Published On: Tue, Apr 1st, 2014


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Sri Lanka won by 59 runs.

Toss New Zealand, who chose to field

Player of the match HMRKB Herath (Sri Lanka)

Umpires Aleem Dar (Pakistan) and RJ Tucker (Australia)

TV umpire BNJ Oxenford (Australia)

Match referee DC Boon (Australia)

Reserve umpire SJ Davis (Australia)

Lasith Malinga was so jittery in his debut as Sri Lanka’s stand-in captain that he fumbled recalling the changes to the playing XI at the toss for Monday’s World Twenty20 shootout against New Zealand.

In today’s second match of the Twenty20 World Cup in New Zealand and Sri Lanka in a crucial game face to face were. Both teams had to be to win this match to go to the semifinals.

Group 1-Sri Lanka semi-final place with six points are finalized. Sri Lanka T20 World Cup semi-final for the fourth time in a row now. New Zealand has had to see the way out. South Africa, the group has already reached the semi-finals.

Opting to bat first, Sri Lanka became the first blow as opener efficient Pereira, who scored 16 in the second over, caught behind off have bolts. After the fall of wickets and 92 runs continuously being lost in Sri Lanka by 7 wickets. It Dilshan (8), Sangakkara (4), Thirimne (20), Mathews (6), Jayawardene (25) and Kulasekara (0) are among the wickets. Senanayake then try to do some scoring 16 runs, but he also met with Mills catches the ball Williamson, the last wicket as Lasith Malinga (0) Nishm ball has been bowled. The Kiwi bowlers with 119 runs in 19.2 overs, the Sri Lankan team was wound.

Chasing a small total of 120, New Zealand seemed to be on course for a semifinal spot as they reached 18 for no loss at the end of second over.

But the drama unfolded in the very first ball of the third over bowled by Herath as New Zealand opener Martin Guptill ran for a single without response from his partner Kane Williamson. Herath was lightning quick to throw the ball to wicketkeeper Kumar Sangakkara who whipped off the bail in a flash.

Five balls later, one-down and captain Brendon McCullum was done in by a beauty of a delivery from Herath as it deceived the batsman by its flight. McCullum came out of his crease to smash the ball only to be beaten and the rest left to Sangakkara as Sri Lanka bounced back into the match.

Herath immediately came back for his second over and dismissed Ross Taylor and Jimmy Neesham for ducks in the last two consecutive deliveries of the sixth over and New Zealand were sent into the backfoot

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