Thatscricket - News - Vaas, Jayawardene help Lanka crush NZ

Published: Tuesday, July 31, 2001, 23:10 [IST]
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Bangalore: Sri Lanka ripped through the New Zealand heart to leave it bleeding through to its subsequent death at Sinhalese Sports Club on Tuesday in the seventh match of the Coca Cola triangular series. Sri Lanka won this the seventh match of the Coca Cola triangular by huge margin of 106 runs to book its berth for the final. The match was reduced to 36 overs each due to rain, which came down in the morning. New Zealand got off to the worst start ever possible - losing half (five wickets) of its team for just 18 runs on the board. Chaminda Vaas was the wrecker-in-chief, accounting for the first three of the Black Caps. McMillan then got out unnecessarily being run out at the non strikers end and in the very same over Astle departed when he edged Fernando to Gunawardene in the slips.Having amassed 221 in 36 overs, the Sri Lankans were spot on with the ball. The masterstroke was struck when Jayasuriya asked Fernando to partner Vaas with the new ball. Fernando bowled a lively opening spell having the New Zealanders hopping in their crease, which created a lot of pressure and did not make things easy for the Black caps with Vaas striking at the other end. Vaas first accounted for Sinclair when he had him trapped lbw and in the same over claimed his second scalp when he induced Oram to edge one to the slips to rock the New Zealand boat NZ at this stage two for three.A few overs later, he removed the New Zealand skipper caught at slips (Arnold) to have New Zealand at 16 for three. And the two wickets in one over that of McMillan and Astle plummeted the Black Caps to the depths.Nash and Harris, then, put on 39 runs before another disaster struck the Black caps losing three wickets on 57. First, Nash ran for a non-existent run to bring about his down fall and Dharmasena struck twice in one over - sending Parore and Vettori of consecutive deliveries. New Zealand 57 for eight in 23 overs.With the match virtually out of reach, New Zealand picked up a few more runs before Harris perished to leave New Zealand at 83 for nine and then the last pair of Tuffey and Mills struck a few lusty blows to eventually end up on 115 for nine.Earlier, opting to field New Zealand did not make the early inroads that it would have desired as Jayasuriya played his customary lofted shots to snatch away any early advantage the Black Caps might have sought. With fielding restrictions (maximum two outside the circle) brought down to ten overs Sri Lanka made rapid progress on a tightly bound surface that had a nice carry through. Jayasuriya perished in the sixth over caught at short fine-leg by Tuffey when he tried to flick Mills. He made a quick-fire 20 off 21 balls - Sri Lanka losing its first wicket for 32. Gunawardene and Kaluwitharana, then, went about accumulating the runs at a fair clip - Kaluwitharana, in particular, finding the ropes pretty consistently. Gunawardene, who has been out of sorts thus far- not as quick as he normally is off the block, struck a few boundaries to keep up the momentum. The partnership, which was threatening a complete take over, was stopped in its stride when Jacob Oram effected a brilliant run out - more in the Jonty fashion. The pair had put on 57 runs in 11 overs before Kaluwitharana was found short of his crease. Kaluwitharana made 25 of 36 deliveries. Twenty runs later Sri Lanka lost Gunawardene top edging Harris when he tried to turn Harris around his legs. Sinclair running from mid-wicket completed a fine catch running towards mid-on to put further breaks on Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka at this stage was 109 for three in the 21st over. But Jayawardene had other thoughts. This being a 36-over match, Sri Lanka could continue to play aggressively and Jayawardene in the company of Atapattu did exactly that putting up 56 runs in nine over. Both Jayawardene and Atapattu striking at close to a 100 per cent. Atapattu (34 off 39) perished in trying to heave Vettori in the slog overs. However, this did not slow the Sri Lankans down as Jayawardene let loose, clubbing the bowlers around to take Sri Lanka to a formidable position. Jayawardene who was struggling for runs thus far struck timely form; bringing up his fifty (in just 41 balls) in the process. The Sri Lankans went on a rampage after that finding the ropes with utter disdain. Jayawardenes hurricane innings (58 of 46) came to an end in his endeavour to press for more runs - he was caught by Nash in the deep off McMillan. Sri Lanka, however, at this stage was firmly in front at 108 for five in the 35th over. Sri Lanka finally finished with 221 for six in its reduced quota of 36 overs.

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