Thursday 20 September 2007 

Australia Seal Semi-Final Berth With Easy Win

Australia turned in a ruthless performance to beat Sri Lanka by ten wickets and book their semi-final place in their Super Eight match in Cape Town.

Electing to bowl first, all their bowlers fired, with Stuart Clark taking four for 20 as Sri Lanka were bowled out for just 101. Jehan Mubarak top scored with 28 as he and Chaminda Vaas (21) put on 40 for the eighth wicket after Sri Lanka had slumped to 43 for 7.

As ever, Australia's fielding was almost flawless - Brad Hodge dropped Kumar Sangakkara at cover, but Michael Clarke took a stunning one-handed catch to dismiss Farveez Maharoof as any number of Sri Lankan batsman offered simple chances which were gratefully accepted.

Nathan Bracken took two for 14 and Brett Lee 2 for 27 and there was a wicket each for Shane Watson and Andrew Symonds.

102 proved no problem for openers Adam Gilchrist and Matthew Hayden, with Hayden registering another half-century, and moving to the top of the runs chart for the tournament as the runs were knocked off in 10.2 overs.

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