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)

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   BAW Mendis 1-0-1-0

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

15.3

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

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   BAW Mendis 2-0-3-0

17.1

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

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

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   BAW Mendis 3-0-10-0

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   BAW Mendis 4-0-14-0

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   BAW Mendis 5-0-20-0

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   BAW Mendis 6-1-20-0

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   BAW Mendis 7-1-22-0

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

38.3

Mendis to Mishra, no run, gets forward and goes for the big drive, mistimes it to mid off

38.4

Mendis to Mishra, no run, now he stretched well forward in defence

38.5

Mendis to Mishra, no run, more tight defence from Mishra, can't do anything else with this

38.6

Mendis to Mishra, no run, the shortish length allows him to go back and he plays it back to the bowler

Kenya 124/4   BAW Mendis 8-1-23-0

42.1

Mendis to Odhiambo, no run, follows this one as it goes away from outside off stump, Sanga collects it

42.2

Mendis to Odhiambo, no run, the tossed up wrong 'un, he does not pick it, and pushes it away in the end

42.3

Mendis to Odhiambo, no run, Sanga gathers another one as the batsman cannot fathom what Ajantha is upto

42.4

Mendis to Odhiambo, no run, this one hurries straight on from a length, and he pushes hard at it, but the ball lands safely on the off side

42.5

Mendis to Odhiambo, no run, the googly again, he goes back and tries to cut it past short third man, but cannot

42.6

Mendis to Odhiambo, no run, super stuff from Ajantha, too good for Odhiambo, flight and turn from off stump, he pushes forward and misses, the ball misses off stump, Sanga grimaces

Kenya 137/7   BAW Mendis 9-2-23-0

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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