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

3.5

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

Sri Lanka 19/1   KC Sangakkara 5* (4b 1x4)   JDP Oram 1.5-0-9-0

4.4

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

Sri Lanka 23/2   KC Sangakkara 9* (6b 2x4)   TG Southee 2.4-0-12-1

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!

Sri Lanka 27/2   DPMD Jayawardene 4* (2b 1x4)   JDP Oram 2.2-0-13-0

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.

Sri Lanka 33/2   DPMD Jayawardene 8* (7b 2x4)   HK Bennett 0.1-0-4-0

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

Sri Lanka 41/2   KC Sangakkara 16* (17b 3x4)   TG Southee 4.5-0-20-1

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.

Sri Lanka 49/2   KC Sangakkara 22* (28b 4x4)   HK Bennett 2.5-0-12-0

13.3

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

Sri Lanka 58/2   KC Sangakkara 26* (35b 5x4)   JD Ryder 1.3-0-8-0

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

Sri Lanka 64/2   KC Sangakkara 32* (40b 6x4)   JEC Franklin 0.1-0-4-0

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)   NL McCullum 3-0-14-0

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)   SB Styris 4-0-18-0

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)   NL McCullum 6-0-30-0

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)   JD Ryder 3.5-0-18-0

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

Sri Lanka 154/2   DPMD Jayawardene 63* (86b 6x4)   SB Styris 5.5-0-36-0

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.

Sri Lanka 162/2   KC Sangakkara 77* (106b 8x4 1x6)   NL McCullum 6.5-0-37-0

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.

Sri Lanka 176/3   KC Sangakkara 84* (114b 9x4 1x6)   TG Southee 6.3-0-29-2

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.

Sri Lanka 186/3   KC Sangakkara 94* (116b 10x4 2x6)   TG Southee 6.5-0-39-2

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.

Sri Lanka 191/3   KC Sangakkara 99* (118b 11x4 2x6)   JDP Oram 7.1-1-25-0

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

Sri Lanka 200/3   KC Sangakkara 105* (121b 12x4 2x6)   JDP Oram 7.5-1-34-0

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!

Sri Lanka 231/6   AD Mathews 20* (25b 1x4)   TG Southee 8.3-0-50-2

47.6

Oram to Mathews, FOUR, Brendon almost pouches a beauty. It was the short ball on the leg stump line, edges the pull and Brendon flies to his left but can't reach it

Sri Lanka 243/8   AD Mathews 26* (28b 2x4)   JDP Oram 9-1-47-1

49.1

Oram to Mathews, FOUR, slower one, fullish, lands on a length on the leg stump line, Angelo opens his stance, clears the front foot and swipes it between deep midwicket and long-on

Sri Lanka 259/8   AD Mathews 35* (32b 3x4)   JDP Oram 9.1-1-51-1

49.3

Oram to Mathews, FOUR, moves outside the leg stump, crouches to pick a delivery short of the blockhole and drags it to midwicket boundary. Kane throws in a desperate dive but can't stop it

Sri Lanka 264/9   AD Mathews 40* (34b 4x4)   JDP Oram 9.3-1-56-1

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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