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New Zealand vs Sri Lanka, 30th T20 Match, Group 1, ICC World Twenty20 2014

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Sri Lanka won by 59 runs | New Zealand Vs Sri Lanka Live Score, 30th T20 Match, Group 1

Well, two low scoring thrillers round up today's double-header. First Netherlands got that elusive win that they deserved against England and in the second Sri Lanka booked their place in the semis by beating New Zealand. We have two more games in the group stage. Two teams, Australia and Bangladesh, that are yet to win a game take on each other. Then it is the knock-out match between Pakistan and West Indies, the winner will go through to the semis. Join us for both the games. Until then, take care and Cya!
Malinga: 'This wicket was a bit slow. I trust my spinners. Rangana bowled well. He was unbelievable in this quarter-final match. I am really lucky to captain this match. Mahela, Sanga and Dilshan helped me out. Rangana was waiting for the chance. He proved himself today for Sri Lanka. Sekkuge and Mendis are also waiting for their opportunities. Thirimanne also played well today. We are looking forward to the next two games'
McCullum: 'Look, we still knew we had to do a lot of hard work at the halfway mark. The wicket was a lot drier than rest of the games here. It did not skid on as we expected it to. Lot of credit to Herath and Sena. They got eight wickets between them for like 10 runs. Congratulations to Sri Lanka. There was pressure on us. We did not adapt to the conditions, we played mindless cricket. We took poor options and that's why we are on the plane today. That is why Sri Lanka go to the semis.'
Herath: 'I realised that we needed to get quick wickets. I just put the ball in the right place. Luckily, there was no dew today. we had a bad game against England. Malinga just wanted me to do what I can do.'
Rangana Herath is the Man of the Match for his splendid figures of 5 for 3.
The Sri Lankan bowling revolved around one man, i.e Rangana Herath. He bamboozled the batsmen with his variations. The pitch too played its part in helping the spinner. With 5 wickets for 3 runs he now has the best figures in this T20 Cup. Senanayake supported him well as he accounted for 2 wickets. The fielding was top notch and a mention should be made for the captaincy. It was not Malinga who marshalled the troops on the field, it was Mahela who took charge and set some attacking fields. Sri Lanka have once again made it to the T20 Cup semi-final. Stay tuned for the presentation....
The celebrations have started and all the players come together and hug each other. They know how well they have bowled to defend such a low target. Everybody congratulating the man of the moment, Herath who bowled a dream spell to take his team to the semis. The Kiwi batsmen never looked comfortable. They were first tied up by Kulasekara and once Herath came on it was a procession. None of the batters could pick him. Williamson fought a lone battle but he too perished towards the fag end. In the end, New Zealand were bowled out for their lowest total in T20Is.
End of over 16, 1 runs (W1 . W W )
NZ: 60/9
Trent Boult - 3(8) This over: 1 runs
Mitchell McClenaghan - 0(0) This over: 0 runs
Rangana Herath
(3.3 - 2 - 3 - 5)
15.3 Rangana Herath to Trent Boult W
out Caught by M Jayawardene!! Sri Lanka have pulled off a special win, they win by 59 runs. This was slower and outside off, Boult comes down the track and was trying to go big, since he was not to the pitch of the ball, he tries to block, in the end he ends up guiding it straight into Mahela at slip. Herath picks up his fifth wicket, it his best figures in T20Is. Boult c M Jayawardene b Herath 3(8)
5 wickets for Rangana Herath. Rangana Herath is killing NZ
15.2 Rangana Herath to Trent Boult 0
no run, floated on the stumps, Boult leans forward and blocks
Mitchell McClenaghan, left handed bat, comes to the crease
15.1 Rangana Herath to Trent Boult W
out Williamson Run Out!! 1 run completed. That is game set and match. Another confusion leads to the well set Williamson being run-out. Tossed up delivery on middle, Boult tries to work it to the on-side, he gets a leading edge to sweeper cover, Williamson didn't want the second but Boult was charging back, Mathews throws the ball to Herath who does the rest. Williamson was nowhere in the picture. Williamson run out (Mathews/Herath) 42(43) [4s-6]
Williamson is run-out!
Herath to bowl his final over...
Rangana Herath [3.0-2-2-4] is back into the attack
End of over 15, 8 runs (. 1 1 4 1 1 )
NZ: 59/7
Trent Boult - 2(5) This over: 2 runs
Kane Williamson - 42(43) This over: 6 runs
Lasith Malinga
(2.0 - 0 - 13 - 0)
14.6 Lasith Malinga to Trent Boult 1
1 run, yorker which dips in, Boult does well to get his bat down in time and keep it out, he gets it down to fine leg

Match details

Toss : New Zealand won the toss and elected to field

Umpires : Rod Tucker (Australia) and Aleem Dar (Pakistan)

TV umpire : Bruce Oxenford (Australia)

Match referee : David Boon (Australia)

Teams

New Zealand : Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson, Brendon McCullum(c), Ross Taylor, Corey Anderson, James Neesham, Luke Ronchi(wk), Nathan McCullum, Trent Boult, Kyle Mills, Mitchell McClenaghan.

Sri Lanka : Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kushal Janith Perera, Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara(wk), Angelo Mathews, Lahiru Thirimanne, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Sachithra Senanayake, Rangana Herath, Lasith Malinga(c).

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