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)

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

Sri Lanka 4/0   WU Tharanga 4* (4b 1x4)   CB Mpofu 0.4-0-4-0

Panyangara to Dilshan, FOUR, skiddy length delivery that angles in to the pads, Dilshan goes through the straight drive with a flick of the wrists, and mid on dives over the ball to let it through

Sri Lanka 10/0   TM Dilshan 5* (2b 1x4)   T Panyangara 0.1-0-4-0

Panyangara to Dilshan, FOUR, this time he goes full, but provides Dilshan just a hint of width outside off stump, mistake, he latches on to it with that whiplash drive that goes in the huge gap between extra cover and mid off, horror start for Panyangara

Sri Lanka 20/0   TM Dilshan 15* (4b 2x4 1x6)   T Panyangara 0.3-0-14-0

Panyangara to Dilshan, FOUR, more trouble for Zimbabwe, this time Dilshan gets on top of one that bounces outside off stump, cuts hard, and the ball races past point and beats squarish third man who was hardly a few paces from it

Sri Lanka 24/0   TM Dilshan 19* (5b 3x4 1x6)   T Panyangara 0.4-0-18-0

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

Sri Lanka 28/0   WU Tharanga 9* (7b 2x4)   CB Mpofu 1.2-0-10-0

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

Sri Lanka 33/0   TM Dilshan 23* (8b 4x4 1x6)   CB Mpofu 1.4-0-15-0

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

Sri Lanka 41/0   TM Dilshan 29* (14b 5x4 1x6)   RW Price 0.4-0-6-0

Panyangara to Tharanga, FOUR, Tharanga lofts wide of mid on, and Tharanga gets four, friendly length delivery around middle and leg stump, and he goes through with the swing, and mid on's desperate dive was in vain

Sri Lanka 47/0   WU Tharanga 18* (18b 3x4)   T Panyangara 2.4-0-26-0

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

Sri Lanka 54/0   TM Dilshan 33* (19b 6x4 1x6)   RW Price 1.4-0-12-0

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

Sri Lanka 63/0   TM Dilshan 38* (23b 7x4 1x6)   RW Price 2.2-0-17-0

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

Sri Lanka 69/0   WU Tharanga 27* (29b 4x4)   CB Mpofu 2.2-0-20-0

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

Sri Lanka 73/0   WU Tharanga 31* (32b 5x4)   CB Mpofu 2.5-0-24-0

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   WU Tharanga 35* (33b 6x4)   CB Mpofu 3-0-28-0

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

Sri Lanka 83/0   TM Dilshan 44* (31b 8x4 1x6)   E Chigumbura 0.5-0-6-0

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

Sri Lanka 96/0   TM Dilshan 54* (44b 9x4 1x6)   P Utseya 2.1-0-11-0

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

Sri Lanka 103/0   TM Dilshan 61* (50b 10x4 1x6)   AG Cremer 0.1-0-4-0

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   WU Tharanga 61* (77b 7x4)   AG Cremer 5-0-32-0

Lamb to Dilshan, FOUR, this time, even that fielder can't do much. Dilshan adjusts superbly, waiting that extra instant before playing the cut, to get it fine of that fielder, while also eluding third man.

Sri Lanka 149/0   TM Dilshan 84* (75b 11x4 1x6)   GA Lamb 2.2-0-12-0

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.

Sri Lanka 170/0   TM Dilshan 99* (94b 12x4 1x6)   E Chigumbura 2.2-0-14-0

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   TM Dilshan 104* (96b 13x4 1x6)   E Chigumbura 3-0-20-0

Panyangara to Tharanga, FOUR, Panyangara - keeps getting atacked everytime he bowls. If I remember right, this happened when he played New Zealand too. First ball of a new spell, over-pitched at a friendly length on leg stump, and Tharanga lofts cleanly over mid-on for four

Sri Lanka 188/0   WU Tharanga 75* (95b 8x4)   T Panyangara 4.1-0-35-0

Panyangara to Tharanga, FOUR, that's Tharanga's shot of the day. Short ball coming in and cramping him for room, Tharanga was not taken by surprise, even as he arrested his forward motion and slapped with a lovely sleight of the wrists. In the air, safely into the gap and nearly six through square leg

Sri Lanka 196/0   WU Tharanga 82* (99b 9x4)   T Panyangara 5-0-43-0

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.

Sri Lanka 204/0   WU Tharanga 86* (101b 10x4)   P Utseya 5.5-0-28-0

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.

Sri Lanka 209/0   WU Tharanga 91* (104b 11x4)   AG Cremer 6.2-0-40-0

Lamb to Dilshan, FOUR, Dilshan finally gets one away, wayward delivery down the pads, and he sweeps in the air over short fine leg

Sri Lanka 233/0   TM Dilshan 126* (118b 14x4 1x6)   GA Lamb 6.5-0-37-0

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

Sri Lanka 237/0   WU Tharanga 103* (122b 12x4)   RW Price 7.1-0-30-0

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

Sri Lanka 241/0   WU Tharanga 107* (123b 13x4)   RW Price 7.2-0-34-0

Lamb to Tharanga, FOUR, Tharanga backs away and throws his bat at one turning away, but the thick edge goes wide of short third man, Price dived over the ball as well

Sri Lanka 248/0   WU Tharanga 113* (126b 14x4)   GA Lamb 7.1-0-41-0

Lamb to Tharanga, FOUR, tharanga is hitting some lovely lofted shots over the off-side infield, this one was a full toss on off stump, and he stepped outside leg to get the connection over a leaping extra cover

Sri Lanka 254/0   WU Tharanga 118* (128b 15x4)   GA Lamb 7.4-0-47-0

Lamb to Tharanga, FOUR, and again, this is clean efficient hitting, makes a lot of room outside leg stump, and though the bowler tried to follow him, Tharanga had enough momentum to lift the full ball over cover

Sri Lanka 258/0   WU Tharanga 122* (129b 16x4)   GA Lamb 7.5-0-51-0

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

Sri Lanka 268/0   WU Tharanga 127* (132b 17x4)   CB Mpofu 3.3-0-37-0

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

Sri Lanka 274/0   TM Dilshan 135* (125b 15x4 1x6)   P Utseya 8.3-0-39-0

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

Sri Lanka 289/1   TM Dilshan 144* (130b 16x4 1x6)   P Utseya 9.3-0-48-0

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

Sri Lanka 295/2   DPMD Jayawardene 5* (2b 1x4)   RW Price 8.1-0-41-0

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

Sri Lanka 308/5   LPC Silva 4* (1b 1x4)   CB Mpofu 5.5-0-52-3

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

Sri Lanka 321/6   KC Sangakkara 10* (6b 1x4)   CB Mpofu 6.3-0-57-4

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

Sri Lanka 326/6   TT Samaraweera 8* (6b 1x4)   CB Mpofu 6.5-0-62-4





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