result
7th Match, Group B, Providence, May 3 2010, ICC World Twenty20
(5/5 ov, target 44)29/1
Sri Lanka won by 14 runs (D/L method)
player of the match
end of over 56 runs
ZIM: 29/1CRR: 5.80 RRR: 12.50
Brendan Taylor11 (11)
Tatenda Taibu12 (13)
Suraj Randiv 1-0-6-0
Sanath Jayasuriya 1-0-8-0

Five overs completed, so this game has a result now. As of now, Sri Lanka are ahead. Zim's par score was 43 at this stage.

12:36pm Rain stops play again and just in time too, for five overs are completed now. If play does not resume, and I must say it looks unlikely, Sri Lanka will have two points. Stay tuned for updates.

Given the conditions, I can't believe Sanga risked an over of Malinga. They just about got in the five overs in the nick of time. That said, Zimbabwe were within hitting distance of the five-over target and Malinga bowled a pretty accurate over.

Also, very unimpressive stuff from Zimbabwe. 100 odd off 10 requires some power-hitting, all the more when there is a chance of an early finish. They should have gone hammer and tongs at this target, and not milked it like the middle overs of an ODI.. which is what they did. A couple of violent blows and they could have well been on top.

Another interesting observation. If that lbw off the penultimate ball had been given, or if the run out had been completed, the match could have well been interrupted before the completion of the 5th over - the skies opened up at that exact instance, and it is possible that the next batsman would not have been able to take guard on time. Not losing a wicket to that ball has possibly cost Zimbabwe a crucial point. Sri Lanka will be relieved the lbw was not given.. Hindsight is always 20-20 in Twenty20!

12:54pm Rain has stopped. The ground-staff are mopping up the outfield. Stay tuned for more - it is possibly curtains for this game already, since England are warming up on the outfield. They are slated to play West Indies in the second game of the day.

12:59pm Sri Lanka have won the game by 14 runs, by the Duckworth/Lewis method. So that's the end of this game, and Zimbabwe should be kicking themselves for not going harder in the five overs of play that was possible. The par score was 43, as Shaun Pollock would tell you, you need to be one above that for a win. Zim finished at 29, leaving them 14 short of the par score.

Runs.. Rains.. Ruins.. Runs from Mahela's bat, an innings of the highest quality. Even the rain gods relented and let him finish his business before beginning their's. Then came the rains, leaving Sri Lanka anxious for a while, but there was just enough time for them to slip in five overs and quietly wrap up the win. Ruins then for Zimbabwe, and they largely have themselves to blame for not making a run for the back door.

That's it from us then. No signs of the presentation - most likely will be held indoors since the next game must begin on time. No prizes for guessing that Mahela Jayawardene will be adjudged Man of the Match at some point in time.

Do tune in for the next game. This is Nitin Sundar signing off our coverage for this match. Goodbye!

4.6
1
Randiv to Taylor, 1 run

turned off the back foot past square leg.

4.5
Randiv to Taylor, no run

lots of action at no avail! Misses the sweep, and the lbw call is negated and the batman almost runs himself out. Bowler does not collect the throw cleanly though he breaks the stumps

4.4
1
Randiv to Taibu, 1 run

It is beginning to rain again.

4.3
1
Randiv to Taylor, 1 run

short of a length from round the sticks, played away to the off side

4.2
1
Randiv to Taibu, 1 run

very short and attempted pull is not timed too well. Single to the leg side

The target is 104.

4.1
2
Randiv to Taibu, 2 runs

flicked away to the leg side for a couple.

end of over 48 runs
ZIM: 23/1CRR: 5.75 RRR: 11.57
Tatenda Taibu8 (10)
Brendan Taylor9 (8)
Sanath Jayasuriya 1-0-8-0
Ajantha Mendis 2-0-9-0

There is rain in the air again. Five overs constitute a match.

3.6
1
Jayasuriya to Taibu, 1 run

short outside off, cut away to deep cover for a single

3.5
1
Jayasuriya to Taylor, 1 run

pulls the short ball hard, on the bounce to deep midwicket

3.4
1
Jayasuriya to Taibu, 1 run

pitched up to Taibu, who also sweeps straight to square leg

3.3
1
Jayasuriya to Taylor, 1 run

swept again, but he cannot time it and gets a single

3.2
2
Jayasuriya to Taylor, 2 runs

swept away with intent, behind square for two more

3.1
2
Jayasuriya to Taylor, 2 runs

worked away to the leg side , as it comes in with Sanath's arm on to leg stump

end of over 35 runs
ZIM: 15/1CRR: 5.00 RRR: 11.12
Brendan Taylor3 (4)
Tatenda Taibu6 (8)
Ajantha Mendis 2-0-9-0
Lasith Malinga 1-0-6-0
2.6
1
Mendis to Taylor, 1 run

singles are all Zimbabwe are getting and it is not enough. This one was turned away to midwicket

2.5
1
Mendis to Taibu, 1 run

short and wide, cut away to cover and fielded very well tumbling to the right

2.4
1
Mendis to Taylor, 1 run

gets it away for a single this time to the leg side

2.3
Mendis to Taylor, no run

back of a length, tapped away straight off the back foot and in the air for a bit

2.2
1
Mendis to Taibu, 1 run

length ball on leg, worked away down to long on

2.1
1
Mendis to Taylor, 1 run