ICC World Twenty20, 2007/08 / Commentary

ICC World Twenty20 - 22nd match, Group F

Australia v Sri Lanka

Australia won by 10 wickets (with 58 balls remaining)

5.1

Clark to Silva, no run, immaculate line and length - it's just like watching the Ashes all over again - and Silva defends with a perfectly straight bat

5.2

Clark to Silva, no run, more of the same, no room to free the arms

5.3

Clark to Silva, OUT, he frees his arms this time, but to absolutely no avail - a massive windmill of a wind-up, but a ball that was intended to vanish over the covers instead spirals down to Brett Lee on the third man boundary. Credit to Clark, he built the pressure and Silva cracked

LPC Silva c Lee b Clark 6 (12m 11b 1x4 0x6) SR: 54.54

5.4

Clark to Sangakkara, FOUR, width, and that's Sri Lanka's best shot of the day - a full-flowing cover-drive that no-one can intercept

5.5

Clark to Sangakkara, 1 run, straighter this time, and nudged for a single

5.6

Clark to Dilshan, no run, on the spot again, with a touch of outswing as well. Dilshan leaves well alone

Sri Lanka 26/4   SR Clark 1-0-5-1

7.1

Clark to Dilshan, 2 runs, steered out to deep point, and they hustle for a couple

7.2

Clark to Dilshan, no run, short but straighter - crashed into the legs of point

7.3

Clark to Dilshan, OUT, that wasn't very clever. Dilshan tries to improvise, he steps outside off and tries to sweep off a good length, but instead pats a simple chance straight into Gilchrist's gloves as he hops to the leg-side. Another one bites the dust, and with the exception of Jayasuriya, they've all been tame dismissals

TM Dilshan c †Gilchrist b Clark 3 (7m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 60.00

7.4

Clark to Mubarak, no run, short and Mubarak ducks his first delivery

7.5

Clark to Mubarak, FOUR, a rare error from Clark, he strays onto the pads and Mubarak tickles that very fine. A welcome boundary

7.6

Clark to Mubarak, no run, back on a better line and length. It's survival first now for Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka 34/5   SR Clark 2-0-11-2

9.1

Clark to Sangakkara, no run, straight and full, and tucked down to third man

9.2

Clark to Sangakkara, FOUR, thumped, and effectively so. A little shimmy down the pitch, and Clark - who had come off a short run - is made to pay

9.3

Clark to Sangakkara, OUT, short but straight, Sangakkara tried to make room to free his arms but couldn't keep it down. His attempted cut was wafted straight to backward point, and Sri Lanka are in freefall now

KC Sangakkara c Clarke b Clark 22 (38m 23b 3x4 0x6) SR: 95.65

9.4

Clark to Maharoof, no run, good line, good length, Maharoof drives

9.5

Clark to Maharoof, OUT, good grief, another one falls. Too straight to take any liberties, but that's exactly what Maharoof did - he made to mow through the covers, but Michael Clarke at point pulls off a blinder, one-handed to his right, an inch off the ground!

MF Maharoof c Clarke b Clark 0 (1m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

9.6

Clark to Vaas, no run, defended. As well it might be

Sri Lanka 43/7   SR Clark 3-0-15-4

11.1

Clark to Vaas, no run, straight, and watched all the way on to the bat - good practice - for a froward defensive

11.2

Clark to Vaas, 1 run, shorter delivery and Vaas is surprised by it, so fails to capitalise fully in his timing of the pull

11.3

Clark to Mubarak, 1 run, poked forward

11.4

Clark to Vaas, (no ball) 1 run, a no-ball for overstepping, so here comes the free hit

11.4

Clark to Mubarak, 1 run, slower delivery, straight and full - that'll be a yorker then - and driven tamely to mid-off

11.5

Clark to Vaas, no run, on middle-and-off, staying over to the left hander by the way, who defends solidly

11.6

Clark to Vaas, no run, another tidy delivery, full of superb line and equally good length

Sri Lanka 60/7   SR Clark 4-0-20-4
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Sep 20, 2007

Shane Watson bowls shortly before hurting his hamstring, Australia v Sri Lanka, Group F, ICC World Twenty20, Cape Town, September 20, 2007

Shane Watson bowls shortly before hurting his hamstring

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Sep 20, 2007

Adam Gilchrist clips a shot off his legs, Australia v Sri Lanka, Group F, ICC World Twenty20, Cape Town, September 20, 2007

Adam Gilchrist clips a shot off his legs

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