1st SF, Port Elizabeth, Mar 18 2003, ICC World Cup
(38.1/38.1 ov, target 172)123/7
Australia won by 48 runs (D/L method)
Player Of The Match
91 (118)
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Scorecard summary
Australia212/7(50 overs)
Sri Lanka123/7(38.1 overs)

Huge downpour, covers rushed in. There is a breeze and experts believe play may restart but if not Australia would still win by 48 as the par score according to the D/L method is 171

Status is that we have heartd from western suburbs that rain has cleared there and so may well clear shortly from St George's too

Current status at 16:45 GMT is that there is still no play and likely to be called off

If called off the Aussies will win by about 48 runs there are still about 15 to 20 mins till we know for sure

It is still raining and play has not quite yet been called off, we have a covered square surrounded by security (rather cute looking) dogs and officers

The par score when it started was 171 indicating a 48 runs win for Australia as the minutes count down. Mind you I would not like to test how cute those dogs out there are!

Match is indeed over with a 48 run win for Australia ending with Sri Lanka on 123 for 7

Australia did have a few wobbles while batting and then Symonds came into his best to help put up a reasonable 212. Then Sri Lankan hopes were finished off by a clinical performance by the Aussie bowlers led by Lee with 3 for 35 and Hogg with 2 for 30 when rain did the rest

Good bye all and we hope you will all be here, perhaps more as India take on Kenya for a day/night game at Durban on Thursday

Good night for now

MoM is A Symonds

Harvey to Vaas, no run

driven to mid off and suddenly it starts pouring down with dogs and cats, they go off

Play to carry on

end of over 384 runs
SL: 123/7CRR: 3.23 RRR: 7.50
Chaminda Vaas21 (49)
Kumar Sangakkara39 (70)
Darren Lehmann 1-0-4-0
Ian Harvey 2-0-11-0
Lehmann to Vaas, 1 run

steers to third man

Rain starts

Lehmann to Sangakkara, 1 run

turned to mid wicket and run a quick single

Lehmann to Sangakkara, no run

turned to mid wicket

Lights coming on

Lehmann to Vaas, 1 run

tosses up, driven uppishly down the ground to long off

Lehmann to Vaas, no run

pitches on off, tries to plays it, beaten

Lehmann to Sangakkara, 1 run

short ball, goes back and cuts it to deep point

Lehmann in to bowl

end of over 376 runs
SL: 119/7CRR: 3.21 RRR: 7.23
Chaminda Vaas19 (46)
Kumar Sangakkara37 (67)
Ian Harvey 2-0-11-0
Andy Bichel 10-4-18-0
Harvey to Vaas, SIX runs

SHOT!!, pitches on legs, beautifully clipped away off his toes over deep mid wicket fence for SIX

Harvey to Vaas, no run

again same type of ball and same shot played by Vass

Harvey to Vaas, no run

driven on the up off the front foot to mid off

Harvey to Vaas, no run

pushed to point

Harvey to Vaas, no run

defends it to cover

Harvey to Vaas, no run

defends it on the front foot to cover

end of over 363 runs
SL: 113/7CRR: 3.13 RRR: 7.14
Chaminda Vaas13 (40)
Kumar Sangakkara37 (67)
Andy Bichel 10-4-18-0
Ian Harvey 1-0-5-0
Bichel to Vaas, 1 run

pitches on legs, tucked away to fine leg

Bichel to Vaas, no run

short ball, cuts it off the backfoot to point

Bichel to Sangakkara, 1 run

driven down the ground to long off

Bichel to Vaas, 1 run

short ball, pushed off the backfoot bit uppishly to deep cover

Bichel to Vaas, no run

turned to short mid wicket

Bichel to Vaas, no run

short of length ball, punches off the backfoot, diving save by Symonds at short extra cover

end of over 355 runs
SL: 110/7CRR: 3.14 RRR: 6.86
Kumar Sangakkara36 (66)
Chaminda Vaas11 (35)
Ian Harvey 1-0-5-0
Andy Bichel 9-4-15-0
Harvey to Sangakkara, no run

turned to mid wicket

Match details
St George's Park, Port Elizabeth
TossAustralia, elected to bat first
SeriesICC World CupSri Lanka tour of South Africa
Player Of The Match
Andrew Symonds
Andrew Symonds
Series resultAustralia advanced
Match numberODI no. 1991
Match daysday (50-over match)
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David Shepherd
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Rudi Koertzen
TV Umpire
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Billy Bowden
Match Referee
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Clive Lloyd