• BATSMEN
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    44.4 falls just short of the world record for the highest opening partnership of 286, came down the track for another lofted one over extra cover, for once, it did not come off cleanly, went high in the air more than anything else, and was taken cleanly way inside the boundary, do Zimbabwe have some respite? Not 282/1
    45.4 it's over for Dilshan now, went down the track for another big one, got too close to the ball, and lifted it miles in the air, but it came down somewhere near deep midwicket, and was taken safely, he walks back to thunderous applause, acknowledges it with a swing of his bat 289/2
    46.3 Perera goes now, he went for a wild slog to a flat delivery that goes straight on, takes the outside edge, and loops high in the air for cover to take a simple catch, Price deserved a wicket 296/3
    47.1 Mahela goes now, gets outside leg and lifts a fullish slower one right to long on who takes a fine high catch 300/4
    not out
    11
    7
    7
    1
    0
    157.14
    47.3 the ball is following Elton all around, and he is not letting it down, Angelo skied it high looking for the slog over midwicket, and Chigumbura took a nice running catch diving forward 302/5
    47.6 this was coming, one more batsman falls going for the big shot, Chamara wanted to lift this full delivery over deep midwicket again, but could not get it wide of the man this time, hit it straight to him in fact 308/6
    not out
    8
    7
    7
    1
    0
    114.28
    Extras
    15 (b 2, lb 3, nb 1, w 9)
    TOTAL
    327/6 (50 Overs, RR: 6.54)
    Fall of wickets: 1-282 (WU Tharanga, 44.4 ov), 2-289 (TM Dilshan, 45.4 ov), 3-296 (NLTC Perera, 46.3 ov), 4-300 (DPMD Jayawardene, 47.1 ov), 5-302 (AD Mathews, 47.3 ov), 6-308 (LPC Silva, 47.6 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEcon0s4s6sWDNB
    CB Mpofu706248.851610021
    T Panyangara605108.50136120
    RW Price914615.11296020
    E Chigumbura302006.6683000
    P Utseya1005015.00274010
    AG Cremer704206.00133010
    GA Lamb805106.37165010
  • BATSMEN
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    24.1 and strikes right away, it is the big fish, it was the slower one, the angle and the fuller length lured Taylor into going for the lofted shot over midwicket, but he ended up hitting it straight to the man in the end, Taylor is disgusted with his shot as he walks back 132/3
    19.5 Murali works his magic, the doosra gets Chakabva, almost the perfect delivery, tossed up and pitched around off stump on a length, drew the batsman forward, and just moved past his forward push to hit off stump, that will do, Sri Lanka have the breakthrough, after ages 116/1
    22.1 Kumar Sangakkara, what a catch, superlative, he was initially moving to the leg side as this one was angled in to the batsman, it straightened around middle stump, Taibu had no chance with it, he edged it, and the ball was dying to the right of Sanga, who stopped his movement in the opposite direction, and went diving to take it inches from the ground 125/2
    27.3 Sanga appeared to have messed the stumping, Dilshan managed to draw Utseya out of the crease, and then got it to go straight on past the bat, Sanga fluffed the take, somehow the ball managed to deflect on to the stumps, and the off bail was dislodged before Utseya got back, as the replays confirm after a confident Sanga appealed 150/4
    29.3 Dilshan can do no wrong today, fires one in from round the stumps, and gets it to strike him on the pads as he misses the sweep, that straightened neatly, umpire Erasmus gave the decision in Dilshan's favour after a fervent appeal, Zimbabwe went for the review, that was hitting middle, and Ervine has to walk back 156/5
    31.5 Sri Lanka have held on, another one goes, it was Perera on the deep square leg boundary, Elton went down to a full delivery and belted it off the middle of the bat, but his sweep went in the air straight to Perera, who tumbled forward but held on to the bat 165/7
    29.4 Mahela, what a ripper, Dilshan is all over Zimbabwe, this one doesn't turn as he goes forward pushing inside the line, the edge flies between keeper and slip, from where Mahela puts out his left hand in a reflex motion, and pouches the blinder, two in two for Dilshan 156/6
    not out
    14
    42
    27
    1
    0
    51.85
    36.5 Perera has removed Price with yet another short ball. Ironically, it is the first one he really caught hold of, he saw it early, waited for it and swatted it powerfully, but straight to the man at deep square leg 185/8
    37.4 4 for 4 and a century. Dilshan is unstoppable today. Lovely delivery, the slider than lands on a length around off and shoots through. Panyangara was groping inside the line, expecting an offie. No luck, the ball darts past the outside edge and hits him plumb in front. No need to review those. 185/9
    38.6 aha, so what if the replays don't vindicate you. Murali decides to do it all by himself, lands the doosra outside leg stump and turns it around to hit the timber as Mopfu sweeps and misses. The wizard has finished his final game at home with a wicket. Sri Lanka are the first team to enter the quarters of World Cup 2011. 188/10
    Extras
    16 (b 2, lb 2, w 12)
    TOTAL
    188 all out (39 Overs, RR: 4.82)
    Fall of wickets: 1-116 (RW Chakabva, 19.5 ov), 2-125 (T Taibu, 22.1 ov), 3-132 (BRM Taylor, 24.1 ov), 4-150 (P Utseya, 27.3 ov), 5-156 (CR Ervine, 29.3 ov), 6-156 (GA Lamb, 29.4 ov), 7-165 (E Chigumbura, 31.5 ov), 8-185 (RW Price, 36.5 ov), 9-185 (T Panyangara, 37.4 ov), 10-188 (CB Mpofu, 38.6 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEcon0s4s6sWDNB
    SL Malinga805106.37276070
    KMDN Kulasekara803304.12313010
    NLTC Perera603315.50203100
    M Muralitharan903433.77282000
    AD Mathews502925.80123000
    TM Dilshan31441.33150000

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