ICC Cricket World Cup, 2010/11 / Commentary

ICC Cricket World Cup - 1st semi final

Sri Lanka v New Zealand

Sri Lanka won by 5 wickets (with 13 balls remaining)

43.4

Malinga to NL McCullum, no run, very full, low full-toss in fact, swinging in again and McCullum can only defend

43.5

Malinga to NL McCullum, no run, nowhere for McCullum to go. Inch-perfect yorker jabbed to cover

43.6

Malinga to NL McCullum, no run, excellent slower ball to finish a brilliant death over. Really such high class and punctures the atmosphere New Zealand were creating for themselves

New Zealand 192/5   NL McCullum 0* (3b)

44.2

Muralitharan to NL McCullum, no run, this finds the pads again, but straighter as McCullum defends

44.3

Muralitharan to NL McCullum, 2 runs, very neatly done, soft hands prods into the leg side and McCullum hares off for two. He's not tried anything expansive yet

44.4

Muralitharan to NL McCullum, no run, more very cagey defence

44.5

Muralitharan to NL McCullum, SIX, top shot! Brilliant strength, McCullum skips down, opens his body and with flick of the wrists pings it over mid-on and it keeps travelling, all the way for six!

44.6

Muralitharan to NL McCullum, 1 run, boundary followed by a tickle for a single. Murali has gone for 22 from 2 Powerplay overs here

New Zealand 204/5   NL McCullum 9* (8b 1x6)

45.1

Malinga to NL McCullum, OUT, Malinga is such a demon at the end of an innings. Brilliant variations! McCullum stepped down looking to heave to leg, slight slower ball meant he was through the shot too early and found a faint top edge

NL McCullum c †Sangakkara b Malinga 9 (9m 9b 0x4 1x6) SR: 100.00

New Zealand 204/6   NL McCullum 9 (9b 1x6)

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Mar 29, 2011

Thilan Samaraweera and Mahela Jayawardene are ecstatic after the victory, Sri Lanka v New Zealand, 1st semi-final, World Cup 2011, Colombo, March 29, 2011

Thilan Samaraweera and Mahela Jayawardene are ecstatic after the victory

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Mar 29, 2011

Muttiah Muralitharan waves to an adoring Colombo crowd, Sri Lanka v New Zealand, 1st semi-final, World Cup 2011, Colombo, March 29, 2011

Muttiah Muralitharan waves to an adoring Colombo crowd

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