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.

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Match abandoned due to Rain

SRI LANKA vs AUSTRALIA, 20th Match, Group A

R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo, Mar 05, 2011

 

Sri Lanka

R B 4’s 6’s SR
U Tharanga c S Smith b B Lee 6 18 0 0 33.33
T Dilshan c C White b S Tait 4 4 1 0 100.00
K Sangakkara (c) (wk) not out 73 102 7 0 71.57
M Jayawardene run out (S Smith) 23 25 3 0 92.00
T Samaraweera not out 34 48 2 0 70.83
C Silva
A Mathews
L Malinga
R Herath
M Muralitharan
A Mendis
Extras ( b 0,w 5,nb 0,lb 1) 6
Total (146 for 3 in 32.5 overs) 146
F.O.W: 1/6 (T Dilshan, 1.4 ov.), 2/31 (U Tharanga, 6.4 ov.), 3/75 (M Jayawardene, 15.2 ov.)

Australia – Bowling

O M R W Nb Wd ER
B Lee 5 0 27 1 0 2 5.4
S Tait 5 0 23 1 0 0 4.6
S Watson 7 0 29 0 0 0 4.1
M Johnson 4 0 15 0 0 2 3.8
J Krejza 7.5 0 34 0 0 1 4.3
S Smith 4 0 17 0 0 0 4.

Sri Lanka Beats Kenya with 9 Wkts

SRI LANKA vs KENYA, 14th Match, Group A

R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo, Mar 01, 2011

Sri Lanka

R B 4’s 6’s SR
U Tharanga not out 67 59 12 0 113.56
T Dilshan c M Ouma b E Otieno 44 30 8 0 146.67
K Sangakkara (c) (wk) not out 27 24 3 0 112.50
M Jayawardene
T Samaraweera
C Silva
A Mathews
N Kulasekara
A Mendis
M Muralitharan
L Malinga
Extras ( b 0,w 7,nb 1,lb 0) 8
Total (146 for 1 in 18.4 overs) 146
F.O.W: 1/72 (T Dilshan, 8.2 ov.)

Kenya – Bowling

O M R W Nb Wd ER
P Ongondo 3 0 28 0 0 1 9.3
N Odhiambo 5 0 26 0 0 0 5.2
S Ngoche 4 0 39 0 0 0 9.8
J Kamande 1 0 14 0 0 2 14.0
E Otieno 4 0 26 1 1 1 6.5
C Obuya 1.4 0 13 0 0 1 7.8

Kenya

R B 4’s 6’s SR
M Ouma (wk) lbw b N Kulasekara 1 7 0 0 14.29
S Waters lbw b L Malinga 3 4 0 0 75.00
C Obuya b L Malinga 52 100 4 0 52.00
D Obuya c T Samaraweera b M Muralitharan 51 106 3 0 48.11
S Tikolo c T Dilshan b A Mathews 7 17 1 0 41.18
T Mishra lbw b L Malinga 0 13 0 0 0.00
J Kamande (c) run out (C Silva) 1 3 0 0 33.33
N Odhiambo not out 8 10 2 0 80.00
P Ongondo b L Malinga 0 1 0 0 0.00
S Ngoche b L Malinga 0 1 0 0 0.00
E Otieno b L Malinga 0 2 0 0 0.00
Extras ( b 1,w 9,nb 3,lb 6) 19
Total (142 for 10 in 43.4 overs) 142
F.O.W: 1/4 (M Ouma, 1.2 ov.), 2/8 (S Waters, 2.1 ov.), 3/102 (C Obuya, 31.4 ov.), 4/120 (S Tikolo, 36.2 ov.), 5/127 (D Obuya, 40.1 ov.), 6/128 (J Kamande, 41.1 ov.), 7/137 (T Mishra, 41.6 ov.), 8/137 (P Ongondo, 43.1 ov.), 9/137 (S Ngoche, 43.2 ov.), 10/142 (E Otieno, 43.4 ov.)

Sri Lanka – Bowling

O M R W Nb Wd ER
L Malinga 7.4 0 38 6 1 3 5.0
N Kulasekara 9 1 18 1 0 0 2.0
A Mathews 7 0 20 1 0 1 2.9
A Mendis 9 2 23 0 0 0 2.6
M Muralitharan 8 0 24 1 0 0 3.0
C Silva 3 0 12 0 0 1 4.0

Pakistan Won the Match by 11 runs

SRI LANKA vs PAKISTAN, 10th Match, Group A

R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo, Feb 26, 2011

Pakistan

R B 4’s 6’s SR
A Shehzad c K Sangakkara b T Perera 13 23 2 0 56.52
M Hafeez run out (K Sangakkara/R Herath/M Muralitharan) 32 31 4 1 103.23
K Akmal (wk) st K Sangakkara b R Herath 39 48 5 0 81.25
Y Khan c M Jayawardene b R Herath 72 76 4 0 94.74
Misbah-ul-Haq not out 83 91 6 0 91.21
U Akmal c T Dilshan b M Muralitharan 10 15 1 0 66.67
S Afridi (c) c T Dilshan b A Mathews 16 12 3 0 133.33
A Razzaq c (sub)C Kapugedera b T Perera 3 4 0 0 75.00
A Rehman
S Akhtar
U Gul
Extras ( b 0,w 5,nb 0,lb 4) 9
Total (277 for 7 in 50 overs) 277
F.O.W: 1/28 (A Shehzad, 5.3 ov.), 2/76 (M Hafeez, 13.1 ov.), 3/105 (K Akmal, 20.2 ov.), 4/213 (Y Khan, 40.5 ov.), 5/238 (U Akmal, 45.3 ov.), 6/267 (S Afridi, 48.5 ov.), 7/277 (A Razzaq, 49.6 ov.)

Sri Lanka – Bowling

O M R W Nb Wd ER
N Kulasekara 10 1 64 0 0 1 6.4
T Perera 9 0 62 2 0 2 6.9
A Mathews 10 0 56 1 0 0 5.6
M Muralitharan 10 0 35 1 0 2 3.5
R Herath 10 0 46 2 0 0 4.6
T Dilshan 1 0 10 0 0 0 10.0

Sri Lanka

R B 4’s 6’s SR
U Tharanga c S Afridi b M Hafeez 33 43 6 0 76.74
T Dilshan b S Afridi 41 55 5 0 74.55
K Sangakkara (c) (wk) c A Shehzad b S Afridi 49 61 2 1 80.33
M Jayawardene b S Akhtar 2 10 0 0 20.00
T Samaraweera st K Akmal b S Afridi 1 4 0 0 25.00
C Silva st K Akmal b A Rehman 57 78 5 0 73.08
A Mathews c A Shehzad b S Afridi 18 20 2 0 90.00
T Perera b S Akhtar 8 6 1 0 133.33
N Kulasekara c U Akmal b U Gul 24 14 2 1 171.43
R Herath not out 4 10 0 0 40.00
M Muralitharan not out 0 1 0 0 0.00
Extras ( b 1,w 16,nb 2,lb 10) 29
Total (266 for 9 in 50 overs) 266
F.O.W: 1/76 (U Tharanga, 14.2 ov.), 2/88 (T Dilshan, 17.3 ov.), 3/95 (M Jayawardene, 20.2 ov.), 4/96 (T Samaraweera, 21.2 ov.), 5/169 (K Sangakkara, 37.4 ov.), 6/208 (A Mathews, 43.4 ov.), 7/232 (T Perera, 45.5 ov.), 8/233 (C Silva, 46 ov.), 9/265 (N Kulasekara, 49.5 ov.)

Pakistan – Bowling

O M R W Nb Wd ER
S Akhtar 10 0 42 2 0 0 4.2
A Razzaq 5 1 23 0 0 0 4.6
U Gul 9 0 60 1 1 2 6.7
M Hafeez 6 0 33 1 0 2 5.5
S Afridi 10 0 34 4 0 1 3.4
A Rehman 10 1 63 1 1 3 6.3

Sri Lanka sets Canada 333 Runs to Win.

SRI LANKA vs CANADA, 3rd Match, Group A

Hambantota International Cricket Stadium, Hambantota, Feb 20, 2011

Sri Lanka

R B 4’s 6’s SR
U Tharanga run out (R Gunasekera/A Bagai) 19 31 1 0 61.29
T Dilshan c J Davison b R Cheema 50 59 8 0 84.75
K Sangakkara (c) (wk) c & b J Davison 92 87 7 1 105.75
M Jayawardene c B Rao b J Davison 100 81 9 1 123.46
T Perera run out (Z Surkari/A Bagai) 11 11 1 0 100.00
A Mathews c & b H Baidwan 21 16 3 0 131.25
C Kapugedera c (sub)NR Kumar b H Baidwan 2 3 0 0 66.67
T Samaraweera not out 18 10 3 0 180.00
N Kulasekara not out 7 3 1 0 233.33
M Muralitharan
A Mendis
Extras ( b 0,w 8,nb 1,lb 3) 12
Total (332 for 7 in 50 overs) 332
F.O.W: 1/63 (U Tharanga, 11.5 ov.), 2/88 (T Dilshan, 19.1 ov.), 3/267 (K Sangakkara, 41.6 ov.), 4/276 (M Jayawardene, 43.6 ov.), 5/284 (T Perera, 45.1 ov.), 6/295 (C Kapugedera, 46.1 ov.), 7/314 (A Mathews, 48.4 ov.)

Canada – Bowling

O M R W Nb Wd ER
K Chohan 8 0 62 0 0 0 7.8
H Osinde 2.1 0 10 0 1 2 4.6
H Baidwan 8.5 0 59 2 0 2 6.7
J Hansra 9 0 47 0 0 1 5.2
R Cheema 7 0 47 1 0 0 6.7
B Rao 7 0 48 0 0 0 6.9

SRI LANKA vs CANADA, 3rd Match, Group A

SRI LANKA vs CANADA, 3rd Match, Group A

Hambantota International Cricket Stadium, Hambantota, Feb 20, 2011

Start Time: 14:00 PST

Match Information:

Teams:

Sri Lanka (From): Tillakaratne Dilshan, Upul Tharanga, Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara(w/c), Thilan Samaraweera, Angelo Mathews, Chamara Kapugedera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Rangana Herath, Ajantha Mendis, Lasith Malinga, Dilhara Fernando, Muttiah Muralitharan, Thissara Perera, Chamara Silva

Canada (From): Hiral Patel, John Davison, Ruvindu Gunasekera, Ashish Bagai(w/c), Jimmy Hansra, Zubin Surkari, Rizwan Cheema, Nitish Kumar, Karl Whatham, Harvir Baidwan, Khurram Chohan, Balaji Rao, Parth Desai, Tyson Gordon, Henry Osinde

 

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