ICC Cricket World Cup, 2010/11 / Commentary

ICC Cricket World Cup - 3rd match, Group A

Sri Lanka v Canada

Sri Lanka won by 210 runs

44.2

Baidwan to Mathews, 1 run, fuller length on off stump, driven on the up towards long off for one more

44.5

Baidwan to Mathews, 1 run, very straight and on a length, Angelo quietly nudges through midwicket for a single

Sri Lanka 280/4   AD Mathews 2* (2b)

45.1

Khurram Chohan to Mathews, OUT, Thisara may be run out here. Full ball on off stump, Mathews digs it out straight to point and takes off. The throw was perfect, beside the stumps and left Bagai with little to do. Thisara was close to a foot out of his ground when the stumps were broken. Crucial wicket, I'd say.

NLTC Perera run out 11 (17m 11b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

45.3

Khurram Chohan to Mathews, FOUR, Mathews kicks off in good style, gets an over-pitched ball just outside off as he backs away and opens up the off side. The bat comes down in a decisive rapier swing and sends the ball scooting through backward point.

45.4

Khurram Chohan to Mathews, 1 run, offcutter comes in from outside off and Mathews nudges it with the deviation for a single

45.6

Khurram Chohan to Mathews, FOUR, cheeky from Angelo. He does what Mahela was trying to do, and gets it right. He moves the front foot across to outside off stump and then laps it up with a flourish, with the angle, over short fine leg's head

Sri Lanka 295/5   AD Mathews 11* (6b 2x4)

46.2

Baidwan to Mathews, no run, bouncer, whizzes past Mathews as he ducks. It came off the track slowly, but he chose to let it go

46.3

Baidwan to Mathews, FOUR, well played Mathews, hangs around the line of leg stump to ensure he had room to swing through the off side. Good thing he did, since Baidwan did not offer much room. Mathews waited for the short ball to sit up and them whacked it through covers

46.4

Baidwan to Mathews, 2 runs, offcutter, doesn't bounce much as Mathews works it to the leg side for Sri Lanka's 300th and 301st runs.

46.5

Baidwan to Mathews, 2 runs, full toss on Mathews pads, he squeezes it out through square leg for a couple more. Words exchanged between Baidwan and Angelo, they seemed to be in each other's way as Angelo ran.

46.6

Baidwan to Mathews, 1 wide, things are bristling over here, Baidwan bangs it in too short and it is called wide. Bagai and umpire Gould are in discussion. All's not well!

46.6

Baidwan to Mathews, 1 leg bye, slower ball comes onto the pads and Angelo gets some pad on it as he looks to flick it square.

Sri Lanka 305/6   AD Mathews 19* (11b 3x4)

47.1

Rizwan Cheema to Mathews, 1 run, another offcutter, the ball is gripping on the track. I await Murali's turn on this track. Worked off the pads for one

47.4

Rizwan Cheema to Mathews, 1 run, strange scenes. Angelo plays a lap sweep, almost straight to a comical tumbling Balaji at square leg, who doesn't pouch it, but propels the ball a good ten feet in the air as he lands and it pops out. How did he do that?

Sri Lanka 308/6   AD Mathews 21* (13b 3x4)

48.2

Baidwan to Mathews, no run, Baidwan lands another bouncer on the spot, that's the third he's bolwed at him, and the second since their altercation. Again, Angelo ducks

48.3

Baidwan to Mathews, no run, good delivery, Angelo backs away, Baidwan sees him go away and delivers the perfect yorker around a foot down the leg side, where Mathews feet are. He can't do anything with it.

48.4

Baidwan to Mathews, OUT, Sixty years from now, the grandchildren in the Baidwan household will hear this story. Harvir has won a memorable mini-battle here. Angelo and he have sparred at each other, and he's stuck to his guns despite the heat in the air. This one was the slower ball, delivered back of driving length and sucking Mathews into the drive. He scoops it to the leg side high, and Harvir runs back to complete the catch by himself. And then he roars in joy!

AD Mathews c & b Baidwan 21 (25m 16b 3x4 0x6) SR: 131.25

Sri Lanka 314/7   AD Mathews 21 (16b 3x4)

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Feb 20, 2011

Rizwan Cheema prepares for a big shot, Sri Lanka v Canada, Group A, World Cup 2011, Hambantota, February 20, 2011

Rizwan Cheema prepares for a big shot

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Feb 20, 2011

Sri Lanka and Canada's players shake hands after their match, Sri Lanka v Canada, Group A, World Cup 2011, Hambantota, February 20, 2011

Sri Lanka and Canada's players shake hands after their match

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