ICC Cricket World Cup, 26th Match, Group A: Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe at Pallekele, Mar 10, 2011
ICC Cricket World Cup - 26th match, Group A
Sri Lanka won by 139 runs
10 March 2011 - day/night match (50-over match)
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

16.3

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

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   AG Cremer 1-0-7-0
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

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   AG Cremer 2-0-9-0
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

20.3

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

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

20.5

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

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   AG Cremer 3-0-16-0
22.1

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

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

22.4

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

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   AG Cremer 4-0-24-0
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

24.3

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

24.4

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.

24.5

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

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   AG Cremer 5-0-32-0
26.1

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

26.2

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

26.4

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

26.5

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

26.6

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

Sri Lanka 156/0   AG Cremer 6-0-36-0
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

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   AG Cremer 7-0-42-0
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