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Australia won by 91 runs.

Australia vs Zimbabwe

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Last Updated: February 21, 2011 4:10pm

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    Australia won by 91 runs

    And that's their 24th World Cup victory on the trot, which is some record. They struggled a little bit up front against some tight spin bowling from Zimbabwe, but in the end the bowlers have come out and put in an impressive performance to ensure that Zimbabwe were never in the chase. We're yet to see a close match in this tournament, and with England v Netherlands tomorrow and Kenya v Pakistan on Thursday, we might as well pin our hopes on Australia v New Zealand on Friday. Do join us tomorrow though to see how the Kevin Pietersen opening experiment comes along, among other things of course. We'll see you then.

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    Over 47 Johnson 0-0-W

    171 all out - WICKET! And that is that, as Mpofu nicks off and Johnson grabs a fourth wicket. The left-armer came around the wicket and angled the ball in before getting it to nip away, and Mpofu obliged.

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    Over 46 Tait 1-0-1-1lb-0-0

    171-9 - With five overs left Zimbabwe have no choice but to take the batting powerplay as Tait returns. Mpofu ducks straight into one - practically headbutting the ball - as he takes his eye off of it, but luckily it's not one of Tait's quicker deliveries so he's alright.

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    Over 45 Johnson 0-0-0-0-0-0

    168-9 - Another maiden, which is all a bit pointless really. Johnson switches between bowling over and round the wicket, but can't break through Price's defences.

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    Over 44 Hussey 0-0-0-0-0-0

    168-9 - Big smile across Ponting's face as Australia head for yet another World Cup win. Hussey gives Mpofu a huge invite to swing as he tosses several up well above the eyeline, but Mpofu doesn't go for it and instead plays out a maiden.

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    Over 43 Johnson 1-0-1lb-W-1-0

    168-9 - WICKET! Johnson's angle across the right-hander does the trick as Cremer nicks off and Haddin takes a fine one-handed catch diving to his right. Cremer is very annoyed to miss out on a half-century but he's done well to take Zimbabwe to a respectable total after they threatened to implode earlier. Just one more wicket for Australia to grab now.

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    Over 42 Hussey 0-1-1-1-0-1

    165-8 - A couple of singles take Zimbabwe to within a hundred of their target, and Price starts to play some expansive strokes - a reverse sweep which goes straight to a fielder and a wandering slap down the ground. Just four runs from the over though.

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    Over 41 Johnson 0-0-1-1-0-4

    161-8 - Johnson returns having bowled very well in his first spell (6-1-11-2). Cremer plays and misses the first ball, but absolutely murders the last one as he pulls away for four. He was expecting the short ball and timed his shot to perfection as he got it away in front of square.

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    Over 40 Hussey 2-W-0-1-0-1

    155-8 - WICKET! A tame end for Utseya, as he clips a delivery straight to Ponting at short midwicket. Disappointing way to get out after putting up some sort of fight. Ray Price comes in and gets off the mark with a push down the ground. Might as well take the batting powerplay now and have a bit of a dip.

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    Over 39 Tait 4-0-0-2nb-0-4-0

    151-7 - No slip in place, and this time Utseya gets bat on ball to guide it through that region for four. An overstep gives Cremer a free hit, but he backs away to leg and gives himself too much room. Tait fires it in short outside off stump and Cremer doesn't even try to reach it. He grabs four to end the over though, toe-ending one through the vacant slip region.

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    Over 38 Hussey 0-0-0-1-2-1

    141-7 - David Hussey enters the attack for the first time, but any hope that Zimbabwe's batsmen might see that as an opportunity to have go a falls flat. Utseya places his drive well enough to grab a couple, but otherwise there's little to report.

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    Over 37 Tait 0-0-1-0-0-0

    137-7 - Gunslinger Tait back on now to see if he can knock someone over. This partnership must be growing irritating for the Aussies even if it's not exactly threatening an upset. He's been difficult to get away and he beats Utseya by a mile as the batsman looks to run him down to third man, but still Australia can't find the breakthrough.

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    Over 36 Lee 0-0-2nb-0-0-1-1

    136-7 - Lee oversteps to grant Utseya a free hit, but the slower bouncer sees Utseya swishing at fresh air. Looked suspciously like a wide actually because it bounced quite high, but Lee gets away with it.

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    Over 35 Smith 1-0-1-1-1-1

    132-7 - Will be interesting to see how Zimbabwe go about this after the drinks break. They continue to work the singles for the moment but there does seem to be a bit more intent. Would be good to see them set the platform to have some sort of a go.

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    Over 34 Lee 4-0-0-0-1-0

    127-7 - Some corking deliveries from Lee in this over - first a brisk bouncer which Cremer starts to take on, then thinks better of it before getting a top edge over the keeper as he runs out of time to make a decision. Then two balls later a fiery yorker sees the batsman fall in a heap as he does a good job of digging it out. Time for drinks.

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    Over 33 Smith 0-0-1-1-1-1

    122-7 - Smith continues to wheel away, and the Zimbabwe batsmen milk the singles to keep the scoreboard ticking over. The match is up, but these two could at least add some respectability to the final scoreline.

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    Over 32 Lee 0-0-0-0-1-0

    118-7 - With both batsmen handling spin reasonably well, without scoring much from it, Ponting brings back Lee to see if he can wipe out a couple of wickets and bring this match to a close. He can't, as Cremer does well to dig out a quick inswinging yorker.

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    Over 31 Smith 0-1-0-1-4-0

    117-7 - Australia racing through the overs at the moment and doing so fairly cheaply, but Cremer gives Zimbabwe something to cheer as he comes down the pitch to whip over midwicket for four. The required run rate is up to 7.68 regardless.

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    Over 30 Krejza 0-0-0-1-0-1

    111-7 - Krejza continues from around the wicket with a slip and leg gully in place - nice and attacking. Utseya pushes a single to long-on, and Cremer does likewise as the offspinner gives the ball lots of air.

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    Over 29 Smith 0-0-1-0-1-2

    109-7 - Big shout for lbw, but only Haddin goes up. He thinks the ball hit pad before bat as it rushed onto Cremer but the replay shows he was wrong about that. Little wonder the bowler looks at him quizzically.

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Match Details

Date
21st Feb 2011
Toss
Venue
Sardar Patel (Gujarat) Stadium, Ahmedabad
Umpires
E A R de Silva and R A Kettleborough

zimbabwe BATTING CARD

Batsman R
Taylor b Tait 16
Coventry c&b Lee 14
Taibu c Watson b Johnson 7
Ervine lbw b Johnson 0
Chigumbura c Haddin b Krejza 14
Williams c Watson b Tait 28
Chakabva lbw b Krejza 6
Utseya c Ponting b Hussey 24
Cremer c Haddin b Johnson 37
Price not out 5
Mpofu c Haddin b Johnson 2
Extras 2nb, 3w, 4b, 9lb 18
Total All out, 46.2 Overs 171
Full Batting Card

australia BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
Tait 9 1 34 2
Lee 8 1 34 1
Johnson 9.2 2 19 4
Krejza 8 0 28 2
Watson 3 0 7 0
Smith 5 0 24 0
Hussey 4 1 12 1
Full Bowling Card