Ponting happy as pace trumps spin

Ricky Ponting celebrated his record 40th World Cup match on Monday by watching his intimidating pace trio trump spin as defending champions Australia defeated Zimbabwe by 91 runs

Johnson was delighted by his figures of 4-19. “I got a bit of rhythm out there tonight and it felt really good,” he said.

“I think the boys did an exceptional job. Zimbabwe came out firing, played some pretty good shots so it was good to get a win. “It’s my new role to be first change and get wickets. I still bowl the short ball, the change up and I can be aggressive. I’m happy with that.

“It was a good hit out for the first match of the World Cup. It’s good to get one off early on before we face New Zealand.”

Zimbabwe skipper Elton Chigumbura said: “We have to work on our batting. “Overall I thought the bowling and fielding was superb. It was a good wicket to bat on. We just lost too many wickets up front.”

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Ahmedabad: Feb 22, 2011

Ricky Ponting celebrated his record 40th World Cup match on Monday by watching his intimidating pace trio trump spin as defending champions Australia defeated Zimbabwe by 91 runs.

Mitchell Johnson took four wickets, Shaun Tait two and Brett Lee claimed one victim as Australia bowled out Zimbabwe for 171 in reply to 262 after the Africans had used spin for 39 of their 50 overs. “There wasn’t much in it for the quicks. I thought Johnson was outstanding and Tait’s just working up to match fitness so to get eight or nine overs out of him was a real bonus,” said Ponting.

“I thought our spinners also did a pretty good job.” Ponting has now beaten the record for World Cup appearances that he had shared with former teammate Glenn McGrath and is now two ahead of Sanath Jayasuriya and Wasim Akram, both now retired. Sachin Tendulkar played in his 37th World Cup match in India’s win against Bangladesh on Saturday.

Johnson was delighted by his figures of 4-19. “I got a bit of rhythm out there tonight and it felt really good,” he said. “I think the boys did an exceptional job. Zimbabwe came out firing, played some pretty good shots so it was good to get a win. “It’s my new role to be first change and get wickets. I still bowl the short ball, the change up and I can be aggressive. I’m happy with that.

“It was a good hit out for the first match of the World Cup. It’s good to get one off early on before we face New Zealand.” Zimbabwe skipper Elton Chigumbura said: “We have to work on our batting. “Overall I thought the bowling and fielding was superb. It was a good wicket to bat on. We just lost too many wickets up front.”

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