SL v NZ, Super Eights, Group 1, World Twenty20, Pallekele

Sri Lanka prevail in Super Over

The Report by Sidharth Monga

September 27, 2012

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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 goes for the cut, Sri Lanka v New Zealand, World T20 2012, Super Eights, Pallekele, September 27, 2012
Tillakaratne Dilshan played the defining innings in Sri Lanka's chase © AFP

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.

Smart stats

  • This is the seventh Twenty20 to end in a tie. New Zealand have been involved in four of the seven. It is also the second tie in the World Twenty20 after the game between India and Pakistan in 2007.
  • Rob Nicol's 58 is his highest score in Twenty20 internationals and the third-highest for a New Zealand batsman against Sri Lanka.
  • Tillakaratne Dilshan's 76 is the second-highest score by a Sri Lankan batsman against New Zealand in World Twenty20 matches. It is also his second-best score in World Twenty20 games after the 96 against West Indies in 2009.
  • Ajantha Mendis conceded 48 off his four overs, the most he has conceded in a Twenty20 game, surpassing the 42 runs against Australia in the World Twenty20 in 2010.
  • New Zealand's total of 174 is their highest score in Twenty20 matches against Sri Lanka. It is also their second-highest score in Pallekele, after the 191 against Bangladesh.
  • Sri Lanka's score of 68 in the first six overs is the fifth-highest Powerplay score in the World Twenty20. The highest Powerplay score (20 overs per innings) is West Indies' 71 against Australia at The Oval in 2009.

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.

Innings Dot balls 4s 6s PP 16-20 NB/Wides
New Zealand 38 13 6 43-0 41-5 0/5
Sri Lanka 29 15 6 68-0 41-3 0/2

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Posted by Sinhaya on (September 28, 2012, 19:08 GMT)

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

Posted by Black_Rider on (September 28, 2012, 18:35 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.....

Posted by Htc-Android on (September 28, 2012, 17:30 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.

Posted by AMAZINGFAN on (September 28, 2012, 12:53 GMT)


Posted by Niketh2000 on (September 28, 2012, 11:12 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!

Posted by rochellebrennan on (September 28, 2012, 10:57 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 :)

Posted by welleft on (September 28, 2012, 9:52 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.

Posted by AS7777 on (September 28, 2012, 9:46 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.

Posted by recycle-bin-is-empty on (September 28, 2012, 9:17 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.

Posted by   on (September 28, 2012, 8:19 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.

Posted by RajatSrivastav on (September 28, 2012, 8:04 GMT)

I think W.I. have looked like a force to reckon with in this tourney. If not India, would love to see them. Go Gayle!!!

Posted by DilumSL on (September 28, 2012, 7:59 GMT)

@sobersfan You may be right mate. but who cares about India. last time i checked India were in the group 2 and this match is on group 1. I think you should worry about Morkel, Steyn, Ajmal ect... to worry about about Malinga and Mendis, first you have to qualify to Semi

Posted by yorkslanka on (September 28, 2012, 7:30 GMT)

@ramishka dasanayaka- well said absolutely true...

Posted by Gamaraala on (September 28, 2012, 7:20 GMT)

@intcamd: mate, first of two you are referring to wasn't wide enough to go pass the wide mark.. the second was flicked by the batsman (which sanga dropped) and hadn't that happened, it would have been given a wide... check the replay of the superover... :)

Posted by   on (September 28, 2012, 7:16 GMT)

SL hold the Home Advantage ! But then Sri Lankan pitches are just like the Indian and hence India is fancied by bookies as numero uno team !

Posted by   on (September 28, 2012, 7:15 GMT)

Awesome cricket from both teams, like the 50 over WC T20 WC also should go to an Asian team

Posted by colombo_SL on (September 28, 2012, 7:14 GMT)

Sri Lanka has now moved to No.2 of the ICC, T20 rankings. This ranking is change rapidly due to a result of a match.

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (September 28, 2012, 6:57 GMT)

Well done to SL,solid show allround.An excellent game too...

Posted by Ameega on (September 28, 2012, 6:56 GMT)

Thanks for Indians congratulating and admiring SL performance yesterday, rather than posting harsh comments. Meanwhile, Sobersfan introduces a new benchmark to rate bowlers. Not bad mate. Keep the good work up.

Posted by himohan007 on (September 28, 2012, 6:52 GMT)

Now the NZ blames Super Over for their loss of points.

Posted by prnthv on (September 28, 2012, 6:44 GMT)

@James Crompton:::: Oh friend that is very good idea...

Posted by Mahaanama on (September 28, 2012, 6:43 GMT)

@Sarath1948: Mind your own business man. Young players should be given opportunities anyway ICC world events (like ICC world cup or ICC T20 world cup) are not the place to give them opportunities. Currently available best team should play for world events like T20 world cup. All of young players you mentioned (Chandimal, Mathews, Jeewan, Thirimanna & Munaweera) are in the squad but all of them can't play in the first XI at the same time. We already saw how Mathews, Thirimanna, Munaweera did on these wickets in last few matches. Even in this SL v NZ match we saw how well your big hitting youngsters finished the match when 3 seniors got out. Don't be blind and don't target players. All 3 seniors are still around 35 years old and that's how old Jayasuriya was when he was playing for 2003 WC.

Posted by prnthv on (September 28, 2012, 6:40 GMT)

Hmmm... Gud match after poor performance of lankans.... I think Srilanka will become like last yrs WI side in future because of seniors of the side(Mahela, Sanga, Dilshan).. These seniors are not allowing the young guns to bat up the order then how can these ppl can improve.... MATHEWS the best of srilankan side better than sanga is not getting chance to bat up the order.... He is the match winner, if this is happening for next matches too then Sl can max reach SEMIS.... Come on think differently.... Srilanka is the side like NZ they depend on 2 to 3 batsmens, if they fire they may win or else they can trash to 80 or 100 runs.

Posted by Ramnnn on (September 28, 2012, 6:39 GMT)

These ICC rules are stupid. Why they can't keep it simple, beat it or not. Super over doesn't make any sense. Can SL call this as a real win? pathetic.

Posted by   on (September 28, 2012, 6:21 GMT)

@ sobersfan:- Don't search other country's bowlers. still team India can't depend on below 175. so what is the point of talking Malinga or Mendis or Finn or Bresnenn or some one else. today, OK , pray MS to win the toss and bowl first. because if it is so atleast you have a hope of win . otherwise if you going to defend a total , We can see bags of boundaries against Zaheer and co. thanks.

Posted by 777aditya on (September 28, 2012, 6:16 GMT)

Actually, NZ deserved to win after coming back so strongly in the last few overs to secure a tie. Sri Lanka, Pakistan, and India surely have a strong chance in this tournament.

Posted by Rajesh_india_1990 on (September 28, 2012, 6:10 GMT)

@gabrielgihan lol..your team is still trying to win a single test in India..keep trying mate... lol

Posted by spirit_cric on (September 28, 2012, 6:05 GMT)

Mendis had a bad day.But dont remember he was not 100% fit.He will be ok in next matches.See who ajantha menis realy is in next matches!

Posted by VivtheGreatest on (September 28, 2012, 6:00 GMT)

Terrific match but I think a tie would have been a fairer result with a point for both teams. Let them have Super Overs in domestic 20-20 competitions but at the International level that should be reserved for knock-out matches in the World Cup not in the league stage or in bilateral series

Posted by spirit_cric on (September 28, 2012, 5:49 GMT)

Well-done lions! Malinga shows who really he is... these indian fans hav forgotten that what happent 2 them in last t20 WCs!And they lose must win game 4 them against SL & went home!let's see if they can win even win a single game in super eights dis time!

Posted by Prabhash1985 on (September 28, 2012, 5:29 GMT)

Yesterday will last as a memorable day for me. We saw a great match between Sri Lanka vs New Zealand in all aspects of cricket. Fielding, bowling, batting, umpiring, my god! At the same day, we saw another match which was absolutely wordless to explain. That is, WI vs. England. Chris Gayle didn't break the wicket and showed a fancy dance, safe guarding the spirit of the game as well as fun! And the catches, and the fielding we saw from WI was marvelous. And England did well to close. So, in summary, yesterday was A GREAT DAY OF CRICKET BY FOUR VERY GOOD CRICKETING SIDES!

Posted by Prabhash1985 on (September 28, 2012, 5:25 GMT)

Sri Lankan cricket board constructed several grounds in Sri Lanka. Pallekele, Hambantota. And that was a huge contribution towards cricket in Sri Lanka. When you say something, you should know whether it's true or not. Before these grounds are constructed, Sri Lanka cricket board was one of the richest places in Sri Lanka. Anyway, they solve the issues, and we are happy to see that.

Posted by g.narsimha on (September 28, 2012, 5:14 GMT)

First of congrats to both the teams for entertaining cricket fans what a match , SL WAS CRUISING FOR A EASY WIN but thats the greatness of this sports BEST OF LUCK TO SL for next game now SFINAL slot is there for grab - BUSINESSMAN - IND helping means is not neccessarily giving money , go through any venue u will find indian only indian brand hordings , sponsors , for example u r SLPL WAS ENTIRLY sponsored by INDIAN business houses , other wise it would have been a distant reality for hosting slpl this year also , but it is business n both are in win-win position so dont hate ind man we are not u r enemies we love u people .

Posted by colombo_SL on (September 28, 2012, 5:05 GMT)

Mathews should reconsider about his strategies. Can't understand his logic behind batting. Help bowlers to build pressure around him.

Posted by d1n0 on (September 28, 2012, 5:03 GMT)

Love these men in black! This is why they are such an exciting team. And they truly are a team. Not about individual glory. SL is my team but the NZ team's performance in big games/tournaments is phenomenal! They are due for some hardware. Wish them luck!

Posted by colombo_SL on (September 28, 2012, 5:02 GMT)

Super over is so super. It shows the class of Malinga. Most of the fans waiting to hit the last nail to the malinga's coffin & label him as useless player. What a comeback Mali. I take my hat off from you Mahela. You took a great risk to use Malinga to bowl that over. If NZ win, im very much sure you got all these comments other way around & labelled as a worst captain. Malinga will be labelled as a poor bowler. My idea was Malinga should find the form by playing & not by dropping. He proved it a lot.

Posted by samincolumbia on (September 28, 2012, 5:01 GMT)

The excuses from the Sri Lankan fans for their narrow win against a weak NZ side in their own home ground are hilarious!! They should thank their lucky stars that they are not in the tough A group, otherwise they would not have won even a single game just like the Asia Cup!

Posted by   on (September 28, 2012, 4:59 GMT)

JOKE OF THE DAY: Indian undermining SL victory and treating NZ as minnows when in fact India has never beaten NZ in a T20 match both at home and away HAHAHAHA Got to love them

Posted by mumimran on (September 28, 2012, 4:56 GMT)

Malinga bowled a real super over, on the word go, despite sanga's slopy fielding.By the way, I think that no body wants a super over against WI, doesn't it? which would be a nightmare with big hits like Gayle, Samuel, Bravo, Jhonson & Pollard..But love to watch any team against WI...God luck team SL for the rest of games...

Posted by WishW on (September 28, 2012, 4:55 GMT)

@sobersfan...for malinga to be a threat to the Indian batsmen..India has to 1st make it to the semi's...which is highly doubtful...

Posted by colombo_SL on (September 28, 2012, 4:54 GMT)

As i said earlier, New Zealand is the Black Horse in this tournament. Not a surprise for me these performance from NZ. Well played! I much sure they make their way to semis by winning next matches!

Posted by colombo_SL on (September 28, 2012, 4:51 GMT)

What a game of cricket. Heart breaking to see. Go, Sri Lanka goooo!

Posted by WishW on (September 28, 2012, 4:50 GMT)

@ Sarath u even knw what you are talking about???

Posted by   on (September 28, 2012, 4:34 GMT)

@ Siddharth Garg . i feel you dont know why BCCI funding to sl cricket .ok if you can ask them to stop it and ruin our cricketing talents, lets see

Posted by Udendra on (September 28, 2012, 4:33 GMT)

the game shouldn't have been a tie. IMO, Thirimanne was NOT runout. even the replay wasn't conclusive enough.

Posted by   on (September 28, 2012, 4:29 GMT)

@ Sathish Kumar .mate as i remember sachin scored several ducks in 2002 in west indies if you guys stop calling god to sachin just becouse of these ducks we sl fans will stop caling mystery spiner to manda just beacouse of yesterday perfomance. have a life man thats cricket, one day youll do well but another day youll not if you guys dont know that stop talk about this beautiful game

Posted by aaqil-cricketfan on (September 28, 2012, 4:23 GMT)

well done have done it again.we dont need to mind others when they give comments against us.But we have to prove them that we can win.

Posted by   on (September 28, 2012, 4:16 GMT)

@ cool2cool:- Why are you always searching other neighbor's gossips like ladies? its better you find a way to survive against Watson, Warner,Cummins, Starc today rather than lives in 1997 SriLanka vs India Series or waiting untill defeat of Sri Lanka.Please Stop to insulting cricket. several times I did see you provide mathematics jokes free of charge.

Posted by Nothingness on (September 28, 2012, 4:04 GMT)

For all those people saying that Group 1 is weak, just wait and see. Only Pakistan from Group 2 has what it takes to win the Semis if they get their. Any other team from Group 2 are going out in the semis loosing to a team from Group 1 of course.

Posted by Aaryabhatta on (September 28, 2012, 3:47 GMT)

All d best Lanka..from India...wrld cup shud remain in Asia

Posted by ComeIndiaNo1 on (September 28, 2012, 3:35 GMT)

@ssaurav but we lost that game badly.. :)

Posted by Businessman on (September 28, 2012, 3:29 GMT)

@Ramishka Dasanayaka: Well said Ramishka Dasanayaka, totally true.

@Siddharth Garg : Mate, Indian board doesn't give money to SL board, Sri Lankan board was in a great financial mess and it seems they are gradually coming out of it. Btw I honestly think if Indian board has extra money they should use it reduce the poverty in India.

Posted by Prem2248 on (September 28, 2012, 3:12 GMT)

Though M'ela is 1 of the best captains in the scene, his attitude towards the Future of Country's Cricket is somewhat questionable. He's very well aware that C'mal,M'tews,Jeewan,T'manne&M'weera(provenSchool&domesticCricketers)can do better on these flat wickets than any in this squad if they had been provided more time to get themselves in & finnish off the match better than what had happened yesterday. All 5 can clear the rope with ease than the 3 seniors. S'kara could be the Best Bat of the Y for his selfish inninings he plays on flat wickets that has no effect on the end results (We've hardly won any series since '07, if there's any that is mainly due to our bowlers & the young bats). If the 3 had continued in this fashion till the next WC then the County's Cricket'd be in a disastrous position in 3 years time. Things would make still worse cos of the feeling of hatred towards the batters of better control over their trade (A'patu &S'weera) by the the J&Ps (of last25years).

Posted by   on (September 28, 2012, 2:05 GMT)

this is a match which emplifies the word excellency

Posted by ifrakurshid on (September 28, 2012, 2:04 GMT)


Posted by AMAZINGFAN on (September 28, 2012, 1:38 GMT)


Posted by   on (September 28, 2012, 0:34 GMT)

Ramishka Dasanayaka - SL cricket gets all the money for cricket from BCCI only mate :)

Posted by   on (September 28, 2012, 0:15 GMT)

I am saying when its a batting friendly pitch, then team has to send their best hitters to open with, New zealand keeps making mistake not to send mucculam as opener, either Guptil or Nicol are natural hitters, so first 5 overs they did not score enough runs, that leave too much for middle, last overs

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 23:53 GMT)

Personally I think a Super Over should end where their first innings left off. That would be fairer. So you can't bring batsman who are already out in the first 20 overs in for the super over. Then it would make sense. And they should have as many wickets in hand as they have. Then it would be like an extra time idea and make much more sense. Rather than these silly rules of nominating 3 batsman and a bowler. But any bowler should be allowed to bowl it as it is literally a 21st over. Although I reckon two overs would make more sense too. Then it is at least a hald decent extra time option.

Posted by Vikum72 on (September 27, 2012, 23:25 GMT)

This is the first time SL were really tested and they held their nerve when it really mattered. The stats were against them; NZ had won 4 out of 6 previous games with SL, SL has never chased to win on home soil, and this is the highest NZ total against SL. Having said that, with the start they got, SL should have finished this off much easily. Sanga's run-out was critical. Also, Mathews should come before Jeewan.

Posted by lesshero on (September 27, 2012, 23:23 GMT)

nz fielded very well, sri lanka feilded poorly, nz should have got at least 10 more runs and oram should not have come in a head of franklin or vettori or williamson. sri lankas middle order does look a little weak but they have probably the strongest top 3 in the world. mccullum should be opening with guptill, nicol at 3 taylor at 4. nz's bowling attack is a little to predictable and all the same-mediam pacers and i dont think nathan mcullum desevres his spot-only useful as a feilder, maybe give hira or watling a chance. and why do we need super overs in a group stage?

Posted by cricketlover111 on (September 27, 2012, 23:22 GMT)

What a game, came down to one shot when Guptil was caught on the boundary, another couple of metres and NZ would have won. Both sides should be proud of their efforts and great sportsmanship McCullum, thats what the game is about.

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 22:58 GMT)

@ramishka dasanayaka, that was probably the best comment i've seen. ever. hahaha

Posted by Dhs2000 on (September 27, 2012, 22:57 GMT)

@saintsinister as this was decided in the super over I don't think it is counted as a successful chase. Am I correct?

Posted by yorkslanka on (September 27, 2012, 22:34 GMT)

@cooldrive- well said my friend, lets see if those same commentators are on here tomorrow after their match...Ajantha was clearly not match fit today and shouldn't have been played...he could have been rested and brought in for the next game

Posted by saintsinister on (September 27, 2012, 22:22 GMT)

Great Game.. Nice win Lankans and congrats on ur first t20 successful chase playing at home.. Lankans are my 2nd fav after Pak.. come on Asia.. best of luck for future games..

Posted by kaidranzer on (September 27, 2012, 22:20 GMT)

@sinhaya: How can you complain about SL team not having practiced enough at Pallekelle? You are playing at home. It's your home ground!

Posted by gabrialgihan on (September 27, 2012, 22:05 GMT)

@kc69 yes SA ,PAK they do play like lions and they know their cricket but theres a little kitty called india in the same group lol

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 22:04 GMT)

Whats with all the Indians commenting on this? It was a great match between Srilanka and Newzealand. Stop talking about India. World does not revolve around Indian team and we simply dont care.

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 22:02 GMT)

Hate the whole super over concept what is with everyones fasination with having a result if the teams cannot be seperated after 40 overs of cricket let them share the points. on the other hand was an exciting game untill the super over farce at least get it orginised so that 2 overs doesnt take half an hour srsly

Posted by visitha on (September 27, 2012, 21:59 GMT)

@kc69 ha ha you called SA lions.even that they cant win a single major tournament ha ha good laugh.

Posted by gabrialgihan on (September 27, 2012, 21:54 GMT)

@Rajesh_india_1990 you took 20 years to win a test match we dont want to talk with you about cricket go away...

Posted by Htc-Android on (September 27, 2012, 21:41 GMT)

wow. wat a match it was. thanks a lot to Nz for keeping the spirits up and giving such an entertaining game to us. i want Sl vs NZ final.I wouldnt mind if Nz won this game. both teams deserved to win this game. i hope Nz wins the next two games and get to the semi finals.

Posted by GasPipe on (September 27, 2012, 21:40 GMT)

Oh and I forgot to add, I am very impressed by Rob Nicol. I used to think he was another average provincial batsman, but he has really proved himself in this tournament, and I am starting to enjoy his wristy, swatting style of batting. So kudos to him.

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 21:39 GMT)

@piemore .. a good bowler needs to perfom in all kinda tracks.. atleast should not bleed runs as great MYSTERY spinner mendis.. if he is not up to the mark in flat pitches why he gets tagged that way?!! Mendis just an average bowler who gets to run through minnow teams.. Cant wait to see him thrashed, walloped all over the park by indian team!!

Posted by GasPipe on (September 27, 2012, 21:39 GMT)

What a ripper of a game!! So exciting, just what this tournament needed! As a Black Caps fan I'm disappointed we lost, but what a good show by both teams. I honestly thought Sri Lanka would spank us, the way Jayawardene and Dilshan were so playing so fluently, but we held our nerve and brought it back to a nail biter, Tim Southee was brilliant. But Malinga bowled well in our super over, and the Sri Lankans scrambled for runs better in theirs. Still, an awesome game to watch.

My issue with the Black Caps though: Ross is our best batsman, and should be coming in at 4 at the least. He needs time at the crease. If he had been out there earlier and had got set, we could have got an extra 10-15 runs at the end, which could have made the difference.

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 21:38 GMT)

intcamd they were not given wides because they were not wides ......... the umpiring was excellent maybe u wer sleepin

Posted by cool2cool on (September 27, 2012, 21:36 GMT)

@rajithwijepura : Winning a single T20 cup is better than making final n semifinals without winning any...

Posted by cool2cool on (September 27, 2012, 21:35 GMT)

@rajithwijepura: Like one team is waiting to win a single test match in India and single bilateral ODI series win against India since 1997????

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 21:34 GMT)

@ Smith Robertson i agree mate.. but being tagged and hailed as MYSTERY spinner this effort against a not-so-good against spinners team is way too bad!! i think they should stop calling him that way since there is no point in it!

Posted by samincolumbia on (September 27, 2012, 21:22 GMT)

@Sinhaya - The fact that SL is playing in their own home ground and that too playing one of the weaker teams and just about managed to scrape thru...You should consider yourself very lucky!! SL has not won anything outside of their home country EVER!!

Posted by Sanatana on (September 27, 2012, 21:07 GMT)

Hard luck to NZ: they tied a match and get no points as they lost super over. Shouldnt the side losting a super over get one point for at least tying the match? The super over can then determine which team gets two points but a tie should guarantee both teams on at least one point.

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 20:50 GMT)

What a fantastic game it was!!! Hats off to both teams for exhibiting true sportsmanship and "never say die" attitude!

Posted by arunpsm on (September 27, 2012, 20:39 GMT)

Keep smiling away Taylor - even the paper lions have mauled your team... Why would you start bowling with Nathan McCullum !??

Posted by CoolDrive on (September 27, 2012, 20:08 GMT)

Great match. Congratz Sri Lanka. Newz fought hard after a superb start by Lankans. Its a very good game of cricket. Hope to see more close games.

I can see some Indian fans criticizing some players. My dear friends let them celebrate their victory. I don't think its nice to comment bad about other country players. Please.... just enjoy the game

Posted by Vipra on (September 27, 2012, 20:05 GMT)

The Super Over should not be played Unless its a Knock out match.

Posted by kc69 on (September 27, 2012, 19:29 GMT)

Technically there are no lions found in Sri Lanka.That came to be true today,seriously Lankans are lucky not to have the real lions like SA in their group.

Posted by Sinhaya on (September 27, 2012, 19:24 GMT)

Ajantha Mendis nearly cost us the game with 48 runs off 4 overs. Please drop him for the next game.

Posted by intcamd on (September 27, 2012, 19:21 GMT)

The so called super over was a farce. SL got a easy wide, a free hit and 3 runs of that ball. On the other hand, 2 of Malinga's deliveries were way more than wide, and somehow the umpire was sleeeping or what but he gave NZ nothing. So, NZ got one less ball and 3 runs, which made the entire difference. If NZ was chasing 10 instead of 13, NZ could have done so easily as the pressure would be much less. This was umpiring at its atrocious worst.

Posted by Sinhaya on (September 27, 2012, 19:20 GMT)

@jasonpete, thanks a lot. Mate Pallekelle is good for spinners after the 15th over as from that point onwards both Sri Lanka and NZ struggled as the ball came slowly on to the bat making it hard to hit the spinners. Windies too slowed down a lot after their flying start. Overall Pallekelle is a batting pitch but hope we make spinning pitches for the next few games there.

Posted by Sinhaya on (September 27, 2012, 19:18 GMT)

@GRVJPR, we were not lucky at all! No umpire favored us. We played well with no practice at all in Pallekelle prior to this game. I know it is hard for you to accept that Sri Lanka won.

Posted by piemore on (September 27, 2012, 19:11 GMT)

sathish..... clearly u dont know nething about cricket....check the run rate of narine, swann and patel who played on the same pitch.......jeeezz..if the wicket doesnt assist spinners den most likely they will go for the game against bangladesh..ajmal gave away a good bit of runs..its not a spinners pitch smh.

Posted by superstar100 on (September 27, 2012, 19:04 GMT)

guptil should not be there in super over !!!! malinga bowled very gud that super over

Posted by kandykolla on (September 27, 2012, 18:26 GMT)

Well done Sri Lanka !! and well played Kiwis ..!! nothing to loose guys you can always keep your head high and I won`t be surprised if Kiwis will win the cup !! and hope you guys are enjoying every bit in Kandy and Sri Lanka !!

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 18:22 GMT)

we dnt indian scores and all in here this is lions vs nz.... lions won in style .... that's all!

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 18:21 GMT)

McCullum may have cost NZ the match by being a good sport and not running after Akila was hit on the face, but he won the hearts of 20,869,000 people. Well played both teams and good to see Malinga answering his critics with that awesome super over.

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 18:20 GMT)

@Sathish Kumar: Actually to be fair the pitch at Pallekele does not offer anything for spinners maybe the odd turn here and there. Its a batting paradise for batsman just look at the amount of high scores in this stadium.

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 18:18 GMT)

athreya83 totally agree that's "spirit of NZ cricket" Good Sporting by Baz, feels sorry for NZ , hope they come good in remaining matches !

Posted by Akheel on (September 27, 2012, 18:13 GMT)

what e match..well done SL!! too bad NZ had to lose

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (September 27, 2012, 17:55 GMT)

Fantastic game! Well done all those that predicted this game going down to the wire in the preview. Malinga is definately one of the worst bowlers I'd hate to face in a Super Over, so not really surprised with the end result. Now if only England were playing so well in the other game...

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 17:49 GMT)

4 overs 48 runs 1 wicket..Whats the MYSTERY here?? or did i miss something ? Mendis.. just flop!!

Posted by Prabhash1985 on (September 27, 2012, 17:42 GMT)

New Zealand is a very well balanced side, just like Sri Lanka. I loved watching them play, as I enjoyed Sri Lanka. A side should be balanced. That's when we can enjoy the game of cricket, rather than a packed 8 batsman crazy team.

Posted by ssaurav on (September 27, 2012, 17:41 GMT)

India scored 76 runs in 6 overs against New Zealand in the 1st world t20. check your stats!!! check this link

Posted by stormy16 on (September 27, 2012, 17:32 GMT)

Great game of cricket that swung in all directions before Malinga settled the contest. The SL start was amazing and I thought they went too hard when cool heads were called for to let NZ in to the game. A few odd facts was that Perera didnt bowl and opened in the super over when it surely had to be Dilshan. McCallum didnt face in the super over was another.

Posted by Tusker17 on (September 27, 2012, 17:29 GMT)

Even though we won, our batting order needs to be biffed up a bit, especially in high octane chases to come.

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 17:26 GMT)

Good job by malinga... Cheers for sri lanka

Posted by SoulTaker on (September 27, 2012, 17:16 GMT)

Congrats SL that was a terrific match...well played. Good to see Dilshan returning to form at the right time. Gud luck for the future games..I want to see your spinners troubling the so called T20 world champs...Ind fan here...

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 17:14 GMT)

That match was amazing! I will always cheer for Canada in international cricket but New Zealand definitely opened my eyes to the talent they have.

Posted by athreya83 on (September 27, 2012, 17:14 GMT)

Nice to also read " Kiwis didnt run for it" and Baz checked the bowler first. Good Sporting gesture!! Great Gesture black caps!!

Posted by athreya83 on (September 27, 2012, 17:12 GMT)

Not to pinpoint mistake , but the report says " Dananjaya was hit by a M.Guptill shot, but i believe it was Nicol who actually hit it back". Dint see the match.. but the commentary says its Nicol. Am i missing something?

Looks like it was a Great match though!

Posted by Rokkk on (September 27, 2012, 17:02 GMT)

Mathews nearly cost us the game. What selfish batting was that! All he did was give the strike to the other end.

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 16:50 GMT)

@ Sinhaya your perfectly correct earlier it was skid to the bat well but when ball get bit soft just after 13 overs it was like dead dead dead pitch both the teams face it corectly but lions bit ahead than kiwis

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (September 27, 2012, 16:46 GMT)


Posted by Narbavi on (September 27, 2012, 16:43 GMT)

Wow what a game!! exactly the kind of game the tournament needed!! Well played both teams!!

Posted by Master_Mihil on (September 27, 2012, 16:42 GMT)

Today is a good example why Kiwis are a very likeable team. Though they sometimes under perform they always save their best efforts to big games. And great sportsmanship Baz, it's hard to think any team would run off when the bowler drops a catch and hits the bowl hard on his face in the process, but the compassion and the concern he showed was humbling. NZ fans must be gutted! so sorry for the loss! I too think it was a bit meaningless going for super over, they could have just shared points!!

Posted by GRVJPR on (September 27, 2012, 16:34 GMT)

So, So called favorites Sri Lanka luckily scrape through.

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 16:33 GMT)

The islanders fought each other really hard and the lions prevailed !! Credit should go to both the teams and hope the kiwis will be able to make it to the semis :D and yes, very good exposure for Sri Lanka since we didn't have much in the group stage !! Lions all the way :D

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 16:33 GMT)

Well deserved victory by Sri Lankan Lions.

Posted by Perera32 on (September 27, 2012, 16:30 GMT)

What a game of Cricket !!!. I think Malinga and Kulasekara did brilliant to keep the last 5 overs for 41/5. Dilshan was brilliant with the bat and that catch was awesome. Really entertaining match and really nice to see a fair game of cricket. Well done to the curators too because the pitch was a very good for cricket.

Posted by Yoker111 on (September 27, 2012, 16:29 GMT)

@ Rajesh_india_1990 : The pitch they played today at Pallekelle is more of a flat batting wicket which you find mostly in India. It does not offer much to the bowlers.

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 16:25 GMT)

to be honest, I didn't expect this kind of competition from kiwis to us. traditionally Newzealands are weak in front of spinners. now they proved how fine against spinners. btw to me kiwis's strength is neither batting nor bowling.their fielding is their strength. today two runouts proved it.

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 16:23 GMT)

points should be shared in the leagues

Posted by jasonpete on (September 27, 2012, 16:19 GMT)

Excellent cricket from both teams.well played srilanka and NZ.But what happened to the pallakele pitch? It's a crap wicket with nothing to offer for both spinners and pacers.Its only a slam bang wicket even 180 is not a safe score in this pitch .Looks like team bat first needs to make above 200 in this wicket to have some competitive match.Anyway good luck to both teams for future matches..@ Sinhaya,congrats mate for your team success.

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 16:17 GMT)

1beautiful babes ! lions over kiwis any day !

Posted by Sinhaya on (September 27, 2012, 16:15 GMT)

@rahulcricket007, well my friend the ball slows a lot after 15 overs and does not come on to the bat, which was the case too when NZ batted. It was unfair that we Lankans did not get a single practice session at Pallekelle. NZ were already used to here by playing their group games. Whatever may be, it was a great match.

Posted by tdslbuwa on (September 27, 2012, 16:05 GMT)

wow ... what a cricket match .. worth watching every second of it...SL has to solve their middle order problems quickly. They have to send Mathewes and Perera earlier than Jeevan and Thiri. Because Mathewes take little time to get his eye but after that we all know he can be very distructive. SO congrats to Sri Lanka for upcoming matches.!!!!!

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 16:03 GMT)

|Great match .. hats off to brendon Mccullum for not taking that run .. The entire cricketing world should learn to play cricket from new zealanders..

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 16:03 GMT)


Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 16:03 GMT)

i think nz played really well .... SL should hv won quite easily bt at the end NZ team gv us a good fight ... gud luck 4 both the teams in remaming games... :)

Posted by zn264 on (September 27, 2012, 16:00 GMT)

Little gutted the points are not shared, but that's cricket. Fantastic effort from both sides! Well done to Sri Lanka for holding their nerve at the end and bowling a great over. I think James the Frank Franklin will be a little gutted he bowled a slopply second to last over which allowed Sri Lanka too close in and draw. New Zealand have shown that they're worthy semi final contenders though, lets hope we can pull off two wins in the upcoming matches! IT REALLY HURTS LOSING LIKE THAT! My heart rate has only just come back down...I love this sport! C'mon NZ, we have a semi final to reach!

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 15:55 GMT)

this was a very simple game to be taken into account for sri lanka at start . but what a luck for newzeland .mahela thrown away after gem of an innings and once shown he is simply in amazing form. sanga, dilly ran out after showing own forms. but i have a great feeling. here we got a great opportunity to expose our batting line up just at start in first great recovery guys. about ours only luck was about thirimanna's dilscoop at right time. this is purely a talent tester .why not all 5 times we followed on early were lost .these sort of play needed to wipe those thoughts way. good luck sri lanka .. love you my team...!!!

Posted by Balumekka on (September 27, 2012, 15:55 GMT)

Exciting game. But Mathews's poor batting nearly cost a game for Sri Lanka.

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 15:53 GMT)

What a way to kick-off the super 8!!!! Well done SL and similar credit goes to NZ for the great fightback!!

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 15:53 GMT)

Gem of a game <3 greatest game ive seen

Posted by Rajesh_india_1990 on (September 27, 2012, 15:51 GMT)

The so called mystery bowler(according to their fans) was thrashed to all parks of the ground...some lankan fans told he is better than Ashwin lol.. MENDIS is just a hype..

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 15:47 GMT)

Brilliant show guy.. worth watching every second of the game. Cnongratz Sri Lanka !!!!!

Posted by rajithwijepura on (September 27, 2012, 15:46 GMT)

I think what all the INDIAN should do is wait for his team to win a single super 8 stage match in 2 WC than commenting and abusing Srilankan SUPER WIN. Well done lions. Always proud of you

Posted by Mahaanama on (September 27, 2012, 15:37 GMT)

Sanga's runout turned everything back. Mathews was the one who took it in to the super over. Anyway exciting game of cricket.

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 15:34 GMT)

What a win !! Malinga shows who's the boss when it comes to death bowling, can't forget Kulesekera's death bowling either...Pure class batting by the big 3 batsman, Dilshan, Mahela and Sanga..but middle order a worry unless Mathews and Perera turns on the fire

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 15:33 GMT)

wot a CRICKET game!!!! this is absolute cricket.......... superb win by Sri Lanka......... this will definitely push them forward in the tournament!!!! excellent batting by Mahela & Dilshan!!! tremendous bowling by Malinga!!!!

Hail Lionz!!!!! *roar*

Posted by bMike on (September 27, 2012, 15:29 GMT)

OMG what a match! I was lucky to watch the last half an hour of it. This NZ team is not weak anymore. First they beat India in India few weeks ago and today they played a blinder. Fantastic cricket from both teams. Excellent start for super8 round.

Posted by ksupun on (September 27, 2012, 15:23 GMT)


Posted by yorkslanka on (September 27, 2012, 15:22 GMT)

COME ON SRI LANKA!!!very close finish but glad we got over the line..feel bad for the kiwi fans who must be gutted to lose like that..bring on the WIndies and England

Posted by rchathuranga on (September 27, 2012, 15:21 GMT)

What a game of Cricket , a stunning match and congratulation to the Lions... there are some key areas to address anyway in the middle of the inning ,you cannot grant things easily. Yes it did reveal the strength and weaknesses of both kiwis and lions.

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 15:19 GMT)

Bit lost as to why they needed a one over bowl out. Surely its on a league basis so both sides should share the points on offer.

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 15:11 GMT)

Great game Guys ...well played...

Posted by Vikum72 on (September 27, 2012, 15:09 GMT)

That was far too close for comfort! SL needs to address few areas if they are serious about progressing further in this tournament. Excellent over under pressure by Malinga by the way. He delivered when it mattered.

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 15:08 GMT)

What a game!!! Felt like the 50 world cup final!! Great fight NZ! Phew! Taylor thought he missed the ball but the ball hit the stump after that, he thought it was too late then! what courage to use the reverse scoop (don't know the shot) thiri !! 'Cos Southee's bowling he had no other option! i thought super over was unfair!! guys could share the points! Or do they?

Posted by Baber_Baloch on (September 27, 2012, 15:05 GMT)

Basket of flowers of CONGRATS from Pakistan to SL brothers.....coool match...Dilshan & Malinga done it for Sri Lanaka....i feel same as Pak won..Sl is team my team.

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 15:04 GMT)

what a finish!!!!!!! congrats Sri lanka

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 15:04 GMT)

Lov u dishan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 15:03 GMT)

poor captaincy from ross taylor big hitter of the cricket ball how he will comes 1st down at tht position only d reason is he didnt come as an opener

Posted by Ramansilva on (September 27, 2012, 15:02 GMT)

Minnows ??? Losers??? huh!!! Did you see the match guys? Kudos for both teams for such a nerve wrecking performance.

Posted by sichu_emerald on (September 27, 2012, 14:37 GMT)

Cannot ask nore from the guys...PERFECT TIE.. it shows the strength and weakness of each team...GOOD LUCK

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (September 27, 2012, 14:31 GMT)

if sl wins from here then they should give credit to their death bowling , only 40 runs from last 5 overs by kulasekra & malinga . if they lose they should blame hard luck & a slow matthews for it , ONLY 12 RUNS FROM 11 BALLS .

Posted by DSN CRIC CLUB on (September 27, 2012, 14:31 GMT)

Taylor knows he was dropped the ball before stumping,his reaction shows that,,but umpire didn`t get it,,So sad!!!

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 14:29 GMT)

what a match!!!!!!! what a match!!!!!!! oh boy....classic!!!!!!!!!! There must be some serious pressure on SL heart when my heart here in India is beating hard.........Taylor you!!!!!!

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (September 27, 2012, 14:28 GMT)


Posted by rahulcricket007 on (September 27, 2012, 14:25 GMT)

HMMM . just as i said earlier , sl is doing a ms dhoni here 5 needing from 2 here , i will not be surprised if matthews now hits a six .

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 14:23 GMT)

WHat a CLOSE GAME...mindblowing.

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (September 27, 2012, 14:18 GMT)


Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 14:08 GMT)

I don't understand why still people are blaming spin bowlers on this wicket its a perfect batting track. Haven't some people realised that there has always been high scores at Pallekele?

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 13:20 GMT)

this boy akila strait to the mahiya after his first wicket .keep it up boy youll b a great lion.appreciate the captain who took the risk by geting you in to the team

Posted by AkDoN on (September 27, 2012, 13:13 GMT)

come on NZ show fight you can do it......chak de.....

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 12:44 GMT)

it is good total couple of wickets in first 6 overs will be good. for srilanka openers must give a good start or match will be n.z .

Posted by kunalx on (September 27, 2012, 12:42 GMT)

Good last 5 over from SL. 41/5 could make a difference in this game!

Posted by kunalx on (September 27, 2012, 12:10 GMT)

New Zealand is weak against spin? not anymore dude! England, please take lessons from them. This is how spin is played. Only attack!!! And Ajantha Mendis as usual flop. Over Hyped bowler of Sri Lanka. Loved that 24 runs over from a so called mystry spinner. Mystry as usual becomes history!

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