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

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

4.3

Price to Tharanga, 1 run, bowled quicker and very flat, he pushes hard at it

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   RW Price 1-0-6-0

6.1

Price to Tharanga, no run, goes a long way outside leg stump, and looks to cut this one away, but hits it to extra cover in the end

6.2

Price to Tharanga, 1 run, gets a thick inside edge that goes towards square leg as he looks to drive through midwicket

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   RW Price 2-0-12-0

8.1

Price to Tharanga, 1 run, this time it's Tharanga's chance to get away, Price is getting them in all sorts of trouble, tharanga got too close to a flighted one, but his lofted shot fell way short of long on

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

8.6

Price to Tharanga, no run, nudged away towards square leg from the crease

Sri Lanka 64/0   RW Price 3-0-17-0

12.1

Price to Tharanga, no run, pushed across the batsman, who cuts it to extra cover

12.2

Price to Tharanga, no run, 78.7 kph flighted slowly through the air, he waited for it to come on and was beaten outside off as he pushed out

12.3

Price to Tharanga, no run, pushed off the back foot to the bowler

12.4

Price to Tharanga, no run, takes a step to the pitch of this one on middle and eases it away to Price

12.5

Price to Tharanga, no run, nice tight stuff from Price, he blocks it away towards midwicket

12.6

Price to Tharanga, no run, cannot get this one on the pads wide of square leg, maiden in the Powerplay, Pricey stuff

Sri Lanka 88/0   RW Price 4-0-17-0

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   RW Price 5-0-18-0

36.1

Price to Tharanga, no run, looks to sweep this one from outside leg, cannot get it past short fine leg

36.2

Price to Tharanga, 1 run, tickled away towards square leg off the pads

36.3

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

36.4

Price to Tharanga, 1 run, fuller on the stumps, driven down to long off

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   RW Price 6-0-22-0

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

38.3

Price to Tharanga, no run, pushed down the track off the front foot, where have the runs disappeared?

38.4

Price to Tharanga, 1 run, gives himself some room outside leg, and drives along the ground to sweeper cover

38.5

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

38.6

Price to Tharanga, 1 run, fuller one, driven down to long off, somehow the scarcity of singles never affects that area

Sri Lanka 226/0   RW Price 7-0-26-0

40.1

Price to Tharanga, FOUR, there is the century for Tharanga, lovely drive to get to it, steps out to a tossed up ball and eases it past mid off, raises his bat in celebration

40.2

Price to Tharanga, FOUR, carved away through the covers against the spin, gave himself some room, and lofted it over the infield

40.3

Price to Tharanga, 1 run, drives this fuller on down the ground

40.4

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

40.5

Price to Tharanga, 1 run, down the track and looks to bash this full toss, but long on is in place

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   RW Price 8-0-37-0

46.1

Price to Jayawardene, FOUR, Mahela makes some room and gets enough on the cut to go past short third man and beat him to the boundary

46.2

Price to Jayawardene, 1 run, fired in outside leg, where Mahela had set himself up, but ended up chipping it in the air towards long on

46.3

Price to Perera, OUT, Perera goes now, he went for a wild slog to a flat delivery that goes straight on, takes the outside edge, and loops high in the air for cover to take a simple catch, Price deserved a wicket

NLTC Perera c Chigumbura b Price 3 (5m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 60.00

46.4

Price to Jayawardene, 1 wide, pushed through quickly a mile down the leg side, Mahela makes no attempt to get to it

46.4

Price to Jayawardene, no run, this one is much closer to leg stump, he does not connect with the sweep

46.5

Price to Jayawardene, 2 runs, good running, as if all those big shots were not enough, flicked through the vacant midwicket region, and they take two by the time deep midwicket gets to it

46.6

Price to Jayawardene, 1 run, 300 comes up for Sri Lanka with three overs to go, Mahela gets it with a sweep to fine leg off a full delivery

Sri Lanka 300/3   RW Price 9-0-46-1

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

© 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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