Watch highlights from New Zealand vs Sri Lanka – the 1st Semi Final from the 2011 World Cup played on March 29
Scoreline: NZ 217 all out – Scott Styris 57 (77), Guptill 39 (65), Taylor 36 (55) | Malinga 9-55-3, Muralitharan 10-1-42-2, Mendis 9.5-35-3
Sri Lanka win in 47.5 for the loss of 5 – Sangakkara 54 (79), Dilshan 73 (93), Samaraweera 23 no, Tharanga 30 (31) | Southee 10-2-57-3, McKay 9.5-1-37-1, Vettori 10-36-1
Even with Taylor gone, it looked like NZ’s successful strategy of using the batting powerplay to eat into the best bowlers’ quotas (as they’d done with Gul vs Pak) would come good again. And then Murali who’d been fairly average (by his own standards) goes and gets Styris off his last delivery in Sri Lanka. McGrath had done something similar off his final retirement ball. They keep doing this. The great ones.
Hopefully for NZ this won’t be another tournament semifinal followed by topsyturvy tours. For SL, Sanga’s among the runs (has been for a while), subdued Dilshan looks more lethal than let-loose Dilshan and Mahela’s due.
And hope the rain stays away tomorrow.