ICC Cricket World Cup, 2010/11 / Commentary

ICC Cricket World Cup - 20th match, Group A

Sri Lanka v Australia

No result

1.1

Tait to Dilshan, FOUR, immediately troubles Dilshan with extra pace and bounce, he went for his favourite slap-punch through the off side, got an outside edge that flew wide of second slip, and beat third man as well

1.2

Tait to Dilshan, no run, throws the bait at Dilshan with a full and swinging delivery outside off stump, Dilshan knows only one way to deal with baits, he takes them on gleefully, but the away movement beats his airy attempted drive

1.3

Tait to Dilshan, no run, down the pads now off a full length, he misses out on the flick, that should have been put away

1.4

Tait to Dilshan, OUT, Tait has won this short but searing battle, Dilshan was on the crease, maybe expecting a bouncer, it was that bait again, moving away from a length outside off, Dilshan threw everything at it, and the edge flew at a comfortable height to White at second slip, Tait is pumped up, really is

TM Dilshan c White b Tait 4 (7m 4b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

1.5

Tait to Sangakkara, 1 run, full and coming in to the batsman, Sanga goes tentatively half forward and gets it towards midwicket to get off strike, wise move

1.6

Tait to Tharanga, no run, 149.5 kph ripper that thuds into Tharanga's defensive bat and rolls away without harm on the off side, this is super stuff from Tait

Sri Lanka 7/1   SW Tait 1-0-5-1

3.1

Tait to Sangakkara, 1 run, stands in the crease as this short of a length ball comes off lazily off the pitch, and punches it wide of mid off

3.2

Tait to Tharanga, no run, bowls the bouncer, tharanga thinks it can be carved over point, but was late on the shot

3.3

Tait to Tharanga, no run, another bouncer, higher this time, 147.2 kph, tharanga goes underneath it hurriedly

3.4

Tait to Tharanga, 1 run, they steal a single as Tharanga drops this one in front of point

3.5

Tait to Sangakkara, 1 run, Sanga wanted to send this length ball through cover, he bent the knee and went for the drive, but got an inside edge that flew past the stumps to fine leg

3.6

Tait to Tharanga, no run, right on the money is Tait, length ball on the stumps, Tharanga blocks resolutely

Sri Lanka 22/1   SW Tait 2-0-8-1

11.1

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

11.2

Tait to Sangakkara, no run, 144.8 kph bouncer that makes Sanga go underneath it, it dies on its way to the keeper

11.3

Tait to Sangakkara, 1 run, back of a length just outside off stump, and he stays in the crease to push it past cover

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   SW Tait 3-0-14-1

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

13.5

Tait to Sangakkara, no run, bangs it in short of a length, not a very good idea on this wicket, he defends easily

13.6

Tait to Sangakkara, no run, waits for this one to come on outside off stump and guides it to point

Sri Lanka 70/2   SW Tait 4-0-17-1

28.1

Tait to Samaraweera, no run, good length ball but a touch wide outside off, Samaraweera plays the ball towards point

28.2

Tait to Samaraweera, 1 run, the yorker but Samaraweera is up for it and digs it out on the off side for a quick single

28.3

Tait to Sangakkara, no run, good length, angling into Sangakkara from round the wicket. Defended on the back foot towards the bowler with a straight bat

28.4

Tait to Sangakkara, 1 run, Tait strays on to the pads and Sangakkara glances the ball towards long leg

28.5

Tait to Samaraweera, FOUR, this time he strays on to Samaraweera's pads and the batsman closes the face so late to nudge the ball past Haddin towards the boundary

28.6

Tait to Samaraweera, no run, better line, around off stump, Samaraweera defends on the back foot towards the off side

Sri Lanka 124/3   SW Tait 5-0-23-1

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

© AFP

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