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New Zealand v Sri Lanka

Re-live Sri Lanka's victory over New Zealand in the Cricket World Cup semi-final.

  • Sri Lanka is desperately trying to make a game out of it, they don't want to be overconfident when they enter the final #cwc2011
  • Sri Lanka 172-4 off 39 overs (Samaraweera 6 Silva 1)
    Samaraweera gets one but it’s hardly convincing – an edge through slip. A good delivery from McKay goes across Silva – Vaughan thinks he heard a noise but I’m not so sure. Silva edges to third man to get off the mark. Two from the over, though, at 4.20, the required rate is less than taxing.
    3/29/2011 4:12:03 PM
  • Sri Lanka 174-4 off 40 overs (Samaraweera 6 Silva 3)
    Oram really can be so frugal, and he needs to keep it up here. There’s a bit of a panic when Silva hits the ball to mid-on but the batsmen realise there’s never a run on quickly enough. Oram then offers a touch of width, and Silva gets two, running hard. Just two from the over. How exciting would this be if New Zealand had got even 235?
    3/29/2011 4:16:11 PM
  • The last 7.3 overs - 14/3
    3/29/2011 4:16:48 PM
  • Sri Lanka 176-4 off 41 overs (Samaraweera 6 Silva 3)
    ALMOST BOWLED! Samaraweera tried to break free, backing away a little to leg, and McKay’s delivery missed off-stump by an agonising distance. Considering he was an injury replacement, McKay has done fantastically well. Two off the over, and now 42 needed from 54 balls.
    3/29/2011 4:21:15 PM
  • Interesting - Jesse Ryder on to bowl!
    3/29/2011 4:21:33 PM
  • Thilan Samaraweera probably thinks there in another day left in this ODI. Can someone tell him that today is the last day #CWC2011
  • Sri Lanka 185-4 off 42 overs (Samaraweera 7 Silva 12)
    Ryder comes onto bowl, which is a really intriguing move. He bowls little seamers with no pace at all on the ball. BUT THAT’S FOUR! AND ANOTHER FOUR! Suddenly all the pressure has been released, and just 33 needed to win. We won’t see Ryder again, I suspect.
    3/29/2011 4:24:52 PM
  • WICKET! Silva b Southee 13
    Amazing! Silva chops on - this pitch is so slow now - and 33 are still needed. Southee now has three wickets, and Angelo Matthews comes out. But he has a runner. 185/5 off 42.2 overs
    3/29/2011 4:27:15 PM
  • Tony Greig in good form. 'Oh he's clean bowled him. Gone'...ummm...Tony.. He's dragged that on from a foot outside off stump. #cwc2011
  • Sri Lanka 185-5 off 43 overs (Samaraweera 7 Matthews 0)
    Still no sign of the batting powerplay, but with the single-saving fields Vettori is setting, it wouldn’t make any difference. That’s a wicket maiden from Southee. He’s already a tremendous bowler, and should only get better.
    3/29/2011 4:32:26 PM
  • RT @SaradhiTweets: at this stage, NZ was 184-5, SL 185/5, nothing in it #cwc2011
  • ryder still on?! crazy tactics from an otherwise great performance from Vetorri... #cwc2011
  • Sri Lanka 190-5 off 44 overs (Samaraweera 12 Matthews 0)
    Ryder continues – I find that very surprising! And that’s another boundary! Too short from Ryder. He’s being bowled because Vettori has one over to get rid of before he can let McKay, Oram and Southee bowl out. I wouldn’t have bowled Ryder yet, but that’s easier said than done. The over only goes four five, and 28 more needed from six overs. Interestingly, the calm head of Jayawardena is Matthews’ runner.
    3/29/2011 4:35:54 PM
  • Sri Lanka 196-5 off 45 overs (Samaraweera 17 Matthews 1)
    Really sloppy from New Zealand! Samaraweera’s flick off Southee should only have been three, but a poor throw from Oram gave away another run, as well as keeping Samaraweera on strike. Southee bowls a couple of bouncers, but only the second is deemed to be above shoulder height. Six off the over, which eases the pressure somewhat. Matthews will be on strike for the next over.
    Whatever happens, New Zealand have shown their admirable scrapping spirit.
    3/29/2011 4:40:52 PM
  • Batting powerplay taken (because it has to be) - so it'll be overs 45-50
    With New Zealand's fields, it really won't make much difference.
    3/29/2011 4:41:11 PM
  • New Zealand review - I think not out. Currently 203/5
    3/29/2011 4:45:33 PM
  • It is not out. Almost over here.
    3/29/2011 4:47:02 PM
  • Sri Lanka 204-5 off 46 overs (Samaraweera 17 Matthews 1)
    Five wides from McKay, and I don’t think New Zealand will be able to recover from that. 14 from four overs. Even if South Africa were batting, I’d fancy them.
    3/29/2011 4:49:06 PM
  • SIX FROM MATTHEWS! Now just eight more to win. Brilliant shot off Southee.
    3/29/2011 4:50:21 PM
  • FOUR! Matthews lofts it, now only three to win.
    3/29/2011 4:51:52 PM
  • Sri Lanka 214-5 off 47 overs c(Samaraweera 18 Matthews 13)
    Just four to win now.
    3/29/2011 4:55:22 PM
  • Thought it was all over - Samaraweerac thrashed one through the offside but the umpire had already called a dead ball.
    3/29/2011 4:57:21 PM
  • Two from 16 balls - I'll let you know as soon as Sri Lanka win.
    3/29/2011 4:58:12 PM
  • SRI LANKA WIN!
    3/29/2011 4:59:31 PM
  • So Sri Lanka win by five wickets, Samaraweera keeping his cool for 23*. But that really was quite a fight for New Zealand. Ultimately if the Kiwis hadn't subsided towards the end, and had posted 240, they could have progressed. So they lose their sixth World Cup semi in a row - poor Dan Vettori. Still, you'd have got very decent odds on them being the last non-Asian side standing.
    3/29/2011 5:04:53 PM
  • Sri Lanka are into their second consecutive World Cup, and what a final it should be.
    3/29/2011 5:05:22 PM
  • I'm off now - thanks for all your comments. Join me tomorrow from 9.40 for India-Pakistan. If you thought this was tense towards the end, think what tomorrow will be like!
    3/29/2011 5:06:05 PM
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