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

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   HK Bennett 1-0-6-0

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

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   HK Bennett 2-0-8-0

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   HK Bennett 3-0-12-0

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

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   HK Bennett 4-0-15-0

30.1

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

Sri Lanka 125/2   HK Bennett 4.1-0-16-0

Photos

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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