ICC World Cup, 1st Semi-Final: New Zealand v Sri Lanka at Kingston, Apr 24, 2007
ICC World Cup - 1st semi final
Sri Lanka won by 81 runs
Played at Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica (neutral venue)
24 April 2007 (50-over match)
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

19.6

Vettori to Jayawardene, no run, continues to keep it flat and quick and Jayawardene continues to block confidently

Sri Lanka 84/2   DL Vettori 1-0-1-0
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   DL Vettori 2-0-13-0
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

23.6

Vettori to Jayawardene, no run, huge appeal, that drifted into the right-hander beautifully and Jayawardene couldn't get his bat onto it as he went for the forward defensive. Big appeal but Taufel says "No". Maybe he was too far forward. Just maybe

Sri Lanka 110/2   DL Vettori 3-0-18-0
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

25.2

Vettori to Silva, 1 run, quicker ball again, slightly short, cut away for a single. Off the mark, he's not one to hang around

25.3

Vettori to Jayawardene, 1 run, turned behind square on the leg side and scampers a single. Fielder goes for the direct hit but misses, that would have also been close. Jayawardene living dangerously

25.4

Vettori to Silva, no run

25.5

Vettori to Silva, 1 run, slower ball, draws Silva forward. He turns it away behind square on the leg for a quick single

25.6

Vettori to Jayawardene, 1 run, slower, flightier, driven to long-off for an easy single

Sri Lanka 115/3   DL Vettori 4-0-22-1
27.1

Vettori to Jayawardene, 1 run, slightly short outside off, tapped away for a single

27.2

Vettori to Silva, 1 run, Silva turns his bat smartly, he plays these middle overs very well, scampers a single, Patel is quick but Jayawardene gets in just in time. He is trying his best to push these fielders and none are hitting the stumps. Wake up NZ!

27.3

Vettori to Jayawardene, no run

27.4

Vettori to Jayawardene, 1 run, full on middle, driven well to long-off for a single

27.5

Vettori to Silva, 1 run, over-pitched, that seems to have slipped out of his hand, Silva pushes the full toss to long-off for a single

27.6

Vettori to Jayawardene, no run, tapped to the off side, more defence from Jayawardene

Sri Lanka 122/3   DL Vettori 5-0-26-1
29.1

Vettori to Silva, no run, quicker, batsman pushes forward, half an lbw appeal goes up but they stop after realising that there was some bat there

29.2

Vettori to Silva, no run

29.3

Vettori to Silva, 1 wide, too wide, well outside off and wide called.

29.3

Vettori to Silva, no run, better line, straighter and quicker, tapped to the on side

29.4

Vettori to Silva, 1 run, busy, busy, outside off and tapped away. Silva is always looking for a run and manages it this time easily. He's such a valuable player to have in these overs

29.5

Vettori to Jayawardene, no run, pushed back to the bowler

29.6

Vettori to Jayawardene, no run, pushed to the off side and that ends a tight over from Vettori

Sri Lanka 129/3   DL Vettori 6-0-28-1
31.1

Vettori to Silva, no run, short and flat on leg, turned right to square leg

31.2

Vettori to Silva, no run, tossed up outside off stump, driven right to point this time

31.3

Vettori to Silva, no run, tossed up teasingly on the stumps, he lunges forward and defends

31.4

Vettori to Silva, 1 run, tossed up, holds it back in the air, lunges forward and drives in the air, pops up and falls tantalisingly in front of a diving cover

31.5

Vettori to Jayawardene, no run, flatter now, pushed back down the track

31.6

Vettori to Jayawardene, 1 run, tossed up, plants the front foot forward and defends, then turns it late to square leg

Sri Lanka 139/3   DL Vettori 7-0-30-1
33.1

Vettori to Jayawardene, 1 run, short and wide, cut out to the deep cover-point fielder

33.2

Vettori to Silva, no run, comes out, he sees him and fires it quick and flat, and Silva defends

33.3

Vettori to Silva, SIX, big hit! Tossed up outside off stump, he plants the leg out in front of the line, and heaves it away with awesome wrist power, up onto the second floor behind deep midwicket

33.4

Vettori to Silva, 1 run, short and flat, cut off the back foot into the covers

33.5

Vettori to Jayawardene, 1 run, short and flat, cut off the back foot into the covers

33.6

Vettori to Silva, 1 run, tossed up, Silva waits for it and then rocks back to cut out past point

Sri Lanka 152/3   DL Vettori 8-0-40-1
35.1

Vettori to Jayawardene, no run, tossed up on off stump, he gets forward and just defends

35.2

Vettori to Jayawardene, 1 run, flatter on off stump, works it to square leg and jogs one

35.3

Vettori to Dilshan, no run, tossed up, he leans into it and drives to the man at cover

35.4

Vettori to Dilshan, 1 run, quicker, spins into him, he makes room and then hurries to cut past point

35.5

Vettori to Jayawardene, no run, tossed up, he goes back and then drives to cover

35.6

Vettori to Jayawardene, no run, fraction wide, he flashes a cut but cant beat the man at backward point

Sri Lanka 156/4   DL Vettori 9-0-42-1
37.1

Vettori to Jayawardene, 1 run, tossed up, he waits for it and punches wide of point

37.2

Vettori to Dilshan, 1 run, tossed up, Dilshan uses the feet well and drives to long-off

37.3

Vettori to Jayawardene, FOUR, quick and moving down leg stump, he uses the speed to nudge it around the corner and the ball speeds down to fine leg, all placement there

37.4

Vettori to Jayawardene, 1 run, tossed up on middle and off, comes forward and rolls the wrists to pick up one

37.5

Vettori to Dilshan, 1 run, short and wide, cuts hard but straight to cover

37.6

Vettori to Jayawardene, 1 run, fraction short again, now Jayawardene cuts past cover for one and he'll keep strike

Sri Lanka 173/4   DL Vettori 10-0-51-1
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