ICC World Cup - 45th match, Super Eights

Ireland v Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka won by 8 wickets (with 240 balls remaining)

9.25am The Sri Lankans and the umpires are in the middle, the crowd are in absentia, and we are ready to rumble. Ireland's batsmen stride out from the shadows of the pavilion ... Jeremy Bray will take the first ball and it will be delivered by Chaminda Vaas from the D'Arbeau End.

9.20am Your commentators today are Martin Williamson, Will Luke and Jenny Thompson. If you have anything you want to get off your chest then drop us a line.

9.15amThe Guardian reported this and it was too good to miss:-

"Scores of England and South Africa fans were stranded in Grenada after their cruise liner to Barbados was cancelled without explanation at the last minute. The Caribbean Destiny was scheduled to leave St George's on Monday evening, prompting supporters to buy match tickets and Barbados accommodation before England's game with South Africa. But it did not sail, further embarrassing World Cup organisers who have already faced criticism of a log jam in regional flights. One flight from Barbados to Grenada landed in Tobago because the pilot had not been informed of a change in schedule, and Indian passengers with valid tickets were bumped off a flight to Guyana so that ICC officials could travel."

The teams are:

Sri Lanka 1 Sanath Jayasuriya, 2 Upul Tharanga, 3 Kumar Sangakkara (wk), 4 Mahela Jayawardene (capt), 5 Chamara Silva, 6 Tillakaratne Dilshan, 7 Russel Arnold, 8 Farvez Maharoof, 9 Chaminda Vaas, 10 Nuwan Kulasekara, 11 Muttiah Muralitharan

Ireland 1 Jeremy Bray, 2 William Porterfield, 3 Eoin Morgan, 4 Niall O'Brien (wk), 5 Kevin O'Brien, 6 Andre Botha, 7 Kenny Carroll, 8 Trent Johnston, 9 Kyle McCallan, 10 David Langford-Smith, 11 Boyd Rankin

9.10am Sri Lanka call heads and it is just that. Mahela Jayawardene sticks Ireland in and says that he thinks "there is something in it". General chat about wanting to put Australia result behind them etc.

A grinning Trent Johnston says he wants Ireland to play like he did against Bangladesh, and he's chuffed that the Sri Lankans are putting out the full side. He adds, as is almost customary, that he is not unhappy at being stuck in as he "would have had a bat first anyhow".

9.05am It's hot and sunny in Grenada, a blue sky and a light breeze. The pitch looks good and the experts reckon that the side batting first needs 250+.

Good morning and welcome to our coverage of the 45th match in this World Cup, Ireland's final outing and a chance for Sri Lanka to iron out any glitches before their semi-final, which is likely to be against New Zealand.

0.1

Vaas to Bray, no run, outside off, swinging away from the left hander, no shot but a very theatrical leave

0.1

Vaas to Bray, no run, Rankin stays over the wicket, that's a tight line, tight in across the lefthander who defends on the back foot

0.2

Vaas to Bray, no run, Bray shapes to swish into the leg side, misses, and the ball thuds into his pads. a semi appeal, but it pitched way outside the line

0.3

Vaas to Bray, no run, Bray well forward to block, the ball was full and swung gently towards the off

0.4

Vaas to Bray, no run, Bray beaten all ends up by one that pitched on off and swung past the outside edge. 78mph ...

0.5

Vaas to Bray, no run, loud and raucous appeal, Bray thrust his pad at the ball with his bat following behind. The swing might have taken that past the off stump, but a good shout

0.6

Vaas to Bray, no run, again Bray plays with his front pad and then his bat, this time the ball was a fraction wider and so no appeal

And it's Numan Kulasekara from the River Road End.

End of over 1 (maiden) Ireland 0/0 (RR: 0.00)
JP Bray    0* (6b)      WPUJC Vaas    1-1-0-0
WTS Porterfield    0* (0b)     

Two slips in place.

1.1

Kulasekara to Porterfield, no run, short of a length, outside off, Porterfield not remotely tempted

1.2

Kulasekara to Porterfield, no run, better line, Porterfield back and defends into the leg side

1.3

Kulasekara to Porterfield, no run, angled across Porterfield who lets it go

1.4

Kulasekara to Porterfield, no run, Porterfield into line and pushes to midwicket

1.5

Kulasekara to Porterfield, no run, Porterfield stands tall and pushes the ball defensively to mid-off

1.6

Kulasekara to Porterfield, no run, another one that Porterfield allows to pass through to the keeper.

Back-to-back maidens to get Sri Lanka off to a solid start.

End of over 2 (maiden) Ireland 0/0 (RR: 0.00)
WTS Porterfield    0* (6b)      KMDN Kulasekara    1-1-0-0
JP Bray    0* (6b)      WPUJC Vaas    1-1-0-0

Bray to face again. Bowlers have sussed that he struggles if you don't give him room.

2.1

Vaas to Bray, no run, good line, Bray forward to block solidly

2.2

Vaas to Bray, no run, tight stuff from Vaas, Bray can do no more than lunge forward to defend

2.3

Vaas to Bray, 1 run, Bray defends to mid-on and is out of the blocks like a greyhound ... Jayasuriya is slow to react and what could have been a dangerous run turns out to be alarm free

"Would love to see Sri Lanka beaten with all their bowlers back," chirps Tony. "Their resting of players reminds me of the film 'Chariots of Fire'. Something like 'If I can't win I won't play' with a retort 'Well if you don't play. you can't win!'"

2.4

Vaas to Porterfield, no run, Porterfield plays the ball straight, so much so that it trickles into the stumps at the non-striker's end

2.5

Vaas to Porterfield, 3 runs, Porterfield takes a stride or two to get to the pitch and flicks it over midwicket, it clears the fielder who catches it just inside the rope

2.6

Vaas to Bray, no run, another big stride, this time from Bray, but he misses and the ball bobbles into off side off his pads

Some confusion ... we seemed set for a seven-ball over before the umpire woke up.

End of over 3 (4 runs) Ireland 4/0 (RR: 1.33)
JP Bray    1* (10b)      WPUJC Vaas    2-1-4-0
WTS Porterfield    3* (8b)      KMDN Kulasekara    1-1-0-0

3.1

Kulasekara to Porterfield, no run, lovely start to the over, swinging away from Porterfield who whips his bat out of the line just in time

3.2

Kulasekara to Porterfield, no run, fuller, a bit on a indifferent shot from the batsman and the ball bobbles back to the bowler in his follow through

3.3

Kulasekara to Porterfield, no run, firm drive to mid-off, middled but not enough va va voom to beat the fielder

3.4

Kulasekara to Porterfield, 1 run, Porterfield drops into the leg side and sets off for a quick single, the burly Bray is slow to respond and has to race for safety. An earnest chat follows

3.5

Kulasekara to Bray, no run, Bray defends, again with his bat behind his front pad. That could get him into trouble before long

3.6

Kulasekara to Bray, no run, this time his pad is well in front of the bat, and a loud appeal from fielders and bowlers ... good decision from Billy Doctrove as the ball was heading over the top, but Bray's tactics are suspect

"If the fans are away, why are the organisers not releasing tickets to the local school boards," spits Matt Gammie, "to give the children to see something they are not likely to see again in their lifetime (or better stated, afford to see in their lifetime)?" Quite so, Matt, and we remain as dumbfounded as you. It's a local issue, or something.

End of over 4 (1 run) Ireland 5/0 (RR: 1.25)
JP Bray    1* (12b)      KMDN Kulasekara    2-1-1-0
WTS Porterfield    4* (12b)      WPUJC Vaas    2-1-4-0

Keeper comes up to prevent Porterfield using his feet again.

4.1

Vaas to Porterfield, 1 run, thick edge, not controlled, but it drops short of the slips and bounces between them

4.2

Vaas to Bray, FOUR, Bray's first assertive stroke, Vaas gives him the width he thrives on and he stands up and larrups that through the covers

4.3

Vaas to Bray, no run, wide again, but Bray leaves that and it bounces out of the keeper's gloves

4.4

Vaas to Bray, no run, Bray forward with bat and pad together, into the off side and the cover cordon sprints in

4.5

Vaas to Bray, 1 leg bye, Vaas drifts to leg, Bray shapes to flick through square leg, misses, and the ball bobbles behind square for a leg bye. He was off balance, almost falling over, as he played the stroke

4.6

Vaas to Porterfield, no run, good end to the over, Porterfield leaves it but it was close enough that his decision came late

"I was behind Angus Fraser in the LIAT queue at Antigua airport," Simon Hudd informs us. "Derek Pringle and the others had already gone through, sniggering like schoolkids as Fraser chuntered at the back of the line. Fraser then got bumped off the flight, turned a darker shade of beetroot and resorted to the "Do you know who I am" line. Priceless." Poor old Gus. You can just imagine it, though. I bet he kicked the ground like a donkey in the dust, ala his playing days when he was walloped for four.

End of over 5 (6 runs) Ireland 11/0 (RR: 2.20)
WTS Porterfield    5* (14b)      WPUJC Vaas    3-1-9-0
JP Bray    5* (16b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    2-1-1-0

5.1

Kulasekara to Bray, FOUR, Bray takes a big step down the track and launches that over midwicket, well struck and four all the way. The pitch holds no demons and the two batsmen have worked that out

5.2

Kulasekara to Bray, no run, firm drive to extra cover

5.3

Kulasekara to Bray, no run, outside off stump, a tad short, Bray aims an expansive drive, head in the air, and no surprise he missed

"I bet my mother-in-law that Jayasuriya will score a century," writes the tongue-twistedly named Roger Canagasabey. "Thanks to your updates I am able to go to work everyday, without staying at home to watch the matches." Who'd have thunk it? Cricinfo is actively responsible for the continued employment of hundreds around the world. We're almost embarrassed; what happened to all the workshies?

5.4

Kulasekara to Bray, no run, Bray plays with his pads again, another loud appeal, again Doctrove unimpressed

5.5

Kulasekara to Bray, no run, and again. Bray is defending with his pads and the Sri Lankans keep appealing ... the suspicion is that sooner or later, one will go their way

5.6

Kulasekara to Bray, 1 run, looks for an off drive, a thick inside edge flies into the leg side

End of over 6 (5 runs) Ireland 16/0 (RR: 2.66)
JP Bray    10* (22b 2x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    3-1-6-0
WTS Porterfield    5* (14b)      WPUJC Vaas    3-1-9-0

6.1

Vaas to Bray, no run, Vaas on the spot at the start of his fourth over, Mr Dependable

6.2

Vaas to Bray, no run, pushed gently to mid-on

The keeper standing up means that the batsmen are anchored to the crease, and they are keen to use their feet

6.3

Vaas to Bray, (no ball) 1 run, Bray drives to Murali, calls for the run and then is almost run out as he is caught ambling. The throw, however, misses by some way

6.3

Vaas to Porterfield, no run, outside off, good take

6.4

Vaas to Porterfield, no run, he looks to punch off the back foot, but is undone by movement off the seam and it beats the edge

6.5

Vaas to Porterfield, 1 leg bye, again too leg-side, off the pads and the ball squirts behind square

6.6

Vaas to Bray, 1 run, middle-and-leg, flicked with real power from the shoulders, all along the ground to deep square leg

"In response to the idea of releasing tickets to the host country's school boards, I would say 'haven't the children suffered enough?'" suggests Ryan. "A much better idea would be to enforce the attendance of all ICC members [and officials] to make them sit through and watch the rubbish that they have created. Maybe that would teach them." Seems only fair, frankly

End of over 7 (4 runs) Ireland 20/0 (RR: 2.85)
JP Bray    12* (26b 2x4)      WPUJC Vaas    4-1-12-0
WTS Porterfield    5* (17b)      KMDN Kulasekara    3-1-6-0

Maharoof from the River Road End.

7.1

Maharoof to Bray, FOUR, Bray whips the ball off his legs through square leg and over the rope. He picked that up really early and executed the shot well

7.2

Maharoof to Bray, FOUR, Maharoof overcorrects and Bray smashes the ball through the covers, it went like a tracer bullet. Enthusiastic cheers from the sparse crowd

7.3

Maharoof to Bray, OUT, 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

JP Bray c Arnold b Maharoof 20 (32m 29b 4x4 0x6) SR: 68.96

That's the end of Bray's World Cup. He started with a hundred against Zimbabwe, but he's struggled since. Nevertheless, it's been a tournament to remember for him.

A change in the batting order. Andre Botha comes in at No. 3.

7.4

Maharoof to Botha, no run, confidently, if slightly stiffly, forward and into the off side

7.5

Maharoof to Botha, OUT, 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 ...

AC Botha c †Sangakkara b Maharoof 0 (2m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

The over started with two rubbish balls smacked for four, but Maharoof is enjoying it now! "C'mon!" cries Andrew Miller. "The loudest roar of the day comes from the press box." I think they want an early finish. And we disassociate ourselves from his opinions ...

7.6

Maharoof to Morgan, OUT, 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

EJG Morgan c †Sangakkara b Maharoof 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Maharoof on a hat-trick. Niall O'Brien emerges after a short delay, probably while he scrambled to get his kit on!

End of over 8 (8 runs) Ireland 28/3 (RR: 3.50)
     MF Maharoof    1-0-8-3
WTS Porterfield    5* (17b)      WPUJC Vaas    4-1-12-0

8.1

Vaas to Porterfield, no run, After the excitement, back to the clam of a tight delivery from Vaas

8.2

Vaas to Porterfield, 1 run, flicked round to long leg

8.3

Vaas to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, O'Brien stands tall and plays a deliberate shot down to third man

8.4

Vaas to Porterfield, FOUR, Vaas struggling a bit for line this over, this time he strays to leg and Porterfield glances the ball fine ... no chance for long leg to get round to cut that off

8.5

Vaas to Porterfield, no run, outside off stump, Porterfield leaves it alone

8.6

Vaas to Porterfield, no run, Vaas ends a mediocre over with a good delivery

England cricket fans at least have the consolation of the start of the Championship. Check out Ramps and Goughie looking all suave and sophisticated as they did on the dancefloor before Surrey's match against Yorkshire at the Oval today.

End of over 9 (6 runs) Ireland 34/3 (RR: 3.77)
WTS Porterfield    10* (22b 1x4)      WPUJC Vaas    5-1-18-0
NJ O'Brien    1* (1b)      MF Maharoof    1-0-8-3

Hat-trick ball ... both of the spectators are waiting anxiously

9.1

Maharoof to NJ O'Brien, no run, outside off, steered along the ground to gully

9.2

Maharoof to NJ O'Brien, no run, O'Brien upright, punches into the off with a shout of "wait there, wait there". And Porterfield did just that

"Evidently ESPN here [in Philadelphia, USA] feels it's more important to broadcast a regional bowling competition than the World Cup," rants Kartik from the States. Don't disregard the skill and intrigue involved in regional bowling competitions. Your granny would be devastated at your apathy.

9.3

Maharoof to NJ O'Brien, no run, into line and watchfully defended into the ground

9.4

Maharoof to NJ O'Brien, no run, O'Brien again right behind the line

9.5

Maharoof to NJ O'Brien, no run, shaped an off drive, the bat twisted as he played the shot and the ball squeezed to mid-on

9.6

Maharoof to NJ O'Brien, no run, short of a length, O'Brien defends

All calm after the dramatics of his first over.

End of over 10 (maiden) Ireland 34/3 (RR: 3.40)
NJ O'Brien    1* (7b)      MF Maharoof    2-1-8-3
WTS Porterfield    10* (22b 1x4)      WPUJC Vaas    5-1-18-0

Powerplay No. 2 being taken.

10.1

Kulasekara to Porterfield, 2 runs, driven to extra cover and two fielders wait for each other to stop it ... and neither does

10.2

Kulasekara to Porterfield, no run, better fielding this time ... Kulasekara smiles

10.3

Kulasekara to Porterfield, no run, outside off stump and Porterfield watches it pass

10.4

Kulasekara to Porterfield, no run, Porterfield blocks on off stump - 78mph for speed freaks among you

10.5

Kulasekara to Porterfield, no run, full toss outside off stump, Porterfield doesn't punish it and completely mistimes a drive

10.6

Kulasekara to Porterfield, 1 run, steered through the gap in the slips, all quite controlled and an easy single

End of over 11 (3 runs) Ireland 37/3 (RR: 3.36)
WTS Porterfield    13* (28b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    4-1-9-0
NJ O'Brien    1* (7b)      MF Maharoof    2-1-8-3

Anyone who is mystified by some of cricket's odd terms, click here for our glossary which might help.

11.1

Maharoof to Porterfield, no run, good line and length, well defended

11.2

Maharoof to Porterfield, 1 run, worked round the corner on the leg side

11.3

Maharoof to NJ O'Brien, no run, played with an open face to point (81mph)

"Maharoof, Maharoof, Maharoof is on fire ..." chant the crowd. Hardly original, but for once, accurate. Although the blaze is rather dying out ...

11.4

Maharoof to NJ O'Brien, no run, pushed into the covers

11.5

Maharoof to NJ O'Brien, no run, shorter, O'Brien up on tip-toes to defend

11.6

Maharoof to NJ O'Brien, no run, slower ball, almost a yorker but outside off, patted to cover

This from Phil in North Enfield. "Given that the ICC will take money for anything perhaps Npower could broaden their sponsorship to ... Npowerplays." That's actually far too sensible a suggestion for the ICC. And it's another negative ICC comment, and we promised to be nice to them today ...

End of over 12 (1 run) Ireland 38/3 (RR: 3.16)
NJ O'Brien    1* (11b)      MF Maharoof    3-1-9-3
WTS Porterfield    14* (30b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    4-1-9-0

12.1

Kulasekara to Porterfield, no run, turned off middle-and-leg stump to midwicket

12.2

Kulasekara to Porterfield, 1 run, much the same shot but this time he works the ball to the right of a diving midwicket, mid-on scurries round to mop up

12.3

Kulasekara to NJ O'Brien, no run, O'Brien into line, all very correct and MCC Coaching Book

12.4

Kulasekara to NJ O'Brien, no run, angled to point. O'Brien wisely opting to consolidate for a while after that top-order wobble

12.5

Kulasekara to NJ O'Brien, no run, O'Brien once more angles the ball to point, carbon copy

12.6

Kulasekara to NJ O'Brien, no run, firm drive straight back down the track, well fielded by the bowler who moved swiftly to his left

Steve says: "I would like to congratulate Cricinfo on putting an interesting (nay delightful) picture on their homepage." Be quick ...it's about to go ...

End of over 13 (1 run) Ireland 39/3 (RR: 3.00)
NJ O'Brien    1* (15b)      KMDN Kulasekara    5-1-10-0
WTS Porterfield    15* (32b 1x4)      MF Maharoof    3-1-9-3

The Ireland team are wearing black armbands - we're trying to find out exactly who for, but we believe it's for someone connected with a former team sponsor.

13.1

Maharoof to Porterfield, 1 leg bye, clipped to leg, off the pads, and an easy run

13.2

Maharoof to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, short and wide, flat batted - more of a tennis double-handed forehand - into the covers and a quick single thanks to early and clear calling

13.3

Maharoof to Porterfield, no run, whipped into the leg side, but straight to midwicket ... 82mph

13.4

Maharoof to Porterfield, no run, shortish, Porterfield stands up and gets an outside edge, but a thick one and it drops well short of any close fielder

13.5

Maharoof to Porterfield, no run, indifferent and ill-timed drive to extra cover

13.6

Maharoof to Porterfield, 1 run, full, and well-placed drive to the left of mid-on, that allowed the single. With some quicker running on the first - and a decisive call - they should really have got the second

End of over 14 (3 runs) Ireland 42/3 (RR: 3.00)
WTS Porterfield    16* (37b 1x4)      MF Maharoof    4-1-11-3
NJ O'Brien    2* (16b)      KMDN Kulasekara    5-1-10-0

14.1

Kulasekara to Porterfield, no run, angled into the left hander from around the wicket, patted to midwicket

14.2

Kulasekara to Porterfield, no run, change of angle, outside off and played into the covers

"Why have you promised to be nice to the ICC?" asks Ian. Good point, Sorry, Won't happen again.

14.3

Kulasekara to Porterfield, no run, on off stump - good variation from the bowler - and blocked

14.4

Kulasekara to Porterfield, no run, Porterfield takes a big stride to meet the ball, but he can do no more than push it back to Kulasekara

14.5

Kulasekara to Porterfield, no run, Porterfield steps back and whips the ball into the on side, but square leg is onto it quickly

14.6

Kulasekara to Porterfield, no run, another tight over completed by Kulasekara

And now fresh as a daisy after an early finish yesterday, it's Will Luke for the next 15 overs.

End of over 15 (maiden) Ireland 42/3 (RR: 2.80)
WTS Porterfield    16* (43b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    6-2-10-0
NJ O'Brien    2* (16b)      MF Maharoof    4-1-11-3

Thanks Martin, hello everyone. Super three-wicket stint there, full of aggression and lively intent.

15.1

Maharoof to NJ O'Brien, no run, dropped ooh and he comes dancing down the pitch, pumping it aerially just to the bowler's left who gets a paw on it but can't hold on...parrying it to mid-on. Very difficult chance

15.2

Maharoof to NJ O'Brien, 1 no ball, firmly defended out to cover, but it's a no-ball from the big man

15.2

Maharoof to NJ O'Brien, no run, very neatly struck indeed, on the front foot, but straight to mid-off

15.3

Maharoof to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, and the bowler just loses his line a touch here, drifting it down the leg side and allowing O'Brien to knock it to leg for a single

15.4

Maharoof to Porterfield, no run, that's a much better line from Maharoof, just outside off and angling in with the angle. It's firmly defended

15.5

Maharoof to Porterfield, no run, blocked out once more on the front foot, firmly so, and it's scooped up by mid-off

15.6

Maharoof to Porterfield, no run, ooh he's squared him up here, a terrific ball on off stump which the batsman tries to work to leg but gets a leading edge which falls just short of cover

Not a very convincing stroke at all there. Maharoof has been quite excellent today

End of over 16 (2 runs) Ireland 44/3 (RR: 2.75)
WTS Porterfield    16* (46b 1x4)      MF Maharoof    5-1-13-3
NJ O'Brien    3* (20b)      KMDN Kulasekara    6-2-10-0

16.1

Kulasekara to NJ O'Brien, no run, a play-and-a-miss outside off to one which jagged back into him quite markedly. He came forward, quite confidently, but just couldn't cope with the movement

16.2

Kulasekara to NJ O'Brien, no run, just short of a length, but still he comes forward to defend; it's straighter, too, and he blocks it out quite firmly

16.3

Kulasekara to NJ O'Brien, no run, a forward defensive of Boycott-like solidarity

16.4

Kulasekara to NJ O'Brien, no run, less Boycott this time, chopping it off the back foot and almost inside-edging it. Cramped for room

16.5

Kulasekara to NJ O'Brien, no run, that's more the O'Brien we've seen in this tournament, coming forward on the front foot to a straight delivery and driving it with fluency to cover. But straight to cover

16.6

Kulasekara to NJ O'Brien, no run, angling into the batsman who defends it on the front foot

End of over 17 (maiden) Ireland 44/3 (RR: 2.58)
NJ O'Brien    3* (26b)      KMDN Kulasekara    7-3-10-0
WTS Porterfield    16* (46b 1x4)      MF Maharoof    5-1-13-3

Maharoof isn't coming off just yet

"Do the Irish black armbands have a white bit round the top and sponsored by Guinness?" asks Richard. Well, they are having drinks out there so, you never know...

Tito emails: "Can folks come up with what ICC stands for? International Cricket Conspiracy? Interminable Counterfeit Cricket? Instant Cash Cricket? Incredibly Confused Council? Idiots Corrupting Cricket?" All suggestions welcome.

17.1

Maharoof to Porterfield, no run, straight, worked to leg but straight to midwicket

Ireland's black armbands are for John McCormick, a fervent supporter of both North County and Ireland.

17.2

Maharoof to Porterfield, 1 run, straighter still from Maharoof, in fact it's even drifting down the leg side and this time he does get it away, nudging it calmly behind square for a single

17.3

Maharoof to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, better delivery, defended with his bat rather waftily away from his body. Safe enough, but not altogether convincing

17.4

Maharoof to Porterfield, no run, tighter delivery on off stump and he comes forward to defend

17.5

Maharoof to Porterfield, no run, full and straight, and he comes forward once again to defend

It's one big defensive fest out there at the moment.

17.6

Maharoof to Porterfield, OUT, 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

WTS Porterfield c Jayasuriya b Maharoof 17 (79m 51b 1x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

End of over 18 (2 runs) Ireland 46/4 (RR: 2.55)
     MF Maharoof    6-1-15-4
NJ O'Brien    4* (27b)      KMDN Kulasekara    7-3-10-0

"Bag me a six-for" cries Gnasher as Murali comes into the attack

18.1

Muralitharan to KJ O'Brien, 1 wide, but he starts with a wide down the leg side

He's around the wicket, by the way

18.1

Muralitharan to KJ O'Brien, 1 run, confidently forward by the right hander who turns him to leg with a neat flick of the wrists

18.2

Muralitharan to NJ O'Brien, OUT, 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

NJ O'Brien c †Sangakkara b Muralitharan 4 (46m 28b 0x4 0x6) SR: 14.28

Julian suggests "Invidious Caribbean Cock-Up" while Master Chief weighs in with "India's Cash Cow". Sadly, most of the other emails are utterly libelous or downright rude.

Well that didn't take him long, did it? Couple of looseners and a wicket. This could be over rather shortly.

It's Kenny Carroll on his debut; Murali's back around the wicket

18.3

Muralitharan to Carroll, no run, and he pads his first delivery away

18.4

Muralitharan to Carroll, OUT, 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

KED Carroll b Muralitharan 0 (1m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

18.5

Muralitharan to Johnston, no run, left alone outside off

18.6

Muralitharan to Johnston, no run, and Johnston defends this quicker ball on his leg stump

"Don't be silly," says Graeme. Me, silly?! "The Irish couldn't be sponsored by Guinness, they're not an official partner of the ICC."

End of over 19 (2 runs) Ireland 48/6 (RR: 2.52)
DT Johnston    0* (2b)      M Muralitharan    1-0-2-2
KJ O'Brien    1* (1b)      MF Maharoof    6-1-15-4

19.1

Maharoof to KJ O'Brien, no run, full but just wide of the off stump and it's defended on the front foot

19.2

Maharoof to KJ O'Brien, 1 run, this rather spits up at the batsman who plays it down into the covers

19.3

Maharoof to Johnston, no run, ooh very nicely bowled, angling into the batsman at yorker length and it's dug out by Doug

Sattu suggests: "Instrument-banning Coca-cola-drinking codgers". Except it's Pepsi

19.4

Maharoof to Johnston, OUT, 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

DT Johnston run out 0 (5m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Innovative Cash Collectors, suggests Mahesh

19.5

Maharoof to McCallan, no run, well bowled again, angling into the right hander who blocks it out on the front foot with a great deal of wariness

"ICC stands for I Can't Cook," says Samit before adding rhetorically :"How come my messages never make it to the commentary page?"

19.6

Maharoof to McCallan, no run, and it's defended once more to end the over

End of over 20 (1 run) Ireland 49/7 (RR: 2.45)
WK McCallan    0* (2b)      MF Maharoof    7-1-16-4
KJ O'Brien    2* (3b)      M Muralitharan    1-0-2-2

20.1

Muralitharan to KJ O'Brien, OUT, 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

KJ O'Brien c Jayasuriya b Muralitharan 2 (14m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

My word this is a complete rout; Murali has 3 for 2. Gnasher's six-for wish might come true after all

Dave to the rescue

20.2

Muralitharan to Langford-Smith, no run, ooh and he's nearly bowled around his legs here

20.3

Muralitharan to Langford-Smith, no run, a vast appeal from the raucous Sri Lankans as Dave bat-pads this to silly point who dives forward to claim a non-catch

20.4

Muralitharan to Langford-Smith, FOUR, great work from Dave who just picks this up and lofts it over long-on for four

20.5

Muralitharan to Langford-Smith, no run, defended on the front foot

20.6

Muralitharan to Langford-Smith, no run, tries to work it to leg but can't get hold of it

"Kenny Carroll the postman failed to deliver," says Martin. "He didn't stamp his authority on the tournament." There are others. We will spare you.

End of over 21 (4 runs) Ireland 53/8 (RR: 2.52)
D Langford-Smith    4* (5b 1x4)      M Muralitharan    2-0-6-3
WK McCallan    0* (2b)      MF Maharoof    7-1-16-4

21.1

Maharoof to McCallan, no run, just short of a length and he goes back to defend, pushing it out to point

21.2

Maharoof to McCallan, no run, a clever idea, the slower ball, but it wasn't perfectly executed; a looping full toss which he picked off to leg

21.3

Maharoof to McCallan, no run, and he comes forward to defend but it's a bit clunky, the ball bobbling out onto his boot

21.4

Maharoof to McCallan, no run, ah that's better, a firm punch on the front foot. No run, mind. But a super piece of punching

21.5

Maharoof to McCallan, no run, very well bowled again, giving the batsman absolutely nothing and it's blocked out

21.6

Maharoof to McCallan, no run, ever so slightly wider, swinging into the right hander who is once again forward

End of over 22 (maiden) Ireland 53/8 (RR: 2.40)
WK McCallan    0* (8b)      MF Maharoof    8-2-16-4
D Langford-Smith    4* (5b 1x4)      M Muralitharan    2-0-6-3

Here's Murali to wrap it up, from around the wicket

22.1

Muralitharan to Langford-Smith, no run, and he raps him on the pads as he tries to work it to leg

22.2

Muralitharan to Langford-Smith, no run, a quicker ball on middle-and-off which he clamps down on, reasonably confidently

22.3

Muralitharan to Langford-Smith, 1 run, and it's dropped: an attempted sweep and he gets a top-edge, the ball ballooning to Maharoof at deep square leg who runs in, makes excellent ground but shells it at grass level

22.4

Muralitharan to McCallan, OUT, 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

WK McCallan lbw b Muralitharan 0 (10m 9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Over the wicket to the left hander

22.5

Muralitharan to Rankin, no run, on leg stump, padded away

22.6

Muralitharan to Rankin, no run, Rankin lunges forward before leaving it alone outside off

It's been a very special performance from Murali - from Sri Lanka as a whole - today, but Ireland look like a team who have one eye, if not both, on the plane home. They've had fun and have been thoroughly entertaining, but this is not their day

End of over 23 (1 run) Ireland 54/9 (RR: 2.34)
WB Rankin    0* (2b)      M Muralitharan    3-0-7-4
D Langford-Smith    5* (8b 1x4)      MF Maharoof    8-2-16-4

23.1

Maharoof to Langford-Smith, no run, crashed on the front foot out to extra cover who is quickly down to field

23.2

Maharoof to Langford-Smith, no run, very full and straight, he comes forward to defend it out

23.3

Maharoof to Langford-Smith, SIX, bosh! That is massive from Dave. A front foot slap over midwicket, like a golf swing, and it hammers into the blue plastic seating

23.4

Maharoof to Langford-Smith, 1 run, a full toss here which Langford-Smith smudges through midwicket along t'turf this time

Around the wicket to Rankin

23.5

Maharoof to Rankin, 2 runs, but he loses his line here, drifting it down the leg side and Rankin whips it to leg

Ah. Sri Lanka are asking for a wicket, or wondering why Rankin's bail has come loose. Replays confirm the wind is the culprit

23.6

Maharoof to Rankin, no run, a fishy waft outside off. A fishwofft, if you like

End of over 24 (9 runs) Ireland 63/9 (RR: 2.62)
WB Rankin    2* (4b)      MF Maharoof    9-2-25-4
D Langford-Smith    12* (12b 1x4 1x6)      M Muralitharan    3-0-7-4

24.1

Muralitharan to Langford-Smith, 1 wide, Dave comes down the pitch before deciding to sweep. Sangakkara takes it excellently and whips off the bails, but Langford-Smith just gets his bat back in time

24.1

Muralitharan to Langford-Smith, no run, pushed out to cover on the front fot

24.2

Muralitharan to Langford-Smith, FOUR, ah, terrific shot from Langford Smith. Almost shades of Tom Moody there, skipping down the pitch and hammering it through midwicket

24.3

Muralitharan to Langford-Smith, no run, off the pad and it balloons to silly point. Everyone appeals but the umpire is disinterested

24.4

Muralitharan to Langford-Smith, 1 run, lofted to long-on's left for a single

24.5

Muralitharan to Rankin, no run, ooh a play-and-a-miss from Rankin but the keeper can't hold on.

24.6

Muralitharan to Rankin, no run, "how wozzat?" asks Murali as Rankin is rapped on the pads but it pitched well outside leg

End of over 25 (6 runs) Ireland 69/9 (RR: 2.76)
WB Rankin    2* (6b)      M Muralitharan    4-0-13-4
D Langford-Smith    17* (16b 2x4 1x6)      MF Maharoof    9-2-25-4

25.1

Maharoof to Langford-Smith, 1 leg bye, swinging into the right hander - an excellent slower ball and Maharoof appeals once, but then retracts. And follows it with a very effeminate squeak. Neither impress the umpire

25.2

Maharoof to Rankin, no run, down the leg side

25.3

Maharoof to Rankin, no run, again on leg stump and Rankin takes a giant step down the pitch to defend on the front foot

25.4

Maharoof to Rankin, no run, just a touch straighter this time and the big fella blocks it out on middle stump

25.5

Maharoof to Rankin, no run, well left! He probably didn't leave it, in fact, but I think Ireland deserve some praise. Lovely delivery cutting across the left hander

25.6

Maharoof to Rankin, no run, rapped on the pads but it's well outside his leg stump

And there ends a brilliant spell from Maharoof. He's been on fire today.

End of over 26 (1 run, maiden) Ireland 70/9 (RR: 2.69)
WB Rankin    2* (11b)      MF Maharoof    10-3-25-4
D Langford-Smith    17* (17b 2x4 1x6)      M Muralitharan    4-0-13-4

Sadly inevitable, and yes we mean you Mark Watson: "Kenny Carroll the postman got lost on his way back to the pavilion, he should arrive there in a couple of weeks. Still, he may have done the rounds a bit but he is a first-class player." Terrible.

26.1

Muralitharan to Langford-Smith, no run, on middle-and-off, Dave blocks it out

There are simply not enough Daves in sport

26.2

Muralitharan to Langford-Smith, 1 run, Langford-Smith is making this shot his own. A dance down the pitch before sweeping through midwicket

England don't do that. They dance-and-defend

26.3

Muralitharan to Rankin, no run, Rankin has no clue here, playing and missing to an orthodox offspinner

Around the wicket now to the left hander

26.4

Muralitharan to Rankin, FOUR, but he has much more clue here, lofting this over long-on for four. Top shot

26.5

Muralitharan to Rankin, 1 run, ah excellent batting from Rankin here, nudging this to leg and scampering through for a single

To be fair, a single involves Rankin taking two-and-a-half steps down the pitch. He could probably run eight if he wanted

26.6

Muralitharan to Langford-Smith, no run, pushed out to cover

End of over 27 (6 runs) Ireland 76/9 (RR: 2.81)
D Langford-Smith    18* (20b 2x4 1x6)      M Muralitharan    5-0-19-4
WB Rankin    7* (14b 1x4)      MF Maharoof    10-3-25-4

Around the wicket

Pedants unite. Here you all are, pointing out that I meant uninterested rather than disinterested. Well done everyone

27.1

Vaas to Rankin, no run, and he plays and misses outside off. Not far away at all

27.2

Vaas to Rankin, no run, typical Vaas line and length, on off stump and just threatening to shape away from the left hander who nevertheless defends it solidly

27.3

Vaas to Rankin, 1 leg bye, drifting down leg, off Rankin's pad. Vaas appeals in remarkable hope but that was comfortably going down the leg side

"The scoreboard thinks that's Maharoof's best-ever bowling. But of course, it's wrong," says Andrew. "So it's not even his best bowling in an ICC-sanctioned competition. Numpties. His best was 6 for 14 against the West Indies in the Champions Trophy." Top staggaging from the Miller there.

27.4

Vaas to Langford-Smith, OUT, and he's rapped on the back pad, trying to pull it, and that's utterly, completely plumb

D Langford-Smith lbw b Vaas 18 (29m 21b 2x4 1x6) SR: 85.71

With spring-like enthusiasm, and pleasingly bereft of a hangover today, it'll be Jenno to take you through what ought to be a rather short and rollicking run-chase. Splendid, hello everyone. Well, I, like you, was looking forward to this match; same yesterday. Oh well. By the way, this is the sixth lowest total in World Cups.

Speaking of yesterday, England may have been a bit useless (a bit?) but one former player is doing something useful, at least. Adam Hollioake's running this weekend's London Marathon for the Ben Hollioake fund... in cricket pads. If you're feeling charitable, sponsor him here.

Sri Lanka have an hour-plus to knock off the runs before lunch, by the way. I reckon they've got a fair chance of doing that indeed. And here they are now. Ireland have got some springy body language about them - they're going to enjoy these next few overs. Boyd Rankin's waving to the cameras, bless him.

And here come Sri Lanka's openers.

End of innings Well, Ireland have had a very impressive tournament - but today is not a day to remember. Sri Lanka have routed them without breaking into a sweat, with a fine performance from Maharoof in particular, supported by Murali. Sri Lanka's fielding was impressively slick - Sangakkara's catch to dismiss Morgan (diving to his left, almost taking it behind him) is certainly our catch of the tournament. And Ireland just haven't faced anything like Murali before. There was a touch of inevitability about today's performance, which isn't to do Ireland any form of disservice - Sri Lanka just outclassed them.

Tournament Results
Australia v Sri Lanka at Bridgetown - Apr 28, 2007
Australia won by 53 runs (D/L method)
Australia v South Africa at Gros Islet - Apr 25, 2007
Australia won by 7 wickets (with 111 balls remaining)
New Zealand v Sri Lanka at Kingston - Apr 24, 2007
Sri Lanka won by 81 runs
West Indies v England at Bridgetown - Apr 21, 2007
England won by 1 wicket (with 1 ball remaining)
Australia v New Zealand at St George's - Apr 20, 2007
Australia won by 215 runs
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Malcolm Speed sits in a packed stand, Ireland v Sri Lanka, Super Eights, National Stadium, Grenada, April 18, 2007

Malcolm Speed sits in a packed stand

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Mahela Jayawardene swivels around while attempting to pull, Ireland v Sri Lanka, Super Eights, National Stadium, Grenada, April 18, 2007

Mahela Jayawardene swivels around while attempting to pull

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