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New Zealand vs Sri Lanka, 39th Match, Super Eights at St George's, , Apr 12 2007 - Match Result

RESULT
39th Match, Super Eights, St George's, April 12, 2007, ICC World Cup
(45.1/50 ov, T:220) 222/4

Sri Lanka won by 6 wickets (with 29 balls remaining)

Player Of The Match
3/33
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Scorecard summary
New Zealand 219/7(50 overs)
111* (157)
31 (45)
3/33 (9)
Sri Lanka 222/4(45.1 overs)

Pretty clinical from Sri Lanka. No drama, no urge to indulge in showmanship. No frantic hitting. There was no need. 220 was not a stiff target and they jogged home. Two more points. New Zealand have tasted defeat for the first time in the tournament.

Ranatunga, sitting in a television studio, is not quite thrilled with the way SL approached the chase. " I am a bit disappointed with the way they played. They should have struck to their usual aggressive game." He would have liked to see the likes of Jayasuriya playing more aggressively. Well.... you can't please everyone.

Sangakkara had said on the eve of the game: "Most of the times we've gone wrong, we've tried to change our game, but we've realised that's a bit foolish. When we won the World Cup we played a unique brand of cricket and that's how we play now against any side"

I guess they would have played that way but here they were chasing a small target and must have felt there was no need to up the ante.

This is Sriram Veera, signing off. Adios.

45.1
4
Gillespie to Sangakkara, FOUR runs

He does it! It was full and outside leg, Sangakkara, who has maintained a monk like patience today, swings it past the short fine-leg fielder.

3rd Powerplay is on! Will Sangakkara be tempted now?

end of over 454 runs
SL: 218/4CRR: 4.84 RRR: 0.40
Kumar Sangakkara65 (103b 2x4)
Tillakaratne Dilshan14 (24b)
Jacob Oram 6-0-31-1
Daniel Vettori 10-0-35-2
44.6
1
Oram to Sangakkara, 1 run

McCullum shouts 'Catch' as Sangakkara drives on the up and it flies over the outstretched hands of Oram.

44.5
Oram to Sangakkara, no run

lands on a length, around off stump, defended back down the track

44.4
1
Oram to Dilshan, 1 run

And pigs will fly. He just leans forward, drives to long-on for yet another single. Very clinical.

Four to get. Will Dilshan get the itch to finish it off in a single blow?

44.3
1
Oram to Sangakkara, 1 run

on the off and middle, punched down the ground

44.2
1
Oram to Dilshan, 1 run

fullish, outside off stump, driven to sweeper cover

44.1
Oram to Dilshan, no run

full in length, on the off stump line, partly edged, partly steered to point

end of over 444 runs
SL: 214/4CRR: 4.86 RRR: 1.00
Tillakaratne Dilshan12 (21b)
Kumar Sangakkara63 (100b 2x4)
Daniel Vettori 10-0-35-2
Jacob Oram 5-0-27-1
43.6
1
Vettori to Dilshan, 1 run

quicker, flatter, on the off and middle, square-driven to deep point

43.5
1
Vettori to Sangakkara, 1 run

Deja-vu. Few steps down the track and a drive down the ground.

43.4
1
Vettori to Dilshan, 1 run

tossed-up, inviting Dilshan to have a go but he comes down the track and pushes it along the ground to long-off. It looks like Sangakkara's chat has paid off.

43.3
Vettori to Dilshan, no run

on the off stump line, driven down the track.

Sangakkara takes out his gloves, adjusts his helmet and dons the gloves back.

43.2
Vettori to Dilshan, no run

on the middle stump line, pushed back to Vettori

43.1
1
Vettori to Sangakkara, 1 run

floated on the off stump line, Sangakkara reaches the pitch of the delivery and sends it down to long-off

end of over 436 runs
SL: 210/4CRR: 4.88 RRR: 1.42
Kumar Sangakkara61 (98b 2x4)
Tillakaratne Dilshan10 (17b)
Jacob Oram 5-0-27-1
Daniel Vettori 9-0-31-2
42.6
1
Oram to Sangakkara, 1 run

slower one, pushed it outside off stump, Sangakkara is sucked into a square-drive, runs off the outer edge, in the air, through the vacant gully region, down to third man region

42.6
1nb
Oram to Sangakkara, (no ball)

fulller, on the off and middle, deflected to midwicket. Another no ball. 26 extras.

42.5
Oram to Sangakkara, no run

comes in from outside off stump, Sangakkara gets behind the line, pushes back to the bowler.

42.4
1
Oram to Dilshan, 1 run

Another single. This time to long-on.

42.3
1
Oram to Sangakkara, 1 run

hit on the up, to long-off. They are doing it in singles here.

42.2
1
Oram to Dilshan, 1 run

slightly slower, on the off stump line, Dilshan waits, cuts it to deep point

42.1
1
Oram to Sangakkara, 1 run

on the off stump line, punched to long on

Best performances - batters
Spike Graph
Wagon Zone
SB Styris
111 runs (157)
8 fours0 six
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
31 runs
2 fours0 six
Control
77%
KC Sangakkara
69 runs (104)
3 fours0 six
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
23 runs
2 fours0 six
Control
90%
Best performances - bowlers
M Muralidaran
O
10
M
0
R
32
W
3
ECO
3.2
WPUJC Vaas
O
9
M
2
R
33
W
3
ECO
3.66
Match details
National Cricket Stadium, St George's, Grenada
TossNew Zealand, elected to bat first
Series
Season2006/07
Player Of The Match
Match numberODI no. 2569
Hours of play (local time)09.30 start, First Session 09.30-13.00. Interval 13.00-13.45, Second Session 13.45-17.15
Match days12 April 2007 - day (50-over match)
Umpires
TV Umpire
Reserve Umpire
Match Referee
PointsSri Lanka 2, New Zealand 0
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ICC World Cup

Super Eights
TEAMMWLPTNRR
AUS770142.400
SL752101.483
NZ752100.253
SA74380.313
ENG7346-0.394
WI7254-0.566
BAN7162-1.514
IRE7162-1.730
Group A
TEAMMWLPTNRR
AUS33063.433
SA32142.403
NED3122-2.527
SCOT3030-3.793
Group B
TEAMMWLPTNRR
SL33063.493
BAN3214-1.523
IND31221.206
BER3030-4.345
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