1st Semi-Final (D/N), Colombo (RPS), Mar 29 2011, ICC Cricket World Cup
(47.5/50 ov, target 218)
Sri Lanka won by 5 wickets (with 13 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
• The Bulletin by Andrew Miller

Sri Lanka survive jitters to reach World Cup final

Sri Lanka overcame a serious bout of the jitters to book their place in Saturday's World Cup final in Mumbai, as New Zealand bowed out in the last four for the sixth time in ten campaigns

Match centre 
Scorer: Sanjay Murari
Commentator: Siddarth Ravindran
Scorecard summary
New Zealand217(48.5 overs)
Sri Lanka220/5(47.5 overs)

Murali's final game in Sri Lanka is over, and he is chaired around by some of his team-mates.

Mathews: "I think we have done a great job today. I never had any doubts because I thought we were going to win it, the pressure was on though. [On his injury] We've got to see how it goes, put some ice and rest it for a day and then take a call. "

Murali sports that famous grin of his as he takes a lap of honour around the ground, waving to the fans. Sri Lanka's biggest fan, Percy Abeyasekera, is walking behind him with a large Sri Lanka flag.

It ends at the semi-final stage for New Zealand once more, but there can hold their heads high after their show in this tournament. They have had a horror eight months before the World Cup, but as usual raised their game in the big tournament, upsetting a formidable South African unit before coming up short against Sri Lanka.

As for the big match tomorrow, there's some bad news from Mohali. There a heavy storm there right now, hope it clears before tomorrow afternoon.

Andrew Miller has got the match report up, take a look as we wait for the presentation to start.

Presentation ceremony

Daniel Vettori: "We set up a great start, but we lost too many wickets at the end, we scrapped hard today. The top order really set it up, we missed out by not capitalising on that, I think that's where we lost the game. We have been an outstanding fielding side all tournament, we fought hard but it wasn't enough today. Sri Lanka are going to be a tough side in the final, particularly with their bowling unit. I've enjoyed the tournament, the captaincy - I have enjoyed it some of the time, and not for some of the time." Vettori signs off as one-day captain.

Sangakkara: "The last game for Murali in Sri Lanka, we really wanted to give him a good send-off. Our bowling variety has been great, our fast bowlers are good, our spinners have been good. Murali is the icon of Sri Lanka, on the field, off the field, a fantastic human being and a great team man." The crowd goes absolutely wild as Sangakkara gives a message in Sinhalese to the partying fans. He says the team should realise they haven't won anything yet, we have just reached the final. Sangakkara is also the Man of the Match, receives the trophy from Lorgat.

That's it from us at ESPNcricinfo. On behalf of Nitin Sundar, Liam Brickhill, Sahil Dutta and the rest of the gang, this is Siddarth Ravindran signing off. In case you have been on the moon or on some other planet and don't know, it's India v Pakistan tomorrow. We promise to lay off the physics and lunar discussions. Seeya!

McKay to Samaraweera, FOUR runs
Sri Lanka book their tickets to Mumbai, their second final in a row, what an achievement this is. not the finest shot to seal the win, an outside edge between the keeper and a wide slip for four, they don't care, it's party-time in Sri Lanka, this is going to be the first all-Asian World Cup final, credit to New Zealand, they fought hard and made it tense for a while in the chase, but Sri Lanka were too good for them today
McKay to Samaraweera, no run
bowled from wide of the crease, angling in, Samaraweera looks to short-arm that behind square leg, Jayawardene is screaming off the blocks for a single before he realises Samaraweera is going nowhere and turns back
McKay to Samaraweera, no run
swishes at that one outside off without any footwork, looking to steer it to third man, he misses

The fireworks continue to light up the Colombo night sky, someone tell them the game's not over yet

McKay to Mathews, 1 run
shortish and on legstump, worked to square leg to bring Sri Lanka within one of New Zealand's score, the decibel level is high now in Colombo
McKay to Samaraweera, 1 run
length ball outside off, calmly steered towards third man for a single

McKay to bowl what could be the final over of this semi-final.

Drama at the Premadasa, Samaraweera blasts the ball through cover for four, he thinks its over, but the umpire had actually signalled a dead ball just before the bowler delivered as he was distracted by the many fireworks going off round the stadium, Jayawardene had his arms up in triumph before realising it isn't over yet

end of over 4710 runs
SL: 214/5CRR: 4.55 • RRR: 1.33 • Need 4 from 18b
Angelo Mathews13 (17)
Thilan Samaraweera18 (34)
Tim Southee10-2-57-3
Andy McKay9-1-31-1

Some confusion whether that second ball of the over was a wide or not, umpire Steve Davis didn't realise the over was up after the sixth delivery, he was reminded by the square-leg umpire, and Davis gives Southee his cap

Southee to Mathews, no run
another short ball from Southee, Mathews skips towards leg and mistimes a pull towards midwicket
Southee to Mathews, no run
shortish ball into the midriff, Mathews looks to pull and swivels as he plays the shot, can't get bat on it and is hit on the body
Southee to Mathews, no run
length ball outside off, gets forward and blocks towards the off side
Southee to Mathews, FOUR runs
Mathews is injured, but that doesn't show as he skates down the track and launches the ball over the bowler's head, a one-bounce four and Sri Lanka are a hit away from a second successive World Cup final, Mathews shows what a cool head he has once again
Southee to Mathews, no run
down the leg side and that is off Mathews' body to the keeper
Southee to Mathews, SIX runs
Mathews! what a shot that is, Sri Lanka take a giant step towards the final with a superbly timed lofted on-drive that sails into the crowd, it was a length ball wanting to be hit and it's a six off the first ball, Colombo loves it!

Southee to bowl

end of over 468 runs
SL: 204/5CRR: 4.43 • RRR: 3.50 • Need 14 from 24b
Angelo Mathews3 (11)
Thilan Samaraweera18 (34)
Andy McKay9-1-31-1
Tim Southee9-2-47-3
McKay to Mathews, 1 run
a short ball from McKay, pulled by Mathews, timing is terrible, the ball just dribbles towards midwicket, still enough on it to get a single
McKay to Mathews, no run
length ball angling across, solidly defended from the crease towards the cover
McKay to Mathews, no run
hang on, it might not be over, referral after umpire turned down an appeal for caught-behind, New Zealand are very confident, but without Snicko it is very difficult to overturn the decision, very hard to tell from the replays whether there is a deflection, and unless Mathews has really thwacked that it will be difficult to pick up an edge, and to no one's surprise, Mathews survives, no noise or deviation perceptible in the replays
McKay to Mathews, 5 wides
oh dear, that could be the game, five wides down the leg side, a diving Brendon McCullum can't get that in his gloves and Sri Lanka's 200 comes up
McKay to Samaraweera, 1 run
well outside off, that's easy for Samaraweera, he guides it down to third man
McKay to Mathews, 1 run
a short ball on legstump, Mathews gets back and tucks the ball behind square leg, no effort to power it, just guides it for a single

Riken: "This is how John Wrights of the cricketing world change a team around."

McKay to Mathews, no run
no footwork from Mathews as he dabs a ball angling across him to backward point

Powerplay time. McKay to bowl. It will be fascinating to see which bowlers Vettori opts for to bowl out. Nathan McCullum still got four, but will Vettori just stick to the quicks?

Best performances - batsmen
TM Dilshan
73 runs (93)
10 fours
1 sixes
Productive shot
pull/hook on back foot
26 runs
5 fours
1 sixes
SB Styris
57 runs (77)
5 fours
0 sixes
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
23 runs
3 fours
0 sixes
Best performances - bowlers
BAW Mendis
SL Malinga
Match details
R.Premadasa Stadium, Khettarama, Colombo
TossNew Zealand , elected to bat first
SeriesICC Cricket World Cup 2011
Player Of The Match
Kumar Sangakkara
Series resultSri Lanka advanced
Match numberODI no. 3146
Hours of play (local time)14.30 start, First Session 14.30-18.00, Interval 18.00-18.45, Second Session 18.45-22.15
Match days29 March 2011 - day/night match (50-over match)
Aleem Dar
Steve Davis
TV Umpire
Marais Erasmus
Reserve Umpire
Billy Doctrove
Match Referee
Chris Broad