NZ v SL, World T20, Group 1, Chittagong

Herath spins New Zealand out of WT20 with 5 for 3

The Report by Andrew Fidel Fernando

March 31, 2014

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Sri Lanka 119 (Boult 3-20) beat New Zealand 60 (Williamson 42, Herath 5-3) by 59 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Highlights: Sri Lanka spin New Zealand out

Rangana Herath sprung from Sri Lanka's dugout, watched his team-mates collapse, then crafted a Twenty20 spell of astounding quality to slam New Zealand into a wall, claiming five wickets for three runs as Sri Lanka defended 119 and made the semi-finals. He arrived at the bowling crease in the third over, delivered a wicket maiden first up, and had three scalps before New Zealand scored a run off him. By the end of his three-over spell, New Zealand were 30 for 5 - effectively 6, as a dislocated finger prevented Corey Anderson from batting. Kane Williamson batted gamely, hitting 42 off 43 - the game's top score - but he could not overcome the carnage at the other end.

The dew Brendon McCullum had expected at the toss in this must-win game did not materialise, and though an attack led by Trent Boult justified his decision to chase, his batsmen were stunned to a stall in the Powerplay. They managed 60 for 9 in 15.3 overs, as Sachithra Senanayake and poor running contributed the remaining wickets.


Rangana Herath roars in celebration, New Zealand v Sri Lanka, World T20, Group 1, Chittagong, March 31, 2014
Rangana Herath had claimed three wickets before New Zealand had scored a run off him © Getty Images
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One of those run-outs would provide Sri Lanka and Herath the opening they had been desperate for, with at least 30 runs too few on the board. Martin Guptill pushed a full Herath delivery gently towards mid -on, and though he set off for the single immediately, Williamson did not respond. Herath collected, turned and threw smartly to complete that first wicket, but it would be his next 11 balls that truly defined the match.

Brendon McCullum was kept scoreless for four balls before Herath tossed one up slow and wide, reading McCullum's advance, before he spun Ross Taylor in his web next over. Taylor survived a plumb lbw shout, but was out to a straighter one immediately. James Neesham played all around one that straightened, and when Luke Ronchi was trapped in front by another straightening ball next over, New Zealand had been knocked breathless.

Crucially, the top-order collapse had been dramatic enough to subdue New Zealand's typically-ebullient middle order. Nathan McCullum hit two runs from his first eight balls before clipping Senanayake straight to short midwicket, before Senanayake trapped Kyle Mills in front with one that replays suggested would head down leg.

Dilshan fined for dissent

  • Sri Lanka batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan has been fined 20% of his match fee for showing dissent at the umpire's decision during the match against New Zealand on Monday in Mirpur. The incident happened in the fourth over, when Dilshan was dismissed caught behind. He attempted an audacious reverse Dilscoop off Trent Boult, with the ball deflecting off his gloves to the wicketkeeper Luke Ronchi. He then rubbed his elbow, indicating to the umpire that the ball had not touched his gloves. Dilshan pleaded guilty to the offence and was fined by the ICC match referee David Boon.

The required rate had spiked higher than 12 when Herath returned for his final over, and the wicket that sealed the victory came in fitting fashion. Herath not only completed his five-wicket-haul when Trent Boult hit one to slip, the catch was also gobbled by Mahela Jayawardene, who despite what the teamsheet stated, was Sri Lanka's captain on the night. He had kept a short leg and slip to the spinners, after Brendon McCullum had been similarly aggressive with his fields in the first innings.

If Herath had been the exemplary spinner, New Zealand's attack had earlier shown how to bowl seam on such pitches. Boult found movement in the air and off the surface, pitching up to the left-hand batsmen as he shaped it away and back-of-a-length to the right-hand batsmen, cramping them. Dilshan had been struggling for timing throughout the tournament, and his tortured innings came to an end when he scooped one high into the keeper's gloves in the third over. Sangakkara was limp in his 11-ball knock, and the middle order would crumble around Jayawardene, who did not appear fluent himself.

New Zealand fielded superbly as Neesham, Mitchell McClenaghan and Nathan McCullum bowled impeccable lines through the middle overs. Nathan would taunt Jayawardene into the sweep that ended his innings, and left Sri Lanka at 85 for 6 at the end of the 15th over.

Sri Lanka batted deep, with Senanayake coming in at No. 9, and it was his strike to long-on that would cause Anderson's injury on the rope, as the fielder palmed a relatively straightforward catch over the boundary.

New Zealand were energetic at the change-of-innings, feeling, perhaps rightly, that they had a terrific chance, but it was to be Herath and Sri Lanka that earned their sixth straight semi-final in ICC events.

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Posted by SURYA.K.R on (April 2, 2014, 10:47 GMT)

This is absolute gem from Herath, producing the best figures of T20 cricket in a virtual quater-final, Take a bow Herath!!! Hope WI vary of it!!!

Posted by   on (April 2, 2014, 5:54 GMT)

@vkias.. It's quite funny to see you talking about sportsmanship lol.. what i saw in the game before Nz and Sl and as well as at the moment is your true spirit of bashing the most feared opponent of yours. you had to eat your own words day before yesterday, and i keep suggesting you to continue the same until tomorrow. it will be great joy for us again to see you eaten you own words again lol

Posted by   on (April 2, 2014, 3:40 GMT)

@ksquared - Francis does have a point - we lack true batting matchwinners - most of our match winning performances are by bowlers Malinga Herath Mendis Nuwan etc. Batting match winning performances like bravo and Sammy bated yesterday are rare. We don't have genuine matchwinners like Sanath Kalu Ara Arjuna or even Gura. Kusal is the only guy with some potential to be a genuine match winner and maybe Angie. Our oppositions only fear Kusal to an extent.

Posted by TrulyIndiancricfan on (April 2, 2014, 3:32 GMT)

Since Srilankans give so much importance about the warm up match win over India, I want to remind them that WI butchered them in one of the warm up match. Even Legend Sangakkara had no clue about Narine's bowling, WI batting is looking better than SL. On any given day Narine and Badre are fa better that Herath. Whats happening to Sangakkara and Dilshan.. sanga is over appealing enen for wide balls and dishan not accepting and trying to make a fool of himself and his dilscoop

Posted by luckyias on (April 2, 2014, 2:31 GMT)

@vkias Sl deserved that win. As you think we aren't indian haters. We don't hate any country. We love cricket as always. Indian team is good team in the world. It is true and they are proving with their gaming style. As sl fans we are very proud to say about asian cricket perfomance. Now you can see two of big three has gone away with nothing. We should be very proud abt that as asians. So don't call to sl fans as indian haters. We are sri lankans and we love country as yours. So we like to talk abt our nation provedly. You are always keep saying SL is cricket is so weak. If that so how can SL can be runners up in many world cup matches and asian cup holders. So don't talk abt our country and sl fans as a mad indian. we love cricket, we love sri lanka, we love asians. And we like india, we like pak, we like ban.

Posted by CurrentPresident on (April 2, 2014, 0:55 GMT)

So next up, we have Badree + Naraine against Mahela + Sanga and Herath + Malinga against Gayle + Sammy.

Two great spinning attacks and two middling batting lineups. Sri Lanka have the safer lineup on paper but they tend to go into their shell, while the West Indians either blow away or get blown away.

Very interesting match coming up in SF. I would put my money on whoever bats first.

Posted by wapuser on (April 1, 2014, 20:08 GMT)

Knew he was much better than mystery spinners of SL.Good luck to him .If SL even think of dropping him they would have dropped the WC just like last year .Now we can say that it can be an Ind SL final .May the best team win

Posted by KavindaSalgado on (April 1, 2014, 19:55 GMT)

SL had to fight many battles apart from cricket to secure a place in SF, being the only subcontinental team in Chittagong group. Pace & bouncy conditions helped NZ, SA, Eng particularly in the evening, when dew helped the ball zip on & the spinners became virtually ineffective due to the wet ball . Therefore, SL did not have the luxury the other 3 subcontinent sides enjoyed playing in Mirpur! 1) SL had 3/4 of their outings scheduled in the late evening slot (battling to grip the ball & failing to defend 190 Vs Eng in that "Humid-Sauna" dome was a prime example). 2) Double standard inconsistent umpiring consistently battered SL. FREQUENCY of CUTTING SHORT SL BATTING & LETTING OFF FELLING OPPONENTS was clearly beyond the PROBABILITY of MARGINAL ERRORS! IGNORED wides & above waist/head NB etc. added to the tally. In any format, this is major battle to face apart from cricket. This is Why the DRS is so vital to any NON INFLUENTIAL team like SL & to the FUTURE EXISTENCE of GENUINE SPORT!

Posted by Cannuck on (April 1, 2014, 19:43 GMT)

Reading most of the comments here from most subcontinent fans reminds me of one of my friends. with whom I HATE to watch any cricket. The reason: When we bat he thinks we should hit every ball for a 4 or 6. When we bowl, we should get a wicket with every ball. Which means the match would be over in 11 balls or if we bat first, we should score over 1000 runs. I realized he says these things, cause he'd never played the game, & it's the same logic I apply to most commentators here. Some of my fellow SL fans have some shot memories. The forget easily, what Sanga can do, when he fails a few matches. I agree Thisara has not clicked yet, BUT he is not someone you take out especially from a T20 format. Going forward I would keep the same team that beat NZ but remove Dilshan. Promote MJ to open (left/right combo), keep Thiri or Priyanjan & bring Seekuge as a bowler who can bat to fill Dily. So who is out? Unfortunately Chandi who is failing with bat, don't bowl & we have 3+ captains already!

Posted by Nampally on (April 1, 2014, 18:11 GMT)

It was sad to see a powerful batting side of NZ were all at sea against the spin bowling of Herath & crumbled so effortlessly. Bowling figures of 5 wkts for 3 runs in 4 overs made him look like a "demon spinner" . It was just one Man show in batting by Williamson. This total of 60 runs is the lowest total in 2014 T20. I surprised me to see one NZ Fan rated Indian batting & bowling to be inept in overseas conditions when NZ redefined what "Inept" batting is! Indian bating never got out for 60, even if it was considered inept.

Posted by Ammo666 on (April 1, 2014, 18:00 GMT)

@martin000 Wow! Wow! Wow!!! then who else to learn even the IND'n players oh YES i missed that so thanks..! also to remind you again that their is no cricket playing nation more arrogant or even same other than IND'n fans! as if your team IND wins 1 or 2 matches in a year lol.. thank god BD fans are not like IND'n fans because BD fans doesn't horn in & over boast & criticize unnecessary to other test nations, if you never bragged or disrespected your opponents then what you all did??? praised on their efforts other than giving excuses & pointing out the opponents faults??? IND'n fans are such a disgrace & its nothing new...& better don't be in your childhood anymore those so called upset times are gone so now again if IND loses to BD it won't be an upset anymore, enough! & now its nothing to remind all of you... but i know improved BD didn't play even 65% to their potential especially after Asia cup due to some real unexpected loss..but they will bounce back soon to their real form!

Posted by vkumar_086 on (April 1, 2014, 17:55 GMT)

The next pray of mighty WI is none other than SL....

Posted by vkumar_086 on (April 1, 2014, 17:52 GMT)

after seeing these all comments of SL fans, even Herath would feel embarrassing....it was a good spell but without the assistance of pitch and some foolish batting of NZ, it would not have possible at all....

when coming to sportsmanship, India and Pak fans are the best...when India won the match against Aussies, many Pak fans wished India...when India won against Pak, then also many Pak fans wished India...but i did not see any wishes from SL fans in all these matches of India (only some two friends)....similarly, when SL won yesterday, many Indian fans wished SL....this is called sportsmanship, supporting each other..hope it wont happen in next matches....

Posted by Chamika1522 on (April 1, 2014, 17:33 GMT)

rangana's last t20 befor this was semi finals of 2012 World T20 and his figures was 3/25 (4) so he took 8 wickets in his last two t20 innings....!!!!

Posted by SajithaD on (April 1, 2014, 17:17 GMT)

@slackers11.... Then india should have been a pursuit of winning love of others for past few months... They definitely won the love in Aus,SA, NZ and Asia according to your theory... And in 3 more days you will win the love again..:P

Posted by kamaljg on (April 1, 2014, 17:05 GMT)

Cricket is a team sports with individuals performing at their best. Sri Lanka's successes (and other successful teams as well) have come due to two main reasons, namely their ability to get to work as a team and secondly not allowing the opposition to play as a team. Any team can have their days and bad days and the team with best performances on the day against their opposition will move on and eventually win.

Posted by ksquared on (April 1, 2014, 17:02 GMT)

@Francis Mel you are probably right about matchwinners in the T20 format but certainly not in ODIs SL have always found some one to put their hand up and produce matchwinning performances it may not be always the same person but guys like kulasekera, herath and mendis have all done it. It all depends on what you call a matchwinning performance.

Posted by Htc-Android on (April 1, 2014, 16:54 GMT)

@ Francis Mel> Kusal got 5 Man of the match awards in 14 T20s. How would you say we cant rely on him. He was unlucky in his last 2 matches as he got out to bad umpiring calls.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 16:45 GMT)

Another weakness that SL has is their reluctance to chase. And thats a pretty big weakness to have when your fate can be determined by the toss of a coin. In T20 you need match winners who have the ability to change the course of the game. Like for example Sammy today. Also matchwinners handle pressure well. Sri Lanka have a reputation to come under stress chasing.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 16:28 GMT)

TashaW. On second thoughts, baring the missed stumping, Sanga's 100 was a classy knock which is still fresh in my mind.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 16:24 GMT)

SLCricketfan777. I would say for SL the sum of the parts are greater than the whole. SL consistently, as much as I hate saying it, is still pretty darn good. But you have to agree SL is always struggling, fighting, battling and dragging its way to SFs. Perhaps this is why the lose steam in the finals.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 16:15 GMT)

Tasha. Kusal is a slightly more consistent and more sensible version of Shahid Afridi. You guys cannot rely on him.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 16:12 GMT)

TashaW. Sanga should have been stumped by Karthik in that match for 27, a stumping which Karthik would 99 times out of 100. Apart from that nothing much. Sure, Thirimane had couple of good knocks and should play the SF in place of Dilshan. Lets not talk about performances against BD. AM does play timely cameos and is one of the best finishers in the game but not a match winner. By the way who are your replacements for Sanga and Mahela after they retire? SL is certainly not a weak Team and always puts up a good performances. They are also probably more consistent than India but lack of match winners will mean they never will be a great side.

Posted by TashaW on (April 1, 2014, 15:16 GMT)

@Francis - How about Sanga against you Indians in the Asia cup. Lahiru against Pak in Asia cup. Thisara against BD in last tour. Kusal against SA in this tournament.

Posted by KavindaSalgado on (April 1, 2014, 15:14 GMT)

It's a great achievement by Herath the "Buried Gem"… the most experienced/talented/deserving spinner in the side, yet drastically underutilized, unrecognized, in t20 & ODIs. This could be due to the ABERRANT selection criteria prevailing in SLC. After Murali, Hearth should have been the first choice in the spinning department. But, repeatedly he was sidelined, preferring players like Jeewan Mendis (so called all-rounder) by the selectors! They tried all sorts of rookies in his place. Ultimately, he came for the rescue of SL in the solitary chance he got in long while! But, surely he would not cement his place in the side, as happened (in history) to many other purely talented/experienced players who had done so. Tomorrow, it will be forgotten again & SLC will continue with their preferred choices or try new ones. At 32yrs, Herath has at least another FIVE yrs of productive spinning shelf-life remaining. Unfortunately, he is just another Gem, which has no value in SLC..!!!

Posted by slackers11 on (April 1, 2014, 15:06 GMT)

@chamila fernanado... that is because everyone hates winners and love the losers because they are being sympathetic to them :P

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 14:42 GMT)

Helloooo.... This is all about Sri Lanka... And if you Indians can not take it, please go mind your own business.

That is the main reason why no one respects Indian team and fans. But everyone love SL team (Except Indians) Which we are totally fine with.

Posted by Saman_WMA on (April 1, 2014, 14:40 GMT)

As I pointed out several times, both Sanga and Mahela did big mistakes in leaving out Rangana Herath from world cup final in India and T20 final in Sri Lanka. In both finals Sri Lanka missed a wicket taking bowler at the middle. Especially the decision to leave out Rangana and bring Suraj Randiv in the world cup final was a blunder.

Posted by Saman_WMA on (April 1, 2014, 14:36 GMT)

As I pointed out several times, both Sanga and Mahela did big mistakes in leaving out Rangana Herath from world cup final in India and T20 final in Sri Lanka. In both finals Sri Lanka missed a wicket taking bowler at the middle. Especially the decision to leave out Rangana and bring Suraj Randiv in the world cup final was a blunder.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 14:32 GMT)

Nadisha. None of the players you have named are match winners today. Why dont you remind me of the last time they did deliver a match winning performance.

Posted by mohamed_gouz on (April 1, 2014, 14:29 GMT)

Rangana Herath - 5 wickets > 3 runs. great balling

Posted by JustIPL on (April 1, 2014, 14:19 GMT)

Wonderful performance by SL dictating the terms who to play with in Semis. They left india to face SA who can be a handful on their day but are chokers. SL have to face either WI or PAK are sure to reach final if WI there. Both PAK/SL to make sure no B3 guys progress to the finals. SL took care of NZ, Pak to take care of WI and then either of them take care of Ind/SA. Lol.

Posted by screamingeagle on (April 1, 2014, 14:17 GMT)

While I do appreciate Herath's bowling and the win, I really do not appreciate the crass comments about how SL is going to beat India and the like ones from Indian posters stating the opposite. take a leaf from what B-Mac said and chill.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 13:29 GMT)

How serious Corey is.. Being MI fan already dead shocked to see how Maxwell & Smith, the lost ones, hitting balls out of the park . Now the replacement Corey- a dislocated finger ... Waiting. With all money you could have preserver either Maxwell or Smith Mrs Ambani

Posted by BlackHawk on (April 1, 2014, 13:26 GMT)

I think NZ's comments after the game need a special mention. They were gracious in defeat and I would have loved to see a closer game after their collective bowling performance to limit SL to 119.

Posted by BigGeorgeMehemood on (April 1, 2014, 13:22 GMT)

One of these remaining team will dish out a solid beating on Sri Lanka. It will be whoever they play next. They are a very over hype team and do not deserve to be in the final.

Posted by wapuser on (April 1, 2014, 13:21 GMT)

Sensible comments from francis mel. Sri Lanka continue to win matches, yes, but that does not mean they are world beaters. there are lot of weak points and that has to be understood. now Aussies lost few matches but who calls them a weak side with warner,finch,white,watson,bailey,etc. Can SL boast about such quality in their side? No. With due respect sangakara is clearly not suitable for t20 cricket. but as I said earlier they are winning matches with what they have, thank God for that. this is from a sri lankan.

Posted by SLCricketfan7777 on (April 1, 2014, 13:02 GMT)

anyways SL does have many weak spots which have to be attended to, I'm not that ignorant to rule that out :) But I do think we have "Match Winners".

Posted by SLCricketfan7777 on (April 1, 2014, 12:59 GMT)

To all those who think that Sri Lanka lacks match winners (I'm not mentioning any names, and I am also just stating an opinion) In my perspective, we have "Match Winners" The consistent and experienced Kumar Sangakkara delivers double figures in almost every game he plays, didn't you all see the match against India in the Asia cup?, he wasn't just hitting! that took pure skill and timing! and Mathews, despite the short time he has played in the side knows the field like the back of his hand! he picks the gap and rotates the strike and plays the big shots when we need them! THEY ARE "Match Winners" and when we comes to bowling look at Kulasekera, he took 2 crucial wickets in the first over of the match which was probably the reason why we came even close to winning that cliffhanger of a game! and THIRIMANNE! he hit 2 centuries (In the 50 over format of course) During the Asia cup! the only reason we won our first match and won the finals!- I HAVE PROVED MY POINT. :)

Posted by martin000 on (April 1, 2014, 12:56 GMT)

@Ammo666 , Wow!! You being a BD'shi who addresses themselves as Tigers and lions irrespective of the embarrassing peformance that you give in the field now teaching us how to stay grounded. If it is for SL to win 4 matches in a row or BAN to win atleast 1 or 2 matches, the whole world would have seen how polite and humble these ignorant fans will be. We never bragged or disrespected our opponents as much as you do even after this consistent performance by us and we are sensible enough to realise that even if we win this world cup, that won't match a test series win in AUS , ENG or SA coz we are a much much better team than your's not only in Sub Continent condtitions. To make it simple- We don't have to prove anything to you guys irrespective of the upsets, you cause here and there.

Posted by sachin_equal_to_bradman on (April 1, 2014, 12:49 GMT)

Come-on indian fans...Cool down...Herath's spell was awesome and we have to admit it.... SL win win against india or not is other topic but here we have to give it to them....Congrats SL and great stuff by herath!!! Indian Fan here

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 12:28 GMT)

This is class performance by little Herath. Time to time some one delivers when team needed badly. We wish one of Asian team lift the world cup T20. It doesn't matter it is India, Pakistan or Sri Lanka. Pakistan should defeat WI today then Pakistanians can talk here. Sri Lanka and India already selected for Semi-Finals. Every team doing their best, who is good and bad is hard to say. T20 doesn't need start class players. What matters most is how you play on the day. If you have star players then team is heavily depend on them. If they fail to perform then team fail. Every ones contribution important where SL and India has done that so far in this contest. That's why those two teams in the top of each group table and other teams not.

Posted by wapuser on (April 1, 2014, 12:03 GMT)

To al those who have made negative comments on current indian team lets not forget that they are the only non losing team in this tournament and in all the matches they have won comfortably. Bowling is really firing with all spinners contributing and batting also is good enough to ramp up 170 180 and above scores.. so India has very high possibilty this time as per me.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 11:37 GMT)

@Francis Mel, no match winners? Angelo Matthews? Dilshan? Jayawardene? Thissara Perera? Malinga? Herath is not picked as much because of Mendis's novelty in the short formats when Herath was piked in important matches he has performed. You say Sri Lanka will lose to Pakistan, you know last time these two met in a significant twenty20 match? in the 2012 world Twenty20 semi-final, an who was the key performer who turned the match Sri Lanka's way at the crucial end stages?It was Herath. th match was in Sri Lanka, but now the match is in Bangladesh, where Sri Lanka has been quit brutal recently, especially against a strong Pakistani bowling line up which granted is not in the best of form lately. I think the match would be very even between two evenly matched sided

Posted by HotSpot99 on (April 1, 2014, 11:20 GMT)

What a performance by Herath. 5 wickets and two run out assists. Mahela always a true leader and so humble being at it.

Indians I know your country is over populated and there are so many of you with nothing useful to do compared to other countries. But please mind your own business. This is a SL vs NZ match and we would like to congratulate SL on their win.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 10:46 GMT)

Herath delivered a match winning performance. Earlier Malinga delievered one. But apart from that SL simply dont have those incredible individual performances likes the Hales 117 against SL or the ABD blitzkrieg. Its not a bad thing if everyone chips in win like most SL wins but in this format you need match winners. Most Teams have lots of them. SL has only Malinga. There is nobody else. This is why SL does not worry anyone.

Posted by Mutukisna on (April 1, 2014, 10:42 GMT)

It is interesting to note that almost a day has gone and the Asian fans who were insulting about Sri Lanka's plight both during & at the end of their innings (please read the early part of this column) have not added to their comments after the match. As a Sri Lankan fan, I will only criticize the SL performance and not that of other countries. And the criticism is always constructive and not destructive and because we are passionate about SL Cricket. When are you silly boys from the other Asian countries going to respond and add to your early insulting comments yesterday?

So moving to Sri Lanka for the next match. Some SL fans want Thisara Perera dropped. I do not think this is a good idea. The only comment I would make is that there were too many dot balls in his innings where he was beating thin air. He should endeavour to get bat on ball every time so that the boundaries will be peppered more. The selectors have done a good job so far taking bold decisions and hope it continues.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 10:41 GMT)

It is not about Indian fans praising the Sri Lankan Team, its about the Sri Lankan Team earning that respect. Is SL a champion side? No. Will someone sensible call the Australia side under Ponting mediocre? They commanded the respect on the sheer weight of their achievements. SL needs to put SL victories in perspective. England were pathetic in the field against SL but bounced back strongly while batting. Does that mean England was a champion side? Even in this game if NZ had not panicked and gifted the game away, SL would not have won. If Herath can do this more often than not he would have been a regular like Murali was. Herath bowled well but you gotta thank NZ batsmen too. SL can easily lose to Pakistan and no amount of chest beating by SL fans is going to change that reality.

Posted by Balamonish on (April 1, 2014, 10:37 GMT)

I agree your comment mate that India must not worry about Saf & other blblas of the comments. Winning or losing is part & parcel of game. But insulting the other teams worst than any others. Try to be polite and respect other teams too. I hope u understood my clearcut friend

Posted by Clearcut on (April 1, 2014, 10:06 GMT)

Indians must now worry about their own problems, specially dealing with Safas bowling attack and De Villers distruction. We all think it's time to say good bye India, Safe return journey, Better luck in next time. By the way cup will go to a more deserving team.

Posted by The-love on (April 1, 2014, 10:04 GMT)

Congratulations to SL.They were the team I wanted to qualify from Group2 for semis being an Asian.I hope Pak qualify for semis too so that we have a cracker in semifinal and atleast 1 Asian team reaches final even if India loses to RSA(although I would love India to win).All the best to all 3 Asian giants.May the cup be in Asia.

Posted by sanjeevmukherjee2006 on (April 1, 2014, 9:49 GMT)

From SL supporters only Herath Uk and few others who come to mind who are really sporting others are not

Posted by sanjeevmukherjee2006 on (April 1, 2014, 9:46 GMT)

It is true, Pakistani supporters are best.... SL fans always criticize Indians read the earlier posts and when we retaliate they speak Blah blah anyways get ready for Pakistanis who will beat SL handsomely

Posted by SandeepChavanCKD on (April 1, 2014, 9:39 GMT)

"Please keep spirit of the game Alive". Don't support the nations but support the game.

Posted by mresan on (April 1, 2014, 9:37 GMT)

Indian fans never appreciated others WIN, if you go through the match reports you can clearly see them.

Posted by Ammo666 on (April 1, 2014, 9:36 GMT)

Congrats SL! best of luck in the semi final!

Most IND'n fans must watch & learn from these fans from other nations how they are appreciating SL of their tough fight converting to a win finally defending an enough gettable total..but IND'n fans couldn't really learn sportsmanship for too much arrogance & funny attitude towards other nations effort doesn't matter really either that team won or lost...

Posted by Shamithmudalige on (April 1, 2014, 9:32 GMT)

if they(India) maintain a 100 per cent record from here they will win the title and there is nothing the rest can do." Not strictly true is it. There's plenty SA,WI and PAK can do in the games they play against INDIA. It's also true that if SL win the rest of their games they will be champions. your comments will not help even a % in making IND team to win all matches.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 9:30 GMT)

hi indians can you read this record sri-lankan team did you knows how many times sraight reach to semifinal in ICC events already 6 times did you knows how many times indian team reach to semifinal ........

Posted by sanjeevmukherjee2006 on (April 1, 2014, 9:27 GMT)

@ HotSpot99 please read my post correctly CB series 2008, yea in last asia cup we lost but we all know india were without dhoni, yuvi raina right also you must be knowing how many times India defeated SL in SL also SL has yet to win a test in India and Aus.. dont forget SL too were whitewashed in Australia

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 9:27 GMT)

haha can't u guys remember hiw india lost to sl even in warm up games which so called kholi out for malinga

Posted by chapathishot on (April 1, 2014, 9:13 GMT)

Great performance by SL and it was good to see that Mahela was taking up the responsiblity to win.And Malinga should be commennted for shredding his ego and allowing Mahela to captain.But once Chandimal comes they will loose in Semis

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 9:12 GMT)

@nitin - In retrospect I believe you a right - its just a sport and one should be humble in victory and sporty and gracious in defeat - take a leaf out of Brendon Mccallum - Its just a temporary elation to which one should aspire with 100% but with the spirit of sportsmanship - and these bitter exchanges are just stupid

@dashjaya - being a SL fan myself - even I too feel that SL or India should not win based on the arrogance of both set of fans - I disagree on one point though it should not be Pak or WI but SA who should win it

Personally I would be happy if Sri Lanka become a better batting unit and get their cricketing house in order, sort out their captaincy/passenger issue, mature statesmen and lack of power hitters etc. who are being bailed out by the excellent bowling unit we have.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 9:10 GMT)

@ Rajesh.Kumar Now what's your Prediction mate? Posted by Rajesh.Kumar on (March 31, 2014, 14:21 GMT) 11 overs and 65 runs. SL looks good for an early flight home.... This is what I had predicted...

Posted by Madgavkar on (April 1, 2014, 9:10 GMT)

Well said Nitinn Singhal! It's so easy to hate. But so much more rewarding if we play sports in the right spirit. You can love your own team and still appreciate and respect your opponents.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 9:04 GMT)

He will be the next spin legend for srilanka, aftet muralidaran there was no right spiners for srilanka this man can support his team to winning sucess

Posted by kiwicricketnut on (April 1, 2014, 8:57 GMT)

@ DVSK, no resentment at all, sometimes you just get beat by a better side, that side just happens to be srilanka more often than not, like i said in enjoy watching the unorthidox players you guys seem to produce despite our players being unable to cope with them, love the spirit in which the srilankan team plays and their fans for the most part are respectfull and humble so i can't ever see myself holding any resentment towards srilanka no matter how much they beat us, just frustration in my team for making the same mistakes over and over again

Posted by HotSpot99 on (April 1, 2014, 8:55 GMT)

@sanjeevmukherjee2006 Please get your stats right. Last asia cup India lost. CB series India won one game but SL made the finals. It is true that India have dominated SL since last WC. But be thankful to SL for removing NZ cause we all know what happened to india in SA and NZ in recent tours.

Posted by CricketFever11 on (April 1, 2014, 8:52 GMT)

Lions need Windies for semis and India for the finals. Lions are waiting.

Posted by ceyloncric on (April 1, 2014, 8:41 GMT)

India , Please do not count your chickens before they hatch. They are due for a slip up.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 8:41 GMT)

Had it not been for Mr Dhoni, Indian would have been out by now!

Posted by YsaKaru on (April 1, 2014, 8:39 GMT)

indian think their bowlers done superbly in slow low dhaka pitch.if they play in chittagong pitch they definitely out of the Tournament....

Posted by Negative on (April 1, 2014, 8:34 GMT)

This title should be taken either by SA, WI or PK, they deserve to win this. IN & SL should not be winning since their fans are talking too much. Hope and pray SA will kick IN out of series & PK or WI will do the same to SL. Wish from a SL fan!!!

Posted by sanjeevmukherjee2006 on (April 1, 2014, 8:27 GMT)

@ Charmin Ihalakumbura dont worry about India, pak will thrash SL as usual..Afridi Akmal will butcher your bowling as far as India goes, dont forget we thrashed SL in 2011 in WC final, many times in asia cup, in England in 2002, in Aus in CB series 2008, in SL many a times, last year in WI triangular series lol

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 8:26 GMT)

In retrospect, I feel that Sport should be played and enjoyed in the right spirit-Bitter exchanges hardly do any favor to the spirit of this game. In any case, victory/defeat for any of our teams hardly makes any difference to our lives-causing us joy/pain for that moment and we then forget about it.

So, let's just cheer each other and hope that the best team wins and we get a good game of Cricket-there are far more complex things in life to worry about :-)

To all SL/Pak fans-All the best and hope to see a good game of Cricket!

Posted by gyansmgr on (April 1, 2014, 8:24 GMT)

As per indian supporters there's nothing special about Herath's bowling, it's just the pitch did all the things. Luckily it was not indian team who was bowling. If that the case then it would have been marvelous performance. Ok, i got it dudes.I was wondering why most of the indian cricketers having attitude problem. Now i understand it is common to the fans too. Anyway we there will be 4 teams in the semi final.All 4 had the luck and the talent to come this far and best of the day will go on to finals. As a SL fan i wish my team will go to final and win the cup. Even they lost we won't burn there houses and we will welcome them as we did in the last WC. I wanna see indian fans do the same thing if india come to final and lost it. There's nothing sure in this world. Expect the worst too.. Good luck all the 4 teams in the Semi's

Posted by Maduwantha on (April 1, 2014, 8:11 GMT)

Dear subcontinental friends we should not underestimate us that we perform only in Sub continent wickets as others try to established. In 1983- India won the world cup in Englend and immediatly won B&H cup in Australia beating Pakistan, 1992 Pakistan won World cup in Australia, 1999 Pakistan were runner up in England, 2003 India runner up in South Africa, 2007 Sri Lanka runner up in West Indies, When it comes to T20 Asians has dominated First World Cup India - Pakistan final, 2009- Sri Lanka- Pakistan final, 2012- Sri Lanka in Final now this year India and SL already in semies and tonight Pak in SF. Who says subcontinental teams can only perform in Sub continet. There may be some ups and downs but subcontinental teams are more superior

Posted by vkumar_086 on (April 1, 2014, 8:10 GMT)

@ Aus2013...thanx for your support...yes i completely agree with you...India is far far ahead than the two other Asian nations when comes to batting....yesterday bowlers bailed out SL and luck also favoured them...if India would have played in place of NZ, they would have chased this total very easily with the help of half centuries of both Kohli and Rohit....India are the favourites to win the trophy, there is no doubt in that...and they are just waiting for a team that gives a good fight to him....

Posted by Zetta on (April 1, 2014, 8:08 GMT)

Herath butchered them. Simple as that. Also - Sri Lanka will triumph this time and will bring home the cup. India, to me, are the less-favourites to win so I don't even put them in the equation ~

Posted by sankha.w.k on (April 1, 2014, 8:07 GMT)

We(Sri Lankans) need West Indies for the semis and India for the finals. Because West Indies beat us for the cup last time and we have a point to prove with India. Although South Africa would be a more exciting opponent for Sri Lanka, if we make it to the finals.

Posted by wapuser on (April 1, 2014, 8:01 GMT)

As an avid Indian cricket follower , I hope to see either a SL /SA final or PAK/SA .My first choice would have been IND /SA , but that's ruled out.. And as of now its anyone's guess what happens if India play Pak or SL. I am bored of seeing the same thing in and out.

Posted by veerang on (April 1, 2014, 7:38 GMT)

nothing special about herath.he is an average bowler.last night the pitch did the trick and not the bowler.if you play for 5 days on a ground, any pitch would play like rank turner and any average bowler could get wickets on that pitch.it was like fifth day test pitch.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 7:28 GMT)

I am seeing India and Pakistan in Finals

Posted by TrulyIndiancricfan on (April 1, 2014, 7:27 GMT)

@ malind and amila314 ... You people are getting restless about the chances of facing Kohli and Dhoni in the final.. Wake up guys.. your place in the final is not yet guaranteed.. And about the comments by Indians, I wish to say that it was the srilankans who started it during the Asia cup, if you have doubts read the archieves. You can see a lot of indians appreciating the fine display by SL in this match, but am yet to any good comments when India won four in a row beating some of the better teams than the one SL has beaten. whether its fluke or not, but you have been beaten once by a mediocre Team (England).

Posted by matchfixerpkn on (April 1, 2014, 7:26 GMT)

sad to see srilanka fans want india to be in final with them..how many times ..how many times srilanka want humiliatiion from india ?? so sad . world cup 2011. champions trophy, triangular in w indies..and clean sweep in srilnakan soilll...still srilanka fans want humiliation of malinga from kohli..this is too much ..

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 7:24 GMT)

I wish SA would b able knock india out of this n SL vs SA final will be delightful to watch. India doesnt deserve to b the champions. Lions will roar on next sunday...

Posted by Coolcapricorn on (April 1, 2014, 7:15 GMT)

When you have a glut of matches being played on the same pitch over & over again, it is no wonder that they deteriorate & therefore all spinners - particularly from the the subcontinental teams who play with more spinners - can bag loads of wickets. With due respect to the Jamil the Dutch spinner, even he has taken a hatful of wickets. Therefore the winners will obviously be a subcontinental team as they are much more used to playing in such conditions & one whose batsmen are skilled in countering the opposition spinners - rather than collapsing into submission like NZ did yesterday.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 7:14 GMT)

have you guys noticed, it's another World Record for Sri Lanka. yesterday's 119 is the lowest total ever to be defended in a T20 International. Sri Lanka now holds more than 80% of records in all forms of Cricket, from highest wicket taker in Tests and Odi to etc etc,, wow simply amazing nation with amazing talents, simply superb..

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 7:12 GMT)

I don't know why, but this match just doesn't seem fair to my eyes. In any case, great news for India that it's bunnies are through to the SF. It would have been even better that India faced up to the Lankans in the SF-it would have meant a sure ticket to the finals.

To all India-baiters: I know how hard it is for you to accept that India has been SL's perpetual master in this game, barring a few odd defeats. India is no NZ, and I am waiting to see if the final produces another classic wherein Raina, Yuvi and Kohli will put Malinga, Herath and other pea-throwers to the sword. Be mentally prepared for another defeat if at all your team makes it to the final with India.

Posted by DVSK on (April 1, 2014, 7:11 GMT)

@kiwicricketnut It's good hearing from you because I really love the Kiwis but as an SL fan I sometimes wonder if you guys may come to resent us. Whenever a big tournament comes around I always end up picking NZ for the win because I feel that if you manage to get past the spin issue you guys are a real force to be reckoned with. But thats also partly cos I'd like to see NZ win an icc event sometime soon.

Posted by nettrader7 on (April 1, 2014, 6:59 GMT)

After watching how the Kiwis batted, it was clear they just couldn't play spin bowling! Like it felt like a complete bunch of noobs attempting to play spin bowling.. You had the game in your hands with such a low score and damn.. unbelievable seriously. I am not a NZ fan, but I think they had the advantage and they completely messed it up.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 6:57 GMT)

To All Indians And Lankans kindly informing you that, Pakistan still in the game...!!! before commenting any direct or indirect points to Pakistan, cross check it 5-10 times...

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 6:52 GMT)

It makes no sense,,, in every tournament in Asia , asian countries will dominate and outside Asia,, they never,,,, It will be boring if Ind / SL is in final,,,absolutely boring,,,

Posted by twistatwistaa on (April 1, 2014, 6:50 GMT)

all is not right with this match

Posted by amila_buwa on (April 1, 2014, 6:48 GMT)

Really fed up with the comments of most of the Indian fans ( Yup I meant MOST).However,as a cricket fan who unfortunately got the chance to listen to the commentary of Gavaskar,Ravi Shastri, I'm never amazed on some pathetic comments by their fans. Please grow up guyz. Learn how to appreciate talent, no matter which country which player is.

Posted by TheBigBoodha on (April 1, 2014, 6:47 GMT)

What on earth are you talking about, Am1la? I listened to the match review and Crowe was fine. And this is coming from an Aussie! He said absolutely nothing that should evoke any issue with any fans. In fact both he and Cullinan did not mention the most obvious factor in the game - the slow, turning wicket. Now, why do you think they did not mention this at length? I'll give you a hint. It wasn't so as to deliberately provoke SL fans. Kind of the opposite.

I admit I did enjoy their analysis of the Ashwin interview. A real eye opener that one, and finally put all end to the denial about the reason why sleeve lengths from spin bowlers have gotten mysteriously longer in one part of the world. You can't accuse Herath of any such issue. His action is as clean as a whistle, and great to see that some spinners can still operate without bending their arm.

Posted by Jafar on (April 1, 2014, 6:44 GMT)

What a performance only Sri Lanka can bring out the genie out of the bottle when down and under. Keep it up hope no more repetition of choking at the final if you are there once more. All the best be the T20 champs this time around.

Posted by malind on (April 1, 2014, 6:42 GMT)

@Aus2013 No need to worry about Kohli whacking Malinga & Herath's inability to get the Indian wickets because We will be facing South Africa in the final... Dont think India will have the abilty take down SA this time why..... watch and see...

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 6:38 GMT)

Chandimal needs to drop himself. Hope he realizes the futility of him playing.

Posted by baji003 on (April 1, 2014, 6:35 GMT)

This is joke isn't it., Neither of teams are even eligible to beat india., Only team that can beat india is SL., They will not make final this year as pak will bow them on semi final. South africa are winning just cause of their luck and dependacy on 2 men(De villiars & steyn).This year cup goes to Indians., Hip hop Hurrey !!

Posted by srinideva on (April 1, 2014, 6:34 GMT)

There is no better pleasure than kicking SL out of the Tournament. We did it in WC11 and CT13.Hope the Men in blue will do it again. I`m sure they will...

Posted by Kashi0127 on (April 1, 2014, 6:33 GMT)

Great win by SL. Their never give up attitude is inspirational. I am an Indian , but love watching this SL team, particularly Malinga, Mahela and Sanga and Mathews. Watch out India SL is out to get you again!

Posted by Lion_Wallaby on (April 1, 2014, 6:33 GMT)

Its very nice to see few Indian fans speak about the Asian 3 teams getting into semies!! We just need unity between the 3 teams. As a SL fan I would love SL to win but still happy with what we have achieved upto now and hoping to watch some good cricket from all teams...

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 6:30 GMT)

no doubt it was amazing performance by spinners of subcontinent countries in this series. but more than spinners i think pitches turns out to be deteriorate quickly. in last three matches team batting second wasn't even able to make 90 runs. and batting line of australia, england and newzealand weren't that bad. have to say that i have never seen such low quality pitches in t20.

Posted by kiwicricketnut on (April 1, 2014, 6:24 GMT)

srilanka in big tournaments are our nemisis, they have big game players who always step up and make sure they pummell us, they are the most unorthidox team in the world, thats what makes them so good and i personally love it when we play srilanka for this fact but i am sick of us being on the wrong end of the results, its not just their unorthidox spinners walking all over us even an orthidox spinner like herath absolutely destroys us on the regular. we are hopeless against spin especially in bangladesh conditions and like i thought we were never going to win this match, some big questions need to be asked with the planning and some personal but i think the only way we will improve on the sub continent is if kane williamson becomes the spin batting coach, there were people out there doubting his inclusion, they wont now, we need more of him, kudos to srilanka, too good once more but i will say that anti dew spray was a foot trip and not on really, changing the pitch like that.

Posted by VinothSam on (April 1, 2014, 6:21 GMT)

We Sri Lankans need India in the final for the payback. India you better win the match against SA be-course we wanna lift the trophy and your Yuvraj cries this time for having nothing.

Posted by Am1la on (April 1, 2014, 6:20 GMT)

Really disappointed in Cricinfo's match point experts. Specially Martin Crowe. A Mediocre Expert. If u cant even analyse independently u shouldnt be there on the show. Please find somebody who will deliver a good match analysis, cuz viewers dont wanna waste time on low level one sided analysis like this even when the better side won the match easily in the end.

Posted by IndiaNumeroUno on (April 1, 2014, 6:19 GMT)

This match needs to be investigated... something not right!

Posted by SL_Fan_1985 on (April 1, 2014, 6:16 GMT)

@ Cricsnake > Hey, don't worry. This pitch was awful fro batting. Previous game ENG Collapsed to 88 for Avg spin bowling. Anyway, sanga, mahela, dilshan , mathews Must play big role.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 6:11 GMT)

Wonderful performance, Sri Lanka showing the meaning of resilience on field.

Congratulations from Pakistan, it's always a pleasure seeing the Lankans succeed, while remaining humble about their ways, especially the seniors Sangakara & Mahela. Good team, good ethics.

Posted by mresan on (April 1, 2014, 6:08 GMT)

i dont see any hates after the win!!!!

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 6:05 GMT)

Sri lanka took a very good decision to replace Mendis with Hearth, because Mendis hasn't been at his best form while Herath performed really well in the recent past. Thirimanne should be in the team for semis, I wonder which player should stay out, may be Chandimal belongs at the dugout though he's the captain because he isn't in his best form. And it was really good to see Mahela and Sanga acting as the captain before their retirement. Come on Sri Lanka, let's go to the final and break the curse.

Posted by Zycr9 on (April 1, 2014, 6:05 GMT)

Wow what a performance from Rangana Herath. Amazing bowling. He was accurate and bamboozled the NZ batsman. Awesome performance. Aussies bundled out for 86 by India, Eng for 88 by Dutch and now NZ completely routed for just 60 by SL. Excellent performance by Herath, I am not sure how the selection works for SL but if Herath plays in Semis then SL will surely win.

All the best SL team - from indian fan.

Posted by LuckyGamage on (April 1, 2014, 6:03 GMT)

1st Semi Final - SL vs PAK = SL 2nd Semi Final - IND vs SA = SA GRAND FINALE - SL vs SA = SL

Posted by wapuser on (April 1, 2014, 5:56 GMT)

Hope this same team will play the semis better to rest Chandimal since Thirimanne's 20 runs were filled with confident shots and Chandimal's average itself is only 13 in T20

Posted by mohamed_gouz on (April 1, 2014, 5:47 GMT)

it's really nice and lions show the power. I want to repeat this match highlight on 3rd time now .

Posted by Cricsnake on (April 1, 2014, 5:44 GMT)

Congrats SL ! Well bowled. Herath was brilliant & Sachithra too was superb. Though SL win this I'm not impressed by SL batting. It seems struggling a lot. If Kusal fails SL is in danger. Too much pressure on him as well. Dilshan, Mahela, Sanga the top three seems loss of form. I think Thirimanne should be there instead of Dilshan if Chandimal play. Mahela should open with KJP as he do well in semis & finals. Coming up are the death matches. It's not easy to tame Ind, Pak, WI with spinners like NZ. I think India are the favourites for the T20 WC 2014 as they are in their peak. They are almost unbeatable. They play better than 2011 ODI WC even as their bowlers do exceptionally well so far. Seems this WC is a cake walk for them. But SL should do their best in Semis and if win it should be Ind-SL final. That's the toughest one for SL face. Anyway good luck all teams in semis.

Posted by Aus2013 on (April 1, 2014, 5:42 GMT)

Indian will win this trophy...No way for the SL and Pak to win this trophy...Just coz ur spinner's delivered against the Non-Asian teams doesn't meant that they will win against Ind....Kohli will whack Malinga all over the park as he always do....Will herath has the ability to get the Indian wickets....As far as batting is concerned India is far far fetched than the other two Asian countries....Pak batting will be always in-consistency...Sanga, Dilsh and Jaya will be yet again struggled to get some runs under their belts.....without a single doubt Ind will surely win this tournament...if the pitch conditions plays the same....

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 5:35 GMT)

Hey Vipin, What if Jadeja or Ashwin had achieved the feet of Herath, then you will say they are quality spinners i advice you to follow Herath a bit more. Also lets expect a SL & IND final boy...

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 5:32 GMT)

Can't understand one thing one and half months back NZ were looking like a team which can't score less than 1000 runs in one innings!!!!!!!!! Now pathetically shot out for a poor score of 60!!!!! And Brendon McCullum who was scoring tons looked like an absolute novice cricketter getting out like a fool! Not any extra ordinary masterpiece bowling! Is it true that every country plays like champions in their own backyard???? Ofcourse not Bangladesh!!!!!!!!

Posted by IMG_SL on (April 1, 2014, 5:20 GMT)

I normally do not suggest any changes in any team since I am not an expert. But this time it is better to drop Dilshan. No proper use of him so far. He contributed to increase the pressure on young batsmen by giving his wicket cheaply and so early.

Posted by shanks1967 on (April 1, 2014, 5:10 GMT)

Simply put- Hats off to Sri Lanka. When they were kept to 120, I thought NZ stood a good chance, but when Herath started his spell and the first few balls clearly spelt what was in store for NZ. Great show. All the best for the semis.

Posted by Iceman29 on (April 1, 2014, 5:09 GMT)

Good job SL...way to go guys...Only an Asian country should lift this cup, we should start eliminating one by one..yet we should be competitive among ourselves...NZ team is another flat track bully...cant even score singles in subcontinent pitches...they can play only in doctored green pitches...pathetic and yet they crticize other teams...SL showed NZ where they belong...

Posted by vipinchirackal on (April 1, 2014, 5:06 GMT)

this match clearly shows how pathetic is the batting and pace bowlers of sreelanka.they won this match simply because none of the newzealand batsmen are god in facing spin bowling.otherwise an average bowler like herath would never have done such a harm to newzealand.in the semi final pakistan will destruct them very badly.better you pray for westindies to reach in semi

Posted by sanjeevmukherjee2006 on (April 1, 2014, 5:00 GMT)

congratulations SL.. I have just one thing to say whenever any Asian team struggles abroad there is a loud noise being made that Asian team are flat track bullies where as when Aus Eng NZ struggles in Asia no noise is made why this double standard!!

Posted by thedreamer on (April 1, 2014, 4:43 GMT)

Wow! Just wow. What a performance by Herath. Well, the Asian teams have shown the other cricketing nations that just because they play better cricket on fast and bouncy pitches doesn't mean they have conquered the world. The fear in the NZ batsmen's eyes was clearly evident. Congratulations to Sri Lanka and their fans. I thought 120 was tough to defend, but Herath was unplayable. The best performance I've seen by a spinner in a T20. All the best to SL - from an Indian fan.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 4:40 GMT)

Sri lanka will so strong if the kusal and thirimanne opens the game when chandimal's ruturn.

Posted by azee_slk on (April 1, 2014, 4:40 GMT)

well done Srilanka, keep it up we have to beat india in same way...

Posted by nmnaleem on (April 1, 2014, 4:39 GMT)

I feel yesterday team is the perfect outfit for the semis and finals...expected herath with the England match but selectors left out him and ultimately we lost .... after Muralitharan, Herath is the best spinner Sri - Lanka produced...lets roar again LIONS...

Posted by la.bestia on (April 1, 2014, 4:30 GMT)

Superlative performance by the Lions . When they roar they do it in their own way and no body to stand them. It was very nice to see Mahela & other former captions & current caption get in to action to aid Malinga to archive this and what a performance from the Lions.And by the way another world record just missed . 'GRRRR....'

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 4:26 GMT)

Sri lanka cannot count on Herath always, They must get a High total in the semis. I always thiught it was a mistake not to have Herath in the team before.Many thought he is the Best spinner in our team.He proved it.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 4:20 GMT)

cricket is not only about spin generally Asian teams play spin well and they had good spinners the pitches should be ideal for both spin and quicks in 2015 WC the pitches will be too pacy spinners can't find any wickets ..

Posted by Makattack07 on (April 1, 2014, 4:19 GMT)

@ahmedfaysal let me guess you're a Bangladesh fan? typical, just like the Bangladeshi team all talk no action. I guess every other team that beat Bangladesh is lucky as well? also keep in mind that Bangladesh hasn't beaten anyone in the group stages? I'll leave it to the rest of true fans to make their own judgement on the Bangladesh team

Posted by anver777 on (April 1, 2014, 4:19 GMT)

WOW !!!! what a dream spell by hardworking Herath !!! a superb comeback win for SL, after scoring only 119 in a crunch game !!!

Posted by India_boy on (April 1, 2014, 4:15 GMT)

What a game SL...Herath everytime he comes back to bowl, gives a huge surprise, I can't believe why SL persists with Mendis over Herath, it is the same why India persists with Ashwin over Mishra when it is clear that Mishra takes wickets of his own skills whereas Ashwin gets it due to the mistakes of the batsmen. All the best for semis SL

Posted by Praniya_SL on (April 1, 2014, 4:11 GMT)

Hey PAK Winner !!!!!!!

What happened to your sayings on yesterday. We made it to the semis with a crushing WIN. Ha ! Ha ! Ha!

Do not throw words before it happens. Let's wait and see what is going to happen ||||

Sri Lankan Lions roar when it matters ~~~~~~~

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 4:07 GMT)

Congratz lions. Dinesh chandimal's suspension is the best decision ever came to srilanka ( which not came from selection comitee). Srilankans should thanks match reffree for his decision. I think he should ban for t20s

Posted by TrulyIndiancricfan on (April 1, 2014, 4:05 GMT)

@Barkat Khattak... SA never thrashed Indians in any of the matches played at their home.. All the matches were closely fought...I think some of the non indian fans have problems of India being one of the Big 3... I hope this is not the forum to discuss Ind or SA... Lets congratulate SL for their stupendous win over kiwis

Posted by mravikiran on (April 1, 2014, 4:01 GMT)

I think ICC should standardize the runs and wickets pattern. currently, 5/3 can mean 5 runs and 3 wickets (or) 3 runs and 5 wickets at different times.

The classic way is "runs / wickets" - but a standard format or pattern is required.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 3:58 GMT)

What is most surprising is that to get Herath in the selectors had to wait for a bad day for Ajantha. Indeed that loss gave way to Herath and the new inspiration. So now on to Dhaka where it will spin the toss has to be between Dilshan and Priyanjan. I suggest to take Priyanjan in. Good that Lanka lost to Engalnd because that was the wake up call to keep at it and the side should be able to pocket the cup this time after two successive losses in finals in 2010 and 2012. Suggest keep Chandimal out of the team.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 3:54 GMT)

Well done Lions. GO GO GO... Win T20 world cup 2014.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 3:53 GMT)

An open opinion about commentators....I believe cricket commentry is a job, unbiased job. If they act like immature fan boys it looses the whole point, and it spreads hatred and adds a bad face to the "Gentlemen's game".

Whilst we all understand commentators are also human beings who love to see their country wins, ans as civilized spectators we wouldn't mind a commentator say as a XXXman I would like to see XXX wins. But not say definitely XXX will win, because the other team has given captaincy to e.g. Malinga or any internal independent decision of the other team. This is like child-play. And we saw how small he felt after the result.

I honestly have second thoughts of the current commentators after seeing commentators like Tony Greg who admired talent irrespective of the country, no agendas, not a fan boy, but very good analysis and appreciation and encouragement, which made Cricket so BEAUTIFUL.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 3:46 GMT)

i think dilshan should step down for the moment and come back later.when chandi Returns thirimanne need a room. no more mistakes and lets get ready to semi finals...well done Sri lanka.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 3:43 GMT)

As a SL fan, I can't understand why they get shocked when something terribly went wrong first up for the second time in a row.... AND would have sealed the match....!!!! INFACT Yes these things happen way too often to Sri Lankans when they bat or bowl.... (IT'S FUNNY AS WELL AS RIDICULOUS)..... IF you go back you will remember those incidents in 1995 against little kalu.... against sanga when he was 192..... to last night's shocking decision against Kusal.....!!! any way they struggled to cope up with it it seems.... Just needed to stay there in the wicket.... ANY WAY SL have won virtually from nowhere.... BUT it's good if stay a bit calm and can attack at the end.... I know it is tough out there in the middle and we spectators are just watching it....!!!! BUT a good score is better....SL didn't even bat their full 20 overs.... the RUSH OF BLOOD CANNOT WIN THE MATCH FOR YOU well as suggested by Brendon McCullum once more....!!! HARD LUCK FOR NZ... BUT THEY REALLY PLAYED WELL....!!!!

Posted by Shehan_W on (April 1, 2014, 3:30 GMT)

Is there a special new rule in cricket to give the benefit of the doubt to the bowler when the batsman is Kushal Perera ? Consecutive poor decisions to let the youngster down, so sad.

Posted by spsnath on (April 1, 2014, 3:29 GMT)

this match helped to do something far great than cricket. It united the all subcontinental countries together.

Posted by Chamithalak on (April 1, 2014, 3:28 GMT)

Kusal Perera NOT OUT again...very bad decisions. last match also he is not out...but no mention, no replay...???? very unfair

Posted by ru4real on (April 1, 2014, 3:26 GMT)

surprised Sri Lanka didn't actually declare..

Posted by mysay on (April 1, 2014, 3:21 GMT)

There were many factors that contributed to SL win. Firstly NZL shot selection, not to mention bamboozled by an unconventional, short in stature high in bowling intelligence chap called Rangana Herath. However over it all which wow'd me the most was the real captain on the field. I have always thought Mahela is the best tactical Captain playing the game today. It proves another valid point which is, no ego eccentric blokes in the SL camp. The experience was there and Malinga took the back seat in letting the master take control of the reigns, yet I believe Malinga had a big say in the bowling department. When SL took the field the body language was "Not Going Down Without a fight" and in any circumstance such attitudes are the best ingredients.

Posted by SL_Fan_1985 on (April 1, 2014, 3:21 GMT)

They (SL team) us proud and we really happy...we were expecting SL win even after 119 as in previous match ENG collapsed to 88 for average spin bowling. NZ has been struggling against quality spin always and they proved it yesterday .... I hope IND vs SL will play final...... Thank you SL team...you made us proud ..very proud as SL is a small nation live in small island...but with high talents..... Good luck....

Posted by meerkat55 on (April 1, 2014, 3:20 GMT)

It's really nice to see the support of Indian fans. You have a great team, great captain and good prospects, but don't you think SL deserve a trophy for the cricket we played for the past few years? Of course, you do in the bottom of your heart regardless of what your ego says! lol... therefore, sorry, it's our trophy guys. We let you have the honour for Sachin, but we are going steel this time for Mahela & Sanga:P

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 3:20 GMT)

This has happened many times. NZ with an easy chance before it, always crumbles against SL. Now this is not the first time they have succumbed to spin. Even in the recent BD-NZ series, they were defeated. Seriously, there was nothing unplayable. Herath is a good bowler but not a wane, saqlain, ajmal, narine, murali, kumble...

Yes the pitch was turning and two-paced but NZ was brainless. They just needed to play of the front foot and not take risks for a few overs.

NZ seemed to panic with Guptill's mad runout and McCullum's silly stumping. They played the left armer across the line instead of defending with soft straight bat. The score was so small that NZ could have played out Herath. In the end it was an abysmal performance.

So we can now coin a new term against "flat-track-bullies". NZ is surely a "spin-pitch-chicken".

SL would be the favorite from now on.

Posted by Prabhash1985 on (April 1, 2014, 3:18 GMT)

O man , o man o man... We won!!! That was seriously unbelievable victory for Sri Lanka. Given a pitch supporting NZ bowling, we got support from nature or god or karma or whatever. There wasn't any dew. Well played Sri Lanka, and that doesn't mean anything bad about NZ. Sri Lanka is playing like "who wants to be a millionaire" in Slumdog Millionaire.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 3:18 GMT)

Selectors should sit chandimal(Like sanga come across in the IPL) on the desk for semi bez srilanka have plenty of captions in the team and thirimani has the good touch.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 3:14 GMT)

Congratulations Srilanka , all the best for semi final roar lions roar more

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 3:13 GMT)

Rangana was amazing. we all knew and even the commentators said Mahela and seniors (Sanga)took the responsibility to lead the team. Their contribution was excellent when Jayasuriya has treated them the other way around. Even Malinga was asking Mahela where he should be station and whether when does he bowl (13th over). had Chandimal there, he would have bowled Thisara Perera and he would have given lot of runs. Rangana was brought in in the 3rd over and it was experience and attacking cricket by Mahela and the company. Thirinmannes 20 also matteres in a difficult pitch (chandimal would have just come and gone 119 - (minus 20). SLC did the right thing by not nominating Anjelo as the captain so that Maslinga with Mahela and Sanga could call the shots. it finally worked for SL and we are delighted as spectators. We should go with the same combination for the semis and thats our appeal!

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 3:09 GMT)

no mention of the horrible decision against our inform Kusal Perera. Great fightback. Hearath was remarkable. Maybe another SL v Ind final?

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 3:01 GMT)

Results of Semis

ind vs sa ~ ind will win sl vs pak / wi ~ sl will win

final sl vs ind ~ ?

Posted by Aaryabhatta on (April 1, 2014, 3:00 GMT)

well played Srilanka...from India

Posted by ms2000 on (April 1, 2014, 2:59 GMT)

Congrats Sri Lanka. Most of all it is very hertneing to see some Indian fans appreciating Sri Lanka's win. Great spirit. I request all Sri Lankan who are sriting here not to insult India and vice verza. let us be together and enjoy Cricket with 2 great teams not forgeting Pakistan for their great support. Thank you Guys from India and Pakistan. God lck to Pakistan on their match today and good luck to India on their semis.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 2:57 GMT)

I think SL should continue with malinga as captain and left out chandimal....the team that played against NZ is the best side

Posted by ajithabey on (April 1, 2014, 2:55 GMT)

Superlative performance by the small Sri Lankan Islanders despite a brittle batting display and a mockery of umpiring decisions. Herath's bowling was brilliant and it was good to see the seniors especially Mahela and Sanga marshalling the team and supporting Malinga in the decision making process. Good luck to SL in the semi's and hopefully in the final.

Posted by meerkat55 on (April 1, 2014, 2:54 GMT)

Malinga is our lucky charm. Don't even think that he can't captain the SL side, it's our culture to get approval from the seniors(aiye's), especially when you have genius like Mahela on the pitch and that's what exactly he was doing. He was only asking Mahela for approval, but he knows what exactly he was doing. For example, keeping his three overs to the end was his decision and he learnt form the England match. Hope, that he captain the side in the semi and hope Chandimal take no further part in the tournament, so does Dilson. He is too out of touch, wasted so many balls, only could score from Dil-scoop and got out from that too.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 2:50 GMT)

It is better to include Prasanna in place of Thisara. Chandimal should be rested.

Posted by sssugat on (April 1, 2014, 2:49 GMT)

If BD win Aus today, it will be the biggest upset in Cricketing History!!!

Posted by nickexplore on (April 1, 2014, 2:48 GMT)

The selectors waited till the 4th game to play their trump card and Herath took his chance spectacularly. Congratulations to Mahela and his team. The SL batting is of concern, especially that of Dilshan and Sangakkara, but the short T20 format only requires 2 or 3 batsmen to fire per game. For Sanath and selectors the big decision looms. Will Chandimal return to lead the team at Thirimanne's expense, or will they stick to this winning team with Mahela at the helm?

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 2:48 GMT)

This is lion, we are the champion of T20

Posted by SaraJeff on (April 1, 2014, 2:46 GMT)

we expected crowe to be more professional on his comments.

Posted by VinothSam on (April 1, 2014, 2:45 GMT)

Good job Sri Lanka and grate fight by NZ. SL is the no.1 T nation in the world so don't worry, we Sri Lankans will win the T20 WC in style.

Posted by SaraJeff on (April 1, 2014, 2:43 GMT)

any one watched crowe's prematch comments?.I feel very sorry for him.Hope he will grow up and be more professional.

Posted by MichaelBurton on (April 1, 2014, 2:33 GMT)

Kiwis were unlucky to be in the Group 1. They would have already been in the semis had they been in the Group 2.

Posted by GreenGoat on (April 1, 2014, 2:31 GMT)

MacCullum and co missed a trick today but what a classy team, especially the captain, for not making excuses and recognizing the special performance that Herath put in - cant have been easy, having just suffered a out of the blue loss.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 2:29 GMT)

Impressive win by Sri Lanka. Still think they should bowl Dilshan a bit, that way they can play an extra batsmen rather than an all rounder and strengthen their middle order.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 2:24 GMT)

So the 3 expected asian teams make it to the semi final,no surprises there.

Posted by SL_roar on (April 1, 2014, 2:01 GMT)

He can spin Maarrgicccc!! He can spin anything he desiresssss!! Herath you beauty! To our lankan lions " cricket is what that saved us and now it's what we Sri lankans live for" !! Win r lose we are with you always!! 119 all out was disturbing and it was going to be either an easy win for NZ or a hunting ground for the lions. Just glad it was the latter! Woohoo Dhaka here we come! Stunned... Just stunned ....

Posted by meerkat55 on (April 1, 2014, 1:46 GMT)

Disappointed to see in-form Kusal Perera was given out unfairly for the second time in a row. Same mistake by different umpire, but this time by Aleem Dar who is by far the best umpire around. I wish umpires do their homework like the players do. It'd have easily cost SL a place in the semis. Brilliant Herath made sure that it didn't matter in the end:)

Posted by wapuser on (April 1, 2014, 1:43 GMT)

A moral boosting win for Sri Lanka. Malinga was lucky to lose the toss in the dew free scenario, as had they won they too would have fielded first and would have struggled to chase in those conditions. I really feel for young Kusal Perera: 2 horrible decisions in as many games. He seems to be in good touch too. Lets hope he has seen the last of his bad luck for some time. I would very much like to see Priyanjan in the team going forward. He would be really handy with his attacking stroke-play and tidy off spin in these conditions.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 1:42 GMT)

What a performance by Sri Lanka! Rangana Herath, you absolute beauty!!! 3.3 overs, 2 maidens, 5 runs and 5 wickets, and also 2 runouts! And Senanayake did his job: 3 overs, 3 runs and 2 wickets.

Two not-outs in two consecutive matches given out for Kusal Perera and a couple of LBW decisions not given today :( :(

Sri Lanka always fights until the last ball and the Lions never gave up today, with such a low total to defend. Lowest T20 total ever that was successfully defended <3

Out of the 60 runs NZ scored, 42 were scored by Williamson and no one else went past 5 runs :o Although, NZ's fast bowlers bowled superbly in these conditions to restrict SL to a modest total.

Good luck for the next one, boys! Let's do thisssss!

Posted by nilup9123 on (April 1, 2014, 1:12 GMT)

to C0l0mb0 - Thisara is 20twenty specialist cannot be removed..., most 20 players either you hit or not hit.. simple, if thisara hits you wont be saying what you said, he is the only sri lankan player apart from kusal who can hit it cleanly out of the park in the SL side, replace chandimal with thiri and continue with herath, leave out ajantha

Posted by KingPower on (April 1, 2014, 0:57 GMT)

More important than Sri Lanka's astounding performance is the great Sportsmanship exhibited by the Kiwis' after the game....Cricket is not about winning...it is about building CHARACTER.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 0:42 GMT)

As a non-sri lankan, i have impressed with field placing and put pressure on opposition. Every one says that asian cricketers will not play under bounce pitches. I would like say some thing what abt the turn pitches for non asian countries. But asian countries produces excellent pool cricketers, deliva,Mahela,,Sanga,tendular,dravid and ganguly...

Posted by ground-boy on (April 1, 2014, 0:35 GMT)

Good luck came around the corner for SL. First time bona fide baller captained Sri Lanka in any form of the game and we saw leadership-board earned them a place in semis. Malinga should continue as the captain for the do or die stage of the series.They are capable of producing more convincing wins.... and you will see it is not only the luck...

Posted by BDKu on (April 1, 2014, 0:32 GMT)

There was some crowing about NZ having the edge because Malinga was captaining. Malinga may not have captained before but he is not an idiot not to listen to Mahela,Sanga , Dilshan a d Mathews.

Posted by TRAM on (April 1, 2014, 0:31 GMT)

NZ are the worst players of spin historically - especially against left arm spinners. Remember Ravi Shastri was made a great bowler in his debut match when he picked 3 wkts in one over against them... (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/63286.html) Herath is a better bowler than Shastri IMO, but hopefully he wont give too much weight for wkts against NZ in his career. Whatever said, 5 wkts in 21 balls for 3 runs has to be a dream run. Good luck.

Posted by kunal_Ind on (April 1, 2014, 0:27 GMT)

Well done Srilanka!!

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 0:14 GMT)

Two days back, Martin Crowe (Martin Kakka) predicted a NZ victory as Malinga was going to Captain SL. What he completely forgot was that there were 4 former captains in the Team and that the match would be controlled by 5 captains led by Mahela. (superiority in "captain" numbers ?? ) Fantastic bowling performance by Herath proving that you do not need doosra bowlers to win a match. Never under estimate SL and write them off. Good luck to the SL team. We are proud of the whole team. Niranjan Samarasekera from Melbourne

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 0:06 GMT)

So we have now seen three senior Test playing nations skittled for meagre totals almost overnight. Are England, Australia and NZ really that bad? Are Netherlands, India and SL really that good? A resounding no in both cases! This does, however, say a great deal about the nature of T20. Bring on the one-day world cup and the next round of Test matches, I say. Consign this T20 "World Cup" to the dark recesses of memory. No-one will care, or remember, in a month or two!

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 0:03 GMT)

my 2nd fav team lost to my fav why kiwies always meet us on important matches of wc'?s

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (March 31, 2014, 23:58 GMT)

@Hate.me-Pak are barely that good v spin.Their batting is v weak.Period.Fact they're among sub cont. sides 1 of weaker players of spin.Only Ind,BD are worse.Further,manner they struggled v mediocre Ind spinners,dont fathom them tacle far sup. SL spinners.

Posted by TRAM on (March 31, 2014, 23:56 GMT)

Its a combination of fantastic spin bowling and very poor batting technique against spin by NZ batsmen. Add to it crazy running between wkts. Add one poor umpiring decision and one injury out. If NZ is given another chance starting all over to bat again, would they win ? I dont think so. They may avoid the run outs and gain that one umpiring decision. Yet they will score only 100-110 I think. They need to prepare spin tracks in their country and practice against class spinners from world (lot available in India without chances).

Posted by SILVERSANGA on (March 31, 2014, 23:41 GMT)

Lol, where are all the fans who said SL would be out immediately after just making 119! Never underestimate the strength of Lankan bowling. We have the BEST bowling attack in this tournament. BAR NONE! What happened in the England game was a fluke. It happens sometimes.

With the addition of Herath now we have removed the weak link of our bowling(Mendis). Herath is the TRUE beast. He gets better with the age! What a player! As far as he is there we dont have to worry about not having Murali.

I see SL vs Pakistan SF. Weldone Lions... Now hold your nurve in other 2 games.. SL gonna win this who;e thing!

Posted by gcblackcapsfan on (March 31, 2014, 23:20 GMT)

Very disappointing batting effort from NZ after a top fielding and bowling display (with exception of K.W) How about showing a bit of improvising when facing Rangana. Its T20 boys - not 5 day test cricket!!!! Guptill and McCallum (again) senior batsman poor application to the job required. Congratulations Sri Lanka

Posted by 2matt on (March 31, 2014, 22:50 GMT)

No mention of the anti dew spray used on the pitch (for the first time in the tournament) without nz being told about it. A dewie pitch would have suited nz, as it would have negated the sri lankian spin attack and the ball would have slid on. It would have been a different game, if the spray had not been used, a FAIR game.

Posted by likeintcricket on (March 31, 2014, 22:45 GMT)

Conrtulations SL. Ball was spinning but still it was playable and its not a 60/allout wicket. Even if they negotiated 4 overs of Herath they could have come close. A 120 target agaist SL is a modest one and they just messed it up. Amzingly the same SL allowed the wakst side (ENG) go past 178.

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 22:22 GMT)

A lot of people were questioning Williamson's inclusion in the squad. Just goes to show quality will tell... Same with Herath, first game back and 5 for 3?!?!?!?!

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 22:06 GMT)

I want India to be with Srilanka in the finals to get the revenge out of them.. This is the only time Mahela and Sanga to be in a part of a World Cup winning team. They lost all the finals under their captaincy and toady they proved they are good in all departments to beat any country in the world.. I really wanna see all the sad faces of Indian players I will pray for it.. Good luck boys...

Posted by itsokay on (March 31, 2014, 22:05 GMT)

Mr.crowe you haven heard the news that srilanka has pick herath to that game.

Posted by DwightR on (March 31, 2014, 22:05 GMT)

Herath is so underrated...he should be a permanent fixture in the Lankan XI in all formats of the game, so special mention should go to Malinga for not letting his ego get in the way of winning...it was obvious that Mahela & Sanga were really captaining the side today and Malinga did not interfere even though the title of captain was in his name.

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 21:49 GMT)

Whole T20 was going to be a spinners paradise and England, Australia and New Zeland failed to realise that making early exits.

Posted by sanathputha on (March 31, 2014, 21:48 GMT)

Congrats Sri Lankan Team. You always make us proud!

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 21:48 GMT)

good job Sari Lanka cricket team. I hope you guys keep that performance till the end of the final. and bring the trophy with the great two batsman Sanga and Mahela.

Posted by Herath-UK on (March 31, 2014, 21:40 GMT)

The umpiring is somewhat below standards at Chittagong games; two successive incorrect decisions against Kusal really put pressure on SL in both games & another plumb LBW to Taylor not given & there were other decisions too against both sides. Unbelievable, no technology for an ICC event.Though Malinga was the captain it was Mahela (& Sanga) who practically handle the game. Kudos to them.

Posted by DreamCricketer on (March 31, 2014, 21:23 GMT)

DreamCricketer: Now you see why all the Sri Lankan fans are saying it over and over Replace Chandimal with Tirimanne and and Mendis. Not sure why SLC does not understand common sense and even a 12 year old kid can understand. Drop the failure "Chandimal" .He's a burden to SL team.

Posted by getsetgopk on (March 31, 2014, 21:08 GMT)

Great stuff SL, loved the stranghold. SL has become a resilient team in the past few years, winning from very tough positions is something Pak of the past used to do, well done and congrats.

Posted by Neranga on (March 31, 2014, 21:08 GMT)

Its some great bowling from Herath...it was truly brilliant. Beautiful orthodox left arm spin. Classical to watch. Keep it up.

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 21:01 GMT)

great and unbeleiveable win by Sri Lanka.. it was an easy chase for NZ but they missed it...

Posted by rk_ks on (March 31, 2014, 20:56 GMT)

@Ramansilva: Herath and Senanayake(did he pickup 1000 wickets or what) are quality spinners, where as all remaining spinners are ordinary. You are so funny dude. A quality spinner is someone who will find ways to pickup wickets no matter how the bowling surface is (like Murali, Warne and Kumble). Not like Herath, and Ashwin or other spinners playing in the tournament. So, Herath has moved into the top league just because his bowling was excellent in one match. That's not right. And congrats to you on the Srilankan win. They really played well.

Posted by rohanblue on (March 31, 2014, 20:54 GMT)

magical bowling performance by herath, the way lankans are playing they are looking unstopable, westindies or pak is in trouble..........

Posted by RD_INDIAN on (March 31, 2014, 20:39 GMT)

everyone saying Asian spinner versus nonasian pacer. remeber tht Waqar, Wasim, Imran, malinga, Zaheer are some of the best seamers/swing bowlers in the world frm asia and Warne was one of the best spinners frm a non asian country. Asia has always produced pacers who could trouble non asian batsmen but non asian teams have rarely found spinners who could trouble the asian teams.

Posted by Peternarendra on (March 31, 2014, 20:27 GMT)

After this world cup, Sri Lanka should find one or two batsmen like Aravinda de Silva, Andrew Symonds, Marlon Samuels, Yuvraj Singh for the middle order in ODI s and T20 s rather than selecting batsmen who cannot hit hard when required and bowl at least as a part timer. Aravinda was a batsman who could play well in all 3 formats and strike hard, bowl when needed. After thisT20 world cup, selectors should concern a team like this for T20. 1 Kusal 2 Munaweera 3 Thirimanne 4 Chandimal /Angelo Perera 5 Mathews 6 Kapugedera 7 Seekkuge / Sachith Pathirana 8 Kulasekara 9 Thisara / Maharoof 10 Senanayake 11 Malinga / Kanishka Elvitigala...In this world cup, Sri Lanka should play with 1 Kusal 2 Thirimanne 3 Mahela 4 Sangakkara 5 Chadimal / Dilshan 6 Mathews 7 Seekkuge / Thisara 8 kulasekara 9 Senanayake 10 Herath 11 Malinga...But I must say that Dilshan and Thisara are out form as expired Mendis while Chandimal, Sangakkara should improve their batting for the next two important matches.

Posted by Ashokdmightyindian on (March 31, 2014, 20:24 GMT)

Oh Herath what have you done???? You do know now that flat track bullies will never dare to tour Asian giants. !!!Now I can be happy if either of the 3 Asian giants will lift the cup!!!After all I am proud to be a part of Asia!!!

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 20:18 GMT)

nothing to say any thing.weldon boys..we have to jump another..we wish you all the best..go head lions all wayes we are with you..

Posted by wapuser on (March 31, 2014, 20:18 GMT)

Amazed with Srilankan performance...How come such a small island produce superb cricketers...For Godsake play Perera up the order...He is the main T20 batsman of Srilanka...Btw my INDIA's gonna win the world cup!!!

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 20:12 GMT)

Herath you beauty, SL were amazing, too defend such a low total takes alot of courage and hunger to win, they were not going to let this game slip come what may. This is a slap on all the people who fought SL will lose to NZ today, we all know NZ cannot handle pressure in big games, even against the Dutch they looked nervous. SL are always there in the knock outs, they are a top side.

Umpire Aleem Dar gave a howler to Perera and he was playing great, dissapointed as his usually a good umpire, DRS needs to be there to avoid these howlers which can have significant bearing on the outcome!

A pak fan in awe of the spirit and fight shown by SL!

Posted by kr_kinshuk on (March 31, 2014, 20:04 GMT)

I find making predictions rather difficult in the world cups, especially in a format like T20. But if I had to stick my neck out and pick a probable winner, I would go with Sri Lanka.

They've an army of spinners and these pitches are tailor-made for them. Plus dew will hopefully not play spoilsport in Mirpur, which means the only reason for a Lankan defeat till now is unlikely to play a role.

Then there's the small matter of sangakkara not having fired yet. He's too good a player to miss out in an entire tournament.

But guys like devilliers and kohli might ruin it for the Lankans. Whatever be the case, I hope the knockouts produce thrillers rather than one-sided affairs with one side losing by a huge margin as has happened in the last few games.

Posted by Herath-UK on (March 31, 2014, 19:59 GMT)

Come on Herath, you fantastic! true to our kandyan heritage! a fellow from herath clan. I'm overjoyed by superb Sri Lanka who seem to thrive on crucial games pulling wins from jaws of defeat!

Posted by MrZygon on (March 31, 2014, 19:59 GMT)

The main positive from this match was NZ must keep playing one of our best batsmen Kane Williamson in this format and give Trent Boult more of a go. The selectors also need to think if leaving one of our other best batsmen at home for breaking team protocol (Ryder) was worth it. As a fan I'd rather see NZ put the best team on the park.

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 19:58 GMT)

this will be hard semifinal for srilanka this time because of two reasons :

1) against Pakisthan : Pakistan has won against SL in most recent contests ..some how they come good against SL.. 2) Against west indies : They got en edge with spin bowling and if gayle and smith clicks ..sl needs to forget going to final...

and if SL reach final ..they got 60% chance to win this time

Posted by rizwan1981 on (March 31, 2014, 19:56 GMT)

wapuser

Agree McCallum was magnanimous in defeat - As a Lankan , I am glad we won but the NZ skipper was a exemplary ambassador - Mahela was brilliant as the unofficial captain and credit to Malinga for being humble . All in all a fantastic game of cricket.

Take a bow NZ and Sri Lanka - You guys showed how to play the game in the right spirit

Posted by GrindAR on (March 31, 2014, 19:54 GMT)

This match is marked for bowling domination... and is an example of very exciting T20I cricket... Appeared to be a below par/cake walk target, become a huge total where the opposition just reach 50% of the target, splendid piece of bowling and fielding efforts.... talk for the quality of T20I cricket and being a crowd puller for the game of Cricket... The quality will improve a lot and >140 become a formidable winning score and even a 100 can be defended successfully... when the game gives equal respect to the bowling and consider it as the beauty of the game.

Posted by rizwan1981 on (March 31, 2014, 19:49 GMT)

2 of the BIG 3 are out of the tournament !

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 19:44 GMT)

Good team for finals but never win after 1996 WC

Posted by BlackHawk on (March 31, 2014, 19:19 GMT)

Extraordinary performance by Rangana Herath! As SL fans we have to be a bit circumspect about our prospects in this tournament going forwards. Today the batting was simply woeful. Yes, it was because of some great bowling by the kiwi bowlers but how many times can the bowlers bail the batsmen out. We only won today because of an amazing performance by ONE man and we also have to bare in mind that it was against a side with an abysmal record playing spin (lost to BD 4-0)! If the team is to compete with teams like PK, WI and IND then more players HAVE to contribute and people like Dilshan and perhaps Sanga need to make way because they're simply wasting too many deliveries. The team has to back themselves to make the changes and give someone like prasanna a call up and he should more than useful with the ball too!

Posted by SLsupport on (March 31, 2014, 19:19 GMT)

Have to read comments from the first one.Can have a good laugh........

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 19:17 GMT)

Reading through some of the comments make you feel that some of these people have no idea of sportsmanship. It is good to be patriotic at the same time be gentle, as cricket is still known to be a gentleman's game, although some countries have forgotten that, and ruined it for the sake of money. BE SPORTY GUYS. THE BETTER TEAM ON THAT DAY WILL WIN THE TROPHY. Let us all say a Hurrah for the winners on that day.

Posted by JAHID_OMAR on (March 31, 2014, 19:17 GMT)

Thank you BANGLADESH for supporting us.. We almost felt like we were playing @ home. We Srilankans always support Bangladesh Cricket and the Public. Hope you will also become a Major Cricketing force in Asia Along side PAK SL & IND soon. Wish BD for tomorrow's game. Give some Spin dish to Aussies. Please Publish. SL Fan

Posted by haq33 on (March 31, 2014, 19:06 GMT)

Love Sri Lanka. The trophy is yours to lose! Easily the best of the remaining teams.

Posted by Blackholesun on (March 31, 2014, 19:04 GMT)

Simply outstanding performance by Sri Lanka. What unfolded in the second innings was nothing short of miracle.

I failed to understand why NZ felt so much pressure. Before this game had played quite good cricket. Moreover they had and only 120 to get.

NZ will be very disappointed with their performance. Anyways best of luck to them for the rest of the year.

Posted by afghan_cric_lover on (March 31, 2014, 18:59 GMT)

outstanding cricket by Sirlanka congrates from Afghanistan ,,once i saw the score that new zealnd needs 120 to win i knew Sirlanka will defend it Sirlanka has got best bowling attack we saw it in asia cup best of luck for sem final

Posted by Nawab67 on (March 31, 2014, 18:53 GMT)

@Ramansilva... even your captain doesn't believe in Herath's talents....!!!! LOL if not explain us why wasn't he (Herath) in the team last match which you lost!!!!!

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 18:53 GMT)

It's amazing how Sri Lankan fans post obvious situational comments. Till this evening, all they wanted was to change the captaincy from Malinga to Mattews. Now that Mahela did some field changes, they praise him. As soon as the first innings was over, they were criticizing Mahela, saying he wasted many deliveries. It's a team game and there is no one taking decisions single-handedly. When will the Sri Lankan fans start appreciating efforts of our team, without trying to be selectors through the internet ?

Posted by iceaxe on (March 31, 2014, 18:49 GMT)

This game shows us the reason why SL are #2. Really, though, they should be #1. I'm expecting them to go all the way to win this tournament.

Apart from NZ poor batting performance, I do see Kane Williamson becoming the next Martin Crowe for NZ.

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 18:48 GMT)

as i always said hera is the best we have got test o d i or t20 he should be a regular he could have a bad game but he should be a regular and i should thanks and respect for the way new Zealand captain commented after the match there is a lot to learn from him for dhoni

Posted by LakmalPhysics on (March 31, 2014, 18:48 GMT)

Sri Lanka earned their sixth straight semi-final in ICC events. WOW!!!!!!

Posted by BMDeep on (March 31, 2014, 18:45 GMT)

Let me be honest, I am one of d many who used to get carried away by this so called nonsensical banter by d fans of both Ind and SL but today, SL owned NZ. Not that they were brilliant with d bat, but d way they literally bullied NZ with ball is commendable. Some might argue d absence of Corey but honestly, it wudnt have made much of a diff. As much as I like to appreciate Sl for their efforts, I really dont understand d way how NZ approached this. They were literally like head less ducks who were dancing to d tunes of spinners. As some one rightly pointed out, if not for KW, they wud have beat d record set by Ned. SL have been fairly consistent in this tournament. The loss other day can only b attributed to excellence of Hales which happen once in a full one and SL were unlucky to have been at d receiving end. Other than that, they got most of their bases covered. Their batting needs some purpose and improvement and all d best for the SF. From an Indian fan..

Posted by cricketlover111 on (March 31, 2014, 18:44 GMT)

I have been a NZ fan for a number of years and have seen some terrible batting collapses but I honestly thought these were now in our past.

From our specialist fielder Guptill who run himself out after using up 58 balls in the tournament for 47 runs, Brendon McCullum who produced his second rush of blood against a spinner and Ross Taylor who continues to make us question whether his T20 prowess matches the other forms of the game.

That was an embarrassment, pure and simple. Don't blame spinning wickets, this was a lack of intent from the first ball from a team that had already thought they'd won.

Posted by deepu_upeed on (March 31, 2014, 18:40 GMT)

i have seen few comments regarding IND team here, if you like SL team, you can praise like anything but why did you talk about IND Vs SA match. Lion should fight against Lion not against CAT. Had SL should have placed at 2, then it would not cross semifinal also. anyway lets wait & C, who will beat whom. SA struggled a lot to enter into semis, IND entered like an emperor. 2011 ODI WC match will repeat !!!!! I am not going to hurt anyone, i am not a fan of any country, i am the fan of all cricket players. i like Sanga & jayasuriya,Ranatunga, Malinga from SL team. IND made 159 runs agianst AUS bowling on the same slow pitch where as SL has struggled a lot to cross 120 runs. i am not praising IND here bcz they have many blackholes, lack of consistancy.

Posted by ProdigyA on (March 31, 2014, 18:40 GMT)

You gotta admit that SL were a bit lucky with Anderson. He is one distructive player and it would have been nice to see Herath vs Anderson. But a good performance overall from SL.

Posted by JamKam on (March 31, 2014, 18:39 GMT)

Congratulations Sri Lanka from a BD fan.

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 18:37 GMT)

Could have gotten 6 wickets if anderson had batted!!

Posted by bendobbie on (March 31, 2014, 18:36 GMT)

I think that if there is anything reassuring about NZ's performance is that they got out to spin in the subcontinent which is something they are completely unaccustomed to anyway. It is hard to blame them for this when they get so little practice against quality spin on turning pitches. It will certainly be a different story at the ODI world cup next year where quality pace attacks will be crucial (looking forward to it as NZ's pace attack looks good). For today though well played Sri Lanka absolutely outstanding bowling, the better team in these conditions won.

Posted by roshrosh on (March 31, 2014, 18:34 GMT)

Sri Lanka is #1 T20 team in the world and they simply showcased why they are the #1 team once again... Many would have thought this is the end of Sri Lanka... but we still march on... Go Lions...

Posted by vkumar_086 on (March 31, 2014, 18:33 GMT)

Today even Netherlands posted good total of 133, which is 14 runs more than the GREATEST SL team in the same pitch....Moral: playing against TOP TEAMS is not like bashing minnows

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 18:31 GMT)

asian teams are the best in the world.

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 18:27 GMT)

The most epic moment of the match was when malinga asked Mahela if he should ball.

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 18:24 GMT)

I was just wondering about what will happen if SL were defeated. Our fans will say 'Dilshan should be sacked & too old, Sanga is not a T20 batsman, Why thisara is in the team instead of Seekkuge, Maling is not good for VC make Sachithra VC etc'. Plz guys we are fed up with your stupid comments. If u dont know cricket dont talk about it. Let's enjoy the game and be positive with it. Keep in mind that Dishan has done so many great things and still he has potential to do. - A trus SL fan-

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 18:18 GMT)

I hear they used anti-dew spray for this game? Why wasn't this used earlier in the tournament?

Posted by gularan on (March 31, 2014, 18:16 GMT)

Ya beauty, SL, but please please don't be the bridesmaid this time. go on for the kill and complete the job and make us proud. Jaya weva Sri Lanka. Go boys and come out strong in the next two matches.Just spare a thought for England, NZ and the poor AUSSIES. HA HA HA.

Posted by ram91106 on (March 31, 2014, 18:16 GMT)

It did not give us guilty pleasure we usually get from watching the batsmen lord it over the bowlers...it was pure unadulterated joy...it was sheer ecstasy watching batsmen fish around for the balls...prodding,probing,groping like blind men in a dark alley...As a bowler it gave me immense satisfaction watching my kind dish it out to the batsmen who are usually the quickest to get the plaudits when a team wins while its the bowler who is the scapegoat when a team underperforms...T20s are not necessarily hit-and-giggle cricket...it could pack in as much dynamite as a test-match,the premier version of the game...that was proved yesterday when India pasted the Aussies and now SL making mince-meat of the highly motivated and perennial dark horses of ICC tournaments NZL...its time Test matches and T20s are given more allocation while the ODIs should be gradually lowered till its no more other than watching the teams fight it out in ICC Champions Trophy and the World Cup much like Euro and WC

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 18:15 GMT)

Ranganna Herath, you beauty.. what a spell...even saeed ajmal would been stunned by your bowling, respect from pakistan

Posted by amilag on (March 31, 2014, 18:14 GMT)

@wapuse you are spot on. Cannot agree more. Brendon was such a getleman and he extend the due credits to Sl.

Had it been Dhoni,

"It was really difficult wicket to bat on specially under light and chasing. We could have restricted them less than 100. We batted really badly and we should have chased down easily. Few decisions went against us and Jadeja's injury really cost us the match"..Hii/....Hiii

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 18:14 GMT)

Well Played Team Srilanka. Brilliant bowling performance by the Islanders and their spinners in particular who had a mind blowing figures of 7 overs for just 7 runs and took 7 wickets ( 5/3 Herath and 2/4 Senenayka)

Posted by VinuDeshpande on (March 31, 2014, 18:13 GMT)

One heck of a performance by SL. They say that the sub continent teams play only on spinner friendly pitches.But I say it requires a lot of skill and application by the batsman to play the quality spinners like Herath/Ashwin/Ajmal.Well done SL, now you too are the favourites to lift the Trophy. I hope PK prevails over WI so that an Asian team can win this world cup...Best of Luck Pakistan...From an Indian Fan.

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 18:12 GMT)

common SL 80 overs more...

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 18:12 GMT)

It's too bad, Thirimanne will probably be dropped for Chandimal against Pak/WI. This entire tournament has shown the unpredictablilty of this format. Who would have expected Netherlands to put up the highest score of the day, and beat England by 45 runs. Or who would have expectes SL to strike back so dramitically? This is the format where you expect the unexpected. And lastly...GO LIONS!!!!

Posted by Mutukisna on (March 31, 2014, 18:10 GMT)

Personally, I enjoy a game of cricket more when a low score is defended as opposed to a winning run chase. It certainly happened today and more so because Sri Lanka were the victors. It would be interesting if the fans from the other Asian countries who were critical and gloating about Sri Lanka's plight after their batting performance in the early part of this column would now respond and add to their earlier comments. Oh you silly boys, why have you gone silent and gone to sleep. Wake up and tell us how you feel now. Beware, never write off Sri Lanka with your presumptuous comments. You would have learnt a good lesson today that the battle is not over until the last ball is bowled.

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 18:10 GMT)

Team for SemiFinal: Kusal, Thirimanne, Mahela, Sanga,Angelo, Chandimal,Prasanna,Sachitra,Kulasekara,Herath, Malinga

Posted by true-cric-lover on (March 31, 2014, 18:09 GMT)

I am very much disappointing about comments forwarded by some SL fans. Look there have some nice comment s delivered by IND fans. They appreciate us hats off friends. Only some fans hate SL and forget those comments so don't fight with such comments. Well played SL and good to see Asians are in tops.

Posted by Ali_Chaudhary on (March 31, 2014, 18:09 GMT)

What a bowler You beauty herath! Way better than overrated Ajmal. Currently there are only two great spinners Ashwin and Herath. Irritates me when harsha always keep caling ajmal the greatest even though he has never bowled like Ashwin or Herath in his life.

Posted by Ednann on (March 31, 2014, 18:08 GMT)

i believe some magical things happen in today's match, ok tell me one thing is there Harry(from harry porter) in the match who hide himself with his thing? what a bowling by my SL brothers, being a Pakistan and being a true cricket lover wish you good luck for semi with Pakistan or WI.

Posted by yohandf on (March 31, 2014, 18:08 GMT)

Even before the game started , nobody gave us a chance . NZ were clear favorites . At the halfway , we have seen some claim they had seen last T20 innings of trio seniors . They claim sri lanka s flight is ready . BUT we have turned the tables . disciplined bowling , imposing pressure , imploded Kiwi s . So we are still here . it s not easy to crumble us in ICC tournaments . Because WE ARE LIONS .

Posted by vkumar_086 on (March 31, 2014, 18:08 GMT)

Today even Netherlands posted good total of 133, which is 14 runs more than the GREATEST SL team in the same pitch....Moral: playing against TOP TEAMS is not like bashing minnows

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 18:06 GMT)

Mccullum and tayler was struggling from herath bowling . In fact they were not expecting Herath to be in plaing X1. NZ could win if someone could support williamson . He was playing well.bad luck for NZ. good luck for lanka.

Posted by navinrajpal on (March 31, 2014, 18:04 GMT)

NZ Cricketers are usually the most well-behaved professionals. Felt sorry for their loss but well I would take an Asian World Cup win any day. Simply too good from SL.

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 18:04 GMT)

We are the champions 2014 T20 World cup

Posted by jb633 on (March 31, 2014, 18:04 GMT)

Well played to SL they bowled very well. My question is not of any of the nations here but rather the pitches required for T20 cricket. I agree with a couple of earlier posts that fans do not want to watch cricket on these turgid, inconsistent pitches. I have no issues with these at test match level but I believe the curators of the IPL pitches do have it spot on. At the end of the day we want to see runs and sixes. In ODI cricket we want something in it for the bowlers but I think these pitches don't do much for the advancement of this game. SL fans may have found this game interesting but I thought it was dull and provided little excitement for the neutral.

Posted by India_wchampions on (March 31, 2014, 18:04 GMT)

This comes from an Ardent Indian fan.

I'm a great fan of Indian team and still feel this Indian team is stronger than the SL team. But, having said that, what an amazing performance from the SL spinners. I'm very eager to see an All Asian final. All 3 asian teams are amazingly brilliant in their own strong points.

I will just ignore the insane hater discussion of SL and Indian finals. I will remain a true cricket lover and a sane Indian fan congratulating SL full hearted today.

Srilankan team, take a bow

Posted by kaluwa on (March 31, 2014, 18:03 GMT)

Well done Sri Lanka. However finally SL comes to semies. No need to talk to final. Before the finals we have to pass the another milestone. Go lions go.

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 18:03 GMT)

Condition help Srilanka in important match....Still wondering why B.Mccullum choose to bat second even after England lost cheaply to Nertharland same way in the same pitch.

Posted by NilD on (March 31, 2014, 18:02 GMT)

@Gurdit Singh is very optimistic. However Sri Lanka are the most consistent in ICC tournaments. I'll take that any day than being kicked out of the 1st or 2nd rounds 4 times and winning once.

Posted by BigINDFan on (March 31, 2014, 18:01 GMT)

Herath should have played all the matches instead of the no good Mendis. SL batsmen played irresponsibly but NZ simply did not have a clue against Herath. This is so exciting and NZ deserved this. They are not as good as it was made out to be. WI or Pak will find it tough against SL if Herath bowls like this in the semis. I am hoping for a SL-India finals :-)

Posted by CricketingStargazer on (March 31, 2014, 18:01 GMT)

Extraordinary performance by Sri Lanka. Two modest chases today - both sides rolled over for under 90 and neither ever looked like getting anywhere near. Odd!

Posted by ishtiaq52 on (March 31, 2014, 18:00 GMT)

Well Done Sirilanka, its a good unit, wish u best of luck

Posted by stormy16 on (March 31, 2014, 18:00 GMT)

What a sensational performance by SL and once again in a WC knock out game SL come to the party. Herath was absolutely awesome to fox players of the calibure of McCallum and Taylor with high class traditional left arm spin. Taylor could have been out three times and this guy can bat. Points to the captain who brought on Herath ahead of Malinga and Sachi after NZ seemed untroubled after the first couple of overs. There are some great spineers around mainly with a variety of mystery but Herath is an old fashioned left armer. NZ should be kicking themselves as that was really an easy target but full credit to SL who have done this before - comming from no where to win games.

Posted by Temuzin on (March 31, 2014, 18:00 GMT)

I think Australians English and NZ landers are just home track specialists. When they come out of their homes They play like Minnows. Yesterday it was Australia and England and Today it was NZ and some criticize India and Srilanka for being home track bullies.

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 17:59 GMT)

South Africa will thrash India just like they thrashed Indians couple of months ago.

Posted by hasran on (March 31, 2014, 17:59 GMT)

Only player who looked at ease was given out unfortunately.if that wasn't given out this clearly would have been a walk in the park for srilanka.In an unplayable pitch like this those quick hand extraordinary players in the calibre of sanath kusal add to that Brendon macculums are extremely effective,that's why I had that gud feeling that rush of blood advance out of wicket from Brendon was the turning point of this match

Posted by sanjey on (March 31, 2014, 17:59 GMT)

@rohitpatel: please go and check the fixtures first before commenting!! India plays South Africa in the semis... Feeling sorry!!

Posted by wapuser on (March 31, 2014, 17:56 GMT)

Great win for SL. MacCullum's comments after the match was so gracious. captains of our part of the world should learn something from them, rather than blame the wicket, umpires, heat, cold, etc when they get beaten. Just shows the difference in breeding and upbringing. GO SRI LANKA !

Posted by Htc-Android on (March 31, 2014, 17:56 GMT)

@ Rahul17_1983. you talk about a Tailender batsman(Mills) getting a wrong decision cost the match for NZ even when they needed about 11 an over with one recognized batsman. Then what about Kusal getting a wrong decision there. He was batting so well out there in the middle. If he stayed there then we could have scored about 150+

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 17:56 GMT)

Marvelous SL

Posted by Hate.ME on (March 31, 2014, 17:56 GMT)

But remember if Pak qualifies for semis it wont be easy for SL spinners to do the damage again as Pak being an Asian team plays (hammers) spin bowling really well.

However, Herath being a left armer still has better chance to trouble all right hand batsmen of Pak.

Posted by KingAjmal on (March 31, 2014, 17:54 GMT)

As a non-sri lankan, I must say I have been impressed with Sri Lanka Cricket overall all these years and still today. They are a team that don't have a massive pool of players like those of India and Pakistan and way less money yet can produce a quality team and enjoy playing the game so much. Teams like Bangladesh who have clearly been a disappointment to Cricket should learn from Sri Lanka on how they develop their Cricket. My advise to every other nation is to never underestimate Sri Lanka team even if their greats have or started to retire because it doesn't make a difference to their level of status. I won't be surprised if Sri Lanka wins this tournament and deservedly so.

Posted by GrindAR on (March 31, 2014, 17:53 GMT)

If not for Kane, NZ would have bettered Dutch's 39. Their 9 batsmen score 14 run all together, 2 extras, and Kane 42 = 60. If Kane got out for 10 for example, the team score would have been 26 all out.... Coincidentally, all the teams batted 2nd did not cross 100 in the last two days.... Shows... spinners found a way to capitalize and batsmen found a way to give-in... and NZ showed the worst of it.

Posted by C0l0mb0 on (March 31, 2014, 17:52 GMT)

considering sanga, mahela and dilshan playing their last T20s, they should stay in the 11. True problem SL has is their captain. Chandimal is someone shouldnt even go near T20 dugout. He will force to play next match for nothing. As Sl supporters need to think they hv 10 talented players and 1 fielder (will not say passenger). So, thirimanne most likely lose his place for a nothing player. other than that Thisara s capability of bowling economically is questionable. this is purely happen to SL coz, there are far too many players not bowling single over per match. Either SL play agains Pak or WI in semis, they need to konw both those team has hitters who can clear the ropes even its a miss hit or a leading edge. i hope to see, 1.Kusal 2. Dilshan 3.Sanga 4. Mahela 5.Mathews 6.Thirimanne 7. Thisara/ Prasanna 8. Senanayake 9. Kulasekara 10. Herath/Lakmal 11. Malinga

Good Luck SL.

Posted by ibbani on (March 31, 2014, 17:52 GMT)

SL will lose on 3rd April against WI.

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 17:52 GMT)

Congratz lions....go ahead.....!!!

Posted by wapuser on (March 31, 2014, 17:52 GMT)

Sri Lankan spin side did very well. Even herath did fantastic job & got their team into the semis. Now, from this match Lankan team is going to favourite to win this tournament.

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 17:50 GMT)

haha ...Bring on India ...

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 17:50 GMT)

Lions crushed the innocent Kiwis.

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 17:49 GMT)

he is the best spiner in the world like a narine. better than mendis

Posted by wapuser on (March 31, 2014, 17:49 GMT)

Wel done Srilanka. What a way to defend such a small total. Congrats

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 17:49 GMT)

I thought mid way that NZ were in the semis. Hats off to SL for coming out with the belief and then executing beautifully! A hugh well done from India!! True lion heart there!

Posted by hussain277 on (March 31, 2014, 17:48 GMT)

Newzealand 60 (Williamson 42, Extras 2, Anderson Absent Hurt) means 16 runs made by 8 batsman, believe me if Srilanka give a target of 60 newzealand easily got out on 40 to 50....no fighting sprit just look run out of Willaimson...extremely sorry for kiwis what ever the wicket is they should deliver something......cheers to Srilanka...remarkable discipline piece of bowling......Good Luck for Semi Final...most probably with Pakistan

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 17:47 GMT)

Good that SL won. We need close matches during the Knockouts and a NZ vs Pak/WI match wouldn't have given that. I now hope Pak wins against WI. Would love to see 3 Asian tam in Knock outs. From an India Fan.

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 17:46 GMT)

Lions fight until the end. That is the nature of SL team.

Posted by wapuser on (March 31, 2014, 17:45 GMT)

This is the way of Sri lankans..sure, this is lions time...

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 17:44 GMT)

Wow! such knowledgeable cricket fans here. It is SA vs. India in d semis. Bad news for you Indiana Steyn, Tahir, AB n co. will prevail. Here's to SA vs. SL final!

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 17:43 GMT)

Extraordinary performance by the lankans to keep some haters at bay

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 17:42 GMT)

@ Damith G, Who else will be replaced with Chandi? Mahela & Sanga will resign form T20 after world cup... Don't forget still Sanga critizising when his shot selection.. also Batting was ridiculous> ha ha see NZ struggling on the pitch.. Its all about cricket mate

Posted by nothingnew on (March 31, 2014, 17:42 GMT)

@Tarun Goyal i think most of the fans don't know what is T20 cricket . they think T20 is only batsmen game . It is false . It is not only batsmen but also bowlers game too . Today game is a perfect example for that . IPL is success something different reason . It is a different topics. Oneday it comes as topics we will talk about that . Accept true and fashionate of the T20 games . We watched high scored matches , very tight matches today we saw low scoring matches in this T20I world cup . How beauty of T20 Cricket is . Don't blame this pitch is test match pitch or something accept the what did happen

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 17:41 GMT)

rohithpatelindia - India vs SA semis and SL vs Wi or Pak semis

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 17:40 GMT)

sri Lanka's bowling is very good but they doesn't have the firepower in batting.but it would be very tough for sri lanka to bowl well against indian batsman if they reach the final.i hope india faces sri lanka make it to the final so that we could stretch their world cup final losses to 5-0 in the last 7 years.

Posted by vkumar_086 on (March 31, 2014, 17:40 GMT)

@Gugan GK....actually SL is playing its semis with either Pak or WI...then India facing SA in 2nd semi final on the next day....surely if they call us as flat track bullys, then we all together can call those non asian countries as fast track bullys....actually facing spin attack requires lot of skills than fast bowling attack....you can leave some of the balls in pace bowling, but if you leave those balls in spin attack, there will be lot of chances of getting out as either LBW or bowled....

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 17:39 GMT)

already two Asian teams In the semi, if Pakistan will. tomorrow we can make it 3

Posted by Blade-Runner on (March 31, 2014, 17:39 GMT)

That was one of most ruthless bowling performances I've ever seen. NZ simply didn't know what hit 'em. Kinda feel bad for Kiwis as they always run into Sri Lanka in quarter/ semi finals just to get knocked out in ICC tournaments. When SL put up that total of 119, I knew that SL bowlers were gonna come at NZ pretty hard . And of course, Herath, the man of the moment did the job for SL. 5-3... That was pretty freakish. Now the SL team is overflowing with confidence. They are now clearly in invincible mode. A great match and another semi final berth for Sri Lanka.

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 17:37 GMT)

I am srilankan, i felt so sad abt nz. after sl i would loved to c if SA or NZ could win the cup. unfortunately NZ out of the tournament. hatts off to maccallum and the team. they are true gentlemens of the game. gud luck gyz

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 17:36 GMT)

these two days have been embarrassing for test nations, brilliant by SL hope tomorrow will not be an embarrassing day for cricket.

Posted by ISB_ACC on (March 31, 2014, 17:35 GMT)

Sl, ind, pak... We are the brothers, aisans and we are the top of the world cricket... Proud to be a asian... keep this cup with in our countinent... Sl fan

Posted by ashangamage on (March 31, 2014, 17:35 GMT)

I must say no one will lift the cup apart from SL,IN,PK.......Go Asia Go i must say this is asian style .......

Posted by hifayas on (March 31, 2014, 17:35 GMT)

I watched the match till mahela got bowled, skipping the lectures... heart broken, not wanted to watch further, shut laptop down and came home. with a glimmer of hope had a look at the match, marvelled!!!! just unbelievable,incredible herath! :)

Posted by Ramansilva on (March 31, 2014, 17:34 GMT)

It is not surprising that quality spinners like Herath and Sachitra take 7 wickets for less than 10 runs. Even ordinary spinners like Ashwin and Tahir were picking wickets so easily.

So many prejudiced fans here still argue that Sri lanka is running on luck. They have no idea of the difference between skill and luck.

Posted by Kohli_great on (March 31, 2014, 17:34 GMT)

Well Done SL... As an Indian Fan startle with SL performances... INDIA is the next Victim ?

Posted by twistedseatbelt on (March 31, 2014, 17:34 GMT)

aaaaaaaand the Kiwis choke again

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 17:33 GMT)

NZ like againts SA did all the hards got SL 119 . Paltry total yet once again Kiwi batsman totally flop chasing a small total. Totally utterly clueless againts spin , embarrasing for us kiwis. 119 should never be defendable in an international but hey kiwis make an artform of imploding in cricket.

Posted by SLMaster on (March 31, 2014, 17:32 GMT)

Two things went right for SL, including Herath and Perera not bowling...If Perera bowled he could have set the tempo for NZ. NZ were surprised by this two changes...Chandimal should come for Perera...

Great fight back from SL...CONGRATS...

Posted by yorkslanka on (March 31, 2014, 17:32 GMT)

congrats to Sri Lanka on a fantastic win thanks to our bowlers today..this was genuinely a get outta jail card from our bowlers and this shows our class on defending such a small total so effectively...great effort by us..

Posted by kapsitash on (March 31, 2014, 17:30 GMT)

India vs Srilanka for final.

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 17:29 GMT)

Thats the way to do it. great match ,love the whole game

Posted by ReeceLebanOz on (March 31, 2014, 17:29 GMT)

Sri lana will lose to India in the semis. Rangana got wickets because kiwis played bad shots. But he is not a bowler like Ashwin or Amit.

Posted by screamingeagle on (March 31, 2014, 17:28 GMT)

Well done to SL. I did not see this one coming. Beautiful bowling by Herath. GL in semis. :)

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 17:28 GMT)

great bowling hearth... awesome job

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 17:27 GMT)

you beauty SL but world t20 champione is INDEA

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 17:27 GMT)

great hunt ...again

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 17:26 GMT)

As a blackcaps fan this debacle sums up NZs T20 world cup. d Did all the hard yards againts SA and SL and in the end the batting let them down yet again.Kiwi batsman just utterly clueless againts good spin . The SA loss was the hardest to take , 40 runs needed with 7 wickets then brain explosians fron Munro , Anderson and Neesham. Sri Lanka should never have defended 119. but kiwi batsman paralysec againts spin.

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 17:26 GMT)

WHAT A PLAYER, I think he is one of the best spinners as he relies on conventional spin unlike Narine, Ajmal and Ajmal. I hope on the 3 Asian teams wins the T20 world cup!

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 17:25 GMT)

What a wonderful performance by the Lions ! Proving most of the predictions wrong on captaincy issue and many others. As opposed to many other nations in the world Sri Lankans say "we" than "I", that's the explanation to Malinga's humbleness in letting the right person lead, and Mahela's humbleness giving the captaincy to Malinga, which unfortunately most people didn't get right. This has been for generations as we remember Arjuna commenting "Boys played really well" as oppose to appreciating single performances. We love our cricket, and you all Lions are hero's for us, whether it is a win or loose. Go Lions....ROARRRRR....

Posted by Rahul17_1983 on (March 31, 2014, 17:25 GMT)

I think wrong decision of Mill helped SL to win this match...Or else NZ wuld have won this

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 17:25 GMT)

The happiest moment is when I read the earlier comments from non-Sri Lankans and cannot see single one of theirs commenting after the match and congratulating for this performance by Sri Lankan team. It was breathtaking performance, I had faith in my team and they delivered. Good luck with rest of the tournament. Inshallah!

Posted by botejuSLcricketfan on (March 31, 2014, 17:24 GMT)

what a great match that was this is simply unbelievable well done lions and keep it up srilankan fans

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 17:24 GMT)

5 for 3 is that real ???

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 17:23 GMT)

Oh oh oh what a game, well done lions

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 17:23 GMT)

great win for SL... and also nice to see lot of good comments from our indian fans. for that i will hope india beat S.A ;)

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 17:23 GMT)

I think this time Sri Lankan's have good opportunity to WIN T20WC. They knew the conditions and they have been presurized in 4 finals. Good Luck to SL

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 17:22 GMT)

Game is not over until LIONS says it is over. Weldone SL. It was a great game. Kiwis played a great game too. Kiwis, as in every world cup 50 and in T20 WC bring a marvelous attitude but they tend to lose it for some matter. Good luck black caps anyways. Wish you can reach a final in some stage. As a SL fan, there are plenty to learn from today's game too. Our bowlers need to hit the deck like Kiwis. Our medium pacers need to move the bowl using the seam, which we still lacks really. Only Nuwan Kul is doing something with the seam. Great performance from Herath. We Sri Lankans all knew and were commented here on this Cricinfo that SL has to play him. Can't understand why SLC didn't see Herath as an asset upto this game. Mendis I really believe is bit expired now. He just cut his throat playing IPL as like Malinga. Good luck SL in Semis. Good luck WI, India, and PAK too. Let the game of cricket be the ultimate winner !!!!

Posted by YsaKaru on (March 31, 2014, 17:22 GMT)

what a wonderful match!!!! Outstanding performance by our LANKAN BOYS!!!!!!! take a bow rangana you beauty........

Posted by sasa19 on (March 31, 2014, 17:22 GMT)

Congratzz Sri Lanka For the Stunning performance.As a Sri Lankan No Doubt I was thrilled by the way the game ends. Also My respect goes to mccullum as well He is man enough to accept the failures and give credit to the one that deserved, attitude which really hard to find these days. Herath You Beauty...... :) Best of luck Sri Lanka for upcoming matches as well.

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 17:21 GMT)

Q: Gautham bimani-Russel,which team SL want to play in semis? A: Russel- Bring in world xl.., hatz off russel..,well done SL. hopefully SL vs Pak semi and SL vs IND final.I wish SL to win this time.

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 17:20 GMT)

way to go sl. poor kiwis

Posted by kovinbuddi on (March 31, 2014, 17:18 GMT)

NZ provoked SL team, that is why they attack in this manner. Perform their utmost best. SL is the best team, I hope theyvcan get the Cup.

Posted by onebump on (March 31, 2014, 17:17 GMT)

Unfortunately we seem to throw NZ out of world cups in knockout matches (07, 11, any more?)

Posted by Lord.emsworth on (March 31, 2014, 17:17 GMT)

Out of the depths of despair rose a knight in shining armour. Lucky, selector Jayasuriya finally decided to bring in Herath, the world's best spinner at the moment. He was phenomenal, and his record of 5 wickets for 3 after 3.3 overs will stand a long time. (7 wickets really considering the run outs) Sangakarra, a world champion test batsmen, but very sedate in T20, must up his batting tempo the remaining match/matches, as must Dilshan. Congrats to Malinga too…His first win as captain.

Posted by YesCricketer on (March 31, 2014, 17:17 GMT)

Well done Lions ! have to perform with the Bat if yu guys wanna win the cup! but I hope this doesnt lead to another India SL Finals ! :( ofcourse provided both teams win their respective Semis...but hoping to see a Indo-Pak finals !

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 17:16 GMT)

Hey IndianCoolGuy- Pakistan are not through yet! Come on West Indies!!

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 17:15 GMT)

Dilshan and Chandi should never play t20 again, both of them just a liability wast of young talent. Sanga also not that good in t20, Mahela too cant find form. They have done with t20. After their retirement SL have good future in shorter format. Thiri is shear talent he should be given opportunity over Dilshan. Sorry to say that if chandi and Dily play next game SL will narrow wining possibility. Ranga was awesome, although SL won today batting was ridiculous. India is in favor to win the tournament as their bowlers wining matches after long time.

Posted by onebump on (March 31, 2014, 17:15 GMT)

Beauty!!!!!!

Two tough matches await SL. Would love a SL vs India final.

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 17:15 GMT)

good to see some indian fans supporting sl..

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 17:15 GMT)

most underrated bowler Rangana Herath did it... Well done!!! Massive respect for Brendon McCullum & New Zealand for true sportsmanship...

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 17:14 GMT)

being a Sri Lankan Fan, i wouldnt want a SL vs IND final. Id prefer Sri Lanka vs west indies/ Pakistan or India Vs Pakistan. Its been done n proven again n again, there is only one out come of a IND VS SL final n we all know wat it is. If india qualify for finals, id prefer SL loose the semi finals and let Pakistan proceed to Final.

Posted by BandulaG on (March 31, 2014, 17:13 GMT)

oh...gosh....it's incredible! who ever thought Ranga will change the game upside down in this fashion!Thnx Mate!

Posted by ksquared on (March 31, 2014, 17:13 GMT)

Herath you little beauty 5-3 just simply amazing. For SL selectors when you have the best left arm spinner in the world you don't hide him in the cupboard. Just goes to show when there is no dew in conditions like these SL are very hard to beat more so for teams like NZ, ENG, SA, AUS

Posted by vick2025 on (March 31, 2014, 17:12 GMT)

Excellent bowling Hearth...dam..that was freaking amazing...way to defeat Nz...all the best for the Semis...

Posted by Cannuck on (March 31, 2014, 17:11 GMT)

What a game: Few things proved beyond doubt for SLC today. NEVER count Herath out! He is very underrated, but for heaven's sake, he is a left arm spinner other teams would edie for. Next Mendis needs to find his mystery again, as he is no more, dew or no dew. People have figured him out & all you have to do is watch the SKY Sports pre-game show, where they revealed how the English were going play him! Like a medium pacer, buff said! Drop him & bring Seekuge, who can also bat! We got lucky with Chandi's ban. He would not have made the same moves not he field, with the bowling changes & field setting. Today Thisara did not bowl a single bowl, which was the right thing to do. So who did the marshalling of the groups, MJ aided by Sanga! SLC did one thing right, appointing Malinga as a stand in instead of Mathews, who is the ODI capt. It was like asking MJ to captain indirectly (as he has refused it twice). All these were done by the boys, WITHOUT a contract! Take that SLC!!!!!

Posted by JAHID_OMAR on (March 31, 2014, 17:10 GMT)

HERATH You Beauty!! 5 for 3... Thank you Sir!!!

Posted by TrulyIndiancricfan on (March 31, 2014, 17:10 GMT)

Great performance by Srilanka. You have topped your group and we Indians have topped ours. We are not hiding.. We take our negative words back about this match.

Posted by Cool_Joy on (March 31, 2014, 17:08 GMT)

This is CRAZY!!!

At work (duh!) following the game and dissappointed with Sri Lankan's batting and turned off the computer after their innings... hoping that it's an easy task for Kiwis. Well, I was proven wrong! I am happy that the SL boys came up big at the right time. Thumbs up for Herath! Let's hope to get through semis... As a cricket fan, I don't want to see another IND vs SL final!

Cheers from Canada (Go Lanka Go)

Posted by v_giri on (March 31, 2014, 17:08 GMT)

My respect for SAf has increased even more. Only team that can do well in fast and spinning tracks. No other team does well abroad - exceptions - once by Eng in India and regularly by Aussies in SA. Now that chokers are not choking anymore India has some reasons to be wary of SAf. Both Pak and SL would be easier to face in finals if India makes it to it as India has huge psychological advantage over both team. So (ex-)chokers are the best bet to stop Indian juggernaut.

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 17:07 GMT)

well done sri lanka,unplayable bowling from herath.i think sri Lanka's overall bowling attack is better than india in these conditions because there spinners are as good as indian spinners plus they have advantage of malinga and allrounders like mathews and perera.sri lanka is playing very good cricket but i hope sri lanka reach the finals because I'm confident that india could easily beat any team who face them.best of luck sri lanka.

Posted by Putty1978 on (March 31, 2014, 17:06 GMT)

Would it be safe to say that NZ, Eng, Australians are only strong in home conditions and are pathetic outside their comfort zone. I wanted to club SA in here but as they have reached the SF it would have been unfair. When Asians team don't do too well seaming and bouncy tracks they are criticized heavily but I never see these "Western" countries being criticized in the same manner by commentators and media. They shrug off these defeats mentioning that the pitch was a turner and its expected. I hope these team face more heat and their skill level is questioned after these dismal losses. Once again, these countries only play well in conditions they are comfortable with. Moreover they baring the aussies the others even haven't won the WC in their home countries. I think its safe to say that Asian countries rule cricket - their skill level and class is the best amongst all.

Posted by CricinfoSriLanka on (March 31, 2014, 17:06 GMT)

What a wonderful performance by Herath.. Almost unplayable.. I'm happy that SL lost last match. Otherwise we wouldn't get a chance to suspend Chandimal and also they wouldn't have played Herath. This is the best team for semis. Selectors please don't drop Thirimanna to include out of form Chandimal.. SL should play their best 11(today's team) for semis.

Posted by wapuser on (March 31, 2014, 17:06 GMT)

LANKAN lions tore apart the kiwis ,what a feast for them.

Posted by Peacer on (March 31, 2014, 17:05 GMT)

Oh.. Looking at these comments, I am even happier now after watching that fantastic match. Lot of good wishes from Indians and that is the spirit.

No such hating comments anymore.. Full of peace here.

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 17:05 GMT)

This is the team that sri lanka should had started the tournament. Sri Lankan selectors are having a horrible time at this important tournament having obviously poor chandimal as the captain and now having Malingo to lead the side without any captaincy experience! Im sorry to say that this selection committe is out of fashion. They couldnt take this decision until it is absolutely necessary!

Posted by ISB_ACC on (March 31, 2014, 17:05 GMT)

Herath 7 wickets for 3 run.... Am i correct?????? 5 for him and 2 run outs with in 21 bowls of him....... Oooooooooooops!!!!!!!

Posted by true-cric-lover on (March 31, 2014, 17:04 GMT)

Everything went wrong for SL. Toss, Umpire's decisions, batting but not one thing the dew factor. What I can say. Spinners u r beauty.. Well done sena & hera.. see u boys in Dhaka pitch.

Posted by ultracoach on (March 31, 2014, 17:04 GMT)

Fantastic performancec by Sri Lanka. Halfway through the match I thought Sri Lanka are out of the tournament. But what a turnaround. Nice to see well balanced and unbiased comments from all fans here. Hope this continues for ever.

Posted by kapsitash on (March 31, 2014, 17:03 GMT)

As said by me earlier if their is due than NZ favourites if not than easy win for SL.Felt harsh to hard luck for williamson.By the way Due depressing sprays were used today for the 1st time in this T20 world cup, don't know whose idea it was to not to use it in entire tournament and use it now.Dhaka had lesser due but today in chittagong Due depressant sprays and overcast conditions ensured no due at all.No point for NZ to feel dejected as this was on the cards coz their batsman cant handle quality spin in these conditions, but runouts were totally silly.They will get their chances in 2015 WC.Where it would be other way around.Congrats SL, credit should be given to entire team and not just Herath.

Posted by TSJ07 on (March 31, 2014, 17:03 GMT)

I am from India and I usually dont like what SL fans have to say about India but i must admit that it was one of the best exhibition of spin bowling by Lankans spinners especially Herath. I was funny to see how NZ players were so clueless against good quality spinners. Infact I did not find it strange as they play good only in conditions similar to their home conditions JUST LIKE EVERY CRICKET TEAM IS DOING FOR THE LAST FEW YEARS.

Posted by NP_NY on (March 31, 2014, 17:02 GMT)

Finally better sense prevailed and Herath was picked over Mendis. NZ are just sitting ducks on these BD pitches, otherwise why would they lose 4-0 to a team like BD. Anyway, normalcy has returned and 3 of the top 4 ranked team are in the semi-finals. If Pak makes it then it will be all 4 top ranked teams. WI is ranked 5. Semifinals and Finals should be interesting.

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 17:02 GMT)

This is what I call fighting cricket! What a great game of cricket. Thank God Aleem Darr was impairing on the right end!

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 17:01 GMT)

Our lions show their spirit again. well played u all as a country

Posted by slackers11 on (March 31, 2014, 17:01 GMT)

Regardless of what happened today, its most likely that SL would be knocked out by Pak or WI in the Semis....so enjoy the moment while it lasts.

Posted by event-horizon on (March 31, 2014, 17:00 GMT)

From now on Sri Lanka just going to be unbeatable and going to crown as Champions. This was the hurdle and epic confidence booster team SL needed. Mark my words. Simply the best team playing as a team with no egos in the world.

To SL team: Just bat sensibly in the knockouts and think on the shoes of opposition bowlers, you'll do just fine. Be positive and cautiously aggressive.

Spare of thought for NZ, it was just SL's day specially with no dew.

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 17:00 GMT)

its looking like test match pitches ...t20 cricket is batsman game......it's the reason ipl is so success full

Posted by siddhartha87 on (March 31, 2014, 17:00 GMT)

Oh my god !what was that. Herath took 5 wickets for 3 runs and apart from Williamson other 9 batsmen have 17 runs between them. This is serious carnage

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 17:00 GMT)

what a game.thank ranga.and malinga for captancy.mahela u are the hidden caption today.good luck sl.nz well plaid 1sy part.

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 17:00 GMT)

Brilliant spin bowling by Rangana and Sachithra see Sri Lanka through. Keep up the great team work lads and you will win the T-20 cup!

Posted by Praniya_SL on (March 31, 2014, 16:59 GMT)

SL won NZ flies... And three of our heroes hav two more games to play.... 4th consecutive t20 semi finals for SL...

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 16:59 GMT)

Where are the people who commented and predicted here after the 1st inning that sri lanka is going to loose the match? :P

Posted by nothingnew on (March 31, 2014, 16:58 GMT)

I think for the next day . Perera drop and Sikkuge pranna or Ajantha mendis into the team and Dilshan should play as no.5 batsman while Thirimanne is playing as opener .

Weldone Sri Lanka . I think we don't need chandimal for rest of the tournament.

Posted by amilag on (March 31, 2014, 16:58 GMT)

This cup is definitely belongs to SL! Wow wonderful performances! What a spell from champion bowler herath! take a bow!

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 16:56 GMT)

This typically what SL does. Post a total and wait for opposition to panic and cave in. I said this at the start of the game and always say this. A team like India would have calmly chased this down with wickets to spare. A gift by NZ.

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 16:56 GMT)

yes I also say did India beat the lankans

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 16:55 GMT)

We just witnessed one of the brutal spin bowling spells in this format, remember if it was not sanga's and mahela's captaincy NZ would've been playing the semis.. But something I don't get is NZ brought down SL with fast bowling and SL did the same with spin.. So who's this pitch really helping?

Posted by IndianCoolGuy on (March 31, 2014, 16:53 GMT)

What a mind blowing figures by Herath. 3runs in 3.3 overs and 5 wickets? I think this would be the best bowling figures in T20 for a ling time. May be unbreakable. Just wondering why SL did not play him and kept giving chances to Mendis who already has expired long before. Even most of the fans were writing that to win the t20WC, replace Mendis with Herath. Fans were aware of the fact but not the management. So SL is ready to face Pakistan in semis, It would be the match to watch.. All the best to Pakistan and SL. Enjoy...

Posted by ramz30380 on (March 31, 2014, 16:52 GMT)

@three_tamil Yes I am excited to see an all Asian finals!!!

Posted by Sinhaya on (March 31, 2014, 16:52 GMT)

Well what brilliant bowling by Herath and Senanayake. Sri Lanka truly deserved to win as umpire Dar made a colossal mistake giving Kusal Perera out. This guy is so unlucky to be given out twice in a row due to "umpiring specials". Sri Lanka was unlucky as if not for an umpiring special, Kusal Perera was well on track for a century today.

Posted by vishwa1111 on (March 31, 2014, 16:49 GMT)

oh oh oh SL.........my god!!!

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 16:49 GMT)

Sri Lanka have a reputation for defending totals and New Zealand have a reputation for choking. Both Teams have lived up to their reputations! Inspired performance by Sri Lankans and certainly commendable. Well played.

Posted by jerryman on (March 31, 2014, 16:49 GMT)

Wow , what an amazing win and a fight back from SL .Congrats and what an effort from Herath.. Now we need to think of the semi final with either Pak or WI . Time for the team to bring in their A game and give a good send off to our veterans Mahela & sanga in their farewell games for SL in the T20 format

Posted by kila995 on (March 31, 2014, 16:49 GMT)

Damn ....i was blown away with Herath's bowling figures in this high octane match :)

Posted by Ravinducool82 on (March 31, 2014, 16:48 GMT)

Netherland should not be worried now..It is SL way..

Posted by ODI_BestFormOfCricket on (March 31, 2014, 16:48 GMT)

as i said earlier, OZ ENG NZ SA are all fast track bullies. They cant even put a bat on ball in spinning tracks.

Posted by thegr8indian on (March 31, 2014, 16:48 GMT)

Love the way SriLanka bowled. I will be very happy if any of Asian country lift the trophy either its India, SL or Pak.

Posted by CurrentPresident on (March 31, 2014, 16:47 GMT)

NZ were absolutely clueless against probably the best spin attack in the world. They had no idea which way the ball would go. It's easier to play pace, you can leave half the deliveries, but unless you know how to bat properly, you cannot handle spin at all.

All those folks who criticize the subcontinent tracks should realize that it's just different conditions and requires a lot of skills as well. So if you come to the Indian subcontinent, be prepared to have the skills to play spin, just like you expect the subcontinent teams to know how to play a high bounce and swing when they tour the other countries.

Wonderful bowling by Herath - attacking bowling with the intent to take wickets will always keep you ahead in any format.

Posted by shehanband2 on (March 31, 2014, 16:47 GMT)

This has to be the best T20 bowling performance ever. Beautiful display of orthodox spin. Well done Lions!!!

Posted by Hate.ME on (March 31, 2014, 16:46 GMT)

Congrats SL..Wow...Herath WOW !!! That was one heck of a performance.

Well played.

- Indian Fan.

Posted by vallavarayar on (March 31, 2014, 16:45 GMT)

Just need to drop Dilshan if Dinesh chandimal needs to come back. Both are same. Otherwise the team composition is good. Did I say wow! Well done Herath.

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 16:44 GMT)

2 absolutely ridiculously mind blowing astonishing matches today. What do you do when reality doesn't make sense?

Posted by Master_Mihil on (March 31, 2014, 16:43 GMT)

That's why i never hurry before the game is finished..those who said SL has no talent..where are you hiding? i can't see you!!

Posted by Htc-Android on (March 31, 2014, 16:43 GMT)

@navinrajpal. I agree with you mate. SA only made it to the semis only because there are no other Asian team in their group. Best of luck to India against SA.

Posted by Nasim_Ahmed on (March 31, 2014, 16:42 GMT)

Awesome :D! All set for Sri Lanka vs India final. All the best for Sri Lanka!

Posted by Fazu on (March 31, 2014, 16:41 GMT)

this for the people who are asking for convincing victory from SL, take it, it's for u. for same team two month b4 one team got hammered in all the format. i hope they remember it.

Posted by golfallday on (March 31, 2014, 16:41 GMT)

Yes Take a Bow!! That battle showed some class. This should be very unsettling for the other three in the semi's. Brendan McCullum....what a class act, in defeat.

Posted by v_giri on (March 31, 2014, 16:40 GMT)

NZ has a silver lining. Williamson gets world record for solo effort -m 70% of the total. Congrats.

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 16:39 GMT)

NZ on the way to the airport nt the Srilankans..........wat a bowler is Herath wow

Posted by Htc-Android on (March 31, 2014, 16:39 GMT)

Unbelievable spell from Herath. He is probably the most underrated bowler I have ever seen. The game against ENG was a good game to lose. That forced us to drop Mendis and bring Herath in. Now, I would suggest them to keep Chandimal out from the team because Thirimanne did a good job today.

Posted by Cricket_Our_Religion_1983_2007_2011 on (March 31, 2014, 16:39 GMT)

Great Win SL!!Best of luck for semi An open discussion..All non asian teams are not good against spin as asian teams are against pace..Two sides of a coin..Its Asian spin power vs Non asian pace power!!

Posted by malay009 on (March 31, 2014, 16:39 GMT)

I did not notice a single forward defensive shot from Taylor! Supposedly a " class player". He lasted five balls, moved back into the crease every time. Rangana Herath deserves full credit for the way bowling but this also shows why good old basic rules ( in this case- a forward defensive shot, getting the front foot to the pitch of the ball) remain true even in 20-20 cricket. Feel sorry for New-Zealnad. Also this brings the role of coaches in question. Its the role of the coaches to ensure that basics are followed, certainly when chasing a small total in bowler friendly conditions.

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 16:38 GMT)

I told you that we r going to roar today. :D :D :D

Posted by Kappa69 on (March 31, 2014, 16:36 GMT)

6.3 balls 06 runs 07 wickets for the SL spinners. 2 run outs was also made by hearth.

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 16:35 GMT)

Sri Lanka hit the ground bang bang

Posted by Great_Lion on (March 31, 2014, 16:35 GMT)

What an extrodinary performence by lions.Mind you ppl " We Great Lions , fight till the end"

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 16:34 GMT)

i have only one word to say,,,,,unbeleivable

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 16:34 GMT)

I knew it.... what an performance by SL.... RANGANA you ar the man, the game changer.... well said now where is my Indian fans who are mentioning SL is the weakest bowling side....

Posted by Saman23 on (March 31, 2014, 16:33 GMT)

Absolutely brilliant by the lions!!And wonderful to see encouraging comments from fellow Indian fans(a brilliant team which we respect so much).

Posted by slackers11 on (March 31, 2014, 16:33 GMT)

Silly chase by NZL, SL might still have won it even if NZL played better, but they just folded all too easily.

Posted by Memphian on (March 31, 2014, 16:32 GMT)

Bad luck SL and Pak fans.

there wont be a SL vs Pak finals. It's either/or situation.

Posted by three_tamil on (March 31, 2014, 16:30 GMT)

@ ramz30380: in my opinion next team will be SA followed by WI, so finalist will be from IND, PAK, SL

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 16:30 GMT)

hey guys this match is not over yet don't forget that the lions never give up.... sl never going to die in wonder ...lions will rise ....

Posted by cric_passion on (March 31, 2014, 16:29 GMT)

Great performance by the Sri Lankan Team. Simply mindblowing. Its a treat to watch batsmen struggling against quality spin bowling. Congrats from a "Cricket Fan". Cheers!!!! and All the best.

Posted by ispaewbi on (March 31, 2014, 16:28 GMT)

Unreal. That was just craaaaazy.

Posted by wapuser on (March 31, 2014, 16:28 GMT)

Who would have thought SL would win by a margin of almost 50% when they scored just 119! Unbelievable!!!

Posted by Harmony111 on (March 31, 2014, 16:28 GMT)

Whoa, what happened there? There was no way I thought NZ could lose this one. Scoring 120 in 20 overs is child's play but still they lost. Herath bowled well but really, it was NZ who threw it all away with some very ordinary batting.

Big Mac was esp guilty of being reckless esp when he knew Corey Anderson wasn't going to bat. NZ'a batting score card looks like a nuked site.

Posted by navinrajpal on (March 31, 2014, 16:28 GMT)

Wow. What a performance Herath. 5 wickets for 3 runs. SL has murdered NZ & is topping the group. What a stunning demolition job SL. Congratulations SL.

Asia ain't your cup of tea NZ/Aus/Eng. SA has thrived so far but for how long!

So India faces SA in Semifinal.

Posted by MojoMojo on (March 31, 2014, 16:27 GMT)

WaaaW! such an fine performnce from SL. Actually SL get lucky. some good bowling from heru and bad batting from NZ. please bat best next time.

Posted by sriyan76 on (March 31, 2014, 16:25 GMT)

5 wickets for 3 runs, Rangana Herath you beauty!!

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 16:25 GMT)

Take a bow lions roar!! Be afraid very afraid

Posted by ramz30380 on (March 31, 2014, 16:25 GMT)

What a game! Well done Sri Lanka! Miraculous turnaround - I said it right - all is not lost till the last ball is bowled!!!! Congrats..... from an Indian fan!

Posted by Lanka1003 on (March 31, 2014, 16:23 GMT)

Always SL showed that they are too good in all conditions.. NZ is dancing for SL tune. Good display.

Posted by bendobbie on (March 31, 2014, 16:23 GMT)

I think if there are any positives to be taken out of NZ's performance it is the strength of their pace bowling attack. It must be noted that there havent been any major tournaments down under for a while so Im looking forward to the ODI world cup where perhaps NZ will be more at home. Great bowling by Sri Lanka, I would say that they have the best bowling attack on these pitches.

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 16:22 GMT)

Ohh wat have u done NZ .. Heartbreak

Posted by Cannuck on (March 31, 2014, 16:21 GMT)

@navinrajpal: I couldn't agree with you more… well said!

Posted by bobbo2 on (March 31, 2014, 16:20 GMT)

Williamson aside, this has been a complete debacle. With no Anderson, Guptill, McCullum had to bat sensibly. Total rubbish from them. Taylor and Ronchi had no defence. NZ can't chase. One very annoyed NZ fan!!!!!!

Posted by ramz30380 on (March 31, 2014, 16:17 GMT)

OMG! First the Aussies, then the English, now looks like the Kiwis are batting like this is the end of the world!!!!

Posted by OttawaRocks on (March 31, 2014, 16:12 GMT)

With SL destroying NZ, the Netherlands aren't feeling too bad right about now...

Posted by three_tamil on (March 31, 2014, 16:12 GMT)

As the tournament nearing to its peak, results are unimaginable....low scoring matches, and successfully defending low score (for ex: IND VS AUS, NED VS ENG and SL VS NZ). Team bowling second are winning the matches irrespective of dew factor.

Posted by Ashokdmightyindian on (March 31, 2014, 16:07 GMT)

The most blunderous selection ever--Not palying Herath in previous matches. What was Sl thinking against England?? Herath is one of the most disturbing bowler in the world.He would have simply thrown away Eng!!I wud say Malinga was very intelligent here to bring in the surprise element!!! Go SL go!!

Posted by DXDEVIL13 on (March 31, 2014, 16:07 GMT)

Wow what a turnaround by SL!

Posted by Ravinducool82 on (March 31, 2014, 16:01 GMT)

SL bowling attack is the best..next is PAK..no doubt..

Posted by navinrajpal on (March 31, 2014, 15:59 GMT)

As an Indian Fan I am rooting for Lankans. Any ICC event hosted in Asia SHOULD be won by Asian Teams. We Asian Teams (India, Pakistan, Sri-Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan) should support each other. We should celebrate each others' successes overseas. At the same time we should maintain our dominance in our conditions. This is critical to gain respect from Non-Asian Cricketing world. In spite of superior performances by Kohlis, Dhawans, Dilshans, Sangakarra, Mahela, Malinga, Misbah, Ajmal & others from SL, we are labelled as Flat Track Bullies. This perception has to change. A Subcontinental Tour (India, SL, Bangladesh, UAE, etc) should be an absolute test of character for Teams outside Asia.

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 15:57 GMT)

brainless batting from New Zealand chasing a small total. lost 5 wickets for only 30 runs, they are in the same league as England.

Posted by Harmony111 on (March 31, 2014, 15:55 GMT)

One thing that is quite striking is that the team that loses here would be out of the tournament but at the same time, winning here not only means reaching the semifinals but also topping the group.

"ALL or NONE" was never so real.

Posted by bobbo2 on (March 31, 2014, 15:51 GMT)

This is complete rubbish from NZ. I'm furious at 3am and won't be able to sleep. McCullum, Guptill, Taylor, Ronchi played terrible shots and will cost NZ the game. Especially with no Anderson. Shocking.

Posted by Ravinducool82 on (March 31, 2014, 15:49 GMT)

SL is the best team in the world..no doubt..thank you so much for PAK and BAN supporters..

Posted by vkumar_086 on (March 31, 2014, 15:49 GMT)

NZ is throwing their all effort of bowling and fielding....nonsense shot by meclum and guptil, taylor succumbed to spin....may be williamson and anderson are the key here...there is not much runs on the board....but still SL trying very well to defend it

Posted by blthndr on (March 31, 2014, 15:48 GMT)

Well come back SL..........

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 15:46 GMT)

SL will win today.......

Posted by Ravinducool82 on (March 31, 2014, 15:44 GMT)

what a bowling attack by SL...u are the best guys..you are the asian champs..cmon

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 15:44 GMT)

Sri Lankans till I die Sri Lankan till I die

Posted by bobbo2 on (March 31, 2014, 15:39 GMT)

NZ should have batted first! They always crumble under pressure!

Posted by wapuser on (March 31, 2014, 15:37 GMT)

looking like asia teams (pak, ind) vs rest of the world (s.a, nz) in semi's..

Posted by Yousufahmed1 on (March 31, 2014, 15:37 GMT)

Has anybody ever seen a more awkward and underconfident toss interview. Malinga was stunned at toss.

Posted by ramz30380 on (March 31, 2014, 15:37 GMT)

All is not lost as yet - good bowling can make a lot of difference! Will this be a humdinger?! Cant wait.....

Posted by Harmony111 on (March 31, 2014, 15:36 GMT)

One thing that is quite striking is that the team that loses here would be out of the tournament but at the same time, winning here not only means reaching the semifinals but also topping the group.

"ALL or NONE" was never so real.

Posted by bobbo2 on (March 31, 2014, 15:33 GMT)

Honestly, what a circus! Guptill panicked and McCullum plays a nonsense shot for no reason.

Posted by akramk on (March 31, 2014, 15:21 GMT)

Both Sangakkara and Jayawardene are mediocre players. But considering that they have been playing since the last generation, I thought they could have atleast guided this batting performance to a below par total. Both of them have wrong attitude to be batsmen (thats why their statistics are below par, btw). 120 is nothing, and defending it is simply not possible (unless they get very lucky, but I doubt it even then). SL simply has no talent in their cricket team right now. This has been the case for far too long (like 2000 or so), and this is a worrying trend coz the upcoming youngsters (chandimal, etc) are bad too.

Posted by caromball on (March 31, 2014, 15:18 GMT)

Sri Lanka were all out for 119 within the 20 overs.Most of the seniors doesn't like to play under Malinga.That is the truth.Specially Mahela,Sanga and Mathews.but the truth is bitter...so pls accept it.Aravinda.Arjuna,Gurusinghe,Mahanama and Hashan are very much greater than Mahela,Sanga and Dilshan.Numbers doesn't speak the real always.I will tell you,Mahela and Sanga had sold the match against NZ.If SL wins only Malinga will do it single handedly.

Posted by itsqashi on (March 31, 2014, 15:18 GMT)

Seniors players should took the responsibility and at least played they 20 over and end up around 130-135 will be better. I am thinking of Misbah here he can save one end till the end. Off curse Misbah is not t20 but Jaywerdhana should stayed for long time. Best of luck SL. Someone need to show the magic.

Posted by rk_ks on (March 31, 2014, 14:52 GMT)

Wine becomes better only with age and hence Sangakkara. Pepole who compared Sachin with Sangakkara. Please speak now. I am not saying Sangakkara is overrated. He is a great batsmen who is very dependable. But that doesn't mean he is the greatest of all time. I am also not saying that Sachin is greatest of all time. But just because Sangakkara scored back to back tons, doesn't put him above Sachin. There is a reason why Sachin is on top above all. SL fans please don't compare them.

Posted by Harmony111 on (March 31, 2014, 14:49 GMT)

1. Tillakaratne Mudiyanselage Dilshan

2. Denagamage Proboth Mahela de Silva Jayawardene

3. Kumar Chokshanada Sangakkara

These 3 have batted for the last time in a T20I.

Posted by akramk on (March 31, 2014, 14:47 GMT)

Ultimately luck has ran out for SL. They are going to lose this match badly, and perhaps their team will blame the loss on the absence of Chandimal. But the fact of the matter is they have always been a below par team. They can do well against a team like Netherlands, but thats not enough for a non-associate member team. The bigger problem is that SL has no incoming talent. The selectors have a big head ache, SL's future looks bleak.

Posted by vkumar_086 on (March 31, 2014, 14:45 GMT)

Yesterday India were also in same position 11.2 overs 66/4 and recovered brilliantly to post the total 159...thanx to batting deapth....but im not seeing it in SL....they will fold out within 130 now....in my last comment i predicted 10 more runs...now SL is 94/7 in 16 overs....huffing and puffing against brilliant bowling attack....no SL fans here....may be they are giving company for SL to take them to airport for early flight....

Posted by vkumar_086 on (March 31, 2014, 14:40 GMT)

SL now 81/5 in 14 overs....im impressed by NZ fast bowlers....even the conditions are not supporting them...but they are bowling brilliantly...

Posted by Oracle_Magus on (March 31, 2014, 14:38 GMT)

Good choice by NZ to chase. If dew comes to play, they will have a much better chance against the Lankan spinners. This is a crunch match and NZ has to hold their nerves while Chasing. McCullum has the IPL experience behind him, so they are the favourites today. Cheers!

Posted by St.John on (March 31, 2014, 14:38 GMT)

Sri Lanka are out of the tournament. New Zealand have defeated the team that have many ego-trippers and no hard hitters except for Kusal.

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 14:37 GMT)

85/6 after 15 overs.. SL is in spot of great bother...

Posted by ramz30380 on (March 31, 2014, 14:35 GMT)

There go the Sri Lankan Lions one after the other to the pavilion - looks like this will b the last T20 International for Mahela & Sanga.... disappointed!

Posted by screamingeagle on (March 31, 2014, 14:25 GMT)

Looks like a tough wicket. Maybe 120 for SL. Should be NZ's game.

Posted by Rajesh.Kumar on (March 31, 2014, 14:22 GMT)

SL fans should not feel bad about the performance of their team. They should instead thank their stars that a team as weak as theirs, came this far. Flukes can win you a couple of matches, but certainly not the tournament...

Posted by Rajesh.Kumar on (March 31, 2014, 14:21 GMT)

11 overs and 65 runs. SL looks good for an early flight home.... This is what I had predicted...

Posted by Blade-Runner on (March 31, 2014, 13:56 GMT)

An umpiring howler to start with. Kusal was dismissed by the umpires twice in a row now. What's wrong with these umpires?

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 13:56 GMT)

Jayawaedene and Sangakara are in ODI mode. This is what Sri Lanka does well. Unlike other Teams, they will make it their first priority to get to 130 and then if possible 150 and above. This will give them something to defend and if NZ panics then SL is right in the game. NZ should go for the kill now and not let Lanka get away!

Posted by vkumar_086 on (March 31, 2014, 13:49 GMT)

im not seeing any confidence in Malinga....poor guy, made scapegoat....captain should lead from the front and should not look for ideas to other seniors of the team....cricket has seen many inspirational captains like clive lloyd, allan border, Kapil dev, Imran Khan, Ponting, Ganguly, Dhoni and many more....except Ranathunga, im not remembering any SL captain like this attitude....

already 2 gone for SL....the match is progressing good...

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 13:49 GMT)

Dilshan's wicket a blessing in disguise for Lanka. Time for Sanga and Thirimane to show some mettle.

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 13:45 GMT)

Dilshan run a ball innings will hurt Sri Lanka. Jayawardene can be expected to play a responsible innings.

Posted by bobbo2 on (March 31, 2014, 13:34 GMT)

NZ should have batted first. Plenty of teams winning by batting first and pressure plays a big part

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 13:32 GMT)

It is definitely a do or die for both team. More Possibility is Sree Lanka will go through.

Posted by ahmedfaysal on (March 31, 2014, 13:25 GMT)

All srilankan fans all the damn luck you have in bangkadesh was taken away by an ordinary team england. So get ready for a loss today. You beat bangladesh and won the asia cup because of luck. Today that luck will hurt you.

Posted by Nuwas on (March 31, 2014, 13:21 GMT)

NZ won the toss & now its just a matter of dew. Hopefully NZ wont choke.

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