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ICC Cricket World Cup 2011: Sri Lanka Defeat New Zealand to Reach Final

Sri Lanka survived some late wickets to come through their ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 Semi Final against New Zealand, to book a place in the Final, by winning by 5 wickets in Colombo RPS on Tuesday 29th March 2011.

New Zealand set a total of 217 All Out from 48.5 Overs, to which Sri Lanka looked on course to respond easily, as Dilshan (73) and Sangakkara (54) batting at 2 and 3 got them off to a good start. However, despite a late run of New Zealand wickets, Sri Lanka held on to reach 220 for 5 in 47.5 overs, with a couple of overs to spare.

New Zealand’s batsmen were curtailed by good spells of bowling from the Sri Lankan bowlers who’s names begin with the letter ‘m’: Malinga and Medis took three wickets each, while the mercurial Muralitharan also took a brace of wickets from his allotment of 10 overs. Only Styris (57) made more than a half century for the Kiwis in a innings where many got a start, but the Sri Lankan attack always seemed to pick off batsmen just as they looked to be getting comfortable.

In response, openers Tharanga (30) and Dilshan (73) did well, and, when Southee took Tharanga, caught Ryder, up stepped Sangakkara (54) to make an important half century.

However, when Dilshan fell, the score went from 160 for 1 to 169 for 4 very quickly, and Sri Lanka fans had to be thankful for a steadying innings from Samaraweera (23 Not Out) and Matthews (14 Not Out) who brought the match home, despite Silva (13) being bowled by Southee, who was New Zealand’s most effective bowler amassing 3 wickets for 57 runs from his 10 overs.

When Southee and Vettori ran out of overs, however, New Zealand looked a little short of options, and so it would prove, as Sri Lanka reached and passed their total with 13 balls remaining.

The result means that New Zealand have now reached six ICC Cricket World Cup semi finals – and won none of them. Sri Lanka will face the winners of tomorrow’s huge semi final between India and Pakistan in the Final on 2nd April, in Mumbai.

New Zealand v Sri Lanka – ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 Semi-Final Scorecard

New Zealand 1st InningsRunsBalls4s6s
Guptillb Malinga396530
B McCullumb Herath132111
Ryderc Sangakkarab Muralitharan193420
Taylorc Tharangab Mendis365510
Styrislbwb Muralitharan577750
Williamsonlbwb Malinga221630
N McCullumc Sangakkarab Malinga9901
Oramc M Jayawardeneb Dilshan7910
Vettorinot out3300
Southeec Sangakkarab Mendis0300
McKayb Mendis0200
Extras1nb 6w 5lb12
Totalall out217(48.5 ovs)

Sri Lanka BowlersOMRW

Sri Lanka 1st InningsRunsBalls4s6s
Tharangac Ryderb Southee303141
Dilshanc Ryderb Southee7393101
Sangakkarac Styrisb McKay547971
M Jayawardenelbwb Vettori1300
Samaraweeranot out233830
Silvab Southee132520
Mathewsnot out141811
Extras10w 2lb12
Totalfor 5220(47.5 ovs)

New Zealand BowlersOMRW
N McCullum60330

Sri Lanka win by 5 wickets.

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