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)

Alright, the Sri Lankan players are in a huddle together, they need a big speech and Angelo is imparting it at the moment. Martin Guptill and Luke Ronchi in the middle. Malinga to start, two slips in place. Where is that yorker then?

Tim: "Hopefully Ronchi gets a chance to show NZ what he did for WA back in 07/08... 100 off 51 deliveries, the first coming from 40 deliveries and the second from 11."

0.1

Malinga to Guptill, no run, short of length delivery around off stump, the batsman gets right behind it and defends it to the off side

0.2

Malinga to Guptill, no run, length delivery outside off, Guptill defends it towards point off the back foot

0.3

Malinga to Guptill, no run, back of length delivery outside off, the batsman goes back and defends it to off

0.4

Malinga to Guptill, no run, length delivery on off, Guptill prods forward and defends it to cover

0.5

Malinga to Guptill, no run, length delivery on middle and off line, the batsman stays solid behind it and punches it to mid-on

0.6

Malinga to Guptill, no run, length delivery outside off, the batsman pushes it towards point where Dilshan makes a good diving stop

A maiden to start off, but no yorkers there

End of over 1 (maiden) New Zealand 0/0 (139 runs required from 49 overs, RR: 0.00, RRR: 2.83)

    • MJ Guptill 0 (6b)
    • L Ronchi 0 (0b)
    • SL Malinga 1-1-0-0

Shaminda Eranga comes in to bowl

1.1

Eranga to Ronchi, no run, beautiful delivery, it beats the bat outside off. He bowled it from wide of the crease, it was angled in, and straightened late past the outside edge

1.2

Eranga to Ronchi, 1 run, length ball outside off, the batsman pushes it to the right of point for first runs

1.3

Eranga to Guptill, no run, length delivery outside off, the batsman comes forward and lets it go through

1.4

Eranga to Guptill, 2 runs, back of length delivery, but it's on the middle and leg line, Guptill clips it fine on the leg side and Malinga at fine leg does well to prevent the boundary by diving across

1.5

Eranga to Guptill, no run, length delivery wide outside off, it swings further away, the batsman leaves it alone

1.6

Eranga to Guptill, FOUR, fuller length delivery just outside off, the batsman comes forward and pushes it in the gap at cover, but he has timed that very well as it beats the fielder to the boundary

End of over 2 (7 runs) New Zealand 7/0 (132 runs required from 48 overs, RR: 3.50, RRR: 2.75)

    • MJ Guptill 6 (10b 1x4)
    • L Ronchi 1 (2b)
    • RMS Eranga 1-0-7-0
    • SL Malinga 1-1-0-0
2.1

Malinga to Ronchi, no run, short of length delivery outside off, Ronchi watches it closely and lets it go through

2.2

Malinga to Ronchi, no run, attempts the slower yorker, but luckily for the batsman, it's a full toss on the pads. Ronchi didn't read it very well and played it belatedly towards midwicket, off the toe-end of his bat

2.3

Malinga to Ronchi, no run, he follows it up with a sharp bouncer and the batsman does well to sway out of the way

2.4

Malinga to Ronchi, FOUR, another slower ball this time and it's a full toss, on the middle stump line, the batsman chips it over the bowler's head for an easy boundary

2.5

Malinga to Ronchi, no run, another short delivery this time, the batsman ducks under it

2.6

Malinga to Ronchi, no run, length delivery wide outside off, the batsman tries to cut it hard but is beaten by the pace on that

End of over 3 (4 runs) New Zealand 11/0 (128 runs required from 47 overs, RR: 3.66, RRR: 2.72)

    • L Ronchi 5 (8b 1x4)
    • MJ Guptill 6 (10b 1x4)
    • SL Malinga 2-1-4-0
    • RMS Eranga 1-0-7-0
3.1

Eranga to Guptill, 1 run, length delivery, but straying on to the pads, the batsman whips it down to fine leg for a single

3.2

Eranga to Ronchi, 2 runs, fuller length this time, but again on to the pads, the batsman flicks it to deep backward square leg for more runs

3.3

Eranga to Ronchi, no run, very short delivery this time round but Ronchi gets out of the way easily

3.4

Eranga to Ronchi, OUT, here comes the first wicket! It was a length delivery outside off, very quick as well, and Ronchi wanted to push it to the off side without moving his feet, but the bowler gets some extra bounce off the pitch and the ball flicks the outside edge on its way to the keeper's gloves

L Ronchi c †Sangakkara b Eranga 7 (15m 11b 1x4 0x6) SR: 63.63

Kane Williamson is the next batsman

3.5

Eranga to Williamson, 1 run, length delivery on off stump, the batsman tries to punch it to off, but gets an inside edge towards square leg to get off the mark

3.6

Eranga to Guptill, no run, he goes for a yorker from wide of the crease, the batsman digs it out towards midwicket

End of over 4 (4 runs) New Zealand 15/1 (124 runs required from 46 overs, RR: 3.75, RRR: 2.69)

    • MJ Guptill 7 (12b 1x4)
    • KS Williamson 1 (1b)
    • RMS Eranga 2-0-11-1
    • SL Malinga 2-1-4-0
4.1

Malinga to Williamson, no run, another outside edge, but the batsman played this one with soft hands and it dropped way short of the fielder at first slip

4.2

Malinga to Williamson, no run, and they go up for an appeal for caught behind now, but the bowler doesn't show much interest. There was nothing in it as it went past the outside edge

4.3

Malinga to Williamson, no run, short delivery this time, the batsman ducks under it easily

4.4

Malinga to Williamson, 2 runs, fuller length delivery outside off, the batsman gets a thick outside edge towards third man and he is quick to get back for a second run

Ronny: "Can just imagine the sledging Ronchi will be getting soon...."Lukey are you gonna be the first person to be dropped from 2 teams? what next? reckon you got some Irish in ya?"

4.5

Malinga to Williamson, no run, another one goes past the outside edge as Kane W plays inside the line

4.6

Malinga to Williamson, no run, back of length delivery outside off, defended off the back foot towards off

End of over 5 (2 runs) New Zealand 17/1 (122 runs required from 45 overs, RR: 3.40, RRR: 2.71)

    • KS Williamson 3 (7b)
    • MJ Guptill 7 (12b 1x4)
    • SL Malinga 3-1-6-0
    • RMS Eranga 2-0-11-1

This is the last over before lunch

5.1

Eranga to Guptill, 1 wide, he bowls it from wide of the crease and wide down the leg side. Sanga does well to dive across and keep it to one extra run

5.1

Eranga to Guptill, FOUR, back of length delivery wide outside off, the batsman rocks back and wristily punches it through cover point. The ball teases three fielders all the way through to the boundary

5.2

Eranga to Guptill, 1 run, shortish delivery, the batsman pulls it to fine leg for a single

Mark: "Put another way, 60% of Ronchi's career ODI runs have come in a single innings. He can't afford many more failures, if any."

5.3

Eranga to Williamson, 3 runs, short of length delivery outside off, the batsman stands tall and punches it through extra cover for what looked like a couple, but sloppy work by the fielder (Chandimal) allows extra runs

5.4

Eranga to Guptill, no run, he bowls a low full toss in his attempt to bowl a yorker, the batsman digs it out to his boot and the ball then lobs up in front. There are shouts of 'catch it' but the bowler doesn't really make any attempt.. Could have been a wicket

5.5

Eranga to Guptill, no run, he defends the short of length delivery off the back foot solidly

5.6

Eranga to Guptill, no run, length delivery outside off, the batsman lets it go through to the keeper

So that is lunch here in Cardiff. Sri Lanka have made one important breakthrough and would have loved to see another batsman or two back in the pavilion, but it's still a tough ask for them. New Zealand have knocked off 26 runs off the target with ease and look good to get this under sunny conditions. We will be back in half an hour.

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Ryan: "I believe Sri Lanka's paceman are too raw to be relied upon. Watching the Sydney test earlier this year, Lakmal and Eranga had pace, Lakmal particuarly, but didn't have enough to rely solely on it to take wickets. This is where the likes of Vaas could mentor these players on the finer art of bowling, and develop Lakmal, Eranga, Welegedera, Fernando and Kulusekera into a capable pace attck to support Herath"

End of over 6 (9 runs) New Zealand 26/1 (113 runs required from 44 overs, RR: 4.33, RRR: 2.56)

    • MJ Guptill 12 (17b 2x4)
    • KS Williamson 6 (8b)
    • RMS Eranga 3-0-20-1
    • SL Malinga 3-1-6-0

We are back after for the second and the last session of the day, Malinga to start after lunch

6.1

Malinga to Williamson, no run, length ball wide outside off, the batsman goes back and chops it straight to point

Two slips and a gully comes in now

6.2

Malinga to Williamson, no run, fuller length delivery just outside off, the batsman comes forward and defends it solidly to the off side

6.3

Malinga to Williamson, no run, pushes it fuller and wider outside off, the batsman comes forward and lets it go through to the keeper

6.4

Malinga to Williamson, no run, it pitches on a length wide outside off and goes further away, the batsman leaves it alone

6.5

Malinga to Williamson, no run, beautiful delivery! This one is closer to the off stump line and the batsman has to play at it, but it leaves him at the last moment

6.6

Malinga to Williamson, no run, this one is even better! It pitches short of good length around off stump and the batsman has to play at it again. Kane W tries to defend it off the back foot, but the ball just leaves him at the last moment. The slip cordon goes up immediately, the umpire says no to the appeal, but Angelo asks for a review. Oh that one has gone to waste as that one just went past the outside edge and flicked the trousers on the way to the keeper

End of over 7 (maiden) New Zealand 26/1 (113 runs required from 43 overs, RR: 3.71, RRR: 2.62)

    • KS Williamson 6 (14b)
    • MJ Guptill 12 (17b 2x4)
    • SL Malinga 4-2-6-0
    • RMS Eranga 3-0-20-1

Rangana Herath comes in early. Can he do what Dan Vettori did in his first over? One slip in place. There is a man at deep backward square leg too. Now another close in fielder comes in, at short leg

7.1

Herath to Guptill, 3 runs, pushed through, that was the arm ball and the batsman uses the depth of the crease to go back and punch it to deep midwicket

7.2

Herath to Williamson, no run, oye! Super delivery, it was tossed up, pitches on off stump and then spins sharply past the outside edge

7.3

Herath to Williamson, 2 runs, tossed up and full on the middle stump line, the batsman sweeps it fine on the leg side and Malinga from deep backward square leg has to run all the way to get that

7.4

Herath to Williamson, no run, tossed up again and the batsman tries to paddle it fine, but is not able to beat the fielder at short fine leg

7.5

Herath to Williamson, FOUR, bad delivery, it was short and way down the leg side, the batsman goes for a pull and gets a top edge over the short fine leg fielder

7.6

Herath to Williamson, no run, fuller on off, the batsman comes forward and defends it solidly

End of over 8 (9 runs) New Zealand 35/1 (104 runs required from 42 overs, RR: 4.37, RRR: 2.47)

    • KS Williamson 12 (19b 1x4)
    • MJ Guptill 15 (18b 2x4)
    • HMRKB Herath 1-0-9-0
    • SL Malinga 4-2-6-0
8.1

Malinga to Guptill, FOUR, fuller length delivery outside off, the batsman drills it down the ground with a powerful drive

8.2

Malinga to Guptill, FOUR, short delivery this time, Guptill rocks back and comfortably pulls it behind square for another boundary

8.3

Malinga to Guptill, 1 run, back of length delivery outside off, he punches it hard straight to cover where Kusal Perera misfields and allows an extra run

8.4

Malinga to Williamson, no run, length delivery wide outside off, the batsman goes back and punches it to mid-off

8.5

Malinga to Williamson, 4 runs, he waits on the back foot and punches the length delivery through extra cover, they take four of it. Good running

8.6

Malinga to Williamson, OUT, he is gone this time! It was a slower delivery and it was a high full-toss. Kane Williamson totally lost it in the flight. He tried to nudge it towards the leg side, but was hit on the thigh pad while he was ducking, right in front of the middle stump. Did he get a bat on that? I don't think so. It was hitting the top of the middle. Kane Williamson asks for a review, maybe in the hope that it would have gone over the top, but that was dipping sharply. Malinga strikes and New Zealand lose a review

KS Williamson lbw b Malinga 16 (29m 22b 1x4 0x6) SR: 72.72

End of over 9 (13 runs) New Zealand 48/2 (91 runs required from 41 overs, RR: 5.33, RRR: 2.21)

    • MJ Guptill 24 (21b 4x4)
    • SL Malinga 5-2-19-1
    • HMRKB Herath 1-0-9-0

Ross Taylor is the new batsman.

9.1

Herath to Guptill, no run, flighted delivery on off stump, the batsman defends it off the front foot

9.2

Herath to Guptill, 1 run, goes back to a slider on the middle stump, brings his bat down in time to work it away towards deep square leg

9.3

Herath to Taylor, no run, pushed through on off stump, the batsman comes forward and defends

9.4

Herath to Taylor, no run, tossed up and full outside off, the batsman drives it in the air, but it falls just short of the fielder at short extra cover

9.5

Herath to Taylor, no run, full and flighted, the batsman pushes it towards mid-on and thinks about a single, but decides against it

9.6

Herath to Taylor, OUT, the finger has gone up! No review this time! Herath has done what Dan Vettori did to Mahela. After flighting a couple of deliveries, he bowls the arm ball and Ross Taylor gets hit in front as he plays down the wrong line, the ball thudding onto his front pad in front of the middle stump. It would have gone on to hit middle and leg. Can Sri Lanka set in some panic in the New Zealand camp?

LRPL Taylor lbw b Herath 0 (5m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

End of over 10 (1 run) New Zealand 49/3 (90 runs required from 40 overs, RR: 4.90, RRR: 2.25)

    • MJ Guptill 25 (23b 4x4)
    • HMRKB Herath 2-0-10-1
    • SL Malinga 5-2-19-1

Eranga replaces Malinga

10.1

Eranga to Guptill, OUT, gone! caught at slip! Someone asked for the wobble? Eranga bowls that sharp shortish delivery outside off and the batsman tries to defend it off the back foot, but it took off and the bounce surprised Guptill who ended up fending it towards slip. It flew high and it flew fast and Mahela took a sharp overhead catch.

MJ Guptill c Jayawardene b Eranga 25 (52m 24b 4x4 0x6) SR: 104.16

Three wickets have gone down in eight balls, McCullum walks in to face the music

Andrew: "Oh good, now James Franklin can save New Zealand..."

10.2

Eranga to BB McCullum, 1 run, attempts a yorker first ball, but it's down the leg side. McCullum flicks it to fine leg to get off the mark and bring up New Zealand's fifty

10.3

Eranga to Franklin, no run, length delivery angling across the left-hander, the batsman defends it towards point

Alan: "There is always a question on how well Angelo Mathews is suited for this captaincy. If he can pull this low scoring match, he will be considered a shrewd captain and ease some pressure for next few series on him."

10.4

Eranga to Franklin, no run, back of length delivery outside off, defended to the off side..

10.5

Eranga to Franklin, no run, fuller length, it goes away from the left-hander with the angle, Franklin leaves it alone

Ray: "Guptill, realising he has no chance of scoring a 100 today, gets out"

10.6

Eranga to Franklin, 4 leg byes, another yorker attempted, but this one is outside the left-hander's leg stump, the batsman tries to whip it, but it hits his boot and flies past the keeper for a boundary

Ajay Tripathi: "All of a sudden, 138 seems a huge target.... Bravo to Sri Lanka for their brilliant batting"

End of over 11 (5 runs) New Zealand 54/4 (85 runs required from 39 overs, RR: 4.90, RRR: 2.17)

    • JEC Franklin 0 (4b)
    • BB McCullum 1 (1b)
    • RMS Eranga 4-0-21-2
    • HMRKB Herath 2-0-10-1
11.1

Herath to BB McCullum, 2 leg byes, full and flighted and what does Baz do? He goes for a reverse sweep! He misses it, but luckily for him he gets hit on the boot outside the line of off

11.2

Herath to BB McCullum, 1 run, he goes back to cut this one, but it stayed a touch low.. Again very lucky. He steals a single to cover though

11.3

Herath to Franklin, 1 run, full and flighted on off, the batsman comes forward and drives it to long on for a single

11.4

Herath to BB McCullum, 1 run, tossed up and full outside off, this time he doesn't try anything expansive, dabs it towards the off side for a single

Mike: "Well lets see if McCullum can careful for once---"

11.5

Herath to Franklin, no run, full and flat on off stump, Franklin defends it solidly off the front foot

11.6

Herath to Franklin, no run, more solid defence from the batsman as he comes forward to push it back to the bowler

End of over 12 (5 runs) New Zealand 59/4 (80 runs required from 38 overs, RR: 4.91, RRR: 2.10)

    • JEC Franklin 1 (7b)
    • BB McCullum 3 (4b)
    • HMRKB Herath 3-0-13-1
    • RMS Eranga 4-0-21-2
12.1

Eranga to BB McCullum, FOUR, length delivery outside off, Baz comes forward and just pushes it towards cover. The ball speeds off his bat and beats the fielder at cover and races to the boundary. A mere push it was

12.2

Eranga to BB McCullum, 1 run, another length delivery on off, the batsman comes forward and pushes it to deep cover.. (The fielder had moved back)

12.3

Eranga to Franklin, no run, length delivery on off stump, the batsman plays it off the back foot, defends it towards cover

Sanyam Kamat: "Why cant we simply enjoy a tennis match? First WI and now NZ, both teams making us follow the match when a interesting Tennis match is going on."

12.4

Eranga to Franklin, FOUR, superbly timed! It was a short of length delivery, a bit wide outside off, Franklin just punches it through cover beautifully

12.5

Eranga to Franklin, no run, length ball outside off, this one is left alone

12.6

Eranga to Franklin, no run, back of length delivery on off stump, the batsman goes back and defends it solidly to the off side

Taylor: "This is what Franklin is in the side for, and vettori for that matter, experience wise, batting at times of adversity."

End of over 13 (9 runs) New Zealand 68/4 (71 runs required from 37 overs, RR: 5.23, RRR: 1.91)

    • JEC Franklin 5 (11b 1x4)
    • BB McCullum 8 (6b 1x4)
    • RMS Eranga 5-0-30-2
    • HMRKB Herath 3-0-13-1
13.1

Herath to BB McCullum, no run, tossed up delivery on off, Baz defends, awkwardly though

13.2

Herath to BB McCullum, no run, he comes forward and defends the tossed up delivery to the leg side

13.3

Herath to BB McCullum, no run, quicker and flatter this time, Baz goes on the back foot and pushes it to midwicket

13.4

Herath to BB McCullum, 1 run, flighted and on the leg stump line, the batsman pushes it to the right of midwicket of a single

13.5

Herath to Franklin, 1 run, full and flighted on the pads, Franklin comfortably pushes it to deep midwicket for a single

13.6

Herath to BB McCullum, no run, quicker delivery this time, the batsman shuffles across, then defends it solidly back down the pitch

Simon: "I'm sorry I ever doubted you Jimmy. Bat on McDuff..."

End of over 14 (2 runs) New Zealand 70/4 (69 runs required from 36 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 1.91)

    • BB McCullum 9 (11b 1x4)
    • JEC Franklin 6 (12b 1x4)
    • HMRKB Herath 4-0-15-1
    • RMS Eranga 5-0-30-2

More spin, Dilshan comes round the wicket

14.1

Dilshan to Franklin, no run, pushed through outside off, the batsman watches it go through to the keeper

14.2

Dilshan to Franklin, no run, flatter delivery outside off, Franklin comes forward and defends it towards cover

14.3

Dilshan to Franklin, no run, some spin there, but is was slightly short and that allowed the batsman to easily defend it towards point

14.4

Dilshan to Franklin, no run, very very loud appeal for lbw as the batsman misses his sweep shot and gets hit on the pads. They cant' t review it as they have none left, and would have been useless as it hit the gloves

14.5

Dilshan to Franklin, OUT, very loud shout again! And this time Rod Tucker waits, waits and then succumbs under pressure. It was good shout even though the batsman was pressing forward, he was hit marginally on the line of off stump. Good decision and Franklin, who was looking more composed of the two batsmen, has to go

JEC Franklin lbw b Dilshan 6 (25m 17b 1x4 0x6) SR: 35.29

Vettori comes in now.. A silly point in place for him.

14.6

Dilshan to Vettori, no run, flatter delivery outside off, draws the batsman out, then turns past the outside edge. Lots of noise now around the bat

End of over 15 (wicket maiden) New Zealand 70/5 (69 runs required from 35 overs, RR: 4.66, RRR: 1.97)

    • DL Vettori 0 (1b)
    • BB McCullum 9 (11b 1x4)
    • TM Dilshan 1-1-0-1
    • HMRKB Herath 4-0-15-1
15.1

Herath to BB McCullum, no run, fuller and quicker, the batsman comes forward in defence, gets an inside edge but he has no idea where it is..

15.2

Herath to BB McCullum, no run, fuller and quick again, the batsman defends it to the off side off the front foot

15.3

Herath to BB McCullum, no run, he stretches right forward and defends it again

15.4

Herath to BB McCullum, no run, goes on the back foot to a tossed up delivery and gets squared up as the ball straightens, gets an outside edge to backward point

Two slips now

15.5

Herath to BB McCullum, 1 run, full and flighted, the batsman tries to drive it long-on, but hits it off the outside half of the bat to long off

15.6

Herath to Vettori, 1 run, tossed up on middle stump line, Vettori goes down on his knee and paddles it fine on the leg side for a single. He is slow to turn as Baz was looking for a couple

End of over 16 (2 runs) New Zealand 72/5 (67 runs required from 34 overs, RR: 4.50, RRR: 1.97)

    • DL Vettori 1 (2b)
    • BB McCullum 10 (16b 1x4)
    • HMRKB Herath 5-0-17-1
    • TM Dilshan 1-1-0-1
16.1

Dilshan to Vettori, no run, flighted and full on the leg stump, Vettori wanted to drive, but ends up chipping it towards mid-on.. Lucky that he didn't hit it too hard

16.2

Dilshan to Vettori, no run, comes forward and defends it solidly to the off side

16.3

Dilshan to Vettori, 1 run, on the pads this time, he dabs it towards backward square leg for a quick single

16.4

Dilshan to BB McCullum, no run, quicker delivery on off stump, the batsman comes right forward and defends it back to the bowler

16.5

Dilshan to BB McCullum, no run, it is pushed through outside off and Baz goes for a reverse sweep, misses and gets hit on the pads. He prob had his heart in his mouth and there was a loud appeal again, but the impact was outside off

16.6

Dilshan to BB McCullum, no run, this time, he comes forward and defends to cover

End of over 17 (1 run) New Zealand 73/5 (66 runs required from 33 overs, RR: 4.29, RRR: 2.00)

    • BB McCullum 10 (19b 1x4)
    • DL Vettori 2 (5b)
    • TM Dilshan 2-1-1-1
    • HMRKB Herath 5-0-17-1
17.1

Herath to Vettori, 1 run, he goes deep into the crease, allows the ball to turn a little, then dabs it towards square leg for a single

17.2

Herath to BB McCullum, no run, Tossed up outside off, the batsman comes forward and plays it down towards that second slip fielder, it drops just short of the fielder. It was played well though

17.3

Herath to BB McCullum, no run, another good shout for lbw! That was outside the line of off though, but no doubt Baz was beaten by the arm-ball again

17.4

Herath to BB McCullum, no run, he thrusts his front foot forward and defends it towards cover

17.5

Herath to BB McCullum, no run, more solid front foot defence from the batsman

Daniel Alexander: "Wish Sachithra Senanayake was bowling now :("

Pete: "I wouldn't have minded seeing Southee before Vettori and Franklin... let him try to blast 25+ off fifteen before it's too high stakes."

17.6

Herath to BB McCullum, 2 leg byes, tossed up delivery, but this is down the leg side. It flicks the pads and runs down fine

End of over 18 (3 runs) New Zealand 76/5 (63 runs required from 32 overs, RR: 4.22, RRR: 1.96)

    • BB McCullum 10 (24b 1x4)
    • DL Vettori 3 (6b)
    • HMRKB Herath 6-0-18-1
    • TM Dilshan 2-1-1-1

saji: "Is this the same pitch IND and SA scored 600+ runs few days back? I cannot believe .."

18.1

Dilshan to Vettori, no run, pushed through on off stump, the batsman comes forward and defends it towards point

18.2

Dilshan to Vettori, no run, comes forward again, pushes it to cover

18.3

Dilshan to Vettori, no run, quicker and fuller outside off, the batsman pushes it to cover off the front foot

18.4

Dilshan to Vettori, no run, fuller this time, straying down the leg side, the batsman goes for a sweep, but gets hit on the pads, everyone appeals, but that was going down

18.5

Dilshan to Vettori, 1 run, full and tossed up on off, the batsman drives it to long off for a single

Krish: "A reverse sweep when you're 5 down. Really? It's reckless shots like these which have led to New Zealand's downfall. If he'd been out, he would've cost NZ the match."

18.6

Dilshan to BB McCullum, no run, flatter and quicker outside off, the batsman goes back and punches it to cover

End of over 19 (1 run) New Zealand 77/5 (62 runs required from 31 overs, RR: 4.05, RRR: 2.00)

    • BB McCullum 10 (25b 1x4)
    • DL Vettori 4 (11b)
    • TM Dilshan 3-1-2-1
    • HMRKB Herath 6-0-18-1

Malinga is back, one slip in place. Only 62 runs needed from here, but they feel like 150 at the moment

19.1

Malinga to Vettori, no run, length delivery on off stump, the batsman gets behind it and defends it back to the bowler

19.2

Malinga to Vettori, 1 run, here comes the yorker, but well played by Vettori as he opens the face and runs it down to third man

No slip for McCullum

19.3

Malinga to BB McCullum, 1 run, short of length delivery on off stump, the batsman gets up on his toes and dabs it towards cover point, he calls for a quick single and the two make it in time

19.4

Malinga to Vettori, no run, another yorker, swinging slightly away in the air and it beats the bat

19.5

Malinga to Vettori, 1 wide, he moves way across outside the off stump and Malinga fires a yorker, but Vettori is lucky that the ball was way down the leg side.. His stumps were totally exposed

19.5

Malinga to Vettori, no run, and another yorker, this time outside off. Vettori digs it out towards off, but Dilshan at backward point makes a good save to prevent a single

19.6

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...

DL Vettori lbw b Malinga 5 (21m 16b 0x4 0x6) SR: 31.25

59 run needed, four wickets left. But where are the runs going to come from, is very difficult to say..

End of over 20 (3 runs) New Zealand 80/6 (59 runs required from 30 overs, RR: 4.00, RRR: 1.96)

    • BB McCullum 11 (26b 1x4)
    • SL Malinga 6-2-22-2
    • TM Dilshan 3-1-2-1

The elder brother comes in to join Brendon...

20.1

Dilshan to BB McCullum, no run, pushed through on off stump, the batsman punches it back to the bowler

20.2

Dilshan to BB McCullum, 1 run, shorter and flatter, the batsman shuffles across and whips it to deep square leg for a single

Richie: "Spare a thought for Ferrer! The man at 31 didn't lose a set the entire tournament but now isn't able to win even 1 against the King of Clay. Such an anti-climax.."

20.3

Dilshan to NL McCullum, no run, oh another appeal, and he keeps asking the umpire! I think that was very close and McNath is lucky! He was walking across the stumps and missed the delivery as he tried to work it to the leg side, gets hit in front of middle stump.. Hawk eye says it would have spun down the leg side

20.4

Dilshan to NL McCullum, no run, he waits on the back foot and defends it towards cover

20.5

Dilshan to NL McCullum, 1 run, pushed through on off and middle, the batsman works it to deep square leg with the turn

20.6

Dilshan to BB McCullum, no run, quicker delivery on the pads, the batsman drives it to midwicket

GermanPlayer: "Williamson is Vettori's friend? No More!"

End of over 21 (2 runs) New Zealand 82/6 (57 runs required from 29 overs, RR: 3.90, RRR: 1.96)

    • BB McCullum 12 (29b 1x4)
    • NL McCullum 1 (3b)
    • TM Dilshan 4-1-4-1
    • SL Malinga 6-2-22-2

Angelo Mathews was told after the previous over that his players were probably going a bit overboard with the appealing.. just a nudge to the captain by the umpires

21.1

Herath to NL McCullum, 2 runs, tossed up, but this on the pads, the batsman sweeps it fine leg for an easy single

21.2

Herath to NL McCullum, no run, fuller and quicker on the middle stump, it is driven to the left of the bowler, who does well to stop the ball

21.3

Herath to NL McCullum, no run, this is a slider down the leg side, the batsman fails to get bat on that

21.4

Herath to NL McCullum, 1 run, oh that stayed low. It was pushed through outside off, the batsman went back and punched it to deep cover

LJ: "With the IPL mindset I was laughing for SL's 139. But now I am laughing at myself. Go Sri Lanka Go!"

21.5

Herath to BB McCullum, no run, he goes back and across and whips the quicker delivery to midwicket

21.6

Herath to BB McCullum, no run, tossed up full and on the leg stump line, the batsman comes forward and defends it down the pitch

Drinks.

Nuwan: "Sri Lanka needs to stop being negative and selecting a 7th batsman as a failsafe. If you need a 7th batter in the inning they are already in trouble. They need to be more adventurous and be willing to pick Sachitra as a 2nd spinner when suitable."

Pete: "I can't help thinking that two an over is not the way to go about this..."

End of over 22 (3 runs) New Zealand 85/6 (54 runs required from 28 overs, RR: 3.86, RRR: 1.92)

    • BB McCullum 12 (31b 1x4)
    • NL McCullum 4 (7b)
    • HMRKB Herath 7-0-21-1
    • TM Dilshan 4-1-4-1

Dilshan comes round the wicket

22.1

Dilshan to NL McCullum, no run, pushed through on off stump, defended off the back foot

22.2

Dilshan to NL McCullum, 2 runs, fuller deilvery, this one is firmly driven to wide long on and the batsman calls for two immediately, completes it comfortably

22.3

Dilshan to NL McCullum, 1 run, goes on the back foot and clips the length delivery on the pads to deep square leg

Dilshan back over the wicket

Christof: "After his season with SRH, Sanga probably thinks 139 is a massive score to be defending."

22.4

Dilshan to BB McCullum, no run, he bowls it full on off stump, the batsman drives it firmly, but Dilshan dives to his right to cut it off

22.5

Dilshan to BB McCullum, no run, slower and tossed up outside off, the batsman stretches out and defends it to the off side

22.6

Dilshan to BB McCullum, no run, full and flat on off stump, the batsman drives it to midwicket

End of over 23 (3 runs) New Zealand 88/6 (51 runs required from 27 overs, RR: 3.82, RRR: 1.88)

    • BB McCullum 12 (34b 1x4)
    • NL McCullum 7 (10b)
    • TM Dilshan 5-1-7-1
    • HMRKB Herath 7-0-21-1
23.1

Herath to NL McCullum, no run, full and flighted on off, the batsman drives it to the left of Herath, but he dives and cuts it off

23.2

Herath to NL McCullum, FOUR, flighted on the middle stump line, Nathan Mc doesn't hold back, he chips it over wide mid-on and it makes it to the boundary

23.3

Herath to NL McCullum, 1 run, fuller and on off stump, the batsman drives it easily to long off for a single

23.4

Herath to BB McCullum, no run, he comes forward and defends the flighted delivery to the off side

23.5

Herath to BB McCullum, no run, he thrusts his pad outside the line of off and pads the arm ball away, appeal from behind the stumps, but the bowler doesn't ask the question.. Not coming back enough

23.6

Herath to BB McCullum, no run, he goes forward to defend the tossed up delivery, but gets an inside edge on to his pads. More appealing from behind the stumps, none from the bowler

End of over 24 (5 runs) New Zealand 93/6 (46 runs required from 26 overs, RR: 3.87, RRR: 1.76)

    • BB McCullum 12 (37b 1x4)
    • NL McCullum 12 (13b 1x4)
    • HMRKB Herath 8-0-26-1
    • TM Dilshan 5-1-7-1
24.1

Dilshan to NL McCullum, no run, pushed through from round the wicket, the batsman gets hit on the pads, but that pitched outside leg

24.2

Dilshan to NL McCullum, no run, quicker delivery on off stump, the batsman goes back and defends it to the leg side

24.3

Dilshan to NL McCullum, 1 run, tossed up on the pads, the batsman chips it towards deep midwicket for a single

24.4

Dilshan to BB McCullum, no run, quicker delivery on off stump, the batsman brings out a sweep shot, manages to get some bat on it to short fine leg, although that is not where he was aiming

24.5

Dilshan to BB McCullum, no run, fuller delivery on the middle and leg line, driven back to the bowler

24.6

Dilshan to BB McCullum, no run, now the reverse sweep to one pitched on the middle stump, he gets a top edge on to his helmet grill this time..

End of over 25 (1 run) New Zealand 94/6 (45 runs required from 25 overs, RR: 3.76, RRR: 1.80)

    • BB McCullum 12 (40b 1x4)
    • NL McCullum 13 (16b 1x4)
    • TM Dilshan 6-1-8-1
    • HMRKB Herath 8-0-26-1

Eranga comes in have another dig at the batsmen, one slip in place

Thomas: "TV tells me this match is in Dolby Surround Sound. Was this scraped together about an hour ago purely for the enhancement of the (frankly scary) appealing?"

25.1

Eranga to NL McCullum, no run, he bowls a back of length delivery from wide of the crease, the batsman defends it off the front foot

25.2

Eranga to NL McCullum, no run, attempts a yorker wide outside off, but it's a half-volley. It's driven back to the bowler, who partially stops it by sticking his right hand out

25.3

Eranga to NL McCullum, no run, back of length delivery on off stump, the batsman defends it from the crease

25.4

Eranga to NL McCullum, 1 run, he bowls it full and wide outside off, the batsman slices it to the off side where Dilshan at point gets a hand to it and slows it down.. Keeps the batsmen to just a single

Adee: "SL has never defended a total of 138 or less. The lowest which SL has defended in full 50 overs ODI is 152 vs Zim in 2008 when they won by 19 runs."

25.5

Eranga to BB McCullum, no run, back of length delivery, the batsman comes forward and defends it to the off side

25.6

Eranga to BB McCullum, 2 runs, length delivery on the stumps, Baz drops it towards mid-on and calls for a quick single. Nathan is late to respond to it but the two fielders charging towards the ball confuse each other and the ball goes through.. The batsmen get back for a couple

End of over 26 (3 runs) New Zealand 97/6 (42 runs required from 24 overs, RR: 3.73, RRR: 1.75)

    • BB McCullum 14 (42b 1x4)
    • NL McCullum 14 (20b 1x4)
    • RMS Eranga 6-0-33-2
    • TM Dilshan 6-1-8-1

khs.ripon: "why NLTC Perera isn't bowl yet?" ---- Finally, we have Thisara Perera

26.1

NLTC Perera to NL McCullum, no run, he bowls it back of length around off stump, some movement back into the batsman, who defends it off the back foot

26.2

NLTC Perera to NL McCullum, no run, back of length delivery on the stumps, the batsman tries to whip it to the leg side, but ends up pushing it in the air towards midwicket.. It just drops a metre short of the fielder

26.3

NLTC Perera to NL McCullum, no run, short and wide, he cuts it hard, but straight to Dilshan at gully

26.4

NLTC Perera to NL McCullum, no run, length delivery on the off and middle stump line, the batsman defends it off the back foot towards midwicket

26.5

NLTC Perera to NL McCullum, 2 runs, short and wide, he cuts it again, this time in the air and it's over the fielder at gully. Eranga at third man has to run around to cut it off

26.6

NLTC Perera to NL McCullum, no run, length delivery outside off, the batsman comes forward and defends it solidly to cover

End of over 27 (2 runs) New Zealand 99/6 (40 runs required from 23 overs, RR: 3.66, RRR: 1.73)

    • NL McCullum 16 (26b 1x4)
    • BB McCullum 14 (42b 1x4)
    • NLTC Perera 1-0-2-0
    • RMS Eranga 6-0-33-2
27.1

Eranga to BB McCullum, 1 run, length delivery on off stump, crunched on the up to deep cover for a single, that brings up the team's hundred

27.2

Eranga to NL McCullum, no run, loose shot! loud appeal by the keeper! It was a length delivery outside off, the batsman pushed at it away from the body, but he gets beaten and the keeper immediately goes up in an appeal. Sanga was confident, no one else was.. and rightly so

27.3

Eranga to NL McCullum, FOUR, he goes for a yorker, but it ends up being a low full toss that is cracked through extra cover for a welcome boundary

27.4

Eranga to NL McCullum, no run, back of length delivery on off stump, the batsman goes back and defends it to the off side

27.5

Eranga to NL McCullum, FOUR, short ball, the batsman plays a pull shot of utmost authority, it is placed in the gap at deep square leg

27.6

Eranga to NL McCullum, 1 run, length delivery on off, the batsman comes forward and pushes it to cover point for a single

And the snickometer shows an edge in that appeal earlier in the over..Looks like that over appealing went against Sri Lanka in that case

End of over 28 (10 runs) New Zealand 109/6 (30 runs required from 22 overs, RR: 3.89, RRR: 1.36)

    • NL McCullum 25 (31b 3x4)
    • BB McCullum 15 (43b 1x4)
    • RMS Eranga 7-0-43-2
    • NLTC Perera 1-0-2-0
28.1

NLTC Perera to NL McCullum, 1 run, full delivery on the middle stump, the batsman drives it to wide mid-on comfortably for a single

Pete: "When a ten-run over feels like the floodgates opening up, it's been hard going..."

28.2

NLTC Perera to BB McCullum, no run, fuller length delivery just outside off, the batsman comes forward and defends it to point

28.3

NLTC Perera to BB McCullum, 1 run, back of length delivery outside off, he dabs it towards the gap at cover and calls early for a run

28.4

NLTC Perera to NL McCullum, no run, fuller length delivery on off stump, the batsman comes forward and defends to off

28.5

NLTC Perera to NL McCullum, no run, beautifully driven on the up off a length ball, but straight to the fielder at short cover

28.6

NLTC Perera to NL McCullum, no run, length delivery a touch wide outside off, the batsman defends it with an open face, towards backward point

End of over 29 (2 runs) New Zealand 111/6 (28 runs required from 21 overs, RR: 3.82, RRR: 1.33)

    • NL McCullum 26 (35b 3x4)
    • BB McCullum 16 (45b 1x4)
    • NLTC Perera 2-0-4-0
    • RMS Eranga 7-0-43-2

Malinga, back for one last throw of the dice..

29.1

Malinga to BB McCullum, 1 run, starts off with a yorker that is firmly driven in the air through the left of the bowler.. They take a single, but on another day, that could have been an amazing catch..

29.2

Malinga to NL McCullum, 1 run, bowls a half-volley on the middle stump, the batsman flicks it to deep midwicket for a single

29.3

Malinga to BB McCullum, no run, another yorker, this time it's punched back to the bowler

29.4

Malinga to BB McCullum, 1 run, slower yorker outside off, the batsman manages to dig it out towards the bowler, who tries to stop it with his boot, but parries it towards mid-off, the batsmen steal a single

29.5

Malinga to NL McCullum, 1 run, fuller length delivery on the stumps, the batsman drives it to mid-on for a single now

29.6

Malinga to BB McCullum, OUT, the off stump takes a beating! That's six on the last throw of the dice. Sri Lanka continue to fight. It's that slower yorker again and Baz is completely outfoxed by the lack of pace on that. He tried to whip it to the leg side, but falls over as he plays too early, the ball dips and goes under the bat to hit the off stump..

BB McCullum b Malinga 18 (88m 49b 1x4 0x6) SR: 36.73

24 runs and only three wickets remaining now.. The partnership brought NZ very close, but can Sri Lanka drive through now? Tim Southee can bat

End of over 30 (4 runs) New Zealand 115/7 (24 runs required from 20 overs, RR: 3.83, RRR: 1.20)

    • NL McCullum 28 (37b 3x4)
    • SL Malinga 7-2-26-3
    • NLTC Perera 2-0-4-0

Herath is back

30.1

Herath to NL McCullum, 1 run, he bowls it full on off stump, the batsman drives it to wide long off for a single

Sam: "Ah, Malinga obliged well with no "excess appealing""

30.2

Herath to Southee, 1 run, tossed up on the stumps, the batsman comes forward and tucks it to square leg for a single

30.3

Herath to NL McCullum, 2 runs, full and flighted on off, Nathan McC drives it firmly, in the air, but just to the right of the man at short cover.. They take a couple to wide long on

30.4

Herath to NL McCullum, 1 run, another powerful drive, but this time the fielder at short cover makes a half-stop to keep the batsmen to a single

30.5

Herath to Southee, no run, tossed up and slow on off stump, the batsman waits in the crease and defends

30.6

Herath to Southee, 2 runs, that is the slider on off stump, the batsman tries to defend it off the back foot, but he gets an inside edge down to fine leg

End of over 31 (7 runs) New Zealand 122/7 (17 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 3.93, RRR: 0.89)

    • TG Southee 3 (3b)
    • NL McCullum 32 (40b 3x4)
    • HMRKB Herath 9-0-33-1
    • SL Malinga 7-2-26-3

Sam: "Once again like the WI match, am going to go on a limb and say NZ are in for a victory. Their last three batsmen have a combined average of 31. They should go ahead to win it."

31.1

Malinga to NL McCullum, no run, another slower yorker on the middle and off stump line, the batsman does well to dig it out back to the bowler

31.2

Malinga to NL McCullum, OUT, an inswinging yorker does the job, this one was fast, it was mean, it hit the batsman on the back pad.. Infront of the leg stump. Would that have gone on to hit the leg? Possibly. Nathan McCullum's fighting innings has been cut short, Malinga is doing it for Sri Lanka.. Hawk-eye says that the ball would have just clipped the outside of the leg stump

NL McCullum lbw b Malinga 32 (54m 42b 3x4 0x6) SR: 76.19

Two wickets remain.. 16 balls yet to come from Malinga.. Kyle Mills it is

31.3

Malinga to Mills, no run, slower yorker and it's a low full-toss, the batsman is beaten by that, but he gets a toe-end to it towards the non-striker, away from the bowler

31.4

Malinga to Mills, 1 run, now a fast and inswinging yorker on the leg stump, the batsman tucks it away to deep backward square leg for a single

31.5

Malinga to Southee, no run, he bowls a fuller and slower delivery wider outside off, the batsman pokes at it, gets an outside edge, but that drops just short of Sangakkara

31.6

Malinga to Southee, 1 run, another slower yorker! The batsman somehow manages to get bat on it and takes a single as it goes towards backward point

lakesidey: "Sam, what's their combined average against Malinga? :P"

End of over 32 (2 runs) New Zealand 124/8 (15 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 3.87, RRR: 0.83)

    • TG Southee 4 (5b)
    • KD Mills 1 (2b)
    • SL Malinga 8-2-28-4
    • HMRKB Herath 9-0-33-1

15 needed, will they go after Herath? Angelo, Mahela and Dilshan in a conference thinking about who to bowl. They go with Herath. It's his last over

32.1

Herath to Southee, 1 run, he bowls it flat and quick around off stump, the batsman tucks it towards midwicket for an easy single

32.2

Herath to Mills, no run, tossed up delivery wide outside off, it was the carrom ball, the batsman defends it to cover off the front foot

32.3

Herath to Mills, 1 run, flighted and full on off, the batsman pushes it in the gap at cover and calls for a quick single

32.4

Herath to Southee, 1 run, quicker and slightly shorter on off, the batsman easily rocks back and punches it to deep midwicket

32.5

Herath to Mills, no run, pushed through on off stump, the batsman defends off the front foot

32.6

Herath to Mills, no run, slower and tossed up on off, the batsman comes forward and defends it to midwicket

And that is the end of Herath's spell

Joseph D Thekinen: "If New Zealand somehow go on to win from here, it would give them a huge boost to the net run-rate. But does it give the actual picture? Its ridiculous. High time we had something similar to D/L to caclulate net run-rate in a match based on remaining wickets esp when chasing"

End of over 33 (3 runs) New Zealand 127/8 (12 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 3.84, RRR: 0.70)

    • KD Mills 2 (6b)
    • TG Southee 6 (7b)
    • HMRKB Herath 10-0-36-1
    • SL Malinga 8-2-28-4

Malinga again.. Two good balls and it's Sri Lanka's game..

33.1

Malinga to Southee, no run, loud loud appeal! It was inswinging fuller length delivery, it pitches around middle stump and hits the pads, heading down the leg side

33.2

Malinga to Southee, FOUR, now a pacy yorker and another loud appeal for lbw, but the ball heads to the third-man boundary.. Was it bat, was it the boot first? It was the boot, and it would have been out.. Lucky escape for New Zealand

33.3

Malinga to Southee, no run, this time it's a low full toss on the leg stump, this time Southee is lucky that he gets an inside edge on to his pads.. The sound was loud and clear and it shut all the fielders up.. But how good is this over!

33.4

Malinga to Southee, 1 run, goes for a yorker, but this is outside off and it's driven past the non-striker, the mid-on fielder dives and stops it, and pushes it towards the mid-off fielder.. Easy single though

33.5

Malinga to Mills, no run, another low full toss, it was heading for the base of the middle stump, the batsman gets his bat down in time and hits it straight to midwicket

33.6

Malinga to Mills, no run, full and a touch wide outside off, the batsman digs it out to the man at short cover

End of over 34 (5 runs) New Zealand 132/8 (7 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 3.88, RRR: 0.43)

    • KD Mills 2 (8b)
    • TG Southee 11 (11b 1x4)
    • SL Malinga 9-2-33-4
    • HMRKB Herath 10-0-36-1

Two decent hits and the game is New Zealand's now.. I held on to the statement as I wanted to wait for Malinga's over to finish. Southee survived two good shouts in that over..Eranga comes in now

34.1

Eranga to Southee, 1 run, fuller delivery on off stump, the batsman digs it out to deep cover for a single

One six from here and it's game over, though NZ wouldn't want the batsmen to try that out right now

34.2

Eranga to Mills, no run, length delivery angling in from wide of the crease, the batsman comes forward and defends it solidly to the off side

34.3

Eranga to Mills, 1 run, high full toss on off stump, the batsman guides it straight to point and sets off for a single.. Dilshan fires it at the non-striker's end, but the batsman would have been safe even if he had hit. Close though

34.4

Eranga to Southee, no run, full and on off stump, the batsman drives it straight to short cover

34.5

Eranga to Southee, OUT, another yorker! the batsman digs it out towards mid-on and sets off for a single, the fielder at mid-on - Thisara - aims at the non-striker's end, but misses. However, his throw goes on to hit the stumps at striker's end and guess what, Mills is short!

KD Mills run out 3 (21m 10b 0x4 0x6) SR: 30.00

Sri Lankan players are ecstatic.. That came from nowhere.. a badly aimed throw has resulted in a run out by direct hit.. Superb.. What else do we want from this game?

Mitchell McC is on strike..Can Eranga finish this off? Southee would want to keep the strike for Malinga's over.. Eranga comes round the wicket

34.6

Eranga to McClenaghan, no run, he bowls it fast and on a length, the batsman defends it like an opener.. very solid

End of over 35 (2 runs) New Zealand 134/9 (5 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 3.82, RRR: 0.33)

    • MJ McClenaghan 0 (1b)
    • TG Southee 12 (14b 1x4)
    • RMS Eranga 8-0-45-2
    • SL Malinga 9-2-33-4

Five runs needed.. It is batting Powerplay as well.. From SL's perspective, this is the last over.. For NZ, Southee has to do it for them now..

35.1

Malinga to Southee, 1 wide, a yorker aimed at leg stump? not quite, this goes down the leg side and NZ have a run

35.1

Malinga to Southee, no run, a super yorker just outside off stump, the batsman digs it out, gets an inside edge to his pads

Rohit: "If it's a tie, would they play a T20 to decide the game? :P"

35.2

Malinga to Southee, no run, fuller delivery on off stump, swinging in, the batsman punches it back to the bowler via the inside edge and his front pad

35.3

Malinga to Southee, no run, goes for a length delivery outside off, the batsman tries to push it to off, gets another inside edge on to his pads

35.4

Malinga to Southee, no run, killer yorker! aimed at the middle stump, swinging towards leg.. the batsman somehow digs it out, gets his toe out of the way right at the last moment

35.5

Malinga to Southee, no run, length delivery outside off, the batsman pushes it to cover point

Where is that slower yorker now? It may be coming in now..

35.6

Malinga to Southee, no run, it's a faster yorker outside off, the batsman blocks it out towards cover.

Malinga's excellent spell is over, but this match isn't...

End of over 36 (1 run) New Zealand 135/9 (4 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 3.75, RRR: 0.28)

    • TG Southee 12 (20b 1x4)
    • MJ McClenaghan 0 (1b)
    • SL Malinga 10-2-34-4
    • RMS Eranga 8-0-45-2

Six men in a conference in the middle..Who is it going to be? Looks like it's Dilshan.. The crowd has been treated to a super game here, and they are making themselves heard

36.1

Dilshan to McClenaghan, no run, tossed up delivery wide outside off, the batsman lets it go

36.2

Dilshan to McClenaghan, 1 run, pushed through on the leg stump line, the batsman dabs it to square leg for a single

It's Southee or never...

36.3

Dilshan to Southee, 1 run, pushed through on the middle and leg line, the batsman dabs it to backward square leg with the turn for a single

Dilshan back to round the wicket for the left-hander.. Slip is in place.. Everyone comes in

36.4

Dilshan to McClenaghan, 2 wides, tossed up on leg stump, but this is down the leg side, and Sanga misses it.. They run back for the second, because there was a belated call for a wide.. it's over.. New Zealand have made it through...

What an absolute corker of a game! At the halfway stage, it looked like New Zealand had the match already in the bag, but those three wickets right after lunch orchestrated by some menacing bowling from the Sri Lankans brought the game back to life. The McCullum brothers calmed the nerves and were about to finish the game by themselves, but then came Malinga.. In the end, the tailenders held their nerves and took New Zealand to a vital win... Stay with us for the presentation.

Tim: "Who needs coffee, I'm more awake than 5 cups of coffee, and shaking more too"

BJ: "Well played extras, bringing the Black Caps home!"

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