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Match No 47 – First Semi Finals

New Zealand won the toss in this game providing the 19th occasion of a team winning the toss in the semi finals of the world cup.

New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat in this game to provide the tenth occasion of a team doing so in the semi finals of the world cup. It was the third occasion of New Zealand winning the toss in the semifinals in the world cup. The other two occasions are – vs Pakistan at Auckland on 21.03.92 and vs Pakistan at Manchester on 16.06.99.

New Zealand emulated Australia in winning the toss and electing to bat first in the semi finals of the world cup on three occasions. Australia has done so – vs Pakistan at
Lahore on 04.11.87: vs West Indies at Mohali on 14.03.96 and vs Sri Lanka at Port Elizabeth on 18.03.03.

New Zealand were dismissed for 217 in this game to provide the 13th occasion of a team dismissed all out in a  semi finals of the world cup. New Zealand has been all out on all the three occasions in the semi finals – 158 vs West Indies at The Oval on 18.06.75 : 208 vs Sri Lanka at Kingston on 24.04.07 and 217 vs Sri Lanka at Col-RPS on 29.03.11.

New Zealand holds the record for dismissed all out on most occasions – three – in the semi finals of the world cup.  England, Pakistan and South Africa are the other two teams to be dismissed all out on two occasions.

New Zealand has lost six semi finals of the world cup – vs West Indies at The Oval on 18.06.75 : vs England at Manchester on 20.06.79 : vs Pakistan at Auckland on 21.03.92 :.vs Paksitan at Manchester on 16.06.99 : vs Sri Lanka at Kingston on 24.04.07 and vs Sri Lanka at Col-RPS on 29.03.11.

SB Styris's 57 in this game provide the 45th occasion of a batsman scoring a fifty in the semi final of the world cup.  His knock represents the fifth occasion of a New Zealand batsman scoring a fifty in the semi finals. Others are – 51 by GP Howarth vs West Indies at The Oval on 18.06.75 : 69 by JG Wright vs England at Manchester on 20.06.79 : 91 by MD Crowe vs Pakistan at Auckland on 21.03.92 and 50 by KR Rutherford vs Pakistan at Auckland on 21.03.92.

SB Styris's 57 in this game represent his 28th one day half century and 32nd fifty. His knock represents the 87th occasion of a New Zealand batsman scoring a fifty in the world cup. His knock represents his eighth fifty of the world cup. MD Crowe is the other New Zealand batsman to score more fifties than SB Styris – Nine fifties.

TM Dilshan {73} and KC Sangakkara {54} scored fifties in this game to provide the 46th and 47th occasion of a batsman scoring fifty in the semi final of the world cup. Their feat in this game provide the 13th occasion of two batsmen scoring half centuries in an innings in the semi finals of the world cup.

KC Sangakkara's 54 in this game provide the ninth occasion of a captain scoring a fifty in the semi finals of the world cup. He became the second Sri Lankan captain to achieve the feat after DPMD Jayawardene who had scored 115 not out against New Zealand at Cape Town on 24.04.07.

KC Sangakkara's 54 provide the 129th occasion of a captain scoring a fifty in the world cup. His knock provides the 18th occasion of a Sri Lankan captain scoring a fifty in the
world cup.

KC Sangakkara's 54 in this game represent his fourth fifty as captain in 2011 edition of the world cup. He became the eighth captain to score four or more fifties in a single
edition of the world cup. Others are – MD Crowe of New Zealand in 1991-92 {05} : DPMD Jayawardene of Sri Lanka in 2006-07 {05} : RT Ponting of Australia in 2006-07 {05} : GC Smith of South Africa in 2006-07 {05} : IVA Richards of West Indies in 1987-88 {04} : MA Azharuddin of India in 1991-92 {04} : SP Fleming of New Zealand in 2006-07 {04}.

KC Sangakkara's 54 in this game provide his 15th fifty as captain in one day games. He became the 27th captain to score 15 or more fifties in the annals of one day games. He is the fifth Sri Lankan captain to achieve the feat. Others are – A Ranatunga {41} : ST Jayasuriya {35} : DPMD Jayawardene {19} and MS Atapattu {16}.

KC Sangakkara's 54 represent his 62nd one day half century and 73rd fifty. TM Dilshan's 73 in this game represent his 22nd one day half century and 32nd fifty.

TM Dilshan's 73 represent his fifth fifty in the world cup. He became the tenth Sri Lankan batsman to score five or more fifties in the world cup.

KC Sangakkara's 54 in this game represent his eighth fifty in the world cup. He became the third Sri Lankan batsman to score eight or more fifties in the world cup. Others are – ST Jayasuriya {09} and PA de Silva {08}.

KC Sangakkara's 54 in this game represent the 72nd occasion of a wicket keeper batsman scoring a fifty in the world cup. His knock in this game represents his eighth fifty in the world cup as a wicket keeper batsman. AC Gilchrist has scored more fifties {09} as a wicket keeper batsman than KC Sangakkara in the world cup.

KC Sangakkara's 54 in this game represent his fourth fifty as a captain-cum-wicket keeper batsman in the world cup. He now holds the record for most fifties in this dual role in the world cup. He went past AJ Stewart of England who had scored three fifties in the world cup.

TM Dilshan and KC Sangakkara added 120 runs for the second wicket in this game providing the 213th occasion of a century stand in the world cup. This stand also represents the 21st occasion of a three figure stand for the second wicket in the world cup.

TM Dilshan and KC Sangakkara added 120 runs for the second wicket in this game providing the 213th occasion of a century stand in the world cup. This stand also represents the 46th occasion of a three figure stand for the second wicket in the world cup.

TM Dilshan and KC Sangakkara added 120 runs for the second wicket in this game providing the 21st occasion of a century stand by Sri Lankan batsmen in the world cup. This stand also represents the fifth occasion of a three figure stand for the second wicket in the world cup.

TM Dilshan and KC Sangakkara added 120 runs for the second wicket in this game providing the 11th occasion of a century stand in the semi finals of the world cup. This stand also represents the fourth occasion of a three figure stand for the second wicket in the semi finals of the world cup.

TM Dilshan and KC Sangakkara added 120 runs for the second wicket in this game providing the record stand for any wicket by Sri Lankan batsmen in the semi finals of the world cup. This is the first occasion of century stand by Sri Lankan batsmen for any wicket in the semi finals of the world cup. The previous best was 83 runs for the fifth wicket between RS Mahanama and A Ranatunga vs India at Kolkata on 13.03.96.

At tne end of this game, KC Sangakkara has scored 901 boundary fours. He became the 13th batsman to score 900 plus boundary fours in the annals of one day games. Others are – SR Tendulkar {1968} : ST Jayasuriya {1500} : RT Ponting {1181} : AC Gilchrist {1162} : SC Ganguly {1122} : V Sehwag {1059} : BC Lara {1035} : Inzamam-ul-Huq {971} : CH Gayle {946} : R Dravid {941} : Saeed Anwar {938} and HH Gibbs {930}.

KC Sangakkara with his 901 boundary fours became the second Sri Lankan batsman to score 900 plus boundary fours after ST Jayasuriya who has scored 1500 boundary fours.

M Muralitharan who has announced his retirement from one day games after the world cup 2011, played his last one day game in Sri Lanka. He earned the distinction of capturing a wicket of his last delivery bowled on Sri Lankan soil. He captured the wicket of SB Styris who was leg before wicket for 57 of the last delivery of tenth over.

At the end of this game DPMD Jayawardene has taken 15 catches in the world cup. He became the seventh fieldsman to pouch 15 or more catches in the world cup. Others are – RT Ponting {28} : ST Jayasuriya {18} : CL Cairns {16} : Inzamam-ul-Huq {16} : BC Lara {16} and GC Smith {15}.

KC Sangakkara finished this game with 45 dismissals to his credit in the world cup. AC Gilchrist is the only wicket keeper to effect 50 plus dismissals {52} in the world cup.

KC Sangakkara finished this game with 417 runs to his credit in this edition of the world cup providing the third occasion of a wicket keeper batsman to score 400 plus runs in a single edition of the world cup. The other two occasions are – AC Gilchrist - 453 in 2006-07 and 408 run sin 2002-03.

KC Sangakkara finished this game with 417 runs to his credit in this edition of the world cup providing the 27th occasion of a batsman to score 400 plus runs in a single edition
of the world cup.

KC Sangakkara's 417 runs at the end of this game provide the seventh occasion of a captain to total 400 plus runs in a single edition of the world cup. Others are – 548 runs by DPMD Jayawardene in 2006-07 : 539 runs by RT Ponting in 2006-07 : 465 runs by SC Ganguly in 2002-03 : 456 runs by MD Crowe in 1991-92 : 443 runs by GC Smith in 2006-07 and 415 runs by RT Ponting in 2002-03.

KC Sangakkara's 417 runs provide the third occasion of a batsman scoring 400 plus runs in the 2011 world cup. Others are – 467 by TM Dilshan of Sri Lanka and 422 runs by IJL Trott of England.

Sri Lanka has made it to the finals for the third occasion in the world cup. They were the finalists in 1996-97 and 2006-07. They won the 1996-97 world cup finals by defeating Australia by seven wickets at Lahore on 17.03.96 and lost the 2006-07 world cup finals to Australia by 53 runs on DL Method at Bridgetown on 28.04.07.

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