ICC Cricket World Cup, 4th Match, Group A: Australia v Zimbabwe at Ahmedabad, Feb 21, 2011
ICC Cricket World Cup - 4th match, Group A
Australia won by 91 runs
Played at Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad (neutral venue)
21 February 2011 - day/night match (50-over match)
  Australia innings (50 overs maximum) R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal SR Watson lbw b Cremer 79 113 92 8 1 85.86
31.2 huge appeal for lbw, turned down. Will they refer it? Yes, they will. Tossed up on middle and off and fizzing along straight, off the track. Watto was well forward, but the replays suggest that was crashing into middle and off, three-fourths of the way up. No evidence that it hit bat before pad either. Yep, the third umpire helps Umpire Kettleborough overturn it and Zim have got two in two right today. 140/2
View dismissal BJ Haddin lbw b Utseya 29 68 66 3 0 43.93
18.5 Zimbabwe's first ever referral now. Utseya lands this back of a length outside off and it comes in gently with the angle, and then sharply with the spin. Haddin looks to work it through square leg, casually off the back foot, and is hit in front of middle. It was hitting middle and leg. Not sure why Asoka de Silva said not out. The third umpire overturns the verdict. Zimbabwe have struck. 61/1
View dismissal RT Ponting* run out (Mpofu) 28 50 36 0 0 77.77
32.5 Williams to Clarke, Ponting's run out by a splendid direct hit from deep midwicket. Clarke came forward to take the ball on the full and flicked it to deep midwicket. The batsmen wanted the second and had Mpofu's throw from the deep not hit the stumps directly at the non-striker's end, they would have got the second. But it did and Zimbabwe's players are delighted. 144/3
MJ Clarke not out 58 77 55 4 0 105.45
View dismissal CL White b Mpofu 22 44 36 0 0 61.11
44.6 bowled him! White needed to go for it, and he picked a slower ball to try and hit through midwicket. He was early on the shot and the ball cannoned into middle and leg stump off the bottom edge. 207/4
View dismissal DJ Hussey b Price 14 15 8 1 1 175.00
48.1 and that's why! Bowled him! Hussey charges down the track and aims for the heave down the ground. Price drags it shorter, bowls it quicker and keeps it dead straight. Hussey misses by a long way, and Price hits the stumps. 241/5
View dismissal SPD Smith c Chakabva b Mpofu 11 4 4 1 1 275.00
49.1 Mpofu is very, very lucky. He bowled a rubbish ball, a full toss on leg stump. Smith could have smashed it, anywhere. Instead he sort of chipped it off his pads and straight to the fielder on the deep square leg boundary. 254/6
MG Johnson not out 7 5 3 1 0 233.33
Extras (lb 7, w 7) 14
  Total (6 wickets; 50 overs; 191 mins) 262 (5.24 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
View wickets CB Mpofu 9 0 58 2 6.44 26 8 0 (2w)
44.6 to White, bowled him! White needed to go for it, and he picked a slower ball to try and hit through midwicket. He was early on the shot and the ball cannoned into middle and leg stump off the bottom edge. 207/4
49.1 to Smith, Mpofu is very, very lucky. He bowled a rubbish ball, a full toss on leg stump. Smith could have smashed it, anywhere. Instead he sort of chipped it off his pads and straight to the fielder on the deep square leg boundary. 254/6
View wicket RW Price 10 0 43 1 4.30 31 2 1 (1w)
48.1 to Hussey, and that's why! Bowled him! Hussey charges down the track and aims for the heave down the ground. Price drags it shorter, bowls it quicker and keeps it dead straight. Hussey misses by a long way, and Price hits the stumps. 241/5
View wicket P Utseya 10 2 43 1 4.30 31 4 0 (2w)
18.5 to Haddin, Zimbabwe's first ever referral now. Utseya lands this back of a length outside off and it comes in gently with the angle, and then sharply with the spin. Haddin looks to work it through square leg, casually off the back foot, and is hit in front of middle. It was hitting middle and leg. Not sure why Asoka de Silva said not out. The third umpire overturns the verdict. Zimbabwe have struck. 61/1
View wicket AG Cremer 10 0 41 1 4.10 30 0 1 (1w)
31.2 to Watson, huge appeal for lbw, turned down. Will they refer it? Yes, they will. Tossed up on middle and off and fizzing along straight, off the track. Watto was well forward, but the replays suggest that was crashing into middle and off, three-fourths of the way up. No evidence that it hit bat before pad either. Yep, the third umpire helps Umpire Kettleborough overturn it and Zim have got two in two right today. 140/2
  BRM Taylor 3 0 23 0 7.66 2 1 0
  E Chigumbura 2 0 18 0 9.00 2 2 0 (1w)
  SC Williams 6 0 29 0 4.83 15 1 1
  Zimbabwe innings (target: 263 runs from 50 overs) R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal BRM Taylor b Tait 16 53 24 1 0 66.66
11.2 85.4 mph, bowled him! Taylor tried to work the ball on the leg side from his crease and closed the face of the bat. He missed and Tait sped the ball through and grazed the pad before uprooting middle stump. Nothing special, just straight, fast and very effective. 40/3
View dismissal CK Coventry c & b Lee 14 24 24 1 1 58.33
5.4 86.0 mph, this was a likely dismissal. Coventry was edgy against the short ball and tried to pull this one from outside off stump. The top edge swirled high in the air and the ball descended in the region of silly mid-off, where Lee was waiting to take the caught and bowled 22/1
View dismissal T Taibu c Watson b Johnson 7 23 17 1 0 41.17
10.3 84.6 mph, he's given Watson some catching practice at first slip. Taibu tried to guide the ball towards third man by opening the face but the line of the short of a length ball was far too close to the body. He ended up steering it off the face towards Watson's right. He bent swiftly to take a low catch 40/2
View dismissal CR Ervine lbw b Johnson 0 13 6 0 0 0.00
12.3 85.4 mph, Johnson bowls a full, fast and straight ball that thuds into Ervine's pads as he tries to play across the line and falls over a touch. Johnson roars an appeal but Asoka de Silva is unmoved, again. Haddin is adamant that it should be reviewed. Replays show that it's pretty plumb. Thank goodness for the UDRS today. Asoka's had a shocker. 44/4
View dismissal E Chigumbura* c †Haddin b Krejza 14 44 25 2 0 56.00
21.2 54.0 mph, Elton's gone. Krejza throws this up well outside off and he goes for the lap-sweep. Too ambitious, he had to bring that around from a long way off, and ended up getting gloving a top edge that popped up on the off side. Haddin runs across and pouches it, then hurries back to effect a stumping, just in case. Elton was already walking away though. 88/5
View dismissal SC Williams c Watson b Tait 28 40 40 1 1 70.00
24.6 89.9 mph, Tait's blown Williams away with 144.7 kph of unplayable pace. Almost a yorker again, from wide of the crease from round the wicket, homes the guided missile in on the line of off stump. Williams has played back to everything, think he'd make a good playback singer. He hangs deep in the crease again and hangs the bat out feebly. It took the edge and flew away at inexplicable pace towards the right of Watto at slip and he does real well to bend down and pluck it low. On second view, it was more a full length ball than a yorker. Still, unplayable. 96/6
View dismissal RW Chakabva lbw b Krejza 6 21 18 0 0 33.33
27.2 Regis perishes to a strange shot, trying to pull a length ball tossed up around middle and leg. He may have played forward to it, he should have played with a straight bat. Instead, he stayed back and looked to pull. It gripped and straightened, whizzed past the bat and thudded into the area above his bent back knee. Plumb. 104/7
View dismissal P Utseya c Ponting b Hussey 24 52 45 1 0 53.33
39.2 caught at midwicket. Utseya leans forward to play the ball on the leg side and ends up lobbing it nice and slowly towards Ponting at midwicket. He has a hurt pinky but that was a ridiculously easy catch 153/8
View dismissal AG Cremer c †Haddin b Johnson 37 51 51 4 0 72.54
42.4 82.3 mph, caught behind! Johnson slants a good length ball across Cremer, giving him some width. Cremer chases it, playing away from his body, and gets an edge which Haddin catches by diving low and to his right 167/9
RW Price not out 5 25 19 0 0 26.31
View dismissal CB Mpofu c †Haddin b Johnson 2 12 11 0 0 18.18
46.2 86.2 mph, caught! And that's the end of the game. Johnson pitches one closer to the batsman around off stump and gets it to straighten ever so slightly. Mpofu pushes forward at it and gets an edge which Haddin takes pretty easily. 171/10
Extras (b 4, lb 9, w 3, nb 2) 18
  Total (all out; 46.2 overs; 190 mins) 171 (3.69 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
View wickets SW Tait 9 1 34 2 3.77 39 4 0 (1nb, 2w)
11.2 to Taylor, 85.4 mph, bowled him! Taylor tried to work the ball on the leg side from his crease and closed the face of the bat. He missed and Tait sped the ball through and grazed the pad before uprooting middle stump. Nothing special, just straight, fast and very effective. 40/3
24.6 to Williams, 89.9 mph, Tait's blown Williams away with 144.7 kph of unplayable pace. Almost a yorker again, from wide of the crease from round the wicket, homes the guided missile in on the line of off stump. Williams has played back to everything, think he'd make a good playback singer. He hangs deep in the crease again and hangs the bat out feebly. It took the edge and flew away at inexplicable pace towards the right of Watto at slip and he does real well to bend down and pluck it low. On second view, it was more a full length ball than a yorker. Still, unplayable. 96/6
View wicket B Lee 8 1 34 1 4.25 34 4 1 (1nb, 1w)
5.4 to Coventry, 86.0 mph, this was a likely dismissal. Coventry was edgy against the short ball and tried to pull this one from outside off stump. The top edge swirled high in the air and the ball descended in the region of silly mid-off, where Lee was waiting to take the caught and bowled 22/1
View wickets MG Johnson 9.2 2 19 4 2.03 43 1 0
10.3 to Taibu, 84.6 mph, he's given Watson some catching practice at first slip. Taibu tried to guide the ball towards third man by opening the face but the line of the short of a length ball was far too close to the body. He ended up steering it off the face towards Watson's right. He bent swiftly to take a low catch 40/2
12.3 to Ervine, 85.4 mph, Johnson bowls a full, fast and straight ball that thuds into Ervine's pads as he tries to play across the line and falls over a touch. Johnson roars an appeal but Asoka de Silva is unmoved, again. Haddin is adamant that it should be reviewed. Replays show that it's pretty plumb. Thank goodness for the UDRS today. Asoka's had a shocker. 44/4
42.4 to Cremer, 82.3 mph, caught behind! Johnson slants a good length ball across Cremer, giving him some width. Cremer chases it, playing away from his body, and gets an edge which Haddin catches by diving low and to his right 167/9
46.2 to Mpofu, 86.2 mph, caught! And that's the end of the game. Johnson pitches one closer to the batsman around off stump and gets it to straighten ever so slightly. Mpofu pushes forward at it and gets an edge which Haddin takes pretty easily. 171/10
View wickets JJ Krejza 8 0 28 2 3.50 31 1 1
21.2 to Chigumbura, 54.0 mph, Elton's gone. Krejza throws this up well outside off and he goes for the lap-sweep. Too ambitious, he had to bring that around from a long way off, and ended up getting gloving a top edge that popped up on the off side. Haddin runs across and pouches it, then hurries back to effect a stumping, just in case. Elton was already walking away though. 88/5
27.2 to Chakabva, Regis perishes to a strange shot, trying to pull a length ball tossed up around middle and leg. He may have played forward to it, he should have played with a straight bat. Instead, he stayed back and looked to pull. It gripped and straightened, whizzed past the bat and thudded into the area above his bent back knee. Plumb. 104/7
  SR Watson 3 0 7 0 2.33 12 0 0
  SPD Smith 5 0 24 0 4.80 11 1 0
View wicket DJ Hussey 4 1 12 1 3.00 14 0 0
39.2 to Utseya, caught at midwicket. Utseya leans forward to play the ball on the leg side and ends up lobbing it nice and slowly towards Ponting at midwicket. He has a hurt pinky but that was a ridiculously easy catch 153/8

Match details


Toss - Australia, who chose to bat
Points - Australia 2, Zimbabwe 0
Player of the match - SR Watson (Australia)
Umpires - EAR de Silva (Sri Lanka) and RA Kettleborough (England)
TV umpire - AM Saheba
Match referee - RS Mahanama (Sri Lanka)
Reserve umpire - SJA Taufel (Australia)

Match Notes


    • Australia innings
    • Powerplay 1: Overs 0.1 - 10.0 (Mandatory - 28 runs, 0 wicket)
    • Powerplay 2: Overs 10.1 - 15.0 (Bowling side - 25 runs, 0 wicket)
    • Australia: 50 runs in 14.1 overs (85 balls), Extras 1
    • 1st Wicket: 50 runs in 85 balls (SR Watson 25, BJ Haddin 24, Ex 1)
    • Over 18.5: Review by Zimbabwe (Bowling), Umpire - EAR de Silva, Batsman - BJ Haddin (Upheld)
    • SR Watson: 50 off 69 balls (5 x 4)
    • Australia: 100 runs in 26.0 overs (156 balls), Extras 5
    • 2nd Wicket: 50 runs in 53 balls (SR Watson 26, RT Ponting 22, Ex 3)
    • Over 31.2: Review by Zimbabwe (Bowling), Umpire - RA Kettleborough, Batsman - SR Watson (Upheld)
    • Australia: 150 runs in 33.5 overs (203 balls), Extras 5
    • Drinks: Australia - 172/3 in 40.0 overs (MJ Clarke 19, CL White 12)
    • Powerplay 3: Overs 40.1 - 45.0 (Batting side - 35 runs, 1 wicket)
    • 4th Wicket: 50 runs in 61 balls (MJ Clarke 30, CL White 20, Ex 0)
    • Australia: 200 runs in 44.1 overs (265 balls), Extras 10
    • MJ Clarke: 50 off 50 balls (3 x 4)
    • Australia: 250 runs in 48.3 overs (291 balls), Extras 14
    • Innings Break: Australia - 262/6 in 50.0 overs (MJ Clarke 58, MG Johnson 7)
    • Zimbabwe innings
    • Powerplay 1: Overs 0.1 - 10.0 (Mandatory - 39 runs, 1 wicket)
    • Powerplay 2: Overs 10.1 - 15.0 (Bowling side - 18 runs, 3 wickets)
    • Over 12.3: Review by Australia (Bowling), Umpire - EAR de Silva, Batsman - CR Ervine (Upheld)
    • Zimbabwe: 50 runs in 13.2 overs (80 balls), Extras 9
    • Drinks: Zimbabwe - 57/4 in 15.0 overs (E Chigumbura 8, SC Williams 3)
    • Zimbabwe: 100 runs in 26.2 overs (158 balls), Extras 14
    • Drinks: Zimbabwe - 127/7 in 34.0 overs (P Utseya 11, AG Cremer 17)
    • Zimbabwe: 150 runs in 38.5 overs (235 balls), Extras 16
    • Powerplay 3: Overs 45.1 - 50.0 (Batting side - 3 runs, 1 wicket)
    • Attendance - 18,569
 
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