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)

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

18.2

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.

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   M Muralitharan 1-0-2-0

20.1

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

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

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   M Muralitharan 2-0-6-0

22.1

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

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

22.3

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

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   M Muralitharan 3-0-9-0

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.

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   M Muralitharan 4-0-13-0

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.

28.2

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

28.4

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

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   M Muralitharan 5-0-17-0

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

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   M Muralitharan 6-0-19-0

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

32.3

Muralitharan to Tikolo, no run, the doosra fizzes past Tikolo's bat, hanging in hope outside off, expecting an offbreak.

32.4

Muralitharan to Tikolo, 1 run, another leading edge, Murali doesn't turn this one in either as Tikolo shapes to flick and gets it away towards mid off after playing the flick

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   M Muralitharan 7-0-23-0

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

40.2

Muralitharan to Kamande, no run, tosses up a full toss, it dips on him as he comes forward and pushes it down the track

40.3

Muralitharan to Kamande, 1 run, nudges this one in to the leg side and goes across for the run, the throw hits the stumps, but he is in by a long way

40.4

Muralitharan to Mishra, no run, defended off the front foot

40.5

Muralitharan to Mishra, no run, more defence from Mishra, that's what he is doing at the moment

40.6

Muralitharan to Mishra, no run, rides the bounce and turn on this one to play it backward of square leg

Kenya 128/5   M Muralitharan 8-0-24-1

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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

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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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