ICC Cricket World Cup, 2010/11 / Commentary

ICC Cricket World Cup - 38th match, Group A

New Zealand v Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka won by 112 runs

5.1

Oram to Jayawardene, no run, lands on a length around off and straightens, Mahela pushes it to the off

5.2

Oram to Jayawardene, FOUR, What a mess-up from Bennett at mid-on. It was on driven to his right and he seemed to had it covered when he slid across but the ball went right through him!

5.3

Oram to Jayawardene, no run, turns this to square-leg region

5.4

Oram to Jayawardene, no run, in the zone outside off stump, left alone

5.5

Oram to Jayawardene, no run, lands full in length outside off and straightens. Mahela shoulders arms

5.6

Oram to Jayawardene, no run, further away from the off stump and Mahela lets this one go past him as well

Sri Lanka 27/2   DPMD Jayawardene 4* (6b 1x4)

7.1

Bennett to Jayawardene, FOUR, around 138 kmph and drifting to the pads. What's that cliche? ah yeah .. "Easy pickings" Mahela wrists it away, very stylishly if I might add.

7.2

Bennett to Jayawardene, no run, gets it correct this time; on a good length and around that off stump, defended to cover

7.3

Bennett to Jayawardene, no run, goes for the yorker, just outside off and Mahela digs it back to the bowler

7.4

Bennett to Jayawardene, 2 runs, gets forward to work this past square-leg ... Southee runs in to stop but lets the ball slip through his fingers. Hot and humid day, beginning to take its toll already.

7.5

Bennett to Jayawardene, no run, good line and length around that off and Mahela pushes it quietly to the off

7.6

Bennett to Jayawardene, no run, confusion between the two batsman after Mahela turns it to left of midwicket and they decide to retreat

Sri Lanka 35/2   DPMD Jayawardene 10* (12b 2x4)

8.3

Southee to Jayawardene, no run, gets forward to push this to mid-on

8.4

Southee to Jayawardene, 1 run, fine delivery, It landed on a good length on the off-stump line and cut away. Mahela adjusts his hands and steers the ball to third man

Sri Lanka 37/2   DPMD Jayawardene 11* (14b 2x4)

9.1

Bennett to Jayawardene, no run, full in length outside off stump, pushed out to mid-off

9.2

Bennett to Jayawardene, no run, low full toss but Mahela punches it straight to cover!

9.3

Bennett to Jayawardene, no run, full, very full, on the middle and off line, Mahela jams it out to the off

9.4

Bennett to Jayawardene, no run, another full delivery, just short of the blockhole, dug out to point .

9.5

Bennett to Jayawardene, 1 run, goes for yet another yorker, again just short of the blockhole, turned behind square-leg

Sri Lanka 42/2   DPMD Jayawardene 12* (19b 2x4)

10.5

Ryder to Jayawardene, no run, gets forward to push this to mid-on

10.6

Ryder to Jayawardene, no run, on the middle and leg, turned to short fine-leg fielder

Sri Lanka 45/2   DPMD Jayawardene 12* (21b 2x4)

12.1

Oram to Jayawardene, 2 runs, cuts in with some extra bounce, tucked thro backward square-leg and Brendon rushes after it but they will get two

12.2

Oram to Jayawardene, 1 leg bye, again seams in, moves past the prod and rolls away of the thigh pad

Sri Lanka 52/2   DPMD Jayawardene 14* (23b 2x4)

13.1

Ryder to Jayawardene, no run, leans forward to drive straight to cover

13.2

Ryder to Jayawardene, 1 run, slower, just outside off, nudged to short third man region

13.5

Ryder to Jayawardene, no run, in the channel outside off, tries to late cut and is beaten

13.6

Ryder to Jayawardene, no run, full and just outside off, defended on the front foot

Sri Lanka 59/2   DPMD Jayawardene 15* (27b 2x4)

14.4

Oram to Jayawardene, no run, full in length and on the middle and off line, eased back to the bowler

14.5

Oram to Jayawardene, no run, further away from the off stump, left alone

14.6

Oram to Jayawardene, no run, good delivery, cutting back in to move past the defensive poke and hitting the thigh pad.

Sri Lanka 60/2   DPMD Jayawardene 15* (30b 2x4)

16.1

Oram to Jayawardene, no run, gets behind the line to stab this one to the leg side

16.2

Oram to Jayawardene, no run, leans forward to drive to short extra cover

16.3

Oram to Jayawardene, no run, full in length and on the stumps and Mahela stretches forward to nudge it to the leg side

16.4

Oram to Jayawardene, no run, this one straightens on the off stump line and Mahela adjusts to defend it to the off

16.5

Oram to Jayawardene, no run, gets back and across to defend this carefully.

16.6

Oram to Jayawardene, no run, straightens outside off, extra bounce too, Mahela adjusts, gets his hands up and jabs the ball to point

Sri Lanka 64/2   DPMD Jayawardene 15* (36b 2x4)

17.3

Franklin to Jayawardene, 1 run, gets forward to drive to right of mid-off for a single

17.5

Franklin to Jayawardene, 1 run, drifts to the pads, flicked away behind square-leg

Sri Lanka 68/2   DPMD Jayawardene 17* (38b 2x4)

18.1

Styris to Jayawardene, 1 run, floated full on the off, eased down to long-on. 50 partnership up.

18.5

Styris to Jayawardene, 1 run, taps this to point for a single

Sri Lanka 71/2   DPMD Jayawardene 19* (40b 2x4)

19.3

NL McCullum to Jayawardene, no run, stays round the stumps for Mahela as well, floats it around off, driven back to him

19.4

NL McCullum to Jayawardene, 1 run, turns this to deep square-leg region for a single

Sri Lanka 74/2   DPMD Jayawardene 20* (42b 2x4)

20.3

Styris to Jayawardene, no run, fullish , just outside off, driven back to Styris

20.4

Styris to Jayawardene, no run, slightly slower, drifts away from the off stump line and Sanga checks his shot and it stops on him and the ball is in the air but wide of the bowler

20.5

Styris to Jayawardene, 1 run, fuller and straighter, driven to long-on

Sri Lanka 77/2   DPMD Jayawardene 21* (45b 2x4)

21.4

NL McCullum to Jayawardene, no run, from round the stumps, on the middle, turned to midwicket

21.5

NL McCullum to Jayawardene, 1 run, works it to right of midwicket where Guptill makes a fine dive and they will get a single

Sri Lanka 80/2   DPMD Jayawardene 22* (47b 2x4)

22.2

Styris to Jayawardene, 1 run, flicks it from the off stump line where Ryder makes a mess and they get an extra run.

22.6

Styris to Jayawardene, 1 run, full and straight on the middle, on driven for a single

Sri Lanka 85/2   DPMD Jayawardene 24* (49b 2x4)

23.1

NL McCullum to Jayawardene, 2 runs, The reverse sweep! He picked it from outside leg and swept it over backward point. A bit of top edge as well

23.2

NL McCullum to Jayawardene, no run, Great catch or may be not What a stunner! Nathan mcCullum has gone flying! It stopped a touch on Mahela who ended up chipping his defensive shot well to the right of the bowler. Nathan took couple of steps to his right and flew. The ball was dying on him when he got his palms under it. Mahela is not convinced it was taken cleanly. The third ump has been called. He caught in between his forefinger and middle-finger i reckon. What an amazing effort. He ended up at short mid-on region! Third ump says it might have touched the ground. Oh dear. I am not sure it did. Nathan is upset, he has a talk with the umpire. Ross Taylor gets in as well. It's a cruel batsman's game; the benefit of doubt always goes to him.

23.3

NL McCullum to Jayawardene, 1 run, leans forward to on drive to long-on

23.5

NL McCullum to Jayawardene, no run, leans forward to nudge this to the on side

23.6

NL McCullum to Jayawardene, FOUR, on the middle and leg, Mahela plays a sweep shot to pick up a boundary

Sri Lanka 93/2   DPMD Jayawardene 31* (54b 3x4)

24.2

Styris to Jayawardene, 1 run, on the middle and off, turned behind square-leg

24.6

Styris to Jayawardene, FOUR, lovely shot, just outside off and Mahela opens the bat-face to glide it late to third man boundary

Sri Lanka 100/2   DPMD Jayawardene 36* (56b 4x4)

25.3

NL McCullum to Jayawardene, no run, flatter, on the off, turned to midwicket

25.4

NL McCullum to Jayawardene, 1 run, slightly slower, shorter in length, cut to short third man

25.6

NL McCullum to Jayawardene, 1 run, short in length, pulled away for a single

Sri Lanka 104/2   DPMD Jayawardene 38* (59b 4x4)

26.1

Styris to Jayawardene, no run, leans forward to drive to the on side and Styris intercepts

26.2

Styris to Jayawardene, 2 runs, Lovely paddle shot. The ball runs to the fine-leg boundary where Hamish Bennett makes a fine diving save.

26.3

Styris to Jayawardene, 1 run, short in length outside off, dabbed to short third man region

26.5

Styris to Jayawardene, no run, almost yorker length on the middle and leg, dug out to the leg side

26.6

Styris to Jayawardene, 1 run, low full toss, punched down to long-on

Sri Lanka 109/2   DPMD Jayawardene 42* (64b 4x4)

27.1

NL McCullum to Jayawardene, no run, leans forward to defend this to the leg side

27.2

NL McCullum to Jayawardene, 1 run, goes down the track to drive to long-off

Sri Lanka 110/2   DPMD Jayawardene 43* (66b 4x4)

28.1

Bennett to Jayawardene, 1 no ball, good delivery, cutting back in with bounce, stabbed to point. But it's a no ball. Free hit coming up. > Shouldn't have been given a no ball for he landed behind the line before he slid forward.

28.1

Bennett to Jayawardene, 1 run, the slower bouncer, pulled away past square-leg

Sri Lanka 114/2   DPMD Jayawardene 44* (68b 4x4)

29.1

NL McCullum to Jayawardene, 1 run, from round the stumps, on the pads, worked through midwicket

29.3

NL McCullum to Jayawardene, 1 run, fetches it from outside off and sweeps it for a single

29.5

NL McCullum to Jayawardene, 1 run, gets forward to drive to cover

Sri Lanka 120/2   DPMD Jayawardene 47* (71b 4x4)

30.1

Bennett to Jayawardene, 1 run, low full toss, around waist high, Mahela shovels it over backward square-leg region

30.5

Ryder to Jayawardene, 1 run, really full delivery, eased down to long-on

Sri Lanka 127/2   DPMD Jayawardene 49* (73b 4x4)

31.2

Williamson to Jayawardene, 1 run, on the middle and leg, turned past square-leg ... Fifty for Mahela 56th ODI fifty.

31.4

Williamson to Jayawardene, no run, leans forward to push it to the off side

31.5

Williamson to Jayawardene, 1 run, backs away to chip it in the air but short of long-off

Sri Lanka 132/2   DPMD Jayawardene 51* (76b 4x4)

32.1

Ryder to Jayawardene, 2 runs, Run out appeal against Mahela It was nudged to the off and he charged across There was a direct hit at the non-striker's end but Mahela was home

32.2

Ryder to Jayawardene, no run, Stumping appeal. Mahela went for the big hit, dragged his back foot outside the line. He drags his back foot back towards the crease and does he get it back in time? He seems to have done so. Third ump reckons he gets it back in time.

32.3

Ryder to Jayawardene, no run, backs away to cut hard to left of point where Jamie How makes a fine diving stop

32.4

Ryder to Jayawardene, no run, really full delivery, mistimes his drives to the off

32.5

Ryder to Jayawardene, no run, a lovely dipping slower one, Mahela just about manages to pick it, checks his shot and defends

32.6

Ryder to Jayawardene, FOUR, Fabulicious shot! It was a full-length delivery just outside off and Mahela crouches, opens his bat-face and plays a delectable late steer through vacant slips.

Sri Lanka 138/2   DPMD Jayawardene 57* (82b 5x4)

33.2

Franklin to Jayawardene, 1 run, from round the stumps now, tucked behind square-leg

33.6

Franklin to Jayawardene, no run, backs away, franklin delivers from round the stumps and at the body of Mahela who jabs it to the off

Sri Lanka 141/2   DPMD Jayawardene 58* (84b 5x4)

34.2

Styris to Jayawardene, 1 run, short in length around off, Mahela laps it around the corner, behind square-leg

34.5

Styris to Jayawardene, FOUR, That late cut again! Awww. he backed away, waited for the cutter to move towards the off stump before he opened the bat-face and steered it to third man boundary

34.6

Styris to Jayawardene, 1 run, works this past midwicket for a single

Sri Lanka 155/2   DPMD Jayawardene 64* (87b 6x4)

35.1

NL McCullum to Jayawardene, 1 run, moves outside the leg stump and forces it to deep cover

35.4

NL McCullum to Jayawardene, 1 run, full delivery from round the stumps, on driven to long-on

Sri Lanka 158/2   DPMD Jayawardene 66* (89b 6x4)

36.1

Southee to Jayawardene, 1 wide, wide down the leg side.

36.1

Southee to Jayawardene, 1 wide, Oh dear! he just sprayed it way down the leg side

36.1

Southee to Jayawardene, OUT, Mahela goes for DRS after being given lbw. It lands full in length on the middle stump line and slid towards the leg stump. Mahela played all around it, trying to flick it away. It would have crashed into the leg stump

DPMD Jayawardene lbw b Southee 66 (149m 90b 6x4 0x6) SR: 73.33

Sri Lanka 164/3   DPMD Jayawardene 66 (90b 6x4)

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Mar 18, 2011

Nuwan Kulasekara walks back after dropping a catch, New Zealand v Sri Lanka, Group A, World Cup 2011, Mumbai, March 18, 2011

Nuwan Kulasekara walks back after dropping a catch

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Mar 18, 2011

Jacob Oram and Muttiah Muralitharan shake hands, New Zealand v Sri Lanka, Group A, World Cup 2011, Mumbai, March 18, 2011

Jacob Oram and Muttiah Muralitharan shake hands

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