WC 2003 - Bevan, Bichel do the rescue act yet again, Bond picks 6
Published: Tuesday, February 4, 2003, 23:53 [IST]
Copyright AFP 2001
Fleming puts Aus in to bat, Vincent replaces McMillan
Port Elizabeth: New Zealand fast bowler Shane Bond claimed the best One-day figures ever against Australia as he ripped through its batting in the World Cup Super Six match on Tuesday.Bond took six for 23 before the reigning champions staged a recovery to reach 208 for nine from 50 overs at the St George's Park. Michael Bevan and Andy Bichel, who shared a match-winning unbeaten ninth wicket stand of 73 in a pool match against England on the same ground, were again Australia's saviours, putting on 97 for the eighth wicket. Bond, 27, more than fulfilled the pre-match wish expressed by skipper Stephen Fleming who won the toss and put the defending champions in. "I hadn't been bowling that well but I knew that soon it would be my day. I seem to do alright against the Australians so it was good to do well again," said Bond."There was a bit in the pitch for me. I just mixed up my pace, put the ball in the standard area and threw in the odd yorker. "It surprised a few of us when Stephen put them into bat. To restrict the Aussies to 208 is a good effort and the wicket is getting better to bat on."Bond had Matthew Hayden caught behind for one, trapped Adam Gilchrist leg before for 18 and Ricky Ponting caught at slip for six in an opening spell of three for 20 in six overs. He returned later to blast out Damien Martyn, Brad Hogg and Ian Harvey in a second spell of three for three in four overs as Australia crashed to 84 for seven.But Fleming took another chance by letting his strike bowler complete his maximum number of overs with 21 overs still to be bowled in the Australian innings. As they had against England, when they came together with Australia in trouble at 135 for eight, Bevan and Bichel set about repairing the damage with sensible batting. The left-handed Bevan played the anchor role, making 56 off 94 balls, while the right-handed Bichel hit a career-best 64 off 83 deliveries, which included seven fours and a six off an attempted slower ball from Andre Adams which bounced twice before Bichel powered it over mid-wicket. Bichel was struck behind the right ear by a full toss from Adams in the 47th over when he had made 53. Bevan and Bichel were dismissed in the last three overs but Brett Lee finished the innings on a high for Australia by hitting the last two balls from Jacob Oram for six.Bond's figures were also the best ever for New Zealand, surpassing the six for 25 by Scott Styris against the West Indies in Port-of-Spain last year.His personal best had been five for 25 against Australia in Adelaide last season.