Player of the Match
Player of the Match
  • BATSMEN
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    4.2 134 kph, almost a carbon copy but this time it just looked out, and the umpire corroborates with the raise of the finger. Dimuth wanted to review as he went to his partner, but Dilshan sent him right away to the dressing room. Ends a torrid stay at the crease for the left-hander 11/1
    20.1 and New Zealand have struck against the run of play! Dilshan, looking to chip one floated in by Kane just outside off, ends up finding short mid off on the full, with the fielder barely able to contain himself as he completed the straightforward take. Big wicket that, but not the one they would have ideally wanted with Sangakkara rooted at his end 113/2
    33.1 141 kph, and all his good work comes to an end as he is obliged to go after a fuller one in the slot, looking for his trademark cover drive, but instead finds Guptill at silly mid off, who takes it with no fuss. Looks like the only way he was going to get out. Beautiful knock that from Sangakkara 180/3
    45.3 125 kph, unfortunately for all present at the Saxton Oval, Mahela will fall just six short as he looked to play the umpteenth 'run-another-down-to-third man' stroke outside his off stump, but ends up hitting it a bit finer than he would have liked as this one goes straight into Ronchi's gloves. Is given a rousing ovation as he walks off the pitch 253/6
    33.2 146 kph, Milne may just have another one here as he gets Mathews to glove at one going down the leg side at an awkward height. The umpire is unmoved when NZ go up for the appeal, but replays show that Mathews indeed got something on it, and it wasn't glove, but bat, so the decision is overturned 180/4
    44.3 134 kph, Mitchell gets one now as Lahiru is woefully late on this heave intended to go over extra-cover, with the bat missing the ball completely as it continued on to cannon into his middle stump 245/5
    46.6 127 kph, Perera is looking to hit out as he mistimes one, with the intention of going over extra-cover, with Brendon McCullum running hard to his right to take a diving catch. Excellent fielding in the end from NZ to pluck another useful wicket 268/7
    48.2 131 kph, and another one bites the dust as this time it is Mendis' turn to depart, looking to heave this low full toss through long on, but instead hitting it high to extra-cover, where Vettori is able to take the catch comfortably 270/8
    49.1 you just can't keep Brendon out of the action for too long as Kula hammers this fuller one straight to him. He is unable to catch the ball despite putting in a Jontyesque dive to his right, but picks up the ball after and fires in an insanely quick throw to McClenaghan, who holds onto it before whipping the bails from Kula's end. The batsman was well short of his crease on the replay, so Sri Lanka are now nine down, and New Zealand need just one more to end things prematurely at the Saxton Oval 273/9
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    3
    10
    0
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    33.33
    49.3 129 kph, and those two wides just delayed the inevitable it seems as Herath's stay ends as soon as it began. Looking to pull this shorter one through midwicket, but ends up spooning a high chance over mid on which Williamson is able to snag comfortably 276/10
    Extras
    16 (lb 2, w 14)
    TOTAL
    276 all out (49.3 Overs, RR: 5.57)
    Fall of wickets: 1-11 (FDM Karunaratne, 4.2 ov), 2-113 (TM Dilshan, 20.1 ov), 3-180 (KC Sangakkara, 33.1 ov), 4-180 (AD Mathews, 33.2 ov), 5-245 (HDRL Thirimanne, 44.3 ov), 6-253 (DPMD Jayawardene, 45.3 ov), 7-268 (NLTC Perera, 46.6 ov), 8-270 (BMAJ Mendis, 48.2 ov), 9-273 (KMDN Kulasekara, 49.1 ov), 10-276 (HMRKB Herath, 49.3 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEcon0s4s6sWDNB
    TG Southee1015935.90316140
    AF Milne702824.00272010
    MJ McClenaghan9.305826.10286040
    CJ Anderson301916.3372000
    GD Elliott301906.33101110
    DL Vettori1004104.10303000
    KS Williamson705017.14152300
  • BATSMEN
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    7.3 126 kph, Mathew's disciplined line and length has been rewarded as Guptil's stay at the crease comes to an end as he pokes at this back of a length shaping into him, with the resulting edge carrying comfortably to Sangakkara's right 41/2
    4.5 121 kph, Kulasekera has taken the Big Kahuna as McCullum holes out limply to mid on, who moves to his right before reaching up to take the chance. Such an innocuous way to go as Brendon departs the Saxton with just 11 to his name 24/1
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    43.6 136 kph, and he has bowled 'im! Williamson, again looking to clip this through midwicket, walks too far across his stumps as he offers Perera a glimpse of the leg stump, which he hits. Ends an outstanding knock of 103 which has put NZ firmly in control and on their way 230/5
    15.1 Herath has taken a big scalp here as Taylor's struggle at the crease is brought to an end. Slides this one just outside off as Taylor gets an under-edge which Sangakkara is able to collect cleanly from behind. Taylor doesn't offer any resistance as he storms away from the crease 63/3
    32.1 Mendis has taken the vital breakthrough for Sri Lanka! Elliott, who was looking to bat himself into some form, ends up slicing one to cover as he looked to clear the inner ring on the off side. A tame end to what has been a fighting innings from the No. 5 151/4
    45.4 133 kph, huge appeal for LBW by Perera as he is absolutely positive he has trapped his man in front. When the umpire remains unmoved though, the two batsmen, who don't quite make it to their ends, end up just sauntering back. Dilshan, who is wise to the situation, keenly fires in a throw at Anderson's end, and hits the target with the batsman just short of his crease. This is a big wicket in the context of the game as he threatened to take this match away. Great thinking to fire in a throw at his end 245/6
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    213.33
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    175.00
    Extras
    8 (lb 1, w 7)
    TOTAL
    280/6 (48.1 Overs, RR: 5.81)
    Fall of wickets: 1-24 (BB McCullum, 4.5 ov), 2-41 (MJ Guptill, 7.3 ov), 3-63 (LRPL Taylor, 15.1 ov), 4-151 (GD Elliott, 32.1 ov), 5-230 (KS Williamson, 43.6 ov), 6-245 (CJ Anderson, 45.4 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEcon0s4s6sWDNB
    KMDN Kulasekara905115.66265030
    AD Mathews411614.00171110
    HMRKB Herath913914.33282020
    NLTC Perera805817.25193300
    SMSM Senanayake9.105706.21141200
    BMAJ Mendis704015.71142110
    TM Dilshan201809.0022000

Match Notes

New Zealand 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st24BB McCullumMJ Guptill
2nd17MJ GuptillKS Williamson
3rd22LRPL TaylorKS Williamson
4th88GD ElliottKS Williamson
5th79CJ AndersonKS Williamson
6th15L RonchiCJ Anderson
7th35DL VettoriL Ronchi