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First impression

Will they win it again? Here’s how the reigning champions fared in their opening match. HT reports.

cricket Updated: Feb 22, 2011 01:04 IST

Slow start

Australian batsmen continued to look shaky again spin. The aggressive Watson was kept quiet. There were just two fours in the first 10 overs, which produced a measly 28 runs.

Zimbabwe spin

Zimbabwe left-arm spinner Ray Price came on in the very second over, toshare the new ball with Mpofu. Openers Watson and Haddin couldn't cut loose, and Ponting looked too anxious to get going and was run out as a result.

Clarke, The Man

The Aussie vice-captain once again showed his control on slow pitches, helping hold the innings together. But the batting, despite a 6-1 home series win against England, continued to look unconvincing in sub-continent conditions.

Pace aces

Australia's 262 looked good enough due to Zimbabwe's inexperience, and the raw pace of Lee and Tait, and then Johnson shook up the unfancied side. In the end, Australia showed they had not regained their old confidence, but have time to peak in the long event.