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www.ntnews.com.au Northern Territory News, Thursday, May 13, 2010 37 P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 1 3 -M A Y -2 0 1 0 P A G E : 3 7 C O L O R : C M Y K SPORT Smith spins Aussies into T20 semis GOT IT: David Hussey takes a fine outfield catch to dismiss West Indies veteran Shivnarine Chanderpaul off the bowling of Mitchell Johnson in yesterdays Super Eights match. Australia won by six wickets ByGREGBUCKLE in St Lucia AUSTRALIA ON TRACK TOMEET POMS IN TWENTY20 FINAL CAPTAIN Michael Clarke says he has both eyes firmly fixed on Pakistan but its clear Australia and England are already getting prepared for a huge grudge match in Sundays World Twenty20 final. The two old rivals face tough matches in their semi-finals, with Australia taking on defending champions Pakistan in St Lucia on Saturday (1am NT time) and England play Sri Lanka tomorrow. Unbeaten Australia had a virtual training run in their final Super Eights clash with West Indies in St Lucia on Tuesday, bowling the hosts out for 105 and scoring 4-109 in reply with 22 balls to spare. Id look forward to that, yeah, Clarke said. If we beat Pakistan and meet England in the final it would be a good start to what is going to be a very good and interesting summer back in Australia as well with the Ashes. For me right now Ive got both eyes on Pakistan and Ill worry about everything else after that. We didnt come here (just) to make the semi-finals. Clarke says his side is more motivated by the fact the World T20 is Australias missing link, having dominated Test cricket for more than a decade and won four one-day international World Cups including the past three. Clarke yesterday lavished praise on youngster Steven Smith after the leg-spinning all-rounder picked up the man-of-the-match award in Australias win over West Indies. The 20-year-old claimed careerbest figures of 3-20 from his four overs, producing a brilliant performance under pressure as the Windies tried to take the attack to the teams only specialist slow bowler on a spinning deck at Beausejour Stadium. With Smithy and a lot of the guys in their first World Cup, their attitude has been outstanding, Clarke said after Australias sixwicket victory. They have taken it upon themselves to be the one to try to win us the game. Smithy has bowled well throughout the whole tournament. He gets the rewards today with three wickets but I think his performance throughout this whole tournament has been outstanding. He has a great attitude, he wants to bowl. It doesnt matter whos batting. Thats important at the highest level, youve got to want the ball in your hand ... and take it upon yourself. Smith snapped any hope of a comeback by the home side in the 13th over, dismissing the big-hitting Kieron Pollard, who was stumped by Brad Haddin for 13 and removing crowd favourite Darren Sammy with a return catch next ball. Im playing in my first World Cup and boys have moulded together beautifully, said Smith, who has taken nine wickets at 13.22 in the tournament. Weve got a good group and were not here to make the semi-finals, were here to go the whole way. Scoreboard in Update Sri Lanka beats arch-rival India on last ball GROS ISLET, St Lucia: Sri Lanka took a huge stride towards the World Twenty20 semi-finals with a five-wicket last ball win over India that knocked their Asian rivals out of the tournament yesterday. Chamara Kapugederas six off the final ball saw Sri Lanka to a dramatic win after man-of-thematch Angelo Mathews and captain Kumar Sangakkara both made 46 to revive the innings after a toporder collapse. India which lost all three of its Super Eights matches had to win by at least 20 runs to keep their own slim semi-final hopes alive. Having made five for 163, that meant restricting Sri Lanka to 143 or under. But its hopes of doing just that ended when Kapugedera struck a Vinay Kumar full toss for six off the penultimate ball of the 19th over. Kapugedera repeated the dose next ball and Sri Lanka needed 13 to win off the last over. Mathews put them in sight by smashing the first ball of the 20th over, from left-arm quick Ashish Nehra for six. But he was run out off the fifth ball going for a tight single by bowler Nehras direct hit, having faced 37 balls with three sixes and two fours. However, with three needed off the last ball, Kapugedera carved Nehra over cover for six to finish on 37 not out. I had to give a good performance with the bat, Mathews said. Im glad I did it at the right time. Sri Lanka was rocked by the early loss of star batsmen Mahela J a y a w a r d e n e a n d S a n a t h Jayasuriya for a combined total of just four. You never want to lose guys early, especially Mahela, who is in top form, Sangakkara said. But (Tillakaratne) Dilshan got the momentum back for us and we talk about how capable our younger players are and they have shown how they can handle the p r e s s u r e . M a t h e w s a n d Kapugedera are going to be around for a long time. Jayawardenes previous scores this tournament were 81, 101, 98 not out and nine. But he was out third ball for four when he nicked a good length delivery from Nehra and was caught at slip by Yusuf Pathan. ALWAYS A TOFFEE: Socceroos and Everton star midfielder Tim Cahill Stosurs golden run on clay continues MADRID: Samantha Stosur cant stop winning, the Australian dusting off in-form Spaniard Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez to reach the last 16 at the Madrid Open yesterday. Martinez Sanchez was fresh off her title success at the Rome Open but she was cast aside as Stosur notched her 13th win from her past 14 claycourt matches with a 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 second-round triumph. Eighth-seeded Stosur next plays Swiss veteran Patty Schnyder, who upset Polish ninth seed Agnieszka Radwanska 3-6 6-4 6-4. A French Open semi-finalist last year, Stosur has blossomed on the clay this spring, winning in Charleston and reaching the final in Stuttgart. Her only defeat on the surface this year was a three-set loss to four-time Roland Garros champion Justine Henin in last months Stuttgart final. I tried to feel as comfortable as I could. Its pretty cold so its hard to get the body going and really get into the match in some ways, Stosur said after dispatching Martinez Sanchez. But I felt good out there and after getting that first set, I obviously felt a lot more comfortable. I started to be able to read what she was going to do a bit better. By the end I thought I played quite well. I knew shed been playing well you dont win Rome without playing well. Stosur, who plays Schnyder tonight for a berth in the quarter-finals, has lost her only two previous meetings with the Swiss. Cahill set to be Toffee for life By ED JACKSON in Sydney AUSTRALIAN soccer star Tim Cahill wants to sign for life with Everton as talks with the English Premier League club enter their final stages. The 30-year-old, who was not surprisingly selected in the Socceroos 31-man preliminary squad for next months World Cup on Tuesday, is believed to be on the verge of sealing a new four-year deal with the Toffees. Cahill currently has two years left on his current deal but the extension would all but ensure he stays at Goodison Park for the remainder of his playing career. The midfielder joined the club from Millwall in 2004, going on to score 56 goals in 201 games so far for Everton and representing the club in the 2009 FA Cup final against Chelsea. Cahill, who cost Everton just $A2.5 million from Millwall, is the highest career-scorer for the club among the current squad and 40th overall in Evertons history. Expected to be one of Australias main men in South Africa, Cahill is hoping to have the new contract signed and sealed before leaving England. The chairman knows my thoughts, I will sign here for life, Cahill told evertontv. He knows my thoughts on what I love about this club. I respect everyone so much and hopefully I am here for a long time. I love this club, I have been here for six years and I have grown fonder every year. It is a dream come true and still to this day I enjoy going to training and I enjoy playing with these guys. We are very privileged and it is a massive honour. Evertons chief executive Robert Elston confirmed talks are well advanced with Cahill, who is reportedly marrying long-time partner Rebecca in Las Vegas on his way to Australia to join the World Cup squad. We are at an advanced stage of negotiation with Tim and his representatives and we would be hopeful of concluding an extension to Tims current deal and put pen to paper on a new four year contract before he departs for the World Cup, Elstone said. Former England and Everton goalkeeper Nigel Martyn said Cahills commitment was great news to the Merseyside club and should encourage other stars such as South Africas Steven Pienaar and England youngster Jack Rodwell to also sign new deals. Hes been a fantastic signing for us but at 30 he still has a few years left in his legs, Martyn wrote in his column for the Liverpool Echo. Its really positive that such a key player is committing himself to the club. The fact that Cahill is staying might be the deciding factor in convincing a few others to stay put. Cahill has represented Australia 37 times, scoring 19 goals.
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