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35th Match, Super Eights: Australia v England at North Sound, Apr 8, 2007 [ Scorecard ]

[ England innings | Australia innings ]

England Innings



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  • 2.4 Bracken to Vaughan, FOUR, ooh edged! Close! Vaughan takes a Bell-like step down the pitch, and gets a thick outside edge. Some might say he angled it on purpose. I, on the other hand, think he didn't.

  • 5.1 Tait to Bell, FOUR, crashed back past the bowler for four. Fabulous shot really, just leaning on it and timing it quite beautifully.

  • 7.3 Tait to Pietersen, (no ball) FOUR, what a fabulous shot. That is quite brilliant, just punching it straight back past Tait. An on-drive of fierce power.

  • 9.3 McGrath to Bell, FOUR, shot. Not quite as well timed as he'd like, but he lofts it neatly over mid-off.

  • 11.5 McGrath to Pietersen, FOUR, Pietersen comes down the track and McGrath can't adjust in time, Pietersen whipping that strongly off his legs in front of midwicket.

  • 13.2 McGrath to Bell, FOUR, hits through the line and that's a really decent shot from Bell, lifting that over cover.

  • 13.3 McGrath to Bell, FOUR, two fours on the bounce - outside off again and that's a really great square drive, perfect timing, the sort of shot that when you nail it you know has gone the second you connect.

  • 13.5 McGrath to Bell, FOUR, ah, hello, another sweet drive from Bell, this time he decides to lean into the ball and drive it wide of mid-off - a rocket.

  • 14.4 Clarke to Pietersen, FOUR, this time Pietersen takes his usual two strides down and plays that one one-legged, on the front foot, and that's driven literally on the front foot through long-on.

  • 16.4 Clarke to Pietersen, FOUR, got hold of it this time with a well-struck pull and Mr Hussey on the boundary can't cut it off despite his Superman-like dive.

  • 18.6 Symonds to Pietersen, FOUR, this time Pietersen backed away showing all three sticks even before the ball had been bowled, and he smashes that one through the gap between mid-off and cover and it fair races away .

  • 24.1 Symonds to Bell, FOUR, ooh that's a terrific stroke from Bell - from a poor ball from Symonds, too short, drifting down leg and Bell works it down past short fine leg. Class.

  • 24.2 Symonds to Bell, FOUR, shot! Too short from Symonds and again down the leg side, Bell flicks this time - over the same fine-leg region for four. Top class

  • 26.5 Tait to Bell, FOUR, my word, that was severely quick from Tait, rising up onto Bell's neck - and Bell, cool as a frozen cucumber from Alaska, fends it off deliberately. We think. He did appear to have it under control - as much as any "fend" can be. At least he had the foresight to angle it down to third man.

  • 27.6 McGrath to Bell, FOUR, that is some shot! My word, punching McGrath off the back foot over cover. Fabulous shot.

  • 36.5 Bracken to Bopara, FOUR, tried to drive it through the covers, but pressed down into the ground off the edge, a touch of luck as that rolls away to third man and he knows it, giving a little grin.

  • 43.3 McGrath to Pietersen, FOUR, short, wide, cut past point for four. That's Pietersen's strength, capitalising on the bad balls - and that's his first four in 61 deliveries.

  • 44.1 Tait to Bopara, FOUR, lovely shot from Bopara, a check-drive through cover - perfectly placed. Hayden runs in the sandpit and doesn't dive, such is the danger of the outfield. Thus; four.