Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

DPMD Jayawardene
100(81) 9x4 - 1x6
Control %77%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 12 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 0 1 2 0 0 5 10
Rizwan Cheema
37(35) 4x4 - 2x6
Control %64%
  • Productive Shot
  • on side drive on front foot
  • 9 runs
  • 0x4 - 1x6
0 0 2 0 0 1 9 4

Best performances - Bowlers

KMDN Kulasekara
O6.0
M2
R16
W3
Eco2.66
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
JM Davison
O8.0
M0
R56
W2
Eco7.00
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Commentary

A satisfied Sri Lanka walk off with a 210-run victory, the seventh largest in World Cup history.

It wasn't a vintage match for Hambantota's debut match, but the fans won't be complaining after most things went their team's way.

Dilshan: "We are happy with this, very comfortable win, very important first match, batting department did a great job, I got a start disappointed to not get a century, next match is Pakistan, we have to be 100% in that match. First session was very hot and humid, second session was better, that is Sri Lanka."

One thing Sri Lanka will need to look at is the timing of the batting Powerplay, which Martin Crowe feels will be the key tactical offering of this tournament.

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Post-match presentation coming up. Namal Rajapaksha, son of Sri Lanka's president, is there with Pat Symcox.

Ashish Bagai: "Always going to be a tough task, we started pretty well, kept them under 5 for the first 25 overs, two world-class players took it away from us. A bit different weather here, so there was a bit of dehydration and cramps, we have seven days to recover from this. Great facility here and great crowd."

Kumar Sangakkara: "It was all set up by the openers, the real star was Jayawardene, it is very easy to bat with him. Wickets like this, it is nice to get an idea of whats going on, that's why I took a bit of time, it was good that Mahela came back to bring the momentum our way. We were pretty clinical, the spinners and the fast bowlers did exactly what we wanted." He has plenty of praise for the new stadium as well."

Namal Rajapaksha hands out the Man of the Match award to Mahela Jayawardene.

Mahela: "Always the first game is a nerve-wracking feeling, guys gave a ood start, just needed a momentum shift in the middle, was a bit shattered after the knock ,was really tired after that, luckily we have several days to recover. It was a good pitch, good outfield, great stadium and a great atmosphere." He says he had no idea that he broke the record for fastest century by a Sri Lankan in the World Cup.

Not a great day at the World Cup, two absolutely one-sided matches will again fuel the debate over including Associate nations in the World Cup. the two Test teams who played today won't be complaining though, almost everything went right for them.

Tomorrow's game is a day-nighter between Australia v Zimbabwe. Till then from Siddarth Ravindran and Nitin Sundar, it's good night. Thanks for the mails.

36.5
W
Mendis to Osinde, OUT, and that's the end of that, the crowd roars, at least the portion of the crowd that stayed behind, loads left realising what a one-sided encounter was in store, the batsman looks to swing that to the leg side, it was a googly, clips the off bail, Canada have folded for 122
36.4
1
Mendis to Baidwan, 1 run, flighted and full on off stump, swept down to fine leg
36.3
0
Mendis to Baidwan, no run, edged towards point this time
36.2
0
Mendis to Baidwan, no run, a more gentle offpsinner this, hits the pad as the batsman looksto defend, sliding down leg
36.2
1w
Mendis to Baidwan, 1 wide, didn't pick the offspinner, that turns big and slides down leg side
36.1
1
Mendis to Osinde, 1 run, length ball is punched off the back foot towards mid-off

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

DPMD Jayawardene
100(81) 9x4 - 1x6
Control %77%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 12 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 0 1 2 0 0 5 10
Rizwan Cheema
37(35) 4x4 - 2x6
Control %64%
  • Productive Shot
  • on side drive on front foot
  • 9 runs
  • 0x4 - 1x6
0 0 2 0 0 1 9 4

Best performances - Bowlers

KMDN Kulasekara
O6.0
M2
R16
W3
Eco2.66
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
JM Davison
O8.0
M0
R56
W2
Eco7.00
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

ICC Cricket World Cup

Pool A
TEAMMPMWMLMDPTNRR
NZ660012.0002.568
AUS64109.0002.260
SL64208.0000.376
BDESH63207.0000.130
ENG62404.000-0.758
AFG61502.000-1.856
SCOT60600.000-2.226
Pool B
TEAMMPMWMLMDPTNRR
INDIA660012.0001.832
SA64208.0001.707
PAK64208.000-0.084
WI63306.000-0.049
IRE63306.000-0.931
ZIM61502.000-0.532
UAE60600.000-2.039