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Batsman:

Scott Styris
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Scott Styris - valiant knock in vain

All-rounder Scott Styris' 141 off 125 balls, the second highest score by a New Zealander after Glenn Turner's 171 not out against East Africa, was an innings that showed what could be achieved if only batsmen strove hard to play at their best. Despite the fall of wickets around him, Styris was cool as anything and scored at a fast clip, wasting no deliveries. Styris offered defiance of the type expected from all members of the side to achieve a fine maiden One-Day International century off 104 balls, a perfectly- paced innings but which went largely unsupported. As a result of course, Sri Lanka chalked up a 47-run win.

Fielder:

Chris Harris
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Chris Harris - An electric point

In a position that made Jonty Rhodes and Ricky Ponting particularly famous, New Zealand has its own star. Chris Harris, balding and experienced, moves lithely square of the wicket on the offside, anticipating strokes like few in the game. For all his advanced years, Harris moves like a panther, silently and with immense grace. Sanath Jayasuriya, master of the square-of- the-wicket shots, found that out to his disadvantage on Monday as, time and again, a forceful cut that would normally have sped to the fence found instead a leaping, diving, tumbling Harris stopping the ball, rocketing the throw back, and walking nonchalantly back to his position. Professional to the core, Harris has few airs about him; he prefers, instead, to just get on with what he does best - field like a demon.

Bowler:

Muttiah Muralitharan
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Muttiah Muralitharan - the wizard of tweak

People all around the world have raised their doubts about Muttiah Muralitharan ­ even criticised him severely. Yet, this selfless cricketer has been one of the greatest servants of Sri Lankan cricket in the history of the game. When he was needed to deliver the goods in Sri Lanka’s opening match of the 2003 World Cup, he did not fail. Enticing false shots from dangerous left- handers Chris Harris and Jacob Oram, the magical off-spinner kept the Sri Lankan flag flying high. Keeping the run scoring down to a bare minimum, Murali exerted huge amounts of pressure on the Kiwis. No wonder then that he was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 9-1-42-2.



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