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

Miraculously, things have been sorted out. Now the umpires want the music to be turned off.. Chohan is ready to run in, with two slips, Tharanga to face. Ok, here we go.

Paul: "Did the Chinese build the ground as well as the port? Sort the sightscreen out!" Haha, now we know the issue. Blame it on the Chinese.

Surprise, surprise - we have a sightscreen hold up. No kidding. This game is run by the same species that put man on the moon. No kidding again. By the way, there's a real elephant standing around outside the ground. Wonder if it feels threatened by the more colourful Stumpy.

Right, Dilshan and Tharanga walk out as Hambantota buzzes in anticipation. An encouraging crowd has turned up for this game, a huge change from how it was in Chennai for the morning's game. Khurram Chohan has the ball - he did well in the warm-up against England.

Ragu: "Your statement about the new apps available is like the tv commentator of a snooker match who said "For those of you watching this game on black and white television the blue ball is the one behind the pink ball"! If I do not have a computer how can I read the comment!" Umm, Ragu, have you tried our mobile site - m.espncricinfo.com?

The teams are out there for the Spirit of Cricket song followed by the national anthems. I wonder where they find these children who accompany the teams - are they different kids for each game? What does a kid need to do to get this opportunity? The weather is quite good right now in Hambantota, warm and blue skies. Hope it stays this way through the day.

Sameer Sah: "I just wanna say thanks to you guys. I am a lawyer and am stuck in office doing a stupid due diligence on a Sunday (I was here yesterday as well)." Don't worry Sameer, as long as Dilshan is batting, not many people will be uttering the words "the defence rests". The rest of us are doing due diligence on the players we pick for our Fantasy teams. So it goes. By the way, I think it is too late to change your teams now - there is a 15 minute cut-off if I remember right. Disclaimer - I might be wrong!

I am Nitin Sundar starting off the commentary today, while Sid Ravindran is moderating the over-by-over discussion. We will be swapping roles through the course of this game.

In case you don't have access to a computer, or like to follow the game on the move, check out our new apps, for the iPhone and the Android.

Preetam: "Talking about fantasy cricket, i realised, some people got 750 points for sehwags innings yest, while i only got 350, could you please tell the reason." Was he your captain Preetam? You get double the points if he is, methinks. Sob sob, I did not have Sehwag, instead I went with SRT ... Oh well.

14.12 Here's all you need to know about the lovely township of Hambantota.

Toss: Kumar Sangakkara wins and SL will bat. "This is a magnificent ground to be playing in, we hope to do justice to it."

The big news is Malinga is not playing today. Ouch! I need to change my fantasy team, and so should you if you've made Malinga your captain like I have. Thisara Perera, Kulasekara, Murali and Mendis are the main bowlers for SL today. The names to watch in the Canada squad are Rizwan Cheema who "likes to hit the ball ... out of the park". And John Davison, who did just that two World Cups back in a massacre of the West Indies.

Hi all. Welcome to game three of the World Cup. Welcome to Hambantota! Russel Arnold and Wasim Akram say it is a huge ground with a slow track. The stands are a throwback to another era, with idyllic stands covered with shamianas. Expect it to fill up today as the home crowd troops in.

A few minutes to go for the toss, in the meantime: Some great prizes on offer in our World Cup Fantasy league … Cash prizes worth $10,000 to be won, and the likes of Ian Chappell, Sanjay Manjrekar, Geoffrey Boycott and Harsha Bhogle are playing. Are you?

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

The square boundaries are 82 m long while the straight boundary at this end is 85 m. That's half the way to Colombo!

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.

End of over 1 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 3/0 (RR: 3.00)
WU Tharanga    3* (6b)      Khurram Chohan    1-0-3-0
TM Dilshan    0* (0b)     

Osinde, born in Uganda, comes on now. Right arm over, a little more pace.

1.1

Osinde to Tharanga, no run, hits the deck back of a length and gets it to hit the bat hard as Tharanga defends from the crease

1.2

Osinde to Tharanga, 1 run, a short ball now, nice carry but it didn't exactly zip off the surface. Tharanga was comfortably into the pull shot and got it square for a couple

1.3

Osinde to Dilshan, no run, back of a length outside Dilshan's off stump this time and he plays that force-cut shot that he's made his own. Incredible how he manages to time that despite the lack of room. This time he finds point

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

1.5

Osinde to Dilshan, no run, short again, but this time even Dilshan could not make room as he looked to force it away

1.6

Osinde to Dilshan, 1 no ball, uh-oh, free-hit coming up. Decent ball otherwise, not there for the drive outside off as Dilshan tries to punch through the off side

1.6

Osinde to Dilshan, 1 run, bowls the bouncer, Dilshan saw it and was onto it in a flash. Osinde, however, had protection at deep backward square leg and Dilshan's pull raced away straight to the fielder

End of over 2 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 10/0 (RR: 5.00)
TM Dilshan    5* (5b 1x4)      H Osinde    1-0-7-0
WU Tharanga    4* (8b)      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

Short cover in place now.

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

Sridan: "Sri Lanka's IGP banned bringing musical equipments to the world cup grounds. Hence no more trade mark papare bands (like brass bands in WI, vuvuzela in SA) it seems. It just does not feel like at home without the papare bands!" I miss them too.

End of over 3 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 14/0 (RR: 4.66)
TM Dilshan    9* (11b 2x4)      Khurram Chohan    2-0-7-0
WU Tharanga    4* (8b)      H Osinde    1-0-7-0

3.1

Osinde to Tharanga, 1 leg bye, Osinde drifts onto Tharanga's pads and he doesn't make connection with the flick. Leg bye through square leg,

3.2

Osinde to Dilshan, 1 wide, huge wide, so wide that the irrepressible Dilshan can't reach it, though he tries to bend towards the off side and dangle the bat at it.

3.2

Osinde to Dilshan, no run, short of a length a foot outside off, Dilshan goes for the cut and expends a lot of energy with his vicious bat swing, but doesn't time it

3.3

Osinde to Dilshan, no run, again short of length outside off, Dilshan is swinging so wildly outside off, he might do a muscle or something. Another swish and a miss.

3.4

Osinde to Dilshan, 1 run, ah you expect better from Canada. Poor fielding at point as Dilshan forces a short ball off the back foot. Surkari the culprit, and they have a single

Sameer again: "Zubin Surkari and John Davison are like Sultan Zarawani of the UAE. They're the only Canadian born players in the team. In fact, Canada has an advantage. every time they play any sub-continental team, their at least some Canadian player will know the language in which the sub-continental team is talking." I am a little concerned for the client paying Sameer for this due diligence.

3.5

Osinde to Tharanga, no run, full length on off stump, Tharanga moves into the check drive and plays it smoothly into the covers

3.6

Osinde to Tharanga, 1 wide, the first sign of swing, but it is wasted down the leg side

3.6

Osinde to Tharanga, no run, beats him outside the off, good ball from Osinde as he gets one to hold its line, having got the previous ball to move inwards. Tharanga gets half forward and plays for the movement and ends up playing inside the line.

Joshua: "Sridan - that is ridiculous. The MCG let the band in when Sri Lanka played in Melbourne last year. Sad to hear Sri Lanka banning their own fan club. They were a lot of fun."

Dave: "If Sri Lanka's IGP has indeed banned musical instruments then it means they have learnt nothing from the last World Cup in the West Indies. Without the instruments you lose half the atmosphere. This shouldn't have happened a second time."

AJ: "Canada's kit makes them look like the Royal Challengers Canada or something, it's too bad Rahul Dravid and Rizwan Cheema really can't be compared." By the way, anyone else think Bagai resembles Kohli?

A delay again thanks to the sight screen. Inexplicable.

End of over 4 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 18/0 (RR: 4.50)
WU Tharanga    4* (11b)      H Osinde    2-0-10-0
TM Dilshan    10* (14b 2x4)      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

Since many of you are asking - the tv broadcaster is not showing us the bowling speeds. I don't know why and I hope they will.

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

End of over 5 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 26/0 (RR: 5.20)
TM Dilshan    15* (17b 3x4)      Khurram Chohan    3-0-15-0
WU Tharanga    7* (14b)      H Osinde    2-0-10-0

5.1

Osinde to Tharanga, no run, Surkari has redeemed himself with an awesome stop at point. Short and wide, asking to be hit and Tharanga guides it smartly, and it seemed headed for four to the left of point. Someone forgot to inform Surkari who flew away and stopped it with one hand.

Another break of play. Osinde seems to be cramping up. Has he ever played in such heat and humidity? This is not even the worst the subcontinent offers on that front.

Ahmed (not Shehzad): "I think Ahmad Shehzad looks like Kohli!"

Sameer: "Not cool Nitin!! ;) I put these times on as breaks in my clocksheet." I take that back, Sameer! Thanks for the feedback.

Osinde is aborting his over. Early worries for Canada here. Nitish Kumar, all of 16, comes in to substitute. Baidwan will complete the over.

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

Talking of Virat Kohli resembling people - Fans from Tamil Nadu might agree that he resembles the Tamil actor Silambarasan, son of the legendary T Rajendar.

End of over 6 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 28/0 (RR: 4.66)
WU Tharanga    9* (20b)      HS Baidwan    0.5-0-2-0
TM Dilshan    15* (17b 3x4)      Khurram Chohan    3-0-15-0

Bagai stands up to the stumps now.

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.

Can't help but miss Sanath Jayasuriya. He would have found ways to cut loose here.

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.

End of over 7 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 33/0 (RR: 4.71)
WU Tharanga    13* (23b 1x4)      Khurram Chohan    4-0-20-0
TM Dilshan    16* (20b 3x4)      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

Vijay: "Just woke up to the news that Malinga is not playing.I made him my captain! shuddered.Malinga never meant to me so much before"

End of over 8 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 37/0 (RR: 4.62)
TM Dilshan    20* (26b 4x4)      HS Baidwan    1.5-0-6-0
WU Tharanga    13* (23b 1x4)      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

Vish: "I'm really pleased with Canadian bowling.Exellent line and length,infact better than what bangladesh or india (Sreesanth) bowled."

End of over 9 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 42/0 (RR: 4.66)
TM Dilshan    21* (28b 4x4)      Khurram Chohan    5-0-25-0
WU Tharanga    17* (27b 1x4)      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

Arunabh: "Jayawardane should have ha opened, Dilshan is boring,...pun intended."

Hmm, anyone out there got the pun? I did not.

End of over 10 (12 runs) Sri Lanka 54/0 (RR: 5.40)
WU Tharanga    18* (29b 1x4)      HS Baidwan    2.5-0-18-0
TM Dilshan    32* (32b 6x4)      Khurram Chohan    5-0-25-0

Bowling Powerplay taken. Hansra around the wicket. Off spin.

10.1

Hansra to Dilshan, no run, lands this outside off and Dilshan looks for the cover drive. Can't find the gap though

10.2

Hansra to Dilshan, no run, very full and on the stumps, Dilshan is quick to play the sweep, but it was onto him faster than he expected

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

10.4

Hansra to Dilshan, no run, full length again, not an iota of turn yet, Dilshan drives off the front foot into the off side

10.5

Hansra to Dilshan, no run

10.6

Hansra to Dilshan, 1 run, this time he opens the face and gets it to elude the man at cover. Single to the deep

"Is it ok if I start sweating bullets about having sanga and jaya in my team but NOT dilshan? Or is too early for that?," asks Plankton. What a lovely name!

End of over 11 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 59/0 (RR: 5.36)
TM Dilshan    37* (38b 7x4)      AS Hansra    1-0-5-0
WU Tharanga    18* (29b 1x4)      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

Dilshan's done away with the helmet. No cap or hat either.

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

Sangakkara is the new man in.

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.

It is currently a little gusty out there. There is sunlight though. Dilshan gets a sun hat out.

End of over 12 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 63/1 (RR: 5.25)
KC Sangakkara    0* (1b)      HS Baidwan    3.5-0-22-0
TM Dilshan    39* (41b 7x4)      AS Hansra    1-0-5-0

12.1

Hansra to Dilshan, 1 run, tossed up on the pads, flicked with the spin through midwicket

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

Hmm, really dark clouds headed towards the ground.

12.4

Hansra to Dilshan, no run, dead bat from Dilshan. Shock and horror. Full on off stump and defended to the off side

12.5

Hansra to Dilshan, no run

12.6

Hansra to Dilshan, no run, plays with the turn down the ground, but can't get it past mid on

End of over 13 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 65/1 (RR: 5.00)
TM Dilshan    40* (45b 7x4)      AS Hansra    2-0-7-0
KC Sangakkara    1* (3b)      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

End of over 14 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 71/1 (RR: 5.07)
KC Sangakkara    2* (5b)      HS Baidwan    4.5-0-28-0
TM Dilshan    45* (49b 8x4)      AS Hansra    2-0-7-0

14.1

Hansra to Dilshan, 1 run, straightens from off stump, Dilshan reaches out and defends to the off side with soft hands. Single

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

14.6

Hansra to Dilshan, no run, Dilshan stays in the crease and opens the face to dab towards third man. He can't beat the man inside the circle

Parag: "Why Srilanka playing so slow? is is pitch/condition or credit goes to Canada?" A bit of both.

End of over 15 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 73/1 (RR: 4.86)
TM Dilshan    46* (51b 8x4)      AS Hansra    3-0-9-0
KC Sangakkara    3* (9b)      HS Baidwan    4.5-0-28-0

Cheema comes on now, round the wicket.

15.1

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

Canada is a team full of disciplined medium-pace trundlers. Gavin Larsen would be proud of this attack.

15.2

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

15.3

Rizwan Cheema to Dilshan, 1 run, short of a length outside off, Dilshan cuts powerfully into the deep for another 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.

Drinks break now. Plenty of comments coming in pointing out the striking resemblance between the Canadian jerseys and the Royal Challenger Bangalore IPL jerseys. Combine the two and you get a Royal Canadian Air Force. Or Farce if you like.

Sid Ravindran takes over commentary now, while I head across to the over-by-over discussion. Keep the feedback coming!

End of over 16 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 78/1 (RR: 4.87)
KC Sangakkara    7* (14b)      Rizwan Cheema    1-0-5-0
TM Dilshan    47* (52b 8x4)      AS Hansra    3-0-9-0

Thanks Nitin.

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

16.3

Hansra to Dilshan, no run, a quicker ball outside off, Dilshan goes for a flamboyant cut but misses

16.4

Hansra to Dilshan, 1 run, tucked towards midwicket for a sharp single

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

16.6

Hansra to Dilshan, no run, on the pads, swept firmly, but can't beat short fine leg

End of over 17 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 83/1 (RR: 4.88)
TM Dilshan    48* (55b 8x4)      AS Hansra    4-0-14-0
KC Sangakkara    11* (17b)      Rizwan Cheema    1-0-5-0

17.1

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

17.2

Rizwan Cheema to Dilshan, no run, looks to cut a delivery that is very close to offstump, bottom-edges it and that nearly cannons on to the stumps, bounces over

17.3

Rizwan Cheema to Dilshan, 1 run, rolls his fingers to deliver a slower ball, pushed towards cover

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

End of over 18 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 86/1 (RR: 4.77)
KC Sangakkara    13* (21b)      Rizwan Cheema    2-0-8-0
TM Dilshan    49* (57b 8x4)      AS Hansra    4-0-14-0

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

18.6

Hansra to Dilshan, 1 run, short ball on legstump, tucked towards square leg fir a single that brings up his half-century

End of over 19 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 88/1 (RR: 4.63)
TM Dilshan    50* (58b 8x4)      AS Hansra    5-0-16-0
KC Sangakkara    14* (26b)      Rizwan Cheema    2-0-8-0

19.1

Rizwan Cheema to Dilshan, OUT, That's the end of Dilshan, holes out to deep cover, a short of length ball well outside off, Dilshan chases after that one and gets it only as far as the fielder in the deep, Dilshan falls for exactly 50

TM Dilshan c Davison b Rizwan Cheema 50 (86m 59b 8x4 0x6) SR: 84.74

Mahela Jayawardene in the middle now, loads of experience for Sri Lanka at the crease

19.2

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

19.3

Rizwan Cheema to Jayawardene, 1 run, shortish ball outside off, delicately steered towards third man for a single

Expect plenty of tucks and steers when these two are in the middle

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

End of over 20 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 92/2 (RR: 4.60)
KC Sangakkara    17* (30b)      Rizwan Cheema    3-0-12-1
DPMD Jayawardene    1* (1b)      AS Hansra    5-0-16-0

20.1

Hansra to Jayawardene, 1 run, overpitched on the pads, pushed to long-on for one more

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

20.4

Hansra to Jayawardene, 1 run, Jayawardene works the ball towards deep midwicket

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

20.6

Hansra to Jayawardene, 1 run, pushed towards extra cover, another single, not ambled this time, they put the skates on, they needn't have worried, the throw is wild

End of over 21 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 97/2 (RR: 4.61)
DPMD Jayawardene    4* (4b)      AS Hansra    6-0-21-0
KC Sangakkara    19* (33b)      Rizwan Cheema    3-0-12-1

21.1

Rizwan Cheema to Jayawardene, no run, way outside off, but just within legal limits, Mahela leaves it to the keeper

Gavin: "just tuned in, is the pitch slower than a grandma behind the wheel? Or Sri Lanka just not batting very well?" It's quite a slow pitch, and Canada don't have express bowlers either.

21.2

Rizwan Cheema to Jayawardene, no run, poked towards backward point by Mahela, can't beat the fielder

21.3

Rizwan Cheema to Jayawardene, 2 runs, cute from Mahela, well outside off, there was a slip in place, still Mahela opens the face and jabs that towards third man for a quick two

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

21.5

Rizwan Cheema to Jayawardene, 1 run, back of a length ball outside off, pushed back to the bowler

21.6

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

Ace: "I am impressed with Canada's ability to contain Sri Lanka, so far @ least."

End of over 22 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 104/2 (RR: 4.72)
KC Sangakkara    19* (34b)      Rizwan Cheema    4-0-19-1
DPMD Jayawardene    11* (9b 1x4)      AS Hansra    6-0-21-0

22.1

Hansra to Jayawardene, no run, Referral time, Canada are convinced Mahela edged that ball to the keeper, umpire doesn't, tossed up by Hansra, bouncing on a length outside off, Mahela looks to guide that towards short third, the ball nestles in the keeper's gloves, Canada were absolutely certain, and immediately asked for the referral, very hard to tell given that there was no Snicko, or Hot Spot, Mahela survives

22.2

Hansra to Jayawardene, 1 run, Mahela isn't going to stop trying to score runs towards third man, opens the face to guide the ball, Sanga calls early for the single

Joshua from Australia: "These two batsmen are one of only two pairs from any team to have more ODI runs together than SRT does alone - the other pair being Clarke and Ponting. Crazy."

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

22.4

Hansra to Jayawardene, no run, gets a big stride in as he defends to the leg side

22.5

Hansra to Jayawardene, no run, looks to muscle the ball through the off side, totally mistimed, the ball rolls back towards the bowler

22.6

Hansra to Jayawardene, 1 run, whipped towards the leg side for a single to end the over

Jagath Lee: "Better to send Angelow Mat or Tissara Perera next hold Tilan and Chamara for the time being score rate has dropped considerably."

End of over 23 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 107/2 (RR: 4.65)
DPMD Jayawardene    13* (14b 1x4)      AS Hansra    7-0-24-0
KC Sangakkara    20* (35b)      Rizwan Cheema    4-0-19-1

Balaji Rao, who looks like a Ramesh Powar, burly and wears the zany glasses as well , he's a legspinner though

23.1

Balaji Rao to Jayawardene, 1 run, starts with a short of length ball, turns a bit away, defended

Mohit Goyal: "That review became a complete farce because of the non-availability of thermal imaging based Hot Spot.."

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

Rao has been warned for running on the pitch

23.4

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

23.5

Balaji Rao to Jayawardene, no run, blocked towards the bowler off the front foot

23.6

Balaji Rao to Jayawardene, 1 run, gets on the back foot and tucks the ball from middle stump behind square leg for a single

Sundar: "What kind of a UDRS is this? That was a horrible replay there. The replays were too quick. No ultra motion there. They did not even freeze the replay at the point the ball pass the bat. No wonder nothing was conclusive. I know they are not using the hot spot as the manufacturer refused to provide the equipment. But what happened to the snicko? Why are they using the UDRS if they cannot use it properly, just for the heck of it?"

End of over 24 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 112/2 (RR: 4.66)
DPMD Jayawardene    15* (17b 1x4)      WD Balaji Rao    1-0-5-0
KC Sangakkara    23* (38b)      AS Hansra    7-0-24-0

24.1

Hansra to Jayawardene, SIX, first six of the match, Mahela launches that one into orbit, there was a long-on in place but Mahela wasn't bothered by that, he waltzes down the track and clubs that beyond the rope

24.2

Hansra to Jayawardene, 1 run, tucks this one towards midwicket for a single

24.3

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

24.3

Hansra to Jayawardene, no run, another referral, again it is for Mahela being caught behind, the keeper Bagai is absolutely confident, it was overpitched and outside off, Mahela looks to drive that through the off, ball goes through to the keeper, Bagai called for the referral immediately though one had been turned down recently, Mahela survives again, that's the fifth referral that has backed the umpire's decision, with no supporting tools for the third umpire, not sure how the decision can be overturned

24.4

Hansra to Jayawardene, no run

24.5

Hansra to Jayawardene, no run, plays it late and guides it towards short third man

24.6

Hansra to Jayawardene, 1 run, last ball of the over is driven to long-off for a single

End of over 25 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 122/2 (RR: 4.88)
DPMD Jayawardene    23* (23b 1x4 1x6)      AS Hansra    8-0-34-0
KC Sangakkara    23* (38b)      WD Balaji Rao    1-0-5-0

25.1

Balaji Rao to Jayawardene, 1 run, an open face presented by Mahela, ball flies towards backward point, gets a single

25.2

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

Balaji Rao has played for the Indian state of Tamil Nadu in the Ranji trophy

25.3

Balaji Rao to Jayawardene, no run, a bit of width, Mahela looks to steer that past backward point, can't beat the fielder

25.4

Balaji Rao to Jayawardene, no run, another dot ball as Mahela pushes the ball towards point

25.5

Balaji Rao to Jayawardene, 1 run, was that the googly? looked like it, inside-edged towards backward square leg

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

End of over 26 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 125/2 (RR: 4.80)
KC Sangakkara    24* (40b)      WD Balaji Rao    2-0-8-0
DPMD Jayawardene    25* (27b 1x4 1x6)      AS Hansra    8-0-34-0

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

26.2

Hansra to Jayawardene, 3 runs, outside off, Mahela carves that behind backward point, in the air for a bit, sliding stop from the man at deep backward point

26.3

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

26.4

Hansra to Jayawardene, no run, fullish ball outside off, pushed towards cover off the front foot

26.5

Hansra to Jayawardene, 1 run, length ball on off, it's Mahela's turn to play it down the ground for a 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

End of over 27 (13 runs) Sri Lanka 138/2 (RR: 5.11)
KC Sangakkara    29* (42b 1x4)      AS Hansra    9-0-47-0
DPMD Jayawardene    33* (31b 2x4 1x6)      WD Balaji Rao    2-0-8-0

27.1

Balaji Rao to Jayawardene, 2 runs, strays down the leg side, Mahela gets some bat on it as he looks to sweep, ball races away towards fine leg

27.2

Balaji Rao to Jayawardene, 1 run, poor delivery this, short ball and outside leg, lucky that wasn't send to the boundary, Mahela powers it towards deep square leg

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

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

27.6

Balaji Rao to Jayawardene, 1 run, pushed towards cover for a single to end the over

End of over 28 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 147/2 (RR: 5.25)
DPMD Jayawardene    41* (35b 3x4 1x6)      WD Balaji Rao    3-0-17-0
KC Sangakkara    30* (44b 1x4)      AS Hansra    9-0-47-0

28.1

Rizwan Cheema to Jayawardene, 1 run, another single to Mahela, makes a bit of room and works the ball towards backward point

"Seems to me that SL are batting with a great deal of maturity. I would expect to see some steady accelaration from here on," says a user called From_China.

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

Loads of mails coming in critical of the UDRS.

Cainozz is happy with Canada's show so far: "Canada aren't doing too badly here. A run rate of only 5.25 at the moment, which is pretty good for their ranking...isn't it?" Run-rate is in check, but unless they get wickets, there might be something of an onslaught starting very soon.

A hold-up in play since there's some trouble with the sightscreen.

28.4

Rizwan Cheema to Jayawardene, 1 run, outside off, dabbed towards third man by Mahela

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

End of over 29 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 155/2 (RR: 5.34)
KC Sangakkara    36* (48b 2x4)      Rizwan Cheema    5-0-27-1
DPMD Jayawardene    43* (37b 3x4 1x6)      WD Balaji Rao    3-0-17-0

John Davison, the man who wowed the world with his pyrotechincs in 2003, is into the attack. He's 40 years old now.

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

It's a packed stadium now, TV commentators say 39,000 fans have turned up

29.3

Davison to Jayawardene, no run, bit of bounce for Johnson, he beats Mahela outside off

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

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

29.6

Davison to Jayawardene, no run, shortish and outside off, Mahela stabs that towards cover point where a diving stop prevent more runs

Usman Raja: "Jayawardene has really changed his batting approach over the last couple of years and from here on, he really seems to be turning it on"

End of over 30 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 165/2 (RR: 5.50)
DPMD Jayawardene    51* (41b 5x4 1x6)      JM Davison    1-0-10-0
KC Sangakkara    37* (50b 2x4)      Rizwan Cheema    5-0-27-1

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

Arvind informs us: "Not only was WD Balaji Rao a Tamilnadu state ranji player, He was also very close to getting to play for India in the now legendary Aussie tour of India in 2001. He was among the 25 probables for that tour."

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

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

30.6

Balaji Rao to Jayawardene, no run, guided towards backward point by Mahela

And that's drinks. Expect fireworks from Sri Lanka over the next hour, Nitin Sundar will describe that. I'm off to do some over-by-over.

End of over 31 (11 runs) Sri Lanka 176/2 (RR: 5.67)
DPMD Jayawardene    55* (43b 6x4 1x6)      WD Balaji Rao    4-0-28-0
KC Sangakkara    44* (54b 2x4 1x6)      JM Davison    1-0-10-0

Thanks Sid R.

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This innings is heating up, with Mahela doing what he does best - playing some delighful shots, and here they are coming against a limited bowling attack.

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.

Well, things aren't going Canada's way. Another one succumbs to cramps, or possibly a twisted ankle as he fired the throw in.

31.2

Davison to Jayawardene, 1 run, tossed up and turning into the pads, Mahela gently works it through midwicket for one

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

31.5

Davison to Jayawardene, 1 run, fuller on off stump, Mahela reaches out and works it with the spin through midwicket

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

Srinivasan: "Also, in that Aussie tour during 2001, Balaji Rao represented India A in a tour game and sledged the ice-man better known as Stephen Rodger Waugh."

End of over 32 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 182/2 (RR: 5.68)
KC Sangakkara    48* (58b 2x4 1x6)      JM Davison    2-0-16-0
DPMD Jayawardene    57* (45b 6x4 1x6)      WD Balaji Rao    4-0-28-0

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

Zubair: "Almost 5am here in Canada, I am in excruciating pain courtesy of my wisdom teeth and this coverage is keeping me going... 100% Behind Sri Lanka and Sanga who also happens to be my fantasy team captain!!"

Toothing troubles, eh.

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.

End of over 33 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 189/2 (RR: 5.72)
KC Sangakkara    53* (62b 3x4 1x6)      HS Baidwan    5.5-0-35-0
DPMD Jayawardene    59* (47b 6x4 1x6)      JM Davison    2-0-16-0

33.1

Davison to Jayawardene, 2 runs, Mahela is unstoppable now. Dainty little dab through third man for two as Davison turns one in from wide of off stump. Mahela hangs back, waits for it to reach Bagai's gloves, almost, before opening the wrists and coaxing it away.

33.2

Davison to Jayawardene, 1 run, straighter this time, Mahela moves inside the line and turns it square for one more

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

33.4

Davison to Jayawardene, no run, Mahela looks for another flick to midwicket, but can't find the gap this time

33.5

Davison to Jayawardene, 1 wide, this time Davison slips it down the leg side and it is called a wide

33.5

Davison to Jayawardene, 1 run, Mahela steps across and works across the pads through wide mid on for single

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

Rue: "Living Canada and supporting Sri Lanka -no wonder Zubair has trouble with his wisdom teeth"

Safr: "4:46 A.M here in calgary, canada and it's -28 here with windchill. Two calgarians representing canada(chohan and tariq), but i'm supporting sri lanka."

Thomas: "John Davison is old enough to be Steve Smith's Dad!"

End of over 34 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 196/2 (RR: 5.76)
KC Sangakkara    55* (64b 3x4 1x6)      JM Davison    3-0-23-0
DPMD Jayawardene    63* (51b 6x4 1x6)      HS Baidwan    5.5-0-35-0

Usama: "Seems like I am not very good at picking teams. I transferred Sehwag, Munaf Patel & Tamim Iqbal out from my fantasy team before the Ind v Bangla match. I had Ryder for NZ match today, but he didn't get a bat. Had Malinga in too, shocked to see him sitting on the bench. Have Sangakkara, Murali & Mendis for now. Fingers crossed. Dilshan, Southee & Oram have been my profitable picks so far."

Chohan comes on.

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 balls for the 4th 50.

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

End of over 35 (12 runs) Sri Lanka 208/2 (RR: 5.94)
KC Sangakkara    66* (69b 5x4 1x6)      Khurram Chohan    6-0-37-0
DPMD Jayawardene    64* (52b 6x4 1x6)      JM Davison    3-0-23-0

35.1

Davison to Jayawardene, 1 run, extra turn from off and middle, but Mahela has no issues with it as he gets the front foot across and works it square

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

35.4

Davison to Jayawardene, 1 run, on Mahela's pads, he will nudge those singles through the leg side all day if he has to

35.5

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

35.6

Davison to Jayawardene, 1 run, short ball, Mahela latches on in a flash and rolls the wrists over a controlled pull. There is protection in the deep so he is restricted to a single

End of over 36 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 215/2 (RR: 5.97)
DPMD Jayawardene    67* (55b 6x4 1x6)      JM Davison    4-0-30-0
KC Sangakkara    70* (72b 5x4 1x6)      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

End of over 37 (14 runs) Sri Lanka 229/2 (RR: 6.18)
KC Sangakkara    75* (74b 6x4 1x6)      Khurram Chohan    7-0-51-0
DPMD Jayawardene    76* (59b 8x4 1x6)      JM Davison    4-0-30-0

37.1

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

KB Bose: "Trying to convert my ice-hockey crazy work mates to cricket. Need Canada to replicate the form they showed in their warm-up match against England. Good hustle in the field but we need some wickets now!"

37.2

Davison to Jayawardene, 1 run, flighted on off, Mahela gets inside the line and works it through midwicket for one more

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

37.4

Davison to Jayawardene, 1 run, another single as Mahela's wrists come into play a turn a delivery turning in from off towards midwicket

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

37.6

Davison to Jayawardene, 2 runs, short and wide outside off, Mahela focuses on placement rather than power as he deflects it into the gap through point for a couple

End of over 38 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 236/2 (RR: 6.21)
DPMD Jayawardene    80* (62b 8x4 1x6)      JM Davison    5-0-37-0
KC Sangakkara    78* (77b 6x4 1x6)      Khurram Chohan    7-0-51-0

L Balaji (Leggie Balaji) comes back on.

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.

38.4

Balaji Rao to Jayawardene, 2 runs, Mahela is finding gaps everywhere and plugging them with the dexterity of a dentist. Reaches across and works him against the spin through midwicket for a couple

38.5

Balaji Rao to Jayawardene, no run, drives with the spin, but straight to cover

38.6

Balaji Rao to Jayawardene, 1 leg bye, on the pads as Mahela shapes to sweep. He gets something on it, behind square, for a single

End of over 39 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 242/2 (RR: 6.20)
DPMD Jayawardene    82* (65b 8x4 1x6)      WD Balaji Rao    5-0-33-0
KC Sangakkara    81* (80b 6x4 1x6)      JM Davison    5-0-37-0

39.1

Davison to Jayawardene, 1 run, Mahela chips Davison with the spin over mid on but short of long on for a single

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

39.3

Davison to Jayawardene, 1 run, three on the trot, this is more golf than cricket. Mahela tees off for a single down the ground now

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

39.6

Davison to Jayawardene, 1 run, over-pitched on the pads, Mahela gladly uses the extra pace and sweeps it towards deep backward square leg for a single

End of over 40 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 247/2 (RR: 6.17)
DPMD Jayawardene    85* (68b 8x4 1x6)      JM Davison    6-0-42-0
KC Sangakkara    83* (83b 6x4 1x6)      WD Balaji Rao    5-0-33-0

40.1

Balaji Rao to Jayawardene, 2 runs, on middle and leg, Mahela looks for the lap sweep, did that hit bat or pad first? Polite appeal turned down, as they take a couple

40.2

Balaji Rao to Jayawardene, no run, looks for another run through square leg, but finds the fielder this time

40.3

Balaji Rao to Jayawardene, no run, drops this short outside off, Mahela hangs back and cuts straight to the fielder

40.4

Balaji Rao to Jayawardene, 1 run, he'll do this all day, and now that lights are on, he'll do this all night. On the pads, Mahela easily clips it square and runs for the 250th run

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.

End of over 41 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 256/2 (RR: 6.24)
KC Sangakkara    89* (85b 7x4 1x6)      WD Balaji Rao    6-0-42-0
DPMD Jayawardene    88* (72b 8x4 1x6)      JM Davison    6-0-42-0

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.

41.2

Davison to Jayawardene, 1 run, again Mahela goes leg sidish as it turns in from outside off. Over to Sanga

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

41.4

Davison to Jayawardene, 2 runs, and now he drops short, too many bad balls. Mahela waits and cuts dextrously into the gap at deep point for a couple

41.5

Davison to Jayawardene, 1 run, works it off the pads this time for a single to wide mid on

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

End of over 42 (11 runs) Sri Lanka 267/3 (RR: 6.35)
     JM Davison    7-0-53-1
DPMD Jayawardene    96* (76b 9x4 1x6)      WD Balaji Rao    6-0-42-0

Thisara comes in. This man can slug 'em mercilessly through the leg side.

42.1

Balaji Rao to Jayawardene, 1 run, Mahela hangs back and works with the angle through square leg for one more.

42.2

Balaji Rao to Perera, 1 run, short googly, skids on as Thisara picks it, hangs back and cuts in front of square for one

42.3

Balaji Rao to Jayawardene, 1 run, flat delivery on leg stump, Mahela stays back and taps to square leg.

The fastest 100 by a Sri Lankan in the World Cup was from Jayasuriya. It took 85 balls, says Pat Symcox. That record is on the line.

42.4

Balaji Rao to Perera, 1 run, nice googly flighted on leg stump, Thisara gets a leading edge as he looks to flick and gets a single to cover

42.5

Balaji Rao to Jayawardene, 1 run, leans out and works another single through square leg for one more.

42.6

Balaji Rao to Perera, 1 run, full on leg stump, Thisara moves to the leg side, takes it on the pitch and flicks powerfully for a single

End of over 43 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 273/3 (RR: 6.34)
NLTC Perera    3* (3b)      WD Balaji Rao    7-0-48-0
DPMD Jayawardene    99* (79b 9x4 1x6)      JM Davison    7-0-53-1

Sundar: "Why is it so dark out there? Are the floodlights not good? It looks like they are playing a test match in bad light."

Does seem dark out there.

43.1

Davison to Perera, no run, Thisara nearly spoons a catch to short cover. Tossed up on off, he reaches out and drives without getting to the pitch. Almost straight to the fielder

43.2

Davison to Perera, no run, holds it back again, Thisara plays down the ground back to the bowler

43.3

Davison to Perera, 1 run, Thisara turns it over, smears a full ball through mid on for a single. Mahela on 99...

43.4

Davison to Jayawardene, 1 run, Mahela breaks the record, well played. He leans out and works it with the spin through midwicket - typifies his entire innings, this shot.

43.5

Davison to Perera, 1 run, Perera gets another single down the ground

43.6

Davison to Jayawardene, OUT, Well, Mahela was tiring, it did seem he was going to throw caution to the winds once he reached 100. He gets across the line and looks to lap sweep over short fine leg. Makes good connection, but can't get it over the fielder. Ends up giving the fielder catching practice. Well played, Mahela.

DPMD Jayawardene c Balaji Rao b Davison 100 (115m 81b 9x4 1x6) SR: 123.45

End of over 44 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 276/4 (RR: 6.27)
     JM Davison    8-0-56-2
NLTC Perera    5* (7b)      WD Balaji Rao    7-0-48-0

Angelo Mathews comes out and SL take the batting Powerplay. Finally.

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

End of over 45 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 284/4 (RR: 6.31)
NLTC Perera    11* (11b 1x4)      HS Baidwan    6.5-0-43-0
AD Mathews    2* (2b)      JM Davison    8-0-56-2

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

Paras: "Srilanka have shown a perfect example of how not to time a batting Powerplay!"

Well, this debate will rage on through the World Cup. India showed refreshing inventiveness with their timing of the PP yesterday. Here comes Kapugedara aka Kapu.

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

End of over 46 (11 runs) Sri Lanka 295/5 (RR: 6.41)
AD Mathews    11* (6b 2x4)      Khurram Chohan    8-0-62-0
CK Kapugedera    2* (2b)      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

Samaraweera at No. 8. He has a Test average of 50+. So it goes.

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.

End of over 47 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 305/6 (RR: 6.48)
AD Mathews    19* (11b 3x4)      HS Baidwan    7.5-0-52-1
TT Samaraweera    0* (0b)      Khurram Chohan    8-0-62-0

Cheema comes on.

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

47.2

Rizwan Cheema to Samaraweera, no run, oho, mix up from the batsmen, mix up from the fielders. Much ado about nothing. Steeres straight to point by Thilan, Angelo was almost all the way down before he realised Thilan wasn't coming. Cheema took a while gettng back to the bowler's end. He collected the throw, but could not break the stumps.

47.3

Rizwan Cheema to Samaraweera, 1 run, this time Thilan gets the single in front of square. Over to Angelo.

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?

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.

47.6

Rizwan Cheema to Samaraweera, 1 run, and he gets a single to midwicket to retain strike

End of over 48 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 313/6 (RR: 6.52)
TT Samaraweera    6* (4b 1x4)      Rizwan Cheema    6-0-35-1
AD Mathews    21* (13b 3x4)      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

End of over 49 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 320/7 (RR: 6.53)
TT Samaraweera    13* (7b 2x4)      HS Baidwan    8.5-0-59-2
KMDN Kulasekara    0* (0b)      Rizwan Cheema    6-0-35-1

44 / 3 off the batting PP. Here's the last over.

49.1

Rizwan Cheema to Kulasekara, 1 run, length ball on the pads, he stays on the crease and nudges it through midwicket for one

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.

49.3

Rizwan Cheema to Samaraweera, no run, smart, yorker, but well outside off and close to the tram-lines. He gets away with it

49.4

Rizwan Cheema to Samaraweera, 1 run, offcutter breaks back in appreciably, Thilan waits and opens the face to steer another single through the off side

49.5

Rizwan Cheema to Kulasekara, 2 runs, Kula makes room through the off side and carves it out to deep point where a fumble gives him an easy couple

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

370. 69. 332. The first innings scores so far in the World Cup make for bizarre reading. Sri Lanka seemed to struggle with the pace of the ball, as Sangakkara confirms on air, and the batsmen benefited for waiting and not throwing it away. Canada's only weapon was their discipline, but the wheels slowly came off through that innings, and have currently rolled away into ditches on the highway to Colombo. Cheema, Bagai and Davison hold the key to how far they can go in the chase. Sid Ravindran will bring you the initial exchanges, while I take over the over-by-over moderation.

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End of over 50 (12 runs) Sri Lanka 332/7
KMDN Kulasekara    7* (3b 1x4)      Rizwan Cheema    7-0-47-1
TT Samaraweera    18* (10b 3x4)      HS Baidwan    8.5-0-59-2

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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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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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