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Pietersen edges one to take South Africa home
MALINGA INSPIRES AT THE DEATH WITH FOUR WICKETS IN FOUR BALLS, THOUGH SOUTH AFRICA SCRAP HOME BY ONE WICKET
Match 2: Sri Lanka vs. South Africa.
Lanka batted first.
Sri Lanka 209 all out in 49.3overs (T Dilshan 58, R Arnold 50, C Langeveldt: 10-39-5;Ntini: 8-26-2;Hall:9-33-1) lost to South Africa 212/9 in 48.2 overs (G Smith 59,J Kallis 86,Malinga: 9.2-54- 4;Murali: 10-31-3)
Even as West Indies was surrendering to Australia’s mammoth total, South Africa restricted Sri Lanka to 209, with some diligent medium-pace bowling by Charles Langeveldt and Andrew Hall. South Africa was 206/5 with four runs to win in the 45th over.
The 46th over, Vass bowls five dot balls to Kallis, who takes a single off the last ball only to be caught behind off Malinga in the first ball of the 47th.
The 49th over, it is Malinga to Langeveldt again, who takes a single. Left handed R Peterson edges the next past slip to a lucky boundary, in part celebration and hysteria he almost falls over the non-strikers stumps as the team celebrate. But in the end, it seems Sri Lanka go stronger to the next match, because they went down fighting. In courageous defeat is victory? We will know soon in case of Sri Lanka.
LARA FIGHTS LONE BATTLE AGAISNT GAINT AUSSIE TOTAL
Australia 322(M Hayden 158,Powell: 10-53-2; Bravo: 7-49-2) beat West Indies 219 (B Lara 77, D Ramdin 52, McGrath: 10-31-3; Hogg: 10-56-3; Tait7।3-43-2) all-out in 45.3 overs.
West Indies would have wanted to restrict the defending champions below 300, and it was the ground fielding that failed them at crucial moments. Australia was placed at 76/1, when Ramnaresh Sarwan ran out Ricky Pointing by a direct hit at the non-strikers end. Micheal Clarke came in and gave at least half-a-dozen run out chances to the host team who failed to capitalise.
Sarwan had a chance to hold a Hayden hit after he reached his century at deep long off but misjudged it. The rain came down and the West Indians began their chase the next .In no time, they were 20/3 with Chanderpaul, Gayle and Samuels .
TheWest Indies have no respite, they have another big match against New Zealand the next day. Lara complains of the scheduling, but there is nothing he can change. Australia are almost through to the semi-finals, looking more ominous, this was their sixth consecutive above 300 score in one day matches.
SUBDUED WEST INDIES LOSE TO NEW ZEALAND
Match 3: West Indies vs. New Zealand. March 29. The effect of a third day on the field shows on the host nation to lose by seven wickets.
West Indies -177 all out in 44.4 overs (B Lara 37, Gayle 44, Bond: 8.4-31-3; Oram: 8-23-3; Vettori: 9.1-39-3) lost to New Zealand 179/3 in 39.2 overs (S Styris 80 not out, S Fleming 45, C McMillan 33 not out, Powell: 10-39-2)
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