ICC World Twenty20 - 7th match, Group B

Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe

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

9:29am Gaurav sends in an interesting bit of trivia: "When was the last time a team fielded three wicketkeepers? Zimbabwe has Coventry, Taylor and Taibu." Dilshan and Mahela walk out to bat - two batsmen with more varied methods you will not find. Also, currently, two batsmen at opposite ends of the form spectrum. I am hoping Dilshan shakes it off and explodes in style today. Mpofu to start off, so Utseya is starting with a seamer after all. Here we go!

9:22am Lamb, Cremer, Price, Utseya - turn in any direction and you will find a Zimbabwean spinner! Sri Lanka will not be outdone on this particular suit - they have Mendis, Randiv, Jayasuriya and Dilshan to produce the slow stuff. Spin is in.

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Sri Lanka have won the toss and will bat first. It looks like Suraj Randiv is in for Muralitharan, and Thissara Perera the hard-hitting medium-pace allrounder comes in for Chanaka Welegedara. "We know how good Zimbabwe are, so we are just going to focus on our game and try to do well" - Sanga has got that one right.

Prosper Utseya: "Our bowling has been very disciplined recently, so no problem that we are bowling first. I might consider opening with two spinners today, but the seamers will also get an opportunity."

Ian Bishop says the pitch is likely to slow up as the game goes on. Sri Lanka have their share of spinners so that could make interesting viewing later in the day. Zimbabwe's middle order, led by Elton Chigumbura, has been adept at handling the slowish tracks in the recent past.

A warm welcome to game seven of the World Twenty20. Sri Lanka, who played flawless cricket until the finals last year, face the prospect of early elimination if they lose today. And they will be facing a resurgent bunch of cricketers from Zimbabwe, who have in the recent past beaten the West Indies in similar conditions, and put it past Pakistan and Australia in the lead-up to this tournament. Adding to Sri Lanka's woes is that they will be without Muttiah Muralitharan who is out of the tournament with a groin injury. There were chinks in all three departments in their defeat to New Zealand in the opening game. Can they turn it around today? Toss in a bit.

I am Nitin Sundar, your commentator for the day. Sanjay Murari is handling the scoring.

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!

End of over 1 (14 runs) Sri Lanka 14/0
DPMD Jayawardene    14* (6b 2x4 1x6)      CB Mpofu    1-0-14-0
TM Dilshan    0* (0b)     

Ray Price to bowl.

1.1

Price to Dilshan, 1 wide, slides down leg for a wide

1.1

Price to Dilshan, 1 run, short of a length, straightening from leg to middle, Dilshan gets back and punches down to long on

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

1.3

Price to Dilshan, no run, similar ball, dealt with in similar fashion, but can't find the gap this time either

1.4

Price to Dilshan, 1 run, close! Hits Mahela's pads in front of leg and very nearly deflects on to off stump, but it misses and runs down towards third man

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

End of over 2 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 24/0
DPMD Jayawardene    21* (9b 2x4 2x6)      RW Price    1-0-10-0
TM Dilshan    2* (3b)      CB Mpofu    1-0-14-0

2.1

Chigumbura to Dilshan, OUT, gone, Dilshan's horror patch shows no sign of ending, and that shot said it all. Short of good length and straight, and Dilshan is not in the kind of form Mahela is, but still went through with the straight lofted drive. Timing was conspicuous by its absence, and it ballooned for an easy catch towards mid off.

TM Dilshan c Mpofu b Chigumbura 2 (8m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

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

End of over 3 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 29/1
DPMD Jayawardene    26* (14b 3x4 2x6)      E Chigumbura    1-0-5-1
NLTC Perera    0* (0b)      RW Price    1-0-10-0

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

3.2

Price to Perera, no run, on to the left handers pads from over the wicket, worked away straight to mid on off the front foot

3.3

Price to Perera, no run, slightly shorter this time, Perera gets back and drives to mid on

3.4

Price to Perera, 1 leg bye, on to the pads again, Perera gets something on itdown to short fine leg to turn the strike over

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

End of over 4 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 33/1
DPMD Jayawardene    28* (17b 3x4 2x6)      RW Price    2-0-13-0
NLTC Perera    0* (3b)      E Chigumbura    1-0-5-1

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

4.3

Chigumbura to Perera, 1 run, ooh, close run out opportunity, but the stumps were missed. Glanced away straight to short fine leg for a tight single and Mahela would have been out by a yard - so far it has looked like the only way he can be dismissed.

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!

End of over 5 (16 runs) Sri Lanka 49/1
DPMD Jayawardene    43* (22b 5x4 3x6)      E Chigumbura    2-0-21-1
NLTC Perera    1* (4b)      RW Price    2-0-13-0

5.1

Price to Perera, 1 run, short and turning in, Perera goes back and bunts it down to long on

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

5.5

Price to Perera, FOUR, rubbish bowling, and Perera gets into the act, just as well too - after all he is the designated pinch-hitter! Gets back to the short ball and cuts it well in front of square, along the carpet for four

5.6

Price to Perera, no run, finally, pitches it up and forces Perera to come forward. Flicked straight to midwicket

End of over 6 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 59/1
NLTC Perera    6* (7b 1x4)      RW Price    3-0-23-0
DPMD Jayawardene    48* (25b 6x4 3x6)      E Chigumbura    2-0-21-1

Mahela has dictated proceedings like a conductor running a symphony here!

6.1

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

6.2

Lamb to Perera, no run, good length, on to leg and straightening, played back to the bowler

6.3

Lamb to Perera, no run, similar ball, almost offers a return catch this time. Good bowling from Lamb

6.4

Lamb to Perera, no run

6.5

Lamb to Perera, SIX, Perera breaks the strangle hold, he jumps out, gets close to the pitch and lofts it high and just over long on on the ropes. Mpofu tried to pull it in, but it was just beyond him.

6.6

Lamb to Perera, 1 run, drives down to long on this time to retain strike.

End of over 7 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 67/1
NLTC Perera    13* (12b 1x4 1x6)      GA Lamb    1-0-8-0
DPMD Jayawardene    49* (26b 6x4 3x6)      RW Price    3-0-23-0

7.1

Utseya to Perera, 2 runs, pitched well up on leg stump, Perera is down the track again, and drives powerfully down to long on who fumbles and concedes a second. Masakadza was the culprit

7.2

Utseya to Perera, no run, gets back this time and cuts it into the cover region

7.3

Utseya to Perera, 1 run, tries to cut again and gets a single

7.4

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

7.5

Utseya to Perera, 1 run, again flighten on leg, and Perera gets too close to it by coming down the track and drives it down to long on

7.6

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

End of over 8 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 73/1
DPMD Jayawardene    51* (28b 6x4 3x6)      P Utseya    1-0-6-0
NLTC Perera    17* (16b 1x4 1x6)      GA Lamb    1-0-8-0

8.1

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

8.2

Lamb to Perera, SIX, Whack! Flighted on Perera's pads and he has shown a liking for that particular line. Hittable length too and he obliged, freed his arms and sent it sailing high over long on for seemingly the biggest six of the day.

8.3

Lamb to Perera, no run

8.4

Lamb to Perera, OUT, wonderful catch by Chigumbura in the deep to send Perera back! Full toss from Lamb, dealt with in violent fashion by Perera, who was again eyeing the long on boundary, but he could not get enough elevation this time. Chigumbura runs to his left from long on and takes it a couple of feet inside the ropes. Well taken!

NLTC Perera c Chigumbura b Lamb 23 (24m 19b 1x4 2x6) SR: 121.05

8.5

Lamb to Sangakkara, no run, length ball on middle and off, defended off front foot

8.6

Lamb to Sangakkara, no run, shortens the length on to his pads, Sanga gets down the track and plays straight to midwicket

End of over 9 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 80/2
KC Sangakkara    0* (2b)      GA Lamb    2-0-15-1
DPMD Jayawardene    52* (29b 6x4 3x6)      P Utseya    1-0-6-0

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

9.4

Utseya to Sangakkara, 1 run, Sanga dances down the track and takes it on the full, but drives it quietly down to wide 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

9.6

Utseya to Sangakkara, 1 run, full outside off, driven off the front foot to cover for a quick single

End of over 10 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 86/2
KC Sangakkara    2* (4b)      P Utseya    2-0-12-0
DPMD Jayawardene    56* (33b 6x4 3x6)      GA Lamb    2-0-15-1

10.1

Lamb to Sangakkara, 1 run, slight hint of turn, Sanga works it with the spin square on the off side for one

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

10.6

Lamb to Sangakkara, no run, good length ball, Sanga gets forward and defends to the off side

End of over 11 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 94/2
KC Sangakkara    3* (6b)      GA Lamb    3-0-23-1
DPMD Jayawardene    63* (37b 6x4 3x6)      P Utseya    2-0-12-0

I am looking on in disbelief, and have pinched myself a couple of times, but yes, it does seem like Tatenda Taibu is keeping without wearing any kind of pads on his legs. First time I'm seeing this.

11.1

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

11.1

Cremer to Sangakkara, OUT, Sanga will not get out to a poorer ball, how ever hard he tries! Rank long hop on middle, that sat up with the turn and asked to be deposited outside the ground, Sanga tried to pull it away and got a farcical top edge that lobbed straight up for a simple catch at short fine leg.

KC Sangakkara c Price b Cremer 3 (9m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 42.85

11.2

Cremer to Chandimal, no run, full on leg, turning and straightening, defended off the front foot

11.3

Cremer to Chandimal, 1 run, slightly shorter, Chandimal rocks back and drives it down to long on for one

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

11.5

Cremer to Chandimal, no run

11.6

Cremer to Chandimal, 1 run, comes down and drives along the ground down to long on for one

End of over 12 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 100/3
LD Chandimal    2* (4b)      AG Cremer    1-0-6-1
DPMD Jayawardene    63* (38b 6x4 3x6)      GA Lamb    3-0-23-1

12.1

Utseya to Chandimal, no run, flat offie, going in with the angle on to the pads, played away to wide mid on

12.2

Utseya to Chandimal, 1 run, Dropped by Lamb at long on. Chandimal came down and lofted it and it was a sitter for Lamb, who dropped the dolly.

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

12.5

Utseya to Chandimal, SIX, Chandi-mauled! Jumps out of the crease and drives it high and straight for a huge six. Golf swing that one was.

12.6

Utseya to Chandimal, OUT, this time he's found the fielder, and this time, the fielder has held on to the catch! Similar shot, down the track, towards long off, just not enough to clear the boundary and it was taken easily.

LD Chandimal c Mpofu b Utseya 9 (6m 8b 0x4 1x6) SR: 112.50

End of over 13 (13 runs) Sri Lanka 113/4
     P Utseya    3-0-25-1
DPMD Jayawardene    68* (40b 7x4 3x6)      AG Cremer    1-0-6-1

Angelo Mathews is the new batsman.

13.1

Cremer to Mathews, 1 run, fligthed on the pads, gets it away to square leg for one

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

13.6

Cremer to Mathews, 1 run, good ball to finish a good over, leg spinner on middle stump, Angelo opens the face and guides it to point for a single

End of over 14 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 117/4
AD Mathews    2* (2b)      AG Cremer    2-0-10-1
DPMD Jayawardene    69* (44b 7x4 3x6)      P Utseya    3-0-25-1

It is possible, Taibu is wearing a shin guard.

14.1

Utseya to Mathews, 1 run, on the pads, worked away square for one

14.2

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

14.3

Utseya to Mathews, 1 wide, ah, slides down the leg with the turn, harsh call for wide

14.3

Utseya to Mathews, 1 run, short outside off, turning in, Angelo rocks back and bunts it down to long off

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

14.6

Utseya to Mathews, no run, down the track and smashed straight back at the bowler, who picks up and throws it straight back. Good thing Angelo did not continue the rally.

End of over 15 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 124/4
AD Mathews    4* (5b)      P Utseya    4-0-32-1
DPMD Jayawardene    73* (47b 7x4 3x6)      AG Cremer    2-0-10-1

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.

Alan Wilkins on commentary says Jayawardene's playing with geometric precision. I'd say with his sublime timing today, he also has his eyes on re-writing the laws of physics!

End of over 16 (13 runs) Sri Lanka 137/4
DPMD Jayawardene    86* (53b 8x4 4x6)      AG Cremer    3-0-23-1
AD Mathews    4* (5b)      P Utseya    4-0-32-1

16.1

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

16.2

Lamb to Mathews, OUT, gone! Mathews goes hard with the slog sweep, but can't time it half as well as his incredibly in-form partner at the other end, it lands in the hands of Erwine at midwicket who jumps at the right instant to pull it in. Great catch!

AD Mathews c Ervine b Lamb 4 (12m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

Kapugedera in at 7. Sanath is at best going to bat at 8.

16.3

Lamb to Kapugedera, 1 run, pitched up on middle, gets forward and drives down to long on

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

End of over 17 (11 runs) Sri Lanka 148/5
DPMD Jayawardene    96* (57b 10x4 4x6)      GA Lamb    4-0-34-2
CK Kapugedera    1* (1b)      AG Cremer    3-0-23-1

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

17.3

Mpofu to Kapugedera, SIX, another attempted yorker gone awry, knee high full toss on leg stump, swung away happily by Kapugedera over long leg.

17.4

Mpofu to Kapugedera, 1 leg bye, goes for the pull, misses it and gets hit on the helmet, it balloons to short third man and they run a head-bye.

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

End of over 18 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 157/5
DPMD Jayawardene    98* (61b 10x4 4x6)      CB Mpofu    2-0-22-0
CK Kapugedera    7* (3b 1x6)      GA Lamb    4-0-34-2

Benjy: "Sanath at 8 - Talk about life coming a full circle!" Indeed.. the mauler from Matara started off a slow left arm bowler who batted in the tail.

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

18.2

Price to Kapugedera, SIX, negative line, but positive shot! Left armer spinning it from over the wicket, outside leg stump, but Kapu is down the track and gets to the pitch to convert it into hittable length. Lofts it very high and it goes straight into the sight screen

18.3

Price to Kapugedera, 1 leg bye, tries to sweep and gets a leg bye to give Mahela the strike.

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.

18.5

Price to Kapugedera, OUT, gone. It is on the pads and Kapu slog sweeps it in the air towards square leg, where Masakadza runs in and takes the catch. In the process, he puts his knee down and takes out a bit of the earth from the Providence outfield.

CK Kapugedera c Masakadza b Price 13 (12m 6b 0x4 2x6) SR: 216.66

Sanath walks in. At number eight. Personal opinion - this is absurd.

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

End of over 19 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 166/7
     RW Price    4-0-31-2
ST Jayasuriya    0* (0b)      CB Mpofu    2-0-22-0

19.1

Mpofu to Malinga, 1 run, full toss on leg stump, driven down to long on. Can Sanath unleash some fury please.

19.2

Mpofu to Jayasuriya, 2 runs, short of a length outside off, guided feebly to cover and they run a cheeky couple

19.3

Mpofu to Jayasuriya, 1 run, slow bouncer and Sanath is surprised, plays a feeble pull for a single

19.4

Mpofu to Malinga, no run, good yorker, following Malinga as he runs to the leg side, and he can't squeeze it out

19.5

Mpofu to Malinga, 1 run, short of a length outside off, cut away for a single

For old time's sake Sanath, PLEASE deposit this over point for six.

19.6

Mpofu to Jayasuriya, 2 leg byes, ain't happening. Sanath looks to pull the slow bouncer, it hits his body and balloons to Taibu, they run through as Taibu misses the stumps at the striker's end, and Malinga hares back for a second.

11:10am It has go very dark and cloudy at Providence. The groundsmen are on stand by with the cover. Mendis has the ball, it is very windy and looks like we will have a start to the chase. But things don't look too promising.

Mahela all the way! Sri Lanka finish 173 for 7, and the score had three components. Zimbabwe conceded 9 wides, a little too many in this format. Perera and Kapugedera slogged hard to get some runs, while the rest of the batting failed. And through all that, Mahela stood tall and played the most delightful innings you will see in this format. Agreed, Zim did not pose the stiffest of challenges with their bowling, but credit where credit is due - take a bow, Mahela!

Peter: "Don't you know that Sri Lankan MPs are constitutionally not allowed to bat any higher than 8 in any cricket side?" Aha.

End of over 20 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 173/7
ST Jayasuriya    3* (3b)      CB Mpofu    3-0-27-0
SL Malinga    2* (3b)      RW Price    4-0-31-2
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