ICC World Cup - 47th match, Super Eights

Australia v New Zealand

Australia won by 215 runs

Right... all set. The chase is about to get underway

0.1

Bracken to Fulton, no run, starts off in the channel outside off stump, Fulton doesn't like the programming and lets it go past him

0.2

Bracken to Fulton, no run, And again. Much closer to the off stump this time. The next one should be interesting. I think he will take it away again.

0.3

Bracken to Fulton, no run, nope. He bends this one back in from middle and leg, it thuds into the pad as Fulton tries to work it to on side and rolls away to square-leg

0.4

Bracken to Fulton, 2 runs, punched away. Short in length, landed outside off stump, moves away, Fulton stands tall, gets close to the line and forces it away off the back foot, through cover point.

0.5

Bracken to Fulton, no run, back to regular programming. Whizzes past the off stump, left alone

0.6

Bracken to Fulton, no run, back of length, outside off stump, angling away, Fulton pushes at it, bat-face shuts and rolls over the leg side

Brendan carter disses Hussey: "I am an Australian supporter, but Hussey is still hideously out of form. That was the ugliest 30 odd i have seen, cost us at least 45. Watson on the other hand, coming back from injury batted the best i have seen."

End of over 1 (2 runs) New Zealand 2/0 (347 runs required from 49 overs, RR: 2.00, RRR: 7.08)
PG Fulton    2* (6b)      NW Bracken    1-0-2-0
SP Fleming    0* (0b)     

Kumaran is on drugs: "If NZ takes 349 in 27.1 overs (RR 12.84), they'll beat Aus by Net RR and will play against SA in semi. Aus will take SL."

1.1

Tait to Fleming, no run, short of length, outside the off stump, Fleming drops his wrists and lets it sail past him. He then practises a cut shot. Hindsight is so wonderful.

1.2

Tait to Fleming, no run, fuller, closer to the off stump, Fleming leans forward and shoulders arms at the last minute

1.3

Tait to Fleming, 1 run, kicks up from short of length, on the middle and leg, jabbed away behind square-leg. He took out the bottom-hand of the handle and fended it away

1.4

Tait to Fulton, 1 wide, banged in short, lost control at the release, right arm fell over at an awkward angle and the ball slips down leg side. It's Tait. By this time you would have got used to all this.

1.4

Tait to Fulton, no run, again banged in short, it whizzes just past the leg stump, Very close to the body and Asad Rauf thinks its too close to call a wide.

1.5

Tait to Fulton, no run, fuller, on a length, outside the off stump, goes on straight, left alone

1.6

Tait to Fulton, 1 run, hits the deck short of length, kicks up just below chest, on the middle and leg, Fulton stands on his toes, gets on top of the bounce, tucks it behind square-leg

End of over 2 (3 runs) New Zealand 5/0 (344 runs required from 48 overs, RR: 2.50, RRR: 7.16)
PG Fulton    3* (9b)      SW Tait    1-0-3-0
SP Fleming    1* (3b)      NW Bracken    1-0-2-0

2.1

Bracken to Fulton, 1 run, On the middle and leg, fullish, Fleming leans across, falls over a touch, flicks to square-leg

2.2

Bracken to Fleming, no run

2.3

Bracken to Fleming, SIX, No falling over this time. He leans across to a full-pitched delivery on middle and leg and picks it up over midwicket. It flies over the ropes. Nonchalantly hit.

2.4

Bracken to Fleming, no run, leans across, pushes a length-delivery to cover

2.5

Bracken to Fleming, 1 run, full and outside off stump, Fleming glides towards the line, drives powerfully to left of mid-off

2.6

Bracken to Fulton, 3 runs, slightly slower, on the off stump line, short in length and Fulton punches it through covers. All the force was given at the point of impact. The bat came down and he punched on contact. Fisted it through.

End of over 3 (11 runs) New Zealand 16/0 (333 runs required from 47 overs, RR: 5.33, RRR: 7.08)
PG Fulton    7* (11b)      NW Bracken    2-0-13-0
SP Fleming    8* (7b 1x6)      SW Tait    1-0-3-0

3.1

Tait to Fulton, 1 run, banged in short, at the body, on middle and leg, Fulton is caught in a tangle but he adjusts to swipe it away, pulls it away with a bit of top edge to fine leg

3.2

Tait to Fleming, FOUR, edged past second slip. Full in length, slanting away from Fleming who shuffled across, had a flash and it flew past Ponting. It would have gone straight to third slip. Tait is not amused. Bouncer coming up, surely.

3.3

Tait to Fleming, OUT, gets him with a bouncer. Fleming is not happy. Banged in short, on the middle and off, Fleming tries to pull off the front foot, the ball bounces more than he anticipated, and thudded into his left arm before bobbing away to Ponting at second slip. They go up in appeal and Aleem Dar raises the fatal finger. No wonder Fleming was not happy, it beat the bat and went off the arm.

SP Fleming c Ponting b Tait 12 (18m 9b 1x4 1x6) SR: 133.33

3.4

Tait to Taylor, no run, fuller, on the middle and leg stump line, Taylor tries to flick it, loses balance in the process, falls over a touch and inside-edges it on to the pad. Can we play straight when we are new to the crease please?!

3.5

Tait to Taylor, no run, Fires in a 151 k bouncer, ducked under

3.6

Tait to Taylor, no run, full-pitched on the middle and leg, flicked to right of Hussey, who is standing at backward square-leg and he dives to make the stop.

End of over 4 (5 runs) New Zealand 21/1 (328 runs required from 46 overs, RR: 5.25, RRR: 7.13)
LRPL Taylor    0* (3b)      SW Tait    2-0-8-1
PG Fulton    8* (12b)      NW Bracken    2-0-13-0

4.1

Bracken to Fulton, no run, full in length, on the middle and off, moves towards off, Fulton leans forward, pats it towards cover. NZ need a further 328 to win

4.2

Bracken to Fulton, FOUR, pulled away. Short in length, on the middle and off and Fulton leant back to pull it just behind square.

4.3

Bracken to Fulton, no run, length-delivery, on the middle and off, pushed back to the bowler

4.4

Bracken to Fulton, 1 run, off break, lands on middle and off, moves away towards off, punched past the bowler

4.5

Bracken to Taylor, no run, 121 k delivery, on a length, around middle stump line, moves away towards middle and off, worked towards midwicket

4.6

Bracken to Taylor, 3 runs, fuller, pushed across Taylor who jumps at it, slices it through point. Clarke gives the chase, pulls it back.

End of over 5 (8 runs) New Zealand 29/1 (320 runs required from 45 overs, RR: 5.80, RRR: 7.11)
LRPL Taylor    3* (5b)      NW Bracken    3-0-21-0
PG Fulton    13* (16b 1x4)      SW Tait    2-0-8-1

5.1

McGrath to Taylor, OUT, McGrath gets a wicket off his first ball. Wicket no 66 for him in World cups. Banged in short, Taylor is on the front foot, goes for a pull from there and hits straight to midwicket. McGrath is obviously happy. Looks at the batsman, claps before running away towards the catcher.

LRPL Taylor c Hussey b McGrath 3 (8m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

5.2

McGrath to Styris, 2 runs, Another short pitched stuff, even better, just outside off stump, but Styris pulls it in front of square

As you would have noticed, I goofed up. This is McGrath's 66th wicket in World cup. not in this one. Now that would be a carnage. So please hold your mails.

5.3

McGrath to Styris, 1 no ball, outside the offstump, goes for a drive but doesn't connect

5.3

McGrath to Styris, no run, again outside off, left alone this time

5.4

McGrath to Styris, no run, lands on a length, outside off stump, cuts in a touch, Styris lunges forward, it gets big on him and he lets it go through to Gilchrist

5.5

McGrath to Styris, FOUR, crack. Well outside the off stump and Styris frees his arm at the width. It screams through cover.

5.6

McGrath to Styris, no run, bottom-edge but it didn't carry to Gilchrist. Just short of the lunging keeper. It was short in length and outside off, Styris pulled it, got a bottom-edge and luckily, for him ie, it fell just short.

End of over 6 (7 runs) New Zealand 36/2 (313 runs required from 44 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 7.11)
SB Styris    6* (6b 1x4)      GD McGrath    1-0-7-1
PG Fulton    13* (16b 1x4)      NW Bracken    3-0-21-0

6.1

Bracken to Fulton, no run, full in length, on the off stump, punched to mid-off

There is one slip in place.

6.2

Bracken to Fulton, FOUR, edged between Gilchrist and a diving Hayden, who is standing wide at second slip position. Full in length, breaks away as Bracken delivers with a off break action, Fulton goes for a drive on the up and got an outside edge

6.3

Bracken to Fulton, 1 run

6.4

Bracken to Styris, 1 wide, way outside the off stump, left alone

HRG: Shane Watson and Tom Moody share the Australian record for the fastest fifty in terms of balls faced in World Cup. 28 balls. Moody scored against Bangladesh in 1999

6.4

Bracken to Styris, no run, closer to the off stump, punched to cover

6.5

Bracken to Styris, no run, outside the off stump, left alone

HRG again: Australia's 348 is the highest ever scored by a team against NZ in World Cup.

6.6

Bracken to Styris, no run, off cutter, slower one, 114 k, on the off stump line, guided to point

End of over 7 (6 runs) New Zealand 42/2 (307 runs required from 43 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 7.13)
SB Styris    6* (9b 1x4)      NW Bracken    4-0-27-0
PG Fulton    18* (19b 2x4)      GD McGrath    1-0-7-1

7.1

McGrath to Fulton, 1 run, fullish, well outside off stump, Fulton drives to left of mid-off

7.2

McGrath to Styris, FOUR, full and outside the off stump, Styris glides forward and square-drives past point. he waited a touch on it to get the placement right. Very well played

7.3

McGrath to Styris, FOUR, And again. On a length, outside the off stump, Styris thrusted his left leg across and punches it on the up past point.

7.4

McGrath to Styris, 2 runs, well outside the off stump, on a length, carved away to wide third man

7.5

McGrath to Styris, no run, 133k, length-delivery, around the off stump, closer this time, left alone

Ananda: "I am a Scientist by profession. I beleive the Lechattelier principle. Every reaction has a opposie reaction. For Aussies, this means they cant perform like this all the time. Their down fall starts from Worldcup Final 2007 with Sri Lanka. Trust me on this one (hope at least you nerds publish this one!"

Nerd? Boss, you are the scientist! You can dream on, I hope your nightmare doesn't come true! What's wrong with Australia playing the way they are doing. It might get boring at times, seeing them dominate so much, I can understand but I hope they don't fall off. Remember how the West Indies fell from the perch and now nearly everybody is hoping and praying they get back to the top.

7.6

McGrath to Styris, no run

End of over 8 (11 runs) New Zealand 53/2 (296 runs required from 42 overs, RR: 6.62, RRR: 7.04)
SB Styris    16* (14b 3x4)      GD McGrath    2-0-18-1
PG Fulton    19* (20b 2x4)      NW Bracken    4-0-27-0

8.1

Tait to Fulton, 1 wide, way outside the off stump. Wide. Tait. Are they synonyms?

8.1

Tait to Fulton, FOUR, Whack. Brutal pull. Short in length, just outside the off stump and Fulton swivelled and pulled it in front of the square.

8.2

Tait to Fulton, 1 run, short of length, outside the off stump, holds its line, Fulton goes back and across, slashes it down to third man

8.3

Tait to Styris, FOUR, Up.. .up and over square-leg and gravity brought it down just before the ropes. Short in length, outside off stump, Styris goes for a pull and gets under it a touch, and ends up skying it high.

8.4

Tait to Styris, 1 run, fuller, on the middle stump line, driven to wide of mid-on

8.5

Tait to Fulton, 1 run, almost at the yorker-length, on the middle stump line, worked to midwicket

8.6

Tait to Styris, 1 no ball, No ball called. Asad Rauf gets it wrong. He had some part of the feet planted behind the line. Hmm... short of length, outside off stump, left alone. The back foot also just cleared the return crease.

8.6

Tait to Styris, FOUR, full-pitched, on the middle and Styris goes down the ground with a pleasing drive past the bowler.

End of over 9 (17 runs) New Zealand 70/2 (279 runs required from 41 overs, RR: 7.77, RRR: 6.80)
SB Styris    25* (18b 5x4)      SW Tait    3-0-25-1
PG Fulton    25* (23b 3x4)      GD McGrath    2-0-18-1

9.1

McGrath to Fulton, no run

9.2

McGrath to Fulton, 2 runs, Overpitched outside off and Fulton creams it through cover. He is looking good. No.. Kiwi fans .. I am not woofing him.

9.3

McGrath to Fulton, no run, on a length, around off stump line, punched to cover

9.4

McGrath to Fulton, 1 run, slower, full and on the off and middle, driven to mid-on

9.5

McGrath to Styris, 1 run, banged in short, it rises above waist-high, pulled to deep square-leg. Styris reaches the other end and suggests he should have placed it better.

9.6

McGrath to Fulton, 1 run, full in length, on the middle, pushed down the ground. McGrath goes up in appeal for a lbw, but imo the ball hit the bat first.

End of over 10 (5 runs) New Zealand 75/2 (274 runs required from 40 overs, RR: 7.50, RRR: 6.85)
PG Fulton    29* (28b 3x4)      GD McGrath    3-0-23-1
SB Styris    26* (19b 5x4)      SW Tait    3-0-25-1

10.1

Tait to Fulton, no run, full in length, outside the offstump line, driven to cover

10.2

Tait to Fulton, no run

10.3

Tait to Fulton, no run, full in length, on the stumps, defended back to the bowler

Chinmay: "If NZ wins today then I am going to celebrate their victory by going to Temple and distributing Prasaad!" Prasaad is distributing sweets or such.

10.4

Tait to Fulton, 1 run, That's mighty close. It hit the pad first. Full in length, lands just outside off stump, slants in, Fulton goes for a drive, bat comes outside the line, the ball thuds into the pad in front of off stump. Hmm.. that was hitting the middle. Maybe the umpire Rauf thought it was hitting him outside the off stump.

10.5

Tait to Styris, no run, fullish, on the middle and off, pushedb back to the bowler

10.6

Tait to Styris, 1 run

End of over 11 (2 runs) New Zealand 77/2 (272 runs required from 39 overs, RR: 7.00, RRR: 6.97)
SB Styris    27* (21b 5x4)      SW Tait    4-0-27-1
PG Fulton    30* (32b 3x4)      GD McGrath    3-0-23-1

11.1

McGrath to Styris, OUT, Victim no 67 in the World Cups. Styris charged out a length-delivery, had a heave, got a bottom-edge and flies straight to Hayden at short midwicket.

SB Styris c Hayden b McGrath 27 (30m 22b 5x4 0x6) SR: 122.72

11.2

McGrath to McMillan, no run, greets McMillan with a yorker. Late in swing as well, on the middle stump line, jabbed away to the on side

11.3

McGrath to McMillan, no run, McMillan backs away, this is just his second ball. McGrath fires it outside off stump, he reaches it, carves it to point

11.4

McGrath to McMillan, no run, driven straight to short extra cover, full from McGrath and keeping it tight

11.5

McGrath to McMillan, 1 run, backs away again and cuts it to third man for a single. McMillan has arrived as if he's a man on a mission. Daring in every sense

11.6

McGrath to Fulton, 1 run, full on middle, turned away to square leg for a single

End of over 12 (2 runs) New Zealand 79/3 (270 runs required from 38 overs, RR: 6.58, RRR: 7.10)
PG Fulton    31* (33b 3x4)      GD McGrath    4-0-25-2
CD McMillan    1* (4b)      SW Tait    4-0-27-1

12.1

Tait to Fulton, no run, full and swinging from outside off, driven back to the bowler

12.2

Tait to Fulton, 1 run, short outside off and that's a whistling pull shot from Fulton. Sweeper cleans up in the square leg boundary.

12.3

Tait to McMillan, OUT, nailed 'em. Full length ball pitching on off and rattling McMillan's pads. It strikes him on middle and, despite Tait delivering from a wide angle, it would have gone on to hit leg stump. Asad Rauf waits for the long appeal to subside before lifting the finger. It's the slowest death of all and McMillan has to go. Tait has struck

CD McMillan lbw b Tait 1 (6m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 20.00

Franklin comes in, a promotion for him there

12.4

Tait to Franklin, 2 runs, short ball and it's pulled away to square for a couple. Not in control of the shot

12.5

Tait to Franklin, 1 wide, wide outside off, wayward this time

12.5

Tait to Franklin, no run, full ball on off, driven to short extra cover. Can't beat the fielder

12.6

Tait to Franklin, no run, defended to covers

End of over 13 (4 runs) New Zealand 83/4 (266 runs required from 37 overs, RR: 6.38, RRR: 7.18)
JEC Franklin    2* (3b)      SW Tait    5-0-31-2
PG Fulton    32* (35b 3x4)      GD McGrath    4-0-25-2

13.1

Hogg to Fulton, no run, on the middle and leg, flicked to short fine leg

13.2

Hogg to Fulton, 1 run

13.3

Hogg to Franklin, no run, lands on the off stump, spins away sharply, pushed to mid-off

13.4

Hogg to Franklin, 1 run, fuller, flighted, swept with a bit of inside-edge to behind square-leg

13.5

Hogg to Fulton, 1 run, tossed-up, on the middle, flicked past midwicket

13.6

Hogg to Franklin, 1 run, slightly short, on the off and middle, worked through midwicket region

End of over 14 (4 runs) New Zealand 87/4 (262 runs required from 36 overs, RR: 6.21, RRR: 7.27)
JEC Franklin    4* (6b)      GB Hogg    1-0-4-0
PG Fulton    34* (38b 3x4)      SW Tait    5-0-31-2

14.1

Watson to Franklin, no run

Narinder: "Le Chatelier's principle is more about balance and less about opposite reaction..the latter was Newton's forte. Regarding the Australians, I think they are obeying the Le's principle rather naturally...any well balanced team that does extraordinary in both bowling and batting is always going to head to the top until players get unfit....so taking out the unfortunate accidents, I think australians have a great team and it will always be a challenge for any team to stand up to them."

duh! I somehow missed that. Assumed he was talking about Mr Newton. Mr Ananda! Nerd? Yeah right!

14.2

Watson to Franklin, 2 runs, short of length, on the off stump line, punched through midwicket

14.3

Watson to Franklin, OUT, done by the change of pace. Around 111k slower one, full and outside off, Franklin goes for a drive, is early into the stroke, gets a inside-edge and drags on to the stumps. Five down and boy are they wobbling or what?

JEC Franklin b Watson 6 (11m 9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

14.4

Watson to McCullum, no run, fullish, outside off, driven to cover. Watson appeals for a lbw, he thinks the ball hit the pad first. He was right but the point of impact was just outside off stump. Asad Rauf gets it right.

14.5

Watson to McCullum, 1 wide, way down the leg side.

More on the Le Chatelier's principle From Satyajit: "If a chemical system at equilibrium experiences a change in concentration, temperature,volume, or total pressure; the equilibrium will shift in order to minimize that change"

Ok, I promise no more of science lessons, back to discussing pubs ... er cricket.

14.5

Watson to McCullum, no run

14.6

Watson to McCullum, 2 runs, on the middle and leg, worked through midwicket region

End of over 15 (5 runs) New Zealand 92/5 (257 runs required from 35 overs, RR: 6.13, RRR: 7.34)
BB McCullum    2* (3b)      SR Watson    1-0-5-1
PG Fulton    34* (38b 3x4)      GB Hogg    1-0-4-0

15.1

Hogg to Fulton, 1 run, full and outside off, Fulton thrashes it down the ground to McGrath at long on

15.2

Hogg to McCullum, no run

15.3

Hogg to McCullum, 1 run, loopy delivery, dips on the middle, driven to cover point

15.4

Hogg to Fulton, no run, leans forward, drives to backward point

15.5

Hogg to Fulton, 2 runs, slightly short and pulled away to left of long leg

15.6

Hogg to Fulton, 2 runs, low dipping full-toss, outside off stump, Fulton drives, it runs off the bottom half of the bat through point

End of over 16 (6 runs) New Zealand 98/5 (251 runs required from 34 overs, RR: 6.12, RRR: 7.38)
PG Fulton    39* (42b 3x4)      GB Hogg    2-0-10-0
BB McCullum    3* (5b)      SR Watson    1-0-5-1

16.1

Watson to McCullum, no run, full in length, outside the off stump, McCullum squaredrives but can't beat Clarke at point who dives to his right

16.2

Watson to McCullum, 1 run, McCullum walks down the track, Watson hits the deck short of length, on the off sutmp line, stabs at it, gets a inside-edge to fine leg

16.3

Watson to Fulton, 1 run, on the off and middle, short of length, Fulton shuffles across, tucks it past square-leg

16.4

Watson to McCullum, no run

16.5

Watson to McCullum, no run, length-delivery, outside off stump, comes in a touch, McCullum gets across, pushes at it and it hits the pad, but outside the off stump

16.6

Watson to McCullum, no run, And again, the ball rolls over towards cover.

End of over 17 (2 runs) New Zealand 100/5 (249 runs required from 33 overs, RR: 5.88, RRR: 7.54)
BB McCullum    4* (10b)      SR Watson    2-0-7-1
PG Fulton    40* (43b 3x4)      GB Hogg    2-0-10-0

The 2nd Powerplay has not been taken yet.

17.1

Hogg to Fulton, 2 runs, on the leg stump line, paddled away to fine leg

17.2

Hogg to Fulton, 1 run, on the middle, turns in, clipped to long leg

17.3

Hogg to McCullum, no run, floated outside off stump, McCullum shapes to nudge it to off side, gets an inside edge as the ball turns in

17.4

Hogg to McCullum, no run, on the middle and off, dabbed to the off side

Silly point in place.

17.5

Hogg to McCullum, 1 run, tossed up outside off stump and swept away to long leg

17.6

Hogg to Fulton, 1 run, And again.

End of over 18 (5 runs) New Zealand 105/5 (244 runs required from 32 overs, RR: 5.83, RRR: 7.62)
PG Fulton    44* (46b 3x4)      GB Hogg    3-0-15-0
BB McCullum    5* (13b)      SR Watson    2-0-7-1

18.1

Watson to Fulton, no run, fullish, outside off stump, driven to cover

18.2

Watson to Fulton, no run, on the middle stump line, flicked straight to midwicket

18.3

Watson to Fulton, 2 runs, slightly slower one, outside off stump, stabbed away to backward point region

18.4

Watson to Fulton, no run

18.5

Watson to Fulton, 2 runs, slipping on to the pads, glanced away behind square-leg

18.6

Watson to Fulton, no run, short of length, outside offstump, punched to point where Symonds fields.

End of over 19 (4 runs) New Zealand 109/5 (240 runs required from 31 overs, RR: 5.73, RRR: 7.74)
PG Fulton    48* (52b 3x4)      SR Watson    3-0-11-1
BB McCullum    5* (13b)      GB Hogg    3-0-15-0

19.1

Hogg to McCullum, no run, loud shout for a catch at silly point. McCullum charged down the track, Hogg dragged back the length and it spun in with bit of bounce, McCullum tries to tuck ti to on side, misses and it bobs off the thigh pad and Ponting dives to grab it. Hogg appeals but ..

19.2

Hogg to McCullum, 2 runs, spins down the leg side, tucked to fine leg

19.3

Hogg to McCullum, OUT, McCullum slog sweeps straight to Hussey at deep midwicket. Flighted up, on the off stump line and McCullum tries to sweep it to deep square-leg, instead it flies to deep midwicket.

BB McCullum c Hussey b Hogg 7 (19m 16b 0x4 0x6) SR: 43.75

19.4

Hogg to Vettori, no run, on the off stump line, dabbed to backward point

Swapnil Shah: "NZ cannot always field first and concede such freakish scores and try to chase it down. They will falter as they lose wickets. Admitted, They have performed admirably in the face of injuries but they need Bond & Oram back in this bowling line up. Good job by Patel. Drop the two Ms and then who have a championship contender in the business end of the WC."

Of course today they had no choice. Ponting won the toss.

19.5

Hogg to Vettori, FOUR, short and Vettori pulls it fiercely, almost took out Ponting at short leg, to midwicket boundary

19.6

Hogg to Vettori, no run, almost fools him with the googly. It landed outside off stump, broke back in, Vettori is cramped for room and ends up jabbing it away

End of over 20 (6 runs) New Zealand 115/6 (234 runs required from 30 overs, RR: 5.75, RRR: 7.80)
DL Vettori    4* (3b 1x4)      GB Hogg    4-0-21-1
PG Fulton    48* (52b 3x4)      SR Watson    3-0-11-1

20.1

Watson to Fulton, no run, on a length, around off stump, driven to mid-on

20.2

Watson to Fulton, 2 runs, leans forward to a length-delivery outside off, punches it through backward point. Fifty up for Fulton. 2nd World cup fifty and the 4th one against Australia

20.3

Watson to Fulton, no run, fuller and outside off stump, square-driven to Symonds at cover point

20.4

Watson to Fulton, no run, on a length, outside off stump, pushed to cover

20.5

Watson to Fulton, no run, bouncer, on the leg and middle line, ducked under

20.6

Watson to Fulton, no run, full-pitched outside off stump, driven straight to cover

End of over 21 (2 runs) New Zealand 117/6 (232 runs required from 29 overs, RR: 5.57, RRR: 8.00)
PG Fulton    50* (58b 3x4)      SR Watson    4-0-13-1
DL Vettori    4* (3b 1x4)      GB Hogg    4-0-21-1

21.1

Hogg to Vettori, OUT, Another one goes down. Vettori heads for the dressing room. Hogg flighted it, on the off stump line, Vettori goes for a sweep but top-edges it to Symonds at backward square-leg.

DL Vettori c Symonds b Hogg 4 (7m 4b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

21.2

Hogg to Gillespie, no run, turns in from outside off, gets a inside edge on to the pad

21.3

Hogg to Gillespie, no run, tossed-up, outside off, driven to mid-off

slip, short leg and a short cover in place

21.4

Hogg to Gillespie, no run, huge shout for a catch at short leg. On the middle and leg, Gillespie tries to paddle it away, misses and it bobs of the thigh pad to Ponting under the helmet.

21.5

Hogg to Gillespie, no run

21.6

Hogg to Gillespie, no run, turns in from outside off, Gillespie goes back, nudges it to the off side

End of over 22 (wicket maiden) New Zealand 117/7 (232 runs required from 28 overs, RR: 5.31, RRR: 8.28)
MR Gillespie    0* (5b)      GB Hogg    5-1-21-2
PG Fulton    50* (58b 3x4)      SR Watson    4-0-13-1

22.1

Watson to Fulton, no run, on the off stump line, tucked to square-leg

22.2

Watson to Fulton, no run, on the off stump line, comes in a touch, punched back to the bowler

22.3

Watson to Fulton, FOUR, Whipped away. Back of length, on the middle and off stump line, Fulton waits for it before whipping to deep midwicket. Very well placed.

22.4

Watson to Fulton, 1 run, length-delivery outside off stump, pushed through the cover region

22.5

Watson to Gillespie, 1 run

22.6

Watson to Fulton, 1 run, on the middle and off, turned to right of mid-on where Hogg makes the stop and fires in an throw at non-striker's end. Misses.

Mark, our kiwi in denver is back:" Ok, this Kiwi in Denver suddenly remembers he can't go to any bars today...um, work stuff... but how about September for the rugby world cup?"

Good one! Well done us!

End of over 23 (7 runs) New Zealand 124/7 (225 runs required from 27 overs, RR: 5.39, RRR: 8.33)
PG Fulton    56* (63b 4x4)      SR Watson    5-0-20-1
MR Gillespie    1* (6b)      GB Hogg    5-1-21-2

23.1

Hogg to Fulton, 1 run, spins in from outside off, Fulton goes back, waits for the turn, tucks it behind square-leg

23.2

Hogg to Gillespie, 1 run, on the middle and leg, clipped to behind square-leg

23.3

Hogg to Fulton, no run, fuller, on the off stump line, flicked to the on side

23.4

Hogg to Fulton, 1 run, shortish, on the leg and middle, lapped around the corner, behind square-leg

23.5

Hogg to Gillespie, OUT, googly does the trick. Floated up, on the middle, Gillespie has a slog-sweep across the line and ends up lobbing a dolly to McGrath at mid-on.

MR Gillespie c McGrath b Hogg 2 (9m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

23.6

Hogg to Fulton, 1 wide, down the leg side, spins away, Fulton lets it go past him. Wide called.

23.6

Hogg to Fulton, FOUR, slightly short, on the middle and leg, Fulton pulls, in the air, past square-leg. Catch it was Gilchrist's call ..... er... can we get the opposition get a few boundaries at least?

End of over 24 (8 runs) New Zealand 132/8 (217 runs required from 26 overs, RR: 5.50, RRR: 8.34)
PG Fulton    62* (67b 5x4)      GB Hogg    6-1-29-3
MJ Mason    0* (0b)      SR Watson    5-0-20-1

24.1

Tait to Mason, no run, full, 138.7 kph, on the off and middle, dug out back to the bowler

24.2

Tait to Mason, no run, off cutter, on the off and middle, defended back to the bowler

Ameera, from T&T, writes in: "... when Australia's playing, I hear that song from Men at Work in my head "they come from the land down under... can't you hear the thunder? You better run, and take cover." They should adopt it as their theme song, and everytime Hayden walks out to bat, they should be playing it."

24.3

Tait to Mason, 1 wide, banged in short but it sails down leg side

24.3

Tait to Mason, no run, fuller, on the off stump line, cuts in, driven to mid-off

24.4

Tait to Mason, no run, from wide of the crease, on the middle, turned towards midwicket.

Harshdeep throws in this stat: "In case you don't know, Australia today became most ODI matches playing country beating Pakistan's record of 656 ODI's. This is Australia's 657th ODI."

24.5

Tait to Mason, OUT, And then they were one. well outside the off stump, full in length, Mason fishes at it and Asad Rauf reckons he got a itsy bitsy teeny weeny nick.

MJ Mason c †Gilchrist b Tait 0 (6m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

24.6

Tait to Patel, no run, full in length, outside stump, driven to the off side

End of over 25 (1 run) New Zealand 133/9 (216 runs required from 25 overs, RR: 5.32, RRR: 8.64)
JS Patel    0* (1b)      SW Tait    6-0-32-3
PG Fulton    62* (67b 5x4)      GB Hogg    6-1-29-3

25.1

Hogg to Fulton, no run, full and on the stumps, pushed to cover

25.2

Hogg to Fulton, no run, defended back to Hogg

Harry in South Africa: "Agree with Denver Kiwi. Cape Town Kiwi here reckons these midweek cricket games between rugby World Cups are great scraps, for puppies :). Alto ugh that Hayden chap could brute his way into the Wallaby squad come September." Ha!

25.3

Hogg to Fulton, no run, leans forward, pushes to cover

25.4

Hogg to Fulton, no run, on the middle and leg, turned to square-leg

25.5

Hogg to Fulton, OUT, Another googly. Another victim. Fulton is the last man to fall. It was flighted outside leg stump, Fulton shaped to paddle it fine, missed and it came back to crash into the stumps.

PG Fulton b Hogg 62 (127m 72b 5x4 0x6) SR: 86.11

Walloped!

Australian fielders huddle together in celebration. This is their 21st consecutive win in World Cups. Australia win by 215 runs. Massive. This is New Zealand's biggest defeat in ODIs.

Man-of-the-Match Matthew Hayden

This is Sriram Veera, your commentator for the day, signing off. Adios.

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Australia won by 53 runs (D/L method)
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Australia won by 7 wickets (with 111 balls remaining)
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West Indies v England at Bridgetown - Apr 21, 2007
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Apr 20, 2007

Shane Watson gets ready to play the paddle sweep, Australia v New Zealand, Super Eights, Grenada, April 20, 2007

Shane Watson gets ready to play the paddle sweep

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Apr 20, 2007

Shane Watson hits down the ground during his 32-ball 65, Australia v New Zealand, Super Eights, Grenada, April 20, 2007

Shane Watson hits down the ground during his 32-ball 65

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