World Twenty20: Rangana Herath's fifer guides Sri Lanka into semis
Rangana Herath finished with astonishing figures of 5/3 as Sri Lanka successfully defended a low total of 119 against New Zealand to reach semis.
Rangana Herath's (5/3) sensational bowling performance stunned the Kiwis as they collapsed in a low-scoring run-chase of 120. Herath, who replaced Mendis in the side, ensure Sri Lanka topped Group 1 to reach semis (All images AFP).
The day belonged to the bowlers as the Kiwis too did very well on the field. Trent Boult kick-started the downfall of the Sri Lankan batting and finished with figures of 3/22
Jimmy Neesham (3/20) to bagged three wickets, two of which came in the final over as Sri Lanka were restricted to 119.
Barring Mahela Jayawardene (25), no Sri Lankan batsman had a solution to New Zealand's knack of picking up wickets at regular intervals
Even Sangakkara failed as Boult got him caught in the deep.
The Kiwis walked back to the pavilion at the halfway stage with high anticipation of reaching the last four. What transpired in the second-half of the game turned the tables on that thought.
Kiwi opener Kane Williamson fought a lone battle as the wickets kept tumbling at the other end.
In the end, Sri Lanka bowled out New Zealand for 60, winning by 59 runs and reaching semis. As the toppers of Group 1, they will face winners of the match between West Indies vs Pakistan