Statistics

Best performances - Bowlers

BAW Mendis
O4.0
M2
R8
W6
Eco2.00
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
AG Cremer
O4.0
M0
R27
W1
Eco6.75
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Commentary

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"It is a tough pill to swallow," says Brendan Taylor. "We are a far better side than what we showed. Credit goes to Sri Lanka. They showed why they are one of the favourites to win the tournament. We have played enough cricket to go back from today, rethink and come back a better side."

"It's tough paying a team like Zimbabwe," says Mahela Jayawardene. "You can't take anything to granted. We had to make sure we played to our potential. It's a pretty good wicket, just needed to get used to it a little bit. Our guys batted really well, and the bowlers then did a super job."

Mahela is going to interpret for Ajantha Mendis, who is the Man of the Match, but he says he doesn't need any interpreting, and says: "I am really happy today. Playing cricket after nine months, I am really happy with my performance, and I will try my best in the coming matches."

There are fireworks all over Hambantota as Sri Lanka get off to an emphatic start in their home WorldT20, and also surely progress to the Super Eights? Sri Lanka were not extravagant against an ill-disciplined Zimbabwe in the field, and efficiently reached 182. Extravagance and flamboyance was then to be unleashed through the spin of Mendises. Ajantha was sensational on his return with figures of 4-2-8-6, and Jeevan chipped in with three. Zimbabwe, well they couldn't read them at all. Don't go away too far, we will have the presentation soon enough

17.3
W
Malinga to Mpofu, OUT, slower ball, too good form Mpofu as he lobs it to mid-off while backing away

A wide slip is in

17.2
7
Malinga to Vitori, 7 runs, nicely pish-driven, although he did back away to stay away from the line of it. Places it wide of cover, and gets three by the time deep point gets around. And his throw reach points, and Dilshan shies at non-striker's end to allow four overthrows. I don't remember ever seeing seven off one ball
17.1
0
Malinga to Vitori, no run, full, on off, angling away, Vittori doesn't want to get in line here

Malinga comes back

END OF OVER:
17 | 6 Runs 1 Wkt | ZIM: 93/9

  • CB Mpofu0 (1b)
  • BV Vitori0 (2b)
  • BMAJ Mendis4-0-24-3
  • BAW Mendis4-2-8-6
16.6
0
Mendis to Mpofu, no run, big wind-up from Mpofu, and he is beaten by the googly. It's just headed down leg

Chris Mpofu is the last man in. All wickets have fallen to a Mendis. Jeevan has one ball to finish it off. One slip in place

16.5
W
Mendis to Cremer, OUT, natural variation for Mendis. Flighted legbreak, Cremer has read this right, but the ball doesn't turn enough, and squeezes through the gap between pad and bat to hit the middle stump
16.4
2
Mendis to Cremer, 2 runs, pushed through, on the pads, worked wide of deep square, and they risk a second, which is facilitated by a wide throw from substitute Chandimal

Statistics

Best performances - Bowlers

BAW Mendis
O4.0
M2
R8
W6
Eco2.00
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
AG Cremer
O4.0
M0
R27
W1
Eco6.75
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

World T20

Super 10 Group 1
TEAMMPMWMLMDPTNRR
WI43106.0000.358
ENG43106.0000.145
SA42204.0000.651
SL41302.000-0.461
AFG41302.000-0.715
Super 10 Group 2
TEAMMPMWMLMDPTNRR
NZ44008.0001.900
INDIA43106.000-0.305
AUS42204.0000.233
PAK41302.000-0.092
BDESH40400.000-1.805
First Round Group A
TEAMMPMWMLMDPTNRR
BDESH32005.0001.937
NL31103.0000.154
OMAN31103.000-1.521
IRE30201.000-0.685
First Round Group B
TEAMMPMWMLMDPTNRR
AFG33006.0001.540
ZIM32104.000-0.566
SCOT31202.000-0.132
HKG30300.000-1.017