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Sri Lanka v Canada, Group A, World Cup 2011, Hambantota

Jayawardene ton sinks outclassed Canada

The Report by Sahil Dutta

February 20, 2011

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Sri Lanka 332 for 7 (Jayawardene 100, Sangakkara 92) beat Canada 122 (Cheema 37, Kulasekara 3-16) by 210 runs

Mahela Jayawardene picks one up on the leg side, Sri Lanka v Canada, Group A, World Cup 2011, Hambantota, February 20, 2011
Mahela Jayawardene stroked the fourth-fastest World Cup century as Sri Lanka opened their campaign in style © AFP

For the many who slammed the ICC's decision to expel Associates from the next World Cup, this was a bad day. After Kenya were embarrassed by a modest New Zealand team, Canada desperately needed to showcase why minnow teams belong on the global stage. Instead they were overwhelmed by 210 runs against Sri Lanka, who opened their World Cup campaign as emphatically as their co-hosts India did on Saturday.

Mahela Jayawardene stroked his way to the fastest World Cup hundred by a Sri Lankan, sharing a 179-run stand with his captain Kumar Sangakkara, before the home side's pace bowlers rushed through a hapless Canadian line-up to deliver a crushing victory.

After India's fervoured opening in Mirpur, proceedings at Hambantota felt much more leisurely, and with a combination of sight screen problems and a few injuries, it took the visitors four hours to get through their fielding effort. For the first 20 overs of Sri Lanka's innings the scoring rate was almost as sluggish - despite a 59-ball half-century for Tillakaratne Dilshan - as Canada demonstrated the ideal model for Associate cricket. Disciplined dobbers combined with swift fielding and a slowish track to keep Sri Lanka in check.

It was only when Jayawardene arrived that Sri Lanka's campaign really kicked into gear. He was in total control, threading the spinners through the finest gaps and caressing boundaries at will. Sangakkara was not quite as fluent, needing 47 deliveries to find his first boundary. He survived two moments of alarm, when he was dropped on 12 by by 16-year-old Nitish Kumar, on as a substitute, and again on 48 by the rotund legspinner Balaji Rao.

Jayawardene barely mistimed a ball but twice survived reviews from Canada captain Ashish Bagai, who was convinced he was out caught behind. On both occasions the appeal was spontaneous and exuberant but the UDRS - without Snicko and HotSpot - revealed nothing. With those behind him, Jayawardene's glances, chips, pick-up-sweeps and even a reverse-thwack toyed with an attack that faded under pressure.

Smart Stats

  • Sri Lanka's 332 is their second highest score in World Cup matches, behind their 398 against Kenya in Kandy in 1996. It is also the second highest score against Canada in World Cups behind New Zealand's 363 in 2007.
  • Mahela Jayawardene scored his century off 80 balls, making it the fastest century in World Cups by a Sri Lankan batsman. The previous record was held by Sanath Jayasuriya, who scored his century off 85 balls against Bangladesh in the 2007 World Cup.
  • With their ninth century partnership, Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara went past the pairing of Aravinda de Silva and Arjuna Ranatunga, who have eight century stands in ODIs. They are now second only to Jayasuriya and Marvan Atapattu, who have 14 century partnerships.
  • The 179-run partnership between Sangakkara and Jayawardene is the second highest third-wicket partnership for Sri Lanka in World Cup matches.
  • Sri Lanka posted their sixth score over 300 in World Cups, which is second only to Australia, who have 13 scores over 300. Three of Sri Lanka's 300-plus scores came in the 2007 World Cup.
  • The 210 run victory margin is Sri Lanka's second highest in World Cup matches and the seventh highest overall in World Cup matches.

There was no route back for Canada as the pair cashed in against a tiring attack. It's becoming one of cricket's more quirky stats that Sangakkara can't seem to reach three figures in ODI cricket anymore. His last century was in June 2008 and he has now gone 60 matches without a hundred, despite scoring heavily over the period.

He had the ideal opportunity today, but inexplicably popped a gentle return catch to John Davison when eight runs short. By this stage the only trouble for Jayawardene was the heat and he looked exhausted as he crawled the single to bring up his record-breaking century.

While victory was always going to be beyond them, a competitive showing with the bat would have lifted the spirits of a dank World Cup day but Canada's top order folded against a sparky new-ball pairing. The hulking Thislan Perera proved too quick for John Davison and Zubin Sukari before returning later to snare Bagai. The looming threat of rain forced Sangakkara to swap seam for spin to rush to 20 overs - the minimum needed to constitute a match - but once that threat cleared Sri Lanka's job was as good as done.

At 40, Davison has had plenty of experience but appears to be trading off the World Cup century he made eight years ago. In the build-up Canada were keen to point to the clutch of youngsters who had come through their Under-19s side but come the day Kumar and Hiral Patel - their two bright batting talents - were left out. After today's showing both can expect to make their senior World Cup debuts soon.

Rizwan Cheema offered a glimpse of the big-hitting that gave England a fright but by that stage that game was meandering towards the inevitable. After two matches and two crushing defeats, the Associates are doing the ICC's case no harm at all.

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Posted by Dilum on (February 23, 2011, 18:02 GMT)

@man007 : plz look at the wining margin and do the talking. In cricket there is something called BOWLING. i think India is not aware of that. SL don't need to score more than 350 to win because they know their bowling attack can take down any team for a score less than 250. But India has to score more than 350.

Posted by Manesh on (February 23, 2011, 4:41 GMT)

@Dimitri_SL at least Suraj Randiv and Dilashan must know who is Viru. They will not forget him in their lifetime...lol :D. @hawkeye30 BD are far better team than Canada. But still India scored 370/4 in away match but Lankan batsmen truggled and scored only 332/7 in home ground! And If Jayawardhane was given out (in fact it was out!), Lanka would have lost this match!. So, no need to use the 'IF' . You must be ashamed of your team which is collapsed against a club team.

Posted by Arian on (February 22, 2011, 20:47 GMT)

It is just a way of putting extra pressure on associate teams preventing them from performing to their full potential in such a big occasion. No global tournaments like FIFA world cup or Olympic games are known to deliberately reduce their number of participants, but this is cricket : a totally capital driven game!!

Posted by Dimitri on (February 22, 2011, 16:00 GMT)

@DAY.BEFORE.TOMORROW....Hey thanks man....what wud I hv done without your lead....infact I checked with several SL cricketers....and guess what??? they asked me the same question I had for your colleague( Man007 )...they couldnt recall any one by the name of Viru...or virat....But luckily ...someone from SL second 11 team came to our rescue and reminded us that those two players are from INDIA( Oh...OK) and that they (Sri Lanka 2nd 11) hv used them for balling practice at nets....pity they were hopeless against the second string SL attack they hd to kick them out and use Sri lankan School players who were leagues ahead of the so called viru & virat....By the way my man...u know what became of these two players...??? let me know coz we have an under 13 school tournement coming up and they are looking for dummies to practise bouncers on

Posted by DAYBEFORE on (February 22, 2011, 13:06 GMT)


Posted by Dummy4 on (February 22, 2011, 11:08 GMT)

We want a step ahead of anjelo mathews....

Posted by Kyle on (February 22, 2011, 10:14 GMT)

Mahela is spot on. Did sri lankan middle order fail this game?

No not really. They did the job, yes it wasn't a bang bang fireworks ending to the innings but scoring around high forties (I think) in the last 5 overs is a great effort.

The fact is that, the sri lankan middle order is compiled with innings builders, not natural sloggers. And most of the time, like this game, the top order clicks and the middle order batsmen come in on the slogging overs and then cannot play their natural game.

This is why kapugedera is failing, because in domestic he bats at number 4 (not 6). We cannot expect them to slog like yusuf pathan or shahid afridi yet I am sure that if the top order fails they will play much better, due to the fact that they will actually be able to build and work into an innings for once.

I also think Perera is more dangerous than kula, kula lacks pace and is only deadly in very swinging conditions and we cant always rely on that.

Posted by Dimitri on (February 22, 2011, 9:30 GMT)

@ Man007....Viru & Virat???? who are they ????? never heard of them for which country they play for....can not be for a test playing nation...should be frm n associate...pls Man 007 can you clarify????

Posted by Nalin on (February 22, 2011, 7:13 GMT)

Not bad ball attack compare to the Indian attack that got no strike bowlers whats so ever.

Posted by Shehan on (February 22, 2011, 5:11 GMT)

Man007- SL does not need any batting lessons from any other..Lets not get ahead of our selves here.. lets talk after the Finals!! BTW India found it hard to get Bangladesh out.. If India had scored 320 Bangladesh sure would have won that match as they scored 290.. shame for a team which boast to be the #1.. and Sachin 7 - SL has a balanced team..some of our bowlers may not be better as a individual.. but they are one of the best units as a team.. cricket is a team game.. unlike tennis.. so guys.. lets relax...chill:-P

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