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

We are about to start. Dilshan and Tharanga walk out to the middle to loud cheers. Mpofu to bowl first up

Darryl Warren: "I'm glad to see the grass stands are beyond the boundary....heaven forbid if they were inside."

The players walk out for the national anthems. The grass stands beyond the boundary are full, and Sri Lankan flags are flying all around

Ahmed: "I prefer Zimbabwe batting second. Im only concerned about their lack of seamers on this pitch. Zimbabwe dont handle seamers too well."

Bruce: "I've just got this funny feeling that Sri Lanka is hungry today, watch out record books!!!"

Sathish: "ZIM should have batted first. Srilanka will be able to defend any total with/without DEW."

While we wait for the start of what will be Murali's last game in front of his Kandy home crowd, you could check us out onTwitter @ESPNcricinfo. All the latest updates, short and sweet.

Sri Lanka are going in with only one specialist spinner in Muralitharan on a track that aided the seamers in the previous match played here, between New Zealand and Pakistan, especially under lights. Fair decision, I think.

2 pm. Toss: Zimbabwe win it and they will have a bowl. Elton Chigumbura: "Looks like a good wicket. With our spinners to be useful for us, they need to be able to grip it, hence we will bowl."

Sanga: "The gut feeling was to bat. The dew factor will come in late. We have got four fast bowlers in Malinga, Kulasekara, Perera and Mathews. Herath and Mendis miss out." Four fast bowlers? Four? Alright, are your Fantasy XIs getting updated?

One of Andy Zaltzman's gems on Twitter: "Team news: Zimbabwe's attempt to kidnap and use Lasith Malinga foiled just as they were trying to squeeze him into Tatenda Taibu's shirt..." Malinga is meanwhile doing some shadow-bowling from the crease.

Pommie Mbangwa says there is a bit of grass on the wicket. to bind the hard surface together. There will be dew later on in the day, and it will have a bearing on the outcome. Will the outcome be in Zimbabwe's favour, or will the might of Sri Lanka prevail? Pick the winner of this one.

Would Sri Lanka go in with three spinners today as well? It does leave their lower-order batting a bit thin. You could let us know what you think the Playing XIs will be.

Hello and welcome to our coverage of the game between Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe at Pallekele. Sri Lanka would want to win this one after losing narrowly to Pakistan, and having their match against Australia rained out. Andrew McGlashan has all you need to know about the build-up to today's game in his preview.

0.1

Mpofu to Tharanga, no run, and an appeal right away, some movement from the seam, hits Tharanga on the knee roll, umpire says not out, looked to be a bit high, might have been going down leg

0.2

Mpofu to Tharanga, no run, comes forward and eases a fuller one towards mid off

0.3

Mpofu to Tharanga, no run, just around a length and going across Tharanga who comes out and blocks it towards covers

0.4

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

0.5

Mpofu to Tharanga, 1 run, goes straighter now, on the stumps, Tharanga shuffles and works it wide of midwicket

0.6

Mpofu to Dilshan, 1 run, Dilshan looks for the flailing drive through covers, it is too close to off stump, and he closes the face of the bat to hit it away to mid on

End of over 1 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 6/0 (RR: 6.00)
TM Dilshan    1* (1b)      CB Mpofu    1-0-6-0
WU Tharanga    5* (5b 1x4)     

Panyangara on from the other end

1.1

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

1.2

Panyangara to Dilshan, SIX, hammered, this could be painful for Zimbabwe if they don't sort out Dilshan, who gets one marginally short and latches on to it hungrily, pulling it over deep midwicket into the grass banks

1.3

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

1.4

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

1.5

Panyangara to Dilshan, no run, finally some respite for the bowler, Dilshan defends an angled delivery with the straightest of bats in to the off side

1.6

Panyangara to Dilshan, no run, another one blocked in to the off side, still 18 runs off this over

End of over 2 (18 runs) Sri Lanka 24/0 (RR: 12.00)
TM Dilshan    19* (7b 3x4 1x6)      T Panyangara    1-0-18-0
WU Tharanga    5* (5b 1x4)      CB Mpofu    1-0-6-0

2.1

Mpofu to Tharanga, no run, too close to off stump for Tharanga to go for the drive, eases it away to short extra cover

2.2

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

2.3

Mpofu to Tharanga, 1 run, goes leg stump now, and Tharanga flicks it away wide of midwicket

Bruce: "Hope they issued hard hats to the crowd. Go Dishan, you good thing!!!"

2.4

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

2.5

Mpofu to Dilshan, no run, looks to pull this one away through midwicket, but gets an inside edge on to body pad and close to off stump

2.6

Mpofu to Dilshan, no run, slower one this time, well bowled, he picks it late and defends it down the track

End of over 3 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 33/0 (RR: 11.00)
TM Dilshan    23* (10b 4x4 1x6)      CB Mpofu    2-0-15-0
WU Tharanga    10* (8b 2x4)      T Panyangara    1-0-18-0

3.1

Panyangara to Tharanga, no run, bounces outside off stump from short of a good length, left alone quietly

3.2

Panyangara to Tharanga, 1 run, better start from Panyangara to the over, fuller now around off and Tharanga drives it without power to mid off

Atif: "I can't believe this ! i just changed my captain from Dilshan to Malinga minutes before the toss."

3.3

Panyangara to Dilshan, 1 run, again Dilshan latches on to one that is marginally short, doesn't bounce as much as Dilshan expected but he still pulls it away, there is man at deep midwicket now

3.4

Panyangara to Tharanga, no run, bit of width outside off stump, he opens the face to guide it to backward point

3.5

Panyangara to Tharanga, no run, good over so far, cramps him for room with one on the stumps, pushed away in to the leg side

3.6

Panyangara to Tharanga, no run, and almost gets Tharanga this time, had him feeling for one that was angled across on off stump, Tharanga brought down an angled bat, and the inside edge rolled away perilously close to the stumps

End of over 4 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 35/0 (RR: 8.75)
WU Tharanga    11* (13b 2x4)      T Panyangara    2-0-20-0
TM Dilshan    24* (11b 4x4 1x6)      CB Mpofu    2-0-15-0

Zimbabwe are back to normal service now, as Ray Price comes on to bowl

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

End of over 5 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 41/0 (RR: 8.20)
TM Dilshan    29* (16b 5x4 1x6)      RW Price    1-0-6-0
WU Tharanga    12* (14b 2x4)      T Panyangara    2-0-20-0

5.1

Panyangara to Tharanga, no run, 111.6 slower one, he adjusts the front foot movement to push it away in to covers

5.2

Panyangara to Tharanga, no run, short and wide, but he cannot capitalise as he reaches out to play the cut, the ball kept low, that's why

5.3

Panyangara to Tharanga, 2 runs, steers this one that is not that wide outside off stump, and it goes through gully's hands wide of third man

5.4

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

5.5

Panyangara to Tharanga, 1 run, makes some room outside leg stump now to one that is short of a length, and steers it to third man

5.6

Panyangara to Dilshan, no run, he had set himself up for the slap-drive through extra cover, but it came in off the seam, and he under-edged it close to the stumps, he thought he could at least get a single, but point was quick to get to the ball

End of over 6 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 48/0 (RR: 8.00)
TM Dilshan    29* (17b 5x4 1x6)      T Panyangara    3-0-27-0
WU Tharanga    19* (19b 3x4)      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

End of over 7 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 54/0 (RR: 7.71)
TM Dilshan    33* (21b 6x4 1x6)      RW Price    2-0-12-0
WU Tharanga    20* (21b 3x4)      T Panyangara    3-0-27-0

7.1

Panyangara to Tharanga, 1 run, stays in the crease and pushes a length ball to mid on and brings Dilshan on strike

7.2

Panyangara to Dilshan, 1 run, Dilshan is living dangerously, gets away again, surprised him with the bouncer, he looked to belatedly hook, but the top edge fell just short of short fine leg, maybe he could have come in a bit faster

7.3

Panyangara to Tharanga, no run, driven confidently off the front foot to mid off

7.4

Panyangara to Tharanga, no run, closer to off stump now, blocked away tho short extra cover

Nikesh: "Sri Lanka look like if they want to send out a statement to the other big teams in the tournament that though they have lost a game already they are still strong contenders."

7.5

Panyangara to Tharanga, no run, no room for Tharanga to work this one away, he plays it out on the leg side

7.6

Panyangara to Tharanga, 1 wide, goes for the yorker, gets it very full too, but marginally down the pads, they call them wides in limited-overs cricket

7.6

Panyangara to Tharanga, 1 run, slower one now, but it has some width, he steers it down to third man

End of over 8 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 58/0 (RR: 7.25)
WU Tharanga    22* (26b 3x4)      T Panyangara    4-0-31-0
TM Dilshan    34* (22b 6x4 1x6)      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

End of over 9 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 64/0 (RR: 7.11)
WU Tharanga    23* (28b 3x4)      RW Price    3-0-17-0
TM Dilshan    38* (26b 7x4 1x6)      T Panyangara    4-0-31-0

Kumaar: "Zimbabweans/Lankans have done their homework! The NZ/PAK match clearly indicated that Pallekale will have dew. Zimbabwe has wisely chosen to bat second. The Lankans know that they have to post a big score to stay in the fight. Hope it will be a competitive match." Mpofu is back

9.1

Mpofu to Dilshan, 1 run, there is a man at deep midwicket, he will need him often if he bowls long hops like this one, short and sitting up for Dilshan to have a go, he went at it so fast that he got only a single as it flew to deep midwicket

9.2

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

sorab: "@nikesh.i dont think its a message from sri lanka.i think dilshan is just taking shaun tait's anger out on zimbabwe.i was expecting this this kind of start by him." Fine leg is no longer short, he is right on the boundary

9.3

Mpofu to Tharanga, no run, better delivery, getting him to defend from the back foot as this one moves away off the seam from around leg stump

9.4

Mpofu to Tharanga, no run, 115.5 kph slower one, and cutting across Tharanga again, who has neither pace nor room to do anything with it, and plonks it down

Vijay: "@kumaar With the likes of malinga in the ranks,the match could be all over before dew comes into play!" From round the wicket now

9.5

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

9.6

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

End of over 10 (13 runs) Sri Lanka 77/0 (RR: 7.70)
WU Tharanga    35* (33b 6x4)      CB Mpofu    3-0-28-0
TM Dilshan    39* (27b 7x4 1x6)      RW Price    3-0-17-0

Peter: "Someone needs to convey the beauty of a long, well constructed innings to Dilshan. He could have more fun if he wasn't in such a hurry." Elton brings himself on now. What can he do? no bowling Powerplay yet

10.1

Chigumbura to Dilshan, 1 run, starts with a length ball down the pads, and he shuffles to flick it to fine leg

10.2

Chigumbura to Tharanga, 1 run, short and coming slowly off the track, he gets away as Tharanga cannot get it wide enough of fine leg with the pull

10.3

Chigumbura to Dilshan, no run, goes a bit fuller and angles it into dilshan's pads, he misses out with the flick and is hit on the pads, comfortably sliding down leg

10.4

Chigumbura to Dilshan, no run, played away in to the leg side close to the wicket

10.5

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

10.6

Chigumbura to Dilshan, 1 run, cracked off the front foot, the man is looking in ominous touch, just a single this time wide of mid off

End of over 11 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 84/0 (RR: 7.63)
TM Dilshan    45* (32b 8x4 1x6)      E Chigumbura    1-0-7-0
WU Tharanga    36* (34b 6x4)      CB Mpofu    3-0-28-0

Charles Smith: "Why don't SL take the batting powerplay now? They could conceivably be on 130 after 15 overs, a surely insurmountable position?!" bowling Powerplay taken now. Utseya to start it off

11.1

Utseya to Dilshan, no run, goes for the sweep, hits it straight to short fine leg

11.2

Utseya to Dilshan, 1 run, high full toss, he is surprised and pushes it away to mid off

11.3

Utseya to Tharanga, no run, bowled slowly through the air, he works it away off the pads to short fine leg

11.4

Utseya to Tharanga, 1 run, much fuller from round the wicket, eased down to long on

11.5

Utseya to Dilshan, 1 run, another high full toss, he comes down the track and pushes it away to long on

11.6

Utseya to Tharanga, 1 run, sees him skip down the pitch, and fires it in to the pads, Tharanga still gets it down to long on with the momentum

End of over 12 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 88/0 (RR: 7.33)
WU Tharanga    38* (37b 6x4)      P Utseya    1-0-4-0
TM Dilshan    47* (35b 8x4 1x6)      E Chigumbura    1-0-7-0

Ali Hassan: "@ Charles: Why take the batting powerplay when they can make use of the bowling one?" Price is back

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

End of over 13 (0 runs) Sri Lanka 88/0 (RR: 6.76)
WU Tharanga    38* (43b 6x4)      RW Price    4-0-17-0
TM Dilshan    47* (35b 8x4 1x6)      P Utseya    1-0-4-0

13.1

Utseya to Dilshan, 1 run, flicked away to deep midwicket

13.2

Utseya to Tharanga, no run, worked away off the hip to midwicket who dives to save a run

13.3

Utseya to Tharanga, no run, fired in and goes on with the angle, flicked backward of square leg

13.4

Utseya to Tharanga, no run, goes for the sweep, cannot beat short fine leg

13.5

Utseya to Tharanga, 1 run, gets the run finally, pushes a fuller one to long on

13.6

Utseya to Dilshan, 1 run, Utseya fires in a full toss as he sees Dilshan in the mood to leave the crease, he drives it down to long off

End of over 14 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 91/0 (RR: 6.50)
TM Dilshan    49* (37b 8x4 1x6)      P Utseya    2-0-7-0
WU Tharanga    39* (47b 6x4)      RW Price    4-0-17-0

Bruce: "Did we just witness a maiden??? It's the end of the world as we know it!"

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

End of over 15 (1 run) Sri Lanka 92/0 (RR: 6.13)
TM Dilshan    50* (43b 8x4 1x6)      RW Price    5-0-18-0
WU Tharanga    39* (47b 6x4)      P Utseya    2-0-7-0

15.1

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

15.2

Utseya to Dilshan, no run, blocked with a straight bat down the track

15.3

Utseya to Dilshan, no run, worked away behind square on the leg side

15.4

Utseya to Dilshan, 2 runs, drives inside out wide of long off, and a comfortable couple is taken

15.5

Utseya to Dilshan, no run, steered away to short third man from the crease

15.6

Utseya to Dilshan, 1 run, goes very full, he is ready and hits it down to long on

End of over 16 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 99/0 (RR: 6.18)
TM Dilshan    57* (49b 9x4 1x6)      P Utseya    3-0-14-0
WU Tharanga    39* (47b 6x4)      RW Price    5-0-18-0

Sameer: "Ok that is unacceptable, that's the third time you're publishing Bruce, while you staunchly continue to ignore me. P.S.: Nothing against you, Bruce." Cremer on for some legbreaks

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

Time for a drink. And time for the first swap of the day, Nitin to take over here. I am off to the over-by-over chat.

End of over 17 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 106/0 (RR: 6.23)
TM Dilshan    63* (52b 10x4 1x6)      AG Cremer    1-0-7-0
WU Tharanga    40* (50b 6x4)      P Utseya    3-0-14-0

Utseya continues.

Thanks Abhishek. Geez, this has been muscle-bound mayhem from Dilshan and Tharanga..

By the way, it's still not late to enter your teams for Fantasy Cricket. There are some cool Canon cameras to be won just for the knockout stage.

17.1

Utseya to Dilshan, no run, angled in and turning further from wide of the crease, Dilshan misses the sweep

17.2

Utseya to Dilshan, 1 run, short of a length outside off, Dilshan hangs back and cracks it square for a single

17.3

Utseya to Tharanga, no run, back of a length from round the stumps, Tharanga leans out to defend

17.4

Utseya to Tharanga, no run, some daring flight on leg stump, Tharanga presses forward and guides to midwicket

17.5

Utseya to Tharanga, 1 run, again tossed up slowly on leg stump and straightening, Tharanga works it against the spin through midwicket for one

17.6

Utseya to Dilshan, 1 run, shortish ball on the off stump line to end the over, Dilshan stays back and steers through point for one more

End of over 18 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 109/0 (RR: 6.05)
TM Dilshan    65* (55b 10x4 1x6)      P Utseya    4-0-17-0
WU Tharanga    41* (53b 6x4)      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.

End of over 19 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 111/0 (RR: 5.84)
WU Tharanga    42* (55b 6x4)      AG Cremer    2-0-9-0
TM Dilshan    66* (59b 10x4 1x6)      P Utseya    4-0-17-0

19.1

Utseya to Tharanga, 1 run, ample flight on middle stump, Tharanga reaches to the flight and forces it down the ground for one more single

19.2

Utseya to Dilshan, no run, Dilshan leans out to the spin and defends into the off side

19.3

Utseya to Dilshan, 1 run, looped and turning into the pads, Dilshan calmly flicks past midwicket for a single

19.4

Utseya to Tharanga, no run, back of a length on the stumps, Tharanga defends down the track

19.5

Utseya to Tharanga, no run, flighted on the pads this time, Tharanga again reaches out to defend down the track

19.6

Utseya to Tharanga, 1 run, width to end the over, Tharanga steers through point for a single

End of over 20 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 114/0 (RR: 5.70)
WU Tharanga    44* (59b 6x4)      P Utseya    5-0-20-0
TM Dilshan    67* (61b 10x4 1x6)      AG Cremer    2-0-9-0

20.1

Cremer to Tharanga, no run, loopy delivery on middle, Tharanga taps it to midwicket

Unbelievable. People watching this game from an adjoining hill. Dilshan must be looking like an ant from there!

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

End of over 21 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 121/0 (RR: 5.76)
WU Tharanga    48* (63b 6x4)      AG Cremer    3-0-16-0
TM Dilshan    69* (63b 10x4 1x6)      P Utseya    5-0-20-0

Ashish: "Is this the same Zimbabwe team that bowled first 10 overs? After delaying bowling powerplay by 1 over they have put breaks on Sri Lanka batting...."

Lamb is the new bowler on now. To the slaughter?

21.1

Lamb to Dilshan, 1 run, turns in from outside off, Dilshan forces against the spin into the covers

21.2

Lamb to Tharanga, no run, back of a length from round the wicket, Tharanga works it off the back foot to backward square leg

21.3

Lamb to Tharanga, 1 run, short of a length again, Tharanga works it to the leg side for one more

21.4

Lamb to Dilshan, 1 run, more turn this time, comes in sharply as Dilshan prepares to cut, and he gets it away for another single

Mark Kidger: "Credit to Zimbabwe for pegging back Sri Lanka. It no longer looks like a 450+ total is on, as it did when the openers were scoring at more than 8 an over. Unless they shift a gear they may not even reach 300."

21.5

Lamb to Tharanga, no run, drifts onto the pads, Tharanga flicks but can't get to his 50 yet.

21.6

Lamb to Tharanga, 1 run, now he does. Full delivery on leg stump, punched off the front foot down the ground for one.

End of over 22 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 125/0 (RR: 5.68)
WU Tharanga    50* (67b 6x4)      GA Lamb    1-0-4-0
TM Dilshan    71* (65b 10x4 1x6)      AG Cremer    3-0-16-0

Swethan: "He may look like an ant from that hill, but the ball might be coming there soon!"

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

This is the highest opening stand for SL in World Cups, now.

22.6

Cremer to Dilshan, 1 run, Dilshan leans out to the pitch and drives down the ground for yet another single

End of over 23 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 133/0 (RR: 5.78)
TM Dilshan    75* (68b 10x4 1x6)      AG Cremer    4-0-24-0
WU Tharanga    54* (70b 6x4)      GA Lamb    1-0-4-0

Avinash: Count anyone except Piyush Chawla for competing in the race for fastest completion of over. He does not complete and over until he is hit for 2 sixes" Aha, unkind!

23.1

Lamb to Dilshan, no run, flighted on the stumps, driven back to the bowler

23.2

Lamb to Dilshan, no run, flatter and on the pads, Dilshan turns it with the angle to midwicket

23.3

Lamb to Dilshan, 1 run, back of a length outside off, Dilshan opens the face and guides backward of point for a single

23.4

Lamb to Tharanga, no run, on the pads, Tharanga dinks it backward of square leg but can't find the single

23.5

Lamb to Tharanga, no run, tossed up on off stump, Tharanga drives with the spin through mid off

23.6

Lamb to Tharanga, 1 run, short of a length on the pads, worked with the angle for a single through backward square leg

Ragu: "@Mark Kidger-These are the famous "middle overs" you are not supposed to score quickly during this passage of play, must "keep wickets in hand AND give the spectators time to snooze!"

End of over 24 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 135/0 (RR: 5.62)
WU Tharanga    55* (73b 6x4)      GA Lamb    2-0-6-0
TM Dilshan    76* (71b 10x4 1x6)      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.

End of over 25 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 143/0 (RR: 5.72)
WU Tharanga    61* (77b 7x4)      AG Cremer    5-0-32-0
TM Dilshan    78* (73b 10x4 1x6)      GA Lamb    2-0-6-0

25.1

Lamb to Dilshan, 2 runs, and now a short ball for Dilshan, who leans back and cuts delicately backward od point. The fielder sweeping on the backward point boundary does really well to prevent four

25.2

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.

25.3

Lamb to Dilshan, no run, tossed up this time, Dilshan jumps out to the pitch and drives. He finds covers though.

25.4

Lamb to Dilshan, 1 run, another single, the 150 is up as Dilshan pokes into the covers. The bowling is not posing any challenge at the moment.

25.5

Lamb to Tharanga, 1 run, tossed up on the pads, Tharanga works it to long on and ambles along somnolently for an easy single

25.6

Lamb to Dilshan, 1 run, Dilshan opens the face and dabs another easy single into the cover point area.

Anas: "Looks like Sangakara has padded up ONLY for wicketkeeping today."

End of over 26 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 152/0 (RR: 5.84)
TM Dilshan    86* (78b 11x4 1x6)      GA Lamb    3-0-15-0
WU Tharanga    62* (78b 7x4)      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

End of over 27 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 156/0 (RR: 5.77)
TM Dilshan    88* (81b 11x4 1x6)      AG Cremer    6-0-36-0
WU Tharanga    64* (81b 7x4)      GA Lamb    3-0-15-0

27.1

Lamb to Tharanga, no run, slides down the leg side, Tharanga misses the sweep but probably got some pad on it, en route Taibu's gloves.

Ballag: "I am having a tough time @ office. Can i have some Kamran's jokes to lighten me up?:

27.2

Lamb to Tharanga, no run, tossed up on off, Tharanga reaches forward and defends

Arpan: "Behind every successful batsman, there is Kamran Akmal"

27.3

Lamb to Tharanga, 1 run, over-pitched on leg stump, Tharanga drives down the ground for a single

27.4

Lamb to Dilshan, 1 run, short of a length and turning in, Dilshan slaps it into the covers for one more

27.5

Lamb to Tharanga, 1 run, loopy non-descript ball on the toes, Tharanga drives for another single to long on

27.6

Lamb to Dilshan, 1 run, flighted on middle and breaking in, Dilshan drives inside out for another single through extra cover.

Brenton: "Kamran's favourite movie: Catch Me If You Can"

hah! Good one, Brenton. And his favourite book? "The dropper in the rye"

End of over 28 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 160/0 (RR: 5.71)
TM Dilshan    90* (83b 11x4 1x6)      GA Lamb    4-0-19-0
WU Tharanga    66* (85b 7x4)      AG Cremer    6-0-36-0

Kabira: "@ Ballag: I hope that Kamran's wife doesn't let him hold their babies! "

Chigumbura comes back on.

28.1

Chigumbura to Dilshan, 2 runs, length ball angles into the pads innocuously, and is worked through midwicket for a couple

Ali: "After the last match Pakistan team management was found anxiously searching for the Birthdays of Aussies, if there is any on 19th March"

28.2

Chigumbura to Dilshan, no run, back of a length on off stump, defended from the crease down the pitch

28.3

Chigumbura to Dilshan, no run, similar ball, Dilshan holds his guns and defends again

28.4

Chigumbura to Dilshan, no run, width on offer, Dilshan stays rooted and flails outside the off stump. Can't connect this time.

28.5

Chigumbura to Dilshan, 1 run, just enough width outside off for Dilshan to open the face and steers through cover point for a single

Asif: "Elton Chigumbura's birthday on the day they play Pakistan .. Good signs for him .. only if Kamran plays as a keeper"

Hari: "Famous DON movie dialogue in Kamran's way "CATCH ko pakadna mushkil hi nahi, Namumkin hey".

Hahaha!

28.6

Chigumbura to Tharanga, no run, Tharanga fishes outside off for a dlivery angled across him and misses the steer to third man

End of over 29 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 163/0 (RR: 5.62)
WU Tharanga    66* (86b 7x4)      E Chigumbura    2-0-10-0
TM Dilshan    93* (88b 11x4 1x6)      GA Lamb    4-0-19-0

29.1

Lamb to Dilshan, no run, Lamb turns this one into the pads and is lucky to escape as Dilshan's sweep finds short fine leg

29.2

Lamb to Dilshan, no run, turning in from back of a length, Dilshan hangs back and defends to the off side

29.3

Lamb to Dilshan, 1 run, full toss on the leg stumop, but too low for the agrucultural swipe. Dilshan bunts to long on for one more

29.4

Lamb to Tharanga, no run, on Tharanga's pads, very full and he can't flick through midwicket for a single

29.5

Lamb to Tharanga, 1 run, eases into the covers with the spin for a single.

29.6

Lamb to Dilshan, 1 run, short of a length outside off, Dilshan hangs on the crease and dabs towards point for one more single

End of over 30 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 166/0 (RR: 5.53)
TM Dilshan    95* (92b 11x4 1x6)      GA Lamb    5-0-22-0
WU Tharanga    67* (88b 7x4)      E Chigumbura    2-0-10-0

30.1

Chigumbura to Dilshan, no run, short and wide at 128 kph, again lucky that Dilshan can't beat point with his fierce cut shot

30.2

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.

30.3

Chigumbura to Dilshan, 1 run, 9th ODI ton for Dilshan and the first in the World Cup. He's pleased as punch, this means a lot to him. Gets a back of length ball, he skips into line and dabs into the covers. Even as he runs, the dressing room stands up as one, while a buzz emanates from the appreciative crowd. He shouts in happiness and throws his arms up. Well played, Dilshan!

30.4

Chigumbura to Tharanga, no run, short of a length on off stump, Tharanga stays on the crease and defends to the off side. He's slowed down, but there's enough time for a 100 for him as well.

30.5

Chigumbura to Tharanga, 1 run, aha, Elton nearly gets one through him. Tharanga looks to steer from very close to the stumps and gets an inside edge past the stumps.

30.6

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

Naila: Why is Umar Akmal the best batsman in the Akmal family? Because he got the most chance to bat in the back yard as Kamran Akmal kept dropping him."

And why did Adnan Akmal become a keeper? Since too many balls kept going into the bush behind the pitch when Kamran was keeping.

End of over 31 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 176/0 (RR: 5.67)
TM Dilshan    104* (96b 13x4 1x6)      E Chigumbura    3-0-20-0
WU Tharanga    68* (90b 7x4)      GA Lamb    5-0-22-0

31.1

Lamb to Tharanga, no run, back of a length, Tharanga stays on the crease and defends

31.2

Lamb to Tharanga, 1 run, tossed up on off, Tharanga leans out to the pitch and lofts past wide mid off for a single

31.3

Lamb to Dilshan, 1 run, turning in from outside off, Dilshan drives through mid off for a single

31.4

Lamb to Tharanga, 1 run, Tharanga backs away to the leg side, looking for the off side loft, and plays softly for a single to the deep

31.5

Lamb to Dilshan, 3 runs, hideous bowling. Full toss on off stump, Dilshan cracks it with that heaved drive of his into the deep. Panyangara runs a mile from deep backward point and uses the boot to save a four

31.6

Lamb to Tharanga, 1 wide, quicker ball, looks to cramp Tharanga as he backs away, but it slips too wide down the leg side

31.6

Lamb to Tharanga, 1 run, on the leg stump to end the over, driven down to long on for a single

Paras: "Why can't Kamran Akmal be a Pakistani team selector? Because he will keep dropping everyone from the squad!"

End of over 32 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 184/0 (RR: 5.75)
WU Tharanga    71* (94b 7x4)      GA Lamb    6-0-30-0
TM Dilshan    108* (98b 13x4 1x6)      E Chigumbura    3-0-20-0

32.1

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

32.2

Panyangara to Tharanga, 1 run, fullish again, Tharanga opens the off side and drives fluently to deep extra cover for a single

32.3

Panyangara to Dilshan, 1 run, back of a length outside off, Dilshan cuts but finds the man in the deep

32.4

Panyangara to Tharanga, no run, back of a length outside off, Tharanga stays back on the crease and guides backward of point.

32.5

Panyangara to Tharanga, 2 runs, this time he gets it away, waiting for the ball to get beside him before playing the cut, getting it backward of point. A big effort at the deep keeps him down to two

32.6

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

End of over 33 (12 runs) Sri Lanka 196/0 (RR: 5.93)
WU Tharanga    82* (99b 9x4)      T Panyangara    5-0-43-0
TM Dilshan    109* (99b 13x4 1x6)      GA Lamb    6-0-30-0

Utseya comes on now.

33.1

Utseya to Dilshan, no run, tossed up outside off and coming in, Dilshan drives against the spin to mid off

33.2

Utseya to Dilshan, 2 runs, short ball, turning into the leg side and pulled with ominous timing. Misfield in the deep from Price, doesn't quite help Zimbabwe's cause.

33.3

Utseya to Dilshan, 1 run, another one speared into the pads, Dilshan heaves to Price who fields this time. Dilshan does seem a little knackered, it is hot and humid out there.

33.4

Utseya to Tharanga, no run, Tharanga opens the face and dabs with the spin towards point

33.5

Utseya to Tharanga, 1 wide, 200 for SL, comes with a wide as Utseya pushes one down the leg side.

33.5

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.

33.6

Utseya to Tharanga, 1 run, short ball again, Tharanga pulls hard to the deep for a single. Many red shirts patrolling the leg-side boundary, and just as well.

Jannie: "That a new record for the 1st wicket partnership in World cup. Pevious was 194 in 1999." The previous record was held by Wajahatullah Wasti and Saeed Anwar. Here's the list.

End of over 34 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 205/0 (RR: 6.02)
WU Tharanga    87* (102b 10x4)      P Utseya    6-0-29-0
TM Dilshan    112* (102b 13x4 1x6)      T Panyangara    5-0-43-0

Cremer returns. Panyangara is out of the attack again.

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

End of over 35 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 213/0 (RR: 6.08)
TM Dilshan    113* (104b 13x4 1x6)      AG Cremer    7-0-42-0
WU Tharanga    92* (106b 11x4)      P Utseya    6-0-29-0

35.1

Utseya to Dilshan, 2 runs, sharp offie, lands on middle and turns in a mile. No problemo for Dilshan, who moves well to the leg side and carves through the covers for a couple

35.2

Utseya to Dilshan, 1 run, tossed up this time and turning into Dilshan, who winds up and unleashes the slog sweep. Very good work by Panyangara at deep backward square leg to stop the boundary. They only get a single, Dilshan is surely struggling

35.3

Utseya to Tharanga, no run, tossed up on middle and off, Tharanga drives back to the bowler

35.4

Utseya to Tharanga, no run, again, flighted on off stump, Tharanga plays calmly back to the bowler

35.5

Utseya to Tharanga, no run, huh? Forward defensive? Didn't expect to see that.

35.6

Utseya to Tharanga, 1 run, tossed up to end the over, Tharanga drives into the covers to retain strike. Before that, the players will have a glug of drinks.

Mohit: "Cricinfo is introducing a new section on Akmal brothers, and it's called "Dropplegangers"

Abadit: "Why did Kamran Akmal have to walk back to the team hotel after the match? Because he failed to catch the bus! :)"

Hilarious! I am almost sad to leave comms to Abhishek now. Moving over to OBO where we shall discuss something else!

End of over 36 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 217/0 (RR: 6.02)
WU Tharanga    93* (110b 11x4)      P Utseya    7-0-33-0
TM Dilshan    116* (106b 13x4 1x6)      AG Cremer    7-0-42-0

Thanks, Nitin. Dilshan is struggling, he is flat on his back during the break. vivek: "Kamran legacy: kamran could be a good brand ambassador for Save water campaign. "Every drop counts"." And that, for a while, will be the last Kamran joke, if I can help it. Please give the man a break.

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

End of over 37 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 221/0 (RR: 5.97)
TM Dilshan    118* (109b 13x4 1x6)      RW Price    6-0-22-0
WU Tharanga    95* (113b 11x4)      P Utseya    7-0-33-0

37.1

Utseya to Dilshan, no run, goes down on a knee and tries to forcefully sweep this one, but cannot connect cleanly, he is looking tired

37.2

Utseya to Dilshan, no run, quicker one in the blockhole, squeezed out towards point

37.3

Utseya to Dilshan, no run, still no run, this time it is steered to short third man

37.4

Utseya to Dilshan, 1 run, he can't make use of the high full toss, he bashes it away right to deep midwicket

37.5

Utseya to Tharanga, no run, one more dot ball, it was wide outside off and turning away, but he cannot get the steer past short third man

37.6

Utseya to Tharanga, no run, good over from Utseya, gets him to push it back down the track

End of over 38 (1 run) Sri Lanka 222/0 (RR: 5.84)
WU Tharanga    95* (115b 11x4)      P Utseya    8-0-34-0
TM Dilshan    119* (113b 13x4 1x6)      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

End of over 39 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 226/0 (RR: 5.79)
WU Tharanga    97* (118b 11x4)      RW Price    7-0-26-0
TM Dilshan    121* (116b 13x4 1x6)      P Utseya    8-0-34-0

Philip G: "When was the last time Dilshan batted for this length of overs in ODI?...miracle this." Lamb comes back

39.1

Lamb to Tharanga, 1 run, fuller one played with the turn to, long off, again

39.2

Lamb to Dilshan, 1 run, goes outside leg to make room for the turn and squeezes it away towards covers

39.3

Lamb to Tharanga, no run, comes forward and pushes in the air towards midwicket, they run a few steps for the single, but retreat sooner

39.4

Lamb to Tharanga, 1 run, worked away off the pads to square leg, moves to 99

39.5

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

39.6

Lamb to Dilshan, no run, backs away to cut a quicker and flatter one turning in, but short third man pulls off a diving stop

End of over 40 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 233/0 (RR: 5.82)
TM Dilshan    126* (119b 14x4 1x6)      GA Lamb    7-0-37-0
WU Tharanga    99* (121b 11x4)      RW Price    7-0-26-0

batting Powerplay has been taken. It's like Pakistan, never know what you will get.

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

Here's the list of innings in which both openers have hits 100s. This is the first instance in World Cups.

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

End of over 41 (11 runs) Sri Lanka 244/0 (RR: 5.95)
TM Dilshan    127* (121b 14x4 1x6)      RW Price    8-0-37-0
WU Tharanga    109* (125b 13x4)      GA Lamb    7-0-37-0

These two have made Zimbabwe pay dearly for some wayward bowling

41.1

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

41.2

Lamb to Tharanga, 1 run, the inside out lofted shot over extra cover, connects well but cannot beat the man at sweeper cover

41.3

Lamb to Dilshan, 1 run, goes for the pull shot, he is struggling to connect them, goes on a couple of bounces to deep midwicket

41.4

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

41.5

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

41.6

Lamb to Tharanga, 1 leg bye, this time he stays put, and goes for the sweep to this one outside leg stump, but it rolls away fine

End of over 42 (15 runs) Sri Lanka 259/0 (RR: 6.16)
WU Tharanga    122* (130b 16x4)      GA Lamb    8-0-51-0
TM Dilshan    128* (122b 14x4 1x6)      RW Price    8-0-37-0

punj: "I think Zimbabweans haven't learnt their lesson from Hayden's 380. You don't bowl first against the mighties." Mpofu comes in to the 'attack'

42.1

Mpofu to Tharanga, (no ball) 1 run, and starts off with a no-ball, Tharanga tries to life it over midwicket, but one hand comes off the bat, it is picked up at deep square leg

42.1

Mpofu to Dilshan, 2 runs, Dilshan throws everything at the free hit, and gets it over midwicket, but not timed well enough to reach the ropes

42.2

Mpofu to Dilshan, 1 run, goes for one more slog to a length ball, it goes on the bounce to deep midwicket

42.3

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

42.4

Mpofu to Tharanga, no run, well bowled slower delivery at 114 kph. he made room outside leg, but could no get the ball past cover

42.5

Mpofu to Tharanga, no run, he just pushes this full delivery from outside leg stump, and it flies off the blade, too bad it went to extra cover

42.6

Mpofu to Tharanga, 1 run, Zimbabwe are covering up the bowling with their fielding, Tharanga creams another full ball wide of extra cover, who dives to his left to stop a certain boundary

End of over 43 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 269/0 (RR: 6.25)
WU Tharanga    128* (135b 17x4)      CB Mpofu    4-0-38-0
TM Dilshan    131* (124b 14x4 1x6)      GA Lamb    8-0-51-0

Bobby: "Poor Sanga has been padded up for 43 overs!!" Utseya comes on

43.1

Utseya to Tharanga, no run, whoa, Tharanga hits the ball twice, once to dig out a fuller one, and then to stop it from rolling on to the stumps

43.2

Utseya to Tharanga, 1 run, driven wide of long off for a single

43.3

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

43.4

Utseya to Dilshan, 1 run, full toss on the leg stump, driven down to long on

43.5

Utseya to Tharanga, 1 run, slowly tossed up around off stump, steered to short third man

43.6

Utseya to Dilshan, 2 runs, misfield at long on allows them to come back for two, it was hammered in the air by Dilshan, and the fielder failed to grab it on the bounce

End of over 44 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 278/0 (RR: 6.31)
TM Dilshan    138* (127b 15x4 1x6)      P Utseya    9-0-43-0
WU Tharanga    130* (138b 17x4)      CB Mpofu    4-0-38-0

Tarek: "if a wicket falls, let Angelo Matthews come in next! (key word is 'if'!)"

44.1

Mpofu to Tharanga, 2 runs, looks for the carve over extra cover with a skip down the track, the bat turns in his hand and he mistimes it over midwicket

44.2

Mpofu to Tharanga, 1 run, slower one leads to more mistiming, this time lofted down to long on

44.3

Mpofu to Dilshan, 1 run, he stands outside off stump with feet a foot apart, and gets a fuller one that he smashes away to deep midwicket

44.4

Mpofu to Tharanga, OUT, falls just short of the world record for the highest opening partnership of 286, came down the track for another lofted one over extra cover, for once, it did not come off cleanly, went high in the air more than anything else, and was taken cleanly way inside the boundary, do Zimbabwe have some respite? Not

WU Tharanga c Chigumbura b Mpofu 133 (182m 141b 17x4 0x6) SR: 94.32

Here is the list of highest partnerships

44.5

Mpofu to Dilshan, 1 run, full delivery cracked away with a big swing to deep square leg

They have sent in Thisara

44.6

Mpofu to Perera, 1 run, he is away, pushing a fuller on down the ground to long off

End of over 45 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 284/1 (RR: 6.31)
NLTC Perera    1* (1b)      CB Mpofu    5-0-44-1
TM Dilshan    140* (129b 15x4 1x6)      P Utseya    9-0-43-0

Dev: "WHY Tarek?? WHY??"

45.1

Utseya to Perera, no run, cut away off the back foot

45.2

Utseya to Perera, 1 run, tosses this outside leg stump, he hustles it down to long on

45.3

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

45.4

Utseya to Dilshan, OUT, it's over for Dilshan now, went down the track for another big one, got too close to the ball, and lifted it miles in the air, but it came down somewhere near deep midwicket, and was taken safely, he walks back to thunderous applause, acknowledges it with a swing of his bat

TM Dilshan c Panyangara b Utseya 144 (186m 131b 16x4 1x6) SR: 109.92

Mahela comes in, no Sanga

45.5

Utseya to Perera, 1 run, makes room and looks for the slog down the ground, but gets an inside edge in front of square leg

45.6

Utseya to Jayawardene, 1 run, going straight on wide outside off stump, Mahela goes back and plays the loveliest of cut shots that goes to sweeper cover

End of over 46 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 291/2 (RR: 6.32)
DPMD Jayawardene    1* (1b)      P Utseya    10-0-50-1
NLTC Perera    3* (4b)      CB Mpofu    5-0-44-1

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

finally, Sanga comes out to cries of 'Sanga'

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

End of over 47 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 300/3 (RR: 6.38)
DPMD Jayawardene    9* (6b 1x4)      RW Price    9-0-46-1
KC Sangakkara    0* (0b)      P Utseya    10-0-50-1

James: "Looks like a batting collapse to me. And I'm an England supporter, so I know a batting collapse when I see one."

Rahul: "Quite an anticlimactic end to the innings. With an opening stand of 280-odd you'd think SL would reach 350 easily, but it doesn't look like it. The Sri Lankans lack the hitting power that some teams have towards the end."

47.1

Mpofu to Jayawardene, OUT, Mahela goes now, gets outside leg and lifts a fullish slower one right to long on who takes a fine high catch

DPMD Jayawardene c Chakabva b Mpofu 9 (7m 7b 1x4 0x6) SR: 128.57

Angelo jogs to the crease

47.2

Mpofu to Sangakkara, 1 run, 99.3 kph slower one from round the stumps, Sanga wants to swing it over midwicket, it comes slowly off the pitch, and he hits it to deep square leg

47.3

Mpofu to Mathews, 1 wide, 101.6 kph, another slower one, this time he gets it wide down the leg side

47.3

Mpofu to Mathews, OUT, the ball is following Elton all around, and he is not letting it down, Angelo skied it high looking for the slog over midwicket, and Chigumbura took a nice running catch diving forward

AD Mathews c Chigumbura b Mpofu 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Chamara Silva it will be now

47.4

Mpofu to Sangakkara, 1 wide, with one fine leg up in the circle he bowls a gentle wide ball down the leg side

47.4

Mpofu to Sangakkara, 1 run, yet another slower delivery, he drops it in front of covers for a single

47.5

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

47.6

Mpofu to Silva, OUT, this was coming, one more batsman falls going for the big shot, Chamara wanted to lift this full delivery over deep midwicket again, but could not get it wide of the man this time, hit it straight to him in fact

LPC Silva c Panyangara b Mpofu 4 (2m 2b 1x4 0x6) SR: 200.00

End of over 48 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 308/6 (RR: 6.41)
     CB Mpofu    6-0-52-4
KC Sangakkara    2* (2b)      RW Price    9-0-46-1

Thilan comes out now

48.1

Panyangara to Samaraweera, 1 run, drops it in to the off side for a single, better than giving catching practice

48.2

Panyangara to Sangakkara, 1 run, targets the blockhole now, worked away off the pads to deep midwicket

48.3

Panyangara to Samaraweera, 1 run, Thilan steps outside off stump, and plays a neat cover drive to bring Sanga on strike

48.4

Panyangara to Sangakkara, 1 wide, more waywardness of the wide kind from Zimbabwe, down the leg side

48.4

Panyangara to Sangakkara, 2 runs, Sanga waltzes down the track, and lofts it straight down the ground, but long off runs across to field, Thilan charges back for the second

48.5

Panyangara to Sangakkara, 1 run, brings Thilan on strike with a run down the ground, what can Thilan do now?

48.6

Panyangara to Samaraweera, 1 run, he walks outside off stump, and flicks this one away in front of square leg, a bit strange to see Thilan go about in these end overs

End of over 49 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 316/6 (RR: 6.44)
TT Samaraweera    3* (3b)      T Panyangara    6-0-51-0
KC Sangakkara    6* (5b)      CB Mpofu    6-0-52-4

49.1

Mpofu to Samaraweera, no run, beats him with a slower and wide one outside off stump, he wanted to cut it away

49.2

Mpofu to Samaraweera, 1 run, goes walking across the stumps and down the track, and flicks through midwicket, he does this one well, actually

49.3

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

49.4

Mpofu to Sangakkara, 1 run, cannot get this one away, only a single this time

49.5

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

49.6

Mpofu to Samaraweera, 1 leg bye, in the blockhole, they go up for an appeal as it strikes the pads, there have been precious few of those, there was one off the first ball of the innings, the umpire was not interested then, he is not interested now, Thilan missed with a swing across the line

Chayan can't stop marvelling at the contrast: "Wow.. This s perfectly placed opposite innings from 44th over when compared to the carnage placed Taylor's innings .. Perfectly opposite.. Perfectly."

Nothing much to say about the Zimbabwe bowling. Dilshan and Tharanga feasted on it almost entirely, leaving only some death-over slogs for the rest of the batsmen. The duo just missed out on breaking the record for the highest opening partnership in ODIs. Price and Utseya were restrictive at best, and there was nothing else in it for Zimbabwe. Join us in 30 minutes for the chase. Till then, you can have a look at our smartphone apps. Also have a look at the Player Rater.

End of over 50 (11 runs) Sri Lanka 327/6
TT Samaraweera    8* (7b 1x4)      CB Mpofu    7-0-62-4
KC Sangakkara    11* (7b 1x4)      T Panyangara    6-0-51-0

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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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