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SL dismiss NZ for 217 in semi

Colombo, Sri Lanka – New Zealand were all out for 217 off 48.5 overs against Sri Lanka in the first ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 semi-final at the R Premadasa Stadium on Tuesday.

The topscore came from veteran allrounder Scott Styris, who made 57 from 77 balls, while opener Martin Gupril made 39 from 65 balls.

The best bowlers for Sri Lanka were speedster Lasith Malinga, who took 3-55 from nine overs, and slow bowler Ajantha Mendis who ended the innings with 3-35 from 9.5 overs.

New Zealand bat first against Sri Lanka

Colombo, Sri Lanka – New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori won the toss and elected to bat against Sri Lanka in the first World Cup semi-final at the R Premadasa Stadium, on Tuesday.

Sri Lanka named an unchanged team from the line-up who beat England in the quarter-finals. Off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan was declared fit to play despite suffering from a bruised knee and a hamstring injury in the lead-up to the match.

Openers power SL in semi-finals

Colombo, Sri Lanka – Openers Tillakaratne Dilshan and Upul Tharanga powered Sri Lanka to a superb victory by 10 wickets over England in their ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 quarter-final.

Playing on Saturday at the R Premadasa Stadium, the right-handed Dilshan (108 not out) and the left-handed Tharanga (102 not out) both notched up their second centuries in the tournament and with it their second double-hundred opening partnership.

Oram a hero as Kiwis stun Proteas

Dhaka, Bangladesh – New Zealand pulled off a major upset as they beat South Africa on Friday by knocking the form team out of the World Cup in the quarter-finals.

South Africa have now lost all five of their knockout matches since they first played at the tournament in 1992 while underdogs New Zealand advanced to the semi-finals for the sixth time.

Yuvraj stars as India humble Aussies

Ahmedabad, India – India sparked wild celebrations among its billion plus fans after ending Australia’s remarkable 12-year reign as World Cup champions with a thrilling five-wicket win in the quarter-finals.

Chasing 261 for victory, India fumbled and faltered but half-centuries from Sachin Tendulkar (53), Gautam Gambhir (50) and Yuvraj Singh (57 not out) eventually helped them to overwhelm the target with 14 balls to spare and set up a much-anticipated semi-final with Pakistan.

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