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

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   CB Mpofu 1-0-6-0

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

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   CB Mpofu 2-0-15-0

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

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   CB Mpofu 3-0-28-0

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

42.1

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

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   CB Mpofu 4-0-38-0

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

44.3

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

44.4

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

44.5

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

44.6

Mpofu to Perera, 1 run, he is away, pushing a fuller on down the ground to long off

Sri Lanka 284/1   CB Mpofu 5-0-44-1

47.1

Mpofu to Jayawardene, OUT, Mahela goes now, gets outside leg and lifts a fullish slower one right to long on who takes a fine high catch

DPMD Jayawardene c Chakabva b Mpofu 9 (7m 7b 1x4 0x6) SR: 128.57

47.2

Mpofu to Sangakkara, 1 run, 99.3 kph slower one from round the stumps, Sanga wants to swing it over midwicket, it comes slowly off the pitch, and he hits it to deep square leg

47.3

Mpofu to Mathews, 1 wide, 101.6 kph, another slower one, this time he gets it wide down the leg side

47.3

Mpofu to Mathews, OUT, the ball is following Elton all around, and he is not letting it down, Angelo skied it high looking for the slog over midwicket, and Chigumbura took a nice running catch diving forward

AD Mathews c Chigumbura b Mpofu 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

47.4

Mpofu to Sangakkara, 1 wide, with one fine leg up in the circle he bowls a gentle wide ball down the leg side

47.4

Mpofu to Sangakkara, 1 run, yet another slower delivery, he drops it in front of covers for a single

47.5

Mpofu to Silva, FOUR, Silva does what Mahela and Angelo could not, off his first delivery, gets a fuller delivery and lofts it wide of deep midwicket for a boundary

47.6

Mpofu to Silva, OUT, this was coming, one more batsman falls going for the big shot, Chamara wanted to lift this full delivery over deep midwicket again, but could not get it wide of the man this time, hit it straight to him in fact

LPC Silva c Panyangara b Mpofu 4 (2m 2b 1x4 0x6) SR: 200.00

Sri Lanka 308/6   CB Mpofu 6-0-52-4

49.1

Mpofu to Samaraweera, no run, beats him with a slower and wide one outside off stump, he wanted to cut it away

49.2

Mpofu to Samaraweera, 1 run, goes walking across the stumps and down the track, and flicks through midwicket, he does this one well, actually

49.3

Mpofu to Sangakkara, FOUR, wow, that is some nifty work from Sanga, two steps down the track, takes it from miles outside off stump, and swings it with the wrists backward of square leg

49.4

Mpofu to Sangakkara, 1 run, cannot get this one away, only a single this time

49.5

Mpofu to Samaraweera, FOUR, Thilan gets the boundary this time, goes outside off stump, and pulls from there backward of square leg with some supple wrists

49.6

Mpofu to Samaraweera, 1 leg bye, in the blockhole, they go up for an appeal as it strikes the pads, there have been precious few of those, there was one off the first ball of the innings, the umpire was not interested then, he is not interested now, Thilan missed with a swing across the line

Sri Lanka 327/6   CB Mpofu 7-0-62-4

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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