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)

Malinga to Fleming, OUT, Got 'em, that was a ripper! Full and pacy, close to 150kph, pitching on off and moving in. Fleming can't read the movement and bat is nowhere near the ball as it crashes into his front pad. Massive appeal and Koertzen raises the slow finger of death. Replays indicate that the ball was going on to hit the top of off. Fleming gone. Big wicket

SP Fleming lbw b Malinga 1 (7m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

New Zealand 2/1   PG Fulton 1* (5b)   SL Malinga 0.3-0-0-1

Vaas to Taylor, OUT, Hook, line and sinker! Taylor hasn't had the best time out in the middle and he's adjudged lbw by Taufel this time. Vaas get it at a good length and Taylor comes forward trying to whack it across the line. Misses the ball and is struck on the pads, not much deviation after pitching and the ball might have gone on to miss off but Taufel gives it out. Taylor's forgettable stay comes to an end, Vaas's accuracy is awarded with a wicket. Another debatable decision. The umpires have really struggled on the day

LRPL Taylor lbw b Vaas 9 (43m 25b 1x4 0x6) SR: 36.00

New Zealand 32/2   PG Fulton 14* (37b 1x4)   WPUJC Vaas 5.3-1-13-1

Dilshan to Styris, OUT, There's the break in the partnership! Dilshan has done his job here. Styris tries to chip it over short midwicket after advancing down the track but Jayawardene is waiting there at short midwicket, timing his jump to perfection and pulling off a crucial catch. Styris is the man in form but Dilshan removes him there

SB Styris c Jayawardene b Dilshan 37 (50m 38b 2x4 3x6) SR: 97.36

New Zealand 105/3   PG Fulton 41* (70b 2x4 1x6)   TM Dilshan 0.5-0-2-1

Muralitharan to Oram, OUT, The doosra does it, turning into the left-hander, full and on off and Oram pushes it back tentatively. It loops back low to Murali and he latches on well, tapping it form his right to left hand as he juggles the catch. Murali's second good catch of the innings and the first one that produces a wicket. There's a certain joy in his eyes when he pouches them.

JDP Oram c & b Muralitharan 3 (8m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 42.85

New Zealand 114/4   PG Fulton 46* (75b 2x4 1x6)   M Muralitharan 2.5-0-17-1

Muralitharan to McCullum, OUT, Doosra again, and another wicket. McCullum goes for the sweep from off to leg and doesn't seem to have read the one that's leaving him. Ball balloons up off the top edge and Chamara Silva, prowling at short fine leg, moves quick and pulls off a sensational diving catch. It was dipping quickly but he lunged full length and held on.

BB McCullum c Silva b Muralitharan 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

New Zealand 114/5   PG Fulton 46* (75b 2x4 1x6)   M Muralitharan 3-0-17-2

Jayasuriya to Fulton, OUT, gone! this has the makings of a collapse here. Quick ball on middle and leg, Fulton chips one tamely and Jayawardene back peddles to take a simple catch at short midwicket. That was a soft dismissal and New Zealand wobbling against spin here.

PG Fulton c Silva b Jayasuriya 46 (116m 77b 2x4 1x6) SR: 59.74

New Zealand 115/6   CD McMillan 1* (1b)   ST Jayasuriya 2.3-0-10-1

Muralitharan to Vettori, OUT, it's the doosra again and cleans him up, Vettori doesn't read it and pushes forward tentatively, the ball is spinning into him and, though he is well forward, that would have gone on to hit the stumps. Rudi Koertzen is at it again - raising the slow hand of death. He was forward but he was also quite plumb

DL Vettori lbw b Muralitharan 0 (5m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

New Zealand 116/7   CD McMillan 2* (4b)   M Muralitharan 3.4-0-18-3

Jayasuriya to McMillan, OUT, It's over! McMillan tries a similar shot but Jayasuriya fires it in quicker, almost a seam up. It's a slog and he can't make contact with it, the ball zooms on and rattles leg stump. Jayasuriya lets out a whoop of delight. McMillan hobbles back (and it seems NZ are in a similar state)

CD McMillan b Jayasuriya 25 (36m 20b 1x4 2x6) SR: 125.00

New Zealand 144/8   JEC Franklin 5* (12b)   ST Jayasuriya 5.2-0-32-2

Muralitharan to Bond, OUT, That's the offbreak and that's cleaned him up in a daze. Pitched on off and turning prodigiously, gap between bat and pad and that's enough for the Murali menace to sneak through and rattle the middle stump. The end is near now. Very near in fact.

SE Bond b Muralitharan 2 (6m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

New Zealand 149/9   JEC Franklin 8* (16b)   M Muralitharan 6.4-0-26-4

Dilshan to Patel, OUT, And that's the end of that. Patel down the ground and cracks it towards long-on, not that well timed and there he's waiting - Dilhara Fernando, who had a forgettable game is there to finish it all over. He pouches the catch wonderfully and there's a wave of Sri Lankan elation at Sabina Park

JS Patel c Fernando b Dilshan 34 (33m 38b 2x4 1x6) SR: 89.47

New Zealand 208/10   JEC Franklin 30* (38b 2x4)   TM Dilshan 4.4-0-22-2





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