Sri Lanka cut Kiwis into bits, walk into semis

Published: Wednesday, June 17, 2009, 8:05 [IST]
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Sri Lanka crush sorry Kiwis

Trent Bridge: Sri Lanka thrashed New Zealand by 48 runs and stormed into the semi finals of Twenty 20 World Cup at Trent Bridge.

Spinner Ajantha Mendis claimed 3-9 in three overs as the Kiwis collapsed to 110 all out in reply to their opponents' total of 158-5.

It was a horrible batting performance from New Zealand batsmen with just three batsmen -- Martin Guptill (43 off 34 balls), Aaron Redmond (23) and Brendon McCullum (10) -- managing double figures as their last eight wickets fell for just 48 runs.


Earlier electing to bat, Mahela Jayawardene struck an unbeaten 41 while Tillakaratne Dilshan's made a classy 48 to help Sri Lanka post 158 for five on the board.

Defending the total, Sri Lankan skipper Kumar Sangakkara's experiment to start with Sanath Jayasuriya did not really click as Redmond got New Zealand off to a flier, picking up 14 runs of the third over.

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Redmond punished Jayasuriya for three successive boundaries and then followed it up with a six over long-off.

But Isuru Udana struck gold in the next over, getting the crucial wicket of McCullum, caught by Jehan Mubarak.


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