Sri Lanka send Aussies crashing out

Published: Tuesday, June 9, 2009, 8:31 [IST]
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Australia make a shocking WT20 exit

Trent Bridge: Kumar Sangakkara and Tillakaratne Dilshan hit brilliant half-centuries as Sri Lanka sent Australia packing from the World Twenty20 with a six-wicket win.

Australians need a win in this match to stay alive in the tournament but Sri Lankans overall performance have hammered Aussies and kicked them out of the tournament.

Chasing 160 for victory, Dilshan gave a dream start to Islanders as he scored 53 off 32 balls. After Dilshan's departure , Skipper Sangakkara took the charge and played a captain"s knock of 55 runs off 42 balls. Dilshan was entirely unfazed and quickly reeled off 10 boundaries against Australia's pace-oriented attack. Sangakkara hit four fours and two successive sixes off Nathan Hauritz on his way to a spectacular half century.

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Mendis removed both men in quick succession, bowling Ponting in the fifth over, then trapping Watson in the seventh.

Australia hammered 65 runs in the last five overs to set Sri Lanka a victory target of eight runs an over.

Sangakkara was declared man of the match.


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