Australia tour of West Indies, 2008 / Commentary

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150

14.4

Bravo to Ponting, no run, a good line and length to the right hander who nudges it to leg

14.5

Bravo to Ponting, no run, a touch of swing bending away from Ponting, but he's calmly behind it and defends solidly

14.6

Bravo to Ponting, 1 run, nudged out into the covers - and poor fielding from Marshall allows Ponting to get off the mark

Australia 37/1   RT Ponting 1* (3b)

15.1

Taylor to Ponting, 1 leg bye, down the leg side, nobbling off his pads

Australia 38/1   RT Ponting 1* (4b)

16.1

Bravo to Ponting, no run, nice and full, Ponting comes forward and defends it solidly and confidently

16.2

Bravo to Ponting, no run, excellent fielding by Sarwan, I think, at short mid-on. Easily identifiable, Sarwan, as he has a cloth or hanky sticking out of his trousers...like Gus Fraser used to

16.3

Bravo to Ponting, no run, fiercely clumped out to cover, but another good save - I'm not sure who it was, sorry - prevents the single

16.4

Bravo to Ponting, no run, tucked to leg - and that hurried him a bit before he turned his wrists and nudged it defensively to leg

16.5

Bravo to Ponting, no run, Ponting pushes this out to cover

16.6

Bravo to Ponting, 3 runs, flicked off his pads

Australia 41/1   RT Ponting 4* (10b)

17.1

Taylor to Ponting, no run, defended off the back foot

17.2

Taylor to Ponting, 2 runs, very full but brilliantly timed by Ponting to Edwards at mid-on, who dives like Bambi - all arms, legs and other limbs flaying around there, the ball hammering into his knee. He's not having much luck poor old Fidel

17.3

Taylor to Ponting, no run, solidly defended

17.4

Taylor to Ponting, 1 run, swinging down the leg side and Ponting gets some bat on it

Australia 44/1   RT Ponting 7* (14b)

18.1

Bravo to Ponting, FOUR, shot! That is a stunning drive, angling it down wide of third man

18.2

Bravo to Ponting, no run, touch too wide this time

18.3

Bravo to Ponting, no run, good ball, hurrying Ponting who whips to leg. Touch of movement away from him there

18.4

Bravo to Ponting, no run, good line and length. Ponting won't be lured, however, and leaves it alone

18.5

Bravo to Ponting, 3 runs, that's a stray. Down the leg side and Ramdin gives chase, but the outfield is so slow he's able to haul it back with ease

Australia 51/1   RT Ponting 14* (19b 1x4)

19.1

Taylor to Ponting, no run, swinging away from Ponting but he plays it very comfortably, shuffling across and pushing forward

19.2

Taylor to Ponting, 2 runs, class from Ponting, playing it late down to third man

19.3

Taylor to Ponting, no run, driven out to mid-off

19.4

Taylor to Ponting, no run, driven out to mid-off

19.5

Taylor to Ponting, 1 run, thick inside edge! He played it very late, though, which probably saved him. Fine bowling, finding one to move back on Ponting

Australia 54/1   RT Ponting 17* (24b 1x4)

20.1

Bravo to Ponting, 3 runs, flicked through midwicket

20.5

Bravo to Ponting, no run, short of a length. Ponting remains on the back foot and nudges to leg

20.6

Bravo to Ponting, no run, this cuts away from the right hander who leaves it alone

Australia 58/1   RT Ponting 20* (27b 1x4)

22.1

Bravo to Ponting, FOUR, crack! Short, wide and dispatched with the minimum of fuss from Ponting, clattering it off the back foot. Timed that nicely

22.2

Bravo to Ponting, FOUR, down the leg side and Ponting picks up another four with a neat tickle down to fine leg. This is poor stuff from Bravo - and from Sarwan too, who's not got a fine-leg. Inexplicable

22.3

Bravo to Ponting, no run, again down the leg side but Ponting falls over here as he tries to turn this to the same fine leg region. Ramdin collects

22.4

Bravo to Ponting, no run, left alone this time

22.5

Bravo to Ponting, no run, Ponting comes forward and blocks it out firmly

22.6

Bravo to Ponting, no run, defended solidly

Australia 70/1   RT Ponting 28* (33b 3x4)

24.1

Bravo to Ponting, 1 no ball, outside off stump, swinging away, but he'll have to bowl it again

24.1

Bravo to Ponting, no run, another one left alone outside off

24.2

Bravo to Ponting, no run, on the pads and Ponting clips it to the man at midwicket

24.3

Bravo to Ponting, no run, only the merest hint of swing for Bravo, who puts it wide of off and Ponting lets it go

24.4

Bravo to Ponting, no run, straighter, just outside off and Ponting defends with the straightest of straight bats

24.5

Bravo to Ponting, no run, pushed through well outside off again, no reason for Ponting to play at that

24.6

Bravo to Ponting, no run, a bit more shape this time, and a touch straighter, but Ponting can still leave it safely alone

Australia 73/1   RT Ponting 28* (40b 3x4)

26.1

Bravo to Ponting, no run, a bit of an lbw shout from Bravo, Ponting lunged forward and outside off, shouldered arms and it struck him outside the line and quite high. Mark Benson is not interested, and it's a good call

26.2

Bravo to Ponting, 2 runs, and there's an overthrow, Ponting nudged it to mid on, took off quickly and Sarwan's throw misses the stumps - Ponting was in regardless - and no backing up means an extra run

26.3

Bravo to Ponting, no run, defended out into the off side

26.4

Bravo to Ponting, no run, outside off stump, no movement and Ponting leaves it alone

26.5

Bravo to Ponting, no run, another lunge forward by Ponting, bat and pad tightly together, drops it to the off side and thinks about a quick single but there isn't one there

26.6

Bravo to Ponting, no run, another solid defensive push, to cover this time

Australia 75/1   RT Ponting 30* (46b 3x4)

28.1

Bravo to Ponting, 1 run, Ponting pushes this one wide of cover and they get a single

Australia 76/1   RT Ponting 31* (47b 3x4)

29.1

Edwards to Ponting, no run, straight ball, Ponting flicks it to midwicket and can't find the gap

29.2

Edwards to Ponting, no run, pushed wide of off stump and left alone by Ponting

29.3

Edwards to Ponting, no run, Edwards probes outside off and Ponting defends it solidly

29.4

Edwards to Ponting, no run, well wide of off again, Ponting is tempted to try and drive this but he doesn't get onto it and the ball rolls out to cover

29.5

Edwards to Ponting, no run, onto leg stump and nudged to square leg

29.6

Edwards to Ponting, 2 runs, excellent shot from Ponting, who gets onto another wide one and drives it forward of point. Probably deserved a boundary there, but the outfield is very slow and it was easy to pull that ball up

Australia 82/1   RT Ponting 33* (53b 3x4)

30.3

Sammy to Ponting, no run, on the stumps and Ponting gets in behind it to defend

30.4

Sammy to Ponting, no run, wide outside off and left alone

30.5

Sammy to Ponting, no run, defended towards cover as Ponting watches Sammy carefully in his second over

30.6

Sammy to Ponting, no run, another one pushed away defensively

Australia 83/1   RT Ponting 33* (57b 3x4)

32.1

Sammy to Ponting, no run, outside off stump and Ponting lets it go

32.2

Sammy to Ponting, no run, solid defence from Ponting, who doesn't look at all troubled by Sammy

32.3

Sammy to Ponting, 1 run, pushed square by Ponting, who gets an easy single

32.6

Sammy to Ponting, 2 runs, good shot from Ponting, a fuller pitched ball from Sammy and it's punched through midwicket for an easy two

Australia 89/1   RT Ponting 36* (61b 3x4)

33.4

Edwards to Ponting, no run, swinging away from Ponting who comes confidently, bullishly forward to defend

33.5

Edwards to Ponting, no run, short, wild and quite easily evaded by Ponting

33.6

Edwards to Ponting, no run, back of a length and Ponting's solid in defence

Australia 92/1   RT Ponting 36* (64b 3x4)

35.1

Powell to Ponting, 1 run, awful fielding from Chanderpaul. Firmly driven by Ponting and Chanderpaul just never got down to stop it at cover

Australia 97/1   RT Ponting 37* (65b 3x4)

36.1

Sammy to Ponting, no run, dropped him - Devon Smith at first slip. Ponting drawn into a drive and, actually, replays show that fell just short. But only just

36.2

Sammy to Ponting, 1 run, pushed out to cover

36.5

Sammy to Ponting, no run, driven out to cover

36.6

Sammy to Ponting, no run, left alone

Australia 105/1   RT Ponting 38* (69b 3x4)

38.1

Sammy to Ponting, no run, good line, just outside off, but Ponting's solidly behind it

38.2

Sammy to Ponting, 1 run, squeezed past backward point for a single

Australia 106/1   RT Ponting 39* (71b 3x4)

39.1

Powell to Ponting, no run, on the back foot, riding the bounce and plays this crisply into the covers. He does look in storming form, Ponting, even at this relatively early stage

39.2

Powell to Ponting, no run, back of a length, Ponting stands tall to defend

39.3

Powell to Ponting, no run, again a bit too short, and again Ponting punches this off the back foot

39.4

Powell to Ponting, FOUR, emphatically pulled for four. A poor bouncer angling into Ponting, and he just helped it around the corner really. All too easy. With the exception of Edwards' bouncer a couple of overs ago, short bowling is not suited to this pitch

39.5

Powell to Ponting, no run, firmly forward, defending

39.6

Powell to Ponting, no run, another bumper but Ponting mistimes his pull. That almost came off the pitch too slowly for him, and it wobbles through to Ramdin

Australia 110/1   RT Ponting 43* (77b 4x4)

40.4

Sammy to Ponting, no run, left alone outside off. It was well wide

40.5

Sammy to Ponting, no run, good line and length, almost turning Ponting around, but his hands are so fast that he just flicks it to leg

40.6

Sammy to Ponting, no run, ooh he played this one on the walk did Ponting, and almost chipped it back to the bowler

Australia 111/1   RT Ponting 43* (80b 4x4)

41.5

Powell to Ponting, 1 run, unlike Katich, Ponting's firmly forward onto the front foot. A big stride - it really is marked, the difference between the two. Fascinating to watch

Australia 119/1   RT Ponting 44* (81b 4x4)

42.1

Sammy to Ponting, 1 run, full and straight, flicked to leg

42.3

Sammy to Ponting, no run, Ponting goes for a cute cut, but it's too cute and he gets nothing for it

42.4

Sammy to Ponting, no run, angling into the batsman who rather nervously shuffles to the off side, defending to leg

42.5

Sammy to Ponting, no run, another cut, again straight into the ground. This is good stuff from Sammy - tying Ponting up

42.6

Sammy to Ponting, no run, defended off the back foot. Good over, that

Australia 123/1   RT Ponting 45* (86b 4x4)

43.2

Powell to Ponting, no run, pushed out to cover

43.3

Powell to Ponting, no run, good ball which angles into Ponting, but he presents the most solid of defensives

43.4

Powell to Ponting, no run, walks into the most crisp of drives - that went "clunk" off the bat, and only poor placement to mid-off prevented him getting four

43.5

Powell to Ponting, no run, a slower ball - very slow - but it's down the leg side

43.6

Powell to Ponting, no run, short, and Ponting ignores it

Australia 124/1   RT Ponting 45* (91b 4x4)

45.1

Powell to Ponting, no run, aggressively onto the front foot, he punches it into the off side

45.2

Powell to Ponting, 2 runs, the wrong line here, drifting into his pads and he easily works it through midwicket

45.3

Powell to Ponting, no run, too short. Ponting won't be tempted and just ducks beneath

45.4

Powell to Ponting, no run, much too wide

45.5

Powell to Ponting, FOUR, a dismissive, front-footed slap over midwicket. Ugly, quite arrogant, and he flangs it over the leg side for four to bring up a 96-ball fifty

45.6

Powell to Ponting, no run, sways out of the way of this one

Australia 132/1   RT Ponting 51* (97b 5x4)

46.2

Taylor to Ponting, 1 no ball, walks into another thumpingly solid defensive. He is looking in seriously ominous form

46.2

Taylor to Ponting, 5 wides, miles down the leg side for four! Taylor knocked off the bails when his arm came through which obviously put him off

46.2

Taylor to Ponting, no run, a walking cover drive to short extra

46.3

Taylor to Ponting, no run, clumped to mid-on

46.4

Taylor to Ponting, no run, no need to play those. Too wide

46.5

Taylor to Ponting, 2 runs, beautifully turned through midwicket by Ponting for a couple. Katich wanted three, but Ponting tells him to stop being so utterly daft, and they stick with two

46.6

Taylor to Ponting, no run, half a shout but it's miles down the leg side

Australia 141/1   RT Ponting 53* (103b 5x4)

47.4

Sarwan to Ponting, no run, sweetly timed but very well stopped by a diving short mid-off

47.5

Sarwan to Ponting, no run, patted out to the same fielder

47.6

Sarwan to Ponting, no run, crisply hit to cover

Australia 142/1   RT Ponting 53* (106b 5x4)

48.3

Taylor to Ponting, no run, smacked back to the bowler and Taylor does very well to prevent the single

48.4

Taylor to Ponting, no run, turned to leg

48.5

Taylor to Ponting, (no ball) 2 runs, too straight, and Ponting clips it neatly to leg

48.5

Taylor to Ponting, 1 no ball, crisply driven straight to mid-off but it's another no-ball

48.5

Taylor to Ponting, 2 runs, ooh a false shot from Ponting, inside-edge and played down the wrong line, through backward-square

48.6

Taylor to Ponting, no run, wide and left alone

Australia 151/1   RT Ponting 57* (112b 5x4)

50.1

Taylor to Ponting, 1 run, defended to mid-off who, well, makes a mess of it

50.6

Taylor to Ponting, no run, Ponting's forward, defending as though in possession of a huge barn door

Australia 162/1   RT Ponting 58* (114b 5x4)

51.2

Sarwan to Ponting, 1 run, Ponting reaches for this outside off and clatters it into extra cover

51.4

Sarwan to Ponting, no run, that turns a touch for Sarwan, but it's very wide

51.5

Sarwan to Ponting, 2 runs, Ponting comes forward, shuffling to the off side and drives it solidly through extra cover to bring up his 10,000th Test run, the third Australian after Border and Waugh. A paltry crowd - how sad there are so few here - cheer, and Ponting raises his bat

51.6

Sarwan to Ponting, 1 run, clattered again through the covers

Australia 168/1   RT Ponting 62* (118b 5x4)

52.1

Taylor to Ponting, 2 runs, too full, flicked around the corner

52.2

Taylor to Ponting, no run, solidly driven back to the bowler

52.3

Taylor to Ponting, no run, left alone. Well wide

52.4

Taylor to Ponting, 1 run, short of a length, Ponting rocks back and cuts

52.6

Taylor to Ponting, OUT, got him! Ponting's furious with himself, and has every right to be - that was a loose stroke to a very wide delivery. A slower ball, too, and Ponting fished at it, the ball flying to Marshall at second slip who grasped a fine catch to his right

RT Ponting c Marshall b Taylor 65 (184m 123b 5x4 0x6) SR: 52.84

Australia 172/2   RT Ponting 65 (123b 5x4)
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