Big games call for big men, so what a time and day for Mahela Jayawardene to get a century. What a century it was as well, Sri Lanka were in a bit of trouble when he came to the crease at 2/60 in the 17th over, the pressure was well and truely on at the time.
The innings more than played it’s part in getting Sri Lanka up to a competitive score of 6/274, it has pretty much ensured that someone in the India side needs to put their hand up and play a big innings to win this world cup, I think that chasing 275 on this wicket under this pressure won’t be easy.
Could that man be Yuvraj? Well why not, it has seemed impossible to keep him out of the game over the course of this tournament, so far today has been no different, he got lucky with the wicket of Sangakkara, but used the review system well in the dismissal of Samaraweera.
It’s not very often you see Taufel get one wrong, but I can see why he didn’t give it out as there was enough doubt, with the big stride, etc. It was a brave review, it could have been an ‘umpires call,’ but Yuvraj was proved right on this occasion.
Despite my reservations, India also fielded brilliantly, again Yuvraj seemed to be everywhere, even Sreesanth was throwing himself about and early in the Sri Lanakan innings he brilliantly saved a four down on the boundary.
At the end it was remarkable to see Zaheer going the round the park in the final over, it showed how the pressure can get to anyone. Can India’s batsmen now handle it?
I’m going to stick my neck out and say that I believe Sri Lanka have this won, as I think they have enough runs on the board already.