Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe, World T20 2012, Group C, Hambantota September 18, 2012

A brief speech and a triple-misfield

ESPNcricinfo presents the Plays of the Day from the World T20 Group C match between Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe in Hambantota

The speech

Fielding captains usually can't say enough during the pre-innings huddle. Whether it's going over the game plan or firing up the side, most yap on animatedly until the batsmen cross the boundary to force an end to the pow-wow. Brendan Taylor's approach in Hambantota was simpler, and you suspect more powerful, given the occasion. "Give it everything," he said, and nothing more. The words would have resonated with a team that is often overlooked to the point of being forgotten. This was their first international in seven months.

The run out

Dilshan Munaweera looked nervous on his international debut, and his awkward dismissal will not make him feel any easier at this level. Munaweera played a sweep off Prosper Utseya, lost his balance and stumbled into the pitch. The fall meant he didn't see Christopher Mpofu field the ball at short fine leg when he took off for a run. Tillakaratne Dilshan sent him back quickly, but Munaweera lost his bat amid the commotion, and a lunge with his boot was not enough to get him home. 

The triple misfield

Zimbabwe had many ordinary moments in the field, but none so comical as the misfield in the 13th over that went through two sets of hands, evaded a third fielder and narrowly missed the umpire and the non-striker to boot. Chris Mpofu got down to stop a Jeevan Mendis straight drive, but the ball popped up off his wrist and had both Kumar Sangakkara and Ian Gould ducking to avoid being hit. Long off and long on converged to clean up the misfield, but Brian Vittori let the ball slip through his fingers as well, and that deviation undid Prosper Utseya's efforts and the ball crossed the rope. 

The shot

Kumar Sangakkara is renowned for the correctness of his strokes, and though he has made himself a very good limited-overs batsman, daring strokes and innovation have not been a strength, particularly in comparison to the other senior batsmen in the Sri Lanka side. His ramp shot off a slower bouncer in the 16th over hinted he had been working on a new facet of his game, but it was the slog sweep off Chris Mpofu in the final over that confirmed a willingness to innovate. Mpofu barely overpitched, but Sangakkara had picked the length early, and hammered the 125 kph delivery over square leg for six. 

The shot II

Lasith Malinga may be the fastest bowler in Sri Lanka's arsenal, but Hamilton Masakadza wasn't afraid to treat him like a spinner when he charged the first delivery of the fourth over, intent on pounding him to the boundary. Malinga saw the batsman and dug it in short, but Masakadza had been ready for that. He curtailed his backswing and clobbered Malinga over wide mid-on for four.

Andrew Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's correspondent in Sri Lanka

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  • Anwar on September 19, 2012, 22:28 GMT

    @Sinhabahu..You are right...India still lagging in their death bowling...They struggled a bit against Afghanisthan today which is pretty much new to international cricket...With respect to AJ Mendis, all the top teams / players have seen most of his magic and will be better prepared to face him...

  • Sinha on September 19, 2012, 12:28 GMT

    @anvargath, India's bowling doesn't work out against any team. Thank your gods that you at least found Kohli.

  • Muhammad Danish on September 19, 2012, 12:09 GMT

    zimbabwe, ireland, afghanistan cant beat the top teams easily

  • Tharindu on September 19, 2012, 1:13 GMT

    plz indians mind ur own buisness.hv a look on todays battle and support india.otherwise worst bowlin attack will leak 200 runs for afg.

    lucky boys,if KP is around... i dnt knw wt to say BANG...

  • Dummy4 on September 19, 2012, 0:32 GMT

    On his day Ajantha Mendis is unplayable.. and I reckon against any team. If he fires this tournament the T20 WC is SL's.

  • Hassan on September 18, 2012, 21:57 GMT

    total destruction mendis plays upon human psychology once he gets on your nerves it becomes difficult to under stand his under stated bitter sweet variations aus have suffered once from the same predicament and zimbabwe saw another unleashing episode of the devil delivery

  • Sagheer on September 18, 2012, 19:33 GMT

    Welcome back BAW Mendis. Ten months out of T20 and you are back with a bang. Bravo Zimbabwe, isn't it quite and achievement that they still managed to reach 100!

  • Anwar on September 18, 2012, 18:50 GMT

    Zim could have offered better fight...AJ Mendis magic wont work out on top teams...

  • Ajith on September 18, 2012, 18:06 GMT

    HERE WE GO.......

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