ICC World Cup - 1st semi final

New Zealand v Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka won by 81 runs

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

20.2

Patel to Jayawardene, no run, flighted outside off, not much turn for either spinner yet but they've begun well. Jayawardene taps it to the off side and registers yet another dot ball.

20.3

Patel to Jayawardene, 1 run, short and Jayawardene is onto it quickly, pulls it square for a single

20.4

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

20.5

Patel to Jayawardene, no run, quicker one, Mahela comes down the track but Patel reads him well. He can only drop it close to his body

20.6

Patel to Jayawardene, no run, Oh, thrown up, flight, arrived slowly and gripped and spun as well. Jayawardene gets his foot forward and tries to flick it to the on side but can't do so. He's one of the best players of spin but Patel and Vettori giving nothing away.

Sri Lanka 87/2   JS Patel 1-0-3-0

22.1

Patel to Jayawardene, 1 run, driven to mid-on, misfield allows them to complete a single

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

22.5

Patel to Jayawardene, 1 run, flatter on off, Jayawardene taps it to point and scampers a single

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   JS Patel 2-0-9-0

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   JS Patel 3-0-10-0

26.1

Patel to Jayawardene, no run, swept away to short fine but Fleming is waiting there and doesn't allow them to take any risks. Patel is mixing them up superbly here.

26.2

Patel to Jayawardene, no run, flight and turn, keeps Jayawardene on the back foot, tucked away to the on side cautiously

26.3

Patel to Jayawardene, 1 run, throws it up again, this is good offspin bowling, draws Mahela onto to the front foot and sees him drive crisply to long-on for a single

26.4

Patel to Silva, no run, slightly wide of the crease, over the wicket, flighted up deliciously, turns after pitching, Silva can't read it accurately and pushes tentatively to the off

26.5

Patel to Silva, 1 run, this time he pulls out the sweep, sees the full ball on off and times it well to pouch a single behind square

26.6

Patel to Jayawardene, 1 run, faster one this time, turned away for a single behind square

Sri Lanka 118/3   JS Patel 4-0-13-0

28.1

Patel to Silva, 1 run, full outside off, swept away for a single

28.2

Patel to Jayawardene, 1 run, the sweep seems to be the preferred option now. Jayawardene also goes for it and gets it to fine leg for a single

28.3

Patel to Silva, 1 run, Patel anticipates another sweep and sends that well outside off, Silva is upto the challenge and drives it through the covers for a single. A good cat-and-mouse battle here. Patel is holding his nerve well

28.4

Patel to Jayawardene, 1 run, flighted outside off, some turn into the right-hander, sweep attempted but can't connect, padded away, deceived, manages a single, though

28.5

Patel to Silva, no run, turned to the off side, straight to the fielder, Fleming prowling

28.6

Patel to Silva, 1 run, flatter, quicker, turned away to the leg side for a single, Silva knows the gaps, Patel knows his intentions

Sri Lanka 127/3   JS Patel 5-0-18-0

36.1

Patel to Dilshan, FOUR, tossed up, quick and flat, he comes out of the box and cashes in on the width with a hard drive through the covers

36.2

Patel to Dilshan, 1 run, tossed up on the stumps, plays with the spin, walking into it and picking up one to midwicket

36.3

Patel to Jayawardene, 1 run, tossed up, just stays in the air a second longer and Jayawardene gets back and turns it in the air behind square

36.4

Patel to Dilshan, 1 run, tossed up, he makes room and cuts for one

36.5

Patel to Jayawardene, no run, flatter outside off stump, shuffles out and on-drives to mid-on

36.6

Patel to Jayawardene, 1 run, tossed up again, waits for it and turns it around the corner for a quick single

Sri Lanka 164/4   JS Patel 6-0-26-0

38.1

Patel to Jayawardene, 1 run, tossed up outside off stump, rolls the wrists to get one

38.2

Patel to Dilshan, no run, quicker one, spins back into him as he defends

38.3

Patel to Dilshan, FOUR, spins into him off a length, makes room and late cuts with enough on it to send it speeding down to third man

38.4

Patel to Dilshan, no run, tossed up, he comes out but cant connect on the drive and the ball rolls back to Patel

38.5

Patel to Dilshan, 1 run, arm ball, flat on the stumps, worked around the corner for one

38.6

Patel to Jayawardene, 1 run, tossed up flat, he drives one-handed out to long-on for one

Sri Lanka 180/4   JS Patel 7-0-33-0

40.1

Patel to Jayawardene, 2 runs, sloppy, New Zealand have been below par on the field throughout the day. Good ball from Patel, spinning in and Jayawardene glides it towards shot third man, Bond muffs and they complete two

40.2

Patel to Jayawardene, 2 runs, crackling way to bring up a fifty, tossed up outside off and he walks across to loft it elegantly over midwicket, Fulton stops it well in the boundary and pushes the ball out of his hand before he cross the ropes. Good work, fine fifty. Jayawardene fifth half-centrury of the tournament.

40.3

Patel to Jayawardene, no run, tossed up, Patel has done this all day and kept the batsmen in two minds, pushed back to the bowler cautiously

40.4

Patel to Jayawardene, 1 run, varies his pace and length this time, pushed through full on middle, patted back down the ground for a single

40.5

Patel to Dilshan, 1 run, down the track and gets it on the full, Dilshan is an aggressor in these overs. Can't time it as Patel pushes it through quicker and they only manage a single

40.6

Patel to Jayawardene, 1 run, solid, full face of the bat and to long-on for a single

Sri Lanka 194/4   JS Patel 8-0-40-0

42.1

Patel to Jayawardene, FOUR, crackling loft, tossed up and Jayawardene stands tall and flicks it exquisitely in the midwicket gap for a four. He moved well across the stumps and nailed the gap. Not timed as well as he would have liked but the placement was crucial

42.2

Patel to Jayawardene, no run, quicker, faster, batsman doesn't take any risks and pushes it back to the bowler

42.3

Patel to Jayawardene, 1 run, driven to long-on for an easy single

42.4

Patel to Dilshan, 1 run, full again and driven for another single. Boundary done and the batsmen concentrating on the singles. Sensible

42.5

Patel to Jayawardene, 1 leg bye, sweeps from middle and raps him on the pads, huge appeal for lbw but Rudi Koertzen turns it down. Close but that might have missed leg. Some turn for Patel and he's varying his pace well

42.6

Patel to Dilshan, 2 runs, cut away savagely, that was a tad too short. The ball races away towards the third man fence but James Franklin cuts it off and keeps them down to a couple. Their ground fielding has been OK but it's been the inability to crack the direct hits that may cost them

Sri Lanka 208/4   JS Patel 9-0-48-0

44.1

Patel to Jayawardene, 1 run, pushed to mid-on for a single, Patel's last over this

44.2

Patel to Dilshan, 1 run, tapped to cover and Hamish Marshall goes for the direct hit. Had he hit Dilshan would have been running all the way back to the pavilion but no New Zealander has managed the direct hit today and Marshall joins the list

44.3

Patel to Jayawardene, SIX, dropped, full toss, Jayawardene whips it across the line and Shane Bond, standing a few yards in front of the tops at third man, not only muffs the catch but also taps it over the ropes for a six. That's what's called being paid for ones mistakes, and so quickly

44.4

Patel to Jayawardene, 1 run, worked away for a single, he has done this so well all day - four followed by single

44.5

Patel to Dilshan, FOUR, that's deft, very deft. Full and on off, Dilshan angles his bat beautifully and gets it past short third man for another four. Pump up the volume!

44.6

Patel to Dilshan, 1 run, pushed down the ground to long-off for a single, yet another ocassion when a four is followed by a single. Best policy that - the aussies seem to do it always.

Sri Lanka 233/4   JS Patel 10-0-62-0
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Australia won by 53 runs (D/L method)
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New Zealand v Sri Lanka at Kingston - Apr 24, 2007
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West Indies v England at Bridgetown - Apr 21, 2007
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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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