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

5.2

Baidwan to Tharanga, 2 runs, begins with a nice inviting nothing length ball outside off and Tharanga drives it through the covers for a couple

5.3

Baidwan to Tharanga, no run, again some width outside off, Tharanga drives on the up but it is intercepted at cover

5.4

Baidwan to Tharanga, no run, that one kept low outside off as Tharanga shaped to cut and he ended up getting an outside edge, on the bounce to the keeper

5.5

Baidwan to Tharanga, no run, length ball on off stump, Tharanga stays on the crease and defends with the full face

5.6

Baidwan to Tharanga, no run, closer to the batsman this time and angling across, Tharanga opens the wrists and guides to short cover

Sri Lanka 28/0   HS Baidwan 0.5-0-2-0

7.1

Baidwan to Dilshan, no run, a Collingwoodesque trundle, offcutter landed just outside off, Dilshan can't do much with it

7.2

Baidwan to Dilshan, FOUR, Baidwan is slower than Chohan, and he gives Dilshan a sliver of width outside off, Dilshan gives it everything as he looks to play the extravagant cut and gets an outside edge to third man

7.3

Baidwan to Dilshan, no run, better line and length, Dilshan can't drive or cut, he just defends

7.4

Baidwan to Dilshan, no run, again, tight line back of a length outside off and Dilshan defends with an angled bat to the off side

7.5

Baidwan to Dilshan, no run, looks to steer him square again, but finds point

7.6

Baidwan to Dilshan, no run, another dot ball, good recovery. Back of a length and very close to off stump - the sort of ball you perfect in gully cricket. Dilshan tries to pack a punch in his cut, but hits it feebly in the direction of point

Sri Lanka 37/0   HS Baidwan 1.5-0-6-0

9.1

Baidwan to Tharanga, 1 run, short ball, angles across slowly. Tharanga has sized up the pitch and conditions, he decides to rely on deflections. Single steered to third man

9.2

Baidwan to Dilshan, FOUR, Dilshan's dumped him back down the ground. Dearly disdainful Dilshan. Friendly length ball at something around 120 kph, Dilshan happily reaches out gets under it and thumps it back with a straight bat.

9.3

Baidwan to Dilshan, FOUR, the only thing worse than a length ball at this pace, is a full toss at this pace. Baidwan finds out the hard way. Dilshan didn't even break into a sweat this time, just waited for it and punched it back between the pitch and mid on

9.4

Baidwan to Dilshan, 2 runs, width this time, that's the entire gamut of what not to bowl. Dilshan cracks it away square for a couple

9.5

Baidwan to Dilshan, 1 run, fuller length ball coming in and Dilshan heaves it away edgily through square leg for one

9.6

Baidwan to Tharanga, no run, Tharanga tries to play the square drive, but finds the fielder at point, to end the over with a dot ball

Sri Lanka 54/0   HS Baidwan 2.5-0-18-0

11.1

Baidwan to Dilshan, 1 run, on Dilshan's pads and he looks for the heave over the on side. Gets a single to backward square leg

11.2

Baidwan to Tharanga, 1 run, back of a length to Tharanga outside the off stump and he stays on the crease to punch firmly into the covers

11.3

Baidwan to Dilshan, no run, full length on the stumps and defended to the of side

11.4

Baidwan to Dilshan, 1 wide, slower ball slips down the leg side as Dilshan looks to sweep and it is called a wide

11.4

Baidwan to Dilshan, 1 run, length ball angling in, lands on middle as Dilshan looks to force through the on side. Gets just the single

11.5

Baidwan to Tharanga, OUT, For the second time in two days, the first wicket is thanks to a horrible mix-up and Tharanga is gone. Back of a length outside off, and Tharanga guides it wide of mid off and sets off for a single. He is three-fourths of the way down the track when he notices that Dilshan is actually turning the other way. Tharanga almost completed one and a half runs, but fell short by a foot though he dived in.

WU Tharanga run out 19 (56m 31b 1x4 0x6) SR: 61.29

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   HS Baidwan 3.5-0-22-0

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

13.2

Baidwan to Dilshan, FOUR, Dilshan rolls along to 5000 ODI runs. Baidwan helps him along with a short ball outside off, Dilshan resists the temptation to jump around in glee. Waits for it and cracks it through the off side.

13.3

Baidwan to Dilshan, no run, better line, no width this time as Dilshan tries to force off the back foot

13.4

Baidwan to Dilshan, no run, slower ball, full on off stump and Dilshan decides to defend as it comes on slowly

13.5

Baidwan to Dilshan, 1 run, full toss on the pads, Dilshan swipes it off the pads through square leg for one

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   HS Baidwan 4.5-0-28-0

32.1

Baidwan to Jayawardene, 1 run, length ball on off stump, Mahela moves forward and drives with the full face for a single to long on

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

32.4

Baidwan to Jayawardene, 1 run, another length ball, on off stump, Mahela leans out and drives through extra cover

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   HS Baidwan 5.5-0-35-0

44.1

Baidwan to Perera, 1 run, short of a length on leg stump, Thisara stays back and works it through midwicket for one

44.2

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

44.3

Baidwan to Perera, no run, keeps it fuller this time, Thisara looks for a vicious whip to the leg side, but misses

44.4

Baidwan to Perera, 1 run, this ons'e sliding down the leg as Thisara clips it behind square for a single

44.5

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

44.6

Baidwan to Perera, FOUR, there you go, Thisara has given a trailer of what he can do. Baidwan assists him with a juicy length ball on leg stump, Thisara sets up a stable base and swings with glee through backward square leg for four

Sri Lanka 284/4   HS Baidwan 6.5-0-43-0

46.1

Baidwan to Kapugedera, OUT, Kapu has perished. Seemed to not pick the change in pace as Baidwan delivered a full slow delivery on off stump. Kapu turned the face early as he looked to work it square, but the ball came through in the next era. He got a leading edge and it ballooned up for an easy take at cover

CK Kapugedera c sub (NR Kumar) b Baidwan 2 (5m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

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   HS Baidwan 7.5-0-52-1

48.1

Baidwan to Samaraweera, 1 run, Thilan hangs in the crease and works it in front of square for another single

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

48.5

Baidwan to Samaraweera, 2 runs, short ball, Thilan waits for it and rolls the wrist to send it behind square for a couple

48.6

Baidwan to Samaraweera, FOUR, Thilan's giving a strong case for promotion here! He fashions a late dab out of nowehere as Baidwan lands this in line with off, back of a length. Thilan arches back and opens the face to steer it away very fine for four more

Sri Lanka 320/7   HS Baidwan 8.5-0-59-2

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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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