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)

0.1

Malinga to Guptill, no run, interesting start, some swing first up outside off stump. Guptill lifts his arms high out of trouble

0.1

Malinga to Guptill, no run

0.2

Malinga to Guptill, no run, swing again, touch shorter of a length and again Guptill flags it through

0.3

Malinga to Guptill, no run, better ball here, forces Guptill to play from a fuller length. Again some swing but easily pushed away

0.4

Malinga to Guptill, no run, excellent, searching start from Malinga. Drive-me length but swing away keeps Guptill careful

0.5

Malinga to Guptill, FOUR, first boundary of the semi-finals! And in good style too. Malinga drifts too straight onto the pads and Guptill picked it up, flicking to the midwicket boundary with excellent timing. Good sign there

0.6

Malinga to Guptill, no run, just the one bad stray delivery in the over then as Malinga finds the right length and line again

New Zealand 4/0   MJ Guptill 4* (6b 1x4)

1.5

Herath to Guptill, 1 run, fuller ball finds a full face as Guptill pushes down the ground and scoots off for a single

New Zealand 10/0   MJ Guptill 5* (7b 1x4)

2.1

Mathews to Guptill, FOUR, oh dear, Murali's dive at short midwicket is very ginger. Doesn't get near the ball as a leg-side delivery is flicked around the corner

2.2

Mathews to Guptill, no run, better line, finding off stump on a length and Guptill defends calmly

2.3

Mathews to Guptill, 2 runs, again the line drifts a touch leg side and Guptill turns it into the leg side, timing it slightly better than he imagined which allowed him to come back for a swift couple

2.4

Mathews to Guptill, no run, better length, touch shorter and pushed to short midwicket. Keeper up to the stumps, by the way. Fair to say the pitch isn't a flier

2.5

Mathews to Guptill, no run, tight line around off stump and duly defended

2.6

Mathews to Guptill, no run, best delivery of the over, classic one-day medium pace. Sliding into the batsman and almost squeezing through on a good length

New Zealand 16/0   MJ Guptill 11* (13b 2x4)

4.1

Mathews to Guptill, no run, Guptill steers a drive towards point who threatens a misfield before gathering. Almost sold a dummy to the batsman but they declined to run

4.2

Mathews to Guptill, FOUR, uppish but powerful! That's Guptill's area. Full-face check-drive down the ground, races to the rope. Quality shot

4.3

Mathews to Guptill, no run, having taken the boundary this can be happily defended

4.4

Mathews to Guptill, no run, again shapely textbook defence

4.5

Mathews to Guptill, no run, very tight line around middle, the length is too short for Guptill to drive so he nudges to leg

4.6

Mathews to Guptill, no run, just the boundary from the over then as Guptill defends to finish

New Zealand 20/0   MJ Guptill 15* (19b 3x4)

5.5

Herath to Guptill, no run, careful defence this time

5.6

Herath to Guptill, 2 runs, the shot deserved a boundary but long-off is straight enough to dive and save on the rope. It was driven with a perfectly-straight bat, on the up down the ground

New Zealand 29/0   MJ Guptill 17* (21b 3x4)

6.3

Mathews to Guptill, 1 run, and more singles for Geoff as Guptill pushes down to long-on

New Zealand 31/0   MJ Guptill 18* (22b 3x4)

7.3

Herath to Guptill, no run, big spin for Herath here. Touch of bounce too but it's slow off the pitch and Guptill has time to defend

7.4

Herath to Guptill, 1 run, more air on this and Guptill pushes a single down the ground

New Zealand 34/1   MJ Guptill 19* (24b 3x4)

8.1

Mathews to Guptill, 1 run, Guptill has looked in good order so far today. He's back on his straight drive and earns a single to long-on

New Zealand 35/1   MJ Guptill 20* (25b 3x4)

9.1

Mendis to Guptill, no run, starts straight, he's always straight. Guptill flashes a drive straight to cover

9.2

Mendis to Guptill, no run, this is heading to middle before Guptill eases into line to block

9.3

Mendis to Guptill, 1 run, nicely done from the batsman, playing it late and straight down the ground

New Zealand 38/1   MJ Guptill 21* (28b 3x4)

10.1

Mathews to Guptill, 1 run, very straight from Matthews and Guptill aims an on-drive down the ground

10.6

Mathews to Guptill, 2 runs, nicely done from Guptill here, taking a full ball from around off stump and flicking a couple to midwicket, like a very, very downmarket Viv Richards

New Zealand 42/1   MJ Guptill 24* (30b 3x4)

11.3

Mendis to Guptill, no run, carom-ball is watchfully defended back to the bowler

11.4

Mendis to Guptill, 2 runs, Mendis is too short again, touch too wide as well and Guptill helps himself to a chop behind square for a couple

11.5

Mendis to Guptill, no run, more air on this and good line too. Very carefully blocked

11.6

Mendis to Guptill, 1 run, Guptill loves it on his pads, clips around the corner to bring up the New Zealand fifty. Decent start for New Zealand, the innings is brewing nicely

New Zealand 50/1   MJ Guptill 27* (34b 3x4)

12.1

Mathews to Guptill, 1 run, Matthews continues and Guptill's full-face, in-the-V drive is unfurled again. Just for a single though because long-on is in place

12.3

Mathews to Guptill, 1 run, another open face, much slower ball and Guptill had to wait in position for a late cut for a long, long time before it slides off the face

New Zealand 53/1   MJ Guptill 29* (36b 3x4)

13.1

Mendis to Guptill, no run, Mendis slides this back into Guptill, up and around off stump coming back in

13.2

Mendis to Guptill, no run, last one in, this one out. Blocked quietly

13.3

Mendis to Guptill, no run, excellent line and length, which added to all the variation means Guptill is very watchful

13.4

Mendis to Guptill, 1 run, this spun neither in nor away and was dragged a touch too short which allowed Guptill to squeeze a drive away

New Zealand 58/1   MJ Guptill 30* (40b 3x4)

14.1

Muralitharan to Guptill, 1 run, creaks up to the stumps, lands it on a perfect length and line and Guptill clips to leg

14.3

Muralitharan to Guptill, no run, this starts leg side and spins further. Clipped a pad though so no wide

14.4

Muralitharan to Guptill, no run, lovely air and line but not quite yet fizz off the pitch of old so easier to defend

14.5

Muralitharan to Guptill, no run, again the line is very good so even with no spin careful defence

14.6

Muralitharan to Guptill, no run, very accurate over to begin as Guptill blocks again

New Zealand 60/1   MJ Guptill 31* (45b 3x4)

15.3

Mendis to Guptill, 1 run, dragged a touch short but only singles available at the moment as Guptill hops back to punch to deep point

New Zealand 62/1   MJ Guptill 32* (46b 3x4)

16.1

Muralitharan to Guptill, 1 run, clipped away from a full length into the leg side

16.3

Muralitharan to Guptill, no run, steady blocking to a fuller ball

16.4

Muralitharan to Guptill, 1 run, Guptill clips a single into space

New Zealand 67/1   MJ Guptill 34* (49b 3x4)

17.1

Mendis to Guptill, no run, ooh, good move putting in a silly mid-on, this bobbles up one-bounce to the new man

17.2

Mendis to Guptill, no run, clipped firmly but straight to the newly-positioned man. Could cut off Guptill's escape shot

17.3

Mendis to Guptill, no run, two spin in and this one goes away, past a groping outside edge

17.4

Mendis to Guptill, no run, wonderful bowling again, nothing for Guptill to work with

17.5

Mendis to Guptill, no run, suddenly things are closing in on these two batsman. Feels like there are fielders everywhere

17.6

Mendis to Guptill, 1 run, this will do nicely, Guptill dropping into the off side and haring off for a single

New Zealand 68/1   MJ Guptill 35* (55b 3x4)

18.1

Muralitharan to Guptill, 1 run, tucked to wide midwicket, just the one

18.5

Muralitharan to Guptill, 1 run, Guptill shuffles across to off and nudges into the leg side for a single, playing across the front pad

New Zealand 71/2   MJ Guptill 37* (57b 3x4)

19.5

Herath to Guptill, no run, solid defence from Guptill, coming forward

19.6

Herath to Guptill, 1 run, flicked through the vacant square leg, Sangakkara hares after the ball as the batsmen set off. Just the one

New Zealand 74/2   MJ Guptill 38* (59b 3x4)

20.1

Muralitharan to Guptill, 1 wide, offspinner, going down the leg side but it clips the pad on the way through .. or did it? That's called wide

20.2

Muralitharan to Guptill, no run, a touch short, Guptill steps back and slams it back to the bowler

20.2

Muralitharan to Guptill, no run, looped up beautifully on middle, Guptill stretches forward in defence

20.3

Muralitharan to Guptill, no run, half an appeal as Guptill takes one on the pad, but that was optimistic

20.4

Muralitharan to Guptill, 1 run, again just a little short on middle and off, Guptill swipes down to long-on for one

20.6

Muralitharan to Guptill, no run, pushed defensively into the covers, another good over

New Zealand 79/2   MJ Guptill 39* (64b 3x4)

21.3

Malinga to Guptill, OUT, unplayable! A searing inswinging yorker bursts through Guptill and makes a mess of the stumps. He may well have been expecting that after watching the first two deliveries, but it didn't appear to make much difference. He was in too, but that was just too good. The slinger strikes!

MJ Guptill b Malinga 39 (91m 65b 3x4 0x6) SR: 60.00

New Zealand 84/3   MJ Guptill 39 (65b 3x4)

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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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