2007 Cricket World Cup - 1st Semi-Final: Sri Lanka vs New Zealand

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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Sri Lanka have progressed to the final of the 2007 Cricket World Cup. They posted 289-5 in their 50 overs against New Zealand in the first semi-final at Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica. Captain Mahela Jayawardene made his maiden century of the World Cup, making 115*, whilst Upul Tharanga reached 73 before being bowled by Vettori.

In response, New Zealand struggled to 32/2, losing captain Stephen Fleming for just 1 and Ross Taylor soon after for 9. Scott Styris and Peter Fulton began rebuilding - their 50 partnership coming up in just 52 balls - including one over where they hit 20 off of some wayward bowling by Dilhara Fernando. But Styris fell 2 overs later to Tillakaratne Dilshan, followed by a New Zealand middle order collapse: going from 105/3 from 22 overs to 116/7 from 26. Craig McMillan hit a quick-fire 25, but just one ball after hitting a huge maximum he missed the ball, resulting in him being bowled out by Sanath Jayasuriya. Bond fell soon after for Muralitharan's 4th wicket, leaving New Zealand on the brink of being eliminated from the competition. Franklin and Patel rebuilt and reached their 50 partnership in just 55 balls - which is a new record for a 10th wicket partnership for this World Cup - but Patel succumbed to trying to slog Dilshan over midwicket, but falling short and being caught by Fernando to finish New Zealand's resistance. Sri Lanka won in comfortable fashion by a margin of 81 runs.

Toss: Sri Lanka, who elected to bat first.

Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka innings
Player Status Runs Balls 4s 6s Strike rate
Upul Tharanga b Vettori 73 74 9 1 98.64
Sanath Jayasuriya b Franklin 1 6 0 0 16.66
Kumar Sangakkara c Fleming b Franklin 18 42 2 0 42.85
Mahela Jayawardene not out 115 109 10 3 105.50
Chamara Silva lbw b Bond 21 33 0 1 63.63
Tillakaratne Dilshan lbw b Oram 30 27 3 0 111.11
Russel Arnold not out 14 14 2 0 100.00
Extras (lb 3; w 9; nb 5) 17
Total (5 Wickets; 50 overs) 289 26 5

Fall of wickets: 1-13 (Jayasuriya, 2.3 ov), 2-67 (Sangakkara, 13.1 ov), 3-111 (Tharanga, 25.1 ov), 4-152 (Silva, 34.3 ov), 5-233 (Dilshan, 45.1 ov)

Did not bat: Chaminda Vaas, Lasith Malinga, Muttiah Muralitharan, Dilhara Fernando

Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand bowling
Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Econ
James Franklin 9 1 46 2 5.11
Shane Bond 10 1 59 1 5.90
Jacob Oram 10 0 60 1 6.00
Daniel Vettori 10 0 51 1 5.10
Jeetan Patel 10 0 62 0 6.20
Scott Styris 1 0 8 0 8.00
Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand innings (Target: 290 runs from 50 overs)
Player Status Runs Balls 4s 6s Strike rate
Peter Fulton c Silva b Jayasuriya 46 77 2 1 59.74
Stephen Fleming lbw b Malinga 1 4 0 0 25.00
Ross Taylor lbw b Vaas 9 25 1 0 36.00
Scott Styris c Jayawardene b Dilshan 37 38 2 3 97.36
Jacob Oram c & b Muralitharan 3 7 0 0 42.85
Brendon McCullum c Silva b Muralitharan 0 1 0 0 0.00
Craig McMillan b Jayasuriya 25 20 1 2 125.00
Daniel Vettori lbw b Muralitharan 0 4 0 0 0.00
James Franklin not out 30 38 2 0 78.94
Shane Bond b Muralitharan 2 4 0 0 50.00
Jeetan Patel c Fernando b Dilshan 34 38 2 1 89.47
Extras (b 5; lb 2; w 8; nb 6) 21
Total (all out; 41.4 overs) 208 10 7

Fall of wickets: 1-2 (Fleming, 1.3 ov), 2-32 (Taylor, 10.3 ov), 3-105 (Styris, 21.5 ov), 4-114 (Oram, 23.5 ov), 5-114 (McCullum, 23.6 ov), 6-115 (Fulton, 24.3 ov), 7-116 (Vettori, 25.4 ov), 8-144 (McMillan, 30.2 ov), 9-149 (Bond, 31.4 ov), 10-208 (Patel, 41.4 ov)

Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka bowling
Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Econ
Chaminda Vaas 8 1 25 1 3.12
Lasith Malinga 7 2 21 1 3.00
Dilhara Fernando 5 0 45 0 9.00
Muttiah Muralitharan 8 0 31 4 3.87
Sanath Jayasuriya 9 0 57 2 6.33
Tillakaratne Dilshan 4.4 0 22 2 4.71

Sri Lanka: W U Tharanga, S T Jayasuriya, K C Sangakkara (wkt), D P M D Jayawardene (capt), L P C Silva, T M Dilshan, R P Arnold, W P U J C Vaas, S L Malinga, M Muralitharan, C R D Fernando
New Zealand: P G Fulton, S P Fleming (capt), R L Taylor, S B Styris, C D McMillan, J D P Oram, B B McCullum (wkt), D L Vettori, J E C Franklin, S E Bond, J S Patel

Player of the match: D P M D Jayawardene (Sri Lanka)

Umpires: R E Koertzen (South Africa) and S J A Taufel (Australia)
TV umpire: D J Harper (Australia)
Match referee: M J Procter (South Africa)
Reserve umpire: Asad Rauf (Pakistan)

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