ICC Cricket World Cup, 2010/11 / Commentary

ICC Cricket World Cup - 38th match, Group A

New Zealand v Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka won by 112 runs

Baz and Guptill march out, they look like they mean business. Sriram Veera is on the chatterbox, while I, Nitin Sundar, will take you through the action. Interesting chase ahead, in my opinion. Guptill to face, Malinga to bowl. Two slips.

Shashank: "Navjot Sidhu stopped a sentence midway? You mean the break was just an hour long?" No, but this was a short sentence, since even he had the shortness of the break in his mind.

Alright, barely a break there. Navjot Sidhu started a sentence in the mid-innings program and could not finish it. That's how short the break was. We are back for the chase.

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0.1

Malinga to Guptill, 1 wide, starts off with a wide down the leg side, but the ball seemed to make some noise as it passed Guptill. Sanga did not collect it cleanly anyway.

0.1

Malinga to Guptill, 1 run, whoa, late start from the runners as Guptill defends from outside off backward of point and Dilshan swoops in and fumbles. Single taken in the end.

0.2

Malinga to BB McCullum, 1 run, Baz is away, tucking a 144 kph length ball hurled at the hips away to backward square leg

Gocho: "I am unhappy with the fantasy leaguesystem. The prices of players should move along with their performances and demand, like a stock market. Runs and wickets could be like dividends paid but the asset value should move! " Huh, this guy sounds like a nerdy banker.

0.3

Malinga to Guptill, 1 run, Guptill hangs back on off stump and steers from outside off to third man for a single

0.4

Malinga to BB McCullum, no run, 144 kph, no movement so far for Malinga, lands it on a length and Baz reaches half forward to defend to the off side

0.5

Malinga to BB McCullum, no run, on middle stump once again, no room or length to work with, Baz defends to mid on

0.6

Malinga to BB McCullum, no run, ahem, extra bounce there or did it just stop on Baz? 137.4 kph on off stump, it jumps up as he moves into a check drive and hits the splice.

Spencer: "Does anything hang on the result of this game ? Is either team out of the WC if they lose here...?"

No, but their QF draw will depend on this result.

End of over 1 (4 runs) New Zealand 4/0 (262 runs required from 49 overs, RR: 4.00, RRR: 5.34)
BB McCullum    1* (4b)      SL Malinga    1-0-4-0
MJ Guptill    2* (2b)     

Kula shares the new ball.

1.1

Kulasekara to Guptill, no run, ohho, a Kula special to start off, lands half a foot outside off and ends half a foot outside leg! It darts in like a yoyo off the seam and Guptill has no clue as he swipes from the crease

1.2

Kulasekara to Guptill, 1 wide, again huge inward curl for Kula, but this goes down the leg side

1.2

Kulasekara to Guptill, no run, back of a length on off stump, Guptill just covers the line and defends to the off side

1.3

Kulasekara to Guptill, no run, now one that holds its line, planting seeds of doubt in Guptill's mind as he goes for a late attempt at the cut shot and misses

1.4

Kulasekara to Guptill, no run, genuine away seam movement this time, comes in with the angle, lands outside off and shapes away. Guptill leaves and Sanga collects

1.5

Kulasekara to Guptill, no run, this is exceptional sleight of hand from Kula. Another inducker, Guptill did not pick it as he shouldered arms. It buzzes past the outside edge

1.6

Kulasekara to Guptill, no run, top-notch over. Ends with a regulation back of length ball angling in towards off stump line, and Guptill is more than ready to let it go

Sunil: "Most of the teams in world cup playing with an extra opener. India-Gambhir, Pakistan-Kamran, NZ-Ryder, Bangla- Junaid, SA- Wan Yk, Ireland - JOyce. "

End of over 2 (1 run) New Zealand 5/0 (261 runs required from 48 overs, RR: 2.50, RRR: 5.43)
MJ Guptill    2* (8b)      KMDN Kulasekara    1-0-1-0
BB McCullum    1* (4b)      SL Malinga    1-0-4-0

2.1

Malinga to BB McCullum, 1 run, fullish length on middle and leg, Baz works it from the crease to mid on for a single

2.2

Malinga to Guptill, no run, pacy delivery outside off, 143 kph and on a length, Guptill's left more than he's played so far.

2.3

Malinga to Guptill, 1 run, Guptill steals a single, mistiming a defensive back foot push to mid on as Malinga thuds it in short at 145 kph. They scurry across by the time Murali comes in from mid on

2.4

Malinga to BB McCullum, no run, short of driving again on off stump, Baz tries to force it away through the off side, but finds cover

Mumbai is abuzz, they are going 'Ma-Ling-A, Ma-Ling-A..." here!

2.5

Malinga to BB McCullum, FOUR, Baz has cracked him away for four. Short of a length, no movement but not much width. Baz creates his own, stands tall and cuts on top of the bounce in front of point for four

2.6

Malinga to BB McCullum, 1 run, Malinga goes fuller this time, on the pads, Baz quietly taps to midwicket for a single

End of over 3 (7 runs) New Zealand 12/0 (254 runs required from 47 overs, RR: 4.00, RRR: 5.40)
BB McCullum    7* (8b 1x4)      SL Malinga    2-0-11-0
MJ Guptill    3* (10b)      KMDN Kulasekara    1-0-1-0

Murali is leaving the field. Hmm.

3.1

Kulasekara to BB McCullum, FOUR, another one of those monster cuts from Baz, he really does play this shot with some authority. Back of a length outside off, no movement this time for Kula, Mahela waits and clinically dispatches it through point

3.2

Kulasekara to BB McCullum, 1 run, ooh, Kula comes back with a gentle offcutter at 128 kph and Baz nearly chops the steer back onto the stumps.

3.3

Kulasekara to Guptill, no run, Guptill leans out to a length ball outside off and lets it go through

3.4

Kulasekara to Guptill, no run, short of a length on off stump, Guptill gets bat on it this time and defends softly

3.5

Kulasekara to Guptill, FOUR, whoa, Guptill has teed off. For once Kula misses the length and lands closer to the pads, Guptill reaches across and just lofts cleanly through the line over mid-on. That's clean as a whistle that's been through a washing machine cycle. Four to long on.

3.6

Kulasekara to Guptill, 1 run, another strong comeback from Kula, lands the offcutter outside off and nips it into Guptill who inside edges onto the pad

End of over 4 (10 runs) New Zealand 22/0 (244 runs required from 46 overs, RR: 5.50, RRR: 5.30)
MJ Guptill    8* (14b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    2-0-11-0
BB McCullum    12* (10b 2x4)      SL Malinga    2-0-11-0

Bowling change already. One M is off, another comes on. Mathews to bowl. One widish slip.

4.1

Mathews to Guptill, 1 run, 123 kph, full on the pads, Guptill flicks gingerly wide of mid on and gets a single before the throw comes in

4.2

Mathews to BB McCullum, 1 run, short of a length outside off, Baz leans out with angled face and steers backward of point.

Apparently Murali picked that niggle when he dived into his crease.

4.3

Mathews to Guptill, no run, ripper from Mathews. Seems like a fortuitous legcutter, since the seam was scrambled. Jumps up off the seam and rears away, Guptill pulls out like a man who took a towel out of the closet and then noticed that it was on fire

4.4

Mathews to Guptill, no run, fuller, not so much movement, Guptill defends to the off side

4.5

Mathews to Guptill, 1 run, aha, there's more diving there than in the Mumbai Swimming Club. Guptill taps a length ball to mid on and takes off, he dives in, Chamara Silva runs to the ball, tries to under-arm and dives in. He doesn't collect though. Easy single.

4.6

Mathews to BB McCullum, no run, fuller length on off stump, Baz quietly leans into a forward defensive

Arun: "He's far from a nerdy banker. The 'dividends' can obviously be paid only in the form of points in the case of Cricinfo's Fantasy League, unless of course the participants make runs and wickets along with points."

A Gocho fan, eh! You made his day.

End of over 5 (3 runs) New Zealand 25/0 (241 runs required from 45 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 5.35)
BB McCullum    13* (12b 2x4)      AD Mathews    1-0-3-0
MJ Guptill    10* (18b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    2-0-11-0

5.1

Kulasekara to Guptill, 1 run, whoa, Kapugedara has saved three runs. Short of a length outside off, Guptill plays a violent flat-batted smash towards mid off, Kapu runs across rapidly to his right, dives and deflects it to mid on. Lovely stuff

5.2

Kulasekara to BB McCullum, no run, fuller to Baz, who stays on the crease and defends

5.3

Kulasekara to BB McCullum, 1 run, he doesn't need any room to play the cut, does he. A standard 600 sq. ft Mumbai studio will do for Baz, who hangs back and cracks the cut from the line of off stump towards third man

Keeper comes up, very wide slip and short midwicket in place.

5.4

Kulasekara to Guptill, no run, legcutter straightening from leg and middle, Guptill defends off the front foot

5.5

Kulasekara to Guptill, 1 run, fuller ball on the pads, Guptill plays an ominous short-arm flick with viciously perfect timing. Long on is in place, and just as well.

Mid on comes in, third man goes back for Baz. Sanga knows just how different these two batsmen are. Top field-placements.

5.6

Kulasekara to BB McCullum, no run, back of a length on off stump, Baz stays on the crease and defends as it cuts back in

End of over 6 (3 runs) New Zealand 28/0 (238 runs required from 44 overs, RR: 4.66, RRR: 5.40)
BB McCullum    14* (15b 2x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    3-0-14-0
MJ Guptill    12* (21b 1x4)      AD Mathews    1-0-3-0

6.1

Mathews to Guptill, 1 run, Guptill seems intent on stealing as many singles as he can, while mid on hangs back on the circle. Fullish length from Mathews, dropped to mid on and he's away

6.2

Mathews to BB McCullum, OUT, Aha, Mahela takes a low catch it seems. Baz is not leaving! The third umpire has to check. First things first. An absolute peach of a legcutter from mathews, he lands this outside off and gets it to jag away off the seam. Baz was advancing into the steer, then saw it go away and tried to pull away, but the momentum was too far into the shot. It takes the edge even as he opens the face and dies away to the right of a diving Mahela ... who has taken it cleanly. The McCullums 0 - Mahela 2. What a ball, from Mathews, seam pointing away and the ball just follows suit after landing. This man's a superstar allrounder.

BB McCullum c Jayawardene b Mathews 14 (30m 16b 2x4 0x6) SR: 87.50

Paul: "Don't you mean more diving than a game involving Arsenal? Stir some controversy, it must get boring, not to mention painful sitting on the fence all the time!"

Unfortunately, I am the opposite of a football fan, so no idea what that means.

6.3

Mathews to Ryder, no run, fullish ball angling across Ryder who lets it go. He's has a quiet World Cup so far.

Widish slip in place, and a short cover

6.4

Mathews to Ryder, no run, full and on the pads this time, Ryder plays around the pads to mid on.

6.5

Mathews to Ryder, FOUR, thumped away. That's a Ryder special;. Reluctantly minimal feet movement to a full ball angling across him, and he just smote it through the line into the covers. Whack.

6.6

Mathews to Ryder, no run, Mathews wisely lands this short of a length, Ryder tries to punch in Saeed Anwatr style and times it well. He finds cover though.

End of over 7 (5 runs) New Zealand 33/1 (233 runs required from 43 overs, RR: 4.71, RRR: 5.41)
JD Ryder    4* (4b 1x4)      AD Mathews    2-0-8-1
MJ Guptill    13* (22b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    3-0-14-0

7.1

Kulasekara to Guptill, OUT, lbw, hook, like and sinker. Guptill asks if he should review it, but Ryder wisely says no chance, mate. Kulasekara's inducker strikes, this is a special skill in a world full of outswing bowlers. He lands it outside off, back of a length. Guptill reaches across for a routine defensive stroke. Then the ball lands and moves in, accentuated further by the subtle angle Kula generated when he bowled from slightly wide of the crease. Guptill knows he's in trouble, but its too late to do anything other than a meek attempt to play round the pad. Hits the pad in front of off, Hawkeye says top of leg is on the way. Gone.

MJ Guptill lbw b Kulasekara 13 (36m 23b 1x4 0x6) SR: 56.52

Taylor, in some special form, is the new man in.

7.2

Kulasekara to Taylor, no run, full and on the pads, Taylor plays it to the leg side

7.3

Kulasekara to Taylor, 1 wide, whoa, top take from Sanga, standing up to the stumps as Kula sends an inducker well wide down the leg side

7.3

Kulasekara to Taylor, no run, he seemed to roll the fingers over this and get it to dart in again, Taylor pressed across and fished for it, and managed to get an inside edge to the leg side. Kula's working magic in Mumbai.

7.4

Kulasekara to Taylor, no run, short of a length on middle and leg, Taylor gets across to cover the line and defend

Oil Deans: "Loving the commentary: "Clean as a whistle that's gone through a washing machine cycle." Splendid. Next perhaps: "Crisp shot. Crisp as a Ready Salted that's been baking under the Mumbai summer Sun."

Sure!

7.5

Kulasekara to Taylor, no run, closer to off this time, Taylor continues to be compact in defence off the front foot

7.6

Kulasekara to Taylor, no run, ends with a regulation delivery that hinted at going away from off stump line as Taylor defended carefully to the off side

Dinesh: "A batsman should stand his ground if he's unsure if a catch was taken cleanly. Both Mahela were & Brendan were right to do so. I thought it was pretty silly of the NZ fielders to act so indignant when Mahela acted well within his rights, especially now when one of their batsman does the exact same thing."

End of over 8 (1 run) New Zealand 34/2 (232 runs required from 42 overs, RR: 4.25, RRR: 5.52)
LRPL Taylor    0* (5b)      KMDN Kulasekara    4-0-15-1
JD Ryder    4* (4b 1x4)      AD Mathews    2-0-8-1

Malinga comes back in place of Mathews. What a seam attack this is!

8.1

Malinga to Ryder, 1 wide, wide and fast, well outside off and Ryder chooses to let it pass

8.1

Malinga to Ryder, 1 run, short of a length on the hips, Ryder whips it backward of square for a single

Sreejay: "Why do batsmen consult the non-striker before they want to review a LBW decision? Non-striker stands at a skewed angle w.r.t the striker stumps and will not be able to provide an accurate opinion...Never got it!"

Who else can he ask? The bowler?!

8.2

Malinga to Taylor, no run, back of a length, keeps its line outside off as Taylor plays off the outer half into the off side

8.3

Malinga to Taylor, no run, whangs this in short and fast at 142.4 kph and Taylor lets it go

Chethan: "Ha ha ha.. dark friday for openers from both sides Taranga out for 13 now Guptil out for 13!!"

8.4

Malinga to Taylor, no run, Taylor is fishing away in Marine Drive. Short of a length outside off, he stays flat footed and goes for the cut, no luck with the bait this time.

8.5

Malinga to Taylor, no run, fuller length on off stump, Taylor looks to force the drive into the covers, but can't get the gap.

Simon: "Dinesh, you're dead wrong there - the Kiwi fielders weren't indignant at the batsman for questioning it, they were indignant and the 3rd umpire who couldn't see what the rest of the world could - that it was a brilliant, and fair, catch."

8.6

Malinga to Taylor, no run, finishes off with a fiery bouncer at 143.4 kph, it has Taylor's name written on it, and he does well to duck under and let it go

Deleepa: "Remember Malinga v Taylor battle in 2007 WC? Taylor didn't middle one ball. Let's see who come on top?"

End of over 9 (2 runs) New Zealand 36/2 (230 runs required from 41 overs, RR: 4.00, RRR: 5.60)
LRPL Taylor    0* (10b)      SL Malinga    3-0-13-0
JD Ryder    5* (5b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    4-0-15-1

9.1

Kulasekara to Ryder, no run, short of a length on off stump, cramping Ryder as he looks to drive off the back foot into the covers

9.2

Kulasekara to Ryder, no run, again, fuller and a hint of inward movement as Ryder plays from the crease into the off side. Might want to play forward to Kula's delights.

9.3

Kulasekara to Ryder, 1 run, this one ends a little too straight, and Ryder turns it off the pads backward of square for a single

9.4

Kulasekara to Taylor, no run, Ross is on 0 after 11 balls. Tries to steer-drive a short of a length ball outside off, but can't time it past mid off

9.5

Kulasekara to Taylor, no run, legcutter goes away from outside off, Taylor is still runless as he defends to the off side without much timing

9.6

Kulasekara to Taylor, no run, and again, leans half forward and blocks a back of length ball darting in towards mid on

End of over 10 (1 run) New Zealand 37/2 (229 runs required from 40 overs, RR: 3.70, RRR: 5.72)
LRPL Taylor    0* (13b)      KMDN Kulasekara    5-0-16-1
JD Ryder    6* (8b 1x4)      SL Malinga    3-0-13-0

Bowling Powerplay taken.

10.1

Malinga to Ryder, no run, slower ball, 120 kph - that's around the average pace of Munaf Patel; just sating - Ryder is a little early on the lunge but defends

10.2

Malinga to Ryder, 1 wide, too wide down the leg side, Ryder can't connect with the leg side slap and its a wide

10.2

Malinga to Ryder, FOUR, dropped, whoa, is Tharanga awake? Ryder gets a short of length ball on the hips and slaps the pull a foot and a half over Tharanga's head at midwicket. He seemed to jump late and not jump high enough. Straight through where the hands should have been, and away for four

10.3

Malinga to Ryder, 1 run, Kapugedara fumbles from mid off as Ryder drives down the ground and they get a single

10.4

Malinga to Taylor, FOUR, no duck for Taylor today. He's away in really iffy fashion, guiding a short, fast away going ball over the head of the lone widish slip.

10.5

Malinga to Taylor, SIX, oh boy. Kula has converted what should have been four, what could have been a catch, into a six! Is Ross Taylor the luckiest man in the World Cup? Fuller length outside off, real pace from Malinga, Taylor goes for the upper-cut and slashes it towards Kula, standing a few feet in at third man. He tries to jump up and catch it over his head, and ends up parrying it over the ropes. Shades of the Trott controversy in Chennai yesterday. Would have been four if the fielder wasn't there. Ends up being a six, thanks to the fielder.

10.6

Malinga to Taylor, no run, Malinga's figures are ruined by this over, Taylor defends a short ball on off stump.

End of over 11 (16 runs) New Zealand 53/2 (213 runs required from 39 overs, RR: 4.81, RRR: 5.46)
LRPL Taylor    10* (16b 1x4 1x6)      SL Malinga    4-0-29-0
JD Ryder    11* (11b 2x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    5-0-16-1

11.1

Kulasekara to Ryder, no run, Will they review it? Long discussion and they choose not to. Back of a length from Kula, lands well outside leg and hits the top of the pad as Ryder chips out and tries to whip across to the leg side.

11.2

Kulasekara to Ryder, 1 run, fuller outside off, Ryder drives into the covers smoothly for a single

11.3

Kulasekara to Taylor, no run, legcutter outside off, Taylor leans out to defend carefully into the off side

Damian: "I think Sreejay's point is that the non-striker is not likely to have a better view than the umpire so asking them is pointless. Batsmen use it because they want to continue batting, not because they are certain the umpire made a mistake. So they'll grasp at the straws of a badly positioned non-striker if they have to."

11.4

Kulasekara to Taylor, no run, fuller and straighter, Taylor works it with the wrists towards mid on

11.5

Kulasekara to Taylor, no run, back of a length, he keeps rolling the fingers over these legcutters. Taylor defends again after leaning out to off stump

11.6

Kulasekara to Taylor, no run, more luck for Taylor, he's outlived the nine lives of the cat. Kula's patent inducker, Taylor looks to drive without getting the feet across and the inside edge nearly blitzes through the gap. It finds his leg on the way, and he's safe. Not by much.

Vijay: "Luck, Really Pure Luck (LRPL) Taylor gets another dropped catch!!" Haha!

End of over 12 (1 run) New Zealand 54/2 (212 runs required from 38 overs, RR: 4.50, RRR: 5.57)
LRPL Taylor    10* (20b 1x4 1x6)      KMDN Kulasekara    6-0-17-1
JD Ryder    12* (13b 2x4)      SL Malinga    4-0-29-0

Again Mathews replaces the distinctly unlucky Malinga.

12.1

Mathews to Ryder, 1 run, angles across Ryder first up and he quietly dabs backward of point for a single

That widish slip stays in place, but Sanga is standing up. Oh, Murali is back in the park. He can't bowl straight away.

12.2

Mathews to Taylor, no run, length ball on off stump, defended to the off side.

12.3

Mathews to Taylor, 2 runs, good shot from Rossco, waits for a delivery angling in to finish on his pads and them guides the flick past wide mid on for a couple.

Murali can bowl in 15 minutes from now.

12.4

Mathews to Taylor, 2 runs, again, Mathews angles in sharply and Rossco flicks again for a couple

12.5

Mathews to Taylor, 2 runs, nice half-stop at point, but can't stop Taylor from getting a couple. Short of a length outside off, he cracks the cut into the ground and Dilshan jumps up at point to stop it

12.6

Mathews to Taylor, FOUR, cracko, Rossco! says Abhishek Purohit. The most viciously violently cut I've seen in some time. Sanga needs to console a visibly distraught Mathews after the shot. Back of a length outside off and he thumps it away after a half shimmy across. Absolutely smote the leather off it.

End of over 13 (11 runs) New Zealand 65/2 (201 runs required from 37 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 5.43)
LRPL Taylor    20* (25b 2x4 1x6)      AD Mathews    3-0-19-1
JD Ryder    13* (14b 2x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    6-0-17-1

13.1

Kulasekara to Ryder, no run, oho, hits the pad as Ryder looks to flick a full ball. Lands outside leg, and he plays all around it.

13.2

Kulasekara to Ryder, no run, full delivery on off, defended into the off side

13.3

Kulasekara to Ryder, 1 run, length ball angling across Ryder who defends into the off side for one

13.4

Kulasekara to Taylor, no run, back of a length at 125 kph on off, Taylor gets half forward and blocks to the leg side

Aha, Kula's white towel, tucked behind his trousers, falls off and Taylor stops Kula on his run up.

13.5

Kulasekara to Taylor, no run, angles into the middle and leg line, not much movement for Kula anymore. Taylor defends from the crease

13.6

Kulasekara to Taylor, 1 run, short ball, hurries into Taylor who looks to pull and gets it away to square leg

Anees: "These batsmen can probably ask their 12th man to dress totally in black and sit right behind the umpire to consult for an LBW." Lovely idea. Why not also trip the bowler as he runs in.

End of over 14 (2 runs) New Zealand 67/2 (199 runs required from 36 overs, RR: 4.78, RRR: 5.52)
LRPL Taylor    21* (28b 2x4 1x6)      KMDN Kulasekara    7-0-19-1
JD Ryder    14* (17b 2x4)      AD Mathews    3-0-19-1

After a sip of drinks, Ajantha Mendis has the ball. One slip.

Dara: "Being dropped by Kamran Akmal doesn't really count as luck, though." Yeah, its a batsman's birthright, eh?

14.1

Mendis to Taylor, no run, full delivery on off, Taylor leans into a drive towards extra cover

14.2

Mendis to Taylor, no run, loopy delivery on off stump, driven straight to cover

14.3

Mendis to Taylor, FOUR, too wide outside off, Taylor cashes in. Anyone else feels Mendis doesn't bowl as well as he used to in 2008? No turn on this ball. Taylor waits for it to spin in, sees its not coming in, waits and crunches it backward of point

14.4

Mendis to Taylor, 1 run, fullish length on middle, Taylor drives solidly to mid on for a single

Prashant: "@Anees, then the umpire would block the black-dress-clad 12th man's field of vision, rendering the effort moot. I think he should squat in front of the umpire and behind the stumps - like the wicket-keeper."

14.5

Mendis to Ryder, 1 run, short of a length on Ryder's leg stump, worked off the pads to the leg side.

Uh oh. The dew is coming down.

14.6

Mendis to Taylor, no run, not even a degree of turn in Mendis' opening over. Length ball on off stump, defended solidly to the off side

Mitchell Johnson: "Yes, I do feel Mendis doesn't bowl as well as he did in 2008. I too, suffer from the same ailment. "

Don't be so harsh on yourself Mitch, that Perth spell was just awesome.

End of over 15 (6 runs) New Zealand 73/2 (193 runs required from 35 overs, RR: 4.86, RRR: 5.51)
LRPL Taylor    26* (33b 3x4 1x6)      BAW Mendis    1-0-6-0
JD Ryder    15* (18b 2x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    7-0-19-1

Dilshan comes on now. Spin is in, probably in a hurry to beat the dew.

15.1

Dilshan to Ryder, 1 run, fullish and angling into the pads from round the wicket, Ryder taps to the leg side off the front foot for one

Six minutes before Murali can bowl.

15.2

Dilshan to Taylor, 1 run, short of a length and turning in, played down to long on from the crease

15.3

Dilshan to Ryder, 1 run, looped up on the pads, Ryder works another single wide of mid on

15.4

Dilshan to Taylor, no run, straighter one outside off, Taylor adjusts late to defend off the front foot

15.5

Dilshan to Taylor, 2 runs, looped up on the off stump, Taylor paddles it along to Malinga at deep backward square leg

15.6

Dilshan to Taylor, 1 run, looped up outside off, Taylor drives cleanly to long off for one more. Good old, tuk tuk cricket going on

Paddy: "Batsman should have a 1m metal rod attached to front pad knee roll wirh lipstick cam attached pointing back and monitor attached to grill of helmet" Top notch.

End of over 16 (6 runs) New Zealand 79/2 (187 runs required from 34 overs, RR: 4.93, RRR: 5.50)
LRPL Taylor    30* (37b 3x4 1x6)      TM Dilshan    1-0-6-0
JD Ryder    17* (20b 2x4)      BAW Mendis    1-0-6-0

Ashish: "Mendis is like stock market.. was extremely good first half of 2008 then crashed! and still trying to recover.." LoL!

16.1

Mendis to Taylor, no run, full outside off, Taylor drives down to widish mid on but finds the fielder

16.2

Mendis to Taylor, 1 run, wider outside off, Taylor plays forward again and drives into the covers for a single

16.3

Mendis to Ryder, no run, offie on middle and leg, breaking away and defended by Ryder

16.4

Mendis to Ryder, 2 runs, ooh, poor shot from Ryder, but he gets away it. Full and breaking away from outside off, he swipes across the line and just gets it away past midwicket

16.5

Mendis to Ryder, OUT, the stock market is looking up. Ryder's scrip is falling through. Mendis has nailed him with a straight carrom ball wafter than lands outside off and shoots through without deviation. Ryder doesn't get fully across and has a typically lazy feel for it, he was playing for the leggie. He ends up edging into Sanga's gloves.

JD Ryder c †Sangakkara b Mendis 19 (55m 23b 2x4 0x6) SR: 82.60

Ragu: "Fit the ball and the pads straps with electronic emitter and the stumps with a receiver like they do in the museums so if the ball pads and stumps are in a straight line a beep is heard. Something like the beep in tennis that tells the umpire and player whether the serve is legal or a fault."

Williamson is the new man in.

16.6

Mendis to Williamson, 1 run, tossed up well outside off, Williamson is away, driving with an opened face past point

End of over 17 (4 runs) New Zealand 83/3 (183 runs required from 33 overs, RR: 4.88, RRR: 5.54)
KS Williamson    1* (1b)      BAW Mendis    2-0-10-1
LRPL Taylor    31* (39b 3x4 1x6)      TM Dilshan    1-0-6-0

Murali has the ball. Here we go, slip in place.

17.1

Muralitharan to Williamson, no run, short ball, breaking in and Williamson punches off the back foot towards cover where Silva does well to cut the single

17.2

Muralitharan to Williamson, no run, fullish outside off, he works it back with the spin to the bowler

Murali is still in pain. Feeling the hamstring, and limping.

17.3

Muralitharan to Williamson, no run, played into the off side carefully

17.4

Muralitharan to Williamson, (no ball) 3 runs, he's completely whinged his normal delivery stride, and over-stepped. Doosra short and well outside off, Williamson cuts it with ease into the deep point area. Mendis runs a mile and slides to stop the fourth. Here comes the free-hit, but the field can change.

17.4

Muralitharan to Taylor, no run, that's a good way to deliver a dot ball. Get the batsman bowled. Taylor looks for his famous slog sweep and misses.

17.5

Muralitharan to Taylor, no run, doosra outside off, Taylor covers the line and defends

17.6

Muralitharan to Taylor, no run, breaks in from outside off, Taylor reaches out to smother the spin and play to the leg side

Karthik: "Why carry so many electronics. Let the batsman just leave the ball and see if it hits the stumps!" Simple and elegant.

End of over 18 (4 runs) New Zealand 87/3 (179 runs required from 32 overs, RR: 4.83, RRR: 5.59)
LRPL Taylor    31* (42b 3x4 1x6)      M Muralitharan    1-0-4-0
KS Williamson    4* (5b)      BAW Mendis    2-0-10-1

18.1

Mendis to Williamson, 1 run, googly outside off, cut away in front of point for a single

Vikas: "@Ragu - Emitter and receiver thing isn't going to work. What if the the bowl is hitting in line with the off stump but leaving the stumps with the angle or turn? The bowl, pad and stumps will be in line when the contact happens, the beep is heard but still the ball is no where close to hitting the stumps."

18.2

Mendis to Taylor, no run, fuller, Taylor just plops forward and defends

18.3

Mendis to Taylor, no run, tossed up slowly on off stump, Taylor leans out to defend once again

18.4

Mendis to Taylor, no run, straight again, on middle and Taylor works it off the pads as he reaches across

18.5

Mendis to Taylor, no run, short ball outside off, Taylor tries to cut but point stops it

18.6

Mendis to Taylor, no run, over-pitched on the pads, Taylor dinks it straight at mid on.

End of over 19 (1 run) New Zealand 88/3 (178 runs required from 31 overs, RR: 4.63, RRR: 5.74)
LRPL Taylor    31* (47b 3x4 1x6)      BAW Mendis    3-0-11-1
KS Williamson    5* (6b)      M Muralitharan    1-0-4-0

Murali injured himself trying to dive into the crease earlier. This is what the inimitable Russell Arnold said on air, with that nasal twang of his, when it happened: "This is where he did it, diving, trying to save his soul."

19.1

Muralitharan to Williamson, no run, offie from round the wicket, Williamson looks to cut but it gets big and goes past the outside edge

19.2

Muralitharan to Williamson, OUT, Sanga has done him in! Murali has done him in! Williamson looks completely foxed, Sanga jumps in joy, Murali's eyes smile more than his lips! This is top notch stuff from the old firm. Murali lands a doosra full and just outside off, Williamson leans out for the defensive, but it doesn't turn in. It goes away, and Williamson did not even know he was being lulled into a trap. He blindly dragged the backfoot out. Sanga collected, and removed the bails before you could say "Stumped" Gone!

KS Williamson st †Sangakkara b Muralitharan 5 (12m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 62.50

Styris has a lot of work to do.

19.3

Muralitharan to Styris, 1 run, tossed up on the stumps, worked with the wrists through to midwicket

Mahela comes in to slip.

Yogi: "Have a sensor in the ball. Then track the balls motion and can accurately say where it's going to hit."

19.4

Muralitharan to Taylor, no run, looped up on off and middle, Taylor works it cautiously off the front foot to the leg side

19.5

Muralitharan to Taylor, no run, shorter on off stump, Taylor jumps behind the line and defends

19.6

Muralitharan to Taylor, no run, what a top-class over this was. Another spitting offie, lands on off and straightens into Taylor's defensive push down the track

Alter.G: "Oh Russell Arnold, doesn't he love using over-exaggerated expressions! Recently, a young No. 11 batsman walked into a crowded Colombo stadium, and he said, "Listen to the crowd. They are baying for his blood!"

End of over 20 (1 run) New Zealand 89/4 (177 runs required from 30 overs, RR: 4.45, RRR: 5.90)
LRPL Taylor    31* (50b 3x4 1x6)      M Muralitharan    2-0-5-1
SB Styris    1* (1b)      BAW Mendis    3-0-11-1

Sameer: "Put a sensor in the ball. Spread out a receiver grid right under the pitch and all along the boundaries. The ball's location in the grid is known at every millisecond. Based on the known trajectory, display a probability distribution on the plane of the stumps of where the ball is going to hit that plane. If more than 95% of the distribution is within the stumps, it is out. Of course this might mean that cricket beats F1 at being the most expensive sport ever!"

20.1

Mendis to Styris, 1 run, angling into the pads, worked carefully off the pads towards midwicket for one.

20.2

Mendis to Taylor, no run, back of a length on off stump, Taylor defends after getting half forward

20.3

Mendis to Taylor, no run, hurries into him from short of a length and Taylor defends to midwicket

20.4

Mendis to Taylor, 1 run, fuller on the toes, Taylor drives down to long on for a single

20.5

Mendis to Styris, 1 run, breaks in from outside off, Styris dabs with opened face to point and they take the single

20.6

Mendis to Taylor, 1 run, carom ball, breaks away from middle and leg, driven cautiously to long on for a single

End of over 21 (4 runs) New Zealand 93/4 (173 runs required from 29 overs, RR: 4.42, RRR: 5.96)
LRPL Taylor    33* (54b 3x4 1x6)      BAW Mendis    4-0-15-1
SB Styris    3* (3b)      M Muralitharan    2-0-5-1

21.1

Muralitharan to Taylor, OUT, Murali is eating away at the NZ line up. Given lbw, but Taylor has refered it. Looked plumb. Did it land outside leg? The mat is awaited. Offie lands around leg stump, the mat is in, and the ball lands just inside the mat and the offie straightens enough to hit middle. Taylor was prodding forward, but he wasn't 2.5 m ahead. Gone. Murali on two legs is lethal. Murali, one on leg with a strained hammie seems to be even more lethal.

LRPL Taylor lbw b Muralitharan 33 (72m 55b 3x4 1x6) SR: 60.00

Franklin is the new man in. Sri Lanka are all over NZ at the moment. What. An. Attack. One of the best in the World Cup.

21.2

Muralitharan to Franklin, no run, tossed up from over the wicket on leg and breaking away, Franklin defends gingerly

21.3

Muralitharan to Franklin, 1 run, tossed up and going away from off, defended into the off side off the front foot

21.4

Muralitharan to Styris, no run, flighted on middle and breaking in, Styris drives against the spin to mid off

21.5

Muralitharan to Styris, 1 run, opens the face and defends an offie breaking in from outside off. Single towards point

21.6

Muralitharan to Franklin, no run, flat delivery on the pads, Franklin defends as it turns away to the off side

End of over 22 (2 runs) New Zealand 95/5 (171 runs required from 28 overs, RR: 4.31, RRR: 6.10)
JEC Franklin    1* (3b)      M Muralitharan    3-0-7-2
SB Styris    4* (5b)      BAW Mendis    4-0-15-1

22.1

Mendis to Styris, no run, ooh, nervy batting this. Styris gets half across and half prods at a skidder outside off. How close to the edge?

22.2

Mendis to Styris, no run, how did that not hit the stumps? Styris plays back to a ripping offie and cuts it onto the thigh and close to the stumps.

22.3

Mendis to Styris, 1 run, hint of room outside off, Styris cuts through point for one

22.4

Mendis to Franklin, FOUR, ah, over-pitched too wide down the leg side and its gone for four. Murali is in no shape to chase that and just escorts it all the way.

Alex: "An engineer's opinion on the comments relating to a sensor in the ball to judge lbw-decision: This is absolutely redundant as it uses the same principle as the current hawk-eye system - track the flight of the ball before impact and assess its likely further path. Employing a sensor would therefore only meddle with the ball, likely be more expensive and yield no further information than the current system."

I can't for the life of me believe this discussion is still going on.

Right, the ball has bathed in the dewy outfield and Sanga wants the ball to be wiped dry. A break in play as the umpires takes a look

22.5

Mendis to Franklin, no run, offie, lands on off and breaks away, thuds into Franklin's pads as he presses forward. Huge appeal, but that was surely missing off

22.6

Mendis to Franklin, no run, quicker one outside off, Franklin looks to cut and misses

End of over 23 (5 runs) New Zealand 100/5 (166 runs required from 27 overs, RR: 4.34, RRR: 6.14)
JEC Franklin    5* (6b 1x4)      BAW Mendis    5-0-20-1
SB Styris    5* (8b)      M Muralitharan    3-0-7-2

23.1

Muralitharan to Styris, 1 run, tossed up on off, Styris dabs to the off side for a single

23.2

Muralitharan to Franklin, no run, flighted outside leg and turning in, Franklin covers the line and defends

23.3

Muralitharan to Franklin, no run, doosra on leg stump, Franklin reads it off the track and defends with bat and pad

23.4

Muralitharan to Franklin, 1 run, on the pads, Franklin tries to work it to the leg side and they get a single

The seam has gone very wet. Hmm, this much dew could be a problem on April 2.

23.5

Muralitharan to Styris, OUT, Muralitharan. Gazillion wickets in the international game. Still, as joyful as a school kid who got candy, every time he gets a wicket. He slows up the offie in the air and flights it generously on off and middle. Styris is a goner even before he knew it as he came forward into the drive. Fooled by the flight, foxed by the pace. He just scoops the drive back a foot and a half above Murali. The rest happens in slow motion. Murali jumps up, Murali collects. Mural lands. Murali jumps up again in joy, with the eyes popping and the lips widening into a smile. Two lovely jumps, one after the other. The ball is tossed up in the air, he collects it as it comes down and breaks into a joyous guffaw. Boy, cricket will miss Murali after this World Cup.

SB Styris c & b Muralitharan 6 (21m 10b 0x4 0x6) SR: 60.00

Nathan McCullum the new man in.

23.6

Muralitharan to NL McCullum, 1 run, flighted on off stump, Nathan pokes it out to cover for one

End of over 24 (3 runs) New Zealand 103/6 (163 runs required from 26 overs, RR: 4.29, RRR: 6.26)
NL McCullum    1* (1b)      M Muralitharan    4-0-10-3
JEC Franklin    6* (9b 1x4)      BAW Mendis    5-0-20-1

Dilshan now.

24.1

Dilshan to NL McCullum, 1 run, full toss on off, driven back past the bowler for a single

24.2

Dilshan to Franklin, no run, flat on off stump, Franklin pokes it out to the off side

24.3

Dilshan to Franklin, 1 run, flat again on off stump, Franklin forces into the covers for a single

24.4

Dilshan to NL McCullum, no run, Nathan tries to steer a single to the off side, but can't beat point

24.5

Dilshan to NL McCullum, 1 run, now he gets the single, angling past point for one

Arun: "Has Murali been paying no attention at all to Swann's intricate analysis on spin bowling? You CAN'T grip a wet ball, let alone spin it!" Ha! This legend can spin a handful of water if he wants to.

24.6

Dilshan to Franklin, no run, flighted on leg stump, Franklin presses forward to smother the spin and defend

End of over 25 (3 runs) New Zealand 106/6 (160 runs required from 25 overs, RR: 4.24, RRR: 6.40)
JEC Franklin    7* (12b 1x4)      TM Dilshan    2-0-9-0
NL McCullum    3* (4b)      M Muralitharan    4-0-10-3

Gandhi: "If Murali can still take wicket after "the ball bathed in dew" what was Swann complaining about...like playing soccer with hands tied in the back and what not..."

Murali is doing this on one leg, mind you. Similar predicament to hands being tied back!

25.1

Muralitharan to NL McCullum, 1 leg bye, tossed up outside leg stump, Nathan glances it down to fine leg for a single

25.2

Muralitharan to Franklin, no run, ripping offie well outside off and breaking away, Franklin lets it go

25.3

Muralitharan to Franklin, FOUR, another one of those offies that zoot across, Franklin steers down to third man and the ball hurries away for four. Malinga slides a metre and a half behind the ball, this outfield is dripping wet.

25.4

Muralitharan to Franklin, no run, tossed up on leg stump, Franklin drives it back and Murali fumbles, but no single

Round the wicket to the left hander now.

25.5

Muralitharan to Franklin, 1 run, tossed up and straightening from off stump, poked into the off side for a single

25.6

Muralitharan to NL McCullum, no run, flighted generously on middle, Nathan defends cautiously to mid on

Aback: "Some scientists theorize that there are parallel infinite universes in place. One Possibility in every universe. We can look into the alternative universe where the batsman leaves the ball and figure out whether here the batsman is out." More simplicity.

End of over 26 (6 runs) New Zealand 112/6 (154 runs required from 24 overs, RR: 4.30, RRR: 6.41)
NL McCullum    3* (6b)      M Muralitharan    5-0-15-3
JEC Franklin    12* (16b 2x4)      TM Dilshan    2-0-9-0

26.1

Dilshan to Franklin, 1 run, flat offie on off stump, Franklin forces into the covers for a single

26.2

Dilshan to NL McCullum, 1 run, coming in from middle, turned away off the pads to midwicket

26.3

Dilshan to Franklin, no run, drifting into the pads, Franklin defends dourly down the track

26.4

Dilshan to Franklin, 1 run, short and just outside off, Franklin guides the cut past point for a single

26.5

Dilshan to NL McCullum, OUT, Consider the irony. Natha McCullum has been caught by Mahela Jayawardene. And there's NO DOUBT about this one. Mahela pouches the tick edge that came straight at him at slip and hops away in glee. Nathan must be disappointed that he's out. He seems absolutely gutted to see who caught him. Dilshan is pleased to join the fun. Full delivery outside off, Nathan looks to play a forcing drive through the covers and gets an outside edge. It flies into Mahela and he consumes it with those safe hands. Irony.

NL McCullum c Jayawardene b Dilshan 4 (13m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

Nathan will want to drown his sorrows with a drink or two. The players on the field get a drinks break as well.

Ammar: "It's official. There can be no close match in Group A, even if it involves two sides in top form. What does that instinctively tell you about tomorrow's Pak-Aus match?"

One light tower is not working. Play will continue. Pull your socks up, MCA! Oram to face.

26.6

Dilshan to Oram, no run, tossed up on middle and off, worked to the off side.

End of over 27 (3 runs) New Zealand 115/7 (151 runs required from 23 overs, RR: 4.25, RRR: 6.56)
JDP Oram    0* (1b)      TM Dilshan    3-0-12-1
JEC Franklin    14* (19b 2x4)      M Muralitharan    5-0-15-3

27.1

Muralitharan to Franklin, no run, loopy delivery curling into Franklin's forward defensive. Played into the off side

27.2

Muralitharan to Franklin, 1 run, shorter outside off, played into the covers for one

27.3

Muralitharan to Oram, 1 run, tossed up well outside off from over the wicket, Oram fells fatally almost for the cover drive and gets it just past slip

27.4

Muralitharan to Franklin, no run, Franklin defends to the off side as he leans out to the flight

27.5

Muralitharan to Franklin, 1 run, Franklin gets to the pitch this time and drives wide of mid off for a single

Two slips now.

27.6

Muralitharan to Oram, 1 leg bye, and he lands one outside leg, Oram sweeps and gets pad on it down to short fine leg

End of over 28 (4 runs) New Zealand 119/7 (147 runs required from 22 overs, RR: 4.25, RRR: 6.68)
JDP Oram    1* (3b)      M Muralitharan    6-0-18-3
JEC Franklin    16* (23b 2x4)      TM Dilshan    3-0-12-1

28.1

Dilshan to Oram, 1 run, speared into the pads, nurdled away square for a single

28.2

Dilshan to Franklin, 1 run, on the pads again, driven solidly down to long on for one

28.3

Dilshan to Oram, no run, slow and full on middle and off, defended down the ground

28.4

Dilshan to Oram, no run, again, very full from Dilshan and it is defended from the crease

28.5

Dilshan to Oram, no run, flatter and hurrying in, Oram defends languidly down the track

28.6

Dilshan to Oram, no run, back of a length on off stump, Oram defends again. Now this game is going nowhere.

End of over 29 (2 runs) New Zealand 121/7 (145 runs required from 21 overs, RR: 4.17, RRR: 6.90)
JDP Oram    2* (8b)      TM Dilshan    4-0-14-1
JEC Franklin    17* (24b 2x4)      M Muralitharan    6-0-18-3

29.1

Muralitharan to Franklin, 1 run, tossed up on the pads, nurdled down to square leg for a single

29.2

Muralitharan to Oram, no run, loopy ball on off, not sure what Oram is trying to do. He defends to the off side again.

29.3

Muralitharan to Oram, no run, misses the sweep as Murali keeps it short of a length and slows it up. Goes through outside off and Sanga collects

29.4

Muralitharan to Oram, no run, comes forward to the flight this time and plays with the spin into the covers

29.5

Muralitharan to Oram, 1 run, Oram stays back and labours the flick through midwicket for a single

29.6

Muralitharan to Franklin, no run, fuller on off, Franklin leans out and defends

End of over 30 (2 runs) New Zealand 123/7 (143 runs required from 20 overs, RR: 4.10, RRR: 7.15)
JEC Franklin    18* (26b 2x4)      M Muralitharan    7-0-20-3
JDP Oram    3* (12b)      TM Dilshan    4-0-14-1

30.1

Dilshan to Oram, no run, back of a length outside off, Oram defends with hard hands to cover

30.2

Dilshan to Oram, 2 runs, intent from Oram finally, skips out and looks to mow over the leg side, he gets an inside edge to deep square leg for a couple

30.3

Dilshan to Oram, 1 run, fullish ball on the pads, driven solidly down to long on for a single

30.4

Dilshan to Franklin, 1 run, speared into the pads, Franklin reaches forward and drives to the off side

30.5

Dilshan to Oram, no run, angled into the pads, Oram flicks straight to midwicket

30.6

Dilshan to Oram, no run, drifts down the leg side, and Oram helps it along towards short fine leg

Ananad: "I somehow feel Oram and Franklin are going to turn the heat on the Lankans... this might be a close game..."

They seem to want to play Murali out first.

End of over 31 (4 runs) New Zealand 127/7 (139 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 4.09, RRR: 7.31)
JDP Oram    6* (17b)      TM Dilshan    5-0-18-1
JEC Franklin    19* (27b 2x4)      M Muralitharan    7-0-20-3

Short cover in place.

31.1

Muralitharan to Franklin, 1 run, loopy on off, Franklin drives with the spin into the covers for one

31.2

Muralitharan to Oram, 1 leg bye, sliding onto the pads, Oram tickles it along to short fine leg for one

31.3

Muralitharan to Franklin, OUT, catching practice for the man who has come up to short cover. Murali has given NZ a lesson on playing offspin here. He's used spin, flight, dip, bounce - all elements of a spinner's guile to bamboozle a bunch that had no idea which one was turning which way. Slow and looped up on off, Franklin is late getting forward, doesn't quite get there and scoops a defensive push straight into Dilshan's lap. Easy as they come.

JEC Franklin c Dilshan b Muralitharan 20 (44m 29b 2x4 0x6) SR: 68.96

Southee is the new man in.

31.4

Muralitharan to Southee, no run, back of a length outside off and turning in, Southee lets it go

31.5

Muralitharan to Southee, FOUR, tossed up outside off, Southee pins his hopes in the comprehensive sweep round the corner and connects well. Away for four to square leg

31.6

Muralitharan to Southee, 1 leg bye, straighter from Murali, another sweep but this time he doesn't get bat on it.

Sidharth: "Has somebody bought a new computer game in the dressing room ? Where do these guys wanna go?"

End of over 32 (7 runs) New Zealand 134/8 (132 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 4.18, RRR: 7.33)
TG Southee    4* (3b 1x4)      M Muralitharan    8-0-25-4
JDP Oram    6* (18b)      TM Dilshan    5-0-18-1

32.1

Dilshan to Southee, 1 run, short offie breaking in, worked round the corner for a single

32.2

Dilshan to Oram, 1 run, speared onto the pads, Oram nudges off the pad to the leg side

32.3

Dilshan to Southee, 1 run, flat outside off, forced into the covers for a single

32.4

Dilshan to Oram, 1 run, flat and hurrying into the batsman, he under-edges the cut to short third man

32.5

Dilshan to Southee, 1 run, turning into the pads, turned through square leg for a single

32.6

Dilshan to Oram, 1 run, flat on the pads, turned away to square leg for one more

Sachin: "It's like watching the All Blacks crash and burn!"

End of over 33 (6 runs) New Zealand 140/8 (126 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 4.24, RRR: 7.41)
JDP Oram    9* (21b)      TM Dilshan    6-0-24-1
TG Southee    7* (6b 1x4)      M Muralitharan    8-0-25-4

Mendis comes on.

33.1

Mendis to Oram, 1 wide, sliding down the leg side and called a wide

33.1

Mendis to Oram, 1 run, full on the pads, worked to square leg for a single

33.2

Mendis to Southee, 1 run, drifting into the pads, tickled along to square leg for one more single

33.3

Mendis to Oram, 1 run, Oram skips out again, gets to the pitch and whacks the on-drive to long on

33.4

Mendis to Southee, OUT, I think it's going to be referred, but Southee is a goner for sure. Rauf has given him out lbw and it has been refered. Carom ball, lands on middle, straightens enough to be hitting leg, around 4/5ths of the way up. Hits Southee's pad as he prods forward below the roll. All over bar the shouting.

TG Southee lbw b Mendis 8 (9m 8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

33.5

Mendis to Bennett, no run, slides a wicked straighter one past Bennett's befuddled prod. He's out there with a runner.

33.6

Mendis to Bennett, no run, flighted from round the wicket, its poked into the covers for one to end the over

Alter G: "NZ's net run rate is going to take quite a hit today. If Pak lose to Aus tomorrow, wonder if they will look at a virtual NRR target to get above them in the points table, or if they would be content finishing fourth?"

NZ's NRR is currently quite good. They'll still be ahead of Pak. Lets see how things shape up tomorrow.

End of over 34 (4 runs) New Zealand 144/9 (122 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 4.23, RRR: 7.62)
HK Bennett    0* (2b)      BAW Mendis    6-0-24-2
JDP Oram    11* (23b)      TM Dilshan    6-0-24-1

A bit of a farce to call this a Batting Powerplay. NZ have taken it. Better now than never. Malinga comes on and he'll be desperate to get a wicket (as am I, since he's my Fantasy captain :-()

34.1

Malinga to Oram, FOUR, Oram seems to have left the hitting for a little too late. Over-pitched on leg stump, he hangs back, opens up the leg side by moving the front foot away and swats it away past mid on.

34.2

Malinga to Oram, FOUR, Oram's smashed another four down the ground. Another over-pitched ball on leg stump, he clears the legs and bangs it back straight. That's the Oram we know.

34.3

Malinga to Oram, no run, Oram is walking all around the crease, Malinga follows him with a full yorker and Oram barely gets the feet out of the way. Somehow, that missed leg stump

34.4

Malinga to Oram, 1 run, slow offcutter on middle, Oram backs away again and waits for it to come before bunting into the covers for one

34.5

Malinga to Bennett, no run, no yorker yet. He bowls a mean bouncer and Bennett ducks under the flak as it whizzes by

Yorker now?

34.6

Malinga to Bennett, OUT, oh yes. Malinga has straightened off stump with a scorcher than landed near the toes and thundered past Bennett's pointless poke. All over. The Lions have mauled the Kiwis today. This is a thumping win. And to think SL under-achieved with the bat, and had to contend with dew while bowling. Black Caps down.

HK Bennett b Malinga 0 (8m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

That's that then from the Wankhede. Here's Sahil Dutta's bulletin on how things panned out today. We are back tomorrow for a cracking Saturday, do join us for SA v Ban and Pak v Aus. On behalf of Sriram Veera and the rest of the gang, this is Nitin Sundar signing off. Cheers!

Presentations time

Sangakkara is Man of the Match: "It was quite hot there, we practiced two days in the heat, took a toll but we enjoyed it. When we won the toss, we knew the first 10-15 overs were going to be difficult, so we just rotated the strike and kept wickets for the end. There was more dew than we expected, something to keep in mind, but there is a long way to go before we can think of coming back here. We know we are well on our way, Murali the legend, bowling on one leg, bowled so well. We have a few days before the next game, and we hope he will be fully fit for the QFs. We want to make sure he enjoys himself, and we want him to bowl and take wickets."

Taylor: "We came with hopes of taking momentum into the QFs, but the way Kulasekara ... umm... err.., Kumar Sangakkara, played took us out of the game. We thought the 3rd umpire decision was out, but it wasn't and we had to get on with it. We were with the rate the whole way, but Murali bowled really well and we kept losing wickets. The injured guys are getting better everyday and hopefully will be around for the next game."

Here's the Points table then. SL and Aus are tied on 9 points, but Aus have a game in hand. If Pakistan win tomorrow, they can lead the table. NZ's NRR is +1.135, still well ahead of Pakistan's which is +0.729. NZ and Pak are tied on points with 8.

End of over 35 (9 runs) New Zealand 153/10 (113 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 4.37, RRR: 7.53)
     SL Malinga    5-0-38-1
JDP Oram    20* (27b 2x4)      BAW Mendis    6-0-24-2

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Mar 18, 2011

Nuwan Kulasekara walks back after dropping a catch, New Zealand v Sri Lanka, Group A, World Cup 2011, Mumbai, March 18, 2011

Nuwan Kulasekara walks back after dropping a catch

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Mar 18, 2011

Jacob Oram and Muttiah Muralitharan shake hands, New Zealand v Sri Lanka, Group A, World Cup 2011, Mumbai, March 18, 2011

Jacob Oram and Muttiah Muralitharan shake hands

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