Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe
Cheers for now
A fantastic century from Mahela Jayawardene is what will be remembered from this game with little else to talk about, thanks in a large part to the rain. The Sri Lankans are still in the tournament and Zimbabwe will have to upset the Kiwi's to have any chance of progressing. Thanks for joining us and hopefully we will have better luck with the England West Indies match to follow.
Result - Sri Lanka have won by 14 runs thanks to the Duckworth/Lewis method.
The rain has stopped and the ground staff are trying to deal with the excess water hanging around the outfield. It is most likely that it's tickets already for this particular game, with the English players already out warming up for the next game against the West Indies.
Disappointing to only get the minimum amount of overs required to constitute a match, and because of the England West Indies game to follow there is plenty of cricket threatened here. We will once again let you know when developments take place. Sri Lanka will take two points from the game if no more action is possible, which to be honest looks unlikely at this stage.
Over 5 Randiv 2-1-1-1-0-1
29-1 - The Duckworth-Lewis par score after five overs is 44, so the batting side clearly behind. The rain is now starting to fall again and we official have a result if the players are forced to leave the field. Which they are! The weather is spoiling the action again! Covers are being brought on and play suspended. As it stand Sri Lanka are winners.
Over 4 Jayasuriya 2-2-1-1-1-1
23-1 - No boundaries yet in this innings, the batsmen will have to go now. Jayasuriya the specialist bowler is into the attack. 81 needed from 42 balls with dark clouds still looming.
Over 3 Mendis 1-1-0-1-1-1
15-1 - The wicket not the end of the world with so few overs left, what's hurting Zim more is the dot balls and singles. Taibu is a decent player but power is not his strength, what can his partner Taylor produce? Two more overs will assure us of a result. 89 required from 48 balls.
Over 2 Malinga 2w-0-1-1-1-W
10-1 - Malinga starts badly with a wide, raising Zim hopes from the start, but then a silly run out does for Masakadza and the Zimbabweans have lost their first wicket. Taibu was running to the danger end for the second and called, but got no response from his partner, Masakadza stranded.
Game on again
One more detail, fielding restrictions will be in place for just three overs. Do Zim have the firepower to get this target? And how is Kumar Sangakkara going to split his bowlers up?
Revised Target 104
The new target is 104 and there are 11 overs to get it. One bowler gets to bowl three overs while the rest will have a maximum of two. The shorter sprint for victory will suit Zimbabwe.
Scheduled Restart 16.21 GMT
The restart has been scheduled and it's going to be an 11 over shootout. We'll let you know the revised target as soon as it has been made known.
All the covers have been removed rather rapidly and the Sri Lankan players are out warming up, trying to will the game back into progress as soon as possible. We should be back in action shortly.
Some hope! The rain has stopped and the covers are being pealed away. There are still a few clouds around but the light is much improved. We'll keep you informed with any further progress.
The rain has started to fall and the covers are on. Sri Lanka will be keen to get back out there as soon as possible while the Zimbos won't mind the game being reduced by a few overs. We'll keep you updated as soon as play resumes, but until then it's a wait on the weather.
Over 1 Mendis 0-1-0-1-1-1
4-0 - Sangakkara unsurprisingly chooses to open with spin. It's a good start from Mendis and openers Taibu and Masakadza negotiate it safely enough.
The players are out on the ground, but there is confusion with umbrella's out in the crowd and the covers ready to come on with the weather looking threatening.
Sri Lanka 173/7
Zimbabwe will rue a missed run-out chance in the fifth over because Jayawardene went on to hit a marvellous hundred. He gave them an excellent start which meant there was never really any pressure even when Sri Lanka lost wickets, and on this pitch they'll feel that defending this total will be a breeze. Zimbabwe need Chigumbura to go nuts.
Over 20 Mpofu 1-2-1-0-1-2lb
173-7 - Sanath Jayasuriya is a pretty handy man to have coming in at number eight, and he and Lasith Malinga have the opportunity to swing at Mpofu in the final over. Mpofu manages to get his length nice and full though, so there are no boundaries. Although two leg-byes from the final delivery was a great result given that the ball looped off Jayasuriya's pad to Taibu (who wasn't wearing proper pads in this innings - behind the stumps.
Over 19 Price 1-6-1lb-1-W-W
166-7 - This is a very large score for this ground, even if the wicket looks rather better than the one on Friday. Kapugedera muscles one back over Price's head for six, and then Jayawardene goes to his century (63 balls, 10x4s, 4x6s) - the fourth in Twenty20 international history. I would argue that it's the finest of the lot, because his strokeplay has been exquisite - I can't remember a slog at all. Wickets! Kapugedera brings Sri Lanka back down to earth by holing out to deep square leg though, and then Jayawardene follows him back to the pavilion as he takes on long-on but is caught by Cremer, who is about eight yards off the rope.
Over 18 Mpofu 0-1-1lb-6-0-1
157-5 - This seems like a very bad idea after Mpofu's opening over, but Zimbabwe need at least an over from their seamers so he returns. Chamara Kapugedera whips a low full toss over the rope at backward square leg, but is banged on the helmet by a bouncer next up. The ball loops straight to Price at short third man but there are no appeals because there was no bat involved. All in all a decent over.
- 3rd May 2010
- B R Doctrove and I J Gould