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

The man with the blonde locks, the slingy arm and the mean yorker has the ball. Taylor faces. Two slips.

Right, all set for the chase. Just enough time to check out our Bracket Predictor game.

Saugat: "England made exactly the same score against Ireland and everyone thought they'd win easily. They say 'Hisory repeats itself'" Aha!

0.1

Malinga to Taylor, no run, ominous start, fast and furious and swinging away from well outside off. Taylor leaves.

0.2

Malinga to Taylor, 1 bye, voila, he's already getting it to swing like crazy. 141 kph, lands just outside off and Taylor misses as he feels away from the body. So does Sanga as it snakes away.

0.3

Malinga to Chakabva, 1 wide, this one slips down the leg side for a wide.

0.3

Malinga to Chakabva, no run, Chakabva can't see it. Full away swinger on the stumps, he looks to flick and somehow gets a leading edge into the covers. Clueless.

0.4

Malinga to Chakabva, 1 run, back of a length this time and finally a run off the bat. Regis Registers his first run, defending to the leg side

0.5

Malinga to Taylor, FOUR, full toss on the pads as Malinga loses his radar, Taylor is good enough to wait for it and clip it neatly backward of square. Zimbabwe have hit their first four.

0.6

Malinga to Taylor, no run, confident shot, 143 kph away swinger outside off, Taylor gets close to the line and drives on the up, but finds cover this time.

End of over 1 (7 runs) Zimbabwe 7/0 (321 runs required from 49 overs, RR: 7.00, RRR: 6.55)
BRM Taylor    4* (4b 1x4)      SL Malinga    1-0-6-0
RW Chakabva    1* (2b)     

Kula has the new ball for the second over.

1.1

Kulasekara to Chakabva, 2 runs, begins with one that tails into the pads and it is worked off the pads for a couple

1.2

Kulasekara to Chakabva, no run, he's getting the inducker going here. Chakabva covers the line and defends this time

1.3

Kulasekara to Chakabva, 1 run, back of a length outside off, Chakabva steers with an opened face, backward of point for one

1.4

Kulasekara to Taylor, no run, lovely delivery, huge lbw appeal, turned down and not reviewed. Another huge inducker from Kula, curves in off his arm and comes into Taylor who has the tendency to play around the pads a bit. He was doing just that today, and seemed to be struck in front of middle. Would that have hit leg? Replays awaited. Ah, they are in, and it was missing leg. Good decision not to review it.

1.5

Kulasekara to Taylor, 2 runs, again Kula gets it to come into Taylor, who this time waits and turns the wrists at the same time. A couple to midwicket

1.6

Kulasekara to Taylor, 2 runs, an overthrow to end the over., Taylor pushes outside the line to another in-coming ball and plays it to the leg side. Needless throw gives an extra run

End of over 2 (7 runs) Zimbabwe 14/0 (314 runs required from 48 overs, RR: 7.00, RRR: 6.54)
BRM Taylor    8* (7b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    1-0-7-0
RW Chakabva    4* (5b)      SL Malinga    1-0-6-0

2.1

Malinga to Chakabva, no run, back of a length outside off, Chakabva dabs it through point for one

2.2

Malinga to Chakabva, no run, fastish away-swinger, Malinga and Kula complement each other so well. Chakava leaves this time

2.3

Malinga to Chakabva, no run, pacy away-swinger, this time at 142 kph, Chakabva leaves. Extra bounce too for Malinga, but it dies on the way to Sanga

2.4

Malinga to Chakabva, no run, closer to the stumps this time, Chakabva jumps into line and defends into the covers

2.5

Malinga to Chakabva, 5 wides, sprayed. Malinga again sends one well down the leg side for five wides. Sanga had no chance of collecting that one

2.5

Malinga to Chakabva, no run, back to normal service, back of a length and darting away as Chakabva leaves

2.6

Malinga to Chakabva, 1 run, here comes the yorker, on middle stump but not at his normal pace. Chakabva manages to bunt it wide of mid on for one

End of over 3 (6 runs) Zimbabwe 20/0 (308 runs required from 47 overs, RR: 6.66, RRR: 6.55)
RW Chakabva    5* (11b)      SL Malinga    2-0-12-0
BRM Taylor    8* (7b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    1-0-7-0

Adnan: "Taylor+Full Toss+Four Seems A Match Winning Formula :)"

Some way to go.

3.1

Kulasekara to Chakabva, no run, whoa, Kulasekara is getting the ball to do magic here. Another one comes out of his hand wide of the crease, decides to swerve in like a deranged drunk around halfway down the pitch, and Chakabva's attempt to cut ends in very ungainly fashion. Misses the inside edge, and nearly hits the off stump

3.2

Kulasekara to Chakabva, no run, back of a length this time, Chakabva is conscious to cover the line and defends to the leg side

3.3

Kulasekara to Chakabva, 3 runs, timing from Chakabva. Shades of Taibu as he stands solidly next to the line and punches crisply through point for three runs.

3.4

Kulasekara to Taylor, 1 leg bye, Taylor again plonks the pad in a very dangerous spot as Kula swerves it into middle stump. He manages to get a leg bye to short fine leg

3.5

Kulasekara to Chakabva, no run, back of a length on off stump, Chakabva reaches out and defends

3.6

Kulasekara to Chakabva, no run, ends the over with one that holds it line outside off, Chakabva lets it go

End of over 4 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 24/0 (304 runs required from 46 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 6.60)
RW Chakabva    8* (16b)      KMDN Kulasekara    2-0-10-0
BRM Taylor    8* (8b 1x4)      SL Malinga    2-0-12-0

4.1

Malinga to Taylor, 1 wide, Malinga all over the shop. Another wide that landed nearly outside the pitch outside off.

4.1

Malinga to Taylor, 1 run, aha, escape for both batsmen. Length ball on off stump, Taylor is into the drive early and nearly chips it back. If Malinga had held it, Taylor would have been gone. If he'd touched it, Chakabva would have been gone. He was well out of the crease when the ball crashed into off stump at the bowler's end.

4.2

Malinga to Chakabva, 1 run, nicely done, Chakabva stays on the crease and taps a back of length ball to the leg side for one

4.3

Malinga to Taylor, FOUR, Taylor threads the gap in the covers - lives up to his name really. And what timing. Length ball on off stump, Taylor just pushes it after getting half forward. Lovely stroke.

4.4

Malinga to Taylor, no run, Ohho! Malinga responds with a spirited ball on off stump that jumps up off a length and hits the splice as Taylor plays forward. The bat is broken! The handle-blade joint is cracked. He wants a new one, understandably.

4.5

Malinga to Taylor, FOUR, get the Pepsi folks to get in touch with Taylor. A shot needs patenting here. 'The perpendicular cut' is how we define it. It is an upper dab of sorts, but there is no room outside off. In fact, it is a short ball on off stump, Taylor just stays stable, waits for it to reach him and then opens the face of the bat to steer it straight over the keeper's head. Lovely to watch. He played it against NZ too, inexplicably, over fine leg.

4.6

Malinga to Taylor, 1 run, he's using Malinga's pace here, waiting for the ball to burst through and then dabbing backward of square

End of over 5 (12 runs) Zimbabwe 36/0 (292 runs required from 45 overs, RR: 7.20, RRR: 6.48)
BRM Taylor    18* (13b 3x4)      SL Malinga    3-0-24-0
RW Chakabva    9* (17b)      KMDN Kulasekara    2-0-10-0

5.1

Kulasekara to Taylor, 1 run, backfoot for Malinga, front foot for Kula. Taylor leans out and taps into the covers for another single

5.2

Kulasekara to Chakabva, no run, short of a length and well wide outside off. Chakabva misses the cut.

5.3

Kulasekara to Chakabva, no run, slow legcutter, Chakabva is on the front foot as he defends

5.4

Kulasekara to Chakabva, no run, terrific from Kula. He's bowled inswingers all day, and now sends out another legcutter that nips away, making Chakabva look ordinary as he pokes at it. It was too good for his edge.

5.5

Kulasekara to Chakabva, no run, back of a length again, Chakabva watches closely and covers the line to defend

5.6

Kulasekara to Chakabva, no run, holy moly, how did that miss the stumps? Kula sends in another humongous inswinger, Chakabva is not even close to being in the same zip code as someone who might pick it. He pokes away, expecting an away swinger this time, and gets the inner edge that goes straight down and bounces over the middle and leg stump.

End of over 6 (1 run) Zimbabwe 37/0 (291 runs required from 44 overs, RR: 6.16, RRR: 6.61)
RW Chakabva    9* (22b)      KMDN Kulasekara    3-0-11-0
BRM Taylor    19* (14b 3x4)      SL Malinga    3-0-24-0

Perera comes on. Ragged start from Malinga.

6.1

Perera to Taylor, 2 runs, Taylor chugs along, short ball outside off and he's cut it away backward of point for a couple

Slip and short cover in place.

6.2

Perera to Taylor, no run, closer to good length, Taylor lunges out to defend with an opened face into the off side

6.3

Perera to Taylor, 1 run, again, back of driving length, Taylor waits and punches on the up into the covers for a single

6.4

Perera to Chakabva, no run, good lengths these, and a hint of away movement now for Perera. Chakabva opens the face and defends from the crease towards point

6.5

Perera to Chakabva, no run, through him with pace and bounce. 136 kph, and that touch of away seam again. Chakabva plays down the wrong line, not for the first time tonight.

6.6

Perera to Chakabva, 1 run, single to end the over, Chakabva drops to the leg side and speeds away

End of over 7 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 41/0 (287 runs required from 43 overs, RR: 5.85, RRR: 6.67)
RW Chakabva    10* (25b)      NLTC Perera    1-0-4-0
BRM Taylor    22* (17b 3x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    3-0-11-0

Note sure how this is relevant, but here goes. Faisal: "Looks like Chewbacca is set "in a galaxy far, far away"

7.1

Kulasekara to Chakabva, no run, back of a length outside off, played into the off saide with an opened face. Chakabva needs to rotate the strike better.

7.2

Kulasekara to Chakabva, no run, fuller length, Chakabva reaches out defensively and plays to the off side again

7.3

Kulasekara to Chakabva, no run, he now walks down the track, but Kula is not giving him anything to drive. Pushed to the off side with the full face of the bat. And then he quickly gets back into his crease.

7.4

Kulasekara to Chakabva, no run, Kula delivers another one of 'em yo-yo indippers, Chakabva manages to get bat on it and defend to the leg side, which is an accomplishment in itself.

7.5

Kulasekara to Chakabva, 1 run, again looks to force through the off side, and again plays down the wrong line. Ends up getting a thin outside edge to third man for a single

7.6

Kulasekara to Taylor, no run, length ball to end the over, Taylor guides it straight to cover off the front foot

Nick Moult: "Perpendicular Cut? "Perpendicular" means the same thing as "square" ie: 90 degrees. Maybe you mean the parallel cut?"

Perpendicular since, if the leg umpire follows the trajectory of the ball, he'll see it going perpendicular to the ground. Almost.

End of over 8 (1 run) Zimbabwe 42/0 (286 runs required from 42 overs, RR: 5.25, RRR: 6.80)
BRM Taylor    22* (18b 3x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    4-0-12-0
RW Chakabva    11* (30b)      NLTC Perera    1-0-4-0

8.1

Perera to Chakabva, 1 run, short of a length outside Chakabva's off stump, and this time he turns the strike over

8.2

Perera to Taylor, 1 run, fuller length, Taylor looks for the forced cover drive but plays it straight into the turf. A late decision for a single, almost ended up in a run out. The throw from mid off missed though.

8.3

Perera to Chakabva, no run, play and a miss. Short ball outside off, it was there to be spanked and Chakabva missed.

8.4

Perera to Chakabva, no run, width again, Chakabva looks to punch square but again finds point

8.5

Perera to Chakabva, no run, tight stuff this from Perera, Chakabva is reduced into playing the forward defensive again. This is taking Zim no where.

8.6

Perera to Chakabva, FOUR, So far, a forgettable evening for Malinga. He's let the pressure off with a rather shoddy performance at third man. Short ball outside Chakabva's off stump, he goes for the cut and gets it away to third man. Malinga moves across lazily, never looked like covering it, and let it slip through.

End of over 9 (6 runs) Zimbabwe 48/0 (280 runs required from 41 overs, RR: 5.33, RRR: 6.82)
RW Chakabva    16* (35b 1x4)      NLTC Perera    2-0-10-0
BRM Taylor    23* (19b 3x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    4-0-12-0

9.1

Kulasekara to Taylor, FOUR, Zim reach 50 in style. Taylor takes two steps down, gets close to the pitch and then just bulldozes the length ball on the up and straight back over Kula's head. Couple of bounces and four

9.2

Kulasekara to Taylor, no run, slowish delivery, 128 kph cutter that comes off slowly, and Taylor defends to the off side

9.3

Kulasekara to Taylor, no run, short of a length again, Taylor presses forward to cover the line and plays with an opened face through backward point

9.4

Kulasekara to Taylor, FOUR, well, well, Zimbabwe don't think this is over. Tay;lor sure doesn't. This is top improvisation, he again takes just two steps out and more importantly, across. Kula's inward angle means it ends up in the hitting area and he just thumps it cleanly across the line through midwicket.

9.5

Kulasekara to Taylor, 1 run, and now the stolen single, Taylor walks into another length ball, plays it between the bowler and mid-off and scurries through

9.6

Kulasekara to Chakabva, no run, Chakabva ends the over with a dour defensive shot down the track.

End of over 10 (9 runs) Zimbabwe 57/0 (271 runs required from 40 overs, RR: 5.70, RRR: 6.77)
RW Chakabva    16* (36b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    5-0-21-0
BRM Taylor    32* (24b 5x4)      NLTC Perera    2-0-10-0

Bowling Powerplay taken immediately. I wonder why the hurry.

10.1

Perera to Taylor, 1 run, short of a length on off, Taylor mistimes the push to the leg side and takes advantage of that to take another single.

Shamshir: "Happy to see good positive start from Zimbabwe. At least they are not 30 for 3 in first 10 as usual. Hope they provide some competition here"

10.2

Perera to Chakabva, 1 run, well done Chakabva, quietly takes a single to turn the strike over. Full delivery angling in, he drops it to the leg side and gets one.

10.3

Perera to Taylor, no run, full away-swinger outside off, Taylor sets himself up and swats the cover drive emphatically. Plays this one straight to cover though.

10.4

Perera to Taylor, no run, back of a length and angling into Taylor who gets too far across and is hit on the box as he looks to work it to the leg side.

10.5

Perera to Taylor, SIX, that's not the reaction you expect from someone who's been hit in the box! Taylor is seeing them early and hitting them with a vengeance today. He again shimmies across to middle and off, gets well enough inside the line to unfurl an imperious swat-pull over deep midwicket. Call your friends, this chase is on.

10.6

Perera to Taylor, FOUR, oh boy, another delightful stroke. Taylor is all over Sri Lanka at the moment. If your name is Taylor, come across to Pallekele. Brendan skips to off stump, gets a back of a length ball and cracks it straight down the ground for four more

End of over 11 (12 runs) Zimbabwe 69/0 (259 runs required from 39 overs, RR: 6.27, RRR: 6.64)
BRM Taylor    43* (29b 6x4 1x6)      NLTC Perera    3-0-22-0
RW Chakabva    17* (37b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    5-0-21-0

11.1

Kulasekara to Chakabva, no run, indipper from Kula, Chakabva manages to get the front foot out of the way and defend to the off side

11.2

Kulasekara to Chakabva, 1 run, a single now, over to Taylor. Hangs back on off stump and steers backward of point for another single

11.3

Kulasekara to Taylor, no run, This may be the end of Taylor, as Sri Lanka review an lbw appeal that was turned down. Height can be Taylor's only saviour. As always Kula gets the indipper to come in, Taylor tries to get across and shovel it to the leg side. It's hit him well over the pad, though Taylor was crouching as he played it, and replays say it was only clipping the bails. The review corroborates Umpire Erasmus' call.

11.4

Kulasekara to Taylor, no run, yorker to follow up that delivery. Taylor just defends calmly back down the track

11.5

Kulasekara to Taylor, no run, length ball on off, Taylor looks to ease into the drive but finds cover

11.6

Kulasekara to Taylor, 1 run, he keeps strike at the end of an interesting over, Perera gets it to angle into the pads and he flicks square for a single

Neel: "Anyone remembers the 1992 world cup epic between srilanka and Zimbabwe. Both teams scored over 300. Are we going to get a repeat of that"

End of over 12 (2 runs) Zimbabwe 71/0 (257 runs required from 38 overs, RR: 5.91, RRR: 6.76)
BRM Taylor    44* (33b 6x4 1x6)      KMDN Kulasekara    6-0-23-0
RW Chakabva    18* (39b 1x4)      NLTC Perera    3-0-22-0

12.1

Perera to Taylor, FOUR, that's the Taylor version of the Helicopter shot. It is a rolling flick of the wrists, where the bat speed is so good that the bat swing finishes over his head and heading further backwards. The ball, menawhile, has flown away through wide mid on.

12.2

Perera to Taylor, no run, the big offcutter now, Taylor is on middle and off as he gropes to defend. Good comeback

12.3

Perera to Taylor, no run, another one nips into Taylor, he gets an inside edge onto the pads as he defends

12.4

Perera to Taylor, 1 run, bad, bad night for Malinga. He's got a piece of his mind from Perera after dropping a swirler at third man. Short of a length on off, Taylor is too early on the shovel-hoick to the leg side, and gets a leading edge. Malinga runs too far in and then has to backtrack as he realises the ball is going to land in between him and the ropes. He can't get into a good position and the ball slips through and lands inside the rope. Wake up, Sri Lanka!

12.5

Perera to Chakabva, no run, Chakabva defends another indipper into the off side

12.6

Perera to Chakabva, no run, in line with off stump to end the over, defended into the off side

End of over 13 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 76/0 (252 runs required from 37 overs, RR: 5.84, RRR: 6.81)
RW Chakabva    18* (41b 1x4)      NLTC Perera    4-0-27-0
BRM Taylor    49* (37b 7x4 1x6)      KMDN Kulasekara    6-0-23-0

13.1

Kulasekara to Taylor, no run, Taylor gets a length ball on off stump and defends sedately

13.2

Kulasekara to Taylor, 1 run, Taylor has 50 in no time. A smattering of cheers from a mostly subdued crowd. This game is not over. Length ball on middle and off, quietly pushed to mid on or a single. He needs to carry on. This line-up begins with Taylor and ends with Taibu.

13.3

Kulasekara to Chakabva, 1 run, Chakabva steers a single to third man, stays beside the line and opens the face to dab to third man

13.4

Kulasekara to Taylor, FOUR, shades of Kallis as Taylor unfurls a wholesome cover drive. Slower ball, comes off well and lands on a fuller length, but Taylor picks it, waits and then essays the smoothest of drives into the covers. The placement was perfect too, and the high elbow finish was a treat to watch.

13.5

Kulasekara to Taylor, 2 runs, on the pads and Taylor keeps rolling, with a well timed flick once again to Malinga, who once again is slow onto the ball. Two more runs to the cause.

13.6

Kulasekara to Taylor, 1 run, another huge inswinger, and not for the first time today, Taylor is troubled by that particular ball as he plays across the line. Hmm, not reviewed this time. Height and movement could have been going in his favour.

End of over 14 (9 runs) Zimbabwe 85/0 (243 runs required from 36 overs, RR: 6.07, RRR: 6.75)
BRM Taylor    57* (42b 8x4 1x6)      KMDN Kulasekara    7-0-32-0
RW Chakabva    19* (42b 1x4)      NLTC Perera    4-0-27-0

Malinga comes back with an evening to redeem.

14.1

Malinga to Taylor, no run, slow offcutter to start off, lands on off and nips in, Taylor defends

14.2

Malinga to Taylor, no run, another slower one, comes off so gingerly off the hand and kisses the surface, so it doesn't bounce much at all. Taylor was early on the poke and missed it altogether.

14.3

Malinga to Taylor, 1 run, this one comes in with the angle and Taylor works it to the leg side for one

14.4

Malinga to Chakabva, 1 wide, wasted bouncer, slides down the leg side and was too high. Called a wide, could have been called on two counts.

14.4

Malinga to Chakabva, no run, length ball on middle and leg, defended cautiously off the front foot

14.5

Malinga to Chakabva, 1 run, aha, the rub of the green has seen Malinga, has applied the brakes, taken an u-turn and is heading the other way for now. Slow offcutter, Chakabva was really early on the chip shot and ended up scooping it, somehow safely, just over midwicket

14.6

Malinga to Taylor, no run, fuller length ball outside off, Taylor opens the face and defends backward of point

End of over 15 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 88/0 (240 runs required from 35 overs, RR: 5.86, RRR: 6.85)
BRM Taylor    58* (46b 8x4 1x6)      SL Malinga    4-0-27-0
RW Chakabva    20* (44b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    7-0-32-0

The legend comes on, for the last time in front of his home crowd. Go Murali! Round the wicket with a slip.

15.1

Muralitharan to Chakabva, no run, pacy delivery outside off, defended off the back foot as it breaks in

15.2

Muralitharan to Chakabva, no run, fuller length and closer to off, Chakabva covers the line and defends down the track

15.3

Muralitharan to Chakabva, 1 leg bye, huge appeal for lbw, turned down and not reviewed. Murali possibly landed this outside leg and almost surely it was turning down the leg side. A leg bye is taken. Aha, if this was refered it would have been out! It landed on leg and was hitting leg.

15.4

Muralitharan to Taylor, 1 run, Taylor hands back and dabs a single to backward square leg

15.5

Muralitharan to Chakabva, FOUR, Surprise, surprise. Chakabva has a boundary. Poor ball from Murali, tossed up well outside off, allowing Chakabva to lay into the cut and place it fine enough to beat the sweeper

15.6

Muralitharan to Chakabva, 1 run, better line, closer to off stump but Chakabva pushes into the covers for another single

End of over 16 (7 runs) Zimbabwe 95/0 (233 runs required from 34 overs, RR: 5.93, RRR: 6.85)
RW Chakabva    25* (49b 2x4)      M Muralitharan    1-0-6-0
BRM Taylor    59* (47b 8x4 1x6)      SL Malinga    4-0-27-0

Angelo comes on.

16.1

Mathews to Chakabva, no run, length ball on off stump, nothing much off the track, defended to the off side

16.2

Mathews to Chakabva, 2 runs, back of a length outside off, Chakabva places the ball perfectly - he plays it straight to Malinga and they scurry a couple before the throw comes in from third man

16.3

Mathews to Chakabva, no run, back of a length slower ball on off stump, Chakabva defends with the deviation to the leg side

16.4

Mathews to Chakabva, FOUR, Chakabva is rolling away now. Zimbabwe are 101 for 0. Pinch yourself. Ouch! Short and wide outside off, Chakabva sets up a stable position on leg stump and cracks a super cut for four. Waited, waited and ensured he did not over hit it.

16.5

Mathews to Chakabva, 1 run, and now a single, length ball, dropped into the off side and over to Taylor.

16.6

Mathews to Taylor, 1 run, Taylor keeps strike, rides the bounce on off stump and dabs to third man for a single

Right it is drinks. An upset might be on the cards here. Over to Abhishek for the commentary, while I head across to the chat module.

End of over 17 (8 runs) Zimbabwe 103/0 (225 runs required from 33 overs, RR: 6.05, RRR: 6.81)
BRM Taylor    60* (48b 8x4 1x6)      AD Mathews    1-0-8-0
RW Chakabva    32* (54b 3x4)      M Muralitharan    1-0-6-0

Thanks, Nitin. Howmuchever one roots for the underdog, no way anyone could have seen this coming. 103 for 0 in 17 overs. Super awesome. Pankaj: "Its official now.... this day belongs to openers."

17.1

Muralitharan to Taylor, no run, gets forward to turn a loopy delivery towards midwicket

17.2

Muralitharan to Taylor, no run, goes straight on across the batsman, who comes out and defends

17.3

Muralitharan to Taylor, 1 run, sweeps a fuller delivery to fine leg

17.4

Muralitharan to Chakabva, 1 run, gets back to cut this one away wide of deep point

17.5

Muralitharan to Taylor, 1 run, goes straight on leg stump, he works it backward of square leg

goes over the wicket now

17.6

Muralitharan to Chakabva, no run, looks to sweep from a foot outside off stump, and is hit on the back leg by the spinning off break

End of over 18 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 106/0 (222 runs required from 32 overs, RR: 5.88, RRR: 6.93)
RW Chakabva    33* (56b 3x4)      M Muralitharan    2-0-9-0
BRM Taylor    62* (52b 8x4 1x6)      AD Mathews    1-0-8-0

Vardhaman: "Is it only me or anybody else thinks that ZIM should take their batting powerplay immediately..."

18.1

Mathews to Taylor, no run, brings out the front foot and pushed this one away towards extra cover

18.2

Mathews to Taylor, 1 run, now he brings the front foot across outside off stump, and pushes in front of pad to turn this backward of square leg

18.3

Mathews to Chakabva, 1 run, steers a ball very close to the body, gets it away to third man

18.4

Mathews to Taylor, 1 run, works a length ball with the angle to deep midwicket

18.5

Mathews to Chakabva, 1 run, cuts back in on leg stump, turned away towards deep midwicket

18.6

Mathews to Taylor, 1 run, gets a full one on the pads, and chips in the air to deep midwicket, it's the time for singles, and they are being milked

End of over 19 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 111/0 (217 runs required from 31 overs, RR: 5.84, RRR: 7.00)
BRM Taylor    65* (56b 8x4 1x6)      AD Mathews    2-0-13-0
RW Chakabva    35* (58b 3x4)      M Muralitharan    2-0-9-0

19.1

Muralitharan to Taylor, FOUR, shot! he has picked a flat one from wide outside off stump, got down on a knee and swept in front of square leg, beats the man on the boundary by a long way

19.2

Muralitharan to Taylor, 1 run, now he opens up and eases a full one on the stumps to long off

19.3

Muralitharan to Chakabva, no run, turning in sharply around off, he pushes forward in defence

19.4

Muralitharan to Chakabva, no run, Regis tries to do a Taylor, goes sweeping from outside off stump, but it goes off the inside edge fine on the leg side

19.5

Muralitharan to Chakabva, OUT, Murali works his magic, the doosra gets Chakabva, almost the perfect delivery, tossed up and pitched around off stump on a length, drew the batsman forward, and just moved past his forward push to hit off stump, that will do, Sri Lanka have the breakthrough, after ages

RW Chakabva b Muralitharan 35 (83m 61b 3x4 0x6) SR: 57.37

Taibu in at No 3

19.6

Muralitharan to Taibu, no run, flighted outside off stump, makes him come forward as he looks to smother the turn, there isn't any, another one goes straight on, lovely delivery

End of over 20 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 116/1 (212 runs required from 30 overs, RR: 5.80, RRR: 7.06)
T Taibu    0* (1b)      M Muralitharan    3-0-14-1
BRM Taylor    70* (58b 9x4 1x6)      AD Mathews    2-0-13-0

20.1

Perera to Taylor, no run, played out to midwicket off the back foot

20.2

Perera to Taylor, no run, digs in the bouncer, Taylor thought about the vertical cut over the keeper's head, but could not connect, Sri Lanka were interested for some time about the possibility of an edge, there did not seem to be any

20.3

Perera to Taylor, 2 runs, worked away off the hips wide of fine leg

20.4

Perera to Taylor, 1 run, goes meeting this one outside off with a confident push, and gets it past point

20.5

Perera to Taibu, 1 run, short of a length outside off, steered to third man

20.6

Perera to Taylor, no run, another one back of a length around off stump, no room to work it away, blocked with a dead bat

End of over 21 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 120/1 (208 runs required from 29 overs, RR: 5.71, RRR: 7.17)
BRM Taylor    73* (63b 9x4 1x6)      NLTC Perera    5-0-31-0
T Taibu    1* (2b)      M Muralitharan    3-0-14-1

21.1

Muralitharan to Taibu, 1 run, Taibu was going to play the reverse sweep, no matter what, and gets it off the middle of the bat to third man

21.2

Muralitharan to Taylor, 1 run, the conventional one from Taylor this time, down to fine leg

21.3

Muralitharan to Taibu, 1 run, Mahela the seer, predicted that Taibu would reverse sweep, and started to go wide at slip, and he was right, Taibu played the shot, and Mahela was there to stop it

21.4

Muralitharan to Taylor, no run, the doosra again, they are not picking it, not even Taylor, beaten on the forward push outside off

21.5

Muralitharan to Taylor, 1 run, the sweep works just fine for Taylor, gets it down to fine leg

21.6

Muralitharan to Taibu, 1 run, another reverse sweep, the third time on the trot, and he connects pretty decently too

End of over 22 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 125/1 (203 runs required from 28 overs, RR: 5.68, RRR: 7.25)
T Taibu    4* (5b)      M Muralitharan    4-0-19-1
BRM Taylor    75* (66b 9x4 1x6)      NLTC Perera    5-0-31-0

22.1

Mathews to Taibu, OUT, Kumar Sangakkara, what a catch, superlative, he was initially moving to the leg side as this one was angled in to the batsman, it straightened around middle stump, Taibu had no chance with it, he edged it, and the ball was dying to the right of Sanga, who stopped his movement in the opposite direction, and went diving to take it inches from the ground

T Taibu c †Sangakkara b Mathews 4 (8m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

Prosper Utseya is the new man in, slip in place, it is Mahela

22.2

Mathews to Utseya, no run, blocked off the front foot, it was a length ball around off

22.3

Mathews to Utseya, no run, goes across the stumps, and works this one away towards midwicket

22.4

Mathews to Utseya, 1 run, another confident forward defensive push, it is blocked so firmly it goes past extra cover, and Utseya even thought about a second for a moment

22.5

Mathews to Taylor, 1 run, stays in the crease and flicks it away to deep midwicket

22.6

Mathews to Utseya, no run, defended solidly off the back foot, he is meeting them with the meat of the blade

End of over 23 (2 runs) Zimbabwe 127/2 (201 runs required from 27 overs, RR: 5.52, RRR: 7.44)
P Utseya    1* (4b)      AD Mathews    3-0-15-1
BRM Taylor    76* (67b 9x4 1x6)      M Muralitharan    4-0-19-1

23.1

Muralitharan to Taylor, no run, floated up way outside off and turns in, he plays it back to the bowler from the crease

23.2

Muralitharan to Taylor, 1 run, bowls it much fuller and around middle, he goes for the paddle sweep, but Chamara at short fine leg goes diving to his right to save a certain four

23.3

Muralitharan to Utseya, 1 run, pushed in front of cover for a single

23.4

Muralitharan to Taylor, 2 runs, he is happy to sweep everything that is marginally fuller, Thisara running in at fine leg concedes an extra run with some sloppy work

23.5

Muralitharan to Taylor, 1 run, eased away down the ground to long on

23.6

Muralitharan to Utseya, no run, slowly flighted, dips and turns in around middle, he gets an inside edge to short fine as he defends, and they are wise enough to not attempt the single

End of over 24 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 132/2 (196 runs required from 26 overs, RR: 5.50, RRR: 7.53)
P Utseya    2* (6b)      M Muralitharan    5-0-24-1
BRM Taylor    80* (71b 9x4 1x6)      AD Mathews    3-0-15-1

Angelo is back

24.1

Mathews to Taylor, OUT, and strikes right away, it is the big fish, it was the slower one, the angle and the fuller length lured Taylor into going for the lofted shot over midwicket, but he ended up hitting it straight to the man in the end, Taylor is disgusted with his shot as he walks back

BRM Taylor c Jayawardene b Mathews 80 (101m 72b 9x4 1x6) SR: 111.11

Ervine is the new man in, wide slip in place

24.2

Mathews to Ervine, no run, angles it across the left-hander, and he decides to leave it from a length, that was not far from off stump

24.3

Mathews to Ervine, no run, driven forcefully to short extra cover off the front foot

24.4

Mathews to Ervine, FOUR, the periscope shot, it was the bouncer, but didn't get that high, Ervine went down on it, but forgot to take the bat down with him, and the ball hit the back part of the bat and went flying fine on the leg side

24.5

Mathews to Ervine, no run, Chamara pulls off a good save on the off side, it was driven off the front foot

24.6

Mathews to Ervine, 1 run, steered away to third man from the crease

End of over 25 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 137/3 (191 runs required from 25 overs, RR: 5.48, RRR: 7.64)
CR Ervine    5* (5b 1x4)      AD Mathews    4-0-20-2
P Utseya    2* (6b)      M Muralitharan    5-0-24-1

25.1

Muralitharan to Ervine, no run, flighted from round the stumps, defended down the track

25.2

Muralitharan to Ervine, 1 run, ends up on leg stump, and he sweeps to fine leg

Ankit: "Well, that has to be game, set, and match!! Well played though, Taylor!"

25.3

Muralitharan to Utseya, 1 run, goes across the batsman outside off stump, thick edge goes to third man

25.4

Muralitharan to Ervine, no run, loud appeal from Sanga, polite question from Murali, neither moves umpire Erasmus, seemed to be struck outside off as he pushed outside the line of the ball

25.5

Muralitharan to Ervine, 1 run, driven down the ground to long off

25.6

Muralitharan to Utseya, no run, pushed through quicker and across the right hander, he is beaten as he pokes at it from the crease

End of over 26 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 140/3 (188 runs required from 24 overs, RR: 5.38, RRR: 7.83)
P Utseya    3* (8b)      M Muralitharan    6-0-27-1
CR Ervine    7* (9b 1x4)      AD Mathews    4-0-20-2

26.1

Mathews to Ervine, 1 run, the front foot was a long way across the stumps, but he brought down the bat in time to work the length ball through midwicket

26.2

Mathews to Utseya, no run, punched away to mid off, off the back foot to a short of a length ball

26.3

Mathews to Utseya, 1 run, gets some width outside off stump and steers it to squarish third man

26.4

Mathews to Ervine, 2 runs, drives a fuller one down the ground, closed the face of the blade and it went past the diving bowler, mid off gives chase

26.5

Mathews to Ervine, FOUR, that will help Zimbabwe, went hard at one angled wide outside off stump, and the thick edge flew wide of third man who went through the motions of trying to get to it

26.6

Mathews to Ervine, 1 run, punched away off the back foot to sweeper cover

End of over 27 (9 runs) Zimbabwe 149/3 (179 runs required from 23 overs, RR: 5.51, RRR: 7.78)
CR Ervine    15* (13b 2x4)      AD Mathews    5-0-29-2
P Utseya    4* (10b)      M Muralitharan    6-0-27-1

saan: "This is the best time to bring in Malinga.. He can zip thru the middler order with scorching yorkers.. Secondly, he's my fantasy captain too.." Dilshan comes one

27.1

Dilshan to Ervine, no run, from round the stumps, and gets it on middle, blocked down the track

27.2

Dilshan to Ervine, 1 run, eased away to the left of the bowler, midwicket comes running in, but does not pick it cleanly and they get the single in the end

27.3

Dilshan to Utseya, OUT, Sanga appeared to have messed the stumping, Dilshan managed to draw Utseya out of the crease, and then got it to go straight on past the bat, Sanga fluffed the take, somehow the ball managed to deflect on to the stumps, and the off bail was dislodged before Utseya got back, as the replays confirm after a confident Sanga appealed

P Utseya st †Sangakkara b Dilshan 4 (21m 11b 0x4 0x6) SR: 36.36

Elton Chigumbura is in now

27.4

Dilshan to Chigumbura, no run, pushes forward confidently in to the off side

a slip is in place

27.5

Dilshan to Chigumbura, 2 runs, and Dilshan gets the outside edge as Elton goes pushing away from the body, but the ball goes wide of slip

27.6

Dilshan to Chigumbura, no run, punched off the back foot down the track

End of over 28 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 152/4 (176 runs required from 22 overs, RR: 5.42, RRR: 8.00)
E Chigumbura    2* (3b)      TM Dilshan    1-0-3-1
CR Ervine    16* (15b 2x4)      AD Mathews    5-0-29-2

Malinga is back

28.1

Malinga to Ervine, no run, goes for the yorker right away, it ends up as a high full toss outside off stump, and moves away late in the air to beat the batsman's flail

28.2

Malinga to Ervine, no run, 129.3 kph, gets the yorker almost in place, pitches very full, but not in the blockhole that allows him to dig it out

28.3

Malinga to Ervine, no run, he is targetting the stumps every ball, this time he comes out and turns it away to mid on

28.4

Malinga to Ervine, no run, gets it further up now, and outside off stump, that late movement again, as he misses out on the drive

28.5

Malinga to Ervine, 1 run, brings down an angled bat at it at a full one that again tails away late, and squeezes it out to third man

28.6

Malinga to Chigumbura, 1 wide, fired full and wide down the leg side

28.6

Malinga to Chigumbura, 1 run, not getting it right again, but just about there, just short of the blockhole, this will test Zimbabwe, he turns it wide of mid on

End of over 29 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 155/4 (173 runs required from 21 overs, RR: 5.34, RRR: 8.23)
E Chigumbura    3* (4b)      SL Malinga    5-0-30-0
CR Ervine    17* (20b 2x4)      TM Dilshan    1-0-3-1

29.1

Dilshan to Chigumbura, no run, blocked off the front foot down the track

29.2

Dilshan to Chigumbura, 1 run, goes back and punches it to long on

29.3

Dilshan to Ervine, OUT, Dilshan can do no wrong today, fires one in from round the stumps, and gets it to strike him on the pads as he misses the sweep, that straightened neatly, umpire Erasmus gave the decision in Dilshan's favour after a fervent appeal, Zimbabwe went for the review, that was hitting middle, and Ervine has to walk back

CR Ervine lbw b Dilshan 17 (23m 21b 2x4 0x6) SR: 80.95

Lamb out for a bat

29.4

Dilshan to Lamb, OUT, Mahela, what a ripper, Dilshan is all over Zimbabwe, this one doesn't turn as he goes forward pushing inside the line, the edge flies between keeper and slip, from where Mahela puts out his left hand in a reflex motion, and pouches the blinder, two in two for Dilshan

GA Lamb c Jayawardene b Dilshan 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

29.5

Dilshan to Cremer, no run, Dilshan has the hat trick, no he does not, Mahela drops a low catch at slip, or did it fall just short, he managed to get his hands to the ball, Dilshan had produced another outside edge, a hattrick and a century, so close was Dilshan

29.6

Dilshan to Cremer, no run, defended down the track off the front foot

End of over 30 (1 run) Zimbabwe 156/6 (172 runs required from 20 overs, RR: 5.20, RRR: 8.60)
AG Cremer    0* (2b)      TM Dilshan    2-0-4-3
E Chigumbura    4* (6b)      SL Malinga    5-0-30-0

30.1

Malinga to Chigumbura, no run, slower one, he has a swing at it outside off stump, and is beaten comfortably

30.2

Malinga to Chigumbura, 1 run, Sri Lanka are blowing hot and cold, Malinga surprised him with the boucer, he went for the hook, and the outside edge stayed for ages in the sky before it came down to Murali at fine leg and he clanged it

30.3

Malinga to Cremer, no run, goes for the yorker now, Malinga is steaming in now, just manages to push it to mid on

30.4

Malinga to Cremer, no run, does the right thing, gets out of the way of a short one banged in that does not get that far up outside off stump

30.5

Malinga to Cremer, FOUR, what does Malinga do to get a wicket today? went for the yorker, but it ended up as a full toss on the stumps, seemed like it had gone through him, but he got the faintest of inside edges on it and it screamed fine on the leg side

30.6

Malinga to Cremer, 2 runs, gets the yorker on target, well bowled, but he manages to get bat on it just on time, and it scoots away down the ground on the leg side

End of over 31 (7 runs) Zimbabwe 163/6 (165 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 5.25, RRR: 8.68)
AG Cremer    6* (6b 1x4)      SL Malinga    6-0-37-0
E Chigumbura    5* (8b)      TM Dilshan    2-0-4-3

the batting Powerplay has been taken now

31.1

Muralitharan to Chigumbura, 1 run, full and driven back to the bowler, who lets it go through his hands

31.2

Muralitharan to Cremer, no run, fired in quicker outside off stump, turns in and beats him even as he goes for the drive

31.3

Muralitharan to Cremer, 1 run, still fuller, on the stumps, this time it's driven to long on

31.4

Muralitharan to Chigumbura, no run, sharp turn from outside off stump, he goes back and cuts it away to cover

31.5

Muralitharan to Chigumbura, OUT, Sri Lanka have held on, another one goes, it was Perera on the deep square leg boundary, Elton went down to a full delivery and belted it off the middle of the bat, but his sweep went in the air straight to Perera, who tumbled forward but held on to the bat

E Chigumbura c Perera b Muralitharan 6 (21m 11b 0x4 0x6) SR: 54.54

Right. It will be Nitin to take you through to the end of the innings. I am going to the chat now. See ya.

Right, it is all over bar the shouting. Funnily, not a single wicket has fallen during my commentary today. Abhishek has been destructive with the keyboard.

31.6

Muralitharan to Price, no run, tossed up outside off and turning in, defends to the off side

End of over 32 (2 runs) Zimbabwe 165/7 (163 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 5.15, RRR: 9.05)
RW Price    0* (1b)      M Muralitharan    7-0-29-2
AG Cremer    7* (8b 1x4)      SL Malinga    6-0-37-0

Malinga now.

32.1

Malinga to Cremer, 1 run, yorker almost on the spot, lands around the toes and is clipped to midwicket for one

32.2

Malinga to Price, 1 run, they are searing in at some pace now, defended somehow to the off side. It is reversing.

32.3

Malinga to Cremer, 1 run, another thunderbolt, defended from the crease to the leg side.

32.4

Malinga to Price, no run, and again. Price is hanging back, showing his stumps and just defending from the crease as Malinga bends them back in.

32.5

Malinga to Price, 1 wide, Sanga is on fire today. He's saved four leg byes, flying away to his left and stopping a scorcher that was moving at speed, and was headed for the fine leg fence.

32.5

Malinga to Price, 1 wide, and again, another yorker goes wrong and is headed for the boundary down the leg side. Try telling Sangakkara.

32.5

Malinga to Price, FOUR, hmm, ain't Malinga's day at all. This time he misses the yorker by a foot or so, Price waits and thumps the low full toss through the covers

32.6

Malinga to Price, no run, back of a length to end the over, Price stays behind the line

End of over 33 (9 runs) Zimbabwe 174/7 (154 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 5.27, RRR: 9.05)
RW Price    5* (5b 1x4)      SL Malinga    7-0-46-0
AG Cremer    9* (10b 1x4)      M Muralitharan    7-0-29-2

33.1

Muralitharan to Cremer, no run, tossed up and turning in from outside off, he stays back and defends down the track

33.1

Muralitharan to Cremer, no run, length ball on off, defended to the off side

33.2

Muralitharan to Cremer, 2 runs, enough width outside off for Cremer to rock back and cut backward of point. There's dew coming down now, a bit of a mess in the deep and they get a couple

33.3

Muralitharan to Cremer, no run, closer to the stumps this time and turning in, Cremer defends from the crease

33.4

Muralitharan to Cremer, no run, Cremer again reaches out to the flight and defends down the track

33.5

Muralitharan to Cremer, 1 run, on the pads, tucked with the spin to midwicket as the crowd settles into a swaying Mexican wave.

33.6

Muralitharan to Price, no run, flighted on off stump, again the forward defensive

End of over 34 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 177/7 (151 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 5.20, RRR: 9.43)
RW Price    5* (6b 1x4)      M Muralitharan    8-0-32-2
AG Cremer    12* (15b 1x4)      SL Malinga    7-0-46-0

34.1

Malinga to Cremer, no run, back of a length on off stump, defended back down the track

34.2

Malinga to Cremer, 1 run, looks for the yorker this time, and it is dug out to mid on for a rather risky single. The throw from the fielder shamara Silva doesn't miss by much

34.3

Malinga to Price, no run, the lethal bouncer, Price ducks away for dear life and then hits the bat hard on the pad since he's not happy to have let it go!

34.4

Malinga to Price, no run, another short one whistles by outside off, Price tries to slap along to third man and misses

34.5

Malinga to Price, no run, now he plays the fly-swat at another short ball that jumps up from back of a length. Price tries to stay under it, and as it goes he has a feel for it. No luck.

34.6

Malinga to Price, FOUR, Price is getting the odd boundary away as Malinga's night to forget continues. Slower ball delivered full and just outside off, Price stays back and slaps it with a flick of the wrists straight back over the bowler's head

End of over 35 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 182/7 (146 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 5.20, RRR: 9.73)
RW Price    9* (10b 2x4)      SL Malinga    8-0-51-0
AG Cremer    13* (17b 1x4)      M Muralitharan    8-0-32-2

Kula comes on now.

35.1

Kulasekara to Cremer, no run, length ball outside off, played cautiously to the off side

35.2

Kulasekara to Cremer, no run, back of a length and coming in off the seam, defended to the leg side unconvincingly

35.3

Kulasekara to Cremer, no run, this one slides past the outside edge as Cremer tries a leaden footed poke

35.4

Kulasekara to Cremer, 1 wide, slips this one down the leg side for a wide as Cremer misses the swipe

35.4

Kulasekara to Cremer, no run, again that patent Kulasekara inducker, Cremer does well to not fall over as he plays around the front pad to the leg side.

35.5

Kulasekara to Cremer, no run, legcutter from the back of the hand, forced into the off side off the back foot as it bounces extra

35.6

Kulasekara to Cremer, no run, again tries to force through cover point off the back foot as Kula keeps it outside off. Just one run from that over, due to the wide.

Ruwan: "Nitin, Please please go away. We need a wicket. I'm hungry. need to get the dinner early."

Eh? Why don't you eat and follow the cricket simultaneously? I am eating as I type!

End of over 36 (1 run) Zimbabwe 183/7 (145 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 5.08, RRR: 10.35)
AG Cremer    13* (23b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    8-0-33-0
RW Price    9* (10b 2x4)      SL Malinga    8-0-51-0

Thisara comes on now. Malinga has been mauled out of the attack. Or something like that.

36.1

Perera to Price, no run, whistles in back of a length outside off, and Price flails at it and misses

36.2

Perera to Price, no run, short of a length and coming in, Price forces it off the back foot down the track

36.3

Perera to Price, no run, short delivery, comes off at 134 kph and Price is unable to time the pull. Finds midwicket

36.4

Perera to Price, 2 runs, another short ball, this time Price is early in position and hauls it away through midwicket. Not timed too well, but an easy couple

36.5

Perera to Price, OUT, Perera has removed Price with yet another short ball. Ironically, it is the first one he really caught hold of, he saw it early, waited for it and swatted it powerfully, but straight to the man at deep square leg

RW Price c Samaraweera b Perera 11 (22m 15b 2x4 0x6) SR: 73.33

We can see that you are eating as you typing. "Thisata" who is that :-). What you eating btw?

I am eating pasra ... Oops, I did it again!

36.6

Perera to Cremer, no run, short of a length, tight line on off stump, Cremer defends with undue caution

End of over 37 (2 runs) Zimbabwe 185/8 (143 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 11.00)
AG Cremer    13* (24b 1x4)      NLTC Perera    6-0-33-1
T Panyangara    0* (0b)      KMDN Kulasekara    8-0-33-0

There's joy in the world. Dilshan comes back on.

37.1

Dilshan to Panyangara, no run, tossed up on off and turning in, defended down the track

37.2

Dilshan to Panyangara, no run, loopy on off, defends off the front foot down the track

37.3

Dilshan to Panyangara, no run, outside off, blocked again solidly to the off side

37.4

Dilshan to Panyangara, OUT, 4 for 4 and a century. Dilshan is unstoppable today. Lovely delivery, the slider than lands on a length around off and shoots through. Panyangara was groping inside the line, expecting an offie. No luck, the ball darts past the outside edge and hits him plumb in front. No need to review those.

T Panyangara lbw b Dilshan 0 (2m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Can he get 5? Two slips await.

37.5

Dilshan to Mpofu, no run, flighted outside off, nervously defended down the track

37.6

Dilshan to Mpofu, no run, tossed up again, and hunting for the edge, played into the covers carefully.

End of over 38 (wicket maiden) Zimbabwe 185/9 (143 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 4.86, RRR: 11.91)
CB Mpofu    0* (2b)      TM Dilshan    3-1-4-4
AG Cremer    13* (24b 1x4)      NLTC Perera    6-0-33-1

Murali. Round the wicket. With slip and leg slip.

38.1

Muralitharan to Cremer, 1 bye, Not many people will play the reverse sweep in this setting to a ball churned out on leg stump. Cremer misses and gets a bye as the ball slips down the leg side

38.2

Muralitharan to Mpofu, 1 run, Mpofu gets a single, swiping through midwicket and he's away

38.3

Muralitharan to Cremer, no run, flighted outside off, defended to the off side against the spin

38.4

Muralitharan to Cremer, 1 run, turning down the leg side, worked with the spin through square leg for another single

38.5

Muralitharan to Mpofu, no run, I can't believe Nigel Llong hasn't given it out lbw. Sanga reviews an lbw appeal. The bounce has saved him. Or so says Hawkeye. Lands on a length around middle and off and then turns away. The perfect doosra, Mpofu had no cluse what it was doing. According to Hawk-Eye it is missing by half a foot.

38.6

Muralitharan to Mpofu, OUT, aha, so what if the replays don't vindicate you. Murali decides to do it all by himself, lands the doosra outside leg stump and turns it around to hit the timber as Mopfu sweeps and misses. The wizard has finished his final game at home with a wicket. Sri Lanka are the first team to enter the quarters of World Cup 2011.

CB Mpofu b Muralitharan 1 (4m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 20.00

Right, congrats to everyone who had Dilshan as their Fantasy captain - they must have shot to the top of their respective Fantasy leagues. What a stirring show from the guy, after the needless controversy sparked off recently. Top performance. Two games coming up tomorrow, join us for both - they could have a huge bearing on Group B's fate. On behalf of Abhishek and the rest of the crew, this is Nitin Sundar signing off. So long, and thanks for all the Kamran jokes!

Dilshan is MoM "This is my career's best match. Very good wicket to bat, ball came on well. The hat-trick unfortunately went away, but before that, Mahela took a brilliant catch, so the second wicket really went to him. I think everyone's performing very well, so we are in a good position."

Sanga: "This is where I am from, and it is a magnificent ground. We adjusted our line-up for the dew, but things were ok today. The opening stand just took it away. Dilshan has that magic touch with bat, ball and on the field. Murali is a champion, and that's why he is rated the best in the world. When the tough times come, he stands up."

Chigumbura: "We have to beat Kenya and do well against Pakistan. Disappointed with the show today. Good atmosphere in this stadium."

Dilshan becomes just the second luminary to hit a 100 and take 4 wickets in a World Cup ODI. The first was Feiko Kloppenburg. Here's the full list.

Murali: "Taylor played well and we did not bowl well initially, but we came back strongly. I've taken almost 100 wickets in Kandy (Asgiriya) .. sad moment for me, but a happy moment for the team. This is the best ground in the country."

Murali ends with a flourish, but this was completely' Tillakaratne's Thursday. And don't forget Tharanga, he played a fine innings. Full marks to Taylor for trying, but it wasn't enough.

End of over 39 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 188/10 (140 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 4.82, RRR: 12.72)
     M Muralitharan    9-0-34-3
AG Cremer    14* (27b 1x4)      TM Dilshan    3-1-4-4

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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