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)

7.2

Herath to Ryder, 1 run, Ryder is away straight away, easing his ample weight back and clipping through midwicket

7.5

Herath to Ryder, no run, Ryder stretches forward to very respectfully defend outside off stump

7.6

Herath to Ryder, no run, touch of spin to end an excellent, wicket-taking over. He's varied things nicely and Ryder has to get his eye in

New Zealand 34/1   JD Ryder 1* (3b)

8.2

Mathews to Ryder, no run, width to Ryder is normally bad news for the bowler but Matthews gets away with this as it's toe-ended to cover

8.3

Mathews to Ryder, no run, okay, so the after-eight-overs pitch assessment is that it's er, fairly slow. A straight drive finds mid-off without much timing

8.4

Mathews to Ryder, no run, touch slower here, Ryder almost got in trouble be flicking across the line but saw it just in time

8.5

Mathews to Ryder, 2 runs, ah that is the slow pitch working it's menace. Ryder scoops an uppish drive wide of cover

8.6

Mathews to Ryder, no run, again Ryder stands very still, just transferring his weight to push away

New Zealand 37/1   JD Ryder 3* (8b)

9.4

Mendis to Ryder, no run, ooh, Ryder misreads this and plays outside of it a fraction as it spins back to him. Went uppishly back to Mendis

9.5

Mendis to Ryder, no run, slightly quicker here and Ryder pops forward to defend

9.6

Mendis to Ryder, no run, very straight ball finds a very straight bat

New Zealand 38/1   JD Ryder 3* (11b)

10.2

Mathews to Ryder, no run, up and around off stump, sliding back in a fraction. Ryder defends

10.3

Mathews to Ryder, no run, a hint outside off stump and Ryder is again careful in defence

10.4

Mathews to Ryder, no run, Ryder's patience is just being tested here. Gets something approaching a half-volley and he slaps to mid-off. Can't time it thanks to it dragging off the pitch a touch

10.5

Mathews to Ryder, 1 run, ooh, something had to give and Ryder's flash found an outside edge that sped through a vacant slip area

New Zealand 40/1   JD Ryder 4* (15b)

11.1

Mendis to Ryder, FOUR, wonderful shot, that will release the pressure on Ryder. Too short from Mendis and it sat up asking for trouble, the key was for Ryder to wait and wait he did, before cracking a cut shot wide of point for four

11.2

Mendis to Ryder, 1 run, boundary followed by an inside-edge to midwicket

New Zealand 47/1   JD Ryder 9* (17b 1x4)

12.2

Mathews to Ryder, 1 run, wristy, open-face steer sends this down to third man

12.4

Mathews to Ryder, no run, Matthews is bowling offspinners here! Tossed up and cutting away, Ryder has to drive in slow motion

12.5

Mathews to Ryder, FOUR, four more! Top work from Ryder, offered some width and Ryder eases his arms gently through the ball sending it over cover and speeding to the rope

12.6

Mathews to Ryder, no run, too wide again from Matthews, but it's closer to a yorker length so Ryder can't get the elevation he got last time

New Zealand 57/1   JD Ryder 14* (21b 2x4)

13.5

Mendis to Ryder, no run, Ryder stretches forward to defend. Moves his feet to the spinners much more than the quicks. Which makes sense

13.6

Mendis to Ryder, no run, not sure Ryder knows what Mendis is up to. He's very cagey in defence

New Zealand 58/1   JD Ryder 14* (23b 2x4)

14.2

Muralitharan to Ryder, 1 run, plenty of air on this and Ryder squeezes a drive to deep cover

New Zealand 60/1   JD Ryder 15* (24b 2x4)

15.1

Mendis to Ryder, no run, ooh, some bite here. Quicker and spinning away. Ryder steers wide of slip

15.2

Mendis to Ryder, 1 run, slightly fuller which means Ryder is more comfortable pushing this wide of point

15.4

Mendis to Ryder, no run, this spins away from a length, just enough for Ryder to mistime his drive

15.5

Mendis to Ryder, no run, again nothing on offer for Ryder. New Zealand slowing down now

15.6

Mendis to Ryder, no run, solid and steady defence but Sri Lanka won't mind

New Zealand 62/1   JD Ryder 16* (29b 2x4)

16.2

Muralitharan to Ryder, 3 runs, bottom edge breaks the shackles, at least for a moment. Slips under Jayawardene and heads off towards third-man

16.5

Muralitharan to Ryder, no run, Ryder finds short cover with a well-timed drive. Just gave himself a bit of room

16.6

Muralitharan to Ryder, no run, more resolute blocking. Murali has started well, better than against England, so perhaps the injury is wearing off

New Zealand 67/1   JD Ryder 19* (32b 2x4)

18.2

Muralitharan to Ryder, no run, a meaty thump goes straight to short extra cover

18.3

Muralitharan to Ryder, OUT, gone this time! Ryder was lining up a similar shot, looking to power it away through the off side. A touch of extra bounce on the delivery, it fairly took off outside off, and a thin edge nestles safely in Sangakkara's gloves. Sri Lanka are ecstatic, they've got this match by the scruff of the neck now

JD Ryder c †Sangakkara b Muralitharan 19 (48m 34b 2x4 0x6) SR: 55.88

New Zealand 69/2   JD Ryder 19 (34b 2x4)

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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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