Herath Bowls Sri Lanka Into Final Four

Rangana Herath took a five-for to see Sri Lanka into the semi-finals as they dismissed New Zealand for 60 runs to record a 59 run victory in their ICC World Twenty20 Group 1 encounter on Monday.  The New Zealanders won the toss and chose to bowl at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong.  The Sri Lankans got off to a slow start and lost the early wickets of Kusal Perera (16) who edged one to Luke Ronchi, Tillakaratne Dilshan (8) and Kumar Sangakkara (4) with their score on 35/3.

Mahela Jayawardene and Lahiru Thirimanne steadied the innings taking the Islanders to 65/3 before he departed for 20.  Angelo Mathews joined Jayawardene at the crease but only managed six.  Jayawardene departed shortly after being castled by Nathan McCullum (1-8).

The wickets began to tumble with Sri Lanka losing Nuwan Kulasekera (0), Thisara Perera (16) Sachithra Senanayake (17) and their stand in captain Lasith Malinga (0) was the last to go with his side ending their innings 119 all out.  The Black Caps lost two quick wickets when a moment of miscommunication saw Martin Guptil run out for just five and their captain Brendon McCullum (0) stumped by Sangakkara without scoring leaving their side on 18/2.  Herath dismantled the Kiwis, removing Ross Taylor (0), Jimmy Neesham and Ronchi with the Kiwis in trouble at 29/5.

Kane Williamson watched as the wickets continued to fall around him as Kyle Mills departed for four leaving the New Zealanders on 51/7 requiring 69 runs off 39 balls.  He soon departed run out by Mathews for 42 with his side on 60/8.  Herath completed his five wicket haul with the wicket of Trent Boult (3) with New Zealand ending 60 all out due to the injury to Corey Anderson.  The Lankan Lions ran out winners by 59 runs and qualified for the semi-finals alongside South Africa from this group.  The man of the match award went to Rangana Herath for his exceptional spell with the ball ending with figures of 5-3.