ICC Cricket World Cup, 1st Semi-Final: Sri Lanka v New Zealand at Colombo (RPS), Mar 29, 2011
ICC Cricket World Cup - 1st semi final
Sri Lanka won by 5 wickets (with 13 balls remaining)
29 March 2011 - day/night match (50-over match)

Dilshan and Tharanga march out, Nathan McCullum will open the bowling. Will he get a freak wicket as he got Amla's the other day? Slip and leg slip ...

Maulik: "Why Nitin, you can't work under the name of Liam, anyways who knows who's behind that screen @ bangalore!" I always wanted to do that, but this Liam is very strict about identity theft, copyrights and all that.

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Ron Jenkins: "How to pick a World Cup Team ...win the quarter final and call for a second replacement bowler ..and then play him (a third choice selection) in the semi final.. How bright is that Wright.?" Win 1 quarters, call a 2nd replacement, who is actually a 3rd choice selection, and play him in the round of 4. There's a lovely arithmetic progression to it, don't you think? Let's give McKay a chance, who knows, his left-arm over angle might undo SL's top order.

Liam's tending to some other stuff, so this is Nitin to start off commentary for the chase.

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0.1

NL McCullum to Tharanga, no run, tossed up outside off and sharp turn away from Tharanga who pushes off the front foot

0.2

NL McCullum to Tharanga, no run, straighter and lesser turn as he spears it in from an angle, defended down the track

0.3

NL McCullum to Tharanga, SIX, aha, here we go! Tharanga's not waiting too long today. He's not planning to let Dilshan steal the thunder. He's jumped out to the third ball, got to the flight and launched it straight back over the bowler's head. Top shot.

0.4

NL McCullum to Tharanga, no run, he's firing them in fast and flat, Tharanga defends from the crease to the off side

0.5

NL McCullum to Tharanga, no run, similar ball, straightens from middle, played into the off side

Leg slip moves over to silly point.

0.6

NL McCullum to Tharanga, no run, ooh, early into lazy defensive push as Nathan lands this on a length outside off, uppish as Tharanga takes the top hand off a touch late. Past the man at silly point.

Balu: "Common NZ if you can't win the match at least try and bring Samaraweera and Chamara Silva to the crease, they have been under hibernation for long"

End of over 1 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 6/0 (212 runs required from 49 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 4.32)

    • WU Tharanga 6 (6b 1x6)
    • TM Dilshan 0 (0b)
    • NL McCullum 1-0-6-0

Southee pounds in with a slip waiting.

1.1

Southee to Dilshan, no run, good start, nice length half a foot outside off and lovely shape away from Dilshan who lets it go to the keeper.

1.2

Southee to Dilshan, no run, half an appeal. Southee lands this on middle and gets it to straighten, but not enough to hit the stumps. Dilshan tries to work to the leg side from the crease and it hits him high over the pads.

1.3

Southee to Dilshan, 1 run, good length ball on off, again hinting at away movement, Dilshan eases into a check drive wide of mid off for a single

Short midwicket in place for Tharanga.

1.4

Southee to Tharanga, no run, short of a length on middle and leg, Tharanga tucks it off the front foot to the man close in on the leg side

1.5

Southee to Tharanga, FOUR, shot of a man in the form of his life. That ball seemed destined for the cover boundary the moment Southee released it. Everything happened in slow motion, almost inevitably. It landed on a friendly length outside off, Tharanga got that front foot forward and across decisively to the pitch and then smoked it through the line. Clinical.

1.6

Southee to Tharanga, 3 wides, this is not the way New Zealand began the other night. Horror ball, lands well outside leg and swings further. Baz does well to get a glove on it, else this was five wides.

1.6

Southee to Tharanga, FOUR, shot of the day. Tharanga gives the bat-maker nice coverage on prime-time television. Back of a length ball angling across at the low 130s, Tharanga gets half across and spanks it on the rise to the left of mid off, and then holds the pose as the ball purrs away. That's his 50th four in this World Cup and he's the first to get there.

End of over 2 (12 runs) Sri Lanka 18/0 (200 runs required from 48 overs, RR: 9.00, RRR: 4.16)

    • WU Tharanga 14 (9b 2x4 1x6)
    • TM Dilshan 1 (3b)
    • TG Southee 1-0-12-0
    • NL McCullum 1-0-6-0
2.1

NL McCullum to Dilshan, no run, flat delivery on middle and breaking in, Dilshan works it with the turn to the leg side for no runs

2.2

NL McCullum to Dilshan, 1 run, smartly bowled from round the wicket, full and drifting away from Dilshan who has to adjust after reaching across. He opens the face and dabs to point for a single.

2.3

NL McCullum to Tharanga, no run, fullish ball on leg, Tharanga defends from the crease.

2.4

NL McCullum to Tharanga, no run, he's not very keen to spend much time inside the crease. Tharanga gambols out, Nathan keeps it short of a length and Tharanga still scythes it with the spin towards wide mid off

2.5

NL McCullum to Tharanga, no run, the compensation, Nathan drops too short and Tharanga has too much time on his hands to place it well. He cuts straight to cover.

2.6

NL McCullum to Tharanga, 1 run, over-pitched on leg stump, Tharanga squeezes it out to the leg side of the pitch

SJB: "I think it is English players bowling out there wearing NZ jerseys.." So fair, it's fair to say Sri Lanka's openers are beating them all, black and blue. Get the pun.

End of over 3 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 20/0 (198 runs required from 47 overs, RR: 6.66, RRR: 4.21)

    • WU Tharanga 15 (13b 2x4 1x6)
    • TM Dilshan 2 (5b)
    • NL McCullum 2-0-8-0
    • TG Southee 1-0-12-0

Vettori comes on now.

3.1

Vettori to Tharanga, no run, full delivery on leg stump from round the wicket, Tharanga smashes the flick off the meat of the bat, but he can't get it past the prowler at midwicket. Who else but Marty Guptill.

3.2

Vettori to Tharanga, 2 runs, elegant. Vettori lands it on that searching length outside off and Tharanga laces it with supreme timing, against the spin through the covers for a couple.

3.3

Vettori to Tharanga, no run, loopy delivery, straight on the leg stump and Tharanga plays it back to the bowler

3.4

Vettori to Tharanga, no run, flatter and angling across, Tharanga stays back and defends to the leg side

3.5

Vettori to Tharanga, 1 run, fired in at 98 kph on leg stump, Tharanga turns it around to square leg for one

3.6

Vettori to Dilshan, 1 run, armer from round the wicket, Dilshan hangs back and punches against the angle into the covers

S Potnis: "Is that supposed to be a pun on skin colour? I'm black and I'm not ashamed of it. But unfortunately my girlfriend makes me apply Fair and Lovely thrice a day :("

Eh? It was a pun on the jersey colours of England and NZ. And, ewww!

End of over 4 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 24/0 (194 runs required from 46 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 4.21)

    • TM Dilshan 3 (6b)
    • WU Tharanga 18 (18b 2x4 1x6)
    • DL Vettori 1-0-4-0
    • NL McCullum 2-0-8-0
4.1

NL McCullum to Dilshan, no run, flat delivery outside leg from round the wicket, worked to the leg side off the back foot

4.2

NL McCullum to Dilshan, no run, lands outside leg and turns further down the leg side, worked with the spin to the leg side as Dilshan fidgets out of the crease.

4.3

NL McCullum to Dilshan, 1 run, gets the single this time, playing a flat ball on leg stump to mid on for one

4.4

NL McCullum to Tharanga, no run, slower through the air to Tharanga, who stays in the crease this time and defends down the pitch.

4.5

NL McCullum to Tharanga, no run, nice delivery, back of a length outside off and breaking away, Tharanga is forced to drive a little away from his body to mid off

4.6

NL McCullum to Tharanga, FOUR, Sri Lanka are off to a nice and easy start here. Tharanga's danced out of the castle and propelled a tossed up ball to the extra cover boundary. He really ensures he gets to the pitch once he jumps out, but this time he went a little uppish with the shot. The placement was good though, landing short and wide of the diving fielder at mid off. He would have had to be twice as tall as Jacob Oram and twice as fast as Martin Guptill to get to that.

End of over 5 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 29/0 (189 runs required from 45 overs, RR: 5.80, RRR: 4.20)

    • WU Tharanga 22 (21b 3x4 1x6)
    • TM Dilshan 4 (9b)
    • NL McCullum 3-0-13-0
    • DL Vettori 1-0-4-0
5.1

Vettori to Dilshan, 1 run, Dilshan furiously punches against the spin towards cover point for one

5.2

Vettori to Tharanga, 2 runs, back of a length, coming into Tharanga leaving him with no room to play through the off side, but he somehow manages to get it away through the covers for two more.

5.3

Vettori to Tharanga, no run, aha, Vettori gets one to bounce extra from a full length outside off as Tharanga looks to steer from the crease.

5.4

Vettori to Tharanga, no run, short of a length on leg stump, Tharanga tries to work it with the spin but can't get it away off the pads.

5.5

Vettori to Tharanga, 1 run, searching delivery outside off, met decisively by a lunging Tharanga who gets another single into the covers

5.6

Vettori to Dilshan, 1 run, flat delivery on off stump to the end the over, Dilshan cracks it with ugly efficiency through point for one

Suhail: "New Zealand continue to honor their reputation of being perennial semi-finalists. "

Bhargav: "Does he watch Ganguly Videos, day in day over. Exquisite strokes by Tharanga against spin."

More like a mix of Ganguly, Lara and Anwar videos.

End of over 6 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 34/0 (184 runs required from 44 overs, RR: 5.66, RRR: 4.18)

    • TM Dilshan 6 (11b)
    • WU Tharanga 25 (25b 3x4 1x6)
    • DL Vettori 2-0-9-0
    • NL McCullum 3-0-13-0
6.1

NL McCullum to Dilshan, 1 leg bye, aha, Dilshan looks to sweep a full ball on leg stump but can't get bat on it.

6.2

NL McCullum to Tharanga, no run

6.3

NL McCullum to Tharanga, no run, flat delivery on leg stump, worked with the spin to the leg side.

Nathan McCullum and Dilshan exchange dinner plans for later near the bowler's end. Or so it seems. The umpire intervenes.

6.4

NL McCullum to Tharanga, FOUR, if Dilshan doesn't get you, Tharanga will. Nathan's missed the length by an inch, and the line by lesser, but somehow Tharanga converts a potential length ball on off stump into a half-tracker outside off, and he's then powered it through point with a comprehensive cut. Nathan grimaces, he knows how less the margin of error is now.

6.5

NL McCullum to Tharanga, 1 run, on the pads this time, Tharanga quietly stays back and tucks to mid on for a single

6.6

NL McCullum to Dilshan, no run, flat delivery on the pads to end the over, Dilshan works it with the spin to square leg

HG: "Remeber the group game between Aus vs SL. Tait exchanged "dinner plans" with Dilshan and he was gone within 4 balls in the first over. Was waiting for this to spice up! "

End of over 7 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 40/0 (178 runs required from 43 overs, RR: 5.71, RRR: 4.13)

    • TM Dilshan 6 (13b)
    • WU Tharanga 30 (29b 4x4 1x6)
    • NL McCullum 4-0-18-0
    • DL Vettori 2-0-9-0

Southee returns.

7.1

Southee to Tharanga, no run, well done, Brendon. Bouncer from Southee, over-cooked and banged into his own half, it goes well over the batsman's head and Brendon takes off to collect it over his head. And its not called a wide. Even in the moon, given the lack of gravity there, that should have been wide.

7.2

Southee to Tharanga, OUT, Ryder take a bow! Even fat men can fly says George Binoy! This Kiwi sure can fly. Was that Jesse Ryder or Jesse Owens? Here's what happened - it was a short ball outside off, enough width and room for Tharanga in his current form to flay at. Enough room for him to try and go aerial. Ryder was lurking at point. He moved quickly to his left, took off with as much grace as he is capable of and landed with a resounding thud. In the meantime, he caught the ball. And then he stood up with arms aloft, menacing beard and frown in place, like a WWE superstar. What a moment!

WU Tharanga c Ryder b Southee 30 (29m 31b 4x4 1x6) SR: 96.77

Short midwicket in place for Sangakkara.

7.3

Southee to Sangakkara, 1 run, aha, inside edge first up. The air is thick again. Sanga somehow gets it past the stumps to the leg side for a single.

7.4

Southee to Dilshan, FOUR, ah, Southee's trying too hard. He's speared an intentional dream legcutter without any movement, too full and on the pads. Dilshan thumps it off the pads through midwicket.

7.5

Southee to Dilshan, 1 run, short of a length on off stump, Dilshan stays back and carves with all the finesse you would expect from a giraffe composing a sonata. Single into the covers.

7.6

Southee to Sangakkara, no run, fuller ball on off stump, Sanga gets half forward and defends towards point

Kuldeep: "Maybe Dwayne Leverock has been conducting a "Catching For Fat People-101" class and Ryder has been his student!!!"

Mel: "If cows and Jesse can fly, can NZ win today?"

End of over 8 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 46/1 (172 runs required from 42 overs, RR: 5.75, RRR: 4.09)

    • KC Sangakkara 1 (2b)
    • TM Dilshan 11 (15b 1x4)
    • TG Southee 2-0-18-1
    • NL McCullum 4-0-18-0

Oram bowls now. Bowling for tall people, any one?

8.1

Oram to Dilshan, no run, back of a length and angling into the pads, Dilshan looks to flick but can't time it.

8.2

Oram to Dilshan, no run, loud appeal, but very optimistic as Oram sends in another nagging offcutter than hits the pad on its way down the leg side

8.3

Oram to Dilshan, no run, length ball on off stump, played into the covers off the front foot

8.4

Oram to Dilshan, no run, this is pretty good stuff from Oram. 125 kph on off stump and coming in with angle, Dilshan defends respectfully.

8.5

Oram to Dilshan, no run, another one that comes in with a huge angle from wide of the crease, and some extra bounce too to take Dilshan by surprise as he tries to force into the off side

8.6

Oram to Dilshan, no run, top-notch over. Ends with a fullish ball coming into middle and leg, catches Dilshan on the move as he tries to flick.

Ashok: "7.1 ... Even in the moon, given the lack of gravity there, that should have been wide. Wrong analogy. Ball will bounce more on Moon as Gravity is less. Isn't it?"

Umm, that was my point. Even in the moon, that would have been wide though as a norm most balls would bounce a lot in the moon.

End of over 9 (maiden) Sri Lanka 46/1 (172 runs required from 41 overs, RR: 5.11, RRR: 4.19)

    • TM Dilshan 11 (21b 1x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 1 (2b)
    • JDP Oram 1-1-0-0
    • TG Southee 2-0-18-1
9.1

Southee to Sangakkara, no run, length ball from Southee on off stump, Sanga defends carefully

9.2

Southee to Sangakkara, 1 run, on the pads, Sanga stays back and clips through midwicket for a single.

Archit: "How is thr "lack of gravity" on the moon? I thought thr was no air!"

Science 101. The moon is lighter, and hence its ability to attract other objects towards itself, in other words gravity, is lesser.

9.3

Southee to Dilshan, no run, length ball, comes in and cramps Dilshan who defends against the angle into the off side

Shyam: "Whats the big deal about that ryder catch? Kamran Akmal would have taken it 10 out of 10 times."

I have two responses to that comment.

1. Yes, Kamran normally takes the tough catches, it is the sitters that he drops.

2. Yes, in Bizarroworld.

9.4

Southee to Dilshan, no run, back of a length outside off, Dilshan jumps back and forces into the covers

9.5

Southee to Dilshan, no run, aha, Southee gets the bouncer on target this time and Dilshan was caught amidships. Short, fast and aimed at the helmet. Dilshan was expecting a fuller ball, and then had to hurry onto the back foot. Dilshan being Dilshan, he even tried to pull it away, but missed. It grazed the helmet on the way to the keeper.

9.6

Southee to Dilshan, no run, short of a length ball on off stump, Dilshan gets a half stride in and defends into the covers.

Ankur: "Is the result of this match that obvious that people are discussing gravitation here?!"

On the contrary, the gravity of the situation is such that gravity is being discussed.

End of over 10 (1 run) Sri Lanka 47/1 (171 runs required from 40 overs, RR: 4.70, RRR: 4.27)

    • TM Dilshan 11 (25b 1x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 2 (4b)
    • TG Southee 3-0-19-1
    • JDP Oram 1-1-0-0
10.1

Oram to Sangakkara, FOUR, where is slip? Sanga is let off, as Oram gets another one to nip away off the seam and he is sucked into a loose cover drive. The ball duly takes the edge and flies fine, but Baz is standing up and the slip is not there.

Now Brendon goes back. Jesse Ryder is now trending worldwide on Twitter. What a man!

10.2

Oram to Sangakkara, no run, back of a length on leg stump, Sanga covers the line and defends to the leg side

10.3

Oram to Sangakkara, no run, fuller length, angling across and Sanga pushes with the angle to the off side

10.4

Oram to Sangakkara, no run, full length ball on leg stump, Sanga works it off the toes to the leg side.

Manoj: "In moon it would be a noball because when a bowler jumps right before he delivers the ball, he jumps higher and lands further, crossing the crease."

Hmm, to avoid no-balls, his landing spot would have to be fixed.

10.5

Oram to Sangakkara, no run, short of a length and angling across, Sanga opens the face and steers to point

Round the wicket to end the over.

10.6

Oram to Sangakkara, no run, back of a length delivery outside off, this is a watchful start from Sanga as he steers past point for a single.

Ravi: "Science 101: The moon is not "lighter", it has lesser mass. There is a difference."

Pardon me, for I have sinned.

End of over 11 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 51/1 (167 runs required from 39 overs, RR: 4.63, RRR: 4.28)

    • KC Sangakkara 6 (10b 1x4)
    • TM Dilshan 11 (25b 1x4)
    • JDP Oram 2-1-4-0
    • TG Southee 3-0-19-1
11.1

Southee to Dilshan, no run, short of a length ball outside off, Dilshan stays on the crease and plays into the off side

Circe Magnifica: "Since when the situation is grave, you discuss gravity, would you discuss electrostatics and electrodynamics when the situation is electric? (Which, is almost always the case whenever anyone of the species Ravius Shastrius is commentating)" Great names, all round!

11.2

Southee to Dilshan, no run, he's not giving Dilshan anything to drive and Dilshan is getting fidgetty. He stays on the crease and flays the bat at a delivery that's short of a length. Played without timing into the covers.

11.3

Southee to Dilshan, FOUR, ah, that releases the pressure. Top shot from Dilshan, but Southee helped the cause with an ill-directed bouncer. Angles in and sits up nicely at waist high, Dilshan pummels it along to backward square leg for his 50th World Cup 2011 boundary.

11.4

Southee to Dilshan, no run, short of a length on off stump, Dilshan gets behind the line comfortably and defends

Biman: "@manoj: In moon bowlers can't get any swing or reverse swing. bcoz no air.."

11.5

Southee to Dilshan, FOUR, another poor short ball, and Dilshan plays his best shot of the evening so far. Poor direction again, slipping down the leg side though there was extra effort in it this time. Dilshan rolled the wrists over it as he kept it down along square leg for a day.

11.6

Southee to Dilshan, no run, fuller length on off stump, Dilshan plays it into the covers with assurance as he gets forward.

End of over 12 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 59/1 (159 runs required from 38 overs, RR: 4.91, RRR: 4.18)

    • TM Dilshan 19 (31b 3x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 6 (10b 1x4)
    • TG Southee 4-0-27-1
    • JDP Oram 2-1-4-0
12.1

Oram to Sangakkara, 1 run, full length from round the wicket, Sanga's feet are moving better. He plays it into the covers off the front foot.

12.2

Oram to Dilshan, no run, short of a length outside off, but no room whatsoever. Dilshan still has a humongous swing at the carved cut, but can't beat point

Baz is up to the stumps again.

12.3

Oram to Dilshan, 1 run, offcutter comes in from outside off, Dilshan stays put on the crease and whips it square for a single.

Andy Zaltzman @Zaltzcricket on twitter: "Ghost of Isaac Newton responds to Jesse Ryder catch: "I might have been wrong about that apple on my head. Could have been coincidence."

Hahaha!

12.4

Oram to Sangakkara, 1 run, drifts into the pads this time, Sanga clips it neatly to fine leg for a single

12.5

Oram to Dilshan, no run, Dilshan survives a leading edge. Offcutter stops and bounces extra from short of a length and Dilshan is squared up as he goes into an early flick. Leading edge pops up to the off side of the pitch, and spends an eternity before coming down.

12.6

Oram to Dilshan, no run, fuller and straighter on the stumps, Dilshan plays it in front of square carefully

Kip: "@Biman: "In" the moon, you would get a lot of dust in your mouth, causing you to, er, ch... oh, don't worry I'm from SA."

There's no oxygen in moon any way ..

End of over 13 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 62/1 (156 runs required from 37 overs, RR: 4.76, RRR: 4.21)

    • TM Dilshan 20 (35b 3x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 8 (12b 1x4)
    • JDP Oram 3-1-7-0
    • TG Southee 4-0-27-1

Vettori returns.

13.1

Vettori to Sangakkara, no run, tossed up well outside off, Sanga leans out to defend

13.2

Vettori to Sangakkara, no run, on middle and leg this time, worked with the spin to the leg side.

13.3

Vettori to Sangakkara, no run, length ball on middle, Sanga defends from the crease down the track.

13.4

Vettori to Sangakkara, 1 run, Sanga gets a single, working with the spin through wide mid on for a single.

13.5

Vettori to Dilshan, no run, fuller and on the pads, Dilshan on-drives without timing to the leg side

13.6

Vettori to Dilshan, no run, turn from middle and leg, played into the off side with the spin.

End of over 14 (1 run) Sri Lanka 63/1 (155 runs required from 36 overs, RR: 4.50, RRR: 4.30)

    • TM Dilshan 20 (37b 3x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 9 (16b 1x4)
    • DL Vettori 3-0-10-0
    • JDP Oram 3-1-7-0

Deschamps: "@Manoj. On the Moon, since there is no air, sound cannot travel above the surface and therefore no-one would hear a no ball call from the umpire."

Subash: "Who needs oxygen on moon if you can bowl at Munaf's pace" Eh, didn't get that..

14.1

Oram to Sangakkara, no run, short of a length on off stump, defended into the off side by Sanga.

14.2

Oram to Sangakkara, FOUR, Sanga. He's played the kind of cover drive you want to take a snap of, convert into a sepia-tinted wall paper and show the kids, years from now.. Guptill at cover misfields, but lets disregard that for a moment. Length ball outside off, Sanga gets forward, goes down on a knee and compels the ball through the covers. Thing of beauty.

14.3

Oram to Sangakkara, no run, back of a length, and wisely so. Sanga defends from the crease.

14.4

Oram to Sangakkara, no run, similar ball, Sanga stays back and plays it back down the track

14.5

Oram to Sangakkara, no run, aha, once again Oram gets one to go away off the seam and he nearly has Sanga on a lazy poke away from the body.

14.6

Oram to Sangakkara, no run, short of a length on off stump to end the over, Sanga defends from the crease down the track.

End of over 15 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 67/1 (151 runs required from 35 overs, RR: 4.46, RRR: 4.31)

    • KC Sangakkara 13 (22b 2x4)
    • TM Dilshan 20 (37b 3x4)
    • JDP Oram 4-1-11-0
    • DL Vettori 3-0-10-0
15.1

Vettori to Dilshan, no run, back of a length on off stump, Dilshan defends with sure feet and hard hands

15.2

Vettori to Dilshan, no run, flatter and straighter, Dilshan is again behind the line as he defends down the track.

15.3

Vettori to Dilshan, 1 run, loopy delivery, lands on leg and breaks away, Dilshan gets the front foot down instead of across, opening up the off side and drives a single into the covers.

15.4

Vettori to Sangakkara, 1 run, Sanga leans into the pitch and works Vettori with the spin through midwicket

15.5

Vettori to Dilshan, no run, short ball outside off, Dilshan goes for the cut but it stays low.

15.6

Vettori to Dilshan, 1 run, tantalisingly slow and looped up on middle, Dilshan goes for the sweep in slow motion and just gets some bat on it. McCullum was appealing for lbw, though.

Sunny: "@Deschamps..Players can see , n more over we will look at the umpire's action for a NO ball n matches where there is a lot of noise , players will be not able to hear it on Earth, forget abt the moon."

Vinit: "I may be able to answer all 'Moon' related queries as 'I will be over the Moon' if India wins tomorrow "

End of over 16 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 70/1 (148 runs required from 34 overs, RR: 4.37, RRR: 4.35)

    • TM Dilshan 22 (42b 3x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 14 (23b 2x4)
    • DL Vettori 4-0-13-0
    • JDP Oram 4-1-11-0

McKay comes on finally. They weren't playing him as a specialist tail-ender after all.

16.1

McKay to Dilshan, 1 run, Ryder's on the move once again. He's horizontal at point after throwing himself into the path of a spanking Dilshan square drive as McKay angles one across full and wide.

16.2

McKay to Sangakkara, no run, McKay gets one to come in off the seam. Or was that reverse? 142 kph as Sanga punches from the crease to mid off. Dilshan wants a single, and has to hurry back in as mid off struggles to pick it

16.3

McKay to Sangakkara, no run, short of a length on middle, Sanga's behind the line as he defends down the track.

16.4

McKay to Sangakkara, no run, very optimistic appeal from McKay, but he's working up some pace now. 143 kph and prodigious inward movement on that from over the wicket, hit Sanga's toes on the move as he missed the flick, but it was going well down the leg side

16.5

McKay to Sangakkara, 1 leg bye, holds this one back of a length and Sanga gets inside the line to glance a single backward of square leg

16.6

McKay to Dilshan, 1 run, fuller ball to end the over, Dilshan works it away to mid on.

Drinks in Colombo. The moment all of you were waiting for. Liam Brickhill takes over the commentary. Here's hoping for lesser chat on the moon, gravity, flying fat men and other trivialities.

End of over 17 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 73/1 (145 runs required from 33 overs, RR: 4.29, RRR: 4.39)

    • TM Dilshan 24 (44b 3x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 14 (27b 2x4)
    • AJ McKay 1-0-2-0
    • DL Vettori 4-0-13-0

Thanks Nitin.

17.1

Vettori to Dilshan, 1 run, great delivery after the break, but it's safely negotiated. Looped up on middle, gripping and spinning away, but Dilshan nudges it down behind gully for one all the same

17.2

Vettori to Sangakkara, 1 run, Kumar wanders out of his crease, taking the ball on the half volley and sending it down to long-on

17.3

Vettori to Dilshan, no run, "catch!" shouts Vettori as Dilshan cuts and is very nearly beaten by the extra bounce, the ball looping towards backward point but dropping in front of him. That was close

17.4

Vettori to Dilshan, 1 run, extra bounce again from Vettori, but Dilshan steps back and punches to cover for a single this time. A less aggressive shot than the last

17.5

Vettori to Sangakkara, no run, tossed up, defended by Sangakkara

17.6

Vettori to Sangakkara, no run, very full once again, Sangakkara leans into a drive but perhaps tries to over-hit it, and the shot goes nowhere

End of over 18 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 76/1 (142 runs required from 32 overs, RR: 4.22, RRR: 4.43)

    • KC Sangakkara 15 (30b 2x4)
    • TM Dilshan 26 (47b 3x4)
    • DL Vettori 5-0-16-0
    • AJ McKay 1-0-2-0

Kartik Desikan asks: "Sreesanth's break dance skills on the moon: Moon dance?" I thought we agreed no more moon chat...

18.1

McKay to Dilshan, no run, good line from McKay, the ball spitting off a length to beat the outside edge

18.2

McKay to Dilshan, no run, straighter this time, nudged defensively into the leg side

18.3

McKay to Dilshan, no run, dug in short by McKay, Dilshan slaps down on the ball but can't beat cover

No slip in place for McKay, which is odd, but plenty of men patrolling on the off side

18.4

McKay to Dilshan, no run, slower ball this time, an offcutter, and again Dilshan pushes into the off side. Not many gaps in this field

18.5

McKay to Dilshan, no run, quick and full on off stump, Dilshan stands still and flashes to point. He just can't beat this field

18.6

McKay to Dilshan, no run, on a length and straight to finish, Dilshan pushes to mid-on. A maiden for McKay, New Zealand need to string a couple of them together and build some pressure

Prashanth Avireddi sees ominous signs here: "ball not coming on bat...pitch getting slower...run-rate dipping...fielding on top as usual...SA were cruising too at the same stage and all the above started happening..."

End of over 19 (maiden) Sri Lanka 76/1 (142 runs required from 31 overs, RR: 4.00, RRR: 4.58)

    • TM Dilshan 26 (53b 3x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 15 (30b 2x4)
    • AJ McKay 2-1-2-0
    • DL Vettori 5-0-16-0

Interesting change with the ball getting slightly softer now - here's Scotty Styris. He's been moving quite gingerly in the field but is fit to bowl apparently

19.1

Styris to Sangakkara, 1 run, Styris labours to the crease and lobs down an offcutter, cracked out to deep cover

Shaily: "Has anybody else noticed that Mckay looks very much like student counsellor Mackey from SouthPark...umm okay??" I hadn't noticed that, no

19.2

Styris to Dilshan, FOUR, much too short at this gentle pace, this really sat up and Dilshan was in no hurry rocking back and thumping a pull behind square

19.3

Styris to Dilshan, 1 run, flicked away for a single to follow up the big shot

19.4

Styris to Sangakkara, 1 run, Sangakkara comes forward and taps into space at cover for one

19.5

Styris to Dilshan, no run, Dilshan stays deep in the crease and works to midwicket

19.6

Styris to Dilshan, no run, that's the length and the line Styris needs to stick to, landing on off stump and cutting back in. Dilshan drives, but with no great authority, and Styris gives him the ol' crazy eye

End of over 20 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 83/1 (135 runs required from 30 overs, RR: 4.15, RRR: 4.50)

    • TM Dilshan 31 (57b 4x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 17 (32b 2x4)
    • SB Styris 1-0-7-0
    • AJ McKay 2-1-2-0
20.1

McKay to Sangakkara, FOUR, that is all class from Sangakkara, leaning forward with perfect balance and aiming a checked-drive straight down the ground. The ball really pinged off the middle, timed to perfection

nithin: "@Prashanth Avireddi..all playing conditions will be the same but this is not South Africa in Srilanka this is Srilanka in Srilanka....."

20.2

McKay to Sangakkara, no run, McKay responds by digging this one in much shorter, Sangakkara steps back and defends infront of his chest

20.3

McKay to Sangakkara, no run, fuller, wobbling around on off stump and Sangakkara comes forward to defend to the off side

20.4

McKay to Sangakkara, no run, a touch of extra bounce outside off, but there's also some width. Sangakkara can't take full toll, however, tapping to backward point

20.5

McKay to Sangakkara, no run, bouncer from McKay, and a good one. Sangakkara is a cool customer, however, and buckles his knees in good time

20.6

McKay to Sangakkara, no run, back of a length to finish, Sangakkara defends off the splice of the bat to cover

Vinci: "@Shaily-Touche Shaily!! I was thinking the same...umm, okay"

End of over 21 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 87/1 (131 runs required from 29 overs, RR: 4.14, RRR: 4.51)

    • KC Sangakkara 21 (38b 3x4)
    • TM Dilshan 31 (57b 4x4)
    • AJ McKay 3-1-6-0
    • SB Styris 1-0-7-0
21.1

Styris to Dilshan, 1 run, inswinger rather than offcutter to start, and Dilshan stands at the crease to punch into the off side

21.2

Styris to Sangakkara, 1 run, indecision in the running! Sangakkara and Dilshan both missed a step and then ran ... but the throw is wild and both would've been home anyway

21.3

Styris to Dilshan, 1 run, good length from Styris, right up to the bat. The ball takes the inside half of the blade and rolls into the off side, and they steal a quick single. There's the fifty stand

Alok: "@ Shaily: "Drugs are bad..mmmkay?""

21.4

Styris to Sangakkara, no run, lobbed up gently on middle, cutting away and Sangakkara defends

21.5

Styris to Sangakkara, 1 run, slightly wider of off stump this time, Sangakkara opens the face of the bat on the drive to pick up one to gully

21.6

Styris to Dilshan, 1 run, well bowled! Offcutter on the perfect length, Dilshan just stands there and holds the bat out - the feet didn't move an inch - and a thick inside edge shoots past the stumps and rolls down to fine leg

Sudesh: "lately i got this amazing powers of predicting what will happen while match is on. I think there will be a wicket in 24th over :)" Lets see if that actually happens

End of over 22 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 92/1 (126 runs required from 28 overs, RR: 4.18, RRR: 4.50)

    • TM Dilshan 34 (60b 4x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 23 (41b 3x4)
    • SB Styris 2-0-12-0
    • AJ McKay 3-1-6-0
22.1

McKay to Dilshan, 1 run, full on off stump, cracked out through the covers by Dilshan

22.2

McKay to Sangakkara, no run, definite wobble through the air for McKay as he pitches one up on off stump. Sangakkara responds with a stylish square drive, but it's stopped by Ryder at point

Third man and fine leg are on the boundary, as is square leg. Everyone else is in the circle

22.3

McKay to Sangakkara, 1 wide, very short indeed from McKay, the ball balloons miles over the batsman and that's definitely a wide

22.3

McKay to Sangakkara, no run, fielding! New Zealand enhance their reputation as a fielding unit even further as How leaps to his right at cover point to stop another scything drive from Sangakkara

22.4

McKay to Sangakkara, no run, back of a length on off stump, pushed firmly back to the bowler

22.5

McKay to Sangakkara, FOUR, driven in the air! But Sangakkara threads the gap at extra cover perfectly, and that was powerfully struck too

22.6

McKay to Sangakkara, 1 run, tapped towards mid-off, who is a little deep, and they sprint through for a quick single

End of over 23 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 99/1 (119 runs required from 27 overs, RR: 4.30, RRR: 4.40)

    • KC Sangakkara 28 (46b 4x4)
    • TM Dilshan 35 (61b 4x4)
    • AJ McKay 4-1-13-0
    • SB Styris 2-0-12-0

"Give a try with Jessey Ryder, he is the talk of the town," reckons vasa. Nope, it's Jacob Oram with the ball now. Jake the Snake

23.1

Oram to Sangakkara, 1 run, Oram comes round the wicket, angling it in, and Sangakkara glances off the hip down to fine leg

Faiz: "@ Sudesh, nice trick to get ur comment posted. anyways, i will eat my hat if it happens."

23.2

Oram to Dilshan, SIX, too short from Oram at medium pace, Dilshan leans back and smites this over deep midwicket! Big shot

23.3

Oram to Dilshan, no run, back of a length once again, Dilshan pushes to point

23.4

Oram to Dilshan, no run, that's the length, fuller and straighter. Dilshan stands there in line with leg stump and defends to cover

23.5

Oram to Dilshan, FOUR, smashed to cover, and a misfield gives him four! Typical Dilshan shot, he stepped forward to a wide half-volley but didn't bother getting the front foot anywhere near the ball, just swiping the bat through the line. Guptill in the covers should've stopped that, but the ball bursts past him. And I'd just been talking up their fielding!

23.6

Oram to Dilshan, no run, tame end to the over, Dilshan defends quietly into the off side

So, Sudesh, no wicket in the over then!

End of over 24 (11 runs) Sri Lanka 110/1 (108 runs required from 26 overs, RR: 4.58, RRR: 4.15)

    • TM Dilshan 45 (66b 5x4 1x6)
    • KC Sangakkara 29 (47b 4x4)
    • JDP Oram 5-1-22-0
    • AJ McKay 4-1-13-0

Another change, here's the elder McCullum

24.1

NL McCullum to Sangakkara, 1 run, tossed up on the toes, Sangakkara just places the ball to square leg for an easy single

24.2

NL McCullum to Dilshan, 1 run, McCullum comes round the wicket to Dilshan, who thumps a full ball down to long-on for a single

24.3

NL McCullum to Sangakkara, no run, Sangakkara looks for the little dink into the leg side, but the ball goes nowhere

24.4

NL McCullum to Sangakkara, no run, quality ball from McCullum, pitching on middle and spinning away. Sangakkara treats it with respect, defending solidly

24.5

NL McCullum to Sangakkara, no run, a touch to full on leg stump, nudged to the man at midwicket

24.6

NL McCullum to Sangakkara, FOUR, Sangakkara jumps out of the crease, turning the delivery into a full toss and thwacking it to the deep midwicket boundary!

End of over 25 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 116/1 (102 runs required from 25 overs, RR: 4.64, RRR: 4.08)

    • KC Sangakkara 34 (52b 5x4)
    • TM Dilshan 46 (67b 5x4 1x6)
    • NL McCullum 5-0-24-0
    • JDP Oram 5-1-22-0
25.1

Oram to Dilshan, no run, Dilshan never looks that solid in defence, the way he leaves his stumps exposed, and such is the case here as he pushes back to Oram. If that ball had cut a touch more either way he might've been in trouble

25.2

Oram to Dilshan, no run, slightly wider of off, forced into the covers

25.3

Oram to Dilshan, no run, Dilshan cuts well behind square, but picks out Ryder with precision!

25.4

Oram to Dilshan, FOUR, on a length and wide of off, Dilshan flings everything at it and the ball takes a thick edge, bouncing down to the third man boundary for his sixth four! And that's yet another fifty for Dilshan too, he's having a great World Cup

25.5

Oram to Dilshan, no run, fuller and straighter, Dilshan steps half forward and drives to mid-off

25.6

Oram to Dilshan, no run, Oram bowls the bouncer, with McCullum Jr. standing up to the stumps, and Dilshan thinks about the upper cut ... but leaves alone. Good stop by the keeper, though he couldn't hold on cleanly

End of over 26 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 120/1 (98 runs required from 24 overs, RR: 4.61, RRR: 4.08)

    • TM Dilshan 50 (73b 6x4 1x6)
    • KC Sangakkara 34 (52b 5x4)
    • JDP Oram 6-1-26-0
    • NL McCullum 5-0-24-0
26.1

NL McCullum to Sangakkara, no run, flighted very full on middle, Sangakkara digs it out to mid-on

26.2

NL McCullum to Sangakkara, 1 wide, arrowed down the leg side

26.2

NL McCullum to Sangakkara, 1 run, Sangakkara charges out of his crease but perhaps gets too close to it, digging it out to cover ... and they'll get an overthrow here! Taylor at short extra cover stopped the bowl and for some reason under-armed it at the non-strikers end, where Dilshan had his bat grounded. Sloppy

26.3

NL McCullum to Dilshan, 1 run, swept very hard, and all along the ground, but straight to the man at long leg

26.4

NL McCullum to Sangakkara, SIX, again Sangakkara uses his feet, getting nicely to the pitch and lifting the ball cleanly back over McCullum's head with power and grace! That takes him past 400 runs in the tournament

26.5

NL McCullum to Sangakkara, no run, defended this time

26.6

NL McCullum to Sangakkara, no run, and solid defence to end the over, another good one for Sri Lanka

End of over 27 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 129/1 (89 runs required from 23 overs, RR: 4.77, RRR: 3.86)

    • KC Sangakkara 41 (57b 5x4 1x6)
    • TM Dilshan 51 (74b 6x4 1x6)
    • NL McCullum 6-0-33-0
    • JDP Oram 6-1-26-0

Dilshan became the leading scorer of the tournament in this innings, while Sangakkara sits at third. New Zealand need something special, and Vettori brings himself back. Slip in place

27.1

Vettori to Dilshan, no run, very full, drifting in, and Dilshan digs it out back to the bowler

27.2

Vettori to Dilshan, 2 runs, this wasn't all that short but Dilshan stepped right back and across, cutting off the off stump to pick up two behind square

27.3

Vettori to Dilshan, no run, tossed up slower, this time Dilshan leans forward to defend

27.4

Vettori to Dilshan, 2 runs, Vettori slips towards leg stump, and is flicked through square leg for a couple. Easy runs there, massive gaps

27.5

Vettori to Dilshan, FOUR, this time Vettori is too short, Dilshan hangs back and slams a pull up and over midwicket

27.6

Vettori to Dilshan, no run, full outside off, well-driven but it goes straight to the man at short extra cover, on the bounce

Boris: "Just turned on the coverage, and in my expert opinion, after much thinking, I feel that New Zealand really do need a wicket or two.." What a stunning observation!

End of over 28 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 137/1 (81 runs required from 22 overs, RR: 4.89, RRR: 3.68)

    • TM Dilshan 59 (80b 7x4 1x6)
    • KC Sangakkara 41 (57b 5x4 1x6)
    • DL Vettori 6-0-24-0
    • NL McCullum 6-0-33-0

Another change, Southee comes back and he's got a solitary wide slip in place

28.1

Southee to Sangakkara, 1 run, Sangakkara taps towards a deepish mid-off and sets off straight away for a sprinted single, good calling

28.2

Southee to Dilshan, 1 run, this one hit the pitch and moved back in to Dilshan, who tapped it gently towards midwicket for a single

Mahela Jayawardene is waiting in the changing room, pads and doo-rag in place, but will he even be needed?

28.3

Southee to Sangakkara, FOUR, a classical shot! That didn't even look like beating the field but it was placed perfectly between cover and mid-off, once it beat the bat the great timing took full effect and it raced away

McCullum comes up to the stumps now

28.4

Southee to Sangakkara, no run, on a length and nicely straight, Sangakkara defends

28.5

Southee to Sangakkara, no run, Sangakkara looks to drive on the up once again, but this time the timing and placement are not quite there. Stopped at extra cover

28.6

Southee to Sangakkara, no run, fuller, driven to mid-off

End of over 29 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 143/1 (75 runs required from 21 overs, RR: 4.93, RRR: 3.57)

    • KC Sangakkara 46 (62b 6x4 1x6)
    • TM Dilshan 60 (81b 7x4 1x6)
    • TG Southee 5-0-33-1
    • DL Vettori 6-0-24-0

Ajay Khandelwal: "It is still 18 hours for tomorrows match, but my mouse is already hunting for that "Live Scorecard" Link. 5am tomorrow, my home will be packed with about 30 known-unknown cri'c'zy fans from around, including 2 pakistanis." Steady on, we've still got a game here!

29.1

Vettori to Dilshan, no run, nicely driven, but Ryder does really well at backward point, diving to his right to cut it off

29.2

Vettori to Dilshan, no run, looped up very temptingly outside off, Dilshan doesn't take the bait though, leaving alone

Vettori has no slip, but two men quite close at short extra cover and short point

29.3

Vettori to Dilshan, FOUR, cracked away on the cut! Dilshan beats the field and collects another boundary. Is there any stopping this man?

29.4

Vettori to Dilshan, no run, again Dilshan cuts, this time to the field

29.5

Vettori to Dilshan, no run, Vettori definitely bowling to a plan here with those two catchers, again he flights one outside off, but Dilshan is determined not to make any mistakes and leaves alone again

29.6

Vettori to Dilshan, no run, fuller and straighter to finish, Dilshan defends

End of over 30 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 147/1 (71 runs required from 20 overs, RR: 4.90, RRR: 3.55)

    • TM Dilshan 64 (87b 8x4 1x6)
    • KC Sangakkara 46 (62b 6x4 1x6)
    • DL Vettori 7-0-28-0
    • TG Southee 5-0-33-1
30.1

Southee to Sangakkara, no run, Southee continues, Sangakkara punching away to point

30.2

Southee to Sangakkara, no run, good length from Southee, and he's found a nice line on off stump, giving Sangakkara no width. Pushed to mid-off this time

30.3

Southee to Sangakkara, no run, a touch straighter, this time Sangakkara nudges to midwicket. This has been a good over so far. Big shot coming?

30.4

Southee to Sangakkara, no run, not yet, again Southee hits a length on off stump and Sangakkara nudges to point

30.5

Southee to Sangakkara, no run, was that the chance? Slower ball from Southee, pitched up, and Sangakkara mis-reads it, popping the ball back in the air ... but the luck is with him, it goes wide of the bowler who tries to swivel across in his follow-through

30.6

Southee to Sangakkara, no run, Southee ends a superb over with another accurate length delivery, which Sangakkara nudges into the leg side

Everything going Sri Lanka's way, this match is swiftly ending as a contest. Not that the crowd mind, they're still making a tremendous racket

End of over 31 (maiden) Sri Lanka 147/1 (71 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 4.74, RRR: 3.73)

    • KC Sangakkara 46 (68b 6x4 1x6)
    • TM Dilshan 64 (87b 8x4 1x6)
    • TG Southee 6-1-33-1
    • DL Vettori 7-0-28-0
31.1

Vettori to Dilshan, FOUR, much too short, the ball sits up and Dilshan hammers a pull to deep midwicket. Didn't bother keeping it down, and there's the 150

31.2

Vettori to Dilshan, 1 run, driven hard down to long-off for one

Justin: "I think I have finally gone nuts. Ive just spent the last 20 seconds looking for the save button on the scorecard rather than the excel sheet im working on. Good thing my screen faces away from the rest of the office."

31.3

Vettori to Sangakkara, no run, not all that short, and keeping a touch low too, but Sangakkara was determined to play this on the back foot, pulling to midwicket

31.4

Vettori to Sangakkara, no run, fuller on off stump, tapped into the off side

31.5

Vettori to Sangakkara, 1 run, Sangakkara steps out and sends the ball racing down to long-on for one

31.6

Vettori to Dilshan, no run, that wasn't far from the off stump! Looped up by Vettori, who is still bowling to that plan with two catchers close in around cover point, and Dilshan leaves alone ... but the ball didn't turn and that wasn't too far

End of over 32 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 153/1 (65 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 4.78, RRR: 3.61)

    • TM Dilshan 69 (90b 9x4 1x6)
    • KC Sangakkara 47 (71b 6x4 1x6)
    • DL Vettori 8-0-34-0
    • TG Southee 6-1-33-1
32.1

Southee to Sangakkara, 3 runs, fifty for Sangakkara! Too straight from Southee, and the batsman rolls his wrists on the glance to send the ball out to deep square leg

32.2

Southee to Dilshan, no run, Dilshan was keen for the pull but the ball didn't quite warrant it, and a toe-ended shot goes nowhere

32.3

Southee to Dilshan, FOUR, Southee searches for some swing by pitching this one up, but Dilshan responds by flinging the bat into a wild drive to send the ball scorching to the cover boundary ... and actually, that looked like a slower ball, an offcutter

32.4

Southee to Dilshan, OUT, finally New Zealand break through! Dilshan was looking to end this in a hurry, slashing at a length delivery to give Ryder an easy catch. It's probably come too late for his team, but that'll give some consolation at least

TM Dilshan c Ryder b Southee 73 (142m 93b 10x4 1x6) SR: 78.49

They take drinks with the fall of the wicket, and I'm going to hand over to Sahil Dutta to take you to the close

Thanks Liam. What a time to enter the fray. That wicket has changed almost, well, nothing. Here's Jaywardene. A quick three wickets and you never know.

32.5

Southee to Jayawardene, no run, Southee is suitably pumped-up by a wicket and shoves in a short ball that Jayawardene barely raises an eyebrow at

32.6

Southee to Jayawardene, 1 run, Jayawardene is away with a routine tuck to leg

End of over 33 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 161/2 (57 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 4.87, RRR: 3.35)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 1 (2b)
    • KC Sangakkara 50 (72b 6x4 1x6)
    • TG Southee 7-1-41-2
    • DL Vettori 8-0-34-0
33.1

Vettori to Jayawardene, OUT, well, well. Stunned silence in the crowds as Jayawardene is given out lbw. He popped forward to a straight delivery, played around a straight ball and was struck in front. Decent stride and a review but the ball is hitting!

DPMD Jayawardene lbw b Vettori 1 (3m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

So, there is one of the three quick ones and for the first time in a long time we're introduced to the mythical 'soft Sri Lanka middle order'. McCullum seems to be reminding Samaraweera of that fact.

33.2

Vettori to Samaraweera, no run, goodness me! This zips through past the inside edge of a nervous poke outside off

33.3

Vettori to Samaraweera, no run, hint of air and spin and Samaraweera is cagey in defence

33.4

Vettori to Samaraweera, no run, more solid this time, Samaraweera steps forward to block

33.5

Vettori to Samaraweera, 1 run, sprawling, diving stop from Nathan McCullum at mid-off saves a boundary from crisp drive

33.6

Vettori to Sangakkara, no run, tossed up and Sangakkara rushes down the track to meet it, almost ends up yorking himself. Vettori almost has a spring in his step! He's been rather grumpy most of the day

End of over 34 (1 run) Sri Lanka 162/3 (56 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 4.76, RRR: 3.50)

    • KC Sangakkara 50 (73b 6x4 1x6)
    • TT Samaraweera 1 (4b)
    • DL Vettori 9-0-35-1
    • TG Southee 7-1-41-2

Interesting move - McKay has been recalled to the attack. He's got a decent pair of wheels. Slip and a gully lurk...

34.1

McKay to Samaraweera, 1 run, not a great start this, short and down the leg side. Whipped off the hip around the corner

34.2

McKay to Sangakkara, no run, there is some swing here, not much, but the line and length are good enough to prevent runs

34.3

McKay to Sangakkara, FOUR, print that in a textbook. Lovely shot. Overpitched admittedly, but Sangakkara leant into a cover drive and dreamily timed it to the rope

34.4

McKay to Sangakkara, no run

34.5

McKay to Sangakkara, no run, a bouncer from McKay, Sangakkara ducks under it

34.6

McKay to Sangakkara, no run, good-looking drive from Sangakkara, doesn't beat short cover however, it was a length ball just outside off

End of over 35 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 167/3 (51 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 4.77, RRR: 3.40)

    • KC Sangakkara 54 (78b 7x4 1x6)
    • TT Samaraweera 2 (5b)
    • AJ McKay 5-1-18-0
    • DL Vettori 9-0-35-1
35.1

Vettori to Samaraweera, no run, an arm ball from Vettori, hurries on to Samaraweera, who stays on the back foot and defends towards off

35.2

Vettori to Samaraweera, no run, gets forward this time, and blocks towards point

This is Vettori's last over

35.3

Vettori to Samaraweera, no run, tossed up by Vettori, bounced a touch more, hits the splice of the bat as Samaraweera defends off the front foot

35.4

Vettori to Samaraweera, no run, more forward defence from Samaraweera

35.5

Vettori to Samaraweera, no run, this one skids on after pitching on a length outside off, Samaraweera sensibly defends, he's decided to see off Vettori's over

35.6

Vettori to Samaraweera, 1 run, flighted once more, and width provided, Samaraweera looks to drive towards extra cover but mishits it along the ground to the left of the bowler for a single

End of over 36 (1 run) Sri Lanka 168/3 (50 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 4.66, RRR: 3.57)

    • TT Samaraweera 3 (11b)
    • KC Sangakkara 54 (78b 7x4 1x6)
    • DL Vettori 10-0-36-1
    • AJ McKay 5-1-18-0
36.1

McKay to Samaraweera, 1 run, back of a length and angling across, tapped towards backward point

36.2

McKay to Sangakkara, OUT, massive wicket this, Sangakkara holes out to third man, the party comes to a halt in Colombo, it was a short ball just outside off, Sangakkara uppercuts it, but he can only find third man, anyone else thinking of the SA-NZ quarter-final?

KC Sangakkara c Styris b McKay 54 (132m 79b 7x4 1x6) SR: 68.35

Chamara Silva is the new batsman, walks in amid silence in the Premadasa. Donald furiously gesturing that he wants two slips, only one in place now

36.3

McKay to Silva, no run, Silva's first ball is defended towards gully

36.4

McKay to Silva, no run, short of length ball just outside off, blocked from the crease to the off side, plenty of tense faces in the Colombo crowd now

36.5

McKay to Silva, no run, length ball outside off, Silva wafts at it and misses

36.6

McKay to Silva, no run, end of a good over from McKay, no room at all for the batsman, this was on middle stump, Silva gets behind the line and defends

Vettori is off the field, Taylor captaining

End of over 37 (1 run) Sri Lanka 169/4 (49 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 4.56, RRR: 3.76)

    • LPC Silva 0 (4b)
    • TT Samaraweera 4 (12b)
    • AJ McKay 6-1-19-1
    • DL Vettori 10-0-36-1

One slip in place

37.1

Oram to Samaraweera, no run, Samaraweera gets forward and opens the face off the first ball of Oram's over

Harsha Bhogle says on Twitter: "this little slump may not be so bad for sri lanka. will demand a bit from the back up batsmen. will prepare them better."

Vettori back on the field after a one-over spell in the dressing room

37.2

Oram to Samaraweera, no run, more careful defence from Samaraweera

37.3

Oram to Samaraweera, no run, Oram keeps it simple, good old-fashioned length bowling outside off, punched towards cover off the front foot

37.4

Oram to Samaraweera, no run, length ball again, on middle stump this time, Samaraweera mistimes it towards mid-on

37.5

Oram to Samaraweera, 1 run, a touch shorter and just outside off, whipped behind square leg for a single

37.6

Oram to Silva, no run, short of length ball, in the channel outside off, solidly defended off the front foot

Crisraj: "I think NZ are short of 25 odd runs... Game would have been more interesting". I think so too, but lets see how this pans out.

End of over 38 (1 run) Sri Lanka 170/4 (48 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 4.47, RRR: 4.00)

    • LPC Silva 0 (5b)
    • TT Samaraweera 5 (17b)
    • JDP Oram 7-1-27-0
    • AJ McKay 6-1-19-1
38.1

McKay to Samaraweera, 1 run, slanting across the batsman, gets the edge as he tries to poke at it with soft hands, dribbles past vacant second slip for a single

38.2

McKay to Silva, no run, overpitched ball just outside off, played not too confidently towards gully

38.3

McKay to Silva, no run, lovely delivery from McKay, Silva is drawn towards it and he looks to push it towards cover, no footwork at all as he plays that, he gets nowhere near the ball

38.4

McKay to Silva, no run, and the runs aren't coming for Sri Lanka now, just outside off and it is defended towards backward point

38.5

McKay to Silva, no run, short ball, 141 kmh, flies over the ducking Silva, was that was high enough to be a wide? the umpire doesn't think it is

38.6

McKay to Silva, 1 run, gets forward and opens the face to steer the ball through second slip, Silva's off the mark

End of over 39 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 172/4 (46 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 4.41, RRR: 4.18)

    • LPC Silva 1 (10b)
    • TT Samaraweera 6 (18b)
    • AJ McKay 7-1-21-1
    • JDP Oram 7-1-27-0
39.1

Oram to Silva, no run, Oram keeps it tight, a short of length ball on offstump, forward defensive from Silva

39.2

Oram to Silva, no run, mistimed drive off the front foot towards mid-off, Oram keeps it back of a length and just outside off

39.3

Oram to Silva, no run, and another dot ball, Silva is 1 off 13 now, Oram sends this one on middle stump, defended to the leg side

39.4

Oram to Silva, no run, length ball on off, punched towards mid-on, Silva sets off for the single, before being sent back, nervous times these for the batsmen

Slip moves to deep square leg

39.5

Oram to Silva, 2 runs, short and wide, first time Silva is getting this much room, he carves it behind backward point and sprints back for the second, taking on the throw from Kane Williamson in the deep

39.6

Oram to Silva, no run, length ball just outside off, opens the face to defend the ball towards point

Sathya: "Does anyone else love how the Kiwis still believe?"

End of over 40 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 174/4 (44 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 4.35, RRR: 4.40)

    • LPC Silva 3 (16b)
    • TT Samaraweera 6 (18b)
    • JDP Oram 8-1-29-0
    • AJ McKay 7-1-21-1

44 needed off the final ten overs, Dilhara Fernando brings some drinks and a message from the dressing room

40.1

McKay to Samaraweera, no run, short of length and outside off, dabbed towards cover by Samaraweera

40.2

McKay to Samaraweera, no run, a swinging full toss that just curves away from offstump, Samaraweera tries an uncharacteristically flamboyant shot, looking to swing that over cover, doesn't connect

40.3

McKay to Samaraweera, 1 run, gets bat on ball this time, a wristy shot worked the ball towards fine leg

40.4

McKay to Silva, 1 run, shortish ball just outside off, Silva stays on the backfoot and guides the ball past gully and towards third man

40.5

McKay to Samaraweera, no run, a full ball on middle stump, clipped towards midwicket by Samaraweera

Coming round the wicket now McKay

40.6

McKay to Samaraweera, no run, overpitched pitch angling into middle, pushed towards mid-on, only two off that over and it's now 42 needed off 54

Should the batsmen try a couple of big hits to ease the pressure or just push the ball around?

End of over 41 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 176/4 (42 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 4.29, RRR: 4.66)

    • TT Samaraweera 7 (23b)
    • LPC Silva 4 (17b)
    • AJ McKay 8-1-23-1
    • JDP Oram 8-1-29-0

This could be a crucial over, Jesse Ryder to bowl, his career economy is above 6

41.1

Ryder to Silva, no run, short of length ball is defended watchfully

41.2

Ryder to Silva, no run, keeps it steady and just outside off, blocked to the off side

41.3

Ryder to Silva, no run, mistimes the attempted drive towards cover, the ball goes nowhere

41.4

Ryder to Silva, FOUR, there's the boundary Sri Lanka were searching for, a half-volley well outside off, crunched past a diving Jacob Oram at point

41.5

Ryder to Silva, FOUR, cheeky, that's four more, just outside off, Silva opens the face and gets it just wide of the keeper, eight off two balls and relief for Sri Lanka

41.6

Ryder to Silva, 1 run, and again Silva steers the ball towards short third man for a single

A more manageable 33 off 48 now

End of over 42 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 185/4 (33 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 4.40, RRR: 4.12)

    • LPC Silva 13 (23b 2x4)
    • TT Samaraweera 7 (23b)
    • JD Ryder 1-0-9-0
    • AJ McKay 8-1-23-1

Southee to bowl

42.1

Southee to Silva, no run, bit of width offered, Silva cuts that but not past a diving fielder at point, crowd volume starting to go up again

42.2

Southee to Silva, OUT, bowled him, the crowd silenced once more, Silva is cleaned up by Southee, these New Zealand chaps never know when they are beaten, it was a short of length ball well outside off, Silva chased after it, his attempted cut ends in a bottom-edge that drags the ball back on to the leg stump, New Zealand can't stop grinning, they are enjoying themselves out there

LPC Silva b Southee 13 (29m 25b 2x4 0x6) SR: 52.00

Angelo Mathews comes out with a runner, Mahela Jayawardene, who will also be there to provide some calming advice

42.3

Southee to Mathews, no run, length ball heading for off, confident defence from Mathews, he's the key man for Sri Lanka now, he has a solid temperament, don't think it has been tested on a bigger stage than this

42.4

Southee to Mathews, no run, length ball outside off, left alone by Mathews

42.5

Southee to Mathews, no run, back of a length ball on off, Mathews gets behind the line and blocks

42.6

Southee to Mathews, no run, into the blockhole from Southee, Mathews gets his feet out of the way and digs the ball out towards midwicket, what an over from Southee, wicket maiden

End of over 43 (wicket maiden) Sri Lanka 185/5 (33 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 4.30, RRR: 4.71)

    • AD Mathews 0 (4b)
    • TT Samaraweera 7 (23b)
    • TG Southee 8-2-41-3
    • JD Ryder 1-0-9-0

Ryder to continue

43.1

Ryder to Samaraweera, no run, length ball that is defended towards square leg

43.2

Ryder to Samaraweera, FOUR, a slog from Samaraweera, and it fetches him a boundary, a short of length ball outside off, heaved to deep midwicket by Samaraweera

43.3

Ryder to Samaraweera, no run, defended towards the off side by Samaraweera, he decides there's no need for anything flash after that shot

43.4

Ryder to Samaraweera, no run, blocked towards backward point

43.5

Ryder to Samaraweera, 1 run, driven firmly to the right of Southee at short cover, who dives and gets a hand on the ball but can't stop it, a single is taken

43.6

Ryder to Mathews, no run, length ball to end the over, calmly played towards midwicket

End of over 44 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 190/5 (28 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 4.31, RRR: 4.66)

    • AD Mathews 0 (5b)
    • TT Samaraweera 12 (28b 1x4)
    • JD Ryder 2-0-14-0
    • TG Southee 8-2-41-3

Southee starts his ninth over

44.1

Southee to Samaraweera, 4 runs, Samaraweera gets three by flicking the length ball towards deep midwicket, a long chase for Jacob Oram while allows the time for three, the throw from Oram is way over the keeper's head and that's an overthrow, uncharacteristically sloppy from New Zealand

44.2

Southee to Samaraweera, no run, a bouncer from Southee, batsman ducks

44.3

Southee to Samaraweera, no run, length ball outside off, Samaraweera gets forward and defends the ball towards backward point

44.4

Southee to Samaraweera, no run, another bouncer, Samaraweera gets onto the front foot and has some trouble evading that one, ducks under in time though, he's bemused that it wasn't called a wide

44.5

Southee to Samaraweera, 1 run, slants onto the legstump, whipped towards deep backward square leg for a single, easy run that

Slip in place for Mathews

44.6

Southee to Mathews, 1 run, another bouncer to end the over, Mathews takes his eyes off the ball as he pulls, mistimed towards midwicket, wide enough of the fielder to get a single

End of over 45 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 196/5 (22 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 4.35, RRR: 4.40)

    • AD Mathews 1 (6b)
    • TT Samaraweera 17 (33b 1x4)
    • TG Southee 9-2-47-3
    • JD Ryder 2-0-14-0

Powerplay time. McKay to bowl. It will be fascinating to see which bowlers Vettori opts for to bowl out. Nathan McCullum still got four, but will Vettori just stick to the quicks?

45.1

McKay to Mathews, no run, no footwork from Mathews as he dabs a ball angling across him to backward point

Riken: "This is how John Wrights of the cricketing world change a team around."

45.2

McKay to Mathews, 1 run, a short ball on legstump, Mathews gets back and tucks the ball behind square leg, no effort to power it, just guides it for a single

45.3

McKay to Samaraweera, 1 run, well outside off, that's easy for Samaraweera, he guides it down to third man

45.4

McKay to Mathews, 5 wides, oh dear, that could be the game, five wides down the leg side, a diving Brendon McCullum can't get that in his gloves and Sri Lanka's 200 comes up

45.4

McKay to Mathews, no run, hang on, it might not be over, referral after umpire turned down an appeal for caught-behind, New Zealand are very confident, but without Snicko it is very difficult to overturn the decision, very hard to tell from the replays whether there is a deflection, and unless Mathews has really thwacked that it will be difficult to pick up an edge, and to no one's surprise, Mathews survives, no noise or deviation perceptible in the replays

45.5

McKay to Mathews, no run, length ball angling across, solidly defended from the crease towards the cover

45.6

McKay to Mathews, 1 run, a short ball from McKay, pulled by Mathews, timing is terrible, the ball just dribbles towards midwicket, still enough on it to get a single

End of over 46 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 204/5 (14 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 4.43, RRR: 3.50)

    • AD Mathews 3 (11b)
    • TT Samaraweera 18 (34b 1x4)
    • AJ McKay 9-1-31-1
    • TG Southee 9-2-47-3

Southee to bowl

46.1

Southee to Mathews, SIX, Mathews! what a shot that is, Sri Lanka take a giant step towards the final with a superbly timed lofted on-drive that sails into the crowd, it was a length ball wanting to be hit and it's a six off the first ball, Colombo loves it!

46.2

Southee to Mathews, no run, down the leg side and that is off Mathews' body to the keeper

46.3

Southee to Mathews, FOUR, Mathews is injured, but that doesn't show as he skates down the track and launches the ball over the bowler's head, a one-bounce four and Sri Lanka are a hit away from a second successive World Cup final, Mathews shows what a cool head he has once again

46.4

Southee to Mathews, no run, length ball outside off, gets forward and blocks towards the off side

46.5

Southee to Mathews, no run, shortish ball into the midriff, Mathews looks to pull and swivels as he plays the shot, can't get bat on it and is hit on the body

46.6

Southee to Mathews, no run, another short ball from Southee, Mathews skips towards leg and mistimes a pull towards midwicket

Some confusion whether that second ball of the over was a wide or not, umpire Steve Davis didn't realise the over was up after the sixth delivery, he was reminded by the square-leg umpire, and Davis gives Southee his cap

End of over 47 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 214/5 (4 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 4.55, RRR: 1.33)

    • AD Mathews 13 (17b 1x4 1x6)
    • TT Samaraweera 18 (34b 1x4)
    • TG Southee 10-2-57-3
    • AJ McKay 9-1-31-1

McKay to bowl what could be the final over of this semi-final.

Drama at the Premadasa, Samaraweera blasts the ball through cover for four, he thinks its over, but the umpire had actually signalled a dead ball just before the bowler delivered as he was distracted by the many fireworks going off round the stadium, Jayawardene had his arms up in triumph before realising it isn't over yet

47.1

McKay to Samaraweera, 1 run, length ball outside off, calmly steered towards third man for a single

47.2

McKay to Mathews, 1 run, shortish and on legstump, worked to square leg to bring Sri Lanka within one of New Zealand's score, the decibel level is high now in Colombo

The fireworks continue to light up the Colombo night sky, someone tell them the game's not over yet

47.3

McKay to Samaraweera, no run, swishes at that one outside off without any footwork, looking to steer it to third man, he misses

47.4

McKay to Samaraweera, no run, bowled from wide of the crease, angling in, Samaraweera looks to short-arm that behind square leg, Jayawardene is screaming off the blocks for a single before he realises Samaraweera is going nowhere and turns back

47.5

McKay to Samaraweera, FOUR, Sri Lanka book their tickets to Mumbai, their second final in a row, what an achievement this is. not the finest shot to seal the win, an outside edge between the keeper and a wide slip for four, they don't care, it's party-time in Sri Lanka, this is going to be the first all-Asian World Cup final, credit to New Zealand, they fought hard and made it tense for a while in the chase, but Sri Lanka were too good for them today

Murali's final game in Sri Lanka is over, and he is chaired around by some of his team-mates.

Mathews: "I think we have done a great job today. I never had any doubts because I thought we were going to win it, the pressure was on though. [On his injury] We've got to see how it goes, put some ice and rest it for a day and then take a call. "

Murali sports that famous grin of his as he takes a lap of honour around the ground, waving to the fans. Sri Lanka's biggest fan, Percy Abeyasekera, is walking behind him with a large Sri Lanka flag.

It ends at the semi-final stage for New Zealand once more, but there can hold their heads high after their show in this tournament. They have had a horror eight months before the World Cup, but as usual raised their game in the big tournament, upsetting a formidable South African unit before coming up short against Sri Lanka.

As for the big match tomorrow, there's some bad news from Mohali. There a heavy storm there right now, hope it clears before tomorrow afternoon.

Andrew Miller has got the match report up, take a look as we wait for the presentation to start.

Presentation ceremony
Daniel Vettori: "We set up a great start, but we lost too many wickets at the end, we scrapped hard today. The top order really set it up, we missed out by not capitalising on that, I think that's where we lost the game. We have been an outstanding fielding side all tournament, we fought hard but it wasn't enough today. Sri Lanka are going to be a tough side in the final, particularly with their bowling unit. I've enjoyed the tournament, the captaincy - I have enjoyed it some of the time, and not for some of the time." Vettori signs off as one-day captain.

Sangakkara: "The last game for Murali in Sri Lanka, we really wanted to give him a good send-off. Our bowling variety has been great, our fast bowlers are good, our spinners have been good. Murali is the icon of Sri Lanka, on the field, off the field, a fantastic human being and a great team man." The crowd goes absolutely wild as Sangakkara gives a message in Sinhalese to the partying fans. He says the team should realise they haven't won anything yet, we have just reached the final. Sangakkara is also the Man of the Match, receives the trophy from Lorgat.

That's it from us at ESPNcricinfo. On behalf of Nitin Sundar, Liam Brickhill, Sahil Dutta and the rest of the gang, this is Siddarth Ravindran signing off. In case you have been on the moon or on some other planet and don't know, it's India v Pakistan tomorrow. We promise to lay off the physics and lunar discussions. Seeya!

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