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WC 2011: Black Caps keen to avenge humiliating loss to Lanka

March 29, 2011 - Colombo

Black Caps skipper Daniel Vettori has admitted that his team-mates and he have a score to settle with Sri Lanka in tonight's World Cup semi-final.

Less than two weeks ago, New Zealand was crushed by 112 runs when they met Sri Lankan at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium in a league game.

The one-sided victory was not without controversy. During the match, the Black Caps were left smouldering when top order batsman Mahela Jayawardene stood his ground despite Nathan McCullum appearing to catch him with a sprawling dive.

It was referred to the third umpire, who gave Jayawardene the benefit of the doubt due to inconclusive television replays.

In their minds, the New Zealanders knew Jayawardene should have been out and Vettori admitted Jayawardene's stay of execution in Mumbai would not be far from their minds when the sides meet tonight in Colombo.

"I think the fact that we lost so heavily to Sri Lanka has been playing on our minds and it's built a little bit of resolve," Vettori said.

He added: "A few things went on in that game that the guys weren't happy about either and hopefully that builds some aggression as well."

Just as they did against South Africa, the Black Caps will look to bat first at R Premadasa Stadium if they win the toss.

Vettori acknowledged that the Sri Lankans deserved to be favourites, but said his own side had the players to pull off their second major upset within the space of a week.


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