ICC Cricket World Cup, 2010/11 / Commentary

ICC Cricket World Cup - 10th match, Group A

Sri Lanka v Pakistan

Pakistan won by 11 runs

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

17.3

Herath to Kamran Akmal, no run, whoa, Kamran goes well back and plays the ball almost falally late. It was almost crashing into the stumps when he decided to execute the late cut.

17.4

Herath to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, on the pads this time, and he turns it away square for one more

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

17.6

Herath to Kamran Akmal, no run, tossed up again and turning away, as the right hander tries to inside out him through the covers

Pakistan 92/2   HMRKB Herath 1-0-3-0

20.1

Herath to Kamran Akmal, no run, full on middle and leg, Kamran forces it back down the ground

20.2

Herath to Kamran Akmal, OUT, Well, Pakistan have lost three wickets. Kamran has taken more than any of the Sri Lankan bowlers - two. After sending Hafeez back with his wily running, he's now accounted for himself with an inexplicable unremarkable charge down the track. He seemed to have decided long back that, no matter what, this had to go over long on. And so he proceeded - to run down the track like a bull that had seen a red rag. Herath just stuck to his guns, landed it on middle and got it to turn away, past Kamran's mad, mad swipe. Miss. He doesn't have much time to turn back. Sanga does the rest. He didn't even turn back. Just kept walking. Good idea too. Vintage Kamran.

Kamran Akmal st †Sangakkara b Herath 39 (68m 48b 5x4 0x6) SR: 81.25

20.3

Herath to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, tossed up on leg, Misbah defends off the front foot down the track

20.4

Herath to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, flighted on middle and off, Misbah is cautious as he smothers the spin and defends

20.5

Herath to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, Misbah is away, working him away in front of square for one.

20.6

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

Pakistan 106/3   HMRKB Herath 2-0-4-1

22.1

Herath to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, tossed up on leg, easy single for Misbah as he dabs it off the pads

22.2

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

22.3

Herath to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, tossed up on middle and leg, Misbah again leans out and smothers the turn

22.4

Herath to Misbah-ul-Haq, 2 runs, the lap sweep now, as Herath lands on middle and leg, Misbah gets a couple thanks to the fumble

22.5

Herath to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, quicker through the air, Misbah plays back almost fatally as it hurries through, but he keeps it out

22.6

Herath to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, on the front foot to end the over as Herath airs it up outside off stump. Defended to the covers

Pakistan 113/3   HMRKB Herath 3-0-8-1

24.1

Herath to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, back of a length on middle and off, straightening from the track, Misbah dead bats

24.2

Herath to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, drifting into middle and leg, Misbah taps it square, but finds the fielder

24.3

Herath to Misbah-ul-Haq, 2 runs, Misbah steals two with nifty running, tucks it against the spin through backward square leg and charges away as Murali runs in from the deep

24.4

Herath to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, he's working the field smartly, is Misbah, calmly picks up another single in front of square

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   HMRKB Herath 4-0-14-1

30.1

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

30.2

Herath to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, short of a length outside off, Misbah rocks back and slaps it through the covers. Partnership of 50. Off just 60 balls.

30.3

Herath to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, leans out to the flight and defends down the track

30.4

Herath to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, the nifty armer from Herath, hurries across at Misbah who quickly adjusts and defends back down the track

30.5

Herath to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, he gets the single the moment Herath lands on one the pads, dabbed seamlessly through square leg

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   HMRKB Herath 5-0-16-1

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

32.3

Herath to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, Misbah is walking all around the crease now, walks away to the leg side and then comes back closer. Herath just fires it in full and he digs it out

32.4

Herath to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, slower through the air, and on leg stump, Misbah flicks easily through midwicket for one

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

32.6

Herath to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, that patent Misbah reverse paddle again, this time Murali at short third man saw him set up base on off stump and started moving. As a result he cut the angle and fielded the shot, very well executed as it was, from outside off stump

Pakistan 164/3   HMRKB Herath 6-0-20-1

34.1

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

34.2

Herath to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, tucks him up with one that angles in, and he pats it back down the track

34.3

Herath to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, now he moves away from leg stump, and plays an inside out drive to long off

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

34.6

Herath to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, the Misbah way of milking the bowling, stands a foot outside leg, sees the ball fired in, plays beside the front pad and tucks it away through square leg

Pakistan 174/3   HMRKB Herath 7-0-24-1

36.1

Herath to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, again Misbah stands miles outside leg, gets a shortish and slower one and slaps it away to sweeper cover

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

36.3

Herath to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, brings bat in front of pad and defends a tossed up delivery

36.4

Herath to Misbah-ul-Haq, 2 runs, super running, and neat placement, he picked the ball from off stump, flicked it past the square leg umpire, and they came back comfortably for the second

36.5

Herath to Misbah-ul-Haq, 3 runs, oops, the bowler beats the batsman, and Sanga too, this one went straight on, Misbah was flicking from outside the line, and played around it, Sanga missed the take as well, Murali stops it just inside the ropes with his foot, given as runs, hmm

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   HMRKB Herath 8-0-32-1

38.1

Herath to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, gives him a half-charge, stops in his tracks, and then nurdles the full delivery in to the leg side

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

38.6

Herath to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, stays in the crease, and tries to steal a single towards square leg, but Sanga is alert and runs across to field

Pakistan 203/3   HMRKB Herath 9-0-42-1

40.1

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

40.2

Herath to Misbah-ul-Haq, 2 runs, even better, Misbah gets to his 50 with a shimmie down the track, and a drive wide of midwicket

40.3

Herath to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, ooh, he barely got away with this one, it was much fuller than he thought, he wanted to go over extra cover, but checked his shot and just managed to hit it back to the bowler in the end

40.4

Herath to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, now he charges down the track, almost in Kamran fashion, and gets an inside edge towards 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

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   HMRKB Herath 10-0-46-2

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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