Player of the Match
Player of the Match
18.4
4
CO Obuya to Tharanga, FOUR runs, SL have exacted crushing revenge for 2003, and symbolically it is sealed off the bowling of the hero of that upset - Collins Obuya. Flighted outside off, Tharanga swung with freedom over the covers and easily got it to go all the way.
17.6
4
Ngoche to Tharanga, FOUR runs, another hat-trick. This time of fours. Tharanga jumps out to a wide of off stump delivery and lofts it cleanly over the infield. The man running back from covers put in the slide and ended up in a mess along the ropes.
17.5
4
Ngoche to Tharanga, FOUR runs, and now a short ball, Tharanga is cashing in on the freebies, stays beside the line and cracks it square.
17.4
4
Ngoche to Tharanga, FOUR runs, Tharanga is hurrying away now, he's past 50 and looking to end the agony. Prances down the track and scythes on the up through the covers for four more
17.2
4
Ngoche to Tharanga, FOUR runs, Tharanga dumps one down the ground, runs down the pitch, gets to the flight of the ball and tees off high and handsome for four.
16.2
4
CO Obuya to Sangakkara, FOUR runs, well, I can see why he's stopped bowling. A nonsense full toss, that's a lolly-pop and a dolly rolled in one, with chocolate sauce dripping from it, Sanga smacks it through midwicket.
15.3
4
Ngoche to Tharanga, FOUR runs, this time Tharanga gets a boundary, jumping back to leg stump and opening the face while cutting to get it fine to third man
13.5
4
Odhiambo to Sangakkara, FOUR runs, Sanga celebrates with four more. Full toss on off stump, he reaches down the ground and laces it with the straight bat to the left of mid off. Comprehensive.
12.6
4
Otieno to Tharanga, FOUR runs, Tharanga hasn't middle one in a while, but he's still getting the boundaries away. Short ball angling wide across him and he gets an edge down to third man.
10.2
4
Otieno to Tharanga, FOUR runs, width this time outside off, Tharanga throws the kitchen sink and some of the utensils at it, gets a big outside edge down to third man.
8.6
4
Otieno to Sangakkara, FOUR runs, Sanga camps back on the crease awaiting a length ball, and Otieno obliges. Outside off too, which meant Sanga had the room to swing cleanly. He just extended his arms through the line and carted it over long on.
7.5
4
Ngoche to Dilshan, FOUR runs, Some like it short. Like Dilshan. Dropped back of a length and turning away, Dilshan pounces on it with furious anger. Four through point.
6.6
4
Kamande to Tharanga, FOUR runs, swiped away. Tossed up outside off, Tharanga moves the front foot across and hoicks with gay abandon over midwicket. This is all ending too quickly.
6.3
4
Kamande to Tharanga, FOUR runs, they are bleeding from both ends now. Tharanga gets into the act with a cut shot. Kamande needs a quick crash course on pitching it up.
6.1
4
Kamande to Tharanga, FOUR runs, horror ball to start with, lands the dolly in his half and it comes through at a nice height for Tharanga to punch through the covers.
5.5
4
Ngoche to Dilshan, FOUR runs, well, this one wasn't such a good ball, and Dilshan picks four more with ease. Short, landing on off and turning away, you could sense Dilshan could barely wait for it to reach him. When it did, he thumped it through the square field.
5.4
4
Ngoche to Dilshan, FOUR runs, this time he gets the boundary, with an even better shot. Ngoche triedd to cramp him on middle and leg, and the challenge was for Dilshan to generate power through the off side. He managed it, with a furious uncorking of the wrists.
4.6
4
Ongondo to Dilshan, FOUR runs, and another, this time he even advances down the track and Ongondo plays into his hands by dropping one short outside off. Dilshan plays the cover-slap. There's no other way to define the shot. Four more.
4.5
4
Ongondo to Dilshan, FOUR runs, Dilshan at his visceral best. Backs away, opens up the off side and carves away over point. Goes as high as he can, just for fun. Nearly sends it all the way too.
3.5
4
Odhiambo to Dilshan, FOUR runs, a poor ball now to add to Dilshan's joy. He's fidgetting on leg stump, thinking of where he should pump the next one, when he gets one on the pads and thumps it along the way backward of square
3.3
4
Odhiambo to Dilshan, FOUR runs, Dilshan will keep swinging those cover drives on the up, and eventually he will middle one. As he has now. Similar ball to 3.1, lands on a length and sits up, Dilshan savages it through the covers
2.6
4
Ongondo to Tharanga, FOUR runs, Tharanga cracks a boundary through point. No problem this time, the slower ball came too slowly to trouble him and was short enough for Tharanga to rock back and steer-cut through point
1.4
4
Odhiambo to Dilshan, FOUR runs, right, Dilshan's seen enough. He gets one short, he seemed to be waiting for it back in the recesses of the crease, and when it came he arched back and slammed it in front of square leg.