18.1 oh good ball! The decision to change the angle works a charm as Thushara pitches it just short of a good length and the natural angle brings it back, squares up Guptill and clips the top of off stump, the late movement doing the trick 37/2
    0.5 super catch from Jayawardene at second slip! Kulasekara hits a good length and moves the ball away from Flynn who feels for it away from the body slightly and the outside edge is plucked up by Jayawardene with his right hand inches above the grass 1/1
    23.2 well, well, well what do you know? Jayawardene strikes with his second delivery, tossed up down the leg stump, Taylor doesn't get a long way across as he tries to glance the ball and the thinnest of edges is superbly held by the other Jayawardene, Prasanna, after which Nigel Llong raises the finger to cue mass hysteria on the field from Sri Lanka 45/4
    20.2 beauty of a catch at third slip and its given! Thushara bangs it in short of a length and McIntosh feels for it as it angles across sharply, gets a thick outside edge that flies hard and low to Samaraweera at third slip who reacts superbly to cup the ball to his left as it dies on him, he just gets the fingers underneath it between the legs and celebrates, the umpires go upstairs to confirm and after a few minutes confirmation comes in that it was indeed a clean catch 39/3
    37.3 gone sweeping! Mendis pitches the ball on line with middle and off and drifts the ball in to Oram who dangerously opts to sweep, the ball hits him in front of middle 86/5
    61.5 and Sri Lanka celebrate! Mendis tosses up one into the rough outside off stump and gets some turn away from the bat, ala Murali's dismissal of Ryder, and Vettori gets a thin outside edge to Prasanna who does well once more to hold onto the catch 167/7
    50.5 good ball, good take! Murali delivers the suckerpunch to get Ryder, tosses the ball up into the rough outside off stump and gets sharp turn away from the bat, Ryder is lured forward and the outside edge is superbly taken by Prasanna 134/6
    71.5 and there it is, courtesy Murali's arm once more! Mendis bowls a shorter ball, pushed through quicker, McCullum again stays on the back foot and forces the ball to extra cover, Murali runs in from mid-off, picks and throws in one action and nails down the stumps with a direct hit, catching McCullum just short 210/10
    68.5 superb work from bowler and wicketkeeper! Murali rips that gen of a ball across Patel, pushing it in quicker, he is lured forward and his back foot drags out momentarily and thats enough for Prasanna to collect and break the sticks in one smooth motion 204/8
    70.6 pushes forward at this one and gets an inside edge back onto the pad, which pops up to Paranavitana at silly point who dives forward and holds on 210/9
    not out
    8 (b 4, lb 1, nb 3)
    210 all out (71.5 Overs, RR: 2.92, 290 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-1 (DR Flynn, 0.5 ov), 2-37 (MJ Guptill, 18.1 ov), 3-39 (TG McIntosh, 20.2 ov), 4-45 (LRPL Taylor, 23.2 ov), 5-86 (JDP Oram, 37.3 ov), 6-134 (JD Ryder, 50.5 ov), 7-167 (DL Vettori, 61.5 ov), 8-204 (JS Patel, 68.5 ov), 9-210 (IE O'Brien, 70.6 ov), 10-210 (BB McCullum, 71.5 ov)
    KMDN Kulasekara8.022012.5001
    T Thushara14.033722.6402
    BAW Mendis18.545022.6500
    M Muralitharan27.048833.2500
    DPMD Jayawardene4.011012.5000

Close of Play

  • Tue, 18 Aug - day 1 - Sri Lanka 1st innings 293/3 (DPMD Jayawardene 108*, TT Samaraweera 82*, 78 ov)
  • Wed, 19 Aug - day 2 - New Zealand 1st innings 87/2 (TG McIntosh 36*, JS Patel 6*, 29 ov)
  • Thu, 20 Aug - day 3 - New Zealand 1st innings 281/8 (DL Vettori 33*, IE O'Brien 3*, 105 ov)
  • Fri, 21 Aug - day 4 - New Zealand 2nd innings 30/1 (MJ Guptill 17*, LRPL Taylor 8*, 13 ov)
  • Sat, 22 Aug - day 5 - New Zealand 2nd innings 210 (71.5 ov) - end of match

Match Notes