Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

LRPL Taylor
60(45) 5x4 - 1x6
Control %68%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 16 runs
  • 1x4 - 1x6
0 1 1 2 3 1 2 12
TM Dilshan
57(28) 8x4 - 2x6
Control %80%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 9 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
0 2 0 0 6 4 6 2

Best performances - Bowlers

JDP Oram
O4.0
M0
R33
W3
Eco8.25
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
SL Malinga
O4.0
M0
R21
W2
Eco5.25
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Commentary

END OF OVER:
20 | 5 Runs 2 Wkts | SL: 138/9

  • SL Malinga4 (3b)
  • BAW Mendis0 (1b)
  • JDP Oram4-0-33-3
  • SE Bond4-0-27-0

Who would have expected this result when Tillakaratne Dilshan was going hammer and tongs? Sri Lanka's lower-middle order has always been a bit of a question mark and it has come up short again.

New Zealand's comeback was sparked by a couple of superb pieces of fielding from Jesse Ryder, inflicting Jayawardene's run-out and taking a tough catch off Dilshan. Vettori was his miserly best, giving away only 11 runs,and the quicker bowlers kept it nice and full at the death, not allowing the Sri Lankans the chance to get under any deliveries. Bond's return was also satisfactory, coming back strongly after being clobbered for 16 runs in his first over.

Correction: Completely missed the fact that Jacob Oram has taken a hat-trick in this game, the second in Twenty20s after Brett Lee. Oram had got rid of Mathews off the last ball of the 17th over, before taking wickets off the first two balls of the final over. Thanks to Imran from India and a bunch of others for pointing that out.

Post-match presentation: Sangakkara: "With the start we had, not chasing 142 is inexcusable ... I think Dilshan has matured a lot over the past couple of years and is maximising his opportunities, unfortunately we couldn't support him today"

Vettori: "The fightback after we got Dilshan was really impressive. He's been the difference between the two sides in the Tests and today, and it's difficult to bowl to him given the wide range of shots he has... Our death bowling was the best display in a long time ... The fielding really stands out int Twenty20. " Vettori is also the Man of the Match.

Thanks everyone for joining in, that's it from us at Cricinfo. Last word today has to go to Joe from the United States: "Sri lanka gave 3 byes in the last ball which is equal to the margin by which NZ won."

19.6
1
Oram to Malinga, 1 run, New Zealand have won, wonderful comeback by them, the last ball was full and wide again, Malinga drives it to long-off for a single, three-run victory for New Zealand
19.5
2
Oram to Malinga, 2 runs, full and wide, Malinga gets under it and clobbers it towards sweeper cover, Nathan McCullum races across to his right to try complete a spectacular catch but can't hang on to it
19.4
1lb
Oram to Mendis, 1 leg bye, a leg bye, full outside off stump, tried to sweep, is struck on the pads, and the ball rolls towards point

Ajantha Mendis surveys the field

19.3
1
Oram to Malinga, 1 run, a yorker on offstump, Malinga gets it away to mid-off for a single
19.2
W
Oram to Kulasekara, OUT, Oram's on a hat-trick now, Kulaskeara holes out to long-on, another low full toss, Kulasekara's shot finds Broom, who has an easier catch than McCullum last ball

Malinga is the batsman walking out

19.1
W
Oram to Bandara, OUT, a great jumping catch from McCullum at long-off silences the crowd, a low full toss from Oram, Bandara lofts it straight at long-on, that's another dot ball, McCullum amde plenty of ground to his right before taking that one

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

LRPL Taylor
60(45) 5x4 - 1x6
Control %68%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 16 runs
  • 1x4 - 1x6
0 1 1 2 3 1 2 12
TM Dilshan
57(28) 8x4 - 2x6
Control %80%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 9 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
0 2 0 0 6 4 6 2

Best performances - Bowlers

JDP Oram
O4.0
M0
R33
W3
Eco8.25
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
SL Malinga
O4.0
M0
R21
W2
Eco5.25
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF