ICC World Twenty20 - 7th match, Group B

Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe

Sri Lanka won by 14 runs (D/L method)

0.1

Mpofu to Jayawardene, no run, slowish bouncer outside off to start proceedings, Mahela thinks of the pull and then pulls out

0.2

Mpofu to Jayawardene, FOUR, short again, but this time enough width outside off for Mahela to free his arms and square cut it handsomely for four

0.3

Mpofu to Jayawardene, SIX, wow, this man is in seriously awesome form! Back of good length outside off, Mahela steps out and drives elegantly high and handsome over long off for a six. Who said shots from the book are not useful in this format!

0.4

Mpofu to Jayawardene, no run, better length this time and outside off, Mahela gets forward and defends to the off side

0.5

Mpofu to Jayawardene, no run, straighter, drifts on to middle and leg, Mahela is on the front foot and tucks it away straight to the midwicket fielder

0.6

Mpofu to Jayawardene, FOUR, beautiful! Again, straying on to middle, but it was short of a length. Mahela got his front foot across and eased it with the wrists, in the air, but safely between mid on and midwicket for four. That shot was a lesson in timing!

Sri Lanka 14/0   DPMD Jayawardene 14* (6b 2x4 1x6)

1.2

Price to Jayawardene, 1 run, slightly fuller, angling in with the arm to leg stump and straightening, Mahela plays it to the leg side

1.5

Price to Jayawardene, no run

1.6

Price to Jayawardene, SIX, Seeya later! Drifts on to his pads again, Mahela pulls out the slog sweep, and is aided by the wind. A couple of seconds later, the ball landed a few rows behind deep square leg

Sri Lanka 24/0   DPMD Jayawardene 21* (9b 2x4 2x6)

2.2

Chigumbura to Jayawardene, no run, full outside off, Mahela is sucked into the cover drive and checks it at the last moment. Goes straight to cover

2.3

Chigumbura to Jayawardene, no run, back of a length, Mahela gets forward and opens the face, but cannot run it past point

2.4

Chigumbura to Jayawardene, no run, slower ball slides down the leg side, and Mahela gets something on it, but good save from Taibu saves some runs

2.5

Chigumbura to Jayawardene, FOUR, slow and high bouncer outside off, Mahela is not seeing it like a football, he is seeing it like a blimp. Rides the bounce and upper cuts it easily for a four, very fine in the third man region

2.6

Chigumbura to Jayawardene, 1 run, drives the length ball on leg stump down to mid on for a single

Sri Lanka 29/1   DPMD Jayawardene 26* (14b 3x4 2x6)

3.1

Price to Jayawardene, 1 run, short, and cut away fiercely, but very good save at point, diving to the left keeps it down to one

3.5

Price to Jayawardene, 1 wide, slides down the leg and Mahela lets it go for a wide

3.5

Price to Jayawardene, no run, better line, angling on to middle and straightening, Mahela gets back and plays cautiously

3.6

Price to Jayawardene, 1 run, pre-medidated lap sweep, executed well, but good fielding at short fine leg keeps it down to a single. Perera was lazy in getting across, but gets there easily in the end

Sri Lanka 33/1   DPMD Jayawardene 28* (17b 3x4 2x6)

4.1

Chigumbura to Jayawardene, SIX, Mahela does it again! Down the track, driven on the up, inside out for a big six over extra cover. The pitch is slow, the ball is not coming on to the bat etc., but Mahela is batting on a different planet altogether.

4.2

Chigumbura to Jayawardene, 1 run, straighter this time, tucked away to midwicket for one

4.4

Chigumbura to Jayawardene, no run

4.5

Chigumbura to Jayawardene, FOUR, my oh my! Timing all the way! Similar ball to the one he hit for six, but this time, just for variety, he decided four would suffice, extends the arms and drives through the line over the head of extra cover and the ball purrs away to the boundary. It almost seemed happy to get there, when treated with such finesse and touch!

4.6

Chigumbura to Jayawardene, FOUR, no, bowling short is not an option Mr. Elton, Mahela seemed to say as he rocked back and cut it fiercely through point and cover for four more!

Sri Lanka 49/1   DPMD Jayawardene 43* (22b 5x4 3x6)

5.2

Price to Jayawardene, no run, short, but on middle, Mahela moves towards the leg side to cut it, and times it well again, but can't beat point

5.3

Price to Jayawardene, FOUR, short again, and on leg stump, Mahela picked it so early and got into position to pull-swing it easily over midwicket

5.4

Price to Jayawardene, 1 run, short again, he pulls it down to long leg to turn the strike over

Sri Lanka 55/1   DPMD Jayawardene 48* (25b 6x4 3x6)

6.1

Lamb to Jayawardene, 1 run, drifts with turn on to his pads, Mahela glances it behind square

Sri Lanka 60/1   DPMD Jayawardene 49* (26b 6x4 3x6)

7.4

Utseya to Jayawardene, 1 run, Mahela eases to a classic fifty, gets back and caresses it with the wrists to deep midwicket.

7.6

Utseya to Jayawardene, 1 run, shorter, drifting on to his pads, played down to mid on

Sri Lanka 73/1   DPMD Jayawardene 51* (28b 6x4 3x6)

8.1

Lamb to Jayawardene, 1 run, turns on to Mahela's pads, he glances behind square leg

Sri Lanka 74/1   DPMD Jayawardene 52* (29b 6x4 3x6)

9.1

Utseya to Jayawardene, 2 runs, another delicate late cut from Mahela, gets forward and sends it behind square for a couple

9.2

Utseya to Jayawardene, no run, goes for the sweep down on one knee, but cannot make proper contact

9.3

Utseya to Jayawardene, 1 run, down the track to the good length ball, and tapped down to long on

9.5

Utseya to Jayawardene, 1 run, very short and wide, but Mahela is not in a violent mood today, so he just pats it towards deep point for one

Sri Lanka 85/2   DPMD Jayawardene 56* (33b 6x4 3x6)

10.2

Lamb to Jayawardene, 2 runs, heaved away, with his trademark timing mid you, towards midwicket for a couple. Tumbling save on the boundary was required to deny him the four

10.3

Lamb to Jayawardene, 2 runs, another late cut, off a very full ball, he guides it comfortably, very fine

10.4

Lamb to Jayawardene, 2 runs, lofted towards cow corner, where Ervine puts in another fine tap the ball at the last moment back into the playing area to save the boundary

10.5

Lamb to Jayawardene, 1 run, rocks back and bunts this down towards extra cover for one

Sri Lanka 94/2   DPMD Jayawardene 63* (37b 6x4 3x6)

11.1

Cremer to Jayawardene, 2 wides, wide down the leg, looks to sweep and misses, as does Taibu, they run a single

11.4

Cremer to Jayawardene, no run, on leg stump, tries to glance it away behind square

11.5

Cremer to Jayawardene, 2 wides, play and a miss down the leg side, and pad-less Taibu misses it too, they run an extra

Sri Lanka 99/3   DPMD Jayawardene 63* (38b 6x4 3x6)

12.3

Utseya to Jayawardene, 1 wide

12.3

Utseya to Jayawardene, FOUR, this is the non-violent movement from Jayawardene and it is working fine! He knows where the gaps are, waits on that short and wide ball and strokes another late cut, the ball goes into the gap behind square on the off and takes its time before reaching the ropes

12.4

Utseya to Jayawardene, 1 run, pats it down to long on now to turn the strike over

Sri Lanka 107/3   DPMD Jayawardene 68* (40b 7x4 3x6)

13.2

Cremer to Jayawardene, no run, missed out there, wide down the leg and Mahela swept it straight to short fine leg

13.3

Cremer to Jayawardene, no run, works this one away straight to short midwicket. Can't get the single

13.4

Cremer to Jayawardene, no run, first time today that Mahela has been beaten, and it was a beautiful leggie too.. Spinning from leg to off, missing his attempted dab

13.5

Cremer to Jayawardene, 1 wide, slides a fraction down the leg this time

13.5

Cremer to Jayawardene, 1 run, on leg stump, worked away towards midwicket to turn the strike over

Sri Lanka 116/4   DPMD Jayawardene 69* (44b 7x4 3x6)

14.2

Utseya to Jayawardene, 1 run, short and wide, Mahela makes room and cuts it away in front of square

14.4

Utseya to Jayawardene, 2 runs, turns again from off to leg, Mahela plays with soft hands and runs hard for a couple

14.5

Utseya to Jayawardene, 1 run, flight and a hint of turn, Mahela inside edges the big booming off drive and it runs down towards mid on

Sri Lanka 124/4   DPMD Jayawardene 73* (47b 7x4 3x6)

15.1

Cremer to Jayawardene, SIX, seeya later! Flighted outside off, Mahela puts his front foot across and swings his bat a few degrees to send the ball flying high over long on.

15.2

Cremer to Jayawardene, 2 runs, pre-meditated lap sweep this time and again timed to a nicety, sending it very fine

15.3

Cremer to Jayawardene, no run

15.4

Cremer to Jayawardene, no run, misses out on the sweep this time, hits it straight to short fine leg

15.5

Cremer to Jayawardene, FOUR, and this time, he bisects the gap perfectly! Swept, just to the left of short fine leg and to the right of the sweeper running across for four

15.6

Cremer to Jayawardene, 1 run, glanced behind square for a single.

Sri Lanka 137/4   DPMD Jayawardene 86* (53b 8x4 4x6)

16.1

Lamb to Jayawardene, 1 run, jumps out and yorks himself, but gets it down to square leg

16.4

Lamb to Jayawardene, FOUR, makes room and opens the face to send it hurtling at the pace it came down to third man. Lovely!

16.5

Lamb to Jayawardene, FOUR, more finesse and elegance, he's just not stopping today! Swishes the wand with minimal fuss to send it flying towards wide long on. Does not help Zim's cause that it was a full toss

16.6

Lamb to Jayawardene, 1 run

Sri Lanka 148/5   DPMD Jayawardene 96* (57b 10x4 4x6)

17.1

Mpofu to Jayawardene, no run, good low full toss, even Mahela the maestro can't get it away past midwicket

17.2

Mpofu to Jayawardene, 1 run, loses it this time and sends a waist-high full toss, that Mahela swings away to midwicket

17.5

Mpofu to Jayawardene, no run, good yorker this, tailing in on middle and leg, Mahela looks to make room and square drive, but hits stright to point

17.6

Mpofu to Jayawardene, 1 run, another low full toss, swung away to deep midwicket for a single that will give Mahela the strike

Sri Lanka 157/5   DPMD Jayawardene 98* (61b 10x4 4x6)

18.1

Price to Jayawardene, 1 run, down the track, short of a length, Mahela cross-bats it down to long off to move to 99

18.4

Price to Jayawardene, 1 run, and that's that! We have been privileged to watch one of the highest quality innings you will see, in any format! Full on leg stump, driven serenely down to long on and it is three-figures for Mahela.

18.6

Price to Jayawardene, OUT, and at the end of the day, he proves he is human after all! Mahela jumps out again, looks to loft over long on and mis-hits one for the first time today. It makes contact high on the bat and goes straight up for a simple catch at long on. Please stand and applaud for this wonderful innings.

DPMD Jayawardene c Cremer b Price 100 (80m 64b 10x4 4x6) SR: 156.25

Sri Lanka 166/7   DPMD Jayawardene 100 (64b 10x4 4x6)
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May 3, 2010

Tatenda Taibu dives to make his ground, Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe, ICC World Twenty20, Guyana, May 3, 2010

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