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)

21.4

Malinga to Styris, no run, just kept out! Styris was surely expecting the yorker, but that wasn't convincingly played at all. Still, he did just enough to keep it out

21.5

Malinga to Styris, no run, Malinga follows that up with a bouncer, it's dug in at a decent pace but loops harmlessly over the batsman

21.6

Malinga to Styris, no run, full again, not quite the yorker and Styris drives powerfully straight back towards the bowler, who stoops in his follow-through to lay a hand on the ball and save runs

New Zealand 84/3   SB Styris 0* (3b)

23.1

Malinga to Styris, 2 runs, slower ball from Malinga, not sure if Styris quite picked it but it slipped out as a full toss and the batsman manages to clip into the leg side

23.2

Malinga to Styris, 1 run, full of length outside off, Styris steps forward and angles the drive down to third man

23.5

Malinga to Styris, no run, how has that been kept out? Another fantastic inswinging yorker, Styris jams the bat down in hope and the ball bobbles into the leg side

23.6

Malinga to Styris, no run, more reverse, from a full length but not the yorker to finish. This snaked in quite viciously through the air, and Malinga has his hands on his head as Styris nudges to midwicket

New Zealand 90/3   SB Styris 3* (7b)

24.2

Dilshan to Styris, no run, tossed up wide of off, Styris drives well but straight to the cover fielder

24.3

Dilshan to Styris, no run, another good-looking shot, this time it's intercepted at midwicket however

24.4

Dilshan to Styris, 1 run, just a little too full from Dilshan, and Styris is able to pick up one down to long-on

24.6

Dilshan to Styris, no run, slapped back to the bowler, and a dot ball to finish

New Zealand 93/3   SB Styris 4* (11b)

25.2

Malinga to Styris, no run, superb yorker, Styris is operating with an almost Collingwood-esque low backlift though, and he's able to keep it out

25.3

Malinga to Styris, FOUR, Malinga errs slightly with his length, and a half-volley is driven hard out to deep cover boundary. Great timing

25.4

Malinga to Styris, no run, on the toe! Another hooping yorker, slipping towards leg stump and Styris finds a way to keep it out

25.5

Malinga to Styris, no run, full of length, driven to mid-off

25.6

Malinga to Styris, FOUR, shot! Styris is quick to seize on another half-volley as Malinga misses his mark witht the yorker, and he unfurls a fine straight drive that beats the bowler, scoots past the stumps, and races to the straight boundary

New Zealand 102/3   SB Styris 12* (16b 2x4)

26.6

Dilshan to Styris, 1 run, speared in slightly flatter, Styris nudges into the leg side to the right of the midwicket fielder, creating an opportunity for a single

New Zealand 109/3   SB Styris 13* (17b 2x4)

27.1

Herath to Styris, no run, huge shout first ball as Styris, who is in a cap now, misses a sweep and is struck on the pad. Hitting outside off though, no review called for

27.2

Herath to Styris, no run, defended to cover

27.3

Herath to Styris, 1 wide, loopy full toss, wide of off, and Styris misses the drive ... that looked like Herath's variation, the one he flicks out that spins the other way - carrom ball

27.3

Herath to Styris, no run, full again, he adjusts his line well and Styris drives back to the bowler

27.4

Herath to Styris, 1 run, driven down to long off

27.6

Herath to Styris, 1 run, nudged just wide of midwicket, they steal another quick single

New Zealand 113/3   SB Styris 15* (22b 2x4)

28.1

Dilshan to Styris, 1 run, worked easily down to long-on

28.3

Dilshan to Styris, no run, flat on off stump, Styris defends

28.4

Dilshan to Styris, 1 run, Styris steps back and pushes to long-on for another single

28.6

Dilshan to Styris, 1 run, Styris flicks across the front pad, the ball goes to the left of the short fine leg fielder and they sprint through

New Zealand 118/3   SB Styris 18* (26b 2x4)

29.1

Mendis to Styris, no run, flat on off stump, whipped straight to the midwicket fielder

29.2

Mendis to Styris, 1 run, breaking in a touch, but too short and Styris is able to ease it down to long-on

29.4

Mendis to Styris, no run, Styris cautiously defends to that very fielder that's just come in

29.5

Mendis to Styris, 2 runs, outside off, Styris watches it carefully and plays it late through gully

29.6

Mendis to Styris, no run, worked defensively into the leg side

New Zealand 122/3   SB Styris 21* (31b 2x4)

30.5

Muralitharan to Styris, 1 run, another offspinner, this one breaks quite sharply and Styris flicks to the left of the short fine leg fielder. They sprint through for one

New Zealand 124/3   SB Styris 22* (32b 2x4)

31.1

Malinga to Styris, no run, he starts with a slower ball, an offcutter, and Styris steps forward to drive to cover

31.2

Malinga to Styris, no run, quicker this time, again Styris drives and this time he middles it ... but a diving cover fielder cuts it off. Good effort

31.3

Malinga to Styris, FOUR, bouncer on off stump, but Styris picked it early and pulled in front of square, rolling his wrists to keep the ball down, and reaches the deep midwicket boundary

31.4

Malinga to Styris, no run, good comeback from Malinga, another slower ball and Styris only seemed to pick it at the last moment, laying bat on ball to defend to cover

31.5

Malinga to Styris, 2 runs, good, reversing yorker but it's on a leg stump line and Styris is able to glance it out into the deep ... and they're back for the second

31.6

Malinga to Styris, FOUR, half-volley from Malinga, and Styris meets it with a glorious, flowing cover drive to pick up four more! Second boundary of the over, and New Zealand are fighting back into a good position. That takes the partnership to 50

New Zealand 134/3   SB Styris 32* (38b 4x4)

32.2

Muralitharan to Styris, no run, Murali stays round the wicket, tossing one up outside off. Styris defends

32.3

Muralitharan to Styris, 1 leg bye, a sharply spinning offbreak clips the pad and rolls to fine leg

New Zealand 136/3   SB Styris 32* (40b 4x4)

33.4

Malinga to Styris, no run, Styris grits his teeth and jabs out another searing yorker towards cover

33.5

Malinga to Styris, 1 run, just two deliveries left before the ball changes and the swing goes away. Styris calmly blocks to long-on

New Zealand 139/3   SB Styris 33* (42b 4x4)

34.1

Herath to Styris, 1 run, Herath tosses this up around off stump, that man Styris pushes towards cover

34.5

Herath to Styris, 1 run, full-faced punch down the ground. Just a single again

New Zealand 142/3   SB Styris 35* (44b 4x4)

35.1

Mendis to Styris, no run, starts with a finger-spun leggie, touch short, Styris hangs back to cut but it slides past the edge

35.2

Mendis to Styris, FOUR, ah lovely shot, couple of steps down the track, meets it on the half-volley and crashes it down the ground for four

35.3

Mendis to Styris, 1 run, boundary is followed up by a open-faced steer

35.6

Mendis to Styris, 1 run, good over for New Zealand ends with a clip down the ground. Styris has such a grizzly look in his eye. Rightly so, he seems well up for it

New Zealand 149/3   SB Styris 41* (48b 5x4)

36.1

Dilshan to Styris, 1 run, no problems for Styris, who hops down the wicket and pushes a milked single to long-on

36.4

Dilshan to Styris, 1 run, classic middle-over batting as Styris stands tall to punch a single to long-on

36.6

Dilshan to Styris, no run, Styris fails to beat the bowler so Dilshan's two dot balls makes it a good over for Sri Lanka

New Zealand 153/3   SB Styris 43* (51b 5x4)

37.3

Mendis to Styris, no run, plenty of air from Mendis and it creeps off the pitch. Styris had his bat in line for a long time before it hit

37.4

Mendis to Styris, no run, again Styris is very careful in defence

37.5

Mendis to Styris, 2 runs, useful for New Zealand here, too short and Styris chops behind point for a couple more

37.6

Mendis to Styris, 1 run, confident, full-face drive ends a decent over for New Zealand

New Zealand 159/3   SB Styris 46* (55b 5x4)

38.1

Herath to Styris, no run, crashing drive finds a diving Dilshan, who creates all kinds of excitement by taking a crowd catch

38.2

Herath to Styris, 1 run, this time the drive is wider and heads out to deep cover

38.4

Herath to Styris, no run, Dilshan fields oddly this time, parrying an awkward bounce at mid-off. On second viewing that's actually a great piece of fielding because the ball hit a divot and leapt

38.5

Herath to Styris, no run, pressure pinning onto New Zealand again now as Styris defends

38.6

Herath to Styris, no run, again Dilshan is in the action, fielding smartly to save a single. The next over needs to be a good one for New Zealand or something will give

New Zealand 161/3   SB Styris 47* (60b 5x4)

39.4

Mendis to Styris, 1 run, pushed away carefully into space

39.6

Mendis to Styris, 1 run, quicker and flatter to end the over. Steered wide of point to swap the strike

New Zealand 165/4   SB Styris 49* (62b 5x4)

40.1

Herath to Styris, no run, 10 overs to go and Styris begins the charge by defending back to the bowler

40.2

Herath to Styris, 1 run, this time the delicate drive is wide of the bowler and Styris collects a very well-complied 50

40.4

Herath to Styris, 1 run, pushed down the ground firmly

40.6

Herath to Styris, no run, careful defence to end the over. These two can probably 'just bat', as the cliché goes, for another three or four overs before beginning the charge. That said, swatting Malinga for many at the death is not straightforward

New Zealand 169/4   SB Styris 51* (66b 5x4)

41.3

Malinga to Styris, 1 run, quietly turned into the leg side for a more secure single

41.5

Malinga to Styris, no run, better delivery here, full and straight and carefully defended

41.6

Malinga to Styris, 1 run, so a good over for New Zealand in the end, Williamson backs away and pushes a drive to cover

New Zealand 180/4   SB Styris 53* (69b 5x4)

42.1

Muralitharan to Styris, 1 run, Murali begins his new spell by floating up a full ball that is carefully pushed for a single down the ground

New Zealand 181/4   SB Styris 54* (70b 5x4)

43.2

Malinga to Styris, 1 run, clipped into the midwicket region this time

New Zealand 192/4   SB Styris 55* (71b 5x4)

44.1

Muralitharan to Styris, 3 leg byes, Murali is struggling a bit here, spins the down the leg side it flicks a pad and runs away towards the fine leg rope. Valuable runs and now McCullum gets another go to find his range

New Zealand 195/5   SB Styris 55* (72b 5x4)

45.4

Malinga to Styris, 1 run, slower ball that Styris slugs down the ground. He's hardly had any strike of late

New Zealand 206/6   SB Styris 56* (73b 5x4)

46.1

Muralitharan to Styris, 1 run, starts with a very short ball that Styris steers to third man

46.4

Muralitharan to Styris, 1 wide, this spins from leg too far down the leg side

46.4

Muralitharan to Styris, no run, Styris nudges this to leg. He's not going to go too early here

46.5

Muralitharan to Styris, no run, again it's nudged to leg, Oram hares halfway up the crease before heading back

46.6

Muralitharan to Styris, OUT, on his last delivery in Sri Lanka Murali strikes! Key wicket as well! Styris gets deep into his crease to work to leg, missed it and was trapped in front. Styris reviews but it's clipping leg stump. What a wonderful, who-writes-your-scripts? exit from his home stage! Massive cheer from the crowd as the decision is finally confirmed!

SB Styris lbw b Muralitharan 57 (119m 77b 5x4 0x6) SR: 74.02

New Zealand 213/7   SB Styris 57 (77b 5x4)

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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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