Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe
Sri Lanka win by 139 runs
You won't often see one player dominate a game as much as Tillakaratne Dilshan did today. He and Upul Tharanga both hit hundreds to set the tone with their opening stand of 282 as Sri Lanka posted 327 for six. Zimbabwe made a positive start to their chase thanks to Brendan Taylor but after an opening stand of 116 the Zimbo's fell apart to be bowled out for 188 - Murali claiming three wickets on his own ground and Dilshan picking 4 for four, including two wickets in two balls. Sri Lanka qualify for the quarters and Zimbabwe will have to go back to the drawing board. Thanks for joining us and we'll be with you again tomorrow as Ireland tackle the West Indies and England fight Bangladesh.
Over 39 Muralitharan 1lb-1-0-1-0-W
188 all out - Murali denies Dilshan the chance at a five-for by bowling Chris Mpofu around his legs. That's the 150th ODI wicket on home turn for Murali and it could possibly be his last game on Sri Lankan soil so a fitting end to the game. Sri Lanka win convincingly by 139 runs and qualify for the quarter finals.
Over 38 Dilshan 0-0-0-W-0-0
185-9 - Would you believe it Dilshan has four! Panyangara caught plum lbw by the off-spinner, the batsman expecting the ball to turn but instead it's slid on and caught him right in front. Two slips are brought in with Dilshan going in search of a five-for to go with his hundred.
Over 37 Perera 0-0-0-2-W-0
185-8 - OUT! Ray Price has a good old swing at a couple of deliveries and eventually middles a pull shot which picks out Thilan Samaraweera on the square leg fence!
Over 36 Kulasekara 0-0-0-wd-0-0-0
183-7 - Other than the wide - the 12th from Sri Lanka - it's a very tidy over from Nuwan Kulasekara. It brings the end of the batting powerplay which yielded 20 runs and one wicket.
Over 35 Malinga 0-1-0-0-0-4
182-7 - Malinga is searching for the yorker but slightly short and Cremer drives out to mid off for one. Ray Price then gets barraged with short balls, but wears a smile and then picks the slowerball and powers Malinga back over his head for four!
Over 34 Muralitharan 0-2-0-0-1-0
177-7 - At the comparative stage Sri Lanka were 205 for 0 - nevertheless Price and Cremer are fighting on with two via a cut from Cremer and one via a misfield from Dilshan at midwicket.
Over 33 Malinga 1-1-1-0-wd-wd-0-4
174-7 - Malinga's into his seventh over and yet to pick up a wicket. You wouldn't bet against it though with Ray Price and Graeme Cremer at the crease. Price does really well to dig out a couple of yorkers and gets off the mark with a single scrambled to Sangakkara. Malinga lashes down a leg-side wide - he has been far too wayward today - and young Raymond Price gracefully strokes the final ball of the over through extra cover for four!
Over 32 Muralitharan 1-0-1-0-W-0
165-7 - Dilshan took two wickets in his last over, endured a drop catch too, but has now been taken out of the attack by his skipper who brings back Murali for the first over of the batting powerplay. A couple of singles and then OUT! The Zimbabwean skipper goes on the sweep and he's hit straight to Perera in the deep! Another disappointing effort from Chigumbura.
Over 31 Malinga 0-1-0-0-4-2
163-6 - DROPPED! Another chance grassed by Sri Lanka - it's Murali in the deep this time who spills a high ball from Chigumbura. Cremer then has a massive slice of luck himself, a full toss from Malinga which he gets the faintest on insides edges to, somehow missing leg stump on the way to the fence.
Over 30 Dilshan 0-1-W-W-0-0
156-6 - OUT! It's Dilshan's day today, as he strikes a second time with his off spin, Craig Ervine trapped leg before on an attempted sweep. The Zimbabwean review come back with confirmation for umpire Marais Erasmus. CAUGHT! It's two in two for Dilshan thanks to Jayawardene's stunning catch at slip. Dropped! And the hat-trick is on the cards but Jayawardene has put down the chance at first slip! Incredible - a wry smile from Dilshan - the chance at a hundred and hat-trick combo goes a-begging!
Over 29 Malinga 0-0-0-0-1-wd-1
155-4 - Malinga's back, and dishes up a full toss first up. Ervine can't cash in and is beaten by the pace, with the next three deliveries also beating his bat and the fifth catching the edge and running down to third man for one. Elton Chigumbura will be under pressure after a poor run in the tournament, and he sees a wide go by before an on drive which yields a single to midwicket.
Over 28 Dilshan 0-1-W-0-2-0
152-4 - OUT! Utseya is stumped in strange circumstances. He charges down the track, the ball goes on with the arm from Dilshan and Sangakkara has fumbled with the ball falling on the wickets before Utseya could make his ground. Nearly a hash by the Sri Lankan skipper, but instead it's another blow for Zimbabwe who now have skipper Elton Chigumbura at the crease and off the mark with a thick outside edge.
Over 27 Mathews 1-0-1-2-4-1
149-3 - Ervine is riding his luck but he's playing postively which is a good sign for Zimbabwe. He drives down the ground for a couple and then adds a boundary by way of a thick edge. A single keeps the strike and collects the ninth run from the over.
Over 26 Muralitharan 0-1-1-0-1-0
140-3 - Murali beats both batsmen and he's piling on the pressure with these two batsmen looking to rebuild as briefly as they can before upping the rate. Ervine survives a loud lbw shout with Sri Lanka deciding against a review.
Over 25 Mathews W-0-0-4-0-1
137-3 - OUT! Unfortunately for the contest Taylor hits straight to Jayawardene at midwicket who is very grateful to take the chance. That's due to the build-up of pressure imposed largely by Murali. Craig Ervine is the new man and he gets off the mark with a boundary, a periscoped edge down to fine leg for four.
Over 24 Muralitharan 0-1-1-2-1-0
132-2 - Five off the over from Murali, the Zimbo pair have to rebuild the innings but they need to do it in a bit of a hurry too with the rate required now edging towards eight. Taylor is known for his often questionable running between wickets and he and Utseya nearly get in a tangle off the final ball of the over.
Over 23 Mathews W-0-0-1-1-0
127-2 - OUT! Brilliant catch from Sangakkara behind the wicket, he's gone the wrong way and then launched himself full stretch to his right to complete a one-handed grab. The end of Taibu, he edged a straight delivery which just seamed a touch. Taylor and new man Prosper Utseya each collect singles with the latter winning an unfamiliar batting role up the order.
Over 22 Muralitharan 1-1-1-0-1-1
125-1 - Taibu is intent on using his reverse-sweep against Murali and does so on three occasions, picking a single every time. Taylor uses the conventional version effectively for one but is also beaten by the doosra, worryingly for the Zimbabweans they are not reading Murali very well.
Over 21 Perera 0-0-2-1-1-0
120-1 - Perera now back with Mathews taking a break. A short ball has Taylor dangling a bat and fortunately for him he's avoided a touch through to Sangakkara. Taylor works off the hip for two to fine leg and then drives handsomely through the covers for one more - his is a real key wicket in this game. Taibu, who will be relishing the contest, is off the mark with a steer to third man.
- 10th Mar 2011
- M Erasmus and N J Llong
zimbabwe BATTING CARD
|Taylor||c Jayawardene b Mathews||80|
|Taibu||c Sangakkara b Mathews||4|
|Utseya||st Sangakkara b Dilshan||4|
|Ervine||lbw b Dilshan||17|
|Chigumbura||c Perera b Muralitharan||6|
|Lamb||c Jayawardene b Dilshan||0|
|Price||c Samaraweera b Perera||11|
|Panyangara||lbw b Dilshan||0|
|Extras||12w, 2b, 2lb||16|
|Total||All out, 39.0 Overs||188|