result
22nd Match, Group F, Cape Town, Sep 20 2007, ICC World Twenty20
(10.2/20 ov)102/0
Australia won by 10 wickets (with 58 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
4/20
stuart-clark
14y
• Martin Williamson

Clinical Australia cruise into the semi-finals

A match billed as a winner-takes-all contest was gruesomely one-sided as Australia crushed Sri Lanka by ten wickets

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Scorecard summary
Sri Lanka101/10(19.3 overs)
Australia102/0(10.2 overs)

So, that's that. Australia wrap up a ten-wicket victory with almost half of their overs to spare, and it is they who march on to the semi-finals where they will be joined by Pakistan, South Africa (barring miracles) and either New Zealand or India.

Sri Lanka's bowlers were on a hiding to nothing once their batsmen had capitulated. Perhaps they were still scarred by their mauling in the World Cup final ... who knows. It was pretty comprehensive either way.

"We were not very consistent, especially with the bat," says Mahela Jayawardene. "We started really well [in the tournament] but the momentum wasn't there for us."

Adam Gilchrist is delighted with his team's performance. "A lot of teams would have liked us to be knocked out today. Hopefully they are a little nervous now."

"Our fielders and our bowlers were outstanding. To chase on that wicket ... it's getting really tired and it would have been difficult. Our bowlers definitely won that match for us."

"We're just happy - we're into the cut-throat part of the competition now. We can enjoy it now it's cut-throat time."

So there we go. We've been Andrew Miller and Jenny Thompson, with Martin Williamson on bulletin duty. Next up is Bangladesh against Pakistan at Cape Town, followed by the big one - India against South Africa at Durban.

10.2
6
Mubarak to Hayden, SIX runs

swing, connect, deposit into the long-on stands. That shot was as vast as the victory itself

10.1
2
Mubarak to Hayden, 2 runs

tucked down to third man with a shimmy at the crease - as if he was in ten minds

end of over 108 runs
AUS: 94/0CRR: 9.40 RRR: 0.80
Matthew Hayden50 (36)
Adam Gilchrist31 (25)
Tillakaratne Dilshan 2-0-13-0
Lasith Malinga 1-0-8-0
9.6
1
Dilshan to Hayden, 1 run

finds the gap on the leg side, and that's Hayden's half-century - his third of the campaign. There's no stopping the ICC World One-Day Player of the Year

9.5
4
Dilshan to Hayden, FOUR runs

thumped this time, with a free swing of the arms. That's pure muscle and deep cover had no chance

9.4
Dilshan to Hayden, no run

on the spot and driven hard into the covers. No way through just yet though

9.3
Dilshan to Hayden, no run

a rarety - a swing and a miss. Hayden is sizing up a quick kill now

9.2
2
Dilshan to Hayden, 2 runs

clipped down to fine leg again. All too easy

9.1
1
Dilshan to Gilchrist, 1 run

strays onto the legs - or was it deliberate? Either way, another nudged single

end of over 98 runs
AUS: 86/0CRR: 9.55 RRR: 1.45
Adam Gilchrist30 (24)
Matthew Hayden43 (31)
Lasith Malinga 1-0-8-0
Tillakaratne Dilshan 1-0-5-0
8.6
1
Malinga to Gilchrist, 1 run

pushed into the covers to complete another productive over for the Australians

8.5
1
Malinga to Hayden, 1 run

more conventional this time, clipped out to deep midwicket

8.4
4
Malinga to Hayden, FOUR runs

how on earth did he pull that off? That was a full-length off-stump delivery, almost a yorker, and yet Hayden picked it up and over long-on! Remarkable

Nice bowling so far ...

8.3
Malinga to Hayden, no run

attempted yorker, Hayden clips to midwicket

8.2
1
Malinga to Gilchrist, 1 run

banged in but arrow-straight. Gilchrist hops back and nurdles down to third man

8.1
1
Malinga to Hayden, 1 run

on a good length straight away, Hayden pushes into the covers

Here comes Lasith Malinga. Why he hasn't featured earlier, who knows? What can he conjure up with his incredible slingshots?

end of over 85 runs
AUS: 78/0CRR: 9.75 RRR: 2.00
Matthew Hayden37 (27)
Adam Gilchrist28 (22)
Tillakaratne Dilshan 1-0-5-0
Farveez Maharoof 2-0-34-0
7.6
1
Dilshan to Hayden, 1 run

strays onto leg stump, and flicked away. But well bowled by Dilshan. Australia are made to wait for their victory

7.5
1
Dilshan to Gilchrist, 1 run

full length, pushed into the gap

7.4
Dilshan to Gilchrist, no run

very well bowled, and the brakes have been applied for the moment. Right on the spot

7.3
Dilshan to Gilchrist, no run

cut into the covers, and well intercepted

7.3
1w
Dilshan to Gilchrist, 1 wide

misdirected, down the leg side, well taken by Sangakkara

7.2
1
Dilshan to Hayden, 1 run

a fraction of turn off a good length, and driven coolly to cover

Best performances - batters
Matthew Hayden sits waiting for his turn in the nets
ML Hayden AUS
58 runs (38)
7 fours
2 sixes
Control74%
Productive shot
leg glance
20 runs
1 four
1 six
4302196195
AC Gilchrist AUS
31 runs (25)
4 fours
0 six
Control81%
Productive shot
leg glance
8 runs
1 four
0 six
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Best performances - bowlers
Stuart Clark, player portrait
SR Clark AUS
O
4
M
0
R
20
W
4
ECO
5
Nathan Bracken, player portrait
NW Bracken AUS
O
3.3
M
0
R
14
W
2
ECO
4
Match details
Newlands, Cape Town
TossAustralia, elected to field first
SeriesICC World Twenty20Australia tour of South Africa
Season2007/08
Player Of The Match
Stuart Clark
Stuart Clark
Match numberT20I no. 41
Hours of play (local time)First Session 10:00-11:20, Interval 11:20-11:40, Second Session 11:40-13:00
Match days20 September 2007 - day (20-over match)
Umpires
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Asad Rauf
South Africa Image
Ian Howell
TV Umpire
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Tony Hill
Reserve Umpire
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Marais Erasmus
Match Referee
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Ranjan Madugalle
PointsAustralia 2, Sri Lanka 0
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