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

3.1

Oram to Sangakkara, no run, angles right across Sanga, who is beaten, poking at it

3.2

Oram to Sangakkara, 1 run, stays back to push this to third man for a single

3.4

Oram to Sangakkara, no run, slanted across Sanga who watches it sail through to the keeper

3.5

Oram to Sangakkara, FOUR, run out appeal against Sanga. It was nudged to backward square-leg, Sanga had set off for the run but Guptill was placed there. Sanga hurried back and there was a direct hit but Sanga dived to get back in time. The ball ricochets off the stumps to the boundary

3.6

Oram to Sangakkara, no run, leans forward to defend to the on side

Sri Lanka 19/1   KC Sangakkara 5* (5b 1x4)

4.4

Southee to Sangakkara, FOUR, shot. He leans forward to whip a full delivery through midwicket region

4.5

Southee to Sangakkara, no run, in the zone outside off stump, left alone

4.6

Southee to Sangakkara, no run, leans forward and across to steer the length delivery to point

Sri Lanka 23/2   KC Sangakkara 9* (8b 2x4)

6.1

Southee to Sangakkara, no run, gets behind the line to defend this one carefully

6.2

Southee to Sangakkara, no run, fuller and outside off, Sanga reaches out, jams his bat on the ground even as the ball rushes past the edge. Sanga then goes for a walk towards square-leg

6.3

Southee to Sangakkara, no run, good probing delivery in the zone and Sanga is caught in two minds- to play or to leave and lets it go in the end.

6.4

Southee to Sangakkara, 2 runs, gets this one to come back in to Sanga but it drifts to the middle and leg line and Sanga wrists it to fine-leg region where Oram makes a fine diving save

6.5

Southee to Sangakkara, no run, in the zone outside off, pushed out to cover

6.6

Southee to Sangakkara, no run, in the corridor outside off, left alone

Sri Lanka 29/2   KC Sangakkara 11* (14b 2x4)

8.1

Southee to Sangakkara, no run, in the zone outside off, left alone

8.2

Southee to Sangakkara, 1 run, gets forward to drive wide of mid-off for a single. Sanga gets across to the other end, turns back and nods at Mahela

8.5

Southee to Sangakkara, FOUR, Another good delivery; cramps Sanga for room on the middle and off line and cutting away from him: Sanga stabs it of the outer edge and third man can't get across in time

8.6

Southee to Sangakkara, no run, full in length outside off stump, left alone

Sri Lanka 41/2   KC Sangakkara 16* (18b 3x4)

9.6

Bennett to Sangakkara, 1 run, oh boy he is going after those yorkers here. this one ends up a dipping low full toss, and Sanga gets an inside edge as he tries to dig it out

Sri Lanka 43/2   KC Sangakkara 17* (19b 3x4)

10.1

Ryder to Sangakkara, 1 wide, angles away from the off stump, left alone

10.1

Ryder to Sangakkara, no run, on the off stump line, turned to backward point

10.2

Ryder to Sangakkara, no run, And again. Mccullum is standing up to the stumps

10.3

Ryder to Sangakkara, no run, on the off stump line, defended to the off

10.4

Ryder to Sangakkara, 1 run, on the middle stump line, worked towards midwicket for a single

Sri Lanka 45/2   KC Sangakkara 18* (23b 3x4)

11.1

Bennett to Sangakkara, no run, slants this across Sanga, not a yorker but on a good length, left alone

11.2

Bennett to Sangakkara, no run, around the off stump line, defended back to the bowler

11.3

Bennett to Sangakkara, no run, full in length around off, Sanga pushes it to the leg side. Good tight over so far.

11.4

Bennett to Sangakkara, no run, in the corridor outside off and Sanga lets Baz take it

11.5

Bennett to Sangakkara, FOUR, classy! Sanga leans forward to cream a length delivery on the off stump line to the left of mid-off.

11.6

Bennett to Sangakkara, no run, drives this to covers, crisp timing, but straight to the short extra cover fielder

Sri Lanka 49/2   KC Sangakkara 22* (29b 4x4)

12.3

Oram to Sangakkara, no run, lands on the leg stump line, moves towards middle and off, pushed back to the bowler

12.4

Oram to Sangakkara, no run, on the middle stump line, pushed back to the bowler

12.5

Oram to Sangakkara, no run, banged in a bouncer on the middle and Sanga goes down under

12.6

Oram to Sangakkara, no run, in the zone outside off, angling away, left alone

Sri Lanka 52/2   KC Sangakkara 22* (33b 4x4)

13.3

Ryder to Sangakkara, 1 no ball, pushes this wide outside off stump,. No ball, though. Free hit coming up. Break-free time.

13.3

Ryder to Sangakkara, FOUR, full delivery and Sanga slices it up and over mid-off.

13.4

Ryder to Sangakkara, 1 run, full delivery around off, caressed to left of short cover who dives to make a half-stop

Sri Lanka 59/2   KC Sangakkara 27* (36b 5x4)

14.1

Oram to Sangakkara, no run, lean forward to defend to the off side

14.2

Oram to Sangakkara, no run, wobbles away in the air and cuts away through the corridor, left alone

14.3

Oram to Sangakkara, 1 run, gets forward to nudge this behind square-leg for a single

Sri Lanka 60/2   KC Sangakkara 28* (39b 5x4)

15.1

Franklin to Sangakkara, FOUR, Crash! Full pitched and width outside off, Sanga leans across to cream it through covers. Poor delivery first-up

15.2

Franklin to Sangakkara, no run, fuller, closer to the off, driven to mid-off

15.3

Franklin to Sangakkara, no run, gets forward to defend a good-length delivery back to the bowler

15.4

Franklin to Sangakkara, no run, full in length around off, pushed out to cover

15.5

Franklin to Sangakkara, no run, leans across to drive to cover

15.6

Franklin to Sangakkara, no run, on the middle stump line, tapped back to Franklin

Sri Lanka 64/2   KC Sangakkara 32* (45b 6x4)

17.1

Franklin to Sangakkara, no run, leans forward to nudge it to the leg side

17.2

Franklin to Sangakkara, 1 run, leans forward to drive to mid-off

17.4

Franklin to Sangakkara, 1 run, short in length, bounces outside off, run down to third man

17.6

Franklin to Sangakkara, no run, stays back to defend to the leg side

Sri Lanka 68/2   KC Sangakkara 34* (49b 6x4)

18.2

Styris to Sangakkara, no run, nudges this to short mid-on region. Styris will bowl a lot of off cutters

18.3

Styris to Sangakkara, no run, fullish around off, squirted out to backward point

18.4

Styris to Sangakkara, 1 run, wafts this past square-leg for a single

18.6

Styris to Sangakkara, 1 run, leans forward to drive to long-off for a single

Sri Lanka 72/2   KC Sangakkara 36* (53b 6x4)

19.1

NL McCullum to Sangakkara, no run, around the off stump line, punched out to cover

19.2

NL McCullum to Sangakkara, 1 run, quickish, just outside off, punched out to sweeper cover

19.5

NL McCullum to Sangakkara, no run, on the pads, rolls away to short fine-leg

19.6

NL McCullum to Sangakkara, 1 run, floated full around off, driven to long-off

Sri Lanka 75/2   KC Sangakkara 38* (57b 6x4)

20.1

Styris to Sangakkara, no run, around the off stump line, dabbed to midwicket

20.2

Styris to Sangakkara, 1 run, on the leg stump line, nurdled around the corner for a single

20.6

Styris to Sangakkara, 1 run, full delivery around off stump line, eased to long-off

Sri Lanka 78/2   KC Sangakkara 40* (60b 6x4)

21.1

NL McCullum to Sangakkara, no run, leans forward to defend to cover

21.2

NL McCullum to Sangakkara, no run, gets forward to dab this to the off.

21.3

NL McCullum to Sangakkara, 1 run, around the off stump line, squirted to square-leg

21.6

NL McCullum to Sangakkara, 1 run, gets forward to work this through the on side for a single

Sri Lanka 81/2   KC Sangakkara 42* (64b 6x4)

22.1

Styris to Sangakkara, 1 run

22.3

Styris to Sangakkara, no run, stays back to drive to cover

22.4

Styris to Sangakkara, no run, again punches but can't beat Taylor at covers

22.5

Styris to Sangakkara, 1 run, floats this fuller and slower and wider outside off, slashed away to sweeper cover

Sri Lanka 84/2   KC Sangakkara 44* (68b 6x4)

23.4

NL McCullum to Sangakkara, 1 run, worked through the on side for a single

Sri Lanka 89/2   KC Sangakkara 45* (69b 6x4)

24.1

Styris to Sangakkara, 1 run, short in length outside off, punched away to long-off

24.3

Styris to Sangakkara, no run, leans forward to nudge it back to the bowler

24.4

Styris to Sangakkara, no run, leans forward to drive to short extra cover

24.5

Styris to Sangakkara, 1 run, stays back to punch it to long-on

Sri Lanka 96/2   KC Sangakkara 47* (73b 6x4)

25.1

NL McCullum to Sangakkara, no run, short in length just outside off, cut to left of backward point where Taylor makes a fine stop

25.2

NL McCullum to Sangakkara, 1 run, flighted on a length on the middle and leg, lifted aerially but short of long-on

25.5

NL McCullum to Sangakkara, 1 run, leans forward to ping long-on. 9000 ODI runs for Sanga. The fourth Sri Lankan to achieve it. Whaddaplayaa!

Sri Lanka 103/2   KC Sangakkara 49* (76b 6x4)

26.4

Styris to Sangakkara, 1 run, width outside off, slahed away to sweeper cover. Fifty up for Sanga. 62nd ODI fifty. Mahela gets across to congratulate him

Sri Lanka 108/2   KC Sangakkara 50* (77b 6x4)

27.3

NL McCullum to Sangakkara, 2 runs, gets forward to scoop this over the bowler's head ... Franklin makes a neat sliding stop at the long-off boundary

27.4

NL McCullum to Sangakkara, no run, gets forward to push-drive this back down the track

27.5

NL McCullum to Sangakkara, no run, gets forward to drive and almost yorks himself; ends up stabbing it to the off

27.6

NL McCullum to Sangakkara, no run, And again. This time he digs it out back to the bowler

Sri Lanka 112/2   KC Sangakkara 52* (81b 6x4)

28.2

Bennett to Sangakkara, no run, short in length, skids across Sanga who goes for the pull but doesn't connect

28.3

Bennett to Sangakkara, 1 wide, bangs in a high bouncer. Wide.

28.3

Bennett to Sangakkara, no run, lands on a good length and straightens. That straightening surprised Sanga who jabs it to the off side

28.4

Bennett to Sangakkara, no run, yorker length outside off, jabbed away to backward point

28.5

Bennett to Sangakkara, no run, full delivery, worked to midwicket

28.6

Bennett to Sangakkara, no run, full delivery, mistimed to short extra cover and Sanga has a look at the bottom of his bat

Sri Lanka 115/2   KC Sangakkara 52* (86b 6x4)

29.2

NL McCullum to Sangakkara, 1 run, gets forward to on drive to long-on for a single

29.4

NL McCullum to Sangakkara, 1 run, works this through the on side for a single

29.6

NL McCullum to Sangakkara, FOUR, Whack! He went down on his knee and slog swept this hard. Really hard.

Sri Lanka 124/2   KC Sangakkara 58* (89b 7x4)

30.2

Ryder to Sangakkara, no run, full in length around off, driven to cover

30.3

Ryder to Sangakkara, no run, fullish delivery outside off, dug out to backward point

30.4

Ryder to Sangakkara, 1 run, leans forward to work it for a single through the on side

30.6

Ryder to Sangakkara, 1 run, gets forward to drag this to long-on

Sri Lanka 128/2   KC Sangakkara 60* (93b 7x4)

31.1

Williamson to Sangakkara, 1 run, gets forward to ping Frankln at long-off

31.3

Williamson to Sangakkara, 1 run, moves down the track to work this to backward square-leg region

31.6

Williamson to Sangakkara, no run, just outside off, dabbed to backward point

Sri Lanka 132/2   KC Sangakkara 62* (96b 7x4)

33.1

Franklin to Sangakkara, 1 run, moves forward for the big hit and drags it to deep midwicket

33.3

Franklin to Sangakkara, no run, full delivery outside off, blasted hard but straight to short cover

33.4

Franklin to Sangakkara, no run, length delivery well outside off, Sanga goes for the cut, under edges it to the ground and it bounces to the keeper

33.5

Franklin to Sangakkara, 1 run, full pitched outside off, mistimes it to long-on

Sri Lanka 141/2   KC Sangakkara 64* (100b 7x4)

34.1

Styris to Sangakkara, 1 run, on the middle stump line, sluggish track, punched down to long-on

34.3

Styris to Sangakkara, SIX, Top shot! Treat to watch. It was a full delivery on the middle stump line, Sanga cleared his front leg, held his balance and lifted it to the straight boundary

34.4

Styris to Sangakkara, 1 run, slower off cutter, driven past Mahela for a single

Sri Lanka 150/2   KC Sangakkara 72* (103b 7x4 1x6)

35.2

NL McCullum to Sangakkara, no run, quicker one outside off, Sanga stabs it in the air but short of backward point

35.3

NL McCullum to Sangakkara, 1 run, taps this to square-leg for a single

35.5

NL McCullum to Sangakkara, FOUR, quickish delivery outside off, full in length but Sanga stays back to unfurl a peach of a cut shot. He waited on it and cut it really square.

35.6

NL McCullum to Sangakkara, no run, on the off stump line, pushed out to cover

Sri Lanka 162/2   KC Sangakkara 77* (107b 8x4 1x6)

36.4

Southee to Sangakkara, no run, bouncer around the off stump line, Sanga sways away

36.5

Southee to Sangakkara, no run, Another bouncer and this time Sanga ducks

36.6

Southee to Sangakkara, no run, full delivery outside off, driven to cover

Sri Lanka 165/3   KC Sangakkara 77* (110b 8x4 1x6)

37.4

Oram to Sangakkara, 1 run, low full toss on the pads, turned down to fine-leg fielder.

37.6

Oram to Sangakkara, 1 run, slower one, on the middle and leg, turned to midwicket for a single

Sri Lanka 170/3   KC Sangakkara 79* (112b 8x4 1x6)

38.1

Southee to Sangakkara, 1 run, goes for the yorker, dug out to cover for a single

38.3

Southee to Sangakkara, FOUR, poor delivery- full and well outside off and Sanga slashes it up and over point. He was down on his knee when he finished that shot.

38.4

Southee to Sangakkara, SIX, Crunched! It was banged in short and just outside off, Sanga arched back, created room and cut it up and over backward point boundary. Fab strike

38.5

Southee to Sangakkara, FOUR, Oh whadddaplayaaa! Talk about creating room. It was the bouncer from round the stumps, aiming for his body. Sanga back-pedals towards leg, gets away from the line of fire and upper cut it over backward point. Great improvisation.

38.6

Southee to Sangakkara, 1 run, back over the stumps now; fullish on the pads, flicked away to deep square-leg region

Sri Lanka 187/3   KC Sangakkara 95* (117b 10x4 2x6)

39.1

Oram to Sangakkara, FOUR, gift - full delivery down the leg side and Sanga does what he had to do - get bat on ball.

39.2

Oram to Sangakkara, 1 run, That's his hundred. He turns a slower one to fine-leg and raises his arms aloft as he crosses over. The crowd applaud and so do his team-mates from the dressing room. Sanga last hit a ton in June 2008. 63 innings without a hundred.

39.4

Oram to Sangakkara, 1 run, slower cutter outside off, dabbed to backward point for a single

39.6

Oram to Sangakkara, (no ball) FOUR, More innovation. It was a full delivery on the stumps, Sanga moves outside leg , and square drives it to the boundary

39.6

Oram to Sangakkara, 2 runs, Sanga whacks a full delivery to the straight boundary where Jamie How makes a fine diving save, rushing to his right from long-on

Sri Lanka 202/3   KC Sangakkara 107* (122b 12x4 2x6)

40.2

Southee to Sangakkara, 1 run, a yorker from round the stumps, Sanga was moving towards leg, crouches to dig it out to the off

40.4

Southee to Sangakkara, 2 runs, another yorker- they keep coming - pushed out to point region .. overthrows ..

40.5

Southee to Sangakkara, no run, goes down the track and drives on the up to extra cover

40.6

Southee to Sangakkara, no run, yorker length outside off and Sanga tries to dig it out ... no wood on leather

Sri Lanka 207/3   KC Sangakkara 110* (126b 12x4 2x6)

41.2

NL McCullum to Sangakkara, 1 run, on the middle stump line, from round the stumps, punched to long-off

41.4

NL McCullum to Sangakkara, OUT, Nathan can finally smile. He has picked a wicket. Full and straight, Sanga goes for the big slog sweep but makes no contact. Clatter! Sanga has ended the ton-drought and Sri Lanka would be so glad that the skipper is in great form just ahead of the knockouts

KC Sangakkara b NL McCullum 111 (186m 128b 12x4 2x6) SR: 86.71

Sri Lanka 210/4   KC Sangakkara 111 (128b 12x4 2x6)

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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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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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