ICC Cricket World Cup, 10th Match, Group A: Sri Lanka v Pakistan at Colombo (RPS), Feb 26, 2011
ICC Cricket World Cup - 10th match, Group A
Pakistan won by 11 runs
26 February 2011 - day/night match (50-over match)
13.1

Muralitharan to Mohammad Hafeez, OUT, oh dear, is anyone out, who is out, what is happening, it was full on leg stump and swept to short fine leg, there was a terrible mix-up, Kamran ran all the way to Hafeez who did not move an inch, the throw came in to Sanga, there were two batsman there, so he threw to Murali, who would have had to be eight feet tall to take the wayward throw, but the ball was in the end relayed to Murali, Hafeez thought of running to Murali's end just for a fleeting moment, abandoned such foolish thoughts, and Murali finally got the bails off, it is Hafeez who has to walk back finally

Mohammad Hafeez run out 32 (63m 31b 4x4 1x6) SR: 103.22

13.2

Muralitharan to Kamran Akmal, no run, defended down the track

13.3

Muralitharan to Kamran Akmal, no run, played back down the track

13.4

Muralitharan to Kamran Akmal, no run, goes back and cuts it, but cannot get it past backward point

13.5

Muralitharan to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, shortish, enough time to punch it down to long on

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   M Muralitharan 1-0-2-0
19.1

Muralitharan to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, tossed up on middle and leg, turning further down, Kamran flicks square for a single

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

19.3

Muralitharan to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, air again, on middle stump and Kamran goes the other way, driving with the spin to long on

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   M Muralitharan 2-0-5-0
21.1

Muralitharan to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, some more indecisive running. Tossed up on off, Misbah turns it square, Younis charges down, Mahela fumbles, and in the end they make the dicey single

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

21.3

Muralitharan to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, spit from the track for Murali, jumps up at Misbah from outside off, but he has it covered.

21.4

Muralitharan to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, doosra, short of a length outside off, Misbah did not pick it and got an under edge as he tried to chop it away.

21.5

Muralitharan to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, flighted and turning in, Misbah leans out and smothers the spin

21.6

Muralitharan to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, ends the over with a single, delicate flick of the wrists as Murali turns another one in.

Pakistan 109/3   M Muralitharan 3-0-8-0
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

23.3

Muralitharan to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, Misbah motors across to off stump line and then works Murali with the spin through wide mid on

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

23.5

Muralitharan to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, back of a length to Misbah who defends down the track as he stays on the back foot

23.6

Muralitharan to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, another single through mid on to end the over, Misbah reaches across to the pitch of the ball and works it with the flick of the wrists

Pakistan 117/3   M Muralitharan 4-0-12-0
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

25.2

Muralitharan to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, Misbah picks the doosra out of Murali's hand, presents the opened face and dabs it, in this case with the spin, through point.

25.3

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

25.4

Muralitharan to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, Misbah gets one more, chipping it with the spin, albeit uppishly, 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   M Muralitharan 5-0-16-0
29.1

Muralitharan to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, tossed up on leg stump, Misbah calmly works him with the angle to midwicket

29.2

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

29.3

Muralitharan to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, compact from Misbah, reaches out and smothers the spin outside off

29.4

Muralitharan to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, drops the doosra in, back of a length outside off, Misbah leans back and forces it against the turn to long on for one

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.

29.6

Muralitharan to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, Misbah works Murali with the spin off the pads, but this time he finds square leg

Pakistan 154/3   M Muralitharan 6-0-20-0
31.1

Muralitharan to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, short on middle and straightening, punched without a problem wide of mid on

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

31.5

Muralitharan to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, tossed up on middle, Misbah drives with the spin to long on for one more

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   M Muralitharan 7-0-24-0
39.1

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

39.2

Muralitharan to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 wide, again he strays down the leg side, this time it's a wide

39.2

Muralitharan to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, bowls one outside off this time, but Misbah is ready with the sweep, and short third man had to dive to his left to cut off the runs

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

39.5

Muralitharan to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, Misbah dead bats in forward defence, just kills whatever spin the ball had

39.6

Muralitharan to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, stays in the crease, and late cuts a delivery that turns in from outside off, but right to short third man, missed out there

Pakistan 209/3   M Muralitharan 8-0-30-0
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

43.3

Muralitharan to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, too much turn to do anything with it, Misbah blocks it back to Murali

43.4

Muralitharan to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, turns it right on middle stump, he goes deep in the crease, but even then, there is no room to work it away

43.5

Muralitharan to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, now he gets it away finally, flicks one away through square leg

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   M Muralitharan 9-0-32-0
45.1

Muralitharan to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, flicked in the air down to long on for a single

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

45.4

Muralitharan to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, whipped away off the pads through square leg, brings boom boom Afridi on strike

45.5

Muralitharan to Shahid Afridi, no run, Afridi wants to go over deep square leg first ball, but is beaten as he sweeps too soon

45.6

Muralitharan to Shahid Afridi, 1 wide, turns it sharply but down the leg side

45.6

Muralitharan to Shahid Afridi, no run, Murali, what a spell, gets Afridi to defend in the powerplay, tossed up and turning in, Shahid comes forward and blocks

Pakistan 240/5   M Muralitharan 10-0-35-1
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