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

0.1

Khurram Chohan to Tharanga, no run, length ball on the pads from over the wicket, Tharanga looks to turn it to the leg side and gets it to midwicket

0.2

Khurram Chohan to Tharanga, 2 runs, Hambantota has seen its first runs, as Tharanga opens the face and steers a slow back of length delivery that angles across him harmlessly

0.3

Khurram Chohan to Tharanga, no run, leaves the third ball alone as it holds its line and angles across again

0.4

Khurram Chohan to Tharanga, no run, not more than a trundle really, from Chohan, but good lines so far. Back of a length around off stump, Tharanga reaches out and defends to the off side

0.5

Khurram Chohan to Tharanga, no run, on middle and leg this time, again nothing to drive, Tharanga works it off the pads to the leg side

0.6

Khurram Chohan to Tharanga, 1 run, loud appeal for lbw as Chohan raps Tharanga on the pads with a back of length ball. Seemed to land just outside leg as Tharanga looked to work it to the on side. No referral made.

Sri Lanka 3/0   Khurram Chohan 1-0-3-0

2.1

Khurram Chohan to Dilshan, FOUR, alright folks, this could be fun. Dilshan has tried to hit every single ball so far. Chohan obliges with a gentle half volley just outside off. Dilshan liked it so much he did not bother with footwork and just thumped it through extra cover. Violence.

2.2

Khurram Chohan to Dilshan, no run, and again, just a little fuller and making it tougher for Dilshan to drive, he still timed it well and straight to cover

2.3

Khurram Chohan to Dilshan, no run, Chohan shortens the length, Dilshan stays in the crease and plays his first defensive shot of the day, to the man who has just moved to short cover

2.4

Khurram Chohan to Dilshan, no run, another full and flowing over-pitched offering outside off, Dilshan whacks the leather off it with a smeared cover drive and Davison does well at cover to field it

2.5

Khurram Chohan to Dilshan, no run, back of good length this time, Dilshan check drives straight to cover

2.6

Khurram Chohan to Dilshan, no run, good finish to the over, Chohan again keeps it wisely short of a length and it is defended to short cover

Sri Lanka 14/0   Khurram Chohan 2-0-7-0

4.1

Khurram Chohan to Dilshan, FOUR, ah, Dilshan was getting desperate waiting for the sightscreen to be sorted out, he's rifled the first ball on resumption emphatically through the covers. Length ball, sits up nicely for Dilshan who bends low and comes up with fury and thumps it hard.

4.2

Khurram Chohan to Dilshan, 1 run, again full, but not so wide. No matter, Dilshan still timed the square drive on the up, but found the fielder in the deep

4.3

Khurram Chohan to Tharanga, no run, angled across Tharanga back of a length, he stays back and cuts behind square

4.4

Khurram Chohan to Tharanga, no run, good delivery, on a length around off and extra bounce, it catches Tharanga by surprise as he defends off the front foot

4.5

Khurram Chohan to Tharanga, 3 runs, whoa, Tharanga's played that rather imperiously. Back of a length and angling across, but now much width, he just moves his front foot out of the way and carves it through the covers. Good fielding in the deep, keeps it down to three. That shot was special since he improvised with the feet, but did not butcher it. Just clean connection and through the gap.

4.6

Khurram Chohan to Dilshan, no run, that foot of width outside off again for Dilshan, he hits it hard and straight to point

Sri Lanka 26/0   Khurram Chohan 3-0-15-0

6.1

Khurram Chohan to Dilshan, no run, tight stuff from Chohan, on a length and it goes through at a low height for Dilshan to play a checked cover drive

6.2

Khurram Chohan to Dilshan, no run, just back of a length and enough room outside off for Dilshan to play the steer. Point jumps away and cuts it off once again

6.3

Khurram Chohan to Dilshan, 1 run, this is actually very good disciplined bowling. Chohan has no pace, but he's not giving any freebies. Back of a length, on off stump, and even a restless Dilshan can't muscle it through the covers. He pats it into the off side for a single

6.4

Khurram Chohan to Tharanga, no run, again, Chohan keeps it tight and slow, Tharanga defends from the line of middle and off.

6.5

Khurram Chohan to Tharanga, no run, marginal width for Tharanga, he looks to clear the front foot away and carve over the off side, but finds the fielder

6.6

Khurram Chohan to Tharanga, FOUR, Tharanga breaks free with a smartly executed off drive. Chohan lands this closer to the batsman, Tharanga is relieved by the length as he plonks the front foot forward and drives through the line, in the air, but to the left of mid off.

Sri Lanka 33/0   Khurram Chohan 4-0-20-0

8.1

Khurram Chohan to Tharanga, no run, full length ball, Tharanga looks for the off drive again, but plays it off the inside half back to the bowler

8.2

Khurram Chohan to Tharanga, 1 run, slower ball from the slow Chohan, Tharanga waits and waits and dabs it to third man for one

8.3

Khurram Chohan to Dilshan, 1 run, length ball to Dilshan, he sets himself up for that booming cover drive again, but it is just not coming on to the bat. Gets only a single to deep cover

8.4

Khurram Chohan to Tharanga, no run, nifty stuff from Bagai and a stumping appeal that's refered to the 3rd umpire. Tharanga looked to get the front foot forward and play into thre off side, but it slipped past the outside edge. Bagai, standing up, collects and whips the bails off in a trice. Tharanga's foot had slipped out, but he dragged it back. Just in time.

8.5

Khurram Chohan to Tharanga, 3 runs, good fielding by Gordon running back from mid on. This is a monster long boundary! Full from Chohan, on middle and leg, Tharanga gets under it and drives powerfull down the ground past mid on. He recovers from the dive and tags it all the way to keep it down to three

8.6

Khurram Chohan to Dilshan, no run, back of a length outside off, punched firmly to the covers

Sri Lanka 42/0   Khurram Chohan 5-0-25-0

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

34.4

Khurram Chohan to Jayawardene, 1 run, that came on slower than Mahela expected and he ended up dragging the off drive through mid on 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   Khurram Chohan 6-0-37-0

36.1

Khurram Chohan to Jayawardene, FOUR, that's a Mahela special. Saw him do this several times in the IPL. Full ball angling into him, Mahela responds by moving the front foot across outside off and then laps it along with the angle, fine enough to beat the man at 45 on the leg side inside the circle. That wasn't too far away from being a six

36.2

Khurram Chohan to Jayawardene, no run, almost in the blockhole, Mahela digs it out to the leg side of the pitch

36.3

Khurram Chohan to Jayawardene, FOUR, oho, a thing of beauty that shot! Full toss from Chohan on the pads, most batsmen would have brutalised it, but not for Mahela the violent shots. He waves his magic wand in a short reluctant arc and redirects the ball in front of square leg for four

36.4

Khurram Chohan to Jayawardene, 1 run, he down shifts a gear now to pick up a single through mid on

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   Khurram Chohan 7-0-51-0

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

45.2

Khurram Chohan to Kapugedera, 1 run, full toss on the pads and Kapu works it to midwicket for a single

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

45.5

Khurram Chohan to Kapugedera, 1 run, Kapu gets anlother single, full delivery on the pads, hit powerfully but straight to midwicket

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   Khurram Chohan 8-0-62-0

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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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