slips in fact

13.2

Clark to KJ O'Brien, OUT, drifting onto his pads and timed beautifully, with an elegant flick of his wrists, but he picks out Hodge at short midwicket who didn't need move an inch, taking the ball at head height

KJ O'Brien c Hodge b Clark 16 (51m 25b 3x4 0x6) SR: 64.00

"Sorry to be a pedant," murmurs Chaddars, "but knowing we all love stats: in Star Trek the warp factor is usually the cube root of the multiple of the speed of light, so 90mph would be closer to warp factor 0.0037 according to my back of the envelope calculation." Oh dear. We've created a monster.

13.3

Clark to McCallan, 1 run, ah, lovely bowling; spearing in to his leg stump like a stray missile, squeezed out by the batsman

13.4

Clark to Johnston, FOUR, too short and it's uppercut down to McGrath at third man - who makes a complete hash of it. He only had a few yards to run to his right, but seemed to give up at the last moment

Age does that

13.5

Clark to Johnston, no run, firmly pushed back to the bowler

13.6

Clark to Johnston, no run, excellent ball on middle-and-off and it's defended solidly on the front foot

End of over 14 (5 runs) Ireland 47/6 (RR: 3.35)

    • DT Johnston 14 (16b 2x4)
    • WK McCallan 1 (1b)
    • SR Clark 4-0-11-1
    • GD McGrath 7-1-17-3

Here's slingshot Tait back into the attack

"Though there are many super fielders," Adeel rants, stamping his feet in fury, "but why is every 'magnificent fielding effort' compared to Jonty Rhodes?" Because he was the best of the modern era, Adeel.

14.1

Tait to McCallan, no run, a roar from Tait, as is his wont, but it's short and wide enough to be left alone with ease

14.2

Tait to McCallan, no run, tighter length and a touch fuller, left alone at the last moment

14.3

Tait to McCallan, 2 runs, very nicely played, just calmly driving this on the front foot through the infield, past cover, for a couple

14.4

Tait to McCallan, no run, flicked off his legs to Hodge who, rather impetuously, shies at the stumps but hits the batsman

The crowd voice their disapproval with a chorus of booing. And a super chorus it was too, resonating nicely

14.5

Tait to McCallan, 1 wide, an ugly, short, wide, lifting delivery which is easily left alone

14.5

Tait to McCallan, no run, oh nearly goddim there. A fearsome ball just outside off, full and fast which is clamped down upon at the very last moment, gets a bottom edge, and the ball very nearly shaves his off stump

14.6

Tait to McCallan, no run, but that's much better from McCallan, confidently (ish) forward and defended with a straight bat

End of over 15 (3 runs) Ireland 50/6 (RR: 3.33)

    • WK McCallan 3 (7b)
    • DT Johnston 14 (16b 2x4)
    • SW Tait 4-1-22-2
    • SR Clark 4-0-11-1

From the pace of Tait to the accuracy of Clark. Something like that, anyway

15.1

Clark to Johnston, no run, pushed easily to cover, but straight to cover

15.2

Clark to Johnston, no run, an attempted bouncer? Perhaps not quite short enough to be considered a bouncer, but nevertheless he shies away from it, dropping his hands low

Too short a delivery for someone of Clark's lesser pace

15.3

Clark to Johnston, no run, and another one which keeps low, rattling into his pads

15.4

Clark to Johnston, no run, ooh close! A play-and-a-miss outside off to a really fine leg-cutter, swinging further away after cutting

15.5

Clark to Johnston, no run, onto the front foot and he tries to clobber it but can only clatter it straight into the ground

15.6

Clark to Johnston, 3 runs, well played. A full toss worked off his legs, past the diving short midwicket; the Hogg runs around from deep square leg, tongue slavering out of his mouth like a Labrador

End of over 16 (3 runs) Ireland 53/6 (RR: 3.31)

    • DT Johnston 17 (22b 2x4)
    • WK McCallan 3 (7b)
    • SR Clark 5-0-14-1
    • SW Tait 4-1-22-2
16.1

Tait to Johnston, 1 wide, rubbish. Short, wide and wided by the umpire

16.1

Tait to Johnston, no run, much, much better, angling into the batsman and it actually holds its line there. Perhaps the batsman was expecting it to swing, or cut, away, as indicated by his attempt to hammer it off the back foot. And he missed

16.2

Tait to Johnston, no run, my word that was sharp; on middle stump, he tries to nudge it to leg but appears to get a thin edge which the slips, wicketkeeper and bowler all appeal for. Perhaps it brushed his pad

Mighty close and damn quick, too

16.3

Tait to Johnston, OUT, but he's got him this time. Clever bowling from Tait, sending it just a touch wider and enticing the drive. Johnston goes for an expansive slap through the covers, but instead the ball slaps into his stumps

DT Johnston b Tait 17 (30m 25b 2x4 0x6) SR: 68.00

Tait hardly bothers celebrating. Australia, to be fair, have hardly broken into a sweat yet

16.4

Tait to Mooney, 2 runs, excellent first nut, on leg stump, but it's squeezed out on the back foot, square of the wicket out into the off side

He was miles back in his crease there

16.5

Tait to Mooney, no run, on off stump, swinging back into the left hander who jumps back to leg, as though shocked by an electric pokery implement, and pushes i to leg

16.6

Tait to Mooney, 3 runs, neatly driven down the ground

End of over 17 (6 runs) Ireland 59/7 (RR: 3.47)

    • JF Mooney 5 (3b)
    • WK McCallan 3 (7b)
    • SW Tait 5-1-28-3
    • SR Clark 5-0-14-1
17.1

Clark to Mooney, no run, a classic Clark cutter, and a fine piece of alliteration there from Will, as this little off cutter just moves away from a tentative forward defence from the batsman

17.2

Clark to Mooney, no run, ever-so-slightly shorter, allowing him just a fraction more time to read the length and it's left alone. Wisely. Like an owl.

17.3

Clark to Mooney, no run, a nothing delivery, really, too wide of the off stump to threaten the batsman

He's going around the wicket and, quite honestly, who can blame him? It's a great place to be

17.4

Clark to Mooney, no run, short and wide, once again, and left alone

17.5

Clark to Mooney, no run, short, rising onto the left hander who punches it off the back foot to cover

17.6

Clark to Mooney, no run, forward on the front foot, if not quite to the pitch of the ball, and it's sliced to point

A maiden. But not the most threatening of overs

End of over 18 (maiden) Ireland 59/7 (RR: 3.27)

    • JF Mooney 5 (9b)
    • WK McCallan 3 (7b)
    • SR Clark 6-1-14-1
    • SW Tait 5-1-28-3
18.1

Tait to McCallan, no run, ooh that was quick. 92 mph, but looked faster, and swinging into the batsman who dug it out

18.2

Tait to McCallan, 1 run, nicely clunked to extra cover, and they set off for a single

Ponting and Hussey are having a laugh out there. It's like a Sunday net session for them...

Around the wicket

18.3

Tait to Mooney, 3 wides, well that's vicious, if wooly - not to mention wild. Short, and he ducks underneath it

18.3

Tait to Mooney, no run, much better; full, swinging into the left hander's off stump who somehow gets bat on it, inside-edging it onto his boot but fortunately not onto his pads

18.4

Tait to Mooney, 2 runs, terrific stop from Symonds at extra cover saves four. Mooney just pushed at it, seemingly without any power, but such is Tait's pace that it fairly sped off the bat

18.5

Tait to Mooney, FOUR, shot! That's what he was attempting the previous delivery, driving this on the up past Symonds this time. Fabulous shot

18.6

Tait to Mooney, 1 run, pushed out off the back foot and he screams through for a single

Nice piece of counter-attacking play from Ireland and Mooney there

End of over 19 (11 runs) Ireland 70/7 (RR: 3.68)

    • JF Mooney 12 (13b 1x4)
    • WK McCallan 4 (9b)
    • SW Tait 6-1-39-3
    • SR Clark 6-1-14-1

Here's Brad Hogg and his tongue, from over the wicket

19.1

Hogg to Mooney, no run, on off stump, he tries to paddle it but misses

19.2

Hogg to Mooney, no run, nearly! On middle-and-off, he came forward meekly and tried to defend it but the spin of the ball almost saw it wobble into his stumps

19.3

Hogg to Mooney, 1 run, pushed out to cover for a single

Still over the wicket to the right hander

19.4

Hogg to McCallan, no run, smothered by the batsman on the front foot

19.5

Hogg to McCallan, no run, the wrong'un which is misread by the batsman who plays and misses outside off

19.6

Hogg to McCallan, 1 run, swept just behind square

Symonds, easily the hairiest bowler in the world, is onto bowl. And out in the crowd is an Irish supporter (I'm assuming) with a hand print on his face. He looks quite ridiculous, and well done him for that

End of over 20 (2 runs) Ireland 72/7 (RR: 3.60)

    • WK McCallan 5 (12b)
    • JF Mooney 13 (16b 1x4)
    • GB Hogg 1-0-2-0
    • SW Tait 6-1-39-3

He's bowling his seamers by the way

20.1

Symonds to McCallan, no run, here comes Symonds, chugging in, and it's defended on the front foot

20.2

Symonds to McCallan, no run, good length, if slightly wide, and it's defended out to cover

20.3

Symonds to McCallan, no run, too straight but he can't make anything of it, nudging it to leg and straight to midwicket

20.4

Symonds to McCallan, no run, just a little too wide, but it's a good length from Symonds here, not allowing the batsman to drive

20.5

Symonds to McCallan, no run, but he does drive this time, though it's a little short to be doing so and it's aerially clubbed to cover

20.6

Symonds to McCallan, OUT, gone this time. McCallan was getting fed up with all this poking and prodding; a cemented front foot, a swing of the bat, the ball ballooning to mid-on who took a simple catch to his right

WK McCallan c Tait b Symonds 5 (32m 18b 0x4 0x6) SR: 27.77

Ah, it's Dave. Not enough Daves around

The end is nigh (which, in an Irish accent, might sound as though I'm saying 'now', which would also be appropriate)

End of over 21 (wicket maiden) Ireland 72/8 (RR: 3.42)

    • JF Mooney 13 (16b 1x4)
    • A Symonds 1-1-0-1
    • GB Hogg 1-0-2-0
21.1

Hogg to Langford-Smith, no run, turning back into the right hander who defends off the back foot

21.2

Hogg to Langford-Smith, 1 run, on leg stump, turned to short fine leg. Oh dear, it's Symonds there and they take him on - with a single, not in terms of asking him for a fight or anything - but his throw is wide

21.3

Hogg to Mooney, no run, big shout by Gilchrist to one he padded away

21.4

Hogg to Mooney, 1 run, pushed out to cover on the front foot

Still over the wicket to the right hander

21.5

Hogg to Langford-Smith, no run, on off stump and pushed calmly back to the bowler

21.6

Hogg to Langford-Smith, no run, short and wide but he misses out, playing and missing.

An awful lot of missing, really

End of over 22 (2 runs) Ireland 74/8 (RR: 3.36)

    • D Langford-Smith 1 (4b)
    • JF Mooney 14 (18b 1x4)
    • GB Hogg 2-0-4-0
    • A Symonds 1-1-0-1
22.1

Symonds to Mooney, 1 run, ooh nicely bowled, shaping back into the batsman but he played it quite competently; coming forward and angling it down to third man

22.2

Symonds to Langford-Smith, no run, very well bowled - a fuller length this time which is defended, or rather dug out

22.3

Symonds to Langford-Smith, 1 run, edged, but it doesn't carry, falling just short of the colossus that is Hayden at first slip

22.4

Symonds to Mooney, no run, crashed into the covers but he can't bisect it

22.5

Symonds to Mooney, no run, a play and a miss outside off - well bowled

22.6

Symonds to Mooney, FOUR, and he does get an edge this time, but it's wide of the lone slip

Why only one slip, Gnasher asks? And I quite agree. Get two, three, seven in there, especially with the shape Symonds is getting

End of over 23 (6 runs) Ireland 80/8 (RR: 3.47)

    • JF Mooney 19 (22b 2x4)
    • D Langford-Smith 2 (6b)
    • A Symonds 2-1-6-1
    • GB Hogg 2-0-4-0

Here's Dave. Come on Dave

23.1

Hogg to Langford-Smith, OUT, Dave's gone! Stepping back, not picking it at all, he tries to defend but it takes the outside edge, ballooning to Ricky Ponting at silly point

D Langford-Smith c Ponting b Hogg 2 (8m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 28.57

Not even Dave can hold up Australia here

Here's Boyd Rankin, all 6ft 8 of him. Now is a good time to remind you of the lowest World Cup totals

23.2

Hogg to Rankin, no run, huge appeal - a quicker one which raps him on the pad. And that looks absolutely dead, but Rudi doesn't like it

23.3

Hogg to Rankin, no run, forward come Rankin, playing it with impressively soft hands (perhaps I'm being overly generous there), to one just falling short of slip

23.4

Hogg to Rankin, no run, solidly defended this time

23.5

Hogg to Rankin, 1 wide, drifting down the leg side

23.5

Hogg to Rankin, no run, terrific ball, the wrong'un, not picked by Rankin who plays and misses

23.6

Hogg to Rankin, no run, pushed out to leg

End of over 24 (1 run) Ireland 81/9 (RR: 3.37)

    • WB Rankin 0 (5b)
    • JF Mooney 19 (22b 2x4)
    • GB Hogg 3-0-5-1
    • A Symonds 2-1-6-1
24.1

Symonds to Mooney, 1 run, firmly punched on the front foot, square of the wicket

24.2

Symonds to Rankin, no run, and it's left alone outside off. Just a hint of away movement there

24.3

Symonds to Rankin, no run, just a bit of wobble back into the left hander who is cautiously forward, poking it out to cover

24.4

Symonds to Rankin, no run, well that's a belting delivery from Symonds, an inducker which completely beats Rankin

Mere inches away there

24.5

Symonds to Rankin, no run, a tighter line this time which Rankin blocks out on the front foot

24.6

Symonds to Rankin, no run, a swing, a miss, and Rankin survives

With immense enthusiasm, it's Jennifer into the chair. Thanks Willo, heroic wicket-taking there. Meanwhile, I've killed so many machines in the interim I'm going to change my name to Sarah Connor

End of over 25 (1 run) Ireland 82/9 (RR: 3.28)

    • WB Rankin 0 (10b)
    • JF Mooney 20 (23b 2x4)
    • A Symonds 3-1-7-1
    • GB Hogg 3-0-5-1
25.1

Hogg to Mooney, no run, poked down off the back foot

Ah, there's Big Merv. Always guaranteed to make you smile, unless he's running in to bowl at you (I'd imagine)

25.2

Hogg to Mooney, no run, left alone outside off

25.3

Hogg to Mooney, no run, turns into the lefthander and there's a cry of "Catch" as he plays it down towards square

25.4

Hogg to Mooney, no run, another premature "Catch!" for one which is cut down to gully

25.5

Hogg to Mooney, no run, hits him outside off and he's sweeping - that doesn't stop the shouts of "Howzat", though, vain as they are

25.6

Hogg to Mooney, no run, ooh, rushes that one past the outside edge, the batsman cuts under it and Mark Nicholas believes that's "Great fun" to watch

Clark back into the attack

End of over 26 (maiden) Ireland 82/9 (RR: 3.15)

    • JF Mooney 20 (29b 2x4)
    • WB Rankin 0 (10b)
    • GB Hogg 4-1-5-1
    • A Symonds 3-1-7-1
26.1

Clark to Rankin, no run, right on the money immediately and that's left alone outside off

26.2

Clark to Rankin, no run, extraordinary stuff. The batsman nearly gets an own goal by nodding the ball back onto the sticks; it rushes straight down and nurdles just past. Ponting picks up the ricochet and tries to shy down the non-striker's end

26.3

Clark to Rankin, 2 runs, a direct hit, again, would have had them in trouble, this time from Hussey at mid-off, but he misses and there are overthrows

26.4

Clark to Rankin, no run, left alone outside off

26.5

Clark to Rankin, no run, outside off, the batsman just prods behind his leg, getting right inside the line of the ball

26.6

Clark to Rankin, no run, straight and that's outside edged - almost controlled - down to GD at third man, but they decide not to take the run for striker reasons

End of over 27 (2 runs) Ireland 84/9 (RR: 3.11)

    • WB Rankin 2 (16b)
    • JF Mooney 20 (29b 2x4)
    • SR Clark 7-1-16-1
    • GB Hogg 4-1-5-1
27.1

Hogg to Mooney, no run, outside off and that's rushed through, Brad and his tongue liking that one

27.2

Hogg to Mooney, 2 runs, worked off the toes round down to fine leg and they scamper through two

27.3

Hogg to Mooney, no run, "How?" they cry but zat's missing leg stump - great flipper, nevertheless, pushing the batsman back, skidding on quickly

27.4

Hogg to Mooney, no run, a hoick and a miss - trying to slash from outside off to leg

27.5

Hogg to Mooney, no run, played down to gully

27.6

Hogg to Mooney, 2 wides, chased that down leg, but it's wide all the same

Lots of men in the canary yellow close in, ready to swoop

27.6

Hogg to Rankin, no run, driven out to long-off

End of over 28 (4 runs) Ireland 88/9 (RR: 3.14)

    • WB Rankin 2 (17b)
    • JF Mooney 22 (34b 2x4)
    • GB Hogg 5-1-9-1
    • SR Clark 7-1-16-1
28.1

Clark to Mooney, no run, prodded into short midwicket

28.2

Clark to Mooney, no run, right up there, straight as you like

28.3

Clark to Mooney, no run, driven to cover

28.4

Clark to Mooney, 1 run, driven through cover but there's a straight throw which comes back in just over the stumps, nice work

28.5

Clark to Rankin, no run, driven back to the bowler

28.6

Clark to Rankin, 2 runs, slower ball, a touch short and that's driven out in front of midwicket for two. Clap up the 90, etc

End of over 29 (3 runs) Ireland 91/9 (RR: 3.13)

    • WB Rankin 4 (19b)
    • JF Mooney 23 (38b 2x4)
    • SR Clark 8-1-19-1
    • GB Hogg 5-1-9-1
29.1

Hogg to Mooney, no run, driven into the covers and that's picked up tidily enough

29.2

Hogg to Mooney, no run, pushed onto the back foot

29.3

Hogg to Mooney, no run, Rudi Koertzen's a kidder. That one's curved past the outside edge, Gilchrist thinks it's out and the umpire shapes to give it so, but decides he's just moving his left arm. Gilchrist can't believe it

29.4

Hogg to Mooney, no run, genuine edge, falling short of Hayden at first slip

29.5

Hogg to Mooney, no run, turned round to short fine leg

29.6

Hogg to Mooney, OUT, driven to mid-off and Tait shies down the stumps on the bounce; that's well out

JF Mooney run out 23 (53m 44b 2x4 0x6) SR: 52.27

Hussey indeed has been boosted up the order - he's opening, and will do so with Adam Gilchrist. It's Langford-Smith with the ball.

Don't know about canary yellow, but that performance was Australian gold, my friends.

Did Glenn McGrath enjoy that? "Yeah, no, felt good." He certainly enjoyed the surface. "Bit of bounce early on, was good to get some early wickets."

Hussey and Symonds may be boosted up the order to give them some practice. A ten-minute changeover then, don't go away, well, maybe as far as the kettle.

While we're waiting, Venu, from the States, has a point. "I think a hair-off between Malinga and Symmonds would be too close to call".

End of over 30 (wicket maiden) Ireland 91/10 (RR: 3.03)

    • WB Rankin 4 (19b)
    • GB Hogg 6-2-9-1
    • SR Clark 8-1-19-1
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