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

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

11.3

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

11.5

Utseya to Dilshan, 1 run, another high full toss, he comes down the track and pushes it away 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   P Utseya 1-0-4-0

13.1

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

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

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   P Utseya 2-0-7-0

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   P Utseya 3-0-14-0

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

17.3

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

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   P Utseya 4-0-17-0

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

19.2

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

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   P Utseya 5-0-20-0

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.

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   P Utseya 6-0-29-0

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

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   P Utseya 7-0-33-0

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

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   P Utseya 8-0-34-0

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

43.3

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

43.5

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

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   P Utseya 9-0-43-0

45.1

Utseya to Perera, no run, cut away off the back foot

45.2

Utseya to Perera, 1 run, tosses this outside leg stump, he hustles it down to long on

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

45.5

Utseya to Perera, 1 run, makes room and looks for the slog down the ground, but gets an inside edge in front of square leg

45.6

Utseya to Jayawardene, 1 run, going straight on wide outside off stump, Mahela goes back and plays the loveliest of cut shots that goes to sweeper cover

Sri Lanka 291/2   P Utseya 10-0-50-1

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

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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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