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April 23, 2007
Shane Bond, New Zealand's fast bowler, has announced his intention to target Sanath Jayasuriya, the hard-hitting Sri Lankan opening batsman, in their semi-final clash in Jamaica.
"If we can get Sanath out early we can probably limit them to 200 runs so it's my job, especially in this game, to get him out and we've always identified him as a key wicket," Bond told the Jamaican Gleaner.
The pitch at Sabina Park is expected to offer a fair bit of assistance to fast bowlers and according to Bond it has more bounce and swing than any of the other wickets that New Zealand have played on this World Cup. "It's a small ground," Bond added. "We have a long batting line-up, some big hitters, so it might suit us better and should be an ideal ground when playing a side like Sri Lanka."
Bond has 12 wickets at 12.83 from seven matches in the tournament. He missed New Zealand's final Super Eights game against Australia due to a stomach complaint and his side lost by 215 runs. The defeat, Bond said, was disappointing because New Zealand were a better side than the one bowled out for 133 in 25.5 overs.
"The moment we beat South Africa [in their penultimate Super Eights game], we knew we would be playing Sri Lanka and that became our sole focus," he said. "So we didn't do ourselves justice; we weren't focused. But we are here for the game we really want to play and we'll turn up for this match."
Winning the World Cup will give a huge boost to cricket in New Zealand, felt Bond. "I think people are hoping we win but aren't speaking it," he said. "I think even to make the final would be a huge buzz and an Australia-New Zealand final would be something special."
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