ICC Cricket World Cup, 2010/11 / Commentary

ICC Cricket World Cup - 14th match, Group A

Sri Lanka v Kenya

Sri Lanka won by 9 wickets (with 188 balls remaining)

1.3

Kulasekara to CO Obuya, 2 runs, the incoming delivery again, but Obuya was not pushing forward, he was on the crease, and though he was not in control, managed to send it backward of square leg

1.4

Kulasekara to CO Obuya, no run, now Kula gets some bounce, from short of a length well outside off, left alone

1.5

Kulasekara to CO Obuya, 1 run, again he gets it to come in with the angle, he plays it off the back foot and it is down to fine leg for one

Kenya 7/1   CO Obuya 3* (3b)

2.3

Malinga to CO Obuya, 1 run, Collins gets this one away in to the off side to get off the strike

Kenya 11/2   CO Obuya 4* (4b)

3.1

Kulasekara to CO Obuya, no run, Kula into he act again, strikes him on the pads with that one that comes in, this time the umpire says no

3.2

Kulasekara to CO Obuya, 1 leg bye, that came back a long way, this is too good for Kenya, he did not know what to do with that, off the pads and towards square leg

Kenya 14/2   CO Obuya 4* (6b)

4.1

Malinga to CO Obuya, no run, almost another one, the attempted yorker, ends up as a very low full toss, and he gets down the bat in time to push it back to Malinga

4.2

Malinga to CO Obuya, no run, now the bouncer, getting big on the batsman outside off stump, who manages to get out of the way, yorker, bouncers, Kenya have no respite

4.3

Malinga to CO Obuya, FOUR, in the air, but in the gap, full outside off stump, he went pushing at it from the crease, but it went between cover and point

4.4

Malinga to CO Obuya, no run, length ball outside off for a change, it is left alone

4.5

Malinga to CO Obuya, FOUR, another one manages to survive, Malinga gets the edge, he went pushing at it from the crease, and it bounced in front of second slip, Kenya get away this time

4.6

Malinga to CO Obuya, no run, a rarity, a ball hits the middle of the bat, solidly defended towards cover from the crease

Kenya 22/2   CO Obuya 12* (12b 2x4)

5.3

Kulasekara to CO Obuya, no run, wide outside off stump, rarely does Kula get it that far away, easily left alone

5.4

Kulasekara to CO Obuya, no run, extra bounce for Kula, bangs it in short of a length, and he goes for the cut, beaten by the bounce

5.5

Kulasekara to CO Obuya, no run, sharp inward movement from outside off stump, sheesh, he was caught in an awkward position, jabbed away at it from the crease, and then had to stop it from doing some damage with his feet

5.6

Kulasekara to CO Obuya, no run, fuller this time, pushed out in to the covers from the the front foot

Kenya 23/2   CO Obuya 12* (16b 2x4)

7.1

Kulasekara to CO Obuya, 1 run, looking to play Kula's indippers from the crease, taps this to covers and takes the single

Kenya 28/2   CO Obuya 13* (17b 2x4)

8.1

Mathews to CO Obuya, 1 run, he gives him the charge first ball, and cuts it away wide of third man

Kenya 29/2   CO Obuya 14* (18b 2x4)

9.1

Kulasekara to CO Obuya, no run, shuffles across the stumps, and gets hit high on the pads, rolls away in front of square

9.2

Kulasekara to CO Obuya, 1 run, driven wide of Murali at mid on for a single

Kenya 34/2   CO Obuya 15* (20b 2x4)

10.1

Mathews to CO Obuya, no run, just outside off stump, goes straight on, left alone

10.2

Mathews to CO Obuya, FOUR, gets this one away fine past the lone slip, it was wide, short and sitting up, he slashed at it, and it flew past slip

10.3

Mathews to CO Obuya, no run, now he goes on the back foot and punches a length ball to cover, hmm, can these two bail Kenya out of trouble?

10.4

Mathews to CO Obuya, no run, oops, almost got the edge, Angelo finds some movement outside off stump, he goes driving at it from the crease, but Mathews cannot get the edge

10.5

Mathews to CO Obuya, no run, pushed down the track, Obuya's arms keep moving around before the ball is delivered, in Caribbean fashion

10.6

Mathews to CO Obuya, no run, another one played back to the bowler, all is well at the moment for Kenya

Kenya 38/2   CO Obuya 19* (26b 3x4)

11.3

Kulasekara to CO Obuya, no run, rides the bounce on this one and punches, but short extra cover is in the way

11.4

Kulasekara to CO Obuya, no run, lazy waft outside off stump from the crease, got away with it, the ball kept low, went under the bat, and died on Sanga

11.5

Kulasekara to CO Obuya, no run, has the pitch eased out, is the pace friendlier now, have they settled in, another length delivery is calmly patted away to short extra cover

11.6

Kulasekara to CO Obuya, no run, pushed away off the back foot in to the off side again

Kenya 39/2   CO Obuya 19* (30b 3x4)

12.2

Mathews to CO Obuya, no run, comes in with the angle, around off stump at a friendly pace, and he pushes it down the track

12.3

Mathews to CO Obuya, no run, blocked off the back foot

12.4

Mathews to CO Obuya, no run, now this one is guided away to point

12.5

Mathews to CO Obuya, 1 run, spirited away wide of mid on, it was fullish on the leg stump

Kenya 41/2   CO Obuya 20* (34b 3x4)

13.1

Mendis to CO Obuya, no run, draws him forward with one that turns away, Sanga appeals for caught behind, but there was no edge

13.2

Mendis to CO Obuya, no run, Sanga misses a possible stumping chance, he was lured out again with a loopy one, but Sanga missed the take in his eagerness to break the stumps

13.3

Mendis to CO Obuya, no run, very full, dug out back to the bowler

13.4

Mendis to CO Obuya, no run, goes forward in defence and gets it in the middle of the bat

13.5

Mendis to CO Obuya, no run, pushes forward uncertainly and understandably, they seem to have no clue how to handle him, it scoots away to covers

13.6

Mendis to CO Obuya, 1 run, now he gets an inside edge, this one does not turn away, but he is safe as the ball goes towards square leg

Kenya 42/2   CO Obuya 21* (40b 3x4)

14.1

Mathews to CO Obuya, no run, much more comfortable against medium-pace on this wicket, slaps this length ball away off the back foot, again one that does not bounce much

14.2

Mathews to CO Obuya, no run, takes a step down the track, and plays this one away towards mid on

14.3

Mathews to CO Obuya, 1 run, the latest cut ever I guess, it as short and sitting up outside off, he stood looking at it wondering what should be done, and in the end just about managed to get it down to third man

Kenya 43/2   CO Obuya 22* (43b 3x4)

15.1

Mendis to CO Obuya, no run, very full on the stumps, dug out awkwardly to mid off

15.2

Mendis to CO Obuya, 1 run, the wrong 'un, and nicely tossed up outside off, he gets a big inside edge as he looks to dismiss it through extra cover

15.5

Mendis to CO Obuya, no run, tossed up generously on leg stump, they are having nothing silly to do with Mendis, calmly patted down the track

15.6

Mendis to CO Obuya, no run, goes right back to a shortish one and again pushed it back to Mendis. Extreme caution

Kenya 45/2   CO Obuya 23* (47b 3x4)

16.2

Mathews to CO Obuya, no run, back of a length outside off, he hangs back in the crease and steers straight to point

16.3

Mathews to CO Obuya, 1 run, short ball and a lovely pull shot. Shot of a man who has given up legspin to become a full-time batsman. Rocks back and swivels the ball on off stump round to midwicket. Finds the fielder though. There could have been two with better running.

16.5

Mathews to CO Obuya, no run, fuller length on off stump, defended down the off side

16.6

Mathews to CO Obuya, no run, back of a length outside off and Collins misses the cut as the ball keeps low

Kenya 48/2   CO Obuya 24* (51b 3x4)

17.2

Mendis to CO Obuya, no run, skips out of the crease, it is slowed through the air and landed on off stump. Defended into the off side

17.3

Mendis to CO Obuya, 1 run, fuller on the pads, again driven solidly to long on for a single

Kenya 50/2   CO Obuya 25* (53b 3x4)

18.2

Muralitharan to CO Obuya, no run, flighted outside off and straightening, defended solidly down the ground

18.3

Muralitharan to CO Obuya, 1 run, over-pitched outside leg, easy flick for Collins once he got to the pitch of it.

Kenya 57/2   CO Obuya 26* (55b 3x4)

19.1

Mendis to CO Obuya, no run, a hat-trick of leading edges. Back of a length and holding its line, he is down the track and looking to nurdle. The ball goes through mid off.

19.2

Mendis to CO Obuya, 2 leg byes, the Obuyas have added 50 for the first time in their careers. Slider on the pads, hurries past the batsman before he can play the pull and away for two legbyes to fine leg

19.3

Mendis to CO Obuya, no run, Kumble-esque minimalism from Mendis, just enough to get the outside edge of a decent batsman, but Collins can't get bat on it as it breaks away

19.4

Mendis to CO Obuya, no run, this time he gets it away to cover, leaning out and pushing a delivery on off stump.

19.5

Mendis to CO Obuya, no run

19.6

Mendis to CO Obuya, FOUR, Collins gets four, full marks for intent and bravery as he chips down the track despite not reading most of the over. He gets far enough to reach the pitch of the ball and then just lofts through the line over wide mid off. No fielders back, and four to the cause

Kenya 63/2   CO Obuya 30* (61b 4x4)

20.2

Muralitharan to CO Obuya, no run, lbw appeal turned down and Sanga goes up immediately for the review. Murali whirls it in from fround round the wicket. Did that land on middle or on leg? It straightened after landing, missed the forward prod, is he 2.5 metres ahead? The mat is in, it landed on middle alright and straightened enough but bounced a lot. Missing the stumps by close to a foot. Tarapore's call stays.

20.3

Muralitharan to CO Obuya, 2 runs, whoa, flighted on off, he goes at it with hard hands and gets a thick edge that flies past Mahela at first slip before he could have said "Mahela". Two runs to short third man

20.4

Muralitharan to CO Obuya, no run, tossed up invitingly on middle, pushed back to the bowler cautiously

20.5

Muralitharan to CO Obuya, 1 run, fractionally straighter, and very full, Collins goes for the sweep and manages to squeeza a single

Kenya 67/2   CO Obuya 33* (65b 4x4)

21.1

Mendis to CO Obuya, 2 runs, Mendis gives ample width outside off, he was looking to break it back in, but Collins drove solidly through the covers after getting across

21.2

Mendis to CO Obuya, no run, again he wanders out of the crease, it is the two-finger googly, slowed up in the air, and he gets far enough to smother the deviation and defend

21.3

Mendis to CO Obuya, no run, stays back this time, picks the inward movement off the track and defends tamely

21.4

Mendis to CO Obuya, 2 runs, fuller and straighter, Collins needs no more invitations to play the sweep and controls the shot through square leg for a couple more

21.5

Mendis to CO Obuya, no run, again he strolls out of the crease, misses the googly as it breaks in and gets bat and pad on it

21.6

Mendis to CO Obuya, 2 runs, nicely played. Too short from Mendis, clearly confused by the unpredictable walks down the pitch, and Collins cuts it cleanly away from Malinga at backward point for a couple

Kenya 73/2   CO Obuya 39* (71b 4x4)

22.2

Muralitharan to CO Obuya, 1 run, these guys must be good at minesweeper, they know exactly when to sweep. Murali again flights on the leg stump and it is played quite easily to deep square leg

22.4

Muralitharan to CO Obuya, no run, whoa, this time Murali drifts it onto the off stump line, and for a change he misses the sweep

22.5

Muralitharan to CO Obuya, no run, even straighter, on off stump, and Collins defends after getting half-forward

22.6

Muralitharan to CO Obuya, no run, fuller on off and middle, Collins has shut shop for the over. Defended into the off side

Kenya 76/2   CO Obuya 40* (75b 4x4)

24.1

Muralitharan to CO Obuya, no run, uneven bounce, this scoots across outside off past Collins' attempted cut.

24.2

Muralitharan to CO Obuya, no run, flat delivery on off, poked away to the off side

24.3

Muralitharan to CO Obuya, no run, filghted on leg, goes for the sweep and misses. Sanga appeals and it is turned down.

24.4

Muralitharan to CO Obuya, 3 runs, Collins top edges the sweep, it runs away safely towards fine leg and they have three more.

Kenya 79/2   CO Obuya 43* (79b 4x4)

25.2

Silva to CO Obuya, no run, more air, on leg stump and a hint of drift, played back down the track

25.3

Silva to CO Obuya, no run, stays low this one as it turns away, the cut is mistimed into the covers

25.4

Silva to CO Obuya, no run, Chamara Warne. Gets one to spit and turn from leg stump, Collins manages to defend from the crease to the on side

25.5

Silva to CO Obuya, 1 run, fuller and on middle, Collins presses forward and drives through mid off for one

Kenya 83/2   CO Obuya 44* (83b 4x4)

26.1

Mendis to CO Obuya, no run, back of a length on off stump, played watchfully from the crease

26.2

Mendis to CO Obuya, no run, tossed up offie wide outside off, Collins thinks of swinging it away and then chooses to leave

26.3

Mendis to CO Obuya, no run, flatter, faster and straighter, Collins is on the back foot and gets the bat down just in time

26.4

Mendis to CO Obuya, no run, aha, he skips out this time, Mendis sees him and drops the googly short, Collins is forced to adjust and defend.

26.5

Mendis to CO Obuya, 2 runs, now he dinks a paddle shot round the corner as Mendis turns one down the leg side

26.6

Mendis to CO Obuya, no run, aha, David is set to play the sweep, Mendis drops back of a length and outside off, forcing him to convert the sweep into a dab to point. Looks quite funny, and gets no runs for the effort.

Kenya 85/2   CO Obuya 46* (89b 4x4)

27.2

Silva to CO Obuya, no run, flighted on middle and leg, driven back with the spin and the bowler fields

27.3

Silva to CO Obuya, 1 leg bye, Chamara is all over the place, slides one down the leg side and it goes off the pads as Collins misses the flick

27.6

Silva to CO Obuya, 1 run, width this time from Chamara, cracked away with the spin through point. Kenya won't mind the progress, though it is slow.

Kenya 89/2   CO Obuya 47* (92b 4x4)

28.1

Muralitharan to CO Obuya, 1 run, Murali at his best, foxes him in the air and gets another leading edge, but this runs away to the left of the pitch.

28.4

Muralitharan to CO Obuya, 1 run, over-pitched to the point of being a yorker and Collins digs it out to mid on for one

Kenya 92/2   CO Obuya 49* (94b 4x4)

29.2

Silva to CO Obuya, 1 run, whoa, you won't see too many of those. He lost his length completely and delivered the dolly so high that it almost went outside the TV screen. When it came down it was still waist high, and cut away to the deep for one. Collins has the slowest 50 of the World Cup.

29.6

Silva to CO Obuya, 1 run, Collins bunts a full ball on leg stump wide of mid on for a single to end the over

Kenya 99/2   CO Obuya 51* (96b 4x4)

30.1

Muralitharan to CO Obuya, no run, turns in from off and middle, played with the spin off the backfoot to midwicket

30.2

Muralitharan to CO Obuya, no run, that's the ugliest down on a knee slog you will ever see. Looks uglier when he loses his balance as he swipes, and misses the ball too

30.3

Muralitharan to CO Obuya, 1 run, 100 up for Kenya, Collins backs away bravely in search of room outside off, Murali lands it on middle and leg and he manages to chop it into the covers

Kenya 100/2   CO Obuya 52* (99b 4x4)

31.4

Malinga to CO Obuya, OUT, that's almost the perfect yorker. Collins is on his way. The sling is in. Malinga's catapult side-arm action means it marginally tails away as it comes out of his hand before the laws of fluid dynamics take over. Around halfway down it begins to move in. Collins knows he's in trouble, he tries to cover the line. The ball tails in some more. The bat comes down. Too late, and not playing down the right line. The base of off stump takes a hammering.

CO Obuya b Malinga 52 (121m 100b 4x4 0x6) SR: 52.00

Kenya 102/3   CO Obuya 52 (100b 4x4)

Photos

Mar 1, 2011

A third straight defeat for Kenya, Sri Lanka v Kenya, Group A, World Cup 2011, Colombo, March 1, 2011

A third straight defeat for Kenya

© AFP

Mar 1, 2011

Upul Tharanga scored an unbeaten half-century, Sri Lanka v Kenya, Group A, World Cup 2011, Colombo, March 1, 2011

Upul Tharanga scored an unbeaten half-century

© AFP

All photos for this match | Galleries

  • ESPN Cricinfo

World Cup Videos

Dhoni takes India home

Dhoni takes India home
03:52 | Nov 4, 2014
Yuvi steers India clear

Yuvi steers India clear
03:58 | Nov 4, 2014
Dhoni takes India home

Dhoni takes India home
04:48 | Nov 4, 2014
... and that's that

... and that's that
13:40 | Apr 11, 2011