Colombo, March 29: The facts and figures between Sri Lanka and New Zealand speak volumes about their chances of pulling off a semi-final victory in the World Cup 2011. Here's a quick look at what the stats have to say...
Head to head
ODIs: Played 73; NZ 35, Sri Lanka 33, Tied 1 NR 4
In Sri Lanka: Played 19; NZ 5, Sri Lanka 12, NR 2
In World Cup matches: Played 8; NZ 3, Sri Lanka 5.
New Zealand have not beaten Sri Lanka in a World Cup match since 1992 in Hamilton.
In Colombo: Played 7; NZ 1, Sri Lanka 5, NR 1.
Sri Lanka have won the last five encounters since 1992-93. New Zealand's only victory was in April 1986.
At Premadasa Stadium, Colombo -
Sri Lanka has won 50 of its 82 ODIs on this ground, winning 60.98 per cent of matches, losing 26 games, with six no results.
New Zealand has won three of its 11 games here, two against Sri Lanka and one against India. The Kiwis have lost five games to Sri Lanka and one to India and there have been two no results.
The average first innings score in floodlit games is 234.
In floodlit games 46 out of 71 completed games have been won by the side batting first.
New Zealand batsman Jesse Ryder has scored two second ball ducks here.
Star players - New Zealand
Tim Southee is the leading wicket-taker for New Zealand in this World Cup with 15 wickets. He has taken some big-name wickets in the tournament: Tillakaratne Dilshan for 3, Mohammad Hafeez for 5, Kamran Akmal for 8, Ricky Ponting for 12 and Jayawardene for 66.
In last week's quarterfinal, with South Africa needing 222 and cruising to victory at 108/2 in the 24th over, he dismissed Jacques Kallis for 47, who fell to a stunning catch by Jacob Oram in the deep, which triggered a protracted decline for 64 runs.
Star player - Sri Lanka
Muttiah Muralitharan internationally wickets tally stands at 1345 wickets at 22.84 from 493 matches. He has bowled 63,024 balls at an economy rate of 2.92 and strike rate of 46.8. He has taken more wickets at Premadasa than at any other ground in Sri Lanka with 73 wickets at 26.47 from 56 games.
Together Tillakaratne Dilshan and Upul Tharanga are Sri Lanka's third most prolific opening partnership. They have added an aggregate of 2,023 runs at an average of 65.26 for the first wicket. In their seven matches together in this tournament they have added a World Cup record 743 runs at 123.83, with 2 x 100 and 3 x 50 opening stands.
In comparison, Martin Guptill and Brendon McCullum have put on 353 in seven matches at 70.60, with 1 x 100 and 2 x 50 opening partnerships.
*Kumar Sangakkara requires 111 and Jayawardene, 129 to reach 1,000 runs in the World Cup. Sanath Jayasuriya and Aravinda de Silva are the two Sri Lankans who have already reached the milestone.
*Muralitharan requires six wickets to overtake Glenn McGrath's record 71 wickets in World Cups from 39 games. Murali currently has 66 wickets from 38 matches.