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

0.6

Mpofu to Dilshan, 1 run, Dilshan looks for the flailing drive through covers, it is too close to off stump, and he closes the face of the bat to hit it away to mid on

Sri Lanka 6/0   TM Dilshan 1* (1b)

1.1

Panyangara to Dilshan, FOUR, skiddy length delivery that angles in to the pads, Dilshan goes through the straight drive with a flick of the wrists, and mid on dives over the ball to let it through

1.2

Panyangara to Dilshan, SIX, hammered, this could be painful for Zimbabwe if they don't sort out Dilshan, who gets one marginally short and latches on to it hungrily, pulling it over deep midwicket into the grass banks

1.3

Panyangara to Dilshan, FOUR, this time he goes full, but provides Dilshan just a hint of width outside off stump, mistake, he latches on to it with that whiplash drive that goes in the huge gap between extra cover and mid off, horror start for Panyangara

1.4

Panyangara to Dilshan, FOUR, more trouble for Zimbabwe, this time Dilshan gets on top of one that bounces outside off stump, cuts hard, and the ball races past point and beats squarish third man who was hardly a few paces from it

1.5

Panyangara to Dilshan, no run, finally some respite for the bowler, Dilshan defends an angled delivery with the straightest of bats in to the off side

1.6

Panyangara to Dilshan, no run, another one blocked in to the off side, still 18 runs off this over

Sri Lanka 24/0   TM Dilshan 19* (7b 3x4 1x6)

2.4

Mpofu to Dilshan, FOUR, whoops, Dilshan is in some mood today, not much wrong with this one, slowish length ball around middle, but Dilshan shuffles a bit and heaves it away with those wrists backward of square leg, and fine leg had no chance

2.5

Mpofu to Dilshan, no run, looks to pull this one away through midwicket, but gets an inside edge on to body pad and close to off stump

2.6

Mpofu to Dilshan, no run, slower one this time, well bowled, he picks it late and defends it down the track

Sri Lanka 33/0   TM Dilshan 23* (10b 4x4 1x6)

3.3

Panyangara to Dilshan, 1 run, again Dilshan latches on to one that is marginally short, doesn't bounce as much as Dilshan expected but he still pulls it away, there is man at deep midwicket now

Sri Lanka 35/0   TM Dilshan 24* (11b 4x4 1x6)

4.1

Price to Dilshan, no run, pushed through flat on middle stump, some turn, he plays it out towards covers

4.2

Price to Dilshan, 1 run, coming slowly on middle stump from a length, he goes back and works it away in front of square leg

4.4

Price to Dilshan, FOUR, Dilshan takes Price on, lovely use of the feet, gets to the pitch and opens up to drive it past short extra cover

4.5

Price to Dilshan, no run, nudged backward of square off the back foot

4.6

Price to Dilshan, no run, thinks about the charge again, but stays in the crease to block this ball coming in with the angle on the leg side

Sri Lanka 41/0   TM Dilshan 29* (16b 5x4 1x6)

5.6

Panyangara to Dilshan, no run, he had set himself up for the slap-drive through extra cover, but it came in off the seam, and he under-edged it close to the stumps, he thought he could at least get a single, but point was quick to get to the ball

Sri Lanka 48/0   TM Dilshan 29* (17b 5x4 1x6)

6.3

Price to Dilshan, no run, has Dilshan charging out again, with one that dipped on the batsman, and he lofts it on the bounce to mid off

6.4

Price to Dilshan, 1 wide, goes down on a knee for the sweep, but the ball is fired wide down the leg side

6.4

Price to Dilshan, FOUR, and again he skips down the track, this time gets nicely to the pitch of the ball, and lifts it over mid off for a boundary

6.5

Price to Dilshan, no run, almost got him this time, Dilshan is in a big hurry, rushes down the track again, but is beaten in flight this time, and squeezes the ball on the off side close to the keeper

6.6

Price to Dilshan, no run, angled down the pads, he looks to pull it away behind square leg, cannot get the timing on the shot

Sri Lanka 54/0   TM Dilshan 33* (21b 6x4 1x6)

7.2

Panyangara to Dilshan, 1 run, Dilshan is living dangerously, gets away again, surprised him with the bouncer, he looked to belatedly hook, but the top edge fell just short of short fine leg, maybe he could have come in a bit faster

Sri Lanka 56/0   TM Dilshan 34* (22b 6x4 1x6)

8.2

Price to Dilshan, FOUR, this is what Dilshan was looking to do earlier, Price fires one in just a bit short and on the pads, he swivels and pulls it over square leg

8.3

Price to Dilshan, no run, Dilshan is in a tearing hurry, comes down the track for that inside out drive through covers, but it goes on the bounce to extra cover

8.4

Price to Dilshan, no run, played away towards midwicket

8.5

Price to Dilshan, 1 leg bye, goes for the sweep now, but short fine leg is placed very fine indeed

Sri Lanka 64/0   TM Dilshan 38* (26b 7x4 1x6)

9.1

Mpofu to Dilshan, 1 run, there is a man at deep midwicket, he will need him often if he bowls long hops like this one, short and sitting up for Dilshan to have a go, he went at it so fast that he got only a single as it flew to deep midwicket

Sri Lanka 65/0   TM Dilshan 39* (27b 7x4 1x6)

10.1

Chigumbura to Dilshan, 1 run, starts with a length ball down the pads, and he shuffles to flick it to fine leg

10.3

Chigumbura to Dilshan, no run, goes a bit fuller and angles it into dilshan's pads, he misses out with the flick and is hit on the pads, comfortably sliding down leg

10.4

Chigumbura to Dilshan, no run, played away in to the leg side close to the wicket

10.5

Chigumbura to Dilshan, FOUR, Zimbabwe are just feeding Sri Lanka with dollies, short and wide, even if Dilshan mistimes the cut, there is no slip, and the outside edge flies fine to the boundary, third man is nowhere close to it

10.6

Chigumbura to Dilshan, 1 run, cracked off the front foot, the man is looking in ominous touch, just a single this time wide of mid off

Sri Lanka 84/0   TM Dilshan 45* (32b 8x4 1x6)

11.1

Utseya to Dilshan, no run, goes for the sweep, hits it straight to short fine leg

11.2

Utseya to Dilshan, 1 run, high full toss, he is surprised and pushes it away to mid off

11.5

Utseya to Dilshan, 1 run, another high full toss, he comes down the track and pushes it away to long on

Sri Lanka 87/0   TM Dilshan 47* (35b 8x4 1x6)

13.1

Utseya to Dilshan, 1 run, flicked away to deep midwicket

13.6

Utseya to Dilshan, 1 run, Utseya fires in a full toss as he sees Dilshan in the mood to leave the crease, he drives it down to long off

Sri Lanka 91/0   TM Dilshan 49* (37b 8x4 1x6)

14.1

Price to Dilshan, no run, goes on straight with the arm, cramps him for room even as he backs away outside leg, hit back to the bowler

14.2

Price to Dilshan, no run, tossed up slowly, played back to the bowler

14.3

Price to Dilshan, no run, defended back to the bowler off the front foot

14.4

Price to Dilshan, no run, goes on the back foot, Price is doing a super job here, he still cannot get it past the bowler

14.5

Price to Dilshan, no run, and again, he is backing away outside leg, and Price fires them in, another one pushed away down the track

14.6

Price to Dilshan, 1 run, bowls it a bit fuller, and Dilshan makes room to drive it to long off, and that will be his half-century, raises his bat to loud cheers

Sri Lanka 92/0   TM Dilshan 50* (43b 8x4 1x6)

15.1

Utseya to Dilshan, FOUR, goes slashing at one that was pushed through very quickly and full, it was turning in on off stump, but Dilshan went flaying at it, and the outside edge was too fast for short third man

15.2

Utseya to Dilshan, no run, blocked with a straight bat down the track

15.3

Utseya to Dilshan, no run, worked away behind square on the leg side

15.4

Utseya to Dilshan, 2 runs, drives inside out wide of long off, and a comfortable couple is taken

15.5

Utseya to Dilshan, no run, steered away to short third man from the crease

15.6

Utseya to Dilshan, 1 run, goes very full, he is ready and hits it down to long on

Sri Lanka 99/0   TM Dilshan 57* (49b 9x4 1x6)

16.1

Cremer to Dilshan, FOUR, wants to turn this away from the batsman, but he flights it way down the leg side, Dilshan happily sweeps it wide of short fine leg, brings the 100 up

16.2

Cremer to Dilshan, 1 run, goes back to one that turns slightly away, and bashes it down to long off

16.6

Cremer to Dilshan, 1 run, another one goers straight on, this time outside off stump, Dilshan goes flailing at it from the crease, but the inside edge goes past the stumps to short fine leg, no justice in the world, if you are Cremer

Sri Lanka 106/0   TM Dilshan 63* (52b 10x4 1x6)

17.1

Utseya to Dilshan, no run, angled in and turning further from wide of the crease, Dilshan misses the sweep

17.2

Utseya to Dilshan, 1 run, short of a length outside off, Dilshan hangs back and cracks it square for a single

17.6

Utseya to Dilshan, 1 run, shortish ball on the off stump line to end the over, Dilshan stays back and steers through point for one more

Sri Lanka 109/0   TM Dilshan 65* (55b 10x4 1x6)

18.1

Cremer to Dilshan, no run, tossed up generously on off and breaking away, driven with the spin into the covers

18.2

Cremer to Dilshan, no run, holds the length back but again gets big away spin, Dilshan waits and pokes it into the covers

18.3

Cremer to Dilshan, no run, good stuff from Cremer, tighter line and lesser turn this time, cramping Dilshan into easing into the covers again

18.4

Cremer to Dilshan, 1 run, flight this time on leg stump, Dilshan chips through midwicket and turns the strike at long last

Sri Lanka 110/0   TM Dilshan 66* (59b 10x4 1x6)

19.2

Utseya to Dilshan, no run, Dilshan leans out to the spin and defends into the off side

19.3

Utseya to Dilshan, 1 run, looped and turning into the pads, Dilshan calmly flicks past midwicket for a single

Sri Lanka 113/0   TM Dilshan 67* (61b 10x4 1x6)

20.3

Cremer to Dilshan, 1 run, Dilshan jumps out, gets close to the flight and drives through midwicket for one

20.5

Cremer to Dilshan, 1 run, short of a length, breaking away and it gets cut through point for one

Sri Lanka 118/0   TM Dilshan 69* (63b 10x4 1x6)

21.1

Lamb to Dilshan, 1 run, turns in from outside off, Dilshan forces against the spin into the covers

21.4

Lamb to Dilshan, 1 run, more turn this time, comes in sharply as Dilshan prepares to cut, and he gets it away for another single

Sri Lanka 124/0   TM Dilshan 71* (65b 10x4 1x6)

22.2

Cremer to Dilshan, 2 runs, Dilshan reaches out to the spin and carves him into the covers for a couple

22.3

Cremer to Dilshan, 1 run, back of a length this time, Dilshan stays back and defends down the track

22.6

Cremer to Dilshan, 1 run, Dilshan leans out to the pitch and drives down the ground for yet another single

Sri Lanka 133/0   TM Dilshan 75* (68b 10x4 1x6)

23.1

Lamb to Dilshan, no run, flighted on the stumps, driven back to the bowler

23.2

Lamb to Dilshan, no run, flatter and on the pads, Dilshan turns it with the angle to midwicket

23.3

Lamb to Dilshan, 1 run, back of a length outside off, Dilshan opens the face and guides backward of point for a single

Sri Lanka 134/0   TM Dilshan 76* (71b 10x4 1x6)

24.3

Cremer to Dilshan, 1 run, turn from leg stump, plays into Dilshan's hands as he drives through mid off for a single

24.5

Cremer to Dilshan, 1 run, short ad turning away sharply, Dilshan hacks through point for one more

Sri Lanka 139/0   TM Dilshan 78* (73b 10x4 1x6)

25.1

Lamb to Dilshan, 2 runs, and now a short ball for Dilshan, who leans back and cuts delicately backward od point. The fielder sweeping on the backward point boundary does really well to prevent four

25.2

Lamb to Dilshan, FOUR, this time, even that fielder can't do much. Dilshan adjusts superbly, waiting that extra instant before playing the cut, to get it fine of that fielder, while also eluding third man.

25.3

Lamb to Dilshan, no run, tossed up this time, Dilshan jumps out to the pitch and drives. He finds covers though.

25.4

Lamb to Dilshan, 1 run, another single, the 150 is up as Dilshan pokes into the covers. The bowling is not posing any challenge at the moment.

25.6

Lamb to Dilshan, 1 run, Dilshan opens the face and dabs another easy single into the cover point area.

Sri Lanka 152/0   TM Dilshan 86* (78b 11x4 1x6)

26.1

Cremer to Dilshan, 1 run, Dilshan skips out and drives with a flick of the wrists through long on for a single

26.4

Cremer to Dilshan, 1 run, drift onto the pads, Dilshan works it to the leg side for a single

26.6

Cremer to Dilshan, no run, leggie breaking away from Dilshan, guided for another single to third man

Sri Lanka 156/0   TM Dilshan 88* (81b 11x4 1x6)

27.4

Lamb to Dilshan, 1 run, short of a length and turning in, Dilshan slaps it into the covers for one more

27.6

Lamb to Dilshan, 1 run, flighted on middle and breaking in, Dilshan drives inside out for another single through extra cover.

Sri Lanka 160/0   TM Dilshan 90* (83b 11x4 1x6)

28.1

Chigumbura to Dilshan, 2 runs, length ball angles into the pads innocuously, and is worked through midwicket for a couple

28.2

Chigumbura to Dilshan, no run, back of a length on off stump, defended from the crease down the pitch

28.3

Chigumbura to Dilshan, no run, similar ball, Dilshan holds his guns and defends again

28.4

Chigumbura to Dilshan, no run, width on offer, Dilshan stays rooted and flails outside the off stump. Can't connect this time.

28.5

Chigumbura to Dilshan, 1 run, just enough width outside off for Dilshan to open the face and steers through cover point for a single

Sri Lanka 163/0   TM Dilshan 93* (88b 11x4 1x6)

29.1

Lamb to Dilshan, no run, Lamb turns this one into the pads and is lucky to escape as Dilshan's sweep finds short fine leg

29.2

Lamb to Dilshan, no run, turning in from back of a length, Dilshan hangs back and defends to the off side

29.3

Lamb to Dilshan, 1 run, full toss on the leg stumop, but too low for the agrucultural swipe. Dilshan bunts to long on for one more

29.6

Lamb to Dilshan, 1 run, short of a length outside off, Dilshan hangs on the crease and dabs towards point for one more single

Sri Lanka 166/0   TM Dilshan 95* (92b 11x4 1x6)

30.1

Chigumbura to Dilshan, no run, short and wide at 128 kph, again lucky that Dilshan can't beat point with his fierce cut shot

30.2

Chigumbura to Dilshan, FOUR, spanked with cruelty. Savage and without any pretence of finesse. That's Dilshan at his visceral best. Over-pitched a foot outside off. The man doesn't get across to the pitch, he just stays put and flays through the line into the covers. 99 now.

30.3

Chigumbura to Dilshan, 1 run, 9th ODI ton for Dilshan and the first in the World Cup. He's pleased as punch, this means a lot to him. Gets a back of length ball, he skips into line and dabs into the covers. Even as he runs, the dressing room stands up as one, while a buzz emanates from the appreciative crowd. He shouts in happiness and throws his arms up. Well played, Dilshan!

30.6

Chigumbura to Dilshan, FOUR, Elton appreciates Dilshan's ton and marks the occasion with a gift - a nothing delivery heading down the leg side. Dilshan swipes it along the way for four more to fine leg

Sri Lanka 176/0   TM Dilshan 104* (96b 13x4 1x6)

31.3

Lamb to Dilshan, 1 run, turning in from outside off, Dilshan drives through mid off for a single

31.5

Lamb to Dilshan, 3 runs, hideous bowling. Full toss on off stump, Dilshan cracks it with that heaved drive of his into the deep. Panyangara runs a mile from deep backward point and uses the boot to save a four

Sri Lanka 182/0   TM Dilshan 108* (98b 13x4 1x6)

32.3

Panyangara to Dilshan, 1 run, back of a length outside off, Dilshan cuts but finds the man in the deep

Sri Lanka 190/0   TM Dilshan 109* (99b 13x4 1x6)

33.1

Utseya to Dilshan, no run, tossed up outside off and coming in, Dilshan drives against the spin to mid off

33.2

Utseya to Dilshan, 2 runs, short ball, turning into the leg side and pulled with ominous timing. Misfield in the deep from Price, doesn't quite help Zimbabwe's cause.

33.3

Utseya to Dilshan, 1 run, another one speared into the pads, Dilshan heaves to Price who fields this time. Dilshan does seem a little knackered, it is hot and humid out there.

Sri Lanka 199/0   TM Dilshan 112* (102b 13x4 1x6)

34.5

Cremer to Dilshan, no run, short ball to Dilshan, he cuts expansively but finds cover point.

34.6

Cremer to Dilshan, 1 run, stays back and drives through midwicket for a single to end the over

Sri Lanka 213/0   TM Dilshan 113* (104b 13x4 1x6)

35.1

Utseya to Dilshan, 2 runs, sharp offie, lands on middle and turns in a mile. No problemo for Dilshan, who moves well to the leg side and carves through the covers for a couple

35.2

Utseya to Dilshan, 1 run, tossed up this time and turning into Dilshan, who winds up and unleashes the slog sweep. Very good work by Panyangara at deep backward square leg to stop the boundary. They only get a single, Dilshan is surely struggling

Sri Lanka 216/0   TM Dilshan 116* (106b 13x4 1x6)

36.3

Price to Dilshan, 1 run, flicked away down to fine leg now

36.5

Price to Dilshan, no run, tosses it up slowly, he gets an inside edge as he pushes forward, Dilshan looks sharply at Price

36.6

Price to Dilshan, 1 run, punched away off the back foot towards sweeper cover

Sri Lanka 221/0   TM Dilshan 118* (109b 13x4 1x6)

37.1

Utseya to Dilshan, no run, goes down on a knee and tries to forcefully sweep this one, but cannot connect cleanly, he is looking tired

37.2

Utseya to Dilshan, no run, quicker one in the blockhole, squeezed out towards point

37.3

Utseya to Dilshan, no run, still no run, this time it is steered to short third man

37.4

Utseya to Dilshan, 1 run, he can't make use of the high full toss, he bashes it away right to deep midwicket

Sri Lanka 222/0   TM Dilshan 119* (113b 13x4 1x6)

38.1

Price to Dilshan, no run, he is really struggling, wants to pull this away, but gets an inside edge close to off stump,. there have been a few of those today

38.2

Price to Dilshan, 1 run, goes for another forcing punch, but mistimes it down the ground to long on

38.5

Price to Dilshan, 1 run, goes on the back foot, and works it away in the air towards deep square leg

Sri Lanka 225/0   TM Dilshan 121* (116b 13x4 1x6)

39.2

Lamb to Dilshan, 1 run, goes outside leg to make room for the turn and squeezes it away towards covers

39.5

Lamb to Dilshan, FOUR, Dilshan finally gets one away, wayward delivery down the pads, and he sweeps in the air over short fine leg

39.6

Lamb to Dilshan, no run, backs away to cut a quicker and flatter one turning in, but short third man pulls off a diving stop

Sri Lanka 233/0   TM Dilshan 126* (119b 14x4 1x6)

40.4

Price to Dilshan, 1 run, Dilshan gets the single down to long off with a drive off a fuller delivery

40.6

Price to Dilshan, no run, misses out on this one, he got down on a knee and slapped it away with good timing but extra cover is on the edge of the circle, and it goes straight to him

Sri Lanka 244/0   TM Dilshan 127* (121b 14x4 1x6)

41.3

Lamb to Dilshan, 1 run, goes for the pull shot, he is struggling to connect them, goes on a couple of bounces to deep midwicket

Sri Lanka 250/0   TM Dilshan 128* (122b 14x4 1x6)

42.1

Mpofu to Dilshan, 2 runs, Dilshan throws everything at the free hit, and gets it over midwicket, but not timed well enough to reach the ropes

42.2

Mpofu to Dilshan, 1 run, goes for one more slog to a length ball, it goes on the bounce to deep midwicket

Sri Lanka 264/0   TM Dilshan 131* (124b 14x4 1x6)

43.3

Utseya to Dilshan, FOUR, Dilshan comes in search of a boundary, and gets it, takes it on the half volley and carves it over extra cover

43.4

Utseya to Dilshan, 1 run, full toss on the leg stump, driven down to long on

43.6

Utseya to Dilshan, 2 runs, misfield at long on allows them to come back for two, it was hammered in the air by Dilshan, and the fielder failed to grab it on the bounce

Sri Lanka 278/0   TM Dilshan 138* (127b 15x4 1x6)

44.3

Mpofu to Dilshan, 1 run, he stands outside off stump with feet a foot apart, and gets a fuller one that he smashes away to deep midwicket

44.5

Mpofu to Dilshan, 1 run, full delivery cracked away with a big swing to deep square leg

Sri Lanka 283/1   TM Dilshan 140* (129b 15x4 1x6)

45.3

Utseya to Dilshan, FOUR, he is placing them alright even at this stage, skips down the track, takes it on the full and opens the face to place it wide of extra cover, sweeper cover, and wide long off

45.4

Utseya to Dilshan, OUT, it's over for Dilshan now, went down the track for another big one, got too close to the ball, and lifted it miles in the air, but it came down somewhere near deep midwicket, and was taken safely, he walks back to thunderous applause, acknowledges it with a swing of his bat

TM Dilshan c Panyangara b Utseya 144 (186m 131b 16x4 1x6) SR: 109.92

Sri Lanka 289/2   TM Dilshan 144 (131b 16x4 1x6)

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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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