Player of the Match
Player of the Match

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Best performances - Batsmen

DPMD Jayawardene
DPMD Jayawardene
115(109) 10x4 - 3x6
Control %90%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 30 runs
  • 1x4 - 2x6
7 8 23 28 8 3 16 22
WU Tharanga
WU Tharanga
73(74) 9x4 - 1x6
Control %74%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 33 runs
  • 4x4 - 1x6
8 9 31 3 2 3 1 16

Best performances - Bowlers

M Muralitharan
O8
M0
R31
W4
Eco3.87
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
TM Dilshan
TM Dilshan
O4.4
M0
R22
W2
Eco4.71
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

So Sri Lanka enter their second World Cup final (after the memorable one in 1996). New Zealand fail to cross the semi-final stage for the fifth time in World Cups but when they reflect on today they will look back at a truly outstanding knock by Mahela Jayawardene, probably the defining innings of the tournament.

Once Sri Lanka had made 289, New Zealand didn't have much of a chance, especially with the pitch taking turn and Sri Lanka posessing a varied attack. Muralitharan teased and tormented with 4 for 31 while Malinga and Vaas turned in excellent support acts. New Zealand had a chance at 100 for 2 but a collapse of sorts left them high and dry.

Andrew chimes in: "Everyone streaming to the exits already, although the Sri Lankan drummers are still going bonkers below me"

Murali: "Wicket turned a bit and Mahela played a brilliant innings so that made us win the match. When he played very slowly, I thought he's going for the big one and in the end it was one of the brilliant hundreds. I'm bowling really well, bowling from around the wicket helps me a lot. Thr right-hander can't see which way the ball is going."

Stephen Fleming: "It's disappointing but they've got some big game players and a couple of mistakes can hurt you. We thought the last ten overs was an area we were good at but that let us down. We missed McMIllan and Styris in the field, the toss might have been little but important but I still don't think it would have changed the result the way they played."

Mahela Jayawardene, the Man of the Match: "We played some good cricket and we stuck to the basics. It's a big game but it's another cricket match. We believe in our batting line-up, Sanath has been in good form and all the others have chipped in as well. I'm pretty happy with my hundred, I knew I had to stay there for long. I just wanted to make sure I batted 50 overs."

So that's it from us for the first semi-final. Thanks for joining me, Siddhartha Vaidyanathan, and Jamie Alter for the occassion. Good night and good luck.

41.4
W
Dilshan to Patel, OUT, And that's the end of that. Patel down the ground and cracks it towards long-on, not that well timed and there he's waiting - Dilhara Fernando, who had a forgettable game is there to finish it all over. He pouches the catch wonderfully and there's a wave of Sri Lankan elation at Sabina Park

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

Samarth: "well said Thushan, lots of Indians have been dissapointed with their country's low quality performance, and they are relating the whole tournament to the country's performance.. but full marks to sri lanka.. they have kept the tournament alive. the only worthy candidates to beat australia. I hope they bat first in the finals"

41.3
1
Dilshan to Franklin, 1 run,
41.2
1
Dilshan to Patel, 1 run, Pre-meditated reverse-sweep but that was on leg and he can't get the full range
41.1
0
Dilshan to Patel, no run,

END OF OVER:
41 | 11 Runs | NZ: 206/9 (84 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 5.02, RRR: 9.33)

  • Jeetan Patel33 (35b)
  • James Franklin29 (37b)
  • Sanath Jayasuriya9-0-57-2
  • Tillakaratne Dilshan4-0-20-1
40.6
1
Jayasuriya to Patel, 1 run,

Richard LePage is in a cheeky mood. "Fleming should have made Patel and Franklin to open the innings, we would have atleast given a respectable fight."

40.5
2
Jayasuriya to Patel, 2 runs, full and on middle and leg, paddled away sweetly past short fine leg for another couple.

New Zealand 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st2SP FlemingPG Fulton
2nd30PG FultonLRPL Taylor
3rd73SB StyrisPG Fulton
4th9JDP OramPG Fulton
5th0BB McCullumPG Fulton
6th1CD McMillanPG Fulton
7th1DL VettoriCD McMillan
8th28CD McMillanJEC Franklin
9th5JEC FranklinSE Bond
10th59JEC FranklinJS Patel

World Cup

Super Eights
TeamMWLPTNRR
AUS770142.4
SL752101.483
NZ752100.253
SA74380.313
ENG7346-0.394
WI7254-0.566
BDESH7162-1.514
IRE7162-1.73
Group A
TeamMWLPTNRR
AUS33063.433
SA32142.403
NL3122-2.527
SCOT3030-3.793
Group B
TeamMWLPTNRR
SL33063.493
BDESH3214-1.523
INDIA31221.206
BMUDA3030-4.345
Group C
TeamMWLPTNRR
NZ33062.138
ENG32140.418
KENYA3122-1.194
CAN3030-1.389
Group D
TeamMWLPTNRR
WI33060.764
IRE3113-0.092
PAK31220.089
ZIM3021-0.886