ICC World Cup, 1999 / Commentary

ICC World Cup - 21st match, Group A

India v Sri Lanka

India won by 157 runs

0.3

Vaas to Ganguly, 1 run, off the off stump and behind the corner

India 2/0   SC Ganguly 1* (1b)

1.1

Upashantha to Ganguly, no run, just tucking it off the off stump and working it on the on side

1.2

Upashantha to Ganguly, 1 wide, way outside the off stump, thru to the keeper

1.2

Upashantha to Ganguly, 2 runs, working it forward of the square leg, soft pull

1.3

Upashantha to Ganguly, no run, wide of the off stump, but a little inswing, Ganguly with the joke of a shot, dabbing a drive at it wide of the body, missing

1.4

Upashantha to Ganguly, 1 no ball, poked from wide of the off stump and to the backward point

1.4

Upashantha to Ganguly, no run, defending down the off side, mid off gathers

1.5

Upashantha to Ganguly, no run, playing across the line, straight to the square leg

1.6

Upashantha to Ganguly, no run, flapping a cover drive at it and missing, the man who can't grow a moustache is off to a very scratchy start. He's been in poor form since making the 97 against South Africa

India 10/1   SC Ganguly 3* (8b)

3.1

Upashantha to Ganguly, FOUR, nothing scratchy about that shot, perfectly time flick off the toes, too quick for the forward square leg fielder

3.2

Upashantha to Ganguly, no run, pitched up, woeful attempt at an on side, tried to meet the pitch of the ball and still missed it

3.3

Upashantha to Ganguly, no run

3.4

Upashantha to Ganguly, no run, defending into the off side

3.5

Upashantha to Ganguly, 1 run

India 18/1   SC Ganguly 8* (13b 1x4)

4.1

Vaas to Ganguly, no run

4.2

Vaas to Ganguly, 1 no ball, trying to guide it thru the point region, but easily fielded

4.2

Vaas to Ganguly, no run, outside edge, towards the second slip, but it lands just short of the man there

4.3

Vaas to Ganguly, no run, defending onto the on side

4.4

Vaas to Ganguly, no run, pushing towards the covers, only defensive

4.5

Vaas to Ganguly, no run, leaning forward, solid defence, ball trickles onto the on side

4.6

Vaas to Ganguly, 2 runs, well driven thru the extra cover area

India 25/1   SC Ganguly 10* (20b 1x4)

5.6

Wickramasinghe to Ganguly, 2 runs, worked thru the mid wicket, fielded just short of the fence, Dravid gets sent back from taking the 3rd

India 40/1   SC Ganguly 12* (21b 1x4)

7.1

Wickramasinghe to Ganguly, 1 run, dabbing the bat at it, worked down to 3rd man to give Rahul Dynamic the strike

7.5

Wickramasinghe to Ganguly, no run, driving well, to the mid off

7.6

Wickramasinghe to Ganguly, 1 run, jerky defence, mistimed enough so they can get the single to the mid wicket

India 54/1   SC Ganguly 14* (24b 1x4)

8.1

Vaas to Ganguly, no run, firm defence outside the off stump and back to the bowler

8.2

Vaas to Ganguly, no run, ball keeps a little low outside the off stump, perhaps it was the leg cutter, passes harmlessly to the keeper

8.3

Vaas to Ganguly, FOUR, just a defensive tap, ball rockets off the bat down the on side

8.4

Vaas to Ganguly, 1 leg bye

India 59/1   SC Ganguly 18* (28b 2x4)

9.1

Wickramasinghe to Ganguly, FOUR, delicately played forward of the point, the Britannia bat does the work

9.2

Wickramasinghe to Ganguly, no run, outside the off stump and to the keeper

9.3

Wickramasinghe to Ganguly, no run, tapping into the covers, safely covered so to speak

9.4

Wickramasinghe to Ganguly, no run, ball pitched up, bat raised, ball left to the keeper, I believe I heard a few people booing that shot

9.5

Wickramasinghe to Ganguly, no run, played direct to the cover fielder

9.6

Wickramasinghe to Ganguly, no run, bat/pad defence onto the off side, good over from Wickers using line and length well

India 71/1   SC Ganguly 22* (34b 3x4)

10.3

Upashantha to Ganguly, 1 run, just squeezed off the leg stump, actually an attacking shot, looking for the gap but fielded by the wide mid on

10.5

Upashantha to Ganguly, no run, ball is pitched up outside the off stump, bat is raised high out of the way

10.6

Upashantha to Ganguly, FOUR, off drive, very nice looking shot, thru the wide mid off and to the boundary

India 78/1   SC Ganguly 27* (37b 4x4)

11.4

Wickramasinghe to Ganguly, no run, tapped back to the bowler

11.5

Wickramasinghe to Ganguly, 1 run, working onto the on side, just an easy single around mid wicket

India 80/1   SC Ganguly 28* (39b 4x4)

12.5

Upashantha to Ganguly, no run, chopping from outside the off stump and into the covers

12.6

Upashantha to Ganguly, no run, awkwardly defended off the leg stump to the mid on, Ganguly often seems to fall over pitched up balls on the middle stump like that

India 87/1   SC Ganguly 28* (41b 4x4)

14.1

Upashantha to Ganguly, no run

14.2

Upashantha to Ganguly, 1 run, poking away on the off side

India 90/1   SC Ganguly 29* (43b 4x4)

15.1

Muralitharan to Ganguly, 1 run, outside the off stump, poked away on the on side, straight of the mid on

15.6

Muralitharan to Ganguly, no run

India 96/1   SC Ganguly 30* (45b 4x4)

16.3

Upashantha to Ganguly, no run, just a little bit of dabbed defence outside the off stump

16.4

Upashantha to Ganguly, 1 run, into the leg stump, ball dribbles away behind square on the off side

16.6

Upashantha to Ganguly, 1 run, just a defensive prod towards the empty cover point area

India 102/1   SC Ganguly 32* (48b 4x4)

17.1

Muralitharan to Ganguly, no run, soft defence into the covers

17.2

Muralitharan to Ganguly, no run, Murali around the wicket, giving it lots of air, ball defended down the wicket

17.3

Muralitharan to Ganguly, no run, cutting to the point area

17.4

Muralitharan to Ganguly, no run, thrusts the pad forward at a ball heading down the leg side

17.5

Muralitharan to Ganguly, 1 run, pushing thru and around the extra cover area

India 103/1   SC Ganguly 33* (53b 4x4)

18.1

Jayawardene to Ganguly, no run, just defensive, trying to judge what Mahela's bowling is all about

18.2

Jayawardene to Ganguly, 1 run, tapping it into the covers, quick single taken

18.4

Jayawardene to Ganguly, no run, driven direct to the family size captain at mid on

18.5

Jayawardene to Ganguly, no run

18.6

Jayawardene to Ganguly, 1 run, clipped forwar dof the square leg to bring up the 100 partnership, clapity clap clap

India 106/1   SC Ganguly 35* (58b 4x4)

19.1

Muralitharan to Ganguly, 1 run

19.3

Muralitharan to Ganguly, 1 run, guided down to the long off, the batting has gone all tedious in the past 5 or so overs

India 109/1   SC Ganguly 37* (60b 4x4)

20.1

Jayawardene to Ganguly, FOUR, but not frustrated enough to play th eeasy cover drive off the poor ball outsid ethe off stump, smooth shot

20.2

Jayawardene to Ganguly, no run, dabbed on the off side

20.3

Jayawardene to Ganguly, 1 run, played down to the mid on, they grab a single

20.6

Jayawardene to Ganguly, 1 run, to the wide mid on, another single

India 118/1   SC Ganguly 43* (64b 5x4)

21.1

Muralitharan to Ganguly, 1 run, pushing towards the covers

India 119/1   SC Ganguly 44* (65b 5x4)

22.1

Jayawardene to Ganguly, 1 run, driving down to the wide mid off

22.3

Jayawardene to Ganguly, FOUR

22.4

Jayawardene to Ganguly, 1 run, easy drive to the long off to bring up the 50, off 68 balls, 6x4 0x6

22.6

Jayawardene to Ganguly, 1 run, tapping thru the cover point, runs off every ball that over, Mahela really doesn't provide a challenge

India 132/1   SC Ganguly 51* (69b 6x4)

23.1

Muralitharan to Ganguly, no run, pitched up outside the off stump, pushed into the cover

23.2

Muralitharan to Ganguly, no run, defends off the middle and off short of the covers

23.3

Muralitharan to Ganguly, no run, short steps down the pitch, only to defend, any NEgland batsman would be proud of that effort

23.4

Muralitharan to Ganguly, no run

23.5

Muralitharan to Ganguly, no run, some mroe defence outside the off stump

23.6

Muralitharan to Ganguly, 1 run, easily glided drive to the long off

India 133/1   SC Ganguly 52* (75b 6x4)

24.1

Jayasuriya to Ganguly, 2 runs, easily worked thru the forward square leg, good running which, despite the score, we've seen little of

24.2

Jayasuriya to Ganguly, FOUR, lofting way over the square leg, Ganguly coming down the pitch and pulling, is it heading for a 6 or 4 or a catch, somehow beats the fielder, one bounce into the fence, Shep isn't fooled by the clowns in the crowd signalling 6

24.3

Jayasuriya to Ganguly, no run

24.4

Jayasuriya to Ganguly, 1 run

India 140/1   SC Ganguly 59* (79b 7x4)

25.1

Muralitharan to Ganguly, no run

25.2

Muralitharan to Ganguly, no run, dabbing it onto the on side, keeper fields

25.3

Muralitharan to Ganguly, no run

25.4

Muralitharan to Ganguly, 1 run, lofted in the air over the wide mid off area, one bounce to the long off

India 143/1   SC Ganguly 60* (83b 7x4)

26.1

Jayasuriya to Ganguly, 1 run, gliding it just forward of square

26.4

Jayasuriya to Ganguly, 1 run

India 152/1   SC Ganguly 62* (85b 7x4)

27.1

Muralitharan to Ganguly, no run, defending on the off side

27.2

Muralitharan to Ganguly, FOUR, coming down the pitch, lofting over the cover point, great fielding by the slapstick Upshantha in the deep, falling over the top of the ball and letting it pass to the boundary

27.3

Muralitharan to Ganguly, 1 run

27.6

Muralitharan to Ganguly, no run, squeezing it out to the point area

India 160/1   SC Ganguly 67* (89b 8x4)

28.4

Vaas to Ganguly, 1 run, dabbing onto the on side, they grab a single thru the mid wicket

India 162/1   SC Ganguly 68* (90b 8x4)

29.1

de Silva to Ganguly, 1 run, the man with the mouldy touch, de Silva is brought on, you could say he's been chosen as a bowling allrounder, excpet his bowling has been worse than his batting

29.4

de Silva to Ganguly, no run, defending back to the bowler again

29.5

de Silva to Ganguly, no run

29.6

de Silva to Ganguly, 2 runs, playing thru the covers

India 172/1   SC Ganguly 71* (94b 8x4)

30.5

Vaas to Ganguly, no run, jumping abck from it, driven hard to the mid off

30.6

Vaas to Ganguly, FOUR, cut shot, top edge flies away wide of the 3rd man, Ganguly showing he can play the Sri Lankan shots as well as the classy shots

India 177/1   SC Ganguly 75* (96b 9x4)

31.2

de Silva to Ganguly, SIX, massive shot, one step down the pitch and lofts it way over the long on fence and onto the roof of some poxy Taunton stand, I give that one 6 thumbs up

31.3

de Silva to Ganguly, no run

31.4

de Silva to Ganguly, no run, defending into the off side

31.5

de Silva to Ganguly, no run, defends on the off side

31.6

de Silva to Ganguly, no run, played off the stumps and back to the bowler

India 184/1   SC Ganguly 81* (101b 9x4 1x6)

32.4

Wickramasinghe to Ganguly, 1 run, carved thru the cover point, fielded in the deep

32.6

Wickramasinghe to Ganguly, 1 run, driving thru the mid off and down to the deep fielder, a very nondescript over

India 188/1   SC Ganguly 83* (103b 9x4 1x6)

33.1

de Silva to Ganguly, 1 run, poking it thru the covers, another single

33.4

de Silva to Ganguly, no run, worked away on the off side, covers take it

33.5

de Silva to Ganguly, 1 run, easy single down to the long off

India 191/1   SC Ganguly 85* (106b 9x4 1x6)

34.2

Wickramasinghe to Ganguly, FOUR, a couple of steps down the pitch and bangulied over the bowlers head and into the fence

34.3

Wickramasinghe to Ganguly, no run

34.4

Wickramasinghe to Ganguly, 1 run

34.6

Wickramasinghe to Ganguly, FOUR, glanced off the legs, India looking for yet another ODI partnership record, ball goes down to the long leg boundary

India 203/1   SC Ganguly 94* (110b 11x4 1x6)

35.4

de Silva to Ganguly, 1 run

India 207/1   SC Ganguly 95* (111b 11x4 1x6)

36.4

Wickramasinghe to Ganguly, 1 run, outside the off stump, very good drive thru the covers and into the deep, but there's a fielder there

India 213/1   SC Ganguly 96* (112b 11x4 1x6)

37.1

Muralitharan to Ganguly, no run, sent down the leg side, Ganguly sweeping but only jagging a bottom edge onto it to the short fien leg

37.2

Muralitharan to Ganguly, no run

37.3

Muralitharan to Ganguly, no run, back foot drive to the backward point

37.4

Muralitharan to Ganguly, no run

37.5

Muralitharan to Ganguly, 1 run, leaning back and clubbed from outside the off stump, thru the cover into the deep

India 218/1   SC Ganguly 97* (117b 11x4 1x6)

38.1

Upashantha to Ganguly, 1 run, poking it down the on side, gathered by the long on

38.4

Upashantha to Ganguly, 2 runs, played forward of square, they manage a double into the deep, and a ton fro Ganguly, 119 balls, 11x4 1x6

38.5

Upashantha to Ganguly, no run

38.6

Upashantha to Ganguly, 1 wide, and a wide, go Eric! India need all the help they can get for this pidldy target they'll be setting

38.6

Upashantha to Ganguly, 1 run, sliding off the face of the bat and thru the covers

India 230/1   SC Ganguly 101* (121b 11x4 1x6)

39.1

Muralitharan to Ganguly, FOUR, jumping down the pitch, lofted over the covers, the senses get a bit dulled after watching this many boundaries

39.2

Muralitharan to Ganguly, 1 wide, pushed down the leg side, top spinner

39.2

Muralitharan to Ganguly, SIX, big big shot, he slides down the pitch and dispatches it into the river for a chilly English summer dip

39.3

Muralitharan to Ganguly, 1 run

39.5

Muralitharan to Ganguly, 1 run

India 244/1   SC Ganguly 113* (125b 12x4 2x6)

40.2

Upashantha to Ganguly, no run

40.3

Upashantha to Ganguly, 1 run, easily played down to the long on, crowd start to whistle

40.6

Upashantha to Ganguly, 1 run, full toss speared at the off stump, Ganguly stone walls it down to the long off

India 251/1   SC Ganguly 115* (128b 12x4 2x6)

41.1

Muralitharan to Ganguly, no run

41.2

Muralitharan to Ganguly, SIX, one step down the pitch, easy as you like, pulled way over the long on, they're going to have to change the laws if this keeps going

41.3

Muralitharan to Ganguly, FOUR, sick ball misdirected down the leg side, Ganguly helps it past the short fine leg

41.4

Muralitharan to Ganguly, no run

41.5

Muralitharan to Ganguly, SIX, another simple step down the wicket, lofted over the sightscreen and into the Ian Botham Stand

41.6

Muralitharan to Ganguly, 1 wide, and down the leg side, Murali just can't cut it for a break

41.6

Muralitharan to Ganguly, 1 run, pushing thru the mid wicket

India 269/1   SC Ganguly 132* (134b 13x4 4x6)

42.1

Upashantha to Ganguly, 1 run, and that breaks the world record for the 2nd wicket in ODIs, Aamer and Inzamam v NZ at Sharjah 1993/94

42.4

Upashantha to Ganguly, no run, slow outside the off stump, playing and missing!

42.5

Upashantha to Ganguly, 1 run, a poor shot! what a novel concept, bottom edge bounces down to the long on

India 279/1   SC Ganguly 134* (137b 13x4 4x6)

43.5

Vaas to Ganguly, 1 run, around the wicket, guided to the deep mid wicket

India 292/1   SC Ganguly 135* (138b 13x4 4x6)

44.1

Upashantha to Ganguly, no run, a dot! a magnificent dot! to the mid wicket

44.2

Upashantha to Ganguly, FOUR, lofted in the air, Wickers is under it, looking good for the catch, should be eay, DROPPED, into the fence

44.3

Upashantha to Ganguly, FOUR, sliced thru the point, this is simply a joke

44.4

Upashantha to Ganguly, FOUR, over the bowler's head, into the long on fence, boring

44.5

Upashantha to Ganguly, SIX, oh please, pulling way over the mid wicket to bring up his 150

44.6

Upashantha to Ganguly, (no ball) 1 run, a glorious single, stroked ever so smoothly into the covers

India 316/1   SC Ganguly 154* (144b 16x4 5x6)

45.1

Vaas to Ganguly, 2 runs, someone needs to investigate this, simple running catch for Murali running in from wide long on, DROPPED

45.2

Vaas to Ganguly, 1 run

45.4

Vaas to Ganguly, 1 run, OUT, swiping it thru the mid wicket, Murali fields with his knees, confusingly wearing Wickers shirt, pings it to the bowler's end, TV called, direct hit ends the madness

R Dravid run out 145 (179m 129b 17x4 1x6) SR: 112.40

45.5

Vaas to Ganguly, 1 run

India 325/2   SC Ganguly 158* (147b 16x4 5x6)

46.1

Jayasuriya to Ganguly, SIX, lofting over the long off, another 6, Anwar's and Kirsten's records are in sight

46.2

Jayasuriya to Ganguly, 1 run

46.4

Jayasuriya to Ganguly, SIX, big big shot, over the long on, that ball's gone to talk in a funny accent whilst doing some shopping in downtown Taunton

46.5

Jayasuriya to Ganguly, 2 wides, and another single off a wide

India 344/2   SC Ganguly 172* (151b 16x4 7x6)

47.5

Wickramasinghe to Ganguly, 1 wide

47.5

Wickramasinghe to Ganguly, 1 run

India 351/5   SC Ganguly 173* (152b 16x4 7x6)

48.2

Vaas to Ganguly, 2 runs, guiding it thru the covers and into the deep, moves onto 175

48.3

Vaas to Ganguly, 2 runs, glancing behind the short fine leg, that's the highest ODI and WC score by an Indian, beating Kapil in 1983

48.4

Vaas to Ganguly, FOUR, big slashing drive, outside edge, kKalu dives to his left, thru the gloves and to the boundary

48.5

Vaas to Ganguly, 1 run, poked onto the on side off the toes, good ball from Vaas

India 362/5   SC Ganguly 182* (156b 17x4 7x6)

49.2

Wickramasinghe to Ganguly, 1 run, full toss speared at the legs, only squeezed onto the on side, Kalu fields

49.5

Wickramasinghe to Ganguly, OUT, going for the 6, big slog down the ground, but he hasn't got onto it properly, Chandana it looks like has taken a safe catch in front of the sightscreen, what a great innings, standing ovation from the crowd

SC Ganguly c sub (UDU Chandana) b Wickramasinghe 183 (210m 158b 17x4 7x6) SR: 115.82

India 372/6   SC Ganguly 183 (158b 17x4 7x6)
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May 26, 1999

Rahul Dravid drives on his way to 145, India v Sri Lanka, Group A, World Cup, Taunton, May 26, 1999

Rahul Dravid drives on his way to 145

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May 26, 1999

Rahul Dravid uses the pull shot to good effect, India vs Sri Lanka, Group A, ICC World Cup, Taunton, May 26, 1999

Rahul Dravid uses the pull shot to good effect

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