AUSTRALIA vs NEW ZEALAND (ODI), February 25, 2011, 8th Match, Group A
Match Status : Australia won by 7 wkts
Aus: 207/3 (34.0)
Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
Cameron White 22 28 3 0 78.6
Michael Clarke 24 37 4 0 64.9
NZ: 206 (45.1 Ovs)
Bowlers O M R W ER
Hamish Bennett 7 0 63 2 9.0
James Franklin 2 0 11 0 5.5
RR : 6.09  
Last Wkt: Ricky Ponting st Brendon McCullum b Southee 12(28) - 167/3 in 26.4 ov.
Prev Ovs: 1 . . . 1 .   |  1 1 2 . . 2   |  4 Wd2 4 1 . . 4   |  . . . . 4 1
Commentary -
That's it from the commentary desk. Big game coming up tomorrow, Sri Lanka take on Pakistan. Don't forget to join us then. This is Ajith bidding good bye on behalf of Karthik, Pradeep and Srivathsa. Until then, keep your frown upside down.
Mitchell Johnson: It was a pretty important game for us, glad that we won it comprehensively. Bowling first change is the role assigned to me, but if I am asked to open the bowling at any stage, I would be happy to put my hand up. No matter where I bowl, the importance will be to take wickets. I am enjoying my outing in India and hopefully it continues the same way.
Mitchell Johnson is the Man of the Match for his 4 wicket haul.
Ponting: It was a satisfactory performance. If all our bowlers bowl well, it does not matter which side we are playing against, we can win any game. Things worked out well today, the fact that we got quick wickets allowed us to keep attacking. We still have a little bit of room for improvement and hopefully it comes as the tournament progresses. The openers played well, it was really pleasing.
Vettori: It was obviously a disappointing performance with the bat and we were fortunate that Nathan played the innings that he did to give us a chance. 200 is not enough at this stage and particularly against a team like Australia. We have a good break ahead, we need to work on our weaknesses. We have a lot of practice to get under our belts and hopefully come out victorious next time around.
Watson: It is nice to start the way we did. It was a brave decision to bowl first and it worked well for us. We knew that we had to bat as deep as we could possibly could. Brad went off to a flier and it gave me enough time to work on my batting. We have got a week before our next game and it is good to get a couple of days off.
Australia have shown that they are in here to maintain their perfect record and it will not be an easy task to dismantle them. New Zealand, on the other hand will need to seriously look at their team combination if they are to make a strong pitch in the competition. Stay tuned for the presentations...
Australia cruised home after a terrific opening partnership between Watson and Haddin yielded 133 runs. Both were in an aggressive mood looking to make the most of any small discretions in line and length by the bowlers. NZ bowlers were defending a very modest total and it was vital that they maintained pressure by taking early wickets. However, they were no match to the marauding pair who literally took each and every bowler apart. Even the normally accurate, Daniel Vettori, was not spared. The match was all but over by the time the openers were dismissed. Ponting, Clarke and White utilised the opportunity to hone their batting skills ahead of tougher challenges.
33.6 Franklin to White, 1 run, the single gives a comprehensive victory for Australia, more deliberately steered behind square on the off side, they win by 7 wickets and they top the table for Group B
33.5 Franklin to White, FOUR!!, Southee at third man dives in vain! White drives away from the body, gets a thick outside edge and the ball goes racing down to the third man boundary
33.4 Franklin to White, no run, length ball outside the off stump, the Aussies are one hit away but they are not risking anything, White is happy to steer that towards short third man
33.3 Franklin to White, no run, fullish again from round the wicket, White drives it to cover
33.2 Franklin to White, no run, fuller delivery outside the off stump, White pushes it to point
33.1 Franklin to White, no run, White can't put that away, mistimed down the wicket
32.6 Bennett to Clarke, FOUR!!, 200 is up for the Aussies as Clarke pulls a short ball through square leg, there were two fielders from either sides running in, both put in the dive near the boundary ropes, lucky that they didn't injure themselves
32.5 Bennett to Clarke, no run, Clarke punches a short of a good length delivery to mid off, played away from the body but middled the ball really well
32.4 Bennett to Clarke, no run, on the shorter side again, Clarke mistimes a cross batted shot to the bowler, Bennett is struggling with his calf muscles, he might have pulled something again
32.3 Bennett to White, 1 run, a good slower delivery that, White chips it in the air after failing to pick it up, the ball was in the air for quick some time but wide of the heavy man Jessy Ryder at short mid wicket
32.2 Bennett to White, FOUR!!, SLAP! Shortish again from Bennett, White stood on top of it and cut that fiercely through cover, there is nobody in the deep and four more for White and Australia
32.2 Bennett to Clarke, 2 wides, sprays one down the leg again, Baz gets some hand to it, takes the pace of the ball that's rolling towards fine leg, single taken
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