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Jayasuriya prepares to sink Kiwis


Sri Lanka got off to a flying start, reaching 90-1 after 10 overs in reply to New Zealand's 164-7 in their World Twenty20 match in Johannesburg.

Openers Sanath Jayasuriya and Upul Tharanga (37) tore into the Kiwi attack, putting on 82 before Tharanga was caught off Daniel Vettori.

Ross Taylor had hit 62 for the Kiwis and shared fifty stands with Peter Fulton (25) and Jacob Oram (33no).

Both sides have already qualified for the Super Eight phase.

After Kiwi skipper Vettori had won the toss, Dilhara Fernando (2-30) had openers Brendon McCullum and Lou Vincent both caught in the deep, before Fulton and Taylor put on 70 for the third wicket.

When Fulton holed out, the Kiwis were 95-3 in the 11th over, but soon lost Scott Styris, who fell lbw reverse-sweeping, and Craig McMillan, who was run out, cheaply as three wickets fell for seven runs.

Lasith Malinga - held back until the 13th over - eventually had Taylor caught behind after adding 51 with Oram, who stayed on to help them post what they hoped would be a defendable total, including seven sixes.

But Tharanga and Jayasuriya set about new-ball pair Shane Bond and Chris Martin in brutal fashion, clubbing boundaries at will while the fielding restrictions were still on.

Jayasuriya survived one golden chance on 40 when he hoisted Mark Gillespie to mid-on, and was already walking off when Bond spilled a simple catch.

Vettori's left-arm spin finally made the breakthrough in the eighth over, with Martin showing Bond how to hold an outfield catch, but by then Sri Lanka were already nearly halfway to their target.

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