30th Match, Chattogram, Mar 31 2014, Group 1 (N), World T20
(15.3/20 ov, target 120)
Sri Lanka won by 59 runs
Player Of The Match
• The Report by Andrew Fidel Fernando

Herath spins New Zealand out of WT20 with 5 for 3

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

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Scorecard summary
Sri Lanka119(19.2 overs)
New Zealand60(15.3 overs)

10.35 pm So Sri Lanka have punched their ticket into the semi-final on the back of a dramatic collapse against spin by New Zealand. And because of this result it will be India facing South Africa in the second semi-final on Apirl 4. Thank you for your company today and this is Alagappan Muthu, hoping to see you all soon

"This pitch has been slow consistently," Lasith Malinga says, "I trusted my spinners. Herath was unbelievable. We were waiting for an occasion like this and we pulled through. Really lucky to have Angelo, Mahela and Dilshan to help me. they have good experience. Rangana was waiting for his chance and he proved himself really well. We have some other good spinners in Ajantha and Seekuge. We have a good opportunity with the turning wickets in Dhaka"

"We knew there was a lot of hard work to go,"Brendon McCullum says, "Knew we needed to be positive in the first six. It was a bit dry than we expected and Herath and Sachi, the way they bowled was outstanding. They blew us away with about eight wickets for some 10 runs. Wouldn't say there was extra pressure, it was a quarter-final anway. We just didn't adapt ourselves and played some mindless cricket. We took some poor option and as a result of that we're on the plane home"

Herath is the Man of the Match, duh. "What I realised was we needed wickets and I put the ball in the right place," he says. "Luckily the dew wasn't there but we had a bad game against England. Nothing was wrong today, no dew. Malinga was asking to what we can do, nothing more"

satya: "I will credit the 2 run outs to Herath as it happened by brain fade caused by Herath"

10.25 pm Take a few minutes (or bang your head over it for hours) and read this. Herath 3.3-2-3-5! That too in a knockout scenario, after his batsmen had offered him a meagre target of 120. If there was any attack that could have defended it, it was Sri Lanka's and they've made yet another semi-final in a world tournament. Spare a thought for Kane Williamson though, he scored 42 of the 60 runs made by New Zealand...

Herath to Boult, OUT
that's five for Herath! Sri Lanka go through to the semi-final! Saw the batsman racing down the track and shortened his length. Gets some turn off the deck as well, which he tries to ride. But there is a slip in place and Mahela pouches it safely.
TA Boult c Jayawardene b Herath 3 (10m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 37.50
Herath to Boult, no run
flighted just outside off, pushed down towards mid-on but Herath races after it himself

McClenaghan is the final NZ batsman for today

Herath to Boult, 1 run, OUT
skips down the track and gets a leading edge which clears the cover infield. Absolute confusion out there and Williamson has been run-out at the bowlers'.
KS Williamson run out (Mathews/Herath) 42 (69m 43b 6x4 0x6) SR: 97.67

Here he is again, Herath takes aim at the NZ tail

end of over 158 runs
NZ: 59/7CRR: 3.93 • RRR: 12.20 • Need 61 from 30b
Trent Boult2 (5)
Kane Williamson42 (43)
Lasith Malinga2-0-13-0
Sachithra Senanayake3-0-3-2
Malinga to Boult, 1 run
there's the slow, dipping yorker from Malinga and Boult does very well to prevent it from clattering into his stumps

Atit: "2 Spinners: 6-2-5-6....any better combination in any form of cricket?"

Malinga to Williamson, 1 run
139kph, fires a yorker in on middle this time and Williamson is almost pushed off his feet. Still manages to nudge to deep square leg

No chance of Anderson batting

Malinga to Williamson, FOUR runs
yorker goes wrong, when was the last time you saw that from Malinga. This is way down leg and Williamson glances it away to the fine-leg boundary
Malinga to Boult, 1 run
goes for the short one on leg stump, Boult is not comfortable behind it but he's managed a leg bye behind square on the leg side

Widish slip in place

Malinga to Williamson, 1 run
another slower ball, Williamson chips it down to long-on and takes the single
Malinga to Williamson, no run
slower yorker on off stump, kept out quite nicely

Malinga's back, chats with Mahela en route to his bowling mark

EG: "NZ 51/7 and Williamson is 36*. This sums up the whole innings!!!" Still needs a mention of Herath.

end of over 141 runs • 1 wicket
NZ: 51/7CRR: 3.64 • RRR: 11.50 • Need 69 from 36b
Trent Boult0 (3)
Kane Williamson36 (39)
Sachithra Senanayake3-0-3-2
Angelo Mathews4-0-26-0
Senanayake to Boult, no run
this turns away again and Boult can't really pick it. Wafts a little bat outside off and misses

Mahela calls for a second slip. Almost looks like he's captaining out there

Senanayake to Boult, no run
Senanayake to Boult, no run
flighted on off stump and he keeps it out

Boult is the new batsman, seems Anderson will not be batting

Senanayake to Mills, OUT
goes for the reverse sweep. Nothing more than an escape shot, struck on the knee-roll and this seemed to be sneaking down leg, but the umpire doesn't think so. Concerted appeal from Sri Lanka and they've gotten away with one. This was sliding down leg, HawkEye says
KD Mills lbw b Senanayake 4 (14m 9b 1x4 0x6) SR: 44.44
Senanayake to Williamson, 1 run
waits on it and pushes down the ground, past the non-striker
Senanayake to Williamson, no run
wanted to chop this away behind point, but it skids on from the pitch a little too quickly

Change of bat for Williamson

end of over 1311 runs
NZ: 50/6CRR: 3.84 • RRR: 10.00 • Need 70 from 42b
Kyle Mills4 (8)
Kane Williamson35 (37)
Angelo Mathews4-0-26-0
Sachithra Senanayake2-0-2-1
Mathews to Mills, no run
dug in quite short and he goes for a pull. Too high for him to connect
Mathews to Mills, FOUR runs
this has room on offer and he's belted that through the covers. Top shot as he had to take the slower ball on the up
Mathews to Williamson, 1 run
backs away as this was fired a lot fuller on middle. Got his bat between the ball and his stumps and the bottom edge saves him.
Best performances - batsmen
KS Williamson
42 runs (43)
6 fours
0 sixes
Productive shot
leg glance
13 runs
1 fours
0 sixes
DPMD Jayawardene
25 runs (32)
2 fours
0 sixes
Productive shot
leg glance
14 runs
2 fours
0 sixes
Best performances - bowlers
HMRKB Herath
TA Boult
Match details
Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chattogram
TossNew Zealand , elected to field first
SeriesWorld T20 2014
Player Of The Match
Rangana Herath
Match numberT20I no. 395
Hours of play (local time)19.30 start, First Session 19.30-20.50, Interval 20.50-21.10, Second Session 21.20-22.30
Match days31 March 2014 - night match (20-over match)
Rod Tucker
Aleem Dar
TV Umpire
Bruce Oxenford
Reserve Umpire
Steve Davis
Match Referee
David Boon
PointsSri Lanka 2, New Zealand 0