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

0.1

Southee to Tharanga, 1 wide, Some movement all right. It seamed away from the stumps and veered down the leg side. Wide of course but it should be interesting if he can start it around the off stump line

0.1

Southee to Tharanga, 2 leg byes, again swinging towards the pads, McCullum goes flying to make a half-stop

0.2

Southee to Tharanga, no run, pushes this across the batsman, around the off, defended to the off side. He is sure to go for that inswinger (to the lefty) again. Can he get the line right?

0.3

Southee to Tharanga, 1 run, tries the inswinger but again on the pads, rolls away to square-leg region. Well, now a right-handed batsman on strike. here we go

0.4

Southee to Dilshan, no run, from wide of the crease and from that angle he couldn't get it to swing and Dilshan whacks the full-length delivery but straight to cover

0.5

Southee to Dilshan, no run, closer to the stumps as he releases the ball, lands around the middle, on a length, and curves away to off and middle, pushed out to the off

0.6

Southee to Dilshan, no run, outswinger in the zone and Dilshan has a big swing and a miss. Oohs and aahs from the men behind the stumps

Sri Lanka 4/0   TG Southee 1-0-2-0

2.1

Southee to Tharanga, no run, full in length around off stump, driven to mid-off

2.2

Southee to Tharanga, no run, full in length, on the middle, turned out to the leg side. So far two ball straight with the angle. Will he try to curve in the next ball?

2.3

Southee to Tharanga, 1 run, short in length and just outside off, cut down to third man for a single.

2.4

Southee to Dilshan, 5 wides, Screaming bouncer but too high and it leaps over Baz who jumps but can't haul it back in

2.4

Southee to Dilshan, no run, full and straight, driven hard but straight to mid-off. A feet or two to left or right of that fielder might have got him four

2.5

Southee to Dilshan, no run, in the corridor from a good length, Dilshan tries to whack it through the off but makes no contact

2.6

Southee to Dilshan, OUT, Tharanga is run out. It was driven right down the track, Tharanga backed up too far, and Southee got a hand on the ball as he dived to stop it and the ball rolled on to hit the stumps. Accidental run out but NZ will take it. Tharanga back to hut

WU Tharanga run out 3 (13m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 42.85

Sri Lanka 13/1   TG Southee 2-0-8-0

4.1

Southee to Dilshan, no run, leans forward to drive to mid-off. Again straight to the fielder.

4.2

Southee to Dilshan, no run, full in length on the middle, punched back to Southee who threatens to throw but holds on to the ball. Danny Morrison is loving it on the air.

4.3

Southee to Dilshan, OUT, Caught at third man! he was not slashing or upper cutting but actually trying to whip it to the on side. he chose the wrong length for it. It landed short in length on the middle and leg and straightened. Dilshan got a leading edge and the ball swirled away to Oram at third man

TM Dilshan c Oram b Southee 3 (22m 15b 0x4 0x6) SR: 20.00

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   TG Southee 3-0-12-1

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   TG Southee 4-0-14-1

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

8.3

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

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   TG Southee 5-0-20-1

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

36.2

Southee to Mathews, no run, just outside the off stump, and Angelo, promoted up the order, defends

36.3

Southee to Mathews, 1 run, around the off stump line, tapped to point for a single

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   TG Southee 6-0-23-2

38.1

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

38.2

Southee to Mathews, 1 run, down the track and hits it down the track; the bowler gets his left hand out to make a half-stop

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   TG Southee 7-0-40-2

40.1

Southee to Mathews, 1 run, full delivery on the off, tapped to the off

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

40.3

Southee to Mathews, 1 run, takes a couple of steps down the track and thumps it past Sanga

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   TG Southee 8-0-45-2

46.1

Southee to Kulasekara, no run, on the pads, rolls away to the leg side

46.2

Southee to Kulasekara, 1 wide, this one goes flying down the leg side. Wide

46.2

Southee to Kulasekara, 1 leg bye, on the middle and leg, again Kula doesn't connect with his dab.. leg bye

46.3

Southee to Mathews, FOUR, Fab shot! It was a full-length delivery on the middle and leg.... Angelo just leans across, and paddles it up and over short fine-leg fielder!

46.4

Southee to Mathews, 1 run, backs away to drive the low full toss to long-on

46.5

Southee to Kulasekara, no run, short in length on the middle stump line, pushed out to the off

46.6

Southee to Kulasekara, OUT, Shortish delivery, Kula pulls, Guptill nearly lost it at deep midwicket. he almost over ran to his right even as the ball seemed to have swerved to his left. Somehow, he managed to stop, tilt back and held on to the catch!

KMDN Kulasekara c Guptill b Southee 1 (7m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 16.66

Sri Lanka 232/7   TG Southee 9-0-51-3

48.1

Southee to Muralitharan, 1 run, full and straight, driven to long-on

48.2

Southee to Mathews, 2 runs, back away to drive a dipping full toss - attempted yorker- to long-on for couple of runs

48.3

Southee to Mathews, 2 runs, goes for another yorker, low dipping full delivery on the middle, dragged off the inside edge past square-leg

48.4

Southee to Mathews, 1 run, The yorkers keep coming. Great effort on such a humid day. Its been stabbed to midwicket

48.5

Southee to Muralitharan, SIX, What a delicious six! another yorker attempted but this one lands short of the block hole. Mural cleared his front foot and scooped it up and over the straight boundary!

48.6

Southee to Muralitharan, no run, the bouncer comes, Murali tries to pull but the ball flies through to the keeper

Sri Lanka 255/8   TG Southee 10-0-63-3

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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