result
45th Match, Super Eights, St George's, Apr 18 2007, ICC World Cup
(10/50 ov, target 78)81/2
Sri Lanka won by 8 wickets (with 240 balls remaining)
player of the match
14y
• The Bulletin by Andrew McGlashan

Ruthless Sri Lanka trounce Ireland

Ireland's World Cup adventure ended with a chastening experience as they crumbled for 77 against Sri Lanka in Grenada. Farveez Maharoof took three wickets in an over and Muttiah Muralitharan bamboozled the middle order

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Scorecard summary
Ireland77/10(27.4 overs)
Sri Lanka81/2(10 overs)
end of over 108 runs
SL: 81/2CRR: 8.10 
Mahela Jayawardene39 (27)
Sanath Jayasuriya24 (20)
Kenny Carroll1-0-8-0
Kevin O'Brien1-0-4-0

Well, that was emphatic. Sri Lanka hardly got a work-out there, having already qualified of course, and they were really the men out there.

Ireland bow out of the competition with their worst defeat. Having said that, some excellent Irish performances has lent credence to the Associates. So, Sri Lanka hardly putting a collective foot wrong and they will now be continuing their march in the semi-finals some time next week.

Thanks for joining us today. If you're keen to tune in tomorrow, it will be Bangladesh and West Indies.

"Everyone did very well," confirms a smiling Jayasuriya. Quite so.

9.6
4
Carroll to Mahela Jayawardene, FOUR runs

short, and that's driven off the back foot through point and that's the match

9.5
Carroll to Mahela Jayawardene, no run

dinked into the gully

9.4
Carroll to Mahela Jayawardene, no run

"Bowled!" - that one came out of the back of the hand and the keeper loves it. You've got to admire the enthusiasm

9.3
Carroll to Mahela Jayawardene, no run

full toss, and Jayawardene laughs after being taken by surprise, just driving that to cover

9.2
4
Carroll to Mahela Jayawardene, FOUR runs

outside off and that's driven into (and not tino, as I just mistyped, wrong teams) the covers, ah, in front of point in fact

9.1
Carroll to Mahela Jayawardene, no run
end of over 94 runs
SL: 73/2CRR: 8.11 RRR: 0.12 • Need 5 from 41 overs
Sanath Jayasuriya24 (20)
Mahela Jayawardene31 (21)
Kevin O'Brien1-0-4-0
Andre Botha1-0-4-0

And it's Kenny Carroll. Can he deliver? Oh go on, you liked that one

8.6
K O'Brien to Jayasuriya, no run

outside off and that's poked off the back foot into the covers

8.5
K O'Brien to Jayasuriya, no run

dragged down and that's driven into the covers

8.4
4
K O'Brien to Jayasuriya, FOUR runs

outside off, again, and this time picks the gap through the covers

8.3
K O'Brien to Jayasuriya, no run

outside off and that's driven to the covers

8.2
K O'Brien to Jayasuriya, no run

outside off, driven firmly to cover where Rankin closes on that one well, to his right

The breeze is getting up a touch, for what it's worth

8.1
K O'Brien to Jayasuriya, no run

on the money first up, right up there, and that's defended well

end of over 84 runs
SL: 69/2CRR: 8.62 RRR: 0.21 • Need 9 from 42 overs
Mahela Jayawardene31 (21)
Sanath Jayasuriya20 (14)
Andre Botha1-0-4-0
Boyd Rankin4-0-36-1

Kevin O'Brien into the attack

7.6
Botha to Mahela Jayawardene, no run

outside off and angles that in well at the righthander, who defends down

7.5
Botha to Mahela Jayawardene, no run

right up there and defended into the leg side

7.4
Botha to Mahela Jayawardene, no run

outside off again and that's cut down, into the ground, the batsman not timing that at all

7.3
Botha to Mahela Jayawardene, no run

slower ball outside off, picked, and just driven into the covers

7.2
4
Botha to Mahela Jayawardene, FOUR runs

short, on off, and that's pulled easily through square. Sri Lanka are making this look very very easy indeed

7.1
Botha to Mahela Jayawardene, no run

outside off and that's defended to Johnston in the covers, who bowls the ball back to the bowler, perhaps giving himself a hint that he wants a go

end of over 712 runs
SL: 65/2CRR: 9.28 RRR: 0.30 • Need 13 from 43 overs
Mahela Jayawardene27 (15)
Sanath Jayasuriya20 (14)
Boyd Rankin4-0-36-1
Dave Langford-Smith3-0-29-1

"Go Sri Lanka! Quick game! More time at the beach!" reads a placard in the crowd and Andrew Miller's mind.

And it's Botha into the attack

6.6
1
Rankin to Mahela Jayawardene, 1 run

on leg, and that's tucked well to the man inside the rope

6.5
Rankin to Mahela Jayawardene, no run

outside off, on a very good length, sailing past the batsman, who chooses to leave the ball very early

Best performances - batters
Mahela Jayawardene portrait
DPMD Jayawardene SL
39 runs (27)
6 fours
1 six
Control96%
Productive shot
pull/hook on back foot
10 runs
1 four
1 six
005836413
Sanath Jayasuriya portrait
ST Jayasuriya SL
24 runs (20)
3 fours
1 six
Control86%
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
16 runs
3 fours
0 six
06800019
Best performances - bowlers
Farveez Maharoof portrait
MF Maharoof SL
O
10
M
3
R
25
W
4
ECO
2.5
Muttiah Muralitharan portrait
M Muralitharan SL
O
5
M
0
R
19
W
4
ECO
3.8
Match details
National Cricket Stadium, St George's, Grenada
TossSri Lanka, elected to field first
SeriesICC World Cup
Season2006/07
Player Of The Match
Farveez Maharoof
Farveez Maharoof
Match numberODI no. 2575
Hours of play (local time)09.30 start, First Session 09.30-13.00. Interval 13.00-13.45, Second Session 13.45-17.15
Match days18 April 2007 - day(50-over match)
Umpires
West Indies Image
Billy Doctrove
England Image
Mark Benson
TV Umpire
Australia Image
Daryl Harper
Reserve Umpire
Pakistan Image
Aleem Dar
Match Referee
England Image
Chris Broad
PointsSri Lanka 2, Ireland 0