SL v NZ, Super Eights, Group 1, World Twenty20, Pallekele September 27, 2012

Sri Lanka prevail in Super Over


New Zealand 174 for 6 (Nicol 58, Guptill 38) tied with Sri Lanka 174 for 6 (Dilshan 76, Jayawardene 44)
Sri Lanka won the Super Over
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Tillakaratne Dilshan, who had scored 76 off 53 in regulation time, set himself under the ball at long-off, turning side ways to make sure he knew where the boundary cushions were - they were six inches from his toenails - and took the catch after the ball had passed his body and had almost entered the air space beyond the boundary. Had Dilshan missed that, this Martin Guptill hit off Lasith Malinga would have left New Zealand needing two off the last ball of the Super Over. The catch sealed Sri Lanka's win. Such were the margins of a freak match that was tied with a freak run-out off the last ball.

About 40 minutes ago, Sri Lanka were 143 for 3 after 16.3 overs, the same score that New Zealand had after 16.3. New Zealand would have been disappointed with the 31 they got after that, considering the start given to them by Rob Nicol, in association with Guptill and Brendon McCullum. With the ball, though, Southee and James Franklin pulled things back against the faltering hosts, who lost two batsmen to run-outs.

Only 30 runs had come in 5.3 overs leading to that even point, which had put Sri Lanka under some pressure. Southee added to it with an over of yorkers to leave them needing 21 off the last two. Ross Taylor risked bowling Franklin, who had helped them win a similar chase recently against India. Dilshan slog-swept the first ball for a six. On the next ball, though, he took an ill-advised second and even a desperate dive couldn't save him.

Thisara Perera scooped Franklin for a four later in the over. At eight required from seven balls, Perera was one delivery from making Southee's last over irrelevant, but Franklin's slower ball arrived after he had finished his swing, and it had enough legs to tickle the bail out of its groove. Southee went back to bowling full and straight from round the stumps. Angelo Mathews took a single first ball, and it was time for Lahiru Thirimanne to test weak hearts.

The first ball he faced, Thirimanne moved well across to the off side in an attempt to beat short fine leg. Southee stayed in the block hole, and Thirimanne managed just the single. Another yorker, another single for Mathews: five off three. Southee remained full, Thirmanne drove and was beaten. Advantage New Zealand.

Thirimanne now dug Sri Lanka out of a hole he had partly dug. Again he took the incredible risk of aiming over short fine leg, Southee missed his yorker by six inches, and Thirimanne got under it. Fists were pumped both in the middle and in the dugout as soon as the ball cleared the fielder. The best New Zealand could get now was a tie. Earlier in the afternoon, Nicol had hit debutant mystery bowler Akila Dananjaya smack on the face with a straight drive, but he and McCullum did not run off the ricochet. Would things have been different had they not been such sports?

That would have been the last thing on their minds when New Zealand pulled the field in to try to save that single. Southee surprised Thirimanne with a short ball, he bat-padded it to point, where Franklin kept a cool head and returned a gentle throw on a comfortable bounce to Taylor at the non-striker's end. Taylor fumbled the take. He missed a dolly. Sri Lanka began to celebrate, and a disappointed Taylor shook hands with the umpires, who - just to be sure - asked for the third umpire's help. The stumps had somehow been broken.

The replays showed the ball had hit Taylor's hand and bounced on to the stumps. In real time it seemed as though Taylor had broken the wicket without the ball in his hands. Technology surprised everyone, and the game went into the Super Over. Southee continued his good work in the tiebreaker, but two of his yorkers were wides. Even so, he had conceded just 10 off the first five balls, but Perera scooped the last delivery over short fine leg to register three crucial runs.

Malinga, who had an average tournament until then, decided this was a moment as good as any to make an impact. He hardly missed his length with the first four balls: two, one, two byes, one. Malinga then missed his yorker by about a foot, Guptill got under it, but this was Dilshan's night.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Prashan on September 28, 2012, 18:08 GMT

    @sobersfan, we have beaten India over 50 times in ODIs and tackling India is no issue for us at all.

  • Bhagya on September 28, 2012, 17:35 GMT

    @sobersfan :: Will they make it to the semis...I know SL will make there.But look at your side..They were crushed toady by Aussies.....

  • associate cricket fan on September 28, 2012, 16:30 GMT

    @sobersfan. are u watching ind game against aus toay. all ur legend spinners and fast bowlers are getting thrashed by watson and warner on a SPINING WICKET. so just worry abt ur teams progress to semi finals, instead worrying abt our team.

  • adithya on September 28, 2012, 11:53 GMT


  • Niketh on September 28, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    Well played Sri Lanka. After the blitzkreig by Mahela and Dilshan I thought the win was sealed,but i was wrong.Mahela got out but still good old Sanga was playing extremely well and i was sure of an win easy and and again i was wrong.The Birthday boy Brendon McCullum took one heck of a run outand then the struggling started.True, the Kiwis defended well at last but i was not satisfied with the way Sri Lanka's middle order performed.The Super Over really showed what the meaning of 'Super' was. Southee and Slinga bowled extemely well in their Super Over and also at the death. Mendis was smacked but Akhila Dhananjaya bowled well but he usually performs better, it was the debut so nerves would have been part of it too and he looks as a very bright prospect to Sri Lanka Cricket.New Zealand played very well too, no doubt about that,very good sportsmanship shown by McCuullum and Nicol when they didnt take the run when the ball was smacked to the debutant's face. Well Done Sri Lanka!

  • Rochelle on September 28, 2012, 9:57 GMT

    What an amazing game! The tournament is finally under way. As a kiwi I am dumb founded as to why McCullum isn't opening. He doesn't always come off but when he does it is definitely worth giving him the opportunity to bat the full 20 overs. He is spectacular to watch in full flight. I will never forget the innings he played in the first ever ipl game for kkr and the way he smashed tait bowling 155km in 2010. What a legend. Go kiwis :)

  • rajasekhar on September 28, 2012, 8:52 GMT

    @Businessman Indian Board not giving money to SL, But to pull the SL board out of crisis BCCI accepting lot of BiLateral Tours (which we indians are bored of); any board would like to play against india to generate more money.

  • Amila on September 28, 2012, 8:46 GMT

    @Siddharth Garg. Plz dont tell BCCI to stop giving money to SLC. Because we don't like to see our cricketers and officials starved to death. Also it could lead chaos among all the Sri lankans without BCCI money. People will start to die without cricket. so plz plz don't tell BCCI to stop giving money to Sri lanka.

  • sharks on September 28, 2012, 8:17 GMT

    Well played SL. NZ is one team who surely knows how to punch above their weights in big tournaments, it is no coincident that they always does so well. I wont be surprised if they will once again qualify for the semis.

  • Dummy4 on September 28, 2012, 7:19 GMT

    there is a mistake in the last smart stat. West Indies scored 83 in the first six power play overs vs Aus in 2009, they scored 71 in first 5 overs.

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