ICC Cricket World Cup, 2010/11 / Commentary

ICC Cricket World Cup - 10th match, Group A

Sri Lanka v Pakistan

Pakistan won by 11 runs

13.6

Muralitharan to Younis Khan, 1 run, Younis Khan is off the mark with a neat tickle backward of square leg

Pakistan 78/2   Younis Khan 1* (1b)

14.1

Mathews to Younis Khan, no run, the Younis forward defence, lunges out, head on top of the ball and blocks confidently

14.2

Mathews to Younis Khan, 1 run, oops, a tight single, eases a length ball wide of Kula at mid on, and they go through for what was a very risky one

Pakistan 79/2   Younis Khan 2* (3b)

15.1

Kulasekara to Younis Khan, no run, full on the leg stump, Younis squeezes it out to mid on for one

15.2

Kulasekara to Younis Khan, 1 run, back of a length outside off, chopped away into the covers

15.6

Kulasekara to Younis Khan, 1 run, bouncer, of the slow loopy kind outside off, and Younis rolls his wrists over a controlled pull in front of square leg

Pakistan 82/2   Younis Khan 4* (6b)

16.1

Mathews to Younis Khan, 1 run, Mathews lands one full and tempting on the pads at 130 kph and Younis nearly chips it straight to midwicket. Slow pitch, YK, take it easy! Single in the end

16.3

Mathews to Younis Khan, FOUR, whoa, nicely done Younis. Mathews bangs it short and straight, just outside off, no room for the cut. Younis just arches his bat back, opens the face and deflects it towards where first slip would have been. Sanga makes an acrobatic effort, but it beats him easy

16.4

Mathews to Younis Khan, no run, very straight this time, even Younis can't get it away and just defends from the crease

16.5

Mathews to Younis Khan, 1 run, offcutter coming in from outside off, Younis works it with the deviation towards midwicket for one

Pakistan 89/2   Younis Khan 10* (10b 1x4)

17.1

Herath to Younis Khan, no run, tossed up outside off and turning away, driven into the offside where Dilshan intercepts

17.2

Herath to Younis Khan, 1 run, Younis stays back in the crease and turns it against the spin through square leg

17.5

Herath to Younis Khan, 1 run, Younis leans out to a tossed up ball, and works it against the spin for a single through square leg

Pakistan 92/2   Younis Khan 12* (13b 1x4)

18.1

Mathews to Younis Khan, no run, back of a length on the off stump line, forced away to mid on

18.2

Mathews to Younis Khan, 1 run, fuller this time on middle stump, Younis punches it down to long on for a single

18.6

Mathews to Younis Khan, 2 runs, Younis steals two with some charged-up runnings, opens the face and dabs it down to third man where Murali hurries to collect and release, but Younis wins this particular battle of the veterans.

Pakistan 102/2   Younis Khan 15* (16b 1x4)

19.2

Muralitharan to Younis Khan, 1 run, generous flight and wily drift towards middle and leg, Younis adjusts to get to the pitch and drive through mid off for one

19.4

Muralitharan to Younis Khan, no run, Younis chips out, can't quite get to the pitch and drives straight to midwicket

19.5

Muralitharan to Younis Khan, no run, Younis reaches across well outside off and tries to work Murali with the spin to the leg side

19.6

Muralitharan to Younis Khan, no run, beaten outside off, Younis lunges forward to smother the spin and Murali gets past him

Pakistan 105/2   Younis Khan 16* (20b 1x4)

20.6

Herath to Younis Khan, no run, Younis leans out and drives with the spin, straight to cover

Pakistan 106/3   Younis Khan 16* (21b 1x4)

21.2

Muralitharan to Younis Khan, 1 run, Younis gets forward to the pitch of the delivery and punches against the spin through mid off

Pakistan 108/3   Younis Khan 17* (22b 1x4)

22.2

Herath to Younis Khan, 1 run, Younis drives with the spin through mid off for another single

Pakistan 111/3   Younis Khan 18* (23b 1x4)

23.1

Muralitharan to Younis Khan, no run, tossed up on the stumps again, Murali is getting it to drift well in the air. Punched with the spin to mid on

23.2

Muralitharan to Younis Khan, 1 run, Younis turns the strike, leans out and drives through mid off for a single

23.4

Muralitharan to Younis Khan, 1 run, contrasting methods for Younis, another single in the same region as he leans out and drives through wide mid on

Pakistan 116/3   Younis Khan 20* (26b 1x4)

24.5

Herath to Younis Khan, 2 runs, on middle and leg this time, Younis stays back and works it against the spin through midwicket

24.6

Herath to Younis Khan, 1 run, ooh, quickish armer, and Younis just about kept it off the pads as he played the flick. Straight to Murali at deep backward square

Pakistan 123/3   Younis Khan 23* (28b 1x4)

25.1

Muralitharan to Younis Khan, 1 run, the top lands back of a length and whirs in towards middle and leg, worked off the backfoot through square leg for one

25.3

Muralitharan to Younis Khan, 1 run, Younis lap-flicks from outside off to get another single through midwicket.

25.5

Muralitharan to Younis Khan, no run, Murali slows it up in the air, Younis is a touch early in closing the face and plays it back down the track

25.6

Muralitharan to Younis Khan, no run, sharper turn, onto the pads and Younis tucks it along to backward square leg

Pakistan 127/3   Younis Khan 25* (32b 1x4)

26.2

Mathews to Younis Khan, 1 run, slow offcutter outside off, Younis hangs back and opens the face to run it down to backward point

26.4

Mathews to Younis Khan, 1 run, Younis gets one more single, easing Angelo off the pads towards midwicket

Pakistan 131/3   Younis Khan 27* (34b 1x4)

27.3

Dilshan to Younis Khan, 2 runs, soft hands from Younis, leans out to the pitch and ensures he doesn't over hit it wide of mid on. Enough time for two

27.4

Dilshan to Younis Khan, 1 run, nurdle, nurdle and then some more. Younis clips him off the toes through midwicket for one more

27.6

Dilshan to Younis Khan, 1 run, another single to end the over, again with the spin through midwicket. Vintage Pakistan middle overs batting. Inzy, Yousuf and Miandad would approve.

Pakistan 142/3   Younis Khan 31* (37b 1x4)

28.1

Mathews to Younis Khan, no run, uppish flick this time, just as I was praising the batting, a lazy shot to a slower ball, almost straight to midwicket

28.2

Mathews to Younis Khan, 1 run, full on middle and off, Younis punches it to long on for one more

28.4

Mathews to Younis Khan, FOUR, Younis steals four, Sri Lanka must be very worried now. Angelo slips the offcutter down the leg side, Younis skips inside the line and glances it really fine - he knows just where the fielders are, and the ball purrs away reluctantly to the boundary

28.5

Mathews to Younis Khan, 1 run, leans back to this one and drops it towards point for another single

Pakistan 149/3   Younis Khan 37* (41b 2x4)

29.2

Muralitharan to Younis Khan, 1 run, shortens the length to Younis, outside off, Younis taps to midwicket and takes another single

29.5

Muralitharan to Younis Khan, 1 run, Younis trots a foot outside and across, gets to the turn and works him with the spin to long on. Lovely, lovely batting. This is what ODI cricket is all about.

Pakistan 154/3   Younis Khan 39* (43b 2x4)

30.1

Herath to Younis Khan, 1 run, on Younis pads, he bunts it with a closed face through square leg for a single

30.6

Herath to Younis Khan, no run, back of a length and turning away from outside off, Younis pushes into the covers

Pakistan 156/3   Younis Khan 40* (45b 2x4)

31.2

Muralitharan to Younis Khan, no run, fuller and turning into the pads, Younis' dab goes straight to midwicket

31.3

Muralitharan to Younis Khan, no run, Younis reaches out to a flighted ball outside off and looks to drop it towards point for one. No luck this time

31.4

Muralitharan to Younis Khan, 1 run, another nudge off the pads, placed through the vacant square leg region for one

31.6

Muralitharan to Younis Khan, 1 run, Murali lands this a foot outside off and Younis drives inside out, can't quite time the shot but he gets a single to deep cover

Pakistan 160/3   Younis Khan 42* (49b 2x4)

32.1

Herath to Younis Khan, no run, flat and quick on middle and leg, Younis plays it back to the bowler

32.2

Herath to Younis Khan, 1 run, lands this outside leg and straightens, Younis works it square. One more

32.5

Herath to Younis Khan, 1 run, Younis chips him against the spin, from the line of middle and off towards mid on for a single

Pakistan 163/3   Younis Khan 44* (52b 2x4)

33.4

Perera to Younis Khan, no run, back of a length outside Younis' off stump, he defends into the covers

33.5

Perera to Younis Khan, FOUR, not the first time Thisara has speared one down the leg side, and Younis is in too good form to let that go. An air of inevitability to it, the moment it left Thisara's hands. Younis was always inside the line, he was always going to whip it and he ensured the wrists turned well enough to beat the man at deep square leg.

33.6

Perera to Younis Khan, 1 run, Younis punches the last ball solidly down the ground. Pakistan hold all the aces going into the second drinks break.

Pakistan 170/3   Younis Khan 49* (55b 3x4)

34.1

Herath to Younis Khan, 1 run, gets one on the pads, and spirits it down to long on

34.4

Herath to Younis Khan, no run, cannot beat the bowler in his attempt to ping long off with the drive

34.5

Herath to Younis Khan, 1 run, this time he does, gets a tossed up one, and drives with the turn to wide long off

Pakistan 173/3   Younis Khan 51* (58b 3x4)

35.3

Perera to Younis Khan, no run, another one bang on middle stump, Younis goes behind it and plays it down softly on the leg side

35.4

Perera to Younis Khan, no run, Thisara gets one to bounce extra, and Younis rides it to cut it away to point, without any sort of power too

35.5

Perera to Younis Khan, 1 run, now he gets some room outside off, and it is too short, punched away to sweeper cover off the back foot

Pakistan 176/3   Younis Khan 52* (61b 3x4)

36.2

Herath to Younis Khan, 1 run, way down the pads, and helped away by Younis, who goes down on a knee and finds deep square leg

36.6

Herath to Younis Khan, 1 run, goes across, waits for this shortish one to turn a little, and whacks it down to long off for a single

Pakistan 185/3   Younis Khan 54* (63b 3x4)

37.1

Mathews to Younis Khan, 1 run, gets the front foot across, then brings down the bat quickly to send a length ball in front of square leg

37.3

Mathews to Younis Khan, no run, plays a back of a length ball in to the off side

37.4

Mathews to Younis Khan, 2 runs, now he launches in to the pull, are Pakistan breaking free now, it was short and he pulled it over midwicket and in to the gap

37.5

Mathews to Younis Khan, 1 run, the slower bouncer, almost did Younis in, he was halfway in to the pull, before he had to adjust hastily, and swatted it in front of square leg in the end

Pakistan 190/3   Younis Khan 58* (67b 3x4)

38.2

Herath to Younis Khan, 2 runs, goes down for the sweep, and gets an under edge fine past Sanga, Misbah wanted three, Younis didn't

38.3

Herath to Younis Khan, FOUR, he doesn't need to run for those, super shot, made room outside leg, and lifted the delivery over extra cover and into the gap for a boundary, the 200 comes up now

38.4

Herath to Younis Khan, 2 runs, flicked wide of midwicket this time, runs, runs, all around, Sri Lanka can;t plug the gaps

38.5

Herath to Younis Khan, 1 run, tickled to short fine leg for a single

Pakistan 203/3   Younis Khan 67* (71b 4x4)

39.1

Muralitharan to Younis Khan, 1 run, full on the leg stump, swept fiercely backward of deep square leg

39.3

Muralitharan to Younis Khan, 2 runs, smoothly driven down the ground wide of long on, and they take the second as well, boy the statesmen are turning it on

39.4

Muralitharan to Younis Khan, 1 run, sweeps from outside off, and in front of square leg this time, the man is there doing quite some running

Pakistan 209/3   Younis Khan 71* (74b 4x4)

40.1

Herath to Younis Khan, 1 run, a touch short, and he rocks back and hammers it through midwicket

40.5

Herath to Younis Khan, OUT, Younis departs, well someone had to go for it now, he went for the sweep, got a top-edge that looped up tamely in the air for a catch to short fine leg, Herath has justified his selection ahead of Ajantha, Younis has set up a late charge from Pakistan

Younis Khan c Jayawardene b Herath 72 (108m 76b 4x4 0x6) SR: 94.73

Pakistan 213/4   Younis Khan 72 (76b 4x4)

Photos

Feb 26, 2011

Pakistan celebrate their 11-run victory, Sri Lanka v Pakistan, World Cup, Group A, Colombo, February 26, 2011

Pakistan celebrate their 11-run victory

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Feb 26, 2011

Shahid Afridi bowled a match-winning spell, Sri Lanka v Pakistan, World Cup, Group A, Colombo, February 26, 2011

Shahid Afridi bowled a match-winning spell

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