ICC World Twenty20 - 1st match, Group C

Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe

Sri Lanka won by 82 runs

7.37pm. Seven minutes behind schedule, Jarvis is ready to bowl to Munaweera. Ian Gunner Guld says PLAY

Out come the two Dilshans: the veteran Tillakaratne, and the debutant Munaweera. Not a sellout by any means. They have got a camera inside the Zimbabwe huddle, and Brendan Taylor can be heard saying, "It's a big day for us." By the way, we are already five minutes behind schedule here. It's 7.35pm, and the Dilshans are only scratching their guard out

All is in readiness. Before we start, a warning for Zimbabwe, from Dennis Hopper: "No Price? No chance!"

"@Sid: IMHO, playing national anthems at the sporting events is still very much OK. But in Mumbai, they play national anthems before the start of a movie screening at the cinema halls. What would you say about those?" Vivek Bhandari, I always tell anybody who asks me to stand up that national anthems are not supposed to be played under a closed roof. I might have imagined this rule, but it works

7.25pm The national anthems are back. Not a fan of them being played at sporting events. Anyhow... But I am a big fan of the Sri Lankan national anthem, especially how it fools you into believing it has ended midway through. After the anthems, we will be off

7.05pm No Ray Price for Zimbabwe. Utseya and Cremer are their spinners. Vittori and Jarvis will hope for some seam early on. If you scroll up a little, you will find that both the XIs have been updated.

"After all this talk about SL not winning a chase at home in T20 in the podcast, you'd think Zim would use their toss to go and bat first." Sne, but you would also expect them to play the conditions: cool evening, fresh pitch, a fair sprinkling of green

Zimbabwe have won the toss and chosen to field first. Brendan Taylor hopes to make some early inroads in fresh conditions. He says they are playing two spinners. Mahela Jayawardene doesn't mind batting first. Says runs on the board are always good. Ajnatha Mendis comes back for them. Dilshan Munwaweera makes debut, picked ahead of Dinesh Chandimal. Keeping in with the honourable Sri Lankan tradition of long names, his Munaweera's initials expand to Eldeniya Medagedara Dilshan Yasika Munaweera. So two Mendises and two Dilshans for them. two allrounders in Angelot Mathews and Thisara Perera let them play the extra batsman.

6.50pm It's a cool evening in Hambantota, which can get really windy at times, especially with no cover around the ground to block the wind. The pitch has a covering of grass on. "Not a green top," says Sanjay Manjrekar, just one with an even bit of green. Toss in 10 minutes

6.45pm As we wait for the toss, let's just list the fun things we have lined up for you. First making its comeback is Cricinfo Fantasy making a roaring comeback. You still have 45 minutes to register a team. If you do it any later, you will lose out on scoring in the first game. Don't forget the Fan Network

Apart from that, David Hopps, Abhsihek Purohit and Andrew Fernando will bring you all the news, analysis, features, interviews and everything else from Sri Lanka. There will be a lot of multimedia stuff too, including free live streaming of every match in USA and the Two Chucks

6.30pm We won't have any fancy opening ceremony to declare the games open tonight, but this, the fourth edition of World Twenty20, will open in an hour's time with hosts Sri Lanka taking on Zimbabwe, two sides that used to be at around the same level in early '90s. A big hello and welcome then

This game will be a big test of how popular this tournament will be, being played as it is at one of the more remote cricketing venues in the world

0.1

Jarvis to Munaweera, FOUR, a gentle full toss first ball. Swinging away, but too full, and Munaweera opens the face to guide it past point, and with with the wind. So four off first ball in international cricket

0.2

Jarvis to Munaweera, no run, length ball now, outswinger, left alone

One wide slip in

0.3

Jarvis to Munaweera, no run, bowls the inswinger this time, but starts to straight, and hits him on the pad when headed down leg

Zimbabwe pretty chirpy on the field

0.4

Jarvis to Munaweera, no run, outswinger. Nice shape, but starts going a little early. Munaweere watches it through to the keeper

"If this Zimbabwe team beats Sri Lanka it will be Priceless." Brenton, they will be priceless even if they lose

0.5

Jarvis to Munaweera, no run, slower offcutter, 108ks, on a length outside off, and Muna defends watchfully

0.6

Jarvis to Munaweera, no run, wild swing and a miss. The dot balls showed here as he charged and backed away at the same time. Jarvis kept his line and bowled a full outswinger. Beats him just outside off

End of over 1 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 4/0 (RR: 4.00)
EMDY Munaweera    4* (6b 1x4)      KM Jarvis    1-0-4-0
TM Dilshan    0* (0b)     

Vittori to share the new ball

1.1

Vitori to Dilshan, no run, short of a length, outside off, punched nicely to point

"No sign of Dananjaya then? Trust featuring in Cricinfo's "ones to watch" is not going to be the death of a player" James, we try to do our bit

1.2

Vitori to Dilshan, no run, full and wide, Dilshan drives, but doesn't hit it well

1.3

Vitori to Dilshan, FOUR, short of a length, angling away, Dilshan presses forward and punches this one the up. Between cover-point and cover. Into the wind. Still four all the way

1.4

Vitori to Dilshan, 1 wide, half a shout for a catch at the wicket as Dilshan tries to pull this well down the leg side. Close to the glove, but called a wide. A big wide too

1.4

Vitori to Dilshan, 1 run, short of a length, on the pads, worked past short fine for a single

Trust the TV companies to come up with new innovations. If you are watching the TV coverage, you will know I am referring to the split screen. reminds me of Ian Chappell's famous quote that, "Son, whatever you do, you can't reinvent the game."

1.5

Vitori to Munaweera, no run, full, inswinger, beats him, but hits him on the pad when headed down leg

1.6

Vitori to Munaweera, no run, short, on leg, tries to pull, but is beaten by the pace

End of over 2 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 10/0 (RR: 5.00)
EMDY Munaweera    4* (8b 1x4)      BV Vitori    1-0-6-0
TM Dilshan    5* (4b 1x4)      KM Jarvis    1-0-4-0

2.1

Jarvis to Dilshan, no run, quick inswinger, 137.4ks, beats Dilshan both with the pace and the movement the other way. Appeals for lbw, but it is headed down leg

2.2

Jarvis to Dilshan, 1 run, slower ball, 111ks, short of a length, turning in towards off, Dilshan gets a single off the bat and pad

2.3

Jarvis to Munaweera, 1 wide, bouncer, outside off, but it is too high, and is called both a wide and one for the over

2.3

Jarvis to Munaweera, FOUR, full, on the pads, he has chipped this straight down the ground, almost bisecting mid-off and mid-on. Good timing takes it for four

"That split screen thing really bothered me when they first showed it for the 2nd delivery of the game. Of course we're gonna have to put up with it for the duration of the competition aren't we? :(" BJ, we can't argue against some big shot in the TV company who has come up with this innovation to justify his/her salary

2.4

Jarvis to Munaweera, no run, lovely outswinger. Just short of a driving length, just outside off, then beats his drive

2.5

Jarvis to Munaweera, 2 runs, Munaweera is a thumper, he is all right. Another length ball, and he goes for a hit into the orbit. Not well timed at all, but it clears a valiant effort from Malcolm Waller running back from mid-on

2.6

Jarvis to Munaweera, 1 run, backs away to hit, gets an inside edge onto the pad and DIlshan completes a quick single with a dive as the ball rolls towards point

End of over 3 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 19/0 (RR: 6.33)
EMDY Munaweera    11* (12b 2x4)      KM Jarvis    2-0-13-0
TM Dilshan    6* (6b 1x4)      BV Vitori    1-0-6-0

3.1

Vitori to Munaweera, no run, short, angling towards just outside off, and he pulls all over it

3.2

Vitori to Munaweera, 1 run, gets the pull right this time, gets a single to deep square leg

Rushabh Shah: "Bet there's a guy in Sri Lanka whose name is Hashan Tillekaratne Dilshan Munaweera..."

3.3

Vitori to Dilshan, 1 wide, effort ball, digs it in too short, and pays for it with a call of wide

3.3

Vitori to Dilshan, 2 runs, slower ball, Dilshan gets a big leading edge as he tries to flick, and clears Brendan Taylor with ease. with the wind too. Dilshan gets away with one there

"come on guys, what an amazing innovation, cutting off half of the screen making it harder to see the batsman play hit shots, isn't that what T20 is all about?" SthAussie, they deserve a Nobel surely?

3.4

Vitori to Dilshan, no run, nice slower ball. Seams like a beamer to start off with, and then suddenly dips on him. Dilshan is not playing at it, and is lucky this is not in line with the stumps

3.5

Vitori to Dilshan, 1 wide, big wide down the leg side this time

3.5

Vitori to Dilshan, FOUR, Uppish drive on the up. In the air for a bit too long, but goes right into the gap between cover and cover-point

3.6

Vitori to Dilshan, 1 run, swing this time, and Dilshan gets an inside edge onto the pad. They try to steal a single to point, and Munaweera is late to start, and gives up half way. However, the stumps are not hit. A possible run-out missed here

End of over 4 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 29/0 (RR: 7.25)
TM Dilshan    13* (10b 2x4)      BV Vitori    2-0-16-0
EMDY Munaweera    12* (14b 2x4)      KM Jarvis    2-0-13-0

Prosper Utseya to bowl inside the Powerplay. Deep midwicket is duly placed

4.1

Utseya to Dilshan, no run, starts off with a short flat delivery, Dilshan rocks back, but is beaten on the pull. Headed down leg, so he is safe

4.2

Utseya to Dilshan, FOUR, punched off the back foot between cover and extra-cover. Top shot as it is played against a quickish delivery after a forward press

4.3

Utseya to Dilshan, 1 run, flighted now, and swept away to deep square leg for one

4.4

Utseya to Munaweera, 1 wide, short delivery, turning down leg, a wide called

4.4

Utseya to Munaweera, 1 wide, length ball, pitches leg, turns further down, another wide

4.4

Utseya to Munaweera, no run, makes room this time, and is cramped on the shot. Had he not backed away, he might just have got another wide

4.5

Utseya to Munaweera, 1 leg bye, looks to sweep, misses, and gets a leg-bye to short fine leg

4.6

Utseya to Dilshan, 1 run, quick offbreak, Dilshan gets a soft leading edge towards for a single

End of over 5 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 38/0 (RR: 7.60)
TM Dilshan    19* (14b 3x4)      P Utseya    1-0-8-0
EMDY Munaweera    12* (16b 2x4)      BV Vitori    2-0-16-0

"Why stop at split screen? If they chopped the screen into 4 they could also focus on a fielder and maybe the crowd / cheerleaders." Ryan, I want a window for the local horse race too. Meanwhile here is Chris Mpofu

5.1

Mpofu to Dilshan, 1 run, short of a length, on off, punched wide of mid-off for a single

5.2

Mpofu to Munaweera, 1 run, sitter dropped at deep midwicket by Malcolm Waller. That's one-and-a-half chances spilled by Waller now. Length ball, on the pads, flicked in the air, Waller at deep midwicket sets up for a low catch and spills it

5.3

Mpofu to Dilshan, FOUR, The ramp shot. The scoop. We were expecting it Mr Dilshan. Length ball, pretty straight, and he is on a knee to clear short fine leg with ease

Fine leg goes back, third man comes up

5.4

Mpofu to Dilshan, FOUR, half-volley on off, and he off-drives it between the bowler and mid-off. No-fuss shot

5.5

Mpofu to Dilshan, 1 run, short of a length, on off, punched to cover-point, and Munaweera would have been run out despite the dive had Zimbabwe hit direct. They miss the stumps again

5.6

Mpofu to Munaweera, FOUR, low full towss on the pads, and easily glanced fine of short fine leg

End of over 6 (15 runs) Sri Lanka 53/0 (RR: 8.83)
EMDY Munaweera    17* (18b 3x4)      CB Mpofu    1-0-15-0
TM Dilshan    29* (18b 5x4)      P Utseya    1-0-8-0

6.1

Utseya to Dilshan, no run, misses out. Length ball, on the pads, but he finds short fine leg with the sweep

6.2

Utseya to Dilshan, 1 run, shorter now, and worked away for a single to deep square leg

6.3

Utseya to Munaweera, OUT, an action-filled delivery. Muna tries to sweep a full and straight delivery, and just about manages to get bat on it. He takes off despite hitting it straight to short fine leg. Dilshan sends him back, and he loses his bat while turning back. And not having the bat in his hand has cost him a bit of reach and also his wicket

EMDY Munaweera run out 17 (33m 19b 3x4 0x6) SR: 89.47

Mahela Jayawardene is the new man in. He has scored a T20 century against Zimbabwe

6.4

Utseya to Jayawardene, no run, short of a length, MJ goes deep into the crease to defend this to straight midwicket

6.5

Utseya to Jayawardene, no run, flighted outside off, and defended back to the bowler

6.6

Utseya to Jayawardene, 1 run, full, on the pads, flicked away for a single to deep midwicket

End of over 7 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 55/1 (RR: 7.85)
DPMD Jayawardene    1* (3b)      P Utseya    2-0-10-0
TM Dilshan    30* (20b 5x4)      CB Mpofu    1-0-15-0

Graeme Cremer to bowl his legrollers, the quick legbreaks that don't turn much

7.1

Cremer to Jayawardene, 1 run, full, on off, pushed towards the vacant midwicket region for one

"Even better: split the screen into 16. One for each player on the field, plus 2 for the umpires and one panning the crowd. Unwatchable, but you'd get all the action." James, don't forget the cheerleaders

7.2

Cremer to Dilshan, 1 run, short of a length, on leg, punched to wide long-on for one

7.3

Cremer to Jayawardene, 1 run, short again, pulled to wide long-on again

7.4

Cremer to Dilshan, 1 run, full, on off, driven to long-off for one

7.5

Cremer to Jayawardene, no run, the topspinner, and Mahela is expecting it to turn. Hit on the pad, and short fine leg is alert

7.6

Cremer to Jayawardene, no run, full, on the pads, glanced away, but can't beat short fine leg

End of over 8 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 59/1 (RR: 7.37)
DPMD Jayawardene    3* (7b)      AG Cremer    1-0-4-0
TM Dilshan    32* (22b 5x4)      P Utseya    2-0-10-0

8.1

Utseya to Dilshan, 1 run, swept to short fine leg where Mpofu misfields to let them steal a single

8.2

Utseya to Jayawardene, FOUR, reverse-sweep from Mahela, takes it from middle and leg, and beats backward point. What innivation

"The tournament has only just started and the miserable comments are already flying in. Here's a new concept for you, how about you sit back, grab a glass of something and watch the match for the entertainment is supposed to be??" Datinder Lotay, are we to stand in a corner for the next 15 minutes too?

8.3

Utseya to Jayawardene, 1 run, full, on the pads, worked away for a single

8.4

Utseya to Dilshan, 2 runs, nicely played. Soft hands, and pushed wide of long-on, and comes back for an easy second

8.5

Utseya to Dilshan, 2 runs, short, turning into the pads, pulled fine of deep square, and gets another couple

8.6

Utseya to Dilshan, 1 run, short of a length, turned away with soft hands towards deep square, but this time time they have to settle for just one

End of over 9 (11 runs) Sri Lanka 70/1 (RR: 7.77)
TM Dilshan    38* (26b 5x4)      P Utseya    3-0-21-0
DPMD Jayawardene    8* (9b 1x4)      AG Cremer    1-0-4-0

9.1

Cremer to Dilshan, 1 run, full, on off, driven to long-off for one

9.2

Cremer to Jayawardene, 2 runs, Mahela again has to make an adjustment as this one doesn't turn away. He bunts this nicely into the leg side, and Dilshan initiates a risky second, and makes it a with a big dive

9.3

Cremer to Jayawardene, 1 no ball, Mahela has not been picking Cremer well. Again he plays for a legbreak, but this one keeps on coming with the arm. Full, on off, and Mahela plays outside the line. Hit flush in front, and is given out leg-before. Hang on. Hang on. They are checking the replay for a back-foot no-ball, and he has cut the side crease with the back foot. So that's a no-ball, and a free hit to follow. Poor bowlers

Free hit to follow

9.3

Cremer to Jayawardene, no run, Mahela misses on a big heave-ho

Another annoying innovation. Free hits will all be shown from a wide angle from somewhere between mid-off and extra cover. Well done, tv

9.4

Cremer to Jayawardene, 1 run, chipped wide of long-off for a single

9.5

Cremer to Dilshan, OUT, Cremer has come back well from that wicket off a no-ball with a quick delivery. Dilshan tries to cut it, there seems to be a noise, and Zimbabwe are pretty certain they have Dilshan caught at the wicket. The umpire takes his time before raising the wicket, and neither batsman looks happy with the decision

TM Dilshan c †Taylor b Cremer 39 (49m 28b 5x4 0x6) SR: 139.28

"Why was it a free hit? i thought it's only a free hit for front-foot no-balls?" James, it's all foot faults. Anyway, here's Sangakkara

9.6

Cremer to Sangakkara, 1 run, short, sliding away, cut away for a single

End of over 10 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 76/2 (RR: 7.60)
KC Sangakkara    1* (1b)      AG Cremer    2-0-10-1
DPMD Jayawardene    11* (13b 1x4)      P Utseya    3-0-21-0

Utseya to bowl out

10.1

Utseya to Sangakkara, 2 runs, short of a length, on off, punched away wide of deep cover, comes back for an easy second

Round the stumps to Sanga

10.2

Utseya to Sangakkara, 1 run, another punch from the back foot, gets a single to long-off

"I wonder what it would be like to watch the whole match from blimp-cam..." Razz, a bit nauseating

10.3

Utseya to Jayawardene, no run, short of a length, doesn't turn as much as expected, hit back to the bowler

10.4

Utseya to Jayawardene, no run, looks to cut, but is pitched on a length, and is way too full to play that shot. Beaten on the cut

10.5

Utseya to Jayawardene, no run, shapes up to paddle a little too early, Utseya bowls it full and down leg. Even though it misses the leg stump, it's not called a wide

10.6

Utseya to Jayawardene, 1 run, short, pulled away to deep midwicket for one

End of over 11 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 80/2 (RR: 7.27)
DPMD Jayawardene    12* (17b 1x4)      P Utseya    4-0-25-0
KC Sangakkara    4* (3b)      AG Cremer    2-0-10-1

"Considering all the happenings on the tv re. coverage, I am forced to make a judgement call that IPL coverage is not all that bad after all eh?" Melwyn, can't really disagree, hard as I try

11.1

Cremer to Jayawardene, 1 run, full toss, flicked away to deep midwicket for one

11.2

Cremer to Sangakkara, no run, google, pitched outside leg, hits the leading edge as he tries to turn it to leg. Goes back to the bowler along the ground

11.3

Cremer to Sangakkara, 1 run, OUT, that's a risky second. Cut away to deep point, and they pause a moment before starting the second. When they do decide to take it, they decide to take the second on the throw. The throw follows Jayawardene at non-striker's end, and he is out comfortably. That's Waller's throw. Some redemption for him

DPMD Jayawardene run out 13 (22m 18b 1x4 0x6) SR: 72.22

Jeevan Mendis is promoted here, but Sanga is on strike

11.4

Cremer to Sangakkara, 2 runs, short of a length, cut away in front of square, gets a second easily

11.5

Cremer to Sangakkara, 1 run, googly, starts full outside leg, turned around the corner for one

11.6

Cremer to BMAJ Mendis, 1 run, another googly, Mendis moves across, has no idea about it, but gets a single off the thick outside edge

End of over 12 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 86/3 (RR: 7.16)
BMAJ Mendis    1* (1b)      AG Cremer    3-0-16-1
KC Sangakkara    8* (7b)      P Utseya    4-0-25-0

Mpofu comes back. Round the stumps

12.1

Mpofu to BMAJ Mendis, no run, beats him with a shortish delivery that angles in, and gets another dot in

12.2

Mpofu to BMAJ Mendis, 1 run, fuller, outside off, gets the inside half of the bat for a single to long-on

12.3

Mpofu to Sangakkara, 1 run, length ball, outside off, driven wide of long-off, but not wide enough to come back for a second

12.4

Mpofu to BMAJ Mendis, 1 run, length ball, angling in, drops and runs, and completes a comfortable single

12.5

Mpofu to Sangakkara, 3 runs, full and wide, Sanga drives with an open face, places it wide of sweeper-cover. Craig Ervine makes a diving save, but can't prevent the third

12.6

Mpofu to BMAJ Mendis, FOUR, full, on off, driven back at Mpofu, who gets a hand to it. The ball now travels much slower to long-on, but in the hurry to keep the batsmen down to one, both long-on and long-off misfield, and let it through for four. Vittori is the one who is done in by a wobble, and Utseya has overrun it. Gould is pretty amused as he signals four

End of over 13 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 96/3 (RR: 7.38)
BMAJ Mendis    7* (5b 1x4)      CB Mpofu    2-0-25-0
KC Sangakkara    12* (9b)      AG Cremer    3-0-16-1

13.1

Cremer to Sangakkara, 1 run, slider, pushed wide of cover for one

13.2

Cremer to BMAJ Mendis, no run, Mendis has no clue about this googly, and is beaten comprehensively. It just misses the off stick

13.3

Cremer to BMAJ Mendis, 1 run, swept away for a single

13.4

Cremer to Sangakkara, 1 run, down the wicket, beaten in the flight, but he manages to work it away for one

13.5

Cremer to BMAJ Mendis, FOUR, big winding sweep, and he has hit this really powerfully, and placed it wide of deep square leg

13.6

Cremer to BMAJ Mendis, FOUR, back-to-back fours for Mendis as he backs away and hits powerfully at this short delivery. He has placed it wide of long-off

End of over 14 (11 runs) Sri Lanka 107/3 (RR: 7.64)
BMAJ Mendis    16* (9b 3x4)      AG Cremer    4-0-27-1
KC Sangakkara    14* (11b)      CB Mpofu    2-0-25-0

Elton Chigumbura to bowl now

14.1

Chigumbura to Sangakkara, 1 run, length ball, on the pads, driven to long-on for one

14.2

Chigumbura to BMAJ Mendis, SIX, full, on the pads, and he has flicked it for a flat six, and this is no mickey-mouse ground. Waller at deep square is well inside, and has been lobbed

14.3

Chigumbura to BMAJ Mendis, no run, tries the reverse-sweep off the quick man, gets some bat on it, but not enough to send it anywhere

14.4

Chigumbura to BMAJ Mendis, no run, slower ball, short, outside off, and he is beaten on the pull. Taylor does well to cover this ball bouncing well in front of him

14.5

Chigumbura to BMAJ Mendis, FOUR, poor poor bowling. Had Mendis not helped it along its way for four this would have been a big wide down the leg side

14.6

Chigumbura to BMAJ Mendis, 1 wide, this time he successfully bowls a wide outside leg

14.6

Chigumbura to BMAJ Mendis, 1 run, yorker, on off, digs it out for one

End of over 15 (13 runs) Sri Lanka 120/3 (RR: 8.00)
BMAJ Mendis    27* (14b 4x4 1x6)      E Chigumbura    1-0-13-0
KC Sangakkara    15* (12b)      AG Cremer    4-0-27-1

Mpofu gets a change of ends

15.1

Mpofu to BMAJ Mendis, 2 runs, length ball outside off, pushed with an open face, past cover point, and square of sweeper-cover

15.2

Mpofu to BMAJ Mendis, 1 run, full, on off, wristily hit back, gets a single off the ricochet off Mpofu

15.3

Mpofu to Sangakkara, 1 run, short of a length, Sanga checks his shot, chips it down the ground for one

15.4

Mpofu to BMAJ Mendis, no run, crisp hit to a shortish ball outside off, but he finds extra cover with it

15.5

Mpofu to BMAJ Mendis, 1 run, moves across to hit this full ball into the leg side. Mis-hits it for a single to wide long-on

15.6

Mpofu to Sangakkara, FOUR, no third man and he digs this one in short. Sanga backs away, and clears short third easily with his upper-cut

End of over 16 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 129/3 (RR: 8.06)
KC Sangakkara    20* (14b 1x4)      CB Mpofu    3-0-34-0
BMAJ Mendis    31* (18b 4x4 1x6)      E Chigumbura    1-0-13-0

Jarvis is back. Has two overs left

16.1

Jarvis to BMAJ Mendis, 2 runs, gives him the charge, hits this wide of deep square leg for a two

16.2

Jarvis to BMAJ Mendis, 1 run, full, on off, inside edge into the pad, and then through for a single to short third man

16.3

Jarvis to Sangakkara, 1 run, makes room, drives a full delivery to sweeper-cover, gets a single. Jarvis staying full and straight here

16.4

Jarvis to BMAJ Mendis, 4 byes, how unfortunate is that. Lovely yorker, on leg, beats his bat, seems to have hit a foot hole, and then deviated away for four byes

16.5

Jarvis to BMAJ Mendis, 1 run, misses the yorker, but errs on the fuller side, and concedes just a single to long-on

16.6

Jarvis to Sangakkara, 1 run, moves well across the stumps, but can't deviate Jarvis from his full and straight deliveries. Manages to get the bat down in time, and takes a single off the cue end

End of over 17 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 139/3 (RR: 8.17)
KC Sangakkara    22* (16b 1x4)      KM Jarvis    3-0-19-0
BMAJ Mendis    35* (22b 4x4 1x6)      CB Mpofu    3-0-34-0

Vittori is back too

17.1

Vitori to Sangakkara, 1 run, nice yorker, follows him too. Just the single to long-on. Runs straight down the pitch, and the umpire has a word with him

17.2

Vitori to BMAJ Mendis, 1 run, down the wicket, surprised by a full toss, gets a single to long-off

17.3

Vitori to Sangakkara, 2 runs, Sanga is down the wicket, Vittori bowls a low full toss, manages a hit to long-on. Mendis catches Sibanda by surprise, and takes the second

17.4

Vitori to Sangakkara, 3 runs, Sanga charges down and backs away, Vittori follows him, Sanga drives wide of sweeper-cover for two, but the relay throw from Masakadza is wild, and allows them the third

17.5

Vitori to BMAJ Mendis, 1 no ball, slower ball gone wrong, and is a wide down the leg side. Also a high full toss. So called a no-ball as a beamer

17.5

Vitori to BMAJ Mendis, 1 run, gets away with a slower-ball full toss, as Mendis hits it straight to fine leg for one

17.6

Vitori to Sangakkara, 2 runs, full, otuside off, Sanga has premeditated by backing away, and struggles to reach it. The mis-hit goes to Waller at deep cover, where a fumble allows them to come back for the second

End of over 18 (11 runs) Sri Lanka 150/3 (RR: 8.33)
KC Sangakkara    30* (20b 1x4)      BV Vitori    3-0-27-0
BMAJ Mendis    37* (25b 4x4 1x6)      KM Jarvis    3-0-19-0

Jarvis to bowl his last

18.1

Jarvis to BMAJ Mendis, 5 leg byes, slower ball, beats him, but as they steal a leg-bye, Jarvis lets go a wild throw for four overthrows. There was no way he was getting Sanga out. Zimbabwe - I don't believe I am saying this - have been ordinary in the field

18.2

Jarvis to Sangakkara, FOUR, top shot from Sanga. He first moves across, then backs away, finds he has got a half-volley on off, and drives it over point with an open face. Almost carries all the way for six

18.3

Jarvis to Sangakkara, (no ball) 1 run, full toss, highish, the umpires might be interested in it. It's called a no-ball for a high full toss. Sanga gets a single to long-on

18.3

Jarvis to BMAJ Mendis, 2 runs, full, straight, driven to long-off for one. Oh wait. Another overthrow. This is ridiculous. Not a bad throw. Jarvis just fails to collect it

18.4

Jarvis to BMAJ Mendis, 2 runs, full, straight, flicked away, and midwicket dives over the ball, and they come back for another two

18.5

Jarvis to BMAJ Mendis, 1 run, low full toss, flicked away, and Ervine makes a lovely diving save at square leg

18.6

Jarvis to Sangakkara, 1 run, full toss, swinging into him, cramps him up, concedes just the single to long-on

End of over 19 (17 runs) Sri Lanka 167/3 (RR: 8.78)
KC Sangakkara    36* (23b 2x4)      KM Jarvis    4-0-31-0
BMAJ Mendis    42* (29b 4x4 1x6)      BV Vitori    3-0-27-0

Last over coming up. Mpofu to bowl it

19.1

Mpofu to Sangakkara, 1 run, low full toss, just outside off, Sanga has backed away, and can't reach it properly. Gets a single to long-on

19.2

Mpofu to BMAJ Mendis, 1 run, nice yorker as Mendis gives him the charge. Just the single conceded

19.3

Mpofu to Sangakkara, SIX, that's a bit of toying around. Moves well across, gets inside the line of a full delivery, and flicks it over square leg for six

19.4

Mpofu to Sangakkara, 1 run, OUT, full and wide, hit to deep cover, and Sanga has run himself out trying a near-impossible second, but he was possibly taking a chance against sloppy what has been sloppy Zimbabwean fielding

KC Sangakkara run out 44 (48m 26b 2x4 1x6) SR: 169.23

Thisara Perera is the new man in. Just two balls to go

19.5

Mpofu to Perera, SIX, and he has hit a six first ball. Length ball, into the pads, goes deep into the crease, and heaves it over square leg. Flat six. And again, let me remind you this is a huge playing field

19.6

Mpofu to Perera, no run, low full toss, misses it, and they don't go through for a bye

Zimbabwe haven't bowled badly, but a poor fielding display means they have conceded about 15-20 more than they should have. Sri Lanka were effective without being extravagant, and will like to believe they have done enough. We will be back soon

End of over 20 (15 runs) Sri Lanka 182/4
NLTC Perera    6* (2b 1x6)      CB Mpofu    4-0-49-0
BMAJ Mendis    43* (30b 4x4 1x6)      KM Jarvis    4-0-31-0
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Sep 18, 2012

Ajantha Mendis celebrates the wicket of Hamilton Masakadza, Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe, Group C, World T20 2012, Hambantota, September 18, 2012

Ajantha Mendis celebrates the wicket of Hamilton Masakadza

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Sep 18, 2012

Ajantha Mendis recorded best ever T20I bowling figures, Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe, Group C, World T20 2012, Hambantota, September 18, 2012

Ajantha Mendis recorded best ever T20I bowling figures

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