ICC Cricket World Cup, 2010/11 / Commentary

ICC Cricket World Cup - 4th quarter final

Sri Lanka v England

Sri Lanka won by 10 wickets (with 63 balls remaining)

27.4

Malinga to Morgan, no run, full on off stump, defended into the covers

27.5

Malinga to Morgan, 1 run, that's a good one, full on middle with a hint of swing but Morgan is able to work it wide of mid-on

England 99/3   EJG Morgan 1* (2b)

28.1

Muralitharan to Morgan, 1 run, there's the first dink sweep from Morgan, taken from well outside off towards fine leg

28.3

Muralitharan to Morgan, 1 run, tossed up outside off, Morgan drives square with a little flourish but it's only a single

England 104/3   EJG Morgan 3* (4b)

29.1

Malinga to Morgan, 2 runs, short on leg stump and helped down to fine leg with a neat pull...Morgan should improve the running

29.2

Malinga to Morgan, no run, back of a length outside off, defended back down the pitch

29.3

Malinga to Morgan, FOUR, well, he's timed the pants off that...was a slower ball, Morgan drove and stopped the shot but the ball raced over the infield

29.4

Malinga to Morgan, no run, outside off and left alone

29.5

Malinga to Morgan, no run, opens the face and defends to backward point where Dilshan fields well

29.6

Malinga to Morgan, 2 runs, short ball, Morgan doesn't connect cleanly with the pull but it loops wide of mid-on

England 112/3   EJG Morgan 11* (10b 1x4)

30.5

Muralitharan to Morgan, no run, very careful forward prod from Morgan

30.6

Muralitharan to Morgan, FOUR, too short and Morgan has England motoring, gets deep into his crease and chops down to the third man rope. 13 off the over, which feels like 113 after the barren first 30 overs

England 125/3   EJG Morgan 15* (12b 2x4)

31.2

Mendis to Morgan, 1 run, very straight from Mendis as usual and Morgan milks a single to long-off

31.4

Mendis to Morgan, no run, Morgan flicks his wrists to ping this straight to midwicket

31.5

Mendis to Morgan, no run, touch of extra bounce here forces Morgan to stand taller in defence

31.6

Mendis to Morgan, 1 run, dropped! Samaraweera puts down a sitter! Morgan misread one that spun away from him as he aimed a drive it swirled off the edge straight down towards deep point who ran in, steadied himself, and inexplicably spilled the chance

England 129/3   EJG Morgan 17* (16b 2x4)

32.1

Dilshan to Morgan, 2 runs, Morgan celebrates his let off by chipping an extra cover drive and haring back for two

32.2

Dilshan to Morgan, 1 run, touch shorter here and Morgan chops down to deep point

32.4

Dilshan to Morgan, no run, Morgan flicks and misses a work to leg

32.5

Dilshan to Morgan, 1 run, another misfield, this time at short cover, allows Morgan a single

England 134/3   EJG Morgan 21* (20b 2x4)

33.3

Mendis to Morgan, no run, very close call for Morgan, playing back and missing in front of the stumps. Struck bang in front but it pitched outside leg. Only just

33.4

Mendis to Morgan, no run, Mendis has the measure of Morgan here, can't read him

33.5

Mendis to Morgan, no run, again Morgan cagey in defence. Mendis spinning them only a fraction, but in opposite directions

33.6

Mendis to Morgan, no run, Morgan playing Mendis off the pitch, which makes it seem rushed and tentative

England 138/3   EJG Morgan 21* (24b 2x4)

34.3

Dilshan to Morgan, no run, Morgan skips down but some turn for Dilshan finds a leading edge

34.4

Dilshan to Morgan, 1 run, hint shorter and the width on offer allows Morgan to flash a cut away

34.6

Dilshan to Morgan, FOUR, edged but it's four! Morgan jumps back and outside leg to give himself room. Dilshan fired it in quicker and it flew off a top edge through a vacant slip down to third man. Morgan is just shifting to pace of this innings now

England 146/3   EJG Morgan 26* (27b 3x4)

35.2

Herath to Morgan, 1 run, Morgan waits back and flicks his wrists over the ball to send it to deep midwicket

35.6

Herath to Morgan, 1 run, Morgan winds up very early for his reverse sweep but doesn't get much of it. He hasn't actually nailed one of those in a while

England 152/3   EJG Morgan 28* (29b 3x4)

36.1

Malinga to Morgan, 1 run, starts with a slower ball, back of a length, that Morgan works to midwicket

36.3

Malinga to Morgan, no run, there is nothing off the pitch here. Just pitches and dies though. Tremlett might get caned. For now Morgan defends

36.4

Malinga to Morgan, no run, touch more devil on this delivery has Morgan hurrying back to block

36.5

Malinga to Morgan, no run, loud appeal from Malinga but not much from anyone else as Morgan fresh-airs a swish across the line. Looks very close on second viewing actually

36.6

Malinga to Morgan, 1 run, Morgan celebrates his reprieve by creaming and extra-cover drive to the sweeper on the rope

England 155/3   EJG Morgan 30* (34b 3x4)

37.1

Herath to Morgan, 1 run, swirling, swishing reverse-thwack attempted, again Morgan doesn't get it fully but a single is earned

37.3

Herath to Morgan, 1 run, Morgan reverts to something more conventional and dabs a single to leg

37.5

Herath to Morgan, 1 run, singles galore as Morgan flips towards midwicket

England 160/3   EJG Morgan 33* (37b 3x4)

38.1

Muralitharan to Morgan, 1 run, oh my goodness me. Morgan plays the lottery and wins it again. Dropped at deep cover. Lofted straight to the man who unbelievably put it down.

38.3

Muralitharan to Morgan, no run, life No. 4! This is stunning. Murali is fuming and rightly so. Morgan sliced straight to point who dived forward and spilled the chance. Tougher one but cripes.

38.4

Muralitharan to Morgan, 1 run, well how can Morgan not go on to make something of this. Sri Lanka are giving him all the help he needs

38.6

Muralitharan to Morgan, 1 run, quietly pushed into space

England 165/3   EJG Morgan 36* (41b 3x4)

39.1

Herath to Morgan, 1 run, Morgan gets across his stumps and pushes a single around the corner

39.3

Herath to Morgan, FOUR, Sri Lanka really ragged now. They are stunned for the moment by their ineptitude. Morgan on the reverse-sweep again, once again he doesn't get very much of it but beat the keeper and it raced away

39.4

Herath to Morgan, 1 run, clipped away to deep midwicket

England 172/3   EJG Morgan 42* (44b 4x4)

40.2

Mendis to Morgan, 1 run, touch short which gives Morgan time to cut out to deep cover off the back foot

40.4

Mendis to Morgan, no run, this one finds the edge as Morgan plays forward with soft hands

40.5

Mendis to Morgan, no run, tight line on off stump, defended into the covers

40.6

Mendis to Morgan, 1 run, worked off leg stump towards short fine-leg

England 177/3   EJG Morgan 44* (48b 4x4)

41.1

Herath to Morgan, 1 run, flicked away from middle and leg to deep midwicket

41.5

Herath to Morgan, 2 runs, worked along the ground through midwicket with excellent placement which allows them to come back for a second...and there was another fumble in the deep

41.6

Herath to Morgan, 1 run, steps back and pulls a slightly short ball through midwicket

England 182/3   EJG Morgan 48* (51b 4x4)

42.1

Malinga to Morgan, 1 run, angled away to third man

42.3

Malinga to Morgan, 1 run, gives himself a touch of room but can only pushed a good yorker to point...the single is enough to reach a fine fifty and his bat has broken in the process. A huge chunk has come out of the bottom

42.5

Malinga to Morgan, no run, tries to open up the leg side but can only thump this straight to mid-on

42.6

Malinga to Morgan, OUT, gone! This time Sri Lanka take a catch and the Powerplay works for the bowling side again. Full outside off, Morgan tried to go over the covers but lofts a chancer to cover who takes it comfortably. Fine innings from Morgan, but England needed him to finish these 50 overs

EJG Morgan c Mathews b Malinga 50 (66m 55b 4x4 0x6) SR: 90.90

England 186/4   EJG Morgan 50 (55b 4x4)

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Mar 26, 2011

Andrew Strauss congratulated Tillakaratne Dilshan after Sri Lanka's win, Sri Lanka v England, 4th quarter-final, World Cup 2011, Colombo, March 26 2011

Andrew Strauss congratulated Tillakaratne Dilshan after Sri Lanka's win

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Mar 26, 2011

England were left with much to ponder after a thumping defeat, Sri Lanka v England, 4th quarter-final, World Cup 2011, Colombo, March 26 2011

England were left with much to ponder after a thumping defeat

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