Saturday 15 September 2007 

Jayasuriya Fireworks Help Sri Lanka Beat New Zealand

A typically belligerent half-century from Sanath Jayasuriya helped Sri Lanka take a seven-wicket victory over New Zealand in the penultimate World Twenty20 group match in Johannesburg.

Chasing a target of 165, Jayasuriya, who hit 61 from 44 balls, and Upul Tharanga (35 from 18) got their side off to the perfect start.

Good bowling from Scott Styris (1-16) and Dan Vettori (2-23) pegged things back, but they were undone by sloppy fielding, with Jayasuriya being dropped twice in two balls by Shane Bond, and the arrival of Mahela Jayawardene at the crease, who smashed 35 from 18 balls.

Earlier, Ross Taylor was the star of New Zealand's innings, hitting 62 from 42 balls although no-one else could stay with him although Jacob Oram (33 from 20 balls) hit some lusty blows at the end.

Sri Lanka bowled well throughout, with Dilhara Fernando picking up 2 for 31 although Gayan Wijekoon was expensive, disappearing for 50 for one wicket in his four overs.

Both sides had already qualified for the Super Eight stage of the competition.

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