Twenty20 World Cup 2014: Sri Lanka Demolish New Zealand by 59 Runs; Rangana Herath Steals the Show with Superb Spells

April 01 16:52 2014

srilanka1Bangladesh, Tuesday, April 1 – Each and every match of a big tournament like Twenty20 World Cup 2014 is important. Cricket history has many evidences that show a slightly lower average has made a lot of teams to be out of the contest. At the present, 20-20 matches are into an interesting phase. A single defeat might change the entire equation of the match within short span of time and the same happened in the lately played contests.

Chasing the target set by teams batting first is turning out difficult for several squads in ICC World T20 competition. Last week, South Africa won a nail-biting contest against New Zealand by a couple of runs, West Indies beat host Bangladesh at Shere Bangla National Cricket Stadium from a major difference of 73 runs and India crushed Australia also by 73 runs. Story was nearly same on Monday as well when Sri Lanka thrashed New Zealand by 59 runs, ending their hopes to qualify for the semi-finals.

Audience at Chittagong Divisional Stadium, Chittagong, witnessed a good contest between bat and ball when entire Sri Lankan team crumbled in 19.2 overs. Score of 119 was no where sufficient to defend, however their potential playing 11 successfully did that and gave a halt to Kiwis journey in the tournament.

New Zealand won the toss, which was crucial in several regards, and elected to bowl first. The decision seemed right as Kiwi bowlers made K Perera (16 runs of 8 balls) and Tillakaratne Mudiyanselage Dilshan (8 runs of 11 balls) to walk back to the pavilion within 25 minutes of time. Though M Jayawardene provided a little stability and hit 25 runs after facing 32 balls, yet he succumbed early when Nathan Leslie McCullum delivered a beautiful spell.

Kumar Sangakkara failed to contribute much and departed after scoring 4 runs only. Left-handed Lahiru Thirimanne made its team score graph to go slightly up by adding 20 runs before throwing his wicket to J Neesham. T Perera and 29 year old Sachithra Senanayake played innings of 16 and 17 runs, respectively. However, dismissal of Lasith Maliga at zero let all hopes down. R Herath remained not out till the end.

Despite the fact that target was not too hard to chase, players in Black Caps did not succeed to have a solid start. Both Martin James Guptill (5 runs of 9 balls) and Kane Williamson, who alone stood firm in the midst of the mayhem, were run out victims. The 42-run knock by 23 year old Williamson enlighten optimism that Kiwis might not surrender so easily in front of Sri Lankan bowlers, but vice-versa happened after his dismissal. B McCullum, Ross Taylor and Neesham were the three batsmen who lost their precious wickets on zero to Herath.

Trauma was not over for New Zealand as Ronchi, N McCullum, Mills and Boult were out at 2, 2, 4 and 3 runs, respectively. But this time, it became apparent that Kiwis are not going to bounce back in any case. McClenaghan and Anderson were at 0 apiece. 36 year old Herath stole the show by getting his pace back, which may be vital in remaining matches.

In today’s face off, Bangladesh will contend against Australia. Though there is no chance for both the teams to be through to the semis, yet it would be a show to entertain fans who would love to see a thrilling contest between the two teams.