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)

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

Zimbabwe 116/1   BRM Taylor 70* (58b 9x4 1x6)   M Muralitharan 2.5-0-14-1

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

Zimbabwe 125/2   BRM Taylor 75* (66b 9x4 1x6)   AD Mathews 2.1-0-13-1

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

Zimbabwe 132/3   P Utseya 2* (6b)   AD Mathews 3.1-0-15-2

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

Zimbabwe 150/4   CR Ervine 16* (15b 2x4)   TM Dilshan 0.3-0-1-1

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

Zimbabwe 156/5   E Chigumbura 4* (6b)   TM Dilshan 1.3-0-4-2

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

Zimbabwe 156/6   E Chigumbura 4* (6b)   TM Dilshan 1.4-0-4-3

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

Zimbabwe 165/7   AG Cremer 7* (8b 1x4)   M Muralitharan 6.5-0-29-2

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

Zimbabwe 185/8   AG Cremer 13* (23b 1x4)   NLTC Perera 5.5-0-33-1

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

Zimbabwe 185/9   AG Cremer 13* (24b 1x4)   TM Dilshan 2.4-0-4-4

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

Zimbabwe 188/10   AG Cremer 14* (27b 1x4)   M Muralitharan 9-0-34-3





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