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Sri Lanka in World Cup Final

The first semi final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 is won by Sri Lanka against New Zealand and confirmed their place in the finals of the Cricket World Cup. Sri Lanka will play the final match on April 2nd at the Wankhede stadium, Mumbai with the winners of the second semi final match that will be played tomorrow i.e., either India or Pakistan.

Coming into the details of today’s match, New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat first. McCullum opened with Guptill for New Zealand and McCullum started off well hitting a four and a six in his 13 runs but soon got out to Herath. Guptill (39 runs of 65 balls), Taylor (36 runs of 55 balls), Styris (57 runs of 77 balls) and Williamson (22 of 16 balls) were the players for the Kiwis to contribute with the bat. Muralitharan playing his last World Cup match in front of the home crowd ended up taking a wicket in his last ball of 10 overs that he bowled. Lasith Malinga and Ajanta Mendis took three wickets each and played a major role in restricting the black caps for reasonably low score.

Sri Lanka who batting has been very consistent through out the tournament once again opened its batting very well with Tharanga taking the charge. He looked to be really dangerous all the time he is at the crease but later got out for 30 runs from 31 balls. Dilshan and Sangakkarra played exceptionally well and scored 73 and 54. Sri Lanka lost quick wickets at one stage and looked to be feeling the pressure but with a courageous batting from Samaraweera and Mathews they made their home safe and booked their berth in the final match at Mumbai on April 2nd, 2011.

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