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New Zealand vs Sri Lanka 4th Match Benson & Hedges World Championship of Cricket 1985

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Read the articles of New Zealand vs Sri Lanka 4th Match Benson & Hedges World Championship of Cricket 1985 - Benson & Hedges World Championship of Cricket one-day international tournament of the 4th ODI match played between Sri Lanka and New Zealand at Melbourne in 23rd February 1985.

New Zealand scored 223 for all-out in 49.4 overs ( John Reid 64, Paul McEvan 27, Vinothen John 3/29, Rumesh Ratnayake 3/40 ( Sri Lanka scored 172 for all-out in 42.4 overs - Arjuna Ranatunga 34, Amal Silva 33, Jeremy Coney 4/46, Richard Hadlee 2/23.

This match reported by MIKE COWARD on 24th February

Jeremy Coney and Richard Hadlee pooled resources and inspired New Zealand to a 51-run win over Sri Lanka in a World Championship of Cricket match at the MCG.

New Zealand, in Australia after a succession of winning performances at home against Pakistan, have now graduated to the semi-finals of the championship being played by the World's seven Test match countries to celebrate Victoria's 150th birthday.

They will return to New Zealand today for two rounds of Shell Trophy matches before coming back to Australia early next month for the lucrative semi-finals of the tourna-ment.

Jeremy Coney and Richard Hadlee took six wickets between them — Jeremy Coney finished with 4-wicket haul for 46 and Richard Hadlee took 2-23 — as Sri Lanka, in pursuit of 224, were removed for 172 in 42.4 overs.

At the height of the assault by Coney and Hadlee, Sri Lanka lost 4-15 from 24 balls to be a sick and sorry 6-75 in the 24th over.

As happened so often during the recent World Series Cup contests Sri Lanka fell apart when vice-captain Roy Dais and skipper Duleep Men-dis were removed cheaply.

Only Arjuna Ranatunga - contro-versially caught by John Wright on the long-on fence off Coney - and wicketkeeper-opening-batsman Amal Silva managed to reach 30. However, Asantha de Mel and Somachandra de Silva thrilled the crowd of 8,759 with some bold hitting at the end, but by then the cause was lost.

Many of the people are expected to return to the ground this morning when the championship continues with Australia playing Pakistan.

John Reid, who played impressively for 62 from 107 balls in New Zealand's innings, was adjudged man-of-the-match, which carries a cheque for $500. Only Reid played with any confidence or authority against the Sri Lankan attack which gave one of its most convincing performances for the summer.