ICC World Cup, 30th Match, Super Eights: West Indies v Sri Lanka at Providence, Apr 1, 2007
ICC World Cup - 30th match, Super Eights
Sri Lanka won by 113 runs
1 April 2007 (50-over match)

10.30am Upul Tharanga and Sanath Jayasuriya are coming out now and West Indies take to the field to a rapturous reception. Whisper it, but there's some lively atmosphere out there already and it's a joy to hear.

Now then, Jerome Taylor is warming up, ready to bowl, plenty of stretching. It's humid and overcast, so expect swing aplenty out there.

10.15am - Toss Brian Lara won it and sent Sri Lanka in. "Hopefully the moisture in the air will help our fast bowlers. Starting today, we expect the boys to put in a good performance and come out on top. In the field, we've done pretty well."

Mahela Jayawardene brushed off losing the call. "You can't depend on the toss that much. With the weather how it is it will probably be a stop-start, stop-start game. Every game is very important, whoever you play. It doesn't matter who we are playing and what sort of situation they are in."

West Indies have brought Ian Bradshaw and Jerome Taylor in for Corey Collymore and Lendl Simmons. They line up like this: 1 Chris Gayle, 2 Shivnarine Chanderpaul, 3 Ramnaresh Sarwan, 4 Marlon Samuels, 5 Brian Lara (capt) 6 Dwayne Bravo, 7 Dwayne Smith, 8 Denesh Ramdin (wk), 9 Ian Bradshaw, 10 Daren Powell, 11 Jerome Taylor

And Sri Lanka have made one change, bringing in Dilhara Fernando for Farveez Maharoof, who took 6 for 14 last time he faced West Indies. Jayawardene explained his reasoning, "Dilhara's been bowling very well". Fair enough. They look like this: 1 Upul Tharanga, 2 Sanath Jayasuriya, 3 Mahela Jayawardene (capt), 4 Kumar Sangakkara (wk), 5 Chamara Silva, 6 Russel Arnold, 7 Tillakaratne Dilshan, 8 Chaminda Vaas, 9 Dilhara Fernando, 10 Muttiah Muralitharan, 11 Lasith Malinga

10.05am - Pitch report There are quite a few cracks around, but they shouldn't pose too much of a problem for the batsmen. The ball should come onto the bat on this pitch, and it's been heavily rolled. But... it looks like there could be some more rain soon.

Crowd-wise, our man on the spot Rahul Bhattacharya reports: "It looks promising but depends on the weather. Lines outside were far more encouraging than for the previous two games." Good stuff, let's hope the rain doesn't stop them flooding in.

Mike Stears says: "Just to let you all know that the West Indian people are just as disappointed at the overall fan experience of those visitors who have paid an awful lot of money to visit. Calypso cricket has effectively been watered down by all the silly regulations covering this tournament. The countless volunteers with whom I came in contact in St Lucia last week were all doing their bit for the West Indian experience, but the ICC regulations have turned the whole experience into something like an escorted tour round a musuem."

9.40am - Good news! There will be a toss in five minutes (9.45am local time) and play will get underway at 10.15am. Hope you've all got two watches for these different time zones (unless you're in the Caribbean time zone anyway, or you're working in a city broker's right now. On a Sunday would be very impressive, or silly perhaps)

Ah, interesting. The toss is being slightly delayed until 10am, but play will still start at 10.15.

By the way, it's not the rainy season in West Indies - technically, at least... The ICC may be blamed for many things, but we may let them off this one. May.

Here's Brent. "I disagree with Danno - this World Cup IS a farce!" Sorry, I had thought that didn't need to be said...

For all those who have been asking about empty seats and rip-off prices, check out this interview with the ICC's Stephen Price on www.caribbeancricket.com in which he comes up with some interesting answers ... seems all is actually well with the world ... so there.

"Happy April fools," says Roul, and I hope he's not missed out a comma.

More rain. OK, so the good news is I've got an update, but... it's bad news - the rain continues - and it's fairly heavy, too - and the covers have been on for most of the morning.

And a cheery reader Danno emails this gloomy outlook: "I've just had a look at the long range forecast and Guyana will be getting scattered thunder storms and 60% chance of rain for the next 7 days! This could World Cup could turn into a bit of a farce."

While we are waiting, you could have a look at one or two of our features today. Or you could check out one of our blogs.

Or something that's not actually connected to us, nor produced by us, but it was brought to our attention today. We think it's quite amusing.

The toss hasn't taken place yet, by the way, and shan't until the rain has stopped.

Rain. Sad to say, blue covers shroud the pitch at the moment so the start will be delayed. I've no specific, official times to give you, sorry, but as usual as soon as I've got something I'll let you know.

Good morning everyone (or afternoon, etc) and welcome to coverage of the 30th match of the World Cup where West Indies face the vital task of beating Sri Lanka to boost a flagging campaign. Defeat would not spell total disaster, but the signpainters may be getting ready to write something on the wall: West Indies would need three wins on the spin, and to then rely on others' matches to work in their favour. Sri Lanka lost narrowly to South Africa the other day but, in truth, the victors should have won more comfortably.

No news on the pitch as yet, but the surface should suit Sri Lanka - Muttiah Muralitharan, Chaminda Vaas and Lasith Malinga in particular, who all love grassless pitches. We'll bring you the news when we have it, the 'we' being myself Jenny Thompson and my lovely assistant Martin Williamson (he's not arrived yet, so I can type what I like till then)... And meantime, drop me a line if you like.

0.1

Taylor to Tharanga, no run, and indeed there is some swing first up, the ball keeping fairly flat and sneaking back in zippily to the lefthander who creeps over to defend

0.2

Taylor to Tharanga, 1 run, on leg this time, a touch shorter too, and that's tucked very easily off the hips to square for a quick single and to get off the mark

0.3

Taylor to Jayasuriya, no run, a good line this time and the batsman is quiet in defence, facing his first ball there

0.4

Taylor to Jayasuriya, 1 wide, tries a bouncer which delights the crowd, but not the umpire, that one zooming late on its way through

0.4

Taylor to Jayasuriya, 1 wide, another wide, over leg stump again, and the bowler's trying a bit too hard here. Tennis ball bounce on this pitch

0.4

Taylor to Jayasuriya, 1 run, pushed up there this time, straighter too, and that's guided into the leg-side quietly

0.5

Taylor to Tharanga, no run, on leg this time - Taylor just struggling with his line here - and that's tucked off the hips but rolls straight to the fielder

Two slips in place, by the way

0.6

Taylor to Tharanga, no run, a better line, on off, and that rises up late at the batsman, but only thigh height, and he defends it down without alarm

The athletic Daren Powell's limbering up, bouncing around like an exciteable puppy

End of over 1 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 4/0 (RR: 4.00)

    • WU Tharanga 1 (4b)
    • ST Jayasuriya 1 (2b)
    • JE Taylor 1-0-4-0
1.1

Powell to Jayasuriya, 1 wide, he runs rhythmically into bowl, but that's a (very) loosener, simply spraying that way down the off-side like an errant cannon

1.1

Powell to Jayasuriya, no run, tightened the screws this time and that's fired down the off channel, but not near enough to the batsman to make him play, and he leaves the ball easily

1.2

Powell to Jayasuriya, 1 run, oh, Powell got some good lift off the track there which surprised Jayasuriya, who leaps into the air, like a martial artist, to flay that back through cover - but he didn't get hold of it and it, in its turn, leapt in the air, but safe

1.3

Powell to Tharanga, 1 run, swishes this one to square

1.4

Powell to Jayasuriya, no run, roars from the crowd, more than the team, that one swinging in but it was going down leg-side. Nice seam position

1.5

Powell to Jayasuriya, no run, flings the ball down off, again just a touch shy of the ideal line, and that's left alone

Lots of effort being shown by Powell, but he's just getting into his rhythm here

1.6

Powell to Jayasuriya, no run, that one flies through at shoulder height, down the channel, the batsman swaying gently out of the way

End of over 2 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 7/0 (RR: 3.50)

    • ST Jayasuriya 2 (7b)
    • WU Tharanga 2 (5b)
    • DBL Powell 1-0-3-0
    • JE Taylor 1-0-4-0

It's pleasing to report there's a buzz around, and a few hooters too

2.1

Taylor to Tharanga, no run, driven to the man at cover

2.2

Taylor to Tharanga, 1 run, tickled behind point and there's an easy run on

2.3

Taylor to Jayasuriya, 1 run, questioning line down off, tight at the batsman and he can't make as much room as he'd like to play that down off the back foot to third man, squeezing it awkwardly out and there's an attemped run out, but a wayward throw

2.4

Taylor to Tharanga, no run, no dramas with this ball, harmlessly down the channel outside off

2.5

Taylor to Tharanga, no run, over the wicket to the lefthander, by the way, and that's defended stoutly on the front foot

2.6

Taylor to Tharanga, no run, well bowled indeed, squaring up Tharanga a touch and he had to play (and miss) off the back foot

The crowd toot their approval (well, the ones with tooters do, the others shout and sing)

End of over 3 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 9/0 (RR: 3.00)

    • WU Tharanga 3 (10b)
    • ST Jayasuriya 3 (8b)
    • JE Taylor 2-0-6-0
    • DBL Powell 1-0-3-0
3.1

Powell to Jayasuriya, 1 run, Taylor revs up and runs in, and there's some good cricket there, as they say, a sharp delivery, coming back into the batsman but Jayasuriya does well to poke it down into the covers quickly and they run through - textbook makers take note

3.2

Powell to Tharanga, no run, a touch loose and that's played off the back foot behind point

3.3

Powell to Tharanga, no run, slower ball and that's driven out to mid-off slowly

3.4

Powell to Tharanga, 1 no ball, lovely stuff from the bowler... ah, apart from his overstepping there, zooming that one through at a fair lick, zipping off the seam and past the batsman's outside edge

West Indies making the most of the swinging conditions here

3.4

Powell to Tharanga, no run, defended forward

3.5

Powell to Tharanga, no run, on leg, but a testing delivery - short and rearing at the batsman's chest; he fends down solidly enough

3.6

Powell to Tharanga, no run, driven to cover

Mike has challenged us to pull off an April's Fool gag. Now, Cricinfo wouldn't condone such things. Or would we? ...

End of over 4 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 11/0 (RR: 2.75)

    • WU Tharanga 3 (16b)
    • ST Jayasuriya 4 (9b)
    • DBL Powell 2-0-5-0
    • JE Taylor 2-0-6-0
4.1

Taylor to Jayasuriya, no run, defended forward

4.2

Taylor to Jayasuriya, 1 run, a very quick single, played to third man from the toe-end of bat

4.3

Taylor to Tharanga, no run, driven to cover

4.4

Taylor to Tharanga, 1 wide, slightly harsh decision with the wide there, perhaps, then again he's taken his umpiring test and I've not, that one shooting down off

4.4

Taylor to Tharanga, no run, tucked that in front of square and Tharanga sets off, but he has to run back to his line pretty soon

That's the effect of the pressure West Indies are building, there

4.5

Taylor to Tharanga, 1 run, took the pace off the ball there this time, enabling the run, as it wasn't travelling so quickly to the fielder. The single is tidy enough

4.6

Taylor to Jayasuriya, no run, defended down into the leg side

Our office anorak writes: We have had loads of emails asking about the legality of Malinga's action. The long and the short is that it is fine. The problem comes when the elbow bends by more than 15 degrees during the bowling action. Malinga's is not neat that, but it looks odd because the arm is so low, coming from an almost round-arm position.

End of over 5 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 14/0 (RR: 2.80)

    • ST Jayasuriya 5 (12b)
    • WU Tharanga 4 (19b)
    • JE Taylor 3-0-9-0
    • DBL Powell 2-0-5-0
5.1

Powell to Tharanga, no run, straight, pushed up there and the batsman has to defend down off the back foot

5.2

Powell to Tharanga, no run, tucked down off the back foot in front of midwicket

5.3

Powell to Tharanga, FOUR, tries a yorker, gets the length wrong, and that's a mere push of a straight drive, well timed and that one runs away

5.4

Powell to Tharanga, no run, bangs that one in, and it lifts... and lifts... the batsman swaying away as it whooshes past his helmet

5.5

Powell to Tharanga, OUT, he's gone! An early strike! There was just a little bit of movement and the batsman plays all around it, two stumps being knocked out of the ground in the process. Well, Powell deserved that one - he's been asking the questions and finally he has his answer

WU Tharanga b Powell 8 (25m 24b 1x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

5.6

Powell to Sangakkara, no run, Sangakkara made to play his very first delivery, defending just outside the off stump, a quiet one just pressed forward

The early momentum's with West Indies here

End of over 6 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 18/1 (RR: 3.00)

    • KC Sangakkara 0 (1b)
    • ST Jayasuriya 5 (12b)
    • DBL Powell 3-0-9-1
    • JE Taylor 3-0-9-0
6.1

Taylor to Jayasuriya, no run, pushed right up there and defended right over this one

6.2

Taylor to Jayasuriya, 2 runs, plays that very well, a lateish cut stroked down behind point

6.3

Taylor to Jayasuriya, no run, defended this time

6.4

Taylor to Jayasuriya, FOUR, short - but not that short - and that's pulled superbly through midwicket, keeping his eyes on it all the way and springing into the shot

6.5

Taylor to Jayasuriya, 1 wide, another attempted bouncer, alas it's once again too high

6.5

Taylor to Jayasuriya, 1 leg bye, outside off, but that's too high for the umpire's liking, hitting above the roll, as the call comes in for lbw, and they scamper the leg bye

6.6

Taylor to Sangakkara, no run, defended down to round off the over

End of over 7 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 26/1 (RR: 3.71)

    • KC Sangakkara 0 (2b)
    • ST Jayasuriya 11 (17b 1x4)
    • JE Taylor 4-0-16-0
    • DBL Powell 3-0-9-1
7.1

Powell to Jayasuriya, no run, seamed away and Jayasuriya wafted at it - a very late waft - nearly getting an edge, or indeed he may have guided that straight into the hands of the slips off the face. But in actuality he missed it

7.2

Powell to Jayasuriya, 1 run, steers that one down off the legs to fine leg and there's some sharp work from Sarwan with a tracer shy

7.3

Powell to Sangakkara, no run, up there, nearly a yorker, and kept out with some digging around the toes

There's a short cover in place now

7.4

Powell to Sangakkara, no run, that's too wide to play with, although he does have a game swish outside his off stick

7.5

Powell to Sangakkara, 1 wide, slower ball, but that's a harsh wide I'd say, just to say straying down leg

7.5

Powell to Sangakkara, no run, defended tidily on the front foot

7.6

Powell to Sangakkara, 1 run, on middle and leg, a touch short of a good length and that's worked in front of midwicket and the easy single is taken, well, easily

Change of bowling now, and it's Ian Bradshaw warming up

End of over 8 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 29/1 (RR: 3.62)

    • KC Sangakkara 1 (6b)
    • ST Jayasuriya 12 (19b 1x4)
    • DBL Powell 4-0-12-1
    • JE Taylor 4-0-16-0
8.1

Bradshaw to Sangakkara, no run, round the wicket and that's defended down off the back foot

8.2

Bradshaw to Sangakkara, 2 runs, tasty - just short of a good length and that's wide of a diving Bravo at second slip. The fielder at third man, was a good man, Samuels diving to keep it in play

8.3

Bradshaw to Sangakkara, FOUR, short and walloped off the back foot through point - too short, not enough pace, and that's an easy way to open your 4 column

8.4

Bradshaw to Sangakkara, OUT, just in the right zone and Sangakkara was squared up by that one and he offers the thinnest of edges, a size zero of a snick, through to the keeper. Again, West Indies deserve this wicket and there's much work for Sri Lanka's top order to be getting on with in these early stages

KC Sangakkara c †Ramdin b Bradshaw 7 (14m 10b 1x4 0x6) SR: 70.00

Jayawardene comes to the crease and he takes his guard, adjusts, and adjusts, and now it's bullseye, and he scratches out the mark in the turf.

Dog stops play Oh hello, a dog runs on the pitch to cow corner ... but he bounds off. Dog gone, etc.

8.5

Bradshaw to Jayawardene, 1 no ball, overstepping and that will frustrate Bradshaw

8.5

Bradshaw to Jayawardene, no run, defended this time

8.6

Bradshaw to Jayawardene, 1 run, off the mark with one which he works square and any thoughts of two are quashed by some sharp fielding

"Local journos saying many more will come in after church," says Rahul (that's fans not journos). "Looking good already, though."

End of over 9 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 37/2 (RR: 4.11)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 1 (3b)
    • ST Jayasuriya 12 (19b 1x4)
    • IDR Bradshaw 1-0-8-1
    • DBL Powell 4-0-12-1
9.1

Powell to Jayawardene, no run, pushed up there and that's defended into the covers

Martin (who wasn't the anorak earlier, by the way) says: "That was not an official ICC sanctioned canine and, as such, should not have been on the outfield. It is also suspected that the dog brought in its own water and did not buy it from the official outlet. This is simply dreadful ..."

9.2

Powell to Jayawardene, no run, left alone this time

9.3

Powell to Jayawardene, no run, another good ball and that's defended down

A Mexican Wave starts up - possibly a bit early - but at least they've not yet been banned...

9.4

Powell to Jayawardene, no run, defended forward once more

9.5

Powell to Jayawardene, no run, left alone outside off

9.6

Powell to Jayawardene, no run, driven to mid-off

For the first time today, it's my friend and yours, Martin Williamson

End of over 10 (maiden) Sri Lanka 37/2 (RR: 3.70)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 1 (9b)
    • ST Jayasuriya 12 (19b 1x4)
    • DBL Powell 5-1-12-1
    • IDR Bradshaw 1-0-8-1

Thanks Jenny ... and it's the second Powerplay ...

10.1

Bradshaw to Jayasuriya, no run, wide, slashed to point but not hit as hard as he wanted

"The World Cup seems to have gone to the dogs," says Satish. Cue a spate of dog comments ...

10.2

Bradshaw to Jayasuriya, no run, airy drive, very loose with his head looking at anything other than the ball, and no surprise that he misses it by some way

10.3

Bradshaw to Jayasuriya, no run, worked off his pads to short fine leg

10.4

Bradshaw to Jayasuriya, 1 wide, that went straight as an arrow, down the leg side and taken around his ankles by Ramdin

10.4

Bradshaw to Jayasuriya, 1 run, driven to the right of Smith at backward gully , he dives to soon and then has to make a rather undignified scramble on his knees to make the ground to enable him to intercept the ball

10.5

Bradshaw to Jayawardene, no run, into the leg side but not into space

10.6

Bradshaw to Jayawardene, 1 run, onto the back foot, squirted off a thick and well-controlled edge to third man

End of over 11 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 40/2 (RR: 3.63)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 2 (11b)
    • ST Jayasuriya 13 (23b 1x4)
    • IDR Bradshaw 2-0-11-1
    • DBL Powell 5-1-12-1
11.1

Powell to Jayawardene, no run, outside off stump, it seamed in a little but no need for the batsman to do anything other than stand tall and lift his bat out of harm's way

11.2

Powell to Jayawardene, 1 run, very wide and short, slashed past backward point - lots of oohs as the crowd thought it might have been a chance - but more drama as Jayawardene set off for the second and was halfway down by the time he was sent back. Quite safe as the throw had to come in from the boundary edge

11.3

Powell to Jayasuriya, no run, wide and short again, slammed to point where Bradshaw makes a good stop

11.4

Powell to Jayasuriya, no run, flicked off his hips to square leg

11.5

Powell to Jayasuriya, no run, angled across the left-hander, not a sniff of movement and Jayasuriya lets it pass

11.6

Powell to Jayasuriya, no run, shorter but still angled across Jayasuriya who again leaves it

End of over 12 (1 run) Sri Lanka 41/2 (RR: 3.41)

    • ST Jayasuriya 13 (27b 1x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 3 (13b)
    • DBL Powell 6-1-13-1
    • IDR Bradshaw 2-0-11-1
12.1

Bradshaw to Jayawardene, no run, Jayawardene spars at the ball as it is angled across him, lovely delivery

12.2

Bradshaw to Jayawardene, no run, this time Jayawardene into line to one much straighter

12.3

Bradshaw to Jayawardene, no run, he pushes forward unconvincingly, an uncontrolled edge into the leg side

12.4

Bradshaw to Jayawardene, no run, right into line and defensively pushed into the covers

12.5

Bradshaw to Jayawardene, no run, a consistent line from Bradshaw, Jayawardene blocks

12.6

Bradshaw to Jayawardene, 1 run, onto the back foot and played off an open face to the left of backward point, far enough away for Jayasuriya to call for the single

End of over 13 (1 run) Sri Lanka 42/2 (RR: 3.23)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 4 (19b)
    • ST Jayasuriya 13 (27b 1x4)
    • IDR Bradshaw 3-0-12-1
    • DBL Powell 6-1-13-1

Powell off after a good spell, and he is replaced by Dwayne Smith.

13.1

Smith to Jayawardene, no run, inswing, a bit gentle, but a good accurate start

13.2

Smith to Jayawardene, 1 run, run down to third man - 76mph

The field moves around for the left hander.

13.3

Smith to Jayasuriya, 1 run, Jayasuriya opens the face and runs the ball down to third man, letting the pace of the ball do all the work

13.4

Smith to Jayawardene, 1 leg bye, flicked off his hips to long leg

13.5

Smith to Jayasuriya, no run, a big stride forward and a solid defensive push

13.6

Smith to Jayasuriya, no run, Jayasuriya takes two steps down the track, pushes the ball to point but Lara is on it quickly and no chance of a run

End of over 14 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 45/2 (RR: 3.21)

    • ST Jayasuriya 14 (30b 1x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 5 (22b)
    • DR Smith 1-0-2-0
    • IDR Bradshaw 3-0-12-1
14.1

Bradshaw to Jayawardene, no run, Jayawardene stands tall and blocks

14.2

Bradshaw to Jayawardene, no run, fuller and slightly slower - 71mph - driven to mid-off

14.3

Bradshaw to Jayawardene, 5 runs, thuds into the pads and drops at Jayawardene's feet, Jayasuriya calls for the quick single, he is safe and so Ramdin throws at the bowler's end stumps, misses and carries on all the way for four overthrows

14.4

Bradshaw to Jayasuriya, no run, dug in slightly shorter, Jayasuriya back and drops the ball into the covers

14.5

Bradshaw to Jayasuriya, no run, Jayasuriya back and watchfully defends (79mph)

14.6

Bradshaw to Jayasuriya, no run, down the leg side, the ball tickles the batsman's pad and Ramdin takes it well ... cheers from some of the crowd who anticipate it might have been a catch

On come the drinks. Some people have been asking about the crowd. It's good, more expected to come in after church. Officially, it's a sell-out, but given that the organisers' claims re attendances so far have been based on fantasy rather than reality, it's hard to tell. But a healthy turn-out.

End of over 15 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 50/2 (RR: 3.33)

    • ST Jayasuriya 14 (33b 1x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 10 (25b)
    • IDR Bradshaw 4-0-17-1
    • DR Smith 1-0-2-0

Windmills from Mark Benson ... it can only mean the third and final Powerplay.

15.1

Smith to Jayawardene, no run, pushed gently to mid-on

15.2

Smith to Jayawardene, no run, fended down into the gully

15.3

Smith to Jayawardene, no run, back and into the covers, the fielders in like bees round a thingy to gather it

15.4

Smith to Jayawardene, no run, very correct defensive push back at the bowler's feet

15.5

Smith to Jayawardene, no run, on the spot once more, Jayawardene can only pat it to mid-on

15.6

Smith to Jayawardene, 3 runs, this time Jayawardene is given the room to free his arms and he unleashes a cover drive ... four on most days, but on a soggy and heavy outfield, it's pulled up just inside the rope

End of over 16 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 53/2 (RR: 3.31)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 13 (31b)
    • ST Jayasuriya 14 (33b 1x4)
    • DR Smith 2-0-5-0
    • IDR Bradshaw 4-0-17-1
16.1

Bradshaw to Jayawardene, no run, Jayawardene stands tall and blocks

16.2

Bradshaw to Jayawardene, no run, full and a crisp drive, mid-off makes a sprawling stop to his right

16.3

Bradshaw to Jayawardene, 3 runs, too full and wristily whipped to the right of mid-on, again the outfield is sluggish and even though it was timed, it didn't have the legs to go all the way

16.4

Bradshaw to Jayasuriya, FOUR, short and Jayasuriya on it like a flash, pivoting and helping the ball down to long leg

16.5

Bradshaw to Jayasuriya, FOUR, two steps and hammered over mid-off for a one-bounce four. A clear change of strategy here, and about time

Ramdin comes up to the stumps to force Jayasuriya back into his crease.

16.6

Bradshaw to Jayasuriya, 1 run, steered to backward point, and a quick single made less risky by a misfield

Until that rush of runs this had been a very un-Sri Lankan stand from Jayasuriya and Jayawardene, bringing 18 off 44 balls...Jayasuriya is now setting about closing those numbers.

End of over 17 (12 runs) Sri Lanka 65/2 (RR: 3.82)

    • ST Jayasuriya 23 (36b 3x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 16 (34b)
    • IDR Bradshaw 5-0-29-1
    • DR Smith 2-0-5-0

Ramdin still up to the stumps.

17.1

Smith to Jayasuriya, FOUR, a little width and too full, Jayasuriya launches that high over the covers

Silence in the ground ...

17.2

Smith to Jayasuriya, no run, more middle-stump line in response, Jayasuriya content to block

Ramdin moves back as Lara takes the slip out.

17.3

Smith to Jayasuriya, SIX, Jayasuriya steps down the track - risk free as Ramdin back - and driven high and hard back over the bowler's head. Straight as a die

Ramdin back up to the stumps!

17.4

Smith to Jayasuriya, no run, on the spot and blocked

17.5

Smith to Jayasuriya, FOUR, slower ball, Jayasuriya sweeps behind square

Lara, who was looking relaxed two overs ago, is now frowning.

17.6

Smith to Jayasuriya, FOUR, bad ball, pure and simple, short and wide and smacked off the back foot through the covers

Great batting, but the crowd, who hardly raise a murmour of approval, don't seem to think so. And what a turnaround by Jayasuriya...from having 14 runs off 33 balls he has now slammed 27 off his next nine. Nothing like putting your foot down ...

End of over 18 (18 runs) Sri Lanka 83/2 (RR: 4.61)

    • ST Jayasuriya 41 (42b 6x4 1x6)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 16 (34b)
    • DR Smith 3-0-23-0
    • IDR Bradshaw 5-0-29-1

Lara turns to the pace of Jerome Taylor.

18.1

Taylor to Jayawardene, no run, Jayawardene rather reaches for the ball and so his drive to extra cover lacks power

18.2

Taylor to Jayawardene, no run, Jayawardene back and punches the ball to cover

18.3

Taylor to Jayawardene, no run, more a middle-stump line, turned to mid-on

18.4

Taylor to Jayawardene, no run, again back to block (84mph)

18.5

Taylor to Jayawardene, no run, Jayawardene back, drops the ball to the leg side but Taylor changes direction athletically and swoops to pick up

18.6

Taylor to Jayawardene, no run, back and again nothing more than a prod to cover. A maiden from Taylor, just what Lara needed after the last couple of overs' carnage

And more good news for Jayasuriya, he has just gone past Inzamam-ul-Haq into second place on the all-time run-scorers chart...only Mr Tendulkar ahead of him now and they've both played the same number of the matches, 384...and with Sachin not having any more games in this World Cup, Jayasuriya can close the runs gap a little more.

End of over 19 (maiden) Sri Lanka 83/2 (RR: 4.36)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 16 (40b)
    • ST Jayasuriya 41 (42b 6x4 1x6)
    • JE Taylor 5-1-16-0
    • DR Smith 3-0-23-0

Chris Gayle to try to plug the other end with his own brand of slow stuff. No sunglasses today, highlighting the fact that it's a bit gloomy.

19.1

Gayle to Jayasuriya, no run, forward and into the covers

19.2

Gayle to Jayasuriya, FOUR, pulled down the leg side by Gayle, and Jayasuriya seizes onto it quickly and pulls it down to long leg

19.3

Gayle to Jayasuriya, 2 runs, another bad delivery from Gayle, well down the leg side, this time he doesn't get hold of the ball and Gayle escapes

19.4

Gayle to Jayasuriya, 2 runs, long hop, pulled again to long leg, Powell has gone a bit finer and he fields well, a good throw but the pair are running well

19.5

Gayle to Jayasuriya, 1 wide, wide well down the leg side. Gayle is really all at sea. Four consecutive balls down the leg

19.5

Gayle to Jayasuriya, 1 run, and a fifth ... swept this time straight to Powell at deep square leg.

His fifty off 47 balls ... and it's his 63rd fifty. At one stage he had 14 off 33 balls!

19.6

Gayle to Jayawardene, no run, up in the blockhole and clipped to square leg

And fresh from scoffing three slices of her Nan's ginger cake, it's Jenny. Thanks Martin. Thanks Nan. That's the end of the Powerplays and here comes Taylor to try to split this pairing up

End of over 20 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 93/2 (RR: 4.65)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 16 (41b)
    • ST Jayasuriya 50 (47b 7x4 1x6)
    • CH Gayle 1-0-10-0
    • JE Taylor 5-1-16-0
20.1

Taylor to Jayasuriya, 1 run, dabbed down off the back foot behind point

20.2

Taylor to Jayawardene, no run, presents the face of the bat and that's defended with a pleasant, clean "Clock" sound into the covers

20.3

Taylor to Jayawardene, 1 run, played wristily down off the back foot behind point

20.4

Taylor to Jayasuriya, no run, comes down the track and ... defends, the batsman just adjusting at the last minute

20.5

Taylor to Jayasuriya, 2 runs, tucks that one across and there are more overthrows, this time from Smith, shying in and pretty wide of the stumps in the end, beating the man backing up behind the wicket

20.6

Taylor to Jayasuriya, no run, tidy ball ends the over, forcing the batsman to adjust his drive into a defence, again at the last second

Here comes Bravo and he's warmin up with plenty of stretches and so on

End of over 21 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 97/2 (RR: 4.61)

    • ST Jayasuriya 53 (51b 7x4 1x6)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 17 (43b)
    • JE Taylor 6-1-20-0
    • CH Gayle 1-0-10-0
21.1

Bravo to Jayawardene, 2 runs, poor fielding from Brian Charles at short midwicket. He made the effort to run over, and got a fingertip on it, but stayed down and didn't try to chase the ball

21.2

Bravo to Jayawardene, no run, defended forward

21.3

Bravo to Jayawardene, no run, driven to mid-off, timed well, but the placing was less impressive, the ball rolling straight to the man

21.4

Bravo to Jayawardene, 1 wide, strays down leg just too much and the bowler huffs back to his mark, his tongue sticking out, thinking about the ball just bowled

21.4

Bravo to Jayawardene, 1 run, a scrambled single as that one's knocked into the covers

A hint of sloppiness creeping into West Indies' fielding and bowling here, reflecting Sri Lanka's growing pressure

21.5

Bravo to Jayasuriya, no run, slower delivery, very good, just running his fingers over the seam and Jayasuriya read that one very late, nearly popping a leading edge back to the bowler

Jayasuriya knows he could have been a gonner there

21.6

Bravo to Jayasuriya, 1 wide, right idea, but poorly executed

21.6

Bravo to Jayasuriya, no run, a touch outside off and the batsman just about manages to squeeze the ball out behind point

Taylor to continue

End of over 22 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 102/2 (RR: 4.63)

    • ST Jayasuriya 53 (53b 7x4 1x6)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 20 (47b)
    • DJ Bravo 1-0-5-0
    • JE Taylor 6-1-20-0
22.1

Taylor to Jayawardene, no run, Jayawardene comes a long way down the track, plays, and at the other end Jayasuriya has to get well back in his crease as the throw comes in from midwicket - the garbled "No" giving him a clue to get back

22.2

Taylor to Jayawardene, no run, dibbled to square this time and Jayasuriya set off, but had to get back

22.3

Taylor to Jayawardene, 2 runs, worked to square

22.4

Taylor to Jayawardene, no run, mistimed the off-drive there, the batsman just struggling to move his feet

22.5

Taylor to Jayawardene, no run, more defence which will encourage Taylor

22.6

Taylor to Jayawardene, 1 run, low full toss swished off the shins behind square and that single means he keeps the strike

End of over 23 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 105/2 (RR: 4.56)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 23 (53b)
    • ST Jayasuriya 53 (53b 7x4 1x6)
    • JE Taylor 7-1-23-0
    • DJ Bravo 1-0-5-0
23.1

Bravo to Jayawardene, no run, zigzagging swing there, and the ball cuts back off the seam, too, with the ball on the rise - great ball and the batsman did well to get nothing on it

23.2

Bravo to Jayawardene, 1 run, more convincing shot, opening his shoulders and briskly late-cutting that one behind point

23.3

Bravo to Jayasuriya, 1 run, customary cut behind point, well timed - a very decent shot for a single, that

23.4

Bravo to Jayawardene, 1 run, shimmied off the toes behind square

23.5

Bravo to Jayasuriya, 1 run, over the wicket, by the way, and that pitches straight and it's worked just in front of square off the toes, a tidy shot

23.6

Bravo to Jayawardene, 3 runs, that's driven wide of mid-on and there's a bit of a chase for Sarwan down there

End of over 24 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 112/2 (RR: 4.66)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 28 (57b)
    • ST Jayasuriya 55 (55b 7x4 1x6)
    • DJ Bravo 2-0-12-0
    • JE Taylor 7-1-23-0
24.1

Taylor to Jayawardene, no run, pushed right up there, on the money, and that can only be defended

24.2

Taylor to Jayawardene, 1 run, worked out to third man for an easy single

24.3

Taylor to Jayasuriya, SIX, short and that's a huge crack of a shot. Great timing and Jayasuriya just plants his foot down the track and lifts that in front of midwicket and it travels

24.4

Taylor to Jayasuriya, 1 run, pushed right up there and neatly worked to square

That was Jayasuriya's 233rd ODI six, moving him to the top of list ahead of Shahid Afridi. Boom boom indeed

24.5

Taylor to Jayawardene, no run, yorker, but well dug out

24.6

Taylor to Jayawardene, 1 run, lovely hands there, that one's timed well, too - taking the ball from the off stick and planting it well in front of square

End of over 25 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 121/2 (RR: 4.84)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 30 (61b)
    • ST Jayasuriya 62 (57b 7x4 2x6)
    • JE Taylor 8-1-32-0
    • DJ Bravo 2-0-12-0
25.1

Bravo to Jayawardene, 1 run, a slight hint of width and that's turned nicely to midwicket

25.2

Bravo to Jayasuriya, no run, pushed right up there and defended forward

25.3

Bravo to Jayasuriya, no run, pushes that one just across the lefthander, it straightens and Jayasuriya can only defend forward yet again

25.4

Bravo to Jayasuriya, 1 run, shortish, wideish and that's driven to cover

The crowd are starting to stir now - lots of waving and shouting and trumpeting

25.5

Bravo to Jayawardene, 1 run, turned behind square and that runs to the man just inside the boundary

25.6

Bravo to Jayasuriya, FOUR, picked the gap well, swinging that one wide of mid-on and that races away

End of over 26 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 128/2 (RR: 4.92)

    • ST Jayasuriya 67 (61b 8x4 2x6)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 32 (63b)
    • DJ Bravo 3-0-19-0
    • JE Taylor 8-1-32-0

And it's Bradshaw now

26.1

Bradshaw to Jayawardene, no run, turned off the hips but straight to the man at midwicket

26.2

Bradshaw to Jayawardene, no run, can't find the gap again, picking out midwicket, again

26.3

Bradshaw to Jayawardene, no run, took the pace right off the ball this time and the batsman looked to work it straight

26.4

Bradshaw to Jayawardene, no run, good shot for none, there, Jayawardene coming down the track and looking to carve that one off the back foot to gully, does so, but it's well snapped up

The man drops to deep square leg now

26.5

Bradshaw to Jayawardene, 1 run, quick single to mid-on

26.6

Bradshaw to Jayasuriya, no run, outside off and that's defended into the covers

End of over 27 (1 run) Sri Lanka 129/2 (RR: 4.77)

    • ST Jayasuriya 67 (62b 8x4 2x6)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 33 (68b)
    • IDR Bradshaw 6-0-30-1
    • DJ Bravo 3-0-19-0
27.1

Bravo to Jayawardene, SIX, steps down the track and that aerial drive clears the boundary over cow corner, but that was no moo, just a clean, crisp shot to bring up the 100 partnership from 112 balls

27.2

Bravo to Jayawardene, 1 leg bye, slower ball, didn't quite get the targeting right, a full toss that kept low at the pads; even so they're quite a tricky height to dig out, so the batsman did well enough in defending

27.3

Bravo to Jayasuriya, no run, slings that one wide down off and Jayasuriya hoicks at it. Ramdin got hit in the face trying to get his body behind the ball there as it bounced up awkwardly at him. But he's OK

27.4

Bravo to Jayasuriya, 3 runs, dragged down the leg side and that's swivelled round very fine indeed, but some pacy work at the fence keeps it down to three

27.5

Bravo to Jayawardene, 1 run, short, slower delivery and that's well played, the batsman waiting for it and late cutting it sweetly, from a crouching position, behind point

27.6

Bravo to Jayasuriya, no run, pushes that one across the lefthander who stands tall and looks to use the width and rising height to work that behind point, but while he gets the full face on the ball, he doesn't really get hold of the shot and the ball bounces down softly

End of over 28 (11 runs) Sri Lanka 140/2 (RR: 5.00)

    • ST Jayasuriya 70 (65b 8x4 2x6)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 40 (71b 1x6)
    • DJ Bravo 4-0-29-0
    • IDR Bradshaw 6-0-30-1
28.1

Bradshaw to Jayawardene, 1 run, straight and that's worked to midwicket without much power

Bradshaw had to pull out his run-up just now as Jayasuriya pulled out of his stance, something distracting him. Take two

28.2

Bradshaw to Jayasuriya, no run, defended solidly this time

28.3

Bradshaw to Jayasuriya, no run, shimmies down the track a few times - like a horse jostling for position at the start of a race - but in the end moves back to play that off the back foot just into the leg side

28.4

Bradshaw to Jayasuriya, FOUR, on leg, short, and flicked away off the legs - four from the second it left the bat, bisecting the fielders a treat

28.5

Bradshaw to Jayasuriya, 1 run, very quick single into the covers

28.6

Bradshaw to Jayawardene, no run, pushed onto his back foot there and he tries to drive back into the covers

Drinks being taken out there and on to the field wheels the golf buggy. Speaking of golf, we're just watching a highlights package of Jayasuriya's teeing off today, and as ever it's a pleasure to watch - he really does seem to hit the ball like a golf swing sometimes. Brilliant timing

Time to take stock: the pair have done a very decent job since coming together, but it's Jayasuriya cruising, while Jayawardene is still stuttering at times, nevertheless he's gradually finding his groove

End of over 29 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 146/2 (RR: 5.03)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 41 (73b 1x6)
    • ST Jayasuriya 75 (69b 9x4 2x6)
    • IDR Bradshaw 7-0-36-1
    • DJ Bravo 4-0-29-0

Gayle back into the attack

29.1

Gayle to Jayasuriya, no run, defends this one

29.2

Gayle to Jayasuriya, 1 run, still not finding the right line and that's worked behind square

29.3

Gayle to Jayawardene, 2 runs, "deft!" says Martin, admiringly, as that's short and late cut down to third man

29.4

Gayle to Jayawardene, 1 run, worked behind square

29.5

Gayle to Jayasuriya, 1 wide, wide, but Jayasuriya reached out to try to sweep that

29.5

Gayle to Jayasuriya, 1 run, worked out in front of point for an easy single

29.6

Gayle to Jayawardene, 1 run, on off and Jayawardene goes to drive that forcefully, but doesn't quite time it, and that's driven out to mid-off

Martin's delivering a broadside on badly produced books right now, so it's probably timely he diverts his attention to the match. Here he is

End of over 30 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 153/2 (RR: 5.10)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 45 (76b 1x6)
    • ST Jayasuriya 77 (72b 9x4 2x6)
    • CH Gayle 2-0-17-0
    • IDR Bradshaw 7-0-36-1

Bad layout ruining a good book ... inexcusable.

30.1

Bradshaw to Jayawardene, no run, good line, good length, patted into the leg side

30.2

Bradshaw to Jayawardene, 1 run, hit hard into the ground on onwards to deepish mid-off

30.3

Bradshaw to Jayasuriya, 2 runs, chopped from close to the body to third man, just wide enough of him to allow the quick second

30.4

Bradshaw to Jayasuriya, SIX, full, but far from a bad ball, picked up in a trice and deposited over the midwicket boundary. Remarkable shot and only someone with a remarkable eye could have seized on that so quickly

30.5

Bradshaw to Jayasuriya, 1 run, similar shot but less power and a single to the man in the deep

30.6

Bradshaw to Jayawardene, no run, prodded with an open face to point

We understand that it says "Dinner" on the scorecard, not drinks... I think some of our scoreboard operators are thinking wishfully. We didn't spot any burgers or hotdogs lurking in the buggy. Apologies ...

End of over 31 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 163/2 (RR: 5.25)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 46 (79b 1x6)
    • ST Jayasuriya 86 (75b 9x4 3x6)
    • IDR Bradshaw 8-0-46-1
    • CH Gayle 2-0-17-0

The crowd really need a wicket to pick them up.

31.1

Gayle to Jayasuriya, 1 wide, well wide down the leg, poor ball for one delivered so slowly

31.1

Gayle to Jayasuriya, 1 run, gently pushed to long-off

Lara trots in to chat to Gayle and some arm-waving changes follow to the field.

31.2

Gayle to Jayawardene, 1 run, the end result is the same, the ball is driven up the ground to the man in the deep for a single

31.3

Gayle to Jayasuriya, no run, swept round the corner, straight to short fine leg

31.4

Gayle to Jayasuriya, 1 run, Jayasuriya steps back, waits, and punches the ball to long-off

31.5

Gayle to Jayawardene, FOUR, fetched from outside off stump towards the square-leg boundary, and with no fielders out there, it's a safe shot

His fifty came off 81 balls and it's his 36th in ODIs

31.6

Gayle to Jayawardene, no run, into the leg side, midwicket in quickly

End of over 32 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 171/2 (RR: 5.34)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 51 (82b 1x4 1x6)
    • ST Jayasuriya 88 (78b 9x4 3x6)
    • CH Gayle 3-0-25-0
    • IDR Bradshaw 8-0-46-1
32.1

Bradshaw to Jayasuriya, SIX, dropped but a great effort .... swung from outside off to deep midwicket, Chanderpaul stuck up one hand and could only parry it over the rope. It would have been astounding had he held it

32.2

Bradshaw to Jayasuriya, no run, ideal yorker, at his feet, and he just about got the bat down in time, the ball trickling behind the stumps

32.3

Bradshaw to Jayasuriya, no run, driven hard and straight, Bradshaw gets a boot to the ball deflects into the stumps at the non-striker's end. Bradshaw appeals and Jayawardene looks crestfallen. Several replays follow and it's mighty close, and in the end the batsman gets the benefit of the doubt, which is the right decision. It's one of those where the bat is out in one frame and in the next, and in between the bails come off

32.4

Bradshaw to Jayasuriya, 2 runs, almost a replay of the previous drama, but this time Bradshaw cannot stop it and the ball evades mid-off as well

32.5

Bradshaw to Jayasuriya, 2 runs, an attempted lofted drive but he didn't get to the pitch of it and the ball was skied into the off side ... but long-off could not get near to it

32.6

Bradshaw to Jayasuriya, 1 run, clipped off his legs to Powell at long leg

He keeps the strike and not a sniff of the nervous nineties so far.

End of over 33 (11 runs) Sri Lanka 182/2 (RR: 5.51)

    • ST Jayasuriya 99 (84b 9x4 4x6)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 51 (82b 1x4 1x6)
    • IDR Bradshaw 9-0-57-1
    • CH Gayle 3-0-25-0
33.1

Gayle to Jayasuriya, no run, very correct defensive shot

33.2

Gayle to Jayasuriya, 1 run, leg-stump line, swept fine to bring up his 25th ODI hundred and his third in World Cups. A superb innings - 86 balls in all and all after a poor and slow start - and once he got going, West Indies were unable to slow him down

33.3

Gayle to Jayawardene, no run, pushed into the covers

33.4

Gayle to Jayawardene, 1 run, driven to long-on

33.5

Gayle to Jayasuriya, no run, missed attempted flick off his legs, hitting all three but pitched outside leg stump

33.6

Gayle to Jayasuriya, no run, Jayasuriya gets everything behind the ball to defend

Good over from Gayle, just the two runs off it.

End of over 34 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 184/2 (RR: 5.41)

    • ST Jayasuriya 100 (88b 9x4 4x6)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 52 (84b 1x4 1x6)
    • CH Gayle 4-0-27-0
    • IDR Bradshaw 9-0-57-1

Daren Powell, who had a great first spell, comes back on.

34.1

Powell to Jayawardene, 2 runs, full toss on leg stump, well controlled steer to long leg

That's the 150 partnership off only 154 balls.

34.2

Powell to Jayawardene, FOUR, fullish on middle-and-leg, sweetly picked up and lofted over mid-on, and the ball has the legs to outpace the chasing fielder

34.3

Powell to Jayawardene, 1 run, Jayawardene far too early onto a pull shot and the ball lobs down off his arm and narrowly misses the stumps ... it dribbles to the leg side and allows a quick single

34.4

Powell to Jayasuriya, 1 run, swished over point, very uppish, but the man is back on the rope and he has no chance of getting in

Jayasuriya is looking a little weary

34.5

Powell to Jayawardene, 1 no ball, a beamer and an immediate apology from the bowler

34.5

Powell to Jayawardene, 1 run, sublime shot, no more than a gentle push but it raced past the bowler and long-on had to run round to cut it off

34.6

Powell to Jayasuriya, 1 run, pushed out to deep backward point

Jayawardene was trying to chat to his colleague during that over, almost as if to urge him to keep going, but he didn't want to know. Jayasuriya looks tired ...

End of over 35 (11 runs) Sri Lanka 195/2 (RR: 5.57)

    • ST Jayasuriya 102 (90b 9x4 4x6)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 60 (89b 2x4 1x6)
    • DBL Powell 7-1-24-1
    • CH Gayle 4-0-27-0
35.1

Gayle to Jayasuriya, 1 run, swept to deep square leg

35.2

Gayle to Jayawardene, 1 run, too wide, Jayawardene waits and cuts to the man on the rope

Singles won't make Jayasuriya's tiredness any better.

35.3

Gayle to Jayasuriya, 1 run, plonked into the leg side for a walk more than a run

35.4

Gayle to Jayawardene, no run, a respite from the singles for Jayasuriya

35.5

Gayle to Jayawardene, 2 runs, heaved past midwicket and a comfortable two

35.6

Gayle to Jayawardene, no run, paddled round to short fine leg

End of over 36 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 200/2 (RR: 5.55)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 63 (93b 2x4 1x6)
    • ST Jayasuriya 104 (92b 9x4 4x6)
    • CH Gayle 5-0-32-0
    • DBL Powell 7-1-24-1

West Indies have 35 minutes to finish their overs or they fall foul of the rules. Safe to say, unless they bowl Sri Lanka out, they will be in hot water.

36.1

Powell to Jayasuriya, 1 run, steered to third man, he half crouches and runs it off an open face

36.2

Powell to Jayawardene, 1 run, pushed to mid-on and a quick single as it bisected fielders

36.3

Powell to Jayasuriya, 1 run, chipped over extra cover - even his misshits are finding space - and that was the shot of a tired man.

36.4

Powell to Jayawardene, 1 leg bye, turned behind square on the leg side

36.5

Powell to Jayasuriya, 1 run, good yorker, squeezed into the off side and Jayasuriya quick to call for the single

36.6

Powell to Jayawardene, 1 run, checked drive in the air towards long-on, a buzz round the ground as the spectators anticipated the catch, but it reached Bradshaw on the bounce

Drinks for the batsmen and a cold, wet towel is draped round Jayasuriya's neck.

End of over 37 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 206/2 (RR: 5.56)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 65 (96b 2x4 1x6)
    • ST Jayasuriya 107 (95b 9x4 4x6)
    • DBL Powell 8-1-29-1
    • CH Gayle 5-0-32-0
37.1

Gayle to Jayawardene, 1 run, turned behind square, to the left of short fine leg

37.2

Gayle to Jayasuriya, 2 runs, swept square, Jayasuriya ran the second very quickly as the throw came in from the deep

37.3

Gayle to Jayasuriya, no run, edgy sweep to short fine leg

Gayle bowling a fair amount down the leg.

37.4

Gayle to Jayasuriya, FOUR, and that was just a long hop, pulled square and between the two men in the deep. Gayle is slow enough that the batsman can wait when they get the bad ball and put it where they want

37.5

Gayle to Jayasuriya, 1 run, swept 30 yards into the leg side and the pair walk the single

37.6

Gayle to Jayawardene, 1 run, one step and driven to long-on

End of over 38 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 215/2 (RR: 5.65)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 67 (98b 2x4 1x6)
    • ST Jayasuriya 114 (99b 10x4 4x6)
    • CH Gayle 6-0-41-0
    • DBL Powell 8-1-29-1

The West Indies brains trust have a long chat. Ideas seem to be in short supply. A lone drummer thumps out a beat ... or is it a lament?

38.1

Powell to Jayawardene, 1 run, short, pulled behind square and long leg scurries round to field on the rope

38.2

Powell to Jayasuriya, 1 run, full toss as he looks for the yorker, driven to long-off and an ambled single

38.3

Powell to Jayawardene, 1 run, slower one - 65mph - Jayawardene waits and clips into space around midwicket

38.4

Powell to Jayasuriya, OUT, a wide full toss, Jayasuriya drives with little footwork and drags the ball into his off stump. It was the shot of a tired man, but it cannot overshadow what has been a really excellent innings

ST Jayasuriya b Powell 115 (183m 101b 10x4 4x6) SR: 113.86

38.5

Powell to Silva, no run, forced onto the back foot by one fractionally short of a length and he drops the ball at his feet - he thinks about risking a single but Jayawardene, who must be feeling the heat and humidity himself, wants nothing to do with it

38.6

Powell to Silva, 1 run, turned off his legs to long leg

End of over 39 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 219/3 (RR: 5.61)

    • LPC Silva 1 (2b)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 69 (100b 2x4 1x6)
    • DBL Powell 9-1-33-2
    • CH Gayle 6-0-41-0
39.1

Gayle to Silva, no run, good and straight

39.2

Gayle to Silva, no run, pushed to midwicket

39.3

Gayle to Silva, 3 runs, he waits and flicks it very fine, evading the man there to stop the single, and Smith catches up with the ball just inside the rope

39.4

Gayle to Jayawardene, no run, driven back at the bowler and Gayle fields with his foot, getting a cheer as he flicks it up into his hands

39.5

Gayle to Jayawardene, 1 run, paddled to the man in the deep on the leg side

39.6

Gayle to Silva, 1 leg bye, missed attempted paddle, off the pad to short third man

And for the final session of the innings, it's back to Jenny Thompson, buoyed by the fact she bought a wedding dress on Friday. So I am, and by this match, naturally

End of over 40 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 224/3 (RR: 5.60)

    • LPC Silva 4 (6b)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 70 (102b 2x4 1x6)
    • CH Gayle 7-0-45-0
    • DBL Powell 9-1-33-2

Powell to continue - he's been the most incisive bowler so far

40.1

Powell to Silva, no run, creeps forward to defend and you couldn't slide tracing paper between his bat and his front foot if, for any random reason, you wanted to

40.2

Powell to Silva, 1 run, quick single and the batsmen run their bat in very well. Bats even, they do have one each

40.3

Powell to Jayawardene, 1 run, played well off his legs

40.4

Powell to Silva, 1 run, that's played solidly forward

Lara looking like a man who needs some good ideas right now

40.5

Powell to Jayawardene, no run, driven straight to cover and there's some good commitment there from Lara, diving right onto that one

40.6

Powell to Jayawardene, 2 runs, taken well off the toes and that's worked to square

End of a good spell from Powell, 2 for 37 from ten

End of over 41 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 229/3 (RR: 5.58)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 73 (105b 2x4 1x6)
    • LPC Silva 6 (9b)
    • DBL Powell 10-1-38-2
    • CH Gayle 7-0-45-0
41.1

Gayle to Silva, no run, driven out strongly

41.2

Gayle to Silva, no run, liked that one, testing the man with one which turned a bit outside off, and got the prod... but not the edge

41.3

Gayle to Silva, 1 leg bye, Jayawardene would have been in trouble with a better throw from fine leg

41.4

Gayle to Jayawardene, 1 run, lovely shot - offering his bat and sweeping it low behind square

41.5

Gayle to Silva, 1 run, driven out aerially over cover

41.6

Gayle to Jayawardene, 2 runs, does well to work out a full ball right behind point

Ramnaresh Sarwan, and his legspinners, into the attack. The crowd love this move by Lara

End of over 42 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 234/3 (RR: 5.57)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 76 (107b 2x4 1x6)
    • LPC Silva 7 (13b)
    • CH Gayle 8-0-49-0
    • DBL Powell 10-1-38-2
42.1

Sarwan to Silva, no run, on middle and that's driven in front of midwicket

42.2

Sarwan to Silva, 1 run, driven out to long-off where the fielder waits, and casually scoops up the dribbling ball

42.3

Sarwan to Jayawardene, 1 run, good work in the deep by Bravo, on his toes and responsive as ever, to prevent them running the second

42.4

Sarwan to Silva, no run, defended forward

42.5

Sarwan to Silva, 1 run, walks into that one and drives it to mid-on

42.6

Sarwan to Jayawardene, 2 runs, reverse sweep played awkwardly, but quite well, and they run two

End of over 43 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 239/3 (RR: 5.55)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 79 (109b 2x4 1x6)
    • LPC Silva 9 (17b)
    • RR Sarwan 1-0-5-0
    • CH Gayle 8-0-49-0
43.1

Gayle to Silva, (no ball) 1 run, taken from outside off and that's swept out to deep square. It's some effort to overstep off three paces, but anyway

43.1

Gayle to Jayawardene, 1 leg bye, worked around down to fine leg off the heel of the boot

43.2

Gayle to Silva, 2 runs, rocks on to his back foot to drive that long out to extra cover

43.3

Gayle to Silva, no run, driven to cover, doesn't really get hold of the shot, however

43.4

Gayle to Silva, no run, on leg and that's swept square

43.5

Gayle to Silva, (no ball) 3 runs, short and the batsman makes room to cut. Yet again he oversteps... how?!

43.5

Gayle to Jayawardene, 2 runs, dropped. Awful. A straightforward chance for Dwayne Smith right out there in front of the midwicket boundary

This is not the cricket of a home side at the World Cup... they're looking out of sorts, the wheels coming off here

43.6

Gayle to Jayawardene, 1 run, driven to midwicket

Bravo comes back into the attack

End of over 44 (12 runs) Sri Lanka 251/3 (RR: 5.70)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 82 (112b 2x4 1x6)
    • LPC Silva 15 (22b)
    • CH Gayle 9-0-60-0
    • RR Sarwan 1-0-5-0
44.1

Bravo to Jayawardene, OUT, brilliant yorker straight up, removes the off stick and Jayawardene just smiles. There's not much celebration on the field, low key only, and that's the end of a fine innings from Jayawardene

DPMD Jayawardene b Bravo 82 (163m 113b 2x4 1x6) SR: 72.56

Dilshan comes to the crease

44.2

Bravo to Dilshan, no run, a touch of width outside off and that's driven straight to the man at cover

44.3

Bravo to Dilshan, 3 runs, even more room and that's driven very well to extra cover, but Chanderpaul dives very well to make a very good save

44.4

Bravo to Silva, 1 run, late cut down to third man

44.5

Bravo to Dilshan, 1 run, shorter ball, on leg, and that's worked in front of midwicket

44.6

Bravo to Silva, 2 runs, driven off the toes through midwicket

End of over 45 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 258/4 (RR: 5.73)

    • LPC Silva 18 (24b)
    • TM Dilshan 4 (3b)
    • DJ Bravo 5-0-36-1
    • CH Gayle 9-0-60-0
45.1

Bradshaw to Dilshan, 1 run, round the wicket, slower one, and that's driven to cover

45.2

Bradshaw to Silva, 2 runs, slow fielding allowed the second, there, the batsman coming down the wicket and hitting it with the dead part of the bat over mid-on

45.3

Bradshaw to Silva, 2 runs, just too full to be a good length and that's worked to midwicket off the toes, more shocking fielding - far from Bravo - and they get a second

45.4

Bradshaw to Silva, 1 run, full toss on the legs and that's worked to square

45.5

Bradshaw to Dilshan, 2 runs, short, outside off, and the runs are flowing now, that one kept from being a four by Sarwan inside the cover boundary

45.6

Bradshaw to Dilshan, 2 runs, walks into that one and has real intent in driving that wide of long-on and yet again Sri Lanka manage to get back for a second in the face of some casual West Indian fielding

End of over 46 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 268/4 (RR: 5.82)

    • TM Dilshan 9 (6b)
    • LPC Silva 23 (27b)
    • IDR Bradshaw 10-0-67-1
    • DJ Bravo 5-0-36-1
46.1

Sarwan to Silva, no run, round the wicket and the batsman looks to turn that one behind square

46.2

Sarwan to Silva, no run, down on one knee and doesn't quite strike that one cleanly enough

46.3

Sarwan to Silva, no run, tries something different, seeing the batsman coming, and trying to send that wide down leg for the stumping - Silva managed to get his pad on it

46.4

Sarwan to Silva, OUT, oh dear, backed right away trying to make room and carved that one right up to Lara at wide mid-off. Selfless shot, though, really, trying to boost Sri Lanka late on

LPC Silva c Lara b Sarwan 23 (32m 31b 0x4 0x6) SR: 74.19

Russel Arnold comes in now

46.5

Sarwan to Arnold, 1 run, on off, down on one knee, and that's swept, short, to square leg

46.6

Sarwan to Dilshan, 1 run, swept finely to fine leg

End of over 47 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 270/5 (RR: 5.74)

    • TM Dilshan 10 (7b)
    • RP Arnold 1 (1b)
    • RR Sarwan 2-0-7-1
    • IDR Bradshaw 10-0-67-1
47.1

Bravo to Dilshan, no run, driven out to cover

47.2

Bravo to Dilshan, 1 run, pushed right up there and driven out to point

47.3

Bravo to Arnold, 1 run, pushed right up there and driven out to point

47.4

Bravo to Dilshan, no run, outside off and that's swished at

47.5

Bravo to Dilshan, SIX, short, on leg, and that's gone all the way over the rope

47.6

Bravo to Dilshan, 1 run, a quick single

End of over 48 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 279/5 (RR: 5.81)

    • TM Dilshan 18 (12b 1x6)
    • RP Arnold 2 (2b)
    • DJ Bravo 6-0-45-1
    • RR Sarwan 2-0-7-1
48.1

Sarwan to Dilshan, 2 runs, worked out to leg

48.2

Sarwan to Dilshan, 1 wide, down leg but that's too wide

48.2

Sarwan to Dilshan, no run, pushed up there and that's dug into the leg side

48.3

Sarwan to Dilshan, 1 run, pushed right up there again and that's driven to cover

48.4

Sarwan to Arnold, 1 run, outside off and that's driven to long-on

48.5

Sarwan to Dilshan, FOUR, reverse swept behind square and that's an excellent shot indeed

48.6

Sarwan to Dilshan, 1 run, another quick single to end the over and Sri Lanka have a chance to post 300

End of over 49 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 289/5 (RR: 5.89)

    • TM Dilshan 26 (17b 1x4 1x6)
    • RP Arnold 3 (3b)
    • RR Sarwan 3-0-17-1
    • DJ Bravo 6-0-45-1
49.1

Bravo to Dilshan, 1 run, outside off and that's driven off the back foot to point

49.2

Bravo to Arnold, 1 run, low full toss and that's driven on the up to the man at extra cover

49.3

Bravo to Dilshan, 2 runs, outside off and that's driven off the back foot to cover

49.4

Bravo to Dilshan, no run, outside off and he tries to sweep that to leg

49.5

Bravo to Dilshan, FOUR, outside off and that's driven down the ground, for another poor misfield

49.6

Bravo to Dilshan, SIX, outside off again and that's the biggest shot of the day to bring up the 300! Great shot from Dilshan, striking that up, up and away over midwicket right into the stands

2.05pm Well, West Indies have a huge task on their hands now if they are to chase this down. Sri Lanka's efforts were really impressive just then, Jayasuriya in particular batting really well with his hundred. West Indies, then, need 6.08 an over from the off

End of over 50 (14 runs) Sri Lanka 303/5

    • TM Dilshan 39 (22b 2x4 2x6)
    • RP Arnold 4 (4b)
    • DJ Bravo 7-0-59-1
    • RR Sarwan 3-0-17-1
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