Result
1st Semi-Final (D/N), Centurion, Oct 2 2009, ICC Champions Trophy
257
(41.5/50 ov, target 258)
258/1
Australia won by 9 wickets (with 49 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
Australia
2y
• The Bulletin by Andrew Miller

Ponting and Watson lead the rout

Tim Bresnan produced the highest score ever made by an England No. 8 in ODI cricket to transform his team's fortunes after they had flirted with humiliation in their Champions Trophy semi-final against Australia

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Scorecard summary
England257(47.4 overs)
Tim Bresnan80 (76)
Luke Wright48 (68)
Peter Siddle3/55(10)
Shane Watson2/35(8.4)
Australia258/1(41.5 overs)
Shane Watson*136 (132)
Ricky Ponting*111 (115)

Ponting and Watson make light work of this target. We said at the interval that England did a commendable job by pushing the score to a level which could make Australia sweat. Perhaps another 70 runs would have been safe. It just shows how an in-form Ponting makes such a difference to Australia's fortunes. That rubbed off on Watson, who blazed his way with frightening pulls.

So the defending champions progress to their second consecutive final. Stay with us for the presentation.

Strauss: When you lose 6 for 100 runs it's always difficult to get back but Bresnan and Wright did well. Our shots didn't come off today. We can take a lot from this tournament but Australia outplayed us today. They've got a good mix. It was disappointing to lose Broad but Bresnan did magnificently with the bat."

Ponting: I thought we got a little carried away in the middle overs, looking for wickets but the England pair did really well. There's a lot of energy in this group, we're in the final so well done everybody. I told the boys that every ball we face is a contest. Personal stats don't always motivate me, I look to finish the job for my team. Watson's peaking at the right time. His spell to the left-handers was terrific."

Watson is the Man of the Match: "It (my form) couldn't get much worse at the start of the tournament. Ricky spoke to me a lot through the innings. Hopefully the injuries are behind me now. It was a beautiful wicket out there. It is time for me and others to put out hands up for this team after losing a lot of senior guys."

We shall find out tomorrow who meets Australia in the finals. It's another day-nighter, this time at the Wanderers between Pakistan and New Zealand, starting at 12.30 GMT. Thanks for your company today and all the mails.

On behalf of Sid Talya, this is Kanishkaa signing off. Cheers guys!

41.5
1
Anderson to Ponting, 1 run
plays a checked drive down towards point and scampers a single, beats the throw at the bowler's end and Australia complete a nine-wicket rout
41.4
1
Anderson to Watson, 1 run
swivels and attempts a pull but he keeps it along the ground to fine leg
41.3
1
Anderson to Ponting, 1 run
full on middle and leg and he works it down to long-on
41.2
1
Anderson to Watson, 1 run
gets forward to a full delivery and pushes it down to mid-off
41.1
1lb
Anderson to Ponting, 1 leg bye
slides on the pads and the ball trickles away to square leg
end of over 4123 runs
AUS: 253/1CRR: 6.17 • RRR: 0.55 • Need 5 from 54b
Shane Watson134 (130)
Ricky Ponting109 (112)
Paul Collingwood8-0-50-0
James Anderson8-0-44-0
40.6
6
Collingwood to Watson, SIX runs
this time he clears wide long-on, fuller in length, he gets on his knee and enjoys a free swing of the arms
40.5
6
Collingwood to Watson, SIX runs
if you're somewhere behind deep square leg reading this, please take cover! Watson's just having a blast bashing them around, flat and quick off the bat, this man has tremendous bat speed, luckily the kids at the grass embankment were alert enough
40.4
Collingwood to Watson, no run
cuts it straight to point
40.3
6
Collingwood to Watson, SIX runs
he's making a living out of flat sixes today, friendly short delivery, he clubs it over deep square, no casualties in the crowd this time, thankfully
40.2
1
Collingwood to Ponting, 1 run
full on the off stump and pushed to mid-off

The highest partnership for any wicket for Australia in ODIs is 237. This pair is well within reach of breaking that record.

40.1
4
Collingwood to Ponting, FOUR runs
four less needed, friendly long hop from Collingwood and Ponting bends his knee slightly and exploits the yawning gap at deep square leg

They've taken the 3rd Powerplay

end of over 406 runs
AUS: 230/1CRR: 5.75 • RRR: 2.80 • Need 28 from 60b
Shane Watson116 (126)
Ricky Ponting104 (110)
James Anderson8-0-44-0
Tim Bresnan8-0-51-0
39.6
4
Anderson to Watson, FOUR runs
short down the leg side and the batsman can't resist a hook, the ball balloons off the top edge and just clears Davies who leaps in vain
39.5
Anderson to Watson, no run
clips it towards short midwicket and tells his partner to stay back
39.4
Anderson to Watson, no run
gets behind the line again and defends
39.3
Anderson to Watson, no run
stays right behind the line and taps it to mid-on
39.2
1
Anderson to Ponting, 1 run
gets an inside edge but the ball trickles past the stumps
39.1
1
Anderson to Watson, 1 run
opens the face of the bat and runs it down to third man
end of over 399 runs
AUS: 224/1CRR: 5.74 • RRR: 3.09 • Need 34 from 66b
Shane Watson111 (121)
Ricky Ponting103 (109)
Tim Bresnan8-0-51-0
James Anderson7-0-38-0
38.6
1
Bresnan to Watson, 1 run
not short enough to pull, he places it to square leg
Best performances - batsmen
SR Watson
136 runs (132)
10 fours
7 sixes
Control90%
Productive shot
pull/hook on back foot
46 runs
4 fours
4 sixes
643218462837
RT Ponting
111 runs (115)
12 fours
1 sixes
Control91%
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
36 runs
5 fours
0 sixes
0337546587
Best performances - bowlers
PM Siddle
O
10
M
0
R
55
W
3
Eco
5.50
SR Watson
O
8.4
M
1
R
35
W
2
Eco
4.03
Match details
SuperSport Park, Centurion
TossEngland , elected to bat first
SeriesICC Champions Trophy 2009
Player Of The Match
Shane Watson
Series resultAustralia advanced
Match numberODI no. 2905
Season2009/10
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 days2 October 2009 - day/night match (50-over match)
ODI debut
Steven Davies
Umpires
Billy Bowden
Aleem Dar
TV Umpire
Tony Hill
Reserve Umpire
Asad Rauf
Match Referee
Jeff Crowe