ICC World Twenty20 - 13th match, Group 1

Sri Lanka v New Zealand

Match tied (Sri Lanka won the one-over eliminator)

The national anthems are done with. Martin Guptill and Rob Nicol to open the batting for New Zealand, so no experiments first up from them. Nuwan Kulasekara with the new ball, from over the wicket. One wide slip in place.

3.20 pm How's this for a name: Mahamarakkala Kurukulasooriya Patabendige Akila Dananjaya Perera. He's the debutant today. He will appear on our scorecard as "MKPAD Perera". I'm pre-empting the many emails I'll receive asking why MKPAD Perera and not Akila Dananjaya is bowling.

Andrew: "Danny boy trying to scare his way into a few wickets, with that moustache he's sporting?? Anything to get a wicket these days I guess!"

3.15 pm Dan: "Come on Kidger. Sri Lanka's batsmen? If NZ's batsmen get their eye in, it could be an even bigger massacre." Hopefully they'll let their best batsmen get their eye in. I'd be appalled if Vettori and Oram came in ahead of Taylor today.

Dera: "In this format, it has to be said that no team is a favorite. Just because Group 2, looks tough on paper doesn't mean that they've got a better chance of winning the tournament. I'd vote for a team from Group 1 for that."

Steve: "A format like the 1999 World Cup could work for T20. Two groups of 6 play each other with 3/4 games a day at different venues, Top 3 in each group go through but take their points against the other qualifiers (and then dont play them in the Super 6 stage), then semis and final. More games for the associate members that qualify, less chance of the tournament being skewed by weather, plus the first group stage actually means something."

Toss, 3.00 pm Ross Taylor calls tails. He's won the toss and New Zealand will bat. Martin Guptill is back in the XI for New Zealand, taking Adam Milne's spot. It's also Brendon McCullum's birthday today.

Jayawardene says he wanted to bat first as well. He says Ajantha Mendis is about 90% fit but is playing. Akila Dananjaya is also playing today. Sri Lanka have left out Dilshan Munaweera and Rangana Herath.

Mark Kidger: "George, have to call this one for Sri Lanka, but I'd love to be wrong. New Zealand so often play above themselves in a competition like this and deserve some encouragement but, if Sri Lanka's batters get their eyes in it could be a massacre."

Pratap: "George, letting over 2 teams qualify from 1 group would just ruin it further. Not saying this group is easy, but if it was, then teams from this group would end up on higher points. I would prefer a Super Six instead of Super Eight, where every team plays the other like in a league!"

2.50 pm There might be a shower later on but for the moment the weather is good. The pitch looks flat, according to Tony Greig on Star Cricket. He reckons the side batting first will want to get near 200. And by the way, Ajantha Mendis was warming up.

2.40 pm We're still waiting to hear whether Ajantha Mendis is fit. If he isn't we might see Sri Lanka's surprise selection, Akila Dananjaya, for the first time in international cricket.

The Women's World Twenty20 began yesterday in Sri Lanka and Jarrod Kimber has asked the question: Why treat the Women's game differently?

The biggest mistake so far in the tournament was far easier to fix and spot than any of the above, it was someone's decision to pay women cricketers less than men's cricketers in their daily allowance. There is no way that was ever going to be looked upon well if it got out. Basically because there is no way of saying the men, who are all well paid fully professional cricketers, need an extra US$40 a day than the nearly exclusively amateur women cricketers.

2.30 pm Good afternoon, and welcome to our ball-by-ball coverage of the first day of the Super Eights. Sri Lanka and New Zealand play the first game of today's double-header in Pallekele. England and West Indies play in the evening.

The weather in Pallekele is fair at the moment and the forecast isn't bad either. It isn't sunny, but as long as the rain stays away …

The teams had been pre-seeded before the tournament began and so, unless there were any upsets, the Super Eights groups were always going to be constituted the way they are. It's just by chance that the four teams that were to form Group 1 finished second in their first-round groups, while the teams that comprise Group 2 finished first.

But maybe this is something the ICC needs to revisit. Pre-seeding teams has its advantages, but perhaps the format could be more radical and allow three semi-finalists to qualify from one Super Eights group. The final four could be just the teams with the most points, irrespective of which group they are in.

0.1

Kulasekara to Nicol, no run, a big inswinger first up and it hits the pad after Nicol steps forward and tries to push towards mid-on, Kulasekara appeals but Nicol was well forward

0.2

Kulasekara to Nicol, 1 run, full and swinging into the right-hander, Nicol moves forward again and clips through midwicket

0.3

Kulasekara to Guptill, no run, good length wider outside off stump, not much inswing on this one, Guptill lets it go

0.4

Kulasekara to Guptill, no run, Guptill moves forward to defend the inswinger but doesn't do a clean job, the ball bounces behind him and he turns around to shepherd it past his stumps

0.5

Kulasekara to Guptill, 1 run, worked off the pads towards backward square leg

0.6

Kulasekara to Nicol, no run, Nicol comes out of his crease and tries to bash the ball through the off side, doesn't make any contact

End of over 1 (2 runs) New Zealand 2/0 (RR: 2.00)
RJ Nicol    1* (3b)      KMDN Kulasekara    1-0-2-0
MJ Guptill    1* (3b)     

Angelo Mathews from over the wicket ... not Lasith Malinga.

1.1

Mathews to Guptill, no run, length ball outside off stump, the right-hander moves forward and plays towards point

The helmet comes out for Sangakkara, who moves up to stand close to the stumps,

1.2

Mathews to Guptill, 1 run, length ball outside off, Guptill has to stay in his crease and open the face of the bat to steer towards third man

1.3

Mathews to Nicol, 1 run, Nicol stays on the back foot and pushes a length ball towards mid-off, they begin to run immediately and complete a quick single

1.4

Mathews to Guptill, no run, Guptill prods at a good length ball that shapes away a little and is beaten outside off stump

1.5

Mathews to Guptill, no run, once again Guptill gets beaten by the swing away from him, Sangakkara does not collect cleanly

1.6

Mathews to Guptill, no run, good length and straight, Guptill is behind the line as he defends on the off side

End of over 2 (2 runs) New Zealand 4/0 (RR: 2.00)
MJ Guptill    2* (8b)      AD Mathews    1-0-2-0
RJ Nicol    2* (4b)      KMDN Kulasekara    1-0-2-0

Sangakkara stays up to the stumps for Kulasekara ...

2.1

Kulasekara to Nicol, 1 wide, and he's tested immediately because Kulasekara strays down leg side, Nicol misses the pull and Sangakkara lunges to get gloves on the ball and prevent five wides

2.1

Kulasekara to Nicol, 1 leg bye, Nicol tries to whip the ball off the pads but misses, he gets a leg bye towards square leg

Aleem Dar asks Nicol not to run on the pitch.

2.2

Kulasekara to Guptill, FOUR, fuller ball and Guptill has sent that to the long-on boundary with a clean bat swing, moving forward, getting under the ball and lofting it

2.3

Kulasekara to Guptill, 2 runs, dropped, but a tough chance at mid-on. Guptill tried to loft over the infield again but didn't make proper contact, he hit it well enough to force Thisara Perera to leap in order to get hands on the ball over his head. He couldn't hold on

2.4

Kulasekara to Guptill, FOUR, a deft late cut this time, placed fine of the fielder at short third man

2.5

Kulasekara to Guptill, no run, defended on the off side

2.6

Kulasekara to Guptill, 1 run, driven to long on for a single, that over's given New Zealand momentum

End of over 3 (13 runs) New Zealand 17/0 (RR: 5.66)
MJ Guptill    13* (13b 2x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    2-0-14-0
RJ Nicol    2* (5b)      AD Mathews    1-0-2-0

Jayawardene's brought Lasith Malinga into the attack, bowling from over the wicket.

3.1

Malinga to Guptill, FOUR, length ball on the pads, Guptill gets inside the line by moving towards off stump and glances the ball off his pads to the square leg boundary

3.2

Malinga to Guptill, no run, superb reply, pitches on a good length on off stump and shapes away from Guptill, who fends off the back foot and is beaten

3.3

Malinga to Guptill, 1 run, once again the line is a bit straight, Guptill works the ball off his hips towards square leg

3.4

Malinga to Nicol, no run, the slower ball on a good length, Nicol was out of his crease early and played the ball towards point

3.5

Malinga to Nicol, no run, another slower ball around off stump, Nicol had come out of his crease again and then had to wait to defend the ball

3.6

Malinga to Nicol, FOUR, Nicol moves across his crease to chip a slower ball in the air but past the fielder at short fine leg, New Zealand are getting a move on here

End of over 4 (9 runs) New Zealand 26/0 (RR: 6.50)
RJ Nicol    6* (8b 1x4)      SL Malinga    1-0-9-0
MJ Guptill    18* (16b 3x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    2-0-14-0

Ajantha Mendis, who Mahela said was 90% fit, will bowl from over the wicket ...

4.1

BAW Mendis to Guptill, 1 run, driven to long on for a single, nice and easy to start with

4.2

BAW Mendis to Nicol, 1 run, Nicol takes a stride forward and drives to long on as well

4.3

BAW Mendis to Guptill, no run, floated on of and middle stump, Guptill strides forward and defends back to the bowler

4.4

BAW Mendis to Guptill, 2 runs, this time he moves forward and drives the ball gently into the gap between extra cover and mid-on, there's time for the second

4.5

BAW Mendis to Guptill, 2 runs, played to short fine leg and there's no single there, Malinga's throw is poor and he concedes overthrows

4.6

BAW Mendis to Guptill, FOUR, short ball outside off stump to end the over, Guptill sends it racing to the point boundary with a cut off the back foot. Not a good start from Mendis, 10 runs off that over. Wonder if he's feeling that side strain.

End of over 5 (10 runs) New Zealand 36/0 (RR: 7.20)
MJ Guptill    27* (21b 4x4)      BAW Mendis    1-0-10-0
RJ Nicol    7* (9b 1x4)      SL Malinga    1-0-9-0

5.1

Malinga to Nicol, 1 run, short of a length outside off, Nicol tries to slap it off the back foot but the fielder at cover is in the way

5.2

Malinga to Guptill, no run, Nicol tried to turn that on the leg side but was squared up by the slower ball that moved away from him, he got a leading edge that fell safely short of extra cover

5.3

Malinga to Guptill, no run, short of a length and straight, played from the crease towards midwicket

Preet: "I dont see the logic in not swnding McCullum out to open, t20 is a format where you need to have quick runs at the top. I dont think either of these two openers can provide that start. Plus, having somone like Taylor or Oram gives NZ amsolutely no reason to hold back Brendon."

5.4

Malinga to Guptill, FOUR, stand and deliver stuff, Guptill lines up a short of a length ball and tees off on the front foot, hitting the ball over the bowler's head with a horizontal bat

5.5

Malinga to Guptill, no run, punched off the back foot towards point, the ball is coming on to the bat so well today

5.6

Malinga to Guptill, 2 runs, Guptill moved forward and towards leg, Malinga followed him, and Guptill clipped the ball between square leg and midwicket

End of over 6 (7 runs) New Zealand 43/0 (RR: 7.16)
MJ Guptill    33* (26b 5x4)      SL Malinga    2-0-16-0
RJ Nicol    8* (10b 1x4)      BAW Mendis    1-0-10-0

The fielding restrictions are over, New Zealand have begun very well. Mathews is back for his second over.

6.1

Mathews to Nicol, 1 run, a slower ball bowled full on the pads, played from the crease to deep midwicket

6.2

Mathews to Guptill, FOUR, short of a length outside off, Guptill slashes at it and gets a thick outside edge towards third man, Malinga is on the boundary and he runs to his right and misses the ball. The ball spun past him and he was clutching at air. Horribly dozy effort

6.3

Mathews to Guptill, 1 run, played on the off side

6.4

Mathews to Nicol, 2 runs, in the air towards deep square leg where Jeevan Mendis runs forward and to his right and dives to try and catch the ball, it falls just short and he does well to prevent the ball bouncing past him. Nicol had swept firmly

6.5

Mathews to Nicol, no run, Dilshan makes a sharp save at backward point

6.6

Mathews to Nicol, FOUR, full ball outside off stump, Nicol thumps it from his crease and he's hit it hard enough to beat the fielder at long off

End of over 7 (12 runs) New Zealand 55/0 (RR: 7.85)
RJ Nicol    15* (14b 2x4)      AD Mathews    2-0-14-0
MJ Guptill    38* (28b 6x4)      SL Malinga    2-0-16-0

Andrew: "Got to love how NZ gets criticised even when they get off to a good start."

And here's Akila Dananjaya ...

7.1

Dananjaya to Guptill, 1 leg bye, not sure what he bowled there, perhaps the offbreak, that was around leg stump and Guptill missed it and was hit on the pad

7.2

Dananjaya to Nicol, 1 run, Guptill steps out of his crease and drives to long off

7.3

Dananjaya to Guptill, OUT, he's struck! And look at that joy on his face, he's beaming! Guptill came forward again and attacked the bowler, lofting down the ground and straight to the fielder on the long-off boundary, Thisara Perea took a straightforward catch

MJ Guptill c Perera b Dananjaya 38 (34m 30b 6x4 0x6) SR: 126.66

McCullum is the new batsman ...

7.4

Dananjaya to Nicol, 1 run, Nicol pushes on the off side for a single

7.5

Dananjaya to BB McCullum, no run, that might have been a legbreak but it did not turn, McCullum let it go outside off

7.6

Dananjaya to BB McCullum, 1 run, nudged from the crease towards midwicket

End of over 8 (4 runs) New Zealand 59/1 (RR: 7.37)
BB McCullum    1* (2b)      A Dananjaya    1-0-3-1
RJ Nicol    17* (16b 2x4)      AD Mathews    2-0-14-0

Jeevan Mendis, the legspinner, will have a bowl. He's bowling from over the wicket.

8.1

BMAJ Mendis to BB McCullum, no run, flat ball outside off with some turn, McCullum hits it to cover off the back foot

8.2

BMAJ Mendis to BB McCullum, 1 run, the legbreak bowled fuller on off stump, McCullum pushes forward to block but gets an inside edge towards square

8.3

BMAJ Mendis to Nicol, no run, Nicol was late on playing the googly and thrust his pad outside off stump as he defended awkwardly, Mendis appeals but the impact was outside off stump

8.4

BMAJ Mendis to Nicol, 1 run, played on the leg side

8.5

BMAJ Mendis to BB McCullum, 1 run, McCullum steps out of his crease and drives to long on

8.6

BMAJ Mendis to Nicol, SIX, Nicol attacks Jeevan, stepping out of his crease, getting to the pitch of the ball and lofting it over the long-off boundary

End of over 9 (9 runs) New Zealand 68/1 (RR: 7.55)
RJ Nicol    24* (19b 2x4 1x6)      BMAJ Mendis    1-0-9-0
BB McCullum    3* (5b)      A Dananjaya    1-0-3-1

9.1

Dananjaya to BB McCullum, SIX, that's a full toss, McCullum was very far out of the crease when he swung hard, slicing the ball high in the air and just far enough over long off. That was a legbreak

9.2

Dananjaya to BB McCullum, 1 run, nudged towards square leg for a single

9.3

Dananjaya to Nicol, no run, that's a googly and it zips into Nicol who defends on the back foot

9.4

Dananjaya to Nicol, 1 run, pushed off the back foot towards cover

9.5

Dananjaya to BB McCullum, 2 runs, that's a legbreak and McCullum was charging the bowler to thrash him through the off side, he got an inside edge on the leg side

9.6

Dananjaya to BB McCullum, 2 runs, McCullum moves back this time and cuts the ball from just outside off through point

End of over 10 (12 runs) New Zealand 80/1 (RR: 8.00)
BB McCullum    14* (9b 1x6)      A Dananjaya    2-0-15-1
RJ Nicol    25* (21b 2x4 1x6)      BMAJ Mendis    1-0-9-0

Salman: "The bowler type abbreviation for MKPAD Perera should not be (ob), it should read (uk) = UnKnown" How about mb (mixed bag).

10.1

BAW Mendis to Nicol, 1 run, cut in the air but just short of the fielder at short third man

10.2

BAW Mendis to BB McCullum, 1 run, short ball outside off and McCullum drags it off the back foot to long on

10.3

BAW Mendis to Nicol, FOUR, superb shot, Nicol moves forward and swings across the line, slapping the ball into the gap on the midwicket boundary. The ball is doing very little for Ajantha Mendis

10.4

BAW Mendis to Nicol, no run, another short ball but Nicol misses the pull this time

10.5

BAW Mendis to Nicol, 1 run, much slower outside off stump, driven to long off

10.6

BAW Mendis to BB McCullum, 2 runs, McCullum slog sweeps and the fielder on the deep midwicket boundary manages to palm the ball to prevent it from going for four

Vinod: "Within ten overs, six bowlers have been used. Thats some bowling rotation, not sure if its working though..."

End of over 11 (9 runs) New Zealand 89/1 (RR: 8.09)
BB McCullum    17* (11b 1x6)      BAW Mendis    2-0-19-0
RJ Nicol    31* (25b 3x4 1x6)      A Dananjaya    2-0-15-1

11.1

Dananjaya to Nicol, no run, he's dropped the caught and bowled and has been hit on the face by the ball. McCullum, the non-striker, immediately checks on the bowler. Nicol drove the ball hard and flat back at Danajaya. the bowler had his hands up to try and catch it but the ball burst through and smashed into his face. He isn't cut but that would have hurt plenty

The physio is out there checking on Dananjaya, looks like he might have a nose bleed. A wicket in his first over and extreme pain in his third. An eventful debut. He's getting an ice pack applied to his cheek bone and is good to continue ...

11.2

Dananjaya to Nicol, 1 run, full toss which is driven to long on for a single

11.3

Dananjaya to BB McCullum, 1 run, round the wicket, flatter line on middle and off, McCullum tries to play on the leg side but gets an edge on the off

11.4

Dananjaya to Nicol, 1 run, a full toss, the batsman drives off the front foot towards deep cover

Amol: "The debutant akila has seen it all in span of 3 overs...joy(wicket)... sorrow(six)... & now pain (on his face)... welcome to international cricket!"

11.5

Dananjaya to BB McCullum, SIX, he's smashed it, McCullum charging down the pitch and swinging hard at a full ball outside off stump, slamming it over the long-off boundary

11.6

Dananjaya to BB McCullum, 1 run, McCullum skips out of his crease again and drives the ball along the ground through cover

End of over 12 (10 runs) New Zealand 99/1 (RR: 8.25)
BB McCullum    25* (14b 2x6)      A Dananjaya    3-0-25-1
RJ Nicol    33* (28b 3x4 1x6)      BAW Mendis    2-0-19-0

12.1

BAW Mendis to BB McCullum, no run, Mendis breaks the ball away from the right-hander, McCullum tried to nudge off the back foot and was beaten

12.2

BAW Mendis to BB McCullum, OUT, caught at deep square leg! McCullum didn't make good contact with the slog sweep, hitting the one that spins away in the air and into Thisara's waiting hands

BB McCullum c Perera b BAW Mendis 25 (22m 16b 0x4 2x6) SR: 156.25

Ross Taylor is in at No. 4, it's where he should bat!

12.3

BAW Mendis to Nicol, 1 run, the googly on off and middle stump, worked off the pads towards square leg

12.4

BAW Mendis to Taylor, 1 run, that's the offbreak and Taylor leans across and nudges behind square

12.5

BAW Mendis to Nicol, 2 runs, Nicol lunges forward and taps the ball gently towards long-on, giving himself enough time to run two

12.6

BAW Mendis to Nicol, 1 run, on the pads this time and Nicol nudges towards short fine leg

End of over 13 (5 runs) New Zealand 104/2 (RR: 8.00)
RJ Nicol    37* (31b 3x4 1x6)      BAW Mendis    3-0-24-1
LRPL Taylor    1* (1b)      A Dananjaya    3-0-25-1

RK: "Everyones talking about the debutant bowler. But look at the way NZ batsmen have batted so far in the tournament against their biggest weakness, playing against spin. If they can continue this, they might just go past the semi-final stage and at last win a cup." They've also played at Pallekele, though, where the pitch has not been spin friendly.

13.1

BMAJ Mendis to Nicol, 1 run, comes out of his crease to the legspinner and plays through square leg

13.2

BMAJ Mendis to Taylor, 1 run, flat delivery on middle and off, played towards long on for a single

13.3

BMAJ Mendis to Nicol, no run, Nicol steps out of his crease to work the ball on the leg side but misses and is hit on the pad

13.4

BMAJ Mendis to Nicol, 1 leg bye, Nicol tries to slog sweep but misses and is hit on the pad again, Mendis is bowling very slowly

13.5

BMAJ Mendis to Taylor, no run, defended back to the bowler on the front foot

13.6

BMAJ Mendis to Taylor, 2 runs, Taylor pushes the ball off the front foot towards wide long on and has enough time to turn for the second

End of over 14 (5 runs) New Zealand 109/2 (RR: 7.78)
LRPL Taylor    4* (4b)      BMAJ Mendis    2-0-13-0
RJ Nicol    38* (34b 3x4 1x6)      BAW Mendis    3-0-24-1

14.1

BAW Mendis to Nicol, SIX, Nicol gets down on one knee and slog sweeps Ajantha Mendis cleanly over the deep square leg boundary, it was a quicker ball and Nicol played a shot out of his captain's book

14.2

BAW Mendis to Nicol, SIX, and again! Nicol is taking it to Mendis, moving forward, getting down on one knee and slapping the ball from outside off over the wide long-on boundary. That shot brings up his fifty

14.3

BAW Mendis to Nicol, 1 run, driven to long off for a single

14.4

BAW Mendis to Taylor, 1 run, short ball outside off stump, cut off the back foot past point

14.5

BAW Mendis to Nicol, SIX, a third six! Nicol gets down on one knee and wings hard, lofting the ball high over cow corner, 20 runs off the over already

14.6

BAW Mendis to Nicol, 2 wides, Mendis seems to have been rattled, bowling very wide outside off stump, Sangakkara does well to get a glove on the ball

14.6

BAW Mendis to Taylor, 2 runs, nudged off the pads towards mid-on, the fielder had to run in from the deep so there was time for the second, 24 runs off that over

Mendis has gone for 48 in his comeback match.

End of over 15 (24 runs) New Zealand 133/2 (RR: 8.86)
LRPL Taylor    7* (6b)      BAW Mendis    4-0-48-1
RJ Nicol    57* (38b 3x4 4x6)      BMAJ Mendis    2-0-13-0

15.1

Dananjaya to Nicol, 1 run, Nicol moves forward and drives a full toss to long off

Sarfaraz: "BAW Mendis 6 for 8 the other day against the Zimbabwean, and now leaks 12 runs per over. What a great leveler this game is!"

15.2

Dananjaya to Taylor, 2 runs, another full toss outside off, Nicol leans towards the off side and paddles towards fine leg

15.3

Dananjaya to Taylor, 1 leg bye, Nicol moves towards the off to slog sweep but misses and is hit on the pad, that pitched outside leg stump

15.4

Dananjaya to Nicol, OUT, he has his second wicket! Nicol attempted to clear the deep midwicket boundary by trying to slog sweep but got a top edge, hitting the ball high in the air and not far enough. Thirimanne settled under the catch

RJ Nicol c Thirimanne b Dananjaya 58 (71m 40b 3x4 4x6) SR: 145.00

Nicol's gone after setting up New Zealand for a large score ... Oram is the new batsman.

15.5

Dananjaya to Taylor, 2 runs, Taylor moves forward and towards the off side to work the ball through midwicket, they attempt a risky second

15.6

Dananjaya to Taylor, 2 runs, a full toss and Taylor delicately paddles it past Ajantha Mendis at short fine leg, he's probably saving his big hits for the later overs

End of over 16 (8 runs) New Zealand 141/3 (RR: 8.81)
LRPL Taylor    13* (10b)      A Dananjaya    4-0-32-2
JDP Oram    0* (0b)      BAW Mendis    4-0-48-1

Malinga's back for his third over.

16.1

Malinga to Oram, no run, full ball on off stump, Oram drives to Mahela at cover and sets off, Taylor sends him back but Mahela's throw misses the stumps. There was no run there

16.2

Malinga to Oram, 1 run, Oram stays in his crease and drives a little squarer, between point and cover

16.3

Malinga to Taylor, 1 run, full and straight, played to the fielder at deep square leg, hit all along the ground

16.4

Malinga to Oram, 1 run, full ball around off stump, Oram stays back in his crease and drives through cover

Nick: "Is Williamson the first specialist fielder in Cricket? Doesn't bat and with seven bowlers in the side he's not going to roll the arm over either."

16.5

Malinga to Taylor, FOUR, too full and too much on leg stump, Taylor glances the ball off the pads with almost no backlift, using the pace to find the fine leg boundary

16.6

Malinga to Taylor, 1 run, there's an awful mix-up and the fielding is poor too. Taylor played the ball straight to Mahela at midwicket and ran. Mahela threw the ball too high to Malinga, who failed to catch the ball to run out the batsman. Mahela should have gone for the direct hit, Malinga wasn't in the best position

End of over 17 (8 runs) New Zealand 149/3 (RR: 8.76)
LRPL Taylor    19* (13b 1x4)      SL Malinga    3-0-24-0
JDP Oram    2* (3b)      A Dananjaya    4-0-32-2

17.1

Kulasekara to Taylor, 1 wide, the slower ball but it is down leg side, too far away to for Taylor to connect with the slog sweep

17.1

Kulasekara to Taylor, FOUR, the yorker outside off stump, Taylor jams his bat down on it and squeezes it to the third man boundary

17.2

Kulasekara to Taylor, OUT, bowled him with the slower ball! Taylor had finished swinging across the line by the time the ball reached him. He was on the front foot and played much too early, Kulasekara hit leg stump. That slower ball was out of the back of the hand

LRPL Taylor b Kulasekara 23 (26m 15b 2x4 0x6) SR: 153.33

Nathan McCullum is the new batsman ... ahead of Franklin and Williamson.

17.3

Kulasekara to NL McCullum, 1 run, a slower full toss, McCullum plays the ball through midwicket

17.4

Kulasekara to Oram, FOUR, Oram swings hard at a low full toss, slicing the ball high over the bowler's head towards the boundary. Thisara Perera ran from long on and dived but couldn't reach the ball

17.5

Kulasekara to Oram, no run, hit hard along the ground to midwicket

17.6

Kulasekara to Oram, OUT, caught at long off! Oram came out of his crease, made room and hammered the length ball flat and hard towards Dilshan, who moved to his right, got his body behind the ball and caught it nicely

JDP Oram c Dilshan b Kulasekara 6 (15m 6b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

End of over 18 (10 runs) New Zealand 159/5 (RR: 8.83)
     KMDN Kulasekara    3-0-24-2
NL McCullum    1* (1b)      SL Malinga    3-0-24-0

Those two wickets could make the difference between New Zealand getting 190 and 180. Franklin strides to the middle.

Graeme: "@Nick, Thissara Perera is doing a pretty good impression of specialist fielder too. I seem to remember there was once a player representing Kenya who played an entire three match series without bowling and batting 9 or lower.."

18.1

Malinga to NL McCullum, 1 run, in the blockhole, and the batsman works the ball through square leg

18.2

Malinga to Franklin, 1 run, a low full toss outside off stump, Frannklin taps the ball towards extra cover for a single

18.3

Malinga to NL McCullum, 1 run, another low full toss, on a straighter line, McCullum drive to long on

18.4

Malinga to Franklin, 1 run, in the blockhole once again, Franklin squeezes it out towards the bowler's left and Malinga fumbles to allow the single

18.5

Malinga to NL McCullum, 1 wide, that's too wide outside off stump, a wide even though McCullum had backed away towards leg

18.5

Malinga to NL McCullum, OUT, bowled him, I think off the inside edge, on to the pad, and on to the base of leg stump. McCullum backed away towards leg to make room and swung hard, he was beaten by the yorker

NL McCullum b Malinga 3 (10m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 75.00

Williamson finally gets a bat ...

18.6

Malinga to Williamson, 1 run, Williamson makes room by moving toward leg and then manages to squirt a full ball on middle stump towards point, Dilshan fumbles

End of over 19 (6 runs) New Zealand 165/6 (RR: 8.68)
KS Williamson    1* (1b)      SL Malinga    4-0-30-1
JEC Franklin    2* (2b)      KMDN Kulasekara    3-0-24-2

19.1

Kulasekara to Williamson, 1 run, a slower ball, which Williamson edges on to his pad after charging down the pitch and having a swing

19.2

Kulasekara to Franklin, FOUR, a rubbish full toss and Franklin has swung hard enough to send the ball over the bowler's head for a one-bounce four

19.3

Kulasekara to Franklin, 1 run, a full ball in the blockhole, Franklin plays it towards the bowler's left and Kulasekara gets a hand on it but doesn't field cleanly enough to stop the single

19.4

Kulasekara to Williamson, 1 run, played off the pads to square leg

19.5

Kulasekara to Franklin, 1 run, a low full toss and Franklin swats it to midwicket for just the single

19.6

Kulasekara to Williamson, 1 run, OUT, in the blockhole outside off stump, Williamson drives the ball towards deep point but gets run out while attempting a desperate second. Sangakkara had plenty of time to remove the bails

KS Williamson run out 4 (8m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

5.10 pm Well, this is a superb batting pitch so I'd say that score is about par. New Zealand will have to bowl well to defend that. They have the runs on the board though, so Sri Lanka will have to handle the pressure. New Zealand looked like getting much more before Taylor and Oram fell quickly at the end and the finish wasn't as explosive as they would have liked.

End of over 20 (9 runs) New Zealand 174/7
     KMDN Kulasekara    4-0-33-2
JEC Franklin    8* (5b 1x4)      SL Malinga    4-0-30-1
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