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

11.6

Baidwan to Sangakkara, no run, whoa, what happened there? Baidwan got it to nip in a touch off the seam, from the line of off stump and it popped up, possibly off the inside half of Sanga's bat, onto the pad and to the leg side. Hmm.

Sri Lanka 63/1   KC Sangakkara 0* (1b)

12.2

Hansra to Sangakkara, no run, this one stops a touch and turns away from Sanga as he stays back and plays to the on side

12.3

Hansra to Sangakkara, 1 run, Sanga's away with a single, drives off the leg stump line to mid on

Sri Lanka 65/1   KC Sangakkara 1* (3b)

13.1

Baidwan to Sangakkara, 1 run, too full, too wide and too easy for Sanga who opens the face and steers off the front foot to third man

13.6

Baidwan to Sangakkara, no run, Sanga stays on the crease and dinks the last ball with an angled face towards point

Sri Lanka 71/1   KC Sangakkara 2* (5b)

14.2

Hansra to Sangakkara, no run, Sanga skips out, he sees him and holds it back. Sanga is forced to adjust and defend. Well bowled by Hansra

14.3

Hansra to Sangakkara, no run, again Sanga goes downtown Hambantota and returns without finding a deal as Hansra holds it back

14.4

Hansra to Sangakkara, no run, stays in the crease this time and steers with the spin towards cover point

14.5

Hansra to Sangakkara, 1 run, full on off stump, Sanga leans out and check drives with the spin to cover

Sri Lanka 73/1   KC Sangakkara 3* (9b)

15.1

Rizwan Cheema to Sangakkara, no run, back of a length on off stump, Sanga reaches out and defends

15.2

Rizwan Cheema to Sangakkara, 1 run, a sliver of width outside off and Sanga dabs it backward of square for a single

15.4

Rizwan Cheema to Sangakkara, no run, on Sanga's pads as it angles in and he plays it off the angle to the on side

15.5

Rizwan Cheema to Sangakkara, no run, over-pitched outside off as Sanga looks to cover drive, but he misses out

15.6

Rizwan Cheema to Sangakkara, 3 runs, this time Sanga knifes the cover drive through the gap and gets three runs.

Sri Lanka 78/1   KC Sangakkara 7* (14b)

16.1

Hansra to Sangakkara, no run, Hansra starts the over with a length ball outside off, punched back to the bowler

16.2

Hansra to Sangakkara, 3 runs, leans across and punches that towards cover, well timed by Sangakkara, a long chase for the fielder, who cuts it off just within the rope, another three, we might see a lot of those on this big ground

16.5

Hansra to Sangakkara, 1 run, fullish ball outside off, eased towards mid-off by Sangakkara, who specialises in picking off the singles and twos in the middle overs

Sri Lanka 83/1   KC Sangakkara 11* (17b)

17.1

Rizwan Cheema to Sangakkara, 1 run, worked behind square leg for an easy single

17.4

Rizwan Cheema to Sangakkara, no run, another slower ball, Sangakkara has to check his drive, shouts of 'Catch it' but it lands short of backward point

17.5

Rizwan Cheema to Sangakkara, no run, dropped, a great effort by Nitish Kumar at backward point, dives across to his left after Sangakkara cracks one in his direction, gets his hands on it but can't latch on, the youngest player in the World Cup would have pulled off a stunner if that stuck

17.6

Rizwan Cheema to Sangakkara, 1 run

Sri Lanka 86/1   KC Sangakkara 13* (21b)

18.1

Hansra to Sangakkara, no run, punched back towards the bowler by Sangakkara

18.2

Hansra to Sangakkara, no run, on the pads this time, Sangakkara paddle-sweeps this one

18.3

Hansra to Sangakkara, no run, pushed towards the bowler once more, tight over so far

18.4

Hansra to Sangakkara, no run, more defending back to the bowler, Hansra getting through his over quickly

18.5

Hansra to Sangakkara, 1 run, gets on the back foot and drives firmly towards cover

Sri Lanka 87/1   KC Sangakkara 14* (26b)

19.2

Rizwan Cheema to Sangakkara, 1 run, on the pads, tucked behind square leg

19.4

Rizwan Cheema to Sangakkara, no run, pushed towards mid-on off the front foot, thinks of a single but decides against it

19.5

Rizwan Cheema to Sangakkara, no run, back of a length outside off, jabbed towards cover

19.6

Rizwan Cheema to Sangakkara, 2 runs, short ball and wide outside off, chopped between the covers, not particularly well timed though so it doesn't make it to the boundary

Sri Lanka 92/2   KC Sangakkara 17* (30b)

20.2

Hansra to Sangakkara, no run, clipped towards midwicket this time, Sangakkara can't find the gap

20.3

Hansra to Sangakkara, 1 run, ambled singles are going to be the preferred scoring style for the next few overs, Sanga gets it towards long-on this time

20.5

Hansra to Sangakkara, 1 run, Sanga keeps the singles coming, to long-on this time, a slow pitch with little movement, Canada will have a hard time getting these two out

Sri Lanka 96/2   KC Sangakkara 19* (33b)

21.6

Rizwan Cheema to Sangakkara, no run, poked towards backward point to end the over

Sri Lanka 104/2   KC Sangakkara 19* (34b)

22.3

Hansra to Sangakkara, 1 run, no risks at all for Sanga, an overpitched on the pads, driven all along the ground for a single

Sri Lanka 106/2   KC Sangakkara 20* (35b)

23.2

Balaji Rao to Sangakkara, 2 runs, Canada's fielding has been pretty good so far today, this time it wasn't, sanga tipped the ball towards square leg and set off for a single, the fielder at square leg can't collect the ball cleanly and gives away an extra run

23.3

Balaji Rao to Sangakkara, no run, defended to the leg side

23.4

Balaji Rao to Sangakkara, 1 run, the googly from Rao, spins away after pitching well outside off, chopped towards point

Sri Lanka 111/2   KC Sangakkara 23* (38b)

24.3

Hansra to Sangakkara, 2 wides, down the leg side, Sangakkara looks to swipe that one but misses, so does the keeper

Sri Lanka 121/2   KC Sangakkara 23* (38b)

25.2

Balaji Rao to Sangakkara, 1 run, full ball on the pads, driven towards wide mid-on for a single

25.6

Balaji Rao to Sangakkara, no run, plenty of confused calling after Sanga jabs the ball behind point, fielder is quickly on to the ball, no run

Sri Lanka 125/2   KC Sangakkara 24* (40b)

26.3

Hansra to Sangakkara, 1 run, Sanga continues to play it safe, punches it to long-off for an ambled single

26.6

Hansra to Sangakkara, FOUR, overpitched delivery, dismissed by Sangakkara, this is an expensive over for Canada, Sangakkara just whipped that over wide mid-on for a boundary, all too easy

Sri Lanka 138/2   KC Sangakkara 29* (42b 1x4)

27.3

Balaji Rao to Sangakkara, no run, responds with a good turn, slightly quicker, and turns in, Sangakkara is beaten as he looks to drive

27.4

Balaji Rao to Sangakkara, 1 run, big appeal for lbw, a flighted delivery from Balaji, pitching outside leg and hits Sanga on the pads outside leg as well as he looks to sweep

Sri Lanka 142/2   KC Sangakkara 30* (44b 1x4)

28.2

Rizwan Cheema to Sangakkara, no run, driven towards extra cover, can't beat the man there

28.3

Rizwan Cheema to Sangakkara, 1 run, length ball on off, this time Sanga gets his favourite single to long-off, pushes it along the ground, he can do this all day

28.5

Rizwan Cheema to Sangakkara, FOUR, this time it's sanga who goes down on one knee to swipe the ball towards cow corner, four more to Sri Lanka

28.6

Rizwan Cheema to Sangakkara, 1 run, way outside off, Sanga gets on the back foot and jabs the ball towards cover to get a single

Sri Lanka 155/2   KC Sangakkara 36* (48b 2x4)

29.1

Davison to Sangakkara, 1 wide, starts with a wide delivery down the leg side, Sanga unhappy he could sweep that for four

29.1

Davison to Sangakkara, no run, closer to legstump this time, Sanga tucks it fine down the leg side for a single

29.2

Davison to Sangakkara, 1 run, more safety-first cricket, no trouble at all for Mahela as he pushes the ball towards cover

Sri Lanka 157/2   KC Sangakkara 37* (50b 2x4)

30.1

Balaji Rao to Sangakkara, SIX, Shot! brilliant from Sangakkara, well outside off, but Sanga comes down the track and lofts that straight back down the ground, clears the long boundary

30.2

Balaji Rao to Sangakkara, no run, pushed back towards the bowler

30.3

Balaji Rao to Sangakkara, no run, on the pads, Sanga glances it towards short fine leg

30.4

Balaji Rao to Sangakkara, 1 run, flighted delivery, lands on a length on middle and leg, punched down to long-off for a single, that was a googly from Balaji

Sri Lanka 172/2   KC Sangakkara 44* (54b 2x4 1x6)

31.1

Davison to Sangakkara, 1 run, on Sanga's pads and he flicks straight to square leg. Hang on, we have a third umpire referral as the stumps are broken as Mahela makes his ground. A direct hit would have had him, but he had a vital extra second before Bagai could gather and whip the bails off.

31.3

Davison to Sangakkara, no run, Sanga chips out, Davison holds it back and beats him in the flight. Sanga adjusts and defends

31.4

Davison to Sangakkara, 1 run, turn again from off stump, Sanga feels for it as he guides it square for one

31.6

Davison to Sangakkara, 2 runs, Sanga works against the spin and nurdles a single through square on the leg side. They are building up nicely for the end overs

Sri Lanka 182/2   KC Sangakkara 48* (58b 2x4 1x6)

32.2

Baidwan to Sangakkara, no run, on a length and on middle stump, Sanga stands back and drives down the track with a full face

32.3

Baidwan to Sangakkara, 1 run, this comes on slowly to Sanga's pads, and he works it behind square for a single. His 49th run

32.5

Baidwan to Sangakkara, FOUR, Sanga reaches 50 with a pull shot, he's slowly moved into form here. Short ball, he was always hanging back in expectation and when it came he creamed it over the infield

32.6

Baidwan to Sangakkara, no run, dropped by Balaji. Another short ball, but this came on very slowly and was in line with off stump, Sanga did not time it and hit it uppishly. It landed just in front of the portly leggie as he dived forward, and he could not pouch it.

Sri Lanka 189/2   KC Sangakkara 53* (62b 3x4 1x6)

33.3

Davison to Sangakkara, 1 run, third umpire asked for and Sangakkara might be in trouble. Or not. Davison was confident as the throw came in from cover-point. But Sanga made his ground by half a foot. He reached out and steered it square, and always had the single under control

33.6

Davison to Sangakkara, 1 run, ends with one on Sanga's pads and he pushes it square with soft hands. Still, can only pick a single

Sri Lanka 196/2   KC Sangakkara 55* (64b 3x4 1x6)

34.1

Khurram Chohan to Sangakkara, no run, back of a length on leg stump, clipped squarew but straight to the fielder

34.2

Khurram Chohan to Sangakkara, FOUR, no Chohan, you can't over-pitch on Sanga's pads, even if he isn't in form. Because then, he will dump you relentlessly through square leg, just like that. It don't matter how many you have in the deep, he will find a gap.

34.3

Khurram Chohan to Sangakkara, 1 run, full again, but on middle and off, Sanga pushes through mid off for a single

34.5

Khurram Chohan to Sangakkara, FOUR, generous Chohan gives Sanga another gift, again on the pads, and this time short. Sanga waits for it to sit up and then slaps it away through backward square leg

34.6

Khurram Chohan to Sangakkara, 2 runs, and now he over-pitches on off, and in most grounds, that would have been four as Sanga leant out and drove through the line elegantly. It slows up in the huge outfield and he's restricted to two

Sri Lanka 208/2   KC Sangakkara 66* (69b 5x4 1x6)

35.2

Davison to Sangakkara, 2 runs, Sanga skips out and deliberately over wide mid on for a couple. He's in that zone now, and he will toy with this attack all the way to the end.

35.3

Davison to Sangakkara, 1 run, flatter and quicker, forces Sanga back and he works it through midwicket for one

35.5

Davison to Sangakkara, 1 run, flighted on middle and Sanga advances to reach the pitch and on-drive for a single

Sri Lanka 214/2   KC Sangakkara 70* (72b 5x4 1x6)

36.5

Khurram Chohan to Sangakkara, FOUR, ho ho hoick from Sanga. Over-pitched on leg stump, Sanga swings smoothly, high over midwicket and into the boundary. This bowling is meat, drink and dessert. Unlimited. On the house. And calorie-free

36.6

Khurram Chohan to Sangakkara, 1 run, fuller and better line, on off stump and Sanga gets a single with an off drive

Sri Lanka 229/2   KC Sangakkara 75* (74b 6x4 1x6)

37.1

Davison to Sangakkara, 1 run, offie outside off, Sanga waits and taps towards point for one

37.3

Davison to Sangakkara, 1 run, Sanga again chips over the infield, and short of the men in deep, intentionally. Tossed up, he skips out and dinks it straight over mid off for a couple

37.5

Davison to Sangakkara, 1 run, back of a length on off stump from round the wicket and Sanga punches it back to the leg side of the pitch for a single

Sri Lanka 234/2   KC Sangakkara 78* (77b 6x4 1x6)

38.1

Balaji Rao to Sangakkara, no run, tossed up on the stumps, Sanga works with the spin to the leg side and the bowler fields

38.2

Balaji Rao to Sangakkara, 2 runs, drops the googly short, Sanga hangs back, picks it early and cuts through covers for a couple

38.3

Balaji Rao to Sangakkara, 1 run, over-pitched on middle and leg, Sanga gets the front foot across to sweep for the 150th run of the stand. It's come off 116 balls.

Sri Lanka 239/2   KC Sangakkara 81* (80b 6x4 1x6)

39.2

Davison to Sangakkara, 1 run, Sanga does it now, lofting him without the intention of clearing the fielders in the deep. Another single down the ground

39.4

Davison to Sangakkara, no run, Sanga looks to sweep and misses out

39.5

Davison to Sangakkara, 1 run, Davison keeps it flat and straight, Sanga punches on the up through wide mid on for another single

Sri Lanka 246/2   KC Sangakkara 83* (83b 6x4 1x6)

40.5

Balaji Rao to Sangakkara, FOUR, inventive from Sanga and he gets four for his efforts. Rank short wrong 'un that turns away and sits up for Sanga to bang through the off side. He concentrated on getting it over the head of the cover fielder and picked up four

40.6

Balaji Rao to Sangakkara, 2 runs, driven to long on for a couple more. Ominous signs.

Sri Lanka 256/2   KC Sangakkara 89* (85b 7x4 1x6)

41.3

Davison to Sangakkara, 3 runs, and now an outside edge that doesn't go to hand. Davison gets some extra turn and beats Sanga's flashing drive, the edge flies very fine and slows up in the outfield

41.6

Davison to Sangakkara, OUT, Sangakkara has not made a 100 since the 2008 Asia Cup. The wait continues. He pops a gentle return catch as Davison slows it up and gets it to turn a bit. Sanga did not get entirely forward, he was possibly trying to chip it in the air as he's done all day. He did, but could not clear the bowler. He knows he has missed an easy 100 today. It went off the bottom of the bat, he possibly should have come more forward to drive.

KC Sangakkara c & b Davison 92 (134m 87b 7x4 1x6) SR: 105.74

Sri Lanka 267/3   KC Sangakkara 92 (87b 7x4 1x6)

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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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