ICC Cricket World Cup, 2010/11 / Commentary

ICC Cricket World Cup - 26th match, Group A

Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe

Sri Lanka won by 139 runs

0.1

Mpofu to Tharanga, no run, and an appeal right away, some movement from the seam, hits Tharanga on the knee roll, umpire says not out, looked to be a bit high, might have been going down leg

0.2

Mpofu to Tharanga, no run, comes forward and eases a fuller one towards mid off

0.3

Mpofu to Tharanga, no run, just around a length and going across Tharanga who comes out and blocks it towards covers

0.4

Mpofu to Tharanga, FOUR, and he is away now, gets one pitched up and slightly wide outside off, Tharanga's zone all the way, gets the foot out and sends it between the gap between cover and point

0.5

Mpofu to Tharanga, 1 run, goes straighter now, on the stumps, Tharanga shuffles and works it wide of midwicket

Sri Lanka 5/0   WU Tharanga 5* (5b 1x4)

2.1

Mpofu to Tharanga, no run, too close to off stump for Tharanga to go for the drive, eases it away to short extra cover

2.2

Mpofu to Tharanga, FOUR, this will help, poor bowling, gentle full delivery way outside off stump, Tharanga loves it there, and reaches out to smash it over covers

2.3

Mpofu to Tharanga, 1 run, goes leg stump now, and Tharanga flicks it away wide of midwicket

Sri Lanka 29/0   WU Tharanga 10* (8b 2x4)

3.1

Panyangara to Tharanga, no run, bounces outside off stump from short of a good length, left alone quietly

3.2

Panyangara to Tharanga, 1 run, better start from Panyangara to the over, fuller now around off and Tharanga drives it without power to mid off

3.4

Panyangara to Tharanga, no run, bit of width outside off stump, he opens the face to guide it to backward point

3.5

Panyangara to Tharanga, no run, good over so far, cramps him for room with one on the stumps, pushed away in to the leg side

3.6

Panyangara to Tharanga, no run, and almost gets Tharanga this time, had him feeling for one that was angled across on off stump, Tharanga brought down an angled bat, and the inside edge rolled away perilously close to the stumps

Sri Lanka 35/0   WU Tharanga 11* (13b 2x4)

4.3

Price to Tharanga, 1 run, bowled quicker and very flat, he pushes hard at it

Sri Lanka 37/0   WU Tharanga 12* (14b 2x4)

5.1

Panyangara to Tharanga, no run, 111.6 slower one, he adjusts the front foot movement to push it away in to covers

5.2

Panyangara to Tharanga, no run, short and wide, but he cannot capitalise as he reaches out to play the cut, the ball kept low, that's why

5.3

Panyangara to Tharanga, 2 runs, steers this one that is not that wide outside off stump, and it goes through gully's hands wide of third man

5.4

Panyangara to Tharanga, FOUR, Tharanga lofts wide of mid on, and Tharanga gets four, friendly length delivery around middle and leg stump, and he goes through with the swing, and mid on's desperate dive was in vain

5.5

Panyangara to Tharanga, 1 run, makes some room outside leg stump now to one that is short of a length, and steers it to third man

Sri Lanka 48/0   WU Tharanga 19* (19b 3x4)

6.1

Price to Tharanga, no run, goes a long way outside leg stump, and looks to cut this one away, but hits it to extra cover in the end

6.2

Price to Tharanga, 1 run, gets a thick inside edge that goes towards square leg as he looks to drive through midwicket

Sri Lanka 49/0   WU Tharanga 20* (21b 3x4)

7.1

Panyangara to Tharanga, 1 run, stays in the crease and pushes a length ball to mid on and brings Dilshan on strike

7.3

Panyangara to Tharanga, no run, driven confidently off the front foot to mid off

7.4

Panyangara to Tharanga, no run, closer to off stump now, blocked away tho short extra cover

7.5

Panyangara to Tharanga, no run, no room for Tharanga to work this one away, he plays it out on the leg side

7.6

Panyangara to Tharanga, 1 wide, goes for the yorker, gets it very full too, but marginally down the pads, they call them wides in limited-overs cricket

7.6

Panyangara to Tharanga, 1 run, slower one now, but it has some width, he steers it down to third man

Sri Lanka 58/0   WU Tharanga 22* (26b 3x4)

8.1

Price to Tharanga, 1 run, this time it's Tharanga's chance to get away, Price is getting them in all sorts of trouble, tharanga got too close to a flighted one, but his lofted shot fell way short of long on

8.6

Price to Tharanga, no run, nudged away towards square leg from the crease

Sri Lanka 64/0   WU Tharanga 23* (28b 3x4)

9.2

Mpofu to Tharanga, FOUR, this time there is no protection for the poor short delivery down the leg side, fine leg is in the circle, and Tharanga flays it high over that man

9.3

Mpofu to Tharanga, no run, better delivery, getting him to defend from the back foot as this one moves away off the seam from around leg stump

9.4

Mpofu to Tharanga, no run, 115.5 kph slower one, and cutting across Tharanga again, who has neither pace nor room to do anything with it, and plonks it down

9.5

Mpofu to Tharanga, FOUR, tharanga likes this angle, he shows that by getting the front foot out and swinging through the line, lovely timing as it flies over mid off

9.6

Mpofu to Tharanga, FOUR, he really loves this angle, even more so if it is ending up down the pads, and pulls it away backward of square leg, Zimbabwe have nowhere to hide at the moment

Sri Lanka 77/0   WU Tharanga 35* (33b 6x4)

10.2

Chigumbura to Tharanga, 1 run, short and coming slowly off the track, he gets away as Tharanga cannot get it wide enough of fine leg with the pull

Sri Lanka 79/0   WU Tharanga 36* (34b 6x4)

11.3

Utseya to Tharanga, no run, bowled slowly through the air, he works it away off the pads to short fine leg

11.4

Utseya to Tharanga, 1 run, much fuller from round the wicket, eased down to long on

11.6

Utseya to Tharanga, 1 run, sees him skip down the pitch, and fires it in to the pads, Tharanga still gets it down to long on with the momentum

Sri Lanka 88/0   WU Tharanga 38* (37b 6x4)

12.1

Price to Tharanga, no run, pushed across the batsman, who cuts it to extra cover

12.2

Price to Tharanga, no run, 78.7 kph flighted slowly through the air, he waited for it to come on and was beaten outside off as he pushed out

12.3

Price to Tharanga, no run, pushed off the back foot to the bowler

12.4

Price to Tharanga, no run, takes a step to the pitch of this one on middle and eases it away to Price

12.5

Price to Tharanga, no run, nice tight stuff from Price, he blocks it away towards midwicket

12.6

Price to Tharanga, no run, cannot get this one on the pads wide of square leg, maiden in the Powerplay, Pricey stuff

Sri Lanka 88/0   WU Tharanga 38* (43b 6x4)

13.2

Utseya to Tharanga, no run, worked away off the hip to midwicket who dives to save a run

13.3

Utseya to Tharanga, no run, fired in and goes on with the angle, flicked backward of square leg

13.4

Utseya to Tharanga, no run, goes for the sweep, cannot beat short fine leg

13.5

Utseya to Tharanga, 1 run, gets the run finally, pushes a fuller one to long on

Sri Lanka 90/0   WU Tharanga 39* (47b 6x4)

16.3

Cremer to Tharanga, no run, better line to the left hander, tossed up and turning in around middle, pushed back to the bowler

16.4

Cremer to Tharanga, no run, slightly short, and he goes back to work it away on the leg side, cannot get it past square leg

16.5

Cremer to Tharanga, 1 run, gets the outside edge now, which one that goes straight on after pitching on leg, he wanted to play it with the turn in front of square leg, it goes away to short third man

Sri Lanka 105/0   WU Tharanga 40* (50b 6x4)

17.3

Utseya to Tharanga, no run, back of a length from round the stumps, Tharanga leans out to defend

17.4

Utseya to Tharanga, no run, some daring flight on leg stump, Tharanga presses forward and guides to midwicket

17.5

Utseya to Tharanga, 1 run, again tossed up slowly on leg stump and straightening, Tharanga works it against the spin through midwicket for one

Sri Lanka 108/0   WU Tharanga 41* (53b 6x4)

18.5

Cremer to Tharanga, no run, Tharanga leans across and nudges off the pads with the spin. Backward square leg stops it

18.6

Cremer to Tharanga, 1 run, flighted on leg stump to end the over, clipped with the turn through midwicket for one more. From mayhem mode to milking mode, Sri Lanka's openers are setting their sights high today.

Sri Lanka 111/0   WU Tharanga 42* (55b 6x4)

19.1

Utseya to Tharanga, 1 run, ample flight on middle stump, Tharanga reaches to the flight and forces it down the ground for one more single

19.4

Utseya to Tharanga, no run, back of a length on the stumps, Tharanga defends down the track

19.5

Utseya to Tharanga, no run, flighted on the pads this time, Tharanga again reaches out to defend down the track

19.6

Utseya to Tharanga, 1 run, width to end the over, Tharanga steers through point for a single

Sri Lanka 114/0   WU Tharanga 44* (59b 6x4)

20.1

Cremer to Tharanga, no run, loopy delivery on middle, Tharanga taps it to midwicket

20.2

Cremer to Tharanga, 1 run, tospinner, landed back of a length, Tharanga hangs back and clips square for a single

20.4

Cremer to Tharanga, 1 run, hmm, Cremer continues to turn the ball prodigiously, Tharanga reaches out to the pitch and drives through mid off for a single

20.6

Cremer to Tharanga, 1 wide, and a wide down the leg side.

20.6

Cremer to Tharanga, 2 runs, googly, but dropped too short to trouble anyone. Tharanga cuts with the spin and gets a single to deep point

Sri Lanka 121/0   WU Tharanga 48* (63b 6x4)

21.2

Lamb to Tharanga, no run, back of a length from round the wicket, Tharanga works it off the back foot to backward square leg

21.3

Lamb to Tharanga, 1 run, short of a length again, Tharanga works it to the leg side for one more

21.5

Lamb to Tharanga, no run, drifts onto the pads, Tharanga flicks but can't get to his 50 yet.

21.6

Lamb to Tharanga, 1 run, now he does. Full delivery on leg stump, punched off the front foot down the ground for one.

Sri Lanka 125/0   WU Tharanga 50* (67b 6x4)

22.1

Cremer to Tharanga, 1 run, looped up on off stump, forced off the back foot for a single

22.4

Cremer to Tharanga, 2 runs, easy runs, easy as they come. Full delivery outside off, Tharanga opens the face as he shapes to cut and picks up a couple more towards deep backward point.

22.5

Cremer to Tharanga, 1 run, short this time, Tharanga happily hangs back and cuts for a single

Sri Lanka 132/0   WU Tharanga 54* (70b 6x4)

23.4

Lamb to Tharanga, no run, on the pads, Tharanga dinks it backward of square leg but can't find the single

23.5

Lamb to Tharanga, no run, tossed up on off stump, Tharanga drives with the spin through mid off

23.6

Lamb to Tharanga, 1 run, short of a length on the pads, worked with the angle for a single through backward square leg

Sri Lanka 135/0   WU Tharanga 55* (73b 6x4)

24.1

Cremer to Tharanga, no run, Tharanga closes the face a little too early as he looks to flick and the leading edge goes to cover.

24.2

Cremer to Tharanga, 1 run, tossed up outside off, Tharanga skips out and drives through mid off for a single

24.4

Cremer to Tharanga, 1 run, flatter on the pads, Tharanga nudges square and they steal another singles. They are stealing more singles here than a cheap Indipop band does from Western composers.

24.6

Cremer to Tharanga, FOUR, another short shocker, Tharanga gladly cashes in, rocking back and thumping it emphatically in front of square.

Sri Lanka 143/0   WU Tharanga 61* (77b 7x4)

25.5

Lamb to Tharanga, 1 run, tossed up on the pads, Tharanga works it to long on and ambles along somnolently for an easy single

Sri Lanka 151/0   WU Tharanga 62* (78b 7x4)

26.2

Cremer to Tharanga, no run, slow loopy delivery outside off, Tharanga leans out and defends to the off side

26.3

Cremer to Tharanga, 1 run, tossed up this time, Tharanga covers the line with his stride across and sweeps to backward square leg for one

26.5

Cremer to Tharanga, 1 run, flighted on the pads, driven down the ground for one more single

Sri Lanka 156/0   WU Tharanga 64* (81b 7x4)

27.1

Lamb to Tharanga, no run, slides down the leg side, Tharanga misses the sweep but probably got some pad on it, en route Taibu's gloves.

27.2

Lamb to Tharanga, no run, tossed up on off, Tharanga reaches forward and defends

27.3

Lamb to Tharanga, 1 run, over-pitched on leg stump, Tharanga drives down the ground for a single

27.5

Lamb to Tharanga, 1 run, loopy non-descript ball on the toes, Tharanga drives for another single to long on

Sri Lanka 159/0   WU Tharanga 66* (85b 7x4)

28.6

Chigumbura to Tharanga, no run, Tharanga fishes outside off for a dlivery angled across him and misses the steer to third man

Sri Lanka 163/0   WU Tharanga 66* (86b 7x4)

29.4

Lamb to Tharanga, no run, on Tharanga's pads, very full and he can't flick through midwicket for a single

29.5

Lamb to Tharanga, 1 run, eases into the covers with the spin for a single.

Sri Lanka 165/0   WU Tharanga 67* (88b 7x4)

30.4

Chigumbura to Tharanga, no run, short of a length on off stump, Tharanga stays on the crease and defends to the off side. He's slowed down, but there's enough time for a 100 for him as well.

30.5

Chigumbura to Tharanga, 1 run, aha, Elton nearly gets one through him. Tharanga looks to steer from very close to the stumps and gets an inside edge past the stumps.

Sri Lanka 172/0   WU Tharanga 68* (90b 7x4)

31.1

Lamb to Tharanga, no run, back of a length, Tharanga stays on the crease and defends

31.2

Lamb to Tharanga, 1 run, tossed up on off, Tharanga leans out to the pitch and lofts past wide mid off for a single

31.4

Lamb to Tharanga, 1 run, Tharanga backs away to the leg side, looking for the off side loft, and plays softly for a single to the deep

31.6

Lamb to Tharanga, 1 wide, quicker ball, looks to cramp Tharanga as he backs away, but it slips too wide down the leg side

31.6

Lamb to Tharanga, 1 run, on the leg stump to end the over, driven down to long on for a single

Sri Lanka 184/0   WU Tharanga 71* (94b 7x4)

32.1

Panyangara to Tharanga, FOUR, Panyangara - keeps getting atacked everytime he bowls. If I remember right, this happened when he played New Zealand too. First ball of a new spell, over-pitched at a friendly length on leg stump, and Tharanga lofts cleanly over mid-on for four

32.2

Panyangara to Tharanga, 1 run, fullish again, Tharanga opens the off side and drives fluently to deep extra cover for a single

32.4

Panyangara to Tharanga, no run, back of a length outside off, Tharanga stays back on the crease and guides backward of point.

32.5

Panyangara to Tharanga, 2 runs, this time he gets it away, waiting for the ball to get beside him before playing the cut, getting it backward of point. A big effort at the deep keeps him down to two

32.6

Panyangara to Tharanga, FOUR, that's Tharanga's shot of the day. Short ball coming in and cramping him for room, Tharanga was not taken by surprise, even as he arrested his forward motion and slapped with a lovely sleight of the wrists. In the air, safely into the gap and nearly six through square leg

Sri Lanka 196/0   WU Tharanga 82* (99b 9x4)

33.4

Utseya to Tharanga, no run, Tharanga opens the face and dabs with the spin towards point

33.5

Utseya to Tharanga, 1 wide, 200 for SL, comes with a wide as Utseya pushes one down the leg side.

33.5

Utseya to Tharanga, FOUR, while Dilshan is savaging them, Tharanga is doing it with a little more dignity. Fired on a length around off stump, Tharanga just stands back, uses the pace of the ball and steers it through backward point. Third man is inside the circle, and had no hopes of stopping it.

33.6

Utseya to Tharanga, 1 run, short ball again, Tharanga pulls hard to the deep for a single. Many red shirts patrolling the leg-side boundary, and just as well.

Sri Lanka 205/0   WU Tharanga 87* (102b 10x4)

34.1

Cremer to Tharanga, no run, turning from middle and leg down the leg side, Tharanga dabs with the spin but finds short fine leg

34.2

Cremer to Tharanga, FOUR, oho boy. Tharanga is playing some idyllic late-afternoon glides that almost seem a throwback to an era of more non-violent batting. Short ball from Cremer, he doesn't go back and thwack it, he just eases it along with the pace of the ball, backward of point.

34.3

Cremer to Tharanga, 2 byes, too much turn, Tharanga misses the heaved drive, Taibu can't collect and it is away for two byes

34.4

Cremer to Tharanga, 1 run, now he gets the single, driving solidly down the ground for one

Sri Lanka 212/0   WU Tharanga 92* (106b 11x4)

35.3

Utseya to Tharanga, no run, tossed up on middle and off, Tharanga drives back to the bowler

35.4

Utseya to Tharanga, no run, again, flighted on off stump, Tharanga plays calmly back to the bowler

35.5

Utseya to Tharanga, no run, huh? Forward defensive? Didn't expect to see that.

35.6

Utseya to Tharanga, 1 run, tossed up to end the over, Tharanga drives into the covers to retain strike. Before that, the players will have a glug of drinks.

Sri Lanka 217/0   WU Tharanga 93* (110b 11x4)

36.1

Price to Tharanga, no run, looks to sweep this one from outside leg, cannot get it past short fine leg

36.2

Price to Tharanga, 1 run, tickled away towards square leg off the pads

36.4

Price to Tharanga, 1 run, fuller on the stumps, driven down to long off

Sri Lanka 220/0   WU Tharanga 95* (113b 11x4)

37.5

Utseya to Tharanga, no run, one more dot ball, it was wide outside off and turning away, but he cannot get the steer past short third man

37.6

Utseya to Tharanga, no run, good over from Utseya, gets him to push it back down the track

Sri Lanka 222/0   WU Tharanga 95* (115b 11x4)

38.3

Price to Tharanga, no run, pushed down the track off the front foot, where have the runs disappeared?

38.4

Price to Tharanga, 1 run, gives himself some room outside leg, and drives along the ground to sweeper cover

38.6

Price to Tharanga, 1 run, fuller one, driven down to long off, somehow the scarcity of singles never affects that area

Sri Lanka 226/0   WU Tharanga 97* (118b 11x4)

39.1

Lamb to Tharanga, 1 run, fuller one played with the turn to, long off, again

39.3

Lamb to Tharanga, no run, comes forward and pushes in the air towards midwicket, they run a few steps for the single, but retreat sooner

39.4

Lamb to Tharanga, 1 run, worked away off the pads to square leg, moves to 99

Sri Lanka 229/0   WU Tharanga 99* (121b 11x4)

40.1

Price to Tharanga, FOUR, there is the century for Tharanga, lovely drive to get to it, steps out to a tossed up ball and eases it past mid off, raises his bat in celebration

40.2

Price to Tharanga, FOUR, carved away through the covers against the spin, gave himself some room, and lofted it over the infield

40.3

Price to Tharanga, 1 run, drives this fuller on down the ground

40.5

Price to Tharanga, 1 run, down the track and looks to bash this full toss, but long on is in place

Sri Lanka 244/0   WU Tharanga 109* (125b 13x4)

41.1

Lamb to Tharanga, FOUR, Tharanga backs away and throws his bat at one turning away, but the thick edge goes wide of short third man, Price dived over the ball as well

41.2

Lamb to Tharanga, 1 run, the inside out lofted shot over extra cover, connects well but cannot beat the man at sweeper cover

41.4

Lamb to Tharanga, FOUR, tharanga is hitting some lovely lofted shots over the off-side infield, this one was a full toss on off stump, and he stepped outside leg to get the connection over a leaping extra cover

41.5

Lamb to Tharanga, FOUR, and again, this is clean efficient hitting, makes a lot of room outside leg stump, and though the bowler tried to follow him, Tharanga had enough momentum to lift the full ball over cover

41.6

Lamb to Tharanga, 1 leg bye, this time he stays put, and goes for the sweep to this one outside leg stump, but it rolls away fine

Sri Lanka 259/0   WU Tharanga 122* (130b 16x4)

42.1

Mpofu to Tharanga, (no ball) 1 run, and starts off with a no-ball, Tharanga tries to life it over midwicket, but one hand comes off the bat, it is picked up at deep square leg

42.3

Mpofu to Tharanga, FOUR, more woes for Zimbabwe, he backs away outside leg and looks to carve it through extra cover, gets an outside edge that flies past the keeper

42.4

Mpofu to Tharanga, no run, well bowled slower delivery at 114 kph. he made room outside leg, but could no get the ball past cover

42.5

Mpofu to Tharanga, no run, he just pushes this full delivery from outside leg stump, and it flies off the blade, too bad it went to extra cover

42.6

Mpofu to Tharanga, 1 run, Zimbabwe are covering up the bowling with their fielding, Tharanga creams another full ball wide of extra cover, who dives to his left to stop a certain boundary

Sri Lanka 269/0   WU Tharanga 128* (135b 17x4)

43.1

Utseya to Tharanga, no run, whoa, Tharanga hits the ball twice, once to dig out a fuller one, and then to stop it from rolling on to the stumps

43.2

Utseya to Tharanga, 1 run, driven wide of long off for a single

43.5

Utseya to Tharanga, 1 run, slowly tossed up around off stump, steered to short third man

Sri Lanka 276/0   WU Tharanga 130* (138b 17x4)

44.1

Mpofu to Tharanga, 2 runs, looks for the carve over extra cover with a skip down the track, the bat turns in his hand and he mistimes it over midwicket

44.2

Mpofu to Tharanga, 1 run, slower one leads to more mistiming, this time lofted down to long on

44.4

Mpofu to Tharanga, OUT, falls just short of the world record for the highest opening partnership of 286, came down the track for another lofted one over extra cover, for once, it did not come off cleanly, went high in the air more than anything else, and was taken cleanly way inside the boundary, do Zimbabwe have some respite? Not

WU Tharanga c Chigumbura b Mpofu 133 (182m 141b 17x4 0x6) SR: 94.32

Sri Lanka 282/1   WU Tharanga 133 (141b 17x4)

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Mar 10, 2011

Tillakaratne Dilshan celebrates his fourth wicket, Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe, Group A, World Cup, Pallekele, March 10, 2011

Tillakaratne Dilshan celebrates his fourth wicket

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Mar 10, 2011

Mahela Jayawardene drops a catch to deny Tillakaratne Dilshan a hat-trick, Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe, Group A, World Cup, Pallekele, March 10, 2011

Mahela Jayawardene drops a catch to deny Tillakaratne Dilshan a hat-trick

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