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   SL Malinga 1-0-4-0

21.1

Malinga to Taylor, FOUR, that does swing! Wobbling through the air at good pace, reversing in. The ball comes off the toe, going straight into the ground and bouncing away down to third man. He was aiming for the yorker first up

21.2

Malinga to Taylor, 1 run, very full again, dug out just wide of the mid-off fielder, who runs round to cut it off

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

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   SL Malinga 2-0-9-1

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

23.3

Malinga to Taylor, 2 runs, length again from Malinga, sitting up outside off as Taylor flashes hard at it. The ball bounces down to third man's right for two

23.4

Malinga to Taylor, 1 run, reverse swing, nice and full but not the yorker. Taylor drives just wide of a deep mid-on and they charge through for one

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   SL Malinga 3-0-15-1

25.1

Malinga to Taylor, 1 run, slung down full on off stump, Taylor chops it hard into the ground and the ball bounces up to cover

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   SL Malinga 4-0-24-1

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   SL Malinga 5-0-34-1

33.1

Malinga to Taylor, no run, full and straight and lurking swing back into the batsman who digs it out

33.2

Malinga to Taylor, no run, full and swinging in again, you know what's coming, just the playing it bit that's harder

33.3

Malinga to Taylor, 1 run, slower ball almost gets the better of Taylor, who adjusts late but not enough to prevent a slight leading edge that squirts to cover

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

33.6

Malinga to Taylor, no run, sturdy defence to finish. Could be Malinga's spell I reckon

New Zealand 139/3   SL Malinga 6-0-36-1

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

41.3

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

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!

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   SL Malinga 7-0-47-1

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

43.2

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

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

43.4

Malinga to NL McCullum, no run, very full, low full-toss in fact, swinging in again and McCullum can only defend

43.5

Malinga to NL McCullum, no run, nowhere for McCullum to go. Inch-perfect yorker jabbed to cover

43.6

Malinga to NL McCullum, no run, excellent slower ball to finish a brilliant death over. Really such high class and punctures the atmosphere New Zealand were creating for themselves

New Zealand 192/5   SL Malinga 8-0-49-2

45.1

Malinga to NL McCullum, OUT, Malinga is such a demon at the end of an innings. Brilliant variations! McCullum stepped down looking to heave to leg, slight slower ball meant he was through the shot too early and found a faint top edge

NL McCullum c †Sangakkara b Malinga 9 (9m 9b 0x4 1x6) SR: 100.00

45.2

Malinga to Oram, no run, swinging low full-toss to greet the new batsman. Oram opens the face to steer behind square but picks out point

45.3

Malinga to Oram, 1 run, full toss again, clipped straight to midwicket, Oram makes a tight single easy by virtue of his enormous strides

45.4

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

45.5

Malinga to Oram, FOUR, not quite the big heave to the boundary but an outside edge will do! Full and a half-open-face half-edge scoots off to the third man boundary

45.6

Malinga to Oram, no run, excellent slower yorker to finish that Oram carefully digs out back to the bowler

New Zealand 210/6   SL Malinga 9-0-55-3

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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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