World Cup: Sri Lanka survive Kiwis late assault to reach final

Malinga takes World Cup hat-trickCOLOMBO: Sri Lanka succeeded in reaching the World Cup final for second time in a row after avoiding late bowling assault by New Zealand here at the R Premadasa Stadium on Tuesday.

Chasing 218, the co-hosts reached the target to beat the Kiwis by five wickets with 13 balls to spare in the first day-night semi-final as veteran off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan said goodbye to his home crowd.

Opener Tillekaratna Dilshan (73) and captain Kumar Sangakkara (54) hit half-cneturies to set a foundation for Sri Lanka’s victory to qualify for the World Cup final for the third time and second in succession.

They had won the final in 1996 at Lahore, Pakistan but lost it in 2007 at Kingston, Jamaica.

Sri Lanka play the winners of Wednesday’s semi-final between India and Pakistan in Mohali.

Muralitharan took his 534th wicket off his last ball on home soil as New Zealand were bowled out for a below-par score of 217 in 48.5 overs.

Muralitharan, who last year retired from Tests after finishing as the highest wicket-taker with 800, now aims to win his second title — after being part of the 1996 Cup winning squad — in Saturday’s final in Mumbai.

Sri Lanka, cruising along at 160-1, lost four wickets in the space of 25 runs to raise fears of an unlikely defeat before Thilan Samaraweera (23 not out) and Angelo Mathews (14 not out) guided them home with an unbroken 35-run stand.

New Zealand, who for the sixth time failed in a World Cup semi-final, seemed to be succumbing like England did during their 10-wicket quarter-final defeat at the hands of Sri Lanka, but they staged a brave rearguard action.

It was 34-year-old Dilshan who was once again in rampaging mood, taking the co-hosts to 40 by the eighth over in the company of Upul Tharanga who fell after scoring a 31-ball 30 with four boundaries and a six.

Dilshan then found an equally aggressive and in-form partner in captain Sangakkara as they added 120 for the second wicket, before Dilshan played straight into the hands of Jesse Ryder off Tim Southee.

Dilshan hit 10 boundaries and a six during his 93-ball knock. He also became the top run-getter of the tournament with 467.

Sri Lanka then lost Mahela Jayawardene (one) and Sangakkara in the space of eight runs and then Chamara Silva (13) before the team held their nerve.

It was Ajantha Mendis (3-35) and Lasith Malinga (3-55), along with Muralitharan (2-42), who kept New Zealand under control after Daniel Vettori won the toss and opted to bat.

Scott Styris, who top scored with 57, added 77 for the fourth wicket with Ross Taylor (36) but the Sri Lankan bowlers never allowed them to run away with a big total, dismissing the Kiwis in 48.5 overs.

Styris and Kane Williamson (22) added 42 in the batting powerplay but New Zealand lost their last seven wickets for just 56 runs.

Sri Lanka once again dismissed hard-hitting Brendon McCullum through a spinner when left-armer Rangana Herath bowled him in the eighth over for 13.

Martin Guptill (39) and Jesse Ryder (19) took the total to 69 before Muralitharan had the big left-hander caught off a quickish delivery.

Soon it became 84-3 when Malinga bowled Guptill with a ferocious yorker after the opener had hit three boundaries off 65 balls.

New Zealand beat South Africa to reach World Cup semis

New Zealand beat South Africa to reach World Cup semisDHAKA: New Zealand beat South Africa by 49 runs to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup on Friday.
The Africans have now lost five successive World Cup knockout matches dating back to 1992.
New Zealand will face either co-hosts Sri Lanka or England in the last-four match in Colombo next Tuesday.

Australia Beats New Zealand with 7 Wickets

AUSTRALIA vs NEW ZEALAND, 8th Match, Group A

Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur, Feb 25, 2011

Australia

R B 4’s 6’s SR
S Watson b H Bennett 62 61 6 1 101.64
B Haddin (wk) c J Franklin b H Bennett 55 50 8 0 110.00
R Ponting (c) st B McCullum b T Southee 12 28 1 0 42.86
M Clarke not out 24 37 4 0 64.86
C White not out 22 28 3 0 78.57
D Hussey
S Smith
M Johnson
B Lee
J Krejza
S Tait
Extras ( b 0,w 29,nb 0,lb 3) 32
Total (207 for 3 in 34 overs) 207
F.O.W: 1/133 (B Haddin, 18.1 ov.), 2/136 (S Watson, 18.3 ov.), 3/167 (R Ponting, 26.4 ov.)

New Zealand – Bowling

O M R W Nb Wd ER
T Southee 10 2 45 1 0 4 4.5
D Vettori 7 0 39 0 0 1 5.6
H Bennett 7 0 63 2 0 7 9.0
N McCullum 3 0 22 0 0 0 7.3
J Ryder 5 0 24 0 0 3 4.8
J Franklin 2 0 11 0 0 0 5.5

New Zealand

R B 4’s 6’s SR
M Guptill b S Watson 10 25 2 0 40.00
B McCullum (wk) c J Krejza b S Tait 16 12 3 0 133.33
J Ryder c B Haddin b M Johnson 25 31 6 0 80.65
R Taylor b S Tait 7 22 1 0 31.82
J Franklin c B Haddin b M Johnson 0 3 0 0 0.00
S Styris c B Haddin b S Tait 0 4 0 0 0.00
J How lbw b S Smith 22 47 1 0 46.81
N McCullum lbw b M Johnson 52 76 3 0 68.42
D Vettori (c) c B Haddin b B Lee 44 43 5 0 102.33
T Southee c R Ponting b M Johnson 6 10 0 0 60.00
H Bennett not out 0 0 0 0 0.00
Extras ( b 1,w 13,nb 2,lb 8) 24
Total (206 for 10 in 45.1 overs) 206
F.O.W: 1/20 (B McCullum, 3.4 ov.), 2/40 (M Guptill, 8.5 ov.), 3/66 (J Ryder, 13.2 ov.), 4/66 (J Franklin, 13.5 ov.), 5/67 (S Styris, 14.4 ov.), 6/73 (R Taylor, 16.6 ov.), 7/121 (J How, 28.6 ov.), 8/175 (N McCullum, 41.2 ov.), 9/206 (D Vettori, 44.6 ov.), 10/206 (T Southee, 45.1 ov.)

Australia – Bowling

O M R W Nb Wd ER
B Lee 8 2 29 1 0 0 3.6
S Tait 7 0 35 3 2 4 5.0
M Johnson 9.1 3 33 4 0 2 3.6
S Watson 3 1 9 1 0 1 3.0
J Krejza 9 0 47 0 0 1 5.2
S Smith 9 0 44 1 0 1 4.9

AUSTRALIA vs NEW ZEALAND, 8th Match, Group A

AUSTRALIA vs NEW ZEALAND, 8th Match, Group A

Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur, Feb 25, 2011

Start Time: 09:00 PST

Teams Information:

Australia (From): Shane Watson, Brad Haddin(w), Ricky Ponting(c), Michael Clarke, Cameron White, David Hussey, Steven Smith, Mitchell Johnson, Brett Lee, Jason Krejza, Shaun Tait, Doug Bollinger, John Hastings, Tim Paine, Callum Ferguson

New Zealand (From): Martin Guptill, Brendon McCullum(w), Jesse Ryder, Ross Taylor, James Franklin, Scott Styris, Jacob Oram, Daniel Vettori(c), Nathan McCullum, Hamish Bennett, Tim Southee, Jamie How, Kyle Mills, Kane Williamson, Luke Woodcock

New Zealand Beats Kenya with 10 Wickets

NEW ZEALAND vs KENYA, 2nd Match, Group A

MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai, Feb 20, 2011

Match Information

Toss: Ken (Bat) Status: New Zealand won by 10 wkts

Kenya

R B 4’s 6’s SR
A Obanda lbw b T Southee 6 19 0 0 31.58
S Waters lbw b H Bennett 16 42 1 0 38.10
C Obuya lbw b H Bennett 14 19 2 0 73.68
S Tikolo b H Bennett 2 2 0 0 100.00
M Ouma (wk) lbw b H Bennett 1 6 0 0 16.67
R Patel not out 16 23 1 0 69.57
J Kamande (c) c B McCullum b J Oram 2 16 0 0 12.50
T Odoyo c J Ryder b J Oram 2 6 0 0 33.33
N Odhiambo b T Southee 0 6 0 0 0.00
J Ngoche lbw b T Southee 0 1 0 0 0.00
E Otieno c S Styris b J Oram 0 4 0 0 0.00
Extras ( b 4,w 2,nb 1,lb 3) 10
Total (69 for 10 in 23.5 overs) 69
F.O.W: 1/14 (A Obanda, 6.6 ov.), 2/40 (S Waters, 11.6 ov.), 3/42 (S Tikolo, 13.2 ov.), 4/44 (C Obuya, 13.5 ov.), 5/49 (M Ouma, 15.3 ov.), 6/59 (J Kamande, 19.5 ov.), 7/63 (T Odoyo, 21.3 ov.), 8/68 (N Odhiambo, 22.5 ov.), 9/68 (J Ngoche, 22.6 ov.), 10/69 (E Otieno, 23.5 ov.)

New Zealand – Bowling

O M R W Nb Wd ER
T Southee 6 0 13 3 1 0 2.2
N McCullum 4 0 15 0 0 1 3.8
H Bennett 5 0 16 4 0 1 3.2
D Vettori 6 1 16 0 0 0 2.7
J Oram 2.5 1 2 3 0 0 0.7

New Zealand

R B 4’s 6’s SR
M Guptill not out 39 32 5 2 121.88
B McCullum (wk) not out 26 17 4 0 152.94
J Ryder
R Taylor
S Styris
J Oram
J Franklin
D Vettori (c)
T Southee
N McCullum
H Bennett
Extras ( b 2,w 3,nb 1,lb 1) 7
Total (72 for 0 in 8 overs) 72

Kenya – Bowling

O M R W Nb Wd ER
T Odoyo 3 0 25 0 0 1 8.3
E Otieno 2 0 18 0 0 0 9.0
J Kamande 2 0 21 0 0 1 10.5
N Odhiambo 1 0 5 0 1 1 5.0

NEW ZEALAND vs KENYA, 2nd Match, Group A

NEW ZEALAND vs KENYA, 2nd Match, Group A

MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai, Feb 20, 2011

Start Time: 09:00 PST

Match Information:

Teams:

New Zealand (From): Martin Guptill, Brendon McCullum(w), Jesse Ryder, Ross Taylor, Scott Styris, James Franklin, Jacob Oram, Daniel Vettori(c), Kyle Mills, Tim Southee, Hamish Bennett, Jamie How, Nathan McCullum, Kane Williamson, Luke Woodcock

Kenya (From): Seren Waters, Alex Obanda, Collins Obuya, Tanmay Mishra, Steve Tikolo, Maurice Ouma(w), Jimmy Kamande(c), Thomas Odoyo, Shem Ngoche, James Ngoche, Nehemiah Odhiambo, David Obuya, Peter Ongondo, Elijah Otieno, Rakep Patel

 

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