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)

1.1

Herath to BB McCullum, no run, this is slow off the wicket and McCullum mistimes an attempted cut shot, bottom edging into the off side

1.2

Herath to BB McCullum, FOUR, ah, top shot this. McCullum jumps deep into his crease and thumps a short ball over midwicket for four

1.3

Herath to BB McCullum, no run, much better delivery and the response is duly respectful from McCullum

1.4

Herath to BB McCullum, 1 run, full toss but McCullum fails to take advantage. Tapping to cover instead of smashing it out the ground

1.5

Herath to Guptill, 1 run, fuller ball finds a full face as Guptill pushes down the ground and scoots off for a single

1.6

Herath to BB McCullum, no run, resolute and steady defence to end the over. Good start for New Zealand then. Better than England managed against Dilshan in the quarters on this ground

New Zealand 10/0   HMRKB Herath 1-0-6-0

3.1

Herath to BB McCullum, no run, Herath loops this up a touch and finds some spin as a result. Quietly defended

3.2

Herath to BB McCullum, no run, hint of false shot as some spin finds the outer half of the bat

3.3

Herath to BB McCullum, no run, slider, slightly quicker and McCullum hurries his defence

3.4

Herath to BB McCullum, no run, spin! Proper turn here squared McCullum up. Herath holding it back a touch and finding good purchase as a result

3.5

Herath to BB McCullum, no run, much quicker here and McCullum jabs down in a rush

3.6

Herath to BB McCullum, no run, excellent over, maiden no less. Finishes with some spin again nothing for McCullum to get hold of

New Zealand 16/0   HMRKB Herath 2-1-6-0

5.1

Herath to BB McCullum, SIX, wow, McCullum has got plenty of this! Herath tosses one up and McCullum thrust down a pad and swung his lines through a sweep to send it scattering the crowds over deep square

5.2

Herath to BB McCullum, no run, after that shot Herath is quicker and McCullum blocks

5.3

Herath to BB McCullum, no run, touch wide this time and the attempted chop is mistimed

5.4

Herath to BB McCullum, 1 leg bye, huge appeal as McCullum is struck on the back pad around off stump. Very close indeed but Dar decided not out and replays show it only grazing off stump

5.5

Herath to Guptill, no run, careful defence this time

5.6

Herath to Guptill, 2 runs, the shot deserved a boundary but long-off is straight enough to dive and save on the rope. It was driven with a perfectly-straight bat, on the up down the ground

New Zealand 29/0   HMRKB Herath 3-1-14-0

7.1

Herath to BB McCullum, OUT, gone now! The heave-ho sweep which worked so well last over is missed as Herath slips in quicker ball under the bat. Clips off stump and Herath punches the air!

BB McCullum b Herath 13 (27m 21b 1x4 1x6) SR: 61.90

7.2

Herath to Ryder, 1 run, Ryder is away straight away, easing his ample weight back and clipping through midwicket

7.3

Herath to Guptill, no run, big spin for Herath here. Touch of bounce too but it's slow off the pitch and Guptill has time to defend

7.4

Herath to Guptill, 1 run, more air on this and Guptill pushes a single down the ground

7.5

Herath to Ryder, no run, Ryder stretches forward to very respectfully defend outside off stump

7.6

Herath to Ryder, no run, touch of spin to end an excellent, wicket-taking over. He's varied things nicely and Ryder has to get his eye in

New Zealand 34/1   HMRKB Herath 4-1-16-1

19.1

Herath to Taylor, no run, flighted up on middle, breaking away, defended back down the track

19.2

Herath to Taylor, no run, and again, this time Taylor tries to nudge wide of the bowler but there's no single as Herath rushes across

19.3

Herath to Taylor, no run, flatter this time on off stump, the ball spins away and Taylor chops to point

19.4

Herath to Taylor, 1 run, now he finds one, Taylor stoops to sweep and sends the ball down to fine leg

19.5

Herath to Guptill, no run, solid defence from Guptill, coming forward

19.6

Herath to Guptill, 1 run, flicked through the vacant square leg, Sangakkara hares after the ball as the batsmen set off. Just the one

New Zealand 74/2   HMRKB Herath 5-1-18-1

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

27.5

Herath to Taylor, 1 run, Taylor hangs back and punches, Herath dives but can't stop it and they take one as the ball rolls 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   HMRKB Herath 6-1-22-1

34.1

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

34.2

Herath to Taylor, no run, Taylor is very calm so far in defence

34.3

Herath to Taylor, no run, Herath's line is good, the length isn't bad either and Taylor so far is playing him from the crease

34.4

Herath to Taylor, 1 run, a single pushed down the ground brings Styris back on strike

34.5

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

34.6

Herath to Taylor, no run, careful and uneasy defence from Taylor. He hasn't looked fluent yet

New Zealand 142/3   HMRKB Herath 7-1-25-1

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

38.3

Herath to Taylor, 1 run, driven out to deep extra this time

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   HMRKB Herath 8-1-27-1

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

40.3

Herath to Williamson, 1 run, Williamson pops this into the off side and steals a tight single that has Styris sprawling over the line, flat on his face and covered in dirt

40.4

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

40.5

Herath to Williamson, 1 run, Williamson finds some space to squeeze a cut behind point

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   HMRKB Herath 9-1-31-1

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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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