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

1.4

Osinde to Dilshan, FOUR, Dilshan's away with a boundary, again that patent scythe through point. Short again, not very wide, Dilshan almost played the pull, starting the arc around third man and ending at mid off, and the ball sped to the left of a diving point. Crisp shot

Sri Lanka 8/0   TM Dilshan 4* (2b 1x4)   H Osinde 0.4-0-5-0

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.

Sri Lanka 14/0   TM Dilshan 9* (6b 2x4)   Khurram Chohan 1.1-0-7-0

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.

Sri Lanka 22/0   TM Dilshan 14* (15b 3x4)   Khurram Chohan 2.1-0-11-0

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   WU Tharanga 13* (23b 1x4)   Khurram Chohan 4-0-20-0

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

Sri Lanka 37/0   TM Dilshan 20* (22b 4x4)   HS Baidwan 1.1-0-6-0

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.

Sri Lanka 47/0   TM Dilshan 25* (29b 5x4)   HS Baidwan 2.1-0-11-0

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

Sri Lanka 51/0   TM Dilshan 29* (30b 6x4)   HS Baidwan 2.2-0-15-0

10.3

Hansra to Dilshan, FOUR, not this time. Hansra fires it in on middle and leg, Dilshan is ready in a flash and sweeps powerfully for four

Sri Lanka 58/0   TM Dilshan 36* (35b 7x4)   AS Hansra 0.3-0-4-0

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.

Sri Lanka 70/1   TM Dilshan 44* (46b 8x4)   HS Baidwan 4.1-0-27-0

21.4

Rizwan Cheema to Jayawardene, FOUR, ungainly but effective from Mahela, he usually oozes elegance, not this time, gets on one knee and slog sweeps powerfully from outside off to the square leg boundary

Sri Lanka 103/2   DPMD Jayawardene 10* (8b 1x4)   Rizwan Cheema 3.4-0-18-1

26.1

Hansra to Jayawardene, FOUR, this was not a powerful hit from Mahela, more about placement, gets on one knee and sweeps that one in the air towards deep midwicket, doesn't carry all the way bit well wide of the fielder

Sri Lanka 129/2   DPMD Jayawardene 29* (28b 2x4 1x6)   AS Hansra 8.1-0-38-0

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)   AS Hansra 9-0-47-0

27.5

Balaji Rao to Jayawardene, FOUR, don't bowl down the leg side when fine leg is in the circle, Balaji Rao sends it short and outside leg, Mahela helps it past short fine, four more and Sri Lanka are turning it on now

Sri Lanka 146/2   DPMD Jayawardene 40* (34b 3x4 1x6)   WD Balaji Rao 2.5-0-16-0

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

Sri Lanka 154/2   KC Sangakkara 35* (47b 2x4)   Rizwan Cheema 4.5-0-26-1

29.4

Davison to Jayawardene, FOUR, Mahela brings out the reverse-sweep, he plays this shot very well, connects powerfully and that beats short third for a boundary, Mahela tumbles over as he plays that

Sri Lanka 161/2   DPMD Jayawardene 47* (39b 4x4 1x6)   JM Davison 0.4-0-6-0

29.5

Davison to Jayawardene, FOUR, a fine half-century for Mahela, gets there by showing he can play the conventional sweep very well too, places it past short fine for four more

Sri Lanka 165/2   DPMD Jayawardene 51* (40b 5x4 1x6)   JM Davison 0.5-0-10-0

30.5

Balaji Rao to Jayawardene, FOUR, gives plenty of air, nice to see from the spinner, but he's going for plenty of runs since the line is wrong, on the pads , Mahela gets on one knee and sweeps powerfully to square leg

Sri Lanka 176/2   DPMD Jayawardene 55* (42b 6x4 1x6)   WD Balaji Rao 3.5-0-28-0

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

Sri Lanka 189/2   KC Sangakkara 53* (61b 3x4 1x6)   HS Baidwan 5.4-0-35-0

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.

Sri Lanka 200/2   KC Sangakkara 59* (66b 4x4 1x6)   Khurram Chohan 5.2-0-29-0

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

Sri Lanka 206/2   KC Sangakkara 64* (68b 5x4 1x6)   Khurram Chohan 5.5-0-35-0

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

Sri Lanka 219/2   DPMD Jayawardene 71* (56b 7x4 1x6)   Khurram Chohan 6.1-0-41-0

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

Sri Lanka 223/2   DPMD Jayawardene 75* (58b 8x4 1x6)   Khurram Chohan 6.3-0-45-0

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

Sri Lanka 228/2   KC Sangakkara 74* (73b 6x4 1x6)   Khurram Chohan 6.5-0-50-0

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

Sri Lanka 254/2   KC Sangakkara 87* (84b 7x4 1x6)   WD Balaji Rao 5.5-0-40-0

41.1

Davison to Jayawardene, FOUR, and now bad fielding in the deep. This is not the easiest outfield to manage, and Sri Lankak born Ruvindu Gunasekara doesn't do it too well. Tossed up and turning in, Mahela goes down on a knee and slog sweeps. Ruvindu rubs back and looks to cover the angle, but lets it through as he tumbles.

Sri Lanka 260/2   DPMD Jayawardene 92* (73b 9x4 1x6)   JM Davison 6.1-0-46-0

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   NLTC Perera 11* (11b 1x4)   HS Baidwan 6.5-0-43-0

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.

Sri Lanka 289/5   AD Mathews 6* (4b 1x4)   Khurram Chohan 7.3-0-56-0

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)   Khurram Chohan 8-0-62-0

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

Sri Lanka 299/6   AD Mathews 15* (8b 3x4)   HS Baidwan 7.2-0-47-1

47.5

Rizwan Cheema to Samaraweera, FOUR, smarts from Samaraweera. Playing the pace of the ball, backing away and steering with finesse through third man. Shot of a man with a 50+ Test average.

Sri Lanka 312/6   TT Samaraweera 5* (3b 1x4)   Rizwan Cheema 5.5-0-34-1

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   TT Samaraweera 13* (7b 2x4)   HS Baidwan 8.5-0-59-2

49.2

Rizwan Cheema to Samaraweera, FOUR, my my, Thilan is playing some exquisite non-slog overs shots here. Another delicate cut behind point, much squarer than last time, but he's timing them perfectly here. Waited for it to sit up and caressed it on top of the bounce.

Sri Lanka 325/7   TT Samaraweera 17* (8b 3x4)   Rizwan Cheema 6.2-0-40-1

49.6

Rizwan Cheema to Kulasekara, FOUR, Kula ends with a flourish, bashing a short length ball with cross-batted disdain over mid on. He timed that quite well, as the fielder at long on - running across and putting in a big dive - found out

Sri Lanka 332/7   KMDN Kulasekara 7* (3b 1x4)   Rizwan Cheema 7-0-47-1

Photos

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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