ICC World Cup - 1st semi final

New Zealand v Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka won by 81 runs

0.1

Franklin to Tharanga, no run, back of a length well outside off stump, left alone by Tharanga

0.2

Franklin to Tharanga, 1 run, straighter one, drifting in a tad, and its nicely tucked just wide of square leg for one to get off the mark, Patel gives chase

0.6

Franklin to Tharanga, 1 wide, too full and angling down leg stump, wide called

0.6

Franklin to Tharanga, 1 run, overpitched outside off stump, he square-drives uneasily and manages to find the gap where gulley could be, runs it down to third man for one

Sri Lanka 4/0   WU Tharanga 2* (3b)

1.1

Bond to Tharanga, 1 wide, poor ball to start off with, quite wide down leg stump, work for McCullum

1.1

Bond to Tharanga, no run, back of a length, pitching on middle and off and angling well away as Tharanga leaves it alone

1.2

Bond to Tharanga, FOUR, drifts down leg stump, and Tharanga neatly tickles it off the hips and picks up an easy four to fine leg, no swing whatsoever for Bond

1.3

Bond to Tharanga, no run, looking for the yorker, he overpitches on leg stump and it swings away, theres a noise as Tharanga shuffles across and bends down, late movement there, no signal from the umpire

1.4

Bond to Tharanga, FOUR, again he strays down leg stump and again Tharanga tickles it fine, Franklin runs across and dives on the ropes but cant stop it, four more

1.5

Bond to Tharanga, no run, better, on the stumps, he gets behind the line and defends it back to Bond

1.6

Bond to Tharanga, no run, well bowled! Lands it on a great length and gets it to slant past Tharanga, who stands rooted and plays forward, only to see the ball shave past his bat

Sri Lanka 13/0   WU Tharanga 10* (9b 2x4)

2.6

Franklin to Tharanga, no run, wide of off stump, theres that low carry again as he shoulders arms to it

Sri Lanka 16/1   WU Tharanga 10* (10b 2x4)

3.3

Bond to Tharanga, no run, back of a length moving across from off stump, he gets behind the line and defends to point

3.4

Bond to Tharanga, no run, bouncer! Drops it in short and quick and forces Tharanga down onto his haunches

3.5

Bond to Tharanga, no run, back of a length on off stump, he drives with zero footwork and Taylor dives full length at point to save runs

3.6

Bond to Tharanga, 1 wide, too full outside leg stump again

3.6

Bond to Tharanga, 1 run, overpitched outside off stump, he square-drives in the gap behind point for one to third man

Sri Lanka 19/1   WU Tharanga 11* (14b 2x4)

4.1

Franklin to Tharanga, 1 leg bye, strays to leg stump, worked behind square leg for a single

4.6

Franklin to Tharanga, FOUR, fullish outside off stump, he gets forward and plays it late, pushing in the gap at point and picking up four, positive shot

Sri Lanka 26/1   WU Tharanga 15* (16b 3x4)

5.6

Bond to Tharanga, FOUR, short of a length outside off stump again, his feet go nowhere as he plays at it away from his body, the ball speeds down to third man and beats the fielder's dive

Sri Lanka 32/1   WU Tharanga 19* (17b 4x4)

8.1

Oram to Tharanga, 3 runs, shot! Good length outside off stump, he eases into it and caresses a drive in the gap smack between cover and point and the outfield does the rest

8.6

Oram to Tharanga, 2 runs, a touch too full, but by no means a half-volley, and he times a good-looking drive past point again for a brace

Sri Lanka 43/1   WU Tharanga 24* (19b 4x4)

9.3

Franklin to Tharanga, (no ball) 1 run, oversteps, the ball's short of a length outside off stump, plays it with an open face and picks up one to third man

Sri Lanka 46/1   WU Tharanga 25* (20b 4x4)

10.1

Oram to Tharanga, no run, full length from around the wicket, outside off and Tharanga pushes his front foot forward and thumps it straight to cover. Well timed, not that well placed

10.2

Oram to Tharanga, 1 wide, bounced over the stumps, he gets down and lets it sail over his shoulder

10.2

Oram to Tharanga, FOUR, short of a length outside off stump, he stands and chases it, hitting on the up, and just manages to get it over a leaping backward point...very close!

10.3

Oram to Tharanga, no run, fuller, quicker, he stands and throws the kitchen sink at it, and connects with air

10.4

Oram to Tharanga, no run, fullish outside off stump, driven to point

10.5

Oram to Tharanga, no run, overpitched outside off stump, driven straight to point again

10.6

Oram to Tharanga, 1 run, short of a length outside off stump, he shuffles across, waits for it, gets ovet it and runs it down to third man

Sri Lanka 52/1   WU Tharanga 30* (26b 5x4)

11.1

Franklin to Tharanga, no run, full, slower outside off stump, he shuffles across and drives, only to get beaten by the little bit of swing

11.2

Franklin to Tharanga, no run, back of a length outside off stump, works it to the on side via the inside-edge

11.3

Franklin to Tharanga, FOUR, short of a length outside off stump, there are no slips in place, so he stands leaden-footed and flashes the bat at it, and the ball flies away for four

11.4

Franklin to Tharanga, 2 runs, fuller on off stump, he drives back down the ground, beating the bowler's left hand and mid-on and mid-off have to give chase

11.5

Franklin to Tharanga, FOUR, fullish outside off stump, he stands and drives at it, in no control of that shot whatsoever, driving on the up, but hes got enough on it to time it over Vettori at mid-off

11.6

Franklin to Tharanga, no run, and the reply is a quick, shorter one outside off stump, which he flashes at and misses

Sri Lanka 62/1   WU Tharanga 40* (32b 7x4)

12.5

Oram to Tharanga, no run, good length on off stump, rolls the wrists and taps it to square leg

12.6

Oram to Tharanga, no run, good length outside off stump, comes forward and drives to point

Sri Lanka 67/1   WU Tharanga 40* (34b 7x4)

14.1

Oram to Tharanga, no run, short of a length outside off stump, he hops up and plays it to backward point

14.2

Oram to Tharanga, 1 no ball, oversteps, Tharanga stands and flirts with a slower one pretty close to the body, and misses

14.2

Oram to Tharanga, no run, back of a length on middle and leg, turned off the hips straight to square leg

14.3

Oram to Tharanga, no run, back of a length on off stump, he stands up and defends it back to Oram

14.4

Oram to Tharanga, 1 run, comes into him off a short length, too close to cut, he hops up and steers it to third man

Sri Lanka 69/2   WU Tharanga 41* (39b 7x4)

15.1

Franklin to Tharanga, 1 leg bye, Franklin from around the wicket, straight and full, Tharanga tries to work away to the leg side and is rapped on the pads, huge appeal for lbw but Taufel says no. Batsmen scamper a leg bye and replays show that Tharanga is very lucky there. That was probably going on to hit the top of middle

15.5

Franklin to Tharanga, no run, driven confidently to mid-off, full and pushed cleanly. Tharanga seems to have found his groove, despite having a forgettable World Cup so far

15.6

Franklin to Tharanga, FOUR, slightly wide, not that short but Tharanga latches on. Flashes that with timing and gets it past the diving point for a rasping four. He's stylish, he's confident and these are great signs for Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka 75/2   WU Tharanga 45* (42b 8x4)

16.5

Oram to Tharanga, 1 run, cut away for a single, not that wide again but Tharanga gets on the back foot and slaps it towards cover for a single. It keeps slightly low and he makes allowance for that by keeping his eyes on the ball till the last moment

Sri Lanka 77/2   WU Tharanga 46* (43b 8x4)

17.1

Franklin to Tharanga, 1 run, Franklin drifting onto the pads this time and Tharanga, with those gifted wrists, turns it away elegantly for a single. They think of two but don't take the chance

Sri Lanka 78/2   WU Tharanga 47* (44b 8x4)

18.2

Oram to Tharanga, 1 run, turned away behind square leg for a single. Powerplay is on but not too many bnoundaries here. Well done NZ

Sri Lanka 81/2   WU Tharanga 48* (45b 8x4)

19.1

Vettori to Tharanga, no run, slightly quicker one to start with, tapped away to the off side

19.2

Vettori to Tharanga, no run, on middle, flighted a bit and Tharanga seems to be thinking of coming down the track but changes his mind and taps it to the off side

19.3

Vettori to Tharanga, no run, quicker outside off, Tharanga tries to glide but is beaten. That could have been dangerous

19.4

Vettori to Tharanga, no run, on the pads, Vettori bowling at close to 60mph, driven straight to the square fielder

19.5

Vettori to Tharanga, 1 run, easily done, slightly wide and that was placed in the gap for a single

Sri Lanka 84/2   WU Tharanga 49* (50b 8x4)

20.1

Patel to Tharanga, 1 run, Around the wicket to the left-hander, on and outside off and Tharanga pushes to the off side and completes the single that takes him to a solid fifty. This is his 8th half-century in ODIs and third fifty against New Zealand

20.4

Patel to Tharanga, 1 run, good loop and flight from Patel, tapped away to the of side for a single

Sri Lanka 87/2   WU Tharanga 51* (52b 8x4)

21.1

Vettori to Tharanga, no run, Oh Taylor! missed a gimme of a run-out there! Tharanga flicks it square and Taylor fumbles before letting rip a throw to the bowler. Jayawardene is halfway down the track but the misfield allows him to get back in time

21.2

Vettori to Tharanga, no run

21.3

Vettori to Tharanga, SIX, down the track, that was flighted outside off and he creams a most delicious lofted cover drive over extra cover for a most stylish six. Tharanga can hit them, he can time them, he can place them and does he do it with some class

21.4

Vettori to Tharanga, no run, faster ball outside off, Tharanga tries to glide it to third man but can't get bat to ball

21.5

Vettori to Tharanga, 2 runs, this time he manages the glide, that's racing away but Patel dives full length at third man anc cuts off a sure boundary

21.6

Vettori to Tharanga, FOUR, that's finer and cuter and more effective. It's a delectable glide and runs away for four. 12 off the over, the highest of the innings so far. Tharanga on the move

Sri Lanka 99/2   WU Tharanga 63* (58b 9x4 1x6)

22.2

Patel to Tharanga, no run, tapped to the leg side, flat ball that time

22.3

Patel to Tharanga, 2 runs, cut away to extra cover and they go for two, the fielder fires it into the bowlers end and Jayawardene is struggling to get back. A direct hit would have been close but he makes his ground

22.4

Patel to Tharanga, 1 run, worked away for a single. They're stepping it up now, no doubt about that

22.6

Patel to Tharanga, 1 run, another single, this time it's Tharanga and he tucks it away and completes a quick single

Sri Lanka 105/2   WU Tharanga 67* (62b 9x4 1x6)

23.1

Vettori to Tharanga, no run, quicker ball, on off and tapped to the on side. Tharanga again seems to be thinking of coming down the track but adjusts in the last moment

23.2

Vettori to Tharanga, no run, bit of drift, bit of flight, ball not spinning that much and holding its line. Tharanga tries the elegant back cut but is beaten.

23.3

Vettori to Tharanga, 2 runs, that's the elegance, back-cut comes out this time after Vettori fires it a bit wide. Batsmen complete two behind square

23.4

Vettori to Tharanga, 2 runs, New Zealand getting a bit sloppy on the field, Tharanga taps it to point and takes off for a quick single, the fielder tries the direct hit and Styris (backing up) makes a hash of it and allows two more. Styris seems to have some injury on his finger (lot of bandaging there)

23.5

Vettori to Tharanga, 1 run, another single, Sri Lanka doing it well now, after a lengthy lull

Sri Lanka 110/2   WU Tharanga 72* (67b 9x4 1x6)

24.1

Patel to Tharanga, no run, around the wicket, fast one and Tharanga pushes to the off side

24.2

Patel to Tharanga, no run, flight and loop, quite a peach of an offspinner and Tharanga is a bit unsure with his footwork and beaten comprehensively by one that turns away

24.3

Patel to Tharanga, no run, gets his front foot forward and pushes to the off, straight to the cover fielder

24.4

Patel to Tharanga, no run, defended confidently, good bowling from Patel. Unlike, Vettori he seems to have found his rhythm

24.5

Patel to Tharanga, no run, well-timed drive to the covers and yet another fumble but they decide against the single. New Zealand fumbling all over the place here, butterflies in their stomachs?

24.6

Patel to Tharanga, 1 run, Patel throws it up, that went up a few miles before coming down, Tharanga had so much time that he seemed to be confused about what to do with it. It came down after an age and he tamely pushed to extra cover for a single

Sri Lanka 111/2   WU Tharanga 73* (73b 9x4 1x6)

25.1

Vettori to Tharanga, OUT, Around his legs! Cleaned him up. Vettori fires it quick and flat and on middle and leg. Tharanga chooses the wrong shot, trying to sweep past short fine, and goes way across his stumps, exposing the middle and leg. The ball is too quick for him and goes around his pads to rattle middle. Huge wicket, Dan the Man strikes

WU Tharanga b Vettori 73 (112m 74b 9x4 1x6) SR: 98.64

Sri Lanka 111/3   WU Tharanga 73 (74b 9x4 1x6)
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Photos

Apr 24, 2007

Mahela Jayawardene cracks the ball through point , New Zealand v Sri Lanka, 1st semi-final, Jamaica, April 24, 2007

Mahela Jayawardene cracks the ball through point

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Apr 24, 2007

James Franklin shows his frustration, New Zealand v Sri Lanka, 1st semi-final, Jamaica, April 24, 2007

James Franklin shows his frustration

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