Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Sri Lanka Defeated New Zealand by 97 Runs in Compaq Cup 2009

After two back-to-back defeats in the twenty20 series to New Zealand, Sri Lanka has taken a sweet revenge by defeating the Kiwis by 97 runs in the first match of the tri-nation Compaq Cup 2009 tournament. Batting first, Sri Lanka could put on a modest total of 216 runs losing 7 wickets. Thilan Samaraweera’s second ODI century was the highlighted part of Sri Lankan innings. The 32-year-old middle order batsman played a magnificent innings of 104 off 124, hitting 10 boundaries. The only man Samaraweera got some supports from is Angelo Mathews whose well-played 60-ball 51 helped Sri Lanka to get past 200 runs. Shane Bond picked up 3 wickets, while Ian Butlet got 2 wickets.


Chasing a winning target of 217 runs, New Zealand never looked in control of the match as they started losing wicket from the very beginning. In fact, the Kiwis lost 3 wickets for 7 runs, and Sri Lankan pacers wicket up 6 New Zealand wickets by the time their score reaches at 41. The man who caused most damage to the visiting side is none other than pacer Lasith Malinga who hit thrice in the 19th over of New Zealand innings. Malinga finished with 4 wickets in his 6.1 overs. Samaraweera was awarded the man of the match award for his excellent century.


Next match of Compaq Cup will be held on 11 September between India and New Zealand. Each team will play against one another once in the group stage. Top two teams in terms of points achieved will face each other in the tournament final on 14 September 2009.


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