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Sri Lanka V New Zealand 2011 Cricket World Cup: Live Stream and Match Preview

Semi-final time and New Zealand will want to cause a major upset by defeating the much-fancied Sri Lanka.

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Start time: 09.00

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Venue: R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo

Team News

Sri Lanka: Upul Tharanga, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Thilan Samaraweera, Chamara Silva, Angelo Mathews, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Kulasekara, Ajantha Mendis, Murali Muralidaran.

Nuwan Kulasekara will return to add more pace to the line-up, replacing spinner Rangana Herath with no other changes necessary after their thrashing of England.

New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Brendon McCullum, Jesse Ryder, Ross Taylor, Kane Williamson, Scott Styris, James Franklin, Daniel Vettori, Jacob Oram, Tim Southee, Daryl Tuffey.

Either Luke Woodcock or Daryl Tuffey will replace the injured Hamish Bennett with the selectors taking a gamble on inexperience (Woodcock) or a lack of match fitness (Tuffey).

Prediction

Sri Lanka have played three times so far in the tournament on this ground and have not lost, giving them the experience of the conditions.

They played the Kiwi’s earlier on in the competition and thrashed them by 112 runs giving them the psychological edge too.

New Zealand have been the underdogs in every game they have played but by beating South Africa they will go into the match with respect and confidence.

An improved batting display is required from the All Blacks to avenge the group-stage defeat but will need to play the spinners a lot better.

Sri Lanka are massive favourites but New Zealand thrive on being the underdog. The Kiwi’s to edge it.

Key Men

Kumar Sangakkara – After being able to watch his star openers dismantle England’s bowling attack, the captain will comeback refreshed. With an average of 121 so far he is in great form and is a dangerous weapon with the bat in his hand.

Ross Taylor – The powerful middle-order star of the Kiwi’s batting line-up. Has a strike-rate of 90 and has hit 14 sixes in the tournament – the most by any individual.

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