They say there are few certainties in life.
We say that among the few certainties, Sri Lanka’s victory over New Zealand in the semi-final of the ICC 2011 World Cup match that’ll soon get underway at the Premadasa Stadium in Colombo is a sure thing. An assured thing.
If Sri Lanka’s performance against England the other day in the quarter-final is anything to go by, the New Zealanders have no hope in hell.
NZ won the toss and elected to bat first.
While there is no change in the Sri Lankan team from their last match with England, NZ brought in left arm paceman Andy Mckay.
New Zealand – 217 All Out
Sri Lanka – 220-5
Kumar Sangakkara won the Man of the Match award for his fine knock of 54, good wicketkeeping and superb captaincy that has now taken the team into the finals.
Sri Lanka Batting
1:02PM ET – Decent Fight by New Zealand.
12:59PM ET – Sri Lanka Wins. Enters ICC 2011 World Cup Cricket Finals.
12:52PM ET – Boundary by Angelo. 4 Runs to win
12:51PM ET – Much needed Six by Angelo Matthew SL 211-5. 8 Runs to win
12:40PM ET- SL needs 22 Runs to win. After 45 overs, SL 196- 5.
12:29PM ET – Is NZ going to pull off an Upset Win?
12:27PM ET – OMG, Chamara Silva (13) out b Southee SL 185-5.
12:25PM ET – Two boundaries from Chamara in Jesse Ryder’s over. SL 185-4 after 42 overs
12:21AM ET – SL Struggli has a fair chance now. SL 176-4 after 41 overs.
11:59AM ET – Match Looks interesting now. Very interesting.
11:58AM ET – BIG DANGER FOR SL! Kumar Sangakkara (54) gone. c Styris b Andy McKay. EZ catch. NZ 169-4 Chamara Silva new batsman in.
11:52AM ET – SL Needs 51 Runs to win from15 overs. Looks EZ.
11:42AM ET – TROUBLE. Jayawardena lbw Daniel Vetori SL 161-3. Samaraweera is new batsman in.
11:37AM ET – Sad. Dilshan (73) Gone c Ryder b Tim Southee SL 160-2 Fine innings by Dilshan with 10 Boundaries and a Six. Mahela Jayawardena new batsman in.
11:23AM ET – SL Moving toward victory. 143-1 after 29 Overs
11:05AM ET – Go Home, guys. NZ has no chance. SL 116-1 after 25 overs
10:42AM ET – Run Rate slows down. Now 4.15 SL 83-1 after 20 Overs
10:27AM ET – SL 73-1 after 17 overs
9:44AM ET – Whaaaat! Tharanga (30) Out c Jesse Ryder b Southee. Brilliant, Leaping catch by Ryder. SL 40-1 in 7.2 overs. Another left-hand batsman – Kumar Sangakkara – walks in
9:42AM ET – Steady Progress. SL 40-0 after 7 overs. Tharanga 30; Dilshan 6
9:24AM ET -SL 18-0 after 2 overs. Tharanga 14 (One six and two Boundaries)
9:17AM ET – Magnificent Six by Tharanga in opening over!
9:15AM ET – Tillakaratne Dilshan & Upul Tharanga open for Sri Lanka just as in the team’s last match against England. Nathan McCullum is opening bowler for NZ.
New Zealand Batting
8:46AM ET – 217 is not a Good Score given the strong batting lineup of Sri Lanka. The only question is how soon Sri Lanka will put the Kiwis on the plane back to Auckland.
8:43AM ET – New Zealand All Out for 217 in 48.5 overs. NZ Run Rate 4.44 McKay (0) b Mendis
8:41AM ET – Another Wicket down. Tim Southee (0) c Sangakara b Mendis One NZ 217-9 in 48.3 overs
8:36AM ET – Jacob Oram aya, Jacob Oram gaya. c Jayawardena b Dilshan NZ 215-8 in 47.4 overs Run Rate 4.51
8:30AM ET – Murali’s Last Wicket on Sri Lankan soil. Scott Styris (57) lbw Murali NZ 213-7
8:21AM ET – It’s Malinga Again. Nathan McCullum(9) c Sangakara b Malinga NZ 204-6. Jacob Oram new batsman in.
8:11AM ET – Malinga Strikes Again. Williamson (22) lbw Malinga. NZ 192-5
7:47AM ET – Ross Taylor Gone (36) going for a big hit. c Tharanga b Mendis NZ 161-4
*** *7:42AM ET – They just played Thank You (Akshay Kumar) trailer. Sick.
7:20AM ET – Been quiet for a while. After 37 overs, NZ 137-3.
6:31 AM ET – NZ Collapse in Progress. Martin Guptill (39) Out b Malinga NZ 84-3 after 21.3 overs. Run Rate 3.91. Scott Styris is new batsman in.
6:16AM ET – Gone, Baby, Gone. Jesse Ryder (19) Out c Sangakara b Muralidaran. NZ 69-2 after 18.3 overs. Run Rate 3.73. Ross Taylor new batsman in.
5:45AM ET – After 11 overs, NZ 42-1. Martin Guptill 24, Jesse Ryder 4
5:28AM ET – Downfall Starts. Brendon McCullum (13) Out b Rangana Herath NZ 32-1 in 7.1 overs. Jesse Ryder is new NZ batsman in.
5:24AM ET – Brisk start by NZ. 4 Boundaries & a Six so far. NZ 29 -0 after 6 overs
5:08AM ET – 2 Overs up. NZ 10-0 with 2 Boundaries
5:00AM ET – Martin Guptill & Brendon McCullum are the opening batsmen. Lasith Malinga is the opening bowler for SL.