Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

DPMD Jayawardene
115(109) 10x4 - 3x6
Control %78%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 18 runs
  • 1x4 - 2x6
1 4 8 13 1 1 9 9
PG Fulton
46(77) 2x4 - 1x6
Control %85%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 8 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
4 0 2 0 2 1 1 2

Best performances - Bowlers

M Muralitharan
O8.0
M0
R31
W4
Eco3.87
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
JEC Franklin
O9.0
M1
R46
W2
Eco5.11
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Commentary

So Sri Lanka enter their second World Cup final (after the memorable one in 1996). New Zealand fail to cross the semi-final stage for the fifth time in World Cups but when they reflect on today they will look back at a truly outstanding knock by Mahela Jayawardene, probably the defining innings of the tournament.

Once Sri Lanka had made 289, New Zealand didn't have much of a chance, especially with the pitch taking turn and Sri Lanka posessing a varied attack. Muralitharan teased and tormented with 4 for 31 while Malinga and Vaas turned in excellent support acts. New Zealand had a chance at 100 for 2 but a collapse of sorts left them high and dry.

Andrew chimes in: "Everyone streaming to the exits already, although the Sri Lankan drummers are still going bonkers below me"

Murali: "Wicket turned a bit and Mahela played a brilliant innings so that made us win the match. When he played very slowly, I thought he's going for the big one and in the end it was one of the brilliant hundreds. I'm bowling really well, bowling from around the wicket helps me a lot. Thr right-hander can't see which way the ball is going."

Stephen Fleming: "It's disappointing but they've got some big game players and a couple of mistakes can hurt you. We thought the last ten overs was an area we were good at but that let us down. We missed McMIllan and Styris in the field, the toss might have been little but important but I still don't think it would have changed the result the way they played."

Mahela Jayawardene, the Man of the Match: "We played some good cricket and we stuck to the basics. It's a big game but it's another cricket match. We believe in our batting line-up, Sanath has been in good form and all the others have chipped in as well. I'm pretty happy with my hundred, I knew I had to stay there for long. I just wanted to make sure I batted 50 overs."

So that's it from us for the first semi-final. Thanks for joining me, Siddhartha Vaidyanathan, and Jamie Alter for the occassion. Good night and good luck.

41.4
W
Dilshan to Patel, OUT, And that's the end of that. Patel down the ground and cracks it towards long-on, not that well timed and there he's waiting - Dilhara Fernando, who had a forgettable game is there to finish it all over. He pouches the catch wonderfully and there's a wave of Sri Lankan elation at Sabina Park

Samarth: "well said Thushan, lots of Indians have been dissapointed with their country's low quality performance, and they are relating the whole tournament to the country's performance.. but full marks to sri lanka.. they have kept the tournament alive. the only worthy candidates to beat australia. I hope they bat first in the finals"

41.3
1
Dilshan to Franklin, 1 run
41.2
1
Dilshan to Patel, 1 run, Pre-meditated reverse-sweep but that was on leg and he can't get the full range
41.1
0
Dilshan to Patel, no run

END OF OVER:
41 | 11 Runs | NZ: 206/9

  • JS Patel33 (35b)
  • JEC Franklin29 (37b)
  • ST Jayasuriya9-0-57-2
  • TM Dilshan4-0-20-1
40.6
1
Jayasuriya to Patel, 1 run

Richard LePage is in a cheeky mood. "Fleming should have made Patel and Franklin to open the innings, we would have atleast given a respectable fight."

40.5
2
Jayasuriya to Patel, 2 runs, full and on middle and leg, paddled away sweetly past short fine leg for another couple.

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

DPMD Jayawardene
115(109) 10x4 - 3x6
Control %78%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 18 runs
  • 1x4 - 2x6
1 4 8 13 1 1 9 9
PG Fulton
46(77) 2x4 - 1x6
Control %85%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 8 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
4 0 2 0 2 1 1 2

Best performances - Bowlers

M Muralitharan
O8.0
M0
R31
W4
Eco3.87
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
JEC Franklin
O9.0
M1
R46
W2
Eco5.11
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

ICC Cricket World Cup

Pool A
TEAMMPMWMLMDPTNRR
NZ660012.0002.564
AUS64109.0002.257
SL64208.0000.371
BDESH63207.0000.136
ENG62404.000-0.754
AFG61502.000-1.853
SCOT60600.000-2.218
Pool B
TEAMMPMWMLMDPTNRR
INDIA660012.0001.827
SA64208.0001.707
PAK64208.000-0.085
WI63306.000-0.053
IRE63306.000-0.932
ZIM61502.000-0.527
UAE60600.000-2.032