New Zealand v Sri Lanka, Champions Trophy, Group A, Cardiff June 9, 2013

New Zealand survive Malinga magic in thriller

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New Zealand 139 for 9 (N McCullum 32, Malinga 4-34) beat Sri Lanka 138 (Sangakkara 68, McClenaghan 4-43, Mills 2-14) by 1 wicket
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Tim Southee and Mitchell McClenaghan smiled the last smiles
Tim Southee and Mitchell McClenaghan smiled the last smiles © AFP

Lasith Malinga took the 22 yards out of the equation in a low-scoring thriller, but New Zealand survived him to register their first win over Sri Lanka in four years. The pitch has hardly ever mattered less. It was flat, the sun was out, the ball was not swinging, but Malinga's dipping slower full tosses had New Zealand batsmen hopping and hoping in what was expected to be an afternoon stroll. Nathan McCullum, first, and then Tim Southee batted with just the maturity New Zealand desperately needed to see them through with one wicket in hand.

The chase swung dramatically. From coasting at 48 for 1 New Zealand stumbled to 49 for 4. From 70 for 4 they fell to 80 for 6, but then, crucially, they were allowed to get away with a relatively quieter phase when Malinga was taken off and brought back only after brothers McCullum had taken off 31 off the requirement. Malinga came back and seemed like he could strike with every ball, but Sri Lanka will be left asking themselves - especially because Malinga brought them so close - if they had kept Malinga's four overs back for too long.

DRS, or the way it was used by the sides, made its presence felt too. Kane Williamson wasted New Zealand's review by asking for a replay when he was caught dead plumb by a thigh-high dipping full toss. Daniel Vettori later copped a rough one when he had hit another similar full toss into his pad. Sri Lanka had exhausted theirs early in the innings, and had to do with two not-outs towards the end that they could have got overturned on replay.

Amid loud unending appeals almost every ball, it was supreme drama with the balls remaining taken out of the equation: New Zealand still won with 13.3 overs to spare and took a bigger net-run-rate boost than England did in their facile win over Australia.

Going by how they went either side of the lunch break - their chase began early because they had bowled Sri Lanka out in 2 hours and 55 minutes - New Zealand should have finished it much earlier. It was all going swimmingly for them until Malinga got Williamson in the eighth over. In the next couple of overs, Rangana Herath and Shaminda Eranga - preferred to Sachithra Senanayake and Nuwan Kulasekara - struck. Herath trapped Ross Taylor with one that went on with the arm, and Eranga got one to bounce from short of a length outside off, taking the edge from Martin Guptill, who had raced away to 25 from 24.

Still it should have been easy for New Zealand, but they fumbled further to spin. Tillakaratne Dilshan and Herath almost cut out all singles, and Dilshan got James Franklin with the right-arm spinner's version of the earlier Taylor dismissal. Sri Lanka were now sensing room for a miracle here, and brought Malinga back for his sixth over. On cue he struck, but Vettori could not get the obvious howler overturned because his team-mate had earlier challenged a call he was merely not sure about.

Strangely, though, Malinga was taken off immediately after he took Vettori's wicket. When he was brought back, New Zealand had reached 111 for 6, needing only a further 28. Both Brendon McCullum and Nathan McCullum had been allowed to take the singles, and they did so. The period did involve a thin edge from N McCullum in the 28th over when the score read 100, but only the keeper heard it. Even the bowler Eranga hardly appealed. Did the excessive appealing leading up to that - Sri Lanka had been spoken to at the end of the 21st over - have any part to play in that decision? We will never know.

It is credit to Malinga's genius, though, that he came back and immediately took B McCullum out with another one of his loopy, alarmingly dipping full tosses. B McCullum played all across it, and the ball reached the off stump on a half-volley. New Zealand now needed 24 runs with three wickets in hand. Quite clearly, it was Malinga v New Zealand, and you wonder if it would have been different if it had been 44 runs to play with, and not 24.

Malinga, however, kept producing the magic. In his next over, he took out the other McCullum, who had wizened up to the slower ball, with a quick inswinging yorker. New Zealand still had 17 to get, and Malinga had 2.4 overs to go. The next four balls were a slower yorker, a quick yorker, a slower length ball, and another slower yorker, all on target. This was insanely good bowling, and Tim Southee and Kyle Mills somehow survived. As they did the next over, from Herath.

Malinga now had 12 balls to bowl, and 11 runs to defend. He began the 34th over with a quick inswinging length ball, which was only clipping leg, and the umpire Bruce Oxenford ruled not out. He had ruled N McCullum out on a similar delivery, and under DRS both decisions stand. However, the next one would have been changed by DRS. It hit Southee on the toe plumb in front, went to the third-man boundary for four, but Tucker called it runs. It was a huge moment in the game. Not only did New Zealand not lose Southee, the target was now down to eight.

Much chatter went on. The players had to be separated at the end of the over. Southee was not losing his cool, though. The same couldn't be said of Mills. Southee dug one out towards mid-on in the next over, and took the fielder on. Thisara Perera missed the stumps at the non-striker's end narrowly, but he was lucky the ball went to hit the other set of stumps. Mills, though, was not desperate to make it, and was caught short. New Zealand still needed five, and Malinga had one over to go.

For once, Malinga made a mistake. He began his final over with an attempted yorker that went down the leg side. Southee cautiously played out the rest of the over. Don't bother about whether the No. 11 will be on strike for the next over. Just see Malinga off.

Sri Lanka now made another interesting choice. Dilshan was given the ball. You could see why. Mitchell McClenaghan, a left-hand batsman, was on strike. He could get the lbw with the straighter one, or a bat-pad catch. But forget short leg for the inside edge, there was no man catching for Southee. And New Zealand needed only four. They were granted two easy singles, followed by a wide down the leg side, which also went for a bye. McLenaghan was nearly run out taking the second because they were not sure of the wide, but the end finally was a little insipid.

There was nothing insipid about New Zealand's effort in the field. Sri Lanka had gone with just three strike bowlers, but New Zealand replaced the injured allrounder, Gran Elliot, with a bowler, Vettori. You can imagine a few captains sitting back and allowing easy singles once the early wickets were taken, but there were no soft partnerships here. If you wanted to score runs, you either played exceptional shots or took risks. The risks brought New Zealand timely wickets.

It all began when B McCullum went parallel to the ground at second slip to send back Kusal Perera with the first ball of the match. All other New Zealand signs were there. Mills struck his usual early blows, Vettori - the first spinner to bowl inside the mandatory Powerplay in this tournament - took a wicket in his first ODI over since the 2011 World Cup, and McClenaghan kept cutting partnerships short. McCullum chipped in too, there was a run-out, and Sri Lanka were bowled out in the 38th over.

Kumar Sangakkara was one of three batsmen to reach double figures, but the only one to go past 20. He looked a cut above every other batsman on the day, but looking for quick runs he sliced an N McCullum offbreak to backward point. Sangakkara knew knocking around wouldn't help, and had been taking risks for a while now. This one didn't come off, though. As didn't the move to bowl Dilshan without wicket-taking intent in what proved to be the final over of the match.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • trav696 on June 10, 2013, 2:46 GMT

    No matter what other people say, SL did lose this match. It was a disheartening batting performance from SL to say the least, but their bowling in this match was encouraging. NZ also bowled quite well to dismiss SL in such a cheap fashion. SL need to get their batting together and not be reckless at the wrong times. Hitting the ball in the air did not preserve SL's wickets, but only ended up getting them in a worse situation. Batting out the 50 was the key to this match for SL, but the batsman need to maintain their temperament in order to progress further in this tournament. Hope SL realize that for their next 2 matches.

  • jmcilhinney on June 10, 2013, 2:18 GMT

    Some good bowling and dodgy batting from both teams but Malinga obviously deserves special mention. It's like the guy bowls with a laser sight. To be so accurate, even with slow yorkers, is incredible enough but when you consider that his round-arm action should make him less accurate (just ask Mitchell Johnson) it's even more amazing. Obviously the fact that the ball is coming at the batsmen at a lower trajectory makes it harder for them to gauge speed and length and that coupled with his accuracy makes him almost unplayable when he gets it all right, which he did here. When he's on song, moreso than any other other bowler, you really feel like a wicket could fall every ball.

  • CricketingStargazer on June 9, 2013, 17:18 GMT

    New Zealand's record in ODIs in England over the last 10 years is 11 wins to 3 defeats. That is a really impressive reccord, even against Sri Lankas 8 wins to 5 defeats.

    A great game of cricket. People seem to want huge scores and sixes, but a game like this that is low-scoring and tense is unbeatable for excitement.

    @Chamila Karunatillake The numbers of reviews has been as high as 3 in the past, but it led to far too many frivolous reviews. You get one and you use it wisely. Waste it and you leave yourself open to a bad decision.

  • jmcilhinney on June 11, 2013, 6:57 GMT

    @Gagg on (June 11, 2013, 6:36 GMT), for all we know Vettori could have been out the very next ball. For all we know NZ could have collapsed even worse if Vettori had got out later. It's pure speculation to say that NZ would have done better had Vettori not been given out. Kane Williamson was as out as I've ever seen anyone be and he used up NZ's only referral. If NZ had a second referral, who's to say that Taylor or Franklin wouldn't have used that up too and Vettori still would have been out of luck. It is the fault of Williamson and Guptill that Vettori was out. They are the two who decided to waste NZ's referral on a decision that it's hard to believe that anyone could think was not out.

  • StevieS on June 11, 2013, 6:36 GMT

    yorkslanka I agree with you as it wouldn't have come down so close with Vetorri stearing them home.

  • on June 10, 2013, 23:20 GMT

    NZ Team should be....

    Rutherford Guptil Williamson Taylor McCullum Ronchi(wkt) N McCullum Vettorri Southee Mills McClennaghan

    Ronchi has looked out of his depth at the top of the order and would be best to offer power to the lower order. plus the fact that specialist openers should be facing the two new balls in ODI cricket. Rutherford also offers a left hand option to complement Guptil's right hand batting. If Ronchi doesnt make runs McCullum may have to think about taking back the wicket keeping gloves and play another specialist batsman. (except colin munro) who looks a notch short of international class.

  • Thar1ndu on June 10, 2013, 16:58 GMT

    I think Chandimal Should bat at No.3 long term . look at his average(50+) and strike rate (80.0+) in at no3. He scored 2 ODI centuries at no.3. He is best man to take that place after sanga.He has fine technique and good stroke play. He ccan hit the ball very hard and can build an innings. Chandimal is better than thirimmane in that position(No3). Last time he played in England and hit a century on batting second at no.03.(105*) He is not capable in at no 4/5.I don't know why chandimal not bat at no.03

    Thirimanne must be long term no.04.He is a defensive player than chandimal. He is very capable to bat at no.04

    Kusal must be long term opener. But he must bat at no.06 only for this tournament.Jayawardena scored 144 in last tour of england as an opener. He must open with dilshan to win those next games.

    My team for next Game 1.Jayawardena 2.Dilshan 3.Chandimal 4.Sanga(Wk) 5.Thirimanne 6.Kusal 7.Matthews(Cpt) 8.Thisara/Dilhara 9.Kulasekara/Eranga 10.Hearth 11.Malinga

    Good luck SL!

  • yorkslanka on June 10, 2013, 16:45 GMT

    Referrals should be increased to two per innings per team. The ICC has lost the plot with all these silly rule changes,power plays are ridiculously complicated and why have two bouncers per over/ two new balls?what next,blindfold the batsman???

  • Sinhaya on June 10, 2013, 16:13 GMT

    @Narbavi, so if you are saying that Vettori was given not out and then Southee would not have batted is wrong. So after Brendon McCullum was out, Nathan would have come indeed and please dont forget the reprieve Nathan got when he was given not out for caught behind when out. Seriously why did Williamson use the review for what looked clearly out? He should have been advised not to use it up like how Sanga told Mahela not to review his LBW. So the fact is that umpiring last night was very bad. ICC should make it 2 incorrect referrals in ODIs.

  • TrueLankan on June 10, 2013, 16:01 GMT

    Can someone please tell Matthews to pick his game up in all areas. He is worthless to the team at the moment. Why on Earth did he give the ball to Dilshan instead of Eranga in the last over. At least hand over the captaincy to Chandimal. Those who were arguing about the umpires must realize that Vettori also got an incorrect call. Use your review wisely. Also why is Thirrimanne down so low. He is ineffective when batting that low. Use him as an opener or at no.3 (after Sanga retires) or not at all.

  • trav696 on June 10, 2013, 2:46 GMT

    No matter what other people say, SL did lose this match. It was a disheartening batting performance from SL to say the least, but their bowling in this match was encouraging. NZ also bowled quite well to dismiss SL in such a cheap fashion. SL need to get their batting together and not be reckless at the wrong times. Hitting the ball in the air did not preserve SL's wickets, but only ended up getting them in a worse situation. Batting out the 50 was the key to this match for SL, but the batsman need to maintain their temperament in order to progress further in this tournament. Hope SL realize that for their next 2 matches.

  • jmcilhinney on June 10, 2013, 2:18 GMT

    Some good bowling and dodgy batting from both teams but Malinga obviously deserves special mention. It's like the guy bowls with a laser sight. To be so accurate, even with slow yorkers, is incredible enough but when you consider that his round-arm action should make him less accurate (just ask Mitchell Johnson) it's even more amazing. Obviously the fact that the ball is coming at the batsmen at a lower trajectory makes it harder for them to gauge speed and length and that coupled with his accuracy makes him almost unplayable when he gets it all right, which he did here. When he's on song, moreso than any other other bowler, you really feel like a wicket could fall every ball.

  • CricketingStargazer on June 9, 2013, 17:18 GMT

    New Zealand's record in ODIs in England over the last 10 years is 11 wins to 3 defeats. That is a really impressive reccord, even against Sri Lankas 8 wins to 5 defeats.

    A great game of cricket. People seem to want huge scores and sixes, but a game like this that is low-scoring and tense is unbeatable for excitement.

    @Chamila Karunatillake The numbers of reviews has been as high as 3 in the past, but it led to far too many frivolous reviews. You get one and you use it wisely. Waste it and you leave yourself open to a bad decision.

  • jmcilhinney on June 11, 2013, 6:57 GMT

    @Gagg on (June 11, 2013, 6:36 GMT), for all we know Vettori could have been out the very next ball. For all we know NZ could have collapsed even worse if Vettori had got out later. It's pure speculation to say that NZ would have done better had Vettori not been given out. Kane Williamson was as out as I've ever seen anyone be and he used up NZ's only referral. If NZ had a second referral, who's to say that Taylor or Franklin wouldn't have used that up too and Vettori still would have been out of luck. It is the fault of Williamson and Guptill that Vettori was out. They are the two who decided to waste NZ's referral on a decision that it's hard to believe that anyone could think was not out.

  • StevieS on June 11, 2013, 6:36 GMT

    yorkslanka I agree with you as it wouldn't have come down so close with Vetorri stearing them home.

  • on June 10, 2013, 23:20 GMT

    NZ Team should be....

    Rutherford Guptil Williamson Taylor McCullum Ronchi(wkt) N McCullum Vettorri Southee Mills McClennaghan

    Ronchi has looked out of his depth at the top of the order and would be best to offer power to the lower order. plus the fact that specialist openers should be facing the two new balls in ODI cricket. Rutherford also offers a left hand option to complement Guptil's right hand batting. If Ronchi doesnt make runs McCullum may have to think about taking back the wicket keeping gloves and play another specialist batsman. (except colin munro) who looks a notch short of international class.

  • Thar1ndu on June 10, 2013, 16:58 GMT

    I think Chandimal Should bat at No.3 long term . look at his average(50+) and strike rate (80.0+) in at no3. He scored 2 ODI centuries at no.3. He is best man to take that place after sanga.He has fine technique and good stroke play. He ccan hit the ball very hard and can build an innings. Chandimal is better than thirimmane in that position(No3). Last time he played in England and hit a century on batting second at no.03.(105*) He is not capable in at no 4/5.I don't know why chandimal not bat at no.03

    Thirimanne must be long term no.04.He is a defensive player than chandimal. He is very capable to bat at no.04

    Kusal must be long term opener. But he must bat at no.06 only for this tournament.Jayawardena scored 144 in last tour of england as an opener. He must open with dilshan to win those next games.

    My team for next Game 1.Jayawardena 2.Dilshan 3.Chandimal 4.Sanga(Wk) 5.Thirimanne 6.Kusal 7.Matthews(Cpt) 8.Thisara/Dilhara 9.Kulasekara/Eranga 10.Hearth 11.Malinga

    Good luck SL!

  • yorkslanka on June 10, 2013, 16:45 GMT

    Referrals should be increased to two per innings per team. The ICC has lost the plot with all these silly rule changes,power plays are ridiculously complicated and why have two bouncers per over/ two new balls?what next,blindfold the batsman???

  • Sinhaya on June 10, 2013, 16:13 GMT

    @Narbavi, so if you are saying that Vettori was given not out and then Southee would not have batted is wrong. So after Brendon McCullum was out, Nathan would have come indeed and please dont forget the reprieve Nathan got when he was given not out for caught behind when out. Seriously why did Williamson use the review for what looked clearly out? He should have been advised not to use it up like how Sanga told Mahela not to review his LBW. So the fact is that umpiring last night was very bad. ICC should make it 2 incorrect referrals in ODIs.

  • TrueLankan on June 10, 2013, 16:01 GMT

    Can someone please tell Matthews to pick his game up in all areas. He is worthless to the team at the moment. Why on Earth did he give the ball to Dilshan instead of Eranga in the last over. At least hand over the captaincy to Chandimal. Those who were arguing about the umpires must realize that Vettori also got an incorrect call. Use your review wisely. Also why is Thirrimanne down so low. He is ineffective when batting that low. Use him as an opener or at no.3 (after Sanga retires) or not at all.

  • Tal_Botvinnik on June 10, 2013, 14:03 GMT

    Don't worry people, SL always loses practice matches and intial matches, later he become unbeatable(until the final) like CB series, T20 cup, pak series win,etc. Kusal,Chandimal and Mathews failed to day but thats how legends like sanga,mahela,amla,devilliers,sanath,sachin...etc started.

  • cruisy on June 10, 2013, 13:40 GMT

    Re the last ball of the match - can someone be kind enough to tell me if McCleneghan "was" run out (hypothetically speaking) going for the 2nd wide (unbeknownst to him at the time that it was called a wide (and thus there was an additional run)) would have he been officially out on the scorecard - even though NZ still won? ie the official scoreboard would have said 139 (all out) as opposed to 140/9? Hope that makes sense.... Thanks

  • shortsillypoint on June 10, 2013, 13:27 GMT

    An exciting match that both sides could have won right till the end. Luck plays some part, like when Mills was run out with a fluke throw. SL appealed until the umpires were tired of it. If there had been 50 reviews it would not have been enough. Both sides knew there was one only review meant for howlers like Vettori's but chose to waste them! Two more games left so no need to cry!

  • jmcilhinney on June 10, 2013, 12:58 GMT

    @Ramarao Velury on (June 10, 2013, 10:08 GMT), so you think that WI, Pakistan, NZ and SL deserve more praise than England? WI and NZ were only just good enough to win their games and Pakistan and SL weren't good enough to win theirs and were even bowled out, yet you think they deserve more praise than England just because Australia weren't good enough to get close to their score? If Australia had batted better then that game may have gone down to the wire too but England's bowling was too good for that to happen. Why should England be criticised for that? Those games were only exciting because all four batting line-ups were incompetent so praise the bowlers if you like but praising the team as a whole and criticising England is a bit rich.

  • dunger.bob on June 10, 2013, 12:50 GMT

    re the review system. .. One is not enough. Three would be better IMO. .. I vaguely remember them trying to review every decision automatically in Aus. a while back. It slowed the game down a surprising amount and was quickly abandoned so I don't think you can review everything. There has to be a limit and 3 sounds good. .. One thing about the reviews is that there is supposed to be a tactical side to it. Wasting reviews by speculating (hoping you get lucky in other words) is not a good tactic. .. If you KNOW you aren't out, go ahead for sure but if you are just HOPING you're not out, then that's just a selfish act and you should be made to sweep out the dressing room after play. .. Especially if you only have one up your sleeve. I'm not saying your guy was wrong, but unless he was sure of himself, he shot your one and only chance straight off a cliff.

  • on June 10, 2013, 12:34 GMT

    Talk about Kusal J being similar to Sanath J. Very True guys... Just look at his dismissal. Just like Sanath J used to get out when he was in very poor form. Lol

  • Naked_Cricket on June 10, 2013, 11:50 GMT

    From the next match on Thirimaanna's Batting position should go high.No 3 would be good if wicket falls in powerplays. He has Power to clear infield and class to see new ball.This will really benefits for the future as well, when sanga, mahela leaves the team.

  • on June 10, 2013, 10:24 GMT

    If the last decision was made correctly , then S/l had won the game, i dont know why always at the crusial moments some decisions are wrong for any team that is am not a S/L but was it not cruel to them the ball was hitting the toe in front and not the bat first, why it was given not out ,nobody can argue

  • on June 10, 2013, 10:15 GMT

    I felt the quality of umpiring plumbed its lowest depth I have observed in my 60 years of watching Cricket in this match. No doubt we have the luxury of seeing replays in the last decade, but that is not an excuse for continuing with poor quality we are observing. Umpires too should show some humility and seek third umpires opinion, when they are in doubt. In a gave where one sided only 38 overs there was no time pressure and many decisions in Malingsa spells over and the clear tip catch to Sangakkara, off Eranga that Nathan McCullum survived would have brought a different outcome then.

  • on June 10, 2013, 10:08 GMT

    So far Only England and Australia produced a dreary match. They dont seem to be interested in this trophy at all - their eyes are on ASHES. Rest all the matches went to the wire. Great

  • davidlister on June 10, 2013, 8:52 GMT

    How is it good for the game that decisions that are palpably wrong are allowed to stand? Technology is here now and in the game- so let's go the whole hog and use it for all lbws and snicks. And if that greatly diminishes the role of the umpire, well, is that so important? What is important is that the twenty-two players see their efforts properly reflected, and not undermined by incorrect decisions.

  • Dr.Lakson on June 10, 2013, 8:38 GMT

    What a great match!. I am wondering about the flack in this article about the SL Captaincy. All the international commentators praised SL captaincy. It is always easy to critique after the fact. Malinga is not a bowler that needs to be handled carefully we do not want him to breakdown by bowling continuously hence the decession to keep his last 4........ also Dilshans last over was a big gamble by the captain and unfortunately he bowled to poor balls.......

  • cricfan100 on June 10, 2013, 8:13 GMT

    If sri lanka are to have any chance in this competition they should have a close look at their batting line up. It has been long since Dilshan, sanga and mahela holding on to no 2,3,4 respectively. Other than an odd exception it has been always like that for last five to six years. This always led to frequent batting collapses, as when ever top three are gone youngsters are left with little or no experience on how to cope with the rising pressure, leaving them in no mans land. Even though this has been the trend no selection panel ever had any say on this. sanga , mahela,dishan being the three main pillars of sri lankan side might have prompted that. But time has come to jayasuriya and co to talk to sanga and mahela whom were groomed under him ,and ask them bat down the order. Even a child with little sense of cricket can understand playing thirimanne at no 7 neutralizes any impact that he can have on the game. He can be easily played at no 3 followed by sanga and chandimal & mahela

  • koushik2412 on June 10, 2013, 7:34 GMT

    here comes the slinger special. But it wasn't enough to fetch a win for sri lanka.

  • latecut_04 on June 10, 2013, 7:07 GMT

    Menacing Malinga!!!Take a bow..Wasim Akram is widely regarded as the best EVER ODI bowler but i really wonder what all you would have done if not for injuries.(4/4 against SA in WC2007 is stell fresh in my mind.)Haven't seen anyone other than a certain Waqar Younis so deadly with yorkers.But evenhe waskindofpikd later in his career.Is it only because of the slingy action.Round arm action should make controlling the ball all the more difficulthehouldn't it...Really loking for some insight here..have asked this time and over to many but neve got a satisfying reply....Also what is the probability of someone like Dhoni who specialises in digging out yorkers but isn't technically great succeeding against him in ODIs....any thoughts...

  • deep6321 on June 10, 2013, 6:42 GMT

    Something out of current conversation:-

    best batting lineup in this CT: India,SA,Eng,SL,WI,Aus,NZ,PAK

    Best bowling lineup in this CT : PAK,NZ,SL,Eng,Aus,WI,Ind,SA(with out steyn)

  • johnq1 on June 10, 2013, 6:25 GMT

    Low Scoring game but was awesome to watch.. Just like the WI vs PAK.. Which was low scoring but both the teams had their chances to win..

  • Wolverine77 on June 10, 2013, 6:14 GMT

    Team batting first in these conditions doesn't need to score 250+ to win a game. they just need to bat their full 50 overs. SL needs to sort-out their batting line up for the next game. they need to understand that playing 7 batters isn't helping them as if they need the 7th guy to save the game, that means they are already in deep trouble. Hate to say this but Kusal or Chandi should be dropped. two most promising young talents in the SL line up but their technique doesn't help them to do well in English conditions. Mahela should open with Dili and Thiri should bat @ 3 or 4..

  • maddy20 on June 10, 2013, 6:01 GMT

    @Sinhaya Agreed. 2 should be minimum or may be even 3!

  • LWGLWG on June 10, 2013, 6:01 GMT

    It was a mistake of ICC. Having Australia in the group A they should not have nominated Australian Umpires for the matches involved by the teams of same group. We all humans and tend to be bias towards their own country. That is why ICC went in for neutral umpires long time ago. You judge yourselves what I am saying whether it is correct or wrong! It was a horrible match for umpires. ultimately they could not guess what to give out or not out.Is that ICC EXPECT FROM UMPIRES??

  • deep6321 on June 10, 2013, 5:32 GMT

    @ gnanzcupid totally agree with you..

  • on June 10, 2013, 5:27 GMT

    Both team batted well during last few matches. The main reason for low scores due to Bad Wicket prepared by the curator.The standard of Umpires are are not up to the standard. The ICC should highly consider whether they appoint these two Umpires for Future games.

  • Biggus on June 10, 2013, 5:24 GMT

    SL must contain their enthusiasm with regard to appealing. Really, some of those appeals were beyond ridiculous, and it must have been obvious to those doing the appealing that it wasn't out, so what were the purposes of the appeals if it wasn't to put undue pressure on the umpires. Some deliveries were pitching 8 or 10 inches outside leg stump and still there was aggressive appealing. They are not the only team that does this either. This sort of behaviour is becoming a real eyesore on the game and is as bad as the nasty verbal antics that are now de rigeur behaviour in the game. If you tried it in schoolboy cricket you'd be reprimanded for sure, and I see no reason that international players should be treated any differently. They are, after all, role models for the younger generation. It's time for international cricketers from all teams to clean their act up, and the ICC should grow a backbone to ensure this occurs. Probability of this happening? 0%.

  • on June 10, 2013, 5:14 GMT

    @shwet14 I agree with the majority of your assessment, Malinga did bowl exceedingly well. However I do not think it is fair to say that the NZ bowling was not good enough to bowl SL out cheaply, right from the first ball all the bowlers hit their lengths and did not give the SL batsmen anything loose. I believe the NZ bowlers deserve credit for their performance today along with Bmac for the way he used them and the fields he set.

  • acnipuna on June 10, 2013, 5:09 GMT

    Mathews Played the innings of the day by scoring 9 off 34 balls putting lot of pressure on sanga and others to come after Mathews. So sanaga and thisara had go nearly a runner ball to get pass 200

  • on June 10, 2013, 5:09 GMT

    When honesty exist hardly will the umpires be blamed & so players won't get the blame & instead everyday they will be encouraged by fans all over the world as they still carry the gentlemen's game that we have seen in the past. But yesterday's game was the best game so far for the 2013 cricket calendar. Just have no words to express the feelings. Won't blame New Zealand or Sri Lanka because it was 50-50 till the very end. Well done Lions. Hope u get on with the next 2 games & win them with huge margins to up the net run rate.

  • warneshane on June 10, 2013, 5:04 GMT

    The_bowlers_Holding on (June 9, 2013, 23:47 GMT found empty vessel..... Hip Hip Hurray.... ENG won the match against AUS by biggest margin in CHAMPIONS TROPHY 2013 and without Swann & Finn. Really biggest margin than IND v/s AUS practice game. I was expecting AUS v/s ENG a cracker of the CT 2013 than IND v/s SA. But I was disappointed to see teams (AUS, ENG, PAK, SL & NZ) forgetting how to use bat. Moreover these people (their resp. fans, players & reporters) blaming the conditions and umpiring decisions. Do ENG team deliberately kept swann & Finn on reserve bench? Do ENG team underestimate the opponents & toying with team selection in such crucial game? MJ Guptill made 189 n.o. against Swann & Anderson on 2 June 2013. Stop wasting time on calculating wrong stats in favor of supporting teams & blaming the conditions/umpiring. It won't help the teams either. Just enjoy better game of cricket in its spirit of sportsmanship. please no more ifs. Pl Come To The Reality...

  • on June 10, 2013, 5:02 GMT

    @BDforeverr- It is not that hard to find batsmen. That's the truth. For example, with no feet movement at all, Dhoni is still a great batsman. Trust me if Kusal or Chandimal fail, then there are more than 10 domestic players lined up to grab that places. Batting is not that of a bigger problem for SL, but they need to find a good paceman and a spinner. (I'm not familiar with BD performances as there are not that much popular players from that country. So I won't comment on your team or the performances.)

  • deep6321 on June 10, 2013, 4:56 GMT

    I personally feel SL batting was the cause SL lost the game.they bowled well and almost snatched victory.But I would like to praise NZ here.They have really improved their ODI cricket since SA series win.I hope NZ win the title...... and I dont understand why SL fans keep praising Kusal Perera and keep calling him "reincarnation of jayasuriya".He will be a flop show and as is thirimanna

  • Narbavi on June 10, 2013, 4:53 GMT

    @Sinhaya: Look, had Vettori not been given out wrongly then probably Southee wouldn't have had to come out to bat at all, how did you neglect that?

  • on June 10, 2013, 4:50 GMT

    Malinga is the best bowler on show, so far, in this tournament. We have seen all the eight teams, at least once. And, all their leading bowlers.

    By the way, I am not a SriLankan.

  • BDforeverr on June 10, 2013, 4:44 GMT

    All in all no one here is speaking abt weak SL batting line .. All ppl are speaking is abt bowling of malinga .. All other defects got nullified

    Am sure by 2015 WC our Bangladesh batting lineup will catch up with SL . Although it will take time for us in bowling .. Mark my words in 2015 Bangladesh will do better in batting than this SL batting with 3 seniors nearing expiry date and 3 youngsters kusal, chandimal , thirimanne highly overrated ... T Perara can only bat to to leg side .. Mathews with injuries (may be) is very low in confidence ... I don't see this team going anywhere

  • Gloryof96 on June 10, 2013, 4:41 GMT

    Being and Sri Lankan, it was a brilliant game and who said 50 overs is dead (might be but its turning in its grave!).

    Yes there was excessive appealing but when you defend a total as low as 139, you know it cant last the distance and you need 10 wickets.

    My question is, just because there is excessive appealing, it should not go against the fielding side since the umpire is there to make the correct decision and ICC needs to look at these issues very carefully. Also ICC needs to have a fare method to get the 3rd umpire to intervene on wrong decisions or have more reviews available ... after all, why is the review system is in place? to make it right!!

  • Fast_Track_Bully on June 10, 2013, 4:22 GMT

    Normally SL were my 2nd favorite team after India.But the last T20WC match between Pak and Aus- when both teams did the adjustment to get a place in semis and hence India were out of the tournament - there was a big roar in SL crowd (obviously they do not prefer a team which has better win ratio against them) because India were out of the tournament - which make me to think twice about my support to SL. After that I enjoy the defeats of SL. Now my support order is : India, SA, WI, NZ.

  • OutCast on June 10, 2013, 4:21 GMT

    Here's my prediction... Australia will leave this tournament with zero wins and SL's only win will come at the expense of Aus... I predict England is the dark horse in the tournament and they will pull it...

  • shwet14 on June 10, 2013, 4:07 GMT

    I think malinga deserves MoM award this game. What a fantastic spell of bowling.. he was weaving a magic with the ball just as a spinner would. His bag of tricks was too much -- slow yorker, fast inswinging yorker, slow bouncer, fast bouncer, away swinging length ball.. ultimately Oxenford's error proved costly for SL. but their batsmen should take the blame to land themselves in such a state in the first place!! NZ bowling was not good enough to restrict SL to 138..Matthews's tactics were very surprising while batting. What was he doing? playing out maidens.. he should have tried to rotate strike , that would have eased the pressure on Sanga who alone batted beautifully

  • on June 10, 2013, 4:02 GMT

    Lankans did not adopt to the situation specially the batsmen. barring mahela and Mathews others threw their wickets. The game is not over yet. I think Lanka should go with sachithra and drop one batter. If they cannot build total with 6 batters plus one allrounder then they are not sure about them. Also the NZ SWOT seems to have not been done well. Next match with England do the SWOT. The tournament still open.

  • Htc-Android on June 10, 2013, 4:02 GMT

    @Sinhaya. Clearly we cant blame umpiring for this loss. We could have easily won that game, if we batted our full 50 overs. I was really disappointed with the way sanga, thissara and Eranga got out. What were they really thinking. But Kusal was really unlucky to get out. He got out due to a brilliant fielding effort.

  • on June 10, 2013, 4:00 GMT

    Many will say what a thriller was that..But personally I feel, batting of our team is weak. Forget about Kusal, he just faced only one ball. But what happen to mathews and Thirimanna? They played lot of balls and absorbed too much pressure. Both batsman couldn't work the single and give the majority of the strike to Sangakkara. They try to set themselves and go on, which is a good ploy but they need to do it while keep ticking the score board. Sangakkara didn't get any support from the other end, finally he also played a rash shot and gave his wicket away. One stage they were 118/7 and nearly 15 overs left in the game. Personally i feel when Sri Lanka loose their top order so cheaply, always they pressurize them selves by not getting singles. Then again at the end of the day we say " If we had another 20-30 runs it would have been different".

  • Mahaanama on June 10, 2013, 3:57 GMT

    @Greatest_Game: Mate, I didn't say umpire deliberately gave it NOT OUT in favour of Southee. It was just a mistake and that kind of mistakes are possible in cricket. I also accept that Vettori was NOT OUT when he was given OUT. But I can't accept your stats that ways Vettori could have scored 25+ runs since stats says he does so when he faces 16+ deliveries. Vettori's batting average is just 12 against SL in 24 innings. I also like to mention what this article says. "The period did involve a thin edge from N McCullum in the 28th over when the score read 100, but only the keeper heard it". McCullum should have walked since he knew he was OUT. Southee's decision not also cost SL a wicket but also 4 extra runs.

  • IndianCoolGuy on June 10, 2013, 3:56 GMT

    @siri12345 : Why do you disappoint with your teams performance? your team has a very strong batting lineup. you have Mahela, you have Sanga, you have Parera,, all are match winners, but only bad thing happened for them is,they had very less match practice.Probably they need 4 to 5 match practices, then they can come and bean any team in the world. Just think this as a practice match for 2015 word cup. You only said apart from SL, other teams like Indian batting line up, are medicore batting lineup and with flop shows of just with 2 warmup matches, and 1 real match, you cannot be dissappoint. be patience with your team until they win dear.

  • siri12345 on June 10, 2013, 3:55 GMT

    @greatest game-agreed vettori has been undone by the umpires but sl has been undone by the umpires in as many as 3 occasions.if u dont beleive me u can check the overs 20.3 and 27.2 from cricinfo when nz were batting.leaving these 2 there is also southee plumb lbw which would have changed the game.and regarding ur stats about vettori i am sure there is also another stat-all the batsman who were playing this game except sanga scored far far lesser runs than their actual odi average.so wat is the guarantee that vettori would have scored his average.cricinfo......publish.

  • Bishop on June 10, 2013, 3:51 GMT

    @Errol Smith - Rightly or wrongly, walking in cricket is a thing of the past! If you fined every batsman who stood his ground when they knew they were out none of them would have any money at all. Vettori doesn't get to say to the umpire "actually ump, the ball you gave me out on hit my bat", so why should Southee have to say "that one hit my toe". Not least of all in Southee's case because the ball also hit his bat. Of course it was toe first, so should have been given out, but having never been hit by a Malinga yorker myself, I can't say that it wouldn't be hard for Southee to know himself what order those events happenend in. The difference in my mind between a batsman not walking and a fielder claiming a catch is that in the fielder's case he is making a representation to the umpires - "yes I caught that one". That representation should be truthful. In the batsman's case he is just passively awaiting the decision.

  • sweetspot on June 10, 2013, 3:35 GMT

    Even with all the poor umpiring and very poorly used reviews, this was a match between two teams that batted without purpose and focus. After scoring less than 140 and being all out in less than 40 overs, SL deserved to be in the dock, except for Lasith Malinga bowling superbly and effectively. What were NZ thinking with risky singles and such, when the asking rate was a non-issue?!

    DRS is a terrible idea if only a limited number of referrals are allowed. It makes the system look doubly shameful.

  • ramesh80 on June 10, 2013, 3:34 GMT

    After seeing this match and previous match of Pak and West Indiese who can say One dayer are dull and it is dying. This type of match is much better than bollywood style corruption ridden IPl and T20!! ODI is still great !!

  • on June 10, 2013, 3:32 GMT

    Doesn't matter!! We can't win all the time. Atleast SL team remembered their fans still watch the match! Faith in SL team.. Restored!!!

  • TATTUs on June 10, 2013, 3:28 GMT

    I think the points and net runrate system needs a recheck. Now NZ top the table even though they won by 1 wicket. Englands was the dominant/bigger and more comfortable win. So naturally England should top the table. Suppose SL got out for 50 and NZ chased that in 10 overs but with 9 wickets down then NZ will have NRR of 4 which would be ridiculous as both the teams would have played badly. I think the wickets lost should come in the denominator somehow so that the NRR will reflect the quality of the win.

  • on June 10, 2013, 3:24 GMT

    Umpiring standard was so low in a "World CuP match

  • ajithabey on June 10, 2013, 3:20 GMT

    Great fight back by the sri lankan bowlers after their 7 batsman let them down with a paltry score. It was a pity that SL did not include another spinner as probably the team management and captain read the pitch wrong. The umpiring was of a very poor standard for such an important match where batsman who were out were given not out and vice versa.

  • siri12345 on June 10, 2013, 3:17 GMT

    really really dissapointed on our batting performance.before the match i thought we dont need 8 batsman and we will do good if we drop a batsman and play senanayke but when we were 4 down i thought thank god we were playing thirimanne somehow hoping that one out of matthews or thirimanne will stay with sanga and somehow bring our score to 200+ and give our bowlers atleast a chance,but the fact that we managed 138 picking 8 batsman at the cost of senanayke proved futile as playing senanayke would have been perfect for us.just imagine if dilshan could trouble this much wat a mystery spinner like senanayke could have done yesterday.one of the main reason for loosing the match.i requst all of our batsman to better pull up our socks now because our next two game is in kenningston oval london where it may be more hostile than cardiff.so we should bat with a sole reason of survival first than scoring runs because in this kind of pitches if one can stay in wicket runs can come at later stages

  • Remoz on June 10, 2013, 3:16 GMT

    @gnanzcupid Kohli is a good player bad character. Chandimal is good player good character

  • PadMarley on June 10, 2013, 3:12 GMT

    Forget about everything else in this game.... Its all about Malinga. Long ago, we had a decent number of bowlers who could perform like he did.. we have seen waqar, wasims, shoeb, Mcgra, warne, murali, doing it on a regular basis... but right now , it seem only Styne and Malinga can do this on regular basis.... its true that you would have a bad day on and off.. every legend had it. But these two bowlers are world cricket treasures in modern era! Just imagine if that obvious LBW decision was given... just imagine guys!!!!

  • on June 10, 2013, 3:10 GMT

    Umpire decisions just took the game away... We need better umpires than this. Who is smart enough to think that technology can see better than them.

  • SRI_fan on June 10, 2013, 3:09 GMT

    @Greatest_Game. I loved watching the NZ innings for the entertainment value it provided. Yes, that's cricket. But I must say that your statistical validation, including the mention of 'probability', is completely INVALID and INACCURATE. You should accept that you have no idea about statistics nor probability. Why? An average of '25' doesn't mean that 'statistically' it's gonna happen.. That average of 25 could have come from 2 ducks, a single, 4, and a fluky 120 made against a weak team. Yet there is an more than an 80% chance that he will not make that 25 in this game against Sri Lanka. So, NZ should have lost this game.

    Sorry to have to correct you. But you should just say what you have to say without trying to use big words that you yourself don't know how to apply. Go Sri Lanka!!

  • cjchanaka on June 10, 2013, 2:59 GMT

    SL should blame themselves not for umpiring decisions, very poor team selection cost them, specially in cardiff team should play with two quality spinners, even mendis could be very useful as an allrounder replacing thirimanne, If both sanga & thisara play sensibly little bit until 40 overs, 170 score would be achievable, reason for their nervous was brilliant captancy by macculum, well done sanga & awsome malinga, I expect more team performance in next two............

  • mngc1 on June 10, 2013, 2:52 GMT

    It is time to implement full DRS and give additional reviews at a price. 10 % match fee for 1st rejected and 20 % for the 2nd. That will stop frivolous reviews but give the teams an opportunity to get the correct decision. From this article there were 3 wrong decisions. In such a prestigious tournament 3 bad decisions in just 40 overs - well I do not have to elaborate on that. Additionally remove the "on field decisions". All should be either out or not out.

  • on June 10, 2013, 2:47 GMT

    If one assumes that Southee must have realized he had not played the ball and that it came off his toe (can u not know u have been hit by a Malinga Yorker) and he accepted the 4 runs the umpire gave him, isn't he behaving exactly as Dinesh Ramdhin regarding the Misbah catch? So why is he not being charged also?By the same token, he should inform the umpire that the ball came off his to.......Double standards.............

  • on June 10, 2013, 2:44 GMT

    well played sri lanka bowlers...Specially mali & others...you can do this go ahead & beat the england & ausies...

  • on June 10, 2013, 2:43 GMT

    I don't know why some would complain about the bowling of either side. Doesn't the scores tell you anything? For Sri Lanka, the batsmen must take full responsibility. Don't blame the selectors for not choosing the right 11, specially not after the match. SL had people who could bat till no.9. But only Sanga held his nerve.

  • IndianCoolGuy on June 10, 2013, 2:38 GMT

    @Baseball-Sucks: Unfortunately SL has lost a real game (Not a warmup game) also. I know that SL used the warmup matches very well than others, As you said "Baseball-Sucks" they did not even bother about loosing a warmup game, but they have utilized warmup games very well. but their match practice was not sufficient I think. Specially batting needs more practice. I am worried a lot about SL batting. SL has a week & medicore batting lineup. They have to come up with a very strong batting reply. For getting mental strength they have to treat this also a one of the practice match and go ahead with the other two remaining games. What do you say "Baseball-sucks" ?

  • FLIPPER_99 on June 10, 2013, 2:36 GMT

    @Greatest_Game yes you maybe right about vettoris wicket but what about the nick of nathan mccullum that was given not out? he made 30 odd runs in the end & that made the difference. so whether you like it or not you have to accept that in this match umpire decisions were baffling & unfortunate for both sides but it affected SL more than it did to NZ & thats what decided the match finally.

  • jmcilhinney on June 10, 2013, 2:16 GMT

    That was a very exciting game. I'm an England fan living in Australia so I has to stay up very late to watch a game that my team weren't playing in. Fortunately today (Monday) is a public holiday, but it was worth it regardless. It's a shame that the umpiring potentially had a hand in the result but DRS provided both teams the means to right the wrongs but NZ at least only have themselves to blame. I haven't seen many more obviously out than Williamson so for him to waste a review was inviting disaster and it nearly happened with Vettori's dismissal. I didn't see SL's review but it was presumably a marginal one at best.

  • kevepere on June 10, 2013, 2:05 GMT

    Mathews have been in real poor form. Better add N.Kule in place of him... Make some competition between chandimal and thirimanne , both seem to be in bad form. Currently everything going wrong for SL. I think one of the main problems of SL team is the middle order. We can find good openers but middle order batsman like aravinda de silva have been missed for such a long time. 1. kusal 2. Dilshan 3. Sanga 4. Chandimal 5. Mahela 6.Thirimanne 7. Thisara 8. Sachithra 9. N.Kule 10. Herath 11 Malinga

  • Prem2248 on June 10, 2013, 1:58 GMT

    all, the using of these inconsistent veterans as front-liners serves no purpose for the Future of Country's Cricket. As a fan, it was also very disgusting to see the employment of 2 spinners that can't spin nor extract any bounce off the pitch, at a time the Country is blessed with abundance of quality spinners(Malinda Pushpakumara 284 1ST CL WKTS with a 1ST CLS AVE of 20.50, Senanayake 346 1ST CL WKTS with a 1ST CLS AVE of 19.91, Ajantha264 1ST CL WKTS with a 1ST CLS AVE of 21.64,…) By the way Malinda has been sent to WI with the SL's A side as he has been a leading Wkt taker in Domestic Cricket for the last 5 years, but he was not used in the just concluded 1st Unofficial test, because the authorities feel that if they had allowed him to sign, he will be a definite threat to a henchmen that they always want to accommodate in the 1st XI. One can verify stats at any good website like Cricinfo.

  • REALMADRIDFAN on June 10, 2013, 1:57 GMT

    sanga and malinga doesnot deserve to be with this bunch of jokers. i dont see this lankan team winning any matches overseas( or at home) after these two retire.

  • Prem2248 on June 10, 2013, 1:57 GMT

    with full control over almost every stroke he plays. The present player that has been given that responsibility for the last 5 years could offer only a limited number of strokes that also only on one-side of the wkt. It isn't easy to contain a good bowling attack without proper neat strokes on the leg-side of the wkt. What such batter could do is make things difficult for the young batters to follow, while making few runs for himself but not for the Team. That has always been the case for the last 5-6 years; hardly won a series at Home since Attapatu left from the top-order. The J&Ps are yet to understand this over-hyped flat-footed 3 front-line batters & the spinner that can't spin nor extract bounce off the pitch (unless it was a deteriorating pitch) are burden to the side. Though Mathews & Chandimal being the captain/ vice-captain they too seem to have neither authority nor confidence in themselves to play freely while these under-performing seniors are around. After 2B CNTD

  • Prem2248 on June 10, 2013, 1:52 GMT

    In '96, one of the openers did nothing as a batter, his aggregate of runs in all 6 innings was 74 out of 62balls faced and the other was successful only on 2 occasions, but the local media still gives the full credit of winning the WC to these 2. It is this kind of media we have in SL. In reality there wouldn't have been a WC win for us if not for neat quality correct batting of Aravinda, Hashan & M'nama (& the disciplined bowling line-up we had). Darmasena too was more dependable& had a very correct technique than the 3 over-hyped senior batters we have at present, however Attapatu despite being a top-grade bat, had been asked to sit out (similar to his final WC)in all 6 innings in spite of one opener had continuously been failed). These quality batters of '96 had all class and elegance to demoralize any bowling attack. We don't have such quality batters in this present Team. We badly need a batter of Arvinda's class at No 3 position who has strokes all around the wicket2B CNTD

  • on June 10, 2013, 1:49 GMT

    @Caribbean_Man wrote "The snick that was not given by the umpire and the batsman 'stood his ground'. Is this ' the spirit of the game' that has been allegedly trampled upon by Ramdin? Did the NZL batsman, by his actions, intend to deceive the umpire. How long have several batsmen also been 'striving to welch' on this spirit of the game?"

    yesterday u saw whole SL team appealing everytime whenever the ball hits the pad,most of the SL players appealed inspite of knowing that impact was outside the off-stump...so why put the blame only on batsmen?...

  • OutCast on June 10, 2013, 1:43 GMT

    What a farcical match this was... once again Mathews was clueless and he perhaps is OK for 20/20 shorter versions, but he heavily lacks intelligence... a captain must be either strong batsman or a strong bowler and should should be very tactical.. Angelo neither contributed with his batting nor with his bowling... I like the idea of ONE review per team, YES, use it smart or you thinking about your smartness in your hotel room... both teams blew their review privilege and acted so childish... like the sold out stadium(Oh yeah), the umpires had as much as interest like the fans... the umpires mathematically neutralized their mistakes-- 2 negatives equals positive-- a wrong LWB against Vettori and a not out LBW for NZ... Overall, from ball#1, the game was NZ's and at times they let SL borrow the hopes for the sake of paid SL spectators...

  • on June 10, 2013, 1:38 GMT

    good result for NZ..SL fans can say that their team put up a fight but that doesn't reflect on the points table with SL having worst NRR...SL got help from the umpires(nathan mcculum was notout but given and vettori too was not-out)...so they can't blame umpires for giving not out to southee...malinga's figures r excellent but u have to say that he wudn't have returned with this figure if he had played against IND....ask malinga to bowl those slower balls against kohli and dhoni(i bet he won't do that)...and less said is better abt SL batting....cricinfo pls publish

  • SeanB on June 10, 2013, 1:35 GMT

    For all the fuss about DRS, there were at least five calls that were 'howlers' - the same thing DRS was supposed to remove from the game. How about giving the third umpire the option to review a decision made by the on field umpires? Its done for no-balls after a decision, so why not check hot spot after caught behind or LBW call? To make things even, offer the fielding side 5 or 10 appeals for every inning.

    If they do not fix it, DRS may well not be used.

  • samincolumbia on June 10, 2013, 1:23 GMT

    NZ was the better team of the two and deservedly won! The umpires decisions affected both teams, not just SL... SL fans whining notwithstanding.

  • on June 10, 2013, 1:21 GMT

    Agree it was an wonderful spell but still better teams especially INDIA have worked him out so easily. He is still a mystery but more to the lesser batsmen. I think he has to prove himself against sides like INDIA and pakistan particularly india coz they are the only team who go on the offensive against malinga in almost every match these days.

  • Technical-1 on June 10, 2013, 1:15 GMT

    Poor umpiring cost Sri Lanka the Match. Why is it that the umpires don't use the review system when they are in doubt. Why are the fielding team responsible for the on-field umpiring? Beats me.

  • Sinhaya on June 10, 2013, 1:04 GMT

    @Greatest_Game and Maddy20, yes I fully agree that Vettori was unlucky but Sri Lanka were unlucky TWICE! Forgot how McCullum was caught behind by Sanga and not given out in the 27.2 over of NZ innings? Southee was extremely lucky not to be given out. So Sri Lanka got 2 harsh decisions and NZ got just one harsh decision and that is reality. Hopefully ICC grants 2 incorrect referalls per innings as one is too little.

  • Vijay_P_S on June 10, 2013, 1:02 GMT

    The premise that the net run rate indicates the margin of victory is shown to be a fallacy in this match. Time for a new formula?

  • dunger.bob on June 10, 2013, 0:59 GMT

    I didn't get to see any of this game, but I wish I had seen it all. What a great game of cricket !. It sounds like a real knock-em-down, drag-em-out affair from the old school. .. .. This is what can happen when you play against NZ. They have an annoying habit of punching well above their perceived weight and just keep coming at you. .. they are the proverbial terrier on a rat. .. SL is an accomplished 50 over team IMO. They have a lot of good things going for them besides Mr. Magic but I reckon they let the Kiwi's under their skin a bit here. .. I've seen this before and if you get into a street fight with NZ things like technique, game plans and even sanity can just disappear out the window. It turns into a sort of bar-room brawl where every move you make looks a bit desperate. It's crazy as hell but makes for very interesting cricket. ...... great stuff guys, I'm looking forward to the next instalment.

  • Sinhaya on June 10, 2013, 0:55 GMT

    Yesterday's wicket was no doubt good for bowlers. No doubt McClennaghan bowled superbly and his average alone shows he is suitable for the shorter formats. Lankans made the mistake of not playing Senanayake and also it was a slow pitch where ball did not come on to the bat. This meant you should never play uppish shots as that was why Sanga, Thisara, Malinga, Eranga etc threw their wickets. NZ no doubt had to end their run of not having won an ODI against Sri Lanka for 12 or so games and it happened yesterday. No doubt Eranga can spearhead our bowling attack in the future.

  • Bishop on June 10, 2013, 0:52 GMT

    What a match, and a pity it has been marred by umpiring decisions. Credit to SL for making a game of it despite such a low total - it would have been so easy for them to just hang their heads. Malinga is a massive talent, and a definite match winner, and he so nearly did just that. I am a little disappointed in NZ that the match did go so close, and I wonder how much the lunch break had to do with that. It has always struck me as odd that the "reward" for bowling a team out early is to have your own innings disrupted. This is not the first time I've seen a batting team settled before lunch losing quick wickets after lunch, when the bowlers have had a short rest and the ball is still new. Agree with previous posters that Vettori should have come in for Franklin and not Elliot.

  • RobTay14 on June 10, 2013, 0:35 GMT

    Aw good job NZ, was the most tense match I've seen in a long time. Maybe SL's appealing would have been more effective if they hadn't of screamed at the umpire after every single dismissal! Hah, I've never seen more over-appealing in my life.

  • Maccanui on June 10, 2013, 0:27 GMT

    Great game - shame it was slightly soured by the continual appeals by Sri Lanka for wickets which clearly weren't, including the dismissal of Vettori. I suppose its a trait of sub-continent cricketers to play like that but it does get a bit annoying. Interesting to read these comments from Sri Lankan supporters thinking they were robbed but if you are going to continually cheat (which is what frivolous appealing is, in essence) then you don't deserve the rub of the green. Good luck for the rest of the tournament anyway.

  • on June 9, 2013, 23:52 GMT

    SL lost due to our tailendrs instaed of keeping ball down as usual try to hit in air. And Thilina Perera does not know to choos right ball. What aare our batting and fielding cSL lost due to our tailendrs instaed of keeping ball down as usual try to hit in air. And Thilina Perera does not know to choos right ball. What aare our batting and fielding coaches doing other than getting free tripsoaches doing other than getting free trips

    Ranjan Rodrigo

  • yuvi_gladiator on June 9, 2013, 23:51 GMT

    Nz deserved to win this game.. some people saying SL were unlucky which is ridiculous considering that NZ's most experience player vettori was wrongly adjudged LBW.. SL fans don't be cry babies, NZ won it fair and square

  • The_bowlers_Holding on June 9, 2013, 23:47 GMT

    sandy7823 on (June 9, 2013, 20:38 GMT) What a well constructed and well rounded post- for your information the 'sub-standard' England win was by the biggest margin of the first round games and that with Swann and Finn out, empty vessels .....

  • Dark.Matter on June 9, 2013, 23:26 GMT

    Landl47....mate, you are looking at the scenario from one angle. India won the match against South Africa who were supposed to beat them because the conditions were favoring them. Pakistan and Srilanka gave hell of a ride to their oppositions and lost by just 2 and 1 wicket margin. Now, compare your comments to mine. The reality lies somewhere in between both of the angles.

  • dalboy12 on June 9, 2013, 23:25 GMT

    So NZ played their 'get out of jail free' card early. Sounds like we were lucky to win this one - got a few umpires decisions and a sure made it hard for ourselves chasing a low total. Shows DRS needs to forgotten in these games and just used for howlers, as when there is only one per innings you can't just try your luck with it. More tactics will need to be used by the teams. Hard Sri Lankan fans sounds like the luck went NZ way this time, all the best for the rest of your games.

  • Gamaraala on June 9, 2013, 23:19 GMT

    Well done NZ. You deserved to win. We were outplayed in all departments. Full credit to NZ team. I am happy at least it was a thriller. Had our batsmen contributed more, things would've been different. I didn't read all the comments, but if my compatriots were saying that SL was robbed of a victory, yes but it was our team who should get the blame. Brilliant bowling alone wouldn't give you a victory, you need to have a good total to defend. Umpiring blunders cost both teams some deal. Hats off NZ and congratulations to all the Kiwis. We should learn to give credit where it is due. This is one such time, we all should praise the effort of McCullum's men. Have a great tournament.

  • SLSup on June 9, 2013, 22:50 GMT

    Mahela and Dilshan were fined for excessive appealing. Why? - just cos the umpires feel offended? Hypothetically, if a team were to appeal on every delivery, what bearing should that have on an umpire making the right decision every time? Author writes: "Did the excessive appealing leading up to that - Sri Lanka had been spoken to at the end of the 21st over - have any part to play in that decision? We will never know." - This is absurd. Those who complain about bad decisions by umpires and the right of players to appeal shouldn't play or follow the game. That goes for umpires, too.

  • ImpartialExpert on June 9, 2013, 22:30 GMT

    When u lose a low scoring match like this you net run rate goes down quite a lot even though the match was a really close one. Compare this to the Aus vs Eng match. NZ NRR is higher than Eng while they almost lost the match. Ironic.

  • samincolumbia on June 9, 2013, 22:23 GMT

    The very fact that NZ was able to contain SL to 139 was an achievement in itself. The SL fans think that their batsmen are top notch, which clearly is not the case. SL has one good batsmen in Sanga who scored more than 50% of the runs and one good bowler in Malinga. The fans should accept that fact rather than blaming umpires for the loss. NZ were the better team and deserved the victory.

  • on June 9, 2013, 22:01 GMT

    SL loss can be any reason but mainly due to our tailenders instaed of keeping ball down as usual try to hit in air and run out. For once Herath stuck in. And T. Perera does not know to choose right ball. What aare our batting and fielding coaches doing other than getting free trips? The 3 seniors hog the batting order and Dilshan may do better in middle. Mahela often gets out to spinners and opening suits him better. Sanga was superb but often his style puts rest of batting under pressure. There are many ifs and buts and that is why ODI is never a criterion of ability (except for Sports Minister).Comments by Greatest game nd uppercut are worth digesting as well as what appears in online by fans . Caant the paid selectors take note. I don't want to waste time now on writing and even on TV but somehow get involved. I sometimes want SL to lose to teach our highups a lesson but nonetheless thrilled when we win, hence I enjoy a good game. Ranjan Rodrigo

  • Greatest_Game on June 9, 2013, 22:00 GMT

    As @ nlpdave pointed out, "Just add a bit of sanity to Greatest-Game's bit of statistical nonsense one can never really know what if."

    My bit if statistical nonsense was meant to illustrate that whenever one claim is made, another claim can be made to refute it. Whether a claim is based on opinion, or so-called "statistical probability," there is really no difference. That is why I stated at the conclusion of my post, "Truthfully, we'll never know - that's cricket."

    While the "more than 16 runs" average I quoted for Vettori is indeed correct (according to statsguru,) it has no real context, just as any other claim that "this would have happened if that did not happen" has no measurable validity. We can never know what would have happened. Simply because we strongly BELIEVE XXXXX does not mean that XXXX is valid, or true. Just be happy that we have cricket to follow, & I'll say it again, in the spirit of the game, graciously accept the result. It is, after all, only a game!

  • nzforever on June 9, 2013, 22:00 GMT

    Robert Lamb. Totally agree Franklin offers nothing to the team and hasn't for a long long time. If Hesson wants to be taken seriously he HAS to finally realise that Franklin isn't a good enough batsman, fielder or bowler, play Elliott at 5 (not an ideal replacement but at least he offers alot more with the bat and adds solidity, bowls economical spells picking up useful wickets plus is a far superior feilder than Franklin. Having sail that when Ryder is fit and ready he comes into the number 5 position. Final word... Luke Ronchi will come good and be a great asset to NZ.

  • kandykolla on June 9, 2013, 21:53 GMT

    Well done Kiwis !! You guys deserve to be victorious today !! ( I`m eagerly waiting to see the Kiwi cricketers doing the Haka...... !!) Cannot blame the umpires as they also human beings but as a Sri Lankan , we were at the receiving end of the umpire decisions today !! Win or loose we are with the Sri Lankan cricket team and I`ll be there at the oval for the next two matches !! All the very best guys !!!

  • on June 9, 2013, 21:51 GMT

    How good is Lasith Malinga? No one comes close to his variation and skill at pace bowling. I'm glad we survived him to win. Felt sorry for Kumar Sangakkara, everybody dropping like flies around him.

  • shan_abc on June 9, 2013, 21:29 GMT

    Sri Lanka has one of the weakest performing batting line ups in the tournament. Most of their batsmen now have proven weaknesses in batting, and they don't seem to be working at correcting their mistakes. As a Sri Lankan, it is sad to see these batsmen with so much talent being so relaxed and unprofessional in their approach.

    Between occasional high scores (e.g. the game against India), they keep putting the fans down so miserably. If by any miracle Sri Lanka gets through the play-offs, it will be more due to the hard work of the bowlers rather than the batters. When Aravinda de Silva, or Arjuna Ranatunga walked to the crease in the 90's, despite any crisis situation, we would have high hopes about winning the game. Nowadays that reliability is lost in fans heart, after seeing so many disappointing endings.

  • masterstroke1961 on June 9, 2013, 20:46 GMT

    DRS should be there with enough options for captain to ask for review eg 10 each side for it to be significantly contributing to the match. Even with DRS the match has been won by umpires. Argument of time waste is out of question. One may argue and just accept without DRS and allow the game as it is. Current rules for DRS are near useless as this match has suggested, SL fans are arguing about poor umpiring and so are NZ fans ( to their favour)but at the end of the day , both teams played less than their potential as far as batting is concerned.

  • warneshane on June 9, 2013, 20:38 GMT

    Back to back two undoubtedly worst bore games. The SL and Eng teams are not up to standard to be played in Champions trophy. NZ, SA, WI and IND are better teams than PAK,SL,ENG & AUS. SL fans must make understand the spirit of the game and do not judge the umpiring job. They are the best to make their duty and most importantly qualified people before performing their duty. I have never seen before such chaos for umpiring work in any game. SL fans should agree that the game played today was not up to champions trophy standard. ENG fans and press reporters, pl don't conclude positives of ENG teams below standard performance as your team does not deserve to be in semis.

  • Stark62 on June 9, 2013, 20:33 GMT

    I don't think SL lost as result of one or two bad decisions, I think SL lost after the announcement of the playing 11 because Nz are weak against spin and the pitches have been quite dry, plus Senanayake is a mystery spinner.

    I would play both Herath and Senanayake against Eng and Aus because once again, these two teams do struggle against spin and the pitches are going to really start turning.

  • Caribbean_Man on June 9, 2013, 20:25 GMT

    The snick that was not given by the umpire and the batsman 'stood his ground'. Is this ' the spirit of the game' that has been allegedly trampled upon by Ramdin? Did the NZL batsman, by his actions, intend to deceive the umpire.

    How long have several batsmen also been 'striving to welch' on this spirit of the game?

  • Htc-Android on June 9, 2013, 20:00 GMT

    @gnanzcupid Just check the recent ODI head to head record between SL and NZ. We won 10 out of 11 matches. Obviously we cant beat NZ on everyday. Today was their turn, so they won the game. The result of this game does tell you who is better. It wss still a close finish. By the way one failure does not make our youngstars bad players. Williamson also failed today with bat and darren bravo got a duck on the other day. Would you say they are also not talented players? Common mate. Why keeping double standards? You are yet to show me a subcontinent younstar with better overseas record than Chandimal.

  • on June 9, 2013, 20:00 GMT

    Well played Sri lankan, but hard luck. Mali bowled superb, why on earth SLCB made Angelo captain, actually he is not able to find a place in a team, instead of him Sachitra Senayake should have played. I hope he drop himself for next match and give captaincy for Mahela for this important tournament. My team for next matches vs England and Australia is Kushal Perera, Dilshan, Sanga, Chandi, Mahela, Thirri, Mendis, Senanyake, Perera, Malinga, Herath.

  • on June 9, 2013, 19:47 GMT

    Sri Lanka needs to keep their heads clear from distractions. The middle-order batting cannot be relied at all. The players obviously have the talent, not the proper mind set. SL should try meditation.

  • spot_on on June 9, 2013, 19:43 GMT

    Eng & NZ will proceed to the semis !!!!

  • dannyhill on June 9, 2013, 19:35 GMT

    absolutely nothing wrong with the DRS. its there to stop shockers. both teams only have themselves to blame for the poor decisions afterwards. for angelo mathews to come out in the interviews after the game and blame the umpiring is embarrassing and gutless. best team won on the day, go the blackcaps!!

  • senna25 on June 9, 2013, 19:32 GMT

    Why they brought in Dilshan's part time spin to bowl the last over

  • Uppercut07 on June 9, 2013, 19:31 GMT

    @Greatest_Game NZ-got ONE howler(Vittori) SL-got TWO howlers(McCallum AND Southee) hope u can do math!? And see who got robbed. If Vittori was given NOT OUT, he wud be standing in the other end without any partners! at the end of the match.

  • nlpdave on June 9, 2013, 19:29 GMT

    Just add a bit of sanity to Greatest-Game's bit of statistical nonsense one can never really know what if. Sri Lanka could, however be considered a little unluckier than NZ having McCullum given not out and Southee twice in the same over as opposed to just Vettori for NZ. Either way reviews as they stand still have flaws which need to be addressed.

  • on June 9, 2013, 19:27 GMT

    Lanka will come back strong it was our game ..but decisions go your way n not your way but we batted horrible the way the wickets fell BUt Malinga is best Limited over cricket pacer... none could bowl yorkers n variation like him but sometimes will go for runs not on his day...

  • maddy20 on June 9, 2013, 19:10 GMT

    So SL fans are blaming umpiring for the loss? Vettori was given out despite of edging the ball on to his pads. Had that not happened they wouldn't have run so close. We all know the man has 6 test centuries to his name! You batted poorly and lost. Its only fitting that Perera got a duck, after all the hype that he will be the "little master blaster" as some SL fans put it. SL bowled very well, particularly Malinga. But they batted like a club team!

  • Htc-Android on June 9, 2013, 19:06 GMT

    It was a brilliant fight back from Sri lanka. We still lost the game with pride. New Zealand played better than us today, so deserved to win the game.We need to win the next two games to qualify to the semis. Net run rate will be a big worry for us. I expect a better batting performance next time. Kusal perera was unlucky today as he got out to a brilliant fielding effort from Mccullum. Same goes with Thirimanne as well.

  • Sulaimaan91 on June 9, 2013, 18:55 GMT

    @Greatest Game, your analysis is great but it doesnt weight in the pitch conditions and that Vettori is back after a very very long lay off from the game.Considering those two esp the 2nd one, would bring in those nos. of yours much lower. Anyway the bad decisions were 2-1 against Sri Lanka.

  • on June 9, 2013, 18:49 GMT

    proffesional performance by the tailenders and a massive win cause SL never lost by the NZ since September 2009 as far as i know. gud to see the BOSS Daniel Vettory playing in the 11 n what an over that ws the first of his spell, brilliant

  • on June 9, 2013, 18:36 GMT

    One day all about batting and SL failed to produe a good score but no one talked about Sanga's score in a somewhat difficult wicket. Umpiring decisions is part of the game though it costly some times. I feel India and England look favorite to win this trophy.

  • Greatest_Game on June 9, 2013, 18:36 GMT

    Many comments claim SL were robbed. E.G. @Praveen Shavindra Muthuthanthri wrote "Sri Lanka would have surely won if that LBW off Southee was given," and @Mahaanama wrote "Someone could say SL actually won this match. When NZ still needed 10+ runs umpire didn't give Tim Southee's LBW that was actually out."

    However, New Zealand would probably have won if Daniel Vettori had not been mistakenly given out LBW? How do I know this? I checked the stats!

    In ODIs vs SL, after Vettori faced 16 balls he averaged 25. He had scored 5 runs by the 16th ball, when he was mistakenly dismissed, & statistical probability indicates he would have scored 20 more. NZ needed 23 when Southee faced his first ball & thus needed to survive until 3 runs were scored. That took only 2 balls - 30.2 & 30.3.

    Don't like my analysis? At least I show evidence of probability, & not pure speculation! Truthfully, we'll never know - that's cricket. So, in the spirit of the game, let's graciously accept the result.

  • on June 9, 2013, 18:33 GMT

    ICC should look better DRS than this, what happened was both team wasted their reviews and after whole match gone wrong with poor umpiring. in tim southee's decision umpire should have called to third umpire to assist him in that kind of crunch situation. due to that decision tim southee survived and unfortunately SL cost 4 vital runs. ICC should do something better than this, if they actually review a decision in fare manner.

  • KingOwl on June 9, 2013, 18:32 GMT

    Last over by Dilshan was a big mistake. Thought that way at the time, and think the same now. With a Eranga or even Perera, there would have been a better chance. Very disappointed to lose like this. Would have been better if NZ won by 7 wickets!

  • on June 9, 2013, 18:30 GMT

    Always Malinga's magic has been the best in the world, saw it against SA in 2007 WC, against Oz the 9th wicket partnership with Matthews and now today once again. A cool and a calm character under any circumstance SL is so lucky to have this man in the line.

  • Sulaimaan91 on June 9, 2013, 18:26 GMT

    I am an SL fan but the DRS isnt to blame here, the DRS was brought into the game to remove the howler but both teams used it irresponsibly in this match.Even if there were more reviews NZ and SL might still have used them up, esp SL for the amount of close lbw calls that came their way. But just because teams dont use the DRS properly doesnt mean the umpires are absolved, the howler in this match was Southee's lbw(the Vettori and N McCullum catch were not) and there should be a stricter evaluation of an umpires performance given that the DRS gives them so much space and weight towards their initial decisions.

  • FAB_ALI on June 9, 2013, 18:17 GMT

    Well, all Malinga LBWs were marginal, just clipping the stumps on two occasions and one of the inside edge. They were all on-field calls and as far as southee's decision is concerned, well SL you can't expect everything to come your way.....NewZealand has got their bit of luck as well!!!!

  • on June 9, 2013, 18:17 GMT

    Awesome game and stunning attitude from SL lions to defend that 130 odd runs. Yes true we have talented young batsman in our team with lot of potential to be a hero's in the near future. Yet in my opinion we misses the expertise of Upul Tharanga in fast,bouncing and seaming conditions in England. So far in England he has scored 347 runs in 5 ODI innings (average of 69.70) with two match winning 100's under his belt (undoubtedly the best batsman we have in England conditions). I believe our selectors missed a trick leaving him out. Good luck SL lions

  • on June 9, 2013, 18:12 GMT

    DRS was introduced to try and rid the game of umpiring howlers. Quite clearly on today's evidence it hasn't done so. The original concept has been altered several times, so that now it appears to be there to save the umpires face...because when the system is used and the decision is marginal, the on-field umpire's decision stands. So the benefit of any doubt does not go to a player, but to the umpire.. When this leads to a non-reversal of the original decision, the appealing team loses an appeal. Therefore, wiithout recourse to any further appeals, the chances of howlers remains as high as ever.. and as was proved today, could affect the outcome of the match. A cricket match should be decided by the team that makes the fewest mistakes, not the one which benefits from the fewestr umpiring errors.

  • on June 9, 2013, 18:12 GMT

    Lesson from this match. Teams have to use the referral for howlers!!!

  • onebump on June 9, 2013, 18:11 GMT

    To my fellow SL fans who are going on about the lbw that was turned down, we cannot blame that. Decisions went both ways. At the end of the day we were a wicket short and lost the match. Being close or runners up is not good enough. Winning against England will be tough with the batting. Malinga was superb though. Not sure how to deliver Yorkers with so much pressure on. Good entertainment and bet the neutrals enjoyed it a lot. However much Matthews insists we were a spinner short. If he had one more quality spinner we would have a closed this one out.

  • gnanzcupid on June 9, 2013, 18:08 GMT

    @sinhaya a one wicket win is not inferior as u project. Had lankans won this match luckily(like the run out of mills) you would have told that the lankans held their nerve together and defended a paltry total. What ever you say or however hard you try to project,nothing can change the fact that the lankans players are mostly over rated than their actual take. Don maintain double standards friend.

  • AshrafGul_FU on June 9, 2013, 18:06 GMT

    @ Patdabac

    There was no need of quick singles as there were plenty of balls left so just "walking singles" would have been enough.

    Vettori walking wicket ? Haha. The need of the hour was to stay on the wicket and runs would come automatically. So Vettori getting out by poor umpiring decision was a big setback for NZ. Umpiring has been poor though for both sides.

  • sampatir on June 9, 2013, 18:04 GMT

    @ greatest-game, I don't consider SL choking in this match. I was expecting a simple NZ win and didn't believe the way nz batted. It was NZ game to loose and SL was not in the game till NZ 48/1. KW and Brendan's wkts were not gr8 deliveries. NZ batters looked so panicked (only exception Nathan) while Malinga & Herath were bowling as if they can get out on any delivery.

  • Sulaimaan91 on June 9, 2013, 18:02 GMT

    N McCullum was on 16 when that catch wasnt given out, so those two decisions cost SL at least 20+ runs and 2 wickets which on that pitch was like a usual 50.I dont think Vettori would have managed +20 against Malinga and co. even if he wasnt given out.

  • sweet2hrme on June 9, 2013, 17:59 GMT

    4 runs required 1 wicket to claim and u asking spinner to bowl. I think Mathew as a captian need to learn more.

  • on June 9, 2013, 17:57 GMT

    did anyone ever saw a test match in a one day international ?? pathetic game , with some magical moments , the Catch on the very first delivery of the match and Slinga Malinga.

  • Baseball-Sucks on June 9, 2013, 17:54 GMT

    The shot of the day - Herath's Cover Drive . :)))

  • sachinisawesome on June 9, 2013, 17:53 GMT

    @Patdabac Do u realise if vettori was still there southee wouldn't have batted.

  • StevieS on June 9, 2013, 17:51 GMT

    Even though we got more decisions going against us, McCullums LWB was pitching outside, Vettori got a big edge and the Southee one going for us, McCullum and Vettorri are both better batsman than Southee. All the matters in the end is the better team won.

  • Baseball-Sucks on June 9, 2013, 17:50 GMT

    Kudos to NZ. They bowled well today to restrict SL for a low total to seal the 1st win over SL in 4 years. Our batting was very disappointing today. But our bowlers took the game to the wire. Malinga once again showed why he is called THE BEST. What a brilliant bowler. He was unfortunate that a couple of decisions went against him. There is no need to talk about our team selection, specially playing with one bowler less since it was our batting which failed today. I hope they will pick both Herath n Sachi for next 2 matches against poms n aussies. However it was a fantastic thriller n congrats to both teams for making it so competitive.

  • Sulaimaan91 on June 9, 2013, 17:50 GMT

    Vettori did get a rough one but that was evened out by the McCullum caught behind which was given not out(both were thin nicks) but the Southee lbw was a shocker, it thudded flash into the boot and that is what you call a howler not the other two.And yes it did cost SL a win but SL have themselves to blame for not batting properly and not picking a second spinner.

  • on June 9, 2013, 17:50 GMT

    I wish they go back to the old review system of 3 per innings. The main purpose of the system is getting it right and not a gamble. All in all a good game wish there was no bad decision from the umpires for both teams

  • on June 9, 2013, 17:46 GMT

    Weldon Nz for winning the thriller, SL bowlers did a great job Malinga was unbelievable and did spicy the game for everyone and proved that he is still one of the best in the game, hope SL will show a better performance against England and keep the tournament live for SL fans.

  • on June 9, 2013, 17:42 GMT

    One of the most enthralling matches i've seen in a long long time :)

  • on June 9, 2013, 17:41 GMT

    TThat was poor batting & not assessing the conditions.Mathews got to polish his technique to play a long innings & especially with the new ball. His bat is coming from point & it should be coming from 2nd or 1st slip & didn't get his body position or footwork properly to play the glance. Really hate Sangakkara's tentativeness & the chronic half shots. He plays a half shot, jogs, not sure if there is a run, then realizes there is no run, says no, Thirimanne is fully committed to the run n almost completed the run & run out. Then he tried to attack, almost got caught in mid on, n then tries to play a full blooded cover drive, where it was an inside edge & almost played on to his stumps, at this point he should have realized that this wicket isn't a 250 or a 260, 220 is a very good score with the odd ball stopping here & there. Herath plays a superb cover drive (probably the shot of the day) & then he took a quick single, then Sanga should have realized that he can rely on Herath.

  • on June 9, 2013, 17:38 GMT

    I dont understand why people talk about dropping thirmanne, he's being solid for us at no.5/6 or 7. played some outstanding innings in run chases which we won. Never seen him struggle for runs in the last two years.

  • on June 9, 2013, 17:36 GMT

    It would help Sri Lanka a lot if they analyse why they scored 130 odd runs than to analyse on umpiring decisions. They almost dont deserve to win the match after batting so pathetically.

    @waqas tanveer, calling a poor team poor is not rubbish. Whether our team is under rated or over rate, we are the world champions and knocked both ur team and the team u r supporting today, so please remember that :P

  • Patdabac on June 9, 2013, 17:32 GMT

    @ sachinisawesome : Look mate, as a neutral supporter I will give you my opinion. Dan Vettori was not picking the spinners (Even Dillshan) and Vettori was a walking wicket because he couldn't pick up any quick singles due to his knee injury. The earlier he got out, the better for NZ. Whereas N McCullum's outside edge was not given and Southee's plumb LBW were straightforward decisions most umpires would've given. As for Southee's wicket, I reckon if it was rightfully given out instead of 4 runs, then result of the match would've been different. Anyway it was a great thriller and I enjoyed the match.

  • on June 9, 2013, 17:24 GMT

    WELLDONE KIWI"S but should say Nathan's and Southee's not givens took match away from Sri Lanka hard luck Lions..

  • Rici737 on June 9, 2013, 17:24 GMT

    Lasith Malinga thanks for the great the show & Unforgettable performances. It was a one man show. Wish Sri Lanka captain will wake up soon or going to sopor for ever.

  • on June 9, 2013, 17:23 GMT

    The tiny inland made lot of wonders in cricket in the short period of time.proud of u guys.

  • sachinisawesome on June 9, 2013, 17:18 GMT

    When everybody talks about bad umpiring as southee wasn't given out then vittori was also not out and was given out. Why nobody is talking about that? PLZ PUBLISH

  • Natesan333 on June 9, 2013, 17:16 GMT

    @bMike, even 1000 times better than that is actually winning the game!!

  • Greatest_Game on June 9, 2013, 17:15 GMT

    @ sampatir. I'm struggling to understand your point here. You wrote "NZ have completely panicked and lack the belief to win over SL. well done SL." In the match I watched New Zealand won, and Sri Lanka choked, throwing the game away with a wide. What I saw looked a lot more like SL panicking. Did we watch different matches?

  • SuperSharky on June 9, 2013, 17:15 GMT

    Wow, what a game. Pity the mistakes on Vetori (could be not out) and Southee (could be out). But this was so-far the best game of the Champions Trophy.

  • AshrafGul_FU on June 9, 2013, 17:13 GMT

    I don't understand why some SL fans are complaining about Tim Southee's umpiring decision.

    Even Daniel Vettori had been given wrongly out by Umpire. There was clear inside edge. Who knows had that not happened, NZ might have finished the match earlier as he is an experienced player.

    Grow up !

  • on June 9, 2013, 17:11 GMT

    @Mahaanama : For your kind information, Vettori was NOT OUT but given OUT, so don't blame umpires. Cricinfo commentary for Vettori's wicket ball::::((Malinga to Vettori, OUT, that's game over for Vettori! It's that slower ball and it was a yorker, hits the batsman right in front and that is an easy decision for the umpire. But Vettori was disappointed and rightly so, the ball had hit the inside edge on its way. Unfortunately for him, his friend Kane W had used up the review earlier...)))

  • NP_NY on June 9, 2013, 17:10 GMT

    @Sinhaya: SL first picked the wrong team (Kula / Senanayake should have played in place of Thirimane). SL then won the toss and chose to bat. NZ dropped two catches. Still SL only made 138. Kyle Mills' runout was completely lucky. Let's face it - SL did not deserve to win this one, period. It is better to accept defeat gracefully than make excuses like if Southee was given out SL would have won.

  • asithaSL on June 9, 2013, 17:08 GMT

    what a match...!! We loved it , enjoyed a lot.. but disappointed abt umpires decisions. I must say, really bad calls.Umpire should have take some times n walk to other umpire n talk b4 getting match-turning decision.. So sorry....!! Malinga is Back...!! looking forward to nxt actions....

  • on June 9, 2013, 17:07 GMT

    New Zealand were no different with the bat today and should be disappointed the way they went about it on what still looks like a good track to bat on. I don't think Ronchi is good enough to be in the team. Sri Lanka are an ordinary side and future doesn't look that great with the youngsters they have.

  • esmail_97 on June 9, 2013, 17:06 GMT

    Another epic encounter. The champions trophy has certainly proved that odi cricket is still exciting and has presented us with both high scoring and low scoring thrillers... However both teams weaknesses were exposed today. The srilankans struggles against fast bowling were evident and New zealand as in the past struggled to counter spin and malinga . Even though malinga bowled brilliantly the newzealanders coul have handled him better

  • on June 9, 2013, 17:04 GMT

    i seriously cannot understand why the 3rd umpire cannot overturn obvious decisions like edges and lbws

  • Greatest_Game on June 9, 2013, 17:04 GMT

    Whew - what a game! Not often we see a case of the bowlers dominating to such a degree. (Aus' 65 was a batting failure, not a bowling triumph.) When the bowlers are on top it does make every ball riveting. Malinga's last overs were an absolute treat - he is canny, unpredictable, & uniquely skillful. (SA's bowlers should be bolted to a chair & watch that a few 100 times. Not a short ball, & wickets falling!)

    After the SA/India match on this ground, with over 600 runs scored, a surprise to see such a low scoring match. Big scores were predicted for the Eng/Aus match - "very knowledgable" commentators terming the pitch a belter - & that turned out to be a another miscalculation. Are surprises in store for every game?

    After England got so much stick for losing an ODI series to NZ, I fear the Lankan fans will see a lot of nasty comments, a pity as this was such a well fought game, & SL were hardly rolled.

    My only prediction is that 95% of all predictions will be hopelessly wrong!

  • SaadRocx on June 9, 2013, 17:04 GMT

    Well played Srilanka...i am very sure they can still win next 2 matches and will qualify for semis :) pak fan!

  • on June 9, 2013, 17:03 GMT

    For a while we thought it's Malinga's show..but actually it's umpires show.....

  • Shahid_Shah on June 9, 2013, 17:01 GMT

    What a wonderful tournament its been so far. On one hand, we have witnessed a combined total of 630+ in a day, on the other not 280 was scored by both teams in an excess of 70 overs. If this has to be the last Champions Trophy, it will be remembered for a very long time. Great going so far!

  • kumarcoolbuddy on June 9, 2013, 17:00 GMT

    SL lost the match with their batting failure. But again SL compensated their batting failure with one and only Malinga's magic balls. But I don't like Malinga's bowling (of course liking it or not is only my personal opinion). Defending low score needs exceptional bowling attack or some miracles. Miracles already happened but were not enough. NZ is definitely improving if you except those magic balls from Malinga. Finally match was interesting enough.

  • Breakspear on June 9, 2013, 16:59 GMT

    Amazing match, I watched it right through till 5am NZ time and still can't sleep. Excellent bowling, great fielding, bad batting, wasted reviews from both teams, equals and nail-biting battle.

    C'mon NZ you can do this and good luck to SL as well in their remaining matches.

  • NP_NY on June 9, 2013, 16:58 GMT

    @bMike: I don't know how one is better than the other, maybe what is 100 times better for you is 1000 times worse for some other fans. Regardless, when a team wins the toss, elects to bat on a 200+ wicket (at least) and scores only 138, that team does not deseve to win. One more thing - trying to defend is not the same as successfully depending. I'd take a 300+ win any day over a 140- loss. If I am not mistaken, almost 100% of the fans will.

  • on June 9, 2013, 16:58 GMT

    We expect umpiring to be of higher standard than what we witnessed today. Sri Lanka would have surely won if that LBW off Southee was given. It was hitting middle stump, hit the toe clearly. Malinga was very unfortunate

  • on June 9, 2013, 16:57 GMT

    ICC should seriously consider extending the number of DRS reviews to at least two...This system is just letting one or two bad decisions by umpires ruin a great game of cricket!!!

    It may waste a couple of minutes of time from the game, but at least it won't ruin the whole game!!!

  • batman_gothamcity on June 9, 2013, 16:56 GMT

    Superb game of cricket . NZ were overall better team in these conditions and considering their recent series wins over SA and ENG . But you cannot ignore the efforts of Malinga he is a true champion bowler almost gave SL the victory . Nathan McCullum bold batting eventually won NZ the match .

  • on June 9, 2013, 16:55 GMT

    Malinga deserved to be on the winning side. That LBW off Southee was so plumb even commentators Sanjay Manjerikar couldn't believe it was given not out. Also Nathan Mcculum clear edge was given not out. Vettori was given out when he was not. Bad umpiring in the end cost Sri Lanka dearly

  • Karthik78 on June 9, 2013, 16:55 GMT

    @bMike, winning the game is very very bigger than trying to defend 140+ scores. If you don't know this simple logic, then you keep on convincing yourself for every defeat.

  • Mahaanama on June 9, 2013, 16:53 GMT

    Someone could say SL actually won this match. When NZ still needed 10+ runs umpire didn't give Tim Southee's LBW that was actually out (Malinga's ball hitting the middle stump) instead he gave 4 runs to NZ mistakenly deciding that hit the bat. If Southee was out then NZ would be 9 wickets down when they still needed 10+ runs. That could have been too much for their last 2 batsmen when Malinga still had few overs left. Anyway Congrats to NZ for their win. Great fight by SL. Hope to see both SL & NZ in semis.

  • Cpt.Meanster on June 9, 2013, 16:53 GMT

    Both teams bowled well. But a sensible cricket fan would obviously see the poor batting display from both teams. Cricket is about batsmen scoring runs against bowlers. SL batted abjectly, and so did NZ. If it wasn't for Sanga's efforts, SL wouldn't have even managed 100. NZ batted equally insipidly. If they play like that against the Aussies and ENG, NZ could be in trouble. SL need to win both their remaining games here on. So Group B is becoming interesting quickly. Finally, my hearty best wishes to Malinga for a world class bowling performance. Easily the best yorker bowler in the world today.

  • coldcoffee123 on June 9, 2013, 16:52 GMT

    This match shows the supremacy of ODI over T20. You score 50 in a T20 and you have no chance AT ALL of even dreaming of a victory. You score 150 in a ODI, and you can make a match out of it.

  • on June 9, 2013, 16:50 GMT

    @gnanzcupid-Hey mate, a little reminder, if malinga got got away with southees wicket in his 9th ove(,which in my opinion was a complete heart break that was mainly caused by a biased umpire).. u my friend would be singing a completely different tune!

  • on June 9, 2013, 16:50 GMT

    So after the first round, it is clear that one of the SC teams is going to win this tourney. Pak n SL have gained much due to their bowling while India has the batting advantage. Whichever of the two prevails needs to be seen now! Other teams...thank you for coming and making the tournament a mini world cup instead of Asia Cup :)

  • on June 9, 2013, 16:49 GMT

    We lost by one run, but we took 9 wickets with 8 outstanding deliveries & a brilliant unexpected run out. Not one dismissal was due to a bad shot. That's what impressed me in this bowling, all 9 wickets were well hard earned rather than gifted. Weldone boys & hard luck. To all those cricket fans, todays wicket was not easy to bat on, the odd ball was stopping here & there & thats why both teams struggle for runs.

  • NP_NY on June 9, 2013, 16:47 GMT

    @landl47: Agree with what you said about Pak and SL. But what was India supposed to do? Refuse to play the game becasue SA was without Steyn? No one can predict with certainty what would have happened if Steyn had played. Perhaps he would have had an off day and gone for 80 runs. I'll tell you what's been impressive so far though, is India making 300 in every match they've played so far and bowling one of the oppositions out for 65. Not sure what'll happen in the future matches, but we Indian fans are plenty happy with India's performance so far.

  • rock.rockyin on June 9, 2013, 16:46 GMT

    It was an absolute Nail-biter... My sunday has become a funday with this match. I am not sure why SL has fallen apart for 138. Although there is a reason why NZ has lost some quick wickets purely bcoz of Malinga! .. NZ top order haven't faced much of Malinga which made the mysterious malinga more mysterious. The wrong decisions have gone both ways...it has benefited both SL and New zealand. Vettori has a clear inside edge before giving LBW and Tim southee was out. As said earlier the decisions have gone both ways so no need to look much into that...SLanka will have tough time in the coming matches against England or Australia. Both the teams specially Aus has seen enough of Malinga and he wont be spared....Ironically SL winning chance will only be against Aus as they are playing very bad cric off-late. Eng are in good touch except for couple of ODI's against NZ. Now that the Broad is back Eng have the X factor with the likes of Broad,J Anderson,Swann.

  • yorkslanka on June 9, 2013, 16:43 GMT

    @NP-NY - you are absolutely right my friend, we should have bowled..we should Los have played two spinners but to b fair ,our batsmen lost us this game.also I must give credit to NZ bowling,as it was very disciplined.

  • sampatir on June 9, 2013, 16:42 GMT

    This is one of worst ODI batting performance that i have seen of late. NZ have completely panicked and lack the belief to win over SL. well done SL

  • on June 9, 2013, 16:42 GMT

    nevertheless a good match... treat to watch... lot of things to learn for both d teams.. -Indian Fan

  • on June 9, 2013, 16:41 GMT

    Great game - talk about a tense finish!

    Makes the net run rate look a little odd - according to the calculation NZ won this won far more convincingly than England beat Australia! Time for a Duckworth-Lewis style calculation to better reflect the margin of victory?

  • AshrafGul_FU on June 9, 2013, 16:40 GMT

    What a match. But some things haven't changed yet.

    SL batsmen's inability to play fast and swing bowing. Their weakness against short balls can be seen again.

    NZ batsmen's inability to tackle spinners. Even someone like Dilshan who is part-timer was unplayable which is evident from his awesome bowling figures. 6.3 - 1 -12 -1. Econ. 1.84 Brilliant.

    And Malinga's slow full-tosses reminded me of Akhtar's spell in Pak against Eng in a Test match where there was nothing in the pitch for bowlers and he was just looping the ball to get the wickets. From batsman's point of view, the ball looks like a beamer or the one that might go above waist height but it actually gets looped in the air and hits pads or thighs.

    Seems Malniga have added new weapon in his archery but I'm sure Kohli will make it ineffective soon. ;)

  • Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket on June 9, 2013, 16:40 GMT

    Well played Lanka! Again wonder who selected the team. Why Eranga? He might be good in Lanka but he was the reason between Lanka's victory and defeat. Both teams just did not want to win with their batsman, Newzealander's had mental block and Lanka well- Apart from Kumara and Mahela, there is no talent. Its really hard for Lanka to qualify, if they do they have to score big. With the current batting lineup i dont see them winning every match by 50 - 60 runs. England and NZ will be in the semis.

  • Return-of-Sinhaya on June 9, 2013, 16:38 GMT

    The future looks bright, today's positives were Eranga,Sanga,Kusal and most importantly that vision of thisara perera to manufacture a direct hit even without his own knowledge, nobody expected it but that's the power of him, he can do things like these even without his own knowledge, this special technique can help us win the tournament.

  • on June 9, 2013, 16:37 GMT

    Well sril ankans didnt bat well today...because of that they lost.but if the umpires did their duty perfectly results could be changed.specially the LBW of southe in Malingas over is clearly critical.umpire could have gone to 3rd umpire easily.but y didnt he do that?

  • on June 9, 2013, 16:37 GMT

    1st hope is gone, we must win next two matches with good NR. hope will get good umpires for the next two games. No worries Be happy SL !!!! Good Luck boys :)

  • on June 9, 2013, 16:37 GMT

    this was a very close match, Malinga proves that he is still best in the business. Batting lets Lanka down in this game otherwise Lanka is better but it happens.. still 2 matches left i am sure tigers will be back. Good luck.

    And as for some Indians..i know some of you are dying to make rubbish comments (as you guys always do) before calling some team "overrated " just look at your team.

  • ----LoveTheWayLionsPlay--- on June 9, 2013, 16:36 GMT

    Well done Lions !!! Great fightback...

  • Return-of-Sinhaya on June 9, 2013, 16:36 GMT

    what a performance, what a victory, i know we lost but we know we lost only because of umpiring mistakes, some of our batsmen were not out and also they didn't check no balls when our batsmen got out, southee was lbw but umpires deliberately didn't allow us to use the review in a critical situation, anyway this will help us beat australia and england in the next two games and go on to win the tournament,

  • FLIPPER_99 on June 9, 2013, 16:35 GMT

    wow what a match that was! everybody says that high scoring matches are fun to watch but it is these low scoring thrillers that are really heartstopping no doubt. & hats off to SL cause they bowled superbly even with only 130 odd runs it would be very easy to get deflated but they did exactly the opposite. hope they keep up the spirit in the future games as well..

  • Sinhaya on June 9, 2013, 16:33 GMT

    @gnanzcupid, NZ gifted their wickets?? haha yeah try defending NZ wins even when it is a one wicket win. If this win was achieved by Sri Lanka, you will have excuses to undermine our efforts. Sri Lanka fought hard and no one can deny it except for a troll like you. We fought superbly and if Southee was given out LBW, we would have won it! Simple as that! Cricinfo please publish.

  • balajik1968 on June 9, 2013, 16:33 GMT

    I just watched the last few overs of the match, and believe me, my heart went out to Malinga. To come up with a performance like that and end up on the losing side. In the end it was really nervy. One more over for Malinga would possibly have ended the match. I think Matthews missed a trick after the 9th wicket, he could have held Malinga back to bowl at the no. 11.

  • KallisTheGreatest on June 9, 2013, 16:33 GMT

    What a match ! well bowled both teams !! Malinga was awesome..But not like the way Southee behaved. Showing bat to the umpire after ball hitting his toe..Rare bad behaviour from a kiwi.....

  • bMike on June 9, 2013, 16:32 GMT

    Defending below 140 total is 1000 times better than getting 300+ score and letting opposition to score 300+ runs.

  • armchairjohnny on June 9, 2013, 16:32 GMT

    @coldcoffee123 I agree. As per usual in tight, low-scoring games, the focus will be on the so-called 'quality of the bowling' rather than the ineptitude of the batsmen. On a flat pitch, the batting from both sides was absolutely atrocious. It's scary to think how weak Sri Lanka would be without Jaya or Sanga. I fear for them when they retire.

  • NP_NY on June 9, 2013, 16:31 GMT

    SL wins the toss, chooses to bat on a batting pitch and scores just 138? How does this happen? I am sure some SL fans like Baseball_sucks and siri12345 will have a perfectly rational explanation...or should I say excuse for this. I'd like to hear it. All said and done, good fightback by Malinga and co, but the match was already lost during SL's batting. Perhaps SL should find some young blood. 7 out of the playing eleven are over 30.

  • bbnn on June 9, 2013, 16:30 GMT

    What a game! Congrats NZ,well played SL, Malinga is terrific SL should have opt Sachinthra Senanayake instead of Thiriamane

  • bMike on June 9, 2013, 16:30 GMT

    No matter who won or who lost. This would be the best match of champions trophy 2013. What a game! I believe both NZ & SL will advance from group A.

  • on June 9, 2013, 16:29 GMT

    NZ team continuing their good form in ODIs. They are really improving. Amazing match though.

  • on June 9, 2013, 16:29 GMT

    What.A.Match....one of the rare times i have gone through an entire ODI as a neutral. NZ may have won the match but SL won the hearts....hats off to NZ for hanging in there and to SL for making an amazing game out of it....and Malinga....you still reign supreme man!!! congos to both the teams!

  • CrickFan82 on June 9, 2013, 16:28 GMT

    i couldnt move myself off because of Malinga, i wonder how the batsmen would have felt. Though Newzealand won, SL fought hard. I thought it was a bit too tame for New Zealand to play the game this way. It was Nz's game to loose and they were about to do that. Cmon NewZealand, ive put my monies on you- need a better show. PS - am not a bookie.

  • on June 9, 2013, 16:28 GMT

    Really an awesome match. Fiery bowling by Malinga. Low-scorers rock when the bowlers are so good.

  • ODI_BestFormOfCricket on June 9, 2013, 16:28 GMT

    What is the use of this kind of DRS ie.. One unsuccessful review request per innings. If ICC really wants to reduce umpiring errors they should have allow atleast 3 unsuccessful review requests per innings. In this match, vettori's wicket changed the complexion of the game towards SL and southee's reprive ends with their's victory and in N.Macullum's wicket i wasnt totally convinced by ball tracking technology. But Malinga, what a man he is, splendid performance and what a match that was.

  • yorkslanka on June 9, 2013, 16:27 GMT

    Well played to the Kiwis , yet deserved to win as quite simply, our batsmen let us down today. Our bowlers almost got us out of the fire but it was just too few to defend. I am not going to talk about decisions through the match , as both sides suffered from them and I am not someone who makes excuses..our batsmen need to get their thinking hats on for the next outing. @gzancupid- unlike you, we Sri Lankans support our team whether we win or lose so no need for your sarcastic comments about how We comment on OUR team. Good luck to SL for our next game.

  • on June 9, 2013, 16:26 GMT

    Sri Lanka, as a team, should learn to meditate. They have all the skills, but lack the mental-discipline to handle themselves under pressure. They need to have a clear head, without anxiety, when batting out there: meditation is one way to achieve that.

  • santhoo24 on June 9, 2013, 16:25 GMT

    very well played SL, though their batsmen let them down, and congrats NZ for holding their nerve. Good luck to both teams in their future fixtures.

  • coldcoffee123 on June 9, 2013, 16:12 GMT

    This match shows the quality (lack of) of today's batsmen. They are good to play only 20 overs of cricket where on average each batsman gets 2 overs to bat.

  • Zamana on June 9, 2013, 16:03 GMT

    Malinga's slower and fuller deliveries and celebrations are reminiscent of Shoaib Akhtar's exploits especially against England in Pakistan in 2005. Remember the lethal slower yorker with spreadeagled wickets ----against Ashley Giles, I think. Memorable!!!

  • gnanzcupid on June 9, 2013, 15:49 GMT

    Nz cricketers have proved that their young team is far more better than the overrated lankan team. In my view,the nz middle order wasted a good start given by guptil and kane and gifted the their wickets to lankans which created a false impression that the lankans were fighting hard. So lankan fans kindly dont try badly to put a brave face. Your youngsters are highly overrated and advertised. Malinga and herath were good as usual. Lankans have to understand that mere excessive appealing is not fighting hard and it cant win them any match.

  • kc69 on June 9, 2013, 15:42 GMT

    The summary of this game pretty sums up the attitude of SLC ,where the major focus is on creating stars such as future Jayasurya's(Kushal Parera) and Future Arvinda De Silva's(Chandimal) etc. Rather than looking for an winning combination. Sri Lanka should have seen this coming as New Zealand is very good in English conditions and coming from a confident series win. Still failed to analyze the situation. One such example which Sri Lanka has to retrospect is Mahela Jayawardene is still not sure whether to bat as a opener or a middle order batsmen. They should look to create winning combinations at stable positions rather than heroes in a losing side.

  • TNAmarkFromIndia on June 9, 2013, 15:23 GMT

    All the teams in the Champions Trophy except India have looked pathetic so far. India is far and away the best team in this tournament. Not saying they couldn't be upset later on in this tournament, but right now, they're head and shoulders above the rest.

  • rajcan on June 9, 2013, 14:51 GMT

    Question to experts and commentators, Would SL be a good team if they open up with Jayawardene and Dilshan and Kushal Perera batting in the middle?

    Obviously Jayawardene have not performing well in the middle order in the past few series. And he has done well when he opened the innings.

  • rajcan on June 9, 2013, 14:37 GMT

    Definitely a mistake not playing Kula. Instead of Thirimane, Kula should have played, he is a in form batsmen too. Considering Mitchell McClenaghan took 4 wickets, Kula would have done well in this pitch too.

  • rajcan on June 9, 2013, 14:32 GMT

    Failure of srilankan batting uni is mostly due to Jayawardene. If you take last few series, Jayawardene hasn't performed very well. Most of the innings he hasn't scored double digits. He scored gig total when the series results is already determined. In today's game also, he should have played responsibly and build the inning with Sanga.

  • grtstcricfan on June 9, 2013, 14:02 GMT

    i had always thought that McCullum wasn't a very good captain.... especially after his disastrous campaign with KKR in IPL 2009. But now, after 4 years, this match is a proof that McCullum has grown and matured immensely

  • CoolCharlie on June 9, 2013, 13:49 GMT

    I saw Elanga and he looks impressive. He has pace and the right aggressive intent and attitude. As far as batsmen are concerned , it happens. I loved the kiwi attack. Just wanna see how they fare against Indian batting line up.

  • on June 9, 2013, 13:38 GMT

    McCullum's aggressive approach to captaincy is paying huge dividends with an accurate if not life-threatening bowling attack which is extremely underrated by many teams. NZ's lack of pace has meant a focus on disciplined line and length and smart unpredictable field placements are a nice package. If NZ batting line-up finds any consistency then the kiwis are the real deal and could go all the way.

  • on June 9, 2013, 13:14 GMT

    No words to describe the pathetic display of batting by the Sri Lankans. The so-called big names have failed miserably. Wonder why the selection panel keep playing these cricketers. High time some youngsters were blooded in.

  • AkDoN on June 9, 2013, 13:04 GMT

    SL ship is sinking very fast all IND fans are watching now what excuses the SL fans are coming up uh...are there3 any really,,,,,,?LOL

  • andrew27994 on June 9, 2013, 13:01 GMT

    @maddy20 : Don't rule out SA either. I think they still have the resources to take them into the semis. They can easily beat WI with the pace bowlers they have and though Pakistan are a competitive side, SA have a better batting lineup to win it. They might have lost in the warm-up matches but I'm sure they'll make a comeback this time around especially if Dale Steyn recovers.

  • on June 9, 2013, 13:00 GMT

    Sri Lanka are the weakest team in this tournament but their youngsters do no look that promising and again their senior has to do all the work for them. New Zealand playing well just bat sensibly. If they can win this then New Zealand should go through.

  • landl47 on June 9, 2013, 12:59 GMT

    So far, of the sub-continent teams, India made runs against a SA side with no Steyn and half a Morkel, Pakistan were bowled out for 170 (of which 2 batsmen made 146) by an ordinary WI attack and Sri Lanka has crashed for 138 to New Zealand. It's not been impressive, has it?

  • Harlequin. on June 9, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    McCullum has turned this NZ team into an awesome unit! They always did well in tournaments but you always felt they were still punching above their weight, but now they are a genuinely class outfit - and will be even more so if Ryder returns. I wonder how they will cope with being favorites going into matches rather than underdogs.

    @maddy20 - so only 5 out of the 8 teams are capable of winning the tournament? Don't narrow down your options too much...

  • Jadejafan on June 9, 2013, 12:55 GMT

    Not much crowd for this match :) New Zealand bowled really well against this ordinary team. Their fast bowlers are very impressive and hopefully the knock the runs off.

  • ChanaL on June 9, 2013, 12:55 GMT

    Loosing is part and parcel of cricket. But being pathetic is not an excuse when these guys are called professional cricketers. We can play a young team and get the same results, but atleast then Sri Lanka can look forward to the future. But present and future looks bleak for Sri Lanka cricket. Mahela, dilshan, malinga and the highly overrated Angelo should be thanked and allowed to play the IPL. Big favour to SL cricket.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on June 9, 2013, 12:45 GMT

    I am really disappointed that Kula was left out,

  • Subodha_Charles on June 9, 2013, 12:27 GMT

    disappointed with the batting display. SL players need to realise this is not the subcontinent. Wait for the ball to become old, play themselves in and then take a step forward. They Realy need to learn how to adapt for the pitches. The bowlers have nothing to ball at unless a miracle happens.

  • gnanzcupid on June 9, 2013, 12:26 GMT

    Again sanga had to come and save the lankans. Lankans should be proud of having him in the team. The overrated lankan youngsters are exposed too v badly to some quality bowling. My comment in the preview section has come true once again,it was sanga,the saviour

  • andrew27994 on June 9, 2013, 12:15 GMT

    I feel SL are wasting time trying to re-create another Jayasuriya rather than work on a winning combination. No matter how talented the batsman is, he is likely to struggle in a position that he is not accustomed to, especially in foreign conditions. If SL really want to mould young Kusal into another Jayasuriya, it is better to experiment it in less important series. When Mahela has been so successful opening for SL in both ODIs and T20s, why unnecessarily put him in a scenario he doesn't prefer being in. It's obvious Mahela doesn't like batting in middle overs where he is expected to rotate the strike and score less boundaries.

  • 6Stumps on June 9, 2013, 12:11 GMT

    Wow. Looks like kiwis will have lions for lunch today. LOL. A spineless display from the SL batters really. The top order looked circumspect and weren't really sure whether to defend or attack. Several shots were admittedly reckless and uncalled for. I think they got their bowling strategy wrong too. They definitely needed another spinner given that spin is their forte. NZ surely got this one in their bag.

  • andrew27994 on June 9, 2013, 12:10 GMT

    Kusal Perera goes for a duck and Mahela fails again in the middle order. This is exactly what I had said before the start of the tournament. Kusal may be very talented but he will struggle a bit opening the batting in foreign conditions. Mahela, on the other hand, has been mediocre when batting in the middle order in ODIs but has been extraordinary when he opens the batting. It's high time SL realise that and make him open or just drop him from the side. Good to see Sangakkara showing some fight though.

  • Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket on June 9, 2013, 11:43 GMT

    What a shame! Looks like every one wants to be a super hero by scoring 100 of 37 Balls! Just stay with Sanga and he will make sure SL will get a respectable score. Hats of Sanga, time and time again you have proven you are the wall! Some one please tell openers - you need to stay till 20th over to take advantage. Two new Kookaburra balls will seam around for first 15 overs then it is a batting paradise. But some refuse to learn!

  • on June 9, 2013, 11:39 GMT

    Please drop Franklin from the NZ team. He is so slow in the field, bowls juicy lolipops and consistently disappoints with the bat. Why does he keep getting picked?

  • maddy20 on June 9, 2013, 11:11 GMT

    So this is how "Lions" play is it? They are refusing to learn or adapt. You have to play out the first few overs carefully and then it gets easier to bat. India survived a few nervous moments at the start and then started counter-attacking the SA bowlers. If you go fishing outside the of stump from ball one, then this is what happens. Chadimal, Perera are guilty of this. Dilshan leaves a huge gap between bat and pad, Mahela does not know where his middle stump is. Can't believe people vouching for this team as favorites. The way I see it, only India, Pak/WI, NZ and England seem to be the only teams capable of winning this tournament.

  • aby__prasad on June 9, 2013, 10:27 GMT

    This is the difference between nz and s.a. Earlier they bowled way too short but unlike s.a. , nz bowlers quickly realised that its not working and started bowling fuller length and mixing it up with short/length ones. Result shows, though I didnt expect chandimal to go so soon. Good exposure for srilankans as conditions are bit similar to nz conditions and there is a slight swing besides being chilly out there ( i hear its chilly, not sure). Also not to forget nz are fresh from their series victory. NZ i believe are stronger than most in this tournament for the above reasons.If sl win here, they are going a long way as I guess nz is the best challenge in this tournament given their current form and earlier series win in similar conditions. Good luck to both then.

  • shayalmathew on June 9, 2013, 10:24 GMT

    Its so sad that SL team seems totally out of form.. I like to watch SL winning always unless the opponent is India. SL has no chance in this tournament anyway! Its not a winning combination at all.

  • yogesh.gg on June 9, 2013, 10:13 GMT

    Lions are roaring ... NZ beware

  • vim_equal on June 9, 2013, 9:39 GMT

    Oh no Kusal gone for a golden duck... thts a big blow.. great catch though.. Never Back Down LIONS....

  • on June 9, 2013, 9:37 GMT

    one of the best catch that was......well done B.M

  • vim_equal on June 9, 2013, 9:33 GMT

    Whr is Kula? anyway hope LIONS'll beat da kiwis.. go LIONS go....

  • popped on June 9, 2013, 9:32 GMT

    Wow SL without kulasekara & senanayake , only 4 bowlers, and out of that malinga is suspect, are they trying to lose against what I think is one of the strongest teams in the tournament ?

  • popped on June 9, 2013, 9:32 GMT

    Wow SL without kulasekara & senanayake , only 4 bowlers, and out of that malinga is suspect, are they trying to lose against what I think is one of the strongest teams in the tournament ?

  • vim_equal on June 9, 2013, 9:33 GMT

    Whr is Kula? anyway hope LIONS'll beat da kiwis.. go LIONS go....

  • on June 9, 2013, 9:37 GMT

    one of the best catch that was......well done B.M

  • vim_equal on June 9, 2013, 9:39 GMT

    Oh no Kusal gone for a golden duck... thts a big blow.. great catch though.. Never Back Down LIONS....

  • yogesh.gg on June 9, 2013, 10:13 GMT

    Lions are roaring ... NZ beware

  • shayalmathew on June 9, 2013, 10:24 GMT

    Its so sad that SL team seems totally out of form.. I like to watch SL winning always unless the opponent is India. SL has no chance in this tournament anyway! Its not a winning combination at all.

  • aby__prasad on June 9, 2013, 10:27 GMT

    This is the difference between nz and s.a. Earlier they bowled way too short but unlike s.a. , nz bowlers quickly realised that its not working and started bowling fuller length and mixing it up with short/length ones. Result shows, though I didnt expect chandimal to go so soon. Good exposure for srilankans as conditions are bit similar to nz conditions and there is a slight swing besides being chilly out there ( i hear its chilly, not sure). Also not to forget nz are fresh from their series victory. NZ i believe are stronger than most in this tournament for the above reasons.If sl win here, they are going a long way as I guess nz is the best challenge in this tournament given their current form and earlier series win in similar conditions. Good luck to both then.

  • maddy20 on June 9, 2013, 11:11 GMT

    So this is how "Lions" play is it? They are refusing to learn or adapt. You have to play out the first few overs carefully and then it gets easier to bat. India survived a few nervous moments at the start and then started counter-attacking the SA bowlers. If you go fishing outside the of stump from ball one, then this is what happens. Chadimal, Perera are guilty of this. Dilshan leaves a huge gap between bat and pad, Mahela does not know where his middle stump is. Can't believe people vouching for this team as favorites. The way I see it, only India, Pak/WI, NZ and England seem to be the only teams capable of winning this tournament.

  • on June 9, 2013, 11:39 GMT

    Please drop Franklin from the NZ team. He is so slow in the field, bowls juicy lolipops and consistently disappoints with the bat. Why does he keep getting picked?

  • Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket on June 9, 2013, 11:43 GMT

    What a shame! Looks like every one wants to be a super hero by scoring 100 of 37 Balls! Just stay with Sanga and he will make sure SL will get a respectable score. Hats of Sanga, time and time again you have proven you are the wall! Some one please tell openers - you need to stay till 20th over to take advantage. Two new Kookaburra balls will seam around for first 15 overs then it is a batting paradise. But some refuse to learn!