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)

Breath-taking sunset scenes in Colombo as Tharanga and Dilshan take guard. Two slips, Ongondo to Tharanga.

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0.1

Ongondo to Tharanga, no run, back of a length on off and middle, defended to the offside

Malinga's six were all pure bowler wickets. No use of fielders and all that.

0.2

Ongondo to Tharanga, no run, drops short of a length again on middle stump, it is tucked away to square leg.

0.3

Ongondo to Tharanga, 2 wides, slides one down the leg side at friendly pace and it is called a wide

0.3

Ongondo to Dilshan, 1 run, Dilshan looks for the carve over third man, but there isn't enough pace to work with. On the bounce to the fielder at third man.

0.4

Ongondo to Tharanga, 1 run, on the pads, worked away neatly through square leg for one

0.5

Ongondo to Dilshan, 1 run, Dilshan doesn't like the lack of pace, and completely mistimes an on drive to mid on.

0.6

Ongondo to Tharanga, no run, finishes with one that angles across Tharanga who lets it go to the keeper

End of over 1 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 5/0 (138 runs required from 49 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 2.81)
WU Tharanga    1* (4b)      PJ Ongondo    1-0-5-0
TM Dilshan    2* (2b)     

Odhiambo now.

1.1

Odhiambo to Dilshan, 1 run, back of a length and shaping into Dilshan who is cramped as he tries to play the cut. He gets a single into the covers

1.2

Odhiambo to Tharanga, no run, he's getting it to cut off the seam, this time cuts Tharanga in half as it angles across him before jagging in off the track. Tharanga has a lazy whip at it without moving the feet, and it misses the inside edge and the stumps.

1.3

Odhiambo to Tharanga, 1 run, better shot from Tharanga, opens the face and dabs a single to third man as it angles past him outside off

1.4

Odhiambo to Dilshan, FOUR, right, Dilshan's seen enough. He gets one short, he seemed to be waiting for it back in the recesses of the crease, and when it came he arched back and slammed it in front of square leg.

1.5

Odhiambo to Dilshan, no run, Odhiambo lands this fuller, Dilshan is reluctant to come forward and check drives down the ground

1.6

Odhiambo to Dilshan, no run, again, interesting inward shape from back of a length outside off and cracked into the covers. Cramped for room.

End of over 2 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 11/0 (132 runs required from 48 overs, RR: 5.50, RRR: 2.75)
TM Dilshan    7* (6b 1x4)      NN Odhiambo    1-0-6-0
WU Tharanga    2* (6b)      PJ Ongondo    1-0-5-0

2.1

Ongondo to Tharanga, no run, back of a length on middle and leg, Tharanga covers the line and defends down the track

2.2

Ongondo to Tharanga, 3 runs, comes slower than Tharanga expected, and he was committed into the booming cover drive, so he just went through with the shot and carved it high over the infield. Took the bottom hand off at the last moment and got three for his efforts.

2.3

Ongondo to Dilshan, no run, back of a length on off stump and defended down the track

2.4

Ongondo to Dilshan, 2 runs, uppish, Dilshan will give an arm for pace on the ball. Back of a length outside off, Dilshan does all he can to force it into the covers, and just gets it past the short cover

2.5

Ongondo to Dilshan, 3 runs, and again, this time Ongondo can't hold on as he runs down the track, Dilshan gets another one in the mid 120s, not there for the drive and he pushes back past the bowler uppishly

2.6

Ongondo to Tharanga, FOUR, Tharanga cracks a boundary through point. No problem this time, the slower ball came too slowly to trouble him and was short enough for Tharanga to rock back and steer-cut through point

End of over 3 (12 runs) Sri Lanka 23/0 (120 runs required from 47 overs, RR: 7.66, RRR: 2.55)
WU Tharanga    9* (9b 1x4)      PJ Ongondo    2-0-17-0
TM Dilshan    12* (9b 1x4)      NN Odhiambo    1-0-6-0

3.1

Odhiambo to Dilshan, no run, cramped him for room on middle and off this time, Dilshan tries to play that trademark cover drive on the up, but can't place it.

3.2

Odhiambo to Dilshan, no run, short ball outside off, shot a minute from Dilshan, another violent cut that doesn't make contact with the ball.

3.3

Odhiambo to Dilshan, FOUR, Dilshan will keep swinging those cover drives on the up, and eventually he will middle one. As he has now. Similar ball to 3.1, lands on a length and sits up, Dilshan savages it through the covers

3.4

Odhiambo to Dilshan, no run, boy he's swinging so hard, he is likely to do a muscle here. Slower ball outside off, waits and waits and waits, and then drives straight to cover

3.5

Odhiambo to Dilshan, FOUR, a poor ball now to add to Dilshan's joy. He's fidgetting on leg stump, thinking of where he should pump the next one, when he gets one on the pads and thumps it along the way backward of square

3.6

Odhiambo to Dilshan, no run, short one outside off, Dilshan must be in utter despair since his flashing cut did not manage to elude point

Dirk: "Poor Ngoche got out thrice first ball in this World Cup." Os that so? I haven't verified.

End of over 4 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 31/0 (112 runs required from 46 overs, RR: 7.75, RRR: 2.43)
TM Dilshan    20* (15b 3x4)      NN Odhiambo    2-0-14-0
WU Tharanga    9* (9b 1x4)      PJ Ongondo    2-0-17-0

4.1

Ongondo to Tharanga, no run, and again Ongondo cuts Tharanga into two with a vicious incutter from off stump. Sharp line and length here, Tharanga couldn't have done much except nudge to the leg side. Certainly not the back foot force through the off side

4.2

Ongondo to Tharanga, 1 run, this time he gets the nudge away to the leg side, over to Dilshan

4.3

Ongondo to Dilshan, 2 runs, full ball outside off, Dilshan swipes away towards midwicket like he's playing a club bowler and gets a couple

4.4

Ongondo to Dilshan, no run, tighter line, follows Dilshan and lands on his pads as he backs away. He tries to flick, but finds the fielder

4.5

Ongondo to Dilshan, FOUR, Dilshan at his visceral best. Backs away, opens up the off side and carves away over point. Goes as high as he can, just for fun. Nearly sends it all the way too.

4.6

Ongondo to Dilshan, FOUR, and another, this time he even advances down the track and Ongondo plays into his hands by dropping one short outside off. Dilshan plays the cover-slap. There's no other way to define the shot. Four more.

End of over 5 (11 runs) Sri Lanka 42/0 (101 runs required from 45 overs, RR: 8.40, RRR: 2.24)
TM Dilshan    30* (19b 5x4)      PJ Ongondo    3-0-28-0
WU Tharanga    10* (11b 1x4)      NN Odhiambo    2-0-14-0

Ngoche comes on. Left-arm spin from over the wicket , with slip in place.

5.1

Ngoche to Tharanga, no run, turns the first one from off stump to the pads, Tharanga offers no shot.

5.2

Ngoche to Tharanga, 1 run, Tharanga looks to launch him over a well-populated deep field on the leg side. The timing is completely off, so he gets away with it.

Dilshan has strike. He seemed like he was itching to get it too. Long off and deep backward square leg.

5.3

Ngoche to Dilshan, no run, flighted outside off, he goes down on a knee and looks to cross-bat it through the covers, but finds the fielder

5.4

Ngoche to Dilshan, FOUR, this time he gets the boundary, with an even better shot. Ngoche triedd to cramp him on middle and leg, and the challenge was for Dilshan to generate power through the off side. He managed it, with a furious uncorking of the wrists.

5.5

Ngoche to Dilshan, FOUR, well, this one wasn't such a good ball, and Dilshan picks four more with ease. Short, landing on off and turning away, you could sense Dilshan could barely wait for it to reach him. When it did, he thumped it through the square field.

Over the wicket for the last ball.

5.6

Ngoche to Dilshan, no run, over-pitches outside off, Dilshan shimmies out and forces it straight to cover

End of over 6 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 51/0 (92 runs required from 44 overs, RR: 8.50, RRR: 2.09)
TM Dilshan    38* (23b 7x4)      SO Ngoche    1-0-9-0
WU Tharanga    11* (13b 1x4)      PJ Ongondo    3-0-28-0

Kamande coming on. Sri Lanka in complete command.

6.1

Kamande to Tharanga, FOUR, horror ball to start with, lands the dolly in his half and it comes through at a nice height for Tharanga to punch through the covers.

6.2

Kamande to Tharanga, no run, flat and on the pads, Tharanga works it straight to midwicket

6.3

Kamande to Tharanga, 1 wide, this time it slips down the leg side and is called wide

6.3

Kamande to Tharanga, FOUR, they are bleeding from both ends now. Tharanga gets into the act with a cut shot. Kamande needs a quick crash course on pitching it up.

6.4

Kamande to Tharanga, 1 wide, he also needs one on bowling them straight. Another wide down the leg side.

Shifts now to over the wicket.

6.4

Kamande to Tharanga, no run, fuller on off, defended back to the bowler

6.5

Kamande to Tharanga, no run, tossed up again, Tharanga leans out and drives to mid on

6.6

Kamande to Tharanga, FOUR, swiped away. Tossed up outside off, Tharanga moves the front foot across and hoicks with gay abandon over midwicket. This is all ending too quickly.

End of over 7 (14 runs) Sri Lanka 65/0 (78 runs required from 43 overs, RR: 9.28, RRR: 1.81)
WU Tharanga    23* (19b 4x4)      JK Kamande    1-0-14-0
TM Dilshan    38* (23b 7x4)      SO Ngoche    1-0-9-0

7.1

Ngoche to Dilshan, no run, Dilshan is in such a hurry he is motoring all over the crease, and this time he has yorked himself

7.2

Ngoche to Dilshan, 1 run, again, jumps out in search of length and gets too close to the ball. He ends up forcing it down the ground for one

7.3

Ngoche to Tharanga, 1 run, tossed up on the stumps, Tharanga on-drives and mid on runs across and tumbles to save four.

7.4

Ngoche to Dilshan, no run, sees him coming this time, and holds the length back. Flat and fast defended into the off side

7.5

Ngoche to Dilshan, FOUR, Some like it short. Like Dilshan. Dropped back of a length and turning away, Dilshan pounces on it with furious anger. Four through point.

7.6

Ngoche to Dilshan, 1 run, now there is protection in the deep and Dilshan pings the sweeper with another well-timed cut.

Shiva: "I don't see the point the crowd going berserk here. Agreed, your team is on the rampage but it's just a mismatch and one should really feel sorry for the Kenyans. Nobody enjoys a Lion swatting a Cat."

Lions and cats are from the same family, notes the perceptive Sid Ravindran.

End of over 8 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 72/0 (71 runs required from 42 overs, RR: 9.00, RRR: 1.69)
TM Dilshan    44* (28b 8x4)      SO Ngoche    2-0-16-0
WU Tharanga    24* (20b 4x4)      JK Kamande    1-0-14-0

Otieno comes into the attack now.

8.1

Otieno to Dilshan, no run, Kenya will hope someone can postpone that bus that Dilshan seems in a hurry to catch. He runs halfway down the pitch and wallops on the up to mid off.

8.2

Otieno to Dilshan, OUT, Dilshan's perished to his uncontrollable aggression. He was setting himself up to hit a four or a six, irrespective of where the ball was. It was a pretty good short ball, directed at his body. Dilshan's arrested his huge backlift, and tried late to fend it to the off side, but the best thing to do with that ball would have been to defend or leave. He ended up squeezing it to the keeper.

TM Dilshan c †Ouma b Otieno 44 (41m 30b 8x4 0x6) SR: 146.66

Sanga comes out now. Another match where he won't get a 100.

8.3

Otieno to Sangakkara, 1 run, length ball on off stump, driven solidly down the ground.

8.4

Otieno to Tharanga, no run, angles one across Tharanga who looks to chop to the off side, but it scoots under the bat

8.5

Otieno to Tharanga, 1 run, short ball like he means it, Tharanga gives it the respect it deserves, drops it through point for one

8.6

Otieno to Sangakkara, 1 no ball, over-steps this time. Otherwise a decent ball, back of a length and angling across. Sanga defended down the track

8.6

Otieno to Sangakkara, FOUR, Sanga camps back on the crease awaiting a length ball, and Otieno obliges. Outside off too, which meant Sanga had the room to swing cleanly. He just extended his arms through the line and carted it over long on.

End of over 9 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 79/1 (64 runs required from 41 overs, RR: 8.77, RRR: 1.56)
KC Sangakkara    5* (3b 1x4)      E Otieno    1-0-7-1
WU Tharanga    25* (22b 4x4)      SO Ngoche    2-0-16-0

9.1

Odhiambo to Tharanga, no run, full length ball angling across Tharanga and he mistimes the on-drive

9.2

Odhiambo to Tharanga, no run, one of those rare instances when ball has beaten bat in this innings. Odhiambo moves it off the seam, away from Tharanga who is squared up as he feels for it from the crease. Close to the edge.

9.3

Odhiambo to Tharanga, 1 run, Tharanga is a little shaky at the moment, gets a full delivery on the pads and inside-edges the heaved on-drive to fine leg

9.4

Odhiambo to Sangakkara, 1 run, Sanga steals a single to mid-off, who was guilty of hanging back on his heels. David Obuya took for ever to come forward, pick up and release. Sanga makes his ground, and the throw misses in any case.

9.5

Odhiambo to Tharanga, no run, back of a length and angling across Tharanga who guides it off the back foot to backward point

9.6

Odhiambo to Tharanga, no run, another one nips off the seam, Tharanga misses again as he stays stuck to the crease

End of over 10 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 81/1 (62 runs required from 40 overs, RR: 8.10, RRR: 1.55)
WU Tharanga    26* (27b 4x4)      NN Odhiambo    3-0-16-0
KC Sangakkara    6* (4b 1x4)      E Otieno    1-0-7-1

10.1

Otieno to Sangakkara, 1 run, good fielding from David Obuya this time, over-pitched on off stump and driven solidly to the right of David who dives away from mid off and stops

10.2

Otieno to Tharanga, FOUR, width this time outside off, Tharanga throws the kitchen sink and some of the utensils at it, gets a big outside edge down to third man.

The bowling Powerplay has not been taken, as yet.

10.3

Otieno to Tharanga, no run, fuller on off and drive without much timing to the covers

10.4

Otieno to Tharanga, 1 run, short of a length outside off, Tharanga stays back and opens the face to steer a single through backward point

10.5

Otieno to Sangakkara, 1 run, fuller length ball on off stump, Sanga leans out and steers backward of point for a single

10.6

Otieno to Tharanga, 1 run, width outside off, Tharanga opens the face and dabs it daintily down to third man for one more

End of over 11 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 89/1 (54 runs required from 39 overs, RR: 8.09, RRR: 1.38)
WU Tharanga    32* (31b 5x4)      E Otieno    2-0-15-1
KC Sangakkara    8* (6b 1x4)      NN Odhiambo    3-0-16-0

11.1

Odhiambo to Tharanga, no run, slower ball, 83 kph and comes on really slow, Tharanga nearly pats it back at the bowler.

11.2

Odhiambo to Tharanga, no run, pacy this time, Tharanga hangs back and defends down the track

11.3

Odhiambo to Tharanga, 1 run, angled across the batsman, he opens the face and steers to third man for one

11.4

Odhiambo to Sangakkara, 1 run, plays all over a length ball angling in from wide of the leg stump, Sanga inside edges onto the pads and runs across for a single

11.5

Odhiambo to Tharanga, no run, fuller length on middle and off, defends from the crease to mid on

11.6

Odhiambo to Tharanga, no run, Tharanga is looking distinctly scratchy, hurries onto the front foot and then sees the ball is short of a length and angling across him off the deck. He has to adjust quickly and defend to the off side

Saad: "I think SL should take the Batting Powerplay so that they can increase their NRR which can have a crucial importance in deciding an opponent for Quarter Finals.

End of over 12 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 91/1 (52 runs required from 38 overs, RR: 7.58, RRR: 1.36)
WU Tharanga    33* (36b 5x4)      NN Odhiambo    4-0-18-0
KC Sangakkara    9* (7b 1x4)      E Otieno    2-0-15-1

12.1

Otieno to Sangakkara, 1 run, full-toss outside off, takes Sanga by surprise and he inside-edges it to the keeper who misses. Single taken in the end.

12.2

Otieno to Tharanga, no run, slower ball angling across, and another inside edge from Tharanga. Single to the leg side

12.3

Otieno to Tharanga, no run, short ball now, good effort into the heavy ball and it took off from a length. Tharanga quickly realised the steer was not an option and tried to drop the wrists

12.4

Otieno to Tharanga, no run, fuller length this time outside off, but still not there for the drive. Tharanga mistimes the off drive to mid off

12.5

Otieno to Tharanga, no run, bouncer close to being wided for going down the leg side, Tharanga ducked early

12.6

Otieno to Tharanga, FOUR, Tharanga hasn't middle one in a while, but he's still getting the boundaries away. Short ball angling wide across him and he gets an edge down to third man.

End of over 13 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 96/1 (47 runs required from 37 overs, RR: 7.38, RRR: 1.27)
WU Tharanga    37* (41b 6x4)      E Otieno    3-0-20-1
KC Sangakkara    10* (8b 1x4)      NN Odhiambo    4-0-18-0

13.1

Odhiambo to Sangakkara, 2 runs, over-pitched wide outside Sanga's off stump and he walks into the square drive. Crunches out a couple behind point

13.2

Odhiambo to Sangakkara, no run, straighter ball on the stumps, Sanga covers the line and punches down the track

13.3

Odhiambo to Sangakkara, no run, length ball on leg stump, Sanga looks to hang back and punch down the ground, but plays to the bowler

13.4

Odhiambo to Sangakkara, 2 runs, on the pads, Sanga is quickly inside the line as he clips square for a couple. The 100 is up, in a blink. And to think they have slowed down since Dilshan went. Fastest 100 of the World Cup, thus far.

13.5

Odhiambo to Sangakkara, FOUR, Sanga celebrates with four more. Full toss on off stump, he reaches down the ground and laces it with the straight bat to the left of mid off. Comprehensive.

13.6

Odhiambo to Sangakkara, no run, holds the length back a foot, Sanga can't time the off drive this time. Plays it back down the ground

End of over 14 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 104/1 (39 runs required from 36 overs, RR: 7.42, RRR: 1.08)
KC Sangakkara    18* (14b 2x4)      NN Odhiambo    5-0-26-0
WU Tharanga    37* (41b 6x4)      E Otieno    3-0-20-1

14.1

Otieno to Tharanga, no run, back of a length on off and middle, Tharanga hangs back and forces it down the track

14.2

Otieno to Tharanga, 2 runs, angled across again, not much room but this time Tharanga angles it away through point. That's his trademark shot.

14.3

Otieno to Tharanga, 2 wides, horror wide, was headed to first slip as the slow bouncer went wrong, and the keeper could not come across and collect.

Paul: "So it continues to be a game of contrasts containing the two slowest half centuries of the WC as well as the fastest 100."

14.3

Otieno to Sangakkara, no run, back of a length on leg stump and slanting across Sanga who punches into the off side

14.4

Otieno to Sangakkara, no run, over-pitched outside off, Sanga can't time the cover drive too well, and finds the fielder

14.5

Otieno to Sangakkara, 1 run, drags this back of a length, Sanga hangs back and bunts to the off side for one

14.6

Otieno to Tharanga, 1 run, Tharanga gets a single to end the over, staying by the line and guiding backward of point for a single

End of over 15 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 110/1 (33 runs required from 35 overs, RR: 7.33, RRR: 0.94)
WU Tharanga    40* (44b 6x4)      E Otieno    4-0-26-1
KC Sangakkara    19* (17b 2x4)      NN Odhiambo    5-0-26-0

Batting Powerplay taken.

15.1

Ngoche to Tharanga, no run, turning in from outside off, defended off the back foot

15.2

Ngoche to Tharanga, no run, shorter ball outside off, cut away to point

15.3

Ngoche to Tharanga, FOUR, this time Tharanga gets a boundary, jumping back to leg stump and opening the face while cutting to get it fine to third man

15.4

Ngoche to Tharanga, no run, full ball on leg stump, Tharanga quietly pats it down the track

15.5

Ngoche to Tharanga, no run, outside off this time and turning in, Tharanga drives against the spin to cover

15.6

Ngoche to Tharanga, no run, ooh, huge appeal for caught behind turned down, and they decide not to review. Short of a length outside off, he goes for the cut and misses. They went up very confidently, but decided not to review it.

End of over 16 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 114/1 (29 runs required from 34 overs, RR: 7.12, RRR: 0.85)
WU Tharanga    44* (50b 7x4)      SO Ngoche    3-0-20-0
KC Sangakkara    19* (17b 2x4)      E Otieno    4-0-26-1

Aha, a slice of 2003. Collins Obuya comes on.

16.1

CO Obuya to Sangakkara, 1 wide, slips the first one down the leg side.

16.2

CO Obuya to Sangakkara, FOUR, well, I can see why he's stopped bowling. A nonsense full toss, that's a lolly-pop and a dolly rolled in one, with chocolate sauce dripping from it, Sanga smacks it through midwicket.

16.2

CO Obuya to Sangakkara, 1 run, lands this one, and in the right area, Sanga stays back and looks to force through the leg side

16.3

CO Obuya to Tharanga, no run, straighter one outside off, Tharanga doesn't pick it, and plays inside the line

16.4

CO Obuya to Tharanga, 1 run, fuller on the leg stump, worked off the toes quietly to square leg for one

16.5

CO Obuya to Sangakkara, no run, over-pitched on off stump, too close to the batsman for him to get timing into the shot

16.6

CO Obuya to Sangakkara, 1 run, on the pads, worked off the pads to midwicket for one

End of over 17 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 122/1 (21 runs required from 33 overs, RR: 7.17, RRR: 0.63)
KC Sangakkara    25* (21b 3x4)      CO Obuya    1-0-8-0
WU Tharanga    45* (52b 7x4)      SO Ngoche    3-0-20-0

17.1

Ngoche to Sangakkara, 1 run, tossed up on leg stump, swept square for a single

17.2

Ngoche to Tharanga, FOUR, Tharanga dumps one down the ground, runs down the pitch, gets to the flight of the ball and tees off high and handsome for four.

17.3

Ngoche to Tharanga, 2 runs, and a cheeky couple this time, played very softly into the covers and they are off for one more as the fielder converges slowly on it.

17.4

Ngoche to Tharanga, FOUR, Tharanga is hurrying away now, he's past 50 and looking to end the agony. Prances down the track and scythes on the up through the covers for four more

17.5

Ngoche to Tharanga, FOUR, and now a short ball, Tharanga is cashing in on the freebies, stays beside the line and cracks it square.

17.6

Ngoche to Tharanga, FOUR, another hat-trick. This time of fours. Tharanga jumps out to a wide of off stump delivery and lofts it cleanly over the infield. The man running back from covers put in the slide and ended up in a mess along the ropes.

Amit: "Wonder why did the ICC planned warm up matches when they had teams like Kenya,Ireland, Canada in the competition. ...this World cup just seems streched like an already chewed bubble-gum ..."

End of over 18 (19 runs) Sri Lanka 141/1 (2 runs required from 32 overs, RR: 7.83, RRR: 0.06)
WU Tharanga    63* (57b 11x4)      SO Ngoche    4-0-39-0
KC Sangakkara    26* (22b 3x4)      CO Obuya    1-0-8-0

Two to win. Some thumping this.

18.1

CO Obuya to Sangakkara, no run, on Sanga's pads, he dinks it along to square leg but can't get the single.

18.2

CO Obuya to Sangakkara, 1 run, now he gets the single, worked to the off side and it is over to Tharanga to end the game.

18.3

CO Obuya to Tharanga, no run, full-pitched on the pads, Tharanga tries to swipe across the line, but misses. Huge appeal, turned down and not reviewed.

18.4

CO Obuya to Tharanga, FOUR, SL have exacted crushing revenge for 2003, and symbolically it is sealed off the bowling of the hero of that upset - Collins Obuya. Flighted outside off, Tharanga swung with freedom over the covers and easily got it to go all the way.

Right then, that winds up our coverage of this mismatch. Join us tomorrow for England v Ireland. On behalf of Abhishek and the rest of the gang, this is Nitin Sundar signing off. Here is Sid R's match bulletin. Cheers and be good!

Malinga is the Man of the Match: I am sorry, I can't translate the Sinhalese exchange between Russel Arnold and Malinga, but the smiles seem to suggest both of them are quite chuffed!

Sangakkara: "It was important to come back from Saturday. We showed we are mentally strong and finished it off today. We were trying for early wickets, and they were looking to play 50 overs. Lasith, the champion did it again for us."

Kamande: "We were looking for 230, but things did not work out. We were in a good position for 35 overs, but then the damage happened. If the Obuyas could have been there till the end, things could have been different. We have seen Malinga before, he's a world-class bowler - congrats to him. Now Malinga is out of the way, we have to concentrate on what's coming."

Dilshan: "Unfortunately I got out again in 40s and 50s, want to make a 100 in the next couple of game. Malinga is a great attacking bowler, its great to have him back. Good track this for one-day cricket. We needed this win, it is good preparation ahead of the Aussies on Saturday."

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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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