WC 2003 - Today was my day, I put the ball in the right spot: Vaas

Published: Saturday, March 1, 2003, 8:40 [IST]
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Sri Lanka's man-of-the-match Chaminda Vaas celebrates the fall of Ridley Jacobs' wicketCape Town: West Indian batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan rose from a hospital bed and played a heroic last-ditch innings, but failed to prevent Sri Lanka from scoring a six-run win in the World Cup on Friday.Sri Lanka, stunned by Kenya earlier in the week, has 16 points with a game in hand against hosts South Africa at Durban on Monday."After losing to Kenya, we talked to the boys and decided to have a go," Jayasuriya said."There was a lot of pressure in this game, it was really hard for me. But we played well and pulled it off."West Indian captain Carl Hooper believed his side still had a chance to move into the second round despite the defeat."We've got Kenya and we'll wait and see," he said. "We gave it a fair shot, we lost, we've no complaints."I thought to restrict them to 228 was a good effort. The way Sarwan played showed there was nothing wrong with the conditions. The ball did a little bit, but not anymore than it did in the day.Vaas, later named man-of-the-match, finished with four wickets to lead the bowlers tally in the tournament with 14."I've been working with the bowling coach at home and have got my swing back," he said. "Today was my day. I put the ball in the right spot."Vaas took two early wickets, dismissing Wavell Hinds for two and Brian Lara for one in a seven-over opening spell, then came back to end a promising partnership between Chris Gayle and Shivnarine Chanderpaul.Vaas trapped Gayle leg before wicket for 55. Three balls later he had Ridley Jacobs caught behind for nought. Copyright AFP 2001

A stitch in time and a heroic Sarwan fail to save WI
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