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Home > Cricket > Twenty20 World Championship > Report

Jayasuriya steers Sri Lanka to win

September 15, 2007 21:20 IST

Sanath Jayasuriya made his second half-century in two days as Sri Lanka [Images] eased to a comfortable seven-wicket victory over New Zealand [Images] in their Twenty20 World Cup match in Johannesburg on Saturday.

Jayasuriya, who scored 88 off 44 balls against Kenya on Friday at the same venue, needed the same number of deliveries on Saturday to score 61 as Sri Lanka cruised to 168 for three in 18.5 overs.

The left-hander's top-class innings included six boundaries and three sixes and he set Sri Lanka on the road to victory with a first-wicket stand of 82 off 46 balls with Upul Tharanga (37).

Sri Lanka's momentum slowed when spinner Daniel Vettori [Images] removed Tharanga and medium-pacer Scott Styris dismissed Kumar Sangakkara (14), both caught in the deep, but captain Mahela Jayawardena provided the finishing touches with his 35 not out off 18 deliveries.

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