World Cup 2007: Day 2 - Australia vs Scotland - Notes

Ricky Ponting scored yet another hundred. It was his 56th international hundred, his 23rd in the shorter variety and his 4th in the World Cup. He smashed 5 sixers in the process and now holds the record for the highest number (24) of 6s in World Cup history. He now has one 6 more than Sourav Ganguly. Sourav holds every record (even the kiddy ones that he made in Kindergarten) of his very dearly and would be keen on regaining this particular one before the end of the tournament.

Gilchrist and Hayden would rue missing an opportunity to add a hundred each to their respective stat-sheets. Clarke and Hussey missed out. Hodge made a run-a-ball 29 while Watson made an unbeaten 1.5-runs-a-ball eighteen. But the man who really hogged the limelight towards the end of the innings was Brad Hogg - 40 runs off 13 scoring shots. 53 runs came off the last 3 overs.

Except for Tait, all the Aussie bowlers on display were pretty economical. Even Brad Hodge had a decent bowl with his off-spinners and picked up his maiden international wicket. When Symonds comes back into the side, Hodge or Watson has to make way for him. Glenn McGrath showed some good rhythm and added 3 scalps to his credit. Tait bowled at a great pace, but was taken for some runs by Haq and Smith. Bracken was his usual steady self (wish someone would tell him how funny he looks in that girlish headband of his).

Scotland would be disappointed that they couldn't last 100 overs against the best team in the business. Colin Smith's half-century, the 2 wickets that Haq took and their supporters in kilts were their lone bright spots of the day.

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Blogger Som 1:32 AM

True, Ganguly must be upset that Ponting overtook him in the 6s tally. And Ganguly's new-foumd mantra to success, to gradually pace up his innings, might win him loads of runs but those lovely mighty sixes may soon dry up. We won't mind as long as he can help India to win the Cup.

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Anonymous Roz 3:07 PM

Well said.    



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