New Zealand v Sri Lanka 2010 / Commentary

New Zealand v Sri Lanka T20I Series - 1st T20I

New Zealand v Sri Lanka

New Zealand won by 28 runs

Well, in a match between Sri Lanka and New Zealand, Punjabi music is blaring loudly in the stadium. Even though Kumar and Mahela have played for Kings XI Punjab, this can't be in honour for them. Anyway, Aaron Redmond and Brendon McCullum are out. Angelo Mathews to bowl to McCullum. Keeper is already up to the stumps. Well that says a lot about the wicket

Toss A smallish crowd, mainly Sri Lankan supporters, is in. Breezy afternoon here. Daniel Vettori spins the coin, wins and bats first, expecting a slow and low wicket. "A great facility, a great venue," Dan calls it. "We have to treat this with respect. This is an international game," Dan reminds us. Kumar tells us Sanath Jayasuriya is sitting out. "Six batsmen, one allrounder, two fast bowlers, two spinners." Sweet as. Sunny Gavaskar hopes the grassless wicket will hold up for 40 overs.

3.20pm (7.20pm GMT) It's 7.20am, Sunday morning in Wellington, and 50 minutes past Saturday's midnight in Colombo. Daniel Vettori and Kumar Sangakkara, though, are waiting for the coin to come down and then decide who is going to bat and who is going to bowl in Lauderhill, Florida. Yes, yes, cricket is going global, at least trying to, and we welcome you to the first-ever international match in the United States of America. Yo! Well, the Americans do claim that PG Wodehouse is American, let's see how much of a liking they take to the cricket.

0.1

Mathews to BB McCullum, no run, stop the press! International cricket takes off in US. Back of a length outside off, low and slow, defended to cover

0.2

Mathews to BB McCullum, no run, stays back of a length, around middle this time, pushed towards midwicket

0.3

Mathews to BB McCullum, 1 run, straying on the pads, worked away for the first international run on US soil

Sanga goes behind for Redmond

0.4

Mathews to Redmond, no run, back of a length, around off, defended back to the bowler

0.5

Mathews to Redmond, 1 run, angled into the pads, worked away to square leg for one

If you would like to watch this match, it's live for free online on ESPN3 in the USA. You can also watch this live on TV on ESPN in the UK, Africa and the Middle East, as well as ESPN2 in the Caribbean. Cricinfo will have highlights after the game. Meanwhile keeper comes up for McCullum

0.6

Mathews to BB McCullum, FOUR, punched away off the front foot, square of the wicket, in front of cover-point, and it's the first international boundary on US soil. Ever

End of over 1 (6 runs) New Zealand 6/0 (RR: 6.00)
BB McCullum    5* (4b 1x4)      AD Mathews    1-0-6-0
AJ Redmond    1* (2b)     

Kulasekara to bowl now

1.1

Kulasekara to Redmond, 1 run, steered away from wide outside off, gets a single

1.2

Kulasekara to BB McCullum, 2 runs, back of a length, into the pads, flicked square on the on side for a couple

1.3

Kulasekara to BB McCullum, no run, cramps him up this time, hit back to the bowler

1.4

Kulasekara to BB McCullum, no run, offcutter, or perhaps jags back off the seam, and almost traps him lbw. Umpire reckons it hit him outside the line of off

1.5

Kulasekara to BB McCullum, no run, fuller ball, hit to mid-off, again slow pace means struggle to time

1.6

Kulasekara to BB McCullum, no run, McCullum is trying to manufacture something here, looks to sweep a medium-pacer, and again manages to get outside the line of off as he misses the shot

End of over 2 (3 runs) New Zealand 9/0 (RR: 4.50)
BB McCullum    7* (9b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    1-0-3-0
AJ Redmond    2* (3b)      AD Mathews    1-0-6-0

2.1

Mathews to Redmond, FOUR, length ball, just outside off, and smashed back past the bowler, catchable height for mid-off, but it is hit too straight of him

mid-off comes straighter, keeper comes up for Redmond too

2.2

Mathews to Redmond, no run, looks to drive this from outside off and is beaten

2.3

Mathews to Redmond, no run, slow ball, and it grips the surface and kicks at him, and Redmond has enough time to get out of the way. The pitch is absorbing all the pace on the ball

2.4

Mathews to Redmond, no run, too slow again, Redmond waits and waits and still doesn't get timing in this punch shot

2.5

Mathews to Redmond, 1 run, nice late-cut from out of Sanga's gloves, but there is hardly any pace in the pitch, and the ball doesn't go too far past short third man

2.6

Mathews to BB McCullum, 1 run, hoicked away, no timing again, gets a single to square leg

End of over 3 (6 runs) New Zealand 15/0 (RR: 5.00)
BB McCullum    8* (10b 1x4)      AD Mathews    2-0-12-0
AJ Redmond    7* (8b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    1-0-3-0

Kula to continue

3.1

Kulasekara to BB McCullum, FOUR, McScoop! And he has somehow manufactured pace here! Moves axcross the stumps, down on his knees, and somehow makes contact, and the length ball goes sailing over the keeper's head

3.2

Kulasekara to BB McCullum, SIX, first international six flying over US soil! And a well-connected slog does it. Length ball, and when McCullum connects, this small boundary won't be big enough to hold it inside

3.3

Kulasekara to BB McCullum, OUT, first international wicket on the US soil! McCullum looks to make room and go over extra cover, but is down in by the slowness of the pitch and ends up hitting towards mid-off, where Mathews takes a superb catch diving forward

BB McCullum c Mathews b Kulasekara 18 (14m 13b 2x4 1x6) SR: 138.46

Rob Nicol is the new man in

3.4

Kulasekara to Nicol, no run, gets an inside edge onto the pad as he looks to defend the first ball he faces

3.5

Kulasekara to Nicol, 1 run, back of a length, into the pads, punched wide of mid-on for one

Krishna Harry: "I decided to read your commentary WI vs SA, instead of going to see SL vs NZ which is just minutes from my home...I can hear the Punjabi music there. Ho hum I should have gone fishing!"

3.6

Kulasekara to Redmond, 1 run, full ball, driven straight to mid-off, and they pinch a single

End of over 4 (12 runs) New Zealand 27/1 (RR: 6.75)
AJ Redmond    8* (9b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    2-0-15-1
RJ Nicol    1* (2b)      AD Mathews    2-0-12-0

4.1

Mathews to Redmond, OUT, another slower ball, another man gone! Short and wide outside off, has ages to decide where to hit it, flat-batted powerfully, but ended up hitting it straight towards Malinga at mid-on, and like Bob Willis would say, Malinga made no mistake

AJ Redmond c Malinga b Mathews 8 (16m 10b 1x4 0x6) SR: 80.00

Taylor is the new batsman

4.2

Mathews to Taylor, no run, comes forward and pushes it back to the bowler

4.3

Mathews to Taylor, FOUR, nice juicy full toss on the hips, and glanced away for four runs, fine of fine leg

4.4

Mathews to Taylor, 1 run, slower ball again, drops and runs, Malinga is quick at mid-on, swoops on it, and flicks it onto the stumps, Jonty Rhodes-style. The third umpire finally gets the correct angle after various replays from unhelpful angles, and it shows he is in by a frame

4.5

Mathews to Nicol, no run, shuffles across the stumps, beaten by the slowness of the wicket again, gets an inside edge onto the pad

4.6

Mathews to Nicol, no run, presses forward to defend this back-of-a-length delivery

End of over 5 (5 runs) New Zealand 32/2 (RR: 6.40)
RJ Nicol    1* (4b)      AD Mathews    3-0-17-1
LRPL Taylor    5* (3b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    2-0-15-1

Malinga to bowl now

5.1

Malinga to Taylor, no run, Taylor plays across the line, is beaten, but the ball is headed down the leg side. The real opportunity, though, is at the other end where Nicol is backing up too far, but Malinga misses the stumps

5.2

Malinga to Taylor, no run, yorker outside off, hit to mid-off

5.3

Malinga to Taylor, no run, another yorker, middle and off, dug out back to the bowler

5.4

Malinga to Taylor, no run, back of a length, around off, pushed back to the bowler

5.5

Malinga to Taylor, 1 wide, another yorker - length is right, but it is down the leg side

5.5

Malinga to Taylor, no run, back of a length, straightening outside off, edged, and Sanga takes it one-handed, and immediately says it is not a catch, and has come to him on a half-volley

5.6

Malinga to Taylor, no run, swipes from outside off, misses by a long way, and is lucky that it misses the off stump

End of over 6 (1 run) New Zealand 33/2 (RR: 5.50)
LRPL Taylor    5* (9b 1x4)      SL Malinga    1-0-1-0
RJ Nicol    1* (4b)      AD Mathews    3-0-17-1

Randiv to bowl offspin now. The pitch should help him

6.1

Randiv to Nicol, 1 run, pitched-up delivery, pushed to long-on for one

round the wicket now

6.2

Randiv to Taylor, 1 run, worked away from outside off towards square leg for one

Randiv is bowling into a stiff wind

6.3

Randiv to Nicol, no run, premeditated sweep from outside off, misses and is hit on the pad

6.4

Randiv to Nicol, no run, flighted delivery, hit straight to mid-on

6.5

Randiv to Nicol, 2 runs, comes forward, shifts his weight back, and runs this off the face, fine of short third

6.6

Randiv to Nicol, no run, another premeditated sweep, and again he is beaten outside off

End of over 7 (4 runs) New Zealand 37/2 (RR: 5.28)
RJ Nicol    4* (9b)      S Randiv    1-0-4-0
LRPL Taylor    6* (10b 1x4)      SL Malinga    1-0-1-0

Thisara Perera to bowl now

7.1

Perera to Taylor, no run, full ball outside off, hit straight to straight extra cover

7.2

Perera to Taylor, 1 run, short, outside off, punched to sweeper-cover - doesn't have the pace on it to cut it

7.3

Perera to Nicol, FOUR, chips down the track and plays a nice little chip shot, over mid-off, and two bounces into the boundary

7.4

Perera to Nicol, no run, quicker ball, short, and he pulls at it, but it stays low and passes under his bat

7.5

Perera to Nicol, no run, back of a length, outside off, punched to straight extra cover

7.6

Perera to Nicol, 1 run, short, outside off, pushed to sweeper-cover for one

End of over 8 (6 runs) New Zealand 43/2 (RR: 5.37)
RJ Nicol    9* (13b 1x4)      NLTC Perera    1-0-6-0
LRPL Taylor    7* (12b 1x4)      S Randiv    1-0-4-0

8.1

Randiv to Nicol, 1 run, flighted around off, swept away to deep square leg for one

goes round the wicket to Taylor

8.2

Randiv to Taylor, no run, floater outside off, is beaten on the cut shot, goes under his bat

8.3

Randiv to Taylor, FOUR, pushed for four! Lovely timing towards extra cover, and sweeper-cover, Mendis dives too early on it

8.4

Randiv to Taylor, 2 runs, shooter this time, cuts this short delivery inches off the ground, and comes back for two after hitting it square enough of third man to come back for two

8.5

Randiv to Taylor, 1 run, into the pads, worked away for one

8.6

Randiv to Nicol, OUT, played on. He has had enough of this slow and low pitch, finally plays the unwise shot, looking to punch this one into the off side, and not for the first time he gets an inside edge

RJ Nicol b Randiv 10 (23m 15b 1x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

End of over 9 (8 runs) New Zealand 51/3 (RR: 5.66)
     S Randiv    2-0-12-1
LRPL Taylor    14* (16b 2x4)      NLTC Perera    1-0-6-0

9.1

Perera to Taylor, no run, back of a length, pushed down the ground, and Kapugedera from straight extra cover dives full length to stop the single

9.2

Perera to Taylor, 1 run, full outside off, pushed to long-on for one

Scotty Styris is the new batsman

9.3

Perera to Styris, no run, beaten by low bounce as he looks to punch one outside off

9.4

Perera to Styris, 1 run, inside edge as he looks to drive down the ground, gets a single, though

9.5

Perera to Taylor, 1 run, hit back at the bowler, Perera misfields, lets them go through for a single

9.6

Perera to Styris, no run, punched square of the wicket, straight to Dilshan at backward point

End of over 10 (3 runs) New Zealand 54/3 (RR: 5.40)
SB Styris    1* (3b)      NLTC Perera    2-0-9-0
LRPL Taylor    16* (19b 2x4)      S Randiv    2-0-12-1

Mendis to bowl now. Surely Americans don't know what a carrom ball is? One slip in there

10.1

Mendis to Taylor, 1 run, starts off with a carrom ball, stays low outside off, pushed to cover

10.2

Mendis to Styris, 1 run, short outside off, cut away to sweeper-cover

10.3

Mendis to Taylor, 1 run, another shooter, Taylor does well to cover the line of it, and also manages to get a single to cover

10.4

Mendis to Styris, 1 run, guided to backward point for one

10.5

Mendis to Taylor, no run, legbreak, stays low again, gets an outside edge towards short third man

10.6

Mendis to Taylor, no run, fuller, outside off, pushed to short cover

End of over 11 (4 runs) New Zealand 58/3 (RR: 5.27)
LRPL Taylor    18* (23b 2x4)      BAW Mendis    1-0-4-0
SB Styris    3* (5b)      NLTC Perera    2-0-9-0

Malinga comes back

11.1

Malinga to Styris, no run, drives outside off, plays outside the line of the ball, and is beaten

11.2

Malinga to Styris, 1 run, charges down the wicket, makes room too, mis-hits towards long-on for one

11.3

Malinga to Taylor, 1 run, slower ball, worked away towards midwicket for one

11.4

Malinga to Styris, 1 run, stays low, into the pads, worked away to deep square leg

Charindra: "I love the idea of cricket in the USA, but boy, they're not gonna win over ANY americans by preparing a pitch like this... It should ideally have been a batting paradise with a lot of "home runs"!"

11.5

Malinga to Taylor, no run, good yorker, no room either, played back to the bowler

11.6

Malinga to Taylor, FOUR, superb shot, considering the slow and pitch, driven on the up, through extra cover, gets a rare boundary

End of over 12 (7 runs) New Zealand 65/3 (RR: 5.41)
LRPL Taylor    23* (26b 3x4)      SL Malinga    2-0-8-0
SB Styris    5* (8b)      BAW Mendis    1-0-4-0

12.1

Mendis to Styris, 2 runs, comes down the track, looks to go inside out, ends up slicing it much straighter than he wants, but it is still wide enough of long-on, Malinga

12.2

Mendis to Styris, 2 runs, comes down the track again, Mendis floats this higher, Styris is beaten in the flight, and heaves at it. Gets an inside edge onto the pad, and an overthrow makes it two runs

12.3

Mendis to Styris, 1 run, charges at him again and pushes it down to long-off

12.4

Mendis to Taylor, 1 run, short outside off, cut away for a single

12.5

Mendis to Styris, OUT, this was a long way coming, looks for the huge sweep shot, Mendis holds the ball back, a googly, and furthermore the low bounce betas him too. leg stump gone

SB Styris b Mendis 10 (14m 12b 0x4 0x6) SR: 83.33

A slip in for the new man, Vettori

12.6

Mendis to Vettori, 1 run, sweeps the first ball he faces, and gets off the mark with a single to fine leg

End of over 13 (7 runs) New Zealand 72/4 (RR: 5.53)
DL Vettori    1* (1b)      BAW Mendis    2-0-11-1
LRPL Taylor    24* (27b 3x4)      SL Malinga    2-0-8-0

Perera comes back

13.1

Perera to Vettori, 1 wide, wide down the leg side

13.1

Perera to Vettori, 1 run, looks to hit this down the ground, no timing again, low, slow, and he gets a single towards long-off

13.2

Perera to Taylor, no run, hit down the ground, and Mahela from straight midwicket makes a diving save

13.3

Perera to Taylor, 2 runs, pushed into the on side with soft hands, and he comes back for a couple

13.4

Perera to Taylor, 1 run, OUT, yorker outside off, and Taylor has run himself out. He knows the boundaries aren't coming and he takes the risky second, having dug this straight to third man. Kulasekara's throw is accurate, and he is caught way short

LRPL Taylor run out 27 (41m 30b 3x4 0x6) SR: 90.00

Guptill comes out to bat

13.5

Perera to Guptill, 1 run, back of a length, outside off, drops and runs

13.6

Perera to Vettori, 1 run, worked away off the pads, to short fine leg for one

End of over 14 (7 runs) New Zealand 79/5 (RR: 5.64)
DL Vettori    3* (3b)      NLTC Perera    3-0-16-0
MJ Guptill    1* (1b)      BAW Mendis    2-0-11-1

Mendis to continue

14.1

Mendis to Vettori, 1 run, chips down the track and chips it to deep square leg for one

14.2

Mendis to Guptill, 1 run, played in front of his front pad, worked away from outside off towards square leg

14.3

Mendis to Vettori, 1 run, goes for the huge, ugly sweep, gets the toe end for a single to short third

14.4

Mendis to Guptill, 1 run, carrom ball, outside off, worked into the on side for one

14.5

Mendis to Vettori, 1 run, down the wicket again, no timing again, gets a single to long-off

14.6

Mendis to Guptill, 1 run, back of a length, punched to long-on for one

End of over 15 (6 runs) New Zealand 85/5 (RR: 5.66)
MJ Guptill    4* (4b)      BAW Mendis    3-0-17-1
DL Vettori    6* (6b)      NLTC Perera    3-0-16-0

15.1

Perera to Guptill, 2 runs, short and wide, punched away, wide of point, will come back for two

15.2

Perera to Guptill, 1 run, short and wide again, slower this time, and he has to hit in front of square, straight towards sweeper-cover

15.3

Perera to Vettori, 2 runs, makes room, plays the chip shot, and Randiv misfields at sweeper-cover to let them come back for two

15.4

Perera to Vettori, 1 run, backs away again, gets a single to sweeper-cover

15.5

Perera to Guptill, 2 runs, low full toss, hit to long-off, Mendis, fast earning a distinction for poor outfielding, fumbles twice and gives away the second run

15.6

Perera to Guptill, 1 run, this time Mendis does well at long-off to keep them down to one

End of over 16 (9 runs) New Zealand 94/5 (RR: 5.87)
MJ Guptill    10* (8b)      NLTC Perera    4-0-25-0
DL Vettori    9* (8b)      BAW Mendis    3-0-17-1

16.1

Mendis to Guptill, no run, back of a length, hit straight back to the bowler

16.2

Mendis to Guptill, OUT, what do you do Jack? The pitch is low and slow, and it's a T20 and run-rate is crucial. So he gives Mendis the charge, creates enough room to free his arms, reads the length and line right. But. But. But the ball hardly leaves the ground upon pitching. Poor guy is bowled

MJ Guptill b Mendis 10 (7m 10b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Nathan McCullum is the new batsman

16.3

Mendis to NL McCullum, no run, looks to cut this one, playing for the legbreak, but it goes straight on and gets an inside edge onto the pad

16.4

Mendis to NL McCullum, 1 leg bye, paddled away to short fine for one

16.5

Mendis to Vettori, 1 run, Vettori's patented slap-sweep, taking the front leg out of the way, sweeping it in front of square, and all along the ground, gets a single

16.6

Mendis to NL McCullum, no run, skidding towards his pads, pushed to midwicket

End of over 17 (2 runs) New Zealand 96/6 (RR: 5.64)
NL McCullum    0* (3b)      BAW Mendis    4-0-18-2
DL Vettori    10* (9b)      NLTC Perera    4-0-25-0

Malinga comes back

17.1

Malinga to Vettori, 1 run, Vettori makes room and plays him square on the off side, gets a single

17.2

Malinga to NL McCullum, 2 runs, slower ball, ends up being a low full toss, which he pushes down the ground, not powerfully, hence it allows Vettori to come back for the second

17.3

Malinga to NL McCullum, 1 run, shorter delivery, McCullum bunts and runs

17.4

Malinga to Vettori, FOUR, misses the yorker by about a foot, and Vettori likes the pace of Malinga, getting under it and chipping it past extra cover. Rare boundary, important boundary for NZ

17.5

Malinga to Vettori, no run, slower ball, beats him outside off, gets a dot ball through

17.6

Malinga to Vettori, 2 runs, another slower ball, shuffles across and runs it down to third man, where a Dilshan fumble allows him to come back for two

End of over 18 (10 runs) New Zealand 106/6 (RR: 5.88)
DL Vettori    17* (13b 1x4)      SL Malinga    3-0-18-0
NL McCullum    3* (5b)      BAW Mendis    4-0-18-2

Kulasekara comes back for one final over

18.1

Kulasekara to NL McCullum, 1 run, short ball, walks down the track and flat-bats it to long-on

18.2

Kulasekara to Vettori, 1 run, Vettori makes room, Kula gets the yorker correct, only a single ensues

18.3

Kulasekara to NL McCullum, no run, another yorker, swinging down the leg side, beating McCullum as he makes room

18.4

Kulasekara to NL McCullum, 2 runs, slower ball, waits and waits for it, and then hits wide of extra cover, Jayasinghe has a chance, but it bursts through his hands

18.5

Kulasekara to NL McCullum, 2 runs, fuller and quicker, hit wide of long-on, rushes back for two

18.6

Kulasekara to NL McCullum, 1 run, full and straight, hit powerfully and straight to long-on, will be just a one

End of over 19 (7 runs) New Zealand 113/6 (RR: 5.94)
NL McCullum    9* (10b)      KMDN Kulasekara    3-0-22-1
DL Vettori    18* (14b 1x4)      SL Malinga    3-0-18-0

19.1

Malinga to NL McCullum, no run, short ball, outside off, McCullum aborts the pull shot and leaves it alone, expecting it to be called wide, but Ian Gould reckons it is close enough to him

19.2

Malinga to NL McCullum, OUT, slower bouncer, it's near impossible to time those on this pitch, and he holes out to deep square leg

NL McCullum c Jayawardene b Malinga 9 (13m 12b 0x4 0x6) SR: 75.00

19.3

Malinga to Vettori, 1 run, slower ball outside off, run down to third man for one

Mills to face for the first time

19.4

Malinga to Mills, 1 run, leg-stump yorker, steals a single to midwicket

19.5

Malinga to Vettori, 2 wides, slower ball outside off again, this time Gould calls it a wide, and they run one too off the Sanga fumble

19.5

Malinga to Mills, 1 run, slower ball, gets just a single to cover

19.6

Malinga to Vettori, 2 runs, length ball, slogs with all his might, still no timing, but clears the circle on the on side and comes back for two

A low total on a pitch not conducive to attractive cricket: slow, low, no pace, no sharp turn. Only eight fours and a six stand testimony to the quality of the wicket. Two wickets to shooters say a lot too. Americans, cricket is a much more attractive and watchable sport. Do join us for Sri Lanka's chase

End of over 20 (7 runs) New Zealand 120/7
DL Vettori    21* (16b 1x4)      SL Malinga    4-0-25-1
KD Mills    2* (2b)      KMDN Kulasekara    3-0-22-1
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May 22, 2010

Rob Nicol misses the sweep, New Zealand v Sri Lanka, 1st Twenty20 international, Florida, May 22 2010

Rob Nicol misses the sweep

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May 22, 2010

Lasith Malinga fields the ball, New Zealand v Sri Lanka, 1st Twenty20 international, Florida, May 22 2010

Lasith Malinga fields the ball

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