ICC World Cup, 45th Match, Super Eights: Ireland v Sri Lanka at St George's, Apr 18, 2007
ICC World Cup - 45th match, Super Eights
Sri Lanka won by 8 wickets (with 240 balls remaining)
18 April 2007 (50-over match)
  Ireland innings (50 overs maximum) R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal JP Bray c Arnold b Maharoof 20 32 29 4 0 68.96
7.3 slower ball, Bray gets a leading edge which loops into the off side and Arnold races in from cover and takes a good catch diving forward, inches from the ground 28/1
View dismissal WTS Porterfield c Jayasuriya b Maharoof 17 79 51 1 0 33.33
17.6 goddim. A frustrated sort of shot, skipping down the pitch and trying to flick him over midwicket. But he got a leading edge to Jayasuriya at mid-on who only had to jog back three or four metres to take a simple catch 46/4
View dismissal AC Botha c †Sangakkara b Maharoof 0 2 2 0 0 0.00
7.5 short of a length outside off, no foot movement and Sangakkara takes an oh-so-routine catch. Two balls, no runs ... the experiment of promoting Botha up the order might not be seen as a complete success ... 28/2
View dismissal EJG Morgan c †Sangakkara b Maharoof 0 1 1 0 0 0.00
7.6 the normally cynical office leap up as one at a quite brilliant one-handed catch from Sangakkara. Eion Morgan nicked the ball, Sangakkara was heading to leg, but readjusted and dived to his left, clutching the ball in the fingertips of his left hand. It was almost past him as he grabbed it. Amazing 28/3
View dismissal NJ O'Brien c †Sangakkara b Muralitharan 4 46 28 0 0 14.28
18.2 goddim! A beautiful delivery, albeit not very well played. On off stump, angling across the left hander and turning further away from his meek defensive poke, handing the keeper an easy catch just to his left 48/5
View dismissal KJ O'Brien c Jayasuriya b Muralitharan 2 14 4 0 0 50.00
20.1 another leading edge; another wicket. He tried to turn it to leg but the spin was too great...the ball flies to Jayasuriya at mid-on who takes a useful catch diving forward 49/8
View dismissal KED Carroll b Muralitharan 0 1 2 0 0 0.00
18.4 gone! Oh dear. Carroll tried to sweep but lost his balance and the doosra from Murali crept beneath his bat to knock over leg stump 48/6
View dismissal DT Johnston* run out (Maharoof) 0 5 4 0 0 0.00
19.4 from Maharoof, what a piece of work that is! That's quite brilliant. Punched back to Maharoof who dived to his right, plucked it out of the air and threw down the stumps in one fluid motion. It actually ricocheted off Johnston's boot. Sri Lanka have been so slick in the field today 49/7
View dismissal WK McCallan lbw b Muralitharan 0 10 9 0 0 0.00
22.4 oh dear. He shoulders arms, attempting to pad it away and he's trapped absolutely plumb in front. Mark Benson, the umpire, raises his finger as quick as a cat...almost before Murali appealed, even 54/9
View dismissal D Langford-Smith lbw b Vaas 18 29 21 2 1 85.71
27.4 and he's rapped on the back pad, trying to pull it, and that's utterly, completely plumb 77/10
WB Rankin not out 7 20 17 1 0 41.17
Extras (lb 5, w 2, nb 2) 9
  Total (all out; 27.4 overs; 125 mins) 77 (2.78 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
View wicket WPUJC Vaas 5.4 1 18 1 3.17 26 2 0 (1nb)
27.4 to Langford-Smith, and he's rapped on the back pad, trying to pull it, and that's utterly, completely plumb 77/10
  KMDN Kulasekara 7 3 10 0 1.42 36 1 0
View wickets MF Maharoof 10 3 25 4 2.50 48 2 1 (1nb)
7.3 to Bray, slower ball, Bray gets a leading edge which loops into the off side and Arnold races in from cover and takes a good catch diving forward, inches from the ground 28/1
7.5 to Botha, short of a length outside off, no foot movement and Sangakkara takes an oh-so-routine catch. Two balls, no runs ... the experiment of promoting Botha up the order might not be seen as a complete success ... 28/2
7.6 to Morgan, the normally cynical office leap up as one at a quite brilliant one-handed catch from Sangakkara. Eion Morgan nicked the ball, Sangakkara was heading to leg, but readjusted and dived to his left, clutching the ball in the fingertips of his left hand. It was almost past him as he grabbed it. Amazing 28/3
17.6 to Porterfield, goddim. A frustrated sort of shot, skipping down the pitch and trying to flick him over midwicket. But he got a leading edge to Jayasuriya at mid-on who only had to jog back three or four metres to take a simple catch 46/4
View wickets M Muralitharan 5 0 19 4 3.80 22 3 0 (2w)
18.2 to NJ O'Brien, goddim! A beautiful delivery, albeit not very well played. On off stump, angling across the left hander and turning further away from his meek defensive poke, handing the keeper an easy catch just to his left 48/5
18.4 to Carroll, gone! Oh dear. Carroll tried to sweep but lost his balance and the doosra from Murali crept beneath his bat to knock over leg stump 48/6
20.1 to KJ O'Brien, another leading edge; another wicket. He tried to turn it to leg but the spin was too great...the ball flies to Jayasuriya at mid-on who takes a useful catch diving forward 49/8
22.4 to McCallan, oh dear. He shoulders arms, attempting to pad it away and he's trapped absolutely plumb in front. Mark Benson, the umpire, raises his finger as quick as a cat...almost before Murali appealed, even 54/9
  Sri Lanka innings (target: 78 runs from 50 overs) R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal WU Tharanga c Porterfield b Rankin 0 5 7 0 0 0.00
0.6 short, cut to gully off the back foot and that's a very tidy catch indeed! 1/1
ST Jayasuriya not out 24 51 20 3 1 120.00
View dismissal KC Sangakkara c Carroll b Langford-Smith 10 15 9 1 0 111.11
3.2 outside off, driven on the up and that's taken in the covers, snapped up. That was travelling and that's a marvellous catch 25/2
DPMD Jayawardene* not out 39 30 27 6 1 144.44
Extras (w 5, nb 3) 8
  Total (2 wickets; 10 overs; 51 mins) 81 (8.10 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
View wicket WB Rankin 4 0 36 1 9.00 13 2 2 (3nb, 2w)
0.6 to Tharanga, short, cut to gully off the back foot and that's a very tidy catch indeed! 1/1
View wicket D Langford-Smith 3 0 29 1 9.66 7 4 0 (3w)
3.2 to Sangakkara, outside off, driven on the up and that's taken in the covers, snapped up. That was travelling and that's a marvellous catch 25/2
  AC Botha 1 0 4 0 4.00 5 1 0
  KJ O'Brien 1 0 4 0 4.00 5 1 0
  KED Carroll 1 0 8 0 8.00 4 2 0

Match details


Toss - Sri Lanka, who chose to field
Points - Sri Lanka 2, Ireland 0
Player of the match - MF Maharoof (Sri Lanka)
Umpires - MR Benson (England) and BR Doctrove
TV umpire - DJ Harper (Australia)
Match referee - BC Broad (England)
Reserve umpire - Aleem Dar (Pakistan)

Match Notes


    • Ireland innings
    • Power Play 2: Overs 10.1 - 15.0
    • Power Play 3: Overs 15.1 - 20.0
    • Drinks: Ireland - 44/3 in 17.0 overs (WTS Porterfield 16, NJ O'Brien 3)
    • Ireland: 50 runs in 20.4 overs (127 balls), Extras 6
    • Sri Lanka innings
    • Sri Lanka: 50 runs in 5.5 overs (43 balls), Extras 8
    • 3rd Wicket: 50 runs in 38 balls (ST Jayasuriya 15, DPMD Jayawardene 35, Ex 2)
    • Official Attendance - 7,335
 
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