Player of the Match
Player of the Match
233dThe Bulletin by Liam Brickhill

Australian pace too much for Zimbabwe

Australia began their World Cup campaign on a winning note, wrapping up an easy 91-run win over a Zimbabwean outfit with no answer to the pace battery of Brett Lee, Shaun Tait and Mitchell Johnson

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

SR Watson
SR Watson
79(92) 8x4 - 1x6
Control %89%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 30 runs
  • 3x4 - 0x6
1 18 7 1 8 2 18 23
MJ Clarke
MJ Clarke
58(55) 4x4 - 0x6
Control %79%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 30 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 5 14 5 6 6 10 12

Best performances - Bowlers

MG Johnson
MG Johnson
O9.2
M2
R19
W4
Eco2.03
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
JJ Krejza
O8
M0
R28
W2
Eco3.50
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Match Details

Series

Toss

Australia , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match

Match number

Season

Hours of play (local time)

14.30 start, First Session 14.30-18.00, Interval 18.00-18.45, Second Session 18.45-22.15

Match days

21 February 2011 - day/night match (50-over match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Points

Australia 2, Zimbabwe 0

Scorer: Venkat Raghav | Commentator: George Binoy

21.36 So Australia have wrapped this up by 91 runs. They took a little longer than they would have liked to bowl out Zimbabwe but it's a satisfactory result. Ponting's unbeaten run as World cup captain continues.

Zimbabwe stayed in the game for quite a while with a tight bowling performance from their spinners. But their inability to take frequent wickets allowed Australia to post a strong total, which their fast bowlers were able to defend with ease.

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Chigumbura: "I thought we restricted them to the score e wanted to chase. but we have to work on our batting. It was a good wicket to bat on. The fifth bowler is something we have to work on as well. But overall our bowling and fielding was superb. We just lost too many wickets up front."

Ponting: "Good start for us today. Zimbabwe bowled and fielded really well. Slow wicket and tough to get any pace on the ball. Preserving wickets is going to be our strategy through the tournament ... The wicket was slow and hard to bat on. We kept wickets in hand and gave ourselves a chance to score a good total."

The Man of the Match is Shane Watson. "It took a while to get going, get used to the conditions," he says. "But it's nice to get used to different conditions and find a way ... a good time to get a bit of practice in. "

Well that's that from us at ESPNcricinfo today. Join us tomorrow for the game between England and Netherlands which begins at 14.30 local time. On behalf of Nitin and Raghav, this is George Binoy signing off. Cheers.

46.2
W
Johnson to Mpofu, OUT, 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.

CB Mpofu c †Haddin b Johnson 2 (12m 11b 0x4 0x6) SR: 18.18

46.1
0
Johnson to Mpofu, no run, Johnson goes round the wicket and bowls a full ball outside off. Mpofu chases and gets beaten

END OF OVER:
46 | 3 Runs | ZIM: 171/9 (92 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 3.71, RRR: 23.00)

  • Ray Price5 (19b)
  • Chris Mpofu2 (9b)
  • Shaun Tait9-1-34-2
  • Mitchell Johnson9-2-19-3
45.6
0
Tait to Price, no run, played off the pads towards the leg side
45.5
0
Tait to Price, no run, another short ball, Price ducks under it
45.4
1lb
Tait to Mpofu, 1 leg bye, Mpofu's headbutted the ball. He ducked low and right into the line of a short of a length delivery and gets a leg bye for it. Daft rule.
45.3
1
Tait to Price, 1 run, full toss on leg stump and Price flicks firmly towards deep square leg
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Zimbabwe 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st22CK CoventryBRM Taylor
2nd18T TaibuBRM Taylor
3rd0BRM TaylorCR Ervine
4th4E ChigumburaCR Ervine
5th44E ChigumburaSC Williams
6th8SC WilliamsRW Chakabva
7th8P UtseyaRW Chakabva
8th49P UtseyaAG Cremer
9th14RW PriceAG Cremer
10th4RW PriceCB Mpofu