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Herath Bowls Sri Lanka Into Semi-Finals

Rangana Herath
Rangana Herath took five wickets to bowl Sri Lanka into the semi-finals
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Sri Lanka 119 (Boult 3-20, Neesham 3-22) beat
New Zealand 60 (Herath 5-3) by 59 runs
ICC World Twenty20 2014 Group One, Chittagong

Rangana Herath returned extraordinary figures of five wickets for three runs to bowl Sri Lanka into the semi-finals of the ICC World Twenty20 with a 59-run thrashing of New Zealand.

After Sri Lanka were bowled out for what looked like a modest score of 119, New Zealand crashed to be all out for 60 in reply.

42 of those runs came from the bat of Kane Williamson as left-arm spinner Rangana Herath returned the third best figures in Twenty20 International history.

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Trent Boult and Jimmy Neesham had earlier taken three wickets apiece before they were completely upstaged by Sri Lanka, who will now play the winner of tomorrow's match between Pakistan and the West Indies in the semi-final.

Mahela Jayawardene (25), Lahiru Thrimanne (20) and Sachithra Senanayake (17) top scored for Sri Lanka as New Zealand put in a superb effort with the ball, having decided to bowl first.

Mitchell McClenaghan took two for 24, Kyle Mills one for 30 and Nathan McCullum, who bowled Jayawardene, one for eight.

New Zealand's innings then followed a similar pattern to that of Australia's against India and England's against the Netherlands as player after player lost their wickets cheaply.

Williamson stood firm at one end making 42 in 43 balls before he was run out to leave New Zealand 60 for eight.

And when Boult was caught by Jayawardene off Herath for three, with Corey Anderson unable to bat due to a hand injury picked up in the field, New Zealand were all out for the third lowest T20I score and the lowest by a Full Member.

Herath, whose bowling analysis read 3.3-2.3-5, was backed up by Senanayake, who took two for three in three overs.

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