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)

2.2

Malinga to DO Obuya, no run, and another one, almost, Sri Lanka scream as one in appeal, but that was headed down the leg side, it struck him outside the line of leg stump as well, but boy, is Malinga is zeroing on those toes or what

2.3

Malinga to DO Obuya, 2 no balls, goes for the magic ball again, but it ends up as a full toss down the pads, tickled away fine, it's a no-ball as well

2.4

Malinga to DO Obuya, no run, uff, Malinga is making them smell leather now, bangs it in short and gets it close to the helmet, he just sways out of the line in the end

2.5

Malinga to DO Obuya, no run, this is testing stuff, he goes for the yorker now, it is not as full though, as he gets forward and pushes it down the track

2.6

Malinga to DO Obuya, 2 runs, Kenya have no clue about what to do with Malinga, this one was on a length and hurrying on outside off, he goes for a cut, but the edge, eludes a diving Sanga, and bounces past first slip as well

Kenya 13/2   DO Obuya 2* (5b)

3.3

Kulasekara to DO Obuya, no run, another one comes in, Kenya are all at sea, just about manages to survive

3.4

Kulasekara to DO Obuya, no run, now goes wider with the line, a shade outside off stump, but it comes back in sharply, he gets forward and tentatively pushes at it

3.5

Kulasekara to DO Obuya, no run, pushes forward hopefully to a fuller one and gets it off the middle of the bat, and it bounds away to extra cover

3.6

Kulasekara to DO Obuya, no run, and now this one goes a bit straighter outside off, and he tries to force it away through covers, but gets it to mid off

Kenya 14/2   DO Obuya 2* (9b)

5.1

Kulasekara to DO Obuya, no run, goes fishing for this bait outside off stump, but at the last moment reels in the bat as it whizzes past the outside edge

5.2

Kulasekara to DO Obuya, 1 run, waits for this Kula ball to come in on off stump, and plays it towards mid on for a single

Kenya 23/2   DO Obuya 3* (11b)

6.1

Malinga to DO Obuya, no run, confusion, but no damage, it was fended away in the air off the pads, the non-striker ran the single, half a length of the pitch two times, as David was in no mood to run

6.2

Malinga to DO Obuya, no run, super delivery, bounces from a length with that whippy action, moves away outside off stump, he tries to steer it belatedly and is beaten

6.3

Malinga to DO Obuya, no run, pushed to extra cover off the front foot

6.4

Malinga to DO Obuya, no run, gets into some tangle as this one short of a length climbs on to him, brings it down in front of the wicket

6.5

Malinga to DO Obuya, no run, another ripper from Malinga, he is doing as he pleases, and everything is on target, another one gets big on the batsman, and he has to hastily get out of harm;s way in the end

6.6

Malinga to DO Obuya, FOUR, a boundary, out of nowhere, full outside off and smashed off the front foot, mid-off dives over the ball to his left, and then escorts it to the boundary

Kenya 27/2   DO Obuya 7* (17b 1x4)

7.2

Kulasekara to DO Obuya, no run, short of a length, stands tall in the crease, and punches it towards extra cover

7.3

Kulasekara to DO Obuya, no run, comes in too much for David's liking, he is caught on the crease, and gets an underedge as he pushes at it, bounces close to the stumps

7.4

Kulasekara to DO Obuya, no run, bowls it fuller this time, he is happy with this length, gets forward and drives to mid off

7.5

Kulasekara to DO Obuya, no run, now this one straightens a shade after appearing to come in with the angle, he is taken by surprise and plays it away on to the on side

7.6

Kulasekara to DO Obuya, no run, straight outside the off stump, he tries to get it past point with the push but cannot

Kenya 28/2   DO Obuya 7* (22b 1x4)

8.2

Mathews to DO Obuya, FOUR, shot! gets the front foot out, to the pitch of the length ball outside off, and sends it scurrying past cover, opened the face to get it in to the gap

8.3

Mathews to DO Obuya, no run, takes a step forward, this one comes in from outside off stump, and he gently pats it away

8.4

Mathews to DO Obuya, no run, looking much more at ease against Angelo, comes out of the crease and drives it down to mid on, using the angle

8.5

Mathews to DO Obuya, no run, good one from Angleo, gets it to climb outside off stump, but it is too wide, and does not trouble him much, he swayed out of the line anyways

8.6

Mathews to DO Obuya, no run, drops it in front of the wicket, and looks for the single, but Angelo crushes such thoughts by getting to the ball quickly

Kenya 33/2   DO Obuya 11* (27b 2x4)

9.3

Kulasekara to DO Obuya, no run, gets forward to a length ball and pushes it down to mid on

9.4

Kulasekara to DO Obuya, no run, takes a step out to a length ball and drives it to mid off this time, looking much more comfortable now that there is no Malinga around

9.5

Kulasekara to DO Obuya, no run, in the channel outside the off stump, he gets around it and pushes it down the track

9.6

Kulasekara to DO Obuya, no run, Kula with the surprise bouncer, gets it high above the batsman, who goes for the pull, but cannot connect, smiles from Kula, Obuya smiles back

Kenya 34/2   DO Obuya 11* (31b 2x4)

11.1

Kulasekara to DO Obuya, no run, lovely slower one on the stumps, he was surprised initially, getting forward very early, but blocked it easily in the end

11.2

Kulasekara to DO Obuya, 1 run, cut away down to squarish third man off the back foot, just some width offered outside off

Kenya 39/2   DO Obuya 12* (33b 2x4)

12.1

Mathews to DO Obuya, 1 run, reaches out a long way outside off, and slashes, it flies in the air and drops short of third man

12.6

Mathews to DO Obuya, no run, goes for the cut shot, it did not get up that much, and he mistimed it to point

Kenya 41/2   DO Obuya 13* (35b 2x4)

14.4

Mathews to DO Obuya, no run, walloped off the front foot in to the covers

14.5

Mathews to DO Obuya, no run, getting forward almost every delivery now, pushes this one out to cover

14.6

Mathews to DO Obuya, no run, threatens to hit this one out of the ground with a heave-ho outside off stump, but the threat remains just that, he does not connect

Kenya 43/2   DO Obuya 13* (38b 2x4)

15.3

Mendis to DO Obuya, no run, goes straight on around off stump, he reads it off the pitch and plays it out towards slip

15.4

Mendis to DO Obuya, 1 run, another straighter one, this time on leg stump, worked away in front of square

Kenya 45/2   DO Obuya 14* (40b 2x4)

16.1

Mathews to DO Obuya, 1 run, slower ball from Mathews, David dinks it to mid on for a single.

16.4

Mathews to DO Obuya, 1 run, back of a length on off stump, David rides the bounce and picks up a single through the covers

Kenya 48/2   DO Obuya 16* (42b 2x4)

17.1

Mendis to DO Obuya, 1 run, Mendis drifts onto the pads, driven solidly down to long on for one

17.4

Mendis to DO Obuya, no run, googly, tossed up outside off, and I reckon the batsman did not pick it. Manages to get very close to the pitch and get it back to the bowler

17.5

Mendis to DO Obuya, FOUR, whoa, some shot that. Drifting yorker of sorts on leg stump from Mendis, David seems to be slipping and tumbling over even as he swipes hard and there's a hueg puff off dust as he makes contact. Somehow, he middles the ball and it scoots to the midwicket boundary.

17.6

Mendis to DO Obuya, 1 run, short and wide this time, David is beside himself with glee and overhits the cut. Gets a single behind point

Kenya 55/2   DO Obuya 22* (46b 3x4)

18.1

Muralitharan to DO Obuya, 1 run, full on leg stump, David manages to play it away off the front foot to the leg side

18.4

Muralitharan to DO Obuya, no run, whoa, lovely from the Wizard, slides a nifty offbreak that doesn't turn as much as usual and whizzes past the prod.

18.5

Muralitharan to DO Obuya, no run, perfect placement at the end of it all. Murali ekes out the leading edge with a flighted ball and it balloons up alarmingly over the bowler's head and in front of mid-on. Nearly a run out in the end

18.6

Muralitharan to DO Obuya, no run, well, he's dealing in leading edges here. Another tossed up ball on the stumps, another instance of early closing of the bat face, and it runs away to point

Kenya 57/2   DO Obuya 23* (50b 3x4)

20.1

Muralitharan to DO Obuya, 1 run, flat and turning in from leg stump, clipped square off the back foot

20.6

Muralitharan to DO Obuya, no run, well, another near leading edge. Tossed up and turning in from off, he looks to flick and misses. Off the pads into Mahela's hands. Not much of an appeal

Kenya 67/2   DO Obuya 24* (52b 3x4)

22.1

Muralitharan to DO Obuya, 1 run, flighted on the pads, swiped on its way to midwicket for a single

22.3

Muralitharan to DO Obuya, 1 run, why is Murali attacking outside leg stump from round the wicket? David's not complaining. Goes down on a knee and sweeps without full for one more

Kenya 76/2   DO Obuya 26* (54b 3x4)

23.1

Mendis to DO Obuya, no run, You know the routine. Appeal. Umpire's finger goes up. The batsman reviews. Mendis slips in the googly off two fingers, lands on off stump and breaks in, the batsman misses it as he prods forward. Hits him plumb in front. And then the tracker shows it is going well over the stumps. Was the distance more than 2.5 metres? Does seem like it. So then, do you go with the predictive powers of HawkEye? Or does the umpire take a call? We won't know - only Bowden has the answers and he's not the umpire today. Ruled not out.

23.2

Mendis to DO Obuya, no run

23.3

Mendis to DO Obuya, no run

23.4

Mendis to DO Obuya, no run, this seemed plumber than the previous one. David was not forward and the skidder seemed to hit him adjacent to off stump. The umpire says not out, and SL don't review it.

23.5

Mendis to DO Obuya, no run, gets bat on ball this time, and eases it into the off side

23.6

Mendis to DO Obuya, no run, interesting over comes to an end, worked off the pads to the leg side

Kenya 76/2   DO Obuya 26* (60b 3x4)

24.5

Muralitharan to DO Obuya, no run, beaten all ends up by the doosra, David was playing well inside the line.

24.6

Muralitharan to DO Obuya, 1 run, gets a single to the leg side to end the over.

Kenya 80/2   DO Obuya 27* (62b 3x4)

25.1

Silva to DO Obuya, 1 wide, flighted well down the leg side, David tries to sweep and misses

25.1

Silva to DO Obuya, 1 run, this one turns away from outside off, he stays on the crease and punches into the covers for a single

25.6

Silva to DO Obuya, no run, quicker delivery outside off, he rides the bounce and taps it backward of point.

Kenya 83/2   DO Obuya 28* (64b 3x4)

27.1

Silva to DO Obuya, 1 run, short ball, turns in and sits up, it is pulled strongly against the spin to the deep

27.4

Silva to DO Obuya, no run, googly now, he didn't pick it and inside edged the cover drive, without moving the feet, and it almost hit the stumps

27.5

Silva to DO Obuya, 1 run, fuller delivery on off stump, played without much timing to mid on

Kenya 88/2   DO Obuya 30* (67b 3x4)

28.2

Muralitharan to DO Obuya, no run, flights one outside off and straightens it, David hung back and was expecting more spin.

28.3

Muralitharan to DO Obuya, 1 run, flighted this time on the stumps, David sweeps hard to the deep for one

28.5

Muralitharan to DO Obuya, no run, this one holds it line from outside off, David had no idea what it was going to do and just hung his bat outside off in case it came back in. The ball was too good for him to edge.

28.6

Muralitharan to DO Obuya, 1 run, another sweep, they have this shot all sorted out. Flighted on the stumps and helped along to deep square leg

Kenya 93/2   DO Obuya 32* (71b 3x4)

29.1

Silva to DO Obuya, 1 run, Chamara, like all part-timers, keeps slipping some of them down the leg side, and the Obuyas keep sweeping.

29.3

Silva to DO Obuya, no run, better ball, googly that actually landed, David rushes forward and defends tentatively

29.4

Silva to DO Obuya, 2 runs, another one on the pads, swept really hard. Tharanga at deep square leg did really well to dive and prevent four.

29.5

Silva to DO Obuya, 1 run, finally a top-edge as one of the sweeps go wrong, but David's managed to place the mishit perfectly, and it lands at the vacant midwicket region.

Kenya 98/2   DO Obuya 36* (75b 3x4)

30.4

Muralitharan to DO Obuya, no run, and the doosra again, David does well to read it off the wicket belatedly and get bat on it. Dabbed to point

30.5

Muralitharan to DO Obuya, no run, flighted on the toes, swept straight to the man at 45.

30.6

Muralitharan to DO Obuya, 1 run, again, Murali gives air on the middle and leg line, David softly deflects through midwicket for one

Kenya 101/2   DO Obuya 37* (78b 3x4)

31.1

Malinga to DO Obuya, no run, reverse swing is on display. Full yorker just deviating in from outside off, David does well to crunch it out to point

31.2

Malinga to DO Obuya, no run, the yorker goes wrong, full toss at 142 kph on middle and David can't connect with the leg side heave

31.3

Malinga to DO Obuya, 1 run, hmm, 140.2 kph and tailing in a touch, David is not picking it at all. Goes for a swipe without moving across, and gets an inside edge to square leg

Kenya 102/2   DO Obuya 38* (81b 3x4)

32.1

Muralitharan to DO Obuya, no run, tossed up outside off and straightening, turned off the pads to the leg side

32.2

Muralitharan to DO Obuya, 1 run, another sweep from David, not controlled and it goes off the top edge down to deep square leg. The fielder inside the circle jumped up, but it was too high for him

32.5

Muralitharan to DO Obuya, 2 runs, tight line on off stump, David manages to get bat on it as he hangs it outside off and looks for the steer. Couple to third man

32.6

Muralitharan to DO Obuya, no run, another doosra, they aren't even close to picking it. David sweeps and misses completely.

Kenya 107/3   DO Obuya 41* (85b 3x4)

33.6

Malinga to DO Obuya, 1 run, thunders in with another yorker, follows the batsman backing away to the leg side like a charm. He manages to keep it out though, and goes to the drinks break with all his toes intact.

Kenya 110/3   DO Obuya 42* (86b 3x4)

34.1

Mathews to DO Obuya, 1 run, Angelo starts off after a drink, and is steered away gently down to third man

34.4

Mathews to DO Obuya, no run, this one took off, wow, from just short of a length, he thought he could guide it away to third man, too much bounce for that

34.5

Mathews to DO Obuya, no run, looks to break free with a forcing drive down the ground, but does not get much on it. Angelo does the rest

34.6

Mathews to DO Obuya, no run, more mistiming, goes wafting at one around off stump and underedges it close to the wickets

Kenya 113/3   DO Obuya 43* (90b 3x4)

35.6

Kulasekara to DO Obuya, 1 run, tight single, plonked down in front of covers, and just beats the throw at the non-striker's end

Kenya 119/3   DO Obuya 44* (91b 3x4)

36.1

Mathews to DO Obuya, 1 run, forced away wide of mid off, he came on the front foot and swing hard at this fullish one

36.5

Mathews to DO Obuya, no run, throws his bat at this one inviting the drive outside off stump, no drive, no edge, no one is happy with that

36.6

Mathews to DO Obuya, 1 run, pushed out towards extra cover and a single is comfortably jogged through

Kenya 122/4   DO Obuya 46* (94b 3x4)

37.1

Kulasekara to DO Obuya, no run, on the front foot and harmlessly pushes this one to mid off

37.2

Kulasekara to DO Obuya, no run, looks to bash this one away off the front foot, too much bottom hand comes into play, and the bottom edge rolls away to point

37.3

Kulasekara to DO Obuya, no run, bowls a full toss on middle and leg, but he cannot get it away, playing it wide of mid on

37.4

Kulasekara to DO Obuya, no run, lots of intent from Obuya, but the timing is not coming off, he slogs this one away off the underedge back to the bowler on the bounce

37.5

Kulasekara to DO Obuya, no run, now Kula goes for the yorker, but gets it down the leg side, marginally off target, bounds away off the pads fine

37.6

Kulasekara to DO Obuya, 1 run, pushes this one away for a quick single towards covers

Kenya 123/4   DO Obuya 47* (100b 3x4)

38.1

Mendis to DO Obuya, no run, gets it to turn from around off stump, too much for the batsman. he is beaten

38.2

Mendis to DO Obuya, 1 run, now the one that goes straight on, super stuff from Ajantha, he jabs it away on the off side awkwardly

Kenya 124/4   DO Obuya 48* (102b 3x4)

39.1

Kulasekara to DO Obuya, no run, manages to dig out a yorker on middle stump, a touch easier when its not at Malinga's pace

39.2

Kulasekara to DO Obuya, 2 runs, gets to his 50 now, comes forward and slaps a length ball wide of extra cover, and far away from sweeper cover too

39.3

Kulasekara to DO Obuya, 1 run, slogged away from the crease, and it goes along the ground to long on

Kenya 127/4   DO Obuya 51* (105b 3x4)

40.1

Muralitharan to DO Obuya, OUT, Murali jogs in, and bowls a flighted one from round the stumps, he goes down for the slog sweep, and picks out the man at deep midwicket with precision, looped away high in the air and came down in his hands nicely, Obuya is gone

DO Obuya c Samaraweera b Muralitharan 51 (158m 106b 3x4 0x6) SR: 48.11

Kenya 127/5   DO Obuya 51 (106b 3x4)

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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

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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

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