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)

Malinga to Guptill, FOUR, first boundary of the semi-finals! And in good style too. Malinga drifts too straight onto the pads and Guptill picked it up, flicking to the midwicket boundary with excellent timing. Good sign there

New Zealand 4/0   MJ Guptill 4* (5b 1x4)   SL Malinga 0.5-0-4-0

Herath to BB McCullum, FOUR, ah, top shot this. McCullum jumps deep into his crease and thumps a short ball over midwicket for four

New Zealand 8/0   BB McCullum 4* (2b 1x4)   HMRKB Herath 0.2-0-4-0

Mathews to Guptill, FOUR, oh dear, Murali's dive at short midwicket is very ginger. Doesn't get near the ball as a leg-side delivery is flicked around the corner

New Zealand 14/0   MJ Guptill 9* (8b 2x4)   AD Mathews 0.1-0-4-0

Mathews to Guptill, FOUR, uppish but powerful! That's Guptill's area. Full-face check-drive down the ground, races to the rope. Quality shot

New Zealand 20/0   MJ Guptill 15* (15b 3x4)   AD Mathews 1.2-0-10-0

Mendis to Ryder, FOUR, wonderful shot, that will release the pressure on Ryder. Too short from Mendis and it sat up asking for trouble, the key was for Ryder to wait and wait he did, before cracking a cut shot wide of point for four

New Zealand 46/1   JD Ryder 8* (16b 1x4)   BAW Mendis 1.1-0-5-0

Mathews to Ryder, FOUR, four more! Top work from Ryder, offered some width and Ryder eases his arms gently through the ball sending it over cover and speeding to the rope

New Zealand 57/1   JD Ryder 14* (20b 2x4)   AD Mathews 5.5-0-27-0

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

New Zealand 83/2   LRPL Taylor 10* (8b 1x4)   SL Malinga 1.1-0-8-0

Malinga to Styris, FOUR, Malinga errs slightly with his length, and a half-volley is driven hard out to deep cover boundary. Great timing

New Zealand 98/3   SB Styris 8* (13b 1x4)   SL Malinga 3.3-0-20-1

Malinga to Styris, FOUR, shot! Styris is quick to seize on another half-volley as Malinga misses his mark witht the yorker, and he unfurls a fine straight drive that beats the bowler, scoots past the stumps, and races to the straight boundary

New Zealand 102/3   SB Styris 12* (16b 2x4)   SL Malinga 4-0-24-1

Malinga to Styris, FOUR, bouncer on off stump, but Styris picked it early and pulled in front of square, rolling his wrists to keep the ball down, and reaches the deep midwicket boundary

New Zealand 128/3   SB Styris 26* (35b 3x4)   SL Malinga 4.3-0-28-1

Malinga to Styris, FOUR, half-volley from Malinga, and Styris meets it with a glorious, flowing cover drive to pick up four more! Second boundary of the over, and New Zealand are fighting back into a good position. That takes the partnership to 50

New Zealand 134/3   SB Styris 32* (38b 4x4)   SL Malinga 5-0-34-1

Mendis to Styris, FOUR, ah lovely shot, couple of steps down the track, meets it on the half-volley and crashes it down the ground for four

New Zealand 146/3   SB Styris 39* (46b 5x4)   BAW Mendis 6.2-0-21-0

Malinga to Williamson, FOUR, how about that!? Where did it come from? Gloucester fans will be cheered. Williamson picked it up from a length and clipped it over midwicket for four!

New Zealand 175/4   KS Williamson 9* (8b 1x4)   SL Malinga 6.4-0-42-1

Muralitharan to Williamson, FOUR, wonderful shot! Shot of the day I reckon! Williamson dances down the track and gives himself room to unfurl a very controlled, chip-drive over mid-off and it speeds away for four

New Zealand 185/4   KS Williamson 16* (11b 2x4)   M Muralitharan 7.3-1-25-1

Muralitharan to Williamson, FOUR, four more! Too short, really sat up and Williamson hopped back and chopped a cut shot firmly behind point

New Zealand 189/4   KS Williamson 20* (12b 3x4)   M Muralitharan 7.4-1-29-1

Malinga to Oram, FOUR, not quite the big heave to the boundary but an outside edge will do! Full and a half-open-face half-edge scoots off to the third man boundary

New Zealand 210/6   JDP Oram 5* (3b 1x4)   SL Malinga 8.5-0-55-3





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