Player of the Match
Player of the Match
    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
    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
    32.5 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
    not out
    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
    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
    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
    not out
    14 (lb 7, w 7)
    262/6 (50 Overs, RR: 5.24)
    Fall of wickets: 1-61 (Brad Haddin, 18.5 ov), 2-140 (Shane Watson, 31.2 ov), 3-144 (Ricky Ponting, 32.5 ov), 4-207 (Cameron White, 44.6 ov), 5-241 (David Hussey, 48.1 ov), 6-254 (Steven Smith, 49.1 ov)
    CB Mpofu905826.44268020
    RW Price1004314.30312110
    P Utseya1024314.30314020
    AG Cremer1004114.10300110
    BRM Taylor302307.6621000
    E Chigumbura201809.0022010
    SC Williams602904.83151100
    11.2 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
    5.4 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
    10.3 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 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
    21.2 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
    24.6 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
    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
    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
    42.4 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
    not out
    46.2 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
    18 (b 4, lb 9, nb 2, w 3)
    171 all out (46.2 Overs, RR: 3.69)
    Fall of wickets: 1-22 (Charles Coventry, 5.4 ov), 2-40 (Tatenda Taibu, 10.3 ov), 3-40 (Brendan Taylor, 11.2 ov), 4-44 (Craig Ervine, 12.3 ov), 5-88 (Elton Chigumbura, 21.2 ov), 6-96 (Sean Williams, 24.6 ov), 7-104 (Regis Chakabva, 27.2 ov), 8-153 (Prosper Utseya, 39.2 ov), 9-167 (Graeme Cremer, 42.4 ov), 10-171 (Chris Mpofu, 46.2 ov)
    SW Tait913423.77394021
    B Lee813414.25344111
    MG Johnson9.221942.03431000
    JJ Krejza802823.50311100
    SR Watson30702.33120000
    SPD Smith502404.80111000
    DJ Hussey411213.00140000

Match Details



Australia , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match

Match number


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


Australia 2, Zimbabwe 0

Match Notes

  • Slow-start story 'laughable' - Haddin

    Brad Haddin, the Australian opener, has rubbished reports that the ICC's Anti-Corruption and Security Unit were looking into Australia's slow start in their Group A match against Zimbabwe

  • Ponting accepts 'responsibility' for TV incident

    Ricky Ponting has accepted that he crossed the line with his dressing-room reaction to being run out against Zimbabwe in Ahmedabad on Monday, but is keen to put the incident behind him

  • Ponting reprimanded for 'TV incident'

    Ricky Ponting has been reprimanded by the ICC over the incident that resulted in damage to a television set inside the Australian changing rooms during their win over Zimbabwe

  • Ponting to face disciplinary charges

    Ricky Ponting will be charged by the ICC over the incident that resulted in damage to a television set inside the Australian changing rooms during their win over Zimbabwe on Monday

  • Ponting confident pacemen can dominate

    Ricky Ponting is confident Australia's pace attack can threaten every team in the World Cup, after they proved too good for Zimbabwe in the 91-run win in their opening game of the World Cup on Monday

Zimbabwe 2nd innings Partnerships

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