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

10.1

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

10.2

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

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   E Chigumbura 1-0-7-0

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

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   E Chigumbura 2-0-10-0

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!

30.4

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.

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   E Chigumbura 3-0-20-0

Photos

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

© Associated Press

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

© AFP

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