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)

1.1

Kulasekara to Waters, 1 run, starts off full outside off stump, bit if inward seam movement, he gets forward and pushes it past extra cover

1.2

Kulasekara to Ouma, OUT, Kula strikes with his second delivery! that inward movement from a length, he was pushing forward outside the line, was struck on the knee roll in front of the stumps, umpire gave him out right away, Ouma goes for the review, but that is hitting middle of middle, and Kenya's troubles continue

MA Ouma lbw b Kulasekara 1 (7m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 14.28

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

1.6

Kulasekara to Waters, 1 run, Waters goes pushing at this incoming delivery from the crease, and guides it down to third man for a single, good control from Kula, as always

Kenya 8/1   KMDN Kulasekara 1-0-5-1

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

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   KMDN Kulasekara 2-1-5-1

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

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   KMDN Kulasekara 3-1-6-1

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

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   KMDN Kulasekara 4-1-7-1

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

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   KMDN Kulasekara 5-1-8-1

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

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   KMDN Kulasekara 6-1-9-1

35.1

Kulasekara to Tikolo, no run, settles into a decent length outside off stump, and it is punched down to mid off

35.2

Kulasekara to Tikolo, no run, wants to despatch this down the ground, but cannot get the fuller one past mid off, in fact it is straight to him

35.3

Kulasekara to Tikolo, no run, lovely slower one, takes its sweet time to arrive, when it does he can only block it away

35.4

Kulasekara to Tikolo, FOUR, the slower bouncer goes wrong for Kula, Tikolo latches on to the half tracker and pulls it away through midwicket for the first boundary in ages

35.5

Kulasekara to Tikolo, 1 leg bye, Kula gets one back, bowls it on a length and it jags back in sharply to hit him high on the pads, and it rolls away towards point

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   KMDN Kulasekara 7-1-14-1

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   KMDN Kulasekara 8-1-15-1

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

39.4

Kulasekara to Mishra, no run, punched away off the back foot, extra cover fields, no power on the shot

39.5

Kulasekara to Mishra, no run, remains in the crease to play the incoming delivery towards midwicket

39.6

Kulasekara to Mishra, no run, another one comes in off the seam, takes Mishra by surprise a bit, but he plays it out in to the leg side in the end, helps if your mind is just on survival

Kenya 127/4   KMDN Kulasekara 9-1-18-1

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

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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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