In a Virtual Quarter-Final game Sri Lanka beat New Zealand quite comfortably in low scoring game which was dominated by Rangana Herath in the 2nd innings helping to dismiss NZ for just 60 which meant Sri Lanka won the match by 59 runs and cruised to Semi Finals as Group topper.
Chasing a mere 120 runs to qualify for Semis, New Zealand looked like getting a good start as openers put on 18 in 3 over. Herath’s introducing into attack turned the match. Herath came in for Ajantha Mendis in this game bowled a dream spell. The first ball of the over Guptill got out due to a slight misunderstanding. Later over ended as wicket maiden as McCullum was stumped by Sangakkara. Second over of Herath again produce two wickets this time both in his tally as dismissed dangerous Taylor and Neesham in difference of two deliveries. This over was also a maiden. In the meantime announce meant over Anderson came that he couldn’t bat due to injuring his finger during fielding. Adding to their troubles, Herath again struck removing Ronchi in his 3rd over. Nathan McCullum fell to Senanayake in 10th over as New Zealand was reduced to 33/6 at halfway stage.
Williamson was doing a one man fight as no other batsman remained with him. Mills put on 18 with Williamson for the 7th wicket in 4 over’s as was dismissed to Senanayake. Herath was brought for his final over the 16th of the innings with 61 needed off 30. But Herath completed the innings as he picked up the final wicket of Boult after Williamson the New Zealand’s innings top scorer as well as the match’s also was run out. Given that Anderson can’t bat New Zealand had to end their innings for just 60.
Earlier New Zealand put Sri Lanka into bat after winning the toss. Kusal Perera as usually started aggressively hitting a six and two fours in the 8 balls he faced before falling to Boult edging to the keeper for 16. Dilshan scored his first boundary with the help of Dilscoop invented by him. Later he was dismissed to Boult trying to play another scoop but found the keeper in the middle. Will runs weren’t coming easily Sangakkara went to smash but found Anderson off Boult. They were struggling at 35/3 at end of mandatory powerplay.
Thirimanne and Jayawardene moved the things for Sri Lanka putting 30 in 31 balls for 4th wicket before Thirimanne fell to Neesham after scoring 20 off 21. Sri Lanka were realign after losing 3 wickets in 3 over starting with McClenaghan removing Mathews for just 6, Nathan McCullum sending back Jayawardene for 25 and McClenaghan picking another wicket of Kulasekara who got out for duck. Sri Lanka was 93/7 at end of 16 overs. But a late blitz from Thisara and Senanayake put on 24 off just 14 balls before Perera got out for 16. After his exit they could only play 6 more deliveries as they ended at 119 with 4 more balls remaining in the innings.
Player of the Match: HMRKB Herath (Sri Lanka) – (3.3-0-3-5)
Scorecard: Sri Lanka: 119/10 in 19.2 over’s (DPMD Jayawardene 25, HDRL Thirimanne 20; TA Boult 3/20, JDS Neesham 3/22) defeated New Zealand: 60/10 in 15.3 over’s (KS Williamson 43, MJ Guptill 5; HMRKB Herath 5/3, SMSM Senanayake 3/3) by 59 runs.