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SL won by 210 runs So it's a massive victory for Sri Lanka on day that's done the Associates no good in their bid to take part in the next World Cup. After Kenya were embarrassed by New Zealand earlier today, Canada chased a lot of leather and were then bowled out in 37 overs despite playing quite defensively throughout their innings. Only Cheema took the attack to the bowlers while everyone else prioritised survival. That's it from us for today, but do join us in tomorrow for Australia v Zimbabwe from Ahmedabad. Let's hope Zimbabwe can make it rather more entertaining than this was. See you then.
Over 37 Mendis 1-wd-0-0-1-W 122 all out - Some fairly smart batting from Baidwan, who gets back and across to wait and see which way the ball will turn. Mendis has to pitch the ball up, and so he sweeps away for a single. WICKET! But that's that. Osinde is bowled by Mendis to complete a crushing victory.
Over 36 Muralitharan 1-1-0-0-2-0 119-9 - It's a party in Hambantota. Although some fans have elected to beat the rush, the ones who are still around are jiving in the stands as the DJ belts out a few dance classics before the action gets back under way. Canada doing their best to prolong the evening for the large numbers who turned out for the first match in Sri Lanka.
Over 35 Mendis 1-1-0-0-0-0 115-9 - A couple of singles take us through to a drinks break. Fairly optimistic of the umpires to decide that it's necessary, because Sri Lanka must fancy that another over or two and this will be all over.
Over 34 Muralitharan 0-W-1-0-1-0 113-9 - WICKET! Two slips in place for Murali now, but it's deep backward square leg who's called into action as Balaji Rao sweeps straight down his throat. There's a bit of a wait as Henry Osinde, who injured himself in the field earlier, comes out to bat. He wasn't expected to bat and yet he's arrived without a runner. He gets a let-off when Murali puts down a reasonably easy return catch, which he might have got two hans to if he was expecting it better.
Over 33 Mendis 0-4-1-2lb-0-0 111-8 - Four runs for Balaji Rao, who takes an almighty swing and gets a thick edge that runs down to third man for a boundary.
Over 32 Muralitharan 0-0-W-0-1-0 104-8 - WICKET! Murali gets his revenge as Cheema goes for another big hit, gets a thick edge and is caught at backward point by Jayawardene. Cheema just seemed to get a bit carried away there and wasn't in control of his stroke at all, and the slog-ish nature meant his head was all over the place. The end must be close now.
Over 31 Mendis 4-0-0-0-2-1lb 102-7 - Glorious shot from Cheema, who shows great balance in lofting Mendis back over his head for four. Real calm demeanour and a good striker of the ball, so I'm not sure why Cheema bats so low down. He gets a couple more, this time for a lofted drive over cover.
Over 30 Muralitharan 0-6-1nb-1-0-1-0 95-7 - Oh boy! Muralitharan is getting owned by a little-known batsman from Canada. Cheema gives him the charge, gets to the pitch and swings the ball over wide long-on for another six. The next ball is a no-ball, giving Cheema a free hit, and he charges again but this time gets an inside edge to square leg for one. Baidwan decides he'll also have a go, and is fortunate to see a hoik dropped at deep midwicket as the fielder ran in from the boundary.
Over 29 Mendis 0-0-0-0-0-0 86-7 - Baidwan's been assigned the anchor role in this partnership, and sees out a maiden from Mendis. Interesting that Sri Lanka see their spinners as the best option for the powerplay.
Over 28 Muralitharan 1-6-0-4-0-0 86-7 - Well, Canada show a bit of awareness and take the batting powerplay, and Cheema duly takes Muralitharan on. First he stands nice and still to drive over mid-off for a lovely six, and although he was driving against the spin the length was perfect for the shot. Crucial in the execution was that he didn't try and hit it too hard. Then he suggests that he's coming down the wicket and Murali fires it in shorter, only for Cheema to step back and cut away for four. Well played indeed.
Over 27 Kulasekara 1-W-0-0-1-0 75-7 - WICKET! Not sure why the umpires take so long over this, and why the third umpire takes an age after being asked to take a look, because Chohan quite clearly gloved that and the ball quite clearly carried to Sangakkara. Eventually we have the decision and he's on his way, leaving Canada seven down. Harvir Baidwan is the new man in, and he gets off the mark with a clip to midwicket for one.
Over 26 Perera 0-1-4-0-0-0 73-6 - Cheema somehow survives a beauty, which beats the outside edge and bounces over middle stump. He bludgeons a single down the ground next ball to hand strike to new batsman Khurram Chohan, who plays a delightful chip down the ground for four. At the end of the over Cheema is down again battling an injury to his midriff, or perhaps hamstring, so we have another break in play.
Over 25 Kulasekara 0-0-W-0-0-0 68-6 - WICKET! Sangakkara's fine game continues with a good catch. It was a wonderful delivery from Kulasekara, hitting the seam and moving away from the left-handed Gordon to take the edge. Sangakkara was heading to his right but then had to change direction sharply to take the ball to his left with fingers pointed to the sky. Another one down as Sri Lanka look to wrap things up.
Over 24 Perera 0-0-1-1-0-4 68-5 - Another boundary for Cheema, who hoiks a low full toss over midwicket for four. He looks a good prospect it must be said - capable of picking up the ordinary deliveries and putting them away - but he's man down at the end of the over and needs some physio attention. Another hald up in a tediously slow game. Remember Canada took over four hours to bowl their overs earlier.
Over 23 Kulasekara 4-1lb-0-0-1-1 62-5 - Cheema's up and running now - he adds a second boundary to his name as he lofts a drive over mid-off - who was up in the circle - for four. A trio of singles make it a reasonable over for Canada.
Over 22 Perera 0-0-W-2-0-0 55-5 - WICKET! So drinks have been taken, with Sri Lanka getting through 21 overs in that first mini-session. Clearly no desire to stick around - they want to wrap this up one way or another. And Perera returns and makes sure that's likely to be through Canada being bowled out, as Bagai flashes at a wide one and is caught behind. That brings Tyson Gordon to the crease with a runner, and he's immediately off the mark with a wristy flick through midwicket for two. He took off for the runs himself before returning to his crease, but this runner business will only end in tears I suspect. There's a big shout for lbw next up, and Sri Lanka review the not out decision, but replays confirm it pitched outside the left-hander's leg stump.
Over 21 Kulasekara 0-4-0-1-0-1 53-4 - The pace of Kulasekara returns and Sri Lanka also take the bowling powerplay. Nicely timed by Cheema as he clips the ball through the leg side.
Over 20 Samaraweera 0-1-0-1-1-0 47-4 - Twenty overs gone now which means we have a match on our hands regardless of what bad weather may or may not arrive. It will be interesting to see if Sangakkara's tactics change now.
Over 19 Dilshan 1-0-0-0-1-0 44-4 - Rizwan Cheema is the new man, he gave England a bit of a scare in one of the warm-up games prior to the tournament. Not much he can do here though.
Over 17 Dilshan 0-1-1-0-0-1 41-3 - Three singles from the over as matters meander along at anything but a rapid rate.
Over 16 Muralitharan wd-0-1-0-0-0-0 38-3 - Murali starts with a wide and it moves Canada to 37, a milestone of sort because last time these two teams met the men from North America were all out for 36. Bagai is hit ont he pad pushing forward and he's given not out, Sangakkara isn't convinced and asks for the review. It's tight but the benefit of the doubt goes with the batsman.
Over 15 Dilshan 1-0-0-0-1-0 36-3 - Canada are in a tough position here, they don't want to suffer the same fate as Kenya earlier today and be dismissed for a paltry score so instead they're just knocking it around. It's not exciting and they're not going to get anywhere near the target so it all seems slightly pointless. Better to go down in a blaze of glory some would say.
Over 14 Muralitharan 0-0-0-W-0-wd-0 34-3 - Ooh, Murali isn't going to like that as Bagai top edges a little sweep past short fine leg for four. It looks like Murali has his man as Bagai is caught back on his crease and umpire Tarapore raises the finger, Bagai isn't convinced and calls for thee referral. A good thing too as replays show the ball was going over the top by some way.
Over 13 Dilshan 0-1-1-0-0-0 29-3 - Quick as you like Dilshan has sped through an over. Sri Lanka will be happy to get to the 20 over mark, after that there will be a result in the game even if some rain arrives.
Over 12 Muralitharan 1-0-0-1-0-0 27-3 - It's hardly exciting stuff but Bagai and Hansra are standing firm here with a partnership of fifteen from eight overs. At least they've stopped the domino effect - for now.
Over 11 Dilshan 0-0-1-0-1-1 25-3 - The barrage of spin continues, but it's Dilshan to turn his over this time. The batsmen pick of a few singles in an over in which they aren't troubled too much.
Over 10 Muralitharan wd-0-0-0-0-0-0 20-3 - It's time for Murali, he'll be coming from around the wicket. He starts with a wide, a lot of turn here though!
Over 9 Mendis 1-0-0-0-0-1 19-3 - Bagai picks up the first run off Mendis in this spell - in his third over - working the ball to square leg.
Over 7 Mendis 0-0-0-0-0-0 14-3 - The Canadians appear to have no intention of taking any chance against Mendis, and by that I mean do anything but block. Mendis sticks to his line and length and trots through another maiden.
Over 6 Perera 4-0-0-0-0-0 14-3 - Ashish Bagai shows he isn't going to go down without a fight and flays the ball through backward point for four.
Over 5 Mendis 0-0-0-0-0-0 12-3 - Sangakkara decides to move to spin at a very early stage, with Ajantha Mendis joining the attack. Mendis is accurate from the word go and oh so nearly shaves Hansra's off stump with his final delivery of the over.
Over 1 Kulasekara 0-0-0-0-0-0 0-0 - It's Ruvindu Gunasekera to face first, with Nuwan Kulasekara the man to open the attack for Sri Lanka. Kulasekara immediately finds a bit of extra bounce and some movement away from the batsman. It's a maiden to start off.
Ready to go Right, after a brief break the players are out in the middle and ready to get underway.
Sri Lanka End On 332 For Seven The innings has lasted all of four hours and seven minutes and that's entirely unacceptable, even if sightscreen and injury delays played their tardy part. Dilshan started what Sangakkara and then Jayawardene all but finished. Handy cameo down the order from Samaraweera, and Sri Lanka will be happy that the bulk of their batsmen enjoyed valuable time at the crease against the small fries. This will stand them in great stead when the time comes to fry the bigger fish. Canada's attack looked good at the start across a slow track, but couldn't hold it together for long enough. Kumar and Mahela cashed in and now it's over to Muralitharan and company to make sure the hosts walk away with a massive win.
Over 50 Cheema 1-4-0-1-2-4 332-7 - Too wide from the seamer and Samaraweera isn't the type to let such fodder go unpunished, duly slicing it past short thirdman for four. Handy final over from Cheema otherwise, who enjoys late swing to keep the boundaries at bay across the closing throes of the Sri Lankan innings. Until, that is, Kulasekara closes proceedings with four planked back over the bowler's head.
Over 49 Baidwan 1-0-0-W-2-4 320-7 - We've had four hours of play and the 50th over is yet to be bowled. I really, really hope Canada are heavily fined. A message needs to be sent to all the fielding captains: get on with it or cough up cash. Wicket! Baidwan, meanwhile, is well pleased as he undoes Mathews with a slower ball, pocketing a good return catch and running around the field in wild celebrations. Kulasekara in now, watching from the other end of the pitch as Samaraweera orchestrates the latest of cuts to beat short thirdman for four.
Over 48 Cheema 1-0-1-1-4-1 313-6 - Comedy of errors all around, with the end result seeing Mathews survive a near run-out at the non-striker's end. Communication failure from the batsmen. The fielder threw to the wrong end. The bowler failed to collect. Dropped! Square-leg can't hang onto a tough catch either and it's all happening out there, folks, albeit errantly.
Over 47 Baidwan W-0-4-2-2-1wd-1 305-6 - Wicket! Odd shot from Kapugedera, who looks to dink one over the on-side but instead has a leading edge balloon through the off-side. Extra cover and mid-off fail to communicate with each other for the catch, almost tackling each other in the process. One of 'em manages to hang onto the catch and that's that. Samaraweera in now. His talents wasted down at eight in the order. Mathews has the strike for the time being though, ducking under a rare short ball and then picking the gap between point and cover to perfection for four. 300 up for Sri Lanka. Baidwan, meanwhile, isn't impressed with Samaraweera's accidental bump into the bowler, with the umpire needing to step in with a cooling word or two as the bowler 'gets all Shantha Sreesanth' on the Sri Lankan.
Over 46 Chohan W-1-4-1-1-4 295-5 - Wicket! Perera goes and runs himself out and suddenly the 360-odd they were aiming for is looking more like 330-something. Kapugdera in now, with Samaraweera slinking even further down the order. Mathews, meanwhile, gets straight to work in smearing four through point. Anything even marginally wide or short from Chohan will travel from here on in, including premeditated lap-sweeps over short fine-leg for four..
Over 45 Baidwan 1-1-0-1-1-4 284-4 - With two new men at the crease, Sri Lanka belatedly call for the batting Powerplay that should have come into play when Sangakkara and Jayawardene were in full swing. Quiet start to the five-over tactic, until Perera planks four through square-leg to signal his intent for the duration of the innings.
Over 44 Davison 0-0-1-1-1-W 276-4 - Jayawardene goes to his century from just 80 balls, nine fours and a six included. It's the fastest ever World Cup ton by a Sri Lankan. Jayasuriya's 85-ball feat takes a backseat to Mahela's magnificence today. The Hambantota are on their feet in appreciation, screaming in unison as their homegrown hero trots through for a casual single. More stats, then: this is his 13th ODI ton and his second in the World Cup. Wicket! But he's not now, getting to his milestone only to plug one straight to short fine-leg the very next ball. Mathews in now.
Over 43 Rao 1-1-1-1-1-1 273-3 - Jayawardene ticks over the singles, moving closer and closer to his century. Jayasuriya, back in his prime, landed a World Cup ton off 85 balls. Mahela will surely beat that rate today. Perera, meanwhile, still finding his feet across this rather slow track.
Over 42 Davison 4-1-3-2-1-W 267-3 - Shot of the Day, this, as Jayawardene picks the ball of its length to whip four through midwicket and mid-on. Two fielders converge on the ball, but neither of them can stop the boundary. Davison isn't happy, and wanted better from his team-mates there. Wicket! Then, in a total turn up for the books, the part-time spinner manages to get Sangakkara to smack a simple return catch straight back at him. The left-hander was guilty of a couple of mistimed bobbles much earlier in the day, and another returns to end his 92-run vigil. Perera in now. Just the big-hitting tonic Sri Lanka need ahead of their batting Powerplay.
Over 41 Rao 2-0-0-1-4-2 256-2 - Jayawardene sweeps for two and then looks to turn a decent length into a full toss by using his feet down the track. He gets there, but then can't match the fancy footwork with enough placement to pick the gap on the off-side. He eventually gets it right to bring up his team's 250 and, on my cards, they'll get about 110 more from here on in. Sangakkara, for good measure, cranks for over the off-side and clips a couple more down to long-on.
Over 40 Davison 1-1-1-0-1-1 247-2 - Half-centurion one and two merely toying with the bowler now, chipping respective singles down the ground at will. Davison tries a couple of quicker deliveries, but they're wayward and are lucky not to be called wide.
Over 39 Rao 0-2-1-2-0-1 242-2 - The leg-spinner is back into the attack, offering a few more singles as the 150-run partnership arrives from just 116 balls. Haul out the World Cup record books, someone, because impending centurions Sangakkara and Jayawardene are going big today.
Over 38 Davison 1-1-1-1-1-2 236-2 - Osinde, hamstring injury and all, is back on the field. But he won't bowl again apparently. I don't see the sense in that, but perhaps he sports some magical fielding skills I don't know about. Sangakkara and Jayawardene, meanwhile, milk a string of singles and the odd two at will. These two Sri Lankan stars might as well opt for the batting Powerplay right now.
Over 37 Chohan 4-0-4-1-4-1 229-2 - Well aware of the gap at short fine-leg, Jayawardene premeditates to lap four to that exact area and follows that up with four more clipped through midwicket. Chohan is not at all quick, so Mahela has all the time in the world to predict the line of the ball. Sangakkara later gets in on the act with a boundary lofted over deep midwicket and this is pretty much one-way traffic now. Anything less than 340 won't do for Sri Lanka.
Over 36 Davison 1-2-1-1-1-1 215-2 - Sangakkara really hitting his straps now, dancing down the wicket to plug a couple into the vacant deep midwicket region. Once the proverbial horse is bolted, a deep midwicket is put in place, which in turn leaves a bigger gap to the off-side. Osinde's injury means part-timer Davison is going to have to put in more than his fair share of overs, which isn't great for the Canadians.
Over 35 Chohan 0-4-1-1-4-2 208-2 - Canada's new-ball bowler back into the attack, with his change up in pace key to his cause. For now though, a rank half-volley to the leg-side must travel and Sangakkara obliges with four clipped over midwicket for four to bring up Sri Lanka's 200. Just 34 balls for the fourth quarter of their collective double-ton. After a decent start, things are well and truly falling apart for Canada as Sangakkara closes the over with four more clobbered over backward square-leg.
Over 34 Davison 2-1-1-0-1wd-1-1 196-2 - The mandatory change of ball at the turn of the 34th over is a thing of the past now. Sangakkara almost tosses away a chance at three figures by nearly running himself out at the non-striker's end. He plugs one to cover, calls for the quick single and makes his ground just as the direct-hit crashes into the stumps. Ladies and gentlemen, the platform is well set up for the onslaught. Sri Lanka still have their batting Powerplay to come, remember.
Over 33 Baidwan 1-0-1-1-4-0 189-2 - Baidwan back into the attack and immediate aggression from the seamer, who tosses a return shot from Sangakkara back at the batsman. No need for the umpire to step in. It's all being done within the spirit of the game. Sangakkara has the ultimate say anyway, heaving four more across midwicket to go to his half-century Three fours, a six and 61 balls to reach his milestone. It's his 60th ODI 50 and sixth in World Cups. Century partnership arrives too.
Over 32 Davison 1-1-0-1-1-2 182-2 - Sangakkara and Jayawardene chance their arm for a near suicidal single, with the latter surviving a tight call at the striker's end. Gordon, the fielder for the attempted run-out, as gone and pulled a muscle in the process and he joins Osinde back in the hut as Canada's list of walking wounded grows.
Over 31 Rao 6-0-0-1-4-0 176-2 - Sangakkara dances down the track to have the ball travel all of 90 metres for six over long-on and Sri Lanka are really kicking into gear toward a score of around 300 now. Jayawardene, meanwhile, is entirely adequate on the sweep and fetches four more through backward square-leg. Lovely strokeplay from the wristy right-hander and I'm going to go out on a limb to predict that both Mahela and Kumar will pip three figures today. Drinks break.
Over 30 Davison 1wd-0-1-0-4-4-0 165-2 - One of the World Cup's old-timers, 40-year-old Davison is into the attack now with his right-arm spin. Clever variation from him, with the odd 'arm' ball beating the bat of Jayawardene on occasion. Mahela has the last word though, orchestrating a cheeky reverse-sweep for four. 50 up for Jayawardene. Just 40 balls to get to it, five fours and a six included. This is his 56th ODI 50 and his fifth in the World Cup.
Over 29 Cheema 1-0-1-1-4-1 155-2 - Seamer Cheema (that has a nice ring to it) back into the attack. Not much to report from this over other than a host of singles, Sangakkara's heave through midwicket for four and the fact that, yes, we have yet more sightscreen troubles. So, an over that should've taken three minutes instead lasts six. Shocking. Again. 150 up for Sri Lanka, meanwhile.
Over 28 Rao 2-1-0-1lb-4-1 147-2 - Jayawardene's gloves sponsor enjoy a smile as he gloves a couple of runs down the leg-side on the sweep, then finding the middle of the bat with the same stroke for just one. Sangakkara, meanwhile, is beaten by some sharp turn and almost has his leg-stump knocked over. Then a shout for lbw, with umpire Gould right in deciding that it had pitched outside the off-stump. No referrals left for Canada, remember. All the hard work of the over's first four deliveries are promptly undone by a rank long-hop, which Jayawardene spoons past short fine-leg for the easiest of fours.
Over 27 Hansra 4-3-1-0-1-4 138-2 - Jayawardene is down on one knee and slog-sweeping, but this time around has to settle for four to one of the longer boundaries. Then three picked through point and four to Sangakkara over mid-on, with the old guard duo finding rhythm that has seen them through many big partnerships. This particular stand is at 50 runs now.
Over 26 Rao 1-1-0-0-1-0 125-2 - Jayawardene is determined to beat point, but can't do so as abject placement against dogs Sri Lanka. Rao doing a handy job here before the seamers probably return for a collective burst through part of the middle overs.
Over 25 Hansra 6-1-2wd-0-0-0-1 122-2 - Jayawardene climbs into the spinner for six over midwicket. The motorbike, to be given to the Man of the Match, on display beyond the boundary almost cops an unsightly dent as the ball lands marginally close to it. Later Bagai is again convinced that the batsman as feathered an edge behind. The umpire disagrees and is justified when the second referral of the day is turned down by the third umpire. No edge. Batsman stays. No more referrals allowed for Canada. Sri Lanka are going at 4.88 to the over at the halfway mark of their knock.
Over 24 Rao 1-2-0-1-0-1 112-2 - Remember Bermuda's Dwayne Leverock in the 2007 World Cup? Well, Canada have their own portly version of Leverock. It's the rotund leg-spinner Balaji, who played for India Under-19 back in his younger days. He has since put on a lot of weight and headed north of the USA. Sunglasses afixed to his face, he bounces in and turns his arm and wrist over for a mixed bag of an opening over. Not a hang of a lot of spin for him and a warning for running on the pitch. Handy googly or two, which, I'm told, is pretty much his stock ball.
Over 23 Hansra 0-1-1-0-0-1 107-2 - Bowler and wicketkeeper are convinced Jayawardene has feathered an edge behind when attempting to dab one down to thirdman. Up goes the appeal, but the umpire's finger stays down. Bagai immediately calls for the a referral. The third umpire has a look at a couple of television replays and decides that Jayawardene was right not to walk. No edge. Batsman stays.
Over 22 Cheema 0-0-2-4-1-0 104-2 - Jayawardene happy to leave a couple outside the off-stump before dinking one past short thirdman for a couple of runs. Great running. Really pushed hard for two. Then an ugly but effective hack across the line for four through midwicket. 100 up for Sri Lanka.
Over 21 Hansra 1-0-1-1-1-1 97-2 - Sangakkara really struggling to pick the gaps. Normally such a pro at wristy flicks past midwicket and tweaks past the cover cordon, today is an entirely different affair. The pitch, the lack of pace and the steady line and length coming from the right hands of Canada's seamers and spinners are hurting Sri Lanka's cause for a big total. They're going to have to settle for around 250 rather than the 290-odd they would've fancied upon winning the toss.
Over 20 Cheema W-1-1-0-0-2 92-2 - Wicket! Milestone reached and a century there for the taking, Dilshan instead goes and holes out to deep cover, where Davison takes a good catch. The right-hander tried to hard to force the elevation off a wide delivery, but ultimatley fell prey to a lack of timing. Jaywardene in now, and perhaps he can successfully come to grips with the slow nature of this pitch and the Canadian attack.
Over 19 Hansra 0-0-0-0-1-1 88-1 - Frustrating times for Sri Lanka, who are not finding the fence and can't seem to tick over enough singles for their liking. Dilshan goes to his half-century from 58 balls, including eight fours, in the meantime and that's the 21st 50 of his ODI career and second in the World Cup.
Over 18 Cheema 1-0-1-0-0-1 86-1 - Cheema enjoys some seam movement into the right-hander, with Dilshan almost chopping onto his stumps. A change in pace then has Sangakkara bobbling one through the off-side, which backward point almost gets his fingers to. Dropped! Then another awkward bobble, but NItish at short thirdman can't hang onto what would have been a cracking catch. He put in the dive to his right, got both hands to the ball, clung onto it for a second, but couldn't keep it in the pocket for long enough. Grassed. Relief for Sangakkara. Misfortune for Canada, who really could've done with the dismissal of the dangerman.
Over 17 Hansra 0-3-0-1-1-0 83-1 - Sangakkara almost beats deep extra cover for a boundary on the drive, but the fielder puts in the hard yards to keep it to three. Dilshan, meanwhile, is determine to wield over point, yet is beaten by a quicker delivery. He can't beat short fine-leg on the sweep either.
Over 16 Cheema 0-1-1-0-0-3 78-1 - Change of bowling, with right-arm trundler Cheema into the attack. More renowned for his batting, but let's see what he has to offer with the ball. Tidy stuff, really, with Sangakkara eventually beating the cover cordon for three runs. Drinks break.
Over 15 Hansra 1-0-0-0-1-0 73-1 - Sangakkara determined to use his feet to the spinner as much as possible, but Hansra sees him coming down the track and duly rockets in a couple of quicker deliveries to force the talented right-hander to the defence. So ends the bowling Powerplay - 19 for one from it. 80 mintues for 15 overs. Shocking.
Over 14 Baidwan 1-4-0-0-1-0 71-1 - Far too short, far too wide from Baidwan, with Dilshan loving life on the cut and fetching four through point to take him to 5000 ODI runs. Dilshan has the eighth most ODI runs by a Sri Lankan, for the record. Next stop: a 21st ODI and second World Cup 50...
Over 13 Hansra 1-0-1-0-0-0 65-1 - The spinner screams through another over, not finding much turn but doing pretty well to pitch the ball on a proverbial penny time and time again. Dilshan happy to block it out, while Sangakkara takes his chance to get off the mark with a casual single.
Over 12 Baidwan 1-1-0-1wd-1-W-0 63-1 - Dilshan couldn't care for a helmet any longer, which says a lot about the pace of this pitch and Canada's pedestrian attack. Baidwan's trying to mix it up with a couple of wannabe leg-spinners, but they're not going according to plan. Wicket! A run-out helps the Canadians though, with Tharanga running himself out at the striker's end. Dilshan wasn't interested in the single to mid-off, and sent his partner back. The return throw was good enough and Bagai whipped off the bails in a flash. Tharanga short of his ground by a Country Mile. Captain Sangakkara in now.
Over 11 Hansra 0-0-4-0-0-1 59-0 - Right on cue, Canada opt for their bowling Powerplay and bring off-spinner Hansra into the attack. He approaches from around the wicket, but he's line is too much to the leg-side, which Dilshan welcomes for an easy four on the sweep. Meanwhile, bad news: rain clouds are rolling in...
Over 10 Baidwan 1-4-4-2-1-0 54-0 - Dilshan heaves through the line twice on the trot, finding the 86-metre boundary at long-on for back-to-back fours. It's clear that this run-rate - currently sitting at just over five to the over - isn't what Sri Lanka would've wanted at the turn of the mandatory Powerplay upon winning the toss. 50 up for Sri Lanka, and the half-century partnership too.
Over 9 Chohan 0-1-1-0-3-0 42-0 - This dibbly-dobbly, trundling Canadian attack reminds me of the one New Zealand sported in the late 1990s. Chris Harris, Gavin Larsen and the like could all do a job with the ball, but never really looked like enjoying plenty of success. Meanwhile, Tharanga survives a minor shout for a stumping. No real cause for alarm. His backfoot was well grounded behind the crease.
Over 8 Baidwan 0-4-0-0-0-0 37-0 - No slips in place for Baidwan, who watches in despair as Dilshan's thick edge fetches four lucky runs to thirdman. The 'keeper's standing up to the stumps for this right-armer too. Again, let it be said, this is an entirely sluggish deck.
Over 7 Chohan 0-0-1-0-0-4 33-0 - The wicketkeeper's standing up to the stumps now, keeping Tharanga in his crease. The left-hander does his best to beat the inner ring on the off-side, but is frustrated by a lack of placement off the bat and some sharp fielding from the Canadians. So, he opts over mid-off instead, finding success with a bit of a hack for four. Yes, the over ended with a four, but the bowler certainly won that battle within the war. This pitch is proving quite a slow affair.
Over 6 Osinde, Baidwan 0-2-0-0-0-0 28-0 - Osinde is cramping up in this heat and calls on the team physiotherapist for some treatment to his right leg. So, yet another delay to play commences. Osinde's going to solider on. Or is he? No, he's not. Off he mopes, throwing the ball to Bhaidwan end the over for him. That's a hamstring tweak, which might bowl him out of the duration of the tourney, or at least Canada's next match. Meanwhile, the wind has picked up speed and there are umbrellas being uprooted from the ground left, right and centre.
Over 5 Chohan 4-1-0-0-3-0 26-0 - Dilshan finds the fence, pinpointing the gap between cover and backward point. He follows that up with a wild wield through the off-side again, but has to settle for one on the back of some poor timing. Dilshan on the brink of his 5000th ODI run now. Tharanga, meanwhile, orchestrates the shot of the day - a backfoot drive for three, which would have been four on any other ground. As stated before, this is a pretty large arena in comparison to world cricket's smaller ODI ovals.
Over 4 Osinde 1lb-1wd-0-0-1-0-1wd-0 18-0 - Osinde all over the place now, unable to settle into anything close to a decent approach and now with a couple of lame wides to his name to show for it. At least he's kept the boundaries at bay for this over. More sightscreen troubles, by the way. Sigh.
Over 3 Chohan 4-0-0-0-0-0 14-0 - Dilshan cranks the first ball of the over through cover for four and then looks to do the same to the next three, but can't pick the gap through the off-side cordon. Nice tweak in line from Chohan, who did well to pull back an over that seem destined for some painful - for Canada, that is - expense.
Over 2 Osinde 0-1-0-4-0-1nb-1 10-0 - Two slips in place for the Uganda-born right-arm seamer too. Early test of the pitche's lift from him, with Tharanga left to swat an ineffective bouncer away for one. Then something too wide, which Dilshan is more than happy to carve away for the first boundary of the day and his 500th in ODI cricket. A no-ball and subsequent free-hit hardly helps Canada's cause, but luckily for them Dilshan can't punish the freebie delivery.
Over 1 Chohan 0-2-0-0-0-1 3-0 - Not a ball bowled yet and already we have sightscreen troubles. Predictable. Nine minutes after the scheduled start we eventually get the first delivery. Two slips in place, with Tharanga gliding a couple of opening runs past both of 'em on the cut. Not a hang of a lot of pace coming from Chohan's right hand, so he's relying on a consistent line and length.
Good To Go Handshakes, anthems and other such pleasantries a thing of the past, the players head out to the middle for the start of play. Dilshan and Tharanga to open the batting. Chohan gets first use of the new ball. Umpires are Tarapore and Gould. Here we go. Strap in for the ride, folks.
Conditions The weather is sitting pretty enough, with the monsoon rains that have dogged Sri Lanka lately at bay for the moment. This is a big ground, so the batsmen will have to battle hard for their boundaries. Slow track, according to resident pitch pundit Russel Arnold.
Starting XIs Sri Lanka: Upul Tharanga, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Thilan Samaraweera, Chamara Kapugedera, Angelo Mathews, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Muttiah Muralitharan, Ajantha Mendis. Canada: John Davison, Ruvindu Gunasekera, Ashish Bagai, Tyson Gordon, Jimmy Hansra, Zubin Zurkari, Rizwan Cheema, Balaji Rao, Harvir Baidwan, Khurram Chohan, Henry Osinde.
Team News No Malinga for Sri Lanka today. Not sure why. Just rested probably. Canadian star Cheema, who almost landed a ton in the warm-up clash against England earlier in the week, rightly keeps his place in the starting XI.
Toss This just in: Kumar Sangakkara, who is quick to hail this ground as "magnificent" and that he hopes the teams "can do it justice", has triumphed in the flip of the coin and Sri Lanka will bat first.
Greetings Hello and welcome to our over-by-over commentary of the World Cup Group A clash between Sri Lanka and Canada at the Mahinda Rajapaksha International Cricket Stadium in Hambantota. The first half of Sunday's double-header saw New Zealand steamroll the Kenyans by 10 wickets in a one-sided encounter that lasted a mere two hours and 34 minutes. Here's hoping for a longer, more entertaining clash than that one...
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