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)

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

Pakistan 4/0   Ahmed Shehzad 4* (4b 1x4)   KMDN Kulasekara 0.4-0-4-0

Perera to Ahmed Shehzad, FOUR, goes for the booming drive, it is pitched fuller, and takes the outside edge on its way fine to the third man boundary

Pakistan 10/0   Ahmed Shehzad 8* (8b 2x4)   NLTC Perera 0.2-0-5-0

Perera to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR, there is no stopping this one, Hafeez it is, who gets to the pitch of a length delivery and sends it purring wide of cover for a boundary, that was perfectly timed

Pakistan 17/0   Mohammad Hafeez 4* (4b 1x4)   NLTC Perera 1.2-0-12-0

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   Mohammad Hafeez 12* (10b 2x4)   KMDN Kulasekara 3-1-11-0

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

Pakistan 42/1   Mohammad Hafeez 22* (15b 3x4 1x6)   KMDN Kulasekara 3.4-1-21-0

Perera to Kamran Akmal, FOUR, Kamran goes calypso, shuffles across a bit, picks up a length ball from outside off and flicks it over square leg, one foot in the air as he does so

Pakistan 46/1   Kamran Akmal 7* (5b 1x4)   NLTC Perera 3.3-0-22-1

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

Pakistan 51/1   Kamran Akmal 12* (11b 2x4)   KMDN Kulasekara 4.3-1-25-0

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   Kamran Akmal 19* (13b 3x4)   KMDN Kulasekara 5-1-33-0

Perera to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR, well, nothing much wrong with this one, it was on the off stump, a touch straight, but it was the batsman who created the shot, walking across the stumps, and lifting it backward of square, all wrists

Pakistan 63/1   Mohammad Hafeez 27* (22b 4x4 1x6)   NLTC Perera 4.4-0-27-1

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

Pakistan 70/1   Kamran Akmal 24* (19b 4x4)   KMDN Kulasekara 5.1-1-37-0

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

Pakistan 88/2   Younis Khan 9* (8b 1x4)   AD Mathews 3.3-0-11-0

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

Pakistan 97/2   Kamran Akmal 34* (42b 5x4)   AD Mathews 4.3-0-17-0

Dilshan to Misbah-ul-Haq, FOUR, and Misbah is upto his tricks again, with a compulsive reverse sweep - he's among the few players who actually plays this shot as part of his repertoire, and not as a surprise shot. Very different style too, he shuffles across, crouches down, sets up camp on off stump and then turns the grip. Comes down on the ball and controls it. As safe as any shot.

Pakistan 136/3   Misbah-ul-Haq 20* (27b 1x4)   TM Dilshan 0.1-0-4-0

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

Pakistan 148/3   Younis Khan 36* (40b 2x4)   AD Mathews 6.4-0-33-0

Perera to Younis Khan, FOUR, not the first time Thisara has speared one down the leg side, and Younis is in too good form to let that go. An air of inevitability to it, the moment it left Thisara's hands. Younis was always inside the line, he was always going to whip it and he ensured the wrists turned well enough to beat the man at deep square leg.

Pakistan 169/3   Younis Khan 48* (54b 3x4)   NLTC Perera 5.5-0-34-1

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

Pakistan 200/3   Younis Khan 64* (69b 4x4)   HMRKB Herath 8.3-0-39-1

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   Misbah-ul-Haq 58* (73b 2x4)   AD Mathews 9-0-49-0

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

Pakistan 232/4   Misbah-ul-Haq 64* (78b 3x4)   KMDN Kulasekara 8.3-1-54-0

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)   KMDN Kulasekara 9-1-59-0

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   Shahid Afridi 4* (6b 1x4)   KMDN Kulasekara 10-1-64-0

Perera to Misbah-ul-Haq, FOUR, starts off with a full toss, and Misbah shuffles across the stumps, and flicks it past square leg, can Pakistan make good use of the final powerplay over?

Pakistan 249/5   Misbah-ul-Haq 72* (84b 4x4)   NLTC Perera 7.1-0-42-1

Perera to Shahid Afridi, FOUR, Afridi gets one that is a touch short, and launches it away up and over extra cover, it was a slower one, he stayed in the crease, and bashed it over the in field

Pakistan 254/5   Shahid Afridi 8* (7b 2x4)   NLTC Perera 7.3-0-47-1

Perera to Shahid Afridi, FOUR, biff, it was in the blockhole, but makes no difference to Afridi, he goes down on a knee and hammers it through extra cover, violence, useful violence

Pakistan 258/5   Shahid Afridi 12* (9b 3x4)   NLTC Perera 7.5-0-51-1

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

Pakistan 264/5   Misbah-ul-Haq 77* (86b 5x4)   AD Mathews 9.1-0-53-0

Perera to Misbah-ul-Haq, FOUR, Misbah, you beauty, moves outside off stump, and flicks a full delivery off his toes, and wide of square leg, calm and calculated hitting

Pakistan 276/6   Misbah-ul-Haq 82* (90b 6x4)   NLTC Perera 8.4-0-61-1





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