Stats and details for 1st WCup semifinal

Tempers flared in the quarterfinal between New Zealand and South

Africa last week and it may be a sign that this will be the World

Cup where the Kiwis mean business. The match was notable, not just

for the remarkable result when the Kiwis bumped the 3/1 favorites

out of the tournament, but because Daniel Vettori and several other

New Zealand players became involved in a heated exchange which led

to the match referee fining three players.

This is New Zealand’s sixth World Cup semifinal in 10

tournaments and they have yet to win one.

New Zealand have only won one piece of silverware in a World

tournament and that was in October 2000 when they beat India in the

ICC Champions Trophy final in Nairobi.

As England discovered in their quarterfinal Sri Lanka is tough

to beat at home. In 180 ODIs played in Sri Lanka, the home side

have won 113, lost 51 with 16 no results, which equates to winning

68.9 percent of completed matches.

Previous World Cups:

New Zealand have played in five semifinals in nine previous

World Cups and lost every time:

In 1975 West Indies won by five wickets.

In 1979 England won by nine runs.

In 1992 Pakistan won by four wickets.

In 1999 Pakistan won by nine wickets.

In 2007 Sri Lanka won by 81 runs.

Sri Lanka have reached semifinals on three occasions:

In 1996 they won by default against India following a crowd

riot. Match referee Clive Lloyd took the teams off for 15 minutes

with India needing a near-impossible 132 from 15.5 overs with two

wickets remaining and then abandoned the game when a restart led to

more bottle throwing.

In 2003 Australia won by 48 runs (D/L).

In 2007 Sri Lanka won by 81 runs. Sri Lanka batted first at

Kingston scoring 289-5, with Mahela Jayawardene making an unbeaten

115 and helping to add 102 off the last ten overs. New Zealand were

bowled out for 208, with Muralitharan taking 4-31.

Head to head

ODIs: Played 73; NZ 35, Sri Lanka 33, Tied 1 NR 4

In Sri Lanka: Played 19; NZ 5, Sri Lanka 12, NR 2

In World Cup matches: Played 8; NZ 3, Sri Lanka 5.

New Zealand have not beaten Sri Lanka in a World Cup match since

1992 in Hamilton.

In Colombo: Played 7; NZ 1, Sri Lanka 5, NR 1.

Sri Lanka have won the last five encounters since 1992-93. New

Zealand’s only victory was in April 1986.

New Zealand last played Sri Lanka in an ODI at Premadasa Stadium

in a triangular tournament in September 2009. Sri Lanka made 216-7

with Thilan Samaraweera scoring 104. Lasith Malinga took 4-28 as

New Zealand were bowled out under lights for 119 in 36.1 overs.

The last time these two sides met in an ODI was earlier in this

tournament at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai on March 18. Sri Lanka made

265-9 and Kumar Sangakkara top-scored with 111. New Zealand were

153 all out. Muralitharan took 4-25.

Premadasa Stadium, Colombo

Sri Lanka has won 50 of its 82 ODIs on this ground, winning

60.98 percent of matches, losing 26 games, with six no results.

New Zealand has won three of its 11 games there, two against Sri

Lanka and one against India. The Black Caps have lost five games to

Sri Lanka and one to India and there have been two no results.

The average first innings score in floodlit games is 234.

In floodlit games 46 out of 71 completed games have been won by

the side batting first.

Jesse Ryder has scored two second ball ducks there.

Star player – New Zealand

Tim Southee is the leading wicket-taker for New Zealand in this

World Cup with 15 wickets at 17. He has taken some big-name wickets

in the tournament: Tillakaratne Dilshan for three, Mohammad Hafeez

for five, Kamran Akmal for eight, Ricky Ponting for 12 and

Jayawardene for 66.

In last week’s quarterfinal, with South Africa needing 222 and

cruising to victory at 108/2 in the 24th over, he dismissed Jacques

Kallis for 47, who fell to a stunning catch by Jacob Oram in the

deep, which started a procession of the remaining batsmen for 64

runs.

Star player – Sri Lanka

Muttiah Muralitharan limped from the ground during Sri Lanka’s

quarterfinal against England, but with a maximum of two matches

before he retires he will be desperate to play for the last time in

front of an adoring home crowd. His international tally stands at

1345 wickets at 22.84 from 493 matches. He has bowled 63,024 balls

at an economy rate of 2.92 and strike rate of 46.8. He has taken

more wickets at Premadasa than at any other ground in Sri Lanka

with 73 wickets at 26.47 from 56 games.

Openers

Together Tillakaratne Dilshan and Upul Tharanga are Sri Lanka’s

third most prolific opening partnership. They have added an

aggregate of 2,023 runs at an average of 65.26 for the first

wicket.

In their seven matches together in this tournament they have

added a World Cup record 743 runs at 123.83, with 2 x 100 and 3 x

50 opening stands.

By comparison Martin Guptill and Brendon McCullum have added 353

in seven matches at 70.60, with 1 x 100 and 2 x 50 opening

partnerships.

Decisions, decisions

The New Zealand vs South Africa quarterfinal was the first and

only match of the tournament when neither side asked for a review.

The umpires were Aleem Dar and Rod Tucker. In the quarterfinals no

decisions were overturned on review.

For this match Steve Davis and Aleem Dar will be the on-field

umpires. In the group stages Davis had one of his six reviewed

decisions overturned and Dar none of his eight.

So far in the tournament New Zealand have had one out of 11

decisions altered on review and Sri Lanka one out of eight.

Milestones

Kumar Sangakkara needs 111 for 1,000 and Jayawardene needs 129

for 1,000 runs in the World Cup. Whoever gets there first will be

the third Sri Lankan and 14th batsman in world cricket. Sanath

Jayasuriya and Aravinda de Silva are the other two Sri Lankans.

Muralitharan needs six wickets to overtake Glenn McGrath’s

record 71 wickets in World Cups from 39 games. Murali currently has

66 wickets at 19 from 38 matches.