ICC Cricket World Cup, 2010/11 / Commentary

ICC Cricket World Cup - 20th match, Group A

Sri Lanka v Australia

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5.1

Watson to Sangakkara, 1 run, the friendlier pace is to the batsman's liking, he can get the front foot out, and guides it wide of point

5.2

Watson to Tharanga, 1 run, fuller from Watto, and he is coming on to the front foot and driving it wide of mid off, what a difference a few yards of pace make

5.3

Watson to Sangakkara, FOUR, shot! Sanga has had enough of being pegged on the back foot, comes forward and stylishly slams this full delivery in the tiniest of gaps past cover

5.4

Watson to Sangakkara, no run, whoa, pushes this one and takes off at the same time, Watson got to the ball, and Sanga had to go back hastily

5.5

Watson to Sangakkara, no run, goes for another carve through covers but checks the shot at the last moment, short cover and short extra cover are playing on his mind

5.6

Watson to Sangakkara, no run, length ball pushed down the ground to mid off

Sri Lanka 29/1   SR Watson 1-0-6-0

7.1

Watson to Sangakkara, no run, played down the ground to mid off

7.2

Watson to Sangakkara, 2 runs, flicked off the pads to fine leg

7.3

Watson to Sangakkara, no run, Sanga caught in two minds, if not more, went across and in the end pushed outside the line of one going across him, was he looking to run it to third man, was he looking to leave it, survives nevertheless

7.4

Watson to Sangakkara, FOUR, Watsone gets the outside edge, but it flies through a vacant slip cordon and wide of third man to the boundary, it was a length ball going across Sanga and he went for the drive off the front foot

7.5

Watson to Sangakkara, no run, played away on the off side

7.6

Watson to Sangakkara, no run, in the channel outside off stump, now he leaves with a flourish

Sri Lanka 42/2   SR Watson 2-0-12-0

9.1

Watson to Sangakkara, 1 run, length ball on middle, Sanga goes forward and turns it to midwicket who lets it slip away

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   SR Watson 3-0-19-0

15.1

Watson to Sangakkara, 1 run, good length, angling across the left-hander. Sangakkara dabs the ball towards third man

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

15.3

Watson to Sangakkara, no run, played on the leg side

15.4

Watson to Sangakkara, no run, Sangakkara stays in his crease and blocks

15.5

Watson to Sangakkara, no run, played towards cover

15.6

Watson to Sangakkara, 1 run, Sangakkara moves a touch towards the off and cuts towards third man

Sri Lanka 76/3   SR Watson 4-0-21-0

17.1

Watson to Samaraweera, 1 run, short of a length angling into the right-hander, tucked off the body towards long leg

17.2

Watson to Sangakkara, 1 run, good length outside off, dabbed towards third man from the crease

17.3

Watson to Samaraweera, no run, played off the back foot towards cover

17.4

Watson to Samaraweera, no run, Watson nips the ball from a good length outside off into the right-hander, cramping Samaraweera for room

17.5

Watson to Samaraweera, no run, Watson unleashes the bouncer, but it's a slower one. Samaraweera played the pull too early and didn't make contact

17.6

Watson to Samaraweera, 1 run, short of a length delivery angling into the rib cage, Samaraweera moves across and plays it behind square

Sri Lanka 81/3   SR Watson 5-0-24-0

19.1

Watson to Samaraweera, 1 run, that's a fine yorker and Samaraweera does well to dig it out through square leg

19.2

Watson to Sangakkara, no run, Sanga tries to use the width outside off to cut towards third man but gets beaten. Haddin completes a sharp take.

19.3

Watson to Sangakkara, no run, good length delivery from over the wicket, angling across the left-hander. Sangakkara defends from off stump towards cover

19.4

Watson to Sangakkara, 1 run, a touch shorter and Sangakkara cuts off the back foot towards deep point. They were going back for the second when Samaraweera slipped and had to turn back and scramble

19.5

Watson to Samaraweera, 1 run, tucked off the hips towards square leg

19.6

Watson to Sangakkara, 1 run, full ball outside off stump, driven off the front foot towards long off

Sri Lanka 87/3   SR Watson 6-0-28-0

21.1

Watson to Sangakkara, no run, played from the crease towards mid off, tight line and length from Watson

21.2

Watson to Sangakkara, no run, a good length delivery pitching in line with the stumps and angling just outside off, Sangakkara stays in his crease and blocks

21.3

Watson to Sangakkara, no run, identical ball to the previous one, Sangakkara tries to dab it behind point but doesn't find the gap

21.4

Watson to Sangakkara, 1 run, a bit straighter from Watson and Sangakkara nudges it behind square and takes the single to reach fifty. The Premadasa crowd gives him a huge cheer. They want him to score a century. He hasn't scored one since 2008.

21.5

Watson to Samaraweera, no run, an appeal from Watson as Samaraweera strides forward and gets hit on the front pad by a good length delivery that nips into the right-hander. Did it strike the pad just outside off? It did, just about. Australia's review against the not-out decision is unsuccessful.

21.6

Watson to Samaraweera, no run, Watson pitches the ball on a good length outside off and nips it back into Samaraweera, who stays in his crease and defends this time

Sri Lanka 97/3   SR Watson 7-0-29-0

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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