ICC Cricket World Cup, 4th Quarter-Final: Sri Lanka v England at Colombo (RPS), Mar 26, 2011
ICC Cricket World Cup - 4th quarter final
Sri Lanka won by 10 wickets (with 63 balls remaining)
26 March 2011 - day/night match (50-over match)
9.6

Herath to Bopara, no run, pushed square on the off side

England 32/2   RS Bopara 0* (1b)
10.5

Mathews to Bopara, no run, this is such a big innings for Bopara, if he could just turn in a performance under intense pressure I think his international career could kick off. As it is he drives carefully

10.6

Mathews to Bopara, no run, ooh dear, Bopara and running is never a serene story. Here he prods to point sets off for a single before turning back in a hurry

England 35/2   RS Bopara 0* (3b)
11.4

Herath to Bopara, no run, fullish ball on middle that Bopara gets back to try and defend, looked hurried on the shot

11.5

Herath to Bopara, no run, more solid as Bopara comes forward to defend some flight from Herath

11.6

Herath to Bopara, FOUR, silky cut shot to a ball that was a fraction short. Bopara picked a gap behind point and threaded it through beautifully. That ought to ease his palpable nerves for a moment

England 42/2   RS Bopara 4* (6b 1x4)
12.3

Mathews to Bopara, no run, slightly slower from Mathews and on this track it barely reaches Bopara who was waiting in position to defend

12.4

Mathews to Bopara, 1 run, the inside edge helps Bopara get off strike and it dribbles to mid-on

England 44/2   RS Bopara 5* (8b 1x4)
13.1

Herath to Bopara, no run, tossed up around off stump and Bopara stretches forward to defend under his eyes

13.2

Herath to Bopara, no run, ooh, some flight and bite from Herath. Bopara looked to turn it to leg but it spun onto the leading edge

13.3

Herath to Bopara, no run, massive shout for lbw as Bopara plays around a quicker ball, looked to be heading to leg but the umpire gave it not out and Sri Lanka opted not to review. Really looked worth another look

13.4

Herath to Bopara, no run, ooh! Close again! Bopara goes back to a full and flat ball that skids under his attempted cut this far past off stump

13.5

Herath to Bopara, no run, very tentative now Bopara, creeping forward and hanging a bat somewhere in line. The ball slides past the inside edge

13.6

Herath to Bopara, no run, Bopara plays for turn that isn't there and ends up prodding with an inside edge. Just shows what one spinning delivery can do. For the moment, Bopara has no clue if it's turning or not

England 44/2   RS Bopara 5* (14b 1x4)
14.2

Mendis to Bopara, no run, Bopara sniffs the ball in defence

14.3

Mendis to Bopara, no run, very straight from Mendis, as always, and Bopara is more confident on his defence this time

14.4

Mendis to Bopara, no run, Sangakkara is very confident with a stumping appeal! Might just be to heap pressure on Bopara as he played and missed in defence. His foot just popped up for a moment but it came down in time. Close though. Something has to give soon with Bopara

14.5

Mendis to Bopara, 1 run, finally picks up a single, pushing forward in defence towards cover

England 46/2   RS Bopara 6* (18b 1x4)
15.1

Herath to Bopara, no run, Bopara is pinned to the crease in defence. After all the playing and missing I doubt they'd fancy charging down

15.2

Herath to Bopara, 1 run, gold, otherwise known as a single, as Bopara sweeps very uneasily

15.4

Herath to Bopara, no run, Bopara could be gone here lbw. Given not out by Doctrove, but he gives everything not out. Sri Lanka review. It was flighted and Bopara got forward and across his stumps. He's more than 2.5m down and 49% of the ball is hitting leg which means it just stays an on-field call

15.5

Herath to Bopara, 1 run, quicker ball dragged down, sweet mercy for Bopara as he turns it to leg

England 49/2   RS Bopara 8* (22b 1x4)
16.1

Mendis to Bopara, 1 run, a misfield from Malinga means a nervy single becomes more comfortable

16.3

Mendis to Bopara, no run, Bopara is playing so late, clearly has no idea which way it's spinning

16.4

Mendis to Bopara, no run, more flight on this, ended up half-volley length but because Bopara is so unsure what's going on he can't time his drive

16.5

Mendis to Bopara, no run, lovely bowling, everything is straight on a length but spinning in different directions. England making it look impossible

16.6

Mendis to Bopara, 1 run, an outside edge trickles down point and Bopara hares off for a tight single. In his excitement Dilshan, who was backing up the throw, tumbled over

England 56/2   RS Bopara 10* (27b 1x4)
17.1

Herath to Bopara, no run, some flight on this as Bopara defends

17.2

Herath to Bopara, 1 run, single, precious single, taken with a careful push wide of cover

England 57/2   RS Bopara 11* (29b 1x4)
18.3

Muralitharan to Bopara, 2 runs, Bopara on the sweep, a paddle version

18.4

Muralitharan to Bopara, no run, doosra early on, oddly Bopara seemed to read it

18.5

Muralitharan to Bopara, no run, hint of spin back into Bopara who looks to play with the spin

18.6

Muralitharan to Bopara, no run, slightly fuller and quicker, and with Bopara playing Murali off the pitch he looks rushed in defence

England 63/2   RS Bopara 13* (33b 1x4)
19.3

Mendis to Bopara, no run, Bopara forward to prod a defence

19.4

Mendis to Bopara, no run, very straight from Mendis, absolutely nowhere for Bopara to go unless he manufactures something

19.5

Mendis to Bopara, 1 run, the slightest hint of angle towards the pads means Bopara can inside-edge a single to midwicket

England 65/2   RS Bopara 14* (36b 1x4)
20.1

Muralitharan to Bopara, 2 runs, picks this off leg stump and tickles it past short fine-leg

20.2

Muralitharan to Bopara, 1 run, steps back towards leg then drives square through the off side out to the sweeper

20.5

Muralitharan to Bopara, 3 runs, that's very nicely done from Bopara, glides it past slip with a delicate late cut but some brilliant work on the boundary denies him a boundary

England 72/2   RS Bopara 20* (39b 1x4)
21.2

Mendis to Bopara, 1 run, lofted down towards long on, was in the air for quite a while but well short of the fielder

21.5

Mendis to Bopara, 1 run, low full toss which Bopara bunts down the ground

England 77/2   RS Bopara 22* (41b 1x4)
22.1

Muralitharan to Bopara, 1 run, opens the face for a scampered single to backward point

22.4

Muralitharan to Bopara, no run, defended to the off side

22.5

Muralitharan to Bopara, 2 runs, guided backward of point and deep cover as to race around the boundary

22.6

Muralitharan to Bopara, 1 run, over the wicket now, flicked off his toes out to deep square

England 82/2   RS Bopara 26* (45b 1x4)
23.1

Mendis to Bopara, 1 run, boy oh boy...nearly another mix-up in the running as Bopara works into the leg side and there are more stutters before Trott makes his ground

23.4

Mendis to Bopara, no run, pushed back to the bowler

23.5

Mendis to Bopara, no run, plays this off the pitch as he defends

23.6

Mendis to Bopara, no run, pushed down the on side, Mendis parries it in his follow through but there isn't a single

England 86/2   RS Bopara 27* (49b 1x4)
24.3

Muralitharan to Bopara, no run, these two are having a shocking time running...almost another mix-up as Bopara flicks to short fine-leg

24.4

Muralitharan to Bopara, 1 run, this one is worked comfortably along the ground through midwicket

24.6

Muralitharan to Bopara, no run, been quite leg-stumpish from Murali and this one takes the pad

England 89/2   RS Bopara 28* (52b 1x4)
25.2

Malinga to Bopara, 1 run, good length outside off, enough width to allow Bopara time to open the face and find third man

England 91/2   RS Bopara 29* (53b 1x4)
26.1

Muralitharan to Bopara, 1 run, round the wicket, a strong sweep from Bopara but goes straight to deep square

26.4

Muralitharan to Bopara, 1 run, tossed up a little more, neatly worked away through midwicket...England still happy with the nudges

26.6

Muralitharan to Bopara, OUT, gone! Muralitharan makes the breakthrough as Bopara is given lbw sweeping a very full delivery. Murali was round the wicket, it struck him full on the pad and was hitting middle. Bopara reviewed but it was stone dead

RS Bopara lbw b Muralitharan 31 (70m 56b 1x4 0x6) SR: 55.35

England 95/3   RS Bopara 31 (56b 1x4)
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