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Last Updated:  Tuesday, 18 March, 2003, 15:04 GMT
Australia v Sri Lanka: Over by over

Latest: Sri Lanka: 123-7 (38.1 overs) v Australia 212-7 RAIN STOPS PLAY

Australia are all but through to the cricket World Cup final after rain stopped play against Sri Lanka in Port Elizabeth.

They are ahead on the Duckworth/Lewis method which means if no more play is possible, they will win the semi-final and book their place in Johannesburg on Sunday.

Australia made 212-7 in their 50 overs on a slow pitch, with Andrew Symonds top-scoring with an unbeaten 91.

Sri Lanka had made 123-7 in reply before the rains came in the 39th over.


38th over: Lehmann is brought on to bowl and concedes just four runs.

37th over: Vaas has not given up hope as he hits Harvey for six.

36th over Bichel finishes his miserly 10 overs, he has not taken any wickets but he has given away only 18 runs.

35th over: Medium pacer Ian Harvey is brought into the attack, and Sri Lanka sneak five runs off him.

34th over Bichel again keeps it tight.

33rd over: Hogg's final over of his spell and he concedes a single to finish with figures of two for 30.

32nd over: The hundred comes up for Sri Lanka after a misfield by Hogg.

31st over: Just a single comes off Hogg's over.

30th over: Vaas skies a shot but the advancing Lehmann cannot catch it.

29th over: Sangakkara craftily lofts one into space to pick up another couple of runs.

28th over: Lee comes back for a second spell and an unorthodox pull shot from Sangakkara earns two runs.

27th over: Hogg is hit for four through mid-wicket.

26th over: Vaas scores a boundary after a poor ball from the otherwise impressive Bichel.

25th over: Arnold scoops an attempted sweep shot and it is caught in the deep by Lee off Hogg's bowling.
Sri Lanka 76-7

24th over: Bichel appeals for an lbw on Arnold but the batsman survives a tight shout.

23rd over: Hogg tightens the grip, losing just one run.

22nd over: Sangakkara and Arnold have no answer to Bichel's brilliant bowling and it is another maiden.

21st over: Sri Lanka hit two boundaries, the first for six overs.

20th over: Bichel's fourth over and he only conceded one run.

19th over: Good running from Arnold and Sangakkara keeps the score ticking over.

18th over: Another fine maiden from Bichel keeps Sri lanka under intense pressure.

17th over: Sri Lanka lose another wicket as Jayawardene ricochets an edge off his pads and into the hands of Gilchrist. Sri Lanka: 60-6

16th over: Bichel produces a very tidy over to deliver a maiden.

15th over: New bowler Hogg spins one sharply, missing everything for four byes. Jayawardene then pounces on a long-hop and sends it to the fence.

14th over: Ponting rests Lee and tosses the ball to Bichel. First ball he runs de Silva out with a superb piece of fielding off his own bowling. Sri Lanka: 51-5

13th over: McGrath trundles in for his seventh over and is sublimely driven through extra cover by de Silva for four.

12th over: Another blow for Sri Lanka sees Gunawardene on his way after an outside edge finds its way to Ponting in second slip. Hayden then drops de Silva in gully to end an eventful over. Sri Lanka: 43-4

11th over: De Silva cuts McGrath masterfully for four to ease the pressure on Sri Lanka.

10th over: Lee strikes again, removing Tillakaratne who fishes at a fast ball outside off-stump and edges behind to Gilchrist. Sri Lanka: 37-3

9th over: Jayasuriya falls for 17 as mistimes a pull and holes out to Symonds off McGrath's bowling. Sri Lanka: 37-2

8th over: Jayasuriya scampers through for a quick single and is home anyway when the shy at the striker's end misses the stumps.

7th over: Tillakaratne watches McGrath closely during a maiden over.

6th over: Lee strays onto Jayasuriya's legs and is expertly clipped over sqaure-leg for a huge six. The batsmen then chance Lehmann's arm for a well-run three.

5th over: McGrath maintains a tight line to concede just one run in the over.

4th over: Atapattu straight drives Lee for four. Hogg then drops the right-hander in the covers but Lee gets his man next ball, firing in a 100 mph rocket to crash the stumps. Sri Lanka: 21-1

3rd over: McGrath turns Atapattu inside out with a lovely off-cutter, but his appeal for caught behind off an inside edge is turned down.

2nd over: Atapattu cuts streakily at Lee, edges and pierces slip and gully for another four.

1st over: Atapattu fends off McGrath's first ball before finishing the over with a hooked four past square-leg.


INNINGS BREAK

50th over: Australia aim to cut loose but Vaas' clever bowling stops them as six runs come off the final over.

49th over: Atapattu attempts a sensational catch but he dives over the boundary and it is a six, Gunaratne is further punished as 16 runs come off the penultimate over.

48th over: Muralitharan finishes his 10-over spell and although wicketless, he has been measly, conceding just 29 runs.

47th over: Six runs come off Jayasuriya's final over.

46th over: Muralitharan causes Bichel all manner of problems but the ball somehow misses the stumps.

45th over: Jayasuriya bowls tightly to prevent Symonds and Bichel from cutting loose.

44th over: Harvey flashes at a Vaas delivery which flies over the slips and Atapattu stops it going for a four, he miscues his next shot as well but it lands safely. However the next ball Harvey is out, as he edges it to wicket-keeper Sangakkara.
Australia 175-7

43rd over: Symonds smashes De Silva out of the ground for six in his final over.

42nd over: Muralitharan is brought on for his second spell and keeps it tight, conceding just two runs.

41st over: Jayasuriya effects a direct hit from short fine-leg but a diving Hogg makes his ground. Two balls later he is not so adept as Sangakkara pulls off a fine stumping. Australia: 158-6

40th over: The Aussies push two singles in another tight and perplexing Murali over.

39th over: Hogg collects two from a thick edge off a buoyant Jayasuriya.

38th over: Murali returns to the attack for what could prove to be a defining period of the match. Four runs are scored in the over.

37th over: Jayasuriya strikes again, removing the dangerous Bevan caught behind for a duck. Australia: 144-5

36th over: Arnold makes way for Vaas, who returns after a fine opening spell. The left-armer resumes with a maiden.

35th over: Jayasuriya strikes as Lehmann inside-edges onto his stumps for 36. Australia: 144-4

34th over: Three runs come off a tidy Arnold over.

33rd over: Symonds brings up his fifty and celebrates the milestone with a cut boundary through the covers later in Jayasuriya's over.

32nd over: Arnold is brought into the attack to replace Murali. Symonds appreciates the change, hitting a boundary.

31st over: Three singles are scored off Jayasuriya as Australia's recovery mission gathers strength.

30th over: Murali continues to toil without reward with five singles the return from his fifth over.

29th over: Sangakkara misses a blatant stumping opportunity as Symonds leaps out of his crease only for the Sri Lanka keeper to spill the ball.

28th over: Symonds plays a rare attacking shot to Murali, on-driving him for two.

27th over: Jayasuriya produces another very tidy over, conceding just two runs to restrict Australia at both ends.

26th over: Australia stay in their shells against Murali, happy to push ones and twos and keep their wickets intact.

25th over: Jayasuriya brings himself on, conceding four runs in a fair opening over.

24th over: The Aussies keep a close eye on Murali and are happy to nurdle a couple of singles.

23rd over: Symonds breaks the shackles with successive boundaries off Gunaratne, one on each side of the wicket.

22nd over: Muralitharan hands his cap to the umpire and takes the ball, much to the delight of Sri Lanka fans. His loosener sees just one run added to the score.

21st over: Gunaratne leaks just two runs in a sharp over bowling over the wicket.

20th over: The two batsmen work de Silva around the ground for four singles.

19th over: Lehmann feasts on a Gunaratne full-toss, sending it through extra-cover for four.

18th over: Symonds and Lehmann are content to push de Silva for three singles.

17th over: Symonds makes his ground at the striker's end but needs to as Gunawardene hits the stumps from the deep. Mubarak showcases more sublime fielding at mid-off to save a sure boundary.

16th over: Lehmann deftly cuts de Silva, beating point but not sweeper Mubarak who slides inside the fence to save two runs.

15th over: Gunaratne is brought back into the attack for his third over, beating Symonds' outside edge before straying down leg-side and going for four.

14th over: Lehmann sweeps fine to de Silva, sending a faint edge to the fine-leg fence.

13th over: Sri Lanka claim another huge wicket as Hayden picks out Tillakaratne at short mid-wicket off Vaas. Australia: 51-3

12th over: Lehmann pushes to long-off to bring up the Australia 50.

11th over: A solitary Vaas wide is the only run conceded in a good over for Sri Lanka.

10th over: Lehmann pulls a de Silva long-hop for two before being denied a boundary by some sharp fielding at point.

9th over: Vaas strays onto Hayden's pads again and is dispatched through mid-wicket for a much-needed boundary for Australia.

8th over: A magnificent piece of sliding fielding by Atapattu at fine-leg prevents a sure boundary.

7th over: Sri Lanka break through again as Ponting scoops Vaas into the waiting hands of Jayasuriya at mid-off. Australia: 37-2

6th over: De Silva comes into the attack with instant rewards. Gilchrist sweeps onto his pads and is caught by Sangakkara and walks despite the umpire dismissing the appeal. Australia: 34-1

5th over: Jayasuriya makes a direct hit running straight from mid-off but Gilchrist makes his ground comfortably. Hayden then punishes a wayward Vaas through mid-wicket for four.

4th over: Gunaratne pierces Gilchrist's defence and is unlucky not to bowl the batsman, but next ball is cut wildly to the boundary.

3rd over: Vaas nips one off the seam and beats the outside edge of Gilchrist. Murali then squanders chance at mid-off to run out the lunging left-hander.

2nd over: Gunaratne overpitches outside off-stump and is driven to the fence by Gilchrist. The next ball disappears over the square-leg fence for a massive six.

1st over: Vaas raps Gilchrist on the pads and appeals but the left-hander is struck outside the line of off-stump and survives.


Australia: Ricky Ponting (captain), Adam Gilchrist, Michael Bevan, Andy Bichel, Matthew Hayden, Brad Hogg, Brett Lee, Darren Lehmann, Glenn McGrath, Andrew Symonds, Ian Harvey.

Sri Lanka: Sanath Jayasuriya (captain), Marvan Atapattu, Kumar Sangakkara, Aravinda De Silva, Russel Arnold, Mahela Jayawardene, Avishka Gunawardena, Hashan Tillakaratne, Muttiah Muralitharan, Chaminda Vaas, Pulasthi Gunaratne

Umpires: David Shepherd, Rudi Koertzen.




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