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Herath's magical spell of 5 for 3 guides SL into semi-final

CHITTAGONG: Sri Lanka has cruised past into the semi-final of World T20 with a commanding victory by 59 runs over New Zealand on Monday, ARY News reported.

Chasing a small target of 120, New Zealand’s batting badly collapsed. Four of their batsmen Brendon McCullum, Ross Taylor, Jimmy Neesham and Mitchell McClenaghan went out for duck (0).

Kane Williamson is the only Kiwi’s batsmen to score something respectable. He made 42 off 43 hitting 6 fours.

Sri Lankan spinner Rangana Herath’s five-wicket haul booked New Zealand at 60 runs in 15.3 over.

Earlier, skipper of New Zealand Brendon McCullum chose to bowl in the virtual quarter-final in Chittagong, expecting dew to form later in the evening though it had not arrived.

Sri Lanka batting first wasn’t able to post good but a combined performance by Sri Lanka allowed them to reach 119.

Kusal Perera (16), Mahela Jayawardene (25), Lahiru Thirimanne (20), Thisara Perera (16) and Sachithra Senyanayake 17 off 11 helped Sri Lanka to achieve 100 plus in the virtual quarter-final. 

Following Sri Lanka’s victory India will face South Africa in the second semi-final on Apirl 4 while the first semi-final will be played between Sri Lanka and winner of tomorrow’s game i.e., Pakistan – West Indies.

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