ICC Champions Trophy, 4th Match, Group A: New Zealand v Sri Lanka at Cardiff, Jun 9, 2013
ICC Champions Trophy - 4th match, Group A
New Zealand won by 1 wicket (with 81 balls remaining)
Played at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff (neutral venue)
9 June 2013 (50-over match)
27.1

Southee to NLTC Perera, no run, length delivery on the middle, Thisara punches it softly with his heavy bat, but the fielder at mid-on has to dive to stop that.. such is the power of this man

27.2

Southee to NLTC Perera, no run, short delivery, pitched halfway, the batsman ducks under it easily

27.3

Southee to NLTC Perera, no run, more good work by Guptill, this time at midwicket. The batsman drove it towards the left of him with the inside half of the bat

27.4

Southee to NLTC Perera, no run, dropped by the bowler! An easy catch by any standards. The batsman punched it right back, not at great speed, and it was at a comfortable height to the left of the bowler, but he just couldnt hold on to it

27.5

Southee to NLTC Perera, FOUR, fuller length delivery on off, Perera punches it hard to mid-off, but Franklin allows the ball to slip under his hands and gives away four runs

27.6

Southee to NLTC Perera, no run, length delivery on off, the batsman comes forward and defends

Sri Lanka 98/6   NLTC Perera 4* (6b 1x4)
28.2

NL McCullum to NLTC Perera, no run, quicker and shorter outside off, the batsman goes back and cuts it, but straight to the man at backward point

28.3

NL McCullum to NLTC Perera, no run, tossed up full and slow, the batsman defends it to cover

28.4

NL McCullum to NLTC Perera, no run, pushed through a bit quicker this time and straightaway they go up for an appeal as Thisara gets hit on the pads while he is on the back foot..Looked good to the naked eye, except that there was a loud woody noise. Thisara calls for a review and wins it easily. Big inside edge

28.5

NL McCullum to NLTC Perera, no run, tossed up delivery on middle and leg line, the batsman comes forward and defends

28.6

NL McCullum to NLTC Perera, no run, fuller and quicker, the batsman punches it straight to mid-on

Sri Lanka 99/6   NLTC Perera 4* (11b 1x4)
29.5

Southee to NLTC Perera, 2 runs, he goes after it like he always does, but gets a thick outside edge that balloons over backward point and a few meters short of the third man fielder

29.6

Southee to NLTC Perera, 1 run, length delivery on the stumps, he pushes it to long on for a single

Sri Lanka 107/6   NLTC Perera 7* (13b 1x4)
30.1

NL McCullum to NLTC Perera, no run, tossed up and really really slow, the batsman comes forward and defends it to off

30.2

NL McCullum to NLTC Perera, FOUR, flighted delivery, but it's too full, the batsman just easily punches after taking it on the full and drives it through wide mid-on

30.3

NL McCullum to NLTC Perera, no run, flighted delivery on off, defended to cover

30.4

NL McCullum to NLTC Perera, no run, this time, he pushes it towards midwicket off the front foot

30.5

NL McCullum to NLTC Perera, no run, fuller delivery on off stump, driven back to the bowler

30.6

NL McCullum to NLTC Perera, 1 run, tossed up full on off stump, the batsman drives it to wide long-on, past a diving Martin Guptill at extra cover

Sri Lanka 112/6   NLTC Perera 12* (19b 2x4)
31.1

Southee to NLTC Perera, no run, back of length on off, defended to the off side

31.2

Southee to NLTC Perera, no run, length delivery outside off, punched hard to the off side, but straight to extra cover

31.3

Southee to NLTC Perera, no run, short delivery this time, the batsman arches back to ramp it over the keeper's head, but makes no connection

31.4

Southee to NLTC Perera, no run, bowls a yorker wide outside off, the batsman digs it out towards cover

31.5

Southee to NLTC Perera, no run, back of length delivery outside off, Thisara thumps it hard down the ground, but straight to the man at mid-off

31.6

Southee to NLTC Perera, 1 run, fuller length delivery outside off, the batsman swings hard at it and hits it down the ground, Vettori at mid-on does well to cut it off though

Sri Lanka 113/6   NLTC Perera 13* (25b 2x4)
32.1

NL McCullum to NLTC Perera, 1 run, pushed through on the middle stump line, the batsman gets an inside edge to the leg side as he comes forward to defend

32.4

NL McCullum to NLTC Perera, 1 run, full delivery, chipped over the bowler's head for a single

32.6

NL McCullum to NLTC Perera, no run, flatter delivery on off, the batsman comes forward and defends it to the off side

Sri Lanka 117/6   NLTC Perera 15* (28b 2x4)
33.3

McClenaghan to NLTC Perera, OUT, caught by mid-on! Wicket goes down just at the right time for New Zealand. It was a length ball outside off, the kind Perera loves to hit out of the ground, but this time he doesn't get hold of it. It goes high and Vettori at mid-on back pedals a few paces to take a well-judged catch

NLTC Perera c Vettori b McClenaghan 15 (32m 29b 2x4 0x6) SR: 51.72

Sri Lanka 118/7   NLTC Perera 15 (29b 2x4)
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