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)

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   AD Mathews 1-0-6-0

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   AD Mathews 2-0-10-0

6.1

Mathews to BB McCullum, no run, for no real reason McCullum gets in a tangle defending this off the front foot

6.2

Mathews to BB McCullum, 1 run, well, you'll like this then, Geoff. McCullum opens the face to steer a square drive into space

6.3

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

6.4

Mathews to BB McCullum, no run, the attempted square drive finds point which denies the chance of another this-one's-for-Geoff single

6.5

Mathews to BB McCullum, no run, good line from Matthews, very straight and a firm drive finds mid-on

6.6

Mathews to BB McCullum, 1 run, here is the square drive again, beats a diving Dilshan at point

New Zealand 32/0   AD Mathews 3-0-13-0

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

8.2

Mathews to Ryder, no run, width to Ryder is normally bad news for the bowler but Matthews gets away with this as it's toe-ended to cover

8.3

Mathews to Ryder, no run, okay, so the after-eight-overs pitch assessment is that it's er, fairly slow. A straight drive finds mid-off without much timing

8.4

Mathews to Ryder, no run, touch slower here, Ryder almost got in trouble be flicking across the line but saw it just in time

8.5

Mathews to Ryder, 2 runs, ah that is the slow pitch working it's menace. Ryder scoops an uppish drive wide of cover

8.6

Mathews to Ryder, no run, again Ryder stands very still, just transferring his weight to push away

New Zealand 37/1   AD Mathews 4-0-16-0

10.1

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

10.2

Mathews to Ryder, no run, up and around off stump, sliding back in a fraction. Ryder defends

10.3

Mathews to Ryder, no run, a hint outside off stump and Ryder is again careful in defence

10.4

Mathews to Ryder, no run, Ryder's patience is just being tested here. Gets something approaching a half-volley and he slaps to mid-off. Can't time it thanks to it dragging off the pitch a touch

10.5

Mathews to Ryder, 1 run, ooh, something had to give and Ryder's flash found an outside edge that sped through a vacant slip area

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   AD Mathews 5-0-20-0

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

12.2

Mathews to Ryder, 1 run, wristy, open-face steer sends this down to third man

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

12.4

Mathews to Ryder, no run, Matthews is bowling offspinners here! Tossed up and cutting away, Ryder has to drive in slow motion

12.5

Mathews to Ryder, FOUR, four more! Top work from Ryder, offered some width and Ryder eases his arms gently through the ball sending it over cover and speeding to the rope

12.6

Mathews to Ryder, no run, too wide again from Matthews, but it's closer to a yorker length so Ryder can't get the elevation he got last time

New Zealand 57/1   AD Mathews 6-0-27-0

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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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