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Murali gets wicket with last ball in Lanka

March 29, 2011 19:10 IST

Sri Lanka spinner Muttiah Muralitharan took a wicket with his final ball on home soil on Tuesday as his team took control of the World Cup semi-final against New Zealand.

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New Zealand managed only 217 from 48.5 overs after Muralitharan dismissed New Zealand's top scorer Scott Styris (57) with the last ball of his 10th over.

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The 38-year-old world record holder for Test and one-day wickets will retire from international cricket after the tournament.

Muralitharan waves to the crowd after New Zealand's innings in the World Cup semi-final against Sri Lanka"This was my last game at home and I got my last wicket with my last ball," he said. "The same thing happened to me in Test cricket as well. Hopefully, our boys will give me a good send-off."

Lasith Malinga took wickets at key stages, yorking opener Martin Guptill (39) and Kane Williamson (22) and deceiving Nathan McCullum (9) with a slower delivery which the batsman edged to Kumar Sangakkara behind the stumps.

Asantha Mendis also took three wickets, dismissing New Zealand's last two batsmen Tim Southee and Andy McKay for ducks.

Styris added 77 from 106 balls with Ross Taylor (36) to take New Zealand to 161 for four from 39.1 overs.

The pair found run-scoring difficult against the variety and accuracy of the Sri Lankan attack, with Styris getting some relief with a hook and drive for four off a Malinga over.

The stage was set for a New Zealand run charge but Taylor hit Mendis straight to Upul Tharanga on the leg-side boundary and the New Zealanders never recovered.

Photograph: Getty Images

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