Monday, February 21, 2011

ICC - WC-2011. Match.4. Gr.A. Australia vs Zimbabwe


Australia 262 for 6 beat Zimbabwe, 171 all out by 91 runs. Ponting's men, the current champions, started of with a comfortable victory, but the way they struggled against spin, tells volumes of things to come.


Australians had in the starting line up Tait, Lee and Johnson as the front line bowling attack. Bollinger did not find a place and this speaks volumes of the quality of pace attack Aussies possess. Zimbabweans combated this with just two medium pacers in Mpofu and Chigumbura and a bagful of spinners in Price Left Arm orthodox, Sean Williams Slow left arm, AG Cremer Leg spin, Prosper Utseya and Taylor off Spin.


Zimbabweans choked the Australians till the forty fifth over, which included the batting power play between 40th and 44th overs. Aussies were four down for 204 in the 45th over scoring at 4.6 runs, and slogged a bit between 46th and 50th to finish at 262 for 6. Zimbabweans fielded their hearts out. Perhaps a score of 262 was too much for the Zimbabweans not known for their prowess in batting, but would have been cattle fodder for the big guns like India, SriLanka, South Africa & England, with the Aussies depending on quickies.


SR Watson laboured for his 79 of 92 balls, Haddin hailed as the Australian front to match spin hung around to make a scratchy 29 of 66 balls, Ponting ran himself out for 28. Clarke made a good 58 of 55 balls. Australians finished at 262 for six. The Zimbabwean spinners had a good match with Price 10.0.43.1, Utseya 10.2.43.1 & Cremer 10.0.41.1. Mpofu bowled well for 9.0.58.2.


Zimbabweans lost wickets at regular intervals and were bowled out for 171 in 47 overs. Johnson bowled a brilliant spell of 9.2.2.19.4, well supported by Krejza 2 for 28 & Tait 2 for 34. Lee & Hussey picked up a wicket each. Australia need to do a lot of homework as the tournament progresses. They have SriLanka, Pakistan & NewZealand to contend with, and each one of them is unbeatable on their day.

2 comments:

  1. Yes are the so called top teams invincible, I wonder

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  2. Hello Sir, Nice cricket bulletin and very interesting read.

    You are correct to point about Australia's inability to score freely against Zimbabwe's spinners. The same was evident during India and Australia warm-up match.
    It will be interesting to see how Australians will cope against a stronger subcontinental team, which will carry a phalanx of spinners. Aus vs. SL (on sluggish and slow pitches) should be a striking event, capable of leaving no stone unturned to disclose the Australian Chink.

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