Thursday, September 20, 2007
Australia have defeated Sri Lanka by ten wickets in the Super 8 stage of the 2007 ICC World Twenty20 at Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town, South Africa.
The result qualifies Australia for the semi-finals, while Sri Lanka are eliminated from the tournament.
Australia's bowlers dismissed Sri Lanka for just 101 runs. Three wickets fell in the first three overs while Stuart Clark took 4-20. Jehan Mubarak and Kumar Sangakkara were Sri Lanka's top scorers with 28 and 22 runs respectively, while Chaminda Vaas scored 21. However it was not enough to post a competitive total for Sri Lanka, who were bowled out in the final over having scored at a rate of just over five runs an over.
Adam Gilchrist scored 31 not out and Matthew Hayden scored 58 not out as Australia cruised to victory without losing a wicket. They reached the target in just over ten overs to ensure progression to the semi-finals.
Toss: Australia won, and chose to field first.
Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Jayasuriya, 0.3 ov), 2-9 (Tharanga, 1.6 ov), 3-11 (Jayawardene, 2.4 ov), 4-21 (Silva, 5.3 ov), 5-30 (Dilshan, 7.3 ov), 6-43 (Sangakkara, 9.3 ov), 7-43 (Maharoof, 9.5 ov), 8-83 (Mubarak, 16.2 ov), 9-99 (Vaas, 18.5 ov), 10-101 (Fernando, 19.3 ov)
Did not bat: B J Hodge, A Symonds, M E K Hussey, M J Clarke, S R Watson, B Lee, M G Johnson, N W Bracken, S R Clark
Australia: A C Gilchrist (capt, wkt), M L Hayden, B J Hodge, A Symonds, M E K Hussey, M J Clarke, S R Watson, B Lee, M G Johnson, N W Bracken, S R Clark
Sri Lanka: W U Tharanga, S T Jayasuriya, K C Sangakkara (wkt), D P M D Jayawardene (capt), L P C Silva, T M Dilshan, J Mubarak, M F Maharoof, W P U J C Vaas, C R D Fernando, S L Malinga
Man of the Match: S R Clark (Australia)
Umpires: Asad Rauf (Pakistan) and I L Howell (South Africa)TV Umpire: A L Hill (New Zealand)Match Referee: M J Procter (South Africa)Reserve Umpire: M Erasmus (South Africa)
== Sources ==
"ICC World Twenty20 22nd Match, Group F: Australia v Sri Lanka at Cape Town" — Cricinfo, September 20 2007
"Australia power into semi-finals" — BBC Sport, September 20 2007