ICC Cricket World Cup, 2010/11 / Commentary

ICC Cricket World Cup - 20th match, Group A

Sri Lanka v Australia

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6.5

Lee to Jayawardene, 1 wide, goes in search of the yorker but sprays it down the leg side

6.5

Lee to Jayawardene, no run, pacy length delivery that makes Mahela come out and block solidly

6.6

Lee to Jayawardene, FOUR, they had removed the second slip some time ago, the edge from Mahela flies at catchable height in that direction, it was angled in from a length, and Mahela went prodding at it, getting a thick edge

Sri Lanka 36/2   DPMD Jayawardene 4* (2b 1x4)

8.1

Johnson to Jayawardene, no run, goes wide and across Mahela with a short of a length ball with his slinging action

8.2

Johnson to Jayawardene, no run, and Mahela almost gives it to them, goes driving at a fuller one from the crease, that was not far from the edge, Haddin knows it

8.3

Johnson to Jayawardene, no run, a touch shorter and Mahela sees it early, and decides to leave it

8.4

Johnson to Jayawardene, 1 wide, Mitch's turn to check out the bounce on this pitch, gives it the full shoulder, and that takes it high over Mahela, too high in fact

8.4

Johnson to Jayawardene, 2 runs, Mahela turns this straight one on the stumps towards midwicket, Johnson goes after it, and concedes an overthrow as he has a go at the non-striker's end

8.5

Johnson to Jayawardene, no run, squares him up with one bowled at that uncomfortable angle and bounce, he manages to push it away to backward point

8.6

Johnson to Jayawardene, no run, wider outside off stump this time, Mahela has had enough adventure for the over, and leaves it alone

Sri Lanka 45/2   DPMD Jayawardene 6* (8b 1x4)

9.2

Watson to Jayawardene, FOUR, flicked away fine, it was one leg stump, Mahela went across and turned it with those lovely wrists, no chance for fine leg

9.3

Watson to Jayawardene, no run, comes forward and blocks this one on the off side

9.4

Watson to Jayawardene, 2 runs, this one comes in off a length around off, Mahela arrests the forward movement and turns it past square leg, and comes back hard for the second

9.5

Watson to Jayawardene, no run, he gets bounce from a length outside off, Mahela decides to go for the cut, is beaten by the extra lift, and Haddin gathers neatly

9.6

Watson to Jayawardene, no run, defended solidly off the back foot in to the off side

Sri Lanka 52/2   DPMD Jayawardene 12* (13b 2x4)

11.1

Tait to Jayawardene, 1 run, 144 kph low full toss swinging in to the pads, flicked away through square leg

11.4

Tait to Jayawardene, no run, short of a length delivery on the stumps, Mahela goes on the back foot and blocks on the leg side

11.5

Tait to Jayawardene, FOUR, Mahela's brand of non-violence brings him a boundary, got forward to this length delivery and eased it in the gap between extra cover ad mid off, from where Lee went chasing it desperately all the way to the ropes, he even put in a dive in the end but it eluded him

11.6

Tait to Jayawardene, no run, angled furiously in to the pads, Mahela misses on the flick and Tait goes up in appeal, but that was going down leg

Sri Lanka 63/2   DPMD Jayawardene 17* (17b 3x4)

12.2

Johnson to Jayawardene, 1 run, pushed away in front of midwicket and they take on Clarke who scores a direct hit but the batsman is safely home

12.4

Johnson to Jayawardene, 1 run, Mahela goes tall to bring down this short one in front of cover, and the duo steal yet another single from Australia

Sri Lanka 67/2   DPMD Jayawardene 19* (19b 3x4)

13.1

Tait to Jayawardene, 2 runs, 149.3 kph full delivery on the stumps, Mahela flicks it past midwicket

13.2

Tait to Jayawardene, no run, short delivery banged in, a bit misdirected, goes down the leg side, Mahela goes under

13.3

Tait to Jayawardene, no run, the Mahela defence, makes even relative inaction look beautiful, high elbow, the ball thuds into bat and rolls away harmlessly on the off side

13.4

Tait to Jayawardene, 1 run, good bounce again, turned away off the pads towards square leg

Sri Lanka 70/2   DPMD Jayawardene 22* (23b 3x4)

14.1

Johnson to Jayawardene, 1 run, good length outside off stump, Mahela beats the fielder at cover with a gentle push off the front foot

Sri Lanka 71/2   DPMD Jayawardene 23* (24b 3x4)

15.2

Watson to Jayawardene, OUT, Smith has run out Mahela, and that is a massive moment in this match. Mahela pushed the ball towards cover point and set off for the run. He saw Steve Smith, who took that stupendous catch, swooping on the ball and hesitated a fraction. Sangakkara had responded to the run so Mahela decided to go for it. Smith picked up cleanly and let loose a throw that clipped the top of the stumps at the bowler's end. Mahela was several inches short. Sangakkara had also hesitated a touch, and Mahela was looking at the fielder as he ran, which could have reduced his speed. Silence at the Premadasa.

DPMD Jayawardene run out 23 (47m 25b 3x4 0x6) SR: 92.00

Sri Lanka 75/3   DPMD Jayawardene 23 (25b 3x4)

Photos

Mar 5, 2011

Persistent rain in Colombo led to the game being called off after 32.5 overs, Sri Lanka v Australia, Group A, World Cup 2011, Colombo, March 5, 2011

Persistent rain in Colombo led to the game being called off after 32.5 overs

© Manoj Ridimahaliyadda

Mar 5, 2011

Fans take refuge from the rain, Sri Lanka v Australia, Group A, World Cup 2011, Colombo, March 5, 2011

Fans take refuge from the rain

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