ICC Cricket World Cup, 1st Semi-Final: Sri Lanka v New Zealand at Colombo (RPS), Mar 29, 2011
ICC Cricket World Cup - 1st semi final
Sri Lanka won by 5 wickets (with 13 balls remaining)
29 March 2011 - day/night match (50-over match)
18.4

Muralitharan to Taylor, 1 run, Murali stays round the wicket to Taylor, and this one rushes on and bounces too. Taylor biffs uppishly down to long-on to get off the mark

18.6

Muralitharan to Taylor, 1 run, a touch too full, driven down to long-on

New Zealand 72/2   LRPL Taylor 2* (2b)
19.1

Herath to Taylor, no run, flighted up on middle, breaking away, defended back down the track

19.2

Herath to Taylor, no run, and again, this time Taylor tries to nudge wide of the bowler but there's no single as Herath rushes across

19.3

Herath to Taylor, no run, flatter this time on off stump, the ball spins away and Taylor chops to point

19.4

Herath to Taylor, 1 run, now he finds one, Taylor stoops to sweep and sends the ball down to fine leg

New Zealand 73/2   LRPL Taylor 3* (6b)
20.5

Muralitharan to Taylor, 3 runs, edged! That looked like the doosra, the ball took a thick edge and rolled away down to third man. No slip in place, just the silly mid-off

New Zealand 79/2   LRPL Taylor 6* (7b)
21.1

Malinga to Taylor, FOUR, that does swing! Wobbling through the air at good pace, reversing in. The ball comes off the toe, going straight into the ground and bouncing away down to third man. He was aiming for the yorker first up

21.2

Malinga to Taylor, 1 run, very full again, dug out just wide of the mid-off fielder, who runs round to cut it off

New Zealand 84/2   LRPL Taylor 11* (9b 1x4)
22.1

Muralitharan to Taylor, no run, Taylor stretches forward and nudges cautiously behind square

22.2

Muralitharan to Taylor, no run, offspinner, pushed to midwicket

22.3

Muralitharan to Taylor, no run, fuller, Taylor drives back to the bowler

22.4

Muralitharan to Taylor, no run, this time Taylor stays deep in the crease, flicking to midwicket again

22.5

Muralitharan to Taylor, no run, dangerous shot! Taylor makes room as Murali spears one down quicker on off stump, chopping it down at the very last moment. The ball could easily have crashed into off stump there, definitely not short enough for the shot

22.6

Muralitharan to Taylor, no run, punched to mid-off, Taylor searches for the single but there's none to be had

New Zealand 84/3   LRPL Taylor 11* (15b 1x4)
23.3

Malinga to Taylor, 2 runs, length again from Malinga, sitting up outside off as Taylor flashes hard at it. The ball bounces down to third man's right for two

23.4

Malinga to Taylor, 1 run, reverse swing, nice and full but not the yorker. Taylor drives just wide of a deep mid-on and they charge through for one

New Zealand 90/3   LRPL Taylor 14* (17b 1x4)
24.1

Dilshan to Taylor, 1 run, starts with a very loopy one on middle, driven down to long-on

24.5

Dilshan to Taylor, 1 run, flighted once again, Taylor whips across the front pad at the last moment to pick up one through square leg

New Zealand 93/3   LRPL Taylor 16* (19b 1x4)
25.1

Malinga to Taylor, 1 run, slung down full on off stump, Taylor chops it hard into the ground and the ball bounces up to cover

New Zealand 94/3   LRPL Taylor 17* (20b 1x4)
26.1

Dilshan to Taylor, 3 wides, Dilshan slips one down the leg side, that's wide

26.1

Dilshan to Taylor, no run, much better line, tossed up outside off and Taylor leans forward to defend

26.2

Dilshan to Taylor, no run, defend turn for Dilshan when he flights it, this one breaks from off stump and takes Taylor on the pad, rolling into the leg side. No lbw shout, was definitely slipping down leg

26.3

Dilshan to Taylor, 2 runs, nice little paddle-sweep from Taylor, and they take two before the fielder can run round and hurl the ball back in

26.4

Dilshan to Taylor, no run, worked with a wristy bottom hand to midwicket, straight to the fielder

26.5

Dilshan to Taylor, 1 run, slightly too straight from Dilshan, Taylor is able to flick through square leg

New Zealand 108/3   LRPL Taylor 20* (25b 1x4)
27.5

Herath to Taylor, 1 run, Taylor hangs back and punches, Herath dives but can't stop it and they take one as the ball rolls down to long off

New Zealand 112/3   LRPL Taylor 21* (26b 1x4)
28.2

Dilshan to Taylor, 1 run, drop-and-run as Taylor just places the ball to backward point and they take off

28.5

Dilshan to Taylor, 1 run, tapped gently into space in the covers, another single

New Zealand 117/3   LRPL Taylor 23* (28b 1x4)
29.3

Mendis to Taylor, 1 run, again this one comes in a touch, nudged to the left of the midwicket fielder for one

New Zealand 120/3   LRPL Taylor 24* (29b 1x4)
30.1

Muralitharan to Taylor, no run, tossed up high on leg stump, the ball almost lands on Taylor's toe as he flicks to short fine leg

30.2

Muralitharan to Taylor, no run, better length, not quite as full and Taylor taps to the bowler

30.3

Muralitharan to Taylor, no run, this time Taylor tries to work it wider to beat Murali, but midwicket rushes across and dives to stop the single

30.4

Muralitharan to Taylor, 1 run, offspinner, landing outside off and driven carefully to long-off

30.6

Muralitharan to Taylor, no run, this one rushes straight on, and is met with a forward defensive

New Zealand 124/3   LRPL Taylor 25* (34b 1x4)
32.1

Muralitharan to Taylor, 1 run, dropped close in on the leg side, short fine leg runs in but he can't stop the single

32.4

Muralitharan to Taylor, no run, Taylor tries to nudge to fine leg, but the fielder rushes across to cut it off

32.5

Muralitharan to Taylor, no run, quicker, flatter, and Taylor defends

32.6

Muralitharan to Taylor, 1 run, flatter again, chopped down behind gully for one

New Zealand 137/3   LRPL Taylor 27* (38b 1x4)
33.1

Malinga to Taylor, no run, full and straight and lurking swing back into the batsman who digs it out

33.2

Malinga to Taylor, no run, full and swinging in again, you know what's coming, just the playing it bit that's harder

33.3

Malinga to Taylor, 1 run, slower ball almost gets the better of Taylor, who adjusts late but not enough to prevent a slight leading edge that squirts to cover

33.6

Malinga to Taylor, no run, sturdy defence to finish. Could be Malinga's spell I reckon

New Zealand 139/3   LRPL Taylor 28* (42b 1x4)
34.2

Herath to Taylor, no run, Taylor is very calm so far in defence

34.3

Herath to Taylor, no run, Herath's line is good, the length isn't bad either and Taylor so far is playing him from the crease

34.4

Herath to Taylor, 1 run, a single pushed down the ground brings Styris back on strike

34.6

Herath to Taylor, no run, careful and uneasy defence from Taylor. He hasn't looked fluent yet

New Zealand 142/3   LRPL Taylor 29* (46b 1x4)
35.4

Mendis to Taylor, no run, more careful defence from Taylor

35.5

Mendis to Taylor, 1 run, this is held back a fraction and a neat flick of the wrists sends it around the corner

New Zealand 148/3   LRPL Taylor 30* (48b 1x4)
36.2

Dilshan to Taylor, no run, smart diving work from Dilshan off his own bowling saves the single

36.3

Dilshan to Taylor, 1 run, this time Taylor beats the bowler by pushing wide of him and jogging through

36.5

Dilshan to Taylor, 1 run, Taylor tries to steer a delicate cut behind point but instead finds the man. Manages to scoot through for a single anyway

New Zealand 153/3   LRPL Taylor 32* (51b 1x4)
37.1

Mendis to Taylor, no run, Taylor is completely stuck against Mendis. No risk cricket and not much reward either

37.2

Mendis to Taylor, 3 runs, the bowler loses his line and a good shot from Taylor here, crouching low to tickle a sweep shot around the corner. Deserved four but a full-length sliding stop by Matthews on the boundary prevents it

New Zealand 156/3   LRPL Taylor 35* (53b 1x4)
38.3

Herath to Taylor, 1 run, driven out to deep extra this time

New Zealand 161/3   LRPL Taylor 36* (54b 1x4)
39.1

Mendis to Taylor, OUT, Taylor's struggle ends. You felt something was coming. In the end it's a poor delivery, dragged short that Taylor pulled straight down the throat of deep midwicket. Normally you'd back Taylor to clear that boundary but he's not quite found his range today

LRPL Taylor c Tharanga b Mendis 36 (90m 55b 1x4 0x6) SR: 65.45

New Zealand 161/4   LRPL Taylor 36 (55b 1x4)
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