Sri Lanka tour of New Zealand, 2006/07 / Commentary

Sri Lanka in New Zealand Test Series - 2nd Test

New Zealand v Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka won by 217 runs

Overs 0-50

Right, Jamie How and Craig Cumming, the openers, are out in the middle. Chaminda Vaas will do duty. Two slips. Here he comes!

0.1

Vaas to Cumming, 1 run, lands it on middle and off, Cumming turns it past short leg and gets off the mark immediately

0.2

Vaas to How, no run, full on off stump, defended with a stride forward to point

0.3

Vaas to How, 1 run, just a fraction short on middle and off, and How pulls powerfully through square leg, but its just one out to the sweeper

0.4

Vaas to Cumming, no run, full and swinging away outside off stump, Cumming lets it pass with ease

0.5

Vaas to Cumming, no run, full outside off stump, he comes forward and pushes into the covers

0.6

Vaas to Cumming, no run, full and striving for swing, doesnt get it this time, Cummings gets well forward and defends to short cover

End of over 1 (2 runs) New Zealand 2/0
CD Cumming    1* (4b)      WPUJC Vaas    1-0-2-0
JM How    1* (2b)     

Lasith Malinga to bowl. The wind has picked up somewhat. Fairly howling all over the ground.

1.1

Malinga to How, no run, good, slinging delivery smack on the stumps, defended into the on side

1.2

Malinga to How, no run, full outside off stumps, left alone

1.3

Malinga to How, FOUR, too full, and How punches smack down the ground, ball ricochets off the stumps but still runs away for runs, shot

1.4

Malinga to How, no run, straight on the stumps, defended

1.5

Malinga to How, 1 run, dragged in short, pulled through square leg

1.6

Malinga to Cumming, no run

End of over 2 (5 runs) New Zealand 7/0
CD Cumming    1* (5b)      SL Malinga    1-0-5-0
JM How    6* (7b 1x4)      WPUJC Vaas    1-0-2-0

2.1

Vaas to How, FOUR, a good length on the stumps, he decided to pull and gets in inside edge down to fine leg

2.2

Vaas to How, no run, full and angled across him, he shoulders arms

2.3

Vaas to How, no run, full outside off stump again, he thinks about the drive but decides against it at the last second

2.4

Vaas to How, no run, full again outside off stump, some late swing, How covers off stump and lets it pass

2.5

Vaas to How, no run, slower ball, also angled across him outside off stump, and you guessed it...he lets it pass...learned from the impetuous pull shot...

2.6

Vaas to How, no run, you saw that one coming, didnt you? Full and angled across him, and he judges it to perfection and shoulders arms, good bowling, good judgement

End of over 3 (4 runs) New Zealand 11/0
JM How    10* (13b 2x4)      WPUJC Vaas    2-0-6-0
CD Cumming    1* (5b)      SL Malinga    1-0-5-0

3.1

Malinga to Cumming, no run, quick, and a fraction short outside off stump, he rocks back and cuts, ball bounces into the ground and lobs up, and Kapugedera at point leaps up and stops it, good work!

3.2

Malinga to Cumming, no run, full and fast, beats his forward prod by a whisker

3.3

Malinga to Cumming, no run, lands on a back of a length on the stumps, he goes back and defends back to Malinga

3.4

Malinga to Cumming, FOUR, quick delivery but too full, and Cumming comes forward and drives, gets a thick outer edge along the ground through gully for four

3.5

Malinga to Cumming, no run, suckers him in with a nasty one that lands on a good length outside off stump and leaves him, he goes fishing and is beaten

3.6

Malinga to Cumming, 1 run, a good length on the stumps, shuffles across and works that to midwicket

End of over 4 (5 runs) New Zealand 16/0
CD Cumming    6* (11b 1x4)      SL Malinga    2-0-10-0
JM How    10* (13b 2x4)      WPUJC Vaas    2-0-6-0

4.1

Vaas to Cumming, no run, good length on the stumps, he shuffles again but cant beat short leg

4.2

Vaas to Cumming, no run, full and wide, some swing there, he comes forward and then takes the hands away, ball kisses the edge but rolls along the ground to third slip

4.3

Vaas to Cumming, 1 run, too full outside off stump, he drives but doesnt time it well enough, ball hits silly point and loses some pace, they still manage one into the covers

4.4

Vaas to How, no run, fullish outside off stump again, left alone

4.5

Vaas to How, no run, straight and swingings into him, something of a slider, but he's right behind the ball and defends it

4.6

Vaas to How, no run, full and angled across him, left alone

Thats it from me, Jamie. Its over to Sriram for the last hour. Cheers!

End of over 5 (1 run) New Zealand 17/0
JM How    10* (16b 2x4)      WPUJC Vaas    3-0-7-0
CD Cumming    7* (14b 1x4)      SL Malinga    2-0-10-0

Thanks Jamie Alter! David Badham says $20 on Jamie How getting out within the next few overs. LBW bowled Vass. We shall see Mate!

5.1

Maharoof to Cumming, no run, fullish, on the stumps, driven to mid-on

5.2

Maharoof to Cumming, no run, In the zone outside off, left alone

5.3

Maharoof to Cumming, no run, Well outside off, left alone

5.4

Maharoof to Cumming, no run, pings the length, outside off, pushed to cover

5.5

Maharoof to Cumming, no run, Maharoof keeps hitting that channel outside off, Cumming keeps leaving them

5.6

Maharoof to Cumming, 1 no ball, Damn good yorker but a no-ball. It was honing in on the offstump, dug out to the off side

5.6

Maharoof to Cumming, no run, finally the tease act works. Cumming pushes at a length-delivery around the offstump and is beaten. But he didnt hang out his bat too much away from his body and hence doesn't nick it behind

End of over 6 (1 run) New Zealand 18/0
CD Cumming    7* (21b 1x4)      MF Maharoof    1-0-1-0
JM How    10* (16b 2x4)      WPUJC Vaas    3-0-7-0

6.1

Vaas to How, no run

Bill Black ponders: "Am I on a cricket site? I just heard somebody say that the batsmen are Cumming and How. My first thought was graphic but unprintable." Good one Sir!

6.2

Vaas to How, 1 run, How gets off the strike. How? pushed to right of cover

6.3

Vaas to Cumming, no run, full, slanted across, steered to point

6.4

Vaas to Cumming, no run, Slower delivery, outside off, defended off the front foot

6.5

Vaas to Cumming, no run, pushed across Cumming, who lets that one whistle past the off stump

6.6

Vaas to Cumming, no run, Well outside off, left alone

End of over 7 (1 run) New Zealand 19/0
CD Cumming    7* (25b 1x4)      WPUJC Vaas    4-0-8-0
JM How    11* (18b 2x4)      MF Maharoof    1-0-1-0

7.1

Maharoof to How, 3 runs, overpitched .... outside off, driven through cover. Silva makes a great sliding stop near the ropes.. Dives headlong and somehow manages to shovel the ball back into play

7.2

Maharoof to Cumming, no run

7.3

Maharoof to Cumming, no run, defended off the front foot

7.4

Maharoof to Cumming, FOUR, Imperious pull. Slightly short and Cumming swivelled off his front foot, flat-batted it over midwicket

7.5

Maharoof to Cumming, no run, Jaffa! Maharoof comes back in style. Hits the deck around the length, outside the offstump and cut back in sharply. Cumming is taken by surprise, is cramped as he shapes to cut and ball threads the bat and pad gap and sails over the stumps

7.6

Maharoof to Cumming, no run, full and on the offstump line, defended off the front foot

End of over 8 (7 runs) New Zealand 26/0
CD Cumming    11* (30b 2x4)      MF Maharoof    2-0-8-0
JM How    14* (19b 2x4)      WPUJC Vaas    4-0-8-0

8.1

Malinga to How, 1 run, outside off, short in length, steered to backward point

8.2

Malinga to Cumming, no run, bouncer, Cumming ducks as the ball sails high over the middle stump

8.3

Malinga to Cumming, 1 run, full, on that offstump line, Cumming gets behind the line, taps the ball towards cover and sets off for a quick single

8.4

Malinga to How, 1 run, run-out chance missed. How taps the ball to cover point and both the batsmen rush across. Kapugedera swoops on the ball but fails to pick it up cleanly. If he had, he could have thrown at either end, the batsmen were in the middle of the pitch

8.5

Malinga to Cumming, no run

8.6

Malinga to Cumming, 1 run

End of over 9 (4 runs) New Zealand 30/0
CD Cumming    13* (34b 2x4)      SL Malinga    3-0-14-0
JM How    16* (21b 2x4)      MF Maharoof    2-0-8-0

9.1

Maharoof to Cumming, no run, good delivery. lands on a length, around the offstump, cuts back into rap the pads. But going over.

9.2

Maharoof to Cumming, no run, Just outside off. Only just. Cumming, however was confident about his judgement, and shoulders arms

9.3

Maharoof to Cumming, no run, wider, outside off. Ie as compared to the previous delivery, Left alone without any fuss

9.4

Maharoof to Cumming, no run, back of length, outside off, punched to point&

9.5

Maharoof to Cumming, OUT, Got im! Maharoof gets the breakthrough. A length-delivery that landed around the off and middle stump line and cut back in , threaded the bat and pad gap to clean up. Quite a poor shot from a opener. Too loose. He just tried to go through the line and was done in by the in cutter. Lovely ball though.

CD Cumming b Maharoof 13 (42m 39b 2x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

9.6

Maharoof to Sinclair, no run, short of length, on the middle, pushed to the on side

End of over 10 (wicket maiden) New Zealand 30/1
MS Sinclair    0* (1b)      MF Maharoof    3-1-8-1
JM How    16* (21b 2x4)      SL Malinga    3-0-14-0

10.1

Malinga to How, no run, speared across, outside off, left alone

10.2

Malinga to How, FOUR, slapped past mid-off. Full in length and Jamie How drilled it on the up

10.3

Malinga to How, no run, Width outside offstump, full in length, square-driven to point

10.4

Malinga to How, SIX, One flew over the cuckoo's nest. Top-edged for six! Malinga bounced, How went for his pull and the top-edge propelled the ball over fine-leg

10.5

Malinga to How, OUT, Revenge! Malinga traps How plumb in front. It landed on a length, around the off and middle, cut back in a touch and beat the intended defensive flail of the bat and crashed into the back pad. Dead duck.

JM How lbw b Malinga 26 (48m 26b 3x4 1x6) SR: 100.00

10.6

Malinga to Fleming, no run, Ooh... beaten all hands up. Fleming pushes tentatively at a length-delivery that whistles past the offstump and almost nicks it. Malinga is on fire!

End of over 11 (10 runs) New Zealand 40/2
SP Fleming    0* (1b)      SL Malinga    4-0-24-1
MS Sinclair    0* (1b)      MF Maharoof    3-1-8-1

11.1

Maharoof to Sinclair, no run, short of length, angles in after landing outside off, pushed towards mid-on

11.2

Maharoof to Sinclair, no run, on the off stump line again, pushed to cover

11.3

Maharoof to Sinclair, no run, And again.

11.4

Maharoof to Sinclair, no run, Maharoof continues to keep it tight. Honing in on the offstump, pushed back down the track

11.5

Maharoof to Sinclair, no run, slightly short and outside off, punched to point. Silva fires in a throw at the non-striker's end. Fleming is in. Lots of chatter and encouragement from the fielders.

11.6

Maharoof to Sinclair, no run

End of over 12 (maiden) New Zealand 40/2
MS Sinclair    0* (7b)      MF Maharoof    4-2-8-1
SP Fleming    0* (1b)      SL Malinga    4-0-24-1

12.1

Malinga to Fleming, no run, Malinga continues to torment Fleming. Another lovely delivery shaving past the outside edge.

12.2

Malinga to Fleming, no run, another slanted delivery, this time Fleming makes contact, steers it to point

12.3

Malinga to Fleming, no run, The slinger fires in a bouncer and Fleming ducks under.

12.4

Malinga to Fleming, no run, Another one. Well directed bouncer, Fleming sways inside the line. 145 kmph delivery. fast and furious. Malinga is coming hard at Fleming

12.5

Malinga to Fleming, OUT, Malinga gets his man! Bangs one short, it rears up and shapes away from Fleming who tries to get his bat out of that shoulder-high delivery but fails. THe ball runs off the face of the bat and into the gloves of the 'keeper. Huge wicket!

SP Fleming c †HAPW Jayawardene b Malinga 0 (8m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

12.6

Malinga to Astle, no run, Good Afternoon! Malinga pings Astle's throat with a sharp bouncer, Astle ducks down in a hurry. Perfume ball as they say.

End of over 13 (wicket maiden) New Zealand 40/3
NJ Astle    0* (1b)      SL Malinga    5-1-24-2
MS Sinclair    0* (7b)      MF Maharoof    4-2-8-1

13.1

Maharoof to Sinclair, no run

13.2

Maharoof to Sinclair, 1 run, Almost got another lbw. Full and drifting in on the middle stump line, Sinclair is pretty late in getting his bat down in time but manages to keep it away, pushes it to midwicket

13.3

Maharoof to Astle, no run, Cuts Astle into half. A sharp nip-backer caught Astle by surprise and he couldn't get his bat in line and the ball brushed the flap of the back pad enroute to the 'keeper

13.4

Maharoof to Astle, no run, in the channel outside off, left alone

13.5

Maharoof to Astle, 1 run, Astle is off the mark. Mis field. Punched straight to point but there is a fumble and allows Astle to get away to the other side.

13.6

Maharoof to Sinclair, no run

End of over 14 (2 runs) New Zealand 42/3
MS Sinclair    1* (10b)      MF Maharoof    5-2-10-1
NJ Astle    1* (4b)      SL Malinga    5-1-24-2

14.1

Malinga to Astle, no run, Malinga keeps pounding those bumpers. This one whistles past the nose. I bet the leather didn't smell that good for Astle, who sways away

14.1

Malinga to Astle, no run, Malinga keeps pounding those bumpers. This one whistles past the nose. I bet the leather didn't smell that good for Astle, who sways away

14.2

Malinga to Astle, FOUR, fires in a fullish delivery, attempted yorker, Astle is waiting for that one. He doesn't move his left foot across, and punches a drive down the ground.

14.3

Malinga to Astle, no run

14.4

Malinga to Astle, no run

14.5

Malinga to Astle, no run, outside the offstump, no stroke offered

14.6

Malinga to Astle, no run, Goes for a another bouncer, not so well directed though, drifts down leg, Asle ducks under.

End of over 15 (4 runs) New Zealand 46/3
NJ Astle    5* (10b 1x4)      SL Malinga    6-1-28-2
MS Sinclair    1* (10b)      MF Maharoof    5-2-10-1

Muthiah Muralitharan will rip a few offies and doosras. Fasten your seat belt, this could be fun. A slip, short leg in place

15.1

Muralitharan to Sinclair, no run, loosener. short and spinning down leg, swatted to midwicket

15.2

Muralitharan to Sinclair, no run, on the off and middle, defended off the front foot

15.3

Muralitharan to Sinclair, 1 run, slow doosra, Sinclair lunges forward, pushes at it, it runs off the outside edge to short thirdman

15.4

Muralitharan to Astle, no run

Murali goes round. He had troubled Astle with this line in the first Test.

15.5

Muralitharan to Astle, no run, spins in from outside off, pushed away to the on side

15.6

Muralitharan to Astle, FOUR, Astle takes up the challenge. Pulls out a slog sweep. These days its no more a slog as such. Leans forward on a bended-knee and swings it over midwicket

End of over 16 (5 runs) New Zealand 51/3
NJ Astle    9* (13b 2x4)      M Muralitharan    1-0-5-0
MS Sinclair    2* (13b)      SL Malinga    6-1-28-2

16.1

Malinga to Sinclair, no run, Dropped by Sangakkara at first slip! Snorter from Malinga, right at the throat of Sinclai who fended it off ungainly and the ball headed straight at Sangakkkara who palms it off. Should have taken that one. How vital this is going to prove?

16.2

Malinga to Sinclair, no run, Malinga slings across another bouncer but this one sails well outside the legside and Prassana Jayawardene dives like a football goalkeeper to his left to make the stop

16.3

Malinga to Sinclair, no run

16.4

Malinga to Sinclair, no run, length-delivery on the offstump line, pushed to point

16.5

Malinga to Sinclair, no run, Sinclair tries to break free with a attempted slash but fails to connect. He just threw everything at a deliery outside off. Malinga is clearly troubling him here.

16.6

Malinga to Sinclair, no run, lost control over that delvery. Wide outside offstump

End of over 17 (maiden) New Zealand 51/3
MS Sinclair    2* (19b)      SL Malinga    7-2-28-2
NJ Astle    9* (13b 2x4)      M Muralitharan    1-0-5-0

17.1

Muralitharan to Astle, no run, from round the stumps - diagonally across - lands outside off, turns slightly, pushed to the offside

17.2

Muralitharan to Astle, no run, on the offstump line, on a length, defended off the front foot

17.3

Muralitharan to Astle, 1 run, fuller, almost at the blockhole, on the off and middle stump line, dug out past the bowler

17.4

Muralitharan to Sinclair, no run, tossed up on the off and middle, pushed back down the track

17.5

Muralitharan to Sinclair, no run, Murali gets the edge but it goes through the vacant backward short-leg region. Sinclair had pushed hard at a flighted offie and ended up playing outside the line as the ball spun back in

17.6

Muralitharan to Sinclair, 1 run

End of over 18 (2 runs) New Zealand 53/3
MS Sinclair    3* (22b)      M Muralitharan    2-0-7-0
NJ Astle    10* (16b 2x4)      SL Malinga    7-2-28-2

18.1

Malinga to Sinclair, 1 run, After pinging the throat, Malinga wants to amputate the toe of Sinclair. Fast and furious yorker, dug out to the on side.

18.2

Malinga to Astle, FOUR, strays outside off, short and wide, Astle will continue to attack whenever he gets an opportunity, cuts it past point

18.3

Malinga to Astle, no run, Predictable reaction. Bouncer. Swayed away.

18.4

Malinga to Astle, 3 runs, length-delivery outside off, punched past point.

18.5

Malinga to Sinclair, 1 leg bye, Ouch! Crashed into his left forearm. He didn't see that coming. Malinga pings the ribs, Sinclair must have lost sight of the ball, like a deer blinded by the headlights, and just tried to duck. The ball hit him flush on the forearm.

18.6

Malinga to Astle, no run, Ooh... Another bouncer. this one whistles past the face of Astle who just about manages to sway away

End of over 19 (9 runs) New Zealand 62/3
NJ Astle    17* (20b 3x4)      SL Malinga    8-2-36-2
MS Sinclair    4* (24b)      M Muralitharan    2-0-7-0

19.1

Muralitharan to Sinclair, no run

19.2

Muralitharan to Sinclair, no run, risky dab to the offside. He backed away, and the spinning ball kept a touch low and he somehow squirted it out to point

19.3

Muralitharan to Sinclair, no run, leans forward, pushes a fullish delvery back on the track

19.4

Muralitharan to Sinclair, 1 run, long hop... hit to deep midwicket

19.5

Muralitharan to Astle, no run, tossed up, on the stumps, Aslte leans forward, pushes at it and it runs off the in side edge to short-leg. All along the ground

19.6

Muralitharan to Astle, no run, What a ripper! A lovely deceptive doosra. Aslte lunges forward, the ball lands in front of him, grips, turns away.

End of over 20 (1 run) New Zealand 63/3
NJ Astle    17* (22b 3x4)      M Muralitharan    3-0-8-0
MS Sinclair    5* (28b)      SL Malinga    8-2-36-2

20.1

Malinga to Sinclair, 1 run, Malinga continues to pepper Sinclair with bouners. He tries to swat it away, and it brushes his gloves and goes to the shortish fine-leg area

20.2

Malinga to Astle, no run, Another great bouncer. RIght on the target, at the throat. Very well handled by Astle. He dropped his wrists, swayed away. Only just. This is fabulous piece of cricket going on in the middle.

20.3

Malinga to Astle, 1 leg bye, on the hips, tucked away

20.4

Malinga to Sinclair, no run, What a furious spell this is turning out to be. Another well-directed bouncer. At the head of Sinclair who ducks under it quickly. This is classic Test match cricket. The reason why we love this game. Fast and furious bowling and gutsy response from the batsmen

20.5

Malinga to Sinclair, no run

20.6

Malinga to Sinclair, no run, Bouncer and ducked under.

End of over 21 (2 runs) New Zealand 65/3
MS Sinclair    6* (32b)      SL Malinga    9-2-37-2
NJ Astle    17* (24b 3x4)      M Muralitharan    3-0-8-0

21.1

Muralitharan to Astle, no run, Doosra that spins away like a warne legbreak. Astle lunges forward and the ball rips past his defensive blade.

21.2

Muralitharan to Astle, no run

21.3

Muralitharan to Astle, no run, full, almost at the blockhole, just about dug out. On one end the pace of Malinga and at the other the guile of Murali. You want to be a batsman? Good luck

21.4

Muralitharan to Astle, no run

21.5

Muralitharan to Astle, 1 leg bye, shout for lbw as Murali lands one on a length on the leg stump line and it goes straight on. Just going down legside

21.6

Muralitharan to Sinclair, no run

End of over 22 (1 run, maiden) New Zealand 66/3
MS Sinclair    6* (33b)      M Muralitharan    4-1-8-0
NJ Astle    17* (29b 3x4)      SL Malinga    9-2-37-2

Mahela has a chat with Malinga. This is the last over of the day. A deep backward point is in place. So they are inviting those upper-cuts. So short and outside off? or will he go for the bluff and hurl it full? Malinga is going around

22.1

Malinga to Astle, no run, He goes for the full-length delivery, slants it across, stabbed away to the offside

22.2

Malinga to Astle, no run, banged in short, from round the stumps again, ducked under without too much fuss

22.3

Malinga to Astle, no run, oh ho! lovely slower one, ends up as a low full-toss, Astle didn't pick it up initally but adjusts and somehow keeps it away. Great stuff from Malinga

22.4

Malinga to Astle, OUT, Crash! What a ripper! 147kmph in-swinging delivery takes out Astle. It didn't land anywhere, the projectile hurtled across at a furious pace, Astle had no time to move his feet, just tried to get his bat in line but it was just not pace that he had to tackle. The ball swung in late, evaded the hurried-flail of the blade and crashed into the stumps. Malinga erupts, his colleagues yell in joy, Astle trudges off in disappointment. What a session. Especially the last spell from Malinga.

NJ Astle b Malinga 17 (41m 33b 3x4 0x6) SR: 51.51

First ...Kumar Sangakkara pulled off an exhilarating ton to lift Sri Lanka to a par score. But they needed something special from the bowlers to end the day on an even note. Lasith 'slinger' Malinga responded in style. Bouncers flew around the throat of the batsmen, yorkers threatened to take out toes and when he landed up in the in-between length, he teased the outside edge. He prised out three wickets and has now opened a door for his team. Can Sri Lanka barge through that or will New Zealand close the door? Join us tomorrow to find out. This is Sriram Veera, and along with Jamie Alter, signing off for now. Ta!

Hello and a warm welcome to day 2. I am Sriram Veera and, along with Jamie Alter, will bring you the live commentary today. The match is very interestingly poised and today should be a ripper of a game. Lasith Malinga has two balls left. In his over ie! Here we go.

22.5

Malinga to McCullum, 2 runs, Would you believe it. Dropped catch on the first ball of day! Short of length, outside off and McCullum threw the kitchen sink at it, and the ball flew at a rapid pace to the right of the gully fielder who palmed it off. What a start.

22.6

Malinga to McCullum, 1 run

End of over 23 (3 runs) New Zealand 69/4
BB McCullum    3* (2b)      SL Malinga    10-2-40-3
MS Sinclair    6* (33b)      M Muralitharan    4-1-8-0

23.1

Muralitharan to McCullum, no run, tossed up, bowling into the strong breeze, on the stumps, pushed back to the bowler

23.2

Muralitharan to McCullum, no run, on the middle, tapped to the on side. THere is a slip and a short-leg in place

23.3

Muralitharan to McCullum, 1 run, tip and run effort. New Zealand are looking to be positive here. The first ball shot and now this, just pushed short of cover and off they rushed across

23.4

Muralitharan to Sinclair, no run

23.5

Muralitharan to Sinclair, no run, flighted, on off and middle, driven to mid-on

23.6

Muralitharan to Sinclair, no run, spins in from outside off, Sinclair stays back and pushes it out towards cover

End of over 24 (1 run) New Zealand 70/4
MS Sinclair    6* (36b)      M Muralitharan    5-1-9-0
BB McCullum    4* (5b)      SL Malinga    10-2-40-3

24.1

Malinga to McCullum, no run, Banged in short, sails outside off, McCullum drops his wrists, lets that one go through to the 'keeper

24.2

Malinga to McCullum, no run, Ripper! Another bouncer, this one made McCullum hop and skip. Reared up at the throat, McCullum hopped up, the ball veered towards him, and he then swayed away.

24.3

Malinga to McCullum, no run, Another short-pitched stuff, outside off, left alone

24.4

Malinga to McCullum, no run, short again, in the channel outside off, McCullum lets that one go through to the 'keeper as well

24.5

Malinga to McCullum, 3 runs, fuller length, there is no mid-on, and McCullum pings that gap.

24.6

Malinga to Sinclair, no run, aims the ribs, mis-directs it a touch and it whistles down leg.

End of over 25 (3 runs) New Zealand 73/4
MS Sinclair    6* (37b)      SL Malinga    11-2-43-3
BB McCullum    7* (10b)      M Muralitharan    5-1-9-0

25.1

Muralitharan to McCullum, no run, tossed up, turns in from outside off, defended off the front foot

25.2

Muralitharan to McCullum, 1 run, doosra is out. Lands outside off, on a length, and straightens, McCullum had opened up his stance and I think didn't pick that one, managed to swat it to left of mid-off

25.3

Muralitharan to Sinclair, no run

25.4

Muralitharan to Sinclair, no run, leans forward, covers the line, pushes it to the on side

25.5

Muralitharan to Sinclair, no run, pushed that one a bit quicker, tapped back down the track

25.6

Muralitharan to Sinclair, no run, And again. Sinclair lunges forward while defending. It should keep the short-leg guy interested

End of over 26 (1 run) New Zealand 74/4
MS Sinclair    6* (41b)      M Muralitharan    6-1-10-0
BB McCullum    8* (12b)      SL Malinga    11-2-43-3

Now we have a mid-on in place

26.1

Malinga to McCullum, no run, Perfume ball again! McCullum just about manages to sway away from it.

26.2

Malinga to McCullum, no run, short of length, just outside off, similar to the first ball of the day, cut to point

26.3

Malinga to McCullum, no run, fuller, just outside off, driven to cover

26.4

Malinga to McCullum, 1 leg bye, huge appeal for lbw as Malinga pings McCullum with a yorker. It swung in late and hit the back foot, on the heel. McCullum winces in pain. It's better than no pain and sitting in the hutch.

26.5

Malinga to Sinclair, no run

26.6

Malinga to Sinclair, OUT, Boom! 145 kmph yorker cleans up SInclair! Malinga is on fire. Full, furious, on the off stump line, Sinclair stabs at it in a hurry but is beaten by the pace and the late swing. The furniture is disturbed. Memories of Waqar Younis comes flooding back.

MS Sinclair b Malinga 6 (72m 43b 0x4 0x6) SR: 13.95

McCullum is gone down. He is getting treatment for that hit on his ankle. What a start to the day. A dropped catch, nasty bouncers and furious yorkers.

End of over 27 (1 run, wicket maiden) New Zealand 75/5
     SL Malinga    12-3-43-4
BB McCullum    8* (16b)      M Muralitharan    6-1-10-0

27.1

Muralitharan to McCullum, FOUR, McCullum breaks free with a fine hit. Landed on the off stump, straightened and McCullum backed away towards the leg, both feet in the air as he hopped back, and drilled it to left of mid-off.

27.2

Muralitharan to McCullum, no run

27.3

Muralitharan to McCullum, 4 byes, spins down the leg side.The 'keeper couldn't get across in time. Don;t blame him, it was pretty wide

27.4

Muralitharan to McCullum, 1 run, short, on the legs, tickled away past square-leg

27.5

Muralitharan to Vettori, no run, flat, lands on the off, spins further away, steered to point. Murali is bowling into a very strong breeze blowing in from north and that is affecting him. He is yet to come in terms with it.

27.6

Muralitharan to Vettori, no run

End of over 28 (9 runs) New Zealand 84/5
DL Vettori    0* (2b)      M Muralitharan    7-1-15-0
BB McCullum    13* (20b 1x4)      SL Malinga    12-3-43-4

28.1

Malinga to McCullum, 1 leg bye, on the hips, squirted away to fineleg

28.2

Malinga to Vettori, OUT, There you go. 146kmph delivery. What a peach of a delivery. This one, like the one that cleaned up Astle last evening, didn't land anywhere. It hurtled across at a rapid pace, around the leg and middle stump line, swung in late and beat the blade that was being brought down in an hurry. Crash. The legstump had been pegged back.

DL Vettori b Malinga 0 (8m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

28.3

Malinga to Oram, no run, full in length, around the offstump, Oram stabs at it, runs off the outside edge to point

Oram, who is suffering from a hamstring injury, is out with a runner. Jamie How is the bye-runner

28.4

Malinga to Oram, 1 run

28.5

Malinga to McCullum, 2 runs, full, outside off, driven through extra cover. Good confident stroke.

28.6

Malinga to McCullum, 2 runs, low fulltoss, on the hips, shovelled away past midwicket

McCullum is yet to recover from that ankle injury. He is limping a bit.

End of over 29 (6 runs) New Zealand 90/6
BB McCullum    17* (23b 1x4)      SL Malinga    13-3-48-5
JDP Oram    1* (2b)      M Muralitharan    7-1-15-0

29.1

Muralitharan to Oram, no run, outside off, turning away, padded away to the offside

29.2

Muralitharan to Oram, no run, fuller, tossed up, leans forward, pushes it to offside

29.3

Muralitharan to Oram, no run, lands outside off, on a length, straightens, Oram goes back and across, defends

29.4

Muralitharan to Oram, no run, outside leg, swept fine to Jayasuriya at short fineleg

29.5

Muralitharan to Oram, no run

29.6

Muralitharan to Oram, OUT, Gets him with a doosra! Murali joins the Malinga party. Lands just outside offstump, turns in and Oram, who didn't pick it cleanly, goes back and is rapped on the pads. Hits him just about on the line of offstump I reckon. Sri Lanka are all over New Zealand here

JDP Oram lbw b Muralitharan 1 (7m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 12.50

End of over 30 (wicket maiden) New Zealand 90/7
     M Muralitharan    8-2-15-1
BB McCullum    17* (23b 1x4)      SL Malinga    13-3-48-5

30.1

Malinga to McCullum, no run, bounces him, ducked under

30.2

Malinga to McCullum, 2 runs, on the hips, squirted past squareleg

30.3

Malinga to McCullum, no run, another bouncer, outside off, left alone.

30.4

Malinga to McCullum, no run

30.5

Malinga to McCullum, no run, 137 kmph delivery. banged in short again. whistles in the zone outside offstump

30.6

Malinga to McCullum, no run, Not the yorker but the bouncer. 137kmph. On the stumps this time and McCullum is made to sway away.

End of over 31 (2 runs) New Zealand 92/7
BB McCullum    19* (29b 1x4)      SL Malinga    14-3-50-5
JEC Franklin    0* (0b)      M Muralitharan    8-2-15-1

31.1

Muralitharan to Franklin, no run, floats it on the leg and middle, turns and pushed away to the offside

31.2

Muralitharan to Franklin, 1 run, lands outside off, turns away, short in length, punched to cover point

31.3

Muralitharan to McCullum, FOUR, short and wide, a real bad delivery, and McCullum says thank you sir and pings the point fence with a cut. Even youknowwho's mom would have cracked it away.

31.4

Muralitharan to McCullum, no run

31.5

Muralitharan to McCullum, 1 run, on the hips, tucked behind square-leg

31.6

Muralitharan to Franklin, OUT, If Malinga doesn't get you, Murali will! Another doosra, another bewildered batsman and another lbw dismissal. Lands on the middle and leg, Franklin goes back and ends up playing the wrong line and is caught plumb in front.

JEC Franklin lbw b Muralitharan 1 (8m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

End of over 32 (6 runs) New Zealand 98/8
     M Muralitharan    9-2-21-2
BB McCullum    24* (32b 2x4)      SL Malinga    14-3-50-5

There is a deep cover

32.1

Malinga to McCullum, 1 run, full, outside off, drives it to that man in the deep. He will get just a single and that exposes Bond to the slinger.

32.2

Malinga to Bond, 1 leg bye, 145 kmph fierce full toss; it darts in on the hips, Bond didn't pick it up, that slinging round-arm action, and just pokes at it. The ball thuds into the thigh, just below the thigh-pad. That must have hurt.

32.3

Malinga to McCullum, no run, Ouch. kicks up from a length, on the middle and leg, and jams the left hand. the ball rolls over to the leg side

32.4

Malinga to McCullum, no run, length delivery, outside off, pushed away

32.5

Malinga to McCullum, no run, Almost caught behind! almost took his head out as well. Sharp bouncer, gunning towards the left shoulder, 137 kmph delivery, McCullum shapes to hook, gloves it onto his helmet and it pops up behind him but falls short of the 'keeper

32.6

Malinga to McCullum, no run, Another short one sails outside off, McCullum tries to upper cut it over slips, doesn't connect

McCullum is still limping a bit. And as if that was not enough, the blow to the left index finger, inthis over, is causing him some pain. The physio is out there.

End of over 33 (2 runs) New Zealand 100/8
BB McCullum    25* (37b 2x4)      SL Malinga    15-3-51-5
SE Bond    0* (1b)      M Muralitharan    9-2-21-2

33.1

Muralitharan to Bond, no run

33.2

Muralitharan to Bond, no run, on the middle and leg, pushed back down the track

33.3

Muralitharan to Bond, no run, leans forward, plays it to offside

33.4

Muralitharan to Bond, no run, And again. He is lunging forward in defense.

Now a sillypoint moves in. Slip and short-leg already in place

33.5

Muralitharan to Bond, no run

33.6

Muralitharan to Bond, no run, Huge shout for lbw, then loud appeal for a pad-bat decision, Jerling turns it down. It landed on the middle, spun in, struck the pad, that should have been given out, and then took the edge of the bat enroute to silly point. Unlucky Murali.

End of over 34 (maiden) New Zealand 100/8
SE Bond    0* (7b)      M Muralitharan    10-3-21-2
BB McCullum    25* (37b 2x4)      SL Malinga    15-3-51-5

34.1

Malinga to McCullum, FOUR, whack. Short and outside off, McCullum murders it past point. Fab shot.

34.2

Malinga to McCullum, 2 runs, Yorker length delivery, driven to wide long-on

34.3

Malinga to McCullum, 1 run, Great slower delivery. 115kmph. Loops up and dips in front of middle, McCullum didn't pick it till very late in the trajectory, somehow adjusts to stab it away past point.

34.4

Malinga to Bond, no run

34.5

Malinga to Bond, no run, 141 kmph delivery, rears up at the ribs, Bond hops, keeps the ball down.

34.6

Malinga to Bond, FOUR, 144 kmph, full on the offstump line, Bond doesn't get his left foot across, opens the bat-face, runs it through backward point

Over to Jamie Alter

End of over 35 (11 runs) New Zealand 111/8
SE Bond    4* (10b 1x4)      SL Malinga    16-3-62-5
BB McCullum    32* (40b 3x4)      M Muralitharan    10-3-21-2

Thanks, Sriram. Morning/evening all.

35.1

Muralitharan to McCullum, no run, tossed up on off stump, defended with a huge stride forward

35.2

Muralitharan to McCullum, no run, and again tossed up, defended back to him

35.3

Muralitharan to McCullum, no run, quicker and flatter on leg stump, he makes room and drives square of the pitch, towards point

35.4

Muralitharan to McCullum, 1 run, dropped in short on the stumps, he backs away towards leg and cuts to point

35.5

Muralitharan to Bond, FOUR, moves around the wicket, spinning it into the rough on leg and middle, Bond goes back and cuts, and the ball takes the edge and scoots between 'keeper and slip for four

35.6

Muralitharan to Bond, OUT, tossed up on off stump, Bond doesnt judge it well and thrusts his front pad in the line, the ball pitches, doesnt turn much and raps him in front of off stump, everyone goes up and Jerling agrees, Murali gets another

SE Bond lbw b Muralitharan 8 (20m 12b 2x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

End of over 36 (5 runs) New Zealand 116/9
     M Muralitharan    11-3-26-3
BB McCullum    33* (44b 3x4)      SL Malinga    16-3-62-5

Last man in: Chris Martin. Back to fiery Malinga. Strong wind blowing.

36.1

Malinga to McCullum, no run, quick, quick ball on off stump, McCullum moves back and tries to chop it down towards gully, doesnt time it well at all, ball hurried on him

36.2

Malinga to McCullum, no run, full outside off stump, he drives well and connects, timing it all along the ground to a wide long-off

Sri Lankans patrolling the ropes to good effect

36.3

Malinga to McCullum, no run, fuller this time on off stump, McCullum drives down between stumps and mid-on down to long-on, again he turns down the run

36.4

Malinga to McCullum, no run, another half-volley on off stump, McCullum slogs that past Martin down to long-on and doesnt want this run either

36.5

Malinga to McCullum, no run, full once more, but straighter and slower on leg stump, he slogs across the line and takes one hand off the bat, doesnt even want to run this one

field moves in for the last ball

36.6

Malinga to McCullum, 1 bye, he bounces him, ball lands and sails over him as he ducks, and McCullum immediately set off for the bye, not a surprise, but Prasanna Jayawardene's quick to fire in the throw back onto the stumps, its touch and go, the throws good, they go upstairs, its a while coming back, but replays show that Martin just got in, that was very, very close

End of over 37 (1 run, maiden) New Zealand 117/9
BB McCullum    33* (50b 3x4)      SL Malinga    17-4-62-5
CS Martin    0* (0b)      M Muralitharan    11-3-26-3

37.1

Muralitharan to McCullum, no run, tossed up, McCullum backs to leg and square-drives over gully, balls in the air for some time but lands safely in the deep

37.2

Muralitharan to McCullum, no run, good ball! Pitches on off stump and goes the other way, spins past his forward prod

37.3

Muralitharan to McCullum, FOUR, flatter outside off stump, McCullum moves to leg and drives that nicely through cover, and Vaas on the ropes runs over it and gives away a boundary when the batsmen weren't even interested in one

37.4

Muralitharan to McCullum, 2 byes, pitches very wide of leg stump and even Jayawardene cant stop it escaping for byes

37.5

Muralitharan to McCullum, no run, tossed up on middle and off, down goes McCullum and slogs that to square leg

once more the field comes in, Murali calling his men in, stop the single, is the order

37.6

Muralitharan to McCullum, 1 run, but they cant, as McCullum advances to a tossed up delivery on off stump and pinches it towards mid-off, his running is superb and the throw is shy, and he's won that battle

End of over 38 (7 runs) New Zealand 124/9
BB McCullum    38* (56b 4x4)      M Muralitharan    12-3-31-3
CS Martin    0* (0b)      SL Malinga    17-4-62-5

38.1

Malinga to McCullum, (no ball) FOUR, dragged in short, tried to get it in slower but lost control, overstepped to boot, lands it on middle and leg and McCullum pulls, albeit with one hand, but the placement is superb and he gets four in the gap at backward square leg

38.1

Malinga to McCullum, no run, half-volley outside off stump, he flashes the drive all the way to wide long-off and says 'NO' to Martin

38.2

Malinga to McCullum, no run, slower ball outside off stump, full again, mistimes the drive down to long-off

38.3

Malinga to McCullum, 1 run, strives for the yorker, but ends up a low full toss on middle and off, chipped down towards long-on, he sets off and 'TWO,TWO' is the call, but Murali does superbly and cuts it off, and there's just the one, hmmmm...

so, its down to Martin to see off three legal deliveries...words of advice from McCullum

38.4

Malinga to Martin, no run, and he survives, as Malinga bounces him outside off stump, and he easily leaves that alone

38.5

Malinga to Martin, no run, he pitches short again, lands and sits up but Martin plays that well, even though away from his body, and it lands safely in front of short cover

38.6

Malinga to Martin, no run, well played! Malinga drags it in on a short of a good length on leg stump, Martin hops up and keeps it down

End of over 39 (6 runs) New Zealand 130/9
CS Martin    0* (3b)      SL Malinga    18-4-68-5
BB McCullum    43* (60b 5x4)      M Muralitharan    12-3-31-3

39.1

Muralitharan to McCullum, OUT, all over, clean bowled! Tossed up on middle and leg, McCullum backs away and tries to hit down the track with the wind over the off side, but its the doosra and he doesnt read it, pitches and spins past him to knock back off stump, Murali wins this battle

BB McCullum b Muralitharan 43 (81m 61b 5x4 0x6) SR: 70.49

Sri Lanka came out hard on the second morning, with a pacy Malinga causing the early damage with an enthusiastic spell, and he was backed up by Murali, and the two shared the six wickets to fall in the session so far. New Zealand are all out for just 130, giving the tourists a 138-run lead. McCullum fought well with 43, but Sri Lanka took all the honours. Please stay with us for Sri Lanka's second innings.

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