ICC World Cup - 16th match, Group B

Bangladesh v Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka won by 198 runs (D/L method)

Welcome back. Shahriar Nafees and Tamim Iqbal are the openers in the middle. Chaminda Vaas will start proceedings for Sri Lanka, left-arm over the wicket to Tamim. 291 games, 371 wickets for the crafty bowler. Two slips in place.

0.1

Vaas to Tamim Iqbal, no run, moving, back of a length delivery outside off stump which the batsman lets pass

0.2

Vaas to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, good length outside off stump, he opens the face of the bat and runs it down to third man

0.3

Vaas to Shahriar Nafees, no run, good length, swinging delivery outside off stump, Nafees shuffles across and lets it pass for Sangakkara to collect

0.4

Vaas to Shahriar Nafees, no run, closer to off stump, again it pitches and deviates away from the left-hander, who shoulders arms

0.5

Vaas to Shahriar Nafees, OUT, gone! As expected, Vaas works closer and closer to off stump, getting one to land just in line with the stumps, full and jagging back in, Nafees is caught deep in the crease, in front of off, and the umpire has little hesitation in giving that out!

Shahriar Nafees lbw b Vaas 0 (3m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Vaas set him up, working wide of the stumps and slowly, inch by inch, getting each delivery closer to the batsman. Thats experience for you.

The new batsman is Mushfiqur Rahim

0.6

Vaas to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, and he gets a peach first up, that pitches full outside off stump and then curls in, and he sure seems to know where his off stump is, shouldering arms to that one

A great opening over, from a Sri Lankan perspective

End of over 1 (1 run) Bangladesh 1/1 (318 runs required from 49 overs, RR: 1.00, RRR: 6.48)
Mushfiqur Rahim    0* (1b)      WPUJC Vaas    1-0-1-1
Tamim Iqbal    1* (2b)     

Lasith Malinga to bowl to Tamim

1.1

Malinga to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, lovely! A quick, swinging yorker that swings in from middle and off and has Tamim falling over in defence, and he manages to dig it out to the leg side

1.2

Malinga to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, full, moving delivery on the stumps, Rahim gets behind it and defends

1.3

Malinga to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, back of a length on leg stump, Rahim tucks that to square leg

1.4

Malinga to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, superb! Quick, moving, off a great length and Rahim is almost squared up as he feels for that one off the backfoot, and the ball climbs on Sangakkara behind the stumps

1.5

Malinga to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, and again, Malinga beats him with one that kicks off a good length and Sangakkara has to take it over his head

1.6

Malinga to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, back of a length on off stump, Rahim's right behind the line in defence, and getting off the mark with a tip-and-run in front of point

End of over 2 (2 runs) Bangladesh 3/1 (316 runs required from 48 overs, RR: 1.50, RRR: 6.58)
Mushfiqur Rahim    1* (6b)      SL Malinga    1-0-2-0
Tamim Iqbal    2* (3b)      WPUJC Vaas    1-0-1-1

2.1

Vaas to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, good shout! Lands on a good length, but pitched just outside leg stump, rapping Rahim on the front leg but those cant be given out

2.2

Vaas to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, good length on the stumps, defended back to Vaas with ease

2.3

Vaas to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, fractionally overpitched, and he gets forward and drives nicely to cover, but cant beat the men there

2.4

Vaas to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, lovely movement, getting it to land full and sucking Rahim into a waft outside off stump

2.5

Vaas to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, good length outside off stump, Rahim gets forward and pushes compactly to cover

2.6

Vaas to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, back of a length on and around off stump, hurrying the batsman into his defense, a maiden over from Vaas

End of over 3 (maiden) Bangladesh 3/1 (316 runs required from 47 overs, RR: 1.00, RRR: 6.72)
Mushfiqur Rahim    1* (12b)      WPUJC Vaas    2-1-1-1
Tamim Iqbal    2* (3b)      SL Malinga    1-0-2-0

3.1

Malinga to Tamim Iqbal, no run, fullish delivery on middle and off, Tamim stands rooted and drives, and is saved by the inside-edge back onto the back leg

3.2

Malinga to Tamim Iqbal, no run, good length outside off stump, he gets over it and defends to Silva at point

3.3

Malinga to Tamim Iqbal, FOUR, overpitched outside off stump, and Tamim stands up and dispatches the half-volley nicely in the gap at cover for his first boundary, nice shot!

3.4

Malinga to Tamim Iqbal, OUT, edged and gone! Malinga responds with a short of a length, moving delivery outside off stump that kicks off the surface, Tamim stands leaden-footed and fishes at it, and Sangakkara snaps up the regulation edge

Tamim Iqbal c †Sangakkara b Malinga 6 (16m 7b 1x4 0x6) SR: 85.71

Malinga loved that dismissal, just pumping his fists and letting fly with the celebrations

The new man in is Aftab Ahmed. Three slips await.

3.5

Malinga to Aftab Ahmed, no run, back of a length delivery moves in from outside off stump, he hops up and taps that to the on side

3.6

Malinga to Aftab Ahmed, no run, good length delivery on off stump, Aftab gets across and keeps it down in front of him

A successful over from Malinga, Bangladesh two down for nothing

End of over 4 (4 runs) Bangladesh 7/2 (312 runs required from 46 overs, RR: 1.75, RRR: 6.78)
Aftab Ahmed    0* (2b)      SL Malinga    2-0-6-1
Mushfiqur Rahim    1* (12b)      WPUJC Vaas    2-1-1-1

4.1

Vaas to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, good length delivery moving across the stumps, he gets in line and defends confidently to the off side...Vaas gives him a nice look

4.2

Vaas to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, back of a length outswinger, moves across him and he shoulders arms to it

4.3

Vaas to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, back of a length outside off stump, defended into the covers

4.4

Vaas to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, good length cutter outside off stump, he looks to leave it but is slow, and the ball clips the bat and almost rolls onto the stumps

4.5

Vaas to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, good length just on off stump, he gets across and defends it down into the ground...Vaas giving them nothing to work with

4.6

Vaas to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, back of a length on middle and leg, Rahim shuffles and taps it to square leg

End of over 5 (maiden) Bangladesh 7/2 (312 runs required from 45 overs, RR: 1.40, RRR: 6.93)
Mushfiqur Rahim    1* (18b)      WPUJC Vaas    3-2-1-1
Aftab Ahmed    0* (2b)      SL Malinga    2-0-6-1

Here's Malinga...

5.1

Malinga to Aftab Ahmed, no run, good length outside off stump, he comes forward and drives to cover

5.2

Malinga to Aftab Ahmed, 2 runs, short of a length outside off stump, Aftab stands in his crease and lofts that in the air over extra cover, Murali backpeddles but the balls too far ahead of him

5.3

Malinga to Aftab Ahmed, 1 wide, rubbish ball, way down leg stump, wide called

5.3

Malinga to Aftab Ahmed, no run, good length ball smack on off stump, Aftab gets behind it and defends back to Malinga

5.4

Malinga to Aftab Ahmed, no run, bounces him with one that moves in from outside off stump and sails over Aftab's left shoulder

5.5

Malinga to Aftab Ahmed, no run, good one, rips off a short length and moves the other way as Aftab tries to get out of the way

5.6

Malinga to Aftab Ahmed, 1 run, drifts down leg stump, off a length, and Aftab tucks it to fine leg for one

End of over 6 (4 runs) Bangladesh 11/2 (308 runs required from 44 overs, RR: 1.83, RRR: 7.00)
Aftab Ahmed    3* (8b)      SL Malinga    3-0-10-1
Mushfiqur Rahim    1* (18b)      WPUJC Vaas    3-2-1-1

6.1

Vaas to Aftab Ahmed, FOUR, aggression! Aftab, standing outside his crease, gives Vaas the charge and lifts one from off stump over midwicket for four, good stuff

6.2

Vaas to Aftab Ahmed, no run, the reply is a gem, pitching fuller and moving across him, drawing him into a false drive and getting beaten

6.3

Vaas to Aftab Ahmed, FOUR, shot! Vaas strays onto the pads and Aftab cashes in, flicking off the legs high over square leg for another four

Two slips come out, leg gulley comes in

6.4

Vaas to Aftab Ahmed, no run, beaten by another one that slants past off stump, his feet dont move as he chases the offcutter

6.5

Vaas to Aftab Ahmed, 1 run, good length outside off stump, he lunges forward to drive and gets a thick edge that scoots past the vacant gulley out to third man for a single

6.6

Vaas to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, back of a length on the stumps, Rahim gets behind it and defends it down

End of over 7 (9 runs) Bangladesh 20/2 (299 runs required from 43 overs, RR: 2.85, RRR: 6.95)
Mushfiqur Rahim    1* (19b)      WPUJC Vaas    4-2-10-1
Aftab Ahmed    12* (13b 2x4)      SL Malinga    3-0-10-1

Those dark clouds are here again

7.1

Malinga to Aftab Ahmed, no run, back of a length on off stump, Aftab hops up and keeps it down to the off

7.2

Malinga to Aftab Ahmed, no run, now he gets a bit too enthusiastic, coming down the track and chasing a wide delivery, 91mph too, and getting beaten

7.3

Malinga to Aftab Ahmed, OUT, gone! Malinga drops short, at a lively pace, Aftab takes his eyes off it as he has a go, pulling off the splice of the bat, the ball goes up in the air and comes down near square leg, two men converge on it, Jayasuriya says dont touch it, thats mine, keeps his eyes on it the entire time and dives forward to pluck it! Not bad for a 37-year-old, eh?

Aftab Ahmed c Jayasuriya b Malinga 12 (18m 16b 2x4 0x6) SR: 75.00

Aftab's innings comes to and end and Malinga gets a second wicket. Bangladesh in dire straits early on.

7.4

Malinga to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, back of a length outside off stump, he gets behind it and defends to the off side

7.5

Malinga to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, this one's headed down leg stump and rises after it pitches, he takes his eyes off it and manages to keep it down in front of short fine leg, well bowled

7.6

Malinga to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, short-pitched delivery on middle and off, he leaves it be and it sails past him

End of over 8 (1 run) Bangladesh 21/3 (298 runs required from 42 overs, RR: 2.62, RRR: 7.09)
Shakib Al Hasan    0* (1b)      SL Malinga    4-0-11-2
Mushfiqur Rahim    2* (21b)      WPUJC Vaas    4-2-10-1

8.1

Vaas to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, back of a length delivery outside off stump, pitches and moves away, Rahim withdraws on the shot

8.2

Vaas to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, good length, moving away from outside off stump, he shoulders arms and lets it pass

8.3

Vaas to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, good length ball, movement off the pitch back into him, Rahim stands and defends to the off side

8.4

Vaas to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, good length, inswing again for the bowler, Rahim stands and defends

8.5

Vaas to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, back of a length outside off stump, he opens the face of the bat and steers it to point

8.6

Vaas to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, quicker and a tad fuller outside off stump, Rahim shoulders arms to it

End of over 9 (maiden) Bangladesh 21/3 (298 runs required from 41 overs, RR: 2.33, RRR: 7.26)
Mushfiqur Rahim    2* (27b)      WPUJC Vaas    5-3-10-1
Shakib Al Hasan    0* (1b)      SL Malinga    4-0-11-2

Bowling change: Farveez Maharoof replaces Malinga

9.1

Maharoof to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, back of a length outside off stump, squares him up, he gets an edge to gulley

9.2

Maharoof to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, good ball! Lands it on a sweet spot outside off stump, the ball stands up and beats Rahim's backfoot prod

9.3

Maharoof to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, back of a length well outside off stump, no worries for Rahim, who lets it be

9.4

Maharoof to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, good length delivery outside off stump, a minimal amount of movement into Rahim, who plants the leg out and shoulders arms

9.5

Maharoof to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, good length outside off stump, asking him to drive, but Rahim opts for caution, letting that ball be

9.6

Maharoof to Mushfiqur Rahim, FOUR, short of a length outside off stump, extra bounce, now Rahim flashes at it and gets a thick edge over the slips and away for four

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End of over 10 (5 runs) Bangladesh 26/3 (293 runs required from 40 overs, RR: 2.60, RRR: 7.32)
Mushfiqur Rahim    6* (32b 1x4)      MF Maharoof    1-0-5-0
Shakib Al Hasan    1* (2b)      WPUJC Vaas    5-3-10-1

Jayawardene takes the second PowerPlay, and Steve Davis whirls his arm to signal it

10.1

Vaas to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, good length outside off stump, Saqibul gets forward in defense

10.2

Vaas to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, back of a length outside off stump, he gets back and punches nicely to cover

10.3

Vaas to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, back of a length outside off stump, the movement squares him up, and he edges the ball along the ground to Dilshan at backward point

10.4

Vaas to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, good length inswinger, does too much moving down leg, and the appeal for leg before is turned down by umpire Davis

10.5

Vaas to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, back of a length delivery moves into him and he has to hustle to keep it out, defending back to Vaas off the back foot

10.6

Vaas to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, back of a length, pitches outside off stump and moves away, but Saqibul negates it by getting behind the line and punching to the off side

Six overs, four maidens, ten runs and a wicket for Vaas

End of over 11 (maiden) Bangladesh 26/3 (293 runs required from 39 overs, RR: 2.36, RRR: 7.51)
Shakib Al Hasan    1* (8b)      WPUJC Vaas    6-4-10-1
Mushfiqur Rahim    6* (32b 1x4)      MF Maharoof    1-0-5-0

Two slips come on for Maharoof and Rahim

11.1

Maharoof to Mushfiqur Rahim, OUT, and he's gone, freeing the arms and cutting a pretty poor, wide delivery hard to Dilshan at backward point, who moves to his left and holds the catch above his head!

Mushfiqur Rahim c Dilshan b Maharoof 6 (48m 33b 1x4 0x6) SR: 18.18

Bangladesh need a rear-guard effort from someone. Here's the captain to have a go.

11.2

Maharoof to Habibul Bashar, no run, good length outside off stump, he watches it go through to Sangakkara

11.3

Maharoof to Habibul Bashar, no run, fractionally overpitched outside off stump, Bashar leans into a drive to Silva at cover

11.4

Maharoof to Habibul Bashar, no run, fullish delivery outside off stump, he moves across and drives loosely to mid-on

11.5

Maharoof to Habibul Bashar, no run, good length delivery just outside off stump, he leaves it be

11.6

Maharoof to Habibul Bashar, no run, good length outside off stump, he gets to the pitch and defends to the covers

End of over 12 (wicket maiden) Bangladesh 26/4 (293 runs required from 38 overs, RR: 2.16, RRR: 7.71)
Habibul Bashar    0* (5b)      MF Maharoof    2-1-5-1
Shakib Al Hasan    1* (8b)      WPUJC Vaas    6-4-10-1

12.1

Vaas to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, good length delivery outside off stump, he leans forward and drives and gets beaten by the movement

12.2

Vaas to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, good length ball on leg stump, he shuffles and flicks to square leg

12.3

Vaas to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, dropped! Short of a length delivery outside off stump, he stands and chases it, and Jayawardene drops a sharp chance diving to his left at slip, but thats one that should've been taken

12.4

Vaas to Habibul Bashar, no run, good length outside off stump, he comes forward and drives to cover

12.5

Vaas to Habibul Bashar, 1 leg bye, good length delivery pitches on leg stump and swings down, moving down the line of impact, Rahim comes across to flick and gets rapped, they all go up in appeal, but it looked to be swinging too much

12.6

Vaas to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, back of a length outside off stump, he defends off the back foot

End of over 13 (2 runs) Bangladesh 28/4 (291 runs required from 37 overs, RR: 2.15, RRR: 7.86)
Shakib Al Hasan    2* (12b)      WPUJC Vaas    7-4-11-1
Habibul Bashar    0* (7b)      MF Maharoof    2-1-5-1

13.1

Maharoof to Habibul Bashar, 1 run, short of a length, cut off the back foot down to third man for one

13.2

Maharoof to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, back of a length on the stumps, he gets behind the line and defends

13.3

Maharoof to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, back of a length on leg stump, he has too hurry to keep it out to the off side

13.4

Maharoof to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 wide, wide down the leg side, Saqibul tries to flick but misses

13.4

Maharoof to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, short of a length on off stump, he goes back and defends to the off side

13.5

Maharoof to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, good length outside off stump, the slower one, he defends to point off the back foot

13.6

Maharoof to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, back of a length on leg stump, Saqibul comes down the track but mistimes the drive to midwicket

End of over 14 (2 runs) Bangladesh 30/4 (289 runs required from 36 overs, RR: 2.14, RRR: 8.02)
Shakib Al Hasan    2* (17b)      MF Maharoof    3-1-7-1
Habibul Bashar    1* (8b)      WPUJC Vaas    7-4-11-1

Here's spin, in the form of one Muttiah Muralitharan, just 434 ODI wickets to his name. Slip and silly point in place.

14.1

Muralitharan to Habibul Bashar, no run, spins sharply off a length into Bashar, who backs away and drives back to Murali

14.2

Muralitharan to Habibul Bashar, no run, quicker one on off stump, again he goes back and pushes back to Murali

14.3

Muralitharan to Habibul Bashar, no run, the doosra rips past the bat outside off stump!

14.4

Muralitharan to Habibul Bashar, 1 wide, quicker one spins down leg stump and is called wide, some viscious turn there

14.4

Muralitharan to Habibul Bashar, no run, short and wide, staying low as Rahim goes for the cut and misses

14.5

Muralitharan to Habibul Bashar, no run, spins in from off stump, he stands and defends

14.6

Muralitharan to Habibul Bashar, no run, back of a length, he goes back and defends

And here come some refreshments for the players and umpires

End of over 15 (1 run) Bangladesh 31/4 (288 runs required from 35 overs, RR: 2.06, RRR: 8.22)
Habibul Bashar    1* (14b)      M Muralitharan    1-0-1-0
Shakib Al Hasan    2* (17b)      MF Maharoof    3-1-7-1

Third and final PowerPlay being taken

15.1

Maharoof to Shakib Al Hasan, (no ball) 1 run, length ball outside leg stump, a no-ball, flicked to square leg for one

15.1

Maharoof to Habibul Bashar, no run, good length ball outside off stump, he comes forward and defends to the onside with the inside-edge

15.2

Maharoof to Habibul Bashar, 2 runs, short and wide, Bashar rocks back and cuts hard, Silva half-stops it at point and they settle for two

15.3

Maharoof to Habibul Bashar, FOUR, dragged in short outside off stump and Bashar latches onto it with a controlled pull shot through square leg for four, lovely placement and shot selection!

15.4

Maharoof to Habibul Bashar, no run, good length outside off stump, he comes forward and runs it to Dilshan at backward point

15.5

Maharoof to Habibul Bashar, no run, good length outside off stump, he isnt to the pitch and ends up driving in the air but luckily for him the ball lands in front of mid-off

15.6

Maharoof to Habibul Bashar, no run, back of a length outside off stump, dug out to point

End of over 16 (8 runs) Bangladesh 39/4 (280 runs required from 34 overs, RR: 2.43, RRR: 8.23)
Habibul Bashar    7* (20b 1x4)      MF Maharoof    4-1-15-1
Shakib Al Hasan    3* (18b)      M Muralitharan    1-0-1-0

16.1

Muralitharan to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, tossed up outside off stump, Saqibul sweeps hard through midwicket but there are two men out there for this shot

16.2

Muralitharan to Habibul Bashar, no run, spins in off a short length, Bashar rocks back and cuts but cant beat the off side field

16.3

Muralitharan to Habibul Bashar, 1 run, fuller and flatter, he comes out to take it on the full and whips it to midwicket

16.4

Muralitharan to Shakib Al Hasan, OUT, the doosra pegs back leg stump! This one was ripped up, landing on middle and spinning in past a clueless, leaden-footed Saqibul to rerrange the furniture

Shakib Al Hasan b Muralitharan 4 (41m 20b 0x4 0x6) SR: 20.00

Mohammad Ashraful walks out to face the music

16.5

Muralitharan to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, tossed up on off stump, Ashraful comes forward and drives back to Murali

16.6

Muralitharan to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, moves around the wicket and lets another doosra rip, pitches on middle and off and fizzes past his backfoot defence

A great over from Murali

End of over 17 (2 runs) Bangladesh 41/5 (278 runs required from 33 overs, RR: 2.41, RRR: 8.42)
Mohammad Ashraful    0* (2b)      M Muralitharan    2-0-3-1
Habibul Bashar    8* (22b 1x4)      MF Maharoof    4-1-15-1

17.1

Maharoof to Habibul Bashar, no run, back of a length outside off stump, Bashar's feet go nowhere as he flashes the cut at it and misses

17.2

Maharoof to Habibul Bashar, no run, back of a length outside off stump, he goes back and punches to covers

17.3

Maharoof to Habibul Bashar, no run, good length outside off stump, he goes back and pushes to cover

17.4

Maharoof to Habibul Bashar, no run, strives for the yorker, the slower one to, its not right where he wants it to and the batsman drives it to the off

17.5

Maharoof to Habibul Bashar, no run, back of a length outside off stump, he rocks back and punches to the off side

17.6

Maharoof to Habibul Bashar, 1 run, fraction wide and he slashes that past backward point for one out to third man

End of over 18 (1 run) Bangladesh 42/5 (277 runs required from 32 overs, RR: 2.33, RRR: 8.65)
Habibul Bashar    9* (28b 1x4)      MF Maharoof    5-1-16-1
Mohammad Ashraful    0* (2b)      M Muralitharan    2-0-3-1

Murali becomes the fourth bowler to concede 10,000 runs in ODIs after Wasim Akram, Anil Kumble and Sanath Jayasuriya.

18.1

Muralitharan to Habibul Bashar, no run, tossed up outside leg stump, he looks to flick but misses out, Murali appeals but that was outside the line of impact

18.2

Muralitharan to Habibul Bashar, no run, fired in outside leg stump again, he looks to sweep but misses out

18.3

Muralitharan to Habibul Bashar, no run, tossed up outside leg again, he looks to tickle it off the pads but misses

18.4

Muralitharan to Habibul Bashar, 1 run, tossed up on leg stump, he sweeps and gets one to short fine leg

18.5

Muralitharan to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, tossed up on the stumps again, Ashraful defends

18.6

Muralitharan to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, pitches outside leg and rips into him, they appeal softly but that wasnt even close

End of over 19 (1 run) Bangladesh 43/5 (276 runs required from 31 overs, RR: 2.26, RRR: 8.90)
Mohammad Ashraful    0* (4b)      M Muralitharan    3-0-4-1
Habibul Bashar    10* (32b 1x4)      MF Maharoof    5-1-16-1

19.1

Maharoof to Habibul Bashar, no run, good length outside off stump, Bashar leans into a good-looking coverdrive but an acrobatic Silva dives to his right and saves runs

19.2

Maharoof to Habibul Bashar, FOUR, bang, thats four! Short and wide, Bashar makes room and cuts hard between point and backward point and the ball races away for four

19.3

Maharoof to Habibul Bashar, no run, good length ball on off stump, he drives via the inside-edge to midwicket

19.4

Maharoof to Habibul Bashar, 1 run, strays down leg stump and its flicked away for one

19.5

Maharoof to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, back of a length, lifting delivery outside off stump, he shoulders arms

19.6

Maharoof to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 run, short and wide, he runs it down to third man for a single

End of over 20 (6 runs) Bangladesh 49/5 (270 runs required from 30 overs, RR: 2.45, RRR: 9.00)
Mohammad Ashraful    1* (6b)      MF Maharoof    6-1-22-1
Habibul Bashar    15* (36b 2x4)      M Muralitharan    3-0-4-1

20.1

Muralitharan to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, tossed up from around the wicket again, Ashraful comes forward and taps it to the onside

20.2

Muralitharan to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, tosses in another doosra, he comes forward and drives to point

20.3

Muralitharan to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 run, quicker and fuller on off stump, Ashraful gets across and flicks into midwicket

20.4

Muralitharan to Habibul Bashar, no run, lands outside leg stump and spins into him, not out as it was well outside the line of impact

20.5

Muralitharan to Habibul Bashar, no run, quicker through the air on off stump, he plants the pad forward and flicks across the line to square leg

20.6

Muralitharan to Habibul Bashar, no run, quicker one again, outside leg stump, has him in trouble looking to flick

End of over 21 (1 run) Bangladesh 50/5 (269 runs required from 29 overs, RR: 2.38, RRR: 9.27)
Habibul Bashar    15* (39b 2x4)      M Muralitharan    4-0-5-1
Mohammad Ashraful    2* (9b)      MF Maharoof    6-1-22-1

21.1

Maharoof to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 run, back of a length on middle and leg, he flicks past square leg out to the sweeper

21.2

Maharoof to Habibul Bashar, no run, moves in sharply from outside off stump, trapping him on the knee roll but it looked high, and umpire Harper shakes his head as Maharoof asks - nay, yells - the question

21.3

Maharoof to Habibul Bashar, 1 run, back of a length, he runs it down to third man for one

21.4

Maharoof to Mohammad Ashraful, 2 runs, back of a length outside off stump, Ashraful stands and slashes at it, and the ball speeds over backward point out to third man

21.5

Maharoof to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, back of a length outside off stump, he gets behind it and defends

21.6

Maharoof to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, back of a length outside off stump, he shuffles across and defends to the off side

End of over 22 (4 runs) Bangladesh 54/5 (265 runs required from 28 overs, RR: 2.45, RRR: 9.46)
Mohammad Ashraful    5* (13b)      MF Maharoof    7-1-26-1
Habibul Bashar    16* (41b 2x4)      M Muralitharan    4-0-5-1

22.1

Muralitharan to Habibul Bashar, 1 run, faster and fuller on off stump, he comes forward and flicks to midwicket

22.2

Muralitharan to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, tossed up on off stump, he comes forward in stoic defense

22.3

Muralitharan to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 run, tossed up from over the wicket now, Ashraful gets forward and drives to cover

22.4

Muralitharan to Habibul Bashar, no run, back to around, fires in a shorter, flatter one that Bashar tries to cut but cant

22.5

Muralitharan to Habibul Bashar, no run, tossed up on leg stump, spins in sharply and they all go up for the leg before, but the umpire turns down their demand

22.6

Muralitharan to Habibul Bashar, no run, tossed up outside leg stump, he looks to flick but mistimes it

End of over 23 (2 runs) Bangladesh 56/5 (263 runs required from 27 overs, RR: 2.43, RRR: 9.74)
Habibul Bashar    17* (45b 2x4)      M Muralitharan    5-0-7-1
Mohammad Ashraful    6* (15b)      MF Maharoof    7-1-26-1

Lasith Malinga comes back on

23.1

Malinga to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, back of a length outside off stump, not much carry on the slower ball as it beats the batsman

23.2

Malinga to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, back of a length on the stump, he shuffles and taps it to midwicket

23.3

Malinga to Mohammad Ashraful, FOUR, short and wide, sitting up, Ashraful stands there and fishes at it, and the resultant edge flies over slip and away for four, even though Vaas at third man tries his best to stop it

23.4

Malinga to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, fuller one outside off stump, he jams the bat down in time and keeps it away on the off side

23.5

Malinga to Mohammad Ashraful, FOUR, shot, son! Overpitched, Ashraful gets down and square-drives with authority past point for four, no stopping that!

23.6

Malinga to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, back of a length outside off stump, this time he gets right behind the ball and defends back to Malinga

End of over 24 (8 runs) Bangladesh 64/5 (255 runs required from 26 overs, RR: 2.66, RRR: 9.80)
Mohammad Ashraful    14* (21b 2x4)      SL Malinga    5-0-19-2
Habibul Bashar    17* (45b 2x4)      M Muralitharan    5-0-7-1

24.1

Muralitharan to Habibul Bashar, 1 run, tossed up, he comes forward and squeezes it into the covers

24.2

Muralitharan to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, close! Fired in on leg stump, he stands and tries to paddle it, misses, and the ball just misses leg stump

24.3

Muralitharan to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, fired up on leg stump, he tucks it to the onside

24.4

Muralitharan to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, tossed up again, he comes over it and flicks to midwicket

24.5

Muralitharan to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 run, tossed up, he gets forward and gets done in by the flight, and ends up lofting it over the infield and down to long-off, where it lands safely before the fielder

24.6

Muralitharan to Habibul Bashar, no run, tossed up, he goes back in defense

End of over 25 (2 runs) Bangladesh 66/5 (253 runs required from 25 overs, RR: 2.64, RRR: 10.12)
Habibul Bashar    18* (47b 2x4)      M Muralitharan    6-0-9-1
Mohammad Ashraful    15* (25b 2x4)      SL Malinga    5-0-19-2

And here's Jayasuriya with his variety of left-arm spin

25.1

Jayasuriya to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, flat delivery on leg stump, he stands tall and drives to mid-on

25.2

Jayasuriya to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, tossed up on leg stump, turned straight to short fine leg

25.3

Jayasuriya to Mohammad Ashraful, OUT, good fielding ! Tossed up on leg stump, Ashraful works it to short fine leg again, sets off for the single, Jayawardene swoops in and flips the ball back onto the stumps, a direct hit, and Bashar is gone!

Habibul Bashar run out 18 (57m 47b 2x4 0x6) SR: 38.29

Hmmm...66-6. Doesnt make for good reading, if you're of the superstitious kind. Doesnt make for good reading for Bangladesh, by any means.

Mashrafe Mortaza comes out for a bat. Much to do here.

25.4

Jayasuriya to Mashrafe Mortaza, 1 run, tossed up on off stump, he drives to cover for one to get off the mark

25.5

Jayasuriya to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, tossed up, Ashraful gets over it and steers it to point

25.6

Jayasuriya to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 run, slower and flatter, he stands and drives off the back foot, in the air, towards mid-on

End of over 26 (2 runs) Bangladesh 68/6 (251 runs required from 24 overs, RR: 2.61, RRR: 10.45)
Mohammad Ashraful    16* (30b 2x4)      ST Jayasuriya    1-0-2-0
Mashrafe Mortaza    1* (1b)      M Muralitharan    6-0-9-1

26.1

Muralitharan to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, fired up on off stump, Ashraful gets back and defends

26.2

Muralitharan to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, tossed up on leg stump, he tries the flick but misses, Sanga collects

26.3

Muralitharan to Mohammad Ashraful, FOUR, tossed up outside off stump, he gets the leg forward and opens the face of the bat, scooping it over the infield for four, well done

26.4

Muralitharan to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, tossed up on leg stump, he works it to the onside

26.5

Muralitharan to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, tossed up again, he moves forward and runs it to point

26.6

Muralitharan to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, flatter on and around off stump, he moves across and works it to midwicket, wants the run but Mortaza wisely sends him back

End of over 27 (4 runs) Bangladesh 72/6 (247 runs required from 23 overs, RR: 2.66, RRR: 10.73)
Mohammad Ashraful    20* (36b 3x4)      M Muralitharan    7-0-13-1
Mashrafe Mortaza    1* (1b)      ST Jayasuriya    1-0-2-0

27.1

Jayasuriya to Mashrafe Mortaza, no run, tossed up on off stump, Mortaza gets over it and kills the spin

27.2

Jayasuriya to Mashrafe Mortaza, no run, tossed up again, and he defends neatly off the front foot

27.3

Jayasuriya to Mashrafe Mortaza, no run, tossed up on off stump, this time he defends with an inside-edge around the corner

27.4

Jayasuriya to Mashrafe Mortaza, no run, shorter and flatter, he stands up and punches back to Jayasuriya

27.5

Jayasuriya to Mashrafe Mortaza, no run, tossed up on leg stump, worked to short fine leg

Okay, we're back. The target is now 311 from 46 overs. Arnold will bowl the last ball for Jayasuriya, who hasnt come back on.

16:21 local, 20:21 GMT: Good news, the rain has gone away and the covers are being removed. We'll have play shortly.

16:16 local, 20:16 GMT: Its still raining at the Queens Park Oval, with the covers on. Will give you an update when possible.

Rain delay: Here comes the rain and the umpires call for the covers. We've been getting mails from people from and wide, including some anxious fans in research labs at Boston University, wondering how the match will pan out. For that, we'll have to stay put and keep an eye on the weather. The D/L method will come into play, I suspect.

27.6

Arnold to Mashrafe Mortaza, no run, tossed up, forward defense

End of over 28 (0 runs) Bangladesh 72/6 (247 runs required from 22 overs, RR: 2.57, RRR: 11.22)
Mashrafe Mortaza    1* (7b)      RP Arnold    0.1-0-0-0
Mohammad Ashraful    20* (36b 3x4)      M Muralitharan    7-0-13-1

28.1

Muralitharan to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, tossed up on off stump, flicked to midwicket

28.2

Muralitharan to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 run, tossed up again, he slogs it into the deep but it lands safely in front of wide long-on

28.3

Muralitharan to Mashrafe Mortaza, no run, tossed up on off stump, Mortaza gets over it and defends

28.4

Muralitharan to Mashrafe Mortaza, no run, fired in quicker, Mortaza gets a full stretch forward and defends

28.5

Muralitharan to Mashrafe Mortaza, no run, fired in outside leg stump and it spins in like a leg break, Mortaza defends

28.6

Muralitharan to Mashrafe Mortaza, no run, quicker through the air, lands outside the line of impact, Mortaza gets a good stride forward yet they all go up in demand, but the umpire shakes his head

End of over 29 (1 run) Bangladesh 73/6 (246 runs required from 21 overs, RR: 2.51, RRR: 11.71)
Mashrafe Mortaza    1* (11b)      M Muralitharan    8-0-14-1
Mohammad Ashraful    21* (38b 3x4)      RP Arnold    0.1-0-0-0

29.1

Arnold to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 run, tossed up on off stump, Ashraful comes forward and flicks to square leg for one

29.2

Arnold to Mashrafe Mortaza, no run, slower one outside off stump, Mortaza leans forward and runs it to point

29.3

Arnold to Mashrafe Mortaza, SIX, there she goes! Mortaza isnt sticking around for the defensive game, plants the leg forward and slams it over long-on for a big six!

29.4

Arnold to Mashrafe Mortaza, OUT, yeah, he's not wasting time! Again he goes after one outside off stump, but the leading edge splices off the edge of the bat and goes up towards backward point, where Tharanga judges it well and takes in behind him as he runs back, no more biffs for Mortaza as Arnold gets a wicket

Mashrafe Mortaza c Tharanga b Arnold 7 (12m 14b 0x4 1x6) SR: 50.00

Mohammad Rafique comes out. He can hit a cricket ball.

29.5

Arnold to Mohammad Rafique, no run, tossed up on off stump, no turn as Rafique comes forward and turns it fine

29.6

Arnold to Mohammad Rafique, no run, tossed up innocuously outside off stump, Rafique comes forward and defends

End of over 30 (7 runs) Bangladesh 80/7 (239 runs required from 20 overs, RR: 2.66, RRR: 11.95)
Mohammad Rafique    0* (2b)      RP Arnold    1.1-0-7-1
Mohammad Ashraful    22* (39b 3x4)      M Muralitharan    8-0-14-1

Here's Dilshan to to have a bowl. Jayawardene giving everyone who can bowl a chance to do so.

30.1

Dilshan to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 run, tossed up outside off stump, Ashraful gets to the pitch and drives down to long-off

30.2

Dilshan to Mohammad Rafique, no run, tossed up from around the stumps, Rafique defends back to Dilshan

30.3

Dilshan to Mohammad Rafique, no run, shorter and flatter, this time he goes back and punches to cover

30.4

Dilshan to Mohammad Rafique, 1 run, tossed up outside off stump, Rafique defends and picks up a run as the ball rolls wide of point in the gap

30.5

Dilshan to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 run, tossed up, he comes forward and squeezes one to backward point

30.6

Dilshan to Mohammad Rafique, 1 run, flatter one, too full, Rafique uses his feet and drives out to mid-off

End of over 31 (4 runs) Bangladesh 84/7 (235 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 2.70, RRR: 12.36)
Mohammad Rafique    2* (6b)      TM Dilshan    1-0-4-0
Mohammad Ashraful    24* (41b 3x4)      RP Arnold    1.1-0-7-1

31.1

Arnold to Mohammad Rafique, no run, tossed up quicker on off stump, Rafique lunges forward and defends

31.2

Arnold to Mohammad Rafique, 1 run, fraction flatter, this time he defends to point

31.3

Arnold to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 run, tossed up, he comes forward and drives to point

31.4

Arnold to Mohammad Rafique, 1 run, tossed up on off stump, Rafique drives inside-out to cover

31.5

Arnold to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, tossed up on off stump, Ashraful drives back down the ground, Arnold moves across and fields himself

31.6

Arnold to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 run, flatter on middle and leg, worked into square and leg and he wants the single

Now the umpires have called for a new ball. The reserve umpire runs out with a box of balls. Umpires Davis and Harper inspect the balls. Dirty balls, green balls...aha, they've found a ball they like, and send the other umpire back inside with his box of balls. Back to the cricket, then.

End of over 32 (4 runs) Bangladesh 88/7 (231 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 2.75, RRR: 12.83)
Mohammad Ashraful    26* (44b 3x4)      RP Arnold    2.1-0-11-1
Mohammad Rafique    4* (9b)      TM Dilshan    1-0-4-0

32.1

Dilshan to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 run, short and spinning into him, he backs away and cuts into the covers

32.2

Dilshan to Mohammad Rafique, 1 run, short and wide, now Rafique makes room and cuts out to the cover sweeper

32.3

Dilshan to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 run, tossed up, driven to mid-on

32.4

Dilshan to Mohammad Rafique, no run, tossed up outside off stump, he lunges forward and defends to extra cover

32.5

Dilshan to Mohammad Rafique, no run, flatter one outside off stump, Rafique goes onto the backfoot and punches to the bowler

32.6

Dilshan to Mohammad Rafique, 1 run, flat on leg stump, eased to square leg for one

End of over 33 (4 runs) Bangladesh 92/7 (227 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 2.78, RRR: 13.35)
Mohammad Rafique    6* (13b)      TM Dilshan    2-0-8-0
Mohammad Ashraful    28* (46b 3x4)      RP Arnold    2.1-0-11-1

33.1

Arnold to Mohammad Rafique, no run, flat on off stump, Rafique defends to the onside, Arnold fields....yawn, the crowd has gone all numb

33.2

Arnold to Mohammad Rafique, no run, tossed up again, defended to the off side

33.3

Arnold to Mohammad Rafique, 1 run, quicker one on middle and off, he comes forward and flicks out to the deep midwicket sweeper

33.4

Arnold to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, tossed up outside off stump, Ashraful drives to cover

33.5

Arnold to Mohammad Ashraful, FOUR, tossed up and a fraction wide, Ashraful backs away, leaning low and square-drives backward of point for a lovely four...and someone in the crowd wakes up and blows a bugle in appreciation!

33.6

Arnold to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 run, full and flat, Ashraful leans into it and drives through the covers for one

End of over 34 (6 runs) Bangladesh 98/7 (221 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 2.88, RRR: 13.81)
Mohammad Ashraful    33* (49b 4x4)      RP Arnold    3.1-0-17-1
Mohammad Rafique    7* (16b)      TM Dilshan    2-0-8-0

34.1

Dilshan to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, tossed up on off stump, he comes forward and defends

34.2

Dilshan to Mohammad Ashraful, 2 runs, tossed up, Ashraful gives himself room and drives that streakily over backward point for two to Maharoof in the deep, and some claps as the 100 comes up

34.3

Dilshan to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 run, tossed up as usual, this time he dances down the track and lofts it over mid-off down to long-off

34.4

Dilshan to Mohammad Rafique, OUT, short and a fraction wide of off stump, Rafique stands rooted and swings across the line, doesnt time it all and the ball soars up in the air and comes down near the deep midwicket ropes, Murali and Maharoof converge, Maharoof calls for it, Murali wants it, they both collide...looks like Murali really wants to take the catch...but in the end it settles in Maharoof's hands and neither fielder is injured..would've been ugly had they collided hard though

Mohammad Rafique c Maharoof b Dilshan 7 (19m 17b 0x4 0x6) SR: 41.17

Abdur Razzak saunters out

34.5

Dilshan to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 run, tossed up on middle and leg, punched to mid-on

34.6

Dilshan to Abdur Razzak, no run, tossed up, he comes forward and defends

End of over 35 (4 runs) Bangladesh 102/8 (217 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 2.91, RRR: 14.46)
Abdur Razzak    0* (1b)      TM Dilshan    3-0-12-1
Mohammad Ashraful    37* (53b 4x4)      RP Arnold    3.1-0-17-1

Okay, back to pace as Malinga is called on to mop up the tail

35.1

Malinga to Mohammad Ashraful, FOUR, starts off with one down leg, which is clipped for four runs down to fine leg

35.2

Malinga to Mohammad Ashraful, FOUR, back of a length outside off stump, Ashraful pokes at it and gets a genuine french cut back leg stump for four more!

35.3

Malinga to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, back of a length outside off stump, he stands and runs it to backward point

35.4

Malinga to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 leg bye, back of a length outside leg stump, Ashraful shuffles across to expose the stumps and the ball clips his pads, Sangakkara cant collect it and the ball runs fine for runs

35.5

Malinga to Abdur Razzak, OUT, edged and gone! Malinga lands one on a shortish length around off stump, ball rears and takes the outer edge of the bat through to Sangakkara! Malinga strikes for his third

Abdur Razzak c †Sangakkara b Malinga 0 (6m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Last man Syed Rasel walks in

35.6

Malinga to Syed Rasel, no run, lands on a good length just outside off stump, Rasel backs away and pokes at it and misses

End of over 36 (9 runs) Bangladesh 111/9 (208 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 3.08, RRR: 14.85)
Syed Rasel    0* (1b)      SL Malinga    6-0-27-3
Mohammad Ashraful    45* (57b 6x4)      TM Dilshan    3-0-12-1

36.1

Muralitharan to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, tossed up outside off stump, Ashraful defends off the back foot

36.2

Muralitharan to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 wide, spins too far down leg stump and is called wide

36.2

Muralitharan to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, tossed up outside off stump, he comes well forward and defends it away

36.3

Muralitharan to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, spins in from outside off stump, tapped to the on side

36.4

Muralitharan to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, tossed up, now he opts for the reverse-sweep but makes a mess of it

36.5

Muralitharan to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, quicker and flatter, he tries to dab it fine but it goes to the fielder

36.6

Muralitharan to Mohammad Ashraful, OUT, all over! Tossed up on leg stump, Ashraful just drops it at his feet and calls Rasel for the run, a good throw comes in from Dilshan at midwicket and Sangakkara takes it on the first bounce and whips off the bails in one swift movement and Rasel is just short of the crease, despite the full stretch of the bat forward...

Syed Rasel run out 0 (5m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Sri Lanka complete a 198-run win over Bangladesh to do their chances of a Super Eight spot no harm. They were led by Sanath Jayasuriya's blitz of a century, Mahela Jayawardene's plucky 46, and fifties from Kumar Sangakkara and Chamara Silva as they totalled 318 for 4. Bangladesh, in reply, failed to get going as Chaminda Vaas and Lasith Malinga struck early blows and barring Jayasuriya, every bowler used got a wicket.

A comprehensive victory for Sri Lanka. All eyes now turn to the crucial Sri Lanka-India game on March 23 at this very venue.

Do join us for tomorrow's two games - thats Netherlands v Scotland at Warner Park, St Kitts and Canada v New Zealand at the Beausejour Stadium, St Lucia. For now, this is Jamie Alter signing off. Hope you've enjoyed the commentary. Ciao!

End of over 37 (1 run) Bangladesh 112/10 (207 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 3.02, RRR: 15.92)
Mohammad Ashraful    45* (63b 6x4)      M Muralitharan    9-0-15-1
     SL Malinga    6-0-27-3
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Mar 21, 2007

Mohammad Ashraful top-scored for Bangladesh with 45, Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, Group B, Trinidad, March 21, 2007

Mohammad Ashraful top-scored for Bangladesh with 45

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The Sri Lankans celebrate their victory against Bangladesh, Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, Group B, Trinidad, March 21, 2007

The Sri Lankans celebrate their victory against Bangladesh

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