ICC Cricket World Cup, 1st Semi-Final: Sri Lanka v New Zealand at Colombo (RPS), Mar 29, 2011
ICC Cricket World Cup - 1st semi final
Sri Lanka won by 5 wickets (with 13 balls remaining)
29 March 2011 - day/night match (50-over match)
9.1

Mendis to Guptill, no run, starts straight, he's always straight. Guptill flashes a drive straight to cover

9.2

Mendis to Guptill, no run, this is heading to middle before Guptill eases into line to block

9.3

Mendis to Guptill, 1 run, nicely done from the batsman, playing it late and straight down the ground

9.4

Mendis to Ryder, no run, ooh, Ryder misreads this and plays outside of it a fraction as it spins back to him. Went uppishly back to Mendis

9.5

Mendis to Ryder, no run, slightly quicker here and Ryder pops forward to defend

9.6

Mendis to Ryder, no run, very straight ball finds a very straight bat

New Zealand 38/1   BAW Mendis 1-0-1-0
11.1

Mendis to Ryder, FOUR, wonderful shot, that will release the pressure on Ryder. Too short from Mendis and it sat up asking for trouble, the key was for Ryder to wait and wait he did, before cracking a cut shot wide of point for four

11.2

Mendis to Ryder, 1 run, boundary followed by an inside-edge to midwicket

11.3

Mendis to Guptill, no run, carom-ball is watchfully defended back to the bowler

11.4

Mendis to Guptill, 2 runs, Mendis is too short again, touch too wide as well and Guptill helps himself to a chop behind square for a couple

11.5

Mendis to Guptill, no run, more air on this and good line too. Very carefully blocked

11.6

Mendis to Guptill, 1 run, Guptill loves it on his pads, clips around the corner to bring up the New Zealand fifty. Decent start for New Zealand, the innings is brewing nicely

New Zealand 50/1   BAW Mendis 2-0-9-0
13.1

Mendis to Guptill, no run, Mendis slides this back into Guptill, up and around off stump coming back in

13.2

Mendis to Guptill, no run, last one in, this one out. Blocked quietly

13.3

Mendis to Guptill, no run, excellent line and length, which added to all the variation means Guptill is very watchful

13.4

Mendis to Guptill, 1 run, this spun neither in nor away and was dragged a touch too short which allowed Guptill to squeeze a drive away

13.5

Mendis to Ryder, no run, Ryder stretches forward to defend. Moves his feet to the spinners much more than the quicks. Which makes sense

13.6

Mendis to Ryder, no run, not sure Ryder knows what Mendis is up to. He's very cagey in defence

New Zealand 58/1   BAW Mendis 3-0-10-0
15.1

Mendis to Ryder, no run, ooh, some bite here. Quicker and spinning away. Ryder steers wide of slip

15.2

Mendis to Ryder, 1 run, slightly fuller which means Ryder is more comfortable pushing this wide of point

15.3

Mendis to Guptill, 1 run, dragged a touch short but only singles available at the moment as Guptill hops back to punch to deep point

15.4

Mendis to Ryder, no run, this spins away from a length, just enough for Ryder to mistime his drive

15.5

Mendis to Ryder, no run, again nothing on offer for Ryder. New Zealand slowing down now

15.6

Mendis to Ryder, no run, solid and steady defence but Sri Lanka won't mind

New Zealand 62/1   BAW Mendis 4-0-12-0
17.1

Mendis to Guptill, no run, ooh, good move putting in a silly mid-on, this bobbles up one-bounce to the new man

17.2

Mendis to Guptill, no run, clipped firmly but straight to the newly-positioned man. Could cut off Guptill's escape shot

17.3

Mendis to Guptill, no run, two spin in and this one goes away, past a groping outside edge

17.4

Mendis to Guptill, no run, wonderful bowling again, nothing for Guptill to work with

17.5

Mendis to Guptill, no run, suddenly things are closing in on these two batsman. Feels like there are fielders everywhere

17.6

Mendis to Guptill, 1 run, this will do nicely, Guptill dropping into the off side and haring off for a single

New Zealand 68/1   BAW Mendis 5-0-13-0
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

29.3

Mendis to Taylor, 1 run, again this one comes in a touch, nudged to the left of the midwicket fielder for one

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   BAW Mendis 6-0-17-0
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

35.4

Mendis to Taylor, no run, more careful defence from Taylor

35.5

Mendis to Taylor, 1 run, this is held back a fraction and a neat flick of the wrists sends it around the corner

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   BAW Mendis 7-0-24-0
37.1

Mendis to Taylor, no run, Taylor is completely stuck against Mendis. No risk cricket and not much reward either

37.2

Mendis to Taylor, 3 runs, the bowler loses his line and a good shot from Taylor here, crouching low to tickle a sweep shot around the corner. Deserved four but a full-length sliding stop by Matthews on the boundary prevents it

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   BAW Mendis 8-0-30-0
39.1

Mendis to Taylor, OUT, Taylor's struggle ends. You felt something was coming. In the end it's a poor delivery, dragged short that Taylor pulled straight down the throat of deep midwicket. Normally you'd back Taylor to clear that boundary but he's not quite found his range today

LRPL Taylor c Tharanga b Mendis 36 (90m 55b 1x4 0x6) SR: 65.45

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

39.4

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

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

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   BAW Mendis 9-0-34-1
48.1

Mendis to Vettori, 1 run, Vettori again on an awkward sweep, bounced a touch more than he expected and ended up shovelling towards midwicket

48.2

Mendis to Southee, no run, big spin this away from the bat, Southee looks curiously at it and can only poke to cover

48.3

Mendis to Southee, OUT, Southee gone now, things sliding away in a hurry. Spun away again and Southee was very tentative, prodding at the ball, faint outside edge and Sangakkara does the rest

TG Southee c †Sangakkara b Mendis 0 (3m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

48.4

Mendis to McKay, no run, goodness, by the looks of things McKay is no No. 12. Gropes aimlessly at this as it sneaks past the edge

48.5

Mendis to McKay, OUT, all over in a heap for New Zealand. Innings end with a four for four collapse as McKay prods hopelessly and misses. Murali waves his cap to the crowds as he leads Sri Lanka off, they'll hope not to see him later!

AJ McKay b Mendis 0 (1m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

New Zealand 217/10   BAW Mendis 9.5-0-35-3
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