ICC Cricket World Cup, 2010/11 / Wicket commentary

ICC Cricket World Cup - 1st semi final

Sri Lanka v New Zealand

Sri Lanka won by 5 wickets (with 13 balls remaining)


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

New Zealand 32/1   MJ Guptill 18* (22b 3x4)   HMRKB Herath 3.1-1-14-1


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

New Zealand 69/2   MJ Guptill 36* (56b 3x4)   M Muralitharan 2.3-0-8-1


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

New Zealand 84/3   LRPL Taylor 11* (9b 1x4)   SL Malinga 1.3-0-9-1


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

New Zealand 161/4   SB Styris 47* (60b 5x4)   BAW Mendis 8.1-0-30-1


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

New Zealand 192/5   SB Styris 55* (71b 5x4)   SL Malinga 7.3-0-49-2


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

New Zealand 204/6   SB Styris 55* (72b 5x4)   SL Malinga 8.1-0-49-3


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   JDP Oram 6* (6b 1x4)   M Muralitharan 10-1-42-2


Dilshan to Oram, OUT, gone this time! Oram had to try something, ended up heaving high towards long-on who jogged in a few yards off the rope, steadied himself and held the chance. New Zealand's chances of posting something competitive are sliding away

JDP Oram c Jayawardene b Dilshan 7 (14m 9b 1x4 0x6) SR: 77.77

New Zealand 215/8   DL Vettori 1* (1b)   TM Dilshan 4.4-0-21-1


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

New Zealand 217/9   DL Vettori 3* (3b)   BAW Mendis 9.3-0-35-2


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   DL Vettori 3* (3b)   BAW Mendis 9.5-0-35-3

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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


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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