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

6.55pm The umpires come out, followed by the Sri Lankan team, who form a huddle. Canada's openers stride out now.

0.1

Kulasekara to Gunasekera, no run, Kulasekara gets his trademark seam movement away from the left-handers straightaway, left alone

0.2

Kulasekara to Gunasekera, no run, on middle and off this time, goes straight on and that is defended back to the bowler

0.3

Kulasekara to Gunasekera, no run, superb delivery from Kula, angles away from Gunasekera, who is beaten by that good length delivery, Gunasekera does some gardening after that ball

0.4

Kulasekara to Gunasekera, no run, outside off, left alone by Gunasekara this time

0.5

Kulasekara to Gunasekera, no run, stands tall and punches that with confidence, pushed towards extra cover

0.6

Kulasekara to Gunasekera, no run, short of length delivery on legstump, defended towards square leg, batsmen think of taking a single before deciding against it

Keith Chapman: "Kulasekara to Gunasekera in a international match. How often would you see that." Not very.

End of over 1 (maiden) Canada 0/0 (333 runs required from 49 overs, RR: 0.00, RRR: 6.79)
R Gunasekera    0* (6b)      KMDN Kulasekara    1-1-0-0
JM Davison    0* (0b)     

Perera to share the new ball

1.1

Perera to Davison, OUT, Perera starts with a beauty, Davison is gone for a first-baller, a short of length ball that moves in a touch, not sure whether there was an inside-edge on that, Davison looking to push the ball towards mid-off, the ball ends up crashing into the stumps, Perera is a wicket-taker, he was Sri Lanka's leading wicket-taker in one-dayers last year, first ball wicket in the World Cup for him

JM Davison b Perera 0 (4m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

1.2

Perera to Surkari, no run, oh, a sitter is put down at first slip, that was pitched up and a hint of away movement, a healthy outside edge flies at a nice height to Samaraweera, just above the waist, he didn't have to move, that's a clanger and no wonder Perera is glaring at Samaraweera

1.3

Perera to Surkari, 4 leg byes, just down the leg side, off the thigh pad and runs past the keeper for four

1.4

Perera to Surkari, no run, solidly defended by Surkari off the front foot

1.5

Perera to Surkari, 2 runs, length ball on middle stump, tucked towards square leg for a single

1.6

Perera to Surkari, no run, gets on the front foot and defends it to mid-on

End of over 2 (6 runs) Canada 6/1 (327 runs required from 48 overs, RR: 3.00, RRR: 6.81)
ZE Surkari    2* (5b)      NLTC Perera    1-0-2-1
R Gunasekera    0* (6b)      KMDN Kulasekara    1-1-0-0

2.1

Kulasekara to Gunasekera, no run, length ball to start the over, who gets forward and pushes it to mid-off

2.2

Kulasekara to Gunasekera, 1 run, an inside-edge this time, that was pitching on middle and leg

2.3

Kulasekara to Surkari, 1 run, carves this one behind point for a single, Kula is keeping it steady here, no width on offer

2.4

Kulasekara to Gunasekera, no run, length ball on off, solid defense off the front foot

2.5

Kulasekara to Gunasekera, OUT, Kula gets the second wicket, this might be an early finish at this rate, Gunasekara stay is over, plants his front foot forward and cracks that towards cover, a low catch clasped by the fielder who barely had to move, Canada have lost their openers

R Gunasekera c Dilshan b Kulasekara 1 (12m 10b 0x4 0x6) SR: 10.00

2.6

Kulasekara to Hansra, no run, length ball outside off, swings away a touch, left alone by the batsman

End of over 3 (2 runs) Canada 8/2 (325 runs required from 47 overs, RR: 2.66, RRR: 6.91)
AS Hansra    0* (1b)      KMDN Kulasekara    2-1-2-1
ZE Surkari    3* (6b)      NLTC Perera    1-0-2-1

3.1

Perera to Surkari, 2 runs, accurate from Perera, on middle stump, tucked towards midwicket

3.2

Perera to Surkari, 1 run, short of a length ball homing into middle, dabbed towards midwicket for a single

3.3

Perera to Hansra, no run, Sanga shows cat-like reflexes to dive across to his left to collect a low catch, that ball jagged in from short of a length and cuts the batsmen in half, seemed to be a sound as the ball passed the bat, Sri Lanka thought about the review but didn't go for it

3.4

Perera to Hansra, 1 run

3.5

Perera to Surkari, no run, 138.7kmh, good pace from Perera, well outside off and that's left alone

3.6

Perera to Surkari, OUT, Perera gets his second, Canada's collapsing here, a length ball that strikes Surkari on the pads in front of middle, that was going on to hit, no doubt about it, the umpire didn't have any, he raises the finger, and Canada are three down

ZE Surkari lbw b Perera 6 (12m 10b 0x4 0x6) SR: 60.00

End of over 4 (4 runs) Canada 12/3 (321 runs required from 46 overs, RR: 3.00, RRR: 6.97)
     NLTC Perera    2-0-6-2
AS Hansra    1* (3b)      KMDN Kulasekara    2-1-2-1

Ajantha Mendis to bowl, canada wouldn't have seen much of him

4.1

Mendis to Hansra, no run, starts with a legspinner outside off

4.2

Mendis to Hansra, no run, defended from the crease down the pitch

4.3

Mendis to Hansra, no run, just outside off, blocked towards the off side

4.4

Mendis to Hansra, no run, backs away to make room, that ball hurried on him and he bottom edges it towards point

4.5

Mendis to Hansra, no run, an accurate start from Ajantha, defended back to the bowler

4.6

Mendis to Hansra, no run, ends the over with a delivery that comes in, batsman didn't know much about that, goes for the cut, the ball slides under the bat

End of over 5 (maiden) Canada 12/3 (321 runs required from 45 overs, RR: 2.40, RRR: 7.13)
AS Hansra    1* (9b)      BAW Mendis    1-1-0-0
A Bagai    0* (0b)      NLTC Perera    2-0-6-2

5.1

Perera to Bagai, FOUR, Bagai plays the best shot of the innings, a bit of width and that is crashed behind point for four, a confident stroke that

5.2

Perera to Bagai, no run, not as confident this time from Bagai, Perera gets the ball to bounce extra from short of a length, that was real quick, Bagai jumps and defends

5.3

Perera to Bagai, no run, Bagai goes for a flamboyant cut off the front foot, the ball goes under the bat and the ball swings after passing the bat, sanga has to dive to his left to collect that

5.4

Perera to Bagai, no run, solidly defended this time, a good pacy over this from Perera

5.5

Perera to Bagai, no run, short of length and outside off, defended towards point

5.6

Perera to Bagai, no run, and one more short of length ball outside off, pushed to point

End of over 6 (4 runs) Canada 16/3 (317 runs required from 44 overs, RR: 2.66, RRR: 7.20)
A Bagai    4* (6b 1x4)      NLTC Perera    3-0-10-2
AS Hansra    1* (9b)      BAW Mendis    1-1-0-0

6.1

Mendis to Hansra, no run, no width on offer, defended to the off side

6.2

Mendis to Hansra, no run, looks to defend a delivery that slides straight on, pops off the pad to the keeper, who makes a weak appeal

6.3

Mendis to Hansra, no run, defends off the front foot this time

6.4

Mendis to Hansra, no run, stays in the crease and blocks to the off side

6.5

Mendis to Hansra, no run, spearing into legstump, more defence from Canada

6.6

Mendis to Hansra, no run, length ball outside off, defended again and Mendis starts with two maidens in a row

End of over 7 (maiden) Canada 16/3 (317 runs required from 43 overs, RR: 2.28, RRR: 7.37)
AS Hansra    1* (15b)      BAW Mendis    2-2-0-0
A Bagai    4* (6b 1x4)      NLTC Perera    3-0-10-2

7.1

Perera to Bagai, 1 run, worked behind point for a single by Bagai

7.2

Perera to Hansra, no run, 140.6 kmh delivery, outside off and that's left alone

7.3

Perera to Hansra, no run, back of a length ball and just outside off, blocked off the back foot

7.4

Perera to Hansra, no run, short of length, outside off looks to carve that to cover but can't connect

7.5

Perera to Hansra, no run, defends off the front foot, hit high on the bat as he takes a stride forward to block the ball

7.6

Perera to Hansra, no run, slanting into legstump, tucked towards midwicket, and this Canadian innings is going nowhere

End of over 8 (1 run) Canada 17/3 (316 runs required from 42 overs, RR: 2.12, RRR: 7.52)
AS Hansra    1* (20b)      NLTC Perera    4-0-11-2
A Bagai    5* (7b 1x4)      BAW Mendis    2-2-0-0

8.1

Mendis to Bagai, 1 run, sliding into legstump, clipped to square leg for a single, first run off Mendis

8.2

Mendis to Hansra, no run, flighted by Mendis this time, length ball heading for leg, pushed back to the bowler

8.3

Mendis to Hansra, no run, a quicker one, blocked from the crease

8.4

Mendis to Hansra, no run, patted back towards the bowler

8.5

Mendis to Hansra, no run, watchfully played from the crease down the track

8.6

Mendis to Hansra, 1 run, clips this one behind square leg for a single

End of over 9 (2 runs) Canada 19/3 (314 runs required from 41 overs, RR: 2.11, RRR: 7.65)
AS Hansra    2* (25b)      BAW Mendis    3-2-2-0
A Bagai    6* (8b 1x4)      NLTC Perera    4-0-11-2

Murali into the attack, round the wicket

9.1

Muralitharan to Hansra, 1 wide, starts with a poor delivery that turns sharply after pitching outside leg, well taken by Sanga

9.1

Muralitharan to Hansra, no run, again down the leg side, clips the pad this time

9.2

Muralitharan to Hansra, no run, defended towards square leg

9.3

Muralitharan to Hansra, no run, pushed back to the bowler

9.4

Muralitharan to Hansra, no run, a bit of air from Murali, attacking the legstump, defended once more

9.5

Muralitharan to Hansra, no run, gets well back in the crease as he plays that to the off side

9.6

Muralitharan to Hansra, no run, not many runs on offer, the final delivery is tapped towards the leg side

End of over 10 (1 run) Canada 20/3 (313 runs required from 40 overs, RR: 2.00, RRR: 7.82)
AS Hansra    2* (31b)      M Muralitharan    1-0-1-0
A Bagai    6* (8b 1x4)      BAW Mendis    3-2-2-0

Dilshan to bowl now

10.1

Dilshan to Bagai, no run, on the legstump, tucked to leg slip

10.2

Dilshan to Bagai, no run, gets forward and defends

10.3

Dilshan to Bagai, 1 run, tucked to deep square leg for a single

10.4

Dilshan to Hansra, 2 runs, thick outside edge towards third man for a couple

10.5

Dilshan to Hansra, 1 run, length ball, clipped to the leg side for one more

10.6

Dilshan to Bagai, 1 run, on middle and leg, turned to deep square leg for a single

End of over 11 (5 runs) Canada 25/3 (308 runs required from 39 overs, RR: 2.27, RRR: 7.89)
A Bagai    8* (12b 1x4)      TM Dilshan    1-0-5-0
AS Hansra    5* (33b)      M Muralitharan    1-0-1-0

Sri Lanka running through their overs quickly

11.1

Muralitharan to Bagai, 1 run, first ball is played to square leg for a single by Bagai

11.2

Muralitharan to Hansra, no run, straighter delivery, defended by Hansra

11.3

Muralitharan to Hansra, no run, a full one from Murali, defended by Hansra off the front foot

11.4

Muralitharan to Hansra, 1 run, flicked to deep square leg for a single

11.5

Muralitharan to Bagai, no run, another straight one, defended

11.6

Muralitharan to Bagai, no run, angling away from Bagai again, Bagai blocks it from the crease

End of over 12 (2 runs) Canada 27/3 (306 runs required from 38 overs, RR: 2.25, RRR: 8.05)
A Bagai    9* (15b 1x4)      M Muralitharan    2-0-3-0
AS Hansra    6* (36b)      TM Dilshan    1-0-5-0

12.1

Dilshan to Hansra, no run, stands tall and blocks the ball to the off side

12.2

Dilshan to Hansra, 1 run, works this one towards square leg for a single

12.3

Dilshan to Bagai, 1 run, another single to square leg

12.4

Dilshan to Hansra, no run, pushed towards mid-on by Hansra off the back foot

12.5

Dilshan to Hansra, no run, and again, once more towards mid-off, can't get a run though

12.6

Dilshan to Hansra, no run, Dilshan has raced through that over, perhaps Sri Lanka are worried there might be some rain later on and want to get to the 20-over mark as soon as possible

End of over 13 (2 runs) Canada 29/3 (304 runs required from 37 overs, RR: 2.23, RRR: 8.21)
AS Hansra    7* (41b)      TM Dilshan    2-0-7-0
A Bagai    10* (16b 1x4)      M Muralitharan    2-0-3-0

13.1

Muralitharan to Bagai, no run, a doosra to start the over, batsman didn't know much about that, he just about gets his bat out of the way

13.2

Muralitharan to Bagai, no run, another doosra outside off, Sanga has some trouble collecting that

13.3

Muralitharan to Bagai, no run, flicked off the pads towards backward square leg

13.4

Muralitharan to Bagai, FOUR, gets down on one knee and looks to sweep this one, gets a top edge that loops over leg slip and races away for four to fine leg

13.5

Muralitharan to Bagai, no run, Bagai has called for a referral, after deciding to leave a delivery that he thought was a doosra, it isn't a doosra and turns into him after pitching on middle and off, no problem with the line but the height was, it hit him above the pads, and that the first umpire's decision to be overturned in the World Cup, Bagai survives

13.6

Muralitharan to Bagai, 1 wide, a wayward ball down the leg side

13.6

Muralitharan to Bagai, no run, a length ball on middle, defended to the leg side

End of over 14 (5 runs) Canada 34/3 (299 runs required from 36 overs, RR: 2.42, RRR: 8.30)
A Bagai    14* (22b 2x4)      M Muralitharan    3-0-8-0
AS Hansra    7* (41b)      TM Dilshan    2-0-7-0

14.1

Dilshan to Hansra, 1 run, length ball turning into the batsman, who opts to play from well inside the crease, pushed towards midwicket

14.2

Dilshan to Bagai, no run, on middle stump this time, punched towards mid-on

14.3

Dilshan to Bagai, no run, loopy delivery that Hansra looks to whip towards midiwcket, Sanga was moving to his left and that clipped the top of the batsman's pad to take the keeper by surprise, he's hit on the arm

14.4

Dilshan to Bagai, no run

14.5

Dilshan to Bagai, 1 run, clips this one towards square leg, to get a single that brings them level with their previous highest score against Sri Lanka in one-dayers

14.6

Dilshan to Hansra, no run, defends the last ball of the over watchfully

End of over 15 (2 runs) Canada 36/3 (297 runs required from 35 overs, RR: 2.40, RRR: 8.48)
AS Hansra    8* (43b)      TM Dilshan    3-0-9-0
A Bagai    15* (26b 2x4)      M Muralitharan    3-0-8-0

15.1

Muralitharan to Bagai, 1 wide, another wide way down the leg side, this is unusual from Murali, so many wides

15.1

Muralitharan to Bagai, no run, another referral, this time Sri Lanka is asking for it, Bagai again decides to play that one off the back foot though it isn't a particularly short ball, it pitches just outside off, on-field umpire says the batsman was struck outside off, and that is a very close one, marginally outside off and the height was also a question, Bagai lives on

15.2

Muralitharan to Bagai, 1 run, stays on the back foot and chops the ball towards backward point

15.3

Muralitharan to Hansra, no run, big stride forward as he defends to the leg side

15.4

Muralitharan to Hansra, no run, fullish ball that is pushed back down the track

15.5

Muralitharan to Hansra, no run, this one doesn't turn in from Murali, batsman can't reach that one outside off

15.6

Muralitharan to Hansra, no run, on the pads, worked in front of square leg, Sri Lanka have bowled 16 overs in little over 50 minutes, not an over rate that you see often

End of over 16 (2 runs) Canada 38/3 (295 runs required from 34 overs, RR: 2.37, RRR: 8.67)
AS Hansra    8* (47b)      M Muralitharan    4-0-10-0
A Bagai    16* (28b 2x4)      TM Dilshan    3-0-9-0

16.1

Dilshan to Bagai, no run, on the pads and that's defended

16.2

Dilshan to Bagai, 1 run, outside edge as he looks to block off the front foot, ball races towards short third

16.3

Dilshan to Hansra, 1 run, punched towards mid-on for a single

16.4

Dilshan to Bagai, no run, length ball pitching outside off, defended off the front foot

16.5

Dilshan to Bagai, no run, similar length but Bagai played off the backfoot, towards backward square leg

16.6

Dilshan to Bagai, 1 run, steered towards cover to end another quick over

End of over 17 (3 runs) Canada 41/3 (292 runs required from 33 overs, RR: 2.41, RRR: 8.84)
A Bagai    18* (33b 2x4)      TM Dilshan    4-0-12-0
AS Hansra    9* (48b)      M Muralitharan    4-0-10-0

17.1

Samaraweera to Bagai, no run, Samaraweera, there's a surprise, his first ball is blocked to the keeper

17.2

Samaraweera to Bagai, no run, on the pads, tucked towards short fine leg

17.3

Samaraweera to Bagai, no run, guides this ball towards short third man

17.4

Samaraweera to Bagai, 1 run, length ball on off, punched towards long-on for a single

Samaraweera is races back to the mark after every ball, there was lightning during the innings break, but no sign of rain now

17.5

Samaraweera to Hansra, OUT, Murali couldn't get a wicket, neither could Mendis or Dilshan, but Samaraweera ,their fourth choice spinner, can, he has Hansra out stumped as the batsman looking to force the ball through covers, he had dragged his back leg out of the crease, couldn't get it back in before Sanga took the bails off, Sanga was very confident that was out even before the third umpire was called for, sanada lose their fourth, it was the arm ball from Samaraweera that brought about the dismissal, he had started out as a specialist offpsinner remember

AS Hansra st †Sangakkara b Samaraweera 9 (46m 49b 0x4 0x6) SR: 18.36

17.6

Samaraweera to Rizwan Cheema, no run, length ball is smothered by the forward defensive

End of over 18 (1 run) Canada 42/4 (291 runs required from 32 overs, RR: 2.33, RRR: 9.09)
Rizwan Cheema    0* (1b)      TT Samaraweera    1-0-1-1
A Bagai    19* (37b 2x4)      TM Dilshan    4-0-12-0

18.1

Dilshan to Bagai, 1 run, Dilshan starts the over with a length ball, pushed towards mid-on

18.2

Dilshan to Rizwan Cheema, no run, ungainly defensive shot, ball rolls towards the leg side

18.3

Dilshan to Rizwan Cheema, no run, blocked back to the bowler from the crease

18.4

Dilshan to Rizwan Cheema, no run, defended to the leg side

18.5

Dilshan to Rizwan Cheema, 1 run, punched off the front foot to mid-on for a single that takes Cheema off the mark

18.6

Dilshan to Bagai, no run, defended to the leg side to end the over, Dilshan got through that one in 1 minute and 50 seconds

End of over 19 (2 runs) Canada 44/4 (289 runs required from 31 overs, RR: 2.31, RRR: 9.32)
A Bagai    20* (39b 2x4)      TM Dilshan    5-0-14-0
Rizwan Cheema    1* (5b)      TT Samaraweera    1-0-1-1

19.1

Samaraweera to Rizwan Cheema, no run, punched off the back foot towards cover

19.2

Samaraweera to Rizwan Cheema, 1 run, stays in the crease and pushes it towards extra cover

19.3

Samaraweera to Bagai, no run, solidly defended to the off side off the front foot

19.4

Samaraweera to Bagai, 1 run, poked towards point this time, another dot bal

19.5

Samaraweera to Rizwan Cheema, 1 run, eases this towards mid-on for a single

19.6

Samaraweera to Bagai, no run, another over that took less than 2 minutes to complete, defended to end the over, and Sri Lanka will take their time now that the 20 overs are done

End of over 20 (3 runs) Canada 47/4 (286 runs required from 30 overs, RR: 2.35, RRR: 9.53)
A Bagai    21* (42b 2x4)      TT Samaraweera    2-0-4-1
Rizwan Cheema    3* (8b)      TM Dilshan    5-0-14-0

Kulasekara is back into the attack now. Bowling Powerplay taken now. One slip in place

20.1

Kulasekara to Rizwan Cheema, no run, big appeal for lbw, a full delivery that strikes the batsman in front of leg, that was sliding down though

20.2

Kulasekara to Rizwan Cheema, FOUR, Cheema is reputed to be a big-hitter, he shows that by flat-batting a short of length ball through midwicket for four, all power and no finesse on that one

20.3

Kulasekara to Rizwan Cheema, no run, and once more Cheema is struck on the pads, again the ball is slanting down the leg

20.4

Kulasekara to Rizwan Cheema, 1 run, a full toss from Kula, swings in to the batsman, tucks towards square leg

20.5

Kulasekara to Bagai, no run, short of length ball pitching outside off, chopped off the back foot towards point

20.6

Kulasekara to Bagai, 1 run, sharp movement into the right-hand batsman, who shuffles across the stumps and whips the ball towards fine leg

And that will be drinks, after a manic hour or so. I'd think Sri Lanka's 21 overs before drinks will be a record that won't be broken in this World Cup.

I'm through with ball-by-ball for a while, Nitin Sundar will take over now.

End of over 21 (6 runs) Canada 53/4 (280 runs required from 29 overs, RR: 2.52, RRR: 9.65)
A Bagai    22* (44b 2x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    3-1-8-1
Rizwan Cheema    8* (12b 1x4)      TT Samaraweera    2-0-4-1

Thanks Sid R. Aha, John Davison is eating a huge dinner, looks like a continental platter of sorts. Not for him the sportsman's diet. Here comes Thisara Perera.

21.1

Perera to Bagai, no run, back of a length outside off stump, he hangs back and punches into the covers

21.2

Perera to Bagai, no run, similar ball, he's running in with purpose and hitting the deck. Steered to point

21.3

Perera to Bagai, OUT, Murali has the doosra, but Thisara has the theesra. Fast length ball outside off, Bagai flashes at it without moving the feet. Thin edge, safely through to Sanga.

A Bagai c †Sangakkara b Perera 22 (58m 47b 2x4 0x6) SR: 46.80

Tyson Gordon comes in now. With a runner.

21.4

Perera to Gordon, 2 runs, full and fast on the pads, flicked with a flourish for a couple to deep square leg

21.5

Perera to Gordon, no run, Huge appeal for lbw, but I think umpire Tarapore has got it right. Sanga asks for the referral. Back of a length, seemed to land outside leg before hitting the pad. That's my gut feel - now for the replays. There, landed outside leg, and then it doesn't matter where it is going. Sanga loses his second referral.

21.6

Perera to Gordon, no run, back of a length again, Tyson stays back and defends down the track

End of over 22 (2 runs) Canada 55/5 (278 runs required from 28 overs, RR: 2.50, RRR: 9.92)
TG Gordon    2* (3b)      NLTC Perera    5-0-13-3
Rizwan Cheema    8* (12b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    3-1-8-1

22.1

Kulasekara to Rizwan Cheema, FOUR, Bang bang from Cheema. Full length ball from Kula on middle and leg, Cheema moved away and converted into a half-volley before launching it over extra cover. Muscle.

22.2

Kulasekara to Rizwan Cheema, 1 leg bye, Kula is following him here as Cheema backs away, and gets hit on the toes.

22.3

Kulasekara to Gordon, no run, this time Kula gets one to nip away from the left-hander, who is clueless as he gropes inside the line

Suraj: "Where is AD Mathews? I need him to bowl, as he is my Captain of my Fantasy Team. Sri Lanka's captain should care for my captain's scoring."

22.4

Kulasekara to Gordon, no run

22.5

Kulasekara to Gordon, 1 run, back of a length on the pads, Tyson hangs on the crease and turns it to the leg side.

22.6

Kulasekara to Rizwan Cheema, 1 run, full delivery, homing in with line with middle and leg, Cheema gets the front foot inside the line and flicks through midwicket

End of over 23 (7 runs) Canada 62/5 (271 runs required from 27 overs, RR: 2.69, RRR: 10.03)
Rizwan Cheema    13* (15b 2x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    4-1-14-1
TG Gordon    3* (6b)      NLTC Perera    5-0-13-3

Sreejith: "Looking at trend of UDRS in 3 matches played, the UDRS's abbreviation which comes to my mind is "Umpire's Decision is Right System":

23.1

Perera to Rizwan Cheema, no run, Thisara delivers a monster yorker, and a rampant Cheema can't do much more than dig it out to the leg side

23.2

Perera to Rizwan Cheema, no run, short ball, pacy and hurries into Cheema who under-edges a pull onto his thigh and it nearly sits up for a return catch, but Thisara can't make it in time

23.3

Perera to Rizwan Cheema, 1 run, length ball coming in with the angle, Cheema backs away and hacks at it through the midwicket area

23.4

Perera to Gordon, 1 run, attempted yorker on the pads, Tyson clips it square for another single

23.5

Perera to Rizwan Cheema, no run, lands this well short of a length, Cheema was setting himself up for a drive, and could not make contact as he tried to adjust and pull

23.6

Perera to Rizwan Cheema, FOUR, this Cheema can hit 'em all right. Thisara misses the blockhole by inches, it is enough for Cheema to get under the length and muscle powerfully over midwicket.

Ouch. Cheema seems to have done a hamstring or thigh muscle in the process. This is the third Canadian down today. Hmm.

End of over 24 (6 runs) Canada 68/5 (265 runs required from 26 overs, RR: 2.83, RRR: 10.19)
Rizwan Cheema    18* (20b 3x4)      NLTC Perera    6-0-19-3
TG Gordon    4* (7b)      KMDN Kulasekara    4-1-14-1

24.1

Kulasekara to Gordon, no run, more movement off the seam as Kula whistles in and angles across Tyson. He lets it go outside the off stump

24.2

Kulasekara to Gordon, no run, again, this time Tyson thinks of playing but pulls the bat away as an afterthought

24.3

Kulasekara to Gordon, OUT, this is dream bowling from Kula. Superb offcutter, landed on the seam and reared up like a monster as it moved away. Tyson was squared up big time there. In fact he became (Tyson)^2. Ended taking the outside edge as he desperately tried to get bat on it. Sanga gobbles it behind the stumps.

TG Gordon c †Sangakkara b Kulasekara 4 (16m 10b 0x4 0x6) SR: 40.00

Khurram Chohan is the new man in.

24.4

Kulasekara to Khurram Chohan, no run, hangs in the crease and pokes at a delivery in Courtney Walsh style, as it goes through wide outside off

24.5

Kulasekara to Khurram Chohan, no run, closer to the off stump this time, Chohan pushes to the off side

24.6

Kulasekara to Khurram Chohan, no run, this one angles in and Chohan pushes towards mid on and takes off for a single that was never there. Cheema did not even back up, what a legend! Chohan ran one and a half runs and made his ground, just in time.

End of over 25 (wicket maiden) Canada 68/6 (265 runs required from 25 overs, RR: 2.72, RRR: 10.60)
Khurram Chohan    0* (3b)      KMDN Kulasekara    5-2-14-2
Rizwan Cheema    18* (20b 3x4)      NLTC Perera    6-0-19-3

25.1

Perera to Rizwan Cheema, no run, ooh, what did that hit? Thisara runs through Cheema with a full length ball on middle and leg. They appeal for caught behind, it is turned down. Did it hit pad? Then he was close to being lbw.

25.2

Perera to Rizwan Cheema, 1 run, short ball, smacks a back of length ball right back past the bowler for one

25.3

Perera to Khurram Chohan, FOUR, nice shot from Chohan, commits to the drive early and goes through with the shot though the ball comes on slowly, lofted cleanly over mid off for four more

25.4

Perera to Khurram Chohan, no run

25.5

Perera to Khurram Chohan, no run, lovely away swinger from Thisara, came in from wide of the crease, landed and went the other way. Better batsmen might have got bat on it, but Chohan had no chance.

25.6

Perera to Khurram Chohan, no run, back of a length on off stump, Chohan stays back and defends to the off side

More fitness issues for Cheema. Seems to be cramps, now in the arm. He wants to keep batting though.

End of over 26 (5 runs) Canada 73/6 (260 runs required from 24 overs, RR: 2.80, RRR: 10.83)
Khurram Chohan    4* (7b 1x4)      NLTC Perera    7-0-24-3
Rizwan Cheema    19* (22b 3x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    5-2-14-2

26.1

Kulasekara to Rizwan Cheema, 1 run, length ball, there for the smash down the ground, and it is hit hard towards long on for a single

26.2

Kulasekara to Khurram Chohan, OUT, Kula delivers a surprisingly pacy bouncer and Chohan is taken aback as he shapes to pull in haste. That either took top edge or shoulder before ballooning up and Sanga pouched it as he tumbled forward. Cleanly taken, so the umpires are checking what that hit. Replays say it went off the glove, so Chohan is on the way back. He's a little confused, he seemed to suggest it hit the shoulder

Khurram Chohan c †Sangakkara b Kulasekara 4 (11m 8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

Shahzeb: "Can`t wait for the WC to be trimmed to 10 teams. As a Pakistani living in Canada, I can tell you that this event has gotten virtually no coverage in the media. Don`t see much purpose other than appeasing a few pros in these countries. Much rather see them in World T20."

Baidwan walks out. SL need three more wickets as this game dawdles along.

26.3

Kulasekara to Baidwan, no run, length ball on off stump, Baidwan plays it off the front foot towards extra cover

26.4

Kulasekara to Baidwan, no run, bouncer like he means it, Baidwan is pushed back and defends to the off side without much control

26.5

Kulasekara to Baidwan, 1 run, this one curves in viciously from outside off and Baidwan manages to get bat on it as he swipes uncertainly through the leg side

26.6

Kulasekara to Rizwan Cheema, no run, bouncer to end the over, Cheema has taken guard well outside leg and just lets this one go

End of over 27 (2 runs) Canada 75/7 (258 runs required from 23 overs, RR: 2.77, RRR: 11.21)
Rizwan Cheema    20* (24b 3x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    6-2-16-3
HS Baidwan    1* (3b)      NLTC Perera    7-0-24-3

Right, Canada take the Batting Powerplay. They are going to have a tilt at the target. Not.

Murali comes back on.

27.1

Muralitharan to Baidwan, 1 run, tossed up from round the wicket on leg stump, flicked through midwicket for one

27.2

Muralitharan to Rizwan Cheema, SIX, whoa, Cheema has banged the world's best bowler, and the biggest spinner of the cricket ball against the spin over the extra cover boundary for a majestic six. Tossed up, he reaches out and blasts it over the boundary

27.3

Muralitharan to Rizwan Cheema, no run, big turn this time, Cheema pulls out of his intention to go big over the off side and defends

27.4

Muralitharan to Rizwan Cheema, FOUR, poor stuff from Murali, Cheema scares him into landing it short and wide, Cheema waits and slices it easily through the square boundary for four.

27.5

Muralitharan to Rizwan Cheema, no run

27.6

Muralitharan to Rizwan Cheema, no run, more like it, tossed up and turning in big, Cheema reaches out and defends down the track

End of over 28 (11 runs) Canada 86/7 (247 runs required from 22 overs, RR: 3.07, RRR: 11.22)
Rizwan Cheema    30* (29b 4x4 1x6)      M Muralitharan    5-0-21-0
HS Baidwan    2* (4b)      KMDN Kulasekara    6-2-16-3

Mendis comes on.

28.1

Mendis to Baidwan, no run, an offspinner to start with, worked off the pads to midwicket for a single

28.2

Mendis to Baidwan, no run, again, comes in from a length, hits the pads on the way to Mahela at slip

28.3

Mendis to Baidwan, no run, and a googly this time, Baidwan is barely picking them. Keeps this one out somehow

28.4

Mendis to Baidwan, no run

28.5

Mendis to Baidwan, no run, another one turning in from off stump, Baidwan is more compact, coming forward and smothering

28.6

Mendis to Baidwan, no run, again, Baidwan leans out to the middle and leg line and defends to the leg side

End of over 29 (maiden) Canada 86/7 (247 runs required from 21 overs, RR: 2.96, RRR: 11.76)
HS Baidwan    2* (10b)      BAW Mendis    4-3-2-0
Rizwan Cheema    30* (29b 4x4 1x6)      M Muralitharan    5-0-21-0

29.1

Muralitharan to Rizwan Cheema, no run, flatter from Murali, from wide of a crease and it turns in from outside off. He keeps it out

29.2

Muralitharan to Rizwan Cheema, SIX, Cheema has the upperhand over Murali. He's danced down the track, taken a quick length ball on the bounce and carted it high over long on for a six. High and huge, long on thought he had a chance. Nice try.

29.3

Muralitharan to Rizwan Cheema, 1 no ball, Murali nearly has him with a doosra! Cheema comes forward and looks to drive, but it turns away from him, Sanga collects and whips the bails off. It goes to the third umpire, and he rules it not out as Cheema seems to have got a toe back in. What's more, Murali's over-stepped!

29.3

Muralitharan to Rizwan Cheema, 1 run, fires it in back of a length as Cheema charges out, but he can't get to the pitch of it and hoicks without control to the leg side

29.4

Muralitharan to Baidwan, no run, sharp turn from round the wicket, worked with the spin to the leg side for one

29.5

Muralitharan to Baidwan, 1 run, Kapu has dropped it at midwicket. Tossed up from Murali, Cheema was decieved in the flight and lofted it high towards deep midwicket. Kapu ran in, tumbled forward and put it down.

Srikanth: "2 of my superiors in the company, one Sri Lankan and one Canadian have no idea that their countries are facing off today. I am wondering if I should send an email and let them know, the Canadian is being hosted by the Sri Lankan this weekend."

29.6

Muralitharan to Rizwan Cheema, no run

End of over 30 (9 runs) Canada 95/7 (238 runs required from 20 overs, RR: 3.16, RRR: 11.90)
Rizwan Cheema    37* (34b 4x4 2x6)      M Muralitharan    6-0-30-0
HS Baidwan    3* (12b)      BAW Mendis    4-3-2-0

30.1

Mendis to Baidwan, FOUR, nicely played, length delivery, breaking away off the track, Baidwan just drove though the line over wide long off. Well controlled

30.2

Mendis to Baidwan, no run, now the googly and he did not seem to pick it as he leant out to play off the front foot

30.3

Mendis to Baidwan, no run, faster and flatter googly this time, Baidwan plays back and plays all around it

30.4

Mendis to Baidwan, no run

30.5

Mendis to Baidwan, 2 runs, flighted again outside off, Baidwan leans out and drives over extra-cover for a couple more

30.6

Mendis to Baidwan, 1 leg bye, looks to sweep a delivery that's on middle and leg, and a single to backward square leg. Came off the pad.

End of over 31 (7 runs) Canada 102/7 (231 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 3.29, RRR: 12.15)
HS Baidwan    9* (18b 1x4)      BAW Mendis    5-3-8-0
Rizwan Cheema    37* (34b 4x4 2x6)      M Muralitharan    6-0-30-0

31.1

Muralitharan to Baidwan, no run, back of a length and straightening from outside off, he stays back and defends down the track

31.2

Muralitharan to Baidwan, 1 run, Baidwan gets a single working with the spin to the leg side

31.3

Muralitharan to Rizwan Cheema, OUT, aha, you can hit Murali for a couple of sixes, but you can't get away from him can you? Murali foxes Cheema out with another doosra, Cheema did not pick it as it broke away from the like of off stump. Cheema was playing for off spin and looking to launch it straight, it took the outside edge and ended in short third man's hand

Rizwan Cheema c Jayawardene b Muralitharan 37 (65m 35b 4x4 2x6) SR: 105.71

Balaji is the new man in.

31.4

Muralitharan to Balaji Rao, no run, Murali rips this across him and it goes to first slip who has a shy at the stumps as Balaji dawdles out of his crease. Misses the mark though. Might have been out.

31.5

Muralitharan to Balaji Rao, 1 run, very full on middle and leg, sweeps it somehow in the air, safely behind square for a single

31.6

Muralitharan to Baidwan, no run, Baidwan has probably never played a doosra before today. Looks at it cluelessly as it goes away, past his sweep in hope.

End of over 32 (2 runs) Canada 104/8 (229 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 3.25, RRR: 12.72)
HS Baidwan    10* (21b 1x4)      M Muralitharan    7-0-32-1
WD Balaji Rao    1* (2b)      BAW Mendis    5-3-8-0

32.1

Mendis to Balaji Rao, no run, length ball, no turn, Balaji pokes out and defends

32.2

Mendis to Balaji Rao, FOUR, tossed up outside off, Balaji is foxed by the flight and swishes at it without getting his foot across. Outside edge runs away to third man for four

32.3

Mendis to Balaji Rao, 1 run, back of a length on the pads, Balaji works it in front of square for one

32.4

Mendis to Baidwan, 2 leg byes, two finger googly, slides down the leg side, hits the pads and goes to fine leg for a couple

Chprince: "May be Canada should stick to ice hockey, after all..."

32.5

Mendis to Baidwan, no run, stays back and works a ball from outside off towards point

32.6

Mendis to Baidwan, no run, flighted outside off, he leans out and defends cautiously.

Not clear yet whether Osinde will bat. He limped off the field mid-over earlier in the day.

End of over 33 (7 runs) Canada 111/8 (222 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 3.36, RRR: 13.05)
HS Baidwan    10* (24b 1x4)      BAW Mendis    6-3-13-0
WD Balaji Rao    6* (5b 1x4)      M Muralitharan    7-0-32-1

Chatura: "Harvir Baidwan - sounds like Javier Bardem. Don't see much resemblence though." Biutiful observation I say!

33.1

Muralitharan to Balaji Rao, no run, tossed up and turning away from outside off, Balaji leaves.

33.2

Muralitharan to Balaji Rao, OUT, and that's that. Tossed up on middle and leg, Balaji sweeps again without any intention of keeping it down. Catching practice for the man at deep backward square leg. Baidwan hangs around, waiting for Osinde to come out.

WD Balaji Rao c Tharanga b Muralitharan 6 (7m 7b 1x4 0x6) SR: 85.71

What a stud Osinde! Trots out without a runner. This ain't over by no stretch folks!

33.3

Muralitharan to Baidwan, 1 run, flighted outside off, swept along the ground for a single

33.4

Muralitharan to Osinde, no run, ah Murali has dropped it. Flighted outside off, Osinde hits it real hard back at the bowler, and he doesn't manage to hold on to it. And no, Osinde did not say "You just dropped the World Cup, mate"

33.5

Muralitharan to Osinde, 1 run, flight again, this time on middle and off, Osinde thumps it hard down to long on for one

33.6

Muralitharan to Baidwan, no run, Baidwan looks for another controlled sweep to a tossed up ball on off, but can't get the gap

End of over 34 (2 runs) Canada 113/9 (220 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 3.32, RRR: 13.75)
HS Baidwan    11* (26b 1x4)      M Muralitharan    8-0-34-2
H Osinde    1* (2b)      BAW Mendis    6-3-13-0

34.1

Mendis to Osinde, 1 run, full toss on the pads, flicked square for a single

34.2

Mendis to Baidwan, 1 run, on the pads again, played from the crease backward of square for a single

34.3

Mendis to Osinde, no run, googly from Mendis, Osinde doesn't spot it and plays around it

34.4

Mendis to Osinde, no run

34.5

Mendis to Osinde, no run, goes for an almighty hoick as Mendis invitingly tosses it up outside off, and he misses.

34.6

Mendis to Osinde, no run, driven off the backfoot to covers

Right, final drinks. The end is nigh. Sid Ravindran will take you through to it.

End of over 35 (2 runs) Canada 115/9 (218 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 3.28, RRR: 14.53)
H Osinde    2* (7b)      BAW Mendis    7-3-15-0
HS Baidwan    12* (27b 1x4)      M Muralitharan    8-0-34-2

Thanks Nitin. Sri Lanka are a relaxed lot as during the drinks break.

35.1

Muralitharan to Baidwan, 1 run, swept behind square leg for a single

35.2

Muralitharan to Osinde, 1 run, walloped down the ground, lands short of long-on

35.3

Muralitharan to Baidwan, no run, defended watchfully by the batsman

35.4

Muralitharan to Baidwan, no run, gets on the back foot and defends, that nearly sneaked past the bat

35.5

Muralitharan to Baidwan, 2 runs, the batsman picks up the doosra, and carves it to deep point

35.6

Muralitharan to Baidwan, no run, straighter one pitching on legstump, fine leg fields

End of over 36 (4 runs) Canada 119/9 (214 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 3.30, RRR: 15.28)
HS Baidwan    15* (32b 1x4)      M Muralitharan    9-0-38-2
H Osinde    3* (8b)      BAW Mendis    7-3-15-0

36.1

Mendis to Osinde, 1 run, length ball is punched off the back foot towards mid-off

36.2

Mendis to Baidwan, 1 wide, didn't pick the offspinner, that turns big and slides down leg side

36.2

Mendis to Baidwan, no run, a more gentle offpsinner this, hits the pad as the batsman looksto defend, sliding down leg

36.3

Mendis to Baidwan, no run, edged towards point this time

36.4

Mendis to Baidwan, 1 run, flighted and full on off stump, swept down to fine leg

36.5

Mendis to Osinde, OUT, and that's the end of that, the crowd roars, at least the portion of the crowd that stayed behind, loads left realising what a one-sided encounter was in store, the batsman looks to swing that to the leg side, it was a googly, clips the off bail, Canada have folded for 122

H Osinde b Mendis 4 (14m 10b 0x4 0x6) SR: 40.00

A satisfied Sri Lanka walk off with a 210-run victory, the seventh largest in World Cup history.

It wasn't a vintage match for Hambantota's debut match, but the fans won't be complaining after most things went their team's way.

Dilshan: "We are happy with this, very comfortable win, very important first match, batting department did a great job, I got a start disappointed to not get a century, next match is Pakistan, we have to be 100% in that match. First session was very hot and humid, second session was better, that is Sri Lanka."

One thing Sri Lanka will need to look at is the timing of the batting Powerplay, which Martin Crowe feels will be the key tactical offering of this tournament.

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Post-match presentation coming up. Namal Rajapaksha, son of Sri Lanka's president, is there with Pat Symcox.

Ashish Bagai: "Always going to be a tough task, we started pretty well, kept them under 5 for the first 25 overs, two world-class players took it away from us. A bit different weather here, so there was a bit of dehydration and cramps, we have seven days to recover from this. Great facility here and great crowd."

Kumar Sangakkara: "It was all set up by the openers, the real star was Jayawardene, it is very easy to bat with him. Wickets like this, it is nice to get an idea of whats going on, that's why I took a bit of time, it was good that Mahela came back to bring the momentum our way. We were pretty clinical, the spinners and the fast bowlers did exactly what we wanted." He has plenty of praise for the new stadium as well."

Namal Rajapaksha hands out the Man of the Match award to Mahela Jayawardene.

Mahela: "Always the first game is a nerve-wracking feeling, guys gave a ood start, just needed a momentum shift in the middle, was a bit shattered after the knock ,was really tired after that, luckily we have several days to recover. It was a good pitch, good outfield, great stadium and a great atmosphere." He says he had no idea that he broke the record for fastest century by a Sri Lankan in the World Cup.

Not a great day at the World Cup, two absolutely one-sided matches will again fuel the debate over including Associate nations in the World Cup. the two Test teams who played today won't be complaining though, almost everything went right for them.

Tomorrow's game is a day-nighter between Australia v Zimbabwe. Till then from Siddarth Ravindran and Nitin Sundar, it's good night. Thanks for the mails.

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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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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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