Sunday, February 20, 2011

World Cup 2011 : Sri Lanka vs Canada...

Sri Lanka started their World Cup campaign today, in cavalier fashion against Canada. Winning the toss & electing to bat, almost all the top order batsmen got a good measure of the wicket & made useful contributions. The Canadian pace attack did bowl spiritedly, but it was too much for them to contain the Lankans.
While Dilshan & Tharanga at the top of the order, batted with ease, putting on 63 for the opening partnership, Sangakkara & Mahela were in a punishing mood. Both ripped apart the Canadian attack in gay abandon. Mahela got to his century of just 81 deliveries & Sanga fell short by eight runs, falling for 92 off 87 deliveries. Mahela, incidentally bettered Sanath Jayasuriya's fastest century in world Cup record, which in itself was very credible. In the end, the hosts had piled up 332 runs for the loss of 7 wickets. Non of the bowlers could make any impact on the Lankan batsmen.

Chasing a total beyond their reach, even in dreams, Canada suffered early as expected, & were down to 3 for 12 runs in the first four overs itself. At the end of 15 overs, the score read a miserable 36 for 3. Captain cum wicketkeeper, Asish Bagai, was the lone man fighting at one end with Jimmy Hansra barely managing to stay at the crease. Wickets kept falling at regular intervals, but it was good to see Canada fighting it out with their limited capabilities.
30th over brought some excitement as well, as Rizwan Cheema hit Murali for a towering six & a four. He kept his pre match promise of hitting out & ended with a little spirited cameo of 37 runs from just 35 deliveries. The innings finally folded for 122 runs in the 37 over & the Lankans had registered their win by a massive 210 runs.
Amongst the bowlers, Perera & Kulasekara picked 3 apiece, while Murali returned with 2, though I would say that the famed spinners, did look quite rusty. Hopefully they would pick up form as the tournament moves.

Man of the match : Mahela Jayawardene for his brilliant 100 off 81 deliveries.