ICC Cricket World Cup, 2010/11 / Commentary

ICC Cricket World Cup - 10th match, Group A

Sri Lanka v Pakistan

Pakistan won by 11 runs

0.1

Kulasekara to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, gentlest of looseners, miles outside off stump, and goes to the keeper on the bounce

0.2

Kulasekara to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, lovely delivery, holds its line outside off stump, gets him to come forward and have a poke at it, he is comprehensively beaten, Sanga is already standing closer to the stumps

0.3

Kulasekara to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, now this one tails back in from a length outside off, Shehzad is shuffling across off stump, and meets it with a defensive bat

0.4

Kulasekara to Ahmed Shehzad, FOUR, Shehzad is away, takes some confident steps towards the ball which is quite a distance outside off stump, and clatters it through the covers for the first boundary of the match

0.5

Kulasekara to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, again he is miles down the track and outside off stump, and punches this length ball towards covers

0.6

Kulasekara to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 leg bye, stays in the crease now, and lets this angled ball come in to him, and tucks it down to fine leg

Pakistan 5/0   KMDN Kulasekara 1-0-4-0

2.1

Kulasekara to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, he has this habit of shuffling across and outside off stump, that led to his downfall against Kenya, this time the ball is much shorter, and he plays it down in front of midwicket

2.2

Kulasekara to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, this time he stands in the crease and looking to thump a back of a length ball through covers, but Kula gets it to nip back in and he ungainly hits it back down the track

2.3

Kulasekara to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, bowls it fuller outside off, and now he gets forward and pings covers with a neat drive

2.4

Kulasekara to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, stays in the crease, and plays out a length ball towards covers

2.5

Kulasekara to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, Shehzad cannot go walking now with Sanga breathing down his back, and defends one on the stumps to mid on

2.6

Kulasekara to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, well, that one was asking to be despatched, but he missed out, hitting a short and wide one straight to point

Pakistan 13/0   KMDN Kulasekara 2-1-4-0

4.1

Kulasekara to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, lot of width outside off stump, and he eases in to a steer down to third man

4.2

Kulasekara to Ahmed Shehzad, 2 runs, shot! stands tall, lets the shortish ball come on, and punches it through the gap at extra cover, Mathews gives chase, and stops the ball, his cap comes off its bearings and hangs on by a thread, but he saved the boundary

4.3

Kulasekara to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, good delivery, slows down the pace, he comes forward and turns it to mid on

4.4

Kulasekara to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 leg bye, goes down the pads, he tucks it away through square leg, there was some excitement among the fielders, could not definitely have been for a possible leg-before?

4.5

Kulasekara to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, short of a length outside off, pushed towards extra cover

4.6

Kulasekara to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR, that is so easy on the eye, it was played so delicately that it was a surprise that third man had no chance as he attempted to run to his right, there was width on offer, and he timed it deftly past point

Pakistan 28/0   KMDN Kulasekara 3-1-11-0

6.1

Kulasekara to Kamran Akmal, 1 leg bye, worked away off the pads backward of square leg, Kula getting some inward movement off the seam

6.2

Kulasekara to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, another one comes in, this time from outside off stump, excellent line, he gets forward and blocks

6.3

Kulasekara to Mohammad Hafeez, SIX, whoops, where did that come from, Kula has been getting it to come in, Hafeez trusted him, went down on a knee and lifted the incoming delivery in front of square leg, that goes all the way, what a shot

6.4

Kulasekara to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR, and another one, this one was outside off stump, but Hafeez used the wrists even more this time to pick it backward of square leg for a boundary, just went outside the line, and forced the ball with the wrists

6.5

Kulasekara to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, fuller, almost in the blockhole, he digs it out towards mid on

6.6

Kulasekara to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, cuts down the pace, the batsman was already coming forward, and had to be content with a defensive push in the end

Pakistan 42/1   KMDN Kulasekara 4-1-21-0

8.1

Kulasekara to Kamran Akmal, no run, two feet outside the crease before the ball is delivered, almost yorks himself as Kuila goes full, the ball goes to point

8.2

Kulasekara to Kamran Akmal, no run, launches in to the big drive, gets it off the middle, also gets it to short extra cover

8.3

Kulasekara to Kamran Akmal, FOUR, takes this one on the full as he takes a step out, and delays the shot for an instant to get the placement spot-on this time, past cover, and into the boundary

8.4

Kulasekara to Kamran Akmal, 3 runs, slower one, moving away, he picked it ages ago, stood tall and punched it past point with an angled bat, in the air, but safely in the gap, some busy fielding at the boundary saves a run

8.5

Kulasekara to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, the runs continue to flow, this time a steered single to third man, there has been a lot of width gifted to Pakistan today

8.6

Kulasekara to Kamran Akmal, FOUR, another example of the width, it wasn't a wayward one but still enough room outside off for Kamran to lean out and meet the ball with the full face of the bat, boy, he is looking so good out there, the result is a sweetly-timed boundary

Pakistan 59/1   KMDN Kulasekara 5-1-33-0

11.1

Kulasekara to Kamran Akmal, FOUR, Kamran goes wide of mid off, it was there in his slot, front leg went out of the way, out came the big swing, the bat face opened at the right moment, and the ball was picked up from the wide long off boundary

11.2

Kulasekara to Kamran Akmal, no run, confident drive off the front foot, lots of intent, too bad it found short extra cover

11.3

Kulasekara to Kamran Akmal, 1 wide, tries to tuck him for room with the angled ball, goes wide of leg stump instead

11.3

Kulasekara to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, picks up the slower one outside off quickly, bends the knees and guides it to third man

11.4

Kulasekara to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, back of a length from Kula, he goes back to push it to him, some respite for the bowler

11.5

Kulasekara to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, picks up the most comfortable of singles with a push along the ground to that soon-to-be-busy man, long on

11.6

Kulasekara to Kamran Akmal, no run, some away movement, but far too short, he gets away with it though, Kamran stays on the back foot and hammers it to extra cover, got a bit too eager seeing the short one

Pakistan 73/1   KMDN Kulasekara 6-1-40-0

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

15.3

Kulasekara to Kamran Akmal, no run, Kula shortens the length further, and keeps it tight on off stump, Kamran plays it back down the track

15.4

Kulasekara to Kamran Akmal, no run, slow legcutter at 104 kph, Kamran leans out to drop it to the off side, but picks out point

15.5

Kulasekara to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, a foot outside off this time, Kamran chops this towards third man and gets the single

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   KMDN Kulasekara 7-1-43-0

41.1

Kulasekara to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, bowls one on a length outside off stump, and Misbah under edges it close to the stumps on the off side

41.2

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

41.3

Kulasekara to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, gets a full toss, and clatters it through to sweeper cover, lots of intent there, of the aggressive kind

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   KMDN Kulasekara 8-1-48-0

44.1

Kulasekara to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, starts off with one full and cramping a backing-away-outside-leg batsman, who drives it down to long on

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

44.3

Kulasekara to Misbah-ul-Haq, FOUR, goes deep in the crease, creates the length to swing his arms, and does so powerfully, hitting it over midwicket and into the gap for a boundary

44.4

Kulasekara to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, in the blockhole, squeezed out to point

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   KMDN Kulasekara 9-1-59-0

46.1

Kulasekara to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, Kula follows Misbah as he goes down the leg side, it is full and in the blockhole, pushed back to the bowler

46.2

Kulasekara to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, does not get hold of this length delivery, as he looks to heave it down the ground, it goes towards long on

46.3

Kulasekara to Shahid Afridi, no run, lovely bowling, Afridi hits a yorker straight back to the bowler

46.4

Kulasekara to Shahid Afridi, no run, Sri Lanka are all over Pakistan in the powerplay, Afridi digs out another yorker back to the bowler

46.5

Kulasekara to Shahid Afridi, no run, three dot balls to Afridi in the powerplay, Kula takem a bow, Afridi backs away down leg, Kula goes full outside off, Shahid misses

46.6

Kulasekara to Shahid Afridi, FOUR, Afridi gets one away this time, Kula went for the yorker again, but it did not come out right, and Afridi muscles it wide of long on and in to the boundary

Pakistan 245/5   KMDN Kulasekara 10-1-64-0

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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