ICC World Cup - 1st semi final

New Zealand v Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka won by 81 runs

6.1

Oram to Sangakkara, no run, slow one outside off stump, full, he drives and gets an inside-edge back onto the pad

6.2

Oram to Sangakkara, no run, good length outside off stump, he gets forward and defends

6.3

Oram to Sangakkara, no run, back of a length on off stump, he gets behind it and defends down the track

6.4

Oram to Sangakkara, no run, good length on off stump, neatly on-driven to mid-on

6.5

Oram to Sangakkara, no run, good length outside off stump, he gets forward and defends it to point

6.6

Oram to Sangakkara, 1 run, short of a length outside off stump, he cuts late and well over it to get one down to third man

Sri Lanka 33/1   JDP Oram 1-0-1-0

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

8.2

Oram to Sangakkara, FOUR, half-volley outside off stump, waits for it and just drives excellently past mid-off for four, lovely, off the middle of the bat, all timing

8.3

Oram to Sangakkara, no run, good length just outside off stump, now he comes forward and defends

8.4

Oram to Sangakkara, no run, a tad fuller, he comes onto the front foot and drives to cover

8.5

Oram to Sangakkara, 1 run, good length moving in from off stump, he looks to defend it to the on side and gets an inside-edge to square leg

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   JDP Oram 2-0-11-0

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   JDP Oram 3-0-17-0

12.1

Oram to Sangakkara, FOUR, close! Uses the feet to come out, bowler fires it short and wide, he looks to pull out of the shot and just manages to jam bat onto it, and the inside-edge carries it to fine leg

12.2

Oram to Sangakkara, no run, short and wide, cut right to point on the bounce

12.3

Oram to Sangakkara, no run, fuller, driven to mid-off

12.4

Oram to Sangakkara, 1 run, back of a length on the stumps, shuffles and angles it to square leg

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   JDP Oram 4-0-22-0

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

14.5

Oram to Jayawardene, no run, good length on the stumps, and he defends to point

14.6

Oram to Jayawardene, no run, good length outside off stump, defended to point

Sri Lanka 69/2   JDP Oram 5-0-24-0

16.1

Oram to Jayawardene, no run, slightly slower ball from Oram, straight and full. Jayawardene pats it to the on side tamely. The policy seems to be: wait for the loose ones

16.2

Oram to Jayawardene, no run, solid defence again, Jayawardene gets behind the line and gets his head over the ball well.

16.3

Oram to Jayawardene, no run, tapped to the off side solidly, not taking any chances with Oram's nagging length.

16.4

Oram to Jayawardene, 1 run, slightly wide and Jayawardene cuts it cutely behind point for a single

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

16.6

Oram to Jayawardene, no run, worked away confidently again. Jaywardene doing it just right, it seems

Sri Lanka 77/2   JDP Oram 6-0-26-0

18.1

Oram to Jayawardene, 1 run, good length ball, angling into his pads and that's chipped away wide of mid-on for a single. In the air for a bit but drops well short

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

18.3

Oram to Jayawardene, 2 runs, on the pads again and Jayawardene ticks it past square leg for a brace. Well placed, well run

18.4

Oram to Jayawardene, no run, that's a better length, good length on and outside off, Jayawardene pushes forward and gets it off the meat of the bat, straight to cover

18.5

Oram to Jayawardene, no run, similar delivery, similar result. Jayawardene's tactics matching well with the sleepy atmosphere at Sabina Park. This is the World Cup semi-final and nobody seems to have woken up yet

18.6

Oram to Jayawardene, no run, blocked to the off, one way of getting your eye in. Oram keeping it tight and New Zealand keeping the game in control

Sri Lanka 83/2   JDP Oram 7-0-30-0

43.1

Oram to Jayawardene, 1 run, short of a length, glided away to third man for a single

43.2

Oram to Dilshan, 1 run, Dilshan backs away and whacks it to the off side for another single. He has this baseball technique that can unnerve bowlers

43.3

Oram to Jayawardene, 1 run, full and Jayawardene does what he's done so well throughout this innings, drives it solidly down the ground

43.4

Oram to Dilshan, 1 run, good length and slightly wide, cut away to point where Fleming misfields and allows a single. The wheels seem to be coming off now

43.5

Oram to Jayawardene, SIX, Take that! Shot of the day so far. Full and Jayawardene stands and delivers a most emphatic loft, super timing, pendulum-smooth swing of the bat and no fielder can get close to that. Soars over the boundary for a mighty six

43.6

Oram to Jayawardene, 1 run, cut away but straight to the square fielder

Sri Lanka 219/4   JDP Oram 8-0-41-0

45.1

Oram to Dilshan, OUT, yet another unlucky decision, this time from Taufel. Full and drifting down the legs, Dilshan tries to paddle it past short fine but can't make contact. The ball strikes his back leg and is swinging away all the time. It might have gone on to clatter into the fifth stump (on the leg side) but Taufel raises his finger. Not again, Dilshan seems to be saying.

TM Dilshan lbw b Oram 30 (42m 27b 3x4 0x6) SR: 111.11

45.2

Oram to Arnold, 1 run, worked away to the leg side for a single, short of a good length and flicked away

45.3

Oram to Jayawardene, FOUR, awww! that would have got the purists purring, full and over-pitching, Mahela pushes forward and creams it wonderfully past cover for a boundary. Sweet as candy, he can strike them with class

45.4

Oram to Jayawardene, 1 run, angled away to third man for an easy single. Remember the strategy? Four first, single later

45.5

Oram to Arnold, no run, full ball, driven back to the bowler, Oram uses his reach and stops it well

45.6

Oram to Arnold, 1 no ball, slower ball but he over-steps, outside off and Arnold can't make contact while going for the cut.

45.6

Oram to Arnold, no run, short of a length, straight ball, Arnold tries to deflect it towards point but it's straight to the cover fielder

Sri Lanka 240/5   JDP Oram 9-0-48-1

48.1

Oram to Arnold, no run, Arnold trying to be a bit too cute here, short ball outside off and he tries to glide it to third man, can't get to the ball

48.2

Oram to Arnold, 1 run, full and on middle stump, Arnold digs it out and pushes it to long-on, Taylor cleans up well and restricts them to a single

48.3

Oram to Jayawardene, FOUR, another cute shot and Mahela hurting them with silk here. Full on off and Mahela sweeps it past short fine leg for a delectable four.

48.4

Oram to Jayawardene, 2 runs, short ball and he pulls, top edge balloons over short fine for another brace. He moves on to 99. What an innings

48.5

Oram to Jayawardene, FOUR, Crack! What a way to bring it up, wide and slightly short and he cuts it smoothly past point, bisecting the fielders on the boundary. He knows that's going for four and pumps his fists and jumps up in delight. This innings has been worth its weight in gold.

48.6

Oram to Jayawardene, 1 run, driven to long-off for a single and keeps the strike. Another four followed by another single. Sensible, very sensible

Sri Lanka 272/5   JDP Oram 10-0-60-1
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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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