ICC Cricket World Cup, 2010/11 / Commentary

ICC Cricket World Cup - 10th match, Group A

Sri Lanka v Pakistan

Pakistan won by 11 runs

10.1

Mathews to Kamran Akmal, no run, slower one, he was already into the forward movement, allowed the ball to come on, and defended it

10.2

Mathews to Kamran Akmal, no run, gets on the front foot and tries to get this length ball past Dilshan at cover point, that is not so easy to do, Dilshan puts in the dive and stops the ball

10.3

Mathews to Kamran Akmal, no run, played out to Dilshan at cover point again

10.4

Mathews to Kamran Akmal, no run, raps him on the pads, they go up in appeal, he was coming forward and the ball shaped back in to strike him, looked to be outside the line, replays show it was so, maybe a bit of bat too

10.5

Mathews to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, punched away down the ground, long on fields

10.6

Mathews to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, gets well forward eagerly to meet the ball outside off stump, and pushes out to extra cover

Pakistan 66/1   AD Mathews 1-0-1-0

12.1

Mathews to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, slower one eased down to long on for one

12.2

Mathews to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, guided to third man for another single

12.3

Mathews to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, just a push, but a well-timed push, took two men to stop that, Mahela dived first but could not, extra cover had to tidy up in the end

12.4

Mathews to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, flicked in the air through midwicket, doesn;t matter if there is no one in that area

12.5

Mathews to Kamran Akmal, no run, played out in to the off side by Kamran, tidy over so far

12.6

Mathews to Kamran Akmal, no run, flicked airily again, could have been in trouble had it not bounced just in front of a diving midwicket

Pakistan 76/1   AD Mathews 2-0-4-0

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

14.3

Mathews to Kamran Akmal, no run, pushed towards mid off, some thoughts of a single abound, but they are rightly quelled

14.4

Mathews to Kamran Akmal, no run, slower one, cuts in too from outside off, he can only push it back down the track

14.5

Mathews to Kamran Akmal, no run, strides forward and pings short extra cover with the drive

14.6

Mathews to Kamran Akmal, no run, much fuller outside off stump, driven forcefully to cover, and Pakistan will take drinks after shooting themselves in the foot

Pakistan 79/2   AD Mathews 3-0-5-0

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

16.2

Mathews to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, length ball on the stumps, Kamran punches it down to long on for another single

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

16.6

Mathews to Kamran Akmal, no run, Kamran check-drives the last ball into the covers to end the over

Pakistan 89/2   AD Mathews 4-0-12-0

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

18.3

Mathews to Kamran Akmal, FOUR, poor from Angelo, angles this one down the leg side and Kamran just helps it along with pleasure for four through fine leg. Sri Lanka have been curiously lacking in intensity today

18.4

Mathews to Kamran Akmal, 2 runs, nice timing from Kamran, more generosity from Angelo, full and wide outside off, Kamran hits in along the ground off the front foot to deep extra cover

18.5

Mathews to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, Kamran works this one wide of mid on for Pakistan's 100th run. Strong platform building happening.

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   AD Mathews 5-0-22-0

26.1

Mathews to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, slants the first ball onto the pads and it is calmly tucked through square leg for a single

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

26.3

Mathews to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, another slow offcutter, 105.6 kph and landed back of a length. It grips and turns off the track, Misbah stays back, spots it and forces it down to long on

26.4

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

26.5

Mathews to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, fuller and straighter, Misbah hangs back and punches towards mid on

26.6

Mathews to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, Misbah has among the most fluid wrists in the game. And he's always looking to tickle them through the leg side. Back of a length and outside off from Angelo. Misbah trots across and chips it with minimal effort down to square leg.

Pakistan 132/3   AD Mathews 6-0-27-0

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

28.3

Mathews to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, and Misbah keeps them on their toes again, easing it from outside off with a quiet turn of the wrists, Fumble at midwicket makes the single easier

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

28.6

Mathews to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, Misbah does his bit. Camping on the back foot, he taps it softly to Dilshan at point and takes off. Dilshan has a shy at the bowler's end, but Misbah hares across with ease. Almost ends up conceding overthrows.

Pakistan 150/3   AD Mathews 7-0-35-0

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

37.2

Mathews to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, stands miles outside leg again, and gets one that is miles outside off, but gets bat to it, and cuts it away to sweeper cover

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

37.6

Mathews to Misbah-ul-Haq, 3 runs, Misbah the nurdler turns up now, it is a slower length ball on leg stump, he goes way outside the line, and tickles it past a diving Sanga, the ball is stopped near the boundary

Pakistan 193/3   AD Mathews 8-0-43-0

42.1

Mathews to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, slapped away wide of sweeper cover, it was short and sitting up, and he gave it a nice old whack

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

42.4

Mathews to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, slower one in the blockhole, nothing he could do with it, was surprised and pushed it back to the bowler

42.5

Mathews to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, this is superb bowling from Mathews, it was a slow bouncer, he tried to get around it, and cut it over point, but there was no pace at all to work with

42.6

Mathews to Misbah-ul-Haq, FOUR, he creates some momentum now on his own, comes down the pitch, takes it on the full and bunts it past a hapless mid off

Pakistan 224/4   AD Mathews 9-0-49-0

48.1

Mathews to Misbah-ul-Haq, FOUR, gets a full toss, it says hit me from around leg stump, and Misbah swings it cleanly, and it almost carries all the way over the deep square leg boundary

48.2

Mathews to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, good delivery, it was angled full across the batsman, who was surprised with the angle, Sanga gathers

48.3

Mathews to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, another full delivery, hit down the ground to long on

48.4

Mathews to Shahid Afridi, 2 runs, goes wide of midwicket, and collects some more runs

48.5

Mathews to Shahid Afridi, OUT, backs away and goes for the upper cut to a short and wide delivery, but cannot get it over Dilshan at point, who goes high at it with outstretched hands, and pouches it cleanly

Shahid Afridi c Dilshan b Mathews 16 (18m 12b 3x4 0x6) SR: 133.33

48.6

Mathews to Abdul Razzaq, no run, fires it across Razzaq, it was wide outside off stump, but not called so

Pakistan 267/6   AD Mathews 10-0-56-1

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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