Upper Body v Masters XI - Commentary
Brian Lara has called heads and won the toss at the CW Oval. Masters XI will bowl first.
Tyron Henderson has been in excellent form recently and he will look to make an early impact in this most crucial of matches.
0.1 Henderson to Smith, 0 runs, Pitched up outside offstump at good pace and left alone by Smith.
0.2 Henderson to Smith, FOUR, That was a bit fuller and Smith just walked across and fired it through the covers and away for FOUR. This pitch looks to be a cracker!
0.3 Henderson to Smith, FOUR, That's even better! Henderson still searching for that corridor, but Smith took a good length ball and drove it sweetly to the cover boundary.
0.4 Henderson to Smith, 1 run, Henderson strayed onto the pads and Smith just turned it to long leg for a single. Dwyer set to face his first ball.
0.5 Henderson to Dwyer, 0 runs, Pitched up and defended calmly back to the bowler. Dwyer looks well organized there.
0.6 Henderson to Dwyer, OUT!, That moved away a bit and Dwyer pushed at it. A little edge through and a confident appeal is upheld immediately.
CR Dwyer c Prior b Henderson 0 (2)
Partnership 9 (DP Smith 9, CR Dwyer 0)
Upper Body 9/1 (0.6 overs)
End of over 1 (9 runs) - Upper Body 9/1
DP Smith 9* (5b) T Henderson 1-0-9-1
DBM Murphy 0* (0b)
Odoyo will share the new ball.
1.1 Odoyo to Smith, 1 run, He starts with one on legstump and it's just pushed to the right of square leg for a single.
Darren Murphy is on strike for the first his first ball. He's wearing his traditional black bandana...
1.2 Odoyo to Murphy, BEATEN!, A big swing and a miss by Murphy. He went for the pull shot, but it wasn't quit short enough. Swish.
1.3 Odoyo to Murphy, 2 runs, A bit fuller and Murphy pushed it confidenly through the covers and sets off for 2. These two run well with each other.
1.4 Odoyo to Murphy, BEATEN!, This is typical from the man. Another one pitched up and Murphy went for the cross-batted swipe, but missed the ball entirely. A stifled appeal, but there was nothing in it.
1.5 Odoyo to Murphy, 0 runs, Left alone this time. That's a pleasant change! Good judgment there and he just let that seam away slightly outside offstump.
1.6 Odoyo to Murphy, 1 run, Full again and pushed into the covers for a quick single. A misfield by Hinds sees them through comfortably.
End of over 2 (4 runs) - Upper Body 13/1
DP Smith 10* (5b) Tm Odoyo 1-0-4-0
DBM Murphy 3* (5b)
2.1 Henderson to Murphy, 2 runs, Short ball and he mistimes the pull shot. Benkenstein chased well and keeps the batsmen to two runs. Murphy not looking convincing.
2.2 Henderson to Murphy, FOUR!, Well that's pretty convincing! Banged in short again and this time Murphy middles it and that's two bounces into the boundary. Excellent response!
2.3 Henderson to Murphy, 0 runs, A firm drive but staight to the man at short extra cover. Fielded cleanly by Lara, so there's no run.
2.4 Henderson to Murphy, 1 run, This time he pushes it to the right of Lara and they scamper another quick single. These wo definitely on the same wavelength. Scary stuff.
2.5 Henderson to Smith, 1 run, Smith continues to look comfortable and play himself in, running the ball down to third man, who's in place and fields.
2.6 Henderson to Murphy, 0 runs, Yorker length from Henderson and a good finish to the over. Murphy can only block it back to the bowler.
End of over 3 (8 runs) - Upper Body 21/1
DP Smith 11* (6b) T Henderson 2-0-17-0
DBM Murphy 10* (10b)
3.1 Odoyo to Smith, 2 runs, The first sign of intent by Smith! He stepped out of his crease and drove the ball past mid-off with some authority. He didn't get all of it though, and Patel cuts it off short of the rope.
3.2 Odoyo to Smith, FOUR, Odoyo strayed onto the pads and Smith clipped it over the square leg fielder and it raced away for a welcome boundary.
3.3 Odoyo to Smith, 0 runs, A full toss, but Smith can only it back to the bowler. He looks furious with himself, as he should be. He's looked in good touch otherwise.
3.4 Odoyo to Smith, 1 run, On the pads again and turned away for a single. Smith looking totally in control out there. A man on a mission.
3.5 Odoyo to Murphy, 2 runs, Slashed away! Just out of the reach of Kemp at backward point. Henderson ran around well from third man to cut it off.
3.6 Odoyo to Murphy, BEATEN, The ball didn't do much, but Murphy poked a it and it beat the edge comfortably. He's starting to get that clueless shape again...
End of over 4 (9 runs) - Upper Body 30/1
DP Smith 18* (10b) Tm Odoyo 2-0-13-0
DBM Murphy 12* (12b)
The first sign of spin, as Henderson is replaced by the blonde bombshell, Shane Warne...
4.1 Warne to Smith, SIX!, BANG! What a greeting! Smith wasted no time there, chipping down the track and clobbering the ball against the spin, over long on! What a shot!
4.2 Warne to Smith, SIX!, Shocking response! Warne dropped that in short and Smith couldn't believe his luck. He just rocked back and pulled it for six!
4.3 Warne to Smith, 1 run, Much better from Warne. Tossed up and Smith pushes it to the legside for a single.
4.4 Warne to Murphy, 2 runs, Murphy went to hit that over midwicket but it flew off an outside edge and over cover point. The batsmen scrambled 2 runs.
4.5 Warne to Murphy, OUT!, Warne strikes! More flight and a hint of turn to beat the arrogant advances of Murphy, and Matt Prior did the rest smartly behind the stumps.
DBM Murphy st Prior b Warne 14 (14)
Partnership 36 (DP Smith 22, DBM Murphy 14)
Upper Body 45/2 (4.5 overs)
4.6 Warne to Gonzalez, 0 run, A good finish to the over. Tossed up again and Gonzalez played defensively back to him.
End of over 5 (15 runs) - Upper Body 45/2
DP Smith 31* (13b) SK Warne 1-0-15-1
JP Gonzalez 0* (1b)