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)

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

14.2

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

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   M Muralitharan 1-0-2-0

16.1

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

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

16.3

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

16.4

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

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   M Muralitharan 2-0-7-0

18.1

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

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

18.4

Muralitharan to Taylor, 1 run, Murali stays round the wicket to Taylor, and this one rushes on and bounces too. Taylor biffs uppishly down to long-on to get off the mark

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

18.6

Muralitharan to Taylor, 1 run, a touch too full, driven down to long-on

New Zealand 72/2   M Muralitharan 3-0-11-1

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

20.5

Muralitharan to Taylor, 3 runs, edged! That looked like the doosra, the ball took a thick edge and rolled away down to third man. No slip in place, just the silly mid-off

20.6

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

New Zealand 79/2   M Muralitharan 4-0-16-1

22.1

Muralitharan to Taylor, no run, Taylor stretches forward and nudges cautiously behind square

22.2

Muralitharan to Taylor, no run, offspinner, pushed to midwicket

22.3

Muralitharan to Taylor, no run, fuller, Taylor drives back to the bowler

22.4

Muralitharan to Taylor, no run, this time Taylor stays deep in the crease, flicking to midwicket again

22.5

Muralitharan to Taylor, no run, dangerous shot! Taylor makes room as Murali spears one down quicker on off stump, chopping it down at the very last moment. The ball could easily have crashed into off stump there, definitely not short enough for the shot

22.6

Muralitharan to Taylor, no run, punched to mid-off, Taylor searches for the single but there's none to be had

New Zealand 84/3   M Muralitharan 5-1-16-1

30.1

Muralitharan to Taylor, no run, tossed up high on leg stump, the ball almost lands on Taylor's toe as he flicks to short fine leg

30.2

Muralitharan to Taylor, no run, better length, not quite as full and Taylor taps to the bowler

30.3

Muralitharan to Taylor, no run, this time Taylor tries to work it wider to beat Murali, but midwicket rushes across and dives to stop the single

30.4

Muralitharan to Taylor, 1 run, offspinner, landing outside off and driven carefully to long-off

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

30.6

Muralitharan to Taylor, no run, this one rushes straight on, and is met with a forward defensive

New Zealand 124/3   M Muralitharan 6-1-18-1

32.1

Muralitharan to Taylor, 1 run, dropped close in on the leg side, short fine leg runs in but he can't stop the single

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

32.4

Muralitharan to Taylor, no run, Taylor tries to nudge to fine leg, but the fielder rushes across to cut it off

32.5

Muralitharan to Taylor, no run, quicker, flatter, and Taylor defends

32.6

Muralitharan to Taylor, 1 run, flatter again, chopped down behind gully for one

New Zealand 137/3   M Muralitharan 7-1-20-1

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

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   M Muralitharan 8-1-30-1

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

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   M Muralitharan 9-1-39-1

46.1

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

46.2

Muralitharan to Oram, no run, Oram gets forward very respectfully in defence

46.3

Muralitharan to Oram, 1 run, slightly cumbersome sweep around the corner earns a tight single

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   M Muralitharan 10-1-42-2

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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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