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ICC World Twenty20: Sri Lanka take on New Zealand for a semifinal spot

Lasith Malinga, left, and Thisara Perera attend a training session ahead of their Twenty20 Cricket World Cup semi-final against New Zealand in Chittagong. (AP) Lasith Malinga, left, and Thisara Perera attend a training session ahead of their Twenty20 Cricket World Cup semi-final against New Zealand in Chittagong. (AP)
By: Press Trust of India | Chittagong | Posted: March 30, 2014 7:53 pm

A semifinal spot at stake, Sri Lanka and New Zealand take on each other in a virtual knock-out match of the ICC World Twenty20 on Monday.

Sri Lanka and New Zealand are on four points each from three games and the winner of Monday’s Super 10 match at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium will decide which side will join South Africa in the semifinals from Group 1.

South Africa have finished their Super 10 engagements and have qualified for the semifinals with six points from four matches.

Sri Lanka came into the World Twenty20 high on confidence after winning the Asia Cup and then they recorded two consecutive wins comfortably — against South Africa and minnows the Netherlands.

The win against the Netherlands was the shortest successful run chase ever in Twenty20 Internationals, having completed in just five overs after the Dutch scored just 39.

Sri Lanka, however, lost their next match against England by six wickets in a high-scoring match here with their bowlers failing to stop Alex Hales from scoring 116 from just 64 balls.

The Lankans would look to return to winnings ways against New Zealand on Monday and book a semifinal berth but they will have to come up with an improved bowling show.

All the Lankan bowlers were expensive in their loss against England and they cannot afford to do so against a New Zealand side which have the likes of captain Brendon McCullum, Ross Taylor and Corey Anderson.

New Zealand won one (against England under D/L method in a rain-shortened match) and lost one tight match (against South Africa) and then thrashed minnows the Netherlands and they would be looking to seal a semifinal spot against Sri Lanka tomorrow.

But it is their bowling which has hurt the Stuart Broad-led side badly in the tournament.

While Sri Lanka scored 189 against England, South Africa batsmen smashed the English bowlers to all parts of the ground
to post 196 last night.

But come Monday, Broad would be hoping for an improved showing from his bowlers against Netherlands to at least end
their campaign on a positive note.

But England can’t afford to take Netherlands lightly as after suffering one of the heaviest T20 defeats in their opening group match against Sri Lanka, the Dutchmen lifted their spirits to produce commendable performances against South Africa and New Zealand.

The Netherlands gave South Africa a mighty scare before falling short by just six runs.

The Netherlands then came out with a impressive batting performance against New Zealand to score 151 for four but it was not enough to register a victory.

And come Monday, it won’t be a surprise to see another gutsy performance from the Dutchmen and England would be fully aware of that.

Teams (from):

England: Stuart Broad (Capt), Eoin Morgan, Moeen Ali, Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan, Jos Buttler, Jade Dernbach, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Craig Kieswetter, Michael Lumb, Stephen Parry, James Tredwell, Chris Woakes.

Netherlands: Peter Borren (Capt), Wesley Barresi, Mudassar Bukhari, Ben Cooper, Tom Cooper, Tom continued…

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