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)

We are all set for the start. Malinga has the new ball.

Atif: "The demise of kenyan cricket is the biggest failure of the ICC. They caused the first upset by a minnow in '96. Even reached the semi's in 2003 but were denied the test status..compared to bangladesh being granted it on the basis of just one victory in '99."

Darryl Warren: "Well at least Kenya made New Zealand look good and the way the Black Caps are going at the moment that is not an easy thing to do." Trust a New Zealand fan to be optimistic, no matter what.

Arjit: "I have noticed a trend in the Kenyan batting line up from 1 to 11 they all bat the same way. Carelessly." Ouch. But true.

Senaka: "Hey guys, dont write off Kenya still. When they beat SriLanka in last time in 2003 , they werent tipped to do that. Lets hope they are capable to repeat that now. It is good for cricket in whole."

2.20 pm Time for the national anthems, fellas. The teams are lined up

Kalai: "@Rishi, No point in having a stronger bench with a weaker XI. Malinga was badly missed against Pakistan."

Manesh: "Shall i bring Malinga back in my Fantasy team.. or shall i stick to Kulsekara, he wasn't great against Pakistan." Decisions. Decisions.

Munaf Mirza: "Batting 50 overs would be a victory for Kenya agaist the likes of Malinga, Murali and Mendis... Its sad that this team has not grown fter 2003 World Cup..." They have gone backwards double quick. Not a shade on the class of 2003.

Ram Koundinya: "R Arnold doesn't have to stand in the middle to do pitch report. I can sit in Antarctica and still say that pitches in SL will get slower as the day goes on....and I will be bang correct." Harsha Bhogle said on air that they should just play the same pitch report over and over again. No need to do a new one for each game.

Rishi: "Malinga and Mendis in for Perera and Herath... that's great bench strength."

Bharath: "Will we have a full match since Kenya are batting first.Kenya was an exciting team to watch especially in 1996 and 2003.AT least we hope there will some fight."

Farrukh: "I cannot make any changes in my fantasy team because i have already utiliize all my changes. Waiting for the knock out stage :(" Sad.

Quite some changes today. What is happening to your Fantasy XIs? Are they being updated?

2 pm Toss Jimmy Kamande wins the toss, and Kenya will bat first. Sanga: "Malinga, Mendis are in for Perera, Herath." Thomas Odoyo is not playing today, hmm. Is it because of all those generous wides against Pakistan? Kenya would want to bat 50 overs, something they haven't come close to in their first two games. But will they be able to do what they had done in the 2003 World Cup? Let us know who you think will win today.

Sri Lanka were shocked by Pakistan at the same ground earlier, and will come hard at Kenya. As someone would have said, make no mistake about that fact.

Ian Chappell says that it is a very warm day and the only respite is when the clouds come in front of the sun. Russell Arnold doing the pitch report says that the pitch will get a bit slower as the day goes on, and might take some turn later on. Win toss and bat first, that's what it is.

Welcome to our coverage of the game between Sri Lanka and Kenya at the Premadasa Stadium. If Kenya's troubles on the field were not enough there have been reports of a rift between coach Baptiste and the players, though they have been denied by captain Jimmy Kamande. But he has spoken about some changes ahead of today's game. Sri Lanka would want to get in Lasith Malinga somehow who is fully fit now, according to coach Bayliss. Why don't you tell us what could be the playing XIs for today's match?

0.1

Malinga to Ouma, no run, on target right away, going away from the right-hander, landing outside off stump, and beating him as he came forward, not much carry though

0.2

Malinga to Ouma, no run, more away movement with that round-arm action, this time he was expecting it and leaves it alone, lot of bounce on this one

0.3

Malinga to Ouma, (no ball) 1 run, bangs it in into the body, he fends it away fine on the leg side, Malinga has conceded a free-hit

0.3

Malinga to Waters, 1 run, bowls it full and swinging away outside off stump, he slaps it away in front of cover

0.4

Malinga to Ouma, no run, bowls it wider outside off this time, consistently getting away movement, left alone

0.5

Malinga to Ouma, no run, Malinga is generating lots of bounce now, pitching back of a length outside off and whizzing away from the batsman, who shoulders arms

0.6

Malinga to Ouma, no run, now he bowls it on the stumps, on a length, he takes a step out and blocks solidly

End of over 1 (3 runs) Kenya 3/0 (RR: 3.00)
MA Ouma    1* (6b)      SL Malinga    1-0-3-0
SR Waters    1* (1b)     

Kula will share the new ball

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

Collins Obuya is in at No 3. Ravenel: "Heh, as soon as Manesh said that about Kulasekara, I knew he'd get a wicket before Malinga."

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

End of over 2 (5 runs) Kenya 8/1 (RR: 4.00)
SR Waters    3* (3b)      KMDN Kulasekara    1-0-5-1
CO Obuya    3* (3b)      SL Malinga    1-0-3-0

2.1

Malinga to Waters, OUT, Waters is gone! Malinga gets one of those lethal indipping yorkers bang on target, right on the toes, Waters is hurled in the air with the impact, and goes down on all fours, no one has any doubts about where that was heading, not even Waters, who gets up and starts walking back, no review from Kenya

SR Waters lbw b Malinga 3 (12m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 75.00

Replays show that was missing leg stump, oops

David Obuya comes out now

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

2.3

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

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

End of over 3 (5 runs) Kenya 13/2 (RR: 4.33)
DO Obuya    2* (5b)      SL Malinga    2-0-8-1
CO Obuya    4* (4b)      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

End of over 4 (1 run, maiden) Kenya 14/2 (RR: 3.50)
DO Obuya    2* (9b)      KMDN Kulasekara    2-1-5-1
CO Obuya    4* (6b)      SL Malinga    2-0-8-1

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

End of over 5 (8 runs) Kenya 22/2 (RR: 4.40)
CO Obuya    12* (12b 2x4)      SL Malinga    3-0-16-1
DO Obuya    2* (9b)      KMDN Kulasekara    2-1-5-1

Dilan: "Waters' reaction to that yorker was exactly like what we saw from the New Zealanders several years ago. Now, batsmen should be used to that sort of pace and the slingy action. This is a prime example of why the ICC needs to play associate nations against higher quality sides with fast bowlers, tricky spinners and fiery batsmen BETWEEN the world cups, or they will just get bowled over exactly like that, time after time."

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

short leg is lurking around

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

End of over 6 (1 run) Kenya 23/2 (RR: 3.83)
CO Obuya    12* (16b 2x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    3-1-6-1
DO Obuya    3* (11b)      SL Malinga    3-0-16-1

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

End of over 7 (4 runs) Kenya 27/2 (RR: 3.85)
DO Obuya    7* (17b 1x4)      SL Malinga    4-0-20-1
CO Obuya    12* (16b 2x4)      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

Shishank: "Few years back we used to have triangular or quadrangular series involving Kenya in Nairobi or elsewhere.Now we dont see any series involving associate nations at all.If this keeps happening then how are they going to improve.If ICC cant involve them in the 50 over format then at least invite them for 20-20 series.Its a matter of facing these bowlers(like Malinga,Mendis,Tait at al) whatever be the format."

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

End of over 8 (1 run) Kenya 28/2 (RR: 3.50)
DO Obuya    7* (22b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    4-1-7-1
CO Obuya    13* (17b 2x4)      SL Malinga    4-0-20-1

Angelo comes on now

8.1

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

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

End of over 9 (5 runs) Kenya 33/2 (RR: 3.66)
DO Obuya    11* (27b 2x4)      AD Mathews    1-0-5-0
CO Obuya    14* (18b 2x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    4-1-7-1

Barry: "I completely agree that there need to be more games for the associate teams against the bigger sides to help them improve, why not let them play as opposition in warm up games? so when india tour england this summer they play warm ups against holland instead of county sides and when teams go to south africa, warm up games are against kenya etc."

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

End of over 10 (1 run) Kenya 34/2 (RR: 3.40)
DO Obuya    11* (31b 2x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    5-1-8-1
CO Obuya    15* (20b 2x4)      AD Mathews    1-0-5-0

bowling Powerplay has been taken, as if it is a compulsion to take it now.

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

End of over 11 (4 runs) Kenya 38/2 (RR: 3.45)
CO Obuya    19* (26b 3x4)      AD Mathews    2-0-9-0
DO Obuya    11* (31b 2x4)      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

Naureen: "I don't think replacing warm up matches is viable since those matches help the local or county teams. You can't develop associates at the cost of domestic teams. In my opinion instead of playing a host of useless matches (like england did in australia) the ICC should have regular series involving associates, even if its for one or two matches."

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

End of over 12 (1 run) Kenya 39/2 (RR: 3.25)
CO Obuya    19* (30b 3x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    6-1-9-1
DO Obuya    12* (33b 2x4)      AD Mathews    2-0-9-0

Andrew: "Instead of throwing the Associates to the wolves in warm up internationals, why don't the nearest Boards take them in; Holland into County cricket, Kenya into the South African domestic competition etc?"

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

12.2

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

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

End of over 13 (2 runs) Kenya 41/2 (RR: 3.15)
DO Obuya    13* (35b 2x4)      AD Mathews    3-0-11-0
CO Obuya    20* (34b 3x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    6-1-9-1

Chintan: "@Naureen: It is not so easy I think, each match in the series reduced amounts to lost revenue. The ICC also needs to have revenue to fund the development of the Associates. Its a double edged sword, and it is easy to trip on either side." Time for some spin, Ajantha comes on

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

End of over 14 (1 run) Kenya 42/2 (RR: 3.00)
CO Obuya    21* (40b 3x4)      BAW Mendis    1-0-1-0
DO Obuya    13* (35b 2x4)      AD Mathews    3-0-11-0

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

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

Ronak: "I think that the best way that an associate nation can improve is playing more competitive cricket. The easiest option is to make them play in the national tournaments of the closest test nation. Like, Bangladesh could participate in the Ranji etc. This way they could be exposed to good cricket and cricketers more often."

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

End of over 15 (1 run) Kenya 43/2 (RR: 2.86)
DO Obuya    13* (38b 2x4)      AD Mathews    4-0-12-0
CO Obuya    22* (43b 3x4)      BAW Mendis    1-0-1-0

these two have managed to survive for quite some time now. forward short leg is on

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 have looked to survive, and Nitin will take you through till the next drinks break. Will Kenya hang on till then?

End of over 16 (2 runs) Kenya 45/2 (RR: 2.81)
CO Obuya    23* (47b 3x4)      BAW Mendis    2-0-3-0
DO Obuya    14* (40b 2x4)      AD Mathews    4-0-12-0

Thanks Abhishek. On this evidence, Kenya are unlikely to make the knockouts like they did in 2003. Think you can predict which teams will make the quarters and beyond? Check out our bracket predictor game.

16.1

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

Can someone explain how and why the Otienos changed to Obuyas?

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

@Holdingwilley makes a very perceptive prediction. That the next wicket to fall will be Obuya.

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.

16.4

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

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

End of over 17 (3 runs) Kenya 48/2 (RR: 2.82)
CO Obuya    24* (51b 3x4)      AD Mathews    5-0-15-0
DO Obuya    16* (42b 2x4)      BAW Mendis    2-0-3-0

Slip and short leg in place.

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

SK: "Otieno didnot change into Obuya. Otieno is Kennedy's middle name. Obuya is the brothers' actual surname"

Confused? Me too.

End of over 18 (7 runs) Kenya 55/2 (RR: 3.05)
DO Obuya    22* (46b 3x4)      BAW Mendis    3-0-10-0
CO Obuya    25* (53b 3x4)      AD Mathews    5-0-15-0

Murali comes on. Round the wicket. With slip and short leg.

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

Leg slip now, short leg removed.

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

End of over 19 (2 runs) Kenya 57/2 (RR: 3.00)
DO Obuya    23* (50b 3x4)      M Muralitharan    1-0-2-0
CO Obuya    26* (55b 3x4)      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

End of over 20 (6 runs) Kenya 63/2 (RR: 3.15)
CO Obuya    30* (61b 4x4)      BAW Mendis    4-0-14-0
DO Obuya    23* (50b 3x4)      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

End of over 21 (4 runs) Kenya 67/2 (RR: 3.19)
DO Obuya    24* (52b 3x4)      M Muralitharan    2-0-6-0
CO Obuya    33* (65b 4x4)      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

Shiva: "Forget about the discussion that the Associates have not played these bowlers a lot or not, but for now, the Kenyans are doing a Great job against Mendis and Murali. "

Vishnu: "I know I have Obuya in my fantasy team but not sure which one and I dont want to check until both of them are out.That way I can make game intresting for myself, what a suspense thriller."

End of over 22 (6 runs) Kenya 73/2 (RR: 3.31)
CO Obuya    39* (71b 4x4)      BAW Mendis    5-0-20-0
DO Obuya    24* (52b 3x4)      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

End of over 23 (3 runs) Kenya 76/2 (RR: 3.30)
CO Obuya    40* (75b 4x4)      M Muralitharan    3-0-9-0
DO Obuya    26* (54b 3x4)      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

End of over 24 (maiden) Kenya 76/2 (RR: 3.16)
DO Obuya    26* (60b 3x4)      BAW Mendis    6-1-20-0
CO Obuya    40* (75b 4x4)      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.

That lbw reversal has sparked off huge debates here at Cricinfo Towers.

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.

End of over 25 (4 runs) Kenya 80/2 (RR: 3.20)
DO Obuya    27* (62b 3x4)      M Muralitharan    4-0-13-0
CO Obuya    43* (79b 4x4)      BAW Mendis    6-1-20-0

Chamara Silva comes on for some part-time leggies.

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

25.2

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

25.6

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

Ahmed: "Keeping that 2.5m thing in head, the batsman will start playing one foot forward to make hawk-eye look void."

Matty Hayden would have never been lbw, considering how is always walking half way down the track to face, even seamers.

End of over 26 (3 runs) Kenya 83/2 (RR: 3.19)
DO Obuya    28* (64b 3x4)      LPC Silva    1-0-3-0
CO Obuya    44* (83b 4x4)      M Muralitharan    4-0-13-0

Change of ends for Mendis. Slip and short midwicket.

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.

End of over 27 (2 runs) Kenya 85/2 (RR: 3.14)
CO Obuya    46* (89b 4x4)      BAW Mendis    7-1-22-0
DO Obuya    28* (64b 3x4)      LPC Silva    1-0-3-0

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

Geoff: "your commentary about the UDRS at 23.1 is mischievous. The way the review works it to ask whether Hawk eye showed the original decision (out) was plainly wrong. If Hawk eye suggests that the ball was going over the stumps the decision should be reversed. You know that - there is no need to inflame a misunderstanding of the system."

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

27.4

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

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.

Anand: "The players'lack of knowledge about the 2.5m rule begs the question if the ICC is complicating things too much. technology is generally used to make things simpler/better and not to confuse people or should the players be chided for not keeping up to date with the rule changes in the game they play?"

End of over 28 (4 runs) Kenya 89/2 (RR: 3.17)
CO Obuya    47* (92b 4x4)      LPC Silva    2-0-6-0
DO Obuya    30* (67b 3x4)      BAW Mendis    7-1-22-0

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

End of over 29 (4 runs) Kenya 93/2 (RR: 3.20)
DO Obuya    32* (71b 3x4)      M Muralitharan    5-0-17-0
CO Obuya    49* (94b 4x4)      LPC Silva    2-0-6-0

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.

29.2

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.

29.3

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.

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

Ron: "No matter what the result of the match i think Kenya should be happy with their batting, as they are slowly learning how to build innings by working singles. Although i'm rooting for Kenya so I can rub it into my Lankan friends!"

End of over 30 (6 runs) Kenya 99/2 (RR: 3.30)
CO Obuya    51* (96b 4x4)      LPC Silva    3-0-12-0
DO Obuya    36* (75b 3x4)      M Muralitharan    5-0-17-0

The Coder: "@Anand, Cut the player(and the captains) some slack. There already is too much going on in the minds of modern day cricketers without the ICC making new rules every Thrusday and Tuesday."

Right, lets move on from the UDRS-bashing folks!

Ahmed: "Amazing run rate. Such a delight. I wonder when this first stage of world cup comes to end."

Murali continues.

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

Shiva: "Why Sanga has such a defensive field for Murali? We saw that the mishits fell shorter than mid-off and mid-on and he has a long-on in place. Really weird, don't you back your premier spinner?"

Sanga's fields, and Murali's round the wicket angle, both confuse me.

End of over 31 (2 runs) Kenya 101/2 (RR: 3.25)
DO Obuya    37* (78b 3x4)      M Muralitharan    6-0-19-0
CO Obuya    52* (99b 4x4)      LPC Silva    3-0-12-0

David: "These two have put on almost 100 against Malinga, Murili and Mendis, a bit of credit could be in order."

Running repairs on the ball, the umpire cuts away some of the stray seam. Malinga comes back on. Reverse swing could be on display.

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

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

Tikolo comes out now.

31.5

Malinga to Tikolo, 1 wide, another yorker attempted, but this one slips down the leg side.

31.5

Malinga to Tikolo, no run, 146.4 kph, Malinga is getting the ball to talk. In Sinhalese. Tikolo almost looks like Kallis, for a fleeting moment, as he spots the deviation and covers the line solidly. Defended back down the track

31.6

Malinga to Tikolo, no run, ends with one back of a length outside off, Tikolo guides it carefully into the covers

End of over 32 (2 runs) Kenya 103/3 (RR: 3.21)
SO Tikolo    0* (2b)      SL Malinga    5-0-22-2
DO Obuya    38* (81b 3x4)      M Muralitharan    6-0-19-0

Murali runs in round the wicket, with a slip in place.

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.

End of over 33 (4 runs) Kenya 107/3 (RR: 3.24)
DO Obuya    41* (85b 3x4)      M Muralitharan    7-0-23-0
SO Tikolo    1* (4b)      SL Malinga    5-0-22-2

33.1

Malinga to Tikolo, no run, 140.1 kph, back of a length outside off and Tikolo punches into the covers

33.2

Malinga to Tikolo, no run, fuller this time, not much tail in the air, 142 kph and Tikolo check-drives to mid off

Kashif: "Collins' record for the slowest fifty of WC2011 is immediately under threat from David. Go David haha! I say he will get it off 105 balls."

33.3

Malinga to Tikolo, no run, slower yorker this time, Tikolo is forced to adjust the forward defensive and play it down the track, a little uppishly

33.4

Malinga to Tikolo, 1 wide, this one slips down the leg side, and it is called wide

33.4

Malinga to Tikolo, no run, on target now, not much movement in the air, and Tikolo manages to get bat on it and he forces it to mid off

33.5

Malinga to Tikolo, 1 run, length ball, searing in from middle towards leg and it is whipped fluently by Tikolo to deep square leg

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.

I shall hand over the comms to Abhishek and resume chat duties.

End of over 34 (3 runs) Kenya 110/3 (RR: 3.23)
DO Obuya    42* (86b 3x4)      SL Malinga    6-0-25-2
SO Tikolo    2* (9b)      M Muralitharan    7-0-23-0

thanks Nitin. I didn't expect Kenya to last this long. but they have managed to. Vinayaka: "I think, Kenya can take lot of credit for themselves if they won't get all out.."

34.1

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

34.2

Mathews to Tikolo, 1 wide, he wanted to have a go at this one, but it was floated up very wide of off stump, and he didn't bother in the end

34.2

Mathews to Tikolo, no run, fuller just around off stump, and he comes forward to find mid off with the drive

34.3

Mathews to Tikolo, 1 run, goes on the back foot to one that is slightly short of a length, and punches away to sweeper cover

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

End of over 35 (3 runs) Kenya 113/3 (RR: 3.22)
DO Obuya    43* (90b 3x4)      AD Mathews    6-0-18-0
SO Tikolo    3* (11b)      SL Malinga    6-0-25-2

Ranil: "Is it Kenya batting well or Sri Lanka bowling bad? Sri Lanka bowled poorly against Pakistan and then the speculation was that Malinga was not there! Now he is in. Now what?" Now it is Nuwan who comes on to see if he can do something

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

End of over 36 (6 runs) Kenya 119/3 (RR: 3.30)
DO Obuya    44* (91b 3x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    7-1-14-1
SO Tikolo    7* (16b 1x4)      AD Mathews    6-0-18-0

Prashanth: "Why don't Kenya take the batting powerplay now? Or are they afraid of it being jinxed... like it has been for every other team so far?"

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

36.2

Mathews to Tikolo, OUT, Dilshan plucks a rocket out of the air, and is mighty pleased with it, it was short and wide, Angelo is lucky to get that one, it was bashed off the back foot hard and scorched its way to Dilshan at point. who took it cleanly around chest height, Angelo smiles, Tikolo walks back

SO Tikolo c Dilshan b Mathews 7 (20m 17b 1x4 0x6) SR: 41.17

Tanmay Mishra, is the new man in

36.3

Mathews to Mishra, no run, gets a fuller one and pats it away on the leg side

36.4

Mathews to Mishra, 1 bye, Mishra knows where his off stump is, this was too close for comfort, but he shouldered arms to one that came back in sharply with the angle, not far from off stump at all

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

End of over 37 (3 runs) Kenya 122/4 (RR: 3.29)
DO Obuya    46* (94b 3x4)      AD Mathews    7-0-20-1
T Mishra    0* (2b)      KMDN Kulasekara    7-1-14-1

Luhem: "@Prashant, see what you did the just mention of power play has jinxed the Kenyans and Tikolo is gone." It's becoming like the mention of You-know-who

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

End of over 38 (1 run) Kenya 123/4 (RR: 3.23)
DO Obuya    47* (100b 3x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    8-1-15-1
T Mishra    0* (2b)      AD Mathews    7-0-20-1

Nuxxy: :They should make a "best of the rest" team with the Associates. I'd love to see Dockrell, Cheema, ten Doeschate in the same team. It would be a more interesting match than 3rd vs 4th." Ajantha is back

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

Ravi: "Tikolo used to be such a handy batsman..what happened?" Slowing reflexes, that's what

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

End of over 39 (1 run) Kenya 124/4 (RR: 3.17)
T Mishra    0* (6b)      BAW Mendis    8-1-23-0
DO Obuya    48* (102b 3x4)      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

End of over 40 (3 runs) Kenya 127/4 (RR: 3.17)
T Mishra    0* (9b)      KMDN Kulasekara    9-1-18-1
DO Obuya    51* (105b 3x4)      BAW Mendis    8-1-23-0

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

Kamande is the new man in

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

End of over 41 (1 run) Kenya 128/5 (RR: 3.12)
T Mishra    0* (12b)      M Muralitharan    8-0-24-1
JK Kamande    1* (2b)      KMDN Kulasekara    9-1-18-1

Vijay: "There is a mini moral-victory in the offing here for Kenya, against all the main teams, if they play their Powerplay overs well." Lasith is back

41.1

Malinga to Kamande, OUT, what's that? is it a plane? is it a bird? is it Rhodes? no it's Chamara Silva, a steaming yorker from Malinga, just about dug out by the batsman, but they make the mistake of attempting the single, Silva runs in from midwicket, picks up the ball, and goes flying in to stumps horizontally at the striker's end, catching the batsman way out of his ground, as the replays confirm

JK Kamande run out 1 (4m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

41.2

Malinga to Odhiambo, no run, another yorker length ball but this time wide outside off stump, and pushes it out to point

41.3

Malinga to Odhiambo, FOUR, low full toss at 143.3 kph, he gets some bat on it, and it runs away wide of mid off, for a boundary, just seemed a prod

41.4

Malinga to Odhiambo, FOUR, now he goes down on a knee and looks to go over cow corner, the outside edge takes it very fine on the off side, no chance for any man, not even third man

41.5

Malinga to Odhiambo, 1 leg bye, another full toss, this one is down the leg side, and bounds away off the pads behind square

41.6

Malinga to Mishra, OUT, Malinga was trying this when he was firing in those full tosses, gets it right this time, the yorker crashes into the boot, too bad he could not get it out of the way, the umpire gave him the finger, but Kenya go for the review, Malinga is too tight there with the front foot, was it a no-ball, was there some part of the foot behind the landing crease, the ball then moved in late, and would have gone on to just strike leg stump, graze it as it were, the on-field call stands, it's not a no-ball, it is hitting leg, and Mishra's misery is over

T Mishra lbw b Malinga 0 (28m 13b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

End of over 42 (9 runs) Kenya 137/7 (RR: 3.26)
     SL Malinga    7-0-33-3
NN Odhiambo    8* (4b 2x4)      M Muralitharan    8-0-24-1

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

End of over 43 (maiden) Kenya 137/7 (RR: 3.18)
NN Odhiambo    8* (10b 2x4)      BAW Mendis    9-2-23-0
PJ Ongondo    0* (0b)      SL Malinga    7-0-33-3

43.1

Malinga to Ongondo, OUT, 144 kph yorker, make way, that is headed only one way, the middle stump is shaken out of its stupor, no chance for the batsman, this is Malinga at his lethal best, want yorker, get yorker, on demand, any time

PJ Ongondo b Malinga 0 (3m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

43.2

Malinga to Ngoche, OUT, take a bow, Lasith Malinga, it's a hat-trick, he had got one on the last ball of his previous over, homes in on middle stump, nothing can stop it, least of all poor Shem Ngoche, who was just about expecting this, but could not do anything to stop it, it scorches its way past the gap between bat and pad, the shatterer of stumps has five

SO Ngoche b Malinga 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

43.3

Malinga to Otieno, 5 wides, goes for four in four, but for once, he does not get the yorker on target, its a full toss way down the leg side

43.3

Malinga to Otieno, no run, goes for another one of those crunching deliveries, but this one pitches full and he manages to push it past the bowler

43.4

Malinga to Otieno, OUT, it's all over for Kenya, they have been blown away by the marauder, another one sears in on the stumps, nothing can be done about it, it's destined to knock the leg stump out of its position, and does so, the batsman is only a sideshow, everything else is a sideshow, it is only Malinga, the ball, and the stumps, six wickets for the champion, the crowd roar their lungs out, got to feel for Kenya, their only mistake was to come in the way of Malinga and his targets

E Otieno b Malinga 0 (2m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

The Malinga show. Hat-trick, six wickets, all fire and fury, all deadly precision. Kenya were 102 for 2 at some stage, when was that, seems another era. They did well to come out of the twin setbacks early on, but could not do anything about Lasith. Sri Lanka have an easy chase on hand. Join us in a while for that. You could use our Player Rater function till then to tell us what you think of the performances so far today. And if you are on the move, even if you are not, make sure you check out our smartphone apps.

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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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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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