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)

39.2

Mendis to Williamson, no run, very straight-batted and correct defence as Mendis again locates an ideal line

39.3

Mendis to Williamson, 1 run, little bit short from Mendis, the line is still good though. Williamson stands up on his toes and pushes down to long-on to get off the mark

39.5

Mendis to Williamson, 1 run, pitch is certainly slowing down but New Zealand need more than the 230 they are heading for. Williamson flips a single around the corner

New Zealand 164/4   KS Williamson 2* (3b)

40.3

Herath to Williamson, 1 run, Williamson pops this into the off side and steals a tight single that has Styris sprawling over the line, flat on his face and covered in dirt

40.5

Herath to Williamson, 1 run, Williamson finds some space to squeeze a cut behind point

New Zealand 169/4   KS Williamson 4* (5b)

41.1

Malinga to Williamson, no run, starts full, too full, straight though and Williamson's drive is rather pitiful. No power, no timing, no runs

41.2

Malinga to Williamson, 1 run, absolute suicide from Williamson. Well, not absolute because he's got the run. Terrible mix-up though. Williamson pushed a limp drive straight to Jayawardene at mid-off but the shy was wide of the stumps and Malinga wasn't even near the stumps to take the bails off

41.4

Malinga to Williamson, FOUR, how about that!? Where did it come from? Gloucester fans will be cheered. Williamson picked it up from a length and clipped it over midwicket for four!

41.5

Malinga to Williamson, (no ball) 3 runs, waist-high full-toss, Williamson backed away and somehow managed to spoon it over cover and speed off for runs. It's actually waist-high, according to the umpire, and a no ball!

New Zealand 179/4   KS Williamson 12* (9b 1x4)

42.2

Muralitharan to Williamson, no run, this is flatter and spins sharply enough to make Williamson uncomfortable in defence

42.3

Muralitharan to Williamson, FOUR, wonderful shot! Shot of the day I reckon! Williamson dances down the track and gives himself room to unfurl a very controlled, chip-drive over mid-off and it speeds away for four

42.4

Muralitharan to Williamson, FOUR, four more! Too short, really sat up and Williamson hopped back and chopped a cut shot firmly behind point

42.5

Muralitharan to Williamson, no run, this time it's flipped to leg but straight to the man

42.6

Muralitharan to Williamson, 1 run, this spins back a long way but Williamson was quick enough on his feet to get outside the line and give himself room to squeeze a back-foot drive

New Zealand 190/4   KS Williamson 21* (14b 3x4)

43.1

Malinga to Williamson, 1 run, brilliant stop from Jayawardene at mid-off saves a boundary. It was a quality shot from Williamson driving hard but somehow it was stopped with a full-length dive

43.3

Malinga to Williamson, OUT, Malinga works the magic again! Full, swinging in and struck bang in front! The sort of lbw you would walk from. Absolutely plumb. Very good little innings that and now the power hitters can come in.

KS Williamson lbw b Malinga 22 (23m 16b 3x4 0x6) SR: 137.50

New Zealand 192/5   KS Williamson 22 (16b 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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