ICC Cricket World Cup, 2010/11 / Commentary

ICC Cricket World Cup - 10th match, Group A

Sri Lanka v Pakistan

Pakistan won by 11 runs

40.6

Herath to Umar Akmal, no run, yikes, he goes for a reverse sweep first ball, it was going straight on with the arm, he had decided to reverse sweep no matter what, it came off the glove, and hit him on the arm, then on the helmet grill, Sanga thinks it was pad, and Sri Lanka go for the review, and replays confirm the obvious, Umar stays on

Pakistan 213/4   Umar Akmal 0* (1b)

41.2

Kulasekara to Umar Akmal, 1 run, a push down to long on, beats Kula and that means a single is on, easily

41.4

Kulasekara to Umar Akmal, no run, brings out the full-blooded drive to a full delivery, but short extra cover is lurking around

41.5

Kulasekara to Umar Akmal, no run, goes for an awkward pull to a short one around off stump, gets an edge on to the leg side

41.6

Kulasekara to Umar Akmal, 2 runs, he does a reverse Misbah, stands two feet outside off, jumps two steps down the track, and late cuts a length delivery, but third man runs across to cut it off

Pakistan 218/4   Umar Akmal 3* (5b)

42.2

Mathews to Umar Akmal, no run, the slower one, he does not pick it, and bottom edges the cut towards point

42.3

Mathews to Umar Akmal, 1 run, short delivery outside off, guided away to third man

Pakistan 220/4   Umar Akmal 4* (7b)

43.1

Muralitharan to Umar Akmal, no run, lovely stuff from the great man, tossed up, inviting the extra cover drive, Umar goes for it and is beaten, how did that miss off stump?

43.2

Muralitharan to Umar Akmal, 1 run, sharp turn from well outside off, he goes down the leg side, and cuts it in front of cover

43.6

Muralitharan to Umar Akmal, no run, superb bowling, what an over, tossed up and coming in, he takes two steps towards the ball, but can only block it

Pakistan 226/4   Umar Akmal 5* (10b)

44.2

Kulasekara to Umar Akmal, 1 run, super stuff all around, Umar made room and thrashed away a full delivery to mid off, who picked it up in a flash, and threw at the non-striker's, but missed, fortunately for Umar

44.5

Kulasekara to Umar Akmal, no run, backs away looking to go over the off side infield, Kula bowls it full outside off and he tries to squeeze it away, but is beaten

44.6

Kulasekara to Umar Akmal, FOUR, Kula messes it off the last delivery of the over, it was a full toss, and he smashed it away wide of extra cover, he was itching for that shot, and when he saw the full toss, needed no more invitation

Pakistan 237/4   Umar Akmal 10* (13b 1x4)

45.2

Muralitharan to Umar Akmal, no run, this is excellent stuff from Murali, cramps him for room with a turning one on middle stump, he dances around in the crease, but in the end blocks it

45.3

Muralitharan to Umar Akmal, OUT, Umar goes, it was short, a rare one from Murali, in his eagerness to capitalise on the scarce offering, he pulled it in the air, got in a awkward position as he went through with the shot, and Dilshan took sharp diving chance at deep midwicket, Murali has suffocated Pakistan in the Powerplay

Umar Akmal c Dilshan b Muralitharan 10 (21m 15b 1x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

Pakistan 238/5   Umar Akmal 10 (15b 1x4)

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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